Toni Collette’s Tropfest reunion at Sundance

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Toni Collette talks from Sundance about working on Fun Mom’s Dinner with Australian director Alethea Jones, Jasper Jones and why Gender Matters.

Every Cloud Productions: raising the bar

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From Miss Fisher to Newton’s Law: why Every Cloud Productions wants to see more women in front and behind the camera – and what they’re doing about it.

Catherine Martin: beyond compare

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Academy Award-winning costume and production designer Catherine Martin reflects on her career, gender equality and G’Day USA’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Boxing Day sorted with RED DOG: True Blue release

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Producer Nelson Woss is hoping the latest Red Dog film, a family-friendly origin story, travels as much as the beloved first movie and the dog itself.

The controversy of making first contact

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At the heart of First Contact series 2 is a desire to elevate the national conversation on Australia’s First Peoples, says Blackfella Films’ Jacob Hickey.

No Strings Attached: dating app drama

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After the success of Tales From Tinder, filmmaker Emma Watts and her team were able to put some money behind their next series, No Strings Attached.

Shadow Trackers: not your typical ghost-hunting series

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Writer/director Dena Curtis on the sometimes spooky, always fascinating ride that was investigating traditional spirits for NITV series Shadow Trackers.

Nowhere Boys: fresh faces and financing children’s TV

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Nowhere Boys producer Beth Frey reveals the unique challenges the creators of children’s TV face – and why we’ll be seeing a new cast in the third season.

Gus Worland tackles men’s mental health in Man Up

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Triple M’s Gus Worland, gonzo journalism and making Australian men Man Up by digging deep.

Sam McKeith: Creating Beast in Manila

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Beast co-writer/co-director Sam McKeith on the pros and cons of creating an Australian film in the Philippines.

Sotiris Dounoukos on Joe Cinque’s Consolation

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Joe Cinque’s Consolation director, co-producer and co-writer Sotiris Dounoukos on adapting Helen Garner’s book for the screen in his native Canberra.

Tasmania’s the next Hollywood: Luke McGregor

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Rosehaven’s Luke McGregor on his increased admiration for Rob Sitch and why Tasmania is the next Hollywood.

Jess Mauboy is back: The Secret Daughter

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Jess Mauboy and producer Karl Zwicky on how the Channel Seven series came about – and why it’s a big moment for diversity.

Electric Pictures: Fossicking for gold

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As Electric Pictures brainstormed a way to expand its audience, they unearthed a gem of their own with Aussie Gold Hunters.

Tim Ferguson on the next screen revolution

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Spin Out co-director/writer Tim Ferguson on the next revolution in the screen industry: giving a voice to filmmakers and actors with a disability.

Regional Australia’s time to shine

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Spin Out is shining a spotlight on regional Australia – and it’s not the only one.

Claudia Karvan on Doctor Doctor and producing

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Claudia Karvan on producing Doctor Doctor with writer Tony McNamara and Ian ‘Jolly’ Collie, and returning to collaborate with Nine Network.

Girl Asleep: Coming to a cinema near you

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Girl Asleep director Rosemary Myers talks winning CinefestOZ and the challenges facing independent films when it comes to distribution.

Hacksaw Ridge: Between indie and franchise

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Producer Bill Mechanic reveals why films like Hacksaw Ridge are “pretty impossible” to get made and the Australians that made it happen.

Scott Hicks reflects on Shine, 20 years on

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For its 20th anniversary, Scott Hicks looks back on the “long, arduous” process that was developing and financing Shine and why it was worth every minute.

Cybercrime and the showrunner model: The Code series 2

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Shelley Birse talks about empowering writers from the set of Screen Australia-supported The Code series 2.

The journey to Embrace

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Three years ago, Taryn Brumfitt could never have thought she’d be a filmmaker, but when her personal story went viral, she realised Embrace was needed.

Down Under: It’s a riot

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Down Under writer/director Abe Forsythe reveals the road he took to write and develop a comedy that revolves around a race riot.

Soul Mates: Pregnant with ideas

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Nick Boshier on Soul Mates series 2 and how he and collaborators the Van Vuuren brothers have several feature films’ worth of ideas.

Risk vs Reward vs Robert Connolly

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Robert Connolly talks about risk-taking as a business principle and how complex novels such as Barracuda have found the perfect home in four-part TV series.

Otto Bloom prepares to premiere at MIFF

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Xavier Samuel was beckoned back by Belvoir Theatre. A year later, fortuitous timing has led to four features and a TV series shot almost back-to-back.

Richard Taylor joins forces with Australia

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Co-owner of Pukeko Pictures and Weta Workshop, five-time Academy Award winner Richard Taylor found an opportunity too good to miss with ABC TV’s Cleverman.

