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Fremantle makes push into children’s content with hire of Joel Williams

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Fremantle has hired Joel Williams, a former head of programming – content and consumer engagement at Disney, to head up its children’s division.
'Joel Williams.Fremantle has hired Joel Williams, a former head of programming – content and consumer engagement at Disney, to head up its children’s division.Williams hire marks a push into kids for Fremantle, which is keen to partner with local independent producers on the development and co-production of projects in both the scripted and unscripted space.The key focus is targeting children 5-12 years old with unequivocally Australian stories.Williams’ role will see him drive the development slate, and work with local and international broadcasters to assess market requirements.He will report into director of content Jennifer Collins.In a joint statement Fremantle Asia Pacific CEO Chris Oliver-Taylor and Collins said: “We are thrilled to have secured someone of Joel’s calibre to help us understand the global children’s content market and our potential place in it.Joel has been tasked to work with his incredible contacts around the world to source great ideas and projects that will entertain Australian children and children around the world.We’re also thrilled to now have the potential to partner with local independent producers on children’s content and tell uniquely Australian stories for a youth audience.” Williams said: “I am super excited to be working with Fremantle on the development of their kids slate.Fremantle’s reputation as a creative powerhouse will ensure we produce outstanding children’s content for the Australian market that has broad global appeal.” . The post Fremantle makes push into children’s content with hire of Joel Williams appeared first on IF Magazine .'

Rachel Perkins’ ‘Black Bitch’ to premiere in Toronto

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The first two episodes of Blackfella Films’ ABC political drama Black Bitch will have their world premiere in the Primetime program at the Toronto International Film Festival.
'‘Black Bitch.’ The first two episodes of Blackfella Films’ ABC political drama Black Bitch will have their world premiere in the Primetime program at the Toronto International Film Festival.Directed by Rachel Perkins and starring Rachael Griffiths as Australia’s embattled Prime Minister Rachel Anderson and Deborah Mailman as her rival Alex Irving, it’s one of six series from around the world in the line-up.Among the other world premieres will be HBO’s Mrs.Fletcher , which stars Kathryn Hahn as a single mother who rediscovers her sexuality after her son heads off to college; USA Network’s Briarpatch , which follows Rosario Dawson as a Washington political fixer who returns to her hometown to unravel the mystery surrounding her sister’s death; and Facebook Watch’s Limetown , based on the crime podcast with Jessica Biel as an American Public Radio host and journalist who obsesses over a mysterious case involving a mass disappearance.The other selections are French drama Savages , about an Arabic candidate for the France presidency; and the Czech Republic’s The Sleepers , which follows a woman (Táňa Pauhofová) and her political dissident husband after they flee 1977 communist Czechoslovakia.Blackfella Films’ Darren Dale and Miranda Dear are the producers and co-creators of Black Bitch with Griffiths.The six-part series is scripted by Pip Karmel, Angela Betzien and Stuart Page as script producer/writer.The festival’s synopsis reads: “A local Indigenous politician (Deborah Mailman) is recruited to the senate by the Australian Prime Minister (Rachel Griffiths) after a contentious video goes viral, in Rachel Perkins’ drama about systemic injustice and the complexities of political change.” The supporting cast includes Poldark’s Harry Richardson as Alex’s chief of staff with William McInnes as the Opposition Leader, Anthony Hayes as a conservative Minister, Celia Ireland as Alex’s office manager, Aaron Pedersen as a previous love interest of Alex and Rob Collins as her brother.Newcomer Shantae Barnes Cowan plays an Indigenous teenager who escapes from a detention centre.Each screening in the Primetime sidebar will be followed by an on stage Q&A with members of the creative team.The 44th annual Toronto Film Festival runs September 5–15.Here’s the full Primetime line-up: Black Bitch | Australia, 2 episodes Creators: Darren Dale, Rachel Griffiths, Miranda Dear Director: Rachel Perkins World premiere Briarpatch | USA, 2 episodes Creator: Andy Greenwald Directors: Ana Lily Amirpour, Steven Piet World premiere Limetown | USA, 2 episodes Creators: Zack Akers, Skip Bronkie Director: Rebecca Thomas World premiere Mrs.Fletcher | USA, 3 episodes Creator: Tom Perrotta Directors: Nicole Holofcener, Liesl Tommy World premiere Savages (Les Sauvages) | France, 2 episodes Creators: Rebecca Zlotowski, Sabri Louatah Director: Rebecca Zlotowski World premiere The Sleepers (Bez vědomí) | Czech Republic, 2 episodes Creators: Ivan Zachariáš, Ondrej Gabriel Director: Ivan Zachariáš Czech Republic International premiere . The post Rachel Perkins’ ‘Black Bitch’ to premiere in Toronto appeared first on IF Magazine .'

AACTA introduces Unscripted Online Video Award

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AACTA has introduced new award for Best Unscripted Online Video, designed to recognise short-form non-scripted/factual entertainment produced for social platforms.
'‘Sheilas’.  AACTA has introduced new award for Best Unscripted Online Video, designed to recognise short-form non-scripted/factual entertainment produced for social platforms.It follows on from the introduction of the award for Online Short Video in 2017, which recognises scripted content.To be eligible for the award, a project must be an Australian production that debuted via the internet, and was intended primarily for release via video sharing site or unique URL.It can include a standalone video of up to 60 minutes, a series, or a channel.The production must have been available on the internet for the first time between August 6 2018, and today, August 15, 2019, and must remain online until the end of the judging period (October 11). According to the guidelines , AACTA includes channels and videos spanning ‘How-To’, ‘Beauty/Fashion/Style’, ‘Sports and Wellness’, ‘Kids and Family’, ‘Entertainment’ ‘Education/Science/Technology’, ‘Gaming’, ‘Music’, ‘News and Culture’ among the genres eligible.A jury of relevantly accredited and experienced AACTA members will determine up to four nominees, with AACTA and AFI members to then determine the winner during a second round of voting. “We are incredibly proud to support Australia’s innovative online creators and to be an industry leader in acknowledging the role they play in shaping the Australian screen industry while creating audiences for themselves globally,” said AFI | AACTA CEO Damian Trewhella. “Social video platforms such as YouTube, Facebook and Instagram are content rich environments, and are commanding a large and ever growing audience particularly among people under 35.In establishing this new Award category, we are shining a spotlight on a new generation of innovative Australian content creators.” Entries are now open and will close September 12.Nominees will be announced in October. . The post AACTA introduces Unscripted Online Video Award appeared first on IF Magazine .'

