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Check out which Indian films bagged nominations for the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne Award 2019

One of the biggest Indian Film Festivals outside of India, the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne has just announced its nominations for its annual awards ceremony. The festival is presented by the Victorian Government, is an annual festival that takes place in the cultural melting pot, Melbourne. This year's theme of the festival is Courage with over 58 films selected and to be screened in 21 languages.?

Apart from an exciting line up of some of the best Indian film talent set to visit the city to attend the celebrations at the festival, the annual award night will be held on 8th August the Palais Theatre, which is an iconic landmark of the city. ?

Each year the festival has had the privilege of some of the biggest Australian film talent on the jury panel. After a successful past few years, this year the jury comprises of some of the most renowned and
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Lisa McCune, Daniel Gillies enter the war zone in ‘Occupation: Rainfall’

Lisa McCune and Peter Helliar in ‘How to Stay Married.’

Lisa McCune and Daniel Gillies are the final additions to the cast of Luke Sparke’s sci-fi thriller Occupation: Rainfall.

Shooting in the Gold Coast, Newcastle, Sydney, the Snowy Mountains and Alice Springs, the sequel to Occupation sees the survivors of an intergalactic invasion fight back in a desperate ground war.

In her first film role since Josh Lawson’s The Little Death, McCune plays the military commander in charge of ground forces in the Sydney siege. The Los Angeles-based Gillies is a hard-line military leader that will do whatever it takes to win the alien war.

Temuera Morrison, Dan Ewing, Stephany Jacobsen, Aaron Jeffery, Zac Garred, Izzy Stevens and Trystan Go reprise their roles, joined by Crazy Rich Asians’ Ken Jeong, Lawrence Makoarely, Vince Colosimo and Tamala Shelton.

“Daniel has been on my radar for a few years now.
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Luke Sparke aims for awesomeness in ‘Occupation: Rainfall’

Izzy Stevens and Temuera Morrison in ‘Occupation Rainfall.’

Four weeks into the 12-weeks shoot on Occupation: Rainfall, writer-director Luke Sparke declares the sequel will be four times bigger in scale and ambition than the original Occupation.

The filmmaker is delighted with the performance of Ken Jeong, who has filmed his role as an American character who holds the key to the mystery of the rainfall.

Sparke was happy to encourage the Crazy Rich Asians and Hangover star to improvise, observing: “We let him loose to ad lib. He brings his unique style to the role, a very dry character. He had the crew in stitches at times.”

Co-written by Sparke and Felix Williamson, the sequel picks up two years after the intergalactic invasion of Earth as survivors in Sydney fight back in a desperate ground war. As casualties mount, the resistance and their unexpected allies uncover a plot that could
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Ken Jeong to Star in Australian Sci-Fi Movie ‘Occupation: Rainfall’

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Ken Jeong to Star in Australian Sci-Fi Movie ‘Occupation: Rainfall’
Crazy Rich Asians” star Ken Jeong is starring in “Occupation: Rainfall,” the sequel to the 2018 Australian science-fiction movie “Occupation.”

Jeong will begin shooting in early October in Australian locations including the Hunter Valley and the Gold Coast. Other cast members include Temuera Morrison (“Aquaman”), Dan Ewing, Stephany Jacobsen, Aaron Jeffery, Zac Garred, Izzy Stephens, Trystan Go, Lawrence Makoare, Vince Colosimo and Tamala Shelton.

Director Luke Sparke returns to helm the sequel with Monster Pictures on board as distributors across Australia and New Zealand.

“We’re building a whole new world with ‘Occupation: Rainfall’ and to have Ken join the film alongside our awesome returning cast members is mind blowing,” Sparke said.”I’ve admired his work and his successes for years and can’t wait to see what brings to the project when he arrives here to shoot in October.”

“Occupation: Rainfall” picks up two years into the intergalactic invasion of earth,
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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ star Ken Jeong lands the lead role in ‘Occupation’ sequel

Ken Jeong.

In a casting coup writer-director Luke Sparke has signed Crazy Rich Asians’ Ken Jeong to play the lead in Occupation: Rainfall.

The sequel to Sparke’s sci-fi thriller Occupation starts a four-month shoot spanning the Gold Coast, Newcastle, Sydney, the Snowy Mountains and Alice Springs tonight.

Temuera Morrison, Dan Ewing, Stephany Jacobsen, Aaron Jeffery, Zac Garred, Izzy Stephens and Trystan Go will reprise their roles from the original film.

Also joining the cast for the sequel are Lawrence Makoare, Vince Colosimo and Tamala Shelton, with more names to be revealed.

Sparke said: “We’re building a whole new world with Occupation: Rainfall and to have Ken join the film alongside our awesome returning cast members is mind blowing. I’ve admired his work and his successes for years and can’t wait to see what brings to the project when he arrives here in October.”

