Signed on to compose the score for the Netflix/ABC drama series Pine Gap.
A new international political thriller centred around the joint US / Australia joint defence facility, Pine Gap, is to be produced by Screentime for both ABC and Netflix.
The 6 part production, created by showrunner Greg Haddrick and co-writer Felicity Packard, exposes the stress inflicted on nations and individuals when ultimate loyalty is under threat, and true motives endanger the famously strong American / Australian joint military alliance through conflicting interests, personal ideals … and one tragic mistake.
The series will be produced by Lisa Scott and Felicity Packard, and executive produced by Screentime’s Bob Campbell, Rory Callaghan and Greg Haddrick, and ABC’s Sally Riley and Kym Goldsworthy.
Filming will take place in South Australia and the Northern Territory in 2018, with pre-production to commence in Adelaide in November.
Haddrick also isn’t expecting any access for filming, with the base to be re-created, including with CGI, in South Australia. Pine Gap follows Glitch as the second primetime co-production for ABC and Netflix. Tipped for a late 2018 debut, it is expected to premiere simultaneously on both platforms, with Netflix enjoying global rights excluding Australia and SVOD rights (including Australia).
“Netflix wanted to make sure that it was clear to an American audience what this place was, and what it did. Most people in America, and indeed (many) in Australia, have no idea that it exists at all,” says Haddrick.
“So it feels like an Australian story for Australians and an American story for Americans.”
Pine Gap is financed by Netflix and ABC, in association with the South Australian Film Corporation. Additional financial support is provided by a grant from Screen Territory.
Executive Chairman of Screentime Bob Campbell said, “Screentime is delighted that Netflix and the ABC have come together to commission this production that has been in development by the Screentime drama team for a number of years.”
“Greg Haddrick is a magnificent voice in television in Australia and around the world,” said Elizabeth Bradley, Netflix Vice President of Content. “We can’t wait for Greg to bring Pine Gap‘s story of secrecy and deceit to Netflix members around the world.”
The ABC’s Director of Television David Anderson said: “Pine Gap is shrouded in intrigue for many Australians. It’s the perfect anchor, and a timely subject, for an Australian drama that can resonate both locally and with a global audience. This partnership enables a high-end Australian drama to be produced for all Australians, and for locally produced content to be delivered to an international audience. We look forward to working with all our partners on this new venture.”
Composing the score to the animated film Sohrab and Rustum by Animator Lee Whitmore.
The hand drawn film is based on the poem by Matthew Arnold.
Signed on to score the 2 part TV mini-series Underbelly Files: Chopper
Nine has announced the full cast on Underbelly Files: Chopper with Aaron Jeffery currently filming the title role in Melbourne.
Joining Jeffery as Mark Brandon Read, are Michael Caton his father, Keith, Todd Lasance as Chopper’s nemesis Syd Collins, and Ella Scott Lynch as his second wife, Margaret.
Also featuring are Zoe Ventoura as Chopper’s first wife Mary Ann, plus Jane Allsop, Reef Ireland, Alex Tsitsopoulos and Anna Bamford, with original Underbelly stars Vince Colosimo and Kevin Harrington returning as Alphonse Gangitano and Lewis Moran, plus Debra Byrne reprising her 2014 portrayal of Judy Moran.
Nine Drama execs Andy Ryan and Jo Rooney said: “As a hardened gangster and loving family man, ‘Chopper’ Read was one of Australia’s most complex and compelling crooks. Prepare to be shocked and entertained as Aaron Jeffery brings a whole new dimension to the Chopper legend, supported by many of Australia’s finest actors.”
Screentime CEO Bob Campbell said, “With this new take on the Mark ‘Chopper’ Read story Screentime is delighted to be reuniting our ‘A team’ for a mesmerising mini-series which will bring the fourth instalment of Underbelly: Files to Nine for 2018, in classic style,”
Signed on to score the new 4 Part SBS TV Mini-Series Sunshine.
SBS has announced key cast for its upcoming new drama, Sunshine, a crime thriller set in Melbourne’s South Sudanese community.
Anthony LaPaglia (Balibo, Lantana, Without a Trace) and NZ actress Melanie Lynskey (Two and a Half Men, Togetherness, Heavenly Creatures) will be joined by Kim Gyngell (Rake, Jack Irish), Tiarnie Coupland (Love Child), Vince Colosimo (Jack Irish, Janet King, Underbelly), Leah Vandenberg (The Wrong Girl), Paul Ireland (Jack Irish, Never Tear Us Apart: The INXS Story, Underbelly) and Trudy Hellier (Winners and Losers, The Doctor Blake Mysteries, The Time of Our Lives).
