Shaun Grant wins 4th AWGIE award

Shaun Grant wins 4th AWGIE award

Congratulations to TFA’s Shaun Grant on winning Best Adapted Feature for True History of the Kelly Gang at the 2019 Australian Writers’ Guild Awards – the AWGIES.

The AWGIES honoured beloved and iconic Australian stories as well as rich, bold works with global reach in equal measure.

Based on the novel of the same name by Peter Carey, True History of the Kelly Gang will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival gala presentation on September 11, with additional screenings on September 12 and 13.

This is Grant’s 5th nomination and tth win at the Australian Writers’ Guild awards, previously winning AWGIES for his work on Snowtown, Berlin Syndrome, Jasper Jones and Deadline Gallipoli.




Sarah Bassiuoni writing on Season 2 of The Heights

Sarah Bassiuoni Writes on Season 2 of The Heights for ABC TV

TFA’s mutli-talented writer/director Sarah Bassiuoni is part of the new pool of writers on Season 2 of the hit series The Heights for ABC TV (Matchbox Pictures)

A recent recipient of Developing the Developer from Screen Australia, Sarah is also currently working with Fremantle Media and has recently directed a web series for ABC IVIEW – soon to be announced.



Clare Sladden wins best comedy web series at Gold Coast Film Festival for FREUDIAN SLIP

Clare Sladden wins best comedy web series at Gold Coast Film Festival for FREUDIAN SLIP

Congratulations to TFA’s acclaimed writer/director Clare Sladden on winning the Best Comedy Web Series Award for Freudian Slip at the Screen Industry Gala Awards!


Freudian Slip is a comedy web-series that uses Freud’s theory of the split self to externalise internal dilemmas around love, sex & pooping. Starring Caitlin Hill, Amy Ingram, Ngoc Phan, James Mason, Benjamin Law & Nick Simpson-Deeks.


This award-winning comedy will screen at the Gold Coast Film Festival ‪next Saturday 13 April, 4pm. Don’t miss it!


If you’re a GC local, or just visiting for the Festival, you can buy tickets to catch it on the big screenhttps://www.gcfilmfestival.com/project/web-series/


If you can’t make it to the festival, watch it on youtube here:



Russell Crowe, George Mackay to star in Justin Kurzel’s ‘True History of the Kelly Gang’, Adapted by TFA’s Shaun Grant

Russell Crowe, George Mackay to star in Justin Kurzel’s ‘True History of the Kelly Gang’, Adapted by TFA’s Shaun Grant

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.

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TFA’S Shaun Grant features in Inside Film Article

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Check out the most recent interview with TFA’s Shaun Grant in Inside Film where Grant reveals details about forth coming projects including;  ‘True History of the Kelly Gang’,  A See-Saw thriller AND a medieval epic.

Now working out of an office in West Hollywood, the scribe is working on several projects, including a long-gestating adaptation of Peter Carey’s True History of the Kelly Gang for producer Liz Watts and Snowtown director Justin Kurzel.
Click on the link to check out the whole story.














Sean Byrne’s The Devil’s Candy at 2016 Sydney Film Festival & Melbourne International Film Festival

284629-the-devil-s-candy-0-250-0-375-cropThe Devil’s Candy has been one of the first films to be announced for this years Sydney Film Festival and the Melbourne International Film Festival. TFA’s Sean Byrne wrote and directed the feature which premiered at Midnight Madness in Toronto in 2015.

TFA’s Simon Chapman was Director of Photography.

Sean Byrne’s The Devil’s Candy wins at Gerardmer Film Festival

Sean-Byrne-01 Sean Byrne’s latest feature film, The Devil’s Candy, has won two awards at the Gerardmer International Film Festival in France.

The award-winning director’s latest offering won the Prix du Public – Audience Award along with Best Original Score award.

Congratulations to Sean who is currently in Australia developing his next feature film.

Shaun Grant Nominated for AACTA Award

Shaun-Grant-profileThe nominations for the 5th AACTA Awards have been announced with congratulations going to Shaun Grant.

Nominated for Best Screenplay in TV with co-writer, Jacquelin Perske for Foxtel’s successful mini-series, Deadline Gallipoli, (Part One), produced by Matchbox Pictures.

Congratulations should also go to the the ABC series Glitch, nominated for Best Drama and shot by TFA’s Simon Chapman.

View the full list of AACTA Award Nominees.

The Devil’s Candy applauded after opening at TIFF

Sean Byrne’s feature film received excellent reviews after it’s debut screening at MIFF.

The Devil’s Candy is the complete midnight movie package. It’s got characters to root for, a clever narrative, and a spot-on mix of scares–those that are brimming with energy and others that’ll seep in and mess with your head

For full review: >http://collider.com/the-devils-candy-movie-review-ethan-embry-tiff-2015/

Australian cinematographer, Simon Chapman’s work is also a highlight of The Devil’s Candy.

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