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After an unprecedented number of applications from across Australia, Rahel Romahn has been named as the 11th recipient of the prestigious and highly-coveted Heath Ledger Scholarship, the richest acting prize in Australia. He joins a growing list of Australian actors whose international careers have been launched on the back of winning of the scholarship.

Rahel most recently starred in the highly anticipated series Shantaram, as well as Mr InBetween and Little Monsters. He was nominated for an AACTA and Logie award for his role in The Principal.  He is based in Sydney and does not, as yet, have US representation.

Announced today at a live online ceremony, Rahel was selected by a star-studded jury lead by 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)

Jacki Weaver said: “The calibre of this year’s finalists made our job as judges very difficult. We were moved and entertained by their performances and know that they all have a big career ahead of them. There can only be one winner and we are proud and excited to award Rahel with this scholarship. He embodies the qualities of excellence in acting combined with the passion and dedication to excel on the world stage. I wish him every success and can’t wait to work with him!”

Rahel was born in Kurdistan, North Iraq at the peak of Saddam Hussein’s brutal genocide of Kurdish people. Rahel and his parents fled Kurdistan and lived as nomadic asylum seekers for years until they were finally accepted into Australia. Since then, Rahel has found his love for the craft of acting and has worked tirelessly on his career in film, television and theatre. His other credits include Here Out West,God’s Favourite Idiot, Australian Gangster, Ali’s Wedding and the stage play 7 for the Sydney Theater Company.

Rahel said today: “Throughout my life, I have learnt a lot from the leaders of the craft of acting. From Heath I learned the power of vulnerability, the importance of bravery and the necessity of supporting the ones around you. These are extremely vital aspects to being a performer in our industry.”

“I want to highlight the importance of inclusivity. I am so proud of our industry for putting diversity at the top of our priority list. Leading by example and creating a safe haven for people of colour, the LGBTQI+ and gender diverse community. It is so simple, we are all human and deserve to be treated with respect and safety. Discrimination has gone on long enough and I believe we are getting closer and closer to becoming one big family who finally accept and learn to understand and love one another.”

The Heath Ledger Scholarship is awarded to an emerging Australian actor with extraordinary ability and dedication to their craft who wishes to work and train internationally. The scholarship has propelled many previous recipients into international careers including Bella Heathcote (Pieces of Her), Cody Fern (American Horror Story), Ashleigh Cummings (Citadel),Mojean Aria (The Enforcer) and Charmaine Bingwa (The Good Fight).

Charmaine Bingwa, who announced Rahel today, said: “It’s never lost on me, for one moment, what a rich bounty the Heath Ledger Scholarship has brought me. It was one of the most beautifully transformative experiences. In a short space of time it put me on the path to working with world-class talents on world-class projects. I am forever grateful to Heath, his remarkable legacy and his benevolent family. I’m thrilled for the next recipient and the incredible opportunities that lie before them.”

The finalists this year included Max Brown (The Tourist, The Gloaming), Mabel Li (The Tailings, New Gold Mountain), Andrea Solonge (Privileged, Girl, Interpreted), Zoe Terakes (Wentworth, Nine Perfect Strangers) and Harvey Zielinski (Don’t Look Deeper, My First Summer).

Prizes this year include a US$10,000 cash prize to support the recipient with living expenses in the US while studying, a return economy flight to the US, plus the following educational training and career preparation training worth over US$40K/AUS$50K:

  • Private Coaching from Lisa Robertson and Group Classes at Lisa Robertson Studio;
  • Private speech and dialects coaching by Joy Ellison;
  • Private coaching, classes, and special workshops taught by Jean-Louis Rodrigue and Kristof Konrad from Alexander Techworks;
  • Physical Approach to Acting & Voice De-structuring (Authentic Voice) with Kennedy Brown- LA Acting Coach 
  • Group and Personal Coaching Provided by The Performer’s Mindset;
  • Immigration Services Provided by Raynor and Associates;
  • Studio Headshot Package by Sally Flegg Photography and Hair & Makeup Package by Sophia Ivy Lee;
  • Personal styling services by Lenya Wilson; 
  • Bespoke Private Meditation Classes Provided by Chris Phillips, Inner Sky
  • Lifetime AiF membership, which includes access to the creative workspaces, Charlie’s including invitations to exclusive AiF Events.
  • The winner’s submission reel will also be preserved in the National Film & Sound Archive of Australia in Canberra.

