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Leah Purcell Shines in ABC Comedy All My Friends are Racist, Filming in Brisbane

Filming has kicked-off in Brisbane for the new five-part comedy series for ABC iview, All My Friends Are Racist, supported by the ABC, Screen Australia and Screen Queensland and featuring Queensland’s own Leah Purcell in the role of actor and Co-Executive Producer.

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Queensland Secures Season 2 of Hit Amazon Original Series The Wilds

Queensland has secured another major international production, with the second series of the Amazon Original young adult drama, The Wilds, starring Rachel Griffiths, Mia Healey and Shannon Berry, to film primarily on the Gold Coast from April.

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ABC Press Release - Fan favourite crime drama Harrow returns in 2021

International star Ioan Gruffudd reprises his role as renegade pathologist Dr Daniel Harrow, in ABCs popular crime series Harrow.  Series three premieres next year, Sunday 7 February at 8.30pm on ABC and ABC iview.

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Comedy series 'All My Friends Are Racist' heading in to production

Screen Australia has announced production funding for a new five-part comedy series for ABC iview, with support from Screen Queensland. All My Friends Are Racist follows two Zoomer best friends who make a pact to call their racist friends out, but instead of causing a revolution… they themselves get cancelled.

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Rodd Rathjen signs to direct iff project ‘No Friend But The Mountains’ (exclusive)

Australian director Rodd Rathjen has signed to direct the upcoming feature adaptation of Kurdish-Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani’s award-winning book No Friend But The Mountains: Writing From Manus Prison. The project, which was first announced this year during the Berlinale’s European Film Market, is now jointly led by Aurora Films, Hoodlum Entertainment, and Sweetshop & Green.

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Screen Australia Announces Development Funding for 42 Projects

Hoodlum's 'Shakespeare Now' and 'No Friend But the Mountains' to receive development funding from Screen Australia.

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Film Review: 'Australia Day'

An ambitious and powerful, if necessarily convenient, multi-character drama in the mold of 2006 Oscar-winner “Crash,” “Australia Day” is a meditation on cultural diversity and the questioning of national identity. As such, it holds a mirror up to contemporary Australian society and offers those unfamiliar with its tensions a relatively factual dramatic experience. Festivals would do well to find a berth for the film, and distributors around the world would offer audiences the opportunity to learn about a darker facet of life in the Lucky Country.

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Network 10’s ‘Five Bedrooms 2’ set to go back in production

Hoodlum Entertainment will resume filming the second season of Network 10’s Five Bedrooms in Melbourne on Friday, three months after production was forced to shut down due to COVID-19.

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BBC One Buys NBCUniversal-Distributed Australian Drama ‘Five Bedrooms’

The British public broadcaster becomes the latest international network to pick up the series, which will launch on NBCU’s streaming service Peacock in the U.S. in April. The show is set to launch on BBC’s main channel in a daytime slot soon.

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Behrouz Boochani's book, No Friend But The Mountains, to be made into a film

Behrouz Boochani’s award-winning debut book, No Friend But The Mountains, will be made into a feature film with production to begin in Australia in mid-2021. The film adaption of No Friend But The Mountains will be a collaborative project between three Australian production companies: Aurora Films, Sweetshop & Green and Hoodlum Entertainment, and will be filmed primarily in Australia.

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Ioan Gruffudd To Move Into Directing As ABC Studios’ ‘Harrow’ Is Renewed For Third Season

Ioan Gruffudd is to move into directing for the first time on crime drama Harrow after the ABC Studios-produced series was picked up for a third season. The Welsh actor, who previously starred in U.S. drama Forever, will direct an episode of the third season for Australian public broadcaster ABC.

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Stop everything! Network 10 just confirmed Five Bedrooms will return for season two

Network 10 has confirmed that Five Bedrooms will be returning to our screens in 2020! The news was shared during 10's Upfronts, which were held in Sydney on Thursday morning. The second season of the Melbourne-based drama is welcome news for fans, who were left wondering if the series would return following a cliffhanger finale back in July.

