Australia’s First Disney+ Original Series “Fearless: The Inside Story Of The AFLW” To Premiere August 24

Australia’s first locally commissioned content for Disney+, “Fearless: The Inside Story of the AFLW,” will premiere on the platform on 24 August 2022. “Fearless: The Inside Story of the AFLW” takes viewers on a raw and emotional journey into the dreams, struggles, and triumphs of the groundbreaking AFLW league. In this six-part series, we discover the courageous pioneers who were told they could never play Australian Rules football at the highest level and made it happen. From farmers to factory workers to paramedics, be amazed at the level of sacrifice and commitment required by this diverse group of athletes who are building an enduring legacy. The series spotlights four clubs – Adelaide Crows, Collingwood, GWS GIANTS, and Western Bulldogs – with access to the game’s inner sanctum, which is both confronting and inspiring. Cameras were rolling in April 2022, capturing the historic victory of the Adelaide Crows – taking their third AFLW premiership.  Kylie Watson-Wheeler, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of The Walt Disney Company in Australia and New Zealand, said: “Fearless: The Inside Story of the AFLW is the first of our nine Australian originals set to premiere this year and next. We’re thrilled to be bringing to Disney+ this world-first look at the AFLW and the powerhouse movement it has become for women in sport. The documentary celebrates the journey of trailblazing women – some of the first to play Australian Rules Football professionally. The documentary showcases extraordinary women who are paving the way for future generations and chasing football glory in their own unique ways.” Kylie Rogers, Executive General Manager Customer & Commercial, AFL, said: “Over the last six seasons of the NAB AFLW competition, our remarkable W players have captured the hearts and minds of footy fans all over the world with the pure joy and determination in which they approach their footy.  “The Disney+ team captures the essence of AFLW in Fearless – it’s a mixture of pure emotion, hard-hitting footy, and all the highs and lows that the world of football offers – and we get front-row seats to it all. We’re thrilled to have worked with the Disney+ team in bringing this documentary series to life.” Executive Producer Anne-Maree Sparkman said: “It is always magical and a true honour to be invited into the inner sanctum, but none of us could have dared hope for the rich rewards of this documentary series. “Following four teams over an entire season, we know everyone will be captivated by our footballers’ dedication, bravery, humour and raw emotions,” she added.  The Adelaide Crows are the benchmark of the competition. This team has already won two premierships and after a surprise grand final loss in 2021, are ready for redemption.  The Collingwood Magpies are one of Australia’s most powerful and successful sporting franchises, but so far, the women’s team has no silverware to show off.  The pressure is on for this talented team to go all the way, but a season ending injury to their biggest star is a shattering start to the new season. The Western Bulldogs is a young, fun, energetic club with a belief that they have the makings of a dynasty within their ranks.  Coached by AFL Hall of Famer, Nathan Burke, this team is all about the sisterhood both on and off the field, but this turns out to be a torrid season that will test their belief.   After being struck down by Covid, their fightback is uplifting, and their iconic victory celebrations are unforgettable. The Greater Western Sydney Giants are trying to win hearts and minds in an address that is dominated by the rugby league code. With champion recruits from the Gaelic football league in Ireland and cast offs from Victorian clubs, this team needs to bond and find a way to become winners. Still recovering from the tragic death of one of their teammates last year, this team is trying to turn despair into hope. “Fearless: the Inside Story of the AFLW” is produced by Jam TV and directed by Michael Venables (“MasterChef Australia”, “Australian Survivor”). Anne-Marie Sparkman (Executive Producer “Network Nine Wide World of Sports”, “Paramedics”, “Bondi Vet”) serves as executive producer, with Becky Taylor as series producer. “Fearless: The Inside Story of the AFLW” is the first of Disney+ Australia’s local production slate for 2022/23, featuring nine titles spanning  scripted drama, documentaries, lifestyle and factual entertainment genres. 

Film Spotlight: An Exclusive Look At “Over The Edge”

When Barbara Bingham and Enzo Tedeschi met on social media via a connection to a retro horror film, neither of them knew that within a couple of short years, this chance meeting would blossom into a fruitful working relationship with not one but two screen projects in which Enzo would bring together to direct Barbara opposite Australian Film Industry stalwart Nicholas Hope – two icons of cult cinema having starred in Friday 13th Part VIII and Bad Boy Bubby respectively.

