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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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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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