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Aussie Bo: Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood’ notches his biggest opening

Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood.’

Quentin Tarantino’s ninth movie Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood posted the biggest debut of his career in Australia last weekend, emulating its Us success.

The 1969-set drama/thriller starring Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie and Damon Herriman opened 68 per cent bigger than his previous best effort Django Unchained in 2012.

The downside: The Sony Pictures release sucked a lot of air from the second weekends of Universal’s Palm Beach and Transmission Films’ Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan.

The top 20 titles raked in $14.4 million, 3 per cent up on the previous frame, according to Numero. Mind Blowing Films’ Bollywood film Mission Mangal and Magnum Films’ Hong Kong thriller Line Walker 2 had buoyant launches while Universal’s A Dog’s Journey opened with neither bark nor bite, mirroring its Us fate.

The lurid tale of a TV actor (DiCaprio) who wants
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Fifty Shades Darker Star Bella Heathcote Is Engaged!

Fifty Shades Darker Star Bella Heathcote Is Engaged!
Bella Heathcote is engaged, the actress’ rep confirms to People.

The 29-year-old Australian actress is planning to wed her boyfriend of seven years, screenwriter Andrew Dominik, 49.

On Sunday, the Fifty Shades Darker star posted a photo on Instagram showing her wearing a diamond sparkler on her ring finger. In the photo, she can be seen making silly faces with friends and fellow actresses Phoebe Tonkin and Lily Collins. Heathcote was also spotted wearing the same ring earlier this month at the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival launch.

In 2010, after being honored with the Heath Ledger Scholarship Award for her performance
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New award for Australia's rising stars

Last Cab to Darwin.s Mark Coles Smith and Looking for Grace.s Odessa Young have won the inaugural Sirius Award presented by the Casting Guild of Australia.

The annual award was created to recognise Australia.s top 10 emerging actors, modelled on the Berlin Film Festival.s Shooting Stars initiative.

.The list of the next big things, actors whose careers will pop overseas in the very near future, was chosen by full-time casting directors, not a celebrity list of actors," Cga president Greg Apps tells If. "We wanted to claim ownership of our rising stars before the Us does."

Dr George Miller presented the Sirius award at the ceremony in Sydney on Monday night hosted by Sarah Snook and Ewen Leslie.

Apps said Coles Smith and Young were the two stand outs, particularly considering how far their careers had advanced over the past 12 months.

Coles Smith.s credits include Pawno,
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Blue Dog rolls in Wa

Bryan Brown, John Jarratt, Levi Miller and Jason Isaacs head the cast of Blue Dog, the prequel to Red Dog which is now shooting in the Pilbara. Directed by Kriv Stenders and produced by Nelson Woss, the 1960s- set film scripted by Daniel Taplitz follows events leading up to the discovery of Red Dog on the road to Dampier.

The Wa government is investing $1.25 million in the project through its Royalties for Regions program and Screen Australia and ScreenWest are co-funding. Miller plays Mick, a bright, curious, resourceful kid. When his emotionally disturbed mother can no longer take care of him he is sent against his wishes to live with his grandfather (Brown) on a cattle station in the Pilbara.

The boy is lonely and isolated until he rescues a dog and the two become best friends.

Miller, who made his screen debut in the sci-fi TV series Terra Nova
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John Jarratt counts the cost of piracy

John Jarratt is convinced global piracy has severely impacted the B.O. potential of Wolf Creek 2.

The veteran actor reckons he can count the personal cost when he compares his share of the spoils from the original movie with the zero returns he.d had thus far from the sequel.

Six months after Wolf Creek opened in 2005, he got a cheque for $50,000. Eight months after the follow-up opened in Australia he tells If, .I haven.t made a goddamn cent out of it,. despite having a bigger share of the back-end.

Wolf Creek 2 producer Helen Leake tells If that investors are getting a return and it.s still early in the film.s earning cycle, with some major territories just opening.

"John is not an investor, we first repay all our investors and marketing costs which is what is happening,. she said.

The actor took to the stage
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Comedy-drama plumbs Melbourne's underbelly

Actor Paul Ireland is set to make his feature directing debut on Pawno, a dramedy set in a seedy pawn shop in Melbourne's western suburbs.

