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'Wolf Creek' star Dustin Clare joins newly re-titled 'Pacific Rim: Uprising'

Dustin Clare.

Aussie actor Dustin Clare has joined the newly retitled Pacific Rim: Uprising (previously Pacific Rim: Maelstrom) alongside John Boyega and Scott Eastwood.

Steven S. DeKnight is directing the project, with Thomas Tull, Mary Parent, Jon Jashni, and Guillermo del Toro (the director of the original) producing alongside Boyega and Femi Oguns..

Cale Boyter is exec producing the Universal/Legendary pic, which will bow in theaters February 23 next year.

Clare appeared in Stan's recent Wolf Creek series. His other credits include All Saints, McLeod's Daughters, Underbelly, The Eye of the Storm and Goddess.

The actor is probably best known internationally for starring roles in Spartacus: Gods of the Arena and Spartacus: War of the Damned. Starz's Spartacus franchise has form with Australians, with the late Andy Whitfield and Suicide Squad's Jai Courtney starring in the first season..

Clare moved into writing and producing with 2014 indie feature Sunday,
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Tania Chambers on reuniting a "cute as hell" cast for 'A Few Less Men'

(l-r).Xavier Samuel, Kris Marshall, Shane Jacobson and Kevin Bishop.

The boys are back in 'A Few Less Men', the sequel to Stephan Elliott's 2011 comedy 'A Few Best Men'..If spoke to producer Tania Chambers, a newcomer to the franchise, about jumping onboard, raising the cash and the challenges of shooting in the desert.

'A Few Less Men' opens nationally on March 9 via StudioCanal.

How did you get involved in A Few Less Men?

When I was CEO at Screen Nsw, A Few Best Men was one of the films we financed. So I got to know the producing team. The premiere of the film was shortly after I left Screen Nsw, and I decided that I.d been involved in some of the hard yakka getting the film made and I may as well celebrate with them. They asked what my plans were,
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Tania Chambers on producing 'A Few Less Men' and reuniting its "cute" cast

(l-r).Xavier Samuel, Kris Marshall, Shane Jacobson and Kevin Bishop.

The boys are back in 'A Few Less Men', the sequel to Stephan Elliott's 2011 comedy 'A Few Best Men'..If spoke to producer Tania Chambers, a newcomer to the franchise, about jumping onboard, raising the cash and the challenges of shooting in the desert.

'A Few Less Men' opens nationally on March 9 via StudioCanal.

How did you get involved in A Few Less Men?

When I was CEO at Screen Nsw, A Few Best Men was one of the films we financed. So I got to know the producing team. Shortly after I left Screen Nsw was the premiere of the film, and I decided that I.d been involved in some of the hard yakka getting the film made and I may as well celebrate with them. They asked what my plans were,
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Mr Ubiquitous: If checks in with Xavier Samuel

Xavier Samuel in Spin Out.

He might not be a household name just yet, but Xavier Samuel has seemingly endless projects in the pipeline. If talks to the actor about the purple patch that's seen him star in every other Aussie film this year.

Scan the title credits of this year.s Aussie films and you.ll notice one name popping up again and again: Xavier Samuel.

From the titular character in Miff opener The Death and Life of Otto Bloom, to the lead in Marc Gracie and Tim Ferguson.s B&S ball rom-com Spin Out and in the upcoming sequel to 2011.s Few Best Men, A Few Less Men — Samuel.s having a busy year.

He.s also the lead in David Pulbrook.s thriller Bad Blood — currently in post — and will feature alongside Hugo Weaving in the ABC.s anticipated six-part series Seven Types of Ambiguity.

Despite
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Mr. Ubiquitous: If checks in with Xavier Samuel

Xavier Samuel in Spin Out.

He might not be a household name just yet, but Xavier Samuel has seemingly endless projects in the pipeline. If talks to the actor about the purple patch that's seen him star in every other Aussie film this year.

Scan the title credits of this year.s Aussie films and you.ll notice one name popping up again and again: Xavier Samuel.

From the titular character in Miff opener The Death and Life of Otto Bloom, to the lead in Marc Gracie and Tim Ferguson.s B&S ball rom-com Spin Out and in the upcoming sequel to 2011.s Few Best Men, A Few Less Men — Samuel.s having a busy year.

He.s also the lead in David Pulbrook.s thriller Bad Blood — currently in post — and will feature alongside Hugo Weaving in the ABC.s anticipated six-part series Seven Types of Ambiguity.

