Hoges, Luhrmann, Hemsworth: how they helped tourism

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Tourism Australia’s John O’Sullivan looks at how film, TV and Aussie stars such as Paul Hogan have helped put Australia on the map and keep it there.

RED DOG: True Blue director on prequels and modern myths and legends

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RED DOG: True Blue director Kriv Stenders hopes Australian kids continue to embrace locally made films and television.

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.

Brilliant Stories to support burgeoning careers

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Behind the eclectic concepts of Brilliant Stories is a myriad of female voices, some of which have yet to be heard at this level before.

Brilliant Careers illuminating the way forward

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Gender Matters aimed to create a surge of female stories through Brilliant Stories, but how do you ensure long-lasting change? Enter: Brilliant Careers.

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.

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.

Reflecting reality: Jenji Kohan

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Orange is the New Black showrunner Jenji Kohan talks Wentworth, The Katering Show and why diversity needs to be the norm, not a trend.

Our guide to great stuff online #4

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As the views climb for Suspect Moustache and Traffic Jam the Musical, creators Ariel Waymouth and Shae-Lee Shackleford share their favourite YouTubers.

Virtual is the new reality

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Virtual reality technology offers a whole new immersive experience for audiences and exciting possibilities for filmmakers.

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.

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.

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.

Our guide to great stuff online #3

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Australian-made dramas, comedies, sci-fi series and reality TV were amongst the winners at LAWebfest this year.

Logies spotlight: Diversity state-of-play

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Screen Australia CEO Graeme Mason and writer Benjamin Law take stock a year on from Miranda Tapsell’s rousing call for more diversity at the Logies.

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.

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.

Skip Ahead #3: The next wave

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Freedom to take risks and ability to tap into mass audiences, online storytelling is becoming a key player – a trend set to continue with Skip Ahead #3.

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.

Our guide to great stuff online #2

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Sick of cat videos? From baking to puppets and dating, here’s part 2 of our guide to what you should be watching online.

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.

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 stage to screen

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Ten times Australian stage plays were transformed into films.

Aussie docos go global with VOD

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Video on Demand (VOD) is providing docos with a global platform to get their films noticed and experts are calling it a “no-brainer” for Aussie filmmakers.

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.

11 titles that pass the Bechdel test with ease

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You’ve heard of the Bechdel test? Well, here are 11 films, TV series and online shows that not only pass the test, but were written or directed by a woman.

The China connection

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The Australia-China screen relationship is deepening in features, children’s programming and documentaries. Don Groves finds out why.

Our guide to great stuff online

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The creators have creative freedom, can engage with global audiences directly, and the content is free. No wonder web series are exploding in popularity.

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.

Star on the rise

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With Looking for Grace and The Daughter both film festival darlings, Odessa Young is suddenly finding herself in the spotlight.

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.

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.

Top-rating TV drama in 2015

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Find out what the top-rating Australian TV dramas were across the free-to-air networks in 2015.

Now streaming: Tyke Elephant Outlaw

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Documentaries like Tyke Elephant Outlaw are finding new life after they leave the cinemas and film festivals thanks to streaming platforms.

Ones to Watch

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Screen Forever 2015 is done and dusted, but the impact of SPA’s Ones to Watch program is ongoing for this year’s 14 emerging producers.

The times they are a-changin’

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An overwhelming wave of positivity has met Screen Australia’s Gender Matters initiatives, but as many acknowledge, these are just the first steps.

Gender Matters

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Alongside growing momentum and calls for change, Screen Australia has launched a new initiative to tackle gender inequality in the local film industry.

Watch this space: Celia Pacquola on the up and up

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Utopia star Celia Pacquola is throwing herself in the deep end again by co-writing and starring in upcoming ABC comedy series Rosehaven.

Congratulations, AACTA Screen Craft Excellence Award winners!

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Talented creatives behind Mad Max: Fury Road, The Dressmaker, That Sugar Film and many more, were among the AACTA Screen Craft Excellence Award winners.

Sir Ridley Scott keen to film next three Alien prequels here

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Foreign Minister Julie Bishop considers raising the Location Offset in 2016 budget as Sir Ridley Scott’s next Alien film is welcomed to Sydney.

Vote for your favourite Aussie film

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This year, five Aussie films will battle it out to win the first People’s Choice Award for Favourite Australian Film at the AACTAs. Vote now!

Australian drama: A state of play

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Australian audiences are embracing local content in droves but industry needs to continue rallying behind local production, with challenging times ahead.

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 On the red carpet at The Dressmaker’s Aussie premiere

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Liam Hemsworth, Sarah Snook, Hugo Weaving, Jocelyn Moorhouse and Sue Maslin are at the Aussie premiere of The Dressmaker. Screen Australia's Caris Bizzaca is on the red carpet for the Australian...

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.

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.

Spotlight on shorts

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When the documentaries and shorts AACTA awards nominations were announced a few weeks ago there were some delightful animated and short fiction films up for awards – plus during the Sydney Film Festival and now the Melbourne Film Festival, there were even more innovative short films screening in competition.

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.

Bowie down under

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From London, the David Bowie Is exhibition opens at ACMI this month. And the Aussie-made documentary Let’s Dance: Bowie Down Under has its Australian premiere at the Melbourne International Film...

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.

Multicultural casting: Miranda Tapsell’s Logies speech triggers groundswell

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Who knew a Logie acceptance speech could have such impact? When Miranda Tapsell accepted her two awards for Love Child with comments urging broadcasters to ‘put more beautiful people of colour on TV and connect viewers in ways which transcend race and connect us’ she triggered a tidal wave of support across social media and the industry.

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.

Australia’s world class talent

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A few famous friends on living in the lucky country, and Australia as a hotbed of world class film talent. Want to find out more about the producer offset? Visit...