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Rena Owen explains her quest for unique roles

Rena Owen.

When Rena Owen weighs up whether to accept roles, her main goal is to portray characters who are not the same as or similar to those she’s played before.

That maxim has served the Kiwi actress well in a screen career which spans 30 years since her debut in the Nz police series Shark in the Park.

Currently she is in Hobart playing yet another unique individual – Grace, who runs a community drop-in centre for wayward kids – in The Gloaming, an eight-part drama commissioned by Stan and Disney’s ABC Studios International.

Owen was in Vancouver getting ready to shoot the final episode of the second season of mermaid drama Siren, which screens on Disney’s young-adult Us cable network Freeform, when she was asked to audition for The Gloaming.

Her schedule was so hectic her initial response was that she had no time to do a self-test.
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Futurism Studios Joins First Narrative Feature In Shape Of Oz Sci-Fi ‘2067’ Starring Ryan Kwanten & Kodi Smit-McPhee — Cannes

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Exclusive: Futurism Studios, the film and TV arm of online tech and science forum Futurism, is joining its first narrative feature in the shape of Oz sci-fi 2067, starring X-Men’s Kodi Smit-McPhee and True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten.

Futurism’s Jason Taylor, previously president of production at Bryan Singer’s Bad Hat Harry Productions, will join the project as a producer alongside Arcadia and Kojo Entertainment.

Sci-fi thriller 2067, directed by Seth Larney (Tombiruo), is now in post and is due to have a 10,000+ screen release in China with Jl Vision Films alongside international roll out in 2020. Kew Media is handling all territory sales outside China and Australia and Nz where Umbrella will distribute.

In Larney’s sci-fi mystery thriller, set in a deforested and oxygen-deprived world reeling from climate change, Smit-McPhee plays Ethan Whyte, a narcissistic underground tunnel worker who embarks on a journey through time that tests his faith in himself and in humanity.
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Emma Booth, Ewen Leslie explore a dark world in ‘The Gloaming’

Ewen Leslie and Emma Booth.

Emma Booth and Ewen Leslie are playing detectives and former lovers who investigate the brutal murder of an unidentified woman in The Gloaming.

Aaron Pedersen, Rena Owen, Matt Testro and newcomer Josephine Blazier are co-starring in the eight-part drama commissioned by Stan and Disney’s ABC Studios International, which is now shooting in Tasmania.

In her follow-up to The Kettering Incident, Sweet Potato FilmsVicki Madden is the creator/showrunner, teaming up with Fiona McConaghy and 2 Jons’ John Molloy and Jon Adgemis. Michael Rymer is the set-up director, working with Greg McLean and Sian Davies.

“The plot combines crime, Gothic and the supernatural, a space in which Australia does not do a lot,” Madden tells If.

“Stan and ABC Studios International’s Keli Lee are very collaborative. They are giving me the freedom to tell the story which taps into Tasmania’s convict history.”

Booth plays unconventional Detective Molly McGee.
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China Buyer Jl Vision Picks Up Oz Sci-Fi ‘2067’ With Kodi Smit-McPhee & Ryan Kwanten, First Look Image

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Exclusive: Ambitious Chinese buyer Jl Vision has picked up rights to Oz sci-fi-thriller 2067 starring X-Men’s Kodi Smit-McPhee and Ryan Kwanten (True Blood).

Jl Vision is lining up a 10,000+ screen release next year in China for the recently shot film which is set in a deforested and oxygen-deprived world reeling from climate change. Smit-McPhee plays Ethan Whyte, a narcissistic underground tunnel worker who embarks on a journey through time while Kwanten plays Jude Mathers who serves as Ethan’s protector and conscience.

The deal was inked by Odin’s Eye Entertainment on behalf of Arcadia and Kojo Entertainment. Pic is currently in post-production in Sydney and we can reveal a first look at Smit-McPhee. The Alpha and Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes star will next be seen as Nightcrawler in X-Men movie Dark Phoenix and with Eddie Murphy in Netflix film Dolemite Is My Name.

Earlier this year
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Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ryan Kwanten fight for mankind in Seth Larney’s ‘2067’

Back row: Damian Walshe-Howling, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Deborah Mailman, Ryan Kwanten, Aaron Glenane; Front row Sana’a Shaik, Finn Little, Seth Larney, Leeanna Walsman (Photo credit Matt Byrne).

Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ryan Kwanten, Deborah Mailman, Aaron Glenane, Damian Walshe-Howling, Leeanna Walsman and Finn Little are starring in Seth Larney’s 2067.

Now shooting at the Adelaide Studios, the sci-fi mystery thriller is set in a deforested and oxygen-deprived world – the result of climate change – which forces humanity to look to the future for salvation.

Shout! Studios has pre-bought North American rights to the film produced by Arcadia’s Lisa Shaunessy and Kojo Entertainment’s Kate Croser.

