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15

Aug

Hot Trailer: The Little Death

Aussie actor Josh Lawson has made his directorial debut on The Little Death, an original dark comedy that centers on love, relationships, sex and taboo.

The film takes an honest and moving look into the secret lives of ordinary people, and is scheduled to hit Aussie screens Thursday, September 25. 

Written, directed and starring Lawson, the film also boasts a stellar Australian cast that includes Patrick Brammal, Lisa McCune, Kate Mulvany, Kate Box, Kim Gyngell and Lachy Hulme, alongside AiF members Bojana Novakovic, Damon Herriman, TJ Power and Ben Lawson.

Check out the brand new trailer for this hotly anticipated Aussie comedy:

05

Aug

APPLICATIONS FOR THE INAUGURAL GATEWAY LA SCRIPT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM ARE NOW OPEN

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NEW SCRIPT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM TO SUPPORT INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS FROM AUSTRALIAN WRITERS ANNOUNCED BY NEW AUSTRALIANS IN FILM PRESIDENT, SIMONNE OVEREND.

Australians in Film has appointed a new President, Simonne Overend, and one of her first points of business as she steps into the role is to launch the Gateway LA script development program.  

The program will support the development of commercially successful, Australian created television and movie screenplays for US and international audiences.

Says Ms Overend: ‘Gateway LA presents a fantastic opportunity to make Australians in Film an even more supportive and useful resource for Australians living and working in the U.S.’

‘This new program will help Australian projects secure exposure to the best networks in the business, and our goal is to discover screenplays with strong global appeal. I look forward to steering the program and supporting the wealth of talent we are currently seeing emerge from Australia, and to working with the Australians in Film network as a whole.’

Ms. Overend will co-chair the program with Mr. Peter Lawson, Executive Vice President of Production and Acquisitions at Open Road Films. In his previous roles, Lawson served as President of Production at Thunder Road, and Executive Vice President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions at The Weinstein Company.

Ms Overend has been based in Los Angeles for the past several years where she works as Vice President of Scripted Development for Essential Media (Saving Mr Banks, Rake, Jack Irish), creating a slate for the U.S. market.

The Gateway LA prize will see between one and three winners announced per year. They will be selected from an ‘Aussie List’ of up to 10 film and television scripts, circulated to a group of judges selected from the AiF network.

Winning projects receive a cash award to facilitate development of the script, a flight to LA, targeted meetings with producers and executives, and table reads. 

Modeled on The Black List and the UK’s Brit List, the script development program promotes Australian writers to both Australian and international producers, development executives and talent in Los Angeles.

Applications are open now and close on September 12. 

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The AiF network includes producers, development executives, the Board of Advisors and Board Members including Greg Basser, CEO of Village Roadshow Entertainment Group, writer/director Stuart Beattie, Peter Lawson, Executive Vice President of production and acquisitions at Open Road, Tracey Vieira, CEO Screen Queensland, and Ian Sutherland, Producer at Origin Productions.

14

Jul

CineféstOZ announces six finalists for inaugural $100,000 Film Prize

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Film festival CinéfestOZ has announced the six finalists in contention for its inaugural $100,000 Film Prize.


FelonySon of a GunThe ReckoningThe Waler: Australia’s Great War Horse and MIFF@CinefestOZ films My Mistress and Paper Planes have all been shortlisted for Australia’s richest film prize, to be announced at the festival on Saturday, 23rd August.

The festival will run from 20 - 24 August, 2014. 

The Film Prize is awarded to the producer of an Australian feature film or feature-length documentary and is the only cash film prize focussed on Australian feature films.

CinéfestOZ received more than 20 submissions for the prize, which is voted on by a jury of five esteemed members of the film industry headed by director Bruce Beresford.

The Waler: Australia’s Great War Horse will have its world premiere at CinéfestOZ, while the festival will also host the Australian premieres of Son of a Gun and The Reckoning. CinéfestOZ will also screen for the first time in Western Australia FelonyMy Mistress and Paper Planes.

“When we introduced this prize we anticipated a strong response but the calibre of films has far exceeded our expectations,”said vice chairman of CinéfestOZ Helen Shervington. “These are not just great Australian films; they are worthy of recognition internationally and it is a great honor to present them at our festival.”


The Film Prize was established to encourage excellence in Australian filmmaking, support the nation’s vibrant film industry and attract new audiences to Australian film.

It underlines CinéfestOZ’s commitment to the Australian film industry by creating, attracting and supporting filmmakers and opportunities within the industry.

The prize also builds on the success of CinéfestOZ, which in 2013 presented two world premieres of Australian feature films and 10 WA premieres of Australian films and attracted more than 15,000 attendances.