Ray Shoesmith gets back to dirty business in ‘Mr Inbetween 2’

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Ben Oxenbould, Josh McConville, Rebecca Montalti and Rose Riley are the new faces in the second season of Mr Inbetween, the comedy/drama created by and starring Scott Ryan as criminal-for-hire Ray Shoesmith.
'Scott Ryan as Ray Shoesmith.Ben Oxenbould, Josh McConville, Rebecca Montalti and Rose Riley are the new faces in the second season of Mr Inbetween , the comedy/drama created by and starring Scott Ryan as criminal-for-hire Ray Shoesmith.Directed by Nash Edgerton and produced by Blue-Tongue Films, Jungle Entertainment and Michele Bennett’s Pariah Productions, the new series premieres on Fox Showcase at 2 pm on Friday September 13, express from its US debut on FX.Shoesmith’s definition of “taking care of people” means collecting debts, relieving them of drugs and guns and often taking care of them on a more permanent basis.In season two his work and personal life begin to collide and he finds himself struggling to keep both sides of his life from imploding.Brooke Satchwell returns as his girlfriend Ally with Justin Rosniak as best friend Gary, Chika Yasumura as daughter Brittany, Nicholas Cassim as brother Bruce, Damon Herriman as his boss Freddy, David Michôd as Peter the anger management counselor and Matt Nable as Dave.Riley plays Freddy’s girlfriend Michele with Oxenbould as Dirk, McConville as Alex and Rebecca Montalti as Mandy.There will be an encore screening at 8 pm on September 13, followed by Sundays at 8.30 pm on Fox Showcase and on demand. . The post Ray Shoesmith gets back to dirty business in ‘Mr Inbetween 2’ appeared first on IF Magazine .'

‘Shantaram’ to shoot in Victoria

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Paramount Television and Anonymous Content’s 10-part TV adaptation of Gregory David Roberts’ novel Shantaram will shoot in Melbourne thanks to grants from the Federal Government and Film Victoria.
'Paramount Television and Anonymous Content’s 10-part TV adaptation of Gregory David Roberts’ novel Shantaram will shoot in Melbourne thanks to grants from the Federal Government and Film Victoria.Justin Kurzel, who is directing the first two episodes, is holding auditions for the production commissioned by Apple TV, which will shoot in October.Published in 2003, the novel follows Lindsay, a bank robber and heroin addict who escapes from Melbourne’s Pentridge Prison and flees to India, which mirrors the author’s experience.Landing in Bombay, he is forced to live in the slums, which shelters him from the authorities.He sets up a free health clinic as a way to contribute to the community, learns about the local culture and customs and becomes fluent in Marathi, the local language.He also witnesses and battles outbreaks of cholera and firestorms and becomes involved in trading with the lepers.Joel Edgerton was attached to play the lead when Johnny Depp had the rights and the project was set up as a feature film for Warner Bros., but neither is involved.The Federal Government will provide $7.4 million through the Location Incentive program, supported by Film Victoria’s Production Incentive Attraction Fund.The 11 months shoot is expected to inject $46 million into the Victorian economy, employ around 330 cast and crew and use the services of more than 500 local businesses.Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts Paul Fletcher said: “ Shantaram is a mesmerising Australian story and this series will bring it to life for a new generation, creating further jobs for our world-class screen industry.” Produced by Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin and Nicole Clemens and Paramount Television and scripted by Eric Warren Singer, the series will be filmed at Docklands Studios, Pentridge Prison and other locations, some of which will substitute for Mumbai.Richard Sharkey is the line producer and Nikki Barrett is handling the Australian casting.Film Victoria CEO Caroline Pitcher said: “Film Victoria’s increased focus on international markets, including the US, helped drive a record $251 million in direct production expenditure for the state in the last financial year, up 18 per cent on the year prior.We’ve also seen a 46 per cent increase in pitch requests form Australian and international crews wanting to film here. “Securing productions such as Shantaram for Victoria, which comes off the back of US series Preacher , builds on this momentum, generating jobs and skills development opportunities for our local industry.” The Australian Government had previously announced $80 million through the Incentive for six productions, which will generate nearly $600 million in investment in Australia’s economy. . The post ‘Shantaram’ to shoot in Victoria appeared first on IF Magazine .'

Multi-million dollar upgrade for Village Roadshow Studios

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Village Roadshow Studios is spending several million dollars on refurbishment, building three workshops and implementing wireless internet technology throughout the complex.
'The Thor: Ragnarok set at Village Roadshow Studios.Village Roadshow Studios is spending several million dollars on refurbishment, building three workshops and implementing wireless internet technology throughout the complex.Increasing the number of workshops on the lot from eight to 11 will satisfy the needs of producers who in the past had to build sets off site or in temporary structures, Studios president Lynne Benzie tells IF.The new workshops will be ready by mid-October and the installation of wireless technology will be completed on the nine sound stages, 10 production offices, workshops, editing suites and other work spaces by the end of September.The studio is carrying out the upgrades in the short window between the end of production of Disney’s TV series Reef Break and the arrival of Baz Luhrmann’s untitled Elvis Presley movie for Warner Bros, which will star Austin Butler and Tom Hanks. “The workshop space can be utilised by a variety of departments from construction of sets, special effects, props making and many more,” she said. “This new wireless system will also put the Studios at the forefront of emerging technologies within the industry and will make it easier for productions to complete their tasks.” “These highlight the Studios and Village Roadshow’s ongoing commitment to the film and television industry and we are excited for the future of the industry on the Gold Coast.” . The post Multi-million dollar upgrade for Village Roadshow Studios appeared first on IF Magazine .'

