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‘Quantum Of Solace’ Star Olga Kurylenko Tests Positive For Coronavirus

‘Quantum Of Solace’ Star Olga Kurylenko Tests Positive For Coronavirus
Olga Kurylenko, the Ukraine-born actress, is the latest film biz name to have tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Quantum Of Solace, Oblivion and Hitman actress confirmed the news in a social media post. “I’ve actually been ill for almost a week now. Fever and fatigue are my main symptoms. Take care of yourself and do take this seriously,” Kurylenko wrote on her instagram feed.

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Well-wishers replying to the post included The Fifth Element star Milla Jovovich.

Kurylenko recently shot The Courier with Gary Oldman and Leo Zhang’s The Hunting. She is attached to shoot sci-fi Gateway 6.

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson were the first big-name film bods to contract the virus, which has begun
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Stan and BBC co-commission outback thriller from ‘Fleabag’ producers

(Photo credit: BBC).

Stan and the BBC have co-commissioned a six-part thriller from the producers of Fleabag, to be shot in South Australia with support from the South Australian Film Corporation (Safc).

Created and written by Two Brothers Pictures’ Harry and Jack Williams, The Tourist follows a British man who is pursued by a vast tank truck that tries to drive him off the road.

With echoes of Steven Spielberg’s Duel, a cat-and-mouse chase ensues and The Man later wakes in hospital, hurt but suffering from amnesia.

Pursued by figures from his past, his search for answers takes him through the outback and on to Singapore and Bali.

Lisa Scott will produce for Two Brothers Pictures and her new company Highview Productions while Chris Sweeney, whose credits include Liar, the ITV/Sundance TV thriller co-created by Harry and Jack Williams, and the BBC/Showtime comedy-drama Back to Life, will direct.
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‘Fleabag’ Producer Two Brothers Pictures Preps Thriller ‘The Tourist’ For BBC & Australia’s Stan

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‘Fleabag’ Producer Two Brothers Pictures Preps Thriller ‘The Tourist’ For BBC & Australia’s Stan
Fleabag producer Two Brothers Pictures is making cat-and-mouse thriller The Tourist for the BBC and Australia’s Stan.

The All3Media-backed producer is working with Highview Productions, All3Media International and the South Australian Film Corporation on the six-part series.

The show, written by Two Brothers Pictures founders Harry and Jack Williams, is set in the Australian outback, where a British man is pursued by a vast tank truck trying to drive him off the road. An epic cat and mouse chase unfolds and the man later wakes in hospital, hurt, but somehow alive. Except he has no idea who he is. With merciless figures from his past pursuing him, the man’s search for answers propels him through the vast and unforgiving outback. The Tourist is a character-driven mystery thriller with twists and turns through the dusty outback of Australia, to the frantic noise and lights of Singapore, and to the calm,
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Berlinale Series Market Unveils 2020 Selection

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The BBC and Tvnz’s adaptation of Man Booker Prize winning novel “The Luminaries,” starring Eva Green, is among the scripted TV projects that will feature in this year’s Berlinale Series Market and Conference program at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Set during the 1860s gold rush in New Zealand, the Working Title and Southern Light Films-produced “The Luminaries” is based on Eleanor Catton’s prize-winning novel of the same name. FremantleMedia handles international sales.

The Luminaries” is one of several ‘strong’ Australian and New Zealand series screening at the market, according to Berlinale Series Market and Conference co-ordinator Katharina Böndel.

Böndel added that the line-up has a focus this year on shows with strong female leads or that are about minority groups or indigenous characters.

They include the second series of atmospheric outback crime drama “Mystery Road,” sold by All3Media International, which will also world premiere at the festival itself.
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Screen Australia backs five projects with $3.5 million

Writer Jackie van Beek and director Armagan Ballantyne, who will collaborate on ‘Nude Tuesday’.

Two feature films, one from Robert Connolly and the other a Kiwi-Aussie co-pro penned by The Breaker Upperers’ Jackie van Beek; a ABC TV comedy from Closer Productions; and two online projects are the latest recipients of $3.5 million worth of production funding from Screen Australia.

Connolly, writer/director of box office hit Paper Planes, will return to Western Australia to shoot a feature film adaptation of Tim Winton’s acclaimed novel Blueback, while Nz’s Firefly Productions will join forces with Good Thing Productions to create absurdist dramedy feature Nude Tuesday, directed by Armagan Ballantyne. Erik Thomson teams up with Adelaide’s Closer Productions to produce Yes, Chef! for the ABC, following a notorious celebrity chef who is forced to flee to his hometown in the Adelaide Hills.