Despite
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Producer Andrena Finlay kicks off consultancy push with two workshops

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Independent producer Andrena Finlay runs Wildheart Films with her husband, producer Al Clark (The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert)..

They are currently in pre-production with Jamie Hilton's See Pictures on Stephan Elliott's Flammable Children, starring Guy Pearce, Radha Mitchell and Kylie Minogue.

Finlay most recently produced Mark Lamprell's Goddess in 2013..

Separate to her day job as a producer, she's now starting a new consultancy business called Screen Arts. Business. Consulting (Screen ABC)..

Finlay is kicking things off with two producing workshops — October 15 and October 29 — aimed at demystifying the process of financing feature films.

The workshops will cover creating finance plans, recoupment waterfalls, understanding investors (Workshop 1 — Oct 15), and how to navigate through the myriad of transaction documents required before a producer can even get cashflow (Workshop 2 — Oct 29)..

The first workshop will zero in on two case studies: a $2.5 million Screen Australia traditionally-financed production and a low budget feature,
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Director Mark Lamprell talks inheriting a cast in comedy sequel A Few Less Men

(l-r):.Kevin Bishop,.Xavier Samuel and.Kris Marshall.in A Few Less Men.

A Few Less Men, the sequel to Stephan Elliott's 2011 comedy A Few Best Men, was helmed by Mark Lamprell, the screenwriter of Babe: Pig in the City and director of 2000's My Mother Frank and 2013's Goddess.

Lamprell came on board after reading the script by Dean Craig (Death at a Funeral), who wrote the original film.

"It was lovely working on somebody else's screenplay because it was a really solid screenplay structurally," Lamprell said. "I could see that there was a really good movie in there. Dean's a very accomplished writer. The whole guts of it were laid out before me.".

Lamprell, who got his start at Kennedy Miller making Bts documentaries such as The Making of Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985), describes A Few Less Men as "a silly comedy.".

"It's not high-brow wit.
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First look at A Few Less Men as footage to comedy sequel shopped at Cannes

Xavier Samuel, Kris Marshall and Kevin Bishop in A Few Less Men.

Arclight Films have released a first look at A Few Less Men, the sequel to 2011's A Few Best Men..

The new film sees Goddess' Mark Lamprell taking over directing duties from Priscilla's Stephan Elliot, and will be released by StudioCanal in Australia and Nz.

The film was produced by Laurence Malkin, Tania Chambers and Share Stallings and written by Dean Craig (Death at a Funeral), and footage is currently being screened to buyers in Cannes.

.From a talented group of filmmakers with a proven track record of delivering strong, entertaining stories with broad appeal, A Few Less Men is sure to satisfy audiences in Australia and abroad", said StudioCanal Australia and New Zealand Chief Executive Elizabeth Trotman..

"Here at StudioCanal we are so pleased to be on board and are looking forward to developing an exciting campaign.
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George Miller's Contact? Writer Mark Lamprell recalls what might have been

Mark Lamprell.

Mark Lamprell is not just a screenwriter (Babe: Pig in the City) and director (My Mother Frank, Goddess), but a novelist as well..

His second novel, A Lovers' Guide to Rome, has just been published by Allen and Unwin. As if that wasn't enough, his next film, A Few Less Men, will be released later in the year..

Lamprell got his start at Kennedy Miller, making documentaries about the making of, among other projects, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.

"I was at Kennedy Miller for years", Lamprell said..

"I did a documentary series called Sports Crazy, a ten hour series, in 1987. Before that, every time they did a miniseries, I did a 'making of' one-hour special."

That led to Lamprell being enlisted by Miller as a writer on various projects, including one very large science-fiction adaptation.

"I'd gotten to be a funny little fixture there at Kennedy Miller, and
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Mark Lamprell on writing 1998's Babe: Pig in the City and his latest novel

Mark Lamprell.

Australian filmmaker Mark Lamprell (My Mother Frank) is gearing up for a busy year..

He's currently releasing his second novel, A Lovers' Guide to Rome, and is putting the finishing touches on his latest film, A Few Less Men, the sequel to Stephan Elliott's 2011 comedy.A Few Best Men.

Lamprell sat down to write A Lovers' Guide to Rome while waiting for his last feature, 2013's movie-musical Goddess, to be released.

"I was in Bristol visiting my son", Lamprell said, "and I had time on my hands and I thought I should write another screenplay".

Instead, Lamprell sat down and wrote a novel, weaving together three stories of lovers young and old holidaying in Rome.

