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Australia lags the rest of the world in second-time feature directors

Jessica McNamee stars in Heath Davis’ ‘Locusts’.

Far fewer directors in Australia get the chance to make their second feature, or more, than the global average.

According to a new, ground-breaking study of worldwide trends by UK analyst Stephen Follows, while 63.5 per cent of directors have one feature film credit, 36.5 per cent made a second feature.

Just 8.6 per cent directed more than five and only 0.1 per cent have more than 20 feature credits.

By comparison, Screen Australia’s most recent research found 62 per cent of directors had one credit in the five years to June 2017 and 44 of the 144 surveyed – 19 per cent – had made a second feature.

Broken down by gender, that equated to 42 male directors (22 per cent) and just two women (6 per cent). Some 8 per cent had three credits, 4 per cent had four and 7 per cent had 5-plus.

(Source: stephenfollows.com)

To be fair, Screen Australia’s research is a relatively
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Jeremy Sims on turning an Icelandic hit into a mainstream Aussie drama

Jeremy Sims (L) with Sam Neill on the set of ‘Rams’ (Photo credit: Merlyn Moon).

Jeremy Sims was promoting his drama Last Cab to Darwin on the international film festival circuit in 2015 when he noticed Icelandic film Hrútar featured in nearly every program.

His curiosity piqued, he watched writer-director Grímur Hákonarson’s film – the tale of two warring brothers, both sheep farmers – at the Busan festival in Korea, and was hugely impressed. The same year it won best film at Un Certain Regard in Cannes.

So it was a fortuitous coincidence when one of the producers, Wbmc’s Aidan O’Bryan rang his agent earlier this year to ask if he would direct a re-imagining of the film entitled Rams after acquiring the adaptation rights.

Sims loved the screenplay by Western Australian-born writer Jules Duncan, which is a complete reinterpretation of the original, and readily accepted the offer. Produced by O’Bryan and Janelle Landers,
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Warwick Thornton, Kriv Stenders, David Wenham headline Sydney Film Fest

Warwick Thornton.s doco.'We Don't Need A Map' will open the 2017 Sydney Film Festival..

Warwick Thornton.s We Don.t Need A Map will open this year.s Sydney Film Festival, with the event also marking the documentary.s world premiere..

The latest film from the Samson and Delilah director explores Australia.s relationship to the Southern Cross through colonial and indigenous history through to the present day..

We Don't Need A Map will compete in the festival.s Official Competition. Among the 12 films in the running for the $60,000 prize are Aussie theatre director Benedict Andrew.s debut feature Una, which stars Ben Mendelsohn, as well as Sofia Coppola.s Beguiled.and Michael Haneke.s Happy End, both of which will come to the festival from Cannes.

Overall the festival program boasts 288 films from 59 countries, including 37 world premieres. Bookending the fest will be Korean director Bong Joon-ho.s Cannes film.Okja,
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Production kicks off on Goalpost’s ‘Fighting Season’

(l-r): Jay Ryan, Ewen Leslie (seated), George Pullar, Paul De Gelder, Marco Alosio and Julian Maroun (seated). (Photo: Mark Rogers).

Shooting begins this week in Sydney on Fighting Season, a new Foxtel drama that follows Australian soldiers returning from Afghanistan..

The six-part series looks at a possible cover-up where the "lines between killer and family man, between hero and victim, between truth and imagination, are constantly shifting."

Producer Kylie du Fresne said the series is based on extensive research and interviews with former soldiers about their time in Afghanistan and the realities of coming home and reintegrating into society..

A Goalpost Pictures production, the show will be helmed by director Kate Woods (Looking for Alibrandi), who returns to Australia after a decade working in the Us on programs like Law and Order Svu and Suits. Wasted on the Young.s Ben Lucas will also direct..

The cast is led
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Adelaide Clemens jumps on LevelK’s 'Rabbit'

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Adelaide Clemens jumps on LevelK’s 'Rabbit'
Exclusive: Luke Shanahan is directing the dark thriller about a medical student whose twin is abducted.

Adelaide Clemens, whose credits include Parade’s End and The Great Gatsby, has taken on the lead role in Luke Shanahan’s dark thriller Rabbit, which starts shooting today. Clemens replaces the previously reported Abbey Lee in the role.

Shanahan will shoot for five weeks on locations in and around Adelaide, Australia. David Ngo produces the co-production between A Longshot Film and Projector Films. LevelK handles international sales on Shanahan’s feature debut.

Clemens stars as Maude Ashton, a young medical student haunted by visions of her twin sister’s abduction, who discovers a secret society that might be connected to her missing sister.

