Another outbreak of COVID-19 has resulted in parts of Victoria going into a 7-day circuit-breaking lockdown until 11:59pm on Thursday 3 June. What does this mean for the screen sector?
- Melbourne’s cinemas are shut, unless they’re virtual cinemas, and there are a lot of those, including ACMI’s Cinema 3, and Fanforce’s Virtual Indigenous Film Festival.
- Higher education and training is closed with remote learning only.
- As far as production is concerned, if you’re already underway and operating as a closed set, you’re probably okay to work. According to Film Victoria, ‘Feature film, television and documentary productions (excluding television commercials, student and corporate productions) that are already in physical production and operating as a closed set, and post-production relating these projects are considered Authorised Workplaces. See the list of Authorised Providers and Authorised Workers here.’
- Could be a good time to brush up on the Australian Screen Production Industry COVID Safe Guidelines.
- For viewers, it could also be a good time to consider spending on Australian content if you’re locked in your room. This is to support #AustralianMadeWeek (24 – 30 May). As SPA tweeted:
“If every household spent an extra $10 a week on Australian Made products, we could generate an additional $5 billion for our economy, and create 11,000 new jobs” @mattdeaner #AustralianMadeWeek #AustralianMade https://t.co/TtiWH0jqTP pic.twitter.com/cdif9yQnoe
— Screen Producers Aus (@Screen_Producer) May 24, 2021
AT THE CINEMA – if you’re lucky
- Box Office: Quiet here but Fast and Furious 9 burns international rubber
The Americans are banking on Fast and Furious 9 to bring out the crowds next month as it has done brilliantly in China and Korea. Almost as if Covid never happened.
- Film Review: Cruella charms with snark and style
An unnecessary but enjoyable Disney origin story owes much to its faux-punk fashion and the duelling stars Emma Stone and Emma Thompson, says Anthony Morris.
- Film Review: My Name is Gulpilil captures the legacy of a star
Gulpilil takes centre stage one last time in a meditative portrait of one of our most complex, brilliant and important screen performers.
MOVES, SHAKES & GREEN LIGHTS
- Bunya Media Group employs Penny Smallacombe and grows a new arm
Taking advantage of COVID development support and Screen Australia Enterprise money, Bunya has moved up a level as a production company.
- Amazon Prime Video greenlights seven new Australian Amazon Original productions
This brings the production company’s local investment to $150 million since 2019.
- Behind Amazon Prime’s billion dollar buyout of MGM
Amazon’s approach to streaming is not really about streaming at all. It’s another part of the retail giant’s multi-pronged approach to taking over the market.
- Netflix’s Jessica Watson biopic to film in Queensland
Queensland is set to host filming of Netflix’s upcoming adaptation documenting Jessica Watson’s remarkable journey in sailing unassisted around the world at the age of 16.
- Jim Henson Company’s ‘The Portable Door’ adaptation to film in Queensland, starring Christoph Waltz
In another coup for Queensland, the state will host the star-studded fantasy adventure comedy feature ‘The Portable Door’ featuring Sam Neill as a shape-shifting goblin.
- Unionisation for freelancers: why is it worth it?
Here’s what Game Workers Unite (GWA) Australia is doing to make freelance and precarious labourers a priority, and how people in other fields can push their unions to do the same.
- Freeplay 2021: Full program and speakers announced for the independent games festival
The world’s longest-running independent games festival has revealed the full conference program and speakers who will appear at the Melbourne-based event.
- Virtual post-production and game dev tool Unreal Engine 5 available in Early Access
Epic Games has released its latest set of game development and 3D rendering tools in an early testing build available to the public.
- Apply for one of ten free bizdev mentorships with Jason Della Rocca
IGEA has partnered with screen and creative agencies to offer 10 mentorships with IGDA’s Jason Della Rocca for studios across the country.
- Keeping a film alive over two decades of development with ‘Kid Snow’
John Brumpton’s tent boxing film Kid Snow will soon shoot in Kalgoorlie. Behind it is a marathon story of development and an actor/writer who refused to give up. David Tiley traces the evolution.
- Marvel’s The Eternals – More on the improbable film from Chloe Zhao
Fans WANT this now, but the cinema tragics are just as fascinated, because director Chloe Zhao last made Nomadland.
- Beating the Computer’s Selection Process when applying for jobs
Automated CV scanners use very blunt tools to cull applicants. Here are some tips to get yours seen by human eyes.
- Screen study that prepares you for a changing industry [Sponsored]
As her field expands rapidly, multimedia producer Sarah Hill has used her AFTRS qualification as a tool to create her own working identity.
- Why be a producer? Sue Maslin, Owen Johnston and Gus Howard tell all
The film industry runs on good producers, though it can be a daunting role. Screenhub talked to three veterans who know the highs that make up for the lows.
- Building Strengths versus Improving Weaknesses
Setting an ambitious artistic career goal? Tahlia Norrish shares two prompts from the world of elite sports that will get you on track.
- Full list of St Kilda Film Festival 2021 award nominations, Carmentis leads with 7 noms
Nominations for the 2021 St Kilda Film Festival have been announced, including the prestigious $10,000 Best Short Film category featuring nominees Carmentis, Erwin, Lost Boy and Joy.
- Very Short Film Festival Winners Announced
The two winners will have their sub-5 minute films showcased on Guardian Australia’s website, as well as receiving mentorship sessions.
- 2021 ACT Screen Arts recipients announced
The 8 successful ACT-based recipients span all stages of development, and includes an interactive fiction videogame, writing mentorship, a producer attachment, and pitch development for a bilingual children’s animated series.
- The AACTA Awards are now open for entries across all categories, including Television, Film, Documentary, Short-Form, Online, and Visual Effects or Animation.
WHAT TO WATCH
- More Than Words: What to watch for National Reconciliation Week
Your chance to watch, remember, respect, and take action with some inspiring viewing options.
- Mental Health Watch: This Way Up, Couples Therapy and Wakefield
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and there’s no shortage of TV characters who struggle, fall and rise again. Here are three shows to check out.
- TV Review: Creamerie on SBS is a Kiwi Treat
Created by Kiwi-Asian comedians and executive produced by Tony Ayres, this speculative comedy pokes a cattle prod at liberal-feminist sanctimony, says Mel Campbell.
- Exhibition Review: Disney: The Magic of Animation, ACMI
The House of Mouse takes over ACMI so we sent cartoonist Andrew Weldon along to see how it captures the imaginations of young and not-so-young. It’s shut right now, of course, but hopefully open to crowds again soon.
WHAT TO PLAY (or not)
- You should play… Hollow Knight
Games & digital content lead Jini Maxwell waxes lyrical about the Studio Ghibli-inspired blockbuster Hollow Knight, made by tiny Adelaide-based studio Team Cherry.
- Game Review: Essays on Empathy reminded me of the importance of creative community
This stunning collection of scrappy narrative microgames showcase Deconstructeam’s forensic interest in human intimacy. More importantly, they show the way that games create spaces for creative communion.
- Game Review: Strangeland’s dark, cosmic world is let down by its narrative structure
Wormwood Studio’s Strangeland is a mind-bending ride through a visually unique and well-crafted world that is dulled by repetitive puzzles and inconsistent narrative pacing, writes Chantelle McColl
- Game Review: Biomutant Lacks An Identity To Call Its Own
Biomutant’s clashing design philosophies continually reduce the player experience to one of overwhelming apathy.