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  • 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


  • Wednesday, October 05, 2016 5:28 AM | Anonymous

    Australians Rachael Taylor and Travis Fimmel are set to star in Mark Steven Johnson's bank heist film Finding Steve McQueen.

    Set in 1972 and based on a true story, the thriller follows a gang of Ohio thieves and their brazen attempt to steal $30MM of illegal contributions and blackmail money from President Nixon.

    Johnson is directing from a script by Keith Sharon (Showtime) and Ken Hixon (Inventing the Abbots).

    Forest Whitaker, William Fichtner and Lily Rabe also star and filming is currently underway in Atlanta, Georgia.

    Congrats, Rachael and Travis!

  • Saturday, October 01, 2016 7:13 PM | Anonymous

    Photo credit: Brandon Voight

    Chris Hemsworth is set to star in Nicolai Fuglsig's war drama Horse Soldiers

    Fuglsig is helming from a script by Peter Craig and Ted Tally, which they based on Doug Stanton's book "Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of US Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan".

    Oscar and Golden Globes-nominated actor Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road, 99 Homes) is also joining Hemsworth on the cast. 

    The film tells the true story of team of CIA agents and special forces who were deployed to Afghanistan in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks in an attempt to dismantle the Taliban.

    According to Deadline, who broke the news, the film is being co-financed by Black Label Media, whose Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill are producing with Jerry Bruckheimer and his Jerry Bruckheimer Films banner, where Chad Oman will be executive producer.

    Australians in Film awarded Hemsworth with the AiF Breakthrough Award in 2010. 

    Congrats, Chris!

  • Saturday, October 01, 2016 4:33 AM | Anonymous

    (Pictured: Naomi Watts on set in New York. Photo Credit Jackson Lee)

    Filming has begun in New York on Netflix's new 10-episode series, Gypsy, starring Naomi Watts.

    The two-time Oscar nominated actress stars as Jean Holloway, a therapist who develops dangerous and intimate relationships with people in her patients' lives.

    The psychological thriller was created by newcomer Lisa Rubin and Fifty Shades of Grey helmer Sam Taylor-Johnson is directing the first two episodes. 

    The series is set to premiere on Netflix in 2017. 

  • Friday, September 30, 2016 7:36 AM | Anonymous

    Australian siblings and writing team Spencer Harvey and Lloyd Harvey have been named alongside four other emerging writers selected to receive the 2016 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting. 

    Their script "Photo Booth" beat out 6,910 others and has earned each of the winners a $35,000 prize, the first installment of which will be distributed at the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Awards Presentation & Live Read on November 3 in Beverly Hills. For the fourth consecutive year, an ensemble of actors will be reading selected scenes from the winning scripts.

    "Photo Booth" follows the story of Jean Bouchet, a successful performance artist who in rising to the pinnacle of her career. She and her husband, Ben, a flailing portrait artist living in his famous father’s shadow, have no children of their own, so they have been trying to adopt a baby through the system. But with all their attempts, they seem to have hit a brick wall and so has their relationship. When Ben learns that a one-night stand with a young waitress resulted in a pregnancy, he suggests to Jean that adopting this baby could be a solution, however unorthodox, to their problems.

    Spencer and Lloyd told Australians in Film, "We are so humbled by this experience. The Academy Nicholl Committee is comprised of so many of our heroes and we couldn’t be more grateful to have been chosen by them to be one of this year's fellows." 

    "We know how precious a platform like this is and we plan to make the most it," they continued. 

    The 2016 winners are (listed alphabetically by author): 

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

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

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

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

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

    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.

    Congrats, Spencer and Lloyd!

  • Thursday, September 29, 2016 6:22 PM | Anonymous

    Principal photography has begun in the U.K., on Fox Searchlight's A.A. Milne biopic starring Domhnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie.

    Gleeson is cast as Milne, the English author best known for his children's stories about the adventures of Winnie the Pooh, and Robbie is playing his wife, Daphne. 

    The official synopsis reads:

    The UNTITLED A.A. MILNE film gives a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children’s author A.A. Milne and his son Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne, and his nanny Olive, Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family?

    My Week with Marilyn director Simon Curtin is helming from a script written by Frank Cottrell Boyce (Railway Man), based on a screenplay by Simon Vaughan (“War and Peace”).

    USA Today has some exclusive first look photos from the set. Check them out here

    Congrats, Margot!

  • Monday, September 26, 2016 4:00 PM | Carly Einfeld (Administrator)



    The Fifth Annual AiF Awards will take place on Wednesday, 

    October 19, 2016 at NeueHouse Hollywood

    HOLLYWOOD, CA – SEPTEMBER 26, 2016 - Australians in Film (AiF) and Qantas, Australia’s leading airline, today announced a major partnership which will see Qantas become the official airline partner and sponsor of the Los Angeles based non-profit organization that supports and promotes the Australian screen industry in Hollywood.

    Qantas will be the Title Sponsor of the fifth annual AiF Awards, which will be held on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at NeueHouse in Hollywood. The top award of the night, presented to an Australian who has paved the way for others in Hollywood, has been renamed the Qantas Orry-Kelly Award. Orry-Kelly was a costume designer on Casablanca and Some Like it Hot and one of Australia’s most awarded film exports, including a number of Oscar wins.

