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Screen Australia backs five digital projects with almost $500k

Claudia O’Doherty. (Photo: Ramona Rosales © augustimage.com (USA) ravenandsnow.com (Aus))

Screen Australia backed four short-form comedies and one drama with close to $500,000 in its most recent online production funding round.

Four of the creative teams are to receive Screen Australia funding for the first time, including producers Karen Colston and Robbie Miles who will create the six-part parody Sarah’s Channel for ABC iview. Claudia O’Doherty (Trainwreck, Love) will star as a beauty vlogger Sarah who discovers she’s been reanimated after an apocalypse. Live performer and theatre playwright Nick Coyle will make the jump to screen to write and direct.

“I’m thrilled (and surprised) that my idea of a Beauty Vlogger uploading videos in a post-apocalyptic world has been green-lit, and excited to be collaborating with such a fantastic team to bring it to life,” said Coyle. “There is so much comedy to mine in the online influencer world,
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Blu-Ray Review: Jane Campion’s ‘Sweetie’ Continues to Tantalize, Provoke

Chicago – “Excuse me, I don’t feel anything,” announces the young, saucer-eyed woman to her meditation instructor. In fact, she feels many things, though meditative tranquility is not among them. Whenever she closes her eyes, a series of nightmarish images emerge from the depths of her heightened paranoia. At the center of her fears is a dark force in the form of her sister, lovingly nicknamed, “Sweetie.”

Though Kay (Karen Colson) is technically the heart and soul of this potent 1989 drama, her troubled, titular sibling, carrying the birth name of Dawn (Geneviève Lemon), soaks up attention like a sponge. Her unrestrained flamboyance and untreated mental illness threatens to consume everyone and everything that falls into her orbit. Kay’s irrational fear of trees seems to be symbolic of the family roots that run deep, entangling her limbs and stunting her growth.

Blu-Ray Rating: 4.5/5.0

Sweetie” marks the feature filmmaking debut of Jane Campion,
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