Screen Australia head of content Sally Caplan said:
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‘The Hunting,’ With Tony Leung, Leads Influx of Chinese Projects Into France

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‘The Hunting,’ With Tony Leung, Leads Influx of Chinese Projects Into France
Ever since France revised its tax rebate for international productions in 2016, local authorities have embarked on a full-court push to attract Chinese projects. In 2019, that campaign saw its most successful expression to date with the arrival of Middle Kingdom mega-production, “The Hunting.”

“In recent years, we’ve welcomed more and more Chinese projects, especially series, but ‘The Hunting’ is really the biggest, and most ambitious film to date,” says Stephan Bender, interim CEO of Film France. “It was a project we knew about since 2016, though it took a few years to put in place. When it did come together, it saw more days of shooting, and brought together more Chinese and French technicians than ever before, marking a real step forward for Chinese productions in France.”

Directed by Leo Zhang (“Bleeding Steel”) and starring acclaimed leading man Tony Leung, this Mandarin-language potboiler shot for nine weeks in the Paris region this past summer.
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Shooting Days in Paris Rise 10% Led by Damien Chazelle’s ‘The Eddy’

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Shooting Days in Paris Rise 10% Led by Damien Chazelle’s ‘The Eddy’
Buoyed by a sturdy local industry and sent soaring by the influx of international broadcasters, audiovisual production in Paris rose to record-setting levels in 2019. The French capital remained Gaul’s leading production market, encompassing 40% of all national and 36% of all foreign shoots in the country last year.

In harsh numbers, the city of light lit up 1,066 productions last year, counting 103 features and 97 series amongst them. Only those harsh numbers don’t quite tell the full story.

“In terms of key figures, the amount of productions is less important than the number of days worked,” explains Michel Gomez, executive director of the Paris Film Office. “While the number of productions has remained more or less stable from year to year, we’ve seen a significant difference in the number of shooting days.”

Indeed, last year saw 5,465 shooting days in Paris alone – a number up 10% from that of the previous year, and
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Sue Masters to depart Sbs

Sue Masters.

After five years as Sbs’s head of scripted, Sue Masters is set to depart the broadcaster to pursue independent drama development.

Having led the drama commissioning team, Masters leaves a legacy that includes the International Emmy Award-winning Safe Harbour, Sbs’s most successful drama ever, The Hunting, Robbie Hood, Sunshine, The Principal, The Family Law, Deep Water, Dead Lucky, On The Ropes, and the upcoming Hungry Ghosts.

Until recruitment for the position commences in 2020, Amanda Duthie has joined Sbs as acting head of drama. Most recently Duthie was the head of production and development and studios at the South Australian Film Corporation, and prior to that was the creative director/CEO of the Adelaide Film Festival and head of arts & entertainment at ABC.

Masters will continue to work across some Sbs initiatives, including The R.I.D.E Feature Film Fund, a feature film project and partnership with Screen Queensland,
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Aacta wins for ‘The Nightingale’, ‘Total Control’, ‘Lambs of God’

The Nightingale’.

Last night’s Aacta Awards saw a trifecta for Jennifer Kent, who took home Best Film, Best Direction and Best Screenplay for The Nightingale, with star Aisling Franciosi also winning Best Lead Actress.

Set in 1825, The Nightingale follows a young, female Irish convict (Franciosi) who chases a British officer through the Tasmanian wilderness bent on revenge after he committed an act of violence against her family, and who along the way enlists the help of an Aboriginal tracker. It premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2018, with Kent the only female director in competition. It won the Special Jury Prize and Baykali Ganambarr the Marcello Mastroiaani Award for his debut performance.

Produced by Causeway Films’ Kristina Ceyton, Made Up Stories’ Bruna Papandrea and Steve Hutensky, and Kent, the period tale beat out The King, Judy & Punch, Hearts and Bones, Ride Like A Girl and Top End Wedding for the Best Film prize.
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Australian Academy Awards: Jennifer Kent’s ‘The Nightingale’ Triumphs With Quartet Of Major Prizes

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Australian Academy Awards: Jennifer Kent’s ‘The Nightingale’ Triumphs With Quartet Of Major Prizes
Jennifer Kent’s thriller The Nightingale has taken home a trio of prizes at the 2019 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards in Sydney.

Kent’s period piece won Best Direction, Best Screenplay and Best Film, making Kent, who also produced, the first woman to receive awards across all three categories for the same film in the same year. The film’s female lead, Aisling Franciosi, received the Best Lead Actress prize.

The Nightingale follows a young Irish convict who chases a British officer through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family.

Bong Joon Ho’s lauded Cannes winner Parasite scored the Aacta Award for Best Asian Film. The award was presented to the South Korean film’s producer Kwak Sin-ae by Simu Liu, star of Marvel Comics’ upcoming film Shang-Chi and the Legend Of The Ten Rings,
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‘Lambs of God’ leads early AACTAs, ‘Buoyancy’ wins Best Indie Film

Lambs of God’.

