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‘Wakefield’ (Trailer)

‘Wakefield’ (Trailer)
What happens when the go-to man – the sanest individual in a psych ward – begins to lose his grip? When the person people rely on most, loses control?

After years working as a psych nurse at Wakefield, Nik Katira (Rudi Dharmalingam) is exceptionally good at his job. With a gift for soothing the afflicted and reaching the unreachable, he’s the most stable person in what tends to be a pretty crazy place. But right now, his grip on his own sanity is slipping. The question is… why?

Joining Dharmalingam in the cast of the eight-part ABC/Jungle Entertainment drama are Geraldine Hakewill, Mandy McElinney, Harriet Dyer, Harry Greenwood, Ryan Corr, Felicity Ward, Kim Gyngell, Dan Wyllie, Sam Simmons and Bessie Holland.

Wakefield will be available to binge on ABC iview from April 2, before airing on the ABC Sunday April 18 8.30pm.

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Jungle Entertainment set to resume filming the ABC’s ‘Wakefield’

Jungle Entertainment set to resume filming the ABC’s ‘Wakefield’
Rudi Dharmalingam in ‘Wakefield’ (Photo credit: Lisa Tomasetti.)

Jungle Entertainment, BBC Studios and the ABC’s Wakefield will be among the first drama series to resume shooting after the shutdown after the producers obtained an exemption from Border Force travel restrictions for Rudi Dharmalingam.

The British actor will return to Australia on July 10 and after two weeks in quarantine will be ready to work when filming resumes on August 3.

In the eight-parter set in a Blue Mountains psychiatric hospital created by Kristen Dunphy, Dharmalingham plays Nik, a psych nurse blessed with a powerful combination of common sense and intuition.

Nik is easily the sanest person in what is a pretty crazy place but when a song gets stuck in his head, a dark secret from his past begins to intrude into his present, forming an intriguing puzzle.

Geraldine Hakewill plays a psychiatrist with Mandy McElhinney as the head nurse, Dan Wyllie
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Jungle’s Jason Burrows calls for better deals and training for screenwriters

Jungle’s Jason Burrows calls for better deals and training for screenwriters
Jason Burrows.

Jungle Entertainment CEO Jason Burrows advocates one key structural change if the Australian screen industry is to take full advantage of an expected, post-pandemic boom in demand for scripted content: Treat writers much better.

Burrows is confident Australia can produce drama which competes with the best in the world if writers are given more time for development, greater creative control, more training and mentoring and higher fees.

“If we don’t, we might as well stop making drama,” he said in a webinar with Screen Producers Australia CEO Matt Deaner yesterday.

“We should do that even it means Australia makes one less drama each year, as it will pay off in the long run for all of us.”

Too often, he says, projects go into production or pre-production without finished scripts due to numerous factors including network pressures to fill a gap in the schedule, limited development fees and investment,
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Jungle Entertainment drama ‘Wakefield’ underway for ABC

Jungle Entertainment drama ‘Wakefield’ underway for ABC

British actor Rudi Dharmalingam, Mandy McElhinney and Geraldine Hakewill lead the cast of newly-announced ABC drama Wakefield, now shooting across Sydney, the Blue Mountains and the Southern Highlands.

Produced by Jungle Entertainment in partnership with BBC Studios, the eight-parter created by Kristen Dunphy is set in a Blue Mountains psychiatric hospital, and described as a psychological mystery exploring the fine line between sanity and madness.

At the show’s centre is Dharmalingham’s Nik, a gifted psych nurse, blessed with a powerful combination of common sense and intuition. Nik is easily the sanest person in what is a pretty crazy place. But when a song gets stuck in his head, a dark secret from his past begins to intrude into his present, forming an intriguing puzzle that comes together as the series builds to its heart wrenching conclusion.

Starring alongside is an impressive ensemble cast including Dan Wyllie, Harriet Dyer,
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Dual triumphs for Caitlin Yeo, Matteo Zingales at Screen Music Awards

Caitlin Yeo and Apra Amcos CEO Dean Ormston.

Caitlin Yeo and Matteo Zingales each won two awards at the annual annual Screen Music Awards staged by Apra Amcos and the Australian Guild of Screen Composers (Agcs) at the City Recital Hall in Sydney on Monday night.

