ACADEMY AWARD® NOMINATED FILM, BROOKLYN AVAILABLE FOR HOME VIEWING FROM JUNE 9

A heart-­‐warming and emotional story, Brooklyn stars Saoirse Ronan (Atonement, The Lovely Bones), Emory Cohen and Domhnall Gleeson and was nominated for 3 awards at this year’s Academy Awards, including Best Lead Actress and Best Picture.

Brooklyn is the story of a young woman, Eilis (Saoirse Ronan) who moves from small town Ireland to Brooklyn, NY where, unlike home, she has the opportunity for work and for a future – and love, in the form of Italian-­‐American Tony (Emory Cohen). When a family tragedy brings her back to Ireland, she finds herself absorbed into her old community, but now with eligible Jim (Domhnall Gleeson) courting her. As she repeatedly postpones her return to America, Eilis finds herself confronting a terrible dilemma – a heart-­‐breaking choice between two men and two countries.

The DVD/Blu­‐Ray includes special deleted scenes and behind the scenes interviews featuring Director John Crowley, Writer Colm Tóibín and Lead Actress Saoirse Ronan.

“…Beautifully shot, wonderfully directed.” – Richard Wilkins, Today

“A remarkably evocative lead performance” – Craig Mathieson, SMH 

AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL 9 JUNE, AND ON DVD AND BLURAY 16 JUNE 2016

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ACADEMY AWARD® NOMINATED FILM, CAROL SOON AVAILABLE ON DVD

The sumptuous drama, Carol starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara which was nominated for a slew of awards including Best Picture and Best Lead Actress at this year’s Academy Awards, will be available for home viewing from May 19, and available on DVD and Blu-Ray 2nd June.

Based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel The Price of Salt about the burgeoning relationship between two very different women in 1950’s New York. One, a girl in her 20s working in a department store who dreams of a more fulfilling life, and the other, a wife trapped in a loveless, moneyed marriage desperate to break free.

This incredibly thought-provoking film received strong reviews and captured the attention of audiences around the world.

The DVD/Blu-Ray features 8x interviews with key cast and crew including Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara and Todd Haynes, and a cast and filmmaker Q & A.

“Every frame is an absolute masterpiece.” – Richard Wilkins, Today

“Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara are magnificent”- David Stratton, The Australian

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A night of BLISS at Sydney Film Festival-80s classic restored by NFSA

A digital restoration of Ray Lawrence’s 1985 AFI Award-winning classic Bliss will premiere at the Sydney Film Festival on 14 June 2016, presented by the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) as part of its NFSA Restores initiative.

Director Ray Lawrence said: ‘It’s an honour to have your first film preserved like this. I’d only ever seen it with a lot of scratches; this restoration is the best print of the film I’ve seen in 30 years!’

The screening will take place at Event Cinemas George Street at 6pm. Tickets are now available: http://www.sff.org.au/tickets/buying-tickets.

Based on the 1981 novel by Peter Carey, Bliss premiered in competition at the 1985 Cannes Film Festival. Despite a rocky start – 400 of the 1,600 audience at Cannes walked out – the film became an art-house hit in Australia, with glowing reviews and the AFI Awards for Best Picture, Best Direction and Best Adapted Screenplay. Producer Anthony Buckley AM said: ‘If a film can cause controversy, which Bliss most certainly did, then you’ve achieved something. Bliss also became a commercial success. Thirty years later, the NFSA has restored the film and it’s looking better than ever.’

Bliss is the latest Australian classic to receive the NFSA Restores treatment, so it can be seen in today’s digital cinemas. This NFSA initiative utilises the best available original picture and sound materials, from both the NFSA collection and around the world. Restored films will be migrated every five years to ensure their format remains contemporary and they will be available as Digital Cinema Packages. Previous NFSA Restores films include Storm Boy (1976), Starstruck (1982) and Howling III: The Marsupials (1987).

NFSA Senior Curator Gayle Lake explained: ‘The longest part of the restoration process is actually at the beginning. We have to analyse the source materials and, in the case of Bliss, we managed to acquire original components a few years ago. When NFSA Restores began, we definitely knew Bliss was one of the titles we wanted to work on. It was one of the true sleeper films of the 1980s.’