Lingo Pictures’ Lambs of God was the big winner at yesterday’s Aacta Industry Luncheon, taking home seven of a potential nine awards, while Rodd Rathjen’s debut feature Buoyancy was named Best Indie Film.

Sweeping the afternoon, Lambs of God’s various accolades included Best Direction in a Television Drama or Comedy for Jeffery Walker; Best Cinematography in Television for Don McAlpine; Best Original Score in Television for Bryony Marks (one of two awards for the composer during the event); Best Production Design in Television for Chris Kennedy; Best Costume Design in Television for Xanthe Heubel; Best Sound Sound in Television for Nick Emond, Stephen Smith, Paul Devescovi and Mia Stewart; and Best Hair and Makeup for Zeljka Stanin, Paul Pattison, Cheryl Williams and Anita Howell-Lowe.

The Foxtel mini-series was beaten only out for Best Screenplay in Television, which went to Niki Aken and Matthew Cormack for The Hunting,
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Casting Guild of Australia Award winners and Rising Stars named

Kirsty McGregor and Gemma Brown won Best Casting in a Feature Film for ‘Hearts and Bones’.

The Casting Guild of Australia (Cga) named 10 actors as its top emerging talent of 2019 and celebrated the best casting of the year at its annual awards Friday evening in Melbourne.

Leading the winners was Kirsty McGregor, who took home three awards, including Best Casting in a TV Comedy for Foxtel’s Mr Inbetween (series 2) and further two with colleague Gemma Brown, including Best Casting in A Feature Film for Hearts and Bones, and Achievement in Casting for ABC children’s series The Unlisted.

Annie Murtagh-Monks won Best Casting in a TV Drama for her work on The Heights series 1, while Best Casting in a TV Miniseries and Telemovie went to Angela Heesom for Sbs’s The Hunting. Best Casting in a Short Film went to Stevie Ray for Strangers.

Annie Murtagh-Monks won Best Casting
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Sbs unveils gold rush drama, docs on immigration, homelessness and addiction

‘New Gold Mountain’ writers Peter Cox, Benjamin Law and Yolanda Ramke.

Sbs has commissioned a 4-part drama set during the 1850s gold rush from the perspective of desperate Chinese miners from Goalpost Television, to be directed by The Hunting’s Ana Kokkinos.

The broadcaster’s 2020 slate unveiled today includes documentaries spotlighting immigration, identity, homelessness, addiction and domestic violence.

Among the returning shows, Bert Newton, Lisa Wilkinson and country music star Troy Cassar-Daley will be among the eight identities who search for their family history in Warner Bros. Australia’s Who Do You Think You Are?

In the third season of Blackfella Films’ Filthy, Rich & Homeless five high-profile Aussies including Dr Andrew Rochford will swap their privileged lives to discover what life is like for the nation’s homeless.

Scripted by creator/lead writer Peter Cox (the Kiwi’s first Australian screen credit), Benjamin Law and Yolanda Ramke, Goalpost’s New
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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 Awards.

To be held November 29 in Melbourne, the awards will be hosted by actors Zahra Newman (Wentworth) and Mark Coles Smith (Picnic at Hanging Rock), with special guest Aacta Award-winning producer Todd Abbott from Guesswork.

In TV drama, the casting directors behind Diary of an Uber Driver, The Heights (series 1), Total Control and Wentworth (Season 7) have each been recognised with nods, while in the TV Miniseries & Telemovie category it will be a battle between those who worked on Lambs of God, On the Ropes, Secret Bridesmaids Business and The Hunting.

Casting Guild of Australia president Kirsty McGregor leads with seven nominations, three of which are shared with Gemma Brown and one with Stevie Ray (Diary of an Uber Driver
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Ludo Studio tops the Spa Awards

Charlie Aspinwall and Daley Pearson.

Ludo Studio were the big winners at last night’s Screen Producers Australia (Spa) Awards in Melbourne, taking home four gongs, including the major prize of the night: Screen Production Business of the Year.

The Brisbane company, co-founded by Charlie Aspinwall and Daley Pearson, also walked away with Animated Series Production of the Year for its pre-school phenomenon Bluey, Online Series Production of the Year for Robbie Hood with co-production partner Since 1788 Productions and Screen Business Export Award for Bluey, in recognition of its Disney sale – it will be the first Australian series to stream on Disney+.

The latter award was jointly shared with Porchlight Films’ Animal Kingdom, with the Us remake now in its fourth season for TNT.

“This industry has been very kind to us,” said Pearson on accepting the major award, which recognises Ludo’s growth over the past five years, and
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Spend on local drama production reaches all-time high, foreign spend rises

‘True History of the Kelly Gang’.

