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  • Sunday, September 25, 2016 8:35 PM | Anonymous

    Margot Robbie is set to host the season premiere of NBC's long-running sketch comedy and variety show, Saturday Night Live

    The Aussie star will take to the stage on Saturday, October 1 to officially usher in SNL's 42nd season.

    Two-time Grammy Award winner and Oscar nominee The Weekend will return for the second time as musical guest. 

    Previous Australian hosts include Chris Hemsworth (who has hosted twice in 2015), Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Mel Gibson.

    Australians in Film honored Robbie with the AiF Breakthrough Award at a star-studded ceremony in 2014. Check out photos taken at the exclusive event here

    Watch Hugh Jackman host SNL

    Watch Chris Hemsworth host SNL

    Watch Russell Crowe host SNL

    Watch Mel Gibson host SNL

    Congrats, Margot! 

  • Sunday, September 25, 2016 8:18 PM | Anonymous

    Elizabeth Debicki has joined the voice cast of Sony's upcoming hybrid live action and animation family film Peter Rabbit.

    The in-demand star, whose career skyrocketed after her breakout role in Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, joins British entertainer James Corden and fellow Australian Rose Byrne on the cast. 

    Based on Beatrix Potter's classic children's stories, Corden has been set to voice the lead role of Peter, and Byrne will star in the live-action female lead role of Bea. No word yet on who Elizabeth Debicki will voice.

    Annie director Will Gluck is on board to helm and produce.

    Also producing is AiF member and Animal Logic Entertainment CEO Zareh Nalbandian. 

    The story will be brought to life by NSW’s world class animation and visual FX production house Animal Logic and Sony Pictures Entertainment.

    The production was secured for NSW thanks to the support of the NSW Government and the Made in NSW fund. According to Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grand, Peter Rabbit will create jobs for 55 local actors and more than 600 crew. 

    Animation production is now under way at Animal Logic and live-action filming will commence in January 2017.

    Animal Logic is a long-time supporter and sponsor of AiF, co-hosting the Village Roadshow Entertainment Group and Animal Logic Entertainment Internship for early career film business professionals. More information on our internship can be found here

    AiF honored Debicki with the Breakthrough Award at a special ceremony in 2015. Check out pictures from the exclusive event here

    Read more about Peter Rabbit:

    Made in NSW incentive attracts Peter Rabbit

  • Sunday, September 25, 2016 7:44 PM | Anonymous

    Photo credit: Jen Lowery / Splash News

    Aden Young is set to lead the cast of USA Network's period drama pilot Damnation

    Created by Tony Tost (Longmire), the series is described as an historical drama set in the American heartland in the 1930s.

    Young will play Seth Davenport, a man masquerading as a small-town Iowa preacher in the hope of starting a full-blown insurrection against the status quo. 

    Joining Young on the cast are Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus), who is set to play Creely Turner, a deadly mercenary; Sarah Jones (Alcatraz) who will portray Amelia Davenport - 'a preacher's wife' and Christopher Heyerdahl (Hell on Wheels) is cast as Don Berryman, a local sheriff tasked with controlling the bootlegging and prostitution rackets in his jurisdiction.

    Scottish film director David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water, Starred up) is on board to helm the pilot.

    Young was born in Toronto, Canada, to an American father and Australian mother, and immigrated with his family to Australia when he was 10. He is best known for his breakout role as Daniel Holden in SundanceTV's first original series Rectify.

    Congrats, Aden!

  • Tuesday, September 20, 2016 8:10 AM | Carly Einfeld (Administrator)

    Tim Minchin will host the annual awards presentation at NeueHouse Hollywood

    on Wednesday, October 19, 2016

    HOLLYWOOD, CA – SEPTEMBER 20, 2016 - The Fifth Annual Australians in Film Awards (AiF) and Benefit Dinner has set musician/actor/comedian/director Tim Minchin as host for the celebration event on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at NeueHouse Hollywood (6121 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90028).

    Initial honorees include Suicide Squad actor Jai Courtney and acclaimed filmmaker Garth Davis, who will receive the FOXTEL Breakthrough Awards at the gala event next month. The FOXTEL Breakthrough Award recognizes and celebrates rising Australian talent in the entertainment industry. Previous FOXTEL Breakthrough Awards honorees include fellow Suicide Squad actress Margot Robbie, Liam Hemsworth, Chris Hemsworth, Elizabeth Debicki, Jacki Weaver, Teresa Palmer, Joel Edgerton, James Wan and Ryan Kwanten.

    “The AiF Awards began as the Breakthrough Awards in 2005. It was a very intimate affair in Beverly Hills where we honoured Melissa George and Robert Luketic. The awards and the organization have grown considerably since then, and this year is going to be another terrific year with Tim Minchin hosting at the old CBS broadcasting studios – which is now the gorgeous new club, NeueHouse Hollywood,” said Kate Marks, President of Australians in Film.

    Marks continued, “Jai and Garth are worthy honorees of the FOXTEL Breakthrough Award. Both are incredibly talented and in demand, both internationally and in Australia. We look forward to celebrating their achievements. We are also excited to welcome back FOXTEL as a Title Sponsor of the AiF Awards this year. Along with their premier content, this award further exemplifies their commitment to supporting Australian talent.”