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Screen NSW, AFTRS and Bus Stop Films work together to make disability count on Australian screens | American Horror Story star Jamie Brewer to speak in Sydney

AFTRS and Screen NSW have joined with Bus Stop Films to foster pathways for people with disabilities to work in the Australian film and television industry.

Jamie Brewer, the American actress best known for her roles in the Emmy award winning hit TV series American Horror Story, will speak at a special Screen NSW and AFTRS event on May 25 to draw attention to the need for more diversity and inclusion in the screen industries.  Jamie is an advocate for creating positive role models for people with disability, and in February 2015, became the first person with Down syndrome to walk the catwalk at New York Fashion Week.

The event An Evening with Jamie Brewer, to be hosted at AFTRS, with a keynote address by Screen NSW CEO Courtney Gibson, is designed to encourage more discussion amongst production companies, casting agents and the wider community on how the Australian film and television industry can best move forward in creating roles, both on and off screen, for people with a disability.

Screen NSW CEO Courtney Gibson said: “It’s time all of us in the screen sector focused on creating opportunities for under-represented groups, including disabled cast and crew, in order that a multiplicity of visions and voices are seen and heard. We’ll have a stronger industry with richer content if we make it a priority.”

While in Sydney Jamie will also participate in an acting workshop for filmmaking students with disabilities being run by Bus Stop Films at Sydney Community College.

According to Genevieve Clay-Smith, co-founder of Bus Stop Films, a non-profit dedicated to facilitating a film school experience for students with disability, the Australian film and television industry has a long way to go in casting characters with a disability authentically. Jamie will star in the next Bus Stop Films production titled ‘Kill Off’, a new short film being made by with students with a disability, to be filmed in Wollongong.

“Australia is behind when it comes to authentic casting, we simply don’t have high expectations of actors who have disabilities, we need to start challenging that, to look for ways to cast actors with disabilities in roles where the character shares the same disability. We also need to advocate for pathways for people with disabilities to get more involved in production.

“Jamie Brewer’s presence in Australia will, I hope, shed light on the abilities of people with a disability to be involved in the film industry,” said Clay-Smith.

Bus Stop Films and AFTRS working together

As well as hosting this event with Jamie, AFTRS has also committed to research with Bus Stop Films to create an accessible film studies curricula that can be shared with educators of disadvantaged students and other marginalised groups Australia-wide.

“We are incredibly grateful for the support that AFTRS is giving us! Bringing our students with an intellectual disability into AFTRS for our classes, will be extremely transformative and impacting. It will give our students access to resources that will bring dignity, professionalism and excellence to their learning,” said co-founder, Genevieve Clay-Smith.

This new program initiative is aimed to encourage the development of more inclusive and diverse filmmaking practices at AFTRS and the wider film industry, in addition to giving Bus Stops Films’ students a chance to be officially part of the film school world.

“AFTRS is very pleased to support the philanthropic work of Bus Stop Films to enable greater access and professional filmmaking resources for students with disability. There is so much we can learn from researching this new course and it will be instructive be to see the students’ visions and insights on screen,” said AFTRS CEO Neil Peplow.

 

EVENT DETAILS

An Evening with Jamie Brewer

5.30pm, Wednesday 25th May

AFTRS – Building 130

The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park

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Margaret Pomeranz urges Australians to help restore Proof

Margaret Pomeranz, Ambassador for the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) is urging Australians to help raise $25,000 to restore the iconic 1991 film Proof, which launched the careers of Russell Crowe, Hugo Weaving and director Jocelyn Moorhouse (The Dressmaker).

Hugo Weaving said: ‘Proof marked a before and after in my life, and launched the careers of incredible talents: director Joceyln Moorhouse, and my co-stars Russell Crowe and Genevieve Picot. 25 years later, please join me and help the NFSA restore this classic Australian film, and many others, so they can be seen in digital cinemas and enjoyed by future generations. Any contribution helps.’

The Proof campaign was launched today, and will end on 30 June 2016. All donations over $2 are tax deductible.

Margaret Pomeranz made the first contribution on the crowdfunding platform Pozible: http://bit.ly/nfsarestoresproof.