Yeo won feature film score of the year and best soundtrack album for The Butterfly Tree, Priscilla Cameron’s movie about an ex-burlesque queen (Melissa George) who puts a curse on single dad Al (Ewen Leslie) and his son Fin (Ed Oxenbould).

The president of the Agsc, Yeo previously won feature film score of the year for Kim Mordant’s The Rocket in 2013.

Matteo Zingales was rewarded for his work on Hoodlum Entertainment’s Harrow as best television theme and for his collaboration with Antony Partos on Bunya ProductionsMystery Road, which was deemed best music for a miniseries or telemovie.

Nerida Tyson-Chew took
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Sydney Film Review: ‘Brothers’ Nest’

Twelve years after their breakout mockumentary hit “Kenny,” which followed a big-hearted plumber described as “the Dalai-Lama of Waste Management” as he touched the lives of many, brothers Shane and Clayton Jacobson are back with a very different kind of vehicle that nevertheless continues to showcase their distinctive, blue-collar sibling interplay. Though brimming with pitch-black comedy, “Brothers’ Nest” actually plays like more of an absurdist tragedy as it pits good brother against good-brother-gone-bad in a cautionary tale of longing and desperation that packs a surprisingly affecting punch.

In chilliest rural Victoria, mastermind Jeff and his nervous little brother Terry (Shane Jacobson) arrive early at the house in which they were raised. Ominously, they have to break in, and as they prepare for some kind of intricate crime, it is soon revealed that their plan involves murder most foul.

The target of the mission is their stepfather Rodger (Kim Gyngell), whom
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SXSW title 'Brothers' Nest' acquired by Odin's Eye (exclusive)

SXSW title 'Brothers' Nest' acquired by Odin's Eye (exclusive)
Brothers’ Nest follows two siblings played by real-life brothers Clayton and Shane Jacobson.

Clayton Jacobson’s dark comedy Brothers’ Nest has been acquired by Australian sales outfit Odin’s Eye Entertainment (Oee) and La-based Guardian Entertainment International (Gei), who have teamed up to manage worldwide sales.

Brothers’ Nest follows two siblings — played by real-life brothers Clayton and Shane Jacobson — who return to their childhood home intending to murder their stepfather.

The film had its world premiere at this year’s SXSW and is slated for a theatrical release in Australia and New Zealand in late Q2 through executive producer Tait Brady’s Label Distribution.
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SXSW Movie Review – Brother’s Nest (2018)

Brother’s Nest, 2018.

Directed by Clayton Jacobson.

Starring Shane Jacobson, Clayton Jacobson, Kim Gyngell, Lynette Curran, Sarah Snook


With their Mother dying of cancer, intent on changing her will to benefit her new husband before she dies, two brothers go to extreme and deadly lengths to protect their inheritance from being signed away before it’s too late.

All siblings fight, and more specifically, all firstborns manipulate their younger siblings to do stupid things at one point or another. Maybe you got your little sister to eat dirt thinking it was a pie, or maybe to convinced your brother to say it was him who broke the TV and not you – or maybe you’re like Clayton Jacobson’s Jeff and you get your brother to help you murder your stepfather and stage it as a suicide because your cancer-ridden mother changed her will to leave the family house to him.
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Anthony Lapaglia, Melanie Lynskey join Sbs crime thriller 'Sunshine'

Anthony Lapaglia in 'A Month of Sundays'.

Anthony Lapaglia (Lantana) and Melanie Lynskey (Heavenly Creatures) are set to star in Sbs crime thriller Sunshine.

They.ll be joined by local actors Kim Gyngell, Tiarnie Coupland, Vince Colosimo, Leah Vandenberg, Paul Ireland and Trudy Hellier.

The four-part drama is set in the outer-west suburb of Sunshine and its surrounds, and is a co-production between Essential Media and Carver Films..

The show follows Jacob, a young South Sudanese-Australian basketball player who is on the cusp of being picked up by U.S. scouts for the U.S. College league. .

Lapaglia plays Eddie, an ex-player now operating a small sports store in Sunshine who agrees to coach Jacob.s underperforming team, The Sunshine Kings..

In the midst of doing everything he can to make the draft, Jacob finds himself answering to Sunshine-raised lawyer Zara Skelton (Lynskey) when he is caught up in a
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Natalie Dormer, Yael Stone board 'Picnic at Hanging Rock'

Natalie Dormer..

Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer will play English headmistress Mrs. Hester Appleyard in Foxtel.s upcoming.Picnic at Hanging Rock miniseries..

FremantleMedia.s six-parter begins shooting later this month. Amanda Brotchie (Agony, This is Littleton, Lowdown).will direct alongside the previously announced Michael Rymer and Larysa Kondracki.

Brotchie joins after the Australian Directors' Guild criticised FremantleMedia over the import of Kondracki, a Canadian, to shoot the series.

In late December, following a protest staged by the Adg and Wift Nsw outside FremantleMedia.s Sydney office, the production company announced it would bring on an Aussie female director to shoot one episode.

Joining Dormer as the teachers of Appleyard College are.Yael Stone (Orange is the New Black), French actress Lola Bessis (Cassandra, Swim Little Fish Swim),.Anna McGahan (The Doctor Blake Mysteries, Anzac Girls) and Sibylla Budd (Tomorrow When The War Began, Winners & Losers).

Schoolgirls will be played by Lily Sullivan (Camp,
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Rose Byrne and Damon Herriman to star in second season of No Activity

No Activity.

Rose Byrne and Damon Herriman are set to join the cast of Stan.s comedy series No Activity for its second season, which will premiere in late October.. Also joining the cast this season are Chum Ehelepola (Rake), Anthony Hayes (The Rover), Susie Youssef (Here Come the Habibs) and Kim Gyngell (Jack Irish). The actors join the returning cast which includes Patrick Brammall (Offspring), Darren Gilshenan (Here Come the Habibs), Dan Wyllie (Offspring), David Field (A Moody Christmas), Harriet Dyer (Love Child) and Genevieve Morris (Comedy Inc.). No Activity is an improvised comedy series from Jungle, the team behind Here Come the Habibs, A Moody Christmas and Review with Myles Barlow. The series is created by Trent O.Donnell and Patrick Brammall, written and directed by O.Donnell, and was developed together with Darren Gilshenan and David Field. Chloe Rickard is the producer, and Jason Burrows, Trent O.Donnell,
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The luck of the Irish for Darcy-Smith

Based in the Us for the past three years, Kieran Darcy-Smith had not seen the Jack Irish telepics when he was offered the gig as set-up director of the spin-off series starring Guy Pearce as a former criminal lawyer turned private investigator and debt collector.

After watching the telepics and reading the scripts for the 6-part ABC series by Andrew Knight, Matt Cameron and Andrew Anastasios, Darcy-Smith readily agreed.

In his first TV drama assignment, the director whose breakthrough was Wish You Were Here is directing two episodes and Mark Joffe and Daniel Nettheim are each helming two. Essential Media and Entertainment.s Ian Collie is the series producer.

.The scripts are sensational; this is as good as TV drama gets,. Kieran tells If as shooting is underway in Melbourne to be followed by a week in the Philippines. .I am working with the A-team..

The plot is under wraps so Darcy-Smith is circumspect,
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The Little Death | Review

Lust, Actually: Lawson’s Sexually Charged Debut Struggles with What Women Want

Taking home the audience prize at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival, Australian director Josh Lawson makes some decidedly risqué choices with his debut, The Little Death, which is basically an omnibus of alternative sexual practices rarely explored in the cinematic arena of the heterosexual. Mostly motivated by the complicated and sometimes controversial secret desires of women, the film, taking its name from the French idiom for orgasm, is sometimes refreshingly blunt as it navigates through several scenarios. However, it is just as often silly and unsubstantial, with an undefined purpose setting in as we close with an unseemly end to the common thread.

Maeve (Bojana Novakovic) and her boyfriend Paul (Lawson) set us off on in the circle. She’s getting her feet sucked, but confides after their bout of lovemaking her real fantasy involves being raped. Except she
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The Little Death Review

This review was originally posted during our coverage of the 2014 Leeds Film Festival.

Australian film has seen as resurgence in the 21st century. Not since the heyday of the 1970s has the antipodean cinema scene enjoyed such a swell in international popularity. For a very long time, the only films to come out of Australia were comedies. These films were representative of Australian cinema to the world at large and determined what kind of movie was considered commercially viable in its home country. This resulted in a rush of Australian comedy films that stuck fast to the rule of diminishing returns. Thank God then that we have had such a great run of Australian films lately and more particularly, the absolutely terrific sex comedy, The Little Death.

