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Australians in Film today announced the stellar line up of Australian and international leaders in the entertainment industry to be on the jury of the prestigious and highly coveted Heath Ledger Scholarship, and that long term friend and colleague of Heath Ledger, director Gregor Jordan, becomes Patron of the Scholarship.

Global actor Chris Hemsworth (Thor: Love and Thunder, Extraction), Oscar-nominated Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom, Silver Lining Playbook), leading UK casting director Nina Gold (Star Wars, Game of Thrones and Power of the Dog), acclaimed director Rachel Perkins (Total Control, Mystery Road) and US actor Alia Shawkat (Search Party, Animals) are the jury will decide who will win the richest acting prize in Australia.

Prior to their decision, a panel of first round judges made up from a select group of both American and Australian casting directors will determine five finalists from hundreds of applications expected. They include, from the US: Jason Wood (VP casting, A&E Networks), Barbara McCarthy (The Spectacular Now, Feel the Beat (Netflix)), Alyssa Weisberg (Star Trek: Beyond, Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens), and John McAlary (The L Word: Generation Q, Cargo),  and from Australia: Ann Fay (Hotel Mumbai, The Tourist), Amanda Mitchell (Young Rock, The Secrets She Keeps)  and Anousha Zarkesh (Mystery Road, Cleverman).

The Heath Ledger Scholarship, which has been awarded 10 times, has proven to fast-track the opening of some of the most important and influential doors in Hollywood for the scholar, including for previous recipients Bella Heathcote (Relic, Pieces of Her), Cody Fern (Eden, American Crime Story), Ashleigh Cummings (NOS4A2. Citadel), Mojean Aria (See, Reminiscence) and Charmaine Bingwa (The Good Fight, Emancipation).

Joining Heath’s father Kim Ledger, founder of the scholarship Susie Dobson and casting director Ann Fay, Gregor Jordan will provide professional support and guidance for the recipient of the scholarship, during the 12 months of international training and professional development that the scholarship offers in Los Angeles.
 
Kim Ledger said: “Gregor was a close friend and colleague of Heath’s and has supported the scholarship since its inception in 2009, so it’s only fitting that he joins me as one of the Patrons of the Scholarship.”

For the first time in the history of the scholarship, applications are now open to any emerging actor 18+. Australians in Film are strongly encouraging applications from under-represented members of the Australian acting community to apply.

This year’s scholarship is valued at over USD$40K/AUD$50K, which includes USD$10K cash prize to support the recipient with living expenses while studying in the US. The scholarship package also includes a return flight to the US, submission reel preserved in the National Film & Sound Archive in Canberra, coaching from professional acting coaches Lisa Robertson of Lisa Robertson Studio, Joy Ellison, Jean Louis Rodrigue and Kristof Konrad of Alexander Techworks, Kennedy Brown, The Performer’s Mindset; immigration services by Raynor & Associates; studio headshots by Sally Flegg and Hair & Makeup by Sophia Ivy Lee; professional styling by Lenya Wilson; and bespoke mediation by Chris Phillips of Inner Sky.

Peter Ritchie, Executive Director of Australians in Film, said: “We are thrilled at the calibre of the HLS jury this year.  They join a growing list of previous distinguished judges to help find the next generation of young Australian screen talent ready to burst onto screens all over the world!”

“The spirit of leaving home and dreaming big internationally is what Heath did many years ago. This scholarship continues that dream and connects us all in a very special way.”

Applications are open until September 30th, with no extensions. To find out more information and where to apply, click here.

Stan, Australia’s unrivalled home of original productions, today announced it is partnering with acclaimed Australian production company Roadshow Rough Diamond on a range of new Stan Original projects.

The partnership announcement comes as Stan continues to increase its investment into Australian television and film. The strategy will see Stan ramp up to deliver around 30% of its first-run slate from original productions.

Founded by Australian producers Dan and John Edwards and Roadshow Films, Roadshow Rough Diamond’s partnership with Stan will see brand new seasons of the record-breaking Stan Original Series Bump coming soon, with season two currently in production in Sydney. Claudia Karvan returns to star in the new season and will co-produce, alongside Dan and John Edwards. Stars Nathalie MorrisCarlos Sanson Jnr and Angus Sampson are also set to return, alongside the series’ stellar supporting cast.

Following the series’ unprecedented success with audiences and critics alike, Bump Season 3 will begin production in 2022.

Stan and Roadshow Rough Diamond are also partnering on other Stan Original projects, including Year Of and IronsideYear Of is a multi-generational drama spin-off from the highly successful Stan Original Series BumpIronside is a criminal drama inspired by the true story of the AFP’s use of the encrypted ANOM app to track and trap criminals.

Stan Acting Chief Executive Officer Martin Kugeler said: “Partnering with the biggest producers from Australia and around the world to deliver high calibre homegrown projects is core to Stan’s original content strategy. Today’s announcement with Roadshow Rough Diamond reflects Stan’s commitment to investing in local production. We look forward to continuing to work closely with Roadshow Rough Diamond’s Dan and John Edwards on these new Stan Original projects.”

