Dom Dim Mento signs on to the Indie feature “Cinema Club”, aiming for release in 2017. It is currently in pre-production.
HERE COME THE HABIBS!
When a Lebanese migrant family, the Habibs, strike it rich and move to Australia’s poshest postcode, their neighbours know this can only mean one thing – trouble! Mega-rich suburb, old-money mansion, working-class Lebanese migrant family … there’s no prize for guessing the odd one out. The real mystery is, how on earth did the Habibs fund their prized position in Australia’s wealthiest suburb? Pig-headed dad Fou Fou (Michael Denkha) is a dodgy builder, mum Mariam (Camilla Ah Kin) is a housewife, daughter Layla (Kat Hoyos) is an Instagram-a-holic, middle child Elias (Tyler De Nawi) is a uni student, and Toufic (Sam Alhaje) is a wheeler-dealer entrepreneur.
Neighbour Olivia O’Neill (Helen Dallimore) is determined to drive the Habibs from her world and enlists her husband Jack (Darren Gilshenan) to help in the quest. Daughter Madison (Georgia Flood) doesn’t think the Habibs are all that bad, especially the youngest son. It’s a case of be careful what you wish for in this conflict-charged, fish-out-of-water story, which brings a fresh comic perspective to multicultural Australia.Here Come The Habibs!is the boldest Australian comedy in decades. It is currently in production by Jungleboys, with executive producers Andy Ryan, Jo Rooney, Ben Davies and Jason Burrows. The series created by Rob Shehadie, Tahir Bilgic and Matt Ryan-Garnsey is directed by Darren Ashton and produced by Chloe Rickard. Here Come The Habibs!is proceeding with the assistance of Screen Australia and Screen NSW.
Sullivan Stapleton, seen here in the film Cut Snake, has won a role in a US pilot called Blindspot.
Hollywood’s “pilot season” is barely under way and Australian actors have grabbed many of the roles in the crop of new shows.
US free-to-air and cable channels produce between 70 and 90 pilots every year, from which a few dozen proceed to series. Of those, ultimately only a handful survive.
So far this year – the casting window for pilot season runs between February and March – the process has thrown up a mix of familiar and emerging faces, including Daniel MacPherson, Rachael Taylor, Sullivan Stapleton and Melissa George. (more…)