A portmanteau film that’s a little reminiscent of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia and the work of Woody Allen, The Little Death is absolutely concerned with sex.
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The Little Death Movie Review

The Little Death Movie Review
The Little Death Magnolia Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: C+ Director: Josh Lawson Screenwriter: Josh Lawson Cast: Josh Lawson, Bojana Novakovic, Damon Herriman, Kate Mulvany, Kate Box, Patrick Brammall, Alan Dukes, Lisa McCune, Erin James, T.J. Power, Kim Gyngell, Lachy Hulme Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 5/12/15 Opens: June 26, 2015 As sex comedies go, nothing has come up since 1897 that can match Arthur Schnitzler’s “Reigen,” also known as “La Ronde.” Schitzler’s roundelay of sexual encounters features people from all walks of society both before and after their sexual congress. Granted, Josh Lawson’s “The Little Death” is not trying to approach the [ Read More ]

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The Little Death Red Band Trailer

The Little Death is a film that has been trying to tease out information for a while now, and we finally get a Red Band Trailer so we know exactly where things are going.

Where things are going, apparently, is straight to the oddest corners of the world of sexuality, and deep into the mind of writer/director Josh Lawson.

Check it out above, and don’t miss this one on June 26th.

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

The Little Death

Written and Directed by Josh Lawson

Staring Josh Lawson, Bojana Novakovic, Damon Herriman, Kate Mulvany, Kate Box, Patrick Brammall, Alan Dukes, Lisa McCune, Erin James, Tj Power, Kim Gyngell and Lachy Hulme

The Little Death, which marks the arrival of Australian writer-director Josh Lawson, is both an edgy sex comedy and a warm-hearted depiction of the secret lives of five suburban couples living in Sydney. Lawson’s searing and
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Cast comes out of Hiding

James Stewart, Kate Jenkinson, Lincoln Younes and Olivia DeJonge will play a family that.s forced to enter a witness protection program in Hiding, an eight-part drama for the ABC.

Created and written by Matt Ford, the Playmaker Media series starts shooting in Sydney on Monday and will later location on the Gold Coast.

Hiding was developed through Screen Australia.s Scribe showrunner development initiative and is backed by Screen Australia, Screen Nsw and Screen Queensland.

Playmaker Media.s David Taylor told If the Scribe program has been so successful, helping to spawn House Husbands (Drew Proffitt), The Code (Shelly Birse) and Love Child (Sarah Lambert), the company will continue to run Scribe sessions, with another to be held later this year.

While the premise of a family forced to move to a strange city is similar to the Us series The Riches, Taylor said Ford got the idea from
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Ticket to Ride rolls with The Little Death

Shooting started in Sydney today on The Little Death, the debut film from Ticket to Ride, a low-budget production and financing offshoot of See Pictures. Jamie Hilton and Michael Petroni.

Marking the feature directing and screenwriting debut of Us-based actor Josh Lawson, the comedy explores the lives of five seemingly normal couples and their five eccentric desires.

The ensemble cast includes Lisa McCune, Bojana Novakovic, Damon Herriman, Kate Mulvany, Kim Gyngell, Kate Box, Alan Dukes, Patrick Brammall, Tj Power, Tasneem Roc, Josh Lawson and his brother Ben Lawson, Lachy Hulme and newcomer Erin James. .It.s a comedy that looks at sex in a very contemporary way, it.s daring but it has a heart,. said Lawson. .I am so thrilled to work with such a talented cast of actors, and we have a great team behind us. Directing has always been a priority for me and I.m really
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Heinz urges Australia to ‘Bust out the Beanz’

Gpy&R Melbourne has launched a new campaign for Heinz Beanz.

The campaign, which carries the tagline ‘Bust out the Beanz’, is a call for Australians to rediscover the famous food that is often left in the cupboard.

The TV ad is voiced by comedian Kim Gyngell, known for his work on Full Frontal and The Librarians.

Tom Ward, head of strategy and insights at Gpy&R, said: “We didn’t need to convince people to buy baked beans, or even Heinz Beanz. Every day Heinz Beanz move off the supermarket shelf, into the trolly and into the cupboard. The problem is that all too often that is where they stay, to the point that people will sometimes end up with two or three cans tucked away.”

The campaign breaks on Sunday, and runs until the end of the year.


Agency: Gpy&R Melbourne Ecd: Ben Coulson Creative Director
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