Co-written by Sparke and Felix Williamson,
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Film Review: ‘The Second’

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Film Review: ‘The Second’
“This is what happens when you make up stories,” one character says about three-fourths of the way through the confidently ambitious “The Second,” and the line is a succinct summation of the deceptively deep goings-on beneath the film’s faintly sordid surface. The maiden project developed and produced under the Screen Queensland Originals program in partnership with the streaming service Stan (the film is playing commercially now and will commence it’s Stan stand July 20), “The Second” is a sexy and satisfying thriller that toys with time, memory and the provocative side of storytelling.

In keeping with the mysterious spirit of the proceedings, shhh — no names, please: riding the crest of her well-received and best-selling erotic thriller, the Writer (Rachael Blake) is off to her family’s sprawling and regally laid-out country estate for a sex-fueled working weekend with her boyfriend the Publisher (Vince Colosimo). Soon after they settle in,
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LevelK Acquires Mairi Cameron’s Australian Sexy Thriller ‘The Second’ (Exclusive)

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Denmark-based LevelK has acquired international sales rights to Australian filmmaker Mairi Cameron’s sexy psychological thriller, ”The Second” which recently world premiered at Gold Coast Film Festival.

The Second,” which marks the first Original feature ordered by streaming service Stan, stars Rachel Blake (“Sleeping Beauty”), Susie Porter (“Hounds of Love”) and Vince Colosimo (“Chopper”).

The Second” follows a successful author riding high on the international acclaim of her first book, a sexually explicit autobiography. While preparing her second novel, the author’s best friend and muse reappears in her life and threatens to reveal the dark secret behind the memoir’s provenance, sparking an incendiary tale of sex, lies and betrayal.

Ordered by streaming service Stan, “The Second” was produced by Leanne Tonkes and writer/producer Stephen Lance at Australian company Sense and Centsability and Dust Bunny Productions. Screen Queensland, Mind Blowing World, and The Post Lounge co-financed the film.
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Cameras roll on Sq and Stan's first feature 'The Second'

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Rachael Blake and Mairi Cameron on the set of 'The Second'. (Photo: Stephen Lance.)

Production kicked off last week in south east Queensland on Stan.s first feature, The Second..

The psychological thriller, first announced early last year, is being directed by Mairi Cameron and produced by Leanne Tonkes and writer Stephen Lance. Tonkes and Lance have previously worked together on the 2014 feature My Mistress.

Shooting will take place in Brisbane and through the Western Downs region including Dalby.s Jimbour House, Jandowae and Lake Broadwater..

.Stephen Lance and I are delighted to be launching Mairi.s feature career and to be working with Amy Hobby and Anne Hubbell of Tangerine Entertainment — two wonderful advocates of female filmmakers," said Tonkes..

The Second.follows two female friends whose lives entwine in the pages of an elusive second novel. Cast includes Rachael Blake, Susie Porter, Vince Colosimo, Martin Sacks and Susan Prior.
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Cameras roll on Stan's first feature 'The Second'

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Rachael Blake and Mairi Cameron on the set of "The Second. (Photo: Stephen Lance.)

Production kicked off last week in south east Queensland on Stan.s first feature, The Second..

The psychological thriller, first announced early last year, is being directed by Mairi Cameron and produced by Leanne Tonkes and writer Stephen Lance. Tonkes and Lance have previously worked together on the 2014 feature My Mistress.

Shooting will take place in Brisbane and through the Western Downs region including Dalby.s Jimbour House, Jandowae and Lake Broadwater..

.Stephen Lance and I are delighted to be launching Mairi.s feature career and to be working with Amy Hobby and Anne Hubbell of Tangerine Entertainment — two wonderful advocates of female filmmakers," said Tonkes..

The Second.follows two female friends whose lives entwine in the pages of an elusive second novel. Cast includes Rachael Blake, Susie Porter, Vince Colosimo, Martin Sacks and Susan Prior.
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Peter Weir to make rare public appearance at the 2017 Adg Awards

Peter Weir on the set of his last feature 'The Way Back'.

Adg CEO Kingston Anderson told If earlier this year that he was angling for a high-profile director to present the Feature award at this year's Adg awards.

Now we know who it is: Peter Weir will present the Best Direction in a Feature Film award at the awards in Melbourne.

Weir will bestow the award on one of the five nominees; Garth Davis (Lion), Simon Stone (The Daughter), Ben Young (Hounds of Love), Craig Boreham (Teenage Kicks) and Jonnie Leahy (Skin Deep).

.It is a great privilege to have one of Australia.s pre-eminent directors, Peter Weir, presenting the award for Best Direction in a Feature Film," said Adg CEO Kingston Anderson..

