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  • Friday, September 30, 2016 7:36 AM | Anonymous

    Australian siblings and writing team Spencer Harvey and Lloyd Harvey have been named alongside four other emerging writers selected to receive the 2016 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting. 

    Their script "Photo Booth" beat out 6,910 others and has earned each of the winners a $35,000 prize, the first installment of which will be distributed at the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Awards Presentation & Live Read on November 3 in Beverly Hills. For the fourth consecutive year, an ensemble of actors will be reading selected scenes from the winning scripts.

    "Photo Booth" follows the story of Jean Bouchet, a successful performance artist who in rising to the pinnacle of her career. She and her husband, Ben, a flailing portrait artist living in his famous father’s shadow, have no children of their own, so they have been trying to adopt a baby through the system. But with all their attempts, they seem to have hit a brick wall and so has their relationship. When Ben learns that a one-night stand with a young waitress resulted in a pregnancy, he suggests to Jean that adopting this baby could be a solution, however unorthodox, to their problems.

    Spencer and Lloyd told Australians in Film, "We are so humbled by this experience. The Academy Nicholl Committee is comprised of so many of our heroes and we couldn’t be more grateful to have been chosen by them to be one of this year's fellows." 

    "We know how precious a platform like this is and we plan to make the most it," they continued. 

    The 2016 winners are (listed alphabetically by author): 

    - Michele Atkins, “Talking About the Sky” (Seattle, WA)

    - Spencer Harvey and Lloyd Harvey, “Photo Booth” (Balgowlah, Australia) 

    - Geeta Malik, “Dinner with Friends” (Los Angeles, CA)

    - Elizabeth Oyebode, “Tween the Ropes” (Sunnyvale, CA)

    - Justin Piasecki, “Death of an Ortolan” (Los Angeles, CA)

    Established in 1986, the Academy created the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition to identify and encourage talented new screenwriters from around the world. Since the program’s creation, the Academy has awarded 147 fellowships. For more information on the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, click here.

    Congrats, Spencer and Lloyd!

  • Thursday, September 29, 2016 6:22 PM | Anonymous


    Principal photography has begun in the U.K., on Fox Searchlight's A.A. Milne biopic starring Domhnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie.

    Gleeson is cast as Milne, the English author best known for his children's stories about the adventures of Winnie the Pooh, and Robbie is playing his wife, Daphne. 

    The official synopsis reads:

    The UNTITLED A.A. MILNE film gives a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children’s author A.A. Milne and his son Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne, and his nanny Olive, Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family?

    My Week with Marilyn director Simon Curtin is helming from a script written by Frank Cottrell Boyce (Railway Man), based on a screenplay by Simon Vaughan (“War and Peace”).

    USA Today has some exclusive first look photos from the set. Check them out here

    Congrats, Margot!


  • Monday, September 26, 2016 4:00 PM | Carly Einfeld (Administrator)


    AUSTRALIANS IN FILM & QANTAS ANNOUNCE MAJOR PARTNERSHIP

    AiF GETS ONBOARD WITH QANTAS AS OFFICIAL AIRLINE PARTNER AND TITLE SPONSOR OF 2016 AiF AWARDS

    The Fifth Annual AiF Awards will take place on Wednesday, 

    October 19, 2016 at NeueHouse Hollywood

    HOLLYWOOD, CA – SEPTEMBER 26, 2016 - Australians in Film (AiF) and Qantas, Australia’s leading airline, today announced a major partnership which will see Qantas become the official airline partner and sponsor of the Los Angeles based non-profit organization that supports and promotes the Australian screen industry in Hollywood.

    Qantas will be the Title Sponsor of the fifth annual AiF Awards, which will be held on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at NeueHouse in Hollywood. The top award of the night, presented to an Australian who has paved the way for others in Hollywood, has been renamed the Qantas Orry-Kelly Award. Orry-Kelly was a costume designer on Casablanca and Some Like it Hot and one of Australia’s most awarded film exports, including a number of Oscar wins.

    Qantas will also be the Presenting Sponsor of the prestigious Heath Ledger Scholarship and the official airline partner for AiF’s new creative workspace Charlie’s at Raleigh Studios and the MentorLA program, presented with Screen Australia.

    “Qantas has a longtime reputation of supporting the Australian arts around the world,” said Kate Marks, President of Australians in Film. “It is only fitting that as Australia continues to produce some of the world’s best on and offscreen talent, that the country’s national carrier is associated with Australian film and AiF in Hollywood.”

    “After Mad Max: Fury Road cleaned up at the Academy Awards this year, there are high hopes for the upcoming release of one of our AiF FOXTEL Breakthrough Awards Honorees, Garth Davis’s Lion, starring Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel, and Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge,” Marks continued. “The next generation of Australian screen talent will benefit enormously from this exciting partnership.”

