Queen’s Birthday Honours for Buttrose, Thornton, Jackman, Bana and Argall

ABC chair Ita Buttrose, actors Hugh Jackman, Sigrid Thornton, Eric Bana and Peter Cousens, director and cinematographer Ray Argall, and producers Suzanne Baker, Kerry Heysen-Hicks and Fiona Cochrane were among the screen professionals to receive Queen’s Birthday Honours over the long weekend.

Media doyenne Buttrose was named a Companion to the Order of Australia (AC) for her eminent service to the community through leadership in the media, the arts, and the health sector, and as a role model.

Jackman was also named an AC for his eminent service to the performing arts as an acclaimed actor and performer, and to the global community, particularly as an advocate for poverty eradication.

Thornton, who is currently working on the Seachange reboot, was named an Officer to the Order of Australia (Ao) for distinguished service to the performing arts as a film, television and stage actor, and to professional arts organisations.

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Doco filmmakers support Assange

More than 84 Australian documentary filmmakers have signed a petition asking Prime Minister Julia Gillard “to confirm publicly Australia’s commitment to freedom of political comunication”, in support of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

They’re being coordinated by Carmela Baranowska, as part of a broader petition started on the ABC’s website and incorporating more than 500 signatures.

The petition has been signed by:

Carmela Baranowska – director, journalist Sharon Connolly – producer Bree Mckilligan – filmmaker Jono Van Hest – director Sarah Zadeh – filmmaker Joan Robinson – director Kerry Negara – director, producer Rebecca McLean – director Daryl Dellora – director, producer Sharyn Prentice – producer Fabio Cavadini – director, producer Mandy King – director, producer Sally Ingleton – documentary filmmaker Trish FitzSimons – filmmaker Georgia Wallace-Crabbe – producer, director Lana Schwarcz – puppeteer, filmmaker Tim Anderson – filmmaker Nick Torrens – director, producer Deborah Szapiro – producer Liz Burke – producer Nicholas Hansen – director, producer Philippa Campey – filmmaker Marsha Emerman – director, producer Trevor Blainey – producer Gil Scrine – distributor and
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Victoria invests $1m, mostly on TV

Film Victoria has announced a new round of investment funding worth $992,500.

The recipients are the feature Surviving Georgia, Southern Star drama Offspring, a Princess Pictures comedy, two documentaries and an online portal to complement the Sbs doco series Second Australians.

Talking about the significant investment on television, Film Victoria Sandra Sdraulig said the small screen was essential for the state, because of the consistency of expenditure and employment opportunities..

The chosen projects are:


The Multicultural History Portal

The Chocolate Liberation Front; Producers Dan Fill, Frank Verheggen ; Writer Andrew Jacobuwicz.

A series of interactive documentary features that capture the history of immigration to Australia. It will act as a companion piece to Second Australians.


The First Interview

Jungle Pictures; Producer Fiona Cochrane; Writer/Director Dennis Tupicoff; Network ABC

A documentary that goes bacck to Paris, 1886, to a conversation between great French scientist Michel-Eugene Chevreul and famous photographer Nadar – the
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Burning Inside World Premiere At 2010 Connecticut Film Festival

Burning Inside, the second feature film by West Haven, Ct filmmaker Nathan Wrann, will be making its world premiere at the Connecticut Film Festival on May 8. The film is a tense thriller about a man who wakes up from a coma to begin a new life only to be plagued by vague, violent memories of his past. Or, are they just evil hallucinations? Either way, “John Doe” is out for revenge.

Following this film festival screening, Burning Inside will be released on DVD on May 11 by the brand new distributor Channel Midnight Releasing, which was created by filmmaker James Felix McKenney and producers Lisa Wisely and Chase Tyler. (And, yes, the title of the film comes from the song by Ministry.)

The Connecticut Film Festival runs May 4-9 in Danbury, Ct and features a mix of movies and music. While the festival will be screening a combination of short films and features,
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