“CinéfestOZ continues to go from strength to strength and this year we have really upped the ante with the introduction of the Film Prize,”Ms Shervington said. “The calibre of films in the running for the prize reflects how significant it is in the Australian film landscape.”


CineféstOZ is supported by the State Government through Tourism WA’s Regional Events Program, which is funded by Royalties for Regions. The festival acknowledges its strong partnership with ScreenWest, Western Australia’s screen funding and development agency.

Finalists for the 2014 CinéfestOZ Film Prize

Felony

Director: Matthew Saville 

Producer: Rosemary Blight, Joel Edgerton & Michael Benaroya

Synopsis: Three detectives become embroiled in a tense struggle after a tragic accident that leaves a child in critical condition. One is guilty of a crime, one will try to cover it up, and the other attempts to expose it. How far will these men go to disguise and unravel the truth?

My Mistress

MIFF@CinefestOZ. A presentation of the Melbourne International Film Festival MIFF Premiere Fund at CinefestOZ

Director: Stephen Lance - Producers: Leanne Tonkes and Steve Kearney

Synopsis: What starts as a beautiful and strangely innocent affair between a vulnerable teenage romantic and a French S&M mistress, soon becomes more dangerous in this unconventional love story.

Paper Planes

MIFF@CinefestOZ. A presentation of the Melbourne International Film Festival MIFF Premiere Fund at CinefestOZ

Director: Robert Connolly

Producers: Robert Connolly, Maggie Miles and Liz Kearney

Synopsis: Paper Planes is an imaginative children’s film about a young Australian boy’s passion for flight and his challenge to compete in the World Paper Plane Championships in Japan. (Proudly funded by ScreenWest)

Son of a Gun

Director: Julius Avery

Producer: Timothy White & Janelle Landers


Synopsis: Locked up, JR finds himself under the protection of Australia’s public enemy number one, Brendan Lynch … but protection comes at a price. Lynch’s crew have plans for their young protégé, and very soon the debt is called in.

The Reckoning

Director: John V Soto

Producer: Deidre Kitcher

Synopsis: After his partner is murdered, a detective must track down two teenage runaways whose video footage contains the identity of the killer.(Proudly funded by ScreenWest)

The Waler: Australia’s Great War Horse

Director: Russell Vines

Producer: Marian Bartsch

Synopsis: Over 135,000 war horses left Australia for the Great War. Most were walers, a special kind of horse that can withstand great heat, travel great distances and perform great feats in battle. The walers served their Light Horsemen in the ‘Desert War’ across inhospitable terrain in the Middle East. Where they came from, why they were so successful, where they served, and what became of those that survived? None came home. This is their extraordinary story. (Proudly funded by ScreenWest, Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Screen Australia with the assistance of the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. Commissioned as part of the ANZAC Centenary Commemorations.) 

Aussie David Raines scores Emmy nomination for Fargo

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Australian born Sound Re-recording mixer David Raines has received an Emmy Award nomination for his work on the crime drama Fargo.

Fargo is inspired by the 1996 film of the same name and is written and directed by the Coen brothers.

This is Raines 3rd Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Sound Mixing, he has previously received two Emmy nominations for the action series Burn Notice.

Raines transitioned to the team lead position of dialogue and music re-recording mixer after Burn Notice and this is his first Emmy Award nomination as senior mixer.

Raines has also received a Cinema Audio Society Sound Mixing Award nomination for the independent feature film Calvin Marshall.

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will air on August 25 in the US, with the Creative Arts awards announced on August 16.

Others competing in Raines’ Outstanding Sound Mixing category include:

American Horror Story: Coven 

FX Networks 

Bruce Litecky, C.A.S. 

Joe Earle, C.A.S. 

Doug Andham, C.A.S.

Killing Kennedy 

National Geographic Channel 

William Britt, Production Mixer 

Mark Linden, Re-Recording Mixer 

Tara Paul, 

Re-Recording Mixer 

Sherlock: His Last Vow (Masterpiece) 

PBS 

John Mooney, Sound Mixer 

Howard Bargroff, Re-Recording Mixer 

Doug Sinclair, ADR Mixer 

Peter Gleaves, ADR Mixer 

Treme 

HBO 

Bruce Litecky, C.A.S. 

Andy Kris, Re-Recording Mixer 

Blake Leyh, Music Mixer

Congrats, David!

Luke Mitchell signs on to ABC drama Members Only

Australian Luke Mitchell has signed on to star in US network ABC’s new one-hour drama Members Only.