A shared love of classic cinema soon saw Over The Edge evolve into a love letter of sorts to Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window and ultimately dedication to Barbara’s nephew Ian Bingham. He passed away from cancer soon after, encouraging her to revive her acting career.

A film about how appearances can be deceiving, Over The Edge, marks Enzo’s third collaboration with Nicholas Hope after Event Zero and the Shudder Original Series Deadhouse Dark.

FilmCentral magazine recently interviewed Barbara to discuss the movie, and here’s what went down:

What is the synopsis of the film?

After witnessing a terrible event, film composer Simone is dragged screaming out of her self-obsessed creative funk and into a situation that will put her very life in danger.

Who are your director and producer?

Director – Enzo Tedeschi

A versatile filmmaker, Enzo is recognised among his peers as a prolific and innovative Producer, Director, and Writer. Enzo is no stranger to darker stories, a self-confessed junkie of thriller and horror films like Vertigo and The Shining. In 2011, he wrote and produced the viral hit The Tunnel. In 2017 he produced and directed the now eerily prescient Event Zero and was most recently Showrunner of the Shudder Original Series Deadhouse Dark, which is streaming now on the Shudder platform. Enzo joined forces with Julian Harvey to make The Tunnel– a project whose innovative approach to funding and distribution saw it hit international cinema screens despite being crowdfunded and simultaneously given away online. The film garnered Enzo and Julian the Screen Producers Association of Australia Award for Breakthrough Independent Producers of The Year. Having spent much of his career as a Creator / Showrunner in the digital space, Enzo was also a creator of the science fiction series Airlock, as well as Producing several productions for the Blackpills mobile streaming platform, including Skinford, Skinford Chapter Two, and Pet Killer. His ongoing commitment to his work within the online space and community earned him The Michael Ajakwe Jr Lifetime Achievement Award from Melbourne WebFest in 2019

Producer – Rachelle Wiggins

Rachele Wiggins is an award-winning producer, writer, and director. Her work includes short films, series, and features, some seen by millions around the world. A recipient of the 2018 Enterprise People funding by Screen Australia, Rachele produced several projects with Deadhouse Films, including Nancy in Hell, Pet Killer, and the Shudder Original Series Deadhouse Dark. The anthology series had its World premiere at Canneseries in 2021. Rachele’s other projects include the feature film Beast No More, which won the Audience Award for Best Film at Monsterfest and is currently in US release; the epic sci-fi Blade Runner-inspired short film Slice Of Life, which won the Best Sci-Fi at LA Shorts; and the supernatural series The Surge, which she co-wrote and created. The series was selected for the Nashville Film Festival and HollyShorts screenwriting competitions in 2020. She is currently in post-production for her second Shudder original project as a segment director for an upcoming international anthology feature sequel. Rachele is currently in preparation to direct her first feature film, Wolf Creek 3, with producers Greg McLean, Bianca Martino, and Kristian Moliere.

Producer – Helen Tuck

Helen’s artistic background initially saw her focus on traditional art by studying drawing and painting at University. Still, her passion for makeup from a young age saw her become enamoured with the concept of working on a live canvas. This led her into the world of film, where she is usually found elbow deep in makeup, hair, and prosthetics, regularly working as a Hair & Makeup Designer for indie films, such as Sissy, Ruby’s Choice, and Moonrock for Monday, as well as on the team for larger films such as Thor: Love and Thunder and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. She also regularly works on TV series and was Makeup Designer for Amazon’s new comedy The Moth Effect, and on the Hair & Makeup teams for shows like Drunk History, Doctor Doctorand Cleverman. Helen has a deep love of filmmaking. In addition to her Hair & Makeup work, she has also worked in the production department for the online series Deadhouse Dark, which made its world premiere at Canneseries. She then went on to be a producer on the short film Over The Edge, directed by Enzo Tedeschi. She is currently in post-production on an international anthology feature film commissioned by Shudder, where she is the sole producer for her segment directed by Rachele Wiggins.

Who is your main cast?

