Making sense of Australia’s foreign actor visa dispute – SMH – 6 Mar.15

Proposed changes to the restrictions on foreign actors in Australian film and television will either spur a production boom or kill the industry, apparently. What’s the truth?

Meryl Streep (with Sam Neill in Evil Angels) would be welcome back to film in Australia. All her mates? Not so much.

If Meryl Streep were to come to Australia to make another film with Fred Schepisi, as she did in 1988 with Evil Angels (based on the Lindy Chamberlain story), there would be few complaints. Even if the production benefited from government subsidies, it would still be an Australian story, with an Australian director, mostly Australian cast and crew, and filmed in Australia – all of it made that bit more sellable to the world thanks to the presence of a bona fide international star. (more…)

Australian actors streak into the lead as Hollywood casts TV pilot season – SMH – 01 Mar.2015

Sullivan Stapleton, seen here in the film  <i>Cut Snake</i>, has won a role in a US pilot called <i>Blindspot</i>.

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…)

Three more Aussies score lead roles in US projects – IF – 19.Feb.2015

Sophie Lowe

Sophie Lowe and Gillian Alexy are among the Aussies making waves in Hollywood.

Lowe has just scored the co-lead in the feature Waiting for the Miracle to Come alongside Willie Nelson and Charlotte Rampling.

Alexy will star in drama series Outsiders, a tale of the struggle for power and control in the hills of Appalachia commissioned by the cable channel WGN America.

Meanwhile Sullivan Stapleton will play an FBI special agent who investigates the case of a beautiful young tattooed woman whose memory has been wiped in the NBC drama pilot Blindspot.

Waiting for the Miracle to Come is the debut feature from writer-director Lian Lunson, whose credits include the documentaries Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man and Sing Me the Songs That Say I Love You: A Concert for Kate McGarrigle. (more…)

Townsend Management welcomes Elizabeth Hayward

Elizabeth Hayward

Elizabeth Hayward

Lis is based in L.A and has appeared on ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ and worked on many independent projects. She was nominated for ‘Best Actress’ at the ‘SoCal Film Festival’ for her role as ‘Mrs. Anderson’ in ‘The Next Mrs. Jacob Anderson’. She also played ‘Mary Jane Koch’ in ‘Sinners’ which won “Best LGBT Film” at the Swansea Bay Film Festival.

Steve Dodd’s funeral by the water – South Coast Register – 18 Nov. 2014

More than 150 people farewelled aboriginal actor and Korean War veteran Steve Dodd on Monday.

Mr Dodd’s funeral was held on a waterfront reserve at St Georges Basin near the Aloha Caravan Park where he used to live.

The ceremony was conducted by the Salvation Army and included an RSL service and a traditional smoking ceremony as well as many kind words from friends.

Owner of the caravan park, Russell Neville read the eulogy giving those present an insight into Mr Dodd’s younger years from a book passed onto him by one of Mr Dodd’s brothers. (more…)