News in Brief: a Christmas movie for Stan, Gender still Matters and Wild West roundup

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Plans are very shaky for Christmas this year, but not for Stan, who announced this week that production is currently underway in Adelaide on a new Stan Original comedy film A Sunburnt Christmas, to premiere in time for the big day.

Directed by Christiaan Van Vuuren, and created and written by Elliot Vella, Gretel Vella and Timothy Walker, the film is described as ‘a wild, hilarious and heartfelt story about a single mum and her kids doing it tough on their outback farm until a runaway criminal dressed as Santa Claus (Daniel Henshall) crashes into their property and their lives.’ Other stars include Ling Cooper Tang (The Secrets She Keeps), Sullivan Stapleton, and new talents Lena Nankivell, Eaden McGuiness and Tatiana Goode as the kids. Producers are Lisa Scott for Highview Productions, with executive producers Fiona Eagger and Deb Cox for Every Cloud Productions and Mike Jones co-producing. 

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