Congratulations to the team behind Please Like Me on their International Emmy nomination. Particular congrats to client Liz Doran who script produced and and wrote on the series.
Up against three other nominees from Brazil, Belgium and South Africa Please Like Me has received a nod in the comedy category and is the only Australian nominee among the 40 nominated in 10 categories
This international nod follows Time Magazine listing the show as one of The 10 Best New TV Shows of 2013, they then went on to praise the series further along with outlining how the American cable channel Pivot picked up the show and ordered a second season in an article titled How an American Network Saved One of TV’s Best Twentysomethings.
The winners of the International Emmys will be announced on November 24 in New York.
Andrew Lancaster’s documentary The Lost Aviator debuted last night at the prestigious London Film Festival. The film documents the true and fantastic tale of Andrew’s great uncle, Bill Lancaster.
In this entertaining documentary, Andrew Lancaster tells the colourful life story of Bill Lancaster, a pioneering aviator who fell in love with his female co-pilot Chubbie Miller during their record-attempting 1927 joint effort to fly from the UK to Australia. The journey turned them into celebrities of the day, but when their funds dried up in Miami a few years later the relationship soured, taking a tragic turn when Bill was charged with the murder of Haden Clarke, an American writer with whom Chubbie had become involved. In an adroit blend of archive, interviews and reconstruction, Lancaster explores the murky details surrounding the subsequent trial. What makes the film especially fascinating is the director’s uniquely personal connection to his subject: he is Bill’s great nephew and he stirs up all kinds of family sensitivities in making the film. An engaging documentary that revolves around a question with wide resonance: how much can we truly know of our forbears?
The documentary screens again at LFF on the 19th of October. You can grab tickets and view the trailer here.
It will see an Australian release in early 2015.
The article profiles the long and heartening history of Kate’s attachment to the book, from finding an imaginative escape in the fantastical story and puzzles while she fought a rare cancer as a child to her first meeting with Kit and their enduring friendship.
The play, a stage adaptation for Griffin Theatre Company and the State Theatre Company of South Australia, will be the centerpiece for Sydney Festival in January.
For more information or to purchase tickets to Masquerade, click here.
Some of our authors have released some wonderful new books for children and adults in recent weeks.
Bestselling history writer Ian W Shaw‘s new book is The Ghosts of Roebuck Bay:
The Japanese attack on Broome is the second most deadly air raid on Australia soil in our history and yet it’s almost entirely overlooked. On 3 March 1942, nine Japanese Zero planes strafed the small town planning to destroy the aerodrome and American planes. With no notice, the townsfolk could only put up minimal opposition and in an attack that lasted only an hour, almost one hundred men, women and children lost their lives. Not a single operational aircraft remained in Broome, but the shocking loss of human life can never be truly calculated.The Ghosts of Roebuck Bay tells the story of this tragedy, shining light on a story that has slipped through the cracks of history. A captivating tale of refugees and soldiers, of reputations made and lost, of survival and spirit that resonates to today.
The Ghosts of Roebuck Bay is published by Pan Macmillan.
Nikki Buick has released Sandy Feet, a raw and engaging coming-of-age story that perfectly portrays the highs and lows of adolescence as well as the consequences of family tragedy. The first review of the book said, ‘Buick captures the voice of male adolescent angst perfectly … The narration is engaging, at times lyrically beautiful, without being pretentious. This is, after all, a book written for a teen audience and Buick skilfully employs language to engage her audience without dumbing things down. I especially appreciated the delightful mix of light and shade to this story.’
Sandy Feet is published by University of Queensland Press.
To be published by UQP in October is the delightful children’s picture book Sylvia by Christine Sharp, a gorgeous and gregarious picture book celebrating snails and the heartache of unrequited love.
The cast for David Williamson’s RUPERT has been announced and includes James Cromwell playing the renowned media mogul as well as Jane Turner playing a host of roles including Dame Margaret Thatcher in the play opening at Sydney’s Theatre Royal this coming November.
