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  • Tuesday, September 13, 2016 3:21 AM | Anonymous


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    Toni Collette has joined the cast of Fred Schepisi's romantic thriller Andorra

    She joins an all-star cast that includes Gillian Anderson, Joanna Lumley and Clive Owen.

    According to Deadline, who broke the news, production will begin in Italy in April.

    Based on Peter Cameron's 1997 novel of the same, the story follows Alexander Fox (Owen) a book seller who leaves the US to start a new life in the tiny nation of Andorra. Quickly drawn to a tall Australian blonde (Collette) and the heartbroken daughter (Anderson) of the town matriarch (Lumley), he finds himself the prime suspect in a murder investigation.

    The producers are Jamie Bialkower for Jump Street Films, Lizzette Atkins for Unicorn Films (both Melbourne-based) and Melbourne-born Schepisi.

    Schepisi is helming from a script adapted by Cameron and Bialkower, and the project marks the second time the director will have worked with Owen since Words and Pictures in 2013. 

    Congrats Toni and Fred!


    Damian Walshe-Howling, Joel Edgerton and Fred Schepisi pose together after AiF's advanced screening of 'The Gift' at Los Angeles Film school on 08/04/2015.

  • Monday, September 12, 2016 8:38 PM | Anonymous

    Check out this unedited, behind-the-scenes footage of Mad Max: Fury Road, which is rekindling audience's love for the film. 

    The footage is a testament to director George Miller and the capacity of his vision. 

    Starring Tom hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult along side Aussies Josh Helman, Abbey Lee, Courtney Eaton and Angus Sampson, the film took home a whopping six out of the 10 Oscars it was nominated for at the 2016 Academy Awards.

    Fury Road is available for download and on Blu-ray and DVD.  

    Watch below:


  • Monday, September 12, 2016 7:40 PM | Anonymous


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    The academy has revealed the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting shortlist, naming Aussies Spencer and Lloyd Harvey amongst the esteemed list.

    Their script Photo Booth beat out 6,903 other projects, and as the only writing team shortlisted, the Sydney-born filmmakers were named alongside 11 individual writers. 

    The fellowship winners will each receive a $35,000 prize, the first installment of which will be distributed at an awards presentation on Thursday, November 3, at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. For the fourth consecutive year, the event also will include a live read of selected scenes from the fellows’ winning scripts.

    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.


    The shortlisted writers are (listed alphabetically):

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

    Josh Barkey, “Marlene the Divine” (Waxhaw, NC)

    Beanie Barnes, “Little Toro” (New York, NY)

    Todd Condie, “John Wayne Slept Here” (Brooklyn, NY)

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

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

    Danielle Ownbey, “The Blast-Off Inn” (Glendale, CA)

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

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

    Michael Toner, “Hey Jude” (Van Nyus, CA)

    Arun K. Vir, “Suburban Turban” (Los Angeles, CA)

    Kirk Weddell, “Alone” (Wimbledon, England)

    The Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee is chaired by writer Robin Swicord, and marketing executive Buffy Shutt serves as vice chair. The other members of the committee are writers Tina Gordon Chism, Naomi Foner, Eric Roth, Kirsten Smith and Tyger Williams; actor Eva Marie Saint; animation director Jennifer Yuh Nelson; cinematographer John Bailey; executives Marcus Hu and Bill Mechanic; producers Stephanie Allain, Albert Berger, Julia Chasman, Julie Lynn, Peter Samuelson and Robert W. Shapiro.

    Congrats, Spencer and Lloyd!

  • Friday, September 09, 2016 4:22 PM | Anonymous


    AiF member Alex Cubis has joined the cast of Only Once More, which is currently shooting in Los Angeles.

    Helmed by Broadway-director Anna Bamberger ("Devoted Dreams," "The Happy Family"), the story revolves around a group of neighbors in an affluent community who turn to criminal activity to fight for survival.

    Along with Cubis, the film stars Estella Warren (Planet of the Apes, Law & Order), Thomas F Duffy (The Lost World: Jurassic Park), Geoff Reeves (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen) and Tami Roman (VH1’s The Basketball Diaries).

    “It’s been great working with a top American cast," said Cubis. 

    "We’ve been really lucky with the locations and the crew have been so hardworking, plus the script is really interesting and has given me a lot of meaty material to work on so I’m excited to see the final product!”

    Known for his role as Erik in Mako: Island of Secrets, the busy actor was most recently in season 4 of ABC's popular series Rake and Mike Gan's thrilling short No Evil, which played last week at the 20th LA Shorts Fest. 

    No Evil screened at the Palm Springs International Shortfest in June, before having its International Premiere, as part of Deep Night, at the Concorto International Film Festival in Pontenure, Piacenza, Italy. 

    Congrats, Alex!

  • Thursday, September 08, 2016 7:26 PM | Anonymous


    Don't miss AiF member Damon Herriman in Cinemax's Original Series Quarry, premiering September 9 at 10pm.

    Unfolding over eight episodes, Quarry is the story of Mac Conway, a Marine who returns home to Memphis from Vietnam in 1972 and finds himself shunned by those he loves and demonized by the public. As he struggles to cope with his experiences at war, Conway is drawn into a network of killing and corruption that spans the length of the Mississippi River.

    The one-hour drama also stars Logan Marshall-Green, Jodi Balfour, Peter Mullan and Nikki Amuka-Bird.

    Based on the novels of Max Allan Collins, the show is directed and executive produced by Greg Yaitanes, along with executive producer Steve Golin. Created and executive produced by Graham Gordy & Michael D. Fuller.

    On Herriman, Huffington Post contributor Andrew Cristi wrote: This is an utter guarantee- by this time next year, Damon Herriman will at least be nominated [for an Emmy] for his performance on Cinemax’s new drama, Quarry- and if he’s not, there’s simply no justice in the world. Without exaggeration, Herriman is giving one of the best performances that television has probably ever seen, in a role so beautifully colorful and crafted that it seems like it was it was quite literally breathed to life from the dreams of every true actor- and yet, once audiences see Herriman in the part, they will never be able to imagine anyone else play it as he makes the role completely his own.

    Read more from Cristi here: NEXT YEAR’S EMMY NOMINEE; The Riveting DAMON HERRIMAN Gives One Of The Best Performances On Television In QUARRY!


  • Thursday, September 08, 2016 5:59 PM | Anonymous


    Ben Mendelsohn has joined the cast of Emma Forrest's Untogether.

    He will star alongside Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades franchise), and the Kirke sisters Jemima (Girls) and Lola (Mozart in the Jungle).

    The project will mark Forrest's feature film directorial debut, and she will helm from a script she penned.

    According to THR, the story follows "a former teen prodigy turned heroin addict who is trying to be a writer now that she’s sober, and Nick (Dornan), a writer who’s found success with his memoir of war time bravery, which sees him showered in wealth and women. Meanwhile, Andrea’s little sister Tara (Lola Kirke) finds her solid relationship with her older boyfriend Martin (Mendelsohn) shaken when she is drawn to a charismatic Rabbi with an even larger age gap.”

    Production will begin next month and the film is expected to be in theatres in 2017.

    Forrest is a best selling novelist. She and Mendelsohn married in 2012. 

    This is the second project Mendelsohn boarded this week - the announcement comes on the heels of the Aussie star joining Focus Features' Winston Churchill biopic Darkest Hour

    Recent news:

    Ben Mendelsohn to play King George VI in Focus Features' Winston Churchill biopic "Darkest Hour".

  • Wednesday, September 07, 2016 4:25 AM | Anonymous


    Photo credit: Jeff Vespa/WireImage

    Ben Mendelsohn has joined the cast of Focus Features Winston Churchill biopic "Darkest Hour".

    Gary Oldman leads the cast as Sir Winston Churchill and Mendelsohn will play King George VI. 

    Also on board is John Hurt as former British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, Lily James as Churchill's secretary, and Kristin Scott Thomas as Clementine Churchill. 

    Focus Features will release the film in the U.S. on November 24, 2017. 

    Joe Wright is directing from a script by Oscar-nominated screenwriter of The Theory of Everything, Anthony McCarten.