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Hoodlum/10’s new drama ‘Five Bedrooms’ taps into the housing crisis

The Australian obsession with housing prices and affordability is the inspiration behind Five Bedrooms, Hoodlum Entertainment’s drama which started shooting in Melbourne today. Commissioned by Network 10, the series features an ensemble cast led by Kat Stewart, Stephen Peacocke, Doris Younane, Katie Robertson, Roy Joseph, Kate Jenkinson and Hugh Sheridan.

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Netflix wades into Australian waters with epic supernatural mystery Tidelands

Timing can be everything. Producers Tracey Robertson and Nathan Mayfield, founders of the Brisbane-based Hoodlum Entertainment, had been nursing the possibility of Tidelands for years. And they were thinking big.

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Logie Awards 2018: See the complete list of nominees

The Logie Awards, AKA Australian television's night of nights, are less than a month away, and the official list of nominees was announced at an event on the Gold Coast today, including a nomination for Harrow for Most Outstanding Drama Series. 

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Australian series' own Dr McDreamy to return after ABC gives green light

ABC's sleeper hit Harrow has been green lit for another season, and it will be bringing its handsome international star with it. The series, which is a Friday night ratings winner for the ABC regularly drawing in more than 500,000 viewers in the challenging timeslot, has been picked up for a second season on the back of the strong numbers.

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Margot Robbie To Produce Female-Focused Shakespearean Drama Series With ‘Secrets & Lies’ Producer & ABC Studios Int’l

Margot Robbie and her LuckyChap Entertainment (I, Tonya) is partnering with the Australian Broadcasting Company, Aussie production company Hoodlum (Secrets & Lies) and ABC Studios International on a new ten-part series, retelling the work of Shakespeare from female perspectives. The project, currently in development, will be produced in Australia, with filming expected to begin in 2018.

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Margot Robbie throws star power behind new Australian TV series

Her production company Lucky Chap, which produced the award-winning film I, Tonya, has partnered with local production company Hoodlum Entertainment, ABC Australia and US-based ABC Studios International to create a new drama that will begin shooting later this year.

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Charlotte Best, Aaron Jakubenko and Elsa Pataky star in Netflix/Hoodlum’s ‘Tidelands’

Charlotte Best has landed the biggest role of her career – the lead in the Netflix Original series Tidelands – after starting out as a teenager playing Annie Campbell in Home and Away followed by Puberty Blues and Craig Boreham’s Teenage Kicks. The cast includes Aaron Jakubenko (The Shannara Chronicles, Spartacus: War of the Damned), Spanish-born, Byron Bay-based Elsa Pataky (The Fast & Furious franchise, 12 Strong), Peter O’Brien and Mattias Inwood. 

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Aussie VR works to be presented at Cannes Next

The Byron Bay Film Festival will once again present an Australian contingent of 360° VR works at this year’s Cannes’ Next, the innovation hub of the festival’s market.

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Netflix Orders First Original Australian Series 'Tidelands'.

Netflix is going Down Under. The streaming giant has ordered its first Australian original series Tidelands, a supernatural crime drama from the producers of Secrets & Lies. The 10-episode project, which will debut exclusively on Netflix, will start shooting in Queensland in 2018.

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Australian Drama 'Harrow,' From ABC Studios International, Ordered Straight to Series.

ABC Studios International has its first series. A year and a half after promoting Keli Lee to managing director of international content and talent, the banner has landed a straight-to-series order for Australian drama Harrow.

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ABC's new crime show Harrow, starring Ioan Gruffudd, loaded with pedigree.

There is always a risk with a television procedural: the rule book is thick and heavily derivative thanks to branches off a family tree which have grown wild like weeds, from Perry Mason to the present day, with stops along the way including CSI, Silent Witness, NCIS and many more

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Inside Manus, wins ‘Best Interactive or Game Production of the Year,’ at the 17th Annual Screen Producers Australia (SPA) Awards.

“It was really great to see the team recognised at this year’s SPA Awards. This is an important project that took some serious planning to pull off,” explained Benjamin Richards, Cutting Edge’s Director of Creative Development & Innovation.

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ABC Studios Strike First Look Deal With Hoodlum Entertainment.

Disney’s ABC Studios International and Australian production company Hoodlum Entertainment have signed a worldwide first look deal. The agreement expands an existing partnership and steps up their international development and production efforts. 

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