Barbara Bingham – “Simone”

Barbara Bingham was born and raised in Hawaii, and her first TV credit was on the original Hawaii 5-0. She moved to LA, immersed herself in acting classes, and has spent the decades since working and refining her craft. Barbara’s film credits include lead roles in Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan, Soldier’s Fortune, Cop Target, and Beyond Darkness. Television credits include the mini-series Space, movie-of-the-week Bridge Across Time, and appearances on highly popular television shows such as Knots Landing and The Colbys. Barbara has called Sydney home since 1996 and is a dual American-Australian citizen. 2019 brought roles in the Deadhouse Films series Deadhouse Dark and the Steve Jaggi Company romantic comedy Romance on the Menu. She wrote, executive-produced the same year, and starred in her first short film, Over the Edge, a Hitchcockian thriller currently touring the international film festival circuit.

Nicholas Hope – “Officer Blaze”

Following an introduction to live performance as a bass player in various bands in the Adelaide rock scene of the 1970’s and 80’s, Nicholas has acted for the past thirty years in film, television, and theatre around the world. His first film role as the lead in Rolf De Heer’s acclaimed Bad Boy Bubby won him the Australian Film Industry Award as Best Actor in a Feature Film. He has recently been seen as an ethereal doctor in Storm Ashwood’s debut feature The School, an aristocrat in Foxtel’s Picnic at Hanging Rock, and a modern-day vampire in Erin Goode’s Jade of Death, for which he won Best Actor at the Denver Series-Fest 2018. He played the potential villain in Zanny Begg’s The Beehive, and will soon be seen in Leah Purcell’s The Drover’s Wife, and Peter Duncan’s Fallout for the ABC. Nicholas also provides the invisible voice for Ambience Entertainment’s Random And Whacky Children’s Television series. Nicholas’s memoir Brushing the Tip of Fame was published in 2005, and he made his writer/director debut with the play Little Gods as part of the May Day Festival in 2013. He directed the sell-out production of Joel Drake Johnson’s Four Places for Outhouse Theatre in July 2014. He directed his own play Five Properties of Chainmale, for the Griffin Independent season in April 2015. He directed the short film Like Gold for The Hub Studios The Bench Series(2017) and produced Peter Hanlon’s The Reckoning of Christian Spencer, currently on the festival circuit. Nicholas was awarded a Ph.D. in Performance Studies in 2011.

What inspired the story?

I used to stand at my kitchen window, look out at an escarpment across the valley, and wonder what I would do if I saw someone pushed off the ledge.

How did it come about?

When my 32-year-old nephew, Ian, was dying of cancer, his last words to me were, “Auntie Barbara, it feels like your career is just starting again.” I cried, “Oh, from your lips, Ian!” He slid his head back on the pillow, closed his eyes, and said, “I’ll be watching, I’ll be watching.” His death was such a shock that I felt I had to DO something. I reached out to Enzo Tedeschi to ask him if I could run an idea past him, and when I told him my idea, his reply was, “Can I direct it? Write me a script, and let’s do this!” I’d never written a script before, but I sat down, and it literally typed itself.

What makes this story unique, and why should people watch it?

It’s about the nature of appearances, things not being what we think they are. Simone is trying to stay relevant in her career as a composer and struggling because she’s afraid she’s lost her mojo. It’s also got a wonderful Hitchcockian thriller vibe.

What was the production process like?

It actually happened fairly quickly. I submitted the script to Enzo in May, and we continued to refine it together. I got the funding in June (being the age I am, I could activate my SAG-AFTRA pension fund from the 18 years I worked in LA), Enzo assembled his team with the help of my two amazing producers, Rach Wiggins and Helen Tuck, and we shot in October.

What was the most challenging part of bringing the project to light?

Waiting for my co-star Nicholas Hope to say yes to playing the detective! We had shot an episode of Enzo’s Deadhouse Dark anthology series together and really had immediate chemistry. I knew he’d be terrific as Detective Blaze, so I gave him the script to read. It was probably only a week before he said yes, but it felt like years!

Did anything funny or exceptional happen on set?

We shot the short at my home and had a camera rehearsal day, and as Enzo, Helen, Rach, Fung, and I stepped out onto the balcony, five black cockatoos flew in a circle right in front of us doing their special cries and spirals and then were gone! I knew that was my nephew, Ian saying, “you got this!”