Where art meets filmmaking

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Founders of Felix Media, John Maynard and Bridget Ikin on the convergence of art and the moving image and why they gravitate toward pushing the boundaries.

Career-making moments: Vicki Madden

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Vicki Madden’s enviable career encompasses police dramas in the 90s, running The Bill in the UK and co-creating The Kettering Incident back home in Tassie.

Kettering, Brock and subverting expectations

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Matthew Le Nevez could never have imagined the direction Australian TV would go. Emerging from drama school some 17 years ago, reality TV was king.

Building a TV drama directing career

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Jessica Hobbs has directed more than 60 hours of TV drama, from The Slap to Broadchurch. Here she talks career progression.

Triumphant return: Goldstone

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Ivan Sen talks Goldstone’s journey, from creating a town from scratch in remote Queensland, to bringing it to the big smoke for Sydney Film Festival.

The all singing, all dancing SketchShe

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Having amassed millions of views with their car lipsync videos, SketchShe decided to take their work to the next level. Enter Traffic Jam the Musical.

Move over Washington, Westminster

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Secret City co-creator Steve Lewis loves House of Cards, but he wants to see more Australian political thrillers on our screens.

Australia’s first animated sketch comedy

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Producer Ariel Waymouth was pulled back into the world of animation when she got wind of Suspect Moustache, a series that was as outrageous as it was funny.

A years’ worth of drama: Revolution School

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Revolution School series producer Alex West talks about how he wrangled the ups and downs of an entire school year into just four episodes.

Go big or go small

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Rob Connolly explains his multipronged approach to tackling the worldwide decline in independent cinema.

Origins explored in DNA Nation

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Ernie Dingo, Ian Thorpe and Julia Zemiro trace their roots back 200,000 years in the new SBS series DNA Nation.

Scott Hicks’ lens turns back to music

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Shine director Scott Hicks reflects on his return to the world of music for the documentary Highly Strung.

Wolf Creek: Back with a vengeance

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Mick Taylor is back. John Jarratt on bringing his iconic sociopath back to screens for the new Stan series, and what SVOD is doing for Aussie storytelling.

Director Matthew Saville on his latest works

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Whether it’s film, TV, comedy or drama, Matthew Saville’s career is enviable. He takes a break from Seven Types of Ambiguity to talk A Month of Sundays.

Strictly Jewish: Inside a rarely seen world

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Producer Dan Goldberg reveals how Mint Pictures was given unprecedented access inside an ultra-Orthodox Jewish sect in Melbourne for Strictly Jewish.

ABC Comedy Showroom: Australia decides

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Audiences will have the power to get their favourite Comedy Showroom pilot off the ground in this Australian television first.

Tomorrow When the War Began moves to TV

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Producer Michael Boughen walks us through the Tomorrow When the War Began book, to film, to TV adaption and what fans can expect.

A Modern Mutiny: Life on Norfolk

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Producer Jennifer Cummins felt the ground shifting while filming in A Modern Mutiny, as what was a character-driven story quickly took on a political edge.

Indian Wedding Race: Stakes, heartache and uncertainty

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Documentarian Sean Cousins and 360 Degree Films found high-stakes love and drama in the lives of Australian-Indians torn between two worlds.

Actor Amberly Cull on comedy series DAFUQ?

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Three self-obsessed Gen Y journalists tackle hot topics with limited success but tonnes of laughs in comedy web series DAFUQ? on ABC iview.

Tamasin Simpkin: A lot on the boil

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The Katering Show producer Tamasin Simpkin spills the beans on being part of an internet sensation, and how the Ones to Watch program helped with Season 2.

The sound of movies

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Violinist and composer Richard Tognetti talks about giving audiences a difference experience of music and movies with Cinemusica.

Risk and reward explored in Sherpa

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Director Jennifer Peedom tells us how the Sherpa team managed when the deadly force of nature reared its head in the midst of filming on Everest.

Observance: What makes us scared?

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Director Joseph Sims-Dennett channelled his own nightmares into Observance, a psychological horror that’s chilling audiences around the globe.

Matilda & Me is a family affair

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Nel Minchin delved into the family archives and turned the camera onto her brother Tim, her family and herself for Matilda & Me.

Keeping Australia Alive a “patchwork quilt”

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Every day across the country people are making life-changing decisions. We talk to executive producer Karen Dewey about Keeping Australia Alive.

Producer Chloe Rickard on Aussie TV comedy

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Here Come the Habibs and Soul Mates producer Chloe Rickard talks about working at Jungle, taking risks with No Activity and tackling the tough topics.

From aspiring gymnast to Olympic gold

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With her history in women’s sport, aerial skier turned filmmaker Katie Bender became the perfect person to tell Lydia Lassila’s inspirational story.

