Congratulations to Clare Sladden whose film DOLLS was officially selected for the Academy Award-accredited Flickerfest International Short Film Festival. You can catch DOLLS on the big screen on Sat 12 Jan, 6.30pm; and repeats on Fri 18 Jan, 8.45pm and Sun 20 Jan, 4.30pm. Tickets on sale soon!
Chris Bath returned to screens around Australia as the host of nightly entertainment program Invictus Games Today, during the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 on ABC.
The prime-time show was broadcast out of the Invictus Games precinct at Sydney Olympic Park. Invictus Games Today was a lively half-hour that captures – and helps create – the spirit of the Games, delivering a nightly roundup of results and achievements.
Chris, who also hosts Evenings on ABC Radio Sydney, was joined by co-host Anthony “Lehmo” Lehmann and panellists Dylan Alcott from triple j and former Invictus Games competitor Damien Thomlinson, as well as a rotating team of Invictus Games Sydney 2018 competitors, military personnel, mental health professionals. sports experts, and some surprise familiar faces.
Congratulations to Ben Chessell who will be helming upcoming Netflix/BBC drama Giri/Haji, shooting in the UK and Japan.
TFA’s acclaimed director, who was nominated for an Australian Directors’ Guild Award for his work on The Family Law Series 2 & 3, recently wrapped on Doctor Doctor before jetting off to the UK to join the Sister Pictures production.
Ben will be one of two directors on the series produced by Jane Featherstone and penned by Humans writer, Joe Barton. Giri/Haji follows a middle-aged Tokyo detective who travels to London in search of his wayward younger brother believed to be posing as a Yakuza gangster. The series is set to air on BBCOne while Netflix will stream globally outside of the UK.
Congratulations to Nicki Gardiner who will be Production Designer on upcoming feature film H is for Happiness.
The film is the feature debut for prolific, award-winning theatre director John Sheedy, with a script adapted by writer and producer Lisa Hoppe based on celebrated children’s book My Life As An Alphabet by Barry Jonsberg. Lisa will produce alongside Julie Ryan and Tenille Kennedy. Jonathan Page, Bryce Menzies and Avrill Stark will act as executive producers.
H is for Happiness tells the story of Candice Phee – a 12-year-old girl with boundless optimism and a unique view of the world. Set in a small coastal town, it’s about an unflinchingly honest girl’s determination to bring her family back from the brink. Candice is an unforgettable heroine whose exploits will inspire and delight anyone who has faced the trials of adolescence and family heartbreak
After completing work on Dr Who for the BBC, Director of Photography, Simon Chapman, has commenced shooting Gentleman Jack. The new eight-episode drama series from BAFTA-winning writer Sally Wainwright (To Walk Invisible, Happy Valley), stars Suranne Jones and Sophie Rundle and is produced by Lookout Point.
Gentleman Jack tells the story of Anne Lister, a 19th-century Yorkshire landowner and mountaineer who wrote a four-million-word diary and suffered endless harassment for her sexuality.
The series will be aired on BBC One in the UK and HBO internationally. Chappy intends to be back in Sydney in 2019.
Snowtown director Justin Kurzel will direct the feature, due to start filming in Victoria from March of next year with writer Shaun Grant (Snowtown, Jasper Jones) on hand to adapt Carey’s uncompromising gothic western for the big screen.
‘Peter Carey’s book The True History of the Kelly Gang always felt like the true spirit of Ned Kelly. Unsentimental, brutal, raw and visceral,’ Kurzel said.
Russell Crowe will lead an all-star cast along with X-Men and Mad Max: Fury Road star Nicholas Hoult, Australian actress Essie Davis (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and The Babadook), and British actor George MacKay (Captain Fantastic) who have also signed up for the film.
Multi-award winning writer, Shaun Grant caps off a stellar year with ‘Berlin Syndrome’ making it’s world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.
Starring Theresa Palmer and Max Riemelt, ‘Berlin Syndrome’ is the story of a passionate holiday romance that takes an unexpected and sinister turn when an Australian photographer wakes one morning in a Berlin apartment and is unable to leave.
‘Killing Ground” will have it’s world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Starring Aaron Pedersen, Ian Meadows, Harriet Dyer and Aaron Glenane, the story follows Ian and Samantha who arrive at an isolated campsite to find an SUV and a tent — with no sign of the occupants. The discovery of a distressed child wandering in the woods unleashes a terrifying chain of events that will test the young couple’s breaking point.
Chris Bath will present Evenings on ABC Radio Sydney, Canberra and NSW Monday – Thursday from 7pm-10pm, commencing 30 January, 2017.
Chris will also bring her on-air experience and writing talent to ABC News broadcast and digital platforms and will continue to be involved in other television projects throughout the year.