The Iris News Weekly: 21st November 2013.


Change is coming to Foxtel music

Kicking off summer will be a new offering to the TV market as well as two refreshed MTV music channels. Get ready for SMOOTH, a television extension of the hugely popular smoothfm radio brand, launching Tuesday December 3, 2013 as the ultimate music destination to relax and escape. SMOOTH will feature highly successful, adult contemporary music with a range of programming such as countdowns, concert specials and music videos from iconic artists such as Madonna, Michael Bublè, Adele, Whitney Houston, Fleetwood Mac, Robbie Williams, Celine Dion and Mariah Carey.

SMOOTH joins Foxtel’s stable of music channels alongside popular brands Channel [V], MAX, [V] HITS and Country Music Channel, ensuring that the platform offers something for all music lovers.

Also, worldwide music brand MTV will launch two new music channels, MTV Dance and MTV Music.

MTV Dance will bring the latest in dance, hip hop and RnB from around the world. With non-stop dance floor fillers, international charts and live dance performances from the biggest artists like David Guetta, Kanye West and Avicii, this is the ultimate dance party.

MTV Music is the home of global music videos and will deliver viewers unprecedented access to international artists and iconic MTV moments across the genres of pop, rock, urban and alternative music from Rihanna, Kings of Leon, Jay Z, Rudimental and more.

ICE Film Workshops

Budding filmmakers, get your skills up to scratch with upcoming film workshops in Western Sydney’s Information and Cultural Exchange. Learn Editing Tips and Tricks, Sound Design for Film or Cinematography this November and December.

Head to for more information or to book.

Musical drama “Side Effects” releases trailer

Amidst the latest wave of multi-platform media productions comes Side Effects, a musical drama co-produced by AwesomenessTV and Universal Cable Productions bringing television narrative, music and production values to YouTube and inspired by the phenomenon of millions of people covering songs on YouTube. The soundtrack, which is being distributed by Universal Music Group, is available digitally now. UCP will distribute the drama through various windows and platforms, including international territories, digital download and VOD.

Watch the trailer now:

Or why not the first full episode

New John Cusack film Reclaim begins production

New film, Reclaim, has just been green lit for production featuring stellar cast John Cusack, Ryan Phillippe, Rachelle Lefevre, Jacki Weaver and Luis Guzman. Presented by Arclight Films and Paradox Entertainment, Reclaim is a story of shocking twists and turns that starts out with Steven (RYAN PHILLIPPE) and Shannon (RACHELLE LEFEVRE), a young, happy-go-lucky American couple, who travel to Puerto Rico to finalize the adoption of their new seven-year-old daughter, a Haitian orphan named Nina. Charmed by the picturesque island and eager to bond with their new daughter, Steven and Shannon take advantage of their time in Puerto Rico to explore the idyllic coast and see the sights as a family, confident they are just days from returning home to begin their new lives together.

Events take an alarming turn, however, when Steven clashes with an intimidating local (JOHN CUSACK) and things go from strange to absolutely terrifying when Nina disappears from her bed one night. Despite frantic efforts to recover their daughter, the young couple hit roadblock after roadblock and become increasingly desperate once their trusted connection from the adoption agency (JACKI WEAVER) also goes missing. Their only ally seems to be Commandante Diaz (LUIS GUZMÁN). As the couple find themselves further entwined in a perplexing web of lies and confusion, their own relationship begins to unravel and things take an even more startling turn toward the unexpected.

Principal shooting takes place in Puerto Rico. Watch this space!

The Fall, The Killing and more lands on SBS DVD

Get your hands on DVD’s for The Fall, The Killing, Skins, Legally Brown, Housos and Lost Kingdoms of South America this November on SBS DVD.

From the compelling crime stories of The Fall starring Gillian Anderson through to the final legacy of the partying and problematic Skins, check out more information.

An Evening with “Chopper” on DVD November 25

Mark Brandon “Chopper” Read was one of Australia’s most notorious criminals. Just 16 days prior to his death, Chopper took to the stage at Melbourne’s Athenaeum Theatre in front of a packed audience to talk about his life. Described as quick-witted and unapologetic, he is the world’s most popular psychopath, a living legend who graduated from the school of hard knocks and turned into a media star.

Follow him here for the last time, direct from the source and live on stage.

An Evening with Mark “Chopper” Read – The Man, The Legend is released on DVD November 25, 2013.

Screen Music Awards nominees announced

The best and brightest of Australia’s screen music industry, as nominees for the 2013 SCREEN MUSIC AWARDS, have been announced. This year held at the Sydney State Theatre on Monday December 9th, the Screen Music Awards is the only Australian event entirely dedicated to recognising the behind-the-scenes heroes of music composition for the large and small screen.

Led by multiple nominees David McCormack and Antony Partos, Henrique Dib and Michael Lira, the roll-call features an outstanding group of musicians including Lisa Gerrard, Burkhard Dallwitz, Francois Tetaz, Guy Gross, Cezary Skubiszewski, Stephen Rae, Richard Tognetti, Michael Yezerski and Christopher Elves. The night will be hosted by Andrew Hansen and Chris Taylor with musical direction by Emmy Award winning composer Ashley Irwin.

For more information, check out and

Aussie film Canopy awarded Special Jury Mention at 2013 Abu Dhabi Film Festival

A bit of Aussie pride never goes astray as Aussie film Canopy has been awarded a Special Jury Mention at this year’s Abu Dhabi Film Festival. The only Australian film selected to participate, Canopy tells the story of an Australian fighter pilot (played by Australian actor Khan Chittenden) during World War II in Singapore, who is shot down in combat and awakens suspended in the treetops. As night devours day, he must navigate through a dangerous jungle in search of sanctuary. Transcending language and culture, Canopy is a cinematic tour de force exploring the collision of war, nature and its impact on humanity.

The film continues its tour around the world, selected to next screen later this week at the Stockholm Film Festival. The Australian premiere is planned for the first half of 2014.

Labrinth to launch new [V] Island Parties

Mark December 5th in your diaries and prepare for a night of madness as UK artist Labrinth takes Sydney Harbour by storm for the launch of the new season of [V] Island Parties.

The only way to get into this guaranteed almighty party is to win tickets. Get yourself there by hitting now and entering the competition for your chance to score tickets [V] Island Parties: Labrinth. A trip to Sydney is up for grabs for the major prize winner. Full T&C’s are on the website.


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