"We have a tradition at the awards to have our best feature directors presenting this award. Directors who have presented the award in the past include Fred Schepisi,
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Anthony Lapaglia, Melanie Lynskey join Sbs crime thriller 'Sunshine'

Anthony Lapaglia in 'A Month of Sundays'.

Anthony Lapaglia (Lantana) and Melanie Lynskey (Heavenly Creatures) are set to star in Sbs crime thriller Sunshine.

They.ll be joined by local actors Kim Gyngell, Tiarnie Coupland, Vince Colosimo, Leah Vandenberg, Paul Ireland and Trudy Hellier.

The four-part drama is set in the outer-west suburb of Sunshine and its surrounds, and is a co-production between Essential Media and Carver Films..

The show follows Jacob, a young South Sudanese-Australian basketball player who is on the cusp of being picked up by U.S. scouts for the U.S. College league. .

Lapaglia plays Eddie, an ex-player now operating a small sports store in Sunshine who agrees to coach Jacob.s underperforming team, The Sunshine Kings..

In the midst of doing everything he can to make the draft, Jacob finds himself answering to Sunshine-raised lawyer Zara Skelton (Lynskey) when he is caught up in a
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Parsing the ABC's 2017 slate with director of television Richard Finlayson

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Claudia Karvan as Josephine Newton.

The ABC has revealed the first part of its 2017 slate, with more programs to be unveiled in February.

The schedule includes over 20 new Australian shows, in addition to new seasons for established titles such as You Can't Ask That, Cleverman, Janet King and The Doctor Blake Mysteries..

Cleverman is returning.—.with a season that ABC TV's Richard Finalyson calls "a little less dark than the first".—.as is Glitch. The second season of the Matchbox zombie drama will be co-produced by Netflix and the ABC.

Perhaps the highest-profile new program comes from the team behind Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, Fiona Eagger and Deb Cox:.Newton's Law stars Claudia Karvan as Josephine Newton, "a suburban solicitor with an over-developed sense of responsibility who attempts to return to her briefly glorious stint at the Bar."

Finlayson describes the eight-episode show as "really broad and light and funny.
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Shooting underway on The Warriors, the ABC’s new Indigenous comedy drama

The Warriors.

Filming has started in Melbourne on The Warriors, an eight-part Indigenous comedy drama for the ABC.

Lisa McCune, John Howard and Vince Colosimo will star alongside a cast of emerging Indigenous actors.

The Warriors, which explores the world of Aussie Rules, is the brainchild of Tony Briggs (The Sapphires) and Robert Connolly (Paper Planes, Barracuda).

The series has been exclusively written and directed by Indigenous Australians, including Jon Bell (Cleverman), Briggs and newcomer Tracey Rigney..

Directors include Adrian Russell Wills (Wentworth), Beck Cole (Black Comedy), Steven McGregor (Croker Island Exodus, Redfern Now), Catriona McKenzie (The Circuit, Redfern Now and The Gods of Wheat Street)..

Producers are Connolly, John Harvey and Liz Kearney, and Justin Monjo is story producer.

The Warriors follows two new Afl recruits - plucked from obscurity into fame and fortune - and two established players, who have been thrown together into a share house in Melbourne.
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Vince Colosimo, strapped for cash, cleans building sites between acting jobs

Lawyer reveals that Melbourne actor – in court on two counts of driving on a suspended licence – has a part-time labouring job

The life of an actor is often far from glamorous – but nothing seems to bring that fact into focus quite so clearly as hearing that the celebrated Australian actor Vince Colosimo has to work as a labourer on building sites to make ends meet.

The AFI award-winning actor, who starred in the television series Underbelly and the films Chopper and Lantana, appeared in Melbourne magistrates court on two counts of driving on a suspended licence, as first reported in the Herald Sun.

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ABC comedies break new ground

Dave Eastgate, Lawrence Leung and Stephanie Son in Maximum Choppage.

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Head of ABC TV comedy Rick Kalowski has commissioned a stand-alone pilot, a prototype he intends to test for further pilots, and he.s developing a sitcom to be filmed in front of a studio audience.

In a further break from the traditional approach to comedy, Kalowski is developing several shows that are each built around an established performer-writer. All that is in addition to eight series which are either in production or post.

The stand-alone pilot deals with an unusual subject- mental illness. Details of that sitcom are under wraps but Kowalski tells If he.s looking for other projects that are suitable material for pilots.

The studio-based comedy could be the ABC.s first since Mother and Son, the Geoffrey Atherden-created classic which ran until 1994. The show is being developed with writer . producer Marieke Hardy and would
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'Swerve' Clip with David Lyons and Emma Booth | Exclusive

'Swerve' Clip with David Lyons and Emma Booth | Exclusive
Sometimes doing the right thing can get you in a world of trouble, which is illustrated in Swerve, currently available on Blu-ray and DVD. David Lyons stars as Colin, who witnesses a fatal car crash and rescues a beautiful woman named Jina (Emma Booth), along with a briefcase full of cash. Despite his best intentions, Colin is forced to go on the run with Jina from her husband (Jason Clarke), a corrupt cop, and a deadly criminal (Travis McMahon). We have an exclusive clip from this thriller, where Colin tries to get the truth out of Jina while hiding out on a train.

