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Fri 29.8.14
Pandas? In a Sci-Fi Western??
DanielB
Madman is proud to announce WASTELANDER PANDA: EXILE, a post-apocalyptic Sci-Fi western commissioned especially for ABC iview, will have its Australian premiere on Saturday September 20 on iview and international premiere at Fantastic Fest, Austin TX, September 18-25. This will be followed by a digital download to own and DVD release in November and December, respectively. WASTELANDER PANDA: EXILE is the first drama program to be commissioned by ABC iview and is a co-production between Madman Productions and Epic Films. It is the post-apocalyptic tale of the humanoid panda Isaac, who is banished to the Wasteland after the violent death of a young girl, and sets out to find a replacement to reinstate his family into the Tribe of Legion. Rebecca Heap, Head of ABC TV Strategy and Digital Products said; “We’re extremely excited to see our first drama commission for iview, WASTELANDER PANDA, come to screens in partnership with Epic Films, Madman, Screen Australia and the SAFC. This will be another ABC binge event for fans of local drama. Though our continued investment in emerging Australia content makers and our strategy to develop new content formats for online, iview audiences have the opportunity to discover and engage with unique entertainment not available anywhere else”. This series of WASTELANDER PANDA follows an earlier series of webisodes created by Epic Films that have reached cult status with both festivals (SXSW, Vancouver Webfest, LA Webfest, Adelaide Film Festival, Burning Man Australia) and fans. Fans of fantasy and pop culture will also get a chance to catch a sneak peak at the new series when it features at Sydney’s Oz Comic-Con (Sept 13-14). A graphic novel tie-in from Gestalt Publishing will also be available in the near future. Producer Kirsty Stark, said; “Having developed WASTELANDER PANDA as an independent online project over the past few years, it was an amazing opportunity to team up with Madman Production Company and create this new series for ABC iview. We're really proud of what we've achieved and are excited to be showcasing WASTELANDER PANDA on ABC iview, at Fantastic Fest and online internationally all in the same week". “I am really proud of WASTELANDER PANDA. It’s been a fantastic collaboration with Epic Films and it was a pleasure to have an adventure in the Wasteland with our partners across development and production, namely the ABC, SAFC and Screen Australia. To be commissioned by ABC iview as a Web/TV Series and then to be selected for a film festival is very rewarding for all concerned”, producer, Nick Batzias said. Richard Harris, CEO of the SAFC said: “The SAFC is hugely proud of the WASTELANDER PANDA team and Fantastic Fest is the perfect place for the Series to have its international premiere. We can’t wait for it to hit the screen.” WASTELANDER PANDA stars Aaron Schuppan (Isaac), Brendan Cowell (voice of Isaac) and Lily Pearl (Rose). It is directed by Victoria Cocks (Epic Films) and Produced by Kirsty Stark (Epic Films) and Nick Batzias (Madman), written by Victoria Cocks, Matt Vesely and Mike Jones. ABC Executive Producer, Christopher Gist. WASTELANDER PANDA is co-production between an Epic Films and Madman Production Company with the support of Australian Broadcasting Commission, Screen Australia and the SAFC.

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Fri 29.8.14
Da Vinci's Demons-Season 2 (2013)
Ray N

Da Vinci’s Demons aired on Starz cable channel in the US. It features a swashbuckling, energetic 25 year old Leonardo da Vinci and includes romance, mysticism, intrigue, betrayals, violence, sex and nudity. It may not be history, but it is good fun. This four disc set contains all ten episodes of Series 2, but no extras. . Sponsored by Fetch.

Thu 28.8.14
Berlin Job (Blu-ray) (2012)
Ray N

Berlin Job is a competent English crime drama / heist film from co-writer / director / star Frank Harper. It is nothing new, but with decent plotting, good acting and locations Berlin Job is worth a look for those interested in English gangster films. . Sponsored by DVD Buzz.

Tue 26.8.14
Muriel's Wedding: 20th Anniversary Sing-a-long Edition (1994)
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The iconic Australian film Muriel’s Wedding has already been released twice on DVD in Region 4, the last being the 10th Anniversary Special Edition in 2004. Now we have the 20th Anniversary Sing-a-long Edition. So what is different? . Sponsored by Atomic Movies.

Mon 25.8.14
Firestorm (Fung bou) (2013)
Ray N

Firestorm, starring Andy Lau, is an adrenaline rush of a film with some of the most intense and chaotic urban action sequences shown on screen since Heat; a blistering, over the top storm of gunfire, explosions and destruction on the streets of Hong Kong. If you are looking for explosive action Firestorm definitely delivers. . Sponsored by Family Boxoffice.

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