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  • Tuesday, June 25, 2013 3:11 PM | Anonymous

    According to The Wrap, Aussie Josh Helman has secured a "secret role" in Bryan Singer's "X-Men: Days of Future Past". 

    Helman joins fellow Aussie Hugh Jackman, and other original "X-Men" cast members Sir Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart and Halle Berry, as well as 2011's "X-Men: First Class" alumni James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence.

    "Days of Future Past" also adds Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy (The Intouchables), Fan Bingbing (Iron Man 3) and Evan Peters (American Horror Story) to the cast.  

    The Wrap is reporting that Helman's role could be significant, as he is expected to be on set for several weeks. 

    The young Australian actor's star has been rising steadily since he began his career on the beaches of Summer Bay, in Channel 7's Home And Away. 

    From Animal Kingdom to Jack Reacher (with Tom Cruise and fellow rising star Jai Courtney) to Richard Gray's Aussie rules football drama "Blinder, Helman can next be seen in George Miller's post-apocalyptic action film "Mad Max: Fury Road" with Tom Hardy, Charliz Theron and "X-Men: Days of Future Past" co-star Nicholas Hoult.

    Congrats, Josh!

  • Tuesday, June 25, 2013 2:32 PM | Anonymous

    Australia's James Bond, George Lazenby, is heading home next year to star in his first Aussie movie since 1977. 

    Titled "Justice in a Smoking Gun" and helmed by first-time feature film director David Ludlow, the film also has fellow Aussies Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck) and John Jarratt (Wolf Creek) attached. 



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    According to News Ltd "Justice in a Smoking Gun" tells a tale of revenge set at the peak of the Victorian gold rush in 1868.

    Ludlow told News Ltd, "[Lazenby is] going to play the baddie in the film. I'd written this Jack Palance/Kirk Douglas-y older character who's a pretty nasty piece of work. George popped into my head and I knew it had to be George Lazenby to play the role.

    "I spent much of last year trying to get anyone I could to read (the script). Being a massive James Bond fan, on a whim I sent it to George and within a week or two of getting it, he was on board."

    Lazenby is known for being Australia's only James Bond - he starred in 1969's "On Her Majesty's Secret Service". 

    The last Australian film Lazenby worked on was "The Newman Shame" under the director of Julian Pringle (All Saints, Heartland) in 1977. 

    The film is expected to begin production in April next year in the former gold-mining town of Daylesford, Victoria. 

    Look out for "Justice in a Smoking Gun" in 2015!

  • Tuesday, June 25, 2013 1:14 PM | Anonymous


    Congratulations to 2012 Australians in Film Heath Ledger Scholarship winner Anna McGahan, and 2013 scholarship finalists Georgia Flood and Laura Brent for securing roles in ABC TV's upcoming mini-series "Anzac Girls". 

    They join other outstanding cast members Antonia Prebble (Outrageous Fortune) and Caroline Craig (Underbelly). 

    Commissioned by the ABC, and co-produced by Screentime and ABC, "Anzac Girls" is based on Peter Rees’ book “The Other Anzacs”.

    Sourced from original letters, diaries and personal stories of Australian and New Zealand nurses who served in World War I, the mini-series tells the true stories of extraordinary young women who witness the brutality and heroism of war and rise to meet the challenge.

    Carole Sklan, ABC TV Head of Fiction, said "It is moving and humbling to touch the lives of these real women through their letters, diaries and photographs. We feel privileged to dramatise their journey.”

    Executive Chairman of Screentime, Des Monaghan said "We are delighted that the ABC shares our enthusiasm to bring to the screen the stories of these remarkable women, who will present the ANZAC legend from a compelling new perspective.”

  • Tuesday, June 25, 2013 11:22 AM | Anonymous

    Singer, actor, musician and Australians in Film member SAM CLARK has covered one of the hottest songs of the year - Daft Punk's "Get Lucky".

    Amazing. Well done, Sam! 

