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.
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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.
The highly anticipated miniseries, Devil’s Playground, has aired on Foxtel’s Showcase. Clients Blake Ayshford (Writer , Producer and Showrunner), Tommy Murphy (Writer) and Max Lyandvert (Composer) were part of the creative team in bringing this Matchbox Pictures production to the screen.
The year is 1988. It is 35 years after the events of Fred Schepisi’s classic film, The Devil’s Playground. Tom Allen, now in his 40s and recently widowed, is a respected Sydney psychiatrist and father of two children. A practising Catholic, Tom accepts an offer by the Bishop of Sydney to become a counsellor of priests. During these sessions, he will uncover a scandal and become embroiled in the Church’s attempts to cover it up. Tom’s quest for justice will push him to his limits, and reveal a side of Church power and official corruption he could never have imagined.
The reviewers are saying:
“The writing is exemplary. The production quality world class. This is a show that Australia should love, embrace and be proud of.” The New Daily – Giles Hardy
Four stars – “Devil’s Playground is a powerful and engrossing chapter in the tale of Tom Allen. It marks another fine drama that gives subscription television an edge.” David Knox – TV Tonight
To view the trailer click here.
White Box Theatre and Griffin Independent present Unholy Ghosts written by Campion Decent and directed by client Kim Hardwick.
At once personal and universal, Unholy Ghosts invites us to reflect on the narrative turning point that visits all our life stories. It’s an irreverent, life-affirming take on loss with all the inherent funniness of a good funeral.
The reviewers are saying:
“Kim Hardwick’s direction brings the story to life with a light, sensitive touch, focusing on the relationships between characters… this is a real tearjerker, full of warmth, light and some excellent laughs. It’s such an enjoyable, engrossing crowd-pleaser, with bucketloads of heart, it seems almost certain to have a life beyond this initial season.“
“There is a compassionate lens over Decent’s play, especially in the steady, sensitive directorial hands of Kim Hardwick… (the play) is striking a chord with audiences — some who sniffled and discreetly dabbed at their eyes, and others who didn’t hide their sobs or gasping attempts for breath between tears. When a play touches an audience it’s doing something right.”
“Curiously little art about the art of dying exists, and yet we must all blunder our way with more or less grace through the deaths of others and, ultimately, our own… In a town where directing so often labours to draw extravagant attention to itself, Kim Hardwick has done the job (for White Box Theatre) with refreshing understatement”
For more information or to book tickets, click here.
Cameron’s client Julia Rose-Lewis has had her play Samson added to Belvoir’s 2015 season as a co-production with La Boite Theatre Company.
Belvoir describes the play as an Australian coming-of-age story set in a country town. On the other hand, it is a completely disarming hodgepodge of unexpectedness and originality, of metaphysics and silliness, of religious faith and topless sunbathing.
Essie, Beth, Sid and Rabbit are growing up at the arse end of the arse end of the world. Boredom, decay and violence plague their lives. And grief, for the death of a friend. Grappling with their own existence and grasping hopelessly at the future, they find themselves imagining heaven and dreaming of hell.
Samson fizzes with truth; it is brutal yet gentle, funny yet sad, young yet old. At its heart is the startling idea that the death of someone important can be the start of something excellent.
Samson first generated buzz at the PWA National Play Festival after its selection in their National Script Workshop. This is Julia’s first play.
To find out more, please click here.
Congratulations to Cameron’s clients Blake Ayshford, Peter Duncan, Noëlle Janaczewska, Sue Smith and Jon Stephens on their wins at this year’s AWGIE Awards.
Blake Ayshford and the team on ABC’s The Code — premiering on September 21 — won both the ‘Major AWGIE Award’, and the trophy for ‘Best Original Miniseries’.
Peter Duncan was recognised in the ‘Series Television’ category with his writing on Rake, Series 3, with episode Their Lordships v. Finnane, while Noëlle Janaczewska won ‘Best Original Broadcast in Radio’ for My Life in Cookbooks.
Sue Smith was awarded the ‘Australian Writers Foundation Playwrights Fellowship’,
The grant is to assist the creation of a new Australian work, as well as further funding for dramaturgy and a rehearsed reading of the resulting play at a theatre company of the recipient’s choice.
Finally, Jon Stephens was the recipient of the ‘Richard Lane Award’ for ‘Outstanding Services and Dedication to the Australian Writers’ Guild’
The AWGIES celebrate talented Australian writers across screen, stage, new media and radio.
Having already screened at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, Felony has now opened in theatres Australia-wide.
Three male detectives become embroiled in a tense struggle after a tragic accident that leaves a child in a coma. One is guilty of a crime, one will try to cover it up, and the other attempts to expose it. How far will these men go to both disguise and unravel the truth?
Directed by Matt Saville, written by Joel Edgerton, and starring Edgerton, Jai Courtney and Melissa George, the thriller’s costume design was by Cameron’s Joanna Mae Park.
To view the trailer, please click here.