“Wicked Little Letters” Unleashes a Riotous Mystery Comedy – New Trailer Launch Announced!

Release Date Set for March 21st, 1920s Seaside Town in the Spotlight

In a captivating blend of dark comedy and absurd mystery, “Wicked Little Letters” invites audiences to a 1920s English seaside town where scandalous and unintentionally hilarious letters spark a national uproar. Based on a true story stranger than fiction, the film follows the lives of two vastly different neighbors, Edith Swan (Olivia Colman) and Rose Gooding (Jessie Buckley), in this riotous exploration of small-town secrets and unexpected alliances.

Synopsis: Set against the picturesque backdrop of a 1920s English seaside town, “Wicked Little Letters” unveils a mysterious scandal that turns the community upside down. The story revolves around Edith Swan, a deeply conservative local played by the talented Olivia Colman, and Rose Gooding, a rowdy Irish migrant portrayed by Jessie Buckley.

The trouble begins when Edith and her fellow residents receive wicked letters filled with unintentionally hilarious profanities. The blame falls on Rose, who is charged with the crime, setting the stage for a national trial and a town divided. As the scandal unfolds, the town’s women, led by the determined Police Officer Gladys Moss (Anjana Vasan), take matters into their own hands and launch their investigation. To everyone’s surprise, they begin to suspect that Rose might not be the true culprit after all.

Cast: The film boasts a stellar cast featuring Olivia Colman, known for her remarkable performances, alongside the dynamic Jessie Buckley. Anjana Vasan takes on the role of Police Officer Gladys Moss, while Timothy Spall, Lolly Adefope, and Alisha Weir add depth and charisma to the ensemble.

Direction and Writing: “Wicked Little Letters” is helmed by the talented director Thea Sharrock, known for her ability to blend humor and drama seamlessly. The screenplay, penned by Jonny Sweet, promises a rollercoaster of emotions, blending absurdity and mystery to create an unforgettable cinematic experience.

Production Team: Produced by a team of industry veterans, including Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin, Ed Sinclair, Olivia Colman, and Jo Wallett, “Wicked Little Letters” brings together a wealth of experience and creativity. With such a powerhouse team, the film is poised to be a standout addition to the mystery-comedy genre.

Mark your calendars for March 21st, as “Wicked Little Letters” promises to deliver a unique cinematic experience that combines laughter, mystery, and a touch of scandal. Be prepared to embark on a journey to a bygone era where wicked letters set the stage for an uproarious tale of unexpected alliances and small-town intrigue.

2023 CGA Award Winners Announced

The Casting Guild of Australia celebrated its 9th annual CGA Awards on Friday evening at a ceremony at Establishment Hotel, Sydney hosted by Julia Zemiro and Genevieve Hegney.

Leading the 2023 CGA Awards was Danny Long, who took home three awards at the ceremony; her work in Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge earned her the award for ‘Best Casting in a Short Film’, alongside ‘Best Casting in a TVC – Community’ for Qantas It Feels Like Home Again and for ‘Achievement in Casting’ for Latecomers.

Anousha Zarkesh picked up the award for ‘Best Casting in a Feature Film’ for the second year in a row for her work on Shayda.

The casting team behind Shantaram, Alison Telford, Kate Leonard, Kate Dowd (UK Casting) and Nikki Barrett (Original Casting), scooped up the award for ‘Best Casting in a TV Drama’, with Kirsty McGregor and Stevie Ray taking out ‘Best Casting in a TV Comedy’ for Colin From Accounts.

Nathan Lloyd won ‘Best Casting in a Telemovie/Miniseries’ for Safe Home while newcomer Rhys Velasquez took out the award for ‘Best Casting in a Theatre Production’ for their work on Choir Boy.

First-time winner Faith Martin took home ‘Achievement in Casting’ for her work on Barrumbi Kids and Natalie Jane Harvie secured the top prize in ‘Best Casting in a TVC’ for the Telstra ‘This is Footy Country’ campaign.

The CGA also officially crowned Australia’s top emerging talent of 2023, highlighting twelve extraordinary actors with the potential to break out on the world stage.

This year’s CGA Rising Stars include Ben Turland (Riptide, Neighbours), Bernie van Tiel (Class of ’07, Blaze), Carlos Sanson Jr (Sweet As, Bump), Costa D’Angelo (Crazy Fun Park, Wog Boys), Emma Harvie (Colin From Accounts, In Limbo), Kartanya Maynard (Deadloch, The Messenger), Natalie Abbott (Aftertaste, A Perfect Pairing), Nathalie Morris (Bump, Petrol), Perry Mooney (Gold Diggers, Romance on the Menu), Raj Labade (Appetite, The Office Australia), William Lodder (Love Me S2, Bali 2002), and William McKenna (The Messenger, Queen of Oz).

The CGA Awards is the only casting awards ceremony in the southern hemisphere that celebrates and recognises casting across all mediums including film, television, advertising, theatre and online content. The annual Awards Ceremony seeks to acknowledge and support the critical role casting directors play in bringing together great casting opportunities both on a national and international stage.

Introducing Bella Glanville: A Multifaceted Force In The Entertainment Industry

In the ever-evolving entertainment industry landscape, few individuals encapsulate versatility and talent as seamlessly as Bella Glanville. An award-winning actress, accomplished writer, international model, and four-time TED speaker, Glanville’s multifaceted career is a testament to her indomitable spirit and creative prowess.

Standout performances in various noteworthy productions mark Glanville’s presence on the small screen. Notably, she graces the Netflix series ‘A Whole Lifetime,’ portraying the character of Georgina, a role that showcases her depth as an actress. Her charisma extends to the hit series ‘Ted Lasso,’ where she takes on the role of Richard’s girlfriend, adding nuance and charm to the narrative. Further expanding her repertoire, Glanville secures a role in Netflix’s ‘Geek Girl,’ teasing audiences with her diverse acting range.

