Darlene Johnson to direct THE HEIGHTS

“It’s a diverse community, but this series doesn’t seek to exploit the things that make us different but rather explore and celebrate the things that ultimately make us all the same. This isn’t story about good versus evil or rich versus poor; it’s about the very unifying experience of trying to make one’s way in the world, and the family you surround yourself with, whether by bloodline or by circumstance.”

Read more here.

Jane Campion Wins NSW Premier’s Literary Prize

The New South Wales Premier’s literary awards winners were announced last night among them Dame Jane Campion was announced the joint recipient of the Betty Rowland Prize for Script writing. The fourth episode of TOP OF THE LAKE: CHINA GIRL entitled Birthday was written by Campion and co-creator Gerard Lee. Here’s what the judges had to say:

The Birthday episode script effectively combines reinvented elements of the thriller, the melodrama and film poetry to create a mode of storytelling in a heightened register — entirely appropriate to the depiction of a world in which nothing is quite as it seems. Along the way, the writers of Birthday develop a range of complex women characters rarely seen on our screens.

Campion and Lee share this prestigious award with Deep Water: The Real Story written by Amanda Blue and Jacob Hickey.

See the full list of winners here.

Rachel Ward announced to direct PALM BEACH

“Everybody’s vision is absolutely aligned and with Joanna’s exceptional script in the incredibly capable hands of Rachel, the alluring world of Palm Beach is hopefully set to become a future classic.”

Teaming up with duo Bryan Brown and Sam Neill (currently on screen in Warwick Thornton’s Sweet Country) Joanna Murray-Smith’s exceptional script is set to become a future classic.

 

Read more here.

FILM CRITICS CIRCLE OF AUSTRALIA Awards Nominees announced

Congratulations to all the nominees in the FILM CRITICS CIRCLE OF AUSTRALIA Awards.

Special mention to: Cate Shortland nominated for UNIVERSAL PICTURES AWARD BEST DIRECTOR (Berlin Syndrome), Stefan Duscio (Jungle), Greig Fraser ASC (Lion), Germain McMicking (Berlin Syndrome) nominated for ACS AWARD BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY, and Jack Hutchings (Berlin Syndrome) for BEST EDITING.

THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUE is welcomed back to the Lyric Hammersmith

Praise for Andrew Bovell’s THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUE in its successful return season at London’s Lyric Hammersmith.

“Easily the finest production I have ever seen at the Lyric Hammersmith” – Evening Standard

“An articulate piece of drama about the dangers of unarticulated emotions.” – The Telegraph

“This production’s searing honesty about family relationships stays with you long after the curtain falls.” – RadioTimes

Muriel’s Wedding the Musical: A resounding hit

Congratulations to the Muriel’s Wedding: the Musical team. After opening night this Saturday the reviews are flooding in. Here are just some of the terrific responses:

Muriel’s Wedding feels like the complete package: a beloved film seamlessly updated; a central character who retains all the ambiguities that made you root for her in the first place; a conspicuously inventive score peppered with classic pop hits, and a mainstage debut that will be talked about for years.” SMH

“Director Simon Phillips has the show running on a smooth rail and has cast the show impeccably.” – SMH

“Hogan and director Simon Phillips have made this story work superbly on stage, from their thoughtful inclusion of ABBA as Muriel’s unlikely guardians, to the several tragedies of the second act, to their handling of all the iconic lines” Daily Review

“Under the ebullient guidance of director Simon Phillips, Muriel’s Wedding arrives on the musical stage with raucous, ribald, uninhibited ­energy and an unshakeable belief in the concept that more is more, particularly in the show’s manic first half.”  – The Australian

“The sets and costumes by Tylesova are so good they are almost another character in themselves. The audience actually gasped at the first sight of Sydney on the stage, and Bill Heslop’s architectural model for coastal overdevelopment was hilarious, featuring a skyscraper in the shape of a half-peeled banana.” – News.com.au

“Pushing the action along is a clever set design by Gabriela Tylesova that mixes the prosaic with the poetic.” – The Guardian