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Finalists unveiled for Spa Awards

Top End Wedding’ is among the eight films in contention for the feature film Spa Award.

Some 54 production companies are among the finalists for this year’s Screen Producers Australia (Spa) Awards, which span 12 categories across film, TV and interactive.

Eight titles will compete for the feature film gong. The nominees include the highest grossing Australian films of the year, Ambience’s Storm Boy and Goalpost Pictures/Kojo Entertainment’s Top End Wedding. Also in the running are Unicorn FilmsCeleste and Red Dune Films & Deeper Water Films’ Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan, as well as four yet to be released films, Blue-Tongue Films’ Judy & Punch, Closer Productions’ Animals, Ticket To Ride’s Standing Up For Sunny and SixFourSixty’s Angel of Mine.

Hoodlum is up twice in the drama series category for Tidelands and Five Bedrooms, as is Matchbox for Glitch and The Heights (the latter together
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George Pullar and tyro Ashlyn Louden-Gamble search for ‘Moon Rock’

George Pullar.

George Pullar and newcomer Ashlyn Louden-Gamble have won the lead roles in Moon Rock for Monday, a coming-of-age road movie from first-time writer-director Kurt Martin.

Pullar, whose star is on the rise after roles in Fighting Season, Playing for Keeps and A Place to Call Home, will play homeless teenager Tyler.

Tyler is on the run from the cops when he meets Monday (Louden-Gamble), a terminally ill 11-year-old, at a train station. Forming an unlikely bond, they embark on a road trip across the country in search of a moon rock which Monday believes will heal her. The pair is pursued by the police who believe Tyler has kidnapped the girl.

Jim Robison, who formed Lunar Pictures after an affable split from Blake Northfield’s Bronte Pictures, will produce. Shooting is due to start in Sydney and Coober Pedy on August 26, funded by private investors and the Producer Offset.
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Kate Mulvany succeeds in the hunt for juicy roles

Kate Mulvany as Frankie in ‘Lambs of God’ (Photo: Mark Rogers).

Kate Mulvany has a stellar CV as a playwright, screenwriter and stage, film and TV actor – but several years ago she was afraid that screen roles were drying up.

Happily that changed when she was cast as an Army captain who suspects the death of her husband in Afghanistan was covered up in the Foxtel/Goalpost Pictures’ drama Fighting Season.

Now she is on screen in Foxtel/Lingo Pictures’ miniseries Lambs of God as Frankie, the sister of Father Ignatius (Sam Reid), who is kidnapped by nuns played by Ann Dowd, Jessica Barden and Essie Davis.

Her acting career continues to flourish as she makes her Us TV series debut in Amazon’s The Hunt, which follows a group of Nazi-hunters living in New York City in 1977.

“I thought roles might dry up for actors who are over
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The Nightingale Trailer: Dark Drama from The Babadook’s Jennifer Kent

Joseph Baxter May 22, 2019

Against an early-19th century colonial Australia backdrop, director Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale showcases a harrowing tale of revenge.

The Nightingale is Jennifer Kent’s anticipated written/directorial follow-up to her 2014 feature debut, The Babadook, a surprisingly-symbolic horror offering that uses the conventionally frightening specter of a top-hat-touting monster for a rather unconventional depiction of a maternal element of the human condition.

The film, which debuted at the Venice International Film Festival back in September 2018, and was reviewed right here on Den of Geek back in February after its Sundance screening, will finally see a proper release this summer, serving as a prospective buzz-generating vehicle for its star, Italian actress Aisling Franciosi, who amongst notable TV runs, is best known from her Game of Thrones flashback role as Westeros’ Helen of Troy herself, Lyanna Stark.

The Nightingale Trailer

The official trailer for The Nightingale has arrived.
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"The Hunt" Adds Kate Mulvany As Series Regular, 5 More Join In Recurring Roles For Amazon Original

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Exclusive: The cast for Amazon Prime Video’s vengeance-driven Nazi-hunting series executive produced by Academy Award winner Jordan Peele continues to grow with Kate Mulvany joining as a series regular and James Le Gros, Ebony Obsidian, Caleb Emery, Henry Hunter Hall and Jeannie Berlin boarding in key recurring roles. They join an already robust cast including Al Pacino, Logan Lerman, Jerrika Hinton, Josh Radnor as well as Lena Olin, Carol Kane, Saul Rubinek, Tiffany Boone, Louis Ozawa Changchien, Greg Austin and Dylan Baker.