"Because I'd decided to write something based on my own personal experience, it was a little bit like a door in the top of my head opened, and something just poured in
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Ronan Keating Joins World War II Drama ‘Another Mother’s Son’

Ronan Keating Joins World War II Drama ‘Another Mother’s Son’
London — Singer Ronan Keating has joined the cast of U.K. period drama “Another Mother’s Son,” whose cast includes Jenny Seagrove, John Hannah, Amanda Abbington, Peter Wight and Susan Hampshire.

It is the true story of Louisa Gould, who is played by Seagrove. Set during World War II on the Nazi-occupied island of Jersey, Lou takes in an escaped Russian prisoner of war and hides him over the course of the war. Tension mounts as it becomes clear that Churchill will not risk an assault to re-capture the British soil, and the island-community spirit begins to fray under pressures of hunger, occupation and divided loyalty.

The film is directed by Chris Menaul, who was Emmy-nominated this year for “Killing Jesus,” from a screenplay by Jenny Lecoat. It will shoot for six weeks across the South-West of England.

Producer Bill Kenwright said: “ ‘Another Mother’s Son’ is a powerful story
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Seagrove, Hannah, Keating join 'Another Mother's Son'

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Seagrove, Hannah, Keating join 'Another Mother's Son'
Second World War drama begins UK shoot; first image revealed.

Boyzone frontman Ronan Keating has joined the ensemble cast of period drama Another Mother’s Son, which also includes Jenny Seagrove, John Hannah, Amanda Abbington, Peter Wight and Susan Hampshire.

Principal photography is underway on the film, which will shoot for six weeks across Somerset and the South West of England.

Another Mother’s Son is set during the Second World War, when the island of Jersey was occupied by the Nazis.

The film is based on the true story of Louisa Gould, who took in an escaped Russian Pow and hid him over the course of the war, amid growing tension as it became clear that British wartime leader Winston Churchill would not risk an assault to re-capture the island and the community began to fray under pressures of hunger, occupation and divided loyalty.

BAFTA-winning Chris Menaul (Summer In February) directs a screenplay by Jenny Lecoat.

The
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Afm: Australian Comedy ‘Less Men’ Reaches More Buyers

Distributors in more than a dozen international territories have signed up for “A Few Less Men,” the sequel to Australian wedding comedy “A Few Best Men.”

The film, which entered principal photography last week in Perth, Western Australia, has been pre-bought by Lucky Red for Italy; Modus Vivendi for Eastern Europe; Eastwood Holdings for Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Columbia; Italia Films for the Middle East; and by Galaxy for Vietnam. Studio Canal has acquired Australian and New Zealand rights. International sales are handled by the Sydney- and Los Angeles-based Arclight Films.

The picture is directed by Mark Lamprell (“Goddess”) and written by Dean Craig, who previously penned “Best Men.” Xavier Samuel, Kris Marshall and Kevin Bishop all reprise their roles from the 2011 film, which was directed by Stephan Elliott.

Additional cast include Shane Jacobson, Ryan Corr, “The Sapphires” star Deborah Mailman, Jeremy Sims, Darren Gilshenan, Lynette Curran, Pamela Shaw, and Sacha Horler.
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Change of director for A Few Best Men sequel

Goddess. Mark Lamprell is directing A Few Less Men, the sequel to Stephan Elliott's 2011 hit comedy A Few Best Men. Lamprell takes over from Not Suitable for Children's Peter Templeman, who was named as the director when Screen Australia announced its investment in the project last month. Scripted by Dean Craig, A Few Less Men will see Xavier Samuel, Kevin Bishop and Kris Marshall reprise their roles as the guys who transport their mate.s coffin across Australia after a forced plane landing strands them in the middle of the bush.

Shooting is set to start on October 26 in Western Australia, produced by Tania Chambers, Laurence Malkin and Share Stallings, their second collaboration after Kill Me Three Times.

Chambers tells If, "The change of director was a very amicable and mutual decision. We continue to look for projects to do with Peter and are very excited to work with Mark.
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Aussies and Kiwis invited to join AMPAS

Four Australians and three Kiwis have been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

A record 322 screen practitioners from the Us and around the world have been invited to join the organisation. The previous high was 276 in 2013.

The Down Under contingent comprises visual effects wizards Tim Crosbie and Daniel Barrett, producers Bruna Papandrea and Rebecca Yeldham, sound mixers David Lee and Jason Canovas and writer-director Niki Caro.

