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Thu, 28 July 2016

Sue Maslin to produce adaptation of Ann Turner thriller The Lost Swimmer

Filed under: Film — site admin @ 8:14 pm

Sue Maslin to produce adaptation of Ann Turner thriller The Lost Swimmer
By Harry Windsor if.com.au
Ann Turner’s The Lost Swimmer.
The Dressmaker’s Sue Maslin will produce The Lost Swimmer, adapted from Ann Turner’s novel by the author herself, with script development funding from Screen Australia.

Published by Simon and Schuster in June 2015 and immediately optioned by Film Art Media, The Lost Swimmer is described as “a tense psychological thriller about the secrets in a marriage and the consequences of love and trust.”

The novel’s central character is Rebecca Wilding, an archaeology professor who fears her husband Stephen is having an affair.
After she is accused of serious fraud in the workplace, Rebecca leaves with Stephen for Greece, Italy and Paris, where she can uncover the conspiracy against her and hopefully rekindle her relationship.
But on the idyllic Amalfi coast, Stephen goes swimming and doesn’t come back. Rebecca falls under suspicion for his murder. As Don LaFontaine would have put it: Rebecca must uncover the truth or lose everything.

Maslin described Turner’s debut novel as a “brilliant suspense thriller, and we are delighted to be working with her to adapt The Lost Swimmer into a film with international audience appeal.”

“The Dressmaker was also an adaptation of Rosalie Ham’s novel of the same title, and there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that audiences embrace films based on highly visual and emotionally engaging novels begging to be told on the big screen. The Lost Swimmer is exactly this kind of story.”

As well as writing the screenplay, Turner will co-produce. The novelist said she was “absolutely thrilled to be working with Sue Maslin and Film Art Media.”

“Sue is such a talented creative producer with a fantastic understanding of script and storytelling. I really look forward to developing, with Sue, a tense and cinematic psychological thriller, with great roles for actors and stunning locations. I’m keen to bring all that I have learnt through writing the novel, with help from my wonderful Managing Editor at Simon and Schuster, Roberta Ivers, and take that into the creative process of writing the screenplay. It’s exciting to live in a world where careers can flow between mediums.”

The Lost Swimmer will be published in the UK this month.

SBS appoints Susie Jones commissioning editor for documentaries

Filed under: Film — site admin @ 7:56 pm

Susie Jones is headed to SBS as the broadcaster’s new commissioning editor for documentaries within the television and online content division. Jones joins SBS from Matchbox Pictures where she is currently factual entertainment development executive.
She will work with SBS’s non-scripted team, which includes documentaries and is responsible for shows such as First Contact, Go Back To Where You Came From and DNA Nation.

Jones has most recently overseen the development of productions for all networks at Matchbox Pictures, including SBS commission Date My Race.

Prior to that, she spent over ten years as a freelance producer for a range of content across SBS, ABC, Network Ten, Nine Network, Seven Network and the Discovery Channel. Her credits include the 2010 AFI-nominated documentary feature Rudely Interrupted (ABC), Undercover Boss (Network Ten), Myf Warhurst’s Nice (ABC) and The Secret Millionaire (Nine Network).

SBS director of TV and online content Marshall Heald said he was delighted to welcome Jones to SBS.
“Susie’s strong track record in factual content production will be a great addition to SBS’s non-scripted team as we continue to tell innovative and ground-breaking stories that reflect our diverse world,” he said.

Jones said: “SBS leads the way with distinctive documentaries, providing new perspectives that explore multicultural Australia. I am thrilled to be joining such a unique network and look forward to bringing more exciting and thought-provoking content to Australian audiences.”

Wed, 8 June 2016

Margot Robbie, Hugh Jackman, Naomi Watts, Rose Byrne, Ben Mendelsohn, Jacki Weaver, Josh Lawson, Ewen Leslie and Damon Herriman

Filed under: Film — site admin @ 4:47 pm

An all-star Australian cast has joined Larrikins, the DreamWorks Animation blockbuster set in the Outback and slated for 2018.
Margot Robbie, Hugh Jackman, Naomi Watts, Rose Byrne, Ben Mendelsohn, Jacki Weaver, Josh Lawson, Ewen Leslie and Damon Herriman are all onboard.
Harry Cripps wrote the script, and described the film as “a musical about guys and their friendships” at Screen Australia’s recent Family Film Forum.
Tim Minchin is doing the music and co-directs with Chris Miller (Shrek the Third, Puss in Boots).