Are there any great achievements from your cast or crew you want to mention?

YES! Fung (Shing Fung Cheung our DP) won the GOLD Award from the ASC Australian Cinematographers Society for his stunning visuals on Over the Edge.

What is the next step for the project?

A production company approached us about turning Over the Edge into a feature film! Watch this space. Enzo and I are working on the script and expanding Simone’s world.

Has it won any awards or had any big achievements yet?

Yes, Over the Edge won the audience award in the Horror/Thriller category at the Coronado International Film Festival!

If you could redo anything in the process or the film itself, what would it be.

Trying not to do the festival film circuit during the covid lockdown. We finished the film in March of 2020, right when Covid hit. The timing couldn’t have been more challenging with our international borders closed and most of the film festivals going virtual.

Australian Feature Film Summit Wraps Trilogy With Prism Round-Table

The Australian Feature Film Summit (AFFS) has today unveiled the outcomes of its trilogy of events, with the forum attracting more than 1,000 delegates across its October virtual AFFS, May hybrid AFFS and AFFS Prism roundtable in June.

The recent AFFS Prism roundtable capped off a year of meetings and events aimed specifically at growing the success of the Australian feature film sector. Facilitated by Dr Simon Longstaff AO, Executive Director of The Ethics Centre, the outcome-driven, future-focused policy forum increased the audience and business case for Australian feature films by teasing out several ‘What if’ scenarios – interrogating new strategies in relation to the business models currently intersecting theatrical production, distribution and exhibition.

Summit Director, Sue Maslin said: “The Summit has been a game changer on a number of fronts. It brought all players involved in connecting screen ideas to theatrical audiences into the same room for the first time in many decades. It demonstrated that cinema still matters and that everyone benefits from great Australian film releases. We need more of these, not less – but ‘good’ is no longer enough. The films need to be ‘great’ to attract audiences to the theatrical space.

“It has closed the loop between exhibition and production and invited exhibitors to join distributors and screen agencies in playing a role in determining what is ‘theatrical’.”

Designed to drive change by turning principles into practice, suggestions into strategies and opinions into outcomes, the Summit provided detailed modelling of how audience data is currently used and more importantly, how the industry might more effectively use it going forward. It invited delegates to listen to each other’s business challenges and opportunities and questioned every aspect of how the industry interrelates and might do things differently – from incentivising success; reforming marketing and release strategies and funding; the risk / award ratio for each industry sector and how this is reflected in terms; and ways that the streaming services could co-exist with theatrical releases.

“This is the beginning of a new era of cooperation and has been supported by all representative bodies of producers, exhibitors and distributors as well as screen agencies and filmmakers. The streamers have yet to fully engage in this conversation but will likewise have an important role to play in the future of Australian feature films,” said Maslin.

Summit Convenor, Gino Munari further commented: “While it may be an understatement to say that there are many diverse perspectives on the solutions, everyone involved in the Australian Feature Film Summit can agree on the need for action to ensure the success of the Australian feature film industry going forward. And the Summit has demonstrated our willingness to work together to achieve it.”

Specific outcomes from the three summit events include;

  • The Road Test pitching forum, produced in partnership with Compton School, will become a regular calendar event to coincide with the Australian International Movie Convention and the ICA Conference;
  • The top three Road Test pitch producers have been invited to participate at the upcoming MIFF 37 South Market;
  • A range of forums both in person and online will continue to bring exhibitors together with filmmakers to increase producers’ understanding of exhibition and cinema programming;
  • A task force to scope an accessible national data base offering core insights on audiences has been established;
  • Plans are underway to establish a marketing task force to review how the industry can work together more strategically to support Australian theatrical releases;
  • The AFFG will contribute a submission to the National Cultural Policy.

For more information visit www.affsummit.com.au.

