Director Jocelyn Moorhouse is teaming up with Andrew Knight for WWII film THE WEDDING OFFICER


Andrew Knight, Jocelyn Moorhouse team for WWII film ‘The Wedding Officer’
[Thu 13/04/2017 9:04 AM]

By Harry Windsor


Screen Australia has announced development funding for seven feature films and one high-end television project, plus production funding for three digital series and one VR project.

Among the slate of features is The Wedding Officer, a WWII drama adapted by Andrew Knight (Hacksaw Ridge, Jack Irish) from a novel by Anthony Capella.

Jocelyn Moorhouse (The Dressmaker) is attached to direct with Revlover Films’ Martha Coleman producing. The feature has secured matched funding from eOne, who produced Knight’s The Water Diviner.

The film revolves around a young British officer sent to allied occupied Naples to clean up corruption and curb the run of British soldiers marrying Neapolitan girls. The locals decide to corrupt him the best way they know how: with food.

Other films include Relic, a Gender Matters: Brilliant Stories project produced by Carver Films’ Sarah Shaw and Anna McLeish (Snowtown) and Fruit Pickers, from writer/director brothers Sam and Tom McKeith (Beast).

Also receiving funding is New Zealand author Kate de Goldi’s adaptation of her novel From The Cutting Room of Barney Kettle. Bridget Callow-Wright (Bitter and Twisted) and Philippa Campbell (Top of the Lake) are producing with Darren Ashton (Offspring) attached to direct.

“Literary adaptations continue to feature prominently in our development funding rounds with author Kate de Goldi crossing over into film and the prolific screenwriter Andrew Knight adapting Anthony Capella’s hugely popular period romance novel,” Screen Australia’s Senior Development Manager Nerida Moore said.

“We’re also delighted to support promising emerging talents like Natalie Erika James, whose project Relic has garnered significant interest since receiving Gender Matters funding last year.”

Screen Australia is also funding Start VR’s Awake – First Contact, described as a “full-room VR experience where users will have the ability to influence and interact with the narrative.”

The work is being produced by James Marshall, executive produced by Nathan Anderson, written by Mike Jones and Christian Cantamessa and directed by Martin Taylor.

Also receiving production funding is web series Jade of Death from producer Taylor Litton-Strain and writer/director Erin Good. The six-episode series stars Nicholas Hope and Susan Prior and and received post-production funding through Queer Screen’s Completion Fund.

Sales agent Rockzeline has taken international, while Litton-Strain retains the Australian and New Zealand rights and plans to launch the series in its home territory with a premiere cinema-screening event in conjunction with Queer Screen.

“Erin and I really aware that a strong distribution plan is key to the success of an online series,” she told IF.

The series follows a small-town girl, Jade, with a psychic ability: she can see when and how people are going to die. Jade runs away from her hometown only to begin working at a seedy freak show carnival, where her past begins to catch up with her.

“This slate shows how digital content makers in Australia are constantly experimenting with genre, format and delivery,” said Screen Australia’s Investment Manager of Multiplatform Mike Cowap.

“Awake – First Contact is now the fourth virtual reality project (and the first full-room VR experience) we have funded, and alongside the more traditional platforms such as iview and YouTube, we’re also seeing more and more international partners like Rockzeline attached to projects.”

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LEUNIG: A TALE IN 16 PARTS, receives Screen Australia investment

LEUNIG: A TALE IN 16 PARTS is one of seven documentaries announced as recipients of Screen Australia’s $1 million in production investment funding through the Documentary Producer and Commissioned programs. LEUNIG: A TALE IN 16 PARTS, is a portrait of one of Australia’s most celebrated and iconic cartoonists – Michael Leunig. Written and directed by Kasimir Burgess, Leunig will be distributed by Madman Entertainment and has also received Film Victoria support.


Directed by John Sheedy, with Production Design by Alicia Clements and Lighting by Matthew Marshall, THE RASPUTIN AFFAIR, is playing at the Ensemble Theatre until April 30.