The actress recently finished shooting Music War And Love in Poland with Connie Nielsen and Stellan Skarsgard.

In Rabbit, she reunites with her Wasted On The Young co-star Alex Russell, who has recently
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Screenwest backs Stephen McCallum’s debut feature 1%

Stephen McCallum.

Screenwest has announced that 1%, debut feature of director Stephen McCallum, is the recipient of this year.s $750,000 West Coast Visions funding.

West Coast Visions is one of Screenwest.s largest funds, aimed to .uncover, inspire and develop. local talent and skills.

1%, written by actor Matt Nable (Hacksaw Ridge, Arrow, Barracuda), is a set within the primal underworld of outlaw motorcycle club gangs. It follows the heir to the throne of a motorcycle club who has to betray his president to save his brother.s life.

McCallum, who has previously directed a variety of shorts, music videos and commercials, says he was attracted to the Shakespearean undertones of the story. He calls it one of .father versus son, tradition versus ambition, and brotherhood..

.The main question that draws me to the script that Matt wrote is: what.s the cost of loyalty when it makes you turn against your own blood?
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Goldstone's Alex Russell will fight fires alongside Josh Brolin and Miles Teller

Alex Russell in Oranges Don't Grow on Trees, produced by his production company Five Lip Films.

Goldstone's Alex Russell is joining Miles Teller and Josh Brolin in firefighter film Granite Mountain, directed by Oblivion and Tron: Legacy helmer Joseph Kosinski for Lionsgate..

Principal photography begins next week on the film, based on the true story of a group of firefighters known as the Granite Mountain hotshots who lost 19 members as they fought one of deadliest wildfires in Arizona history.

The film also stars Jeff Bridges and Taylor Kitsch.

Russell recently completed Greg McLean.s Jungle with Daniel Radcliffe in Queensland and Ivan Sen.s Goldstone, which opened the Sydney Film Festival on Wednesday night.

The Rockhampton native got his break in Wa feature Wasted on the Young in 2010.

He's since starred in films such as Chronicle, Unbroken and Cut Snake, and has also launched his own production company Five Lip Films.
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Production begins in Wa on Ben C. Lucas' Other Life

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Filming has started in Western Australia on the new Ben C. Lucas science fiction thriller, Other Life,.

The film, starring Jessica De Gouw, Thomas Cocquerel, and Tj Power, will be shot of five weeks, with Entertainment One taking care of the release in Australia and New Zealand.

This is the second feature for Lucas, whose debut, Wasted on the Young, was acquired by Paramount in Australia and nominated for an Aacta Award after a successful festival circuit including Sydney Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Pusan International Film Festival, South By Southwest Film Festival, and Torino Film Festival.

Otherlife will be produced by Jamie Hilton, Michael Pontin, Janelle Landers, Aidan O.Bryan, Marco Mehlitz,Tommaso Fiacchino, and Bo Hyde. Executive producers include Phil Hunt, Compton Ross, Kendal Morgan Rhodes,Josh Pomeranz, Viv Scanu, and Stephen Boyle.

OtherLife is based on the popular novel, Solitaire, by Kelley Eskridge. The screenplay has
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Sci-fi feature to shoot in Wa

A high concept science fiction feature OtherLife will be made in in Western Australia, starting production in June. The project will be directed by expat Western Australian filmmaker Ben C. Lucas (Wasted on the Young) and produced by Jamie Hilton of See Pictures (The Little Death, The Waiting City) and Aidan O.Bryan and Janelle Landers from Western Australian based production company Wbmc (Son of a Gun, Wasted on the Young), alongside international producers Cherry Road Films. It is the third film confirmed to be shot in Western Australia with ScreenWest support this year (the others being Jasper Jones and Blue Dog), and Culture and the Arts Minister John Day has also confirmed a further three feature films are in the final stages of financing. ..This is positive news for the Western Australian screen industry,. he said in a statement issued to the media. .Western Australia is being recognised as
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Film Review: Bridgend: Morbid Allegory to Youth Wasted on the Young [Tribeca 2015]

  Bridgend (2015) Film Review from the 14th Annual Tribeca Film Festival, a movie directed by Jeppe Rønde, starring Hannah Murray, Steven Waddington, Josh Oconnor, Scott Arthur, Adrian Rawlins, Elinor Crawley, Jamie Burch, and Aled Llyr Thomas. Bridgend allowed its set up to sell you on what to expect from it, with the very [...]

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See Pictures expands

Jamie Hilton.s See Pictures and its low-budget financing, production and distribution arm Ticket to Ride are set to expand after adding two key executives and an internal promotion.

