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Government lays out terms of reference for content review

24 May 2017

The government has released the terms of reference for its review into Australian and children.s screen content..

The content review was announced earlier this month as part of the government's broader media reform package..

The government has stated the review.s objective is to provide policy options to government on the most effective support mechanisms for the local production sector. This is with the aim of ensuring the ongoing availability of Australian screen content, regardless of platform..

To be specifically reviewed are the mechanisms that support Australian drama, documentary and children.s content.

Also under the microscope is the Australian Screen Production Incentive, or the tax offsets. These include the Producer Offset, Location Offset and Pdv Offset, which, according to the government, were designed to .suit pre-2007 industry models..

"In a globally connected, on-demand world, Australian stories need to be told and heard by Australians, in particular our children, »

- Jackie Keast

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Aussie web series ‘High Life’ sells to Us streaming service Fullscreen

23 May 2017 6:22 PM, PDT

Odessa Young in 'High Life.'

Director Luke Eve.s web series High Life has been sold to Us streaming service Fullscreen.

It marks another Australian acquisition for Fullscreen, which also picked up The Katering Show.

High Life was written by Glen Dolman (Hawke, Mystery of a Hansom Cab), and produced by Eve (Low Life, Australian Summer) with Adam Dolman. British comedian and mental health advocate Stephen Fry was the executive producer with Gina Carter. It was backed by Screen Australia's multiplatform fund..

.The team and I are delighted that High Life has found a home with Fullscreen in the USA,. Eve said.

.Fullscreen is a perfect fit for the project and we are excited to get the word out about the series. They have been extremely supportive of myself, Glen Dolman and Adam Dolman as filmmakers and share our passion for telling engaging stories..

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Partho Sen-Gupta's 'Slam' to be French-Australian co-pro

23 May 2017 4:56 PM, PDT

Partho Sen-Gupta..

Screen Australia, Screenwest and France.s Cnc Cinémas du Monde have all backed Slam, the latest film from writer-director Partho Sen-Gupta (Sunrise, Let The Wind Blow)..

To be shot in Western Sydney later this year, Slam follows the disappearance of a young Muslim woman in a climate of mistrust and xenophobia.

Cast will include Adam Bakri (Omar), Rachael Blake (Sleeping Beauty, Lantana) and Abbey Aziz (Let it Be Love). Post-production will be completed in Western Australia and France.

"I wrote Slam with urgency and anger in reaction to the world around me nose-diving into hatred and fratricide,. said Sen-Gupta..

.But I am very pleased that what has resulted is a poetic appeal to reason, a socially motivated thriller that transcends language and nationality. I am very excited to work with such a talented international cast and crew who were touched by the human story and will collaborate with »

- Inside Film Correspondent

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Start-up Svod Zenith to showcase short films

22 May 2017 5:12 AM, PDT

Hamy Ramezan and Rungano Nyoni's 'Listen', to screen at the Zenith launch..

Zenith, a new Australian-based Svod platform focused on short films, is set to officially launch this week.

The nascent start-up is the brainchild of Melbourne.s Becky Strong, who told If she wanted to create a space online to showcase indie and arthouse short films and promote emerging filmmakers..

.We understand how hard it is to break into the industry and want to provide a new avenue for filmmakers to get their name out there,. said Strong, who graduated film school three years ago. ..

.With the rise of affordable new technologies anyone can now make a film (which is a great thing), however festivals and markets are becoming over saturated with entries. The chance of getting your film into a big festival like Sundance is something like 0.6 per cent. So chances are your film is not going »

- Jackie Keast

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Start-up Svod Zenith showcases short films

22 May 2017 5:12 AM, PDT

Hamy Ramezan and Rungano Nyoni's 'Listen', to screen at the Zenith launch..

Zenith, a new Australian-based Svod platform focused on short films, is set to officially launch this week.

The nascent start-up is the brainchild of Melbourne.s Becky Strong, who told If she wanted to create a space online to showcase indie and arthouse short films and promote emerging filmmakers..

.We understand how hard it is to break into the industry and want to provide a new avenue for filmmakers to get their name out there,. said Strong, who graduated film school three years ago. ..

.With the rise of affordable new technologies anyone can now make a film (which is a great thing), however festivals and markets are becoming over saturated with entries. The chance of getting your film into a big festival like Sundance is something like 0.6 per cent. So chances are your film is not going »

- Jackie Keast

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Fti to be consolidated into Screenwest

22 May 2017 12:48 AM, PDT

In the face of uncertainty around future funding, the Film & Television Institute Wa (Fti) will be wound down and have its core screen programs transitioned to Screenwest..

Fti, a not-for-profit organisation, aimed to support the state's emerging and mid-level screen practitioners.

With the support of the Department of Culture and the Arts, the consolidation of roles and service delivery into Screenwest is already underway and will continue over the next few months. There is expected to be industry consultation throughout the transition period.

Most staff contracts at Fti are due to cease at the end of the current funding period, ending June 30. Post this date, some staff may have contracts extended in order to successfully wind the organisation down, Fti told If.

Fti's financial woes have been known for a while now. In March, the organisation postponed the Wa Screen Awards.(WASAs) due to a lack of secured funding..

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Bo Report: 'King Arthur: Legend of the Sword' topples 'Alien: Covenant'

21 May 2017 11:49 PM, PDT

'King Arthur: Legend of the Sword'...(© 2017 Warner Bros. Ent. Inc., Village Roadshow Films North America Inc. And Ratpac-dune Ent. LLC - U.S., Canada, Bahamas & Bermuda © 2017 Warner Bros. Ent. Inc., Village Roadshow Films (Bvi) Limited And Ratpac-dune Ent. LLC - All Other Territories) (Photo Credit: Daniel Smith)

Roadshow.s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword has opened on top of the box office with earnings of $2.3 million. Directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Jude Law, Charlie Hunnam and Eric Bana, the film bowed on 406 screens, each making an average of $5,730.

Last week.s number one.Alien: Covenant.tumbled 50 per cent to earn just below $2 million. However, the Ridley Scott film still boasted a bigger screen average than King Arthur: $6,269. Shot in Sydney, the Fox title has earned $7.2 million after two weeks..

Despite losing 111 screens, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has maintained third position, earning $1.9 million. The »

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