Top Gun: Maverick Takes Flight At The 75th Annual Cannes Film Festival

CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 18: Thierry Fremaux, Joseph Kosinski, Lewis Pullman, Jerry Bruckheimer, Greg Tarzan Davis, Miles Teller, Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm and Jay Ellis attend the screening of “Top Gun: Maverick” during the 75th annual Cannes film festival at Palais des Festivals on May 18, 2022 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)

Tom Cruise, and co-stars Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Jay Ellis, Danny Ramirez, Lewis Pullman, Greg Tarzan Davis, along with filmmakers Joe Kosinski, Jerry Bruckheimer & Christopher McQuarrie attend the 75th Annual Cannes Film Festival.

Check out the photos from the red carpet below courtesy of Emily McCammon of Paramount.

CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 18: Joseph Kosinski, Lewis Pullman, Jerry Bruckheimer, Greg Tarzan Davis, Christopher McQuarrie, Miles Teller, Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Jay Ellis and Christopher McQuarrie and Danny Ramirez attend the screening of “Top Gun: Maverick” during the 75th annual Cannes film festival at Palais des Festivals on May 18, 2022 in Cannes, France. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)

OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS

After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him. When he finds himself training a detachment of TOPGUN graduates for a specialized mission the likes of which no living pilot has ever seen, Maverick encounters Lt. Bradley Bradshaw (Miles Teller), call sign: “Rooster,” the son of Maverick’s late friend and Radar Intercept Officer Lt. Nick Bradshaw, aka “Goose.”

Facing an uncertain future and confronting the ghosts of his past, Maverick is drawn into a confrontation with his own deepest fears, culminating in a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those who will be chosen to fly it.

Tom Cruise, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Jay Ellis, Danny Ramirez, Lewis Pullman, Greg Tarzan Davis, Joe Kosinski, Jerry Bruckheimer, Christopher McQuarrie, poses for “Top Gun: Maverick” cast photos during the 75th annual Cannes film festival at Palais des Festivals on May 18, 2022 in Cannes, France.
Tom Cruise poses for “Top Gun: Maverick” cast photos during the 75th annual Cannes film festival at Palais des Festivals on May 18, 2022 in Cannes, France.
CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 18: Jennifer Connelly and Tom Cruise attend the screening of “Top Gun: Maverick” during the 75th annual Cannes film festival at Palais des Festivals on May 18, 2022 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)

Searchlight Pictures’ “Fire Island” To Premiere On Disney+ On June 17

Disney+ announced that Searchlight Pictures film FIRE ISLAND, the directorial debut from Andrew Ahn, will premiere on Disney+ under the Star banner in Australia on June 17. 

Set in the gay vacation destination off of Long Island, New York, FIRE ISLAND is an unapologetic, modern day romantic comedy showcasing a diverse, multicultural examination of queerness and romance. Inspired by the timeless pursuits from Jane Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice, the story centers around two best friends (Joel Kim Booster and Bowen Yang) who set out to have a legendary summer adventure with the help of cheap rosé and their cadre of eclectic friends. 

FIRE ISLAND, directed by Andrew Ahn, stars Joel Kim Booster, Bowen Yang, Margaret Cho, Conrad Ricamora, James Scully, Matt Rogers, Tomas Matos, Torian Miller, Nick Adams, Zane Phillips, Michael Graceffa, Peter Smith, and Bradley Gibson. From a screenplay by Joel Kim Booster, the film is produced by Tony Hernandez, John Hodges, and Brooke Posch of JAX Media, and was shot on location in the Pines, NY. 

FIRE ISLAND will have its Australian premiere at the Sydney Film Festival on June 9th, 2022. 

Robust parental controls ensure that Disney+ remains a suitable viewing experience for everyone in the family. Subscribers can set access limits on mature content and create PIN-protected profiles alongside the already existing Kids Profiles to give parents and guardians peace of mind.

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Disney and Pixar’s ‘Lightyear’ finally unveils out-of-this-world trailer

Check out a new trailer for Disney and PixarLightyear, revealing new details about the upcoming sci-fi action-adventure. The definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear, the hero who inspired the toy, Lightyear follows the legendary Space Ranger after hes marooned on a hostile planet 4.2 million light-years from Earth alongside his commander and their crew. As Buzz tries to find a way back home through space and time, hes joined by a group of ambitious recruits and his charming robot companion cat, Sox. Complicating matters and threatening the mission is the arrival of Zurg, an imposing presence with an army of ruthless robots and a mysterious agenda. New images are also available.

