News

Sally Riley explains why the ABC is happy to take commissioning risks

‘Diary of an Uber Driver.’

Sally Riley is bemused when people use this line when they are pitching projects to her: “This is definitely an ABC show.”

The ABC’s head of scripted production, Riley usually replies: “What is that? What is an ABC show?”

Interviewed in her Ultimo office for a two-part story, she tells If: “If it’s a great show, we’ll do it. I don’t think it must fit in the parameters of what is supposed to be an ABC show.

“We want to not only hold our audiences but also bring in new and younger audiences and we have a broad slate to try to meet both. We will definitely take a calculated risk when we believe in a show.”

As an example of a program which she thinks most people would not expect to see on the public broadcaster, she points to Les Norton,
See full article at IF.com.au »

A deaf trans man and a musician find love in ‘Unsound’

Yiana Pandelis and Reece Noi (Photo credit: Ben Mezups)

Yiana Pandelis was 14 when she did her first acting workshop at Melbourne’s Active Performance Studios.

Her performance made a lasting impression on one of the attendees, casting director Cinzia Coassin, who was amazed to discover afterwards that Yiana is hearing impaired.

So years later when Coassin received the script for Unsound, she immediately thought of Yiana as ideal for the co-lead Finn, a young woman who is hearing impaired and undergoing the difficult process of transitioning to male.

After reading the script by Ally Burnham, a Nida graduate who received funding from Screen Australia’s Gender Matters Brilliant Stories program, Pandelis did several self-tests and auditioned for a previous director in Melbourne last year.

Development took longer than the producer Tsu Shan Chambers expected, with Screen Australia’s support on the script, and Ian Watson took over as the director.
See full article at IF.com.au »

Reece Noi and Yiana Pandelis find love in ‘Unsound’

(L-r) Tsu Shan Chambers, Martine Delaney, Chryssy Tintner, Jess Orcsik, Ally Burnham and Christine Anu.

Game of ThronesReece Noi and newcomer Yiana Pandelis are playing the leads in Unsound, a quirky romantic drama now shooting in Sydney.

Directed by Ian Watson, and scripted by Ally Burnham, the plot follows Noi as Noah, a disillusioned musician who quits the band and returns to his mother’s home.

After clashing with his mother Angela (Paula Duncan) over old wounds, Noah seeks solace elsewhere and is caught up in the vibrant, passionate life of Finn (Pandelis), a young trans man.

Finn, who only speaks Auslan, runs a centre and nightclub for his deaf community. Despite their differences, the two become closer but with no shared language to fall back on, they risk hurting each other.

The cast includes Todd McKenney as Lewis, Finn’s father, Christine Anu as Moniqua, a fiery singer
See full article at IF.com.au »

Catriona McKenzie to shoot Nakkiah Lui’s iview comedy series ‘Kiki & Kitty'

Nakkiah Lui..

Shooting has kicked off in Sydney on Porchlight Films' comedy series.Kiki & Kitty.

The absurdist series is the brainchild of writer-actor Nakkiah Lui (Black Comedy), who is working with producers Liz Watts and Sylvia Warmer. .

Produced for ABC iview, the 6 x 10 minute series will be directed by Catriona McKenzie (Shadow Hunters, Satellite Boy, Redfern Now).

The series follows .the trials and tribulations of Kiki, the good black girl in a bad white world, who stumbles across her vagina in the personification of Kitty and realises there is a lot more to life than she thought..

Elaine Crombie (Black Comedy, Redfern Now) stars as Kitty, and comes to the series.from Lui.s recent Malthouse Theatre Company show Blaque Showgirls. Kiki & Kitty also stars Christine Anu, Tessa Rose, Lisa Flanagan, Ryan Johnson and Rob Carlton..

Kiki & Kitty has been commissioned by ABC Indigenous and financed through Screen Australia.s Multiplatform Fund.
See full article at IF.com.au »

Genna Chanelle Hayes to make debut feature with 'Akoni'

Genna Chanelle Hayes..

Genna Chanelle Hayes. debut feature Akoni will begin shooting in Sydney January 2, before heading to Nigeria.

Hayes will also star in the film, which follows the story of a Nigerian refugee who survives an attack by terrorist group Boko Haram before making his way to Australia.

The cast will be led by West End star Kit Esuruoso, alongside John Brumpton (Pawno, Catching Milat), Mal Kennard (The Defector, The Menkoff Method), Pippa Grandison, Rashidi Edward and Simon Elrahi.

Hayes is known for her recent short Wurinyan, which screened at Cannes Film Festival earlier this year.and stars Christine Anu and Mark Coles Smith.

The writer-director said she hopes Akoni will serve as a tool for positive growth within Australian society.

.The displacement of people around the world is causing boundaries to blur and cultures to converge, and it.s important for us all to have an understanding of
See full article at IF.com.au »

Mark Coles Smith heads to Cannes in Genna Chanelle Hayes short Wurinyan

Rising stars Mark Coles Smith and Genna Hayes will screen their short film, Wurinyan, as part of Cannes' Festival Corner..

