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Sc Films adds sci-fi thriller 'The Dust Walker' to Cannes slate (exclusive)

Australian feature to shoot in May 2018.

London-based sales outfit Sc Films International has boarded international rights to Australian sci-fi thriller The Dust Walker ahead of next month’s market at the Cannes Film Festival.

From writer-director Sandra Sciberras (Caterpillar Wish), the film is about an alien spaceship that crashes in the isolated Australian desert, turning the local townsfolk into soulless beings. With the outbreak spreading, the local sergeant must fight to protect her family.

Jolene Anderson, who stars in Blumhouse’s upcoming horror Prey, plays the lead with Stef Dawson (Guardians Of The Tomb), Richard Davies (Bruce) and Cassandra Magrath
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Watch: Mick Taylor Is Back In Trailer For Greg Mclean's 'Wolf Creek' TV Series Starring Lucy Fry

Whether it’s a prequel series to “Taken,” Starz’s TV take on Steven Soderbergh’s “The Girlfriend Experience,” HBO’s ever-promised “Westworld” TV remake or FX’s excellent on-going “Fargo” anthology series, to simply name a select few, TV is unquestionably where it’s at right now for Hollywood, with executives dusting off whatever properties they can find hoping they’ll find a second life on the smaller screen. (A subject we discussed in depth just a couple of weeks ago). So maybe it shouldn’t be too surprising to see the same thing happening over in the Lucky Country with Stan’s upcoming six-part “Wolf Creek” series. Based on the cult 2005 Australian horror film of the same name, the first unflinching, suspense-driven trailer is now making its rounds across the web. Where Greg McLean’s original film focused on three backpackers (Nathan Phillips, Cassandra Magrath, Kestie Morassi) who
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Scare Campaign sells to Metrodome in UK and other territories

Scare Campaign has secured international sales, including a deal with Metrodome Distribution in the UK..

The film, directed by Colin and Cameron Cairnes (100 Bloody Acres) and produced by Julie Ryan (Red Dog), has sold to the UK, Latin America, the Middle East, Turkey, Greece and Indonesia..

.We are thrilled that the fantastic traction Scare Campaign has gained through positive media reviews, sold out screenings and social media, has translated into an international appetite for the film., Ryan said..

The producer and directors have been doing roadshow screenings, taking the film around the country.

.The conventional wisdom is that younger Australians aren't interested in seeing local films on the big screen, but our experience with these event screenings would suggest otherwise", Colin Cairnes said..

"It has been heartening to see a predominantly young audience come to these events and clearly get a kick out of the film's many twists and turns
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Watch the Trailer for Scare Campaign

Ahead of Scare Campaign's Australian limited theatrical release later this month, we have a trailer for the film to tide you over.

Press Release: February 3rd, 2016 – The full trailer has been released for Scare Campaign, the upcoming horror feature film from writers and directors Colin and Cameron Cairnes (100 Bloody Acres) and producer Julie Ryan (Red Dog), to coincide with the news that the film will be officially released in late March through an innovative event-style cinema release.

Scare Campaign, which recently scooped the awards at Melbourne’s Monster Fest, including ‘Best Film’ and ‘Best Direction’, will initially host themed preview screenings in February and March. These include anti-Valentines showings at Dendy Newtown and Dendy Canberra, and then a special screening at Beechworth Lunatic Asylum, the abandoned facility that provided the ominous backdrop for the film. Following this, Scare Campaign will kick off a series of event screenings around Australia
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Footballer Wants a Wife set for September launch

  • IF.com.au
Six-part web series Footballer Wants A Wife is set to launch on September 8.

Brooke Satchwell, Ben Nicholas and Cassandra Magrath form the cast of series which parodies reality TV dating shows.

The series was funded through Screen Australia.s Multiplatform Drama program and follows three young footballers as they embark on their modern-day journey to find true love.

