TOP 3 STORIES
- Ubisoft recruitment in Sydney points to a new major game development studio in Australia
A world-class AAA blockbuster game studio appears to be forming in Sydney to help in developing a realistic, online multiplayer project.
- Keywords Studios acquires Tantalus, will create 130 more gamedev jobs Tantalus founder Tom Crago will oversee the new studio, which will become Keywords Australia.
- First look at NITRAM’s tense trailer
This glimpse into Kurzel’s controversial Cannes selection suggests a taut, psychological probe, rather than a bloodbath.
MOVES & SHAKES
- Australians invited to join Academy in push for diversity
The organisation behind the Oscars is continuing to enact major changes. Also, new Australian members include director Wayne Blair (pictured), composer Amanda Brown, and producers Darren Dale, Rosemary Blight and Kylie Du Fresne, as well as costume designer Margot Wilson, VFX artists Genevieve Camilleri and Matt Everitt, who were nominated for an Oscar this year for Love and Monsters; and Charles Williams who joins the Short Film and Animation Branch after his film All These Creatures won the 2018 Cannes Short Film Palme d’Or.
- Sydney Theatre Company’s Patrick McIntyre appointed new NFSA CEO
McIntyre brings two decades of arts management experience to the NFSA. Following groundbreaking CEO Jan Muller, who resigned in December 2020, he has big shoes to fill.
- A new ScreenHub is coming soon
After more than a year of development, we will shortly be launching a new website and brand for Screenhub.
CAREERS & OPPORTUNITIES
- The 2021 Natalie Miller Fellowship offers $20k for women in film
The prestigious fellowship offers $20k for professional development for women in film. Applications are open until 29 August.
- Creative Victoria announces $30,000 in PAX Rising grants for game developers
The grants will be made available for independent Victorian game developers who already plan to exhibit at PAX Australia 2021.
- Nine-day writing retreat for West Australian screenwriters
A joint initiative from Cinefest Oz and Women in Film and TV, the generous retreat promises nourishing peace and creative community-building.
- What do screen students want? Some answers from VCA and Griffith
While students play with their new tools, teachers pick the true artists, and watch them learn the strength to compromise.
- The ‘SPA Ones to Watch’ program is now inviting applications from emerging producers. Closing date 8 August 2021.
AT THE MOVIES
- Box Office: New arrival Escape Room 2 flounders against Covid
The weekend figures dropped a quarter in one weekend, and are less than a third of a normal winter school holiday weekend. That’s pandemic for you.
- Film Review: Black Widow is the perfect welcome back to Marvel movies
Australian director Cate Shortland’s effective ‘prequel’ allows Black Widow to finish her family business, and gives a thrilling introduction to her successor.
- Horrible Histories Aboriginal-style: Trisha Morton-Thomas bites back
The Alice Springs-based actor and producer talks about her one-hour comedy special bringing a light touch to heavy history.
- Six essential things to watch for NAIDOC Week 2021
We’re spoilt for choice with all the great Indigenous-created content on TV, but these titles across Netflix, NITV, SBS, ABC and Stan are essential.
- Colourblind Casting: ‘I’ve been waiting for this a long time.’
When actor Ming-Zhu Hii got to play a delicious period role in Ms. Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries it was a defining moment.
- Essay: The Girlfriend Experience explores the sexual interface in three seasons
A series that’s far better than the movie that spawned it, Adrian Martin especially enjoys the speculative sci-fi of the third season.
- Necrobarista, money, and the miserable business of artistic games
The lead artist on the award-winning Melbourne game alleges missing and inconsistent payments, and poor workplace culture. These issues are symptoms of a much bigger problem.
- New Nintendo Switch OLED model announced, to launch in October for $540
A bigger OLED screen is the flagship feature of the new Nintendo Switch, but its full hardware specifications are unknown.
- Mario Golf takes over Australia, while Kiwis completely ignore it – ANZ Game Sales Analysis
The top games of Australia and New Zealand were completely different last week, with Kiwis preferring the gritty anime sci-fi of Scarlet Nexus over cartoon golf.
- Game Review: Chicory uses cute animals to question the very nature of art and artists
Chicory: A Colorful Tale has you revitalise a colourless world. But that task comes with more existential dread than you might think.
- The quest to make a truly Australian game
Let’s move past Australian gothic and true blue and take a look at how these game devs are approaching stories unique to this sunburnt country.
- Bringing Indigenous cultural expertise to videogame development
Drop Bear Bytes recently hired Indiginerd’s Cienan Muir as a narrative consultant. The team spoke to us about the role of Indigenous perspectives in their upcoming game, Broken Roads.
- Indigenous games express culture through play
From couch co-ops to interactive narrative, these games showcase the incredible diversity of culturally-informed, Indigenous-made games from around the world.