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Gregor Jordan’s ‘Dirt Music’ to premiere in Toronto

Dirt Music’ (Photo courtesy of Tiff)

Gregor Jordan’s Dirt Music will have its world premiere in the Special Presentations section of the Toronto International Film Festival.

The festival said the “stunning landscape of Western Australia is the backdrop for an impassioned tale of love and grief in Gregor Jordan’s adaptation of the acclaimed novel by Tim Winton, starring Kelly Macdonald, Garrett Hedlund, and David Wenham.”

Produced by Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey of the UK’s Wildgaze Films and Aquarius FilmsAngie Fielder and Polly Staniford, the film will join Justin Kurzel’s True History of the Kelly Gang, Unjoo Moon’s I Am Woman, Daniel Gordon’s The Australian Dream and Ben Lawrence’s Hearts and Bones in the Toronto line-up.

In addition, Eva Orner’s Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator, a Netflix Original production which charts the spectacular rise and scandalous fall of hot-yoga evangelist Bikram Choudhury,
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Kiah Roache-Turner’s ‘Nekrotronic’ invades the Us as ‘The Nightingale’ expands

‘Nekrotronic.’

Kiah Roache-Turner’s Nekrotronic opened in the Us last weekend as a multi-platform release.

Momentum Pictures launched the sci-fi horror comedy starring Monica Bellucci, Ben O’Toole, David Wenham, Caroline Ford, Tess Haubrich and Bob Epine Savea in cinemas in 10 cities and on VOD and digital HD.

The eOne-owned distributor did not share box office figures, which are typically modest for day-and-date releases. The benefit of the theatrical exposure is that the reviews and publicity give the film a profile which pays off in ancillary revenues.

The director trimmed five minutes of exposition scenes after the world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, resulting in more favourable reviews, particularly from genre websites.

For example, We Are Movie Geek’s Marc Butterfield hailed the film as “hilarious, fun, action packed, and full of gross, splashy, gooey moments; in other words, fantastic.”

Butterfield observed: “The movie has a nice amalgamation of story elements from Ghostbusters,
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The meteoric rise of filmmaker Fadia Abboud

Fadia Abboud with Hunter Page-Lochard and Alexander Bertrand on the ‘Les Norton’ set (Photo: Tony Mott).

For someone who for years had no aspirations to become a filmmaker, Fadia Abboud’s career has rocketed.

After co-directing an episode of Here Come the Habibs! with Darren Ashton, she landed her first TV drama gig on Australian Gangster, Roadshow Rough Diamond’s miniseries for the Seven Network.

From there she segued to directing three episodes of the same producers’ comedy-drama Les Norton starring Alexander Bertrand, David Wenham, Rebel Wilson, Justin Rosniak and Pallavi Sharda, for the ABC.

When Roadshow Rough Diamond’s John Edwards and Dan Edwards were setting up Australian Gangster with the creator Gregor Jordan, they realised Jordan would not be able to direct all four episodes of the saga which stars Bertrand as a Sydney criminal.

Looking for a director who had a similar sensibility – the ability to handle
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Movie Review – Nekrotronic (2019)

Nekrotronic, 2019.

Directed by Kiah Roache-Turner.

Starring Monica Bellucci, David Wenham, Ben O’Toole, Caroline Ford, Tess Haubrich, Bob Savea, and Benedict Hardie.

Synopsis:

A man who discovers that he is part of a secret sect of magical beings who hunt down and destroy demons in the internet.

Given Kiah Roache-Turner’s statement debut Wyrmwood: Road Of The Dead, Nekrotronic’s disappointing vapidness comes unexpected. A Pokémon Go riff turned demonic roasting of internet obsessions? Heavy Ghostbusters vibes? Monica Bellucci in synthetic Satan mode? Everything about Roache-Turner’s The Matrix meets Doom midnighter tickles my exploitation fancy, but alas, drollness wins outright. An impossible fate to ponder given the film’s eye-catching trailer, yet here we are. About to argue how Belluci is somehow miscast despite my ravenous desire to see her engage in devilishly wicked roles.

Ben O’Toole plays sanitation worker Howie, unknowingly the last in a prolific bloodline of Necromancers.
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Seachange review – reboot of much-loved 90s series is frothy but fails to fizz

Nine’s revival of the ABC TV drama is mild and well-mannered nostalgia, yet misses its original off-kilter warmth

In Australia, the 1990s was an era of muggaccinos, emerging mainstream racism and old-school broadcast TV. Into that fray waded a Sunday night family show on the ABC, co-created by Deb Cox and Andrew Knight.