Cromwell played Farmer Hoggett in Babe, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. The Sydney Morning Herald reports, “despite more than five decades of screen credits, the 74-year-old actor’s first love is for the theatre” and he’s no stranger to playing heads of powerful media empires, having received an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of William Randolph Hearst in telemovie RKO 281.
Australian comedy heavyweight Jane Turner (Kath & Kim) will play a number of roles including Thatcher and Dame Elisabeth Murdoch in her first appearance on a Sydney stage in 15 Years. In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Turner said she ‘saw the play in Melbourne and found it “thoroughly entertaining”. When asked to join the cast for Sydney, she didn’t hesitate’.
For more information and to book tickets, click here.
Sue Smith‘s wonderful new play Kryptonite recently opened at the Sydney Theatre Company’s Wharf 1 theatre. Dmairected by Geordie Brookn, this co-production with State Theatre Company of South Australia will travel to Adelaide later in the year.
Here’s a sample of some of the great reviews for the production…
“An impressive, thought-provoking production which guarantees to provide conversation topics for some time after.” Suzanne Rath, Arts Hub
“An enthralling piece of theatre… It is a very cleverly written and structured piece of theatre, jumping back and forth across the three decades of their relationships… it is deeply affecting: the last scene left me with tears in my eyes. The personal and political repeatedly collide and rub against each other in a fascinating way” Jodi McAlister, Australian Stage
“With Sue Smith’s flawless script and two performers who give it the life it deserves… Kryptonite is undoubtedly one of the finest Australian plays in recent memory… I believe Kryptonite has set itself up as an important play as well. The sort we’ll be hearing about for years to come” Larry Heath, The AU review
“From the opening moments, Smith’s script is beautifully plotted, jumping back and forth over the course of (the characters’) 25-year relationship…” Ben Neutze, Crikey
“Sue Smith’s script and Brookman’s production steer us through the complexity of events and ideas without letting us lose track of the humanity behind the story. It is often funny and sometimes very moving…” John McCallum, The Australian“
Kryptonite is a male-female two-hander that blends elements of romantic comedy into a thoughtful consideration of Australia’s place in the world and its relationship to centres of global power… Smith draws her characters warmly and fully” Jason Blake, Sydney Morning Herald
For more information or to book tickets, click here.
The Code, a Playmaker Media production, premieres this weekend. Congratulations again to the team of writers on the show, with a special mention to client Blake Ayshford, for the recent AWGIE win for Best Original Miniseries and great reviews from media previews.
Stretching from the spectacular red desert of Australia’s outback to the cool corridors of power in Canberra, THE CODE tells the story of two very different brothers who unearth information that those at the highest levels of political power will kill to keep secret.
The first episode centers around Ned and Jesse Banks who publish a video of a mysterious outback accident involving two teenagers and a truck from a classified research facility, they face the full weight of a political machine desperate to hide the truth.
For more information on the show click here, or tune into the ABC this Sunday.
Composer and Sound Designer Max Lyandvert‘s compositions have graced the stage in four Sydney theatre productions as well as on the small screen in a new Australian miniseries.
Max has worked with the Sydney Theatre Company for both Macbeth starring Hugo Weaving and the recently opened Children of the Sun playing at the Opera House’s Drama Theatre. Max was also Composer and Sound Designer on Belvoir’s Oedipus Rex as well as The God of Hell, directed by Rodney Fisher, which played at the Old Fitzroy.
In addition, Devil’s Playground, a Matchbox Pictures miniseries also recently went to air on Foxtel’s Showcase.
Click here to be linked to Max’s Soundcloud page.
Charitable Intent, the third play in David Williamson’s Jack Manning Trilogy, opens tonight at The Concourse in Chatswood for the Ensemble Theatre.
The trilogy explores community conferencing – a process bringing together the victims and perpetrators of a crime to attempt some kind of reconciliation and avoid the court process.
Face to Face and A Conversation opened recently and have received the following reviews:
“the play, one of Williamson’s most important and innovative, is well served.”(Face to Face)
John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald
“Williamson’s script is cleverly structured and contains some wonderful dialogue… overall the drama between the two families is captivating” (A Conversation)
Mark Pigott, Sydney Arts Guide
For more information or to book tickets click here.