Adding a layer of intrigue, Glanville embraces a role under a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) in a well-known blockbuster, heightening anticipation and solidifying her status as an actress trusted with the industry’s best-kept secrets. Her leading role in the upcoming film ‘Deadly Perfect,’ set to premiere in 2023, is poised to captivate audiences and further establish her as a force to be reckoned with in the cinematic realm.

Beyond the silver screen, Glanville proves her mettle in filmmaking with the critically acclaimed short film ‘Push.’ Serving as co-producer and lead actress, she catapults the film into the limelight, earning accolades at prestigious events like the New York Cinematography Awards and the London Film Festival. Her foray into producing underscores her commitment to projects that push creative boundaries and resonate with audiences on a global scale.

Stepping into the role of a TV presenter, Glanville recently hosted the 2023 Urban Music Awards, demonstrating her ability to transition between different facets of the entertainment world seamlessly. Her magnetic stage presence and adept hosting skills contributed to the event’s success, showcasing her versatility beyond acting and filmmaking.

In the fashion realm, Glanville has graced the world’s most prestigious runways and campaigns. With modeling credits that include global brands like Adidas, Stella McCartney, Topshop, Nike, and Vogue, she not only embodies elegance and style but also serves as a sought-after face in the fashion industry.

Beyond the glitz and glamour, Glanville shares her insights and perspectives on diverse topics through the TEDx platform. With four international TEDx talks to her credit, she delves into themes ranging from ‘The Myth of Perfection’ to ‘The Science of Online Dating.’ Her ability to articulate complex ideas with poise and intelligence adds another layer to her public persona, establishing her as a thought leader in addition to her roles in the creative arts.

FilmCentral Magazine recently caught up with Bella to discuss her journey in the industry, and here’s what went down:

Can you tell us more about yourself?

Of course! I’m an actress and screenwriter, currently based in London, but I plan to relocate to LA in the new year. I’m probably best known for my role as Georgina in Jamie Demetriou’s Netflix show, but I’m often recognised from other shows like Netflix’s Sexy Beasts (which was hilarious to be a part of). In terms of my writing, I filmed the pilot for my own sitcom this year, which is very exciting! We are now in the pitching stages. I am now also working on a feature. I was doing cabaret work alongside acting for a while, and I am now doing professional speaking instead. I have given a few TED talks (my favourite being in America) because I want to use my platform in this industry to make a difference and spread a message.

How did you get started in the entertainment industry?

It’s an unusual answer, but I kind of grew up in this world because my parents were opera singers. I had such a love for musical theatre growing up. When I was a young teenager, I started up a foundation to help kids build confidence, particularly after I had had to learn to do the same thing. I got into that after attending a lot of Tony Robbins events as a kid and eventually becoming a professional speaker myself. The crazy part is that the day I gave my first-ever workshop on self-love was also the day I got scouted to be a model. I spent the next few years modelling, starting out as one of Milk Management’s first-ever models. I then modelled out in Paris, Australia, and Miami for a bit, before returning to the UK. I always did musical theatre whenever I could, but I couldn’t ignore my passion for film. In 2017, I started auditioning for features and writing my own shorts. My degree slowed down the amount I could put into acting, but I occasionally performed in musicals and continued modelling and doing commercials. I got an acting agent in 2020 when I filmed my first feature, of which I was the lead, and the rest is history!

Did you ever use your acting skills in modelling?

Yes, I once did a bridal shoot as a teenager, and I will always remember the make-up artist telling me that I had the ‘face of an actress.’ It was really when I first considered it. They often cast actors in modelling jobs because they need specific emotions or body language expressed. An example of when I did this was for Harlan Coben’s book cover for ‘Runaway’, where I had to play Paige. They threw a lot of powerful acting exercises at me in the casting, even though it was deemed a ‘modelling job.’ I also always wanted to model for Coca-Cola and ended up being the hero in their commercial instead! That was amazing.

With your parents being opera singers, have you ever done any performing or roles together?

My mum actually called me one day with a short film idea, and I knew it would do well. I helped her adapt it to a screenplay and produce it. We both acted in it, and I can proudly say that our short film, ‘Push’, has now won numerous film festivals, including the New York Cinematography Awards and the London Film Festival.

In terms of singing, well.. my mum and I love singing around the kitchen. We once surprised my cousin at his wedding and did a duet together. I’m really lucky to have her as my coach. As for my dad, he is in a band and sometimes he brings me onto stage to sing with him.

Sometimes I do have to do self-tapes with my family. They’re always chaotic, but I love them! We once landed a charity commercial together.

What do you like most about acting?

My degree was in psychology, so I love the fact that I can really get inside the mind of someone else. I have never played a character who is ‘just like me.’ Every character I have played is different, and I love exploring the interests, emotions, and character traits of a completely different person. The more different a character is to me, the more I enjoy playing them. I enjoy a challenge. Or when it comes to theatre, nothing makes me feel more alive than standing on stage and belting out a heart-wrenching ballad, like when I played Jovie in Elf the Musical.

You have done some TV presenting too. Have you had a favourite experience?

Definitely. Working with Louis Theroux, hosting the Urban Music Awards. He is an absolute legend.

How different is it to act in a movie and to act in a TV series? And which one do you prefer?

That is a really interesting question… They have a lot of similarities and a lot of differences too. Of course, most shows and features are filmed in a different order from what is seen on screen. But overall, my experience in both has pretty much been the same. Big blockbuster films are more likely to have huge sets and green screens the size of a small town, and a hundred cameras planted around, which you might be less likely to get in something like.. a soap opera.

Generally, I love acting in both. There isn’t a single role that I have done in which I haven’t loved every second of filming.

