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.

AACTA’s Announced

Congratulations to all nominees for the upcoming AACTA’s, especially to all the HLA clients for their exceptionally good work:
BEST TELEVISION DRAMA SERIES TOP OF THE LAKE: CHINA GIRL
BEST DIRECTION IN A TELEVISION DRAMA OR COMEDY TOP OF THE LAKE: CHINA GIRL Episode 5 – Who’s Your Daddy? Jane Campion; SEVEN TYPES OF AMBIGUITY Episode 2 – Alex, Glendyn Ivin 
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY IN TELEVISION TOP OF THE LAKE: CHINA GIRL Episode 5 – Who’s Your Daddy?, Germain McMicking
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN IN TELEVISION TOP OF THE LAKE: CHINA GIRL Episode 4 – Birthday, Annie Beauchamp
BEST COSTUME DESIGN IN TELEVISION TOP OF THE LAKE: CHINA GIRL Episode 4 – Birthday Emily Seresin; WAKE IN FRIGHT Episode 1 – Part 1, Mariot Kerr
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY IN TELEVISION SEVEN TYPES OF AMBIGUITY Episode 1 – Joe, Bonnie Elliott
BEST DIRECTION BERLIN SYNDROME Cate Shortland
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY JUNGLE Stefan Duscio; LION Greig Fraser
BEST EDITING BERLIN SYNDROME Jack Hutchings
BEST SHORT FICTION FILM MRS MCCUTCHEON John Sheedy; SLAPPER Luci Schroder
Special mention to the creatives who worked on the following:
BEST TELEVISION DRAMA SERIES CLEVERMAN; GLITCH
BEST TELEFEATURE OR MINI SERIES WAKE IN FRIGHTSEVEN TYPES OF AMBIGUITY
Read the full list here.

Bright Star Hits Netflix

“Campion had been on a roll of casting popular A-list actors in her films (Holly Hunter in The Piano; Nicole Kidman in The Portrait of a Lady; Kate Winslet in Holy Smoke; Meg Ryan in In the Cut), but the casting of these two up-and-comers couldn’t have been more perfect”

Jane Campion’s dreamy Bright Star is now available on Netflix. Following Romantic poet John Keat’s final years and his romance with Fanny Brawne, Campion’s 2009 film cast young Ben Whishaw and Abby Cornish as the fated lovers. Stunningly shot by Greig Fraser, this is possibly one of Campion’s most underrated films.

Read more here.

Four Australians in International Cinematography Awards

Four Australian Cinematographers have been selected for the inaugural IMAGO International Awards for Cinematography. IMAGO is the European Federation of Cinematographers, a collaborative global umbrella encompassing the world’s Cinematographers Societies. The awards will be held October 28th 2017 in Helsinki.

Two of HLA’s own have been tipped, Andy Commis for The Daughter and Stefan Duscio for Backtrack.

“This is a great opportunity for Australian cinematographers to be welcomed into the room, to play in the same sandpit as their European peers.”

Read more here.

Congratulations to our ACS 2017 National Award Winners!

Congratulations to cinematographers Stefan Duscio, Andrew Commis, Ross Giardina and Germain McMicking, who all took out awards at Saturday’s ACS 2017 National Awards

Features ~ Cinema

Gold Tripod: Stefan Duscio (VIC) ~ Backtrack
Award of Distinction: Andrew Commis ACS (NSW) ~ The Daughter

Advertising – National/International

Gold Tripod: Ross Giardina ACS (NSW) ~ David Jones
Award of Distinction: Ross Giardina ACS (NSW) ~ Samsung

Web Content & New Media

Award of Distinction: Ross Giardina ACS (NSW) ~ BPM – Elegant Hedonism

Corporate & Educational

Award of Distinction: Germain McMicking (VIC) – Taco Bell – The Routine Republic

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

if.com.au

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.

Original article here

Greig Fraser nominated for an Oscar

Congratulations to cinematographer Greig Fraser who has received an Oscar nomination for his beautiful work on LION!

“I’m extremely proud to be part of the team who made LION and I’m humbled the Academy has nominated me. My crew, both Indian, and Australian, deserve a massive shout out. Their skill and support meant everything to this film.

“It’s an incredible privilege to be acknowledged among the diverse and talented DPs of the cinematography world, so many of whom are doing amazing work. And so many whom I count as close, personal friends.”

“I’d like to say thank you to our extremely talented director Garth Davis for allowing me to help make his wonderful vision a reality – as well as the people of India and Australia, who were so accommodating during our shoot.”

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