While driving cross-country to a job interview, Colin (David Lyons, TV's Revolution, Eat, Pray, Love) witnesses a two-car crash that leaves one driver decapitated. The good-hearted Colin pulls a beautiful and mysterious young woman, Jina (Emma Booth, Parker, The Boys Are Back), from the wreckage, along with a suitcase full of money.
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Sizable audience for Fat Tony & Co

The Nine Network.s crime drama Fat Tony & Co. easily won its timeslot on Sunday night. The premiere of the Screentime-produced series starring Robert Mammone as the infamous criminal Tony Mokbel drew 1.379 million viewers in the five capital cities. Adding the regional audience of 443,263, the first episode had a national average of 1.834 million, peaking at 2.06 million.

The second episode was watched by 1.236 million in the capitals/1.6 million. The nine-part series features other original members of the Underbelly franchise including Vince Colosimo as Alphonse Gangitano, Gyton Grantley as Carl Williams, Les Hill as Jason Moran, Madeleine West as Danielle McGuire, Simon Westaway as Mick Gatto, Gerard Kennedy as Graham Kinniburgh, and Kevin Harrington as Lewis Moran The premiere of season four of Seven.s Downton Abbey pulled 1.125 million (down 206,000 on the launch of season three last year) in the capitals, 1.74 million nationally, and ABC.s Rake had 617,000.

The debut of Matchbox
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Inxs miniseries smashes Corby

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The Nine Network.s gambit of moving the Schapelle Corby telemovie from Monday to Sunday night has backfired as the show was beaten comprehensively by the premiere of Seven.s Inxs: Never Tear Us Apart.

The Inxs drama produced by Shine Australia drew 1.974 million viewers in the 5 city metropolitan areas, dwarfing the 1.022 million for FremantleMedia.s Schapelle. The national audience was 2.88 million for the Inxs saga versus 1.339 million for Schapelle.

.I think most people are over Schapelle,. one former network programmer told If this morning. Either that or far more people were attracted to the story of the iconic band and the death of lead singer Michael Hutchence.

Directed by Daina Reid and written by Dave Warner and Justin Monjo, the two-part series stars Luke Arnold, Nicholas Masters, Ido Drent, Andy Ryan, Alex Williams and Hugh Sheridan.

In part 2, which airs this Sunday at 8.30pm, Hutchence finds a new love in Paula Yates,
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Nine unveils Corby, Rinehart, mid-air drama projects

The Nine Network today revealed details of its upcoming telemovie on Schapelle Corby, a miniseries on Gina Rinehart and a telemovie chronicling a near- disaster involving a Qantas flight.

The network.s 2014 slate also includes a factual series which follows Australian diplomats as they deal with Aussies in crisis in Thailand, relationships documentary Married at First Sight, dating show When Love Comes To Town and a new, six-part current affairs series, Inside Story.

FremantleMedia.s Schapelle features Krew Boylan as the 27-year-old beauty school dropout from the Gold Coast who was arrested at Bali airport with 4.2kg of marijuana in a boogie board bag. The cast includes Jacinta Stapleton as her sister Mercedes, Denise Roberts as her mother Ros, Colin Friels as her father Mick, Les Chantery as her mentor Ron Bakir, Vince Colosimo as lawyer Robin Tampoe, Francis Greenslade as Foreign Minister Alexander Downer and Michael Croaker as Federal Police boss Mick Keelty.
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Nine unveils Corby, Rinehart, air drama projects

The Nine Network today revealed details of its upcoming telemovie on Schapelle Corby, a miniseries on Gina Rinehart and the chronicle of a near- disaster involving a Qantas flight.

The network.s 2014 slate also includes a series in which Australian diplomats reveal how they saved Aussies in crisis abroad, relationships documentary Married at First Sight, dating show When Love Comes To Town and a new current affairs series, Inside Story.

FremantleMedia.s Schapelle will star Krew Boylan as the 27-year-old beauty school dropout from the Gold Coast who was arrested at Bali airport with 4.2kg of marijuana in a boogie board bag. The cast includes Jacinta Stapleton as her sister Mercedes, Denise Roberts as her mother Ros, Colin Friels as her father Mick, Les Chantery as her mentor Ron Bakir, Vince Colosimo as lawyer Robin Tampoe, Francis Greenslade as Foreign Minister Alexander Downer and Michael Croaker as Federal Police boss Mick Keelty.
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