Filming has started on Northern Pictures' first foray into live action drama, with the cameras rolling on the kids' comedy series Hardball.
Set in Western Sydney Hardball is a live action comedy series that follows fish-out-of-water Mikey and his two misfit mates, Salwa and Jerry. Their goal? Make Mikey the sweetest-bestest-acest handball champ Western Sydney’s ever seen. He’s got the most powerful strike in the world, if only he could make the ball land in the right suburb!
A job well done
Employable Me is currently the best show on free to air TV. To meet the candidates for employment who have neuro diverse conditions is a privilege. At times humorous, quirky, painful, and brilliant, their stories are deeply moving and expand our knowledge of what is is to be human. Good luck to Tim, Rohan and Kayla and their families. I have a lasting image of Tim smiling, his eyes shining when he was offered a job which suited his unique skills. A man of few words, his eyes said it all. - Lynne Boyd, Brighton East
“I’m glad you can make use of my weapons grade autism”, laughs Jonathon in the ABC TV series Employable Me. He has landed a competitive paid internship, channelling his passion for accountancy. As well as a love of numbers, he has a wicked sense of humour and a way with words. And his sentiment is in line with the theme of the series, which promotes harnessing the strengths of its participants, rather than focusing on what they cannot do.
As Seven continues its TV ratings winning streak with the Commonwealth Games, the battle between other programs has tightened. The ABC show Employable Me entered OzTam’s overnight preliminary ratings top 20 with a metro audience of 400,000 metro viewers, not far behind Dave Hughes' show Hughesy with Have a Problem.
KRYSTYNA is 20, highly intelligent and has an attention to detail most of us would love to have, and she’s the star of a reality show Aussies are loving.
One of Employable Me's participants Cain Noble-Davies aspires to be a film critic. Film Ink gave him an opportunity to intern with them, which he writes about here.
Bauer Media has sold Australian Geographic to Northern Pictures, a documentary production company based in Sydney.
Jo Runciman, the current publisher of Australian Geographic, will move with the magazine to its new home at Northern Pictures along with editor-in-chief Chrissie Goldrick and the entire Australian Geographic team.
Perth-based Ash Gibson Greig, composer of the soundtrack for WHITELEY, has won the 2017 APRA AMCOS Screen Music Award for 'Best Music for a Documentary'. Amongst a group of high-quality nominees, Ash's eclectic score -- which features jazz, rock, and evocative incidental music -- took home the prize. In addition to this prestigious award, Ash has also been nominated for 'Best Original Music Score for a Documentary' at the illustrious AACTA Awards, to be announced on December 4, 2017. Amongst other nominees, Ash is competing against his own score for BLUE, another production from Northern Pictures! WHITELEY has also been nominated for AACTA Awards for Best Documentary, Best Director, Best Editing and Best Sound. You can hear some of Ash's fantastic soundtrack in this trailer, or watch the film on DVD, iTunes, or bring it to your local cinema on demand via Fan-Force. Congratulations, Ash!
WHITELEY is a visual journey into the private life and creative legacy of Australia’s most iconic artist, Brett Whiteley, told “in his own words” using personal letters, notebooks and photographs, interwoven with reconstructions, animations, archival interviews and rare footage.
IN CINEMAS MAY 11
NSW: Chauvel Cinema, Palace Norton St, Dendy Newtown, Dendy Opera Quays, Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace Cremorne, The Ritz Cinema Randwick, Event Cronulla & Event Newcastle
ACT: Palace Electric
VIC: Cinema Nova, Palace Como, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Balwyn
QLD: Palace Centro
WA: Luna Leederville
THIS is one of the many faces of ice.
A mentally-ill addict, in the grip of schizophrenia and crystal methamphetamine (ice) addiction, convinced the drug is helping him.
Long-term ice user Aaron’s delusions are so great, one minute he thinks the drug helps him sleep, the next he thinks it keeps him awake — all the better to guard him against the people he’s convinced are out to get him as he descends into full-blown paranoia.
The schizophrenia is exacerbated by his ice use, but Aaron believes it heals him.
His disturbing plight unfolds in the first episode of confronting new ABC documentary series Ice Wars.
"I’ve certainly never seen anything like it and it’s a masterclass in factual filmmaking."
Just days before filmmaker Alex Hodgkinson and her team started filming Ice Wars, an in-depth exploration of Australia’s growing crystal methamphetamine issue, they learnt firsthand how easy it was for the drug trade to flourish almost unnoticed under people’s noses.
ONE of Australia’s top drug enforcement officers Detective Superintendent Tony Cooke, Commander of the New South Wales Drug Squad, has revealed the extent of Australia’s spiralling problem with addiction.
THE work being done to combat methamphetamines in communities across Australia will come to life on the small screen next month.
The ABC will air a four-part series titled Ice Wars that will feature a number of locations, including Wellington.