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Match the house to the classic Australian movie – quiz

Think of yourself of as a film buff? How many of these abodes do you recognise?

Girl Asleep

Goldstone

The Turning

The Babadook

Wolf Creek 2

Reckless Kelly

The Pack

Snowtown

Chopper

He Died With A Felafel in His Hand

Metal Skin

Romper Stomper

Snowtown

The Hunter

Animal Kingdom

Tomorrow When the War Began

Australia

The Proposition

Mad Max: Fury Road

Priscilla: Queen of the Desert

Mad Max

Mad Max 2

Mad Max: Beyond the Thunderdome

Mad Max: Fury Road

Storm Boy

Dead Calm

On the Beach

Black Water

The Castle

Snowtown

Wog Boy 2: Kings of Mykonos

The Great Gatsby

Holding the Man

Two Hands

Somersault

Looking for Alibrandi

The Dressmaker

Lantana

The Great Gatsby

Australia

Paper Planes

Babe: Pig in the City

Babe

Mad Max: Fury Road

Metal Skin

Romper Stomper

Chopper

Wolf Creek

The Great Gatsby

Romeo and Juliet

Strictly Ballroom

Little Fish

The Sapphires

Muriel's Wedding
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If checks in with Vca Film and TV alumni as the school rings in 50 years

Gillian Armstrong's 1971 student film The Roof Needs Mowing.

Secret City director Emma Freeman remembers Vca Film and Television School, where she studied for three years in the early 2000.s, .as a place where .a lot of people were really scraping things together to make their movie..

.That's what I loved about that school., Freeman says..

.It taught me about being a storyteller and it also taught me to be resourceful. Never to be limited by what you have..

Vca Film and TV is celebrating 50 years of scraping things together this year, from its opening at Swinburne in 1966 to the jump to the Vca in 1992 and beyond.

Cinematographer Ian Baker (Japanese Story, Words and Pictures) was one of the first, in 1968..

..I had no idea what I wanted to do when I completed the course,. Baker says.

.I didn't really know that I wanted to be a cinematographer, even though
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Richard Lowenstein to direct ‘definitive’ Michael Hutchence documentary

Michael Hutchence.

The man behind many of Inxs.s music videos, Richard Lowenstein, is set to direct a documentary about the life of the band.s late frontman, Michael Hutchence.

The feature-length documentary will be produced by Universal Music Group (Umg) and Oscar-winning production company Passion Pictures (Searching for Sugar Man). Inxs is signed to Universal Music Publishing Group.

This is the second Hutchence doco in the pipeline, with Aap reporting earlier this month that Sydney businessman Ron Creevey had spent two years working on a film about the singer with La record producer Danny Saber.

Hutchence was a founding member and lead singer of. Inxs from 1977 up until his death in 1997.

Lowenstein (He Died with a Felafel in His Hand, Say a Little Prayer) was a close friend of Hutchence, having worked with Inxs for many years. He was responsible for a range of the band.s videos including
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"Sugar Man" Team Plan Michael Hutchence Doco

Following their success on "Searching for Sugar Man," Universal Music Group and Passion Pictures are re-teaming to produce a documentary feature about the life of Inxs lead singer Michael Hutchence.

Hutchence's friend and filmmaker Richard Lowenstein ("He Died with a Felafel in His Hand," "Say a Little Prayer") will direct. Lowenstein has reportedly been "working on the definitive documentary film journey into the heart and soul of this complex, shy, poetic and exceptionally charismatic man for many years."

Lowenstein is deeply familiar with the material, directing the majority of Hutchence and Inxs's music videos along with the singer's only lead role in a film - 1986's "Dogs in Space". Hutchence's daughter Tiger Lily will be a beneficiary of the film's proceeds.

The story of Hutchence was most recently adapted into the 2014 Australian mini-series "Never Tear Us Apart" with "Black Sails" star Luke Arnold as the singer and the likes
See full article at Dark Horizons »

Stan looks for more original content

Subscription video-on-demand service Stan expects to announce at least two more development deals with Australian producers in the next couple of months.

The platform co-owned by Nine Entertainment Co (NEC) and Fairfax Media sees Australian original content as a key point of differentiation with competitors Presto Movies/Presto TV and with Netflix, which is due to launch in Australia/New Zealand on March 28.

The number of Aussie projects it will commission will depend partly on its ability to raise finance from other sources including international broadcasters or co-producers.

.We have a fixed amount to spend so the key will be to find overseas partners for co-funding at an early stage,. Nick Forward, Stan.s director of content and product, tells If.

.That may mean more reliance on international cast or co-commissions with subscription VoD and premium cable players who make a lot of this sort of content..

Last month Stan
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Significant 7: Television creatives

From drama to reality and factual – meet the production house powerhouses responsible for Australia’s greatest television.

Andrew Denton

Owner/ Creative guy

Zapruder’s Other Films The Gruen Transfer, Hungry Beast, Country Town Rescue, Randling

With producers Anita Jacoby and Peter Thompson, Andrew Denton’s Zapruder’s Other Films is known for intelligent and often funny television.

Denton came to prominence as the host of ABC’s 1988 comedy show Blah Blah Blah and was quick to get involved behind the scenes. His first executive producing credit came in 2001 when he gave The Chaser team their break with The Election Chaser.

Denton is responsible for adland favourite The Gruen Transfer, with five series including Gruen Planet and Nation under its belt. The show is one of the ABC’s highest rating formats attracting international interest.

Denton’s great skill is fostering young talent with his 2008 Project Next experiment resulting in Hungry Beast.
See full article at Encore Magazine »

Adaptation of John Birmingham’s Tasmanian Babes Fiasco wins Biff’s Chauvel Award

Producer Bec Dakin, scriptwriter Karl Mather and direct Zenon Kohler have won the Chauvel Award script adaptation as part of the Brisbane International Film Festival.

The competition, worth $40,000, aims to encourage the work of producers and writers at an early stage in a project’s life.

Dakin, Mather and Kohler have won for the adaptation of the John Birmingham novel, the Tasmanian Babes Fiasco.

The support will also see the team work closely with Screen Queensland.

Tasmanian Babes Fiasco is about a house full of misfits and a catastrophic week of adventure. It is the sequel to He Died with a Felafel in his Hand which was adapted in 2001 by Richard Lowenstein and starred Noah Taylor and Sophie Lee.

Receiving $25,000 is Brisbane scriptwriter Vicki Englund as development support of the adaptation of Painted Love Letters, based on the young adult fiction by Catherine Bateson.

Stephen Lance, Mairi Cameron and Leanne Tonkes
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Screen Australia announces feature development investment

Screen Australia today announced a round of development funding for eight feature films.

Included in the funding is Bruce Beresford’s Banjo & Matilda, as well as films by directors Adam Elliot, Nadia Tess, Eddie Martin and Richard Lowenstein, and investment in writers Alice Addison, Mark Herman and Glenda Hambly.

Banjo & Matilda is the dramatisation of Banjo Paterson’s Waltzing Matilda. Set in 1895, a young city poet and journalist travels to a remote sheep station to track down a political agitator. When the clashes between union shearers and landowners turn to violence, a man is found dead in a billabong. Was it suicide or murder? The film will be produced by Bill Leimbach (Beneath Hill 60, Bait 3D) and written by David Roach.

Adam Elliot (Mary & Max) will write and direct Ernee, an animated adventure romance, produced by Peter Kaufmann and executive produced by Brian Rosen and Bryce Menzies.

Two musical biopics were also funded.
See full article at Encore Magazine »

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