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MEDIA RELEASES - 2012

Callan Mulvey, Matt Nable, Maeve Dermody and Susie Porter lead top ensemble cast in 'Brothers in Arms'

Brothers in Arms

Network TEN is pleased to announce the outstanding cast of actors who will star in the highly anticipated 2012 drama series Brothers in Arms. This gripping six part drama series, which recently finished filming, tells the true story of two motorcycle clubs, and two men, on a journey from loyalty to rivalry...with deadly consequence.

Brothers in Arms boasts some of Australia’s finest actors, including:

Callan Mulvey (Rush, The Hunter, Underbelly) Matthew Nable (Killer Elite, 33Postcards, East West 101), Susie Porter (East West 101, The Jesters, Sisters of War, My Place), Maeve Dermody (Paper Giants, Griff The Invisible, Beautiful Kate), Anthony Hayes (The Slap, Burning Man, Animal Kingdom), Todd Lasance (The Great Mint Swindle, Crownies, Cloudstreet, Underbelly Files: Tell Them Lucifer Was Here), Luke Ford (Red Dog, Animal Kingdom, The Black Balloon), Jeremy Lindsay Taylor (Underbelly: Razor, Sea Patrol, Blue Heelers, Something In The Air), Damian Walshe-Howling (Terra Nova, The Reef, Underbelly), Nathaniel Dean (Wild Boys, Rush, Satisfaction, Underbelly), and Luke Hemsworth (Tangle, Neighbours, Satisfaction.)

Milperra is a name that will be remembered in infamy. On September 2nd, Fathers Day 1984, two motorcycle clubs – the Bandidos and the Comancheros – went to war at a public swap meet. After a brief but violent battle, seven people had been shot dead, including a 14 year old innocent bystander, and some forty other club members needed hospitalisation. Brothers in Arms is the story of how that day came to pass.

In announcing the cast, TEN Executive Producer Rick Maier says: "There is obviously a great responsibility to tell a story like this truthfully, respectfully and with conviction - so we felt very privileged to see this outstanding ensemble come together. This was a complex shoot and we think that across the board they have delivered the performance of their careers."

Based on the book by Lindsay Simpson and Sandra Harvey, Brothers in Arms is written by Greg Haddrick (Crownies, Underbelly, The Society Murders, My Husband My Killer, MDA), Roger Simpson (Satisfaction, Stingers, Halifax fp, Good Guys, Bad Guys) and Jo Martino (Satisfaction, Winners & Losers, Carla Cametti PD, Stingers). The six-hour miniseries is being directed by Peter Andrikidis (The Straits, Killing Time, East West 101, Underbelly, Jessica, My Husband My Killer).

Shot in and around Sydney, Brothers In Arms is series produced on behalf of SCREENTIME Australia by Roger Simpson, and produced by Louisa Kors (The Slap, Cloudstreet, Satisfaction) with SCREENTIME’s Des Monaghan and Greg Haddrick and Network TEN’s Rick Maier as executive producers.


 

For further information please contact:
Maraya Bell Catherine Lavelle
Network Ten CLPR for Screentime
P. 02 9650 1195 P. 02 9405 2880
M. 0419 163 976 M. 0413 88 55 95
E. mbell@networkten.com.au E. catherine@clpr.com.au

ABOUT SCREENTIME AUSTRALIA

SCREENTIME is a specialist independent television production company with an outstanding list of award winning and celebrated dramas including three series of Underbelly, the Underbelly Files, The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant, Society Murders, Jessica, My Husband My Killer, A Model Daughter: The Killing of Caroline Byrne, Breakers and MDA, as well as the critically acclaimed Tim Winton’s Cloudstreet for Showtime Australia, Crownies for ABC TV and Underbelly: Razor for the Nine Network. The company is currently in production on the drama series Tricky Business for the Nine Network and has recently completed filming Brothers In Arms for Network TEN.

MEDIA RELEASES - 2011

WISH YOU WERE HERE SELECTED FOR THE OPENING NIGHT OF SUNDANCE

Wish You Were Here

Thursday 1 December 2011

The feature film Wish You Were Here, produced by Angie Fielder, co-written by Kieran Darcy-Smith and Felicity Price and directed by Kieran Darcy-Smith, has been selected for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

Wish You Were Here will have its world premiere on the opening night of the World Cinema Dramatic Competition. A showcase of exceptional works from across the globe, the Dramatic Competition is described by the festival as ‘a way to honour the independent spirit in filmmakers’.