Vale Ningali Lawford-Wolf, Indigenous star

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Renowned Indigenous actor Ningali Lawford-Wolf died in Edinburgh on Sunday while touring with the Sydney Theatre Company production of The Secret River.
'Ningali Lawford-Wolf in The Secret River (Photo credit Ryan Buchanan via the STC with permission from Ningali Lawford-Wolf’s family). Renowned Indigenous actor Ningali Lawford-Wolf died in Edinburgh on Sunday while touring with the Sydney Theatre Company production of The Secret River , Andrew Bovell’s adaptation of the Kate Grenville novel.She was 52.The performer and mentor was hospitalised in London after falling ill, according to The West Australian. “Ningali was an incredibly talented performer as well as a wonderfully caring and thoughtful person,” the STC posted on its website. “We’ve lost one of Australian theatre’s greatest treasures.” A Wangkatjungka woman born under a tree at Christmas Creek Station in the far north Kimberley region of Western Australia, her film credits included Phillip Noyce’s Rabbit-Proof Fence , Rachel Perkins’ Bran Nue Dae and Jeremy Sims’ Last Cab to Darwin . Noyce said: “Ningali will be remembered as an extraordinarily loving artist who gave her all to everything and everyone.Without Ningali Rabbit-Proof Fence would have been half the movie that we managed to create. “Ningali was a cultural advisor, actor, drama coach and inspiration to all who worked on the film.She was the grand dame of Indigenous female performers, through her family linking pre-contact days with the 21st Century.” Among her most recent TV credits are Lingo Pictures/Foxtel’s Upright , Bunya Productions’ Mystery Road , Luke and Dan Riches’s ABC online series KGB and Arenamedia’s The Warrior s.Her theatre roles included her one-woman show Ningali (1994-1996), which toured nationally and internationally and earned her a Green Room Award for Best Actress and a Fringe First Award for Best New Production, Aliwa for Company B Belvoir (2001), Uncle Vanya (2005) and Jandamarra (2008) both for Black Swan Theatre Company.She was involved in the development of The Secret River at STC, narrating its return Sydney season and national tour in 2016, Adelaide Festival performances in 2018 and the Edinburgh Festival.She performed in The Long Forgotten Dream at Sydney Opera House last year.She is survived by her children Jaden, Rosie, Alexander, William and Florence and grandchildren Zavia and Mia. . The post Vale Ningali Lawford-Wolf, Indigenous star appeared first on IF Magazine .'

Gregor Jordan’s ‘Dirt Music’ to premiere in Toronto

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Gregor Jordan’s Dirt Music will have its world premiere in the Special Presentations section of the Toronto International Film Festival.
'‘Dirt Music’ Gregor Jordan’s Dirt Music will have its world premiere in the Special Presentations section of the Toronto International Film Festival.The festival said the “stunning landscape of Western Australia is the backdrop for an impassioned tale of love and grief in Gregor Jordan’s adaptation of the acclaimed novel by Tim Winton, starring Kelly Macdonald, Garrett Hedlund, and David Wenham.” Produced by Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey of the UK’s Wildgaze Films and Aquarius Films’ Angie Fielder and Polly Staniford, the film will join Justin Kurzel’s True History of the Kelly Gang , Unjoo Moon’s I Am Woman , Daniel Gordon’s The Australian Dream and Ben Lawrence’s Hearts and Bones in the Toronto line-up.In addition, Eva Orner’s Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator , a Netflix Original production which charts the spectacular rise and scandalous fall of hot-yoga evangelist Bikram Choudhury, will be among 25 titles in the TIFF Docs section.In Dirt Music Macdonald plays Georgie, a sometime sailor, diver and nurse who is stranded in a remote fishing town with Jim (Wenham), a man she doesn’t love, and his young sons whose dead mother she can never replace.A reckless moment leads Georgie to an intense, sexually charged affair with Lu Fox (Hedlund), an enigmatic loner, musician and poacher who is traumatised by a tragic accident from his past.When Lu retreats into the wilderness, Georgie embarks on a journey to bring him back with the unlikely help of Jim, who is determined to right wrongs from his own past.In her film debut Julia Stone, one half of the sibling duo Angus & Julia Stone, plays Sal, with George Mason as Darkie, both members of the Fox family.Chris Haywood is Georgie’s father Warwick with Dan Wyllie as Rusty and Aaron Pedersen as Beaver, who both live in the town.Universal will release Dirt Music next year. . The post Gregor Jordan’s ‘Dirt Music’ to premiere in Toronto appeared first on IF Magazine .'

AACTA Pitch: Elevate finalists unveiled

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The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) has announced the five finalists for AACTA Pitch: Elevate, a national pitching competition aimed at discovering high-concept scripted series.
'The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) has announced the five finalists for AACTA Pitch: Elevate, a national pitching competition aimed at discovering high-concept scripted series.The finalists, chosen from almost 100 submissions, are: Endgame, My Mother the Witch, The 8, The Department of Last Requests and The Replicas.In a statement, AACTA said the five finalists have been selected for their “unique interpretations of an elevated concept; each beginning with a simple premise and an unusual set of circumstances, while holding the potential for mass audience appeal and endless possibilities within the world for their series.” Each finalist will pitch their concept live at the upcoming AACTA Shorts + Web Fest, in front of a judging panel that includes: Carly Heaton, executive producer at Foxtel; Stephen Corvini, drama development executive and producer at Matchbox Pictures; Tracey Robertson, CEO Hoodlum Entertainment; Billy Bowring, development manager at FremantleMedia Australia.The competition will be hosted by comedian Gen Fricker and the winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize, feedback from the judging panel and guidance on the development of a pilot screenplay through script coverage from partnering production companies.The winner will also receive support from Spectrum Films to the value of $2,500, and tickets to the 2019 AACTA Awards.The live final will begin with a ‘Short & Sharp’ lesson in mastering the Perfect Pitch.The AACTA Pitch judges, will be joined by Nicole Coventry (Production Supervisor, Commissioned Content – Scripted, SBS) and Bobby Romia (Screen Investment Manager, Create NSW) who will share their expert advice for refining a concept into a professional media pitch.After the live final and announcement of the winning pitch, AACTA Shorts + Web Fest host Jan Fran will sit down with the winner of AACTA Pitch: Forever Unexpected Loani Arman to share her experience bringing her short film concept Our Greatest Escape to life after winning funding and production support in early June.The finalists: Endgame | Gabriel Bergmoser, Bryony McLachlan A young couple’s life is shattered when they discover they are non-player characters in a violent video game.My Mother, The Witc h | Anya Beyersdorf 1693 — A Lawman is called to God’s Country to hear the wildly divergent confessions of two accused witches due to hang – a young girl and her mother – each swearing black and blue the other is the witch and should be put to death.The Eight | Adam Kiers, Barbara Stephen, Hannah Carol Chapman, Amal Awad Christo has been found dead in the carpark of his apartment block.The viewer may follow their own path to investigate the crime with the ability to watch each episode – from the perspective of The Girlfriend, The Brother, The Old Lady, The Young Mum, The Brazilians, The Bikie and The Real Estate Agent – in any order to unravel the mystery.The Department of Lats Requests | Angela McDonald You’ve probably never heard of the Department of Last Requests.A run-down legal department that processes people’s wills – specifically, wills where the deceased had strange or complicated final wishes and where two drop-kick lawyers have been assigned to carry out their last requests.The Replicas | Adam Daniel After passing through a strange electrical storm at sea, the passengers of a transit ferry arrive at their island home to discover that they are duplicated versions of passengers that arrived on the same ferry thirty minutes earlier AACTA Pitch: Elevate will be held at AACTA Shorts + Web Fest August 31 at 1.00pm at The Factory Theatre in Sydney. . The post AACTA Pitch: Elevate finalists unveiled appeared first on IF Magazine .'