Scripted by actor-turned-writer Damian Hill, the film will follow one day in the lives of 14 characters as they attempt to survive, thrive or maintain their way of life in an often cruel world.

.It is a unique and unapologetic journey into the underbelly of our society,. said Hill, who is producing with Ireland through their company Toothless Pictures.

Due to start shooting in Footscray on November 23, the film.s ensemble cast includes John Brumpton, Hill, Maeve Dermody, Malcolm Kennard, Mark Coles Smith and Tony Rickards.

Hill and Ireland, who formed Toothless Pictures last year, raised $12,500 via crowd-funding site Pozible and the balance of the budget from philanthropic investors after two years of toil.

.Our focus is to tell a compelling, poignant and layered story that will move and entertain,
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Aussie actress to star in Jane Austen zombie mash-up

Bella Heathcote, Downton Abbey.s Lily James and Maleficent.s Sam Riley head the cast of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the big-screen adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith.s novel.

James will play Elizabeth Bennett with Riley as Mr Darcy and Heathcote as Elizabeth.s sister in the movie which sees Jane Austen.s 19th century lovers confronted by an army of the .sorry stricken,. aka zombies.

Shooting is due to start in the Us next month, directed by Burr Steers (Igby Goes Down, Charlie St Cloud). Steers co-wrote the screenplay with David O. Russell.

Cross Creek Pictures has acquired Us rights and Sierra/Affinity is handling foreign sales. At various times Russell, Mike White and Craig Gillespie were attached to direct, and Emma Stone, Lily Collins, Natalie Portman and Blake Lively were in talks to play the lead.

Heathcote cut her teeth on Neighbours and was among the ensemble cast of Beneath Hill 60.
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Two more actors booked for Last Cab to Darwin

UK-based Australian actress Emma Hamilton and The Gods of Wheat Street.s Mark Coles Smith have joined the cast of Last Cab to Darwin, Jeremy Sims. road movie drama about a man who is told he doesn.t have long to live and embarks on an epic drive from Broken Hill to Darwin to die on his own terms. On his journey he discovers that before you can end your life you have to live it and to live it, you have to share it.

Shooting is due to start in Broken Hill in early May, with Greg Duffy and Lisa Duff producing and Michael Caton in the lead. Reg Cribb (Bran Nue Dae, Last Train to Freo) and Jeremy Sims wrote the screenplay, which was inspired by the cases of Max Bell and Bob Dent. Bell was a terminally ill cab driver who drove 3,000 km from his home in
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Producers unveil strategic alliance

Morrissey Molloy Entertainment, Garry Charny.s Spotted Turquoise Films and Michael Gudinski.s Mushroom Pictures have unveiled a joint venture which aims to produce at least six films.

The first two projects are Boys in the Trees, a drama starring Harrison Gilbertson and Alice Englert, and Wake Up Dead, which has Alex Russell and Luke Ford attached.

.We each bring different skills and strong national and international contacts to the joint venture,. Charny tells If. The .matchmaker. was Maura Fay casting agent Marianne Jade, who is casting both films.

"She suggested we get together for a cup of coffee and we realised we were each producing a film we liked and respected,. said Molloy, who is developing Boys in the Trees for the co-venture between Mushroom and Morrissey Molloy.

Wake Up Dead is the first Australian film from Spotted Turquoise. Charny produced Ray Lawrence.s Jindabyne in his former role as head of April Films.
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Edmonds rises to a sexy challenge

After playing a member of the dysfunctional Moody family and a young Rupert Murdoch, Guy Edmonds is set to play a guy who.s forced to impregnate seven women in seven days.

That.s the punishment meted out to his character Scott by a domineering angel in Wingman, a made-for-the web series from writer-director Steve Anthopoulos and producer Yingna Lu.

The screenplay by Anthopoulos and co-writer Luke Davidson follows Scott as he buys the morning after-pill for his girlfriend Becky. This prompts a visit from an extroverted angel named Wingman, who tells him they've committed a grave sin by ending a potential life. To save his girlfriend from eternal damnation, he must impregnate seven women in seven days.

