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Leon Ford takes a break after ‘The Letdown,’ ‘Upright’ and ‘Rams’

Leon Ford in ‘The Letdown’ (Photo credit: Tony Mott).

Admirers of Leon Ford who enjoyed his work as Ruben in the ABC’s The Letdown and other shows should savour his performance in Jeremy Sims’ upcoming movie Rams because after that he will be off screen for a while.

The actor-writer moved to Los Angeles last year with his wife Alice Bell and their three young children as Alice serves as the writer/creator and co-showrunner on The Expatriates, a 10-part Amazon series produced by Nicole Kidman’s Blossom Films.

Based on Janice Y.K. Lee’s novel, the series centres on a group of close-knit American women and their lives as outsiders in Hong Kong and is yet to go into production.

“I would like to find a happy medium that a lot people have where they can go and back forth and do jobs,” he tells If during a family vacation in Australia.
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Niki Aken celebrates the era of richer screen diversity

Niki Aken.

When screenwriter Niki Aken started writing TV shows seven years ago, she was the only one with an Asian or non-white heritage in the room.

That situation did not change until two years ago when the writer, who has a Malaysian father and an Aussie mother, and Benjamin Law began developing a show for Fremantle.

“For the first five years nearly everyone I worked with was middle class, Anglo and aged 40-plus,” she tells If.

As a founder member of Australian Writers’ Guild’s Diversity and Inclusion Action Committee alongside Law, Kodie Bedford, Jaime Browne, Mithila Gupta and Que Minh Luu, she has been heartened by the much greater diversity on screen and in writers’ rooms in the past couple of years.

One show she is developing with Ian Collie’s Easy Tiger is emblematic of the advances in pluralism across the industry. Based on an idea by Collie,
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Screen Australia to support 13 creatives to attend Aussie screen forum in NYC

Alison Bell, Kodie Bedford and Niki Aken.

Screen Australia has announced it will support a delegation of 13 creatives to travel to New York in March to attend the Australian International Screen Forum and participate in professional development and networking opportunities.

“There is an increasing appetite for Australian stories in the USA, most recently evident at the Sundance Film Festival where our films were making substantial sales,” said Screen Australia CEO Graeme Mason.

“Talent USA is an important opportunity to showcase and promote some of our best creative talent to the North American market and help elevate their projects to be in the best position to compete and be seen internationally.

“Attending the Screen Forum will give these delegates an opportunity to hear from key Us players on latest trends, challenges and opportunities in the current global market. This year the Talent USA delegation will also benefit from the Forum’s ambassadors Deborra-Lee Furness,
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Cameras roll on second season of Stan's 'Wolf Creek'

'Wolf Creek' season one..

Production has begun in South Australia on the second season of Stan's Wolf Creek, with showrunner Greg McLean once again in the director's chair.

John Jarratt reprises the role of Mick Taylor, and will be joined by Tess Haubrich (Alien: Covenant), Matt Day (Rake, Paper Giants, Underbelly, Kiss or Kill), Ben Oxenbould (Comedy Inc., The Kettering Incident, The Code), Laura Wheelwright (Animal Kingdom), Stephen Hunter (The Hobbit, The Leftovers) and Chris Haywood (Shine, Muriel's Wedding, Dogs in Space).

Of the second season McLean said: "We.ll join an amazing cast on a road trip of a lifetime, as they must draw on their inner strength to outwit the terrifying Mick Taylor. John Jarratt returns to take Mick.s dark arts to a whole new level, showcasing the beautiful and dangerous landscapes of the remote outback..

Joining McLean in directing will be Kieran Darcy-Smith (Wish You Were Here,
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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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Trailer released for Stan's Wolf Creek series, all six episodes debut May 12

The full trailer for Stan Original's Wolf Creek series has arrived.

All six episodes of the show will be available May 12 on the streaming platform.

