Knowing that emerging producers cluster around Vivid in Sydney and the St Kilda fest in Melbourne greedy for inspiration, SPAA snatches the opportunity to distract them with a very different form of entertainment. Workshops, which will cue them into bits of the new-look SPAAfringe.
For those who like their entertainment to hit the heights, Wanaka`s Mountain Film Festival has whittled down its 143 entries to 58 in-competition finalists, with the full programme due at the beginning of June.
The two were killed in February 2012, when their chopper crashed and burned. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau concludes it was caused by a door which was not properly shut. A terrible moment of inattention in a long life as a pilot; beyond the loss of two lives is the collapse of a significant building block in Australian higher budget production.
Search the NZFC site for `deadly ponies`, which this writer did while looking for background on the NZIFF`s recently-announced Zoe McIntosh feature, and the return asks: Did you mean “deals cronies”? Not really, but the response feels apt in a week that sees two of the larger deal and crony fests, Cannes and the LA Screenings, under way.
The latest in a long line of Star Trek titles takes over from Iron Man 3 at the top, while titles offering more local interest come towards the end of their runs or, in the case of a couple, are unreported.
As the masses gather for the Cannes Film Festival and its associated Marché du Film, .Screen Hub’s Andrew Einspruch has landed amongst them as part of a delegation from ScreenACT. The group sat down with Geoff Brown and Julie Marlow, both ex-SPAA and now working together as Filmmaking Services, who have been to dozens of Marchés du Film. Their generous wisdom flowed freely.
The NZIFF has announced Alison Maclean as selector for this year`s New Zealand’s Best Shorts and the first six features to play in the festival. Four of the features are local, three of them documentaries.
While Screen Australia seems to have maintained its size surprisingly well since its inception, it joins AFTRS and the NFSA in flatlining as inflation takes its toll. But, they have escaped pretty well.
The ownership of Babette`s Feast is being fought out in a Californian court, perhaps due to a boost in sales as loyal Catholics rush to buy the new Pope`s favourite film. Nicely described by Anna Spies with a necessary hint of humour. Though we still await an account of Australia`s approach to moral rights in the hands of a professional comedian.
Fortissimo Films has acquired the global sales rights outside Australia and New Zealand to Driving Back From Dubbo, to be directed by Sue Brooks (Japanese Story with Unicorn Films’ Lizzette Atkins and Gecko Films’ Alison Tilson as producers. Palace will distribute in Australia and New Zealand.