Writer-director Ben C. Lucas (Wasted on the Young) has joined See Pictures as creative director to drive development and acquisitions.

Producer Michael Pontin, who was a co-producer on Josh Lawson.s The Little Death and associate producer on Michael Petroni.s Backtrack, has been promoted to head of Ticket to Ride.

All-media producer Ester Harding has joined the team to work with Hilton across all areas of the business.

Lucas, who had been doing some consulting work for Hilton, is also attached to direct for See Pictures the sci-fi thriller Otherlife, an adaptation of Kelly Eskridge.s novel Solitaire, which follows a woman who seems destined for greatness in a massive corporate entity that controls the world but quickly becomes a pariah and a murderer.
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New role for Rachel Okine

Long-time Hopscotch Features/eOne executive Rachel Okine is joining Studiocanal.

Okine has been appointed Vice President, International Production and Acquisitions, at the French-owned studio/distributor. She will be based in Paris.

Studiocanal is releasing brothers Kiah and Tristan Roache-Turner's Zombie horror/comedy Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead this month after also acquiring the UK rights.

Among other local acquisitions are Manny Lewis, comedian Carl Barron.s debut feature directed and co-written by Anthony Mir; and Deane Taylor.s animated family film The Blinky Bill Movie.

Okine was a founding member of Hopscotch in 2002, working across technical delivery, publicity and marketing and serving as acquisitions manager from 2002 . 2006.

She departed last October, initially intending to try her luck in Los Angeles. She had the dual roles of head of development for Hopscotch Features, where she developed The Water Diviner, and production and acquisitions executive at eOne.

Last week the company announced
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National call-out for feature film scripts

ScreenWest has issued a national and international call for scripts to be developed as a debut feature for Western Australian directors.

The aim is to find well-developed projects for each of three directors in the agency.s 2014-15 Feature Navigator initiative.

Mike Hoath, Maziar Lahooti and Robert Forsyth will participate in the innovative development program designed to progress the careers of Wa directors through skills development and identifying and developing a debut feature film project.

Agents, managers, distributors and credited producers are invited to submit scripts to the Feature Navigator directors for their consideration.

.Mike, Maziar and Robert have each shown a huge amount of talent in their short films and other work to date, and have a stand-out command of the directing craft that will certainly lead to a strong debut feature film and ongoing career in the screen industry,. said ScreenWest acting CEO . development, Rikki Lea Bestall.

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ABC's "Once" Casts Its "Frozen" Queen Elsa

Australian actress Georgina Haig has scored the key role of Queen Elsa of Arendelle, the icy powered character from Disney's "Frozen," in the upcoming fourth season of ABC's "Once Upon a Time". The character was previously teased in the third season finale.

In the series, Elsa has long struggled to control her 'chilling' powers and once unleashed an eternal winter upon her town. Ultimately she realized her bond with younger sister Anna (Elizabeth Lail) helps keeps her powers in check.

Haig has had an interesting career so far starring in Australian films like the horror truck tale "Road Kill" with Twilight's Xavier Samuel and The 100's Bobby Morley, the nihilistic school teen drama "Wasted on the Young" with Chronicle's Alex Russell, the feel good musical "The Sapphires" with Chris O'Dowd, and the upcoming drug smuggling drama "The Mule".

She's probably best known though for her TV work such
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Circle of Lies breaks the mould for Oz films

Teen drama Circle of Lies is breaking new ground for Australian films as it begins a staggered theatrical roll-out in Brisbane this week and will be released on Video-on-Demand platforms and on DVD on September 18.

In another unusual ploy, the producers will sell copies of the DVD at cinemas in rural areas; each screening will feature a Q&A with cast and crew.

Scripted by Adrian Moses and Scott Herford, the film follows high school student Denise (Hilary Caitens) who is bullied and victimised by classmate Kirsty (Anna Lawrence), the leader of a bunch of ultra-cool kids who call themselves .the exclusives.. The cast includes Ryan Harrison, Nikki Webster, Karina Banno, Stephen Multari and Luke Webb.

Directed by first-timer Matt Cerwen, the film was released in North America last December by Warner Bros. on a limited number of cinemas and on VoD. Paramount is distributing in parts of Latin America
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Win: Bait On Blu-ray – Exclusive Clip

To celebrate the release of Bait on 3D Blu-ray and DVD on Monday 29th April, we are giving five lucky readers the chance to win a copy of the blu-ray.

