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  • Sunday, October 16, 2016 7:24 PM | Anonymous


    HBO releases first trailer for their upcoming limited series Big Little Lies starring Oscar-winning actors Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, created by David E. Kelley.

    The series is based on Sydney-born author Liane Moriarty's best-selling dark comedy novel of the same name, which follows a group of women, each with their own family troubles and issues, and their quest to overcome adversity.

    Also starring is Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, Alexander Skarsgård, Adam Scott, James Tupper and Zoë Kravitz. 

    The seven-episode series is directed by Dallas Buyers Club helmer Jean-Marc Vallée and will air on HBO in 2017.

    Kelley (who penned the pilot episode), Kidman and Vallée serve as executive producers on the project. Also executive producing are fellow Australian Bruna Papandrea, Reese Witherspoon, Per Saari, Jean-Marc Vallee, and Nathan Ross.

    AiF honored Papandrea with the Orry-Kelly International Award in 2015. The award is given to an Australian who has paved the way for other Australians in the entertainment industry, and who has provided much support, mentoring and inspiration to others.


  • Friday, October 14, 2016 5:56 PM | Anonymous


    Australian Dacre Montgomery and Sadie Sink are set to join the season 2 cast of Netflix's hit period drama series Stranger Things.

    The Perth-born actor will star in the role of Billy, Max’s hyper-confident, and edgy older step-brother. He steals girlfriends away from their boyfriends, is great at drinking games, and drives a black Camaro. But lurking under his apparent charisma, is a violent and unpredictable nature. 

    Sink has been cast in the role of Max, a tough and confident girl whose appearance, behavior and pursuits seem more typical of boys than of girls in this era. She has a complicated history and is generally suspicious of those around her. 

    Set in the 80s in Indiana, Stranger Things centers on the extraordinary mystery involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl.

    The nine-episode season will be available on Netflix in 2017.

    Montgomery recently wrapped on Lionsgate's highly anticipated first installment of the Power Rangers franchise, where he plays their leader — 'The Red Power Ranger: Jason Lee Scott' — starring opposite Elizabeth Banks, Bryan Cranston and RJ Cyler.

    Power Rangers will open in theaters March 2017. 

    Congrats, Dacre!

  • Wednesday, October 12, 2016 3:59 AM | Anonymous


    Lucy Fry has joined the cast of Netflix's highly anticipated fantasy thriller Bright.

    Fry joins a previously announced all-star cast that includes Will Smith, Noomi Rapace and fellow Australian Joel Edgerton.

    The story follows a 'human' (Smith) and an Orc (Edgerton) who must outrun the police, criminals and supernatural beings in order to protect a magical wand. Fry is cast as Tikka, a young elf with powers who is in possession of the wand.

    Suicide Squad director David Ayer is helming from a script by Max Landis (Victor Frankenstein). Filming begins late October in Los Angeles, California. 

    Fry recently starred opposite James Franco and fellow Australian Dan Webber in Hulu's Original Series from Stephen King and J.J. Abrams,11.22.63. Watch it here

    Congrats, Lucy!

  • Thursday, October 06, 2016 10:15 PM | Carly Einfeld (Administrator)

    Actress Rebel Wilson, Filmmakers James Wan and Sir Ridley Scott and Film Executive Greg Basser to be honored by Australians in Film at the 2016 AiF Awards


     

     Wilson will receive the inaugural Screen NSW Annette Kellermann Award,

    honoring trailblazing Australian women in Hollywood,

    at the October 19th Awards Show Event in Los Angeles

     

    Actress Rebel Wilson, filmmakers James Wan and Sir Ridley Scott, and film executive Greg Basser will be amongst the honorees at this year's Australians in Film Awards. Rebel Wilson will receive the inaugural Screen NSW Annette Kellermann Award, presented by Vogue Australia; James Wan will receive the Fox Studios Australia International Award; Sir Ridley Scott will be awarded with the Ausfilm International Award; and Village Roadshow Entertainment Group CEO, Greg Basser, will receive the Qantas Orry-Kelly International Award onWednesday, October 19th at the AiF awards show event at NeueHouse Hollywood.

     

    They join previously announced FOXTEL Breakthrough Award recipients: actorJai Courtney (Suicide Squad, Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Jack Reacher) and director Garth Davis (Lion, Top of the Lake), with host for the evening musician/actor/comedian/director Tim Minchin. Additional presenters, talent and more to be announced.

     

    The inaugural Screen NSW Annette Kellermann Award presented by Vogue Australia honors trailblazing Australian women in Hollywood. The first-ever recipient of this award, Rebel Wilson began her career in stage and screen in Australia, notably in the TV series Bogan Pride which she starred in, wrote, and produced. After a breakout role in the 2011 box office hit Bridesmaids, Wilson has starred in a string of films including, Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2How to Be SinglePain & GainIce Age: Continental Drift and also created and starred in the television comedy Super Fun Night.

     

    The Fox Studios Australia International Award will be presented to filmmakerJames Wan for his incredible contributions to international cinema, and also marks the first time a former FOXTEL Breakthrough Award winner will receive this award. The director, producer, and writer helmed Saw which went on to incredible success with subsequent sequels produced by Wan. He served as director for The Conjuring series, Insidious and Furious 7.  Wan's producing credits include Annabelle, the Insidious series, The Conjuring 2, and Lights Out.  He produced (and directed the pilot for) the new television series, MacGyver, which debuted on CBS this fall.