“John Sheedy the director, with a sure touch establishes and maintains the play’s fast pace.” – ArtsHub

“Director John Sheedy keeps the action rolling forward at a satisfying and fast pace, and works particularly well with the more physical elements of the comedy.” – Daily Review

“Costumes by Alicia Clements are extravagant and slickly appropriate. The opulent set design (like a room at the Hermitage) is a terrific invocation of late Tsarist Russia” – ArtsHub

“Alicia Clements’ extravagant, purple set is a wonderfully whimsical takes on late Tsarist Russia, allowing for plenty of quick entrances and exits, while her costumes are appropriately sleek.” Daily Review

“An ingenious, effective set by Alicia Clements with essential collaborative lighting by Matthew Marshall.” – Stage Noise

“Sheedy brings his much-awarded skill and vision to the production. Moments of fast pace and tempo are juxtaposed with concentration centred on the gradually changing contortions of a character’s face. Every action and interaction is precisely choreographed; every aspect of each character’s eccentricity is meticulously exploited.” – Stage Whispers

“Full of false walls and hidden doors, Alicia Clements’ sumptuous set bursts with possibilities – surprise entries and exits abound and the portraits that line the wall open to create upper rooms for plots and trysts, not to mention plenty of opportunities for physical comedy” – Limelight Magazine

SEVEN TYPES OF AMBIGUITY premiers on Thursday

Directed by Glendyn Ivin, SEVEN TYPES OF AMBIGUITY, is receiving rave reviews in anticipation of it’s premier on ABC1 on Thursday night.

“Ivin infuses his work with a cool, composed sense of style, his images often hovering on the edge of abstraction as he photographs his characters largely in close-up. It’s another refined piece of artful direction, adding to his work on telemovie Beaconsfield and series ­Puberty Blues, Gallipoli and The Beautiful Lie. He has that gift for making shows that feel like something other than normal TV.” – The Australian

Miranda Nation’s UNDERTOW to begins shooting in Geelong next month

Shooting to begin next month on Geelong-set psychological thriller ‘Undertow’

[Wed 15/03/2017 2:34 PM]

By Harry Windsor

Aussie feature Undertow has begun pre-production, with shooting to begin in the middle of next month in Geelong and along the Surf Coast.

The thriller will see writer-director Miranda Nation reunite with producer Lyn Norfor, of Emerald Productions, and DP Bonnie Elliott (Spear).

The trio previously worked together on Springboard short Perception, which won the Sydney Film Festival’s Dendy Award in 2013.

Porchlight’s Liz Watts (Animal Kingdom, Lore) is executive producing.

The film, set against the football culture of Geelong, tells the story of Claire, a woman struggling to accept the loss of her baby who becomes suspicious of her husband’s relationship with a feisty young woman, Angie.

When she discovers Angie is pregnant, Claire develops an increasingly irrational obsession with the teenager.

The project received development funding from Film Victoria last year. The Melbourne International Film Festival Premiere Fund is also backing, with a MIFF 2018 premiere likely.

Nation, who completed a director’s attachment on Kasimir Burgess’ 2014 feature Fell and Cate Shortland’s upcoming Berlin Syndrome, is repped by HLA Management.

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THE SECRET RIVER Opens Adelaide Festival to Rave Reviews

Directed by Neil Armfield, written by Andrew Bovell and designed by Stephen Curtis, THE SECRET RIVER opened the Adelaide Festival to rave reviews last week:

“Neil Armfield’s brilliantly inventive direction adds the theatrical fairy-dust that makes the play soar…Andrew Bovell’s script for this Sydney Theatre Company production produces some incredibly complex characters who speak some remarkably powerful lines.” – In Daily

“The adaptation, the direction, the design elements, the acting: these weave an experience not only more than the sum of its parts, but serving the higher purpose of illuminating an originary moment for the life of this nation.” – The Conversation

“For all its eventual darkness, playwright Andrew Bovell’s adaptation of Kate Grenville’s novel is peppered with many moments of laughter, levity and elation, songs and rhymes, and a driving sense of adventure. Armfield keeps the action flowing like the river itself around the expansive stage, making clever use of the elements — fire, water, wind and dust — as well as integrating live music, song and dance to create a most memorable and moving spectacle.” – The Advertiser

Green Room Awards

Congratulations to all of our clients who are nominated in this year’s GREEN ROOM AWARDS!



Set and Costume Design

  • Marg Horwell (Set & Costume)  Animal (inFlux in association with Theatre Works)



Set Design

  • Gabriela Tylesova – Ladies in Black (Queensland Theatre, Melbourne Theatre Company)

Costume Design

  • Gabriella Tylesova – Ladies in Black (Queensland Theatre, Melbourne Theatre Company)





  • Neil Armfield – The Ring Cycle (Opera Australia)



Set and Costume Design

  • Stephen Curtis (Set Design) – The Secret River (Sydney Theatre Company presented by The Arts Centre)
  • Marg Horwell (Set & Costume Design) – Lilith: The Jungle Girl (Melbourne Theatre Company, Sisters Grimm)

See the full list of nominees here