• Logie

    2015 Most Outstanding Children’s Program
    Nowhere Boys 2

    2015 Most Outstanding Drama Miniseries
    Devil’s Playground

    AACTA

    2015 Best TV Miniseries
    Devils Playground

    2014 Best Children’s Series
    Nowhere Boys 1

    2012 Best Screenplay Television
    The Slap

     
    BAFTA

    2012 Best International Television Series
    The Slap – Nominee

     

    Emmys

    2014 Best Kids Series
    Nowhere Boys 1 – Nominee

    2012 Best Drama Series
    The Slap – Nominee

    Prix Jeunesse International

    2014 International Youth Jury Award
    Nowhere Boys S1

  • Kidscreen Awards

    2014 Best Children’s Television Series Nowhere Boys 2

    2012 Best Non-Animated or Mixed Series
    My Place 2

     

    TV Tonight

    2011 Best New Show
    The Slap

    2011 Best Drama
    The Slap

    Australian Cinematography Society Awards

    2012 Silver Award for Documentaries, Cinema & TV
    Anatomy 4

     

    AWGIE Awards

    2014 Best Children’s Series
    Nowhere Boys

    2013 Best TV Series- Adaptation
    Underground

    2012 Best TV Series- Adaptation
    The Slap

    Australian Directors’ Guild Awards

    2015 Best MiniSeries
    Devil’s Playground – Winner

    2015 Best Direction in a TV Children’s Series
    Nowhere Boys 2- Winner

  • AWGIEs 2015

    Matchbox Projects get 3 AWGIE Nominations 2015
  • Glitch

    Glitch
  • Stories I Want to Tell You in Person

    Lally Katz will make her screen debut at the Melbourne International Film Festival and on ABC Television as her highly successful one woman stage show Stories I Want to Tell You in Person is adapted for the screen this August. Taking inspiration from its theatrical origins and presented by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and Screen Australia, the Matchbox Pictures …

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  • Glitch: Review

    By: Melinda Houston Source: The Sydney Morning Herald GLITCH New series ★★★★ Thursday, July 9. 8.30pm, ABC It had to happen sooner or later. And given that it did have to happen, how marvellous that it’s happened like this. We finally have our very own zombie series, and it’s a cracker. Created and written by Tony Ayres and Louise Fox …

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  • Glitch: Andrew McFarlane on Playing a Cop with a Secret Agenda

    By: David Dale
    Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

    When I told Andrew McFarlane, best known to Australians as the wholesome hero of The Sullivans in the 1980s, that he was the scariest thing in the ABC’s new series about zombies, he thanked me for the compliment, said he was loving his new career playing “arseholes”, and politely questioned the premise of my observation.

    “I don’t think we can call them zombies,” he said. “Zombies are mindless, aren’t they? Flesh-eating mindless creatures? These ones aren’t. They’re quite normal, in every way whole and hearty. They’ve just died and come back. The Risen, my character calls them. There’s a whole lot of mystery about these strange reincarnated beings. The risen people themselves are trying to work out why they are here and where they came from.”

    McFarlane plays a cop with a secret agenda (“he might be an avenger, he might be a saviour”) as he investigates strange events in the local graveyard. He had to do two auditions to get the role. “After the first audition, the producers said ‘Yeah, we know you can do a country cop but are you somebody who can be scary?’ I went ‘Yes’. So I filmed a scene where he was very menacing and obviously a force to be reckoned with. One of the reactions I got was ‘Omigod, that second test, you were so scary and I couldn’t take my eyes of you. You had this mesmeric thing in your eyes.’ I have to thank the guy who did all the lighting for me.”
    Andrew McFarlane in Glitch.

    McFarlane knew he could do scary because last year he played the sinister Dr Milson, who gives electroshock therapy to gay men, in A Place To Call Home, and “a damaged and awful priest” in Devil’s Playground, which won a Logie as Most Outstanding Miniseries.
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    “I’ve certainly been able to explore some very dark and unhappy sides of human nature in the last couple of years,” he says. “I’m now 64 and to think that in the last three years I’ve been given these roles that are really meaty and complex and full of activity as far as storylines are concerned, it’s fantastic. You could easily just go ‘Well I’m out to pasture now and there’s not much for me to do except John Sullivan reunions’. But I seem to have cornered the market on arseholes.”

    Does this suggest that it’s taken him 30 years to live down John Sullivan, who became Australia’s sweetheart in a series that ran from 1976 to 1983?

