Flickerfest awards announced

Eddy Bell.s Grey Bull was named best Australian short film at the 24th annual Flickerfest awards on Sunday night.

The filmt follows a South Sudanese refugee who decides to rescue a bull at the abattoir where he works, believing it.s a spiritual totem. Once home, the animal begins to jeopardise the family's chance at fitting into their new life.

A special jury prize was awarded to Carl Firth.s The Witching Hour, the saga of several people who get swept up in the mayhem of a mysterious world at midnight.

Saluted as the best Australian animation short was Bush Mechanics, which follows the adventures of bush mechanics driving over red dirt roads as the mischievous spirit .munga munga. pursues them, co-directed by Jason Japaljarri Woods and Jonathan Daw.

Atsuko Hirayanagi.s Oh Lucy! took the gong for best international short. It's the tale of a 55-year-old single 'office
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Nominees announced for Adg Awards

Female directors have dominated the Documentary Feature category of the 2014 Australian Directors Guild Awards, whilst Home & Away has muscled out any other competition for TV Drama Serial. The nominees, announced this morning, cover 16 categories across film, television, multiplatform, music and advertising. This year has seen the Adg receive more entries than ever before, making the judging process a difficult one. .In the TV drama category, the documentary feature category and the feature film categories especially, the caliber is really high so that.s why there are so many nominations,. says Adg Executive Director Kingston Anderson. .The judges take it very seriously and fully understand the recognition the awards can bring.. In the feature film category, Baz Luhrmann was unsurprisingly nominated for box office hit The Great Gatsby alongside strong contenders Kim Mordaunt (The Rocket), Ivan Sen (Mystery Road), Jonathan Teplitzky (The Railway Man) and Zak Hilditch, whose film These Final Hours,
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Berlin completes Generation line-up

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Berlin completes Generation line-up
Berlinale adds 17 features to the Generation programme, aimed at children and youths, including the European premiere of a feature co-directed by Flight of the Conchords Jemaine Clement.

A total of 60 short and full-length films from 35 countries have been selected for the Generation Kplus and Generation 14plus competitions at the Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 6-16). They include five long and nine short animated films.

Section head Maryanne Redpath said: “This diversity transcends all limits, in content, imagery, narrative structure and rhythm. Each of these animated gems creates its own universe and is a fantastic cinematic adventure, not just for children.”

The selection includes What We Do in the Shadows, a mockumentary that follows the struggles of a group of New Zealand–based vampires to understand modern society and adapt to the ever-changing world around them. The ensemble includes Flights of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement, who co-directs alongside Taika Waititi.

This year, Generation will be
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Kathy Lette on Puberty Blues 2

As the co-writer with Gabrielle Carey of the coming-of-age book which inspired Bruce Beresford.s 1981 movie Puberty Blues and the Network Ten series, Kathy Lette has an almost maternal interest in the show.

The producers, Southern Star.s John Edwards and Imogen Banks, consulted with Lette on the first series and have done so again on the second season, and she.s rapt.

.The producers have been very inclusive and allowed me to read all the scripts which are fresh, funny, harrowing, heart-breaking and searingly honest about love, life, acne, orgasms, bonging-on, bad bikinis, unwanted pregnancies, hard drugs, sexually incontinent boys and the girls who occasionally end up being used as sperm spittoons,. she posted on Facebook.

Lette, who was in her teens when she co-wrote the novel, published in 1979, and who loves puns, added, .In other words, view at your own risqué..

Edwards tells If that he and Imogen also consulted with Gabrielle,
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