The film features the voices of Chris Evans as accomplished Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear, Uzo Aduba as his commander and best friend Alisha Hawthorne and Peter Sohn as Sox. Keke Palmer, Taika Waititi and Dale Soules lend their voices to the Junior Zap Patrols Izzy Hawthorne, Mo Morrison and Darby Steel, respectively, and James Brolin can be heard as the enigmatic Zurg. The voice cast also includes Mary McDonald-Lewis as onboard computer I.V.A.N., Isiah Whitlock Jr. as Commander Burnside, Efren Ramirez as Airman Diaz, and Keira Hairston as Young Izzy. Directed by Angus MacLane (co-director Finding Dory), produced by Galyn Susman (Toy Story That Time Forgot) and featuring a score by award-winning composer Michael Giacchino (The Batman,” “Up), Lightyear opens only in Australian cinemas on June 16, 2022.

Check out the trailer below:

Rising Star Spotlight: Get To Know “Stargirl” Villainess Joy Osmanski

Joy Osmanski, the alluring, graceful and jovial actor, dancer and mother of three has established herself as one of Hollywood’s hardest-working entertainers with her new series “Stargirl” (recently renewed for a second season) now streaming with new episodes every Monday on the DC Universe streaming app, as well as Tuesdays, on The CW. Joy can also be seen in FOX’s newest Animation Domination series “Duncanville,” which has already been renewed for a second season.

Earning stellar reviews from Rotten Tomatoes, The New York Times, and Collider, the action-packed DC Universe & CW’s “Stargirl” has won the hearts of superhero fanatics, and viewers across the country. Joy portrays the infamous villainess ‘Paula Brooks,” aka Tigress. Best known for her skills in hand-to-hand combat and extensive weapons background, ‘Tigress’ is one of DC Universe’s deadliest non-superpower villains. CW’s “Stargirl” tells the story of high school sophomore ‘Courtney Whitmore,’ who discovers a powerful cosmic staff. After learning that her stepfather Pat Dugan used to be a hero sidekick, she becomes the inspiration for a new generation of superheroes. The new hard-hitting superhero drama also includes Luke Wilson, Amy Smart, and Brec Bassinger.

Born in South Korea, and brought to the United States when she was adopted at a young age by her American parents, Joy had a drive and appreciation for the arts from the age of 3 when she began ballet lessons in her hometown of Olympia, Washington. From the very beginning of school, Joy was moved up from kindergarten to first grade after a few weeks and would be hyper-competitive academically throughout her entire school career. After taking multiple college courses in her senior year of high school, Joy would continue on to university at Principia College and graduate within 3 years with a degree in creative writing and studio art. She would then begin her career as a graphic designer and moved to Boston. After a year on the east coast, Joy moved to San Francisco where she created her own graphic design company. Having continued to dance through both high school and college, Joy continued to work on her ballet and dance skills and would book professional gigs on the side. After seeing a notice for auditions for a local production of “Our Town,” and missing her performing arts side, she auditioned for the play and was cast in the lead role. Following her performance, Joy auditioned and received her MFA from UC San Diego, one of the top three professional actor training programs in the country. After relocating to Los Angeles, with her husband Corey Brill, Joy has continued worked steadily in theater, television, and film, booking roles in hit projects including FOX’s “The Loop,” Netflix’s “Santa Clarita Diet,” Freeform’s “The Fosters, FIRED UP, and ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE SQUEAKQUEL, to name a few.

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

Can you tell us more about yourself? How did you get started in the entertainment industry?

I led a couple of different lives before finding acting, and in retrospect, I’m glad I did. When I coach and teach actors, I encourage them to pursue a life rich in experience, to be curious about everything. To travel. I needed all the various jobs I’ve had (ghostwriter, photographer, graphic designer, to name a few) to motivate me toward the entertainment industry. Even though it was a creative profession, graphic design didn’t thrill or challenge me. At the time, I didn’t quite have the language to describe what I was seeking, but after I auditioned for a local play I had an aha moment.

What do you like most about acting?

The collaboration. I love working with a team of creative people toward a common goal.

Can you tell us about your role in Stargirl as Paula Brooks, aka Tigress?