‘I’m making the first donation because it was a bit rich to ask you guys to put money into this campaign, and me just sitting back and saying “Hey, why don’t you do it?”. No, I’m going to be part of this, and I want to gather like-minded people around me.I hope you’re one of them,’ said Pomeranz.

Proof director Jocelyn Moorhouse said: ‘I haven’t seen it in a pristine version in a very long time. I remember it looked beautiful when it first came out; that’s what a lot of people commented on all over the world, so I would love to see it look that beautiful again.’

NFSA CEO Michael Loebenstein explained that the funds raised by this campaign will help cover part of the cost of the restoration, with the NFSA funding the rest: ‘We manage our resources in a way that allows us to fulfil our key objectives: collect, preserve and share. However, our analogue film collection is vast and digital restoration work is time-consuming and expensive, from $50,000 to $150,000 depending on its condition. We have allocated existing resources to NFSA Restores, but through crowdfunding, even more films will be able to be restored per year.’

Proof is part of NFSA Restores, an exciting new program to digitise and restore classic and cult Australian films, so they can be seen in today’s digital cinemas. This NFSA initiative utilises the best available original picture and sound materials, from both the NFSA collection and around the world. Restored films will be migrated every five years to ensure their format remains contemporary and they will be available as Digital Cinema Packages. Previous NFSA Restores films include Storm Boy (1976), Starstruck (1982), Bliss (1985) and Howling III: The Marsupials (1987).

Ms Pomeranz added: ‘I am a major supporter of Proof. It’s quite an extraordinary debut feature by Jocelyn Moorhouse and producer Lynda House: two young women that took the Australian film industry by storm. It’s an intriguing exploration of one man’s lack of trust in the world, and how he goes about achieving it. But does he really? Even though it’s a story about a man, I don’t think it could have been written or made by a man. It’s very feminine perspective on jealousy, love, trust, life.’

Tax deductible donations can be made online, and donors will receive a token of appreciation from the NFSA and Margaret Pomeranz.

NFSA Restores is an ongoing project, and there are literally thousands of films waiting to be restored back to life. Any money raised that goes over the $25,000 target will be invested in new restorations

NFSA Restores trailer: http://bit.ly/NFSARestores

Proof crowdfunding appeal: http://bit.ly/restorePROOF

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AFTRS LAUNCHES BLACK SHOT TALENT LAB TO DEVELOP NEXT GENERATION OF INDIGENOUS CINEMATOGRAPHERS

BLACK SHOT, a lab intensive for emerging Indigenous cinematographers, is underway at AFTRS this week.

AFTRS has invited nine Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cinematographers to participate in BLACK SHOT – two from Alice Springs, one from Broome, one from Perth, one from Townsville, one from Brisbane, one from Sydney and two from Yirrkala in the Northern Territory. Three of those selected are women.

“The workshop aims to develop the cinematography skills of emerging Indigenous cinematographers who have demonstrated ability and willingness to pursue opportunities to develop their craft,” said Kyas Sherriff, Head of the AFTRS Indigenous Unit.

As well as the five-day intensive, which is being facilitated by renowned Indigenous cinematographer and AFTRS alumni Allan Collins ACS, AFTRS is partnering with the industry to arrange the opportunity for placements and mentorships for participants.

“The AFTRS Indigenous Unit wants to create a pathway for cinematographers to get deeper into their craft and art with strategic mentoring and skills training. In the workshop they will learn core craft skills of cinematography including operating commercial cameras, lensing and exploring depth of field for storytelling and visual language as well as on set cultural practices,” Ms Sherriff said.

“This talent lab is designed to embed craft and inspire the next wave of Indigenous cinematographers. It’s 20 years since Warwick Thornton, Allan Collins, Jason Ramp and Murray Lui trained here at AFTRS and our most recent graduate was Cornel Ozzies in 2011.  We want to proactively develop the next generation of Indigenous cinematographers. I am very pleased to say that we have one Indigenous student studying cinematography this year and I hope that BLACK SHOT will inspire others to join him.” Ms Sherriff said.