Do you have any funny stories about being recognised?

I have a great one for this. Whenever someone approaches me in public and remembers me from somewhere, but I don’t remember who they are, I politely say, ‘Oh my god! I haven’t seen you in so long. Where did I last see you again?’ because that helps me figure it out without admitting I have no clue who this person is. Anyway, I was in Freedom in Soho, and this girl saw me and said, ‘Oh my god! It’s you!’. I didn’t recognise her but assumed we knew each other, so I pulled my classic ‘pretending to know them’ line. She then said, ‘No. We’ve never met. I just recognise you from A Whole Lifetime.’ It was so embarrassing – but also flattering!

What are your weak points when it comes to acting? How do you try to improve them?

This is really specific, but I did have to practice learning how to cry on screen. I have definitely mastered it now, and I am really proud of that! But I used to really overthink it – and that was where I was going wrong because when you cry in a scene, you should completely clear your head beforehand, and just go into the scene, as that character, in that moment.

What are your strong points as an actor?

I’d say my biggest strong points are accents, accumulating emotions, using psychology, and being natural. My party trick is doing accents (my favourite being Russian). I also love monologues where a character really builds up their emotions until they finally break. In terms of using psychology, it definitely helps to have a perspective that makes me stand out from others. There was one time I shot a movie that had a schizophrenic character. I actually spoke to the director and told him that some of the script was inaccurate, based on knowledge that I had acquired in my degree. The last thing I mentioned – being natural – is SO important. I was once told by a casting director that too many actors ‘act on top of the lines’, rather than ‘letting the lines do the acting for them’. And that really stuck with me. Everything on camera has to be so natural and minimal because the camera makes everything bigger.

What have you learned from the directors that you have worked with throughout your career?

Take your time with lines without mumbling them. Be super clear with what you are saying so the audience can understand.

If your co-actor behaves in a way you do not expect, just react. Bounce off it. Acting is about re-acting.

If you are thrown off by a new script in an audition, keep eye contact as much as you can with the other reader. Look at your lines only when they are saying theirs.

Reaching a final and not getting the role is often just because you don’t ‘look right’ next to the actor already cast. It’s rarely on your talent.

ALWAYS build your own heat. Don’t wait around for your agent to call you.

What are some of the difficulties of the acting business?

Ha – where to start! This is an industry where we are literally in competition with countless people every day. And I think it makes or breaks you. My way of conquering this is never to compare myself with anyone else. Instead, I think of who I was yesterday and how to be a better version of myself. Another thing is that people will often tell you that they will ‘make you a star.’ Never believe them until you see a contract!

What’s challenging about bringing a script to life?

If you look at a script, you’ll see that it often gives you nothing and that the lines are entirely up to YOUR interpretation of them until the director comes in. Lines can look very bland sometimes. A really good example is The Office. Look at the pilot of that, and then look at the way Steve Carrell plays Michael Scott. It’s insane! It is almost like a different script, even though he is literally saying the lines as they are written. So you have to decide who your character is and make them use the lines rather than read them. It seems obvious, but you must trust that your interpretation is correct.

What do you do when you’re not filming?

I lead a rather busy life! As I said, building your own heat is really important. So, I spend a lot of time writing, creating, producing, etc. I also sometimes email casting directors, catch up with my agent, have meetings surrounding the sitcom I wrote, go to the gym, hang out with friends, etc… My job is my passion, and it’s how I have fun.

What has been the most memorable experience of your career so far?

Oh, there have been so many. I remember being on the train and getting a call from my agent to say that I had been cast in A Whole Lifetime. I was on the train, so I had to stop myself from squealing! Filming on Ted Lasso was also amazing. The cast was so much fun. In terms of my craziest experience, nothing will outdo Sexy Beats. Wearing prosthetics and being a dinosaur (in public) is something I’ll never get to do again.

– Who have been the most interesting people you’ve met so far?

Paul Rudd is exactly who you would expect him to be – just the loveliest, bubbliest guy. I loved working with him. I obviously loved working with Sian Clifford and Jamie Demetriou as well. Working with people you have admired for a while is lovely. Funny story – Fleabag was written next door to me by Phoebe and my neighbour, Harry Bradbeer. Sian and I also got trained at the same theatre, and Phoebe and I went to the same school! Although, when I met Sian, I didn’t recognise her at first because she had that hilarious wig on. They did such a great job on the makeup of that show. Also, I told Jamie Demetriou that he inspired my brother to become an estate agent after he watched Stath Lets Flats. He was so confused, understandably. (laughs)

Another person, not that I have worked with her was Billie Eilish. We met in a bar a few months ago in LA. My best friend and I really wanted to speak to her, so I suggested that my friend mention the fact that we were all vegan. Drunk and flustered, my best friend went up to Billie and confidently said, ‘We’re the reason you’re vegan.’ She meant to say it the other way around, and luckily, Billie found it really funny. She then gave me a recommendation for a vegan restaurant for my birthday! Lovely girl.

If someone is going to make your life into a movie, who would play you?

Margot Robbie. My idol. My brother actually once bought me a cardboard cutout of her (laughs)!

What are your future plans? Inside your career or out of it.

The thing about future plans is that I only want to achieve them because of the feeling I will get from achieving them: being cast in Marvel, having my show filmed in LA, etc. So, I always believe that I am striving for a feeling rather than the goal itself. And my ultimate outcome is just always to be fulfilled. That way, I can always say that I am achieving my ultimate outcome every day.

Stan Unveils Blue Carpet Extravaganza at Sydney Opera House for World Premiere of CAUGHT

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Stan, the leading Australian streaming service, rolled out the blue carpet at the iconic Sydney Opera House for the world premiere of the highly anticipated Stan Original Series, CAUGH*T. The glamorous event, graced by a star-studded ensemble, showcased the vibrancy of the Australian Original production.

