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  • Friday, July 12, 2013 10:33 AM | Anonymous

    Aussie Jason Clarke is in talks to join the stellar cast of Daniel Espinosa's thriller "Child 44".

    Starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Gary Oldman, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Fares Fares (whom Clarke worked with in Zero Dark Thirty), "Child 44" is set in the Stalin-era Soviet Union, and tells the story of a disgraced MGB agent who is dispatched to investigate a series of child murders. 

    The film is based on the thriller novel by Tom Rob Smith, and will be co-financed and produced by Summit Entertainment, Worldview Entertainment, Scott Free Productions. 

    Clarke has a movie that is currently in cinemas - Roland Emmerich's Action film "White House Down" with Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal.

    The Queenslander's career has been rising steadily since 2012's "Lawless," which also starred Tom Hardy. 

    Clarke's breakout role came that same year in the form of CIA Interrogator Dan, in Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" - the film about the hunt for Bin Laden, which received an Oscar nomination for Best Motion picture.

    Clarke also has top billing in Matt Reeve's "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" with "Child 44" co-star Gary Oldman, Keri Russell and fellow Aussie Kodi Smit-McPhee. The film will be released in 2014. 

    Clarke also has signed on to star opposite Robert De Niro, Christoph Waltz and Omar Sy in Stephen Gaghan's Crime Thriller "Candy Store," which tells the story of an undercover agent who begins a new life as beat cop in Brooklyn, but finds that his past life comes back to haunt him.

    Congratulations, Jason! 




  • Wednesday, July 10, 2013 5:38 PM | Anonymous

    Aussie newcomer Benedict Samuel has scored a role in Jake Hoffman's upcoming feature film "Asthma". Krysten Ritter (Breaking Bad) is already attached.

    According to Deadline, "Asthma" examines the consequences of the live fast, die young mentality in NYC’s indie rock scene.

    Benedict, the younger brother of actor Xavier Samuel, is a graduate of NIDA. He is known in Australia for playing Hammer Pirovic on Channel 7's Home and Away.

    Jake Hoffman is American actor Dustin Hoffman's son. Asthma will be Hoffman's feature film directorial debut. 

    Congrats, Benedict! 

  • Wednesday, July 10, 2013 4:44 PM | Anonymous

    Entries open on August 15 and close on October 10, 2013!

    Filmmakers taking part will have the opportunity to showcase their work to thousands of live and free-to-air television viewers on the world’s largest platform for emerging and established filmmakers.

    The winning filmmaker will take home a brand new Toyota, a Nikon D800 DSLR plus $2,000RRP worth of Nikkor lenses, $10,000 thanks to Kennedy Miller Mitchell and a film immersion trip to Los Angeles, where the winner will meet with industry executives, courtesy of Motion Picture Association and Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft.

    Tropfest Australia attracts an event audience of approximately 150,000 people on a single night and this year will attract even more with short film fans across Australia tuning in to SBS 2 to watch the event on December 8.

    Films must be no longer than seven minutes and must include this year’s Tropfest Signature Item (TSI): “Change”. It is up to entrants to interpret how they will include the TSI in their film.

    What are we looking for?
    As always, Tropfest is looking for great stories, told well. Tropfest doesn’t look at budgets or production values. The strength of idea is king, followed by great performances and beautiful storytelling.

    Tropfest exists to stimulate the production of short films, to celebrate filmmakers and to encourage great storytelling from filmmakers of all levels of experience.

    If you have a story tell, pick up a camera and start shooting!

    Read more here.

  • Tuesday, July 09, 2013 1:36 PM | Anonymous

    Roadshow Films have announced that it will release the sequel to the highest grossing Australian R18+ film of all time, Wolf Creek 2, on February 20, 2014.

    Excited fan boys and girls were the first to hear the word as Wolf Creek 2 Director, Greg Mclean announced the release date at Melbourne’s Oz Comic-Con on Saturday afternoon.

    "Our goal is to create an even more suspenseful, chilling and unforgettable experience for audiences and we feel very confident they will not be disappointed", said Greg Mclean.

    Mclean continued, “I'm so excited to be once again working with Roadshow Films on the new movie and look forward to unleashing the next instalment of this thriller across Australia early next year.”

    Roadshow Films Managing Director, Joel Pearlman said “Wolf Creek wowed audiences when it released in Australia in 2005. It is exciting that Greg and his team have a found a way to bring the next chapter in the story of Mick Taylor to the screen and we are looking forward to bringing WC2 to audiences in 2014”.

    Wolf Creek was the number one Australian film in 2005 and also became the highest grossing Australian R18+ film of all time.

  • Tuesday, July 09, 2013 11:50 AM | Anonymous

    Avalanche Studios, the developers of the upcoming Mad Max game have listened to disappointed Australians and Mad Max purists and have reversed their decision have have Max speak with an American accent in their upcoming game. 

