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Screen Aus and Create Nsw back 'The Merger' from 'Backyard Ashes' team

10 hours ago

Damian Callinan..

With production funding from Screen Australia and Create Nsw, comedian Damian Callinan will adapt his live act into a feature, The Merger.

The film reunites writer and actor Callinan with the team behind 2014 comedy Backyard Ashes, producer Anne Robinson and director Mark Grentell.

The Merger will follow a country football coach who has a plan to rebuild the local football team by recruiting recently settled asylum seekers. It's an adaptation of Callinan.s 2009 live show, which toured nationally for six years and earned him nominations for the Barry Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the West Australian Editors. Choice Award at Perth Fringe.

.The live version of.The Merger,.which has toured every nook of the nation, used empathy to simplify the confusion over the refugee issue and was well received by audiences of all ilks,. said Callinan.and Grentell in a joint statement. .We are »

- Staff Writer

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Bo Report: 'Pirates of the Caribbean 5' rules although well down on predecessor

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales..

The fifth edition of the Disney, Jerry Bruckheimer and Johnny Depp Pirates of the Caribbean franchise easily topped the Aussie box office last weekend although the debut was well below the previous installment.

Directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg and shot in Queensland after an injection of $21.6 million in funding from the federal government plus state government incentives, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales captured $5.9 million on 292 locations, according to ComScore.

That.s 41 per cent below the $9.9 million debut of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides in 2011. The latter finished up earning $27.2 million, which may be out of reach of the new film.

Pirates 5 scored an estimated $US77 million over the four-day Memorial Day holiday in the Us and $208 million internationally for a global total of $285 million, so the studio may be hard-pressed to recoup the reported $230 million budget. »

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David Wenham Q&A to open The Artist's Room

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David Wenham will appear in conversation with critic and journalist Luke Buckmaster to open The Artist's Room.

Create Nsw, Event Cinemas and Aftrs have teamed up to put on a regular industry event in Sydney. Known as The Artist.s Room, each affair will involve an in-depth chat with an Aussie actor, director or producer about their career ahead of a film screening..

Proceedings will kick off this week with a Q&A with David Wenham and a screening of Jonathan Teplitzky's.Gettin. Square. Wenham.s role as Johnny 'Spit' Spitieri won the actor an AFI Award back in 2003. .

All ticket sales from The Artist's Room will go towards a new development fund for screenwriters, to be administered by Create Nsw..

.We hope that this program will inspire individuals who have a dream to work within the industry to pursue their vision,. said Event Cinemas area general manager Anthony Keirann. »

- Inside Film Correspondent

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