/News 19.11.18


South Australia soars in National Drama Report

South Australia’s screen industry achieved a record share of national screen production expenditure in the 2017-18 year, more than trebling from 3% to 10% in just twelve months, as it experienced its third consecutive year of growth according to Screen Australia’s National Drama Report.

Post-production on DORA heads to South Australia

Adelaide’s Mill Film, a Technicolor VFX studio, has announced they will be working on post production of the motion picture adaption of Nickelodeon’s Peabody award-winning children’s animated series, Dora The Explorer,  which was also filmed in Australia.  A major game-changer for the Australian film industry, Technicolor established Mill Film in Adelaide in early 2018 off the back of South Australia’s non-discretionary 10% Post Production, Digital and Visual effects rebate propelling the state as an international film production hub.

Upright reveals cast and begins production in South Australia

Sky UK and Lingo Pictures have announced the cast line up for comedy series Upright starring musician, comedian and actor Tim Minchin. Minchin, soon to be seen as Friar Tuck in the upcoming Robin Hood not only stars in Upright but wrote the music and is Executive Producer alongside Penny Win and Helen Bowden.  He will be joined by rising star Milly Alcock and some of Australia’s top talent including:

  • Heather Mitchell (A Place to Call Home, The Great Gatsby, Palm Beach
  • Daniel Lapaine (Muriel’s Wedding, Black Mirror, Catastrophe)
  • Ella Scott Lynch (Love Child, Janet King)
  • Daniel Frederiksen (Ghost Rider, Matilda the Musical)
  • Kate Box (Rake, Picnic at Hanging Rock)
  • Ningali Lawford (Mystery Road, Last Cab to Darwin)
  • Sachin Joab (Hotel Mumbai, Pine Gap)
  • Luke Carroll (Strangerland, Redfern Now)
  • Rob Collins (Secret City, Cleverman, The Wrong Girl)

The series began production in South Australia in October is the story of two misfits, throwing together by chance in the middle of the Australian desert, forging the unlikeliest of bonds in their quest to get a precious piano from one side of the country to the other.

Adelaide-born actor Damon Herriman takes home top honour at Australians in Film Gala in LA

Adelaide’s Damon Herriman, who is to play Charles Manson in Quentin Tarantino’s highly anticipated feature Once Upon a Time in Hollywood has won the Qantas Orry-Kelly Award at the Australians in Film Gala Dinner. The award celebrates an Australian who has contributed to the national identity with their body of work. Previous recipients of the Orry-Kelly Award include Bruna Papandrea, Baz Luhrmann and most recently Tim Minchin – who is currently shooting Sky UK and Lingo Pictures landmark comedy series Upright in South Australia.

Hannah Gadsby took home the  Annette Kellerman Award presented with Vogue Australia in recognition for the internet breaking success of her Netflix special Nanette, directed by Adelaide’s Maddie Parry.

Adelaide Company Cospective wins Engineering Emmy award for CineSync technology

Adelaide Studios tenants Cospective have won an Engineering Emmy award for their high end technology program cineSync which is used by production, post-production and visual effects companies around the world to review and approve high resolution, high frame video in sync.

Cospective have previously won an Academy Award for technical achievement in 2011 for the work it has done on the Harry Potter and Marvel film series, among others.

Most recently on television, cineSync has been used for the production of all seasons of HBO’s Game of Thrones, including the eighth and final season currently being worked on by at least 20 different visual effects companies around the world.

HOTEL MUMBAI wins best film in the audience Awards at Adelaide Film Festival

Ari, Joe Thomas, Dev Patel, Armie Hammer, Tilda Cobham-Hervey, with director Anthony Maras and producer Julie Ryan on the red carpet at Adelaide Film Festival. Photo credit: Adelaide Film Festival

Anthony Maras’s Hotel Mumbai has taken home the Audience Award for Best Film at Adelaide Film Festival. The Adelaide Studios shot feature drama tells the astonishing story of those trapped in the iconic Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in the 2008 attacks.

Over a thousand people flocked to see stars Armie Hammer, Dev Patel and Tilda Cobham-Hervey walk the red carpet at the Australian Premiere on the festival opening night in Adelaide alongside South Australian director/co-writer Anthony Maras and producer Julie Ryan, with co-writer John Collee and producer Joe Thomas.

Described by The Guardian as an excellent, white-knuckle thriller – and an unlikely crowd pleaser’, Hotel Mumbai will be released in cinemas in 2019.