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Australian drama lands Us deal

Cmd Distribution has acquired Us rights to The Playbook, an Australian drama about a basketball coach whose life is torn apart after a tragic accident.

Shot in Victoria, it.s the feature writing and directing debut of Darran Scott, a former actor who has produced several documentaries and short films.

Scott tells If that Cmd has agreed to release the film on at least 40 screens in North America and on DVD and VoD. That will be a far wider spread of cinemas than at home, where it played on 15 screens in the six capital cities last July, restricted by a lack of marketing dollars.

The privately funded film used the producer offset and got a grant from Film Victoria.s Regional Location Assistance Fund. The cast includes Mick Preston, Harry Borland, Dennis Coard, Lauren Clair, Kath Gordon and newcomer Lloyd Edwards. Australian and NBA basketball star Luc Longley has a cameo.
See full article at IF.com.au »

Ranald Graham obituary

Writer of TV police dramas The Sweeney and The Professionals

Ranald Graham, who has died of motor neurone disease, aged 69, made his name as a writer of the gritty television crime dramas The Sweeney and The Professionals, which were among the first series to be made entirely on film. In The Sweeney (1975-78), the two Flying Squad officers – Det Insp Jack Regan (John Thaw) and Det Sgt George Carter (Dennis Waterman) – nailed crooks by whatever means they thought necessary. Screeching car chases, punch-ups and hard drinking were par for the course in a programme noted for the violence and bad language perpetrated as much by the law enforcers as the lawbreakers.

With The Sweeney, Graham was in the company of writers of the stature of Troy Kennedy Martin, Allan Prior and Trevor Preston, but he made his own mark. His first script, for the episode Queen's Pawn, was an early
See full article at The Guardian - TV News »

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