Stan Ambassadors Renee Bargh and Beau Ryan took center stage as they charismatically hosted the blue carpet, welcoming a dazzling array of industry luminaries and esteemed guests. Among the distinguished attendees were chief executive Martin Kugeler, commissioners and executive producers Cailah Scobie and Amanda Duthie, and head of acquisitions Les Sampson, underscoring the significance of the project within the Australian entertainment landscape.

The prestigious guest list extended to Nine Entertainment Group head of drama Andy Ryan, director of communications Vic Buchan, entertainment reporter Richard Wilkins, strategy executives Alex Needs and Jake Mitchell, and head of digital content Immy Abdullah. The collective presence of these influential figures highlighted the magnitude of CAUGH*T in the realm of Australian content.

Series director, producer, writer, and actor Kick Gurry, the driving force behind the production, graced the premiere, radiating enthusiasm for his latest venture. The blue carpet event reached new heights of glamour with the attendance of an A-list cast, including Bryan Brown, Ben O’Toole, Lincoln Younes, Alexander England, Mel Jarnson, Fayssal Bazzi, Rebecca Breeds, Erik Thomson, Rob Carlton, Jeremy Lindsay Taylor, Justine Clarke, Karl Stefanovic, Ariel Donoghue, and Silvia Colloca.

Caught Synopsis:

Mistaken for Americans, the characters find themselves captured by freedom fighters (Bazzi, Jarnson, and Nkono) and are compelled to produce a hostage video that swiftly goes viral. As the soldiers unexpectedly attain celebrity status on social media, they come to the realization that being caught might just be the best thing that could’ve happened to them. Prepare for a riveting journey as they make search history in this captivating Stan Original Series.

CAUGH*T promises to be a groundbreaking addition to Stan’s repertoire, delivering an innovative and compelling narrative that captures the essence of contemporary storytelling. Don’t miss the gripping tale as it unfolds exclusively on Stan.

A Night of Horror Film Festival 2023: Bryn Tilly Paves the Way for a Spectacular Night of Horror

Bryn Tilly, the Festival Director of A Night of Horror Film Festival (ANOH), has officially launched the program for the 2023 edition of Australia’s longest-running horror showcase. Spanning four thrilling days, this year’s festival promises to be a spine-chilling experience, featuring an impressive lineup of ten feature films and 31 short films from around the globe. ANOH has come a long way since its inception seventeen years ago, and under Tilly’s stewardship, it continues to evolve and thrive.

The roots of A Night of Horror can be traced back to seventeen years ago when festival founders Dean Bertram and Lisa Mitchell embarked on a journey to create an event that would serve as a platform for showcasing short horror films from both Australia and abroad. The response was nothing short of spectacular, with the inaugural event spanning three days, leaving audiences hungry for more. The following year, the festival relocated to Dendy Newtown and expanded its program to include short films and feature-length horrors. Over the past decade, ANOH has solidified its reputation as one of the world’s premier genre film festivals, providing unwavering support to independent cinema and emerging filmmakers. Remarkably, the festival continues its tradition of selecting the majority of its program through cold submissions, a practice dating back to its inception.

Stepping into the role of Festival Director and Programmer in 2020, Bryn Tilly has brought a fresh perspective and a wealth of experience to ANOH. His goal for the 15th edition of the festival is clear: to celebrate the rich and diverse spectrum of horror cinema. Under Tilly’s guidance, ANOH seeks to honor filmmaking that reflects the contemporary world while drawing inspiration from the past and reaching toward the future.

Under Tilly’s visionary leadership, ANOH promises to offer audiences an unforgettable cinematic experience that transcends the traditional boundaries of horror. With a diverse lineup of films from across the globe, this year’s festival is set to terrify, entertain, and inspire, reaffirming its position as the foremost horror film festival in Australia and beyond.

As A Night of Horror Film Festival’s 15th edition approaches, horror enthusiasts and cinephiles eagerly await the unveiling of a program that reflects Bryn Tilly’s passion for the genre and his commitment to pushing the boundaries of cinematic horror. The festival’s legacy of showcasing innovative and spine-tingling works of cinema remains as strong as ever, ensuring that ANOH 2023 will be an event horror fans won’t want to miss.

FilmCentral magazine recently had the privilege of sitting down with Bryn Tilly, the creative force behind A Night of Horror Film Festival, to delve deeper into his vision for the 15th edition of this iconic event, and here’s what went down:

As the Festival Director, what are your main goals and aspirations for this year’s ANOH, which is now in its 15th edition?

I began programming for the festival back in 2014, with the shorts programs and took over as Festival Director and programmer in 2020. I intend to nurture and celebrate the broader spectrum of horror cinema with filmmaking that is an expression of the here and now but can also pull from the past and reach into the future.

The festival is known for showcasing horror films from around the world. How do you go about selecting the films that make it into the program?

A Night of Horror, like the majority of film festivals around the world, uses a platform called FilmFreeway and invites filmmakers to submit their films once we announce our Call for Entries each year. I watch hundreds of movies over months, looking for features and shorts exhibiting originality and craftsmanship. They don’t necessarily have to have high production values, but in order to make my shortlist, they need to show me they understand the medium well and know how to achieve the best result, and that means not casting amateurs, not attempting to make a feature when you’re making a short film, and striving to make something striking and memorable.

With such a diverse array of films from various countries, what common themes or trends have you noticed in this year’s selection?

The curious thing is that I never deliberately select films because of their thematic content. Still, invariably, when I’m shaping the program from my short list, that’s when common themes can become apparent. This year, and it’s no real surprise, many of the features and short films deal with trauma, grief, survival, delusion, mental illness, and psychological turmoil—all very much a post-pandemic expression.