The film tells the story of four friends who travel to South-East Asia on a holiday, but only three of them return home. The film reveals what happened on that fateful night when they were dancing under a full moon in Cambodia.

“Kieran and I are immensely proud and honoured that Wish You Were Herehas been selected to have its world premiere at Sundance. It’s exciting to see our film open the prestigious World Cinema Dramatic Competition at a festival which celebrates independent filmmaking,” said producer Angie Fielder.

“Sundance’s international competition program is one of the most sought-after premiere slots in the world. Thousands of films are submitted; only 16 are chosen. Established by Robert Redford in 1984, the festival is a mecca for the independent film community and, like Animal Kingdom and others before, it offers Australian cinema an outstanding debut platform,” said Screen Australia’s Head of Marketing, Kathleen Drumm.

Wish You Were Here will be released nationally in cinemas through Hopscotch Films in 2012.

The Sundance Film Festival will take place 19–29 January 2012 –www.sundance.org/festival

 

Wish You Were Here
www.wishyouwereherethefilm.com 
www.facebook.com/WishYouWereHereTheFilm 
twitter.com/Wish_UWereHere
Production Companies Aquarius Films (www.aquariusfilms.com.au) in association with Blue Tongue Films (www.bluetonguefilms.com)
Director Kieran Darcy-Smith
Writers Kieran Darcy-Smith, Felicity Price
Producer Angie Fielder
Cast Joel Edgerton, Teresa Palmer, Felicity Price, Antony Starr
Australian Distributor Hopscotch Films
International Sales LevelK ApS
Synopsis Four friends lose themselves in a carefree South-East Asian holiday. Only three come back. Dave and Alice return home desperate for answers about Jeremy’s mysterious disappearance. When Alice’s sister Steph returns, a nasty secret is revealed about the night her boyfriend went missing. Who amongst them knows what happened on that fateful night when they were dancing under a full moon in Cambodia?
 

Wish you were Here" Camera Equipment Supplied by VA Hire.
Shot with the amazing Arri Alexa camera system DOP Jules O'Loughlin ACS

 

MEDIA RELEASES - 2010

SAY NOTHING

SAY NOTHING TO BE FIRST AUSTRALIAN FEATURE FILM TO USE
ARRI ALEXA DIGITAL CAMERAS

SAY NOTHING starring Joel Edgerton and Teresa Palmer and directed by Kieran Darcy-Smith will be the first feature film in Australia to shoot on ARRI's new high-end digital camera, the ALEXA. The ALEXA has only been used to film twenty-one feature films around the world, including Martin Scorcese's Hugo Cabret and Roland Emmerich's Anonymous.

SAY NOTHING began shooting in Sydney in early December 2010 and Cambodia in January 2011.

ARRI’s ALEXA is a new compact, lightweight, professional digital camera with a price point that makes it a very viable option for low budget films. It utilises ultra-fast workflows and gives an image quality akin to 35mm film. The ALEXA features the ARRI Alev III CMOS sensor, which is a full-frame 35mm size and it has a 3.5K pixel count. SAY NOTHING will also use the new ARRI Alura zoom lenses built by Fujinon.

Cinematographer Jules O'Loughlin (September, Sanctum, Kokoda) comments: "The ARRI Alexa is without doubt the finest digital motion picture camera I have used. After comparative tests against other digital formats the Alexa was the clear winner when it came to picture quality and functionality. There is no doubt it's a game changer."

The producer of SAY NOTHING, Angie Fielder comments: 'We are very excited to be the first feature film in Australia to use this fantastic ARRI camera. Video Australasia in Sydney is supplying us with a great camera package and service, and we have been testing the system comprehensively, with excellent results. Our post house Cutting Edge has been working very hard to develop the best and most suitable pipeline from rushes processing through to 35mm film out.”

Written by Kieran Darcy-Smith and Felicity Price, SAY NOTHING is an Aquarius Films production, in association with Blue Tongue Films, and is supported by Screen Australia, Screen New South Wales and Fulcrum Media Finance. Hopscotch Films will release the film in Australia and New Zealand and international sales will be handled by LevelK.