    Jai Courtney began his career on Australian TV shows Packed to the Rafters and All Saints, before being cast in Spartacus: Blood and Sand. He went on to star in Jack Reacher alongside Tom Cruise and Werner Herzog and A Good Day to Die Hard with Bruce Willis. His other acting credits include: Felony with Joel Edgerton, Divergent alongside Shailene Woodley and Kate Winslet; Unbroken directed by Angelina Jolie; The Water Diviner directed by Russell Crowe; Terminator: Genisys; and Suicide Squad. Upcoming Jai stars in Man Down with Shia LaBeouf and The Exception which premiered this month at the Toronto Film Festival.

    Filmmaker Garth Davis just made his directorial debut to great fanfare and critical and audience acclaim at the Toronto International Film Festival with The Weinstein Company’s LION. Additionally, he is an Emmy nominated television director (Top of the Lake) and began his career in commercials, where he made a significant name for himself. LION, starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara, was shot in Australia and India. Davis is currently in production on Mary Magdalene for The Weinstein Company and Universal Pictures International, starring Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix and Chiwetel Ejiofor. 

    The multi-talented Tim Minchin is currently directing his first feature for DreamWorks, Larrikins and whose new musical Groundhog Day has just opened to rave reviews at the Old Vic in London.

    The AiF Awards and Benefit  Dinner is aimed at supporting the organization’s mission to usher Australian filmmakers into the international market and to provide educational and career development programs including the establishment of the new creative work sharing space, Charlie’s in Hollywood.

    Australians in Film proudly acknowledge the wonderful support of the Title Sponsors of the 2016 AiF Awards: Ausfilm, Village Roadshow, FOXTEL and Fox Studios Australia.

    For Event Sponsorships, Congratulatory Advertising, and Individual Tickets (prices start at $100), please contact Lauran Huff at or phone 310-201-5033 ext 33.

  • Sunday, September 18, 2016 8:42 PM | Anonymous

    Photo credit: Jeff Vespa/WireImage

    Ben Mendelsohn has taken home the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series at this year's Emmy Awards in Hollywood. 

    The Melbourne-born actor took home the gong for his role as the black sheep son, Danny Rayburn, on Netflix Original Series Bloodline.

    He beat out Game of Thrones' Kit Harrington and Peter Dinklage, House of Cards' Michael Kelly, John Voight for Ray Donovan and Jonathan Banks for Better Call Saul.

    This is Mendelsohn's second nomination in this category, he was nominated in the 2015 Emmys for the same role. 

    Fans are eagerly awaiting the next installment of the series, which Netflix recently announced will be its last. Season 3 will unfold over 10 episodes and will be released on the streaming giant in the first half of 2017.

    Watch Mendelsohn's deserving performance in seasons 1 and 2 of Bloodline now:


    From the Creators of Damages, Bloodline is a dramatic thriller that explores the demons lurking beneath the surface of a contemporary American family. The Rayburns are hard-working pillars of their Florida Keys community. But when the black sheep son comes home for the 45th anniversary of his parents’ hotel, he threatens to expose the Rayburns’ dark secrets and shameful past, pushing his siblings to the limits of family loyalty. 

    Season 1 trailer

    Season 2 Trailer

  • Thursday, September 15, 2016 9:06 PM | Anonymous

    New Line Cinema has released the first trailer for Annabelle 2, the sequel to 2014 horror flick Annabelle.

    The film stars AiF Ambassadors Miranda Otto and Anthony LaPaglia and is produced by Peter Safran and James Wan.

    Centering on a dollmaker and his wife, the story begins several years after the tragic death of their little girl. The couple welcomes a nun and girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, but their lives are turned upside down when they become he target of the dollmaker's possessed creation, Annabelle.

    Lights Out director David F. Sandberg is helming from a script by Gary Dauberman, who also penned the first installment.

    Annabelle 2 is scheduled to be in theaters May 19, 2017.

    AiF Awarded Wan with the Breakthrough Award in 2006 after his success as a writer and director on Saw.

    In 2014, AiF awarded LaPaglia with the Orry-Kelly International Award for his support of Australians working in film and television in Los Angeles. The award is named after costume designer Orry George Kelly, one of the first Australians to succeed in Hollywood.

  • Thursday, September 15, 2016 4:35 PM | Anonymous

    AiF member Ansuya Nathan has joined the cast of Anthony Maras' drama Hotel Mumbai. 

    The cast includes fellow Australian and 2014 Heath Ledger Scholarship finalist Tilda Cobham-Hervey (52 Tuesdays, The Kettering Incident) and international heavyweights Armie Hammer (The Man From U.N.C.L.E., The Social Network) and Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire, Lion).

    The story centers on the 2008 devastating armed siege by terrorists on the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower Hotel in Mumbai, India.

    South Australian-born Maras, whose short films have won multiple awards locally and internationally, is making his feature film debut on the multi-million dollar project. 

