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Ioan Gruffudd to topline Hoodlum crime drama ‘Harrow’

11 July 2017 7:48 PM, PDT

Welsh actor Ioan Gruffudd (Horatio Hornblower, Forever, San Andreas) will head back Down Under to play the lead in Hoodlum Entertainment.s new crime drama, Harrow..

The 10-part ABC TV series, set to shoot in Queensland in August, will see Gruffudd star as titular character Dr. Harrow: a brilliant yet unorthodox forensic pathologist who solves cases while harbouring a dark secret..

Gruffudd has previously worked in Australia on international films Sanctum and San Andreas. .

The actor said: .I am so excited to be bringing the complex and brilliant Dr. Dan Harrow to life! Looking forward to coming back to Queensland to work on this ambitious and exciting series!.

Harrow has been co-created by writer Stephen M. Irwin (Australia Day, Wake in Fright, Secrets & Lies) and producer Leigh McGrath (Australia Day, Secrets & Lie, Strange Calls), who will produce with Hoodlum Entertainment.s Tracey Robertson and Nathan Mayfield. . .

Of Grufford.s casting, »

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Australians in Film welcomes new members, Courtney Gibson joins board

11 July 2017 5:46 PM, PDT

Courtney Gibson has joined the AiF board..

Australians in Film is opening its ranks to Australian-based screen creatives and professionals, and launching education and career development programs for its members.

The new AiF international membership category will give Australians access to desk space at AiF.s headquarters on the Raleigh Studios lot as well as discounted rates to all AiF.s career and education development programs.

These include the script development program Gateway La, the Village Roadshow|Animal Logic Entertainment Internship and the Heath Ledger Scholarship.

The new education and career development programs will include increased access to the Us and the international industries with seminars and Q&As with leading American executives and creatives from Netflix, Fox 2000, Amazon, Village Roadshow, Warner Bros, Animal Logic, Hulu, CAA and UTA plus Australians working in the Australian and Us industries.

The latter will include conversations with Damon Herriman (The Nightingale, Secret City, »

- Don Groves

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Aaron Pedersen and Judy Davis to set off on 'Mystery Road' for the ABC

11 July 2017 5:40 PM, PDT

Aaron Pedersen as Jay Swan in 'Goldstone'..

Detective Jay Swan, the protagonist in Ivan Sen.s films Mystery Road and Goldstone, is headed to the small screen.

Aaron Pedersen will reprise the role in Mystery Road - The Series, alongside Judy Davis as a small town cop, for the ABC and international distributor All3Media International.

Directed by Rachel Perkins and produced by Bunya Productions. David Jowsey and Greer Simpkin, the 6-part mystery/drama starts shooting in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia in late August..

The plot follows Swan as he investigates the disappearance of two young farm hands on an outback cattle station. One is a local Indigenous footy hero, the other a backpacker. Working with local cop Emma James (Davis), his investigation uncovers a past injustice that threatens the whole community

It is a rare Australian screen role for Davis, who was last seen »

- Don Groves

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Budgets and programming hours trend down at the ABC

10 July 2017 4:59 PM, PDT

The past four years have seen the ABC.s commissioning budgets for adult drama and children.s content drop around 20 per cent each, according to new data released via Senate Estimates.

The ABC has revealed numbers around its expenditure, budgets and hours for drama, narrative comedy, children.s and documentary following questioning from Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

The data shows that the public broadcaster.s overall content budget (excluding news and current affairs, marketing and promotions) dropped from $188.1 million in 2012-13 to $171.9 million in the 2015-16 financial year; almost 9 per cent..

In adult drama, commissioning budgets fell from $45.6 million in 2012-13 to $36.3 million in the last financial year; approximately 20 per cent. However, budgets for narrative comedy have increased from $5.5 million to $8.5 million over the same period.

The commissioning budget for children.s has dropped from $20.3 million in 2012-13 to $16.2 million last financial year; also approximately 20 per cent.

The budget for »

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Spa slams Federal Government inaction

10 July 2017 4:36 PM, PDT

Since 2014 the Federal Government has made numerous policy decisions that benefited sectional interests such as commercial free-to-air broadcasters, the Us studios and local service businesses, while neglecting screen producers.