Seachange was special and strange. A corporate lawyer, Laura Gibson, leaves Melbourne in meltdown for a low-stress job as the local magistrate in the coastal hamlet of Pearl Bay. Every week, two million viewers tuned in to the Bay’s lovable cast of small-town weirdos, Laura’s slightly hapless children Rupert and Miranda, her new loves and the show’s goofy real-estate villain, Bob Jelly (the actor John Howard). And before the night of 10 May 1998 there was nothing like Seachange.

Related: The Hunting review – an electrically uncomfortable sexual minefield navigated with nuance

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Kelton Pell honoured as CinefestOZ Screen Legend

Kelton Pell.

Actor Kelton Pell is the first Western Australian to receive the Screen Legend accolade from CinefestOZ in the event’s 12-year history.

In a career spanning more than 25 years, his film credits include Blackfellas, Australian Rules, September, Bran Nue Dae, Mad Bastards, Looking For Grace, Red Dog:True Blue and Three Summers.

In his latest screen role he appeared alongside Bill Nighy, Victoria Hill and Milan Burch in director Tim Brown’s Buckley’s Chance, which was partly shot in Wa.

Nighy played Spencer, the estranged grandfather of Burch’s Ridley, who moved to Wa with his mother Gloria (Hill) after his father dies. Spencer tries to reconnect with the boy but he gets lost the outback.

Pell has been a familiar face in such TV shows as Pine Gap, The Gods of Wheat Street, The Circuit, Redfern Now and The Heights.

“It’s a huge honour,” he says of the award.
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Les Norton rebooted: still a big, bad boy but the sex and crudity is less 1985, more 2019

Rebel Wilson and David Wenham join Alexander Bertrand for the adaptation of Robert G Barrett’s bawdy and fundamentally un-pc novels – minus the ‘sketchier’ elements

Big-built redhead Les Norton, an ex-meat worker from Dirranbandi in south-west Queensland, fancies he “sticks out like dog’s balls” when he sees Asian surfers and suited Orthodox Jews while taking his first walk along Sydney’s Bondi beach. Les’s quizzical reactions to non-Anglo Australians feel out of time on television in 2019, even allowing for the fact the scene is set almost 35 years ago.

Naive Les – who only “speaks Australian” – is newly employed as a Kings Cross bouncer. Played by Alexander Bertrand, who has dyed his hair a “blood nut” red to meet the character’s specifications, Les soon finds himself trying to rescue three underage Thai sex slaves from a Surry Hills brothel named Classy As, but is blocked at the bordello doorway by its madam,
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Alexander Bertrand jumps from ‘Australian Gangster’ to ‘Les Norton’

Alexander Bertrand in ‘Les Norton.’

After landing his first lead role in Roadshow Rough Diamond’s Australian Gangster, Alexander Bertrand set his sights on playing the title character in the same production house’s Les Norton.

That was no sure thing: Despite his performance as the Sydney crime figure in the upcoming Seven Network drama, the actor had to fight hard to win the Norton role in the ABC series based on Robert G. Barrett’s Australian novels set in the 1980s.

“There were five or six people up for the role, including a couple of heavyweight Hollywood names,” he tells If. “I had to do a couple of call backs.”

Jocelyn Moorhouse, who co-directed the 10-part series with Fadia Abboud, David Caesar and Morgan O’Neill, loved Australian Gangster and championed his cause.

“Jocelyn told me she put on the brass knuckles and went into bat for me,” he says.
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Momentum Pictures brings Nekrotronic w/ Monica Bellucci to Theaters 8/9 – Trailer!

Momentum Pictures Presents Nekrotronic Starring Monica Bellucci and David Wenham (The Lord of the Rings) Coming to VOD August 9, 2019 Howard North, a down on his luck sewage worker, gets dragged into a global conflict between the Nekromancers, a family of badass demon hunters, and Finnegan …

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ABC sets premiere for Roadshow Rough Diamond drama ‘Les Norton’

(L-r) David Wenham, Alexander Bertrand and Rebel Wilson in ‘Les Norton.’

Roadshow Rough Diamond’s crime caper Les Norton, starring Rebel Wilson, David Wenham and Alexander Bertrand in the title role, will premiere on the ABC and iview on Sunday August 4 at 8.30 pm.

Set in 1985 and based on Robert G. Barrett’s Australian novels, the 10-part series follows the misadventures of Norton, a knockabout bloke from outback Queensland.

On the run from a troubled past, he blows into Sydney where he lands a job as a bouncer at a notorious illegal casino in Kings Cross. Desperate to get home, he is soon seduced by the city’s dubious charms and dragged into a web of underground criminality.