    The developers originally wanted to create their "own version" of the story, but after a petition by AusGamers on garnered almost 3000 supporters, and a lot of media attention, the founder & Chief Creative Officer at Avalanche Studios, Christofer Sundberg, took to Twitter to put people at ease. 

    "Attn. fans who want Max to have an Aussie accent in #MadMaxGame : It shall be so. We admore your loyalty. You have been heard." he tweeted.

    There is power in numbers! Well done, Aussies!


    Related story: Mad Max with an American accent has Aussies mad as a cut snake 

  • Monday, July 08, 2013 3:39 PM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to 2012 X Factor winner Samantha Jade - the pop star is set to play Kylie Minogue in Channel 7's biopic "Never Tear Us Apart: The Untold Story of INXS". 

    This will be Jade's acting debut. 

    "We knew we couldn't look past Samantha Jade when we were casting Kylie," said series producer Kerrie Mainwaring.


    "You just need to look at her face and figure to see she's a perfect match - and that she comes from a singing background was just an added bonus in our minds." 

    Channel 7 also announced that Georgina Haig will play Paula Yates, Michael Hutchence's girlfriend at the time of his death, and Mallory Jansen will play his ex-girlfriend, Danish model Helena Christensen.


    Related Story:

    Channel 7 reveals the full cast of the untold story of INXS

  • Saturday, July 06, 2013 1:00 PM | Anonymous

    US film distributor A24 have acquired David Michôd’s "The Rover" for release in the United States. 

    Adapted for the screen by Michôd from a story co-written by Joel Edgerton and Michôd, the film stars Aussie Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson.

    Set in the future, in the Australian Outback, The Rover tells the story of a loner (Pearce) who joins forces with Pattinson to track a gang of thieves who stole his car. 


  • Friday, July 05, 2013 5:04 PM | Anonymous

    Congrats to Brenton Thwaites who has scored the lead opposite Jeff Bridges in the Philip Noyce helmed "The Giver".

    Based on the 1993 children's book by Lois Lowry, and with a screenplay by Vadim Perelman, Thwaites will play Jonas- a young man from a seemingly utopian, futuristic world, who is singled out to receive special training from The Giver, who alone holds the memories of the true joys and pain of life. 


    Another successful Home and Away alumni, Thwaites starred in this year's Aussie cricket comedy "Save Your Legs".

    His next major role is in Robert Stromberg's highly anticipated "Maleficent" - the retelling of the classic Sleeping Beauty tale, told from the perspective of the princess' evil nemesis, Maleficent.

    Thwaites landed the role of the Young Price in the film, which has Angelina Jolie, Juno Temple and Elle Fanning attached. "Maleficent" is set for a July 2014 release. 

    The young Aussie actor is currently filming "The Signal" - a sci-fi thriller written and directed by William Eubank, and starring Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix), Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel) and Sarah Clarke (Twilight).

    Congrats, Brenton! 

  • Wednesday, June 26, 2013 2:09 PM | Anonymous

    Young Aussie actor Ed Oxenbould has landed the lead opposite Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner in Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”. 

    Based on Judith Viorst’s award-winning children’s book of the same name, the film will be helmed by director Miguel Arteta, and is set for an October 2014 release. 

    Oxenbould is known for playing David Vickers on Channel 10’s drama series Puberty Blues. 

    Congrats, Ed!!
  • Tuesday, June 25, 2013 5:17 PM | Anonymous

    Don't miss Australians in Film member Ansuya Nathan's live solo show "LONG LIVE THE KING" at the Hudson Theatre in July! 


    “The day they arrive in Australia is the day Elvis Presley dies, both events are equally shocking.”

    Venue: The Hudson Guild Theatre

    Dates: July 5, 7, 12 and 14

    Times: Fridays at 8pm, Sundays at 7pm

    Ticket Prices: $18 full, $15 conc. Bookings:


    Nominated for Best Solo Performer at The 2010 Edinburgh Stage Awards

    Written and performed by Ansuya Nathan.
    Directed by Guy Masterson.

    Meena - Indian, heavily pregnant and The King’s biggest fan - lands in Australia the day he dies. Vagina clenched against her overwhelming grief, she braces herself for life in the New World. An uplifting and comical tale infused with the songs and soul of Elvis. 

    ***** REVIEWS *****

    “Ansuya Nathan has written and performs a remarkable one-woman show. It is at turns hilarious, moving, musical, deeply sad and ultimately joyous" 
    - THE ADVERTISER by Patrick MacDonald

    “(A) funny, emotional and utterly heartfelt one-woman show… A stunning piece of work” 
    - MUST SEE! THE STAGE by Thom Dibdin 

    “This is all a solo show should be. Go see it and enjoy.”
    ***** THE PUBLIC REVIEW by Val Baskott 

    “Elvis lives on…in this sparkling one-woman show…a fantastic performance that deserves considerable praise.” **** THREE WEEKS by Ed Frankl 

Australians in Film
Raleigh Studios
5300 Melrose Avenue
Suite #B211, Bronson Bldg 
Hollywood, CA 90038

Phone: 323 433 1464



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