    “At the time, when you’re doing those roles and you’re young and you’re handsome and everybody’s going ‘We love that boy next door’, you kind of hanker for more complex and darker roles. You go ‘Oh no, not another nice person -- can’t I be the one that’s done the bad thing?’ But that’s not what you are at that stage. The actor in you wants to do it but nobody’s going to believe you stumbling around with a grotesque hunchback and missing teeth when you actually look like the boy next door.

    “But life will kind of take care of that as you grow older. You can tap into it a lot more because you’ve experienced a lot more and you’ve witnessed a lot more. For me, it’s important to challenge myself and be uncomfortable at times. You’ve got to put yourself out there, sometimes to the point of saying No to jobs. It’s pretty scary because you’re turning down something in the hand for something that’s not been invented yet. But the universe has a funny way of presenting you with opportunities.”

    McFarlane acknowledges that Glitch’s plotline sounds similar to a French series called The Returned, shown on SBS, and an American series called Resurrection, which was briefly a hit for Channel Seven last year.
    Glitch is a new ABC offering with a similar theme to <i>Resurrection</i>.

    Resurrection flopped because it didn't have an explanation

    “Oh absolutely, but we were talking about this with Lou Fox, the brains behind the whole thing, and she said it’s now a recognised genre. Just as they have costume drama or a love story or a historical drama, there’s now a thirst and desire to see these Risen genre stories. It boils down to how you actually treat the story you’re telling, within the genre. Ours tries to focus on the human relationships, and ask what does it actually mean? It goes back and redresses wrongs that have been done, historically or in the immediate past.

    “One of the people who come back is from the gold mining era, the 1800s, and another is from World War 1, and another is from a car accident in the 1960s, and another is only from two years ago. And you’ve got an aboriginal story as well which links into others. You’ve got a kind of history mystery tour of Australia. I think it’s really clever, with all the facets interwoven. They are like a little family. It’s like that program on SBS -- Who the Hell are You, Where do You Come From, whatever it is -- which I always want to go on and they never invite me. Richard Roxburgh was on it. Rebecca Gibney was on it, she was fabulous. Put a word in, will you David. If SBS is reading, I want to be on it.”

    But will viewers get a complete explanation by the end of Glitch, or will it like Resurrection, which people stopped watching because it was just dragging on with no apparent throughline?

    "It’s not like Lost or something, where you end up going 'Ah for god’s sake'," says McFarlane. "It’s not going to be ‘It was all Emmylou’s dream, he’s not dead at all’. I don’t think this will fall into the Resurrection trap.

    "We do answer as many questions as possible, given that caveat that there are always unsolvables in this world, you have to have mystery to make it intriguing. Everybody is still left saying ‘What the fuck?’ It’s like watching a magic trick. If you’re shown how to do it, the magic disappears. It’s important in dramas to leave a certain amount unresolved. In ours, there’s a definite element that they want to do series two three, four. They’ve got the blueprint. They made the first series to stand on its own, in case it doesn’t get the green light and go ahead, but it’s all ready to go with storylines and threads that can just continue. It’s not a make-it-up-as-we-go-along kind of thing. It’s a whole world that Lou’s created, the supernatural backstory if you like. She’s got a whole volume of it. So you can ask her ‘why would my person do that’ and she’ll go 'Oh because, in this strange supernatural world, this happened’.”

    Glitch starts on ABC1 at 8.35pm on Thursday. And note to SBS: Andrew McFarlane wants to be on Who Do You Think You Are.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/blogs/the-tribal-mind/why-glitch-is-more-like-casper-the-friendly-ghost-than-the-walking-dead-20150705-3ysoc.html#ixzz3fGrauGhj
  • Nowhere Boys - The Book of Shadows

    Nowhere Boys is coming back with a movie!
  • Secret City

    By Phillip Thomson Source: The Sydney Morning Herald Foxtel will start shooting a six-part mini-series in Canberra called Secret City in August. Based on the books of political journalists Chris Uhlmann and Steve Lewis, the TV thriller will, however, come with a twist. The main character from their books The Marmalade Files and The Mandarin Code – journalist Harry Dunkley – will be a woman called Harriet in …

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  • The Family Law

    By: Natalie Bochenski Source: The Brisbane Times A TV series inspired by Brisbane writer Benjamin Law’s first book has begun filming in Sunnybank. It’s an apt location for The Family Law, a six-part SBS comedy series that focuses on one hot Queensland summer in the lives of the Chinese-Australian Law family. The 32-year-old writer, currently based in Sydney, said after …

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