DOCTOR BLAKE IS BACK!
The number one Australian drama finds a new home on Seven.
(29 October 2017) Channel Seven is thrilled to confirm it becomes the new home of number one Australian drama, THE DOCTOR BLAKE MYSTERIES, in 2018.
Julie McGauran, Seven’s Head of Drama, said: “The Doctor Blake Mysteries is not only the number one Australian drama, it has one of the most adoring fan bases a show could wish for. With the passionate vision of Team Blake, the extraordinary cast led by Craig McLachlan and Nadine Garner, and the commitment from the Blake Army, we feel this series is a perfect fit for Channel Seven.”
Finally got to see and hear the Imax film I scored late last year at the Melbourne premiere late March, and it was very cool hearing my music with Malcolm McDowell’s voice narrating the story! Life is Space is currently screening in the UK, Denmark, U.S.A., Canada and Australia.
I’ve also just finished a fascinating documentary titled, My Mother’s Lost Children, which will screen later this year on the BBC and hopefully get into a few film festivals along the way. Most of the scoring was for a small ensemble of woodwinds, strings and piano, with some other percussive and pad elements in the mix. It’s a film with many layers, just like an onion, and will probably bring you to tears of sympathy, frustration, or both!
The Doctor Blake Mysteries is in hybernation mode, after being axed by the ABC here in Australia; it’s top rating show, averaging 1.6 million viewers a week (high numbers for any network here in Australia)….there’s a telemovie being discussed and possibly other news as well.
Meanwhile, I’m really looking forward to commencing Jeff Daniel’s insightful new documentary about Collingwood footballer, Heritier Lumumba, for SBS and Nick & Eleanor’s (Waterbyrd Films) feature length documentary on MAMILS…should be fun!
It seems the titles music for Real Housewives of Melbourne gets another life after 3 seasons with it being licensed to the new spin-off show, Real Housewives of Sydney 🙂
Jeff Daniels’ feature length documentary has been acquired by Netflix U.S. and screens this February.
The film has screened at Doc NYC 2016, U.K. Jewish Film Festival 2017 & Antenna Film Festival 2016, also winning Best Australian Documentary!
LETHAL SEAS (the NOVA version of ACID OCEAN) is a finalist in the CHANGING PLANET category of the Science and Media Awards and Summit at Jackson Hole in the USA.
This nomination adds to our rather long list of other nominations and awards:
Winner Marine Science Award, BLUE Ocean Film Festival 2014
Finalist Best Science Journalism Award, Australian Museum Eureka Prizes 2014
Finalist Best Conservation Documentary Gold Panda Awards China 2014
Winner Environment Award, San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival, 2015
Finalist Green Image Festival Japan 2015
Invited Hawaii World Ocean’s Day Festival
Silver Award Handle Climate Change Film Festival Committee Award, HCCF China, 2015
Finalist Association for International Broadcasting Award for Science programme or scientific coverage 2015 Lethal Seas (US Version),
Lethal Seas (US Version) Nominated Changing Planet Award, 2016 Science Media Awards & Summit
Acid Ocean is also a finalist in the Best Ecology and Science Category at the Green Screen Nature Festival in Eckernforde Germany to be held 14-18 September 2016.
Blinky Bill: The Movie, which was produced by Studio 100’s Sydney based animation studio, Flying Bark Productions, is getting a theatrical release in North American, courtesy of Shout! Factory and 100 Film. Their rights to the film also include broadcast, video-on-demand, digital and home entertainment rights for cross-platform releases. The film will be released first in the U.K. in August and then in the U.S. in September.
The family film features the voice cast of Ryan Kwanten (True Blood), Rufus Sewell (The Man in High Castle), Toni Collette (Little Miss Sunshine), David Wenham (Lord Of The Rings), Deborah Mailman (Rabbit-Proof Fence), Richard Roxburgh (Moulin Rouge, Maya the Bee – Movie), Robin McLeavy (Hell on Wheels), Barry Otto (The Great Gatsby) and Barry Humphries (Finding Nemo).
The film is about the little koala with a big imagination who is an adventurer at heart and dreams of leaving the little town of Green Patch and following in his missing father’s footsteps.
The family film was directed by Deane Taylor and co-directed by Alexs Stadermann from a script by Fin Edquist. It was produced by Barbara Stephen and executive produced by Hans Bourlon, Paul Cummins, A.K. Madhavan, Emily Price, Brian Rosen, Gert Verhulst and Jim Ballantine.
The ABC has commissioned The Doctor Blake Mysteries for a fifth series.
Starring Craig McLachlan as police surgeon, Dr Lucien Blake, and Nadine Garner as his devoted housekeeper Jean, The Doctor Blake Mysteries continues to attract a large audience.
ABC Director of Television Richard Finlayson said Series four had been the most successful to date with an average audience of 1.67 million viewers across TV broadcast and iview.
“Doctor Blake satisfies an appetite for engaging, home grown stories,” he said.
Series Co-creator and showrunner, George Adams, said December Media was elated to be returning to 1960s Ballarat, “once again to bring our loyal audience more tales of murder, mystery, mayhem and a wee bit of love with Blake, Jean and all our favourite characters.”
Series five will see Doctor Blake facing mysteries on every front, from the boxing ring to the vineyards of Victoria, from Gypsy camps to the Debutants Ball.
Loyalties will be tested, friendships will be strained and faiths will be challenged.
Will Blake and Jean finally find the happiness they so richly deserve? And can they then survive the return of an avenging nemesis from the recent past?
The fifth series of The Doctor Blake Mysteries will be filmed later in the year and air on ABC TV in 2017.
INDIAN WEDDING RACE is a humorous and heartfelt look at the real-life journey of two 29-year-old Indian-Australians, Dalvinder and Tarun, as they each embark on a franticly amusing adventure to find love and get married before they turn 30, while juggling the pressures from their very traditional parents and cultural expectations.
Capturing every step of the way on this emotional rollercoaster, INDIAN WEDDING RACE is a rare and close-up look at the world of Australia’s Indian community as it intimately explores with humour and warmth the pressures and vulnerability that these young people face as they race to make it to the temple on time.
Indian Wedding Race is Directed by Sean Cousins and Produced by Sally Ingleton.
Documentary by filmmakers Nickolas Bird and Eleanor Sharpe has commenced it’s public release at the Nova Cinemas here in Melbourne. I wish Nick and Eleanor every success with this film and hope it reaches a much broader audience over time as it is such an important story to be told; especially to new generations who never witnessed what it was like to be gay in Australia during the 70’s & 80’s, as well as what people like John & Tim went through dying from HIV/AIDS.
Filmink; “This beautifully crafted documentary…revisits the lives of Tim Conigrave and his lover, John Caleo….Despite the tragedy that is at the heart of this documentary, it is a peculiarly uplifting and hopeful film. Operatic even…”
I’m very proud to be a part of this film.