Les becomes tangled up in the illicit activities of his new boss, kingpin Price Galese (Wenham), and Price’s motley crew of former pro boxer turned casino doorman Billy Dunne (Hunter Page-Lochard), gun-for-hire
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Watch The Trailer For Nekrotronic Starring Monica Bellucci And David Wenham – Invading Theaters And Digital HD August 9

“Nekrotronic feels like Quentin Tarantino had been watching a lot of Edgar Wright and Wachowski movies, and then decided to make a Ghostbusters film. [It] is one wild, funny, gory combo.” – Nerdist

Howard North, a down on his luck sewage worker, gets dragged into a global conflict between the Nekromancers, a family of badass demon hunters, and Finnegan (Monica Bellucci) – an evil demon who absorbs people’s souls to increase her power. When Howard finds out the truth behind Finnegan’s past and her dark plans for the future, he teams up with his new friends to discover he is the ultimate Nekromancer, the only one with the power to defeat her and save the world.

Starring Ben O’Toole, Caroline Ford,Tess Haubrich, Epine Bob Savea, David Wenham, check out the crazy trailer.

Directed by Kiah Roache-Turner (Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead) and written by Kiah Roache-Turner, Tristan Roache-Turner (Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead
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Evil gets rebooted in trailer for sci-fi comedy horror Nekrotronic

Momentum Pictures has unveiled a poster and trailer for the Australian sci-fi comedy horror Nekrotronic. Written and directed by Kiah Roache-Turner (Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead), the film stars Ben O’Toole, Monica Bellucci, Caroline Ford, Tess Haubrich, Bob Savea, and David Wenham; check them out here…

Howard North, a down on his luck sewage worker, gets dragged into a global conflict between the Nekromancers, a family of badass demon hunters, and Finnegan (Monica Bellucci) – an evil demon who absorbs people’s souls to increase her power. When Howard finds out the truth behind Finnegan’s past and her dark plans for the future, he teams up with his new friends to discover he is the ultimate Nekromancer, the only one with the power to defeat her and save the world.

Nekrotronic is set for release on August 9th.

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Nekrotronic Trailer: Monica Bellucci Plays an Internet Demon in New Action Horror

Momentum Pictures has released an official trailer for Nekrotronic, the next indie horror comedy film from the Australian director of Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead, Kiah Roache-Turner. A film about an internet demon and the secret hunters who bring them down, the film looks like a surreal descent into wacky, neon-soaked madness. Ben O'Toole plays Howard 'Howie' North, a down-on-his-luck sewage worker dragged into a global conflict, while the great Monica Bellucci plays the villain, an evil demon who absorbs people's souls to gain more power. The rest of the cast includes David Wenham, Caroline Ford, Tess Haubrich, Benedict Hardie, and Epine Bob Savea. Nekrotronic premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year. Now Momentum will release it in select...

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“Evil Gets Rebooted” in the Official Trailer for Nekrotronic

Following its crowd-pleasing premiere at Tiff last year, the supernatural cyber-centric horror thriller Nekrotronic will be unleashed this August from Momentum Pictures, and ahead of its release, the film's official trailer teases plenty of high-tech, demonic carnage in the latest movie from Kiah Roache-Turner (Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead).

"Howard North, a down on his luck sewage worker, gets dragged into a global conflict between the Nekromancers, a family of badass demon hunters, and Finnegan (Monica Bellucci) - an evil demon who absorbs people's souls to increase her power. When Howard finds out the truth behind Finnegan's past and her dark plans for the future, he teams up with his new friends to discover he is the ultimate Nekromancer, the only one with the power to defeat her and save the world."

Nekrotronic was co-written and directed by Kiah Roache-Turner (Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead), co-written by Tristan Roache-Turner, and stars Ben O'Toole,
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Official Trailer for Wacky Internet Demon Hunters Movie 'Nekrotronic'

"Suck on this!" Momentum Pictures has debuted an official trailer for the indie action horror comedy film Nekrotronic, made by Australian filmmaker Kiah Roache-Turner (Wyrmwood). This wacky, trippy, neon-filled demon hunter film is about a man who discovers that he is part of a secret sect of magical beings who hunt down and destroy demons in the internet. Ben O'Toole plays Howard 'Howie' North, a down-on-his-luck sewage worker dragged into a global conflict. Monica Bellucci plays the villain, an evil demon who absorbs people's souls to gain more power. The full cast includes David Wenham, Caroline Ford, Tess Haubrich, Benedict Hardie, and Epine Bob Savea. This reminds of all these amazing films I'd find in the back corner of my local VHS rental store, totally weird & badass & so fun. This actually looks mega cool. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Kiah Roache-Turner's Nekrotronic, direct from YouTube: Howard 'Howie'
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Ben O’Toole learned a lot from Chris Hemsworth and Mel Gibson but yearns for more

Ben O’Toole.