That.s according to the Screen Production Industry Policy Ledger released this week by Screen Producers Australia.

The document contrasts the licence fee relief to the commercial networks, which boosted their share prices, with the broadcasters reducing their spending on local drama and documentaries by 20 per cent over the past four years.

Successive cuts in government funding to the ABC, Sbs and Screen Australia have robbed the industry of $400 million, it says, while regulatory oversight and auditing on local content obligation were withdrawn..

.This ledger sets out in stark relief the series of policy decisions made over the last three years that have negatively, or asymmetrically, affected the industry and in particular, the small businesses that drive it,. said Spa CEO Matt Deaner. »

- Don Groves

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Incoming Nfsa CEO responds to critics of appointment

10 July 2017 4:27 PM, PDT

The appointment of Dutch archivist Jan Müller as CEO of the National Film and Sound Archive (Nfsa), the third non-Australian to occupy the post in 12 years, raised concerns from sections of the screen industry. While no one questions the qualifications of Müller, the CEO of Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision since 2009, many asked why no Australian resident, born here or overseas, was deemed suitable. If invited Müller to respond.

First of all, it.s not my place to comment on the recruitment process which led to my appointment. I can say, however, that the Nfsa has earned an international reputation and I am thrilled to have been selected from a field of local and international candidates..

Naturally, I am fully aware of the responsibility coming with a position in which cultural heritage is so obviously involved. I am a cosmopolitan. I am familiar with a variety of cultures, types of people, »

- Jan Müller

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Incoming Nfsa CEO responds to critics of his appointment

10 July 2017 4:27 PM, PDT

The appointment of Dutch archivist Jan Müller as CEO of the National Film and Sound Archive (Nfsa), the third non-Australian to occupy the post in 12 years, raised concerns from sections of the screen industry. While no one questions the qualifications of Müller, the CEO of Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision since 2009, many asked why no Australian resident, born here or overseas, was deemed suitable. If invited Müller to respond.

First of all, it.s not my place to comment on the recruitment process which led to my appointment. I can say, however, that the Nfsa has earned an international reputation and I am thrilled to have been selected from a field of local and international candidates..

Naturally, I am fully aware of the responsibility coming with a position in which cultural heritage is so obviously involved. I am a cosmopolitan. I am familiar with a variety of cultures, types of people, »

- Jan Müller

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Artist Anthony Lister bares his soul in Eddie Martin's feature documentary

9 July 2017 8:54 PM, PDT

'Have You Seen the Listers?'.

When director Eddie Martin showed a cut of his feature doc Have You Seen the Listers? to Anthony Lister, the renowned street artist started laughing at some of the early scenes..

By the end he wasn.t laughing, but he fully accepted Martin.s deeply personal and at times confronting portrait, which will have its world premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival.

.He was quite emotional but he was positive with the outcome and we were able to move forward with his blessing,. Martin told If.

.Essentially it is the story of a young father and his family set in the world of art. I hope it will connect with a broad audience..

Transmission Films will release the doc produced by Martin and Carver Films. Sarah Shaw in cinemas next year. The international sales agent Dogwoof Global plans to expose the film at »

- Don Groves

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Juju Chan in talks to star in thriller 'Pepper'

9 July 2017 5:35 PM, PDT

(L-r) Pam Collis, Antony Szeto, Juju Chan, Janice Eymann, Wayne Borg,Tony Cheng and Kent Chen.

Chinese/American actress Juju Chan, hailed as a female Bruce Lee by her fans, is in negotiations to play the lead role in Pepper, an action-thriller scripted by Janice Eymann.

Australian-born, Hong Kong-based director/actor/producer Antony Szeto is set to direct the film, the saga of a secret agent who comes to Far North Queensland in search of her missing brother, a fellow agent.

Eymann and fellow producers Pam Collis and Paul O.Kane are developing the project with Tony Cheng, the chairman of Beijing Tong Fa Group, and Kent Chen, the group.s director/general manager. .

The aim is to shoot the film next year, possibly as a Chinese-Australian co-production, which would benefit from the favorable terms of releasing Chinese films in mainland cinemas.

Juju.s credits include Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: »

- Don Groves

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