The Heath Ledger Scholarship is supported by the Australians & Hollywood exhibition at the National Film and Sound Archive, currently in Canberra.

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 today released a heart pumping new trailer for the highly anticipated fourth season of the Stan exclusive series Yellowstone, confirming the Kevin Costner led drama will return with a 2-hour premiere event on 8 November, same day as the U.S. and only on Stan. 

Australia’s own Academy Award® nominated Jacki Weaver joins the star-studded cast this season, with today’s trailer featuring a first look of her powerful new character Caroline Warner, CEO of Market Equities.

To watch and share the new trailer, click here: https://youtu.be/SzpY0xcbSnA

Led by Academy Award® & Emmy® winner Kevin CostnerYellowstone was the #1 drama on U.S. cable last year. Season three added Josh Holloway (Lost) to an all-star cast that included Luke Grimes (Fifty Shades franchise), Kelly Reilly (True Detective), Wes Bentley (American Horror Story), Cole Hauser (Rogue), Kelsey Asbille (Wind River), Brecken MerrillJefferson White (House of Cards), Forrie Smith (Better Call Saul), Denim Richards (Good Trouble) and Gil Birmingham (Animal Kingdom). Additional season three newcomers included: Eden Brolin (Beyond), Hassie Harrison (Tacoma FD) and Jennifer Landon (The Front Runner). 

In season four, Jacki Weaver (Stan Original Series BloomSilver Linings Playbook) portrays Caroline Warner; CEO of Market Equities. Also joining for the fourth season are series newcomers: Piper Perabo (Covert AffairsCoyote Ugly) who will portray Summer Higgins, an outside protestor from Portland who is against the state funded police force that protects industrialised farming and the killing of animals; Kathryn Kelly (NashvilleDolly Parton’s Heartstrings) who will portray Emily, a vet tech who soon strikes up a relationship with the new cowboy; and Finn Little (Storm Boy, Angel of Mine) who will portray Carter; a young boy reminiscent of a young Rip, with Beth deciding the ranch is the best place to teach him a lesson on how to be a man.

Weaver, Perabo and Kelly will appear in recurring roles with Little signed on as a series regular. Additionally, Will Patton has been upped to series regular for this season.

Yellowstone chronicles the Dutton family, led by John Dutton played by world-renowned actor and Oscar winner Kevin Costner. Dutton controls the largest contiguous cattle ranch in the United States. Amid shifting alliances, unsolved murders, open wounds, and hard-earned respect – the ranch is in constant conflict with those it borders – an expanding town, an Indian reservation, and America’s first national park. 

Co-created by Taylor Sheridan (Sicario) and John Linson (Sons of Anarchy), Yellowstone’s executive producers include John Linson, Art Linson, Taylor Sheridan, Kevin Costner, David C. Glasser, Bob Yari and Stephen Kay.

Yellowstone Season 4 begins with a 2-hour premiere event on 8 November, same day as the U.S. and only on Stan. The only place you can stream every episode of Yellowstone is on Stan.

 Stan today announced the premiere date for the highly anticipated fourth season of the Stan exclusive series Yellowstone, with revenge arriving 8 November same day as the US and only on Stan. Australia’s own Academy Award® nominated Jacki Weaver joins the star-studded cast this season and fans of the series can expect justice to be served ice cold after last season’s explosive finale.