After graduating from Waapa in 2011, Ben O’Toole played policeman Pete for three seasons of Love Child, had supporting roles in The Water Diviner and Hacksaw Ridge and co-starred in the Us movies Detroit and 12 Strong.

The Brisbane-born actor plays the leads in Alister Grierson’s comedic thriller Bloody Hell and in Kiah Roache-Turner’s horror-comedy Nekrotronic, yet he is far from satisfied with where he is at in his career.

“I still have a lot more to learn; I have much further to go,” says O’Toole, who has bases in Sydney and Los Angeles, the latter with actor-director housemate Kick Gurry.

Working with Mel Gibson on Hacksaw Ridge and with Chris Hemsworth on 12 Strong were great learning experiences.

“Mel was incredible and very powerful in communicating what he wanted us to do, and he encouraged Vince Vaughn and me to improvise,” he says.

In Nicolai Fuglsig’s 12 Strong,
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North American release set for ‘Nekrotronic’

‘Nekrotronic.’

Kiah Roache-Turner’s sci-fi horror comedy Nekrotronic will be released in the Us in select cinemas and on VOD and digital HD on August 9 by Momentum Pictures.

“I’m really excited: I think day-and-date is the future for most independent films in the Us,” Kiah tells If. “Some say it is the end of cinema but it’s not: it’s a different way of delivering films to eyeballs.”

One advantage of the day-and-date strategy is limiting the potential for piracy. The Roache-Turner brothers’ Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead was available on iTunes in the Us before the Australian release. “Piracy killed us,” he says.

Produced by Andrew Mason and Troy Lum for Hopscotch Features and Tristan Roache-Turner for Guerrilla Films, Nekrotronic stars Monica Bellucci as Finnegan, CEO of the sinister Daemokon corporation, who is determined to feast on every human soul on the planet via a new smartphone app.
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Nekrotronic to Receive August 9th Theatrical & VOD Release from Momentum Pictures

A high-tech and stylish homage to Ghostbusters and 80s/90s action films, Nekrotronic premiered at Tiff last year and was definitely an indie crowd-pleaser so it's no surprise to hear that it will be getting a theatrical and VOD release later this year from Momentum Pictures.

"Howard North,  a down on his luck sewage worker, gets dragged into a global conflict between the Nekromancers, a family of badass demon hunters, and Finnegan (Monica Bellucci) - an evil demon who absorbs people's souls to increase her power. When Howard finds out the truth behind Finnegan's past and her dark plans for the future, he teams up with his new friends to discover he is the ultimate Nekromancer, the only one with the power to defeat her and save the world."

Nekrotronic was co-written and directed by Kiah Roache-Turner  (Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead), co-written by Tristan Roache-Turner, and stars Ben O'Toole,
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Sally Riley explains why the ABC is happy to take commissioning risks

‘Diary of an Uber Driver.’

Sally Riley is bemused when people use this line when they are pitching projects to her: “This is definitely an ABC show.”

The ABC’s head of scripted production, Riley usually replies: “What is that? What is an ABC show?”

Interviewed in her Ultimo office for a two-part story, she tells If: “If it’s a great show, we’ll do it. I don’t think it must fit in the parameters of what is supposed to be an ABC show.

“We want to not only hold our audiences but also bring in new and younger audiences and we have a broad slate to try to meet both. We will definitely take a calculated risk when we believe in a show.”

As an example of a program which she thinks most people would not expect to see on the public broadcaster, she points to Les Norton,
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Chris Haywood dons his producing hat for ‘The Crossing’

Kaarin Fairfax and Chris Haywood in ‘Skewwhiff.’

Chris Haywood is so committed to making a thriller based on the Australian novel The Crossing he has agreed to produce as well as star in the feature film.

First-time feature director James Khehtie sent the novel by B. Michael Radburn to the actor, who loved the premise: Taylor Bridges flees from Victoria to an isolated Tasmanian town to work as a park ranger after his daughter disappeared, triggering the breakdown of his marriage.

When a young girl who was the same age as his daughter vanishes, Bridges, a chronic sleepwalker, begins to wonder what happens when he sleepwalks.

“I did not want to produce but James insisted,” Haywood tells If, recalling that he has served as a producer only once before, on writer-director Peter Watkins’ 1991 feature doc The Media Project, which critiqued Australian media coverage of the first Gulf war.

Radburn has
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