Screen Australia Head of Content Sally Caplan said: “Not only has Bump proven enormously popular with viewers on Stan with its relatable characters and entertaining scripts, it also continues to provide great opportunities for emerging creatives to further their careers. We’re very proud to continue to support the talented team at Roadshow Rough Diamond to bring Seasons 2 and 3 to life together, and I look forward to seeing what’s in store for Oly, Santi and their families.”

Roadshow Rough Diamond Co-Founders Dan and John Edwards said: “Stan has proven to be a perfect creative partner on both Bump and Romper Stomper. We’re thrilled to extend the relationship with Year Of and Ironside. This comes as Rough Diamond is at the beginning of an expansion phase as we bring creative producing partners under our umbrella.”

Led by Claudia Karvan (Angie Davis), who also acts as producer, the second season of the record-breaking Stan Original Series Bump welcomes back stars Nathalie Morris (Oly Chalmers-Davis) and Carlos Sanson Jnr (Santiago ‘Santi’ Hernandez), alongside Angus Sampson (Dom Chalmers), Catalina Palma (Angel), Safia Arain (Reema), Paula Garcia (Rosa Hernandez), Ioane Saula (Vince Ingram), Christian Byers (Bowie Chalmers-Davis), Claudia de Giusti (Bernadita), Miguel Andrade (Alejandro) and Ricardo Scheihing Vasquez (Matias Hernandez).

Season two begins with Oly and Santi in a new place of hope and uncertainty. They’ve had a baby, fallen in love, moved in together and then back out; now they might even get to know each other. Just four-ish months into baby Jacinda’s life, both families are also about to deal with the fallout after Rosa discovers Angie and Matias’ transgression.

Oly will be caught between her big dreams and her very small, rather high maintenance and yet adorable reality. Santi will find his unexpected fatherhood is taking him back to losing his mother as a child, and the impact it’s had on him and his dad. He’ll learn on the job about good decisions and bad ones, and the kind of father he really wants to be. A newly free Angie will be torn between her feelings for Matias and her promise to Oly. Dom will get another shot, and Bowie comes home. Rosa will struggle between family and freedom and attempt to come to terms with Matias’ betrayal.

Season two sees the return of directors Geoff Bennett (Stan Original Series Wolf Creek) and Leticia Caceres (The True History of Billie the Kid), with Matthew Moore (The Great) and Jessica Tuckwell also directing. The series is created and co-written by Kelsey Munro, who is joined again by her season one writing team: Jessica Tuckwell, Timothy Lee, Mithila Gupta and Steven Arriagada, alongside Fernanda Penaloza.

Following the series’ unprecedented success with audiences and critics alike, Bump Season 3 will begin production in 2022.

The Stan Original Series Bump is produced by Roadshow Rough Diamond with major production investment from Screen Australia in association with Stan. Financed with support from Screen NSW. ITV Studios will manage international sales.

YEAR OF

Year Of is set in and around the senior years of high school – exploring the liminal time between childhood and adulthood for the kids and the renegotiations with adults that it brings. Of course, the school and the teachers – we’ve already met in Bump. Young love and angst, humour and tragedy, rub against each other in a powerful mix. Roadshow Rough Diamond’s Dan and John Edwards are working alongside the talented writing team of Jessica Tuckwell and Kelsey Munro on the series.

IRONSIDE

Ironside is a criminal drama inspired by the extraordinary true story of the Australian Federal Police and FBI’s development and use of the encrypted ANOM app to track and trap international criminals. Roadshow Rough Diamond’s Dan and John Edwards are working hand-in-hand with acclaimed writer and director Gregor Jordan and Nine’s multi-Walkley award-winning journalist for 60 MinutesThe Age and The Sydney Morning Herald Nick McKenzie on the series.

Summary:  The stunning landscape of Western Australia is the backdrop for an impassioned tale of love and grief in Gregor Jordan’s adaptation of the acclaimed novel by Tim Winton.

Year: 2019

Cinema Release Dates: 8th October 2020 (Australia)

VOD Release Dates: 19th July 2021 (Australia), 19th July 2021 (UK), 17th July 2020 (USA)

Country: Australia, UK

Director: Gregor Jordan

Screenwriter: Jack Thorne, Tim Winton (novel)

Cast: Syd Brisbane (Chugger), Ava Caryofyllis (Bird), Jacob Clayton (Josh), Luke Elliott (Red), Kelly Belinda Hammond (Jude), Chris Haywood (Warwick), Garrett Hedlund (Lu Fox), Kelly MacDonald (Georgie), George Mason (Darkie), Kohen Mills (Brad), Fern Nicholson (Ava), Jessica Niven (Lois), Aaron Pederson (Beaver), Julia Stone (Sal), David Wenham (Jim), Dan Wyllie (Rusty)

Running Time: 105 mins

Classification: M (Australia), 15 (UK)

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