ANOH has gained a reputation as Australia’s longest-running horror film showcase. What do you think has contributed to the festival’s sustained success and popularity?

The key to the respect the festival has garnered over the years is due to its programming of independent cinema, screening films that often don’t get a theatrical release, and dedicated support for local filmmakers, especially with the festival’s signature session, the Australian Shorts Gala. People love a festival that champions a community vibe and encourages it.

Could you highlight a few standout films or events from this year’s program that you believe attendees should be especially excited about?

We have four Aussie features in the program, including our Opening Night session, Ursula Dabrowksy’s The Devil’s Work, a World Premiere. The other three are all Australian Premire’s, Jack Dignan’s PUZZLE BOX, Gareth Carr & David Sullivan’s SAVING GRACE, and Steven Mihaljevich’s VIOLETT, our Closing Night session.

Horror is a genre that often plays with emotions and pushes boundaries. What are your thoughts on how horror cinema has evolved over the years, and where do you see it heading in the future?

The horror genre is often, unjustly, the most maligned yet provides audiences with the greatest thrills. The essence of what makes a good horror movie work hasn’t really changed. It’s about an effective atmosphere and the fear of the unknown. Audiences are still freaked out by the same things that freaked them fifty years ago, be it the weird supernatural, brutal realism, monsters, psychopaths, or madness. In the future, horror will continue to thrill and chill, much like it has for the past 100 years. It’s a genre that relies very much on pure cinema – the moving image – and is best enjoyed in a darkened cinema with an audience.

The festival’s tagline is “Be afraid. Be very afraid.” What do you think draws audiences to horror films, and what experience do you hope they take away from ANOH?

That’s the tagline to David Cronenberg’s THE FLY! People are drawn to watching horror films because it provides them with the shared experience of being confronted with something fearful on the screen yet within the safety of a cinema audience. There’s a real adrenalin rush that comes with that combination. I hope audiences come away having seen films that excite and inspire them that they otherwise might not have been able to see in a cinema.

As the official program is set to launch soon, can you offer us a sneak peek into any special elements or surprises that attendees can look forward to?

The program is out now! Check the festival site, Dendy site, and the festival socials. We have Q&As following all four of our Australian feature sessions. There are excellent short films preceding all the features and two dedicated short programs of local and international films. Dendy has a great value 10-session Pass available directly from the Candy Bar.

Lastly, what do you find personally rewarding about being involved with ANOH and the horror film community, and what message would you like to send to both seasoned fans and newcomers to the genre?

As both festival director and programmer, I love celebrating bold new talent and providing a platform so others can appreciate their work in the proper setting. I love being able to impart my own vision – to curate and select films that work well on their own, but also work well together in the way that any good film festival should.

Here’s a link to their official website: A Night Of Horror International Film Festival

Peter Maple: The Masterful Storyteller Shaping the Entertainment Landscape

In the captivating realm of entertainment, one name stands out as a true virtuoso of the craft – Peter Maple. With an illustrious career spanning multiple facets of the industry, including writing, acting, producing, and directing, Maple has earned his place as an Award-Winning talent leaving an indelible mark on Film, TV, Radio, Stage, and the vast expanse of the digital landscape.

From his early days honing his skills at Theatre Nepean, Peter Maple displayed an unyielding commitment to his craft. Graduating with a Bachelor of Performance, he laid the foundation for a remarkable journey as an artist. Undeterred by challenges and fueled by an insatiable appetite for growth, he went on to pursue a Masters of Writing at the prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), further solidifying his position as a master wordsmith.

Versatility is Peter Maple’s forte. His dedication to storytelling transcends traditional boundaries, earning him the titles of actor, writer, producer, and director. This diversity of talents makes him a sought-after collaborator, and his bravery in approaching projects with unwavering professionalism sets him apart as a stalwart of the industry.

At the core of Maple’s artistic ethos lies an unshakable belief in the profound power of storytelling. To him, storytelling is more than a means of entertainment; it is a catalyst for change. Whether through the silver screen, the airwaves, or the live stage, Maple’s narratives wield the power to connect hearts, provoke emotions, enlighten minds, and inspire transformation.

For Peter Maple, the art of storytelling goes beyond mere amusement; it is a force for empowerment. He understands its potential to uplift souls, make individuals feel seen and heard, and create a sense of togetherness in a fragmented world. With each project, Maple strives to use his creative platform to entertain and assist others in navigating their own emotional journeys.

Beyond his creative endeavors, Peter Maple stands as a devoted family man, cherishing his roles as a father and husband. This sense of love and connection spills over into his work, making him a visionary leader who harnesses the collective energy of his teams to craft stories that resonate deeply with audiences.

As his career flourishes and his influence grows, Peter Maple remains steadfast in his pursuit of innovation and excellence. His love for movies, theater, and stories continues to fuel his artistic fire, inspiring him to keep pushing the boundaries of storytelling to new heights.

In a world where stories have the power to change lives, Peter Maple stands as a beacon of creativity, compassion, and artistry. His remarkable journey serves as a testament to the transformative force of storytelling and cements his status as a true luminary shaping the entertainment landscape. With each new project, he continues to captivate hearts, stir emotions, and leave an enduring legacy that will inspire generations to come.

FilmCentral Magazine recently had the privilege of sitting down with Peter to delve into his illustrious journey in the industry, and here’s what unfolded during our conversation.

Can you tell us more about yourself?

I am a father, a husband, an actor, a writer, a producer, a director, and a lover of movies and theatre and stories – I am a storyteller. I believe in the power of storytelling. The power to connect, affect, illuminate, educate, share, change. The power to Assist – to not feel alone, to be seen and heard, and the power to evoke feelings. The power to simply Entertain.

How did you get started in the entertainment industry?