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THE PERFECT MOTHER’S DAY PRESENT FOR ANY MISS FISHER FAN

The Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher, television’s most elegant lady detective, along with her companions, feature in The Official Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Colouring Book, which includes over 50 illustrations from the hit ABC TV series.

This beautifully crafted new book contains illustrations of key characters and scenes from the series. Fans are encouraged to add colour to costumes, interiors and locations, and to hunt down devious weapons of murder hidden within the illustrated pages of the book.

The book has been developed and self-published by the team at Every Cloud Productions, the producers of Miss Fisher, with illustrations and design by Jacquelin Donnelly, based on iconic images from the series. The book is being sold exclusively online via Every Cloud’s shop: http://www.everycloudonlineshop.com/

In addition to the colouring book, Every Cloud continue to collaborate with the series’ award-winning costume designer, Marion Boyce on a range of jewellery and limited edition accessories, available exclusively online through Every Cloud’s shop. The collection, which is designed and curated by Marion, is very much inspired by the 1920’s and the impeccably dressed leading lady, Miss Phryne Fisher. It features intricately designed earrings and brooches, as well as new scarves and shawls being released on the site over the next few weeks in the lead up to Mother’s Day.

Essie Davis, who plays the stunning Miss Phryne Fisher, has been nominated for 3 Logies this year, including the most coveted prize, the Gold Logie, Silver Logie for Best Actress and Silver Logie for Most Outstanding Actress.

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NEW DOCUMENTARY ‘THE HUNTING GROUND’ UNITES AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITIES TO TACKLE SEXUAL VIOLENCE

The Hunting Ground Australia Project, a collaborative, comprehensive campaign around the incidence of, and responses to, sexual violence in Australian universities, launches in Australia this week.

Central to the campaign is a university screening program of The Hunting Ground, the critically acclaimed US feature documentary film. Screenings have begun at universities across Australia. Released in the US in early 2015, The Hunting Ground has had a remarkable impact there, helping to raise awareness of sexual assault on hundreds of college campuses across America.

The film chronicles the personal stories of students who have reported sexual assault on campuses, and the failure of a number of American universities to respond effectively and appropriately to these reports.

While there are significant cultural, financial and structural differences between American and Australian universities and student life, The Hunting Ground Australia Project has confirmed in consultation with the Australian university sector and the National Union of Students (NUS) that there are issues raised by the film that are relevant in the Australian context.

The Hunting Ground Australia Project has bought together a coalition of partners to develop and implement a proactive impact strategy around the film. The strategy includes a partnership with the Australian Human Rights Commission and the Australian Human Rights Centre to develop a national survey tool on the prevalence of and institutional responses to sexual harassment and sexual assault in Australian universities. The survey will be undertaken by the Australian Human Rights Commission with the implementation supported by Universities Australia.

The Australian Human Rights Centre is also undertaking a research project, Strengthening Australian Universities’ Responses to Sexual Assault and Harassment, to develop a model protocol and policy framework. Research for this project commenced in September 2015, with a review of recent policy developments and academic research in America, Canada and the UK. Final policies and protocols will incorporate best practice aspects of this research and the analysis of the national survey data.

Andrea Durbach, Professor of law and Director of the Australian Human Rights Centre has been working on the development of the survey, and the research project directed at developing best practice policies and protocols. “Given the concerning statistics on violence against women in this country, it’s not completely out of the question that these stats might be replicated to some degree at tertiary institutions. At the very least The Hunting Ground and the work of the National Union of Students has triggered the need to do the research to see if that is the case and how we can start to remedy deficient reporting processes and ensure effective and appropriate redress. We requested the Australian Human Rights Commission’s involvement in the design and implementation of the survey because we want the survey to be conducted at arm’s length from the universities and by an independent, authoritative, objective expert in this area.”

“In 2015, the NUS ran a nation wide survey of women students which resulted in some really valuable statistics at Australian universities,” said the NUS National Women’s officer Heidi La Paglia. “In the survey, over 70% of women said that they had experienced some form of unwanted sexual encounter; and perhaps even more alarmingly, the vast majority of these individuals also said that the response they received from their university and or the police was inadequate”

“It’s great to see that stakeholders across the sector are taking steps to address the issue ”

A further element of The Hunting Ground Australia Project is the development of training resources in sexual ethics, consent and bystander strategies. These are being developed by experienced national experts in sexual assault prevention education, in partnership with the leading national sexual assault and domestic violence service. These programs will be available to universities for both staff and student training.