Led by Academy Award® & Emmy® winner Kevin CostnerYellowstone was one of the most-watched series on US cable last year. Season three added Josh Holloway (Lost) to an all-star cast that included Luke Grimes (Fifty Shades franchise), Kelly Reilly (True Detective), Wes Bentley (American Horror Story), Cole Hauser (Rogue), Kelsey Asbille (Wind River), Brecken MerrillJefferson White (House of Cards), Forrie Smith (Better Call Saul), Denim Richards (Good Trouble) and Gil Birmingham (Animal Kingdom). Additional season three newcomers included: Eden Brolin (Beyond), Hassie Harrison (Tacoma FD) and Jennifer Landon (The Front Runner). 

In season four, Jacki Weaver (Stan Original Series BloomSilver Linings Playbook) portrays Caroline Warner; CEO of Market Equities. Also joining for the fourth season are series newcomers: Piper Perabo (Covert AffairsCoyote Ugly) who will portray Summer Higgins, an outside protestor from Portland who is against the state funded police force that protects industrialised farming and the killing of animals; Kathryn Kelly (NashvilleDolly Parton’s Heartstrings) who will portray Emily, a vet tech who soon strikes up a relationship with the new cowboy; and Finn Little (Storm Boy, Angel of Mine) who will portray Carter; a young boy reminiscent of a young Rip, with Beth deciding the ranch is the best place to teach him a lesson on how to be a man.

Weaver, Perabo and Kelly will appear in recurring roles with Little signed on as a series regular. Additionally, Will Patton has been upped to series regular for this season.

Yellowstone chronicles the Dutton family, led by John Dutton played by world-renowned actor and Oscar winner Kevin Costner. Dutton controls the largest contiguous cattle ranch in the United States. Amid shifting alliances, unsolved murders, open wounds, and hard-earned respect – the ranch is in constant conflict with those it borders – an expanding town, an Indian reservation, and America’s first national park. 

Co-created by Taylor Sheridan (Sicario) and John Linson (Sons of Anarchy), Yellowstone’s executive producers include John Linson, Art Linson, Taylor Sheridan, Kevin Costner, David C. Glasser, Bob Yari and Stephen Kay.

Yellowstone Season 4 premieres 8 November same day as the US. The only place you can stream every episode of Yellowstone is on Stan.

Stan today released the official teaser for the highly anticipated fourth season of the Stan exclusive series Yellowstone and confirmed Australia’s own Academy Award® nominated Jacki Weaver will be joining the star-studded cast this season. Yellowstone Season 4 will premiere only on Stan this Spring, same day as the US and fans of the series can expect revenge to be served ice cold after last season’s explosive finale.

Led by Academy Award® & Emmy® winner Kevin CostnerYellowstone was one of the most-watched series on US cable last year. Season three added Josh Holloway (Lost) to an all-star cast that included Luke Grimes (Fifty Shades franchise), Kelly Reilly (True Detective), Wes Bentley (American Horror Story), Cole Hauser (Rogue), Kelsey Asbille (Wind River), Brecken MerrillJefferson White (House of Cards), Forrie Smith (Better Call Saul), Denim Richards (Good Trouble) and Gil Birmingham (Animal Kingdom). Additional season three newcomers included: Eden Brolin (Beyond), Hassie Harrison (Tacoma FD) and Jennifer Landon (The Front Runner). 

In season four, Jacki Weaver (Stan Original Series BloomSilver Linings Playbook) will portray Caroline Warner; CEO of Market Equities. Also joining for the fourth season are series newcomers: Piper Perabo (Covert AffairsCoyote Ugly) who will portray Summer Higgins, an outside protestor from Portland who is against the state funded police force that protects industrialised farming and the killing of animals; Kathryn Kelly (NashvilleDolly Parton’s Heartstrings) who will portray Emily, a vet tech who soon strikes up a relationship with the new cowboy; and Finn Little (Storm Boy, Angel of Mine) who will portray Carter; a young boy reminiscent of a young Rip, with Beth deciding the ranch is the best place to teach him a lesson on how to be a man.

Weaver, Perabo and Kelly will appear in recurring roles with Little signed on as a series regular. Additionally, Will Patton has been upped to series regular for this season.

Yellowstone chronicles the Dutton family, led by John Dutton played by world-renowned actor and Oscar winner Kevin Costner. Dutton controls the largest contiguous cattle ranch in the United States. Amid shifting alliances, unsolved murders, open wounds, and hard-earned respect – the ranch is in constant conflict with those it borders – an expanding town, an Indian reservation, and America’s first national park. 

Co-created by Taylor Sheridan (Sicario) and John Linson (Sons of Anarchy), Yellowstone’s executive producers include John Linson, Art Linson, Taylor Sheridan, Kevin Costner, David C. Glasser, Bob Yari and Stephen Kay.

Yellowstone Season 4 will premieres this Spring only on Stan, same day as the US. 

All previous seasons of Yellowstone are available to stream only on Stan now.

Australian audiences have fallen in love with Roadshow Films’ PENGUIN BLOOM, the inspirational tale of a wounded magpie that restores hope to a family. The film has taken over $1.51 million at the Australian box office since it opened in cinemas on Thursday.

“The fantastic box office result for Penguin Bloom represents how eager Australians are to get back to the cinema and support quality, home-grown film-making.” said Joel Pearlman, CEO Roadshow Films. “The universal appeal of these films is undeniable and now is the time for Australia to champion its bold stories and beautiful locations with the world.”

The exceptional box office results for quality Australian productions continues, with THE DRY taking second spot, and crossing $12 million in its fourth week.

“It’s remarkable that the two top spots of the Australian box office are currently held by Australian films – this is a rare and remarkable achievement and a further indication of just how eager audiences are to support great stories and exceptional film making.” said Pearlman.

“We have enjoyed an incredible relationship with the Made Up Stories team of Bruna Papandrea, Steve Hutensky and Jodi Matterson, as well as Robert Connolly and Eric Bana on The Dry and Emma Cooper and Glendyn Ivin on Penguin Bloom.” He said “These filmmakers have done brilliant work to realise these exceptional Australian Stories.”

Penguin Bloom tells the true story of Sam Bloom (Academy Award® nominated Naomi Watts) a young mother whose world is turned upside down after a near-fatal accident leaves her unable to walk. Sam’s husband, (Andrew Lincoln), her three young boys and her mother (Academy Award® nominated Jacki Weaver), are struggling to adjust to their new situation when an unlikely ally enters their world in the form of an injured baby magpie they name Penguin. The bird’s arrival is a welcome distraction for the Bloom family, eventually making a profound difference in the family’s life.

Directed by Glendyn Ivin, the film is produced by Broadtalks’ Emma Cooper, Made Up Stories’ Bruna Papandrea (Big Little Lies), Steve Hutensky and Jodi Matterson (Little Monsters), alongside Watts.

 

R&R Films is delighted to announce that the cinema release of the laugh out loud comedy NEVER TOO LATE has been rescheduled for October 29.

With enthusiastic cinema support, the film will open on approximately 150 screens nationally.

In the film, when a nursing home stands in the way of a 50-year courtship, four grumpy old Vietnam Vets unite to re-enact the great escape. They may have lost their memory and speed, but these renegades prove it’s never too late for new adventures, even if you have to break rules to break free.

Cinema goers will love the shenanigans of these four vets, one of their long-lost loves and an estranged son – played by the stellar cast of Jacki Weaver, Jack Thompson, Shane Jacobson, James Cromwell, Dennis Waterman, Roy Billing and Max Cullen.

Filmed on location in Adelaide, Never Too Late was directed by Mark Lamprell (My Mother Frank, A Few Less Men), was written by screenwriter and crime novelist Luke Preston and produced by Antony I Ginnane (Patrick, Turkey Shoot) and David Lightfoot (Wolf Creek).
The film will be released in Australia by Richard Becker and Robert Slaviero from R&R Films.

Never Too Late is a charmer and we are confident audiences will love the antics of our heroes and the warmth of the late-in-life love story played so delightfully by our fabulous cast,” Richard and Robert said.

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Transmission Films invites Australian audiences on a personal journey through Australian cinema with David Stratton, our most revered film critic, when DAVID STRATTON: A CINEMATIC LIFE releases in cinemas this year.
DAVID STRATTON: A CINEMATIC LIFE is an intimate journey with David Stratton, from his first boyhood cinema experience in England, to his migration to Australia as a ‘ten pound pom’ in 1963 and onto his present day reflections on the iconic themes that run through our cinematic legacy.
While David turned his passion for cinema into a profession, a growing band of courageous Australians turned their enthusiasm for storytelling into an extraordinary body of work. Alongside David, this absorbing documentary includes commentary from some of the most recognisable names in Australian cinema including Gillian Armstrong, Eric Bana, Bryan Brown, Russell Crowe, Judy Davis, Nicole Kidman, George Miller, Sam Neill, Geoffrey Rush, Fred Schepisi, Warwick Thornton, Jacki Weaver and Hugo Weaving.
“David Stratton is a true champion of Australian cinema. The opportunity to share his unique personal story on the big screen is a privilege,” said Transmission Films Joint Managing Director Andrew Mackie.
DAVID STRATTON: A CINEMATIC LIFE is written and directed by Sally Aitken (Getting Frank Gehry, Streets of Your Town) and produced by Jo-anne McGowan and executive produced by Jennifer Peedom (Sherpa).
DAVID STRATTON: A CINEMATIC LIFE will open in cinemas nationally on March 9th. David Stratton will be in attendance at select Q&A screenings across the country from late February, with more details coming soon.

Last Cab To Darwin

Thanks to our friends at Icon Distribution Subculture Entertainment has some double passes to new Australian film Last Cab To Darwin to giveaway. Two lucky winners will also receive limited edition Last Cab To Darwin tea-towels. Simply listen to this week’s episode of The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show to hear how you can win.

Last Cab To Darwin stars Michael Caton, Ningali Laford-Wolf, Mark Coles Smith, Emma Hamilton and Jacki Weaver. It hits cinema screens this Thursday.

Revelation Film Festival
In what has been seen as a bleak time for Australian Cinema, Revelation Perth International Film Festival is leading the charge to demonstrate that a change is afoot.Opening the 18th Revelation Film Festival in 2015 will be Last Cab To Darwin, an extraordinary film of depth and perception. Directed by Jeremy Sims and featuring a high calibre cast including Michael Caton and Jacki Weaver, Last Cab To Darwin is another example of the incredible talent that exists in the local industry.

Also surfing this current revival are a number of other Australian films and co-productions, many of which will have their Australian premiere at Revelation.  Titles such as Plague, Vixen Velvet, Cambodian Space Project, What Lola Wants and Gameloading showcase the diversity of Australian cinema.

The Revelation program will also include two features that have been produced in WA; a snapshot of Perth’s cultural life in Parkerville Amphitheatre: Sets, Bugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll and the quirky Alvin’s Harmonious World of Opposites which was partially shot in Kambalda. Two more films, the documentary Industrial Soundtrack for the Urban Decay and feature narrative Echoes of War were also directed by Australians.

“It’s the renaissance we didn’t know we were having,” says Revelation Festival Director Richard Sowada, “Combine these high-quality – and in most part undistributed – films with the fantastic shorts and you’d got a more than viable industry on its own terms. That’s a real achievement.”

Revelation Film Festival will also run a number of workshops for both aspiring and established filmmakers including a three day digital filmmaking class with Craig Deeker and an acting masterclass with Steve Bisley.

Revelation’s full program will be released on 6 June. The festival runs 2-12 July.