Despite the Academy.s efforts to diversify its membership, out of the 25 actors invited to join only seven are women.

Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs said, .It.s gratifying to acknowledge the extraordinary range of talent in our industry. This year, our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization..

This year Crosbie was nominated for an
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Berlin: Global Screen Picks Up ‘Oddball’ (Exclusive)

Berlin: Global Screen Picks Up ‘Oddball’ (Exclusive)
Global Screen has picked up worldwide distribution rights to English-language live-action family movie “Oddball.”

Pic stars Sarah Snook, who will be seen next in Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs movie. Shane Jacobson (Australian break-out hit “Kenny”) and Alan Tudyk round out the cast.

Pic tells the true story of eccentric Australian chicken farmer, Swampy Marsh, who places his friendly but clumsy sheepdog on an island off the coast to protect a Fairy Penguin population that is being endangered by foxes.

It is directed by Stuart McDonald, and produced by Richard Keddie, who produced Cate Blanchett starrer “Little Fish” and Ronan Keating’s musical film “Goddess,” and Sheila Hanahan Tailor. Production companies are Wtfn/The Film Company, Practical Pictures and Kmunications. Pic was supported by Screen Australia, Film Victoria and Fox Intl. Channels.

Oddball,” which is in post-production, will be released in Australia by Village Roadshow later this year.
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Producers urged to tell universal stories, and better

To have any chance of international sales, Australian films need to be original, bold, tell universal stories and be extremely well executed.

That.s according to some international sales agents whom If interviewed as part of our ongoing series of articles on the state of Australian cinema and ways to reach audiences more effectively.

While their views may sound obvious, they say that too often Australian films are failing on most if not all counts.

Michael Favelle of Odin.s Eye Entertainment agrees with the premise that producers should go big or small and avoid middle budget films, as If canvassed last week, but he sees a deeper problem.

.Yes there is a challenge in recouping and financing mid-range films but where we are failing more often is in original films with clear and compelling premises or stories with universal appeal,. says Favelle, the international sales rep for Canopy, Forbidden Ground,
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Second Opinion – Goddess (2013)

Goddess, 2013.

Directed by Mark Lamprell.

Starring Laura Michelle Kelly, Ronan Keating, Magda Szubanski, Dustin Clare and Hugo Johnstone-Burt.

Synopsis:

A bored and listless mother of twin boys gets a webcam from her husband, so they can keep in touch whilst he’s at work. She starts to sing and dance on camera and becomes an internet sensation and a new life of superstardom opens up before her. But should she take that chance?

Sometimes, it’s difficult to be mean and critical when a film feels sincere.

Case in point is Australian musical comedy Goddess (originally released in March 2013). It’s a sweet, silly bit of escapism with some cracking show-tunes and a cast that seems to be having a lot of fun. On the other hand, it’s a daft story filled with contrivances that manages to drag on despite a running time of just 104 minutes, but can I bring myself to hate it?
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Movie Review – Goddess (2013)

Goddess, 2013.

Directed by Mark Lamprell.

Starring Laura Michelle Kelly, Ronan Keating, Magda Szubanski, Dustin Clare, Hugo Johnstone-Burt.

Synopsis:

A bored and listless mother of twin boys gets a webcam from her husband, so they can keep in touch whilst he’s at work. She starts to sing and dance on camera and becomes an internet sensation and a new life of superstardom opens up before her. But should she take that chance?

I have to say I wasn’t exactly looking forward to this. I usually reserve this level of cinematic ambivalence for Michael Bay and Marvel films but when it pops up on your list of things to do, you do the dutiful thing, boot up, ship out, grab a large latte and, well, just hope it isn’t as dreadful as you suspect it might be.

If you’re a fan of musical theatre (and who isn’t,
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Film Review: 'Goddess'

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★★☆☆☆When done right, nothing gets people out of their seats and dancing down the aisles (or in their living rooms) than a well-executed sing-a-long. In recent years, thanks to the success of Mamma Mia!, the musical has had something of a renaissance. Mark Lamprell's Goddess (2013), an Australian-produced effort based on the stage show Sinksongs, is the latest to try to grab the hearts of musical lovers. In it, despondent housewife Elspeth (Laura Michelle Kelly) is fed up of life. She's been denied her dreams of becoming a due to her husband, James (former Boyzone star Ronan Keating), continuously called away in his job as a marine biologist (!?), leaving her to care for their twin sons.
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