.It.s a funny, sexy show with an underlying message: Everyone has the right to choose,. Edmonds tells If. The producers aim to raise a modest $8,500 via crowd funding site Pozible towards the cost of renting locations,
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Change of directors for Banjo & Matilda

Producer Bill Leimbach has hired Morgan O.Neill to direct Banjo & Matilda, an action romance revolving around Banjo Paterson and his iconic bush ballad Waltzing Matilda.

O.Neill, who co-directed the surfing-set drama Drift with Ben Nott, takes over from Bruce Beresford.

.We split up amiably,. Beresford told If. .Couldn't agree on the script and they wanted a younger,. more hip director, I think..

Beresford is in the Us working on the post production of Bonnie & Clyde, a four-hour miniseries that stars Holliday Grainger and Emile Hirsch as the infamous bank-robbing couple Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. The mini co-stars Holly Hunter and William Hurt and will air in the Us on A+E Networks History and Lifestyle.

Beresford had not formally committed to the Paterson project, telling this writer last year that he was awaiting a rewrite of the script.

Leimbach said O.Neill is finalising the screenplay with writer David Roach,
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Take Two: Ian and Luke Sparke

Ian and Luke Sparke (photo by Focus Magazine).

This article first appeared in If Magazine Issue #150

Ian Sparke Since very young, I have been interested in military history, Australian history and uniforms. This may sound strange, but the whole militaria collection started when I was about six years-old. My first item can be traced back till then. Now we have around 80,000 items. Our production becomes more sophisticated and we continuously research and collect more. The first professional job we got was in the 1993 ceremony for the coming back of the unknown soldier of the Australian Army. They brought one of our soldiers back from France and reburied him here after a memorial. It was my task to ensure all the war uniforms were correctly worn. I designed, manufactured and made them. After that, we started to get more and more professional jobs. At the same time I kept researching and working on history,
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Wolf Creek 2 Officially Begins Production

Talk about a really long road. News has arrived hot off the wire that Wolf Creek 2 has begun shooting and all the necessary pieces are in place to recapture the bloody magic of the sensational original film! Finally!

From the Press Release

John Jarratt once again steps out as the hauntingly sadistic Mick Taylor in Wolf Creek 2, which began principal photography last week. Shooting in South Australia, the film also stars Ryan Corr (Packed to the Rafters), Shannon Ashlyn (Puberty Blues, Devil's Dust), and Philipe Klaus (Devil's Dust, Rake).

Directed by Greg Mclean, written by Mclean and Aaron Sterns, and produced by Helen Leake (Swerve, Black and White, Heavens Burning), Greg Mclean, and Steve Topic (Crawlspace), the sequel starts production seven years after the original Wolf Creek hit screens internationally.

“It’s really exciting to work with John Jarratt once more to delve deeper into the fascinating character of Mick Taylor.
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Wolf Creek 2 begins shooting after financial delays

The sequel to Australia’s highest grossing R-rated film ever has started production in South Australia after long delays.

Wolf Creek 2 has begun principal photography, again helmed by writer-director-producer Greg Mclean.

It will be a welcome relief to Mclean after the film struggled to get off the ground due to financing issues. In 2011 private investor Geoffrey Edelsten agreed to $5m investment but was later accused of failing to honour his commitment.

In a counter-suit, Edelsten claimed he was misled into being the major private investor.

The film was back on track by September but Edelsten has not returned as an investor in the project.

However the film does see the return of notorious pig hunter Mick Taylor played by John Jarrett, currently seen in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained.

Mclean said: “It’s really exciting to work with John Jarratt once more to delve deeper into the fascinating character of Mick Taylor.
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French actress Emmanuelle Béart cast in My Mistress to shoot late January on the Gold Coast

French actress Emmanuelle Béart has been added to the cast of Australian film My Mistress alongside Harrison Gilbertson and Rachael Blake ahead of shooting later this month on the Gold Coast.

The film received Screen Australia funding in November. It’s directed by Stephen Lance and written by Top of the Lake’s Gerard Lee with production by Bran Nue Dae’s Robyn Kershaw and distributed by Transmission Films.

The announcement:

Internationally acclaimed French actress Emmanuelle Béart (A Heart in Winter, Nathalie, Manon of the Spring, Mission: Impossible) will join one of Australia’s rising international stars, AFI Award‐winning Harrison Gilbertson (U.S. independent film Haunt – in the title role opposite Jacki Weaver, Accidents Happen, Blessed, Beneath Hill 60, Conspiracy 365) and AFI Award‐winning actress Rachael Blake (Sleeping Beauty, Lantana, Hawke) in the seductive and touching new film My Mistress.

