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  • 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 

  • 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!

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