Stories/movies were always my outlet, my escape as a child. My teacher even… A lot of my childhood was spent ill and alone. Movies, in particular, were my companion.

Fascinated with and by movies, I instinctively sought as much knowledge about them as possible, reading up on writers, actors, and directors – and educating myself by watching and absorbing as many films as possible (this was via the good, old, long-gone video store).

From there, I was always creating and scribbling down my own stories – not with any conscious thought to do anything with them but to further live in imagined worlds rather than my own reality.

I was an introverted person at heart, so I never thought I could be an actor (which all my heroes were), as I mistakenly believed an actor was someone who had to be extroverted and confident. In my teens, I started making my own short films. I eventually sought out an acting class so, as I told myself and my acting teacher, “I could better understand and write characters”. I think, in reality, I knew I wanted to act, and this was a way to dip my toes into the experience safely. I found myself immediately challenged by the art of acting, and I wanted to know and do more. This led to community theatre, a Bachelor of Performance Degree, performing on stage and screen, completing a Masters of Writing at NIDA – and to now, working as a writer and actor (and sometimes producer and director) on my own and others’ productions.

What do you like most about acting?

It changes over time. Initially, I loved the opportunity and access – and portal! – it provided to being someone else, and with that, the freedom, the excitement, the challenge, the fear, the exploration within that. That is still the case.

I also value the space it provides to connect and share with audiences – and the conversations and debates that can arise from us engaging in storytelling together.

These days, I embrace being able to work and collaborate with some truly interesting and talented minds and genuine, authentic human beings—people who think and care, listen, and try.

Tell us about your role in the new film, Streets of Colour. What was your character like and how did you bring it to life.

I portray Gazza Madden, older brother to Kyle Madden, one of Tez’s best friends, the film’s central character.

On the surface, Gazza is a bit of an animal – all impulse, anger, and no regard for others and their lives. From the outside, he’s seen as a white Anglo-Saxon Australian racist – which he is. And he does some pretty despicable, unforgivable things –one particular violent act is at the core of the story’s turning point, which changes the lives of everyone involved and the lives of the various communities that satellite these now fractured individuals.

It was my challenge to portray these very ugly elements of the character while at the same time trying to find the human hidden down amongst all that hate and rage. To find what was the root of the person. And I looked at his relationships within the script, which are all damaged. And so, apart from the obvious anger, I saw pain. Because that’s what’s at the root of his anger, this is someone in an immense amount of pain. But what is the origin of that pain and hate? Well, ultimately, it’s a self-hatred. And he carries that with him everywhere he goes. I saw a person who was struggling with such constant inner turmoil. He was never at ease, never happy. So, he ‘had to’ inflict pain and anger upon others… That’s the only language he understood. With all that pain and anger inside, to me, he was a character that was either going to implode or explode; consequently, I found him to be a person who was doing both simultaneously – imploding and exploding.

What have you learned from the directors that you have worked with throughout your career? (See if you can add a comment also about Ronnie)

I’ve learned more from bad directors than from good directors!

I have learned what I don’t want or need and what I see a production not wanting or needing. The good ones intrinsically know what is required of them. (Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure they’ve trained and worked hard to hone their craft). There are directors who just know how to talk to actors (and all other departments), who understand that it’s the building of a conducive creative environment that’s key.

Ronnie has been one of those directors. He has displayed quiet confidence in his story, himself, and the people around him. And that permeates, rebounds, and bounces around – and suddenly, everyone feels quietly confident together. Then we all appropriately collaborate, working towards the one goal of telling the same story.

What are some of the difficulties of the acting business?

Everything. And I say that as a joke, while at the same time, it is very true because we’re talking about the ‘business’ of acting right now, not the process or the job of acting itself.

“What are some of the difficulties of the acting business?”. Everything. From finding work, finding confidence, and finding collaborators. Availabilities of roles. Money. Resources. Opportunities…

But we do it because we love it. Hopefully, otherwise, I don’t see any other reason to do it.
The ’job’ of acting itself is play. The ‘business’ of acting is work.

What’s challenging about bringing a script to life?

Apart from the fundamentals of coming to understand your character, their role within the story, and how best to portray that, a great challenge of bringing a script to life can be Interpretation. Properly being aware of what the story actually is – not what you think it is or wants it to be – and then most fittingly applying yourself and your character to that, whether it be what genre, what style, or for what ‘market’ even. “What story is actually being told here…”

What do you do when you’re not filming?

I’m raising my kids; family is important to me. I’m working as a writer – on my own projects and on the projects of others. I’m producing my own projects.

I’m trying to watch as many good films with my kids as possible!

What has been the most memorable experience of your career so far?

There are many. They all add up to make up an entire experience; one experience builds upon the other and informs the other to get you to where and how you feel today. But, seeing as we’re in the present, I’ll draw a circle right now around the world premiere of Streets of Colour. One for the fact that it was an exciting, heightened night, full of glitz, glamour, attention and flashing lights! Which all played out the historic, iconic, and quite stunningly-designed Hayden Cremorne Orpheum. Two, and most importantly, was the fact that it was the culmination of a long, many-year journey for the film and everyone involved – and it was an acknowledgment of that and a celebration of that. And it was with such a fine collection of creatives – cast and crew – who worked together like a family. Who worked hard together. And got brought back together to finally share with audiences a meaningful and powerful story about identity and the importance of community.

Who have been the most interesting people you’ve met so far?

The most interesting people I meet to me, are always the ones who are honest and true (to themselves), and are open and caring, and capable of learning/listening/change.

If someone is going to make your life into a movie, who would play you?

Cate Blanchett – she seems to be able to do anything.

-What are your future plans? Inside your career or out of it.

Continue learning – as an artist, as a person.

I’m looking forward to what stories I may get to be involved in creating and telling – and the stories I may get to experience as an audience.