Some $1.17 billion was spent on drama production in Australia in the last financial year – the second highest year on record and more than 50 per cent up on the previous year – driven by all-time high expenditure on local content and significantly bolstered levels of foreign spend.

That’s according Screen Australia’s annual Drama Report, released today, which details expenditure on all local and foreign drama production, across film, TV, and online, as well in post-production, digital and visual effects (Pdv).

A record $768 million was spent on local projects in 2018-19, driven by a record $334 million expenditure in TV drama, as well as a five-year high spend on features at $229 million. Children’s TV drama is also at a 10 year high at $95 million across 15 projects; a 95 per cent increase on last year.

Significantly, the spend on foreign shoot and Pdv-titles is up three times on last year at $410 million.
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Leah Purcell starts shooting ‘The Drover’s Wife the Legend of Molly Johnson’

Leah Purcell on the set of ‘The Drover’s Wife the Legend of Molly Johnson’.

Rob Collins, Sam Reid and Jessica de Gouw have joined the cast of Leah Purcell’s The Drover’s Wife the Legend of Molly Johnson, which is now shooting in Nsw.

Purcell is making her feature directing debut on the revenge Western, a re-imagining of her acclaimed play and Henry Lawson’s classic short story.

Roadshow Films has boarded the film produced by Oombarra Productions’ Bain Stewart and Bunya ProductionsDavid Jowsey, Angela Littlejohn and Greer Simpkin.

Set in 1893, the plot follows Purcell as the heavily pregnant Molly Johnson who, with her children, struggles to survive hunger and the wild elements. She forms a bond with Yadaka, a runaway Aboriginal who helps her with the birth and burial of her stillborn baby.

When Sergeant Nate Clintoff learns that Molly’s drover husband is missing he
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French sale for Closer Productions’ ‘The Hunting’

The Hunting.’

France’s M6 Group is the latest international broadcaster to acquire The Hunting, Closer Productions’ four-part drama commissioned by Sbs.

Created by Sophie Hyde and Matthew Cormack and starring Asher Keddie and Richard Roxburgh, the series exploring the effects of online sexting on teenagers and their families will screen on M6’s digital terrestrial channel W9.

That follows deals negotiated by UK-based Dcd Rights with Viacom-owned Channel 5 in the UK, Sky New Zealand, RTÉ in Ireland, CBC in Canada, Ivi in Russia and Npo in the Netherlands.

The ensemble cast includes Sam Reid, Jessica De Gouw, Luca Sardelis, Yazeed Daher, Pamela Rabe, Leah Vandenberg, Rodney Afif, Sachin Joab, Elena Carapetis, Anni Lindner and newcomers Kavitha Anandasivam and Alex Cusack.

Cormack penned the scripts with Niki Aken. Hyde shared directing duties with Ana Kokkinos and produced with Rebecca Summerton and Lisa Scott. Screen Australia and the Safc backed the production.
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Fresh Blood pilot ‘Why Are You Like This’ to go to full series for the ABC

‘Why Are You Like This‘.

Comedy Why Are You Like This, one of four pilots supported through Screen Australia and the ABC’s Fresh Blood initiative, has been greenlit for a six-part series.

Created and written by Naomi Higgins, Humyara Mahbub and Aunty Donna’s Mark Samual Bonanno, Why Are You Like This follows best friends Mia and Penny as they navigate their 20s in Melbourne, along with Penny’s dramatic and aloof housemate, Austin. Guided by their own modern day moral code, they confront complex social issues in an outrage driven world, leaving a path of destruction in their wake.

Screen Australia and the ABC’s ongoing Fresh Blood initiative is designed to uncover a new generation of comedic talent. Why Are You Like This was one of four pilots produced thanks to the program in 2018, alongside Michael Cusack’s Aacta-nominated Koala Man, Becky Lucas and Cameron James’ Be
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Bo Report: ‘Downton Abbey’ translates on the big screen

Downton Abbey’ (Photo: Universal Pictures).

It is a rare feat to translate a six season network TV hit into box office bankability but Downton Abbey loyalists have swarmed to the occasion, with the Universal Pictures film adaptation steam-training to the top of the box office, attracting $3.2 million in its opening last weekend across 502 screens.

Sony’s The Angry Birds Movie 2 also bowed over the weekend, clinching third spot and $1.5 million in revenue, with the Andy Muschietti directed It Chapter Two nestled in at number two.

Warner Bros’ It sequel has helped to resuscitate Australian Bo fortunes, having already amassed $11 million in just two weeks. The horror brought in $3.2 million over the weekend, boasting the highest screen average for any film at $8,684.

Overall, the top 20 titles rung up $10.7 million over the weekend, down 2 per cent on last week, according to the Motion Pictures Association of Australia (Mpdaa).

Sophie Hyde’s
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