The Iris News Weekly: 25th September 2013

In this issue: Kim Williams to deliver lecture at SPAA’s Screen Forever, a DVD release for Broken, The Returned running on Foxtel’s Studio, Tropfest gets an extension and make your own film… about cannibals!

Screen Forever to host Kim Williams for Hector Crawford Memorial Lecture

SPAA’s inaugural Screen Forever conference for 2013 will be host to Kim Williams AM, who will deliver the prestigious Hector Crawford Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, 19 November at 10:30 am. As one of Australia’s most dynamic and impressive arts and business leaders, Kim Williams has made his mark in every field over a dazzling 40-year career. In one of his first public appearances since departing News Corporation, he has a unique vantage point from which to talk about the current directions in media, the challenges of advocacy in these changing times and the landscape for production.

The Screen Forever: SPAA Conference 2013 will be held at Melbourne’s Crown Conference Centre.

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Broken gets a DVD release

Critically acclaimed film Broken starring Tim Roth will be released on DVD October 23. The suburban drama has received numerous accolades across the British cinema circuit and will soon be landing on Aussie shores. Based on an acclaimed novel by Daniel Clay, Broken is an offbeat coming-of-age drama about growing pains, mental illness and the many mistakes made on the road to hard-earned maturation.

Watch the trailer here:

Broken – Trailer from curious on Vimeo.

The Returned hits Studio

Following a dream run in the UK, one of the most talked-about shows of the year is now hitting Aussie TV. Catch The Returned on Studio Wednesday 16 October for this supernatural mystery thriller. Set in a small alpine town, something strange is happening as the dead are returning, without any sense of their fatality and determined to reclaim their place among the living. Why are they back? Why does their arrival coincide with a series of chilling murders that resemble the gruesome work of a serial killer from the past?

With an 8 episode season, The Returned stars a slew of award-winning actors including five-time Cesar Award nominee Anne Consigny, along with Clotilde Hesme, Celine Sallette, Guillaume Gouix and Frederic Pierrot. Tune in to Studio to watch the riveting action on The Returned.

Make a film about cannibals!

For all filmmakers, this could be the opportunity of a lifetime. Monster Pictures have announced Monster Micro-Nasties: The Cannibal Project. They’re willing to give a team of young Aussie filmmakers the chance to create a feature film taking care of everything including funding, development, producing, distributing and selling it world wide. The only thing is, it has to centre around cannibals.

Partnering with Open Channel, JMC Academy, Mnemonic Audio, Canadian film sales company – Raven Banner Entertainment and crowd-funding platform – Pozible, this is a huge totally legit way for you to break through the movie business.

Watch the trailer here:

Check out the Monster Pictures website for more information at

Tropfest filmmakers: You’ve been granted an extension

The world’s largest short film festival have give their contestants a one week extension to get their submissions in. With entries originally due by 10 October 2013, filmmakers from around Australia and the world now have until 17 October 2013 to submit their short film, featuring this year’s signature item (TSI), ‘Change’.

As well as the kudos of having their film screened to hundreds of thousands nationwide, finalists are in the running to win some incredible prizes – a new Toyota Corolla Levin ZR, a Nikon D800 DSLR plus $2,000 RRP worth of Nikkor lenses, $10,000 thanks to Kennedy Miller Mitchell and a film immersion trip to Los Angeles, where the winner will meet with industry executives, courtesy of Motion Picture Association and Australian Screen Association.

The winner of the Nikon DSLR category meanwhile will take home a Nikon D600 plus $3,000 RRP of Nikkor lenses and all films submitted into the DSLR category will also be considered as part of the main competition.

Get your entries in before it’s too late!


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