The Hunting Ground’s Producer Amy Ziering has been closely involved in the Australian project. Ms Ziering says “We’re thrilled that our film, The Hunting Ground, is being released in Australia. We are impressed and heartened by the leadership role that Australian universities are taking on these issues – and hope that their efforts will inspire their global peers to demonstrate similar moral courage and follow suit.”

The campus screening program of The Hunting Ground gives all universities and tertiary institutions the opportunity to use the film to begin the conversation on their campuses. Anyone interested in hosting a community screening of the film is encouraged to register their interest via The Hunting Ground Australia Project website (see below).

“Administrators and staff from many Australian universities have recognised the important opportunity the film offers to continue a conversation about sexual violence by scheduling screenings early in the 2016 academic year. We encourage all tertiary institutions and interested community groups to screen the film and engage with The Hunting Ground Australia Project.” said the Project’s Impact Producer Allison Henry.

In a statement posted on La Trobe University’s website, the Vice-­‐Chancellor, Professor John Dewar, outlined his support for a series of campus screening events: “I encourage you to attend one of The Hunting Ground screenings and to be part of the positive changes that are needed to ensure that our campuses are safe places for everyone. Together, we can help to eliminate violence from Australian society”.

The Hunting Ground was one of six documentary films selected for the 2015 philanthropic Good Pitch Australia initiative held at the Sydney Opera House. The leading international forum for documentary filmmaking, Good Pitch brings together filmmakers with foundations, not-­‐for-­‐profits, campaigners, philanthropists, policymakers, broadcasters and key players in the film industry, around leading social and environmental issues, to forge coalitions and campaigns that are good for all these partners, good for the films and good for society.

The Hunting Ground is the latest film by Oscar-­‐nominated and Emmy Award-­‐winning filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering, who made The Invisible War – a film directly responsible for influencing government policy and laws on how the US armed forces respond to and prevent sexual assault within their ranks. The film is being distributed in Australia by Madman Entertainment, and will be released on DVD and digitally by Madman Entertainment mid 2016.

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AUSTRALIAN DIRECTORS GUILD TO HOST EVENTS WITH ACCLAIMED US TV DIRECTOR THOMAS SCHLAMME

The Australian Directors Guild (ADG), in association with the Directors Guild of America, will host two MEET THE DIRECTOR events in November with Thomas Schlamme, the acclaimed US television director and producer. Recognised for his ground-breaking work on US television dramas, Thomas Schlamme is credited with creating the look of such hit series as The West Wing, Spin City, The Larry Sanders Show, Boston Public and Parenthood.

Thomas Schlamme’s long lasting and productive collaboration with writer Aaron Sorkin led to them directing and executive producing three shows together: The West Wing, Sports Night and Studio 60 and he has also directed multiple episodes of Mad About You, Friends, Ally McBeal, The Practice, Chicago Hope and ER. He has won three DGA Awards, having been nominated eight times, and has won 9 Emmy Awards.

The MEET THE DIRECTORS events will take place at Dendy Opera Quays in Sydney on Thursday 5 November and at ACMI in Melbourne on Monday 9 November. The events will give fans of Schlamme’s work and of TV drama in general, as well as those directly involved with the industry here in Australia, a unique insight into the creation of some of world’s best shows and the role of the TV director as an important creative artist in the production of television drama.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for Australian TV directors to hear from one of the leading director show runners in the US. He has directed and run shows like The West Wing, Manhattan and The Americans. He is an Emmy award winning director and long time member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA),” said Kingston Anderson CEO of the ADG. “This will be a chance to hear from the coalface how the US television dramas are made and how the new streaming services are affecting their production.”

EVENT DETAILS:

  • Thursday 5 November – Dendy Opera Quays, Sydney Monday 9 November – ACMI, Melbourne
  • 6pm for 6:30pm start

TICKETS:

Tickets are now on sale online from: