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  • 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!

  • Monday, September 05, 2016 3:40 AM | Anonymous

    Aussie siblings Jonathan and Josh Baker are set to co-direct James Franco, Zoe Kravitz, Jack Reynor and Dennis Quaid in independent action-sci-fi Kin.

    The feature is based on their acclaimed short film Bag Man, which premiered at South by Southwest last year, and earned the filmmakers a Grand Jury Award Nomination. The film also scored the Best Drama gong in the 2015 Short of the Week Awards.

    Kin follows the story of an ex-convict (Reynor) and his brother when they are forced on the run by a vengeful criminal (Franco). Quaid is on board to play their father, and Kravitz will play the fugitives' trusted friend.

    Texas-born filmmaker Daniel Casey wrote the script.

    Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen at 21 Laps (Stranger Things) and Jeff Arkuss, David Gross, and Jesse Shapira at No Trace Camping (Room) will produce.

    Filming begins on October 24. 

    Congrats Jonathan and Josh!

    Watch Bag Man:

  • Friday, September 02, 2016 9:27 PM | Anonymous

    Missing out on great Aussie TV because you live in the States? 

    Seasons 1 and 2 of hit ABC comedy Soul Mates are available from today in the U.S. exclusively on NBCUniversal comedy-only (and ad-free) subscription video service, Seeso.

    Season 2 was co-commissioned by ABCTV and Seeso together. 

    Scroll down to watch episode one, and when you're hooked:

    Get 2 months free of SeesoTV when you sign up with promo code "Aussie" (credit card req. Web-only. Valid thru 12/31/16, US only).

    From the creative team behind Bondi Hipsters, Soul Mates is written and directed by brothers Christiaan and Connor Van Vuuren and stars Christiaan and Nick Boshier as a couple of buddies continually drawn together across the course of human history, past and future.

    ABC’s Head of Comedy, Rick Kalowski says: “It’s a thrill for ABC to be among SeeSo’s first international partners, especially on Soul Mates, which showcases some of the best Australia has to offer: bad coffee served by tattooed nobs, and a petty rivalry with New Zealand founded on basically nothing.”

    Bondi Hipsters Dom and Adrian, say: “Ultimately it makes no difference if you do or don’t watch series two of Soul Mates, because we’re currently on a rock called earth that is spinning in infinite space around a giant ball of energy called the sun. But we have a TV show that’s going to air on ABCTV and on NBCU’s Seeso in the States, so eat a medium to large bag of dicks.”


    Watch Episode One here:

    Australian ABCTV comedy series Sammy J and Randy In Ricketts Lane is also available exclusively on Seeso. Watch it here.

  • Friday, September 02, 2016 5:10 PM | Anonymous

    One of the world’s most enduring children’s stories, Peter Rabbit, will be made into a major international feature film starring Australian actor Rose Byrne and the voice of comedian James Corden, thanks to the support of the NSW Government.

    Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said the hybrid live action and animation family film will be brought to life by NSW’s world class animation and visual FX production house Animal Logic and Sony Pictures Entertainment.

    “This production, secured for NSW through the government’s new $20 million Made in NSW fund, will create jobs for 55 local actors and more than 600 crew as well as showcase our state to the world,” Mr Grant said.

    “On top of the NSW Government’s assistance, Animal Logic successfully attracted significant US studio financing for this film, which demonstrates why Animal Logic is one of NSW’s great creative industry success stories.”

    CEO of Animal Logic Zareh Nalbandian said NSW is a premier destination for film with world-class creative, innovative and technical talent and we look forward to showcasing that great talent to the world with the story of Peter Rabbit.

    President of Production Administration at Columbia Pictures Andy Davis said NSW provides everything the studio is looking for from a production and visual standpoint.

    “The region is famous for verdant beauty that will provide Peter Rabbit with a warm and impressive backdrop and we are excited to be working with the talented live-action crews in NSW and the animation wizards at Animal Logic,” Mr Davis said.

    Peter Rabbit is one of several productions brought to NSW by the Made in NSW fund, which provides incentives to attract international film and high-end Australian television drama to the state, boosting entertainment jobs and the economy.

    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

    Animal Logic has also teamed up with the University of Technology Sydney to establish the UTS Animal Logic Academy. Minister for Skills John Barilaro said Animal Logic leads the industry in equipping young professionals with the skills they need to develop their careers in the creative sector. Read more here

  • Thursday, September 01, 2016 5:39 PM | Anonymous

    AiF member and Writers Room alum India Dupré's short film Stripped is scheduled to have its World Premiere at LA Shorts Fest this Wednesday, September 7 at 7:45pm.

    The film will also screen at the Edmonton International Film Festival on October 6th at 12:00pm.

    Both prestigious festivals are officially recognized by the Academy Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, and award winners are eligible for Academy nomination.

    Based on India's childhood, Stripped follows the true story of her mother, Margaret Dupré, a single British mother who became an Iconic Australian figure. When her children are taken from her as part of the Australian Governments Fairbridge scheme to “Keep Australia White”, Margaret resorts to stripping, steals her children back and lives on the run while a fixated government worker hunts her down. 

    In an open letter about the AiF Writers Room program, India said: "I submitted an early draft of my feature script STRIPPED to the inaugural Australians in Film Writers Group held at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood. I was thrilled to be accepted to their ten week program. Our first night, we sat at a round table and shared our projects. We then paired up each week with different writers - reading each other’s drafts and providing feedback. I’m happy to say our group has stayed incredibly tight, meeting up monthly, and I’ve watched all our projects shape up and take on life."

    Head on down to LA Shorts fest and support India!

    Tickets available here, select Program #33. 

    India joins an esteemed list of LA Shorts Fest alumni directors including Tim Burton, Bryan Singer, Paul Haggis, Shane Black, Jason Reitman, John Woo, Tony Scott, David Lynch, Joe Carnahan, Louis D'Esposito, Terry Gilliam, Jon Favreau, Scarlett Johansson, Vin Diesel, Hilary Swank, Demi Moore, Courteney Cox, Jessica Biel, Kirsten Dunst, Ralph Macchio, Ricky Gervais and many more.

    The festival will run from September 1-8. 


    Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14.

    1000 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

    Lot 4* located on the north side of Olympic Boulevard at Georgia Street


    LOT 4 ($5)

    Tickets to the Edmonton International Film Festival available here

    Read an open letter from India on the AiF Writers Room Program. Applications for the next program will be announced soon. 

    Congrats, India!

  • Tuesday, August 30, 2016 3:44 AM | Anonymous

    Yvonne Strahovski has joined the cast of Hulu's upcoming series The Handmaid's Tale

    Spanning over 10-episodes, the drama is being adapted from Canadian author Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel of the same name.

    Strahovski joins a cast that includes Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes and Samira Wiley. Production will begin in Toronto this fall and the series will be available on Hulu in 2017. 

    Strahovski can next be seen opposite Blake Lively and fellow Aussie Jason Clarke in Marc Forster's drama-thriller All I see Is You, which will have its world premiere when it screens as a special presentation at the 2016 Toronto Film Festival in September. 

    AiF awarded Strahovski with the Breakthrough Award in 2012 following her success on the hit NBC series Chuck. 

    Congrats, Yvonne!

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