It’s been so fun to play a dual character. We all have various aspects of our personalities, but to have a chance to play such clearly delineated roles has been a pleasure. Exploring the public side of Paula versus the private side of Tigress is incredibly satisfying.

What sort of person, if any could relate this character?

I would venture to say we can all relate to Paula/Tigress. Hopefully not her methods, but certainly her ability to put on one face for society and another for her true life.

How is this character like you? Different?

In terms of her passion for her family, her future, the well-being of her child, I am very much like Paula. I appreciate how direct she is, how she cuts through the bullshit. As Tigress, I love how she integrates dance, grace, and artistry into her physicality. But I certainly hope I’m motivated more by love and compassion and start from a place of wanting to understand, instead of just attacking.

Besides yourself, what celebrity would you like to see tackle this character?

It would be fun to see what Daniel Day-Lewis would do with this character. With his propensity for going deep into a character, maybe he’d crawl around on all fours, even between takes.

Besides yourself, which actor/s in this series is going to blow people away?

I can honestly say that every single actor involved in Stargirl is stellar. I am so honored to be in this company of talented people.

What’s the biggest challenge to taking on this role?

For me, it was the intense physical preparation. I had about three months to train and get as strong as I could. My exercise history has been sporadic, at best, so this was the first time I had an extended workout and nutrition plan. It fundamentally changed my life, and I’m so grateful to have the chance to dive into that kind of discipline.

If you could play any other character in this series, who would it be?

Grundy. When else would I have a chance to play an enormous, misunderstood zombie??

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

Suiting up as Tigress for the first time, and finding myself on an enormous set, doing stunt work while explosions were going off all around me. Sensory overload. It was incredible.

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

I have loved meeting all the stunt people I’ve had the privilege of working with. They have all been, without exception, kind, generous, and badass. There is a unique combination of confidence and humility in being a stunt person, it seems to me. I find that fascinating.

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

To continue to wear my mask and be part of the solution toward getting our country out of the current height of the pandemic. Educating myself and voting for a better future.

The Trailer About The Rise And Fall Of Air Studios Montserrat, The Recording Studio That Changed The World Has Just Dropped

On 1 September 2021, UNDER THE VOLCANO, the untold story about the studio that changed the world from an isolated island paradise will be available on digital release in Australia. Directed by Gracie Otto (The Last Impresario) and produced by Cody Greenwood, UNDER THE VOLCANO charts the rise and fall of AIR Studios Montserrat, the recording studio at the centre of the pop universe in the 1980s.

Built by Beatles’ producer Sir George Martin in 1979, AIR Studios Montserrat was a custom-built, state-of-the-art recording facility tucked away on a Caribbean paradise. In the shadow of an active volcano, the studio not only attracted the biggest musical talent on the planet but was the birthplace of mega-hits such as Money for Nothing and Every Breath You Take.

For a decade, AIR Montserrat formed the backdrop to monumental events in music history including the break-up of The Police, the reunion of The Rolling Stones, and the reinvigoration of Paul McCartney after the tragic murder of John Lennon. After a decade of hits, and at the peak of its popularity, the studio was destroyed when the island was hit by a series of devastating natural disasters.

Through personal accounts and backed by a blistering soundtrack, UNDER THE VOLCANO is the definitive account of Sir George Martin’s studio at the end of the world, a place that generated a perfect storm of talent, technology and isolation, ushering in music that would live on long after the last tape rolled.

UNDER THE VOLCANO is the electrifying story of a musical powerhouse and the secluded hit factory that produced some of the 70s and 80s most iconic records from the world’s most famous artists. Check out the trailer below:

It’s Official: Buddy-Comedy ‘Carmen and Bolude’ Receives Development Funding

“Best friends Carmen and Bolude travel from Harlem, NYC to Sydney, Australia, where they have ten days to collect 100 ‘welcomes’ so that Bolude’s traditional Nigerian father will agree to let her marry an Australian.”

‘Carmen & Bolude’ is not only relevant to the current public discourse on identity politics, it is also a hilariously entertaining story that showcases the unique gifts of multicultural Australia.