The Hunt, created by David Weil, follows a diverse band of Nazi hunters living in 1977 New York City. The Hunters, as they’re known, have discovered that hundreds of high-ranking Nazi officials are living among us and conspiring to create a Fourth Reich in the U.S. The eclectic team of Hunters will set out on a bloody quest to bring the Nazis to justice and thwart their new genocidal plans.
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The conundrum facing TV writers: How to carve out a career

Ben C Lucas (centre) on the set of ‘Fighting Season.’

Cjz MD Nick Murray and CEO Matt Campbell’s observations on the shortage of top-class TV writers in light of the continuing talent drain overseas have triggered a lively industry debate.

“For a network and a production house it is the greatest struggle to find writers in this country at the moment as they get sucked up into the Us and UK,” Campbell told If. “Everyone is after the same people. We are having to look far and wide for writers.”

There is general agreement that it is tough for emerging writers to get enough screen credits to establish themselves. While the ABC and some production companies are mentoring writers there are no ready solutions.

Some creatives say there are plenty of skilled writers but networks and producers are often reluctant to back new talent.

“TV in particular rests on the credits of established writers,
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Australia lags the rest of the world in second-time feature directors

Jessica McNamee stars in Heath Davis’ ‘Locusts’.

Far fewer directors in Australia get the chance to make their second feature, or more, than the global average.

According to a new, ground-breaking study of worldwide trends by UK analyst Stephen Follows, while 63.5 per cent of directors have one feature film credit, 36.5 per cent made a second feature.

Just 8.6 per cent directed more than five and only 0.1 per cent have more than 20 feature credits.

By comparison, Screen Australia’s most recent research found 62 per cent of directors had one credit in the five years to June 2017 and 44 of the 144 surveyed – 19 per cent – had made a second feature.

Broken down by gender, that equated to 42 male directors (22 per cent) and just two women (6 per cent). Some 8 per cent had three credits, 4 per cent had four and 7 per cent had 5-plus.

(Source: stephenfollows.com)

To be fair, Screen Australia’s research is a relatively
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George Pullar on what he learned from ‘Fighting Season’

George Pullar (l) and Ethan Panizz in ‘Playing for Keeps’ (Photo: Network 10).

For a guy who fell into acting after he badly injured one leg at high school in Brisbane, George Pullar is carving out an impressive career.

Now 22, Pullar made his screen debuts in Goalpost Pictures’ Fighting Season and Seven StudiosA Place to Call Home straight after graduating from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (Waapa).

Following that he played a star Afl recruit in Screentime’s Playing For Keeps, which Network 10 has renewed for next year.

Capping a memorable year, he was named among the Casting Guild of Australia’s 10 Rising Stars, together with Michael Sheasby, Harry Greenwood, Tess Haubrich, Markella Kavenagh, George Zhao, Milly Alcock, Kimie Tsukakoshi, Harvey Zielinski and Alexandra Jensen.

After he injured his leg when he was 16, requiring a cast, his mother suggested he take up drama classes. He did so
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Casting Guild of Australia Awards finalists, Rising Stars announced

The male cast of ‘Fighting Season’ (Photo: Mark Rogers).

The casting directors of 1%, Breath, Sweet Country and The Merger are the finalists in the feature film category of the Casting Guild of Australia Awards.

The Cga has also announced the 10 winners of this year’s Rising Stars awards, who are nominated by Cga members and chosen by a committee comprising Kirsty McGregor, Nikki Barrett, Anousha Zarkesh, Tom McSweeney, Faith Martin and Nathan Lloyd.

The recipients are George Pullar (Fighting Season), Michael Sheasby (The Nightingale), Harry Greenwood (True History of the Kelly Gang), Tess Haubrich (Bad Mothers), Markella Kavenagh (The Cry), George Zhao (The Family Law), Milly Alcock (Upright), Kimie Tsukakoshi (The Bureau of Magical Things), Harvey Zielinski and Alexandra Jensen.

McSweeney tells If: “I’ve watched Kimie grow as a performer over the past decade from a kid with a fantastic singing voice to an actress of conviction, dedication and positivity.
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Foxtel rebrands showcase as Fox Showcase, the streaming home of drama

‘Mr Inbetween’ (Photo: Mark Rogers).