A tsunami devastates a small Gold Coast town and leaves twelve people trapped in a flooded supermarket. Amidst the horror the group slowly realises that they may not be alone. Trapped with a hungry Great White shark, how many of them will have to die and will rescue ever come? Featuring a stellar ensemble cast including Xavier Samuel (The Twilight Saga; Eclipse), Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck) Sharni Vinson (Step Up 3D), Phoebe Tonkin (Tomorrow When the War Began), Dan Wyllie (Animal Kingdom) Alex Russell (Wasted on the Young), Martin Sacks (Underbelly), Cariba Heine (The Pacific), Damien Garvey (Daybreakers) and high profile Singaporean stars Adrian Pang and Qi Yuwu.

Bait 3D is the first ever Australian 3D production and co-production between Australia and Singapore.

Win! A Great Horror DVD Bundle With ‘Bait’

To celebrate the release of Bait on DVD and Blu-ray (2D & 3D) on April 29th, we are offering our readers the chance to win a great horror DVD bundle! The collection includes The Loved Ones, Road Train, I Saw The Devil, Silent House, Chernobyl Diaries and Cockneys Vs Zombies.

In Bait, a tsunami devastates a small Gold Coast town and leaves twelve people trapped in a flooded supermarket. Amidst the horror the group slowly realises that they may not be alone. Trapped with a hungry Great White shark, how many of them will have to die and will rescue ever come? Featuring a stellar ensemble cast including Xavier Samuel (The Twilight Saga; Eclipse), Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck) Sharni Vinson (Step Up 3D), Phoebe Tonkin (Tomorrow When the War Began), Dan Wyllie (Animal Kingdom) Alex Russell (Wasted on the Young), Martin Sacks (Underbelly), Cariba Heine (The Pacific), Damien Garvey (Daybreakers) and
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Radio 66.6 - Weekly Music News from the Crypt: April 22nd, 2013

We're back with another installment of Radio 66.6! This week features the latest news, music, videos and tour dates from the likes of Black Sabbath, Attack Attack!, Alice In Chains, Philip Anselmo, 30 Seconds to Mars, Tesseract, Jane's Addition, Andrew W.K. and more.

Don't touch that dial!


Pantera and Down frontman Philip Anselmo will release his first solo album, Walk Through Exits Only, on July 16 via his own Housecore Records.

Attack Attack! are breaking up following their upcoming tour. Read a statement from the band here.

Travis Orbin (ex-Periphery) has joined Darkest Hour on drums. The band is currently in the studio working on a new album.


Listen to Black Sabbath's new single, "God Is Dead?," here. It's the first song released from 13, which is due out June 11th and marks their first new album with Ozzy Osbourne on vocals in 35 years.

Listen to a new Tesseract song titled "Of Mind - Nocturne" here.
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New DVD Blu-Ray: 'Jurassic Park 3D,' 'Gangster Squad'

Moviefone's Blu-ray of the Week "Jurassic Park 3D" What's It About? God creates dinosaurs. God destroys dinosaurs. God creates man. Man destroys God. Man creates dinosaurs... Dinosaurs eat man. Woman inherits the earth. Why We're In: It's "Jurassic Park 3D" from the comfort of your home. What more do you need? Moviefone's New Release of the Week "The Impossible" What's It About? Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor star as the parents of a vacationing family that gets separated from each other during the devastating 2004 tsunami of Southeast Asia and struggle to locate each other and their missing children. Why We're In: Watts earned an Oscar nomination and it's easy to see why; as harrowing as the story can be at times, it's an incredibly moving, and even more remarkably, true tale that will keep you captivated. New on DVD & Blu-ray "Any Day Now" What's It About? Alan Cumming stars in
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Save Your Legs! posts disappointing opening weekend at box office

Save Your Legs! has posted one of the worst box office opening weekend performances among Australian films released in recent times.

The comedy, distributed by Madman Entertainment, grossed $164,654 on 176 screens giving it a screen average of just $936 despite attracting generally positive reviews. It is the first major Australian film released in 2013 and stars Brendan Cowell and Stephen Curry as suburban cricketers who travel to India. In total, Save Your Legs! has grossed $188,133.

By way of comparison, a similarly wide local release, comedy Housos Vs. Authority, took $526,166 across 151 screens for a screen average of $3485 on its opening weekend last November. Bait 3D, which was lambasted for its tepid local opening (before becoming a surprise hit in China), grossed $365,187 across 283 screens last year for a screen average of $1290.

Other Australian films to struggle in recent years include teen drama Wasted on the Young, which opened with $52,907 across 54 screens in March 2011 (screen average $979); drama Matching Jack,
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