Shot entirely in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs, the short, which runs at 34 minutes, also stars Christine Anu, Rarriwuy Hick and Peter Mochrie.

Wurinyan was directed by Hayes, executive produced by John McGrath and Paul Ralph and shot by Dop Rupert Brown.

Hayes, who has just returned from South America after starring in Venezuelan thriller Infection, said she was excited to share this Australian story with an international audience..

.This was a passion project for many of us involved, and to access a global audience at the most prestigious film festival in the world and spread awareness about these issues is incredible,. she said..

Last Cab to Darwin's Coles Smith said he was drawn to the project "as it not only raises awareness about important social issues, but also offers hope
See full article at IF.com.au »

New joint venture shoots Oz's first Indigenous teen drama

A chance meeting at the 2013 Logie awards was the catalyst for the launch of a joint venture between Blackfella Films and Werner Film Productions.

Big Chance Films. first production, Ready for This, a teenage drama with mostly Indigenous characters commissioned by ABC3, is now shooting in Sydney.

The ensemble cast includes two newcomers, rapper/singer Majeda Beatty who competed in The X Factor, and Liam Talty, who studied at the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts in Brisbane.

They join Aaron McGrath (The Code, Redfern Now, The Doctor Blake Mysteries), Leonie Whyman (Redfern Now), Madeleine Madden (The Code, Jack Irish: Dead Point, Redfern Now), Christian Byers (Puberty Blues season 2), Christine Anu (Dance Academy, Outland) and Lasarus Ratuere (The Mule, Mabo, Terra Nova).

Set in inner city Sydney, the plot follows five Indigenous kids who come to the city to pursue their dreams. Anu and Ratuere play the couple who run the kids. boarding house.
See full article at IF.com.au »

New joint venture shoots Oz's first Oz indigenous teen drama

A chance meeting at the 2013 Logie awards was the catalyst for the launch of a joint venture between Blackfella Films and Werner Film Productions.

Big Chance Films. first production, Ready for This, a teenage drama with mostly Indigenous characters commissioned by ABC3, is now shooting in Sydney.

The ensemble cast includes two newcomers, rapper/singer Majeda Beatty who competed in The X Factor, and Liam Talty, who studied at the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts in Brisbane.

They join Aaron McGrath (The Code, Redfern Now, The Doctor Blake Mysteries), Leonie Whyman (Redfern Now), Madeleine Madden (The Code, Jack Irish: Dead Point, Redfern Now), Christian Byers (Puberty Blues season 2), Christine Anu (Dance Academy, Outland) and Lasarus Ratuere (The Mule, Mabo, Terra Nova).

Set in inner city Sydney, the plot follows five Indigenous kids who come to the city to pursue their dreams. Anu and Ratuere play the couple who run the kids. boarding house.
See full article at IF.com.au »

New joint venture is shooting Oz's first Oz indigenous teen drama

A chance meeting at the 2013 Logie awards was the catalyst for the launch of a joint venture between Blackfella Films and Werner Film Productions.

Big Chance Films. first production, Ready for This, a teenage drama with mostly Indigenous characters commissioned by ABC3, is now shooting in Sydney.

The ensemble cast includes two newcomers, rapper/singer Majeda Beatty who competed in The X Factor, and Liam Talty, who studied at the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts in Brisbane.

They join Aaron McGrath (The Code, Redfern Now, The Doctor Blake Mysteries), Leonie Whyman (Redfern Now), Madeleine Madden (The Code, Jack Irish: Dead Point, Redfern Now), Christian Byers (Puberty Blues season 2), Christine Anu (Dance Academy, Outland) and Lasarus Ratuere (The Mule, Mabo, Terra Nova).

Set in inner city Sydney, the plot follows five Indigenous kids who come to the city to pursue their dreams. Anu and Ratuere play the couple who run the kids. boarding house.
See full article at IF.com.au »

Nitv launches on free to air

Nitv launches at midday

Specialist indigenous channel Nitv has widened its audience with the launch of the channel on free to air television today.

Specialising in Aboriginal and Torres Strait news, culture, affairs and entertainment, Nitv will continue to appear on Foxtel and also on SBS4 which was previously a narrowcasting service.

The move to free to air TV was announced in May when $158.1m in federal funding was allocated to Sbs.

Nitv began airing in July in 2007 following a funding announcement from the government in September 2005.

A two-hour special from Uluru, hosted by journalist Stan Grant and Rhoda Roberts kicked off the channel’s new version. A two hour evening concert from Uluru at 8pm will include Casey Donovan, Christine Anu, Troy Cassar-Daley and Rhoda Roberts.

A campaign by agency Us Sydney launched in late November to promote the channel.