Foxtel today launched Fox Showcase, a rebrand of the showcase drama channel, designated as the streaming home of the best drama from Australia and around the world.

One pillar of the new channel will be Foxtel Originals starting with Goalpost Pictures’ Fighting Season, which premieres at 8.30 pm on October 28, plus the seventh season of FremantleMedia Australia’s Wentworth and the second series of Matchbox PicturesSecret City: Under the Eagle.

Currently in post-production, Lingo Pictures’ four-part Lambs of God follows three nuns, each a generation apart, living in an isolated convent who are interrupted by an unwelcome visitor, a priest. Directed by Jeffrey Walker and written by Sarah Lambert, the show stars Anne Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale), Essie Davis (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries), Jessica Barden, Sam Reid, Damon Herriman, Sigrid Thornton, Kate Mulvany and John Bell.

Lingo Pictures will soon start shooting Upright,
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Ewen Leslie ramps up the emotions as a distraught dad in ‘The Cry’

Ewen Leslie and Jenna Coleman in ‘The Cry’ (Photo: BBC)

Playing a guy whose baby son is abducted in the BBC/ABC psychological drama The Cry directed by Glendyn Ivin was one of the most challenging roles in Ewen Leslie’s illustrious career.

The actor plays Alistair, an Australian political adviser working for the British Labour Party, who returns home with his wife Joanna (Doctor Who and Victoria’s Jenna Coleman) and infant.

En route to a small coastal town to see Alistair’s mother Elizabeth (Stella Gonet), the baby vanishes from their car, compounding the anguish for Alistair who is fighting for custody of his daughter Chloe (Markella Kavenagh) from an earlier marriage to Alexandra (Asher Keddie).

Based on Australian author Helen FitzGerald’s eponymous 2013 novel and scripted by Jacquelin Perske, the series will premiere next Sunday at 9pm on BBC1. The ABC is yet to reveal the air date.
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Premiere dates set for ‘Pine Gap’ and ‘Fighting Season’

Stephen Curry, Jacqueline McKenzie and Steve Toussaint in ‘Pine Gap.’

October looms as a blue-ribbon month for Australian high-end drama with the premieres of Pine Gap and Fighting Season.

Screentime’s 6-part thriller set at the Us/Australian defence base in the Northern Territory will debut with a double episode on the ABC at 8.30 pm on Sunday October 14, with all episodes available to binge immediately after on ABC iview.

Goalpost Pictures’ 6-part drama about Australian soldiers returning from Afghanistan will launch on Foxtel’s showcase and on Foxtel Now at 8.30 pm on Sunday October 28.

Created and written by Greg Haddrick and Felicity Packard and directed by Mat King, Pine Gap examines the often turbulent relationships between the Australian and Us intelligence analysts working at the base.

With China encroaching, placing decades of stability under threat, the issues of trust, betrayal, love and loyalty all come into question. A shocking secret
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These 2 Young Versions of Aquaman Are Spitting Images of Jason Momoa

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These 2 Young Versions of Aquaman Are Spitting Images of Jason Momoa
If you've been waiting for Game of Thrones hottie Khal Drogo to get his own movie, then you're in luck. The gorgeous Jason Momoa will be starring as Atlantean hero Arthur Curry in the upcoming Aquaman movie, set to premiere at the end of this year. Better yet, the film will be an origin movie, showing young Arthur as a nine-year-old (to be played by Kaan Guldur) and a 13-year-old (to be played by Otis Dhanji). Not only were these mini Momoas perfectly cast, the two young Australian actors are already seasoned performers themselves.

Guldur (above) just finished filming Fighting Season, a six-part Australian drama mini-series in which Guldur stars as Callum Collins. Guldur also lent his voice to The Lego Ninjago Movie and appeared in a short film called Red Ink. Aquaman will be Guldur's first foray into DC's live action universe, as well as his first major live-action film.
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These 2 Young Versions of Aquaman Are Spitting Images of Jason Momoa

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If you've been waiting for Game of Thrones hottie Khal Drogo to get his own movie, then you're in luck. The gorgeous Jason Momoa will be starring as Atlantean hero Arthur Curry in the upcoming Aquaman movie, set to premiere at the end of this year. Better yet, the film will be an origin movie, showing young Arthur as a nine-year-old (to be played by Kaan Guldur) and a 13-year-old (to be played by Otis Dhanji). Not only were these mini Momoas perfectly cast, the two young Australian actors are already seasoned performers themselves.