    Qantas will also be the Presenting Sponsor of the prestigious Heath Ledger Scholarship and the official airline partner for AiF’s new creative workspace Charlie’s at Raleigh Studios and the MentorLA program, presented with Screen Australia.

    “Qantas has a longtime reputation of supporting the Australian arts around the world,” said Kate Marks, President of Australians in Film. “It is only fitting that as Australia continues to produce some of the world’s best on and offscreen talent, that the country’s national carrier is associated with Australian film and AiF in Hollywood.”

    “After Mad Max: Fury Road cleaned up at the Academy Awards this year, there are high hopes for the upcoming release of one of our AiF FOXTEL Breakthrough Awards Honorees, Garth Davis’s Lion, starring Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel, and Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge,” Marks continued. “The next generation of Australian screen talent will benefit enormously from this exciting partnership.”

    “As the national carrier, Qantas is committed to championing the best of Australia, including Australian film talent,” said Stephen Thompson, Senior Executive Vice President of Qantas Americas, New Zealand, Pacific Islands and Japan. “Australia is home to some exceptional industry trailblazers and we are thrilled to be a part of recognizing their achievements through such a reputable organization.”

    “With almost 50 direct Qantas flights between Los Angeles and Australia each week, we are also proud to play a role in helping to connect some of Australia’s brightest screen talent with Hollywood and Hollywood with some of the best film studios and producers in the southern hemisphere, including Fox Studios Sydney, Village Roadshow Studios, Animal Logic,” Thompson continued.

    AiF, which celebrated its 15th anniversary this year, has established a reputation for providing meaningful education and career development programs to further enhance Australia’s top screen talent in Hollywood. With the establishment of Charlie’s, and the relaunch of its industry program, AiF is providing the necessary support and education for the Australian screen industry to continue to be a major player.

    Qantas carries 27 million passengers each year, and together with its codeshare and oneworld partners, the Qantas Group offers customers travel to more than 1,000 destinations around the world. Qantas’ support for the Australian film industry is on almost every international flight, offering a dedicated channel of all Australian films on the In-Flight Entertainment system.

    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

  • Monday, September 26, 2016 1:30 PM | Carly Einfeld (Administrator)

    Australians in Film Announce GatewayLA Script Submissions Open

    Last year’s winning script CARGO has just begun production in South Australia, with Martin Freeman in the lead

    Writer and director Yolanda Ramke on what the win meant for her

    GatewayLA 2016 from Australians in Film on Vimeo.

    Los Angeles - Submissions have opened for AiF’s GatewayLA, a program which gives screenwriters the chance to have their script not only seen by top industry professionals, but also awards them with a cash prize of $10,000 and a return Qantas flight to Los Angeles, plus other professional development prizes.

    The judges this year are Bonni Lee, Senior Vice President of Production at Village Roadshow Pictures, Jairo Alvarado, Manager at Circle of Confusion, Aïda Mashaka Croal, current writer and Supervising Producer on Marvel’s Jessica Jones, Ben Lusthaus, a Creative Executive at Amy Pascal’s company Pascal Pictures, Paddy Murphy, Development Executive at Tobey Maguire’s Material, and Chris Dickie, the current Director of Development at Endemol Shine Studios.

    A testament to the success of the incentive, last year’s winning script CARGO is already in production, only 18 months after receiving the award. Writer Yolanda Ramke is co-directing with Ben Howling with Emmy and BAFTA award winning actor Martin Freeman (The Hobbit, Black Panther, Sherlock, Fargo) in the lead role. 

    Yolanda has since reflected on the importance of GatewayLA in the success of project thus far:

    "The GatewayLA script prize couldn't have come at a more crucial time for me. I had a first draft under my belt, but like most emerging writers, I was juggling day jobs with late night writing sessions and struggling to make further progress. Not only did winning this award provide a significant confidence boost, but on a financial level it allowed me to dedicate the time I needed to complete the second draft of CARGO. It also generated some wonderful buzz around the project both at home and abroad. I was also fortunate enough to secure my first paid writing commission off the back of this accolade, and as a result now have a second screenplay in development.

    “GatewayLA is a groundbreaking initiative and an invaluable leg-up for up-and-coming screenwriters in Australia. I'm honoured to have been the inaugural recipient, and I'm genuinely excited for this year's winner and the opportunities this prize will afford them".

    Finalists will receive two months of complimentary hosting on The Black List, free evaluation of the scripts, phone meetings with the program judges and a copy of the latest version of Final Draft, the industry standard in screenwriting software.  The winner receives all this as well as $10,000 in cash and one Qantas ticket to Los Angeles.

    Submissions will close on 17th October at 5pm (PST),  please head to   for further details on how to enter.