The post Nitv launches on free to air appeared first on mUmBRELLA.
See full article at Encore Magazine »

Mabo clean sweeps at Deadlys

Mabo has won Film of the Year at the 2012 Deadly Awards, held last night at the Sydney Opera House.

The film’s stars also took out top honours in their categories.

The annual Deadly Awards, now in its 18th year, honour Indigenous excellence in various categories across arts, music and sport.

Mabo was selected ahead of documentaries Freedom Rides 40 Years On and The Tall Man.

Premiering at the Sydney Film Festival, Mabo is an ABC commissioned telemovie on the life of Indigenous activist Eddie Mabo, directed by Rachel Perkins and produced by Blackfella Films.

Mabo actors Jimi Bani and Deborah Mailman made it a clean sweep for the film, winning in their Male and Female Actor of the Year categories.

Bani won ahead of The Strait’s Aaron Fa’aoso, Buried City’s Meyne Wyatt, Charles Passi for Mabo and Leon Burchill for The Krakouer.

Mailman beat Outland’s Christine Anu,
See full article at Encore Magazine »

Outland Premieres at Seattle Lgbt Fest

  • doorQ.com
Upcoming Australian comedy Outland is set to have its World Premiere at the Seattle Gay & Lesbian Film Festival on October 18.

Based on the only short film to play both the Melbourne Queer Film Festival and the World Science Fiction Convention, this six-part comedy series focuses on members of a gay science-fiction fan club and features Adam Richard, Christine Anu, Ben Gerrard, Paul Ireland, and Toby Truslove. It is produced by Laura Waters (Angry Boys, Summer Heights High, John Safran’s Race Relations) of Princess Pictures.

Open about their sexuality but not so much about their geekdom, each member takes a turn at hosting the meetings. They soon discover that even if you’re out of the closet, it doesn’t mean there aren’t still skeletons in there… Outland is a series about belonging, no matter who you are, and how everyone searches to find a place to fit in.
See full article at doorQ.com »

Christine Anu Wed Her High School Sweetheart

Australian singer Christine Anu has married her high school sweetheart after they were reunited on social networking site Facebook.com. The pop star was just 14 years old when she fell for Simon Deutrom but the pair lost touch after their school closed.

Their romance was reignited three years ago when Deutrom contacted Anu online and now the couple has celebrated its relationship by exchanging vows in a clifftop ceremony on Anu's native Torres Strait Islands in Australia.

The star tells New Idea magazine, "I perform in front of many thousands of people, so I thought I'd be pretty calm about the wedding. But I couldn't believe how nervous I was on the day!"
See full article at Aceshowbiz »

Christine Anu marries longtime love

Christine Anu has married Simon Deutrom in a private ceremony. The 40-year-old 'My Island Home' singer, who first met Deutrom at school 25 years ago, celebrated their relationship in a clifftop ceremony on her native Torres Strait Islands. Anu told New Idea magazine: "I perform in front of many thousands of people, so I thought I'd be pretty calm about the wedding. But I couldn't believe how nervous I was on the day!" Talking about when she first met Deutrom, Anu said: "I fell crazily in love, but I wouldn't hold his hand. That was all he wanted but I knew holding hands could lead to something (more)
See full article at Digital Spy - Movie News »

They should have named this TV show doorQ.

Well, some gay portal already uses that name, but the show's characters can still talk about doorQ’s reboot.

Australia’s ABC1 has announced plans for Outland, a six-part comedy series with openly gay science fiction geeks. A show about “belonging and fitting in” will feature the gay characters Rae (Christine Anu), Toby (Ben Gerrard), Andy (Paul Ireland), Fab (Adam Richard) and Max (Toby Truslove). Kevin Carlin will direct. Princess Pictures, already known for the hits Summer Heights High and John Safran’s Race Relations, will produce.

They even need gay pride event extras for filming in Melbourne.

Photo: Adam Richard plays Fab.

Duane Simolke wrote the gay-themed novel Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure.
See full article at doorQ.com »

Stage stars might be in Sapphires film

The stars of the musical The Sapphires, Christine Anu, Casey Donovan, Hollie Andrew and Kylie Farmer, could be the leads of the upcoming film adaptation.

“All options are to be considered – both known actors and those completely unknown, hence the open cast call,” producer Rosemary Blight told Encore.

The producers recently announced a nationwide casting process (www.sapphiresopencall.com), looking for four Indigenous women (aged 16-28) to play the lead roles.

The success of Bran Nue Dae (with performances by singers Jessica Mauboy and Missy Higgins) is an indication that there is a market for fresh, Indigenous-themed musicals.

Bran Nue Dae, along with other films such as Mao’s Last Dancer, showed that Australians will embrace stories that have heart and soul and leave them filling emotionally fulfilled,” said Blight.

The Sapphires is based on a true story, that of the singing McCrae sisters – ‘Australia’s answer to The Supremes
See full article at Encore Magazine »

See also

Credited With |  External Sites


Recently Viewed