The series had been in development since 2012 until Ben Nicholas took the concept to Jonathan Dutton, and Julian V. Costanzo from Crankyfish, a production company specialising in TVCs and story-led digital content..

Nicholas said he didn't feel like there were any roles he was auditioning for that were fun and in line with the type of work he wanted to be doing as an actor.

"I also really wanted to write my own show," he said..

"So while I was waiting tables, I came up with the idea of Footballer Wants A Wife.
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Horror / Sci-Fi Round-Up: Doctor Who Season 9, HBO’s ‘New World’, Scare Campaign, Lucifer Pilot

  • DailyDead
We're back with another horror/sci-fi round-up. Guest stars have been revealed for the season 9 premiere of Doctor Who, Titan Comics has a massive Doctor Who comic book crossover lined up, HBO's upcoming New World drama pilot that's likely based on the Salem Witch Trials has enlisted a notable director for its pilot, a new horror film from the duo behind 100 Bloody Acres has is entering production, and Fox has put in a pilot order for a series based on Neil Gaiman's Lucifer from The Sandman comic book series.

Doctor Who Season 9: Via BBC America, TVLine reports that Michelle Gomez will be back on-screen as The Master, aka "Missy", in the two-part season 9 premiere of Doctor Who, which does not yet have a release date. Jemma Redgrave, Kelly Hunter, and Clare Higgins will also reprise their roles as Kate, the Shadow Architect, and Ohila, respectively, in the season 9 premiere,
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Cast announced for new Cairnes brothers feature

  • IF.com.au
The creators of 100 Bloody Acres are at it again, as production begins on their new horror feature Scare Campaign.

Colin and Cameron Cairnes, along with producer Julie Ryan (Red Dog), have announced the key members of cast.

Meegan Warner (Turn, The Veil), Olivia DeJonge (Hiding, The Visit), and Ian Meadows (The Moodys, The Pacific) have all been confirmed as leading roles in the feature, which starts shooting this week at Beechworth Lunatic Asylum in Victoria, Australia.

Supporting roles have gone to Sigrid Thornton (Sea Change), Cassandra McGrath (Wolf Creek), and John Brumpton (The Loved Ones). .We have assembled a formidable cast,. says director Colin Cairnes, .including the cream of Australia's next wave of acting talent, along with some Aussie acting royalty..

It is Ryan.s second collaboration with the Cairnes brothers after the award-winning 100 Bloody Acres..

.I.m very excited to be making another film with the Cairnes brothers and
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Tropfest sets lineup

Tropfest sets lineup
Australia short film fest reveals 16 finalists.

Tropfest 2014 (Dec 7) has announced 16 finalists for this year’s festival held in Sydney.

Local actors to appear in films include Steve Vizard, Pia Miranda, Roy Billing and Cassandra Magrath.

The judges will pick the winner live on the Festival Night, with the first prize-winning filmmaker taking home a Toyota, $10,000 cash, a trip to Los Angeles for a week of meetings with film executives (courtesy of Motion Picture Association and the Australian Screen Association), a Nikon D810 and Dslr camera and $2,000 Rrp worth of Nikkor lenses and accessories.

“It’s been twenty three years since Tropfest first began and every year the films entered into the competition remind me of why I started this in the first place - to raise the profile of creative filmmakers and to share stories that, without this platform, might not otherwise be told,” said Tropfest founder and director John Polson.

The festival
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Wolf Creek: Rewatching classic Australian films

As the sequel hits cinemas, Luke Buckmaster remembers the first time we met Mick Taylor – the spirit of the outback gone very bad indeed

In the pre-title sequence to writer/director Greg McLean’s 2005 cult hit Wolf Creek, twentysomething partygoers busy themselves with the beach, beer and bikinis; swimming pools and shots. Bags are packed, hangovers nursed, a car is loaded and three principal characters – Sydneysider Ben Mitchell (Nathan Phillips) and British backpackers Liz Hunter (Cassandra Magrath) and Kristy Earl (Kestie Morassi) – begin their trek to the film’s eponymous location.

