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  • 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!

  • Monday, August 29, 2016 6:47 PM | Anonymous

    Australian actor David Berry has joined the cast of Starz's time-travel drama Outlander.

    The series is adapted from Diana Gabaldon's international best-selling book series "Outlander", which follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743. 

    Berry, who is best known for playing James Bligh in Seven Network's hit Aussie series A Place to Call Home, joins Outlander in its third season, landing the major role of Lord John Grey. 

    According to Starz, Lord John Grey is a steadfast and honorable British subject, torn between a finely-honed sense of familial duty and a strong moral compass of right and wrong. He is boyishly handsome with an upper class rearing — the consummate gentleman. However, a scandal from his past has relegated Lord John to an undesirable position as governor of a desolate prison in Northern Scotland.

    Starz announced back in June that it has renewed the series for its third and forth season. The series will return to screens, with Berry as Lord John Grey, in 2017.

    Outlander airs in Australia on SoHo Tv.

    Congrats, David!

  • Friday, August 26, 2016 10:40 AM | Anonymous

    Naomi Watts, Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe star in director Gus Van Sant's The Sea of Trees. Now available in theaters and on demand

  • Thursday, August 25, 2016 9:15 PM | Anonymous

    Amazon Prime Video has snapped up the U.S. rights to Aussie drama The Kettering Incident starring 2015 AiF Breakthrough Award honoree Elizabeth Debicki and Matthew Le Nevez.

    The VOD giant will make the gripping mystery available to Amazon subscribers from September 30, 2016. 

    The Kettering Incident was commissioned by Foxtel with investment partners Screen Australia and Screen Tasmania. Foxtel holds UK and New Zealand distribution rights and BBC Worldwide holds global distribution rights.

    “Following the successful launch of The Kettering Incident in Australia, we are now bringing the mystery drama exclusively to Amazon Prime Video for US audiences to enjoy,” says BBC’s Matt Forde. “Amazon is already home to two of our most beloved programs, Doctor Who and Orphan Black, and we believe that it is the perfect place for this rarefied story.”

    Co-created by Victoria Madden and Vincent Sheehan, the eight-episode drama filmed exclusively in Tasmania follows Anna Macy (Debicki), a woman who left Kettering when she was just 14, shortly after her best friend disappeared when they were playing in the forest. When Anna returns 15 years later the town is struggling to survive. The community is being torn apart by clashes between environmentalists and loggers. Anna’s reappearance causes a stir. Theories and rumors persist about what really happened to the girls that night – from Anna killing her best friend to alien abduction. Then another girl disappears. Anna is drawn to discover what really happened, uncovering secrets buried deep in her mind and the heart of Kettering and its people.

    Along with Debicki and Le Nevez, the series boasts an impressive cast including Henry Nixon, Anthony Phelan, Damon Gameau, Damien Garvey, Sacha Horler, Sianoa Smit-McPhee, Ben Oxenbould, Suzi Dougherty, Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Dylan Young and Neil Pigot. Many Tasmanian actors feature in the series including Alison Whyte, Kris McQuade, Brad Kannegiesser, Katie Robertson, Marcus Hensley, Nathan Spencer and Matt Burton.

  • Thursday, August 25, 2016 3:07 PM | Anonymous

    Check out the official US trailer for Lion starring Nicole Kidman, released today by The Weinstein Company.

    Dev Patel and Rooney Mara star alongside Kidman in the project, which is based on Saroo Brierley's memoir ‘A Long way Home’.

    The film follows the story of a five-year-old Indian boy who boards the wrong train and ends up lost and far away from his home. Too young to remember his family name or where he is from, he is placed in an orphanage and after some hardship, he is adopted by an Australian couple (played by Kidman and David Wenham).

    Almost 25 years later, after the advent of Google Earth, he painstakingly scoured the site, zooming in on Indian villages looking for landmarks he remembered, until he miraculously found his home.

    Directed by Garth Davis and acquired by The Weinstein Company, Lion will have its world premiere at Toronto Film Festival in September.

    The Weinsten Company is set to release the film in the US on Thanksgiving weekend, Friday, 25 November.

  • Wednesday, August 24, 2016 11:26 PM | Anonymous

    Five Australian projects announced to screen at The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in September. 

    See-Saw Films’ Lion, directed by Garth Davis and starring Nicole Kidman, David Wenham, Dev Patel and Rooney Mara, will be screened as a Special Presentation. Adapted from the bestselling book by Saroo Brierley, Lion is the true story of how from his adopted home of Hobart, Saroo used new technology and the power of memory to find his parents in northern India.

    Ivan Sen’s outback noir film Goldstone, which opened the 2016 Sydney Film Festival, will compete in Platform. Platform launched in 2015 and comprises up to twelve artistically ambitious international films. The thriller was written and directed by Ivan Sen, and is the tale of two policeman who have to bury their differences to uncover the secrets of their town. The film stars Aaron Pedersen, AiF member Alex Russell, AiF Breakthrough Award honoree Jacki Weaver, David Gulpilil, Cheng Pei Pei and David Wenham.

    Boys in the Trees has been selected to compete in Discovery. Directed and written by Nicholas Verso, the film follows teens Corey (Heath Ledger Scholarship finalist Toby Wallace) and Jonah (Gulliver McGrath) on their last night of high school, embarking on a surreal journey through their memories, dreams and fears. 

    Also competing in Discovery is Joe Cinque’s Consolation, based on Helen Garner’s book of the same name. Set in Canberra in 1997, Joe Cinque’s Consolation is the true story of Anu Singh who murdered her boyfriend Joe Cinque at an elaborate farewell dinner party attended by friends. The feature film debut from director Sotiris Dounoukos, the film stars HLS runner up Emilie Cocquerel, HLS finalist Jerome Meyer and AiF member Gia Carides.

    Earlier this month it was announced Mirrah Foulkes’ short film Trespass will be competing in Short Cuts. The film traces a woman walking her dog in the bush who has a strange encounter. in 2013, AiF honored Foulkes and her cohorts at Bluetongue Films with the Fox Studios Australia Orry-Kelly International Award.

    “TIFF have again shown incredible confidence in Australian content, attracting the World Premiere of Lion and the International Premiere of Goldstone,” said Screen Australia CEO Graeme Mason. “I’m particularly pleased that emerging Australian Directors Nicholas Verso and Sotiris Dounoukos have had their features selected for Discovery. Make no mistake, TIFF is about more than red carpets - the Festival can kick-start international careers for these Australians.”

    Australian Director Bryn Chainey has been selected for TIFF’s Talent Lab and producers Tania Chambers and Alex White have been selected for the Producers Lab Toronto. Screen Australia’s Head of Production Sally Caplan has been invited to speak at TIFF’s Women and the Helm forum alongside representatives from Sweden and Canada.

    The Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4-14.

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