New seasons of Helium drama 'Last King of the Cross' and ABC children's program 'Spooky Files', as well as a sequel to 2003 crime caper 'Gettin Square', have been included in the latest round of production funding from Screen Australia, which will support 11 projects with $6.9 million.
When Tehran-born writer-director Noora Niasari told producer Vincent Sheehan about the time she spent living in a women's shelter during her childhood, on which her film 'Shayda' was to be based, he realised he was being told a "distinctly Australian" story, but one he had never seen on the screen before.
Sally Aitken's 'Hot Potato: The Story of The Wiggles' is a documentary that tracks the journey of Anthony, Murray, Greg, and Jeff, and a dinosaur called Dorothy from when they decided to call themselves The Wiggles after the way children move to achieve worldwide recognition, before reemerging into the cultural zeitgeist in 2022.
Rachel Ward’s most recent role? Farmhand. After ecological despair following the Black Summer fires, the director rolled up her sleeves to learn about regenerative agriculture, as tracked in documentary 'Rachel’s Farm'. Ward and producer Bettina Dalton talk to IF.
The records smashed by doco 'John Farnham: Finding the Voice' have proven that Australians will still come out in numbers to see local stories on the big screen, and there is significant optimism among exhibitors about the commercial potential of 'Force of Nature: The Dry 2'. However, broadly the year so far has been a very slow one for Australian films at the box office.
Jacki Weaver, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Magda Szubanski, Eric Bana and French actor Dominique Pinon are among the voice cast of writer-director Adam Elliot's next stop motion feature, 'Memoir of a Snail'.
Adapted from Tom Holt’s eponymous seven-book fantasy series, Jeffrey Walker's 'The Portable Door' follows Paul Carpenter (Patrick Gibson) and Sophie Pettingel (Sophie Wilde), two lowly, put-upon interns who begin working at the mysterious London firm J.W. Wells & Co. and become steadily aware that their employers are anything but conventional.