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  • Tuesday, October 25, 2016 8:35 PM | Anonymous

    AiF member Daniel Webber has joined the cast of Netflix Original Series Marvel's The Punisher.

    The series is a spinoff of 'Marvel’s Daredevil' and will stream globally on Netflix in 2017. 

    Webber has been cast as Lewis Walcott, a young veteran who has had a difficult time assimilating into Civilian Society.

    "Marvel’s The Punisher" is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix. 

    Congrats, Dan!

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  • Tuesday, October 25, 2016 5:58 PM | Anonymous

    Margot Robbie is in talks to join Rose Byrne and Elizabeth Debicki on the cast of Sony's upcoming hybrid live action and animation family film Peter Rabbit.

    Robbie, whose career has been going from strength to strength since her breakout role in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, joins previously announced British entertainer James Corden 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 Debicki and Robbie will play. 

    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

    Byrne is currently in talks to star in Jesse Peretz's adaptation of Nick Hornby's 2009 novel Juliet, Naked. Read more about that here.

    AiF honored Debicki with the Breakthrough Award in 2015 and Robbie received the same honor in 2014. Check out pictures from the exclusive events here and here.

    Read more about Peter Rabbit:

    Made in NSW incentive attracts Peter Rabbit

  • Monday, October 24, 2016 5:19 AM | Anonymous

    Momentum Pictures has acquired the North American rights to Brimstone starring Guy Pearce.

    Written and directed by Dutch filmmaker Martin Koolhoven, the film also stars Dakota Fanning, Kit Harington, Carice van Houten and Emilia Jones. 

    Described as a Western mystery thriller, the story centers on an innocent woman (Fanning), falsely accused of a crime she did not commit, and a vengeful preacher (Pearce) who is trying to hunt her down. 

    Momentum is set to release the film in theaters and VOD in March, 2017. 

    Ian Goggins, Senior Vice President of Content at Momentum said, “Dakota Fanning and Guy Pearce’s strong performances truly capture the work and vision of filmmaker Martin Koolhoven. We couldn’t be more proud to release BRIMSTONE so that audiences can experience this amazing piece of cinema.”

    Brimstone is produced by Els Vandevorst (Dogville) and Uwe Schott (Cloud Atlas), and co-produced by Paul Trijbits, Antonino Lombardo, Manuel Chiche and Peter Hiltunen.

  • Monday, October 24, 2016 4:51 AM | Anonymous

    20th Century Fox has released the first trailer for James Mangold's "Logan" starring Hugh Jackman.

    Based on Mark Millar's eight-issue comic "Old Man Logan" published by Marvel Comics, the project will see Jackman reprise his role as Logan (Wolverine) for the last time.

    The highly anticipated action sci-fi opens in U.S. theatres March 3, 2017.

    Check out the trailer here:


    Set in the future, Logan and Professor Charles Xavier must cope with the loss of the X-Men when a corporation lead by Nathaniel Essex is destroying the world leaving it to destruction, with Logan's healing abilities slowly fading away and Xavier's Alzheimer's forcing him to forget. Logan must defeat Nathaniel Essex with the help of a young girl named Laura Kinney, a female clone of Wolverine.

  • Monday, October 24, 2016 4:20 AM | Anonymous

    Photo credit: John Chapple

    AiF member Brett Tucker has landed a recurring role in FX period drama The Americans.

    Tucker joins the cast in the fifth season of the popular show about the complex marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington D.C. shortly after Ronald Reagan is elected President.

    According to Deadline, Tucker is set to play Ben Stobert, 'a charming, intelligent and passionate scientist, whose work goes deeper than it seems.'

    The Melbourne-born actor is currently in his hometown filming the ABC drama series Newton's Law with Claudia Karvan. 

    Congrats, Brett!

  • Monday, October 24, 2016 3:59 AM | Anonymous

    Rose Byrne
    , Chris O'Dowd and Ethan Hawk are in talks to star in Jesse Peretz's big screen adaptation of Nick Hornby's popular 2009 novel Juliet, Naked.

    According to Deadline who broke the news, the story centers on Annie (Byrne), her music obsessed boyfriend Duncan (O'Dowd), and music star Tucker Crowe (Hawk), the object of Duncan’s obsession. 

    The project will reunite Byrne and O'Dowd who worked together on Paul Feig's hit 2011 comedy Bridesmaids.

    Judd Apatow and Barry Mendel (who produced Bridesmaids) are on board to produce alongside Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa.

    Congrats, Rose!

  • 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 or phone 310 201 5033 ext 3.


    U.S. based media enquiries, please contact: 


    Megan Levy, or on tel: 323 965 1990

    Australian based media enquiries, please contact: 

    Courtney Mayhew, 

     or on tel: + 61 2 8399 0626


    The 2016 AiF Awards & Benefit

    is proudly supported by our Title Sponsors


Australians in Film
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Hollywood, CA 90038

Phone: 323 433 1464

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