A huge congratulations to Screenwise Tutors Ben Mathews, Roxane Wilson and Screenwise Graduate Meegan Warner. Ben’s short film ‘Emily’ starring both Roxane and Meegan has been accepted into the Cannes Film Festival and was voted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Student Academy Awards Executive Committee as one of the finalists in this year’s Foreign Film Award category. The Academy received 51 films from 29 different countries this year. Final voting for the winning film is held in May with an announcement around mid-May. Fingers crossed!
Archives for April 2012
As the panel vans get parked into place in Cronulla, Network Ten has announced that Ashleigh Cummings and Brenna Harding will play the lead characters of Debbie and Sue in its new series of Puberty Blues.
The 1970’s novel, written by Gabrielle Carey and Kathy Lette, is about two 13-year-old girls from the Sutherland Shire, in Sydney’s south. The book gained notoriety for its explicit depiction of underage sex and drug-taking within the “surfie” culture and was made into a film in 1981.
The eight-part coming-of-age TV series for Network Ten will also star well-known Aussie actors including Claudia Karvan, Jeremy Lindsay Taylor, Susie Porter, Dan Wyllie, Susan Prior and Rodger Corser.
The series, which is being produced by Southern Star producer John Edwards and Imogen Banks, who created Offspring, will start filming on April 10.
Singin’ the blues!
The career of relative newcomer Ashleigh Cummings continues to gain momentum with the youngster landing a lead in Ten’s Puberty Blues. It follows her recent success with Tomorrow, When The War Began and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.
Cummings will play the key female role of teenager Debbie in Puberty Blues, set during the 1970s on Sydney’s southern beaches. Filming will begin in and around the Sutherland Shire next week. Cummings will work closely with Brenna Harding as Sue.
“This is a different character to what I’ve done before so I’m excited about that,” Cummings said.
Heavy on location, the serialised effort relies on the Gabrielle Carey-Kathy Lette novel, and not the 1981 film, as source material so is expected to be a somewhat risque family romp.
The stellar adult cast includes Claudia Karvan, Jeremy Lindsay Taylor, Rodger Corser, Susie Porter and Dan Wyllie among others. It’s expected to screen this year.
Actress Ashleigh Cummings – who played the conservative Robyn in Tomorrow When The War Began – will play protagonist Debbie, the role originally made famous by Nell Schofield in the 1982 movie adaptation of Kathy Lette (who’s coming for the Sydney Writers’ Festival) and Gabrielle Carey’s groundbreaking novel. Brenna Harding (Packed To The Rafters) Sean Keenan (Ted Pickles in Cloudstreet), Charlotte Best (Home & Away), and Isabelle Cornish (Abbie’s sister, also Home & Away) will also star.