In the immediate, I’m excited for the world premiere of the documentary, Disconnect Me. I’m proud to be a producer on this innovative interactive investigation into our growing obsession with our smartphones and social media, led by filmmaker Alex Lykos. We’ll be releasing it later in 2023, and it asks us all the question, “Can you live without your phone?”.

I’m very much looking forward to what’s in store for the future of Streets of Colour.

Introducing: Streets of Colour – Teaser Trailer Unveiled!

Experience the gripping journey of Tez in ‘Streets of Colour’: a compelling film produced by Yolandi Franken and written and directed by Ronnie S. Riskalla, which explores identity, redemption, and the consequences of choices.

Starring a talented ensemble cast, including Tez, a 25-year-old drug dealer grappling with a cultural identity crisis and drug addiction who tragically loses custody of his son following the death of his best friend in a racially charged street altercation, ‘Streets of Colour’ delves into the depths of human emotions and challenges.

This thought-provoking film, produced by SkyCross Entertainment in collaboration with Frankendipity Enterprises and Rishi Raj Films, boasts an esteemed team with Chief Executive Producer Dr. Raj Patankar and Executive Producers Drew Pearson and Nenif David, who bring their expertise to elevate the film’s impact.

Scheduled for an eagerly anticipated release in Australia in 2023, ‘Streets of Colour’ aims to captivate audiences worldwide, with plans for distribution and sales in various regions to follow. Prepare to embark on an emotional rollercoaster as Tez confronts his past, battles addiction, and strives to reclaim his son while attempting to transform his life before it spirals beyond redemption.

In a refreshing departure from the norm, Australian cinema is set to venture into uncharted territory, delving into the captivating world of the outer suburbs. With a tantalizingly brief but promising teaser, anticipation builds as audiences eagerly anticipate the unveiling of this unexplored cinematic landscape.

Leading the charge is the talented Rahel Romahn, a recipient of the prestigious Heath Ledger Scholarship and a recent standout performer alongside Michael Sheen in the acclaimed stage production of “Amadeus.” With his exceptional skills and undeniable on-screen presence, Romahn takes on the challenging lead role, promising to deliver a performance that will captivate and resonate with viewers.

As the teaser hints at the rich tapestry of stories and experiences waiting to be unveiled, excitement mounts for an authentic exploration of the Australian outer suburbs’ lives, struggles, and triumphs. This groundbreaking cinematic endeavour promises to shed light on a world rarely seen on the big screen, offering a fresh perspective and a profound connection to the lives of its characters.

With Rahel Romahn at the helm and a team of talented filmmakers steering this venture, Australian cinema is poised to embark on an exhilarating journey into uncharted territory. 

Stay tuned for this compelling film that explores themes of redemption, personal growth, and the consequences of one’s choices in a society plagued by racial tensions and personal struggles. ‘Streets of Colour’ promises to be an immersive cinematic experience that will leave a lasting impact on viewers worldwide. Buckle up and prepare to be immersed in a cinematic experience that will challenge conventions and offer a compelling glimpse into the unexplored depths of the outer suburbs.

Check out the trailer below:

The Subtle Art of Not Giving A #@%! Trailer Just Dropped

Based on the Global Bestselling Self-Help Phenomenon, The Subtle Art of Not Giving A #@%! is a cinematic documentary designed to help us become less awful people. The author himself, Mark Manson, cuts through the crap to offer his not-giving-a-#@%! philosophy: a dose of raw, refreshing, honesty that shows us how to live more contented, grounded lives. With over 15 million copies sold, The Subtle Art of Not Giving A #@%! struck a chord with readers all over the world and now, its no-bullshit, life-changing advice comes to the screen. Backed by both academic research and scatological jokes, The Subtle Art of Not Giving A #@%! shows us that improving our lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade but on learning to stomach lemons. Whether you couldn’t be #@%!ed to read the book, or you want a helpful refresher, The Subtle Art of Not Giving A #@%! reveals a counterintuitive approach to living a good life, designed to make us laugh, think, and grow. Filled with entertaining stories and profane, ruthless humour, this movie is a much-needed grab-you-by-the-shoulders-and-look-you-in-the-eye moment of real-talk to remind us that there are only so many things we can give a #@%! about, so we need to figure out which ones really matter.

Check out the trailer below:

Actor Spotlight: One On One With Demitra Sealy Of Malibu Crush

Demitra Sealy is an award-winning, multi-lingual actress, singer, comedian, and competitive martial artist from Sydney, Australia, now based in LA. Some of her recent credits include The Debt Collector 2 (Netflix Top 5), five seasons as host of MERAKI TV (Murdoch Media and Foxtel Australia), Co-writer/ lead of popular tongue-in-cheek skit comedy duo ‘Demi and Frenchy,’ which has over 3 million captive followers across various platforms, and the short film Euphoria, which she starred in, produced, directed, and edited to the success of being nominated for the Horizon Award at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.

Demitra thrives in the comedy space as a stand-up and comedy writer on several projects. This year, she was selected for the Los Angeles MENASA Showcase. She was also a top 15 finalist in the Warner Brother TV-Actors In Training 2020 Worldwide Talent Search out of “many thousands of worldwide auditions.” She has a BA from the Australian Institute of Music and further training from the world-famous Actors Studio NYC, The Bell Shakespeare Company, Playwriting Australia, and the Upright Citizens Brigade. She has an extensive theatre resume, having worked with some of Australia’s most prestigious theatre companies like ATYP, The Q Theatre, The Hayes Theatre, Bell Shakespeare, KXT, Downstairs Belvoir play reads/developments, and numerous independent theatre companies and Off-Broadway productions in NYC. She also has a US Green card, a Canadian working visa, and citizenship in the EU,
Australia and New Zealand.