Celebrating screenwriter Laura Jones

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She’s one of the most accomplished women in film, but Laura Jones hates being the centre of attention. And so she says it’s a little daunting to get the AWG Lifetime Achievement Award.

More on offer at Mardi Gras Film Festival

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Queer Screen’s Mardi Gras Film Festival Director Paul Struthers talks about the festival’s significance and what’s on offer from the Aussie contingent.

Making an internet sensation

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Sell-out live shows, viral videos and a new web series, Aunty Donna aren’t sticking to rules, but paving their own path to success.

The evolution of Jack Irish

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Producer Ian Collie looks at how Jack Irish has evolved as Guy Pearce’s private eye shifts from telemovies to his own ABC TV series.

A new kind of TV: Cleverman

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Never underestimate the intern. That’s one take-home message from Cleverman, the series that premieres at Berlinale before its ABC TV debut later this year.

Music and memories: Molly

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Producer John Molloy talks about tapping into the nation’s nostalgia with Channel 7’s new miniseries Molly.

Wanted: Fast cars, guns & Bechdel test

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Written and wrapped at breakneck speed, script producer Timothy Hobart talks about the ride that has been Wanted and why we need more shows like it.

Radha Mitchell: Back for female-led Looking for Grace

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Actor Radha Mitchell returns to her homeland for her first Australian film in half a decade with Looking for Grace.

Coming soon: Bloodlands

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Upcoming Aussie horror flick, Bloodlands is set in Albania and it’s about blood feuds, witches and coming-of-age. We chat to director Steven Kastrissios.

Quentin Tarantino’s top Australian films

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Academy award winner Quentin Tarantino talks about his long love affair with Aussie film and dubs Fury Road “the most amazing movie I’ve seen this year”.

A Footscray fantasy

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YouTube star Michael Shanks takes the leap to TV with pop-culture infused comedy The Wizards of Aus. We talk everything from orcs to an Australian Hot Fuzz.

Tragedy + time = comedy

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Ben Law’s memoir is the basis for new TV series, The Family Law, which follows 14-year-old Ben over one particular summer when his parents separate.

Sucker’s con men and card tricks

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Comedian Lawrence Leung has turned his one man show, Sucker, into a feature film starring YouTube sensation John Luc and veteran actor Timothy Spall.

Getting the band back together

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Nowhere Boys: Book of Shadows director David Caesar sees the film as a rock n’ roll story about a broken up band that’s back together for one last gig.

Self-development and taking risks

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Actor and writer Maria Angelico is tackling the ups and downs of her 20s and finding her groove in new comedy web series, Movement.

Kebab Kings: A celebration of Australia

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Behind the counters of ubiquitous Australian kebab shops, a treasure trove of drama and heart was just waiting to be discovered for SBS doco Kebab Kings.

New dawn of TV drama: Director Glendyn Ivin

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Australians have entered a new and exciting age of television, says the director behind shows including The Beautiful Lie, Gallipoli and Puberty Blues. By Caris Bizzaca. Television drama isn’t changing,...

VIDEO Now Add Honey: A comedy that deals with body image

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Robyn Butler chats to us about her latest work, the film Now Add Honey, a comedy about societal pressure placed on women and girls. Writer, producer and star of Now...

VIDEO Sarah Snook on her character in The Dressmaker

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Sarah Snook’s character in The Dressmaker, Gertrude goes through a huge transformation in the film and costume plays a huge role in that. Caris Bizzaca from Screen Australia chats to...

From big screen to small, we just can’t get enough of Sarah Snook

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Australian actress Sarah Snook continues to soar on Australian film and television, capping off a stellar year with a double whammy of The Dressmaker and The Beautiful Lie.

The Aussie producer rallying audiences around social justice docos

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Australian impact producer Alex Kelly reveals how she’s bringing grassroots climate change movements together with the documentary This Changes Everything.

VIDEO Australian journalist captures Iraq War and its aftermath in new doco

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Michael Ware explains how he turned his Handycam footage from the Iraq War into chilling documentary, Only the Dead. Michael Ware will present Q&A special event screenings of Only the...

Handycam footage becomes chilling documentary about Iraq War

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Brisbane-born journalist Michael Ware explains how he turned his Handycam footage from the Iraq War into chilling documentary Only the Dead.

The Dressmaker has its star-studded Australian premiere

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Aussie actor Liam Hemsworth had been searching for a movie to make back home in Australia when he finally came across The Dressmaker. By Caris Bizzaca.

Social drama meets crime thriller: The Principal

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Initially inspired by his own kids’ experiences at the end of high school, producer Ian Collie chats to us about miniseries The Principal, which is a both a compelling look at issues faced in the school system and a gripping crime drama.