Guldur (above) just finished filming Fighting Season, a six-part Australian drama mini-series in which Guldur stars as Callum Collins. Guldur also lent his voice to The Lego Ninjago Movie and appeared in a short film called Red Ink. Aquaman will be Guldur's first foray into DC's live action universe, as well as his first major live-action film.
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‘Reckoning’: Aden Young & Sam Trammell To Lead Cast Of Spt Networks Series

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‘Reckoning’: Aden Young & Sam Trammell To Lead Cast Of Spt Networks Series
Former Rectify star Aden Young and True Blood alum Sam Trammell are set to headline Reckoning, a 10-episode straight-to-series psychological thriller drama, from writer David Hubbard (Noel), veteran showrunner David Eick (Falling Skies) and Sony Pictures Television Networks.

Rounding out the ensemble cast are Simone Kessell, Laura Gordon, Gloria Garayua Mitzi Ruhlmann, Milly Alcock, Ed Oxenbould, Finn Little, Anthony Phelan and Diana Glenn.

Produced by Sony Pictures TV-owned Australian company Playmaker (The Code), Reckoning began production this week in Sydney for premiere next year on Sptn’s international channels, including Axn, in select territories in Europe and Latin America. Set in California, the 10-episode series is being filmed and wholly produced and post-produced in Australia.
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The Hunt TV Series: Cast Revealed for Nazi-Hunter Series at Amazon

Tony Sokol Joseph Baxter Apr 11, 2019

Jordan Peele goes on The Hunt for Nazis with a vengeance in upcoming series for Amazon Studios.

Get Out director Jordan Peele is emerging from the sunken place to hunt for Nazis. Peele will executive produce The Hunt. The “vengeance-driven Nazi hunting series” was recently greenlit by Amazon Studios, which put in an direct-to-series order for 10 episodes. The Hunt was created by David Weil (Moonfall) who will also write the series and be an Executive Producer.

"When David Weil first shared The Hunt with me, I immediately knew that we had to be involved. Its cathartic,” Peele said in a statement. “Its noir. It’s frighteningly relevant. It’s exactly what I want to see on television. I am thrilled to be working with Amazon in bringing this incredible vision to the world.”

further reading: Jordan Peele's Next Horror Movie Us

The Hunt, which is
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Ann Dowd And Essie Davis Set for Gothic Drama Series ‘Lambs Of God’

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Ann Dowd And Essie Davis Set for Gothic Drama Series ‘Lambs Of God’
Australian cable network Foxtel announced today that Emmy-winning actress Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale) and and Essie Davis (The Babadook) will star in Lambs of God, a four-part original drama series from writer Sarah Lambert and director Jeffrey Walker.

Based on the Marele Day novel, Lambs of God is a dark, gothic story about three nuns, each a generation apart, living in an isolated convent by the coast, and an unwelcome visitor who enters their lives and changes their world forever.

Dowd and Davis will be joined by Jessica Barden (The End Of The F*****World, The Lobster) who will star as the third nun. As the Sisters of St Agnes, the must defend their lives, existence and beliefs when the handsome priest, played by actor Sam Reid (The Railway Main, Belle, Anonymous) attempts to sell their dilapidated monastery. What unfolds is an epic and fantastical tale of faith,
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Kate Mulvany and John Howard to join Damian Callinan in the 'The Merger'

Kate Mulvany. (Photo: Amelia Dowd)

Kate Mulvany and John Howard have joined the cast of The Merger, a comedy/drama which will star Damian Callinan.

Callinan has written the script based on his one-man show about a country football coach who hatches an unorthodox plan to rebuild the local football team by recruiting recently-settled asylum seekers.

Mulvany will play the mother of Neil, an inquisitive, mischievous nine-year-old who is mourning the death of his father.

Howard will portray the cantankerous former boss of the long-closed local steelworks who resents the presence of the asylum seekers.

Callinan is Troy Carrington, a former professional football player who returns to his country town after an abrupt end to his sporting career and is persuaded to coach the hapless local footy team, the Roosters.

Shooting is due to start in Wagga Wagga in October, produced by Anne Robinson and directed by Mark Grentell, the
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