SAFC and Screen Territory partner to boost opportunities for Indigenous filmmakers

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The South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC) and Screen Territory have partnered to launch ‘Centralised’, an initiative to support Indigenous filmmakers across South Australian and the Northern Territory through new funding, support and development
'Behind the scenes of ‘Deadly Family Portraits: Sainsbury Sisters’ with director Pearl Berry.The South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC) and Screen Territory have partnered to launch ‘Centralised’, an initiative to support Indigenous filmmakers across South Australian and the Northern Territory through new funding, support and development opportunities.The initiative, which also has the support of Screen Australia’s Indigenous Department, Documentary Australia Foundation (DAF), AFTRS Indigenous, ABC and NITV, will involve mentoring, workshops, attachments and internships.Existing Aboriginal-led media organisations in SA and the NT will also be involved in the program.Centralised aims to “remove the state-territory border for the screen industry, linking creative communities and fostering collaborations to develop and uncover the stories, locations and new and existing talent through the very heart of Australia”. Emerging producers, writers and directors will be supported to develop and produce screen content for possible broadcast on the ABC or NITV.The first major Centralised projects to be announced include South Australian-made Deadly Family Portraits, set to air on ABC iview on Friday 9 August; the  Karla Grant Factual Series Initiative  for NITV; a web series development initiative to be delivered by CAAMA (Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association) and a DAF Fellowship to empower indigenous storytellers.SAFC Aboriginal screen strategy executive Lee-Ann Tjunypa Buckskin said: “This ground-breaking initiative builds on the cultural backbone of our two states and supports the incredible work being done by Indigenous screen creatives in South Australia and the Northern Territory.Centralised will shine a new spotlight on the very heart of Australia, bringing Indigenous stories and storytellers to the fore in exciting new ways.Centralised acknowledges and supports a long line of story tellers and engages the next generation in meaningful ways, to develop and grow our resources and talent for many generations to come.” Screen Territory CEO Jennie Hughes said: “The Northern Territory has a long history of developing masterful Indigenous filmmakers and Screen Territory is proud to be a founding member of the Centralised initiative.Centralised will be key in fostering a new generation of Indigenous screen practitioners, contributing and strengthening to the rich history of Indigenous storytelling in Australian screen content.” Ambassadors for the program include SA actor Elaine Crombie ( Top End Wedding , Kiki and Kitty, Black Comed y) and Territorian film maker Dylan River ( Sweet Country, Robbie Hood ). “As an ambassador for Centralised I’m excited and intrigued for our storytellers from SA and NT to have this opportunity.I would personally love to see our generations both young and old have the chance to share their stories, whatever they may be.My brief is that anything is possible and with this initiative, you will soon see why,” Crombie said.River said: “As a proud Territorian filmmaker I welcome this opportunity for screen makers across the NT and SA to develop and produce their work.I started my career directing Buckskin , about South Australian Aboriginal Leader Jack Buckskin, and without that chance to make my first work, I would not be working on series like  Mystery Road  or features like  Sweet Country.”  Screen Australia head of Indigenous Penny Smallacombe said: “In 2018 we celebrated 25 years of our Indigenous Department at Screen Australia.Last month we released The Next 25 Year strategy, and core to that is working with sister organisations to form a National Framework for Indigenous Professional Development to make funding opportunities more accessible.We’re thrilled that Centralised will become the first step on that journey to connecting resources for Indigenous creators, and express a heartfelt thanks to all the founding partners.” CENTRALISED PROJECTS: Deadly Family Portraits This SAFC and ABC digital series brings to the screen three remarkable South Australian Aboriginal families – mother and daughter performers Lillian and Elaine Crombie, artist father and musician son Robert and Zaachariaha Fielding, and dancer sisters Taree and Caleena Sansbury – in three short films produced and directed by teams of emerging Indigenous South Australian filmmakers.The series premiered on ABC iview on Friday August 9, marking the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People.Karla Grant Factual Series Initiative Indigenous journalist and  Living Black host Karla Grant journeys onto Country to meet and interview interesting and inspiring Indigenous Australians in a new series for NITV.Each episode of the four-part series will be directed by a different emerging South Australian and Northern Territory Indigenous director and feature a different high-profile guest.The Karla Grant Factual Series Initiative is a collaboration between NITV and the South Australian Film Corporation.It will start production in 2019 and air in 2020.Web Series Development Initiative Partnering with Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA), Centralised will call on Indigenous screen practitioners, online content creators and vloggers from the Northern Territory and South Australia to attend the first Centralised Online Series Development Initiative.Held in Alice Springs, this four-day web series workshop will offer networking and screening opportunities, as well as a pitch session in front of broadcasters, YouTube, State and Federal film agencies.Applications are open now.DAF Documentary Indigenous Fellowship Under the Centralised banner, Documentary Australia Foundation (DAF)’s new Documentary Indigenous Fellowship will support the careers of Indigenous filmmakers from the Northern Territory and South Australia to develop professionally and kickstart a new project.Details on eligibility and how to apply will be available soon.Bunya Talent Incubator With the support of Screen Australia’s Enterprise Business and Ideas program and SAFC, Bunya Productions will run a Creative Incubator Workshop in Adelaide that will provide opportunities for emerging and mid-career Indigenous writers, showrunners, directors and producers to develop television and film concepts.Bunya are the production company behind the multiple award-winning TV series  Mystery Road  and feature film  Sweet Country . Tarnanthi 2019 Mentoring Program Presented by the Art Gallery of South Australia in partnership with the SAFC, this program will see Adelaide’s award-winning Closer Productions provide attachment opportunities for two emerging Indigenous South Australian based filmmakers to be mentored as they film the Tarnanthi Artist Portraits, a collection of filmic profiles of some of the country’s leading contemporary Indigenous artists.Production will take place at the Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Art Centre in northeast Arnhem Land, NT; Broken Hill, NSW; and Kununurra and Lombadina in Western Australia.Tarnanthi is presented by the Art Gallery of South Australia in partnership with BHP and with support from the Government of South Australia.The Tarnanthi Artist Portraits will be screened at AGSA and shared more broadly across social media and other platforms.   . The post SAFC and Screen Territory partner to boost opportunities for Indigenous filmmakers appeared first on IF Magazine .'

