BAFTA Chair To Speak At British Urban Film Fest; Sbs Begins “Most Ambitious Drama”; All3Media/Red Arrow Deals; ShortsTV Amazon Deal — Global Briefs

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Ursula Yovich asks: Why is diversity in the arts an uphill battle?

Ursula Yovich asks: Why is diversity in the arts an uphill battle? Until there is diverse representation on stage and screen, not all Australians will feel acknowledged as a part of the society they live in, according Ursula Yovich. The Burarra and Serbian actress, ...

Three Universal Studio series to shoot in Queensland

Three Universal Studio series to shoot in Queensland Dwayne Johnson in ‘Jumanji: The Next Level.’ An international drama created by Matchbox Pictures and two high-profile NBCUniversal US series will shoot in Queensland, spending at least $143 million, ...

Occupation: Rainfall Trailer Unleashes an Unrelenting Alien Assault on Planet Earth

Occupation: Rainfall Trailer Unleashes an Unrelenting Alien Assault on Planet Earth We have a new trailer for Occupation: Rainfall. This serves as a sequel to 2018's Occupation and is said to be one of Australia's biggest ever sci-fi movies ever made. The teaser has made its way ...

The Baby-Sitters Club: the perfect PG escape for millennials and their kids – or anyone, really

The Baby-Sitters Club: the perfect PG escape for millennials and their kids – or anyone, really If you’re avoiding Netflix’s updated series because Ann M Martin’s books meant too much to you, do not fear: this is a reboot done right I grew up devouring The Baby-Sitters Club. Ann M Martin’s ...

‘The Family Law,’ ‘The Heights’ and ‘The Hunting’ win Equity Ensemble Awards

‘The Family Law,’ ‘The Heights’ and ‘The Hunting’ win Equity Ensemble Awards The final season of Sbs’s The Family Law, the first series of ABC’s The Heights and the Sbs miniseries The Hunting have won the 10th annual Equity Ensemble Awards. The actors who starred in these ...

To Melbourne, with love: the ultimate streaming list to bring you joy in lockdown

To Melbourne, with love: the ultimate streaming list to bring you joy in lockdown Our writers recommend the shows and films they turn to in hard times. The criteria? Uplifting, heartwarming and/or hilarious – happy endings preferred It’s probably fair to say that most reality TV ...

Natalie Abbott, Rachel Griffiths, Wayne Blair on the menu for ‘Aftertaste’

Natalie Abbott, Rachel Griffiths, Wayne Blair on the menu for ‘Aftertaste’ Erik Thomson and Natalie Abbott. Muriel’s Wedding The Musical lead Natalie Abbott will star opposite Erik Thomson in ABC/Closer Productions’ comedy Aftertaste, which has just started shooting in ...

Screen Australia’s Penny Smallacombe ramps up the campaign for diversity

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ABC orders isolation-themed narrative comedy ‘Retrograde’

ABC orders isolation-themed narrative comedy ‘Retrograde’ Pallavi Sharda, Ilai Swindells and Maria Angelico. The ABC has ordered a six-part narrative comedy from Unless Pictures and Orange Entertainment centred on Covid-19 isolation, due to start filming – ...

Jo Dillon and Benjamin Law appointed Sdin co-chairs

Jo Dillon and Benjamin Law appointed Sdin co-chairs Jo Dillon and Benjamin Law. Screen Queensland’s Jo Dillon and writer Benjamin Law will be the co-chairs of the Screen Diversity Inclusion Network (Sdin) in 2020-21, succeeding Tim Soutphommasane and ...

Fadia Abboud, Shirley Barrett and Xavier Coy join the creatives on ‘Five Bedrooms 2’

(L-r) Katie Robertson, Doris Younane, Stephen Peacocke, Kat Stewart and Roy Joseph. Directors Fadia Abboud and Shirley Barrett are joining set-up director Peter Templeman on the second season of ...

Lee Matthews convenes workshop to develop disability comedy

Lee Matthews. Producer Lee Matthews is teaming up with Steve Kearney and Lisa Wang to develop Caper’ble, a 6 x 30′ comedy about young people with disability who are forced to live together in shared ...

Please Like Me raised the bar for Australian TV comedy. It also tore my heart out | Benjamin Law

Not only did Josh Thomas’s show set the standard for The Family Law, but it gave us a new expectation of what TV comedy can do • What’s your most unforgettable Australian TV moment? Vote in our poll ...

Ben Chessell directs dramas for Netflix and Hulu

Ben Chessell. Director Ben Chessell’s career has hit a sweet spot with his crime thriller series Giri/Haji premiering today on Netflix worldwide except in the UK, where it screened on BBC Two late ...

Ben Chuah wins Different Films’ short film screenwriting competition

(L-r) Ben Chuah, Purnima Padmanabhan and Lj Charleston. Ben Chuah’s Nite X has won the inaugural short film screenwriting competition conducted by Lee Matthews’ Different Films. The screenplay ...

Nominees announced for 2019 Casting Guild of Australia Awards

‘Hearts and Bones’. The casting directors behind Hearts and Bones, Judy and Punch, The Nightingale and Unsound will duke it out for the feature film prize at the upcoming Casting Guild of Australia ...

The Farewell Arrives on Blu-ray and DVD November 12th

Watch the talented Awkwafina deliver a powerful performance in this summer’s tear-jerking story, The Farewell, arriving on Digital September 24 from A24, on Blu-ray (plus Digital) and DVD from ...

The Farewell Blu-ray, Digital Gets a November Release Date

The Farewell Blu-ray, Digital Gets a November Release Date A heartfelt, moving film based on an actual lie comes home when The Farewell arrives on Digital October 29 from A24, and on Blu-ray (plus Digital) and DVD from Lionsgate and On Demand from A24 on ...

Emerging screenwriter Timothy Williams earns his spurs on ‘The Heights’

Timothy Williams. When Timothy Williams graduated from the Vca with a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing in 2014, he set his sights on writing TV dramas. After spending several years as a ...

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