In the new series, Mick Taylor (Jarratt) targets an American tourist family, but 19-year-old Eve (Lucy Fry) survives the massacre and sets out to exact revenge.

A poster for the show has also been revealed (see below).

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The series stars Fry (11.22.63, The Preppie Connection, Vampire Academy), Jarratt (Wolf Creek, The Last Outlaw, Picnic at Hanging Rock) and Dustin Clare (Strike Back, Anzac Girls, Spartacus: War of the Damned).

Also featured are Deborah Mailman (Offspring, Redfern Now, The Sapphires), Miranda Tapsell (Love Child, Redfern Now, The Sapphires), Jessica Tovey (Wonderland, Dance Academy, Home and Away), Jake Ryan (Wentworth, Fat Tony & Co, Underbelly: Razor) and Richard Cawthorne (Catching Milat, Fat Tony & Co., Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms), and guest stars Robert Taylor (Longmire) and Gary Sweet (House Husbands
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New Promo Video for Wolf Creek Series

Mick Taylor’s return is teased in a new, brief promo video for the six-episode Wolf Creek series, premiering later this year on the Australian streaming service Stan.

Comprised of six one-hour episodes, the Wolf Creek series is directed by Tony Tilse and Greg McLean (director of Wolf Creek and Wolf Creek 2) from a script by Peter Gawler and Felicity Packard.

All six episodes are set to debut exclusively on Stan in mid-2016. John Jarratt will reprise his role as Mick Taylor and Lucy Fry (11/22/63) will play Eve, the young woman pursuing the serial killer.

We’ll keep Daily Dead readers updated on the Wolf Creek series as more details are revealed. In the meantime, we have highlights from the previous press release as well as the new teaser video:

From the Press Relesae (via mUmBRELLA): Ten years since the release of the hugely successful feature film Wolf Creek,
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Watch: New Teaser Video for Wolf Creek Series

Outback killer Mick Taylor will return this year in a six-episode Wolf Creek series on the Australian streaming service Stan, and a new teaser video offers a glimpse at the vengeful 19-year-old Eve, who’s looking to give Mick a taste of his own torturous medicine.

Comprised of six one-hour episodes, the Wolf Creek series is directed by Tony Tilse and Greg McLean (director of Wolf Creek and Wolf Creek 2) from a script by Peter Gawler and Felicity Packard. All six episodes are set to debut exclusively on Stan in mid-2016. John Jarratt will reprise his role as Mick Taylor and Lucy Fry (11/22/63) will play Eve, the young woman pursuing the serial killer.

We’ll keep Daily Dead readers updated on the Wolf Creek series as more details are revealed. In the meantime, we have highlights from the previous press release as well as the new teaser video:

From
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Production Begins on Wolf Creek Miniseries, Full Cast Revealed

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Originally revealed in February, the Wolf Creek miniseries is now coming to fruition, as production has begun on the project with a full cast in front of the camera, including John Jarratt as the malevolent Outback killer Mick Taylor.

Directed by Tony Tilse and Greg McLean (who helmed the films Wolf Creek and Wolf Creek 2) and written by Peter Gawler and Felicity Packard, the Wolf Creek miniseries (titled Wolf Creek) will comprise six one-hour episodes that will all debut at the same time in mid-2016 exclusively on the streaming service Stan.

Set in the same universe as the Wolf Creek movies (its exact spot on the timeline has not been revealed), the miniseries will follow a 19-year-old named Eve (played by Lucy Fry), who sets her vengeful sights on Mick Taylor after he slaughters her family. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates. We have the official press
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Beyond returns to drama after 11 years

Veteran writer and executive producer David Ogilvy has been appointed head of Beyond.s new scripted drama division, marking the company's return to the genre after 11 years.

The former ABC executive will develop scripted content across a broad range of genres for local and international markets, working with emerging and established writing, directing and producing talent.

Beyond's last drama series was Stingers, which wrapped production in 2004 after eight seasons on the Nine Network.