SPEAR: Bangarra’s venture onto the silver screen

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When Robert Connolly picked Bangarra Artistic Director Stephen Page to direct Sand – one of the episodes of the film adaptation of Tim Winton’s The Turning – he brokered a marriage between an established dance talent and another medium.

We’re so ready: Australia’s first Indigenous teen drama

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Ready For This is Australia’s first Indigenous teen drama and it’s a collaboration between two of our top production houses: Werner Film Productions, known for teen and kids drama like the hugely successful Dance Academy, and Blackfella Films, behind some of the best adult drama in recent years, such as Redfern Now.

World get ready: Exchange Student Zero

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Aussie animation studio Bogan Entertainment Solutions were onto a winner in 2012 when they created and produced telemovie Exchange Student Zero. From this weekend, Exchange Student Zero is back as a 13-part animated series for global kids TV channel, Cartoon Network. Exchange Student Zero is a unique combination of two traditional animation styles: anime and western cartoons.

An inspiring life: Writer Justin Monjo on Peter Allen

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Justin Monjo has written for Rush, Paper Giants: Magazine Wars, INXS: Never Tear Us Apart, and more.

Maya Newell and the documentary everyone is talking about: Gayby Baby

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Maya Newell’s documentary feature Gayby Baby follows four children with gay parents – Ebony, Gus, Graham and Matt, on their tricky path through adolescence against the backdrop of a growing marriage equality debate.

Director Paul Cox on his latest work, Force of Destiny

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Paul Cox is self described as being accused of always making films about his own life, to which he says, that’s the closest source of inspiration we have. Paul’s latest film, Force of Destiny, is arguably the most personal yet.

Sammy J and Randy on pilots, cults and fart jokes

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Aussie comedic duo Sammy J and Randy mark their TV sitcom debut with Sammy J and Randy in Ricketts Lane. Out 1 September on ABC iview and later on ABC TV, we chat to Sammy J and Randy ahead of the show’s release.

Creating a four-part divorce

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In the scheme of things, there really haven’t been that many operas written specifically for TV.

The morning after the night before

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Fragments of Friday is a new Aussie web series about three friends trying to figure out what they’d done on their Friday nights.

From one-man show to feature film: Sucker

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Aussie feature film Sucker has its world premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival in August.

From YouTube to our TV screens

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Derek Muller’s three-part doco series Uranium: Twisting the Dragon’s Tail starts on SBS Sunday 9 August.

Sci-Fi project Airlock launches online

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Airlock, the new online sci-fi series from the makers of The Tunnel may be set in a claustrophobic space station, but producer Enzo Tedeschi knows how to breathe fresh air into the sometimes stale atmosphere of film marketing.

Comedy for change: Laughing at complex societal issues

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One of Australia’s favourite comediennes, Judith Lucy, has been dissecting complex issues like religion and most recently, gender identity and feminism, in her unique doco/comedy hybrids for the ABC. #gallery-3...

Hiding creator Matt Ford on coming up with a fraught family dramedy

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One of the new and original TV series we’ve seen so far this year is Hiding, part crime show, part family dramedy.

Tackling the Anzac legend

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Jacquelin Perske on the challenges of Deadline Gallipoli.

Fury Road: Charlize Theron, Tom Hardy and a new desert storm

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Caroline Baum talks to Mad Max: Fury Road film editor Margaret Sixel about the practicalities of recreating George Miller’s famous dystopian world.

What are you watching on TV?

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By Imogen Corlette What are you watching on TV? Love Child? The Project? Redesign My Brain? Catching Milat? If you’re under 30, you’re probably watching a whole lot of great...

Up-and-comers make new TV: Fancy Boy pilot in development for iview

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Mark Conway and Mike Nayna’s Fancy Boy is one of five groups of short sketches, from more than 70 created last year, that will be developed into a half-hour pilot...

From web series to TV: BedHead pilot under development

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A group of friends created web series BedHead, about awkward sexual encounters, straight out of film school. Now Jon Dalgaard, Tom Keele, Benjamin Mathews and Claire Phillips are turning BedHead...

Skit Box flips gender roles in new TV pilot

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Adele Vuko, Greta Lee Jackson and Sarah Bishop are Skit Box: an all-girl comedy troupe that flip gender roles with hilarious results, and they're developing a TV pilot for iView....

Comedian Veronica Milsom talks about her new pilot

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Comedians Veronica Milsom and Steen Rasko are working on a pilot for iView in joint Screen Australia-ABC initiative, Fresh Blood.

Celebrated sketch comedy crew develop pilot for iview

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Sketch comedy crew Aunty Donna are developing a TV pilot for iView in a joint Screen Australia-ABC initiative, Fresh Blood.