Smit-McPhee plays Ethan Whyte, an arrogant and selfish underground tunnel worker who embarks on a journey through time that tests his faith in humanity.

Kwanten is Jude Mathers, a tunnel rat and Ethan’s protector who believes only humans can control their own fate.

Glenane is Richard Whyte,
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Ryan Kwanten & Kodi Smit-McPhee Lead Oz Climate Change Thriller ‘2067’; Shoot Underway; Kew Inks North America Deal

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Ryan Kwanten & Kodi Smit-McPhee Lead Oz Climate Change Thriller ‘2067’; Shoot Underway; Kew Inks North America Deal
Exclusive: Ryan Kwanten (True Blood) and Kodi Smit-McPhee (X-Men Apocalypse) lead cast in climate-change sci-fi-thriller 2067, which is now underway in Australia.

Also starring are Deborah Mailman (The Sapphires), Aaron Glenane (Killing Ground), Damian Walshe-Howling (Mystery Road), Leeanna Walsman (Safe Harbour), Finn Little (Storm Boy) and Oz newcomers Sana’a Shaik and Matt Testro.

Seth Larney (Tombiruo) is writing and directing the feature which will see humans looking to the future for answers after the planet’s forests, wildlife and plants are ravaged by climate change. Producing are Lisa Shaunessy (Killing Ground) through her Arcadia production banner, and Kate Croser of Kojo Entertainment.

Kew Media Distribution, part of Kew Media Group, is handling international sales, excluding Australia and New Zealand where Umbrella Entertainment has distribution rights. Shout! Studios has acquired all North American rights. The film started principal photography at Adelaide Studios, South Australia on November 3.

Australian Government funding and investment
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‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ Is A Diverse, Campy Circus That Sets Itself Apart From The 1975 Film [Review]

After canceling a swath of outré, female-centered shows to focus on high-budget fantasy epics, Amazon Prime has picked up…another outré, female-centered show. And they’re all the better for it! FremantleMedia’s “Picnic at Hanging Rock” miniseries, starring Natalie Dormer, is an awesomely eclectic adaptation of Joan Lindsay’s 1967 novel that sets itself apart from Peter Weir’s classic 1975 film. The series’ greatest strength is its unparalleled ability to sniff out subtext, as directors Larysa Kondracki, Amanda Brotchie, and Michael Rymer twist this low-budget epic into an eye-popping, surreal mystery with complex characters and consummate camp.
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Content acquires world sales rights to '2067'

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Content acquires world sales rights to '2067'
Sci-fi described as cross between Arrival, Moon, and The Machine.

Content Media has bolstered its Cannes slate with worldwide sales rights to Seth Larney’s elevated sci-fi 2067.

President of Film Jamie Carmichael and executive vice-president of sales and distribution Jonathan Ford will introduce the project excluding Australia and Canada to buyers later this month.

Larney will direct 2067 from his original screenplay that takes place on an earth ravaged by climate change as mankind looks to the future to solve the problems of the present.

The sci-fi is set to commence production later this year in Australia and is described as cross between Arrival, Moon, and The Machine.

Lisa Shaunessy and Leonie Mansfield of Arcadia serve as producers with Phyllis Laing of Buffalo Gal Pictures, and Kate Croser of Kojo Entertainment. Michael Rymer serves as executive producer.

Larney directed the Malaysian fantasy Tombiruo, which is in post, and served as second unit director on Sundance entry Killing Ground. He has
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Natalie Dormer, Yael Stone board 'Picnic at Hanging Rock'

Natalie Dormer..

Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer will play English headmistress Mrs. Hester Appleyard in Foxtel.s upcoming.Picnic at Hanging Rock miniseries..

FremantleMedia.s six-parter begins shooting later this month. Amanda Brotchie (Agony, This is Littleton, Lowdown).will direct alongside the previously announced Michael Rymer and Larysa Kondracki.

Brotchie joins after the Australian Directors' Guild criticised FremantleMedia over the import of Kondracki, a Canadian, to shoot the series.

In late December, following a protest staged by the Adg and Wift Nsw outside FremantleMedia.s Sydney office, the production company announced it would bring on an Aussie female director to shoot one episode.

Joining Dormer as the teachers of Appleyard College are.Yael Stone (Orange is the New Black), French actress Lola Bessis (Cassandra, Swim Little Fish Swim),.Anna McGahan (The Doctor Blake Mysteries, Anzac Girls) and Sibylla Budd (Tomorrow When The War Began, Winners & Losers).

Schoolgirls will be played by Lily Sullivan (Camp,
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Aussie female director to join ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’

Peter Weir's 'Picnic at Hanging Rock' (1975). Both Weir's film and the FremantleMedia mini-series are adaptations of Joan Lindsay's 1967 novel..