Ogilvy joins from ABC TV where he was commissioning editor of fiction since 2012. His credits as Ep at the ABC include The Code, Rake, Anzac Girls, Janet King, Hiding, Mabo, An Accidental Soldier, Paper Giants: Magazine Wars and The Straits.

Previously he worked as a writer and script producer on a broad range of adult and children.s drama.. His writing credits include East West 101, The Strip, Young Lions, Lockie Leonard, Dance Academy, Outriders, Blue Water High and Escape from Jupiter.
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Female-driven thriller set to shoot

Anzac Girls. Sara West and Mystery Road.s Samara Weaving head the cast of Bad Girl, writer-director Fin Edquist.s psychological thriller which starts shooting in Perth on August 31.

West plays 16-year-old Amy, the title character who has to fight for her adoptive parents when her new best friend Chloe (Weaving) tries to supplant her.

Playing the parents are Felicity Price, who stars in Joel Edgerton.s Us thriller The Gift and her partner Kieran Darcy-Smith.s upcoming Western By Way of Helena, and Benjamin Winspear (House of Hancock, Rake, The Babadook).

The film marks a departure in tone for Edquist, who scripted the animated family pics Maya the Bee and Blinky Bill: The Movie, which opens in cinemas on September 10.

The producers are Steve Kearney (Oddball, My Mistress), Bruno Charlesworth (Good Vibrations, The Extra) and Tenille Kennedy. This is the feature producing debut for Kennedy, who co-produced three
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Lack of content driving youth away from network television

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The Free TV industry has neglected to provide content for young Australians, which is driving them away from network television..

That's according to 26-year-old writer/producer, James Cripps, who believes the lack of content has pushed young Australian audiences away from network television and onto the internet.

Cripps has spent the last few years in both creative and assistant roles for some of the biggest production companies in Australia..

He.s also worked as researcher/script coordinator on the successful mini series Anzac Girls in 2013.

Cripps said there was a lack of engaging Australian drama on television that people of his age and younger would want to watch..

"This has not only turned the younger audience off Australian TV, but also Australian content," he said..

"We want to make Australian content that young people will get excited about. We want to change the current norm and the programming decisions of the older generation.
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Heath Ledger Scholarship winner named

When Matt Levett was nominated for this year.s Heath Ledger Scholarship along with 17 other rising talents, the actor didn.t fancy his chances amongst what he described as a .an intimidating. line-up.

So he was both stunned and stoked to win the award presented on Monday night Us time in Los Angeles.

The 2009 Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts (Waapa) graduate says the $US10,000 cash prize will enable him to further his ambitions in Hollywood.

.It will give me the ability to stay longer and give me a foot in the door,. says Levett, who first went to the Us last September/October, when he signed with the Gersh Agency. The runners-up are fellow Waapa graduate Emilie Cocquerel and Lily Sullivan, who each get a round-trip ticket to Los Angeles and a scholarship to attend Masterclasses at Screenwise Film & TV School for actors in Sydney.

On behalf of the judges,
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Friday’s best TV

  • The Guardian - TV News
Laura Mvula tracks down Nina Simone, pop fans confess their obsessions and 1940s Brits reflect on the war. Plus the Book of Revelation’s predictions, Anzac Girls, Marvel’s Agents, The Blacklist and sport

Nick Cave tells a funny story about Nina Simone that involves cocaine and sausages. Here, British singer Laura Mvula finds a rather more musical way to relate to the legendarily temperamental singer. She visits New York, following in Simone’s footsteps to what used to be the Juilliard School, then plays a couple of numbers with Simone’s unflappable guitarist Al Shackman. “She was a taskmaster,” says Al. “If we goofed, we’d have to repeat the song 10 times.” John Robinson

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Women step up the fight for gender equality

Screen Australia research shows female writers, directors and producers are still sorely under-represented in Australian feature films, although women are better represented in the documentary sphere.