Kiah Roache-Turner’s ‘Nekrotronic’ invades the US as ‘The Nightingale’ expands

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Kiah Roache-Turner’s Nekrotronic opened in the US last weekend as a multi-platform release.
'‘Nekrotronic.’ Kiah Roache-Turner’s Nekrotronic opened in the US last weekend as a multi-platform release.Momentum Pictures launched the sci-fi horror comedy starring Monica Bellucci, Ben O’Toole, David Wenham, Caroline Ford, Tess Haubrich and Bob Epine Savea in 10 cities and on VOD and digital HD.The eOne-owned distributor did not share box office figures, which are typically modest for day-and-date releases.The benefit of the theatrical exposure is that the reviews and publicity give the film a profile which pays off in ancillary revenues.The director trimmed five minutes of exposition scenes after the world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, resulting in more favourable reviews, particularly from genre websites.For example, We Are Movie Geek’s Marc Butterfield hailed the film as “hilarious, fun, action packed, and full of gross, splashy, gooey moments; in other words, fantastic.” Butterfield observed: “The movie has a nice amalgamation of story elements from Ghostbusters, Blade and maybe even a little of the old classic Tron .” Rue Morgue critic Shawn Macomber declared : “Boy, are you in for a treat, ’cause once the premise is locked down, the remaining two-thirds of Nekrotronic throw everything and the viscera-filled kitchen sink at you.It’s playful, absurdist and completely over the top, maintaining the action-horror-humor-rinse-repeat ethos of Wyrmwood even as it brings new nuances and production prowess to the table.” Meanwhile Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale expanded to 25 runs in the US last weekend after platforming in New York and Los Angeles.The revenge thriller starring Aisling Franciosi, Sam Claflin, Baykali Ganambarr, Michael Sheasby, Damon Herriman, Harry Greenwood and Ewen Leslie grossed nearly $72,000 on 27 screens, raising the total to $120,000.The movie produced by Kristina Ceyton and Made Up Stories’ Bruna Papandrea and Steve Hutensky will roll out in a further 15 markets next weekend via IFC Films.Transmission Films will launch the film on 32 screens on August 29.Nekrotronic will have its Australian premiere as the opening night attraction of the SciFi Film Festival at Event Cinemas George street on September 6.The producers, Hopscotch Features’ Andrew Mason and Troy Lum and Guerilla Films’ Tristan Roache-Turner, have booked four-wall screenings with Q&As with the filmmakers at the Village Jam Factory on September 7 and the following night at Event Cinemas in Marion and Brisbane, followed immediately by digital and VOD. “We are confident it will have a long life on VOD and DVD,” Tristan tells IF.The brothers are developing a Wyrmwood sequel and a TV series spin-off, the former with producer Blake Northfield.The movie is likely to happen first, according to Tristan.The opening set-up: A man clad in armour keeps zombies in an electrified enclosure hoping they will save him from the marauding zombies outside the fence. . The post Kiah Roache-Turner’s ‘Nekrotronic’ invades the US as ‘The Nightingale’ expands appeared first on IF Magazine .'

George Pullar and tyro Ashlyn Louden-Gamble search for ‘Moon Rock’

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George Pullar and newcomer Ashlyn Louden-Gamble have won the lead roles in Moon Rock for Monday, a coming-of-age road movie from first-time writer-director Kurt Martin.
'George Pullar.George Pullar and newcomer Ashlyn Louden-Gamble have won the lead roles in Moon Rock for Monday , a coming-of-age road movie from first-time writer-director Kurt Martin.Pullar, whose star is on the rise after roles in Fighting Season, Playing for Keeps and A Place to Call Home , will play homeless teenager Tyler.Tyler is on the run from the cops when he meets Monday (Louden-Gamble), a terminally ill 11-year-old, at a train station.Forming an unlikely bond, they embark on a road trip across the country in search of a moon rock which Monday believes will heal her.The pair is pursued by the police who believe Tyler has kidnapped the girl.Jim Robison, who formed Lunar Pictures after an affable split from Blake Northfield’s Bronte Pictures, will produce.Shooting is due to start in Sydney and Coober Pedy on August 26, funded by private investors and the Producer Offset.Casting agent Marianne Jade of Maura Fay Casting issued a nationwide casting call for the lead roles.United Management’s Trish McAskill, who represents Ashlyn, her youngest client, got her to audition.Ashlyn had attended acting classes for kids at NIDA. “It was so important we found Ashlyn because she holds the film together with George,” Robison tell IF. “After Kurt met with her, he knew she was our Monday. “It’s a happy-sad film, actually more happy than sad.Monday is terminally ill but she teaches everyone around her how to live.” David Field will play the lead detective with Aaron Jeffrey as Monday’s father and Nicholas Hope and Karina Banno as oddball characters whom the pair encounter.Bonnie Ferguson, Dean Kyrwood, Lauren Birdsall and Rahel Romahn round out the supporting cast.Martin, now a partner in Lunar Pictures, took the script to Robison in 2017 and they have since made several short films and web series.Pinnacle Films’ Huw Perkins and Sherard Kingston quickly acquired the Australian/New Zealand distribution rights and it took Robison two years to raise the rest of the budget.Robison and Martin will attend the American Film Market in LA in November to sell the international rights after Robison decided the offers from agents he had initially were too low-ball.This is the first production for Lunar Pictures, which has several projects slated for development this year and in 2020.Robison received an executive producer credit on Kriv Stenders’ Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan after introducing the producers to licensed corporate brokers who raised $4 million from investors. . The post George Pullar and tyro Ashlyn Louden-Gamble search for ‘Moon Rock’ appeared first on IF Magazine .'

