Press Release: ABC and Screen Australia invest in Northern Pictures' new children's live action comedy, HARDBALL

Press Release: ABC and Screen Australia invest in Northern Pictures' new children's live action comedy, 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!

WA Today: TV viewers bite back, week of April 19

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

The Conversation: Employable Me has struck a chord but will it change employers’ attitudes to disability?


“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.

Mumbrella: ABC documentary Employable Me Australia edges towards Ten’s Hughesy We Have a Problem


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.

Sydney Morning Herald: After MAFS, MKR, The Bachelor, ABC new series Employable Me redeems reality TV

Sydney Morning Herald: After MAFS, MKR, The Bachelor, ABC new series Employable Me redeems reality TV

At a time when so much commercial TV is bereft of diverse casts and stories, this ABC series about people with neuro conditions looking for work is all the more commendable.

Bauer Media sells Australian Geographic to Northern Pictures

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.

Whiteley's a winner!


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 DVDiTunes, or bring it to your local cinema on demand via Fan-Force. Congratulations, Ash!

Whiteley screening in the following cinemas from May 11

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.


Chauvel CinemaPalace Norton StDendy NewtownDendy Opera QuaysHayden Orpheum Picture Palace CremorneThe Ritz Cinema RandwickEvent Cronulla & Event Newcastle

ACT: Palace Electric

VIC: Cinema NovaPalace ComoPalace Brighton BayPalace Balwyn

QLDPalace Centro

WA: Luna Leederville

SA: Palace EastEnd

TAS: State Cinema Hobart Ice’s terrifying grip: ‘You just need another shot to make it all better’

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.