    So catchy!

  • Monday, June 24, 2013 2:40 PM | Anonymous
    1. WET DREAMS - Tropfest New York 2013 Finalist (TSI "Bridge")

      A young couple is forced to deal with an embarrassing problem when they are invited to stay overnight with family…

    2. THE SNATCHER - Tropfest New York 2013 Finalist (TSI "Bridge")

      An all day chase ensues after the boyfriend of a girl whose bag gets snatched in an East Village cafe chases the Snatcher clear across NYC.…

    3. THE POSSIBILITIES - Tropfest New York 2013 Finalist (TSI "Bridge")

      A couple goes on a journey to find the perfect brunch.…

    4. CAPTURE - Tropfest New York 2013 Finalist (TSI "Bridge")

      A young man discovers a whole new world through an abandoned camera that he finds on the Brooklyn Bridge.…

    5. BRIDGET - Tropfest New York 2013 Finalist (TSI "Bridge")

      A young woman tries to sign up for online dating, but finds that every user name seems to already be taken.…

    6. UNIVERSITY GLIMPSE (THE MUSICAL MOVIE) - Tropfest New York 2013 3rd Prize (TSI "Bridge")

      An anxious high school graduate wanders into the park and magically meets the important people from his future college life.…

    7. ROOFTOP KING - Tropfest New York 2013 2nd Prize (TSI "Bridge")

      On rooftops throughout New York City, another world, inhabited by majestic birds and colorful characters exists, but its end may be near…

    8. THE HARDEST PART - Tropfest New York 2013 Finalist (TSI "Bridge")

      This is a story of getting sick and not knowing what's wrong…

    9. BEN - Tropfest New York 2013 Finalist (TSI "Bridge")

      Inspired by Anton Chekhov's short story Misery, Ben is about a young man's struggle with isolation.…

    10. INNOCENT CREEP - Tropfest New York 2013 Finalist (TSI "Bridge")

      A man struggling to define himself meets a mysterious woman who forces him to confront his biggest fear.…

    11. ACROSS THE POND - Tropfest New York 2013 Finalist (TSI "Bridge")

      After 'crossing the pond', Grace finds a treasure map that takes her on an adventure through New York City.…

    12. THE UNLIKELY MAESTRO - Tropfest New York 2013 WINNER (TSI "Bridge")

      A humble rat dreams of becoming a world-famous conductor…

    13. POCKET MONEY - Tropfest New York 2013 Finalist (TSI "Bridge")

      A young boy mows his grandmother's lawn for pocket money.…

    14. THE PENCIL - Tropfest New York 2013 Finalist (TSI "Bridge")

      An unfulfilled school cleaner feels that he doesn't fit in. A pencil will show him that it's time he remembered what his true purpose is…

  • Monday, June 24, 2013 1:43 PM | Anonymous

    The Seven Network has revealed the full cast of its upcoming mini-series "Never Tear Us Apart: The Untold Story of INXS". 

    In April we announced that Luke Arnold has been cast to play Michael Hutchence,  and this week, The Seven Network revealed who will play the other members of the band. 

    Australians in Film Heath Ledger Scholarship finalist Alex Williams, who played the title character in Channel 10's "Underground: The Julian Assange Story" is cast as Kirk Pengilly. 

    Packed To The Rafters' Hugh Sheridan is set to play bassist Garry Gary Beers and Underbelly's Andy Ryan will play Andrew Farriss. Newcomer Nicholas Masters will play Tim Farriss, and South African born "Offspring" actor Ido Drent is Jon Farriss.

    Fellow "Offspring" alumnus Damon Herriman will play the band's manager Chris Murphy. 


    The film has the full cooperation of the surviving members of the band and their manager, Murphy. Filming is expected to begin this week in Melbourne. 

    Promising an authentic behind the scenes look beyond the music, Never Tear Us Apart: The Untold Story of INXS will tell the band's extraordinary and uncensored story – with full access to their archive of music, photography and stories.

    Guitarist Tim Farriss said: “I've been spending a lot of time with the cast and I'm amazed! At times I actually thought Michael was there! It has been all forms of emotions for me – I'm very excited.”

    Related Story: Luke Arnold to play Michael Hutchence

  • Monday, June 24, 2013 10:37 AM | Anonymous

    Check out the brand new US trailer for the upcoming Sundance hit "Adore".

    Starring Naomi Watts and Robin Wright (House of Cards), the film tells the story of two childhood friends who fall for each other's sons, played by rising stars James Frecheville and Xavier Samuel. 

    “I was drawn to this material right away because of the complex women,” Watts said. “They’re still bonded and united and they forgive each other. If two women are in a movie together, they’re usually against each other. I loved that we got to explore these two women that are beautiful.”

    Adore also has a strong supporting cast in Ben Mendelsohn, Gary Sweet and Jessica Tovey.

    Previously titled Two Mothers, written by Oscar winner Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liasons), and directed by French director Anee Fontaine, "Adore" will be released in cinemas September 6. 

  • Saturday, June 22, 2013 4:29 PM | Anonymous

    According to Stephen Farrelly from, the upcoming Mad Max game that compliments the release of George Miller's movie "Fury Road" will be voiced by an American.

    Farrelly voiced his disapproval to the dame developer, Avalanche Studios, but he was told "We're trying to create our own version".

    Dismayed, Farrelly said, "But Max is such an iconic Australian character, it's wrong to do that... And they've recreated that iconic Australian car, the XB Ford Falcon Interceptor, even down to it being right-hand drive, so why change the character?" 

    Upset, Farrelly launched a petition on It has garnered 2500 signatures at the time of writing. 


    The petition is calling for Avalanche Studios to "Hire an Australian actor to portray Max in the Mad Max videogame". 

    With Brit Tom Hardy playing the lead, and the film relocating to from NSW's Broken Hill to Namibia due to heavy rainfall, Avalanche's decision to have Max Rockatansky speak with an American accent seems like another blow to the Australian-ness of the film.

    See the petition below (and click here to view/ sign)



  • Thursday, June 20, 2013 2:50 PM | Anonymous

    It's official! There will be a second season of the Netflix Original Series "Hemlock Grove".

    After a successful first 13 episodes that were devoured in days, fans started demanding a second season, and yesterday they got their wish!

    Yesterday, Netflix announced that it had greenlit a second season consisting of 10 episodes to be released next year.  

    Season 1 of "Hemlock Grove" starred AiF member Freya Tingley & fellow Aussie on the rise, Penelope Mitchell.

    Congrats, Freya and Penelope!

    Watch all 13 episodes of Season 1 on Netflix:

  • Thursday, June 20, 2013 12:16 PM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to Liam Hemsworth who has joined fellow Aussie Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich and Billy Bob Thornton on the set of "Cut Bank".

    Hemsworth has been brought in to replace Armie Hammer (The Social Network), who was originally cast as the lead. 

    Directed by Matt Shakman, "Cut Bank" is a thriller that follows the life of 25-year-old Dwayne McLaren (Hemsworth), an antlete-turned-mechanic whose  dreams of getting out of Cut Bank, Montana, the coldest town in America, set in motion a deadly series of events that change his life and the character of the town forever.

    "Cut Bank" will see Palmer and Hemsworth reunited on screen, having starred together in Danny Mooney's Vietnam war romantic drama "Love and Honor" earlier this year. 


    A seasoned television director, "Cut Bank" will be the feature film directorial debut for Shakman. From comedy to drama, Shakman's work can be seen in episodes of Everybody Hates Chris, Brothers and Sisters, Weeds, Chuck, House M.D, Mad Men, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Good Wife and Psych, to name a few. 

    Written by Roberto Patino, production started last week in Edmonton, Canada. 

    Congrats Teresa and Liam!

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