They will be joined by “fresh and exciting new faces, including an outstanding South Sudanese Australian cast being seen for the very first time on Australian TV.”
Sunshine follows the life of an aspiring South Sudanese-Australian basketball player who is on the cusp of being picked up by US scouts for the US College league, but who is caught up in a police investigation involving a teenage girl from one of Melbourne’s affluent suburbs.
Anthony LaPaglia will play a basketball coach whilst Melanie Lynskey plays a lawyer.
Written by Matt Cameron (Jack Irish, Secret City) and Elise McCredie (Nowhere Boys), the Essential Media (The Principal, Rake, Jack Irish) production will be directed by Daina Reid (The Secret River, The Wrong Girl, Never Tear Us Apart: The INXS Story).
SBS Director of Television and Online Content, Marshall Heald said: “Sunshine is set to be a powerful, bold, and uniquely SBS drama, with a crime mystery at its heart. SBS has a strong history of delivering exceptional drama with impactful storytelling. Our recent success with The Principal, The Family Law and Deep Water demonstrates our continued commitment to telling stories with purpose. We’re also pleased to be working with Essential Media yet again, after great success with The Principal.
“I’m thrilled the show has attracted internationally acclaimed talent like Anthony LaPaglia and Melanie Lynskey, and I’m especially proud that the drama will showcase young, fresh and diverse local talent, something SBS is incredibly passionate about.”
Essential’s Ian Collie and Carver’s Anna McLeish and Sarah Shaw said: “After producing The Principal for SBS, we are thrilled to be returning with another exciting drama, which has attracted a compelling mix of local and international talent alongside newcomers from the South Sudanese community in Australia, highlighting the opportunities as well as challenges for this relatively new migrant group to the Land of Sunshine.”
Signed on to score the Chinese/Australian co-production feature film The Longest Shot (Working Title: Dogfight).
Paul Currie's Lightstream Pictures has partnered with Chinese Producers Homber Yin and Alicia Yao Bing for Saints Entertainment's The Longest Shot - an intriguing tale of gangsters, business leaders and Government officials vying for power and control over the French Concession territory.
Set in 1930s Shanghai amid an era of decadence and corruption, The Longest Shot is an intriguing tale which sees gangsters, business leaders and Government officials vying for power and control over the French Concession territory.
Iconic Melbourne locations including Parliament House, the Block Arcade, Regent Theatre, Melbourne Comedy Theatre, Montsalvat, Ripponlea, The Old Sunbury Hospital and Melbourne city streets were utilised to replicate the deco style architecture of Shanghai's infamous French Concession with Melbourne proving to be the perfect visual backdrop.
Director Xu Shunli, who cowrote the screenplay with Qiu Xinyu, spent more than a year meticulously planning the costumes, design and locations so that elements of both countries would blend flawlessly, to deliver a lush, dramatic and visually stunning film.
Filmed in Mandarin, English, French and Russian for Chinese speaking audiences, the cast includes the highly acclaimed Chinese actor Wang Zhiwen alongside an ensemble of Chinese and International talent including Yu Nan, Zu Yajun, Lee Li-Chun and Kao Kuo-Hsin, along with Sabien Lucciarini, Christopher Downs and Koniukhov Konstantin.
Wolf Creek International reviews:
what'sontv: Peter Fuller, August 27, 2016
Beautifully shot, with a phenomenal soundtrack, and a standout performance from Fry as the hunted who becomes the hunter, this is one to watch.
Starburst Magazine: Andrew Pollard, September 28, 2016
In this mini-series, we’ve been given something that is truly stunning to view; the desolate, vacuous feel of the outback being a pleasure to take in, with the delightful cinematography and direction likely to leave you feeling as if you’re actually coming down with heatstroke. Added to this, the score from Burkhard Dallwitz only furthers the feeling of desperation and desolation that drips over Wolf Creek like a dirty, sweaty rag. But at its core, Wolf Creek is about the storytelling and the performances.
MyMBUZZ: Iain Hepburn, September 6, 2016
Burkhard Dallwitz’s score is sparse, but when it is used, it’s hugely effective.