What starts as a beautiful and strangely innocent
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The Gods of Wheat Street begins production in Nsw

Indigenous drama series The Gods of Wheat Street has begun shooting in northern New South Wales.

The ABC1 series stars Kelton Pell (The Circuit), Lisa Flanagan (Redfern Now), Shari Sebbens (The Sapphires), Mark Coles-Smith (Beneath Hill 60), Rarriwuy Hick, Miah Maddeen (The Sapphires), Ursula Yovich (Australia) and David Field (Wild Boys).

Pell plays Odin Freeburn, head of the sprawling Freeburn clan - a legendary modern local Aboriginal family. The six-part, one-hour series was written by Jon Bell, a Wiradjuri and Bundjalung man, and is set in his home of Coraki, Casino and Lismore.

.The series is an intimate journey into the lives and hearts of a modern Aboriginal family," Bell said in a statement. "Each episode spans a few hectic days with a touch of magic and lots of deadpan humour that help our characters rise above obstacles - like death, financial difficulties and injustice - that would bring mere
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Aussie doco Red Obsession set for theatrical release

Peter Tseng Billionaire wine collector

A new Australian documentary about the international wine industry will see a theatrical release from major distributor, Roadshow Films.

Red Obsession is produced by Lion Rock Films with David Roach writing and co-directing and Warwick Ross producing and co-directing.

The film, made for just over $1m is currently in post-production.

With a letter of intent from Roadshow, the film is expected in cinemas in early 2013.

Only nine documentaries were released to theatres in 2011, none by any of the major distributors.

Red Obsession’s story of the international wine trade is the backbone to discuss the impact China’s growing influence is having in various industries.

Roach told Encore: “It’s a documentary about wine, but its also about the shift of economic power from West to East. In Australia we look to China to buy our raw material – How much should we buy into their
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SPAAmart film applications now open

Applications are now open for the 10th annual film market SPAAmart, put on by the Screen Producers Association of Australia.

The announcement:

The Screen Producers Association of Australia (Spaa) today announced that applications are now open for the 10th annual feature film market, SPAAmart 2012, which will take place during the annual Spaa Conference in November.

SPAAmart is calling for distinct feature film projects at an advanced stage of development with significant attachments, and ready to present to the market for financing, sales and distribution.

SPAAmart was launched in 2003 with the aim of bringing the best Australasian feature projects to the attention of local and international financiers. Films that have previously participated in SPAAmart as a launching pad include Clubland, West, Noise, The Home Song Stories, Lucky Miles, Romulus My Father, The Last Ride, Beautiful Kate, The Cedar Boys and most recently Beneath Hill 60 and Mei Mei.

As with previous years,
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DVD Release: Virginia

DVD Release Date: Aug. 21, 2012

Price: DVD $24.98

Studio: Entertainment One

Jennifer Connelly and Ed Harris are involved in a secret long-term romance in Virginia.

Jennifer Connelly (Creation) and Ed Harris (Man on a Ledge) star in the 2010 small-town drama-romance film Virginia, written and directed by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (Milk).

Connelly is Virginia, a charming but mentally ill mother whose greatest love is her protector and illegitimate son, Emmett (Harrison Gilbertson, Beneath Hill 60). Virginia has been involved in a two-decade long affair with Richard Tipton (Harris), the local married Mormon sheriff-turned-hopeful political candidate who might very well be Emmett’s father. When Sheriff Tipton learns that his daughter (Emma Roberts, It’s Kind of a Funny Story) and Emmett have begun a romantic relationship, his Senate campaign, as well as Virginia’s once simple life, are turned upside down. As the relationship threatens the Southern town’s peculiar secrets,
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Exposing War Myths

Exposing War Myths
The father and son creative duo at the helm are co-writers Ian and Luke Sparkes (pictured), with the latter set to direct. Ian (who was nominated for an AFI Award for Costume Design on Beneath Hill 60) explained that their aim was to address the idea that all was quiet on the Western front for diggers.   "This has been my entire life actually," Ian says, "dedicated to researching and developing stories about the ANZACs.
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