This might not be a biography, but it is most certainly based on true events. No doubt it was the authentic reflection of friendship and adventure that stole the hearts of Screen Australia’s decision-makers.

What makes the project even more powerful and compelling is the fact that the story is centered around how racial and cultural identity is affected by context, questions which the all-female, multicultural creative team has had to grapple with throughout their lives. The film will star Nigerian-Australian Bolude Watson and Latin American-Australian Michela Carattini, will be directed by Penelope Berkemeier and produced by Yolandi Franken and Michela Carattini.

“We’re excited because we know of no feature film which similarly represents mixed-race experiences, despite people with multiracial backgrounds making up a significant portion of the world’s population. To our knowledge, neither have the African female or Latina experiences been represented in an Australian feature,” says Carattini.

The film is fresh and funny, as it follows the two protagonists who, in the course of the film, learn to successfully integrate multiple cultural and race identities within themselves, their relationships and their intergenerational and international communities.

The screenplay for Carmen & Bolude was born when friends Carattini and Watson, an AACTA Award candidate and nominee respectively, teamed up to write their story which, shortly after, won the Mango Tree Story/Hubscript Live Read Session. Now having received Generate Development Funding from Screen Australia for the 2020/2021 round, the film is expected to go into production next year.

Not since ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ has there been a film which normalises close, contemporary relationships (“sisterhood”) between women of different races on equal footing, and not since ‘Crocodile Dundee’ has there been a film that geographically plays into the highly influential cultural relationship between America and Australia – but this time the experience is turned on its head through the perspectives of multicultural women. The film is fresh and funny, as it follows the two strong female protagonists who, in the course of the film, learn to successfully integrate multiple cultural and race identities within themselves, their relationships and their intergenerational and international communities.

While likely being Australia’s first film to incorporate Nollywood (Nigerian Hollywood) story concepts, this film does not whitewash the BIPOC experience, rather it integrates realism and empathy with comedy and adventure. The film responds to the current racially charged environment with the accessibility of ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ and ‘The Bird Cage’. Furthermore, the film reflects Australia as it truly is, one of the most culturally diverse nations in the world, by way of a unique, story-driven tour of Sydney’s unseen geographies and ethnicities.

“The story of ‘Carmen & Bolude’, as well as the project itself, brings together all cultures and all races into one umbrella of humanity. It sets an example of equality and unity among us ALL. It is a story about what COULD and SHOULD happen in the middle, where all cultures come together,” says Franken.

Rebel Wilson Reveals She Has To ‘Physically Transform’ So She Can Get More Serious Roles

Rebel Wilson recently revealed that she actually feels the need to “physically transform” so that people can see her in more serious acting roles.

Wilson became famous after portraying “Fat Amy” in Pitch Perfect, however, she later realised that she wanted to tackle more serious roles as well as to focus more on her health.

Earlier this year Wilson announced via social media that 2020 would be her “Year of Health”, and that she would be exercising more as well as cutting down on “the sugar and junk food” to become healthier.

Her recent Instagram post posing in sportswear shows just how much weight she lost. According to VT Wilson is believed to have lost 2st 8lbs (40lbs or 18kg), with an overall goal weight of 11st 8lb (75kg or 165lb).

When Wilson was interviewed by Express, she revealed that she “literally feels as if she has to physically transform” so that people can see her in more serious roles.

“For some reason, even though we’re in a very imaginative industry, it’s very difficult for people to imagine me as a serious actress and I feel that I physically have to show you that I am different,” she explained. “I am somewhat transforming myself in order to help transform my career. I still love comedy and I will obviously still work in the comedy space, but I did train originally as a dramatic actress… which people forget.”

Wilson even revealed to the Sun that she was paid “a lot of money” by Hollywood executives to stay at a much bigger size. She said, ”It’s not like I want to lose weight and get to around a certain number. It’s more than that, it’s about dealing mentally with why I was overeating and I had a job where I was paid a lot of money to be bigger, at times which kind of can mess with your head a bit.

“So now I’m just trying to work on the mental side and the physical job and doing a lot of personal training and, and on the nutrition side like it’s, it’s cool I should probably write a book at some point about it because people seem to be interested. There’s no real simple answer to it. I’ve been trying a lot of different things and to be healthy.”