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Nicole Kidman To Produce & Possibly Star In ‘The Expatriates’ TV Series Adaptation

Nicole Kidman and her Blossom Films have optioned Janice Y.K Lee’s bestselling novel The Expatriates to be adapted as a television series. Screenwriter Alice Bell (Suburban Mayhem) is attached to pen the adaptation, with a potential role for Kidman to star. Kidman and Blossom partner Per Saari will executive produce alongside Pow! Productions' Theresa Park, with Lee serving as consulting producer. The project will be shopped to premium networks and streaming-services. The…
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Shooting underway on second season of ‘Glitch’

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'Glitch'.

Production has kicked off in Melbourne on the second season of Matchbox Pictures'.Glitch, with directors Emma Freeman and Tony Krawitz at the helm. The shoot will continue on location around the city and in regional Victoria until the end of March.

The first season of the zombie drama, created by Louise Fox (Broadchurch, Dead Europe) and Tony Ayres (The Slap, Cut Snake, Nowhere Boys), followed seven people who had inexplicably returned from the dead.

The second season sees .the Risen. unravel the mystery of how and why they are back while contending with a lethal threat..

In October it was announced that Netflix was coming on board as a production partner for the second season, along with Matchbox and the ABC.

.We can.t wait for our audience to see where the story goes. We want to deliver on the promise of answers and keep the thrills and spills coming,
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Netflix to co-produce second season of Glitch with the ABC, Matchbox

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Glitch.

The second season of.Glitch will be co-produced by the ABC, Matchbox and Netflix.—.making it the closest thing to a Netflix Original produced locally..

The first season of the zombie drama streams on Netflix Oz and debuted on Netflix U.S. last week (October 15).

According to Chris Oliver-Taylor, MD of Matchbox Pictures and the show's Ep, "Glitch was something that Netflix were interested in very early as a result of the quality of series one."

"Matchbox always tries to produce programs that work for an international audience. The international deal was reasonably simple to construct; the more complicated piece of the puzzle was working with Netflix, NBCUniversal and the ABC to work out the local Australian arrangements, working through windowing and how to manage on-demand."

Oliver-Taylor is excited about what the deal might mean for the local sector.

"We think that by bringing on Netflix to be a
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Alice Bell talks female screenwriters initiative Smart Like A Girl: Roar

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Alice Bell.

Prolific screenwriter Alice Bell has an enviable list of credits: The Slap, Puberty Blues, The Beautiful Lie. She speaks to If about life as a scribe and her latest project — a collaboration with producer Imogen Banks which aims to mentor young female writers through the process of developing a TV series through to network pitch. ..

Congrats on the funding through Gender Matters for Smart Like A Girl: Roar. Why did you want to set up this program?.

Imogen and I are often approached by young writers asking how to become a screenwriter for television and the answer is: there.s no clear path. It.s a frustrating thing. You could be a note-taker in a story room but that doesn.t mean you.ll necessarily get to write an episode. You could write your own web series or a pilot, but then you.re competing with experienced writers and the world,
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Alice Bell talks female writers initiative Smart Like A Girl: Roar

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Prolific screenwriter Alice Bell has an enviable list of credits: The Slap, Puberty Blues, The Beautiful Lie. She speaks to If about life as a scribe and her latest project — a collaboration with producer Imogen Banks which aims to mentor young female writers through the process of developing a TV series through to network pitch. ..

Congrats on the funding through Gender Matters for Smart Like A Girl: Roar. Why did you want to set up this program?.

Imogen and I are often approached by young writers asking how to become a screenwriter for television and the answer is: there.s no clear path. It.s a frustrating thing. You could be a note-taker in a story room but that doesn.t mean you.ll necessarily get to write an episode. You could write your own web series or a pilot, but then you.re competing with experienced writers and the world,
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If checks in with Vca Film and TV alumni as the school rings in 50 years

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Gillian Armstrong's 1971 student film The Roof Needs Mowing.

Secret City director Emma Freeman remembers Vca Film and Television School, where she studied for three years in the early 2000.s, .as a place where .a lot of people were really scraping things together to make their movie..