McLean follows the Hollywood horror playbook, focusing on a small group of good looking city slickers who take to the sticks and are targeted by a sadistic loner who makes them pay, big time, for the liver-busting tomfoolery they enjoyed in the prologue. A large part of the film’s success (it earned more than $30m internationally) is in
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Summer Coda

Madman Entertainment has sent us Richard Gray’s first film, the romantic Summer Coda, set in the orange groves of Mildura.

A woman (Rachel Taylor) who grew up with her mother in Nevada returns to her hometown, seeking closure with the memory of her estranged father. An orange picker (Alex Dimitriades) offers her a ride, and an unexpected connection soon blossoms.

It also stars Jacki Weaver, Susie Porter, Angus Sampson, Nathan Phillips and Cassandra Magrath.

To win, email encore@focalattractions.com.au and tell us, what’s your favourite Australian romance film?
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Summer Coda

Sharmill Films and Jump Street Films invite you to the orange groves of Mildura, as seen by director Richard Gray in his first feature, the romantic drama Summer Coda.

Hitchhiking home to a family she’s never known, Heidi (Rachael Taylor) meets Michael (Alex Dimitriades). In the orange groves and river country of Mildura, they embark on an unexpected adventure, discovering that their secrets and lives may be better shared.Summer Coda stars Rachael Taylor, Alex Dimitriades, Susie Porter, Nathan Phillips, Cassandra Magrath, Angus Sampson and Jacki Weaver.

It will be released on October 21.

To win, email miguel@focalattractions.com.au and tell us, what’s the best summer you’ve ever had?
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Summer Coda sold out at Miff

Richard Gray’s romantic Summer Coda will premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival and has become the first session to be sold out.

The film, which stars Rachael Taylor, Alex Dimitriades, Susie Porter, Jacki Weaver, Nathan Philliips, Angus Sampson and Cassandra Magrath, will be released on October 21.

Summer Coda was financed privately, with post-production support from Film Victoria. It will be distributed by by Sharmill Films and Jump Street Films.
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Love in the orchards in Summer Coda poster!

With Summer Coda heading the new wave of Australian feature dramas, it looks like we are finally out of the dark, gloomy territory that has characterized local dramas this past decade. 

Billed as a romantic drama set in the orchards of the Australian countryside, directed by upbeat young writer/director Richard Gray with a brilliant local cast, Summer Coda is shaping up to be another great entry in the current Aussie film resurgence.

Richard sent us the poster for the film's Australian release, currently set for October 21.

Here is the lowdown...

In the vein of Bertolucci's Stealing Beauty, Richard Gray's Summer Coda is an Australian film with a decidedly unique setting -- the stunning orange groves of sun-baked Mildura against the majestic backdrop of the Murray River. Rachael Taylor (TransformersBottle Shock, Cedar Boys) and Alex Dimitriades (Head On, Three Blind Mice) star in the romantic drama, supported by
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20 Sirens of 2005: Part I

  • Maxim and Fmh have their top 100s, but here at Ioncinema.com we have more discriminating tastes. This year we’ve upped the list, from 2004’s 10 picks (view here) to a total of 20. Yes that’s right - 20 silver screen vixens that’ve left quite the impression on celluloid and this filmgoer. These señoritas have a je-ne-sais-quoi quality that mixes both acting skills with on-screen vigor. Enjoy this year’s selection! *** 20. Cassandra MagrathCassandra Magrath
[/link] She went toe to toe with a maniac from the outback in the surprisingly good horror flick Wolf Creek. What’s next? Nothing confirmed – but most likely a couple of Aussie productions. 19. Emily Mortimer She played the cute hopeless mother in Dear Frankie, voiced the English translation of Howl’s Moving Castle and played the scorned wife in Match Point. What’s next? The Pink Panther, Chaos Theory, Who Killed Norma Barnes?, Barry Munday and Snow Angels.
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