    “As the national carrier, Qantas is committed to championing the best of Australia, including Australian film talent,” said Stephen Thompson, Senior Executive Vice President of Qantas Americas, New Zealand, Pacific Islands and Japan. “Australia is home to some exceptional industry trailblazers and we are thrilled to be a part of recognizing their achievements through such a reputable organization.”

    “With almost 50 direct Qantas flights between Los Angeles and Australia each week, we are also proud to play a role in helping to connect some of Australia’s brightest screen talent with Hollywood and Hollywood with some of the best film studios and producers in the southern hemisphere, including Fox Studios Sydney, Village Roadshow Studios, Animal Logic,” Thompson continued.

    AiF, which celebrated its 15th anniversary this year, has established a reputation for providing meaningful education and career development programs to further enhance Australia’s top screen talent in Hollywood. With the establishment of Charlie’s, and the relaunch of its industry program, AiF is providing the necessary support and education for the Australian screen industry to continue to be a major player.

    Qantas carries 27 million passengers each year, and together with its codeshare and oneworld partners, the Qantas Group offers customers travel to more than 1,000 destinations around the world. Qantas’ support for the Australian film industry is on almost every international flight, offering a dedicated channel of all Australian films on the In-Flight Entertainment system.

    U.S. based media enquiries, please contact: 

    Megan Levy, Megan@lippingroup.com or on tel: 323 965 1990

    Australian based media enquiries, please contact: 

    Courtney Mayhew, 

    courtney@nixco.com.au 

     or on tel: + 61 2 8399 0626


  • Monday, September 26, 2016 1:30 PM | Carly Einfeld (Administrator)

    Australians in Film Announce GatewayLA Script Submissions Open

    Last year’s winning script CARGO has just begun production in South Australia, with Martin Freeman in the lead

    Writer and director Yolanda Ramke on what the win meant for her


    GatewayLA 2016 from Australians in Film on Vimeo.

    Los Angeles - Submissions have opened for AiF’s GatewayLA, a program which gives screenwriters the chance to have their script not only seen by top industry professionals, but also awards them with a cash prize of $10,000 and a return Qantas flight to Los Angeles, plus other professional development prizes.

    The judges this year are Bonni Lee, Senior Vice President of Production at Village Roadshow Pictures, Jairo Alvarado, Manager at Circle of Confusion, Aïda Mashaka Croal, current writer and Supervising Producer on Marvel’s Jessica Jones, Ben Lusthaus, a Creative Executive at Amy Pascal’s company Pascal Pictures, Paddy Murphy, Development Executive at Tobey Maguire’s Material, and Chris Dickie, the current Director of Development at Endemol Shine Studios.

    A testament to the success of the incentive, last year’s winning script CARGO is already in production, only 18 months after receiving the award. Writer Yolanda Ramke is co-directing with Ben Howling with Emmy and BAFTA award winning actor Martin Freeman (The Hobbit, Black Panther, Sherlock, Fargo) in the lead role. 

    Yolanda has since reflected on the importance of GatewayLA in the success of project thus far:

    "The GatewayLA script prize couldn't have come at a more crucial time for me. I had a first draft under my belt, but like most emerging writers, I was juggling day jobs with late night writing sessions and struggling to make further progress. Not only did winning this award provide a significant confidence boost, but on a financial level it allowed me to dedicate the time I needed to complete the second draft of CARGO. It also generated some wonderful buzz around the project both at home and abroad. I was also fortunate enough to secure my first paid writing commission off the back of this accolade, and as a result now have a second screenplay in development.

    “GatewayLA is a groundbreaking initiative and an invaluable leg-up for up-and-coming screenwriters in Australia. I'm honoured to have been the inaugural recipient, and I'm genuinely excited for this year's winner and the opportunities this prize will afford them".

    Finalists will receive two months of complimentary hosting on The Black List, free evaluation of the scripts, phone meetings with the program judges and a copy of the latest version of Final Draft, the industry standard in screenwriting software.  The winner receives all this as well as $10,000 in cash and one Qantas ticket to Los Angeles.

    Submissions will close on 17th October at 5pm (PST),  please head to  http://www.australiansinfilm.org/   for further details on how to enter.

    The Judges

    About Bonni Lee

    Bonni Lee has served has as an executive at MGM/UA, Warner Bros., as President of Robert Redford’s company Wildwood Entertainment and Geffen Pictures. She has worked on numerous films, including Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Beetlejuice, Batman, Lethal Weapon, The Accidental Tourist, A River Runs Through It, Interview With the Vampire and Joe’s Apartment.  When David Geffen created Dreamworks SKG with Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg, Lee's company, Mighty Hula Pictures, developed TV and feature films under a production deal at the studio. Lee moved to the east coast for a few years and is now happily ensconced at Village Roadshow Pictures as Senior Vice President of Production, the company's titles includes Mad Max: Fury Road, The Lego Movie and the upcoming Passengers.