.That's what I loved about that school., Freeman says..

.It taught me about being a storyteller and it also taught me to be resourceful. Never to be limited by what you have..

Vca Film and TV is celebrating 50 years of scraping things together this year, from its opening at Swinburne in 1966 to the jump to the Vca in 1992 and beyond.

Cinematographer Ian Baker (Japanese Story, Words and Pictures) was one of the first, in 1968..

..I had no idea what I wanted to do when I completed the course,. Baker says.

.I didn't really know that I wanted to be a cinematographer, even though
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Ben Young feature Hounds of Love to go into production in 2016

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New feature film Hounds of Love is set to start shooting in Western Australia early next year.

The project, from writer/director Ben Young and producer Melissa Kelly, has been supported by Screen Australia and ScreenWest.

Hounds of Love is the debut feature film for Young and is a thriller drawn from a number of infamous local and international crimes. ..

Producer Melissa Kelly said Hounds of Love explored some of the same territory as the gripping Australian crime thrillers Animal Kingdom, Suburban Mayhem and Mystery Road.

The project participated in the ScreenWest script and talent development initiatives Feature Navigator and eQuinoxe in 2014 and attracted international recognition when it was pitched at European Film Market (Efm) in Berlin earlier this year. ..

In 2014 the project was awarded production funding through ScreenWest.s West Coast Visions initiative, which aims to uncover, inspire and develop local filmmakers..

Screen Australia chief executive, Graeme Mason said
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Mia Wasikowska, Four Movies in One Year: Young Hollywood's Rising Star

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Given how brutal Hollywood is in its treatment of young actors, it's a testament to Mia Wasikowska's fortitude and skill that she continues to find new and interesting roles for herself.

Since her 2006 debut with a small role in the Cannes/Tiff Aussie film "Suburban Mayhem," and her mainstream success as Alice in Tim Burton's 2010 reimagining of "Alice In Wonderland," this 24-year-old star has sought out increasingly unique and diverse roles. In 2013 alone, she appeared in four compelling films (including the Hitchcockian "Stoker") and directed a segment of the anthology film "The Turning."

Three of those films that played festivals late last year are only seeing their theatrical release now. First was Jim Jarmusch's unique take on the vampire ethos in "Only Lovers Left Alive," where Mia plays Ava, a force of nature that brings life and energy to the laconic film. In "Tracks," the actress takes the lead,
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‘Sleeping Beauty’ Trailer

Screen Australia and Spectrum Films released the first trailer for erotic drama “Sleeping Beauty.” The film stars Emily Browning (“Sucker Punch,” “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events”), Michael Dorman (“Daybreakers,” “Suburban Mayhem”), Mirrah Foulkes (“Animal Kingdom,” “Dying Breed”) and Rachael Blake (“Lantana,” “Perfect Strangers”). Here is the synopsis: “Death-haunted, quietly reckless, Lucy is a young university student who takes a job as a Sleep Beauty. In the Sleeping Beauty Chamber, old men seek an erotic experience that requires Lucy’s absolute submission. This unsettling task starts to bleed into Lucy’s daily life and she develops an increasing need to know what happens to her when she is asleep.” “Sleeping Beauty” is directed and written by Julia Leigh (“The Hunter”). The film will be distributed by Transmission later this year in Australia. Check out the trailer and let us know what you think. Source: Pollen Digital on Vimeo
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Arthur Miller Play To Shoot In Melbourne

Arthur Miller Play To Shoot In Melbourne
A big screen version of Arthur Miller's award-winning play, A View From The Bridge, is set to shoot in Melbourne mid-way through this year and features a clutch of big name local and international talent.    Anthony Lapaglia (pictured) secured the rights to the film, as well as Arthur Miller's approval, after starring in the 1998 Broadway production, for which he won a Tony Award for Best Actor as Eddie Carbone. The actor will reprise his role for the film, as well as help produce the film.   Based on a screenplay by Andrew Bovell (Lantana), the film will be directed by Robert Connolly (Balibo) and is also set to star Sam Neill, Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland, The Kids Are All Right, Suburban Mayhem), Academy Award nominee Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air) and newcomer Sebastian Stan (Black Swan).
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Short Film Big On Action

