Studio Canal Back Keith Thompson and Katherine Thomson

Studiocanal Australia and Goalpost Pictures are developing a feature based on the true story of members of the Vienna Mozart Boys’ Choir and their choirmaster who were trapped in Australia during World War II.

Keith Thompson (The Sapphires, Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You, Hoges) is writing the first draft and Goalpost’s Rosemary Bright will produce.

The  second project backed by the fund is Helenaa biopic about the Polish-Australian-American cosmetics businesswoman, art collector and philanthropist Helena Rubinstein. Set in 1928, the film follows Rubinstein as she faces a dilemma: Give up control of her empire or lose her marriage with Edward Titus and her children.

Katherine Thomson (A Place to Call Home, Women He’s Undressed, House of Hancock) is writing the first draft for producers Antony Waddington (The Eye of the Storm) and Marcus Gillezeau (Living Universe, Storm Surfers 3D).

 

Read more here.

Fighting Season Premiere

Lead director Kate Woods points out: “we send these young men to war and teach them to kill and when they do, and it becomes part of their life, how do they assimilate that into themselves as human beings when they come back home? And what responsibility does the Armed Forces have for that?” Read more here.

Fighting Season will premiere 8.30pm, October 28 on Foxtel’s showcase.

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.

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.

Wayne Blair Does Dirty Dancing

“From Vietnam with the Sapphires to the Catskill Mountains with Baby and Johnny: Australian director Wayne Blair is being lined up to direct another musical spectacular with a TV remake of Dirty Dancing. ”

With no set airing date, anticipation grows for the upcoming three part series lead by Abigail Breslin.

 

Read more here.

Record Audiences for Top of the Lake: China Girl

The much anticipated return of Detective Robin Griffin has turned out big numbers as Jane Campion’s series Top of the Lake: China Girl airs to 130,700 viewers.

“These numbers, which do not include all streaming figures, make it the second most watched show on Foxtel this year after Game of Thrones. Tim Christlieb from BBC said it was a credit to the amazing team behind the show.”

Read more here.

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