For further information please contact Jillian Heggie at Hopscotch Films on
02 8303 3800 or at
jillian@hopscotchfilms.com.au

   
VIDEO AUSTRALASIA PROVIDES ARRI ALEXA CAMERAS ON FIRST FULL LENGTH AUSTRALIAN FEATURE AND EXPANDS INTO TVCS

Purchases multiple ARRI ALEXA digital cameras, full set of Master Prime lenses and new ARRI/FUJINON Alura Zoom lenses

Sydney, 7 December 2010 – Despite challenging market conditions Broadcast video rental house Video Australasia is expanding at a rapid rate with major purchases this month alone including multiple ARRI ALEXA cameras, a full set of Zeiss Master Prime lenses and two new ARRI/FUJINON Alura Zoom lenses all of which are being used on Australia’s first full length feature to be shot with the ALEXA, Say Nothing.

Video Australasia’s MD Warren Day explained, “We have been dealing with ARRI Australia for around five years and they have always supplied us with excellent kit for rentals. Recently, as a result of listening to our clients, we made a decision to expand particularly in the areas of drama, features and TVCs. At this point the demand for ARRI kit went through the roof so we had to make some major purchases.”

Started by Day in 2003 Video Australasia has made a point of being customer focused whenever possible. Day continued, “We mainly supply freelancers who are at the cutting edge of the industry and its requirements. So, if we want to get our value proposition right, we ask them and more importantly listen to them and what they require from a rentals house. Our last round of research was very clear and it was all based around ARRI so we ordered a full set of Master prime lenses, four ARRI ALEXA cameras, and two new ARRI/FUJINON Alura Zoom lenses – one of the biggest single ARRI orders in Australian history.”

Video Australasia is also expanding into mainland Asia. Day added, “We work on a basic principle of supply and demand. Right now there is a major demand across Australia for the type of ARRI kit we have purchased, especially in our growth areas. It doesn’t stop there though as we are also experiencing growth and broadening our client base in Asia too. Put simply, the DOPs we service want ARRI cameras and Master Prime lenses which we think are the best in the world. We used to supply kit mainly for ENG which was a quick turnaround with little room for error. Now, as we grow in drama, features and TVCs there is a lot more testing and research before a shoot goes into production. This is where ARRI and the ALEXA really come into their own. The ALEXA is the best digital camera around today and definitely the most cost effective with unprecedented demand from DOPs. This coupled with ARRI’s unrivalled service and support makes the whole proposition a very attractive one for them to work with.”

In an Australian first for Video Australasia, ARRI and the ALEXA, Video Australasia have supplied top DOP Jules O’Loughlin ACS with ALEXA cameras, Master Prime lenses and Alura Zoom lenses for Say Nothing, the first full length feature shot with the ALEXA in Australia.

O’Loughlin said, “We did extensive testing with Video Australasia and ARRI to see just how good the ALEXA is and quite honestly I was astonished. I’ve always essentially been a film DOP and always a believer in the longevity of film, the quality of film and that it is technically superior to HD in dynamic range. Now, having fully tested the ALEXA I can honestly say the images it produces are comparable to 35mm – something I never thought I would ever say. The ALEXA is without doubt the finest digital camera on the market. ARRI have been successfully making cameras for over 100 years and with the ALEXA they have absolutely nailed it from a cinematographer and operator’s point of view. I must also say that Warren Day is a real champion who has bent over backwards to help get this film made.”

Warren Day concluded, “We are delighted to be the ARRI equipment suppliers for Say Nothing. This would not have been possible without the amazing help from Stefan Sedlmeier, General Manager of ARRI Australia and the incredible effort he and his team put in to testing all the kit both internally at ARRI and on location. Stefan also provided a significant amount of technical consultancy and advice to both Video Australasia and Jules O’Loughlin ACS which, again, played a major part in securing this project for Video Australasia and ARRI. ARRI really is the best kit for drama, features and TVCs and I believe all drama will follow this digital workflow in the near future. ARRI has a great name, reliable kit and bulletproof German design. At the moment, it’s simply the best around.”

Say Nothing commences shooting mid-December 2011.


For more press information contact Salvatore Di Muccio on +61 412 64 99 64 or at salvatore@wellabove.com

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ARRI ALEXA camera
Video Australasia MD and owner Warren Day
DOP Jules O’loughlin
    
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