BO Report: Fast start for ‘Fast & Furious’ spin-off

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As a spin-off, Universal’s Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw was never destined to roar out of the starting blocks with the velocity as the previous editions of the franchise.
'‘Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.’ As a spin-off, Universal’s Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw was never destined to roar out of the starting blocks with the same velocity as the previous editions of the franchise.But the opening weekend for the action thriller starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham in Australia over-indexed the US bow and the worldwide tally was a none-too-shabby $180.8 million.The top 20 titles generated $17.4 million, a slight 7 per cent dip on the previous weekend, according to Numero.Palace’s French psychological drama/thriller Who You Think I Am proved to be effective counter-programming for non-rev-heads, while Sony’s Chinese firefighting movie The Bravest fared OK on limited screens.Rialto’s indie US drama The Public and Madman Entertainment’s romantic drama Ophelia directed by Aussie Claire McCarthy struggled in line with their US results.Directed by David Leitch, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw clocked up $7.2 million, tracking above Mission: Impossible- Fallout , a strong start considering most recent editions had the benefit of the Easter holidays.The domestic take was $60 million, the third best entry for the franchise below each of the last two films.The $180.8 million global debut is Universal’s fifth biggest ever behind The Fate of the Furious, Jurassic World, Furious 7 and Fifty Shades Of Grey . Disney’s live action remake of The Lion King is the studio’s fourth blockbuster to surpass $1 billion this year.Here, the Jon Favreau-directed musical fantasy adventure bagged $6.3 million in its third chapter, hoisting its total to $49.7 million.The global haul stands at $1.195 billion – $430.9 domestic and $764.9 million in the rest of the world.Sony/Marvel’s Spider-Man: Far From Home ascended to $36.2 million after minting $666,000 in its fifth orbit.The Jon Watts-directed sequel starring Tom Holland, Zendaya, Samuel L.Jackson, Jake Gyllenhaal, Remy Hii and Angourie Rice has amassed $1.08 billion globally.Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 4 drew $508,000 in its seventh, climbing to $40.4 million.Directed by Josh Cooley, the comedy voiced by Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Tony Hale, Annie Potts, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele and Keanu Reeves is closing in on $1 billion with $959.3 million in the till.Universal/Working Title’s Yesterday reached $12.8 million after collecting $432,000 in its sixth, outperforming the US, where Danny Boyle’s fantasy romantic comedy musical has whistled up $67.9 million.Icon’s The Keeper, German director Marcus H.Rosenmüller’s drama based on the true story of the former Nazi soldier and prisoner of war who became a star goalkeeper for Manchester City, kicked along to $650,000 after making $223,000 in its second weekend Mind Blowing Films’ Punjabi drama Chal Mera Putt , directed by Janjot Singh and starring Amrinder Gill, Simi Chahal, Iftikhar Thakur and Nasir Chinyoti, has raked in a hearty $750,000 on 37 screens on the back of its $212,000 second weekend.Universal/Illumination’s The Secret Life of Pets 2 moved up to $18.2 million after adding $160,000 in its seventh.Directed by Safy Nebbou, Who You Think I Am stars Juliette Binoche as Claire, a university lecturer and mother of two teenage boys who is rebuilding her life with a new partner after her ex-husband betrays her.The drama mustered $130,000 on only 19 screens at the weekend and $336,000 including festivals and previews.The Bravest , director Tony Chan’s action drama about a disgraced firefighter captain who must put aside his grievances and team up with his former subordinate in order to save the city, collected $86,000 on 23 screens here and $82 million in its first four days in China.Directed, written by and starring Emilio Estevez, The Public , the tale of homeless people who take over the public library to seek shelter from the cold, leading to a stand-off with cops, booked $61,000 on 57 screens.The drama opened in the US in June, ending up with $573,000.Ophelia , a retelling of Hamlet from the point of view of Ophelia (Daisy Ridley), who is taken in by Queen Gertrude (Naomi Watts) to become a lady-in-waiting and falls in love with Prince Hamlet (George MacKay), fetched $45,000 on 35 screens and $55,000 with previews.IFC released the film in the US, making just $US51,000. . The post BO Report: Fast start for ‘Fast & Furious’ spin-off appeared first on IF Magazine .'

US moviegoers turn out for Jennifer Kent’s ‘The Nightingale’

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Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale platformed in Los Angeles and New York last weekend, drawing sizable audiences and largely positive reviews from US critics.
'‘The Nightingale.’ Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale platformed in Los Angeles and New York last weekend, drawing sizable audiences and largely positive reviews from US critics.US distributor IFC Films launched the female-driven revenge thriller at Arclight Hollywood and New York’s IFC Centre, grossing an estimated $US40,000, with sold-out shows on Friday and Saturday.The 1825-set tale starring Aisling Franciosi, Sam Claflin, newcomer Baykali Ganambarr, Michael Sheasby, Harry Greenwood and Ewen Leslie will expand in both cities and open in Austin, Texas, Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Boston on August 9.Kristina Ceyton, who produced with Kent and Made Up Stories’ Bruna Papandrea and Steve Hutensky, tells IF the roll-out will encompass at least 100 screens over the next few weeks. “The upcoming support we have from the exhibition community has been outstanding, with Landmark, AMC, Regal and Alamo all on board for this release, as well as top art houses like the Music Box and SIFF,” IFC Films’ Justin DiPietro told Deadline on Sunday morning. “We’re all excited here with our initial opening and to be working again with such an outstanding filmmaker in Jennifer.” IFC Films released Kent’s debut film The Babadook in the US, making nearly $US1 million.Transmission Films will launch The Nightingale on 32 screens on August 29.Kent will participate in preview Q&A screenings in Sydney at Dendy Newtown and Chauvel Cinema on Sunday August 18 and Monday August 19, in Melbourne at Cinema Nova on August 20 and the following night at the State Cinema in Hobart.The plot follows Franciosi as Clare, a 21-year-old Irish convict who chases British officer Hawkins (Claflin) through the Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family.On the way she enlists the services of Aboriginal tracker Billy (Ganambarr), who is haunted by trauma from his own violence-filled past.Franciosi confessed to feeling emotional as the film opened in the US, posting on Facebook: “I gave this film literally everything so to see it in theatres, when even getting an indie made is a miracle, feels pretty crazy. “It has been a lesson in patience – to say the least.Shooting this film was one of the most challenging things I’ve done for many, many reasons but also the most satisfying.It’s an experience I’ll never forget with people I’ll never forget.” The reviews have been predominantly positive since the world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival, as evidenced by the 79 per cent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.The New York Times’ A.O.Scott hailed a movie “thick with horror and heavy with feeling” and a history lesson which is even more powerful as an ethical inquiry into the consequences of violence and the nature of justice.Rolling Stone’s Pete Travers lauded the “extraordinary acting breakthrough” by Baykali Ganambarr and cinematographer Radek Ladczuk.Travers quibbled with the multiple false endings but concluded: “As a devastating deconstruction of the complex nature of one woman’s retribution, The Nightingale is peerless.” . The post US moviegoers turn out for Jennifer Kent’s ‘The Nightingale’ appeared first on IF Magazine .'