Short Film Big On Action
The star of Aussie films (Wolf Creek, Balibo, Summer Coda) and Hollywood flicks (Snakes On A Plane, Surfer, Dude), Nathan Phillips has an interest in working on the other side of the camera. After co-founding the independent production company Sons of Outlaws, Phillips directed his first short entitled Message from the CEO in September last year.   Phillips can now add another credit to his directorial resume. He's just finished shooting the short Post Apocalyptic Man. Starring Damian Walshe-Howling (Underbelly, the upcoming The Reef) and Michael Dorman (Daybreakers, Suburban Mayhem), it follows one man's quest for revenge against a totalitarian empire, set in a post-apocalyptic Australian outback.
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Mayhem in Melbourne

Mayhem in Melbourne
A new short film titled Post Apocalyptic Man and starring Damian Walshe-Howling (Underbelly, the upcoming The Reef) and Michael Dorman (Daybreakers, Suburban Mayhem) has just commenced shooting in Melbourne.   Set in the Australian outback, the short - which has been described as a mash-up of genres - chronicles one man's drive for revenge against a totalitarian empire.   It's directed by Nathan Phillips who is best known for his skills in front of the camera. Many will recall the Aussie actor as the terrorised backpacker Ben Mitchell in the hit horror film Wolf Creek. Phillips has also starred in a number of other home grown flicks including the comedy You And Your Stupid Mate, the acclaimed Balibo and this year's romantic drama Summer Coda.
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Heading Down the Rabbit Hole

Heading Down the Rabbit Hole. The first sneak images from Tim Burton's hotly anticipated Alice In Wonderland have been released and Filmink is pleased to share this with you. Starring young Aussie actress Mia Wasikowska (who, let us remind you, was nominated for a Filmink Award as Best Australian Newcomer in Suburban Mayhem), the film follows a slightly different story from the original Alice, telling of the 19 year old Alice's return to Wonderland, the place of her childhood fantasy. It also looks to be another visually fantastical creation from the visionary behind the likes of Edward Scissorhands, A Nightmare Before Christmas, Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow, and most recently Sweeney Todd.
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DVD releases for Tuesday November 11, 2008

I like it when new DVD releases are all over the place and offer up a taste of many genres. As you'll see, that's definitely what's going on this week. The undisputed heavy hitter is, of course, Guillermo del Toro's beautifully lensed Hellboy II: The Golden Army. While I hardly think it's a perfect film, it was surely a joy a watch so be sure to check that out. On that same note, Star Wars: Clone Wars is also out this week. anybody out there been watching the new CGI show? I've caught bits and pieces here and there but haven't formed much of an opinion yet. Then we've got Takashi Miike's Sukiyaki Western Django which, as a western fan and despite some mixed reviews, I've been dying to see.

On the indie front, The Flaming Lips' psychedelic Christmas On Mars is finally available on DVD this week along
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MPAA ratings: Sept. 3, 2008

MPAA ratings: Sept. 3, 2008
The following feature-length motion pictures have been reviewed and rated by the Classification and Rating Administration pursuant to the Motion Picture Classification and Rating program. Each of the designated ratings is defined as follows under the Motion Picture Classification and Rating program.

G -- General Audiences. All ages admitted.

PG -- Parental Guidance Suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.

PG -13 --Parents Strongly Cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

R -- Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

Nc-17 -- No One 17 And Under Admitted

Film Distributor ReasonRating 1. Anacondas

World Wide Spe Acquisitions, Inc.

Rated for violence.R 2. Antarctica

Regent Releasing L.L.C.

Rated for strong sexual content including graphic dialogue, nudity and language.

R

3. Azur & Asmar: The Princes' Quest

Genius Products

Rated for thematic material, some mild action and peril.

PG 4 Catch Your Mind

Blossom Pictures, L.L.C.