    The Judges

    About Bonni Lee

    Bonni Lee has served has as an executive at MGM/UA, Warner Bros., as President of Robert Redford’s company Wildwood Entertainment and Geffen Pictures. She has worked on numerous films, including Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Beetlejuice, Batman, Lethal Weapon, The Accidental Tourist, A River Runs Through It, Interview With the Vampire and Joe’s Apartment.  When David Geffen created Dreamworks SKG with Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg, Lee's company, Mighty Hula Pictures, developed TV and feature films under a production deal at the studio. Lee moved to the east coast for a few years and is now happily ensconced at Village Roadshow Pictures as Senior Vice President of Production, the company's titles includes Mad Max: Fury Road, The Lego Movie and the upcoming Passengers.

    About Aïda Mashaka Croal

    Canadian-born playwright and screenwriter, Aïda Mashaka Croal, received her BA from Stanford University and her MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts. She won a Daytime Emmy while writing on her first TV show: ABC’s One Life to Live. She has since written for Syfy Sanctuary, Cartoon Network Star Wars: The Clone Wars, AMC Turn: Washington’s Spies, and Netflix Marvel’s Luke Cage.  She is currently a writer and Supervising Producer on Marvel’s Jessica Jones. 

    About Jairo Alvarado

    Jairo Alvarado started as a creative exec at Warner Bros. then went on to join 3 Arts Entertainment as a manager/producer. At Circle, he reps writer Brian Miller who sold pilots this season to Fox with Ryan Murphy; journalists/producers Joshua Bearman and Joshua Davis whose company EPIC has a first look deal with A&E Studios; American Dad and Community  writer Jordan Blum; NBC’s Taken writer Joy Loya; I Smile Back director Adam Salky,  and Tiller Russell writer on NBC’s Chicago PD. As a producer he now has projects set up at Netflix BBC America and Alcon Entertainment.   

    About Ben Lusthaus

    Ben Lusthaus is a Development Executive at Pascal Pictures, a film and TV production company run by producer Amy Pascal. Pascal Pictures is currently producing the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming, as well as Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut, Molly’s Game. Ben previously worked at 20th Century Fox on movies such as Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes and Gone Girl, and also worked in production on Black Swan in NYC. He is originally from Sydney, Australia. 

    About Paddy Murphy

    Paddy joined the development team at Tobey Maguire’s Material in early 2013 after meeting him on Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby where he worked for the director’s longtime producer and Music Supervisor, Anton Monsted. Before joining Bazmark, Paddy worked for another of the director’s longtime producers and collaborators, Paul Watters. Early on at Material he worked closely with Maguire’s producing partner Matthew Plouffe on Edward Zwick’s Pawn Sacrifice starring Maguire as American chess icon Bobby Fischer. Paddy has continued to work closely with Plouffe on Material’s development slate including Z for Zachariah starring Margot Robbie, Chris Pine and Chiwetel Ejiofor and The 5th Wave starring Chloë Grace Moretz and Liev Schreiber. The company is producing bestselling author Greg Iles’ trilogy Natchez Burning with Sony Pictures TV. Material is an independently financed company based in Los Angeles.

    About Chris Dickie

    Chris Dickie is currently the Director of Development, Endemol Shine Studios.  He joined Endemol in 2011 as Coordinator of Development and over the past five years has overseen the development and production of multiple series, including the long-running AMC drama Hell on Wheels, Kingdom (Audience Network), Low Winter Sun(AMC), Red Widow (ABC) and the upcoming I’m Dying Up Here (Showtime).  He previously worked in Drama Development at 20th Century Fox Television Studios and prior to that got his start at ICM in 2007. 


    Australians in Film is a Los Angeles based film, television and digital content non-profit foundation with a mission to connect the Australian industry to the international market. Founded in May 2001, AiF serves as the industry guild for Australian entertainment professionals in Los Angeles, holding regular screenings, career development programs, seminars and labs, and currently has over 600 members. For more information on AiF, please visit 


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  • Sunday, September 25, 2016 9:21 PM | Anonymous

    Ed Oxenbould is set to star opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan in Paul Dano's coming-of-age drama Wildlife

    Dano, a Golden Globes and BAFTA nominated actor, will make his directorial debut on the feature, helming from a script he penned with Zoe Kazan (Olive Kitteridge).

    Dano and Kazan adapted the script from Richard Ford's 1990 novel of the same name, which follows the story Joe Brinson (Oxenbould), a teenager who witnesses his parent's marriage fall apart after his mother's infidelity. 

    Congrats, Ed! 

  • Sunday, September 25, 2016 8:35 PM | Anonymous

    Margot Robbie is set to host the season premiere of NBC's long-running sketch comedy and variety show, Saturday Night Live

    The Aussie star will take to the stage on Saturday, October 1 to officially usher in SNL's 42nd season.

    Two-time Grammy Award winner and Oscar nominee The Weekend will return for the second time as musical guest. 

    Previous Australian hosts include Chris Hemsworth (who has hosted twice in 2015), Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Mel Gibson.

    Australians in Film honored Robbie with the AiF Breakthrough Award at a star-studded ceremony in 2014. Check out photos taken at the exclusive event here

    Watch Hugh Jackman host SNL

    Watch Chris Hemsworth host SNL

    Watch Russell Crowe host SNL

    Watch Mel Gibson host SNL

    Congrats, Margot! 

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