Screen Australia supports 18 docos with $3.8 million

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Screen Australia has announced the final round of documentary funding for the 2018-19 financial year, which sees $3.8 million spread across 18 projects – five under the commissioned program and 13 under the producer program.
'Rosemary Kariuki of ‘ Rosemary’s Way’. Screen Australia has announced the final round of documentary funding for the 2018-19 financial year, which sees $3.8 million spread across 18 projects – five under the commissioned program and 13 under the producer program.The announcement comes as Screen Australia prepares to seek industry feedback on proposed updates to its documentary funding programs; the agency will release an issues paper in late September. “The last time our documentary programs were revised was in 2014-15, and since that time there has been substantial change in screen business models, content creation and audience viewing habits,” said Screen Australia head of documentary Bernadine Lim. “We will be looking to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the sector, and how Screen Australia can best support quality, culture and innovation in the documentary industry.” A review of the documentary programs was first announced in January, when the agency flagged that the base funding pool for the Producer Equity Program (PEP), which provides a direct payment of funds (approx 20 per cent of production budget) to producers of eligible low-budget documentaries, would be depleted before the end of the financial year.Funds were eventually exhausted in April.In 2018-19, Screen Australia’s documentary department disbursed $16.26 million in funding, which was slightly higher than the previous two financial years.In 2018-19 funding was provided to 173 projects across development (46), Producer Program (34), Commissioned Program (24), initiatives (7) and PEP (62). Additional funding was provided to SAFC Doculab.The projects funded in the latest round include a series from Blackfella Films that explores the topic of addiction, a feature from Kriv Stenders about country music icon Joy McKean, as well as a feature centred on the trailblazing women who fought for women’s surfing to become an international sport.Lim said: “We’re delighted to fund a wide range of projects that explore unique aspects of Australian history and put a spotlight on contemporary issues including addiction and migration.It’s also exciting to support so many projects that celebrate stories of powerful Australian women and recognise their achievements in sport, music, agriculture as well as building communities among new Australians.I’m confident these projects will not only entertain but also spark conversations.” Recent projects supported via the producer program: BLIND AMBITION Third Man Films Pty Ltd Producers  Rob Coe, Warwick Ross Executive Producers  Madeleine Ross, Paul Wiegard Writer/Directors  Rob Coe, Warwick Ross Synopsis  Four Zimbabwean refugees who were forced to flee their home country in search of a better life become Africa’s best and most unlikely sommeliers and compete in the World Wine Blind Tasting Championships – the Olympics of the wine world.BRAZEN HUSSIES Film Camp Pty Ltd Producers  Philippa Campey, Andrea Foxworthy Executive Producer  Sue Maslin Writer/Director  Catherine Dwyer Synopsis   Brazen Hussies , for the first time, tells the story of the bold women who ignited a feminist revolution in Australia during the Women’s Liberation era.DARK ARTS In Films Pty Ltd Producers  Ivan O’Mahoney, Yaara Bou Melhem Executive Producer  Nial Fulton Writer/Director  Yaara Bou Melhem Synopsis  Mass surveillance, data collection and A.I. are abstract but all pervasive realities of our lives.But how do you make the unseen accountable?This film is a part human, part A.I. driven journey into the works and mind of Trevor Paglen, the world’s leading contemporary artist in revealing the unseen forces shaping our lives and futures.GIRL LIKE YOU Rush Films Pty Ltd Producer  Cody Greenwood Directors  Frances Elliott, Samantha Marlowe Synopsis  Over four years, a young woman watches her partner transition from male to female; adjusting to new breasts and hips, incredible mood swings, as well as coming to terms with her own changing sexuality.A raw, intimate and confronting ride into a relationship where little remains constant, Girl Like You challenges audiences to explore the fluidity of their own gender and sexual identity.PETRICHOR VR Pernickety Split Pty Ltd Producer  Emma Roberts Writer/Director  Ben Andrews Synopsis  An interactive VR installation placing audiences into the centre of an awe-inspiring storm in the world’s oldest rainforest, encouraging sustained action for the Australian environment.RECORDER QUEEN Music Films Pty Ltd Producers  Sophie Raymond, Clare Sawyer Executive Producers  Helen Panckhurst, Bob Connolly Director  Sophie Raymond Writers  Genevieve Lacey, Sophie Raymond Synopsis   Recorder Queen  is a hybrid documentary that invites audiences into the sensory world of Australian musician, Genevieve Lacey, as she explores what lies beyond becoming a virtuoso.RICHARD LEPLASTRIER – FRAMING THE VIEW Mitra Films Pty Ltd Producers  Susan MacKinnon, Anna Cater Writer/Director  Anna Cater Synopsis  Revered by architects around the world, Richard Leplastrier’s search for beauty in his career is interwoven with his own life in a bush camp on the edge of Sydney.ROSEMARY’S WAY (working title) Bower Bird Films Pty Ltd Producer  Pat Fiske Executive Producer  Joe Skrzynski Writer/Director  Ros Horin Synopsis  Charismatic changemaker, Rosemary Kariuki, is on a mission to empower migrant women, enticing them out of cultural silos, exposing them to new ideas, experiences and the wider Australian society – her means are anything but orthodox and laughter her secret weapon.SLIM & I Pictures in Paradise Pty Ltd Producers  Chris Brown, Aline Jacques, James Arneman Executive Producer  Joy McKean Writer/Director  Kriv Stenders Synopsis  Australia’s Queen of country music, Joy McKean takes us on the road of her life, revealing the story of her career, her decades of touring around Australia, her marriage of more than fifty years to Slim Dusty, and her determination to be recognised as a performer and songwriter in her own right.SUZI Q The Acme Film Company Pty Ltd Producers  Tait Brady, Liam Firmager Executive Producers  Stephanie Stevenson, Jason Byrne, Shaun Miller Writer/Director  Liam Firmager Synopsis  Trailblazer.Inspiration.Survivor.Suzi Q is an intimate feature length theatrical-doc on the life of 70s rock star Suzi Quatro – the first female rocker to play an instrument, front the band, sing lead, write songs – in an era when women were invisible in rock’n’roll bands.Aged 69, still performing and recording, The Queen is here to claim her crown.THE KIDS 6 Seasons Productions Producer  Shannon Swan Writer/Director  Eddie Martin Synopsis   The Kids  is a strikingly personal, all access documentary about the real life individuals who inspired Larry Clark’s 1995 cult classic film  Kids . THE SIDE SHOW The Side Show Move Pty Ltd Producers  Michaela Perske, Christopher Nelius Executive Producers  Rob Galluzo, Michael Hilliard,  Paul Wiegard Writer/Director  Christopher Nelius Synopsis  The untold story of how a band of renegade surfer girls in the 1980s fought to create their own professional sport, changing the face of international surf culture forever.VISIBLE FARMER 15 x 6 mins Kaufmann Productions Pty Ltd Producer  Carsten Orlt Executive Producer  Gisela Kaufmann Writer/Director  Gisela Kaufmann Synopsis   Visible Farmer  criss-crosses the country to reveal the extraordinary stories of Australia’s female farmers.Recent projects supported through the Commissioned Program: ADDICTED (working title) 3 x 51 mins Blackfella Films Pty Ltd Producer  Darren Dale Series Producer  Jacob Hickey Writer  Jacob Hickey Broadcaster  SBS Synopsis  Extraordinary access to the lives of a group of Australians and their families, as they confront their addiction head on.AUSTRALIA IN COLOUR SERIES 2 4 x 50 mins Stranger Than Fiction Films Producer  Jo-anne McGowan Executive Producer  Jennifer Peedom Directors  Lisa Matthews, Rose Hesp Broadcaster  SBS Synopsis   Australia in Colour  will inject new life into our precious black and white archives, transforming them into glorious colour.COME FLY WITH ME (working title) 3 x 52 mins WildBear Entertainment Pty Ltd Executive Producer  Alan Erson Series Producer  Bernice Toni Director  Greg Appel Writers  Prudence Black,   Greg Appel, Bernice Toni, Alan Erson Broadcaster  SBS Synopsis  The turbulent history of Australians in the air.KILLER SNAKE ISLAND 1 x 60 mins Sea Dog TV International Pty Ltd  Supervising Producer  Leighton De Barros Producer  Jodie De Barros Executive Producer  Jodie De Barros Directors  Leighton De Barros, Jonathan Rowdon Writers  Leighton De Barros, Jonathan Rowdon Synopsis  On an island off the west coast of Australia deadly Tiger snakes have hyper-evolved to become giants, but there may be an even more brutal and effective killer on the island that has stopped the snakes’ accelerated evolution in its tracks, this is Killer Snake Island!MONEY SCHOOL 4 x 46 mins Essential Media and Entertainment Pty Ltd Executive Producers  Brendan Dahill, Sam Griffin, Liz Pape Director   Bruce Permezel   Writer   Bruce Permezel Broadcaster   Foxtel Synopsis  Money School   follows behind the scenes as Scott Pape (aka The Barefoot Investor) launches a financial revolution that he hopes will change the nation – starting with kids in school.SOUTHERN STARS: RISING FROM THE ASHES (working title) 2 x 44 mins Essential Media Group Series Producer  Cassie Charlton Executive Producers  Brendan Dahill, Sam Griffin, Justin Holdforth Writer/Director  Cassie Charlton Broadcaster  Seven Network Synopsis  This two part series examines the rise of women’s elite sport through the lens of the Australian Women’s Cricket team, on and off the pitch, during their quest to win the 2019 Ashes. . 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Kelton Pell honoured as CinefestOZ Screen Legend