An Australian female director is set to join FremantleMedia.s Picnic at Hanging Rock, following on from industry criticism over the hire of a foreign director to shoot the series.

The six-part mini, to screen on Foxtel, was originally to be helmed by Canadian director Larysa Kondracki and Aussie Michael Rymer.

However, the Australian Directors' Guild.levelled criticism at FremantleMedia over its import of Kondracki. It opposed her visa, arguing it did not meet the required Net Employment Test and said it understood no female directors working in Australia had been approached for the role..

FremantleMedia announced in late December that a third, local female director would also shoot one episode of the series and receive a sole credit.

.FremantleMedia acknowledges the sensitivity around the selection of
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Picnic at Hanging Rock protest leads to hiring of additional Australian director

Australian Directors’ Guild admonished FremantleMedia for enlisting Canadian to direct half the episodes

An additional Australian director will be added to the credits of the upcoming TV adaptation of Picnic at Hanging Rock after the Australian Directors’ Guild publicly admonished the production company for enlisting a Canadian director to helm half the episodes.

Three episodes of the Foxtel series based on the 1967 novel by Joan Lindsay were to be directed by the Australian Michael Rymer and three by the Canadian Larysa Kondracki – a decision that “appalled” the Adg, as it reduced opportunities for local directors.

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Wift Nsw and Adg stage joint protest outside Fremantle's Sydney office

. Criticism over the hire of a Canadian director to shoot the.Picnic at Hanging Rock mini continues to mount, with Wift Nsw and the Adg staging a joint protest in front of Fremantle Media.s office in Sydney today. . Adg first levelled criticisms over Fremantle's decision to hire Canadian director Larysa Kondracki last week, with CEO Kingston Anderson stating.that Australian directors were .amazed and astonished at the choice of a foreign director to work on a classic.". . Kondracki, whose credits include The Whistleblower and eps of Better Call Saul, The Americans and Rogue, will shoot half of the series alongside Aussie Michael Rymer. . The guild has disputed that Kondracki.s 420 visa met the required Net Employment Test and said it understood no female television directors currently working in Australia were approached. . Today's protesters sat on a picnic rug in front of FremantleMedia's office, dressed in white period dresses and
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Acs and Adg unite against ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ import

The Australian Cinematographers Society (Acs) has joined the Australian Director.s Guild (Adg) in its criticism over the hire of a Canadian director to shoot the upcoming Picnic at Hanging Rock mini-series.

Canadian Larysa Kondracki is set to shoot the first three episodes of the six-episode series, currently in pre-production, alongside Aussie Michael Rymer.

In a statement, Acs National President Ron Johanson said: .Quite frankly we are astounded that, given the wealth of directorial talent in Australia, someone from overseas has been given the honour to helm the majority of this new version of Joan Lindsay.s novel. So with that in mind I would like to publicly state that the Acs is fully supportive of the Adg.s condemnation..

.It.s also worth noting that this is not a co-production and is being fully financed in Australia. As a professional body that supports Australian talent the Acs is incredibly
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Adg slams Canadian hire for ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock'

Kingston Anderson..

The Australian Directors Guild (Adg) has criticised FremantleMedia Australia for importing a Canadian to shoot Foxtel mini-series Picnic at Hanging Rock.

The production company has enlisted Canadian director Larysa Kondracki to shoot half of the six-episode series,.currently in pre-production in Sydney...

Kondracki is behind 2010.s The Whistleblower, and has directed episodes of Better Call Saul, The Americans, Rogue, Gotham and Heroes Reborn. Aussie Michael Rymer will also direct.

In a statement, Adg CEO Kingston Anderson said the guild opposed Kondracki.s visa, claiming it did not meet the required Net Employment Test..

.Australian directors are amazed and astonished at the choice of a foreign director to work on a classic, especially as it is not a co-production and is being fully financed in Australia,. said Anderson.

.The Net Employment Benefit test clearly states that to get a 420 Visa there needs to be a net employment benefit for the Australian industry.
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Michael Rymer readies sci-fi series 'Tremula', 'Picnic at Hanging Rock' mini

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Michael Rymer.

Australian director Michael Rymer started his career with 1995's Angel Baby, going on to direct features such as Queen of the Damned in 2002 and Face to Face in 2011.

Rymer has also become a prolific director of American television, with credits including Battlestar Galactica, American Horror Story, Longmire, The Killing, Hannibal, The Man in the High Castle and Jessica Jones, for which he recently received a Hugo Award.

The director has been in Los Angeles for most of 2016, pitching a TV show that he hopes to shoot in Melbourne next year: Tremula, based on a feature script written by Queensland writers Shayne Armstrong and Shane Krause.

"Their agent Jean sent me the screenplay of the movie and I liked it a lot," says Rymer. "I just thought it was a good elevated sci-fi piece; very conceptual, very character-driven.".

