Rake took home the award for Best Drama Television Production of the Year at the 2014 Screen Producers Australia Awards on Tuesday evening. The Awards celebrate outstanding Australian screen content and creators.
Rake, created by Cameron’s Peter Duncan, will return to ABC1 in 2016 for a fourth season.
For a full list of the night’s winners, click here.
Jo Butler has joined Cameron’s this month as our literary agent, replacing Sophie Hamley, who left the agency in early October after eight years to become a non-fiction publisher at Hachette Australia.
Jo has worked in the Australian publishing industry for nearly 20 years and has an honours degree in English Literature and a law degree. Her most recent in-house publishing position was as associate publisher for the Fourth Estate imprint at HarperCollins, where she published local and international authors, including Steven Carroll, Geraldine Brooks, Andrea Goldsmith, Linda Jaivin, Jessie Blackadder, Jessie Cole, Lionel Shriver, Jonathan Franzen and Michael Chabon. For the seven years she was at HarperCollins, prior to being a publisher, she also held positions as commissioning editor for literary fiction and senior editor of fiction and non-fiction, working on a range of genres.
Jo also worked at Random House for four years as a senior editor, working on literary fiction, commercial fiction, memoirs, true crime, young adult fiction, business and sports books. In addition, she has worked as a freelance editor and publishing consultant for most of Australia’s publishing houses, including HarperCollins, Penguin, Random House, Allen and Unwin, Pan Macmillan, Simon and Schuster, Black Inc and NewSouth Books. At the beginning of her career, she also worked as a bookseller for several years and a legal editor.
Throughout her career, Jo has appeared at festivals and writers’ centres speaking about publishing, editing and the agent—publisher relationship, and has taught masterclasses in how to get published. Recently she was one of the three mentors for mid-career senior editors in a biennial residential editorial program run by the Australia Council.
Jo is really excited about now using her skills and contacts in the publishing industry to represent the clients of The Cameron Creswell Agency, and to partner with the agency’s creative division in exploring film, television and stage rights in the books we represent.
Welcome to the glittering jewel of that other Oz. Fading screenwriter Colin is not long in Sydney before he’s seduced by its obsession with success. Teaming up with well-connected hack writer Mike, Colin finds himself in a tug of war between artistic ambition and big bucks. Fame and fortune – not to mention Mike’s criminally hot girlfriend – are up for grabs.
Part love letter, part hate mail to the harbour city, Emerald City is one of the best works by Australian theatre’s most beloved craftsman and commentator, David Williamson. Three decades after it was written, it still captures the ballsy spirit of the ’80s and retains its skewering sharpness – a panoramic view of the city that’s always prized beauty over brains.
For more information or to book tickets, click here.
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.