While there are an increasing number of women participating in management and production roles in TV, they are paid less and occupy less senior positions than their male counterparts.

The percentage of women on the boards of the five free-to-air networks and Foxtel is only marginally better than the Asx 200 average.

Those are among the revelations in the latest issue of Aftrs' Lumina magazine which is dedicated to exploring the extent and causes of gender inequality in the screen industry and possible remedies.

Aftrs CEO and Lumina editor Sandra Levy writes, .Who would have guessed back in the 1970s, in the heady days of feminism, that in 2015 a resurgence of activism was arising from the same issues of gender inequality, and that women were
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What we learned from the weekend's TV: Graham Norton and Eurovision rule supreme

Ok, our man had loads of material to work with, thanks to the antics of Armenia, Azerbaijan and especially Mr Montenegro – but his commentary was fabulous. Elsewhere, Australia earned some serious respect with Anzac Girls

This was Graham Norton’s verdict on the adorable 16-year-old Israeli in golden “winged messenger” boots during Saturday night’s proceedings at the Eurovision in Vienna (Saturday, BBC1). And he was right.

Related: Swedish Eurovision win spares Russian conservatives an awkward moment

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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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Friday’s best TV

  • The Guardian - TV News
An all-female militia defends the rhino from poaching in South Africa in Unreported World, while in Man and Beast with Martin Clunes, the actor looks at the relationship between humans and animals around the world. Plus documentaries and drama from the two world wars in Lusitania: 18 Minutes That Changed World War One, Britain’s Greatest Generation and Anzac Girls

Poaching threatens rhinos with extinction: the Chinese “medicine” market offers huge rewards for shooting one and hacking off its horn. In the Kruger national park in South Africa, orphaned rhinos are protected by the Black Mambas, an all-female militia. As more penniless men from their villages turn to poaching, and the struggle becomes a war, the Mambas stay resolute: “They underestimate us. Like, ‘Ah, these are women. They cannot do anything.’” Bravery and principle versus money and violence. Jack Seale

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Heath Ledger Scholarship finalists

Rising young actors who.ve appeared in Unbroken, The Water Diviner, Deadline Gallipoli, Anzac Girls and The Code are among the finalists for the 7th annual Heath Ledger Scholarship.

In all 20 are in contention for the prize which includes two round-trip flights to L.A., a two-year scholarship at the Stella Adler Academy, $5,000 worth of visa and immigration services and $10,000 cash.

Presented by Australians in Film, the winner will be announced in Los Angeles on June 1. Two runners up will each receive a round-trip ticket to La and a scholarship to attend masterclasses at Screenwise Film & TV School for actors in Sydney.

Previous recipients were Cody Fern (The Last Time I Saw Richard), James Mackay (The Dressmaker, The Tomorrow People), Anna McGahan (Anzac Girls, House Husbands), Ryan Corr (The Water Diviner, Wolf Creek 2), Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows, The Rewrite) and Oliver Ackland (Party Tricks, Blinder).

The finalists were selected
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What we learned from this weekend’s TV: women were in the world wars, too

We saw the effect of combat through female eyes in Anzac Girls and Home Fires, Sheridan Smith told the tale of Lisa Lynch’s cancer in The C-Word, and dogs danced the night away in Sunday Night at the Palladium

I don’t know. You wait ages for a wartime drama featuring wimmin’s narratives and two come along at once. Anzac Girls (Friday, More4) was gripping and moving with just a hint of a sense of humour. Set in north Africa in 1915, this six-part series focuses on the role of the nurses from Australia and New Zealand in the Gallipoli campaign, in which 8,000 Australians lost their lives. It’s too early to tell whether the historical brushstrokes here are going to be too broad (pitting snobby, bullying Brits against can-do, plucky Aussies), but the signs are good. Alice (Georgia Flood), initially cold and difficult, turned out to be a complex,
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