Rated for thematic material involving teens,
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'Alice' in Burtonland

[/link]'s "Alice in Wonderland" has received countless big-screen adaptations, ranging from Disney's delightfully anesthetized cartoon to Jan Svankmajer's bizarrely macabre live-action version. Now Tim Burton, one of America's most popular and bizarre directors, is set to shoot his own big-budget adaption, and he's in the final round of talks for casting his Alice. No, it's not Johnny Depp for once; it is Australian actress Mia Wasikowska.Wasikowska, still relatively unknown in America, has had successful careers in both ballet and acting. The 18-year-old has landed roles in television and films, including Suburban Mayhem and Rogue. Look for the rising starlet in Defiance (2008) and Amelia (2009).Burton's Disney film is based upon a script from Linda Woolverton and will be shot using live action and 3-D footage. It will be produced by Richard Zanuck, Joe Roth, and Jennifer and Suzanne Todd. No word yet on if Johnny Depp will be involved,
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2006 Australian Film Institute Awards

[/link], the most critically acclaimed Australian film of the year, swept the Australian Film Institute awards last week. The film depicts the cautionary tale of lust and loyalty that an Aboriginal tribe recounts to a young member. Incredibly it is first feature from Australia made in a language indigenous. The film, directed by the experienced Rolf de Heer and newcomer Peter Djigirr, has been generating award buzz since it was selected, and won a Special Jury Prize, at Cannes earlier this year. On Thursday the film won, Best Direction, the much deserved Best Cinematography for Ian Jones, Best Editing, Best Sound and Best Original Screenplay. Unsurprisingly Ten Canoes also managed to secure the L’Oreal Paris AFI Award for Best Film. De Heer was further honoured with the Brian Kennedy Award, an award that is given in respect of a filmmaker’s relentless pursuit of excellence in filmmaking.
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Noms: Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards

  • It is award season in Australia again and the time for the small number of people in the Australian film industry to come together and pat each other on the back for a mostly mediocre job well done. The most prestigious of the three major award ceremonies that occur over the next month is the L’Oreal Paris Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards. It is the ceremony that attracts big names and they like people to know that. Russell CroweRussell Crowe
[/link] hosted last year. Who cares if he isn’t actually Australian? This year this ceremony has snagged Australian actor Geoffrey Rush to host, a step up from last year. Pleasingly there are a few nominated films that warrant the caliber of the host. Suburban Mayhem, Kenny and Ten Canoes stand out from the rest for varying reasons and look to be the big winners of the night. Suburban Mayhem
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'Mayhem' leads AFI noms pack

'Mayhem' leads AFI noms pack
SYDNEY -- Paul Goldman's dark comedy Suburban Mayhem dominated the nominations for the Australian Film Institute Awards announced Thursday, earning recognition in 12 of 15 film categories, but failed to get a nod for best feature film. The top award instead will be fought out between heroin flick Candy, psychological drama Jindabyne, break-out comedy hit Kenny and indigenous-language feature Ten Canoes. Among Suburban Mayhem's 12 noms is one for New Zealander Emily Barclay, a favorite for best actress for her star turn in the film as the murderous teenager Katrina. Barclay also received an acting nomination in the TV category.

Thomsen the top winner at Australian writing awards

SYDNEY -- Screenwriter Katherine Thomsen was the major winner at Friday's Australian Writers Guild Awards, also known as the Awgies, winning gongs for her work on Gillian Armstrong's feature documentary Unfolding Florence -- The Many Lives of Florence Broadhurst and the ABC TV miniseries Answered by Fire, for which she also won the Major award. Rookie writer Alice Bell received the award for original feature film for her screenplay for Suburban Mayhem, while Luke Davies' Candy (written with director Neil Armfield) took honors in the Adapted Feature Film category. Candy was based on Davies' novel of the same name. In other television awards, Greg Haddrick won the TV Series category for an episode of medical drama MDA and shared the honors with co-writer Kylie Needham for his telemovie adaptation, The Society Murders. The Australian Writers' Guild presents the Awgie Awards annually with nominees selected by panels of fellow writers experienced in each particular category. The Guild has 2,650 members and is the peak professional body for Australia's film, television, theater, radio and new media writers.
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