     

    The Ausfilm International Award will be awarded to legendary and highly acclaimed filmmaker Sir Ridley Scott, who recently wrapped production of his latest film, Alien: Covenant in Sydney, of which the majority was shot at Fox Studios Australia. The award-winning filmmaker has been making films for forty years, including cinema icons such as Blade Runner, the Alien series, Thelma & LouiseGladiatorBlack Hawk Down and The Martian. The Ausfilm International Award is awarded to an international filmmaker who has contributed to the Australian film industry and Alien: Covenant not only had many Australian cast members, the production also employed over 950 people.

     

    Village Roadshow Entertainment Group (VREG) CEO Greg Basser will receive the prestigious Qantas Orry-Kelly Award. Since joining Village Roadshow in 1999, Basser has been instrumental in the growth of the company and its expansion into financing Hollywood films. Basser started his entertainment career as lead legal counsel for VRL in Melbourne, helping to guide its public listing. He was critical in the establishment of the company's global cinema operations, the Austereo radio network in Australia, and VRL's theme park operations, in addition to overseeing film production and global legal and business affairs. In 1997 he was instrumental in the establishment of Village Roadshow Pictures and in 2011 he founded Village Roadshow Pictures Asia, VREG's Chinese film production division based in Beijing.

     

    Kate Marks, President of Australians in Film commented on each of the honorees:

     

    "Annette Kellermann was Australia's first leading lady to make an international name for herself in Hollywood. Rebel Wilson is a unique star, a one-off trailblazer who has made her own influential mark in Hollywood and represents what this award is about. Australians in Film, Screen NSW and Vogue Australia are proud to introduce the inaugural Screen NSW Annette Kellermann Award, recognizing great Australian women in the industry each year."

     

    "James Wan is an extraordinary screen visionary. His work continually pushes the boundaries of big screen entertainment and we are thrilled to be able to honor one of our Breakthrough winners with the Fox Studios Australia International Award."

     

     "Sir Ridley Scott is a master of contemporary cinema and his films have changed the way we view the movies and the world. So much of his work has left a legacy and he is a true screen icon and one of the world's top directors.Alien: Covenant injected millions into the Australian economy and reinforced Australia's position as a leading country in which to produce big budget feature films."

     

    "Village Roadshow is one of the most recognized entertainment brands in Australia and Greg Basser has been an integral part of the success of Village Roadshow Pictures, which is now one of the world's leading independent filmproducers and financiers. Greg's passion for this business and the industry is inspiring and we are thrilled to honor him with this award."

     

    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 our Title Sponsors of the 2016 AiF Awards: Qantas, Village Roadshow, Fox Studios Australia, Ausfilm and FOXTEL.

     

    For Event Sponsorships, Congratulatory Advertising, and Individual Tickets (prices start at $100) and more information, please contact Lauran Huff at Lauran@Lpaevents.com or phone 310 201 5033 ext 3.



     

    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


      

    The 2016 AiF Awards & Benefit

    is proudly supported by our Title Sponsors

      



  • Wednesday, October 05, 2016 5:28 AM | Anonymous


    Australians Rachael Taylor and Travis Fimmel are set to star in Mark Steven Johnson's bank heist film Finding Steve McQueen.

    Set in 1972 and based on a true story, the thriller follows a gang of Ohio thieves and their brazen attempt to steal $30MM of illegal contributions and blackmail money from President Nixon.

    Johnson is directing from a script by Keith Sharon (Showtime) and Ken Hixon (Inventing the Abbots).

    Forest Whitaker, William Fichtner and Lily Rabe also star and filming is currently underway in Atlanta, Georgia.

    Congrats, Rachael and Travis!


  • Saturday, October 01, 2016 7:13 PM | Anonymous


    Photo credit: Brandon Voight

    Chris Hemsworth is set to star in Nicolai Fuglsig's war drama Horse Soldiers

    Fuglsig is helming from a script by Peter Craig and Ted Tally, which they based on Doug Stanton's book "Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of US Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan".

    Oscar and Golden Globes-nominated actor Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road, 99 Homes) is also joining Hemsworth on the cast. 

    The film tells the true story of team of CIA agents and special forces who were deployed to Afghanistan in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks in an attempt to dismantle the Taliban.

    According to Deadline, who broke the news, the film is being co-financed by Black Label Media, whose Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill are producing with Jerry Bruckheimer and his Jerry Bruckheimer Films banner, where Chad Oman will be executive producer.

    Australians in Film awarded Hemsworth with the AiF Breakthrough Award in 2010. 

    Congrats, Chris!


  • Saturday, October 01, 2016 4:33 AM | Anonymous


    (Pictured: Naomi Watts on set in New York. Photo Credit Jackson Lee)

    Filming has begun in New York on Netflix's new 10-episode series, Gypsy, starring Naomi Watts.

    The two-time Oscar nominated actress stars as Jean Holloway, a therapist who develops dangerous and intimate relationships with people in her patients' lives.

    The psychological thriller was created by newcomer Lisa Rubin and Fifty Shades of Grey helmer Sam Taylor-Johnson is directing the first two episodes. 

    The series is set to premiere on Netflix in 2017. 


  • 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


Australians in Film
Raleigh Studios
5300 Melrose Avenue
Suite #B211, Bronson Bldg 
Hollywood, CA 90038

Phone: 323 433 1464

   

    

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