    “We aim to present a Churchill you haven’t seen before, a new portrait that shows all his famous strengths but also adds new dimensions, such as the grave doubts he privately harbored, the dark moods that would seize him unexpectedly and his fear of failure, a driving force that is often is left out of any discussion of the man,” McCarten told Deadline back in February.


  • Wednesday, September 07, 2016 3:45 AM | Anonymous


    The Spierig Brothers' supernatural thriller Winchester will start filming in early 2017 with Dame Helen Mirren leading the cast.

    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 is dispatched to the estate to evaluate her state of mind, he discovers that her obsession may not be so insane after all.

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

    The film has received production investment from Screen Australia and Screen Queensland and Film Victoria's Production Incentive Attraction Fund.

    "There have been few haunted house stories that have captured our imaginations quite like the legend of the Winchester House," said the Spierig brothers.

    "Films like Winchester telegraph to the international market the breadth of films that can be made in Australia, using not only our locations but our creative and producing talent," said Graeme Mason, CEO of Screen Australia.

    Screen Queensland CEO Tracey Vieira said, “We are thrilled to be supporting Queensland-based producer Tim McGahan and Queenslander Writer-Director team, Peter and Michael Spierig, on Winchester. The production will spend over $3.5 million in Queensland with picture, sound and visual FX post production taking place at Queensland-based Cutting Edge.

    We are proud of the success of the Spierigs and along with Tim, for the critical and commercial success they achieved with their last feature, Predestination, also supported by SQ. There is already considerable market interest in Winchester following the Cannes Film Market and we anticipate there will be good representation of Queenslanders in the heads of department. Winchester will again put the global spotlight on Queensland talent and bring huge long-term benefits to our state,” she said.

    Film Victoria CEO Jenni Tosi said: “We’re delighted the Spierig brothers will be back in Melbourne with their next film Winchester, and will again be working with our talented cast and crews. We’re equally thrilled to welcome the peerless Dame Helen Mirren to Melbourne, and hope she’ll also have time to experience our world-renowned culture and cuisine.”

    Congrats Michael and Peter Spierig! 

  • Wednesday, September 07, 2016 2:58 AM | Anonymous


    Foxtel has green-lit a six-part miniseries based on Joan Lindsay's classic novel "Picnic at Hanging Rock".

    The story, made internationally famous by Peter Weir's 1975 film, follows the mysterious disappearances of three schoolgirls and their governess on Valentine’s Day 1900 and the far-reaching aftermath. 

    The series is currently in pre-production. FreemandleMedia Australia are producing and Screen Australia has provided production investment.

    Foxtel Head of Drama Penny Win said: “We are very proud to commission this exciting television event drama exclusively for Foxtel subscribers. Like many others, I am a fan of the 1975 Australian film which was pivotal in establishing the modern Australian film industry. This series, based on the classic novel, will take viewers on a new and in depth journey into this incredibly iconic Australian story."

    Screen Australia Chief Executive Office Graeme Mason said: “Picnic at Hanging Rock is one of the true icons of the Australian film industry, having launched careers for the likes of Jacki Weaver and John Jarratt. The opportunity to again see this mythic tale on screens for a whole new generation was irresistible".

    Picnic at Hanging Rock will premiere on Foxtel’s showcase channel in 2017.

  • Monday, September 05, 2016 6:55 AM | Anonymous


    AiF member Luke O'Sullivan has begun filming a recurring role on Netflix's straight-to-series comedy Dear White People.

    Written by Justin Simien, the series is adapted from Simien's feature film of the same name, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014 and won the Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent.

    The series follows a diverse group of students as they navigate college life at a predominantly white Ivy League college. O'Sullivan is cast to play Connor, a theater major who becomes friends with one of the lead characters.

    "I'm so excited to be part of such a well-written show dealing with these important issues in a funny, clever and meaningful way. This is the sort of job I've daydreamed about, so to be doing it for real is incredible. I'm having the time of my life on set, and I can't wait to come back for more."

    O'Sullivan joins a previously announced cast that includes Brandon P. Bell (who is reprising his role from the original film), Logan Browning, Antoinette Robertson, DeRon Horton, John Patrick Amedori, Ashley Blaine Featherson and Marque Richardson.

    Congrats, Luke!

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