- Netflix snooty at Cannes and our sector clobbered
Netflix has managed to dump both Jane Campion and Andrew Dominik out in the cold as everyone else focuses on Cannes.
- AMC greenlights Warwick Thornton’s vampire series, Firebite
Thornton and Brendan Fletcher team up again to have some fun on Firebite, a See-Saw co-production to premiere on AMC+ this year.
- SPA and MEAA release revised Safety Guidelines for sector
In a small but monumental moment, the screen sector has released its 21st century approach to health and safety. It is a key document.
GREENLIGHTS, FESTIVALS AND BOX OFFICE
- Cannes Film Festival – Justin Kurzel’s ‘Nitram’ in competition
Based around the Port Arthur gunman, Nitram is the first Australian film in official competition in a decade.
- Sydney Film Festival: first glimpses of a program to confound Covid
With less films, the Sydney Film Festival is making ultra-sure that the program distils the times.
- Box Office: Australian horror experts dominate the multiplexes
Both ends of Australian culture are represented in cinema at the same time. You can choose between David Gulpilil and slaves of Satan.
- APSA script development: ten years of stirring the pot
Successful – yes. Best in class – depends on your criteria. But the program is ambitious, covers a huge range of cultures, and is available to Australians as well. Entries close on October 22.
- Brisbane developers Prideful Sloth announce next game ‘Grow: Song of the Evertree’
The Australian studio behind the well-received Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles has announced their next game in partnership with international publisher 505 Games.
CAREER AND OPPORTUNITIES
- The Power of Visibility: beating the mid-career blahs
Even introverts can shine in their own ways. Challenge your mid-career fears and put yourself out there with these ideas from publicist and media strategist Karen Eck.
- ‘Team up for producing success’: The Unusual Suspects’ Angie Fielder & Polly Staniford
Aquarius is a company with a broad slate. We talked to the dynamic duo about their philosophy, advice and key issues the company is facing at this moment.
- PAX Aus Indie Showcase opens for submissions
PAX Aus is now taking submissions for its 2021 Indie Showcase. It is accepting tabletop submissions for the first time.
- The Short Film Festival That Elevates Emerging Filmmakers (Sponsored)
The inaugural Sony Film Festival is encouraging filmmakers of all dispositions to submit short-form work for the chance to win some formidable career development opportunities.
- 2021 Australian Game Developer Awards nominations open
The Australian videogame industry’s night of nights will soon be upon us, and submissions are being invited.
- Why do the elves in Dota have Australian accents?
All the elves in Dota: Dragons Blood are (spoiler) all Australian and we don’t know why – so we asked ABC language researcher, Tiger Webb.
- Why is TV chef Shane Delia so happy?
Shane Delia really knows what he likes doing, and television is just a means to an end.
- A Deep Dive into Serial Killer TV
Quality or trash, Adrian Martin eats up the genre. From The Sons of Sam to Manhunt, Zodiac and The Serpent, he plays detective, tracing a murky web of connections
- You should watch… Love on the Spectrum Season 2
The second season of this thoughtful dating show celebrates romance and neurodivergence, and it has completely stolen Jini Maxwell’s heart.
TV & FILM REVIEWS
- TV: Jack Irish gets more than a farewell tour
It’s the end of an era for the Fitzroy lawyer turned private investigator. A sharply scripted final series gives him a great wrap-up, says Anthony Morris.
- TV: Hug the Sun is a circus of chaotic comedy
From the Aunty Donna production house, Hug The Sun’s brand of sketch comedy disguised as a fictional children’s program is hilarious, absurd, and sometimes uncomfortable.
- TV: Eden Finds New Perspectives on the Missing-Girl Mystery
While it starts off a bit stale, Eden’s looping, iterative narrative structure helps to enrich its characters and themes, writes Mel Campbell.
- TV: Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries S2 is groovy
The latest Ms Fisher franchise is crafted with care and style to spare. It’s got a 60s sleuth you want to hang out with, says Anthony Morris..
- Film: Cousins is a deeply emotional story of resilience
Beautifully told and collaboratively made, this is a powerful story of three Māori girls separated by forced assimilation, says reviewer Didi de Graaf.
- IGEA calls on NSW government to stop neglecting videogame sector, again, ahead of budget
Australia peak videogame industry body has warned NSW could be ‘left behind’ if the Berejiklian Government fails to invest in the state’s videogame industry in the 2021-22 Budget.
- Here’s every Australian and NZ Game in the Indie Bundle for Palestinian Aid
The Indie Bundle for Palestinian Aid has reached its $500k goal in just three days. We look at the local games showing solidarity.
- ‘HoloVista’ among 2021 Apple Design Award winners
Produced by Australian Meredith Hall, ‘Holovista’ has won the 2021 Apple Design Award for Inclusivity by providing a ‘great experience for all by supporting people from a diversity of backgrounds, abilities, and languages.’
- Xbox reveals plans for console-free game streaming
Microsoft has revealed its major plans for cloud-based gaming, including the ability to play Xbox games without a console.
- Crank-based ‘Playdate’ console gets release window + a new game from Australian dev Bennett Foddy
More details about Playdate, an experimental handheld videogame console have been unveiled including games, price, and release date.
- Game: Backbone is a vicious, unpredictable new breed of neo-noir
Backbone is a noir obsessed with change, transformation, and looking inward and out in equal measure.
- Game Review: Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is a window into the future
This game wields PlayStation 5 technology adeptly and pushes its genre mastery to the limits, but no further.
- Game: On Nier Replicant ver.1.22474487139…and second chances
An overlooked cult game takes advantage of a rare second lease on life.