Mid-range features, a pressure point: Harley

Screen Australia CEO Ruth HarleyScreen Australia CEO Ruth Harley told a Sydney audience that the federal agency has identified production of mid-range features, timing of the Producer Offset and threshold levels as the industry’s main pressure points.

Harley spoke last night at an industry briefing alongisde Screen NSW CEO Tania Chambers and Ausfilm director Jackie O’Sullivan. Read more »

WA announces Tele-Navigator program

ScreenWest will launch its new three-phase Tele-Navigator Development Program for television, replacing the former T-Vis program.

The first phase will see executives from Ten, SBS, ABC1 and ABC3 visit Perth over a three-week period to discuss the state of drama production, what they want to commission, and what they’re looking for in a pitch. Read more »

Dark Lurking to screen in Sydney

Greg Connors’ low-budget sci-fi film The Dark Lurking will debut in Sydney this weekend but it has already been a victim of piracy, even though so far it has only been screened at festivals.

“It’s a kick in the guts; a lot of people are downloading it. A friend in Shanghai went to a video store there, and they had two shelves of our film on DVD, stacked between Transformers 2 and Transporter 3,” producer Bret Connors told Encore. Read more »

Kingdom increases screen average

Animal KingdomThe crime drama Animal Kingdom was up 27 percent during its second weekend, reaching a box office result of $1,835,922 since its June 3 release. It also went from 48 to 56 screens.

“It makes us proud – and patriotic – that it’s one of ours!” said Madman Theatrical distribution manager James Hewison. Read more »

Transmission takes over Kojo's Tree

The TreeTransmission Films has taken over the Australian release of Julie Bertucelli’s Australian/French co-production The Tree.

“We’re pleased to have negotiated a deal with Transmission for them to take over the Australian release of The Tree. Kojo Pictures will retain its branding on the film and marketing materials,” Kojo MD Kent Smith told Encore. Read more »

Transmission takes over Kojo’s Tree

The TreeTransmission Films has taken over the Australian release of Julie Bertucelli’s Australian/French co-production The Tree.

“We’re pleased to have negotiated a deal with Transmission for them to take over the Australian release of The Tree. Kojo Pictures will retain its branding on the film and marketing materials,” Kojo MD Kent Smith told Encore. Read more »

ABC3: Prank Patrol / My Place

Courtesy of Roadshow Home Entertainment, we have two of ABC3’s most successful shows on DVD: Prank Patrol and the historical children’s drama My Place.

In My Place, kids will discover the stories of the children that have lived in the same house in Sydney over the last 130 years, from an Aboriginal girl having to take responsibility for a mistake in the days of the 2009 apology, to those before her, suffering the hardships of two World Wars. It is produced by Penny Chapman. Read more »

Lou

Courtesy of Kojo Pictures, we have passes for Belinda Chayko’s heartwarming drama Lou, starring John Hurt.

Lou tells the story of the relationship between 11-year-old Lou (a brilliant debut from Lily Bell-Tindley) and her grandfather. Not long after Lou

Lou: it doesn’t Hurt to ask

Lily Bell-Tindley is LouSometimes, to get a film noticed, you need to recruit some serious talent. Micah Chua spoke with the creators of Lou, Belinda Chayko and Helen Bowden, about how British legend John Hurt ended up being part of their family drama.

Lou is the second feature film by Belinda Chayko after City Loop, produced by Matchbox Pictures’ Tony Ayres, Helen Bowden, Michael McMahon and executive producer Liz Watts (Porchlight Films). Read more »

Lou: it doesn't Hurt to ask

Lily Bell-Tindley is LouSometimes, to get a film noticed, you need to recruit some serious talent. Micah Chua spoke with the creators of Lou, Belinda Chayko and Helen Bowden, about how British legend John Hurt ended up being part of their family drama.

Lou is the second feature film by Belinda Chayko after City Loop, produced by Matchbox Pictures’ Tony Ayres, Helen Bowden, Michael McMahon and executive producer Liz Watts (Porchlight Films). Read more »

Hollywood has less sharks than Australia: Matt Norman

Salute director Matt Norman and his business partner Dave Pederson have opened a New York office for their company Wingman Pictures.

“Who knew that Hollywood actually had less sharks(sic)  in it than Australia […] In Australia we get cut down by an industry that only looks after its mates. That’s not an industry, that’s a crime,” said Norman in a statement. Read more »

Heartbeats wins at SFF

Xavier Dolan’s French Canadian film Les Amours Imaginaires (Heartbeats) has won the third Sydney Film Festival competition.

Australian teenage film Wasted on the Young (dir. Ben C. Lucas) and Russian drama Kak Ya Provyol Etim Letom (How I Ended This Summer – dir. Aleksei Popogrebsky) received honourable mentions from the jury, headed by producer Jan Chapman. Read more »

Griff the Invisible – the Cannes poster

Jeremy Saunders has published his poster for Leon Ford’s superhero film Griff the Invisible.

The poster was used to promote the film at the recent Cannes Film Festival. Read more »

New head of marketing at ABC TV

Diana Constantini will be ABC TV’s head of marketing when Sue Lester retires in July.

Constantini is the creative director of Tactic Creative Services, which has delivered Promax/BDA-nominated campaigns for ABC3 and Movie Network. Read more »

Wog Boy, #2 in Greece

The Kings of Mykonos: Wog Boy 2 has opened at #2 of the Greek box office.

Paramount Pictures reports that the film sold 43,000 tickets on 50 screens, while Box Office Mojo reveals earnings of U$203,620 during its first weekend, from 59 screens (average U$3,451) for a total of U$420,384 (A$495, 429). Read more »

SBS and Hoyts partner for World Cup screenings

SBS and Hoyts have partnered to screen selected World Cup matches live and in 3D in cinemas across Australia in New Zealand.

It will be the first 3D sporting event to screen at Australian cinemas. Read more »

Filmmakers go to China

Screen Australia and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade have sent a delegation of filmmakers to China to promote the local film industry.

Producers Jan Chapman, Antonia Barnard, Janelle Landers and Bryan Brown, and directors Jeremy Sims, Gregor Jordan and Ben C Lucas will visit Hong Kong, Guangzhou, and the World Expo in Shanghai. They will be joined by Screen Australia’s head of production investment Ross Matthews and Chris Oliver, senior manager for state and industry partnerships. Read more »

Mademoiselle Chambon

Courtesy of Sharmill Films, we have tickets for Mademoiselle Chambon, by St

 
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