Set around a private country club in Connecticut, the Home and Away alum is cast to play Jesse, a man from the wrong side of the tracks and a new employee of the exclusive club, which is owned by the wealthy Holbrooke family. 

The series centers on the descendants of the Holbrook family - their alliances, affairs and rivalries. Jesse, a towel boy at the club, is the target of three gold card carrying 17-year-old triplets, who make bets on who can seduce him first. 

Along with Mitchell, the cast includes Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad), Boris kodjoe (Undercovers) Callie Hernandez (Machete Kills), Chris Conroy (Beneath) and Jaime Lee Kirchner (Mercy).

Originally titled ‘The Club,’ the CBS TV and ABC Studios co-production is being written by Erin Brockovich's Oscar-nominated screenwriter, Susannah Grant. 

Grant also will serve as executive producer on the project, along with Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly.

ABC made a straight-to-series 13-episode order of the drama in January. 

Congrats, Luke!

25

Feb

empireaust:

G.I. Joe Retaliation’s Luke Bracey Is The New Johnny UtahFor the Point Break Remake
The Point Break remake already has a Bodhi, in the shape of Gerard Butler. It has now locked down another key casting component, with Aussie actor Luke Bracey primed to take over from Keanu Reeves in the role of driven young FBI agent Johnny Utah.
Bracey, who comes from the Home And Away school of acting, has only popped up in a couple of films so far – lightweight rom-com Monte Carlo and as Cobra Commander in G.I. Joe: Retaliation. But he does have a few films currently making their way through post-production, including Max Landis’ Me Him Her, indie Amnesia and Pierce Brosnan action thriller November Man. He also scored one of the main roles in new Nicholas Sparks adaptation Best Of Me.
In Point Break, with Kurt Wimmer re-imagining Katherine Bigelow’s 1991 film for director Ericson Core, he’ll be Utah, tasked with infiltrating the gang responsible for several daring heists. As he goes deeper undercover, he bonds with the leader, zen crime lord Bodhi, as the extreme sports criminals figure out their next targets. With a 2015 release date planned, shooting on the new Point Break should kick off in the summer.
James White

empireaust:

G.I. Joe Retaliation’s Luke Bracey Is The New Johnny Utah
For the Point Break Remake

The Point Break remake already has a Bodhi, in the shape of Gerard Butler. It has now locked down another key casting component, with Aussie actor Luke Bracey primed to take over from Keanu Reeves in the role of driven young FBI agent Johnny Utah.

Bracey, who comes from the Home And Away school of acting, has only popped up in a couple of films so far – lightweight rom-com Monte Carlo and as Cobra Commander in G.I. Joe: Retaliation. But he does have a few films currently making their way through post-production, including Max Landis’ Me Him Her, indie Amnesia and Pierce Brosnan action thriller November Man. He also scored one of the main roles in new Nicholas Sparks adaptation Best Of Me.

In Point Break, with Kurt Wimmer re-imagining Katherine Bigelow’s 1991 film for director Ericson Core, he’ll be Utah, tasked with infiltrating the gang responsible for several daring heists. As he goes deeper undercover, he bonds with the leader, zen crime lord Bodhi, as the extreme sports criminals figure out their next targets. With a 2015 release date planned, shooting on the new Point Break should kick off in the summer.

James White

20

Feb

Australians in Film Heath Ledger Scholarship - APPLY TODAY

Australians in Film is proud to announce that applications are now open for the sixth annual Australians in Film Heath Ledger Scholarship. The scholarship is open to any emerging Australian actor to further their career and training in the US and provides over $20,000 in prizes for the winner.

This year, Australians in Film has partnered with StarNow and applications for the Scholarship are being submitted exclusively via StarNow.com.

To apply for the Scholarship, you will need to first read AiF’s Rules and Regulations and then register as a StarNow Basic Member. 

If you have any questions, please contact HLS@australiansinfilm.org


Applications are open now and will be available until April 4, 2014

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23

Nov

SATELLITE BOY starring David Gulpilil and Cameron Wallaby. Q&A with writer/ director Catriona McKenzie.
 (at Raleigh Studios)

SATELLITE BOY starring David Gulpilil and Cameron Wallaby. Q&A with writer/ director Catriona McKenzie.
(at Raleigh Studios)

11

Nov

#ChrisHemsworth on the cover of @detailsmag.
http://www.details.com/celebrities-entertainment/cover-stars/201311/chris-hemsworth-rush-movie-thor-the-dark-world

25

Oct

Special standing O for Honoree Steve Papazian #aifawards (spot RPat?) #australiansinfilm (at Australians in Film Awards)

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