Rymer describes Tremula, in which a group of international astronauts go
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2016 Adg award nominees unveiled across sixteen categories

Adg awards nominee Jennifer Peedom.

More than a third of nominees for this year's Australian Directors Guild awards are women.

Two of the four nominees in the Best Direction in a Feature Film category are women and all five films in the Best Documentary Feature category were directed or co-directed by female filmmakers, the Adg said in a statement..

The 2016 awards will be presented across sixteen categories including film, television, animation, multiplatform, music and advertising..

The nominees for Best Direction in a Feature Film are Sue Brooks for Looking for Grace, Jocelyn Moorhouse for The Dressmaker, Bentley Dean and Martin Butler for Tanna and Jeremy Sims for Last Cab to Darwin.

This year there are five nominations for Best Feature Documentary: Nick Bird and Eleanor Sharpe for Remembering The Man, Jennifer Peedom for Sherpa, Margot Nash for The Silences, Stefan Moore and Susan Lambert for Tyke Elephant Outlaw and Lisa Nicol for Wide Open Sky.
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Screen Qld launches genre initiative incuBAIT with Armstrong and Krause

(l-r) Shane Krause and Shayne Armstrong.

Screen Queensland has unveiled a new genre initiative, incuBAIT, in which four individuals or teams with genre projects will have the opportunity to fast-track their features via a two-day development workshop run by Queensland writers Shayne Armstrong and Shane Krause.

Armstrong and Krause co-wrote Greg McLean's The Darkness, opening in the U.S. in May, as well as 2008's Acolytes and 2012's Bait 3D.

They are currently developing Tremula, a sci-fi TV series for Michael Rymer (Battlestar Galactica, Hannibal) and Theo: A Haunting, a supernatural thriller for Kristian Moliere (The Babadook).

At the end of the workshop, participants will pitch their project to an experienced genre producer and will then use the development plan as a platform to complete a new draft, which will receive further feedback from Armstrong and Krause..

Applicants may be individual writers, writing teams and may or may not have producers attached.
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Hannibal, Ep. 3.13, “The Wrath of the Lamb”

Hannibal, Season 3, Episode 13, “The Wrath of the Lamb”

Written by Bryan Fuller & Steve Lightfoot & Nick Antosca

Directed by Michael Rymer

Aired Saturdays at 10pm (Et) on NBC

With “The Wrath of the Lamb”, Hannibal wraps up its run, at least for now. While all involved have been qualifying the episode as merely the series finale on NBC, the show has yet to be picked up anywhere else and several key figures have moved on to new projects. Creator Bryan Fuller has mentioned the possibility of the team reuniting for a film at some point down the line, but for the foreseeable future, this is the series finale of Hannibal, and given its bloody, spectacular climax, that feels appropriate.

I have been an ardent fan of the series since it premiered, following it closely and reviewing it both here during this most recent season and via the in-depth Hannibal podcast I cohost with Sean Colletti,
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Hannibal, Ep. 3.11, “…And the Beast From the Sea” is an emotional, pulse-pounding thriller

Hannibal, Season 3, Episode 11, “…And the Beast From the Sea”

Written by Steve Lightfoot and Bryan Fuller

Directed by Michael Rymer

Airs Saturdays at 10pm (Et) on NBC

One of the most exciting aspects of Hannibal is its willingness to vary significantly in structure and aesthetic when appropriate while always adhering to its unique, decidedly expressionist approach, giving writers and directors leeway to make their episodes visually and narratively distinct, while maintaining the show’s central, unifying core. Episodes this season have been sweepingly cinematic (“Antipasto”), atmospheric and psychological (“Secondo”), triumphantly cathartic (“Contorno”), and visceral and foreboding (“The Great Red Dragon”), while each remaining unquestionably Hannibal. After the lush and romantic “And the Woman Clothed in Sun”, this week’s entry slaps cold water on the audience’s face, replacing the tender, empathetic Dolarhyde of the tiger scene with a cold, remorseless predator. “…And the Beast From the Sea” is the
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Argue goes loco in sci-fi spoof

David Argue has rediscovered his passion for acting after playing an Australian astronaut in Astro Loco, the debut feature from writer-director Aaron McLoughlin. The actor who made his name in the 1980s classics Gallipoli, BMX Bandits and Razorback, shot the sci-fi comedy at Rmit University.s studios in Melbourne after taking a self-imposed break .

Explaining the hiatus, he tells If, .On a couple of projects I felt I was not treated the right way, or the film was shafted..

Astro Loco follows four misfit astronauts who discover during their mission they have been given one-way tickets and they.re not going home.

.When Aaron sent me the treatment I thought, .That.s right out there,. a bit like Red Dwarf,. Argue says. .My character Lucien is quite angry, he.s not the full astronaut..

The actor thoroughly enjoyed the shoot, observing, .It was an awakening, my reconnection with the film business.
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