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  • 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


  • Thursday, September 15, 2016 9:06 PM | Anonymous


    New Line Cinema has released the first trailer for Annabelle 2, the sequel to 2014 horror flick Annabelle.

    The film stars AiF Ambassadors Miranda Otto and Anthony LaPaglia and is produced by Peter Safran and James Wan.

    Centering on a dollmaker and his wife, the story begins several years after the tragic death of their little girl. The couple welcomes a nun and girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, but their lives are turned upside down when they become he target of the dollmaker's possessed creation, Annabelle.

    Lights Out director David F. Sandberg is helming from a script by Gary Dauberman, who also penned the first installment.

    Annabelle 2 is scheduled to be in theaters May 19, 2017.

    AiF Awarded Wan with the Breakthrough Award in 2006 after his success as a writer and director on Saw.

    In 2014, AiF awarded LaPaglia with the Orry-Kelly International Award for his support of Australians working in film and television in Los Angeles. The award is named after costume designer Orry George Kelly, one of the first Australians to succeed in Hollywood.


  • Thursday, September 15, 2016 4:35 PM | Anonymous


    AiF member Ansuya Nathan has joined the cast of Anthony Maras' drama Hotel Mumbai. 

    The cast includes fellow Australian and 2014 Heath Ledger Scholarship finalist Tilda Cobham-Hervey (52 Tuesdays, The Kettering Incident) and international heavyweights Armie Hammer (The Man From U.N.C.L.E., The Social Network) and Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire, Lion).

    The story centers on the 2008 devastating armed siege by terrorists on the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower Hotel in Mumbai, India.

    South Australian-born Maras, whose short films have won multiple awards locally and internationally, is making his feature film debut on the multi-million dollar project. 

    Filming recently wrapped in Maras' home town of Adelaide and will pick up again in October on location in Mumbai.

    Nathan plays Manisha, a doctor and hotel guest who is trapped in the hotel when the siege begins.

    "Hotel Mumbai is a powerful and timely story - a reminder of our common humanity in the face of terror," said Nathan. Adding, "It is an honor to be cast alongside these actors and to work with such a passionate team of filmmakers. I can't wait for the Mumbai leg of the shoot!"

    Backed by Screen Australia and the South Australian Film Corporation, the production injected millions into the SA economy, and employed more than 350 heads of department, cast, crew and extras. 

    Maras transformed Adelaide Studios into the interiors of the exclusive high class hotel.

    Based on two-time Emmy-nominated Australian documentary Surviving Mumbai, Maras adapted the script with Sydney-based Scottish screenwriter and novelist, John Collee.

    Collee's previous projects include Master and Commander, Happy Feet, Son of a Gun and Australia's current contender for the Foreign-Language Oscar Tanna). He is also co-founder of Australian production company Hopscotch Features.

    The Weinsten Company picked up the U.S. and U.K rights to the film at the Cannes market in May.

    Congrats, Ansuya!




  • Wednesday, September 14, 2016 5:17 PM | Anonymous


    Jason Clarke has joined Dame Helen Mirren on the cast on the cast of the Spierig-brothers' supernatural thriller Winchester

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

    The brothers are helming from a script they wrote together with Tom Vaughn (Unstoppable). 

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

    This news comes on the heels of Clarke also joining Keira Knightley and Alexander Skarsgard in James Kent's WWII drama The Aftermath.

    Adapted from a novel by Rhidian Brook, by frequent writing partners Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse (Race, Edge of Tomorrow 2), the story is set in post-war Germany in 1946, and follows Rachael Morgan (Knightley) and a her husband, British colonel Lewis Morgan (Skarsgard). Tensions arise when Lewis decides to share their home with its previous owners, a German widower (Clarke) and his troubled daughter.

    Congrats, Jason, Michael and Peter. 

    Read more about Winchester:

    Dame Helen Mirren boards The Spierig Brothers thriller "Winchester"


  • Tuesday, September 13, 2016 2:34 PM | Anonymous

    Check out the first full trailer for James Foley's Fifty Shades Darker.

    The film stars 2010 Heath Ledger Scholarship recipient Bella Heathcote as Christian Grey's twisted ex lover, Leila Williams.

    The trailer teases of the trouble Leila is about to inflict on Christian (Jamie Dornan) and Anastasia (Dakota Johnson) and their relationship.

    Fifty Shades Darker is the second installment in the trilogy, adapted from E.L. James popular erotic romance novels. 

    Universal Pictures is scheduled to release the film in US theaters February 10, 2017, and February 9, 2017 in Australia. 

    Bella recently talked to the Hollywood Reporter about how the Heath Ledger Scholarship helped launch her career. 

    “When you are doing the first rounds of meetings in L.A.— that first six months where you meet with anyone… to be associated with that name was a huge help and honor,” she said.

    Read the full THR article here.


    Pictured: Ryan Kwanten, Colin Farrell, Bella Heathcote and Chris Hemsworth at the 2010 Breakthrough Awards where AiF presented Kwanten and Hemsworth with the Breakthrough Award and Farrell named Heathcote as the recipient of the Heath Ledger Scholarship. 



  • Tuesday, September 13, 2016 3:58 AM | Anonymous


    Image source: Roadshow Entertainment

    Aussie family adventure film Oddball from Stuart McDonald has been snapped up by US-based Momentum Pictures at the Toronto Film Festival. 

    Global Screen brokered the deal for the fun flick, which stars comedic actor Shane Jacobson (Kenny), Sarah Snook (The Dressmaker), Deborah Mailman (Redfern Now, The Sapphires) and 11-year-old up and comer Coco Jack Gillies.

    Based on actual events, the story follows an eccentric chicken farmer (Jacobson), who with the help of his granddaughter (Coco Jack Gillies), trains his mischievous dog Oddball to protect a penguin sanctuary from fox attacks in an attempt to reunite his family and save their seaside town.

    No word yet on when Momentum Pictures will release the family film in the U.S. In the mean time, watch the Aussie trailer below. 

    Snook was named a runner up for the AiF Heath Ledger Scholarship in 2011. 


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


    Photo source: Supplied

    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!

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