FilmCentral magazine recently caught up with Demitra, and here’s what went down:

What do you like most about acting?

I like so many parts of acting. I really couldn’t name just one! I love thinking and looking at the world’s character differently and through a different lens, thinking in ways I normally wouldn’t. Acting forces me to do that. I’m a much better human being because of acting and having to put myself in others’ shoes. I love improvisation and the collaboration with other actors that come with that. There’s a magic that comes with acting when you find your character, a feeling of ease that is just so addictive. I love this industry, and I love my job.

How different is it to act in a movie and to act in a TV series? And which one do you prefer?

Both are great! Malibu Crush was such a fun experience- working in comedy and with improvisation is definitely my favourite thing to do. However, I really do love working on TV. You get to stay with a character for a more extended period of time, and as an actor, that is really appealing to me. Deepening your understanding of who this character is is fascinating. I am learning, thinking like, making discoveries, and growing with them in different ways. That is so exciting to do, and I hope I get to do much more of it.

What are your strong points as an actor?

I recently opened a self-tape studio in Hollywood called Stella Self Tape Studio. I have years of experience coaching and reading for self-tape auditions. Even though my entire focus is on the actor auditioning, I’ve made a lot of self-discoveries while doing this work. As an actor, my focus is very much on my scene partner. Seeing what they are giving me and reacting off that. Actively listening to them. I’m not afraid to give offers and try things, to see what works and what doesn’t. All those skills came from reading opposite other actor’s auditions and trying to get the most honest performance out of someone else.

What have you learned from the directors that you have worked with throughout your career?

I have learned so many little tidbits about acting, life, and the industry from not just directors, but all kinds of people I’ve worked with. I always leave a set having learned something new. I am constantly changing, adapting, and improving. One of the most notable lessons I learned, and I try and live my life by, is “Hold on tightly, let go lightly.” One of the first directors I worked with in drama school taught me that. I interpreted that as; really fight and work for what you want but if it’s not working out, let it go without regret and try something else. It’s made me kinda bouncy in this industry. I get right back up.

What do you do when you’re not filming?

I love expanding my wworldviewand trying new things. I live in LA so there’s no shortage of great places to go and things to try here.

I stay active, training in Muay Thai and doing things like hiking, dancing, and rock climbing. I love food too, and LA has hella good food.

Matt Nable’s “Transfusion”, Starring Sam Worthington Wins The Covted Red Poppy Award At The Veterans Film Festival

VFF Chair Warwick Young, juror Jenni Baird, winners Michael Schwarz and Matt Nable I Photo sent by Carolyn Grant of Avviso

Jury Chair Bruce Beresford announced Transfusion as the winner of the prestigious *Howard Frank Van Norton Award for Best Film among a cluster of Red Poppy Awards, including Sam Worthington for Best Actor and Jennifer Lawrence for Best Actress for Causeway at the annual international Veterans Film Festival during a gala Closing Night on Sunday at the Entertainment Quarter in Sydney.

The coveted Red Poppy Awards, titled after the war poem ‘In Flanders Field’, written during the First World War by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae, saw films from 14 countries in competition across the 4 -day festival.

Writer, director, and actor Matt Nable and producers Michael Schwarz and John Schwarz collected the $10,000 prize for the Best Film Award. The film’s star, Sam Worthington, was awarded Best Actor. Causeway, which opened the festival, also won the Sgt Joseph Cecil Thompson Award (named in memory of the cornet player of the 9th Battalion Band that landed at Gallipoli in 1915) for Best Music by Alex Somers, as well as Lawrence’s Best Actress gong.

Other Red Poppy Awards presented:

• The Spectrum Films Award for Best Short Film went to US film Soldier by Justin Zimmerman. The prize includes $4000 cash and $2500 in post-production support from Spectrum Films.
• The Award for Best Student Film was won by The Search by veteran Thomas Brouns.
• The Best Music Video went to Better Off – a song by Johnny Reveille, directed by Casey Andrew, both veterans.
• The Harry Julius Award for Best Animation went to the Iranian film The Sprayer by Farnoosh Abedi.
• The Beyond Blue Award for the Best Film Reflecting Hope and Resilience went to The Healing by Nick Barkla.

Winners were selected by the Jury panel of Bruce Beresford, Lisa Hoppe, Jenni Baird, Alan Dukes, Julie Kalceff, Cameron Patrick, Petra Salsjo, and Gus O’Brien-Cavanough.

This article was sourced from a media release sent by Carolyn Grant | avviso.com.au

The Awards have been presented annually, except for a COVID break, since 2015. The last time the Awards were held in 2020, the Best Feature was won by Ukrainian drama U311 Cherkasy, and Best Short was awarded to Australian entry Trust Frank.

*Private Howard Frank Van Norton was a veteran of the US Army in WW2 and is the late father of the Veterans Film Festival leading patron Kay Van Norton Poche.

Private Howard Frank Van Norton was born in 1925 and passed in 2012. He landed in France on 8 June 1944, two days after the main D-Day landings. During the Allied advance through France, the enemy shot him in the back while repairing communication lines. Wounded, he continued to repair the wiring until communication was restored to his Unit. He was awarded a silver star and the Purple Heart for that action. After the war, Howard continued serving others in the community all his life.

About Veterans Film Festival

The Veterans Film Festival aims to be Australia’s premier international film festival devoted to screening films about, for, and by veterans, with sidebar events such as masterclasses, Q&As, workshops, art exhibitions, and performances.

The Veterans Film Festival will provide skills training, placement opportunities, scholarships, and project development within the screen industry through the new Screen Warriors program. This means it will broaden the diversity and inclusiveness of the Australian screen industry whilst simultaneously supporting and improving the lives of veterans and their families.

Their Excellencies General, the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, and Mrs. Linda Hurley are VFF Patrons.