    About Aïda Mashaka Croal

    Canadian-born playwright and screenwriter, Aïda Mashaka Croal, received her BA from Stanford University and her MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts. She won a Daytime Emmy while writing on her first TV show: ABC’s One Life to Live. She has since written for Syfy Sanctuary, Cartoon Network Star Wars: The Clone Wars, AMC Turn: Washington’s Spies, and Netflix Marvel’s Luke Cage.  She is currently a writer and Supervising Producer on Marvel’s Jessica Jones. 

    About Jairo Alvarado

    Jairo Alvarado started as a creative exec at Warner Bros. then went on to join 3 Arts Entertainment as a manager/producer. At Circle, he reps writer Brian Miller who sold pilots this season to Fox with Ryan Murphy; journalists/producers Joshua Bearman and Joshua Davis whose company EPIC has a first look deal with A&E Studios; American Dad and Community  writer Jordan Blum; NBC’s Taken writer Joy Loya; I Smile Back director Adam Salky,  and Tiller Russell writer on NBC’s Chicago PD. As a producer he now has projects set up at Netflix BBC America and Alcon Entertainment.   

    About Ben Lusthaus

    Ben Lusthaus is a Development Executive at Pascal Pictures, a film and TV production company run by producer Amy Pascal. Pascal Pictures is currently producing the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming, as well as Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut, Molly’s Game. Ben previously worked at 20th Century Fox on movies such as Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes and Gone Girl, and also worked in production on Black Swan in NYC. He is originally from Sydney, Australia. 

    About Paddy Murphy

    Paddy joined the development team at Tobey Maguire’s Material in early 2013 after meeting him on Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby where he worked for the director’s longtime producer and Music Supervisor, Anton Monsted. Before joining Bazmark, Paddy worked for another of the director’s longtime producers and collaborators, Paul Watters. Early on at Material he worked closely with Maguire’s producing partner Matthew Plouffe on Edward Zwick’s Pawn Sacrifice starring Maguire as American chess icon Bobby Fischer. Paddy has continued to work closely with Plouffe on Material’s development slate including Z for Zachariah starring Margot Robbie, Chris Pine and Chiwetel Ejiofor and The 5th Wave starring Chloë Grace Moretz and Liev Schreiber. The company is producing bestselling author Greg Iles’ trilogy Natchez Burning with Sony Pictures TV. Material is an independently financed company based in Los Angeles.

    About Chris Dickie

    Chris Dickie is currently the Director of Development, Endemol Shine Studios.  He joined Endemol in 2011 as Coordinator of Development and over the past five years has overseen the development and production of multiple series, including the long-running AMC drama Hell on Wheels, Kingdom (Audience Network), Low Winter Sun(AMC), Red Widow (ABC) and the upcoming I’m Dying Up Here (Showtime).  He previously worked in Drama Development at 20th Century Fox Television Studios and prior to that got his start at ICM in 2007. 

    ABOUT AUSTRALIANS IN FILM

    Australians in Film is a Los Angeles based film, television and digital content non-profit foundation with a mission to connect the Australian industry to the international market. Founded in May 2001, AiF serves as the industry guild for Australian entertainment professionals in Los Angeles, holding regular screenings, career development programs, seminars and labs, and currently has over 600 members. For more information on AiF, please visit australiansinfilm.org 

    ABOUT FINAL DRAFT

    Final Draft, a Cast & Crew Company, has published Final Draft® software – the number-one selling screenwriting application in the world – for 25 years. Final Draft automatically paginates and formats your script to industry standards, allowing writers to focus on what they do best – writing scripts. Used by such industry giants as J.J. Abrams, James Cameron and Aaron Sorkin, Final Draft software is the professional’s choice and the entertainment industry standard. Final Draft also offers the Reader® and Writer® apps for iPhone and iPad, making creativity truly portable. To learn more about Final Draft and its products and services, visit: www.finaldraft.com


  • Sunday, September 25, 2016 9:21 PM | Anonymous


    Ed Oxenbould is set to star opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan in Paul Dano's coming-of-age drama Wildlife

    Dano, a Golden Globes and BAFTA nominated actor, will make his directorial debut on the feature, helming from a script he penned with Zoe Kazan (Olive Kitteridge).

    Dano and Kazan adapted the script from Richard Ford's 1990 novel of the same name, which follows the story Joe Brinson (Oxenbould), a teenager who witnesses his parent's marriage fall apart after his mother's infidelity. 

    Congrats, Ed! 

  • 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 Lauran@Lpaevents.com 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: Netflix.com/Bloodline

    Synopsis

    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


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