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Actor Kelton Pell is the first Western Australian to receive the Screen Legend accolade from CinefestOZ in the event’s 12-year history.
'Kelton Pell (Photo credit: Daniel James Grant, Black Swan State Theatre Company) . Actor Kelton Pell is the first Western Australian to receive the Screen Legend accolade from CinefestOZ in the event’s 12-year history.In a career spanning more than 25 years, his film credits include Blackfellas, Australian Rules, September, Bran Nue Dae, Mad Bastards, Looking For Grace, Red Dog:True Blue and Three Summers . In his latest screen role he appeared alongside Bill Nighy, Victoria Hill and Milan Burch in director Tim Brown’s Buckley’s Chance , which was partly shot in WA.Nighy played Spencer, the estranged grandfather of Burch’s Ridley, who moved to WA with his mother Gloria (Hill) after his father dies.Spencer tries to reconnect with the boy but he gets lost the outback.Pell has been a familiar face in such TV shows as Pine Gap, The Gods of Wheat Street, The Circuit, Redfern Now and The Heights . “It’s a huge honour,” he says of the award. “I really have to pay respect to the two people who inspired me to be who I am today, T.E Lewis (deceased) and David Gulpilil. “If it wasn’t for them, I don’t think I would have been an actor.They were the first two Aboriginal people I saw on the screen and it made me so proud to see black faces portraying our people.” In 2017 he became IndigifestOZ Koorda, or friend, recognising the leadership he has provided CinefestOZ, particularly the Indigenous film program IndigifestOZ which showcases the unique voices of Indigenous filmmakers as well as highlighting films with Indigenous themes.The award will be presented at the CinefestOZ film festival gala night on August 31.The past recipients are Sigrid Thornton, Hugo Weaving, Joel Edgerton, Jack Thompson, Bryan Brown, David Wenham, Jacqueline McKenzie, Fred Schepisi, Bruce Beresford, Gillian Armstrong and Scott Hicks.CinefestOZ runs from August 28 to September 1. . The post Kelton Pell honoured as CinefestOZ Screen Legend appeared first on IF Magazine .'

Call out for animated shorts for anthology film focused on love and relationships

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Filmmaker Holly Hargreaves is on the look out for short animations focused on love, relationships and break ups for an anthology she is curating, titled Luv.
'‘Bonnie the Elephant’.  Filmmaker Holly Hargreaves is on the look out for short animations focused on love, relationships and break ups for an anthology she is curating, titled Luv . Hargreaves’ most recent project is the Screen Australia-supported web series Bonnie the Elephant, which will feature in the anthology.Overall, she has six confirmed films but is on the look out for another 10 more to round out the project, with a focus on stories that are funny or emotional.The anthology is intended for submission to international and domestic festivals, and for digital release on iTunes.Each accepted film will get a share of profits. “I’m a big fan of anthologies and animation.There are a lot of horror anthologies out there but few animation anthologies so I decided to make one,” she tells IF. “Love is a reoccuring theme in all of my work.” Holly Hargreaves.Bonnie the Elephant , is a 4 x 3 adult animation set inside a children’s storybook directed, written and produced by Hargreaves and narrated by Matilda Brown.It follows Bonnie through the forest on her quest for “love, bongs and orgies.” Two of the other films that have been accepted for the project are about same-sex relationships.Another is about a toothpaste tube who’s in love with an electric toothbrush, and one follows a relationship between an elderly lady and a robot. “I have a mixture of funny and sweet films and I would like to continue that balance with the rest of the films selected.” Hargreaves, who is seeking non-exclusive rights, will accept a film of any animation style, as long as it is under 15 minutes, as well as projects that have previously played at festivals or are online.It will not be just an Australian-only anthology; some of the films already accepted are from the US.Hargreaves will accept submissions over the next fortnight.Submit your film to swimlikeaboss.productions@gmail.com  . The post Call out for animated shorts for anthology film focused on love and relationships appeared first on IF Magazine .'