On Thursday, June 21, celebrated Australian performerToni Lamond will give her first Equity musical theatre masterclass in Melbourne. Participants will be able to draw on Toni’s vast experience working in Australia, UK and the USA on productions as varied as: Mame, Oliver, Cabaret, Annie, Hello Dolly!, Nunsense and 42nd Street.
Australian feature film Red Dog will get a North American release in August or September of this year, which will include DVD sales through the world’s biggest retailer. Read more here.
Australian feature film The Sapphires – starring Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Miranda Tapsell and Shari Sebbens – received a standing ovation when it screened at Cannes in May.
The musical comedy, based on the true story of an Indigenous girl band, had its world premiere at a midnight gala screening on May 19 and received ''a 10-minute standing ovation'' according to Forbes.com's Roger Friedman.
The latest instalment in the X-Men franchise,The Wolverine, will begin filming in Sydney in August, with Hugh Jackman reprising the title role. The Wolverine was secured by a combination of Federal and NSW Government incentives and is expected to generate more than 720 jobs for cast and crew, and 1,200 jobs for extras.
“I couldn’t be more excited to return to Australia to film the next chapter in the Wolverine saga, thanks to the significant support from the Federal and NSW Governments,” Jackman said in a statement.
A miniseries about the shattering repercussions of a single event on a group of friends and family, a controversial comedy about the private life of our prime minister and a drama that follows members of a major crime squad as they investigate felony and murder in Sydney have won the 2012 Equity Awards.
The winners of the 2012 AACTA Awards were announced at the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday night. A big congratulations to our members who were recognised for their fine work.
Red Dog took out the top film award
View a full list of the winners here.
Actors’ Equity Australia is thrilled to announce the appointment of Sue McCreadie as its new director, commencing on March 1. Ms McCreadie joins Equity from NSW Trade & Investment where she was responsible for managing the state’s film incentives including, last year, a one-off $20 million Film Fund. Ms McCreadie will provide Equity with strong leadership in a challenging era, ensuring that performers’ rights are maintained and enhanced.
Equity's Federal President, Simon Burke, said the new appointment would ensure that performers continued to be well-represented.
“Sue is well-loved and respected on all sides of the industry. Her track record of excellence and achievement, whether with the state government, the Australian Writers’ Guild, with Screen NSW or with the Film Finance Corporation makes her ideally placed to step into this key role in the Australian entertainment industry.”