    Filming recently wrapped in Maras' home town of Adelaide and will pick up again in October on location in Mumbai.

    Nathan plays Manisha, a doctor and hotel guest who is trapped in the hotel when the siege begins.

    "Hotel Mumbai is a powerful and timely story - a reminder of our common humanity in the face of terror," said Nathan. Adding, "It is an honor to be cast alongside these actors and to work with such a passionate team of filmmakers. I can't wait for the Mumbai leg of the shoot!"

    Backed by Screen Australia and the South Australian Film Corporation, the production injected millions into the SA economy, and employed more than 350 heads of department, cast, crew and extras. 

    Maras transformed Adelaide Studios into the interiors of the exclusive high class hotel.

    Based on two-time Emmy-nominated Australian documentary Surviving Mumbai, Maras adapted the script with Sydney-based Scottish screenwriter and novelist, John Collee.

    Collee's previous projects include Master and Commander, Happy Feet, Son of a Gun and Australia's current contender for the Foreign-Language Oscar Tanna). He is also co-founder of Australian production company Hopscotch Features.

    The Weinsten Company picked up the U.S. and U.K rights to the film at the Cannes market in May.

    Congrats, Ansuya!

  • Wednesday, September 14, 2016 5:17 PM | Anonymous

    Jason Clarke has joined Dame Helen Mirren on the cast on the cast of the Spierig-brothers' supernatural thriller Winchester

    The Oscar- Golden Globe- Emmy- BAFTA winning actress will play Sarah Winchester, the millionaire heiress to the Winchester Arms fortune, who following the sudden deaths of her husband and child, believed she was haunted by the souls killed at the barrel of the Winchester repeating rifle.

    She threw herself into the 24-hour a day, seven days a week construction of an enormous 160-room mansion designed to keep the evil spirits at bay. But when skeptical San Francisco psychiatrist Eric Price (Clarke) is dispatched to the estate to evaluate her state of mind, he discovers that her obsession may not be so insane after all.

    The brothers are helming from a script they wrote together with Tom Vaughn (Unstoppable). 

    Filming will begin early next year at Melbourne's Docklands Studios and surrounds, before heading to shoot on location at Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California.

    This news comes on the heels of Clarke also joining Keira Knightley and Alexander Skarsgard in James Kent's WWII drama The Aftermath.

    Adapted from a novel by Rhidian Brook, by frequent writing partners Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse (Race, Edge of Tomorrow 2), the story is set in post-war Germany in 1946, and follows Rachael Morgan (Knightley) and a her husband, British colonel Lewis Morgan (Skarsgard). Tensions arise when Lewis decides to share their home with its previous owners, a German widower (Clarke) and his troubled daughter.

    Congrats, Jason, Michael and Peter. 

    Read more about Winchester:

    Dame Helen Mirren boards The Spierig Brothers thriller "Winchester"

  • Tuesday, September 13, 2016 2:34 PM | Anonymous

    Check out the first full trailer for James Foley's Fifty Shades Darker.

    The film stars 2010 Heath Ledger Scholarship recipient Bella Heathcote as Christian Grey's twisted ex lover, Leila Williams.

    The trailer teases of the trouble Leila is about to inflict on Christian (Jamie Dornan) and Anastasia (Dakota Johnson) and their relationship.

    Fifty Shades Darker is the second installment in the trilogy, adapted from E.L. James popular erotic romance novels. 

    Universal Pictures is scheduled to release the film in US theaters February 10, 2017, and February 9, 2017 in Australia. 

    Bella recently talked to the Hollywood Reporter about how the Heath Ledger Scholarship helped launch her career. 

    “When you are doing the first rounds of meetings in L.A.— that first six months where you meet with anyone… to be associated with that name was a huge help and honor,” she said.

    Read the full THR article here.

    Pictured: Ryan Kwanten, Colin Farrell, Bella Heathcote and Chris Hemsworth at the 2010 Breakthrough Awards where AiF presented Kwanten and Hemsworth with the Breakthrough Award and Farrell named Heathcote as the recipient of the Heath Ledger Scholarship. 

  • Tuesday, September 13, 2016 3:58 AM | Anonymous

    Image source: Roadshow Entertainment

    Aussie family adventure film Oddball from Stuart McDonald has been snapped up by US-based Momentum Pictures at the Toronto Film Festival. 

    Global Screen brokered the deal for the fun flick, which stars comedic actor Shane Jacobson (Kenny), Sarah Snook (The Dressmaker), Deborah Mailman (Redfern Now, The Sapphires) and 11-year-old up and comer Coco Jack Gillies.

    Based on actual events, the story follows an eccentric chicken farmer (Jacobson), who with the help of his granddaughter (Coco Jack Gillies), trains his mischievous dog Oddball to protect a penguin sanctuary from fox attacks in an attempt to reunite his family and save their seaside town.

    No word yet on when Momentum Pictures will release the family film in the U.S. In the mean time, watch the Aussie trailer below. 

    Snook was named a runner up for the AiF Heath Ledger Scholarship in 2011. 

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