Noni Hazlehurst Sue Maslin, David Vadiveloo, Julie Kalceff, Rosie Lourde

Filed under: Film, Festivals & Major Events — site admin @ 4:45 pm

Noni Hazlehurst will lead a session on power and influence in the media at the 2016 Screen Futures Summit, presented by The Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) and ACMI.
Taking place in Melbourne from June 30-July 3, the summit will run for three days across ACMI and RMIT with over 100 sessions. Christos Tsiolkas will be joined by producer Tony Ayres to discuss their upcoming TV adaptation of Tsiolkas’ novel Barracuda, and Eva Orner will participate in a Q&A via satellite with human rights advocate Julian Burnside after a screening of her documentary Chasing Asylum.
The team from The Family Law will participate in a Q&A, as will the makers of Logie-winning teen drama Ready for This.
Industry leaders Sue Maslin, David Vadiveloo, Julie Kalceff, Rosie Lourde and Rebecca Mostyn will discuss diversity on screen, and Warwick Thornton will be joined by Philip Batty, Neil Turner and Curtis Taylor to talk about the role community media plays in communicating and preserving Indigenous culture.

Organiser Kate McCarthy Ficai called the summit a “unique opportunity to hear directly from our industry and to really dive in to the insights and questions our speakers pose as we navigate our way through our collective future. Screen Futures is for anyone working in the education and media sectors as well as general screen enthusiasts of all ages.”
The Youth Media Festival, for young filmmakers and students, will run concurrently on Saturday 2nd July 2016.

Steal Hollywood blockbusters from interstate and overseas $20 million Funding

Filed under: Film — site admin @ 4:42 pm

The NSW Government has launched a new plan to steal Hollywood blockbusters from interstate and overseas, with a new $20 million fund to boost entertainment jobs and the state’s economy.
Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said the new Made in NSW fund would double the existing NSW Government funding for the screen industry to almost $40 million over the next two years.
“Our great state is already home to hit Aussie TV shows like Rake, A Place to Call Home and Love Child and recently accommodated big-budget international films like Mad Max: Fury Road and Alien: Covenant,” Grant said. “Now I’m putting other states and countries on notice that we’re going after their productions – who knows, NSW could host the next Star Wars blockbuster or Game of Thrones series, or we could steal Offspring from the Victorians. “We’ve got gorgeous and unique locations, extraordinarily talented local actors, directors and producers, and world-class post-production companies.
“My message is clear – you should come here because NSW is simply the best state to make film and television, and we are putting our money where our mouth is.
Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian said the $20 million fund, to be managed by Screen NSW, will be included in the June 21 NSW Budget.
“More film productions in NSW will mean more jobs and investment across our great State,” Berejiklian said.
“NSW is a world-class destination for film and television production and this funding will help us attract even more productions to our State.”

Tue, 22 March 2016

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Filed under: Film — site admin @ 9:25 am

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Thu, 17 March 2016

Screen Producers Australia goes live

Filed under: Film — site admin @ 11:11 am

Screen Producers Australia goes live!
Missed out? Not Sydney-based?
Due to strong demand, Screen Producers Australia is opening the sold-out Top Offset Issues Master Class to Live Stream audiences nationally.
DATE: Tuesday 22 March, 2016
TIME: 2:00pm - 4:30pm
VENUE: Streamed Live
Members: $50 | Non-Members: $120
Screen Producers Australia and Holding Redlich present a Master Class on the Top Offset Issues, chaired by Sonia Borella from Holding Redlich, along with high-level input from prominent post-house, Cutting Edge, and expert advice from the Ministry for the Arts, Screen Australia, Fulcrum Media Finance, and Moneypenny.
As part of our ongoing commitment to keep members up to date, this Master Class is an invaluable primer on a complex and ever-changing field. With detailed case studies, presentations and Q&A, you will be briefed on the very latest issues affecting the Producer and PDV Offset applications.
Get the inside running from the certifying bodies (Screen Australia and Ministry for the Arts), hear the lessons learnt and golden tips from an expert panel and, importantly, the financing deals facilities houses and producers use to navigate the challenges thrown up in multi-party international negotiations.
Do not miss this opportunity to unravel a complex, high-level, high-value topic.
This is a live streamed event. All participants who purchase this option will be emailed a unique link to view the class the day beforehand.

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