'It's People Like Us' short web doc by Eva Orner

By the end of today, most of us will have checked our phones over 150 times; on the toilet, in the car, at the dinner table, even during sex. But, have we ever stopped to ask ourselves - is there a time and a place?

This documentary follows five real Australians who, just like us, have found themselves drawn into their screens, sometimes at the expense of common sense and self preservation.

Directed by Eva Orner and music by Cornel Wilczek

http://www.itspeoplelikeus.com.au/

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Cornel Wilczek composes a Four Season suite for the Van Gogh Exhibition at NGV

The National Gallery of Victoria, in partnership with Art Exhibitions Australia, presents Van Gogh and the Seasons for the 2017 Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition. Curated by Sjraar van Heugten, independent art historian and former Head of Collections at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Van Gogh and the Seasons is exclusive to Melbourne and presents the largest collection of Van Gogh artworks to ever travel to Australia. Cornel was commissioned to write a four season suite for orchestra to complement the exhibition and to be performed in the entry to the exhibition.

www.ngv.vic.gov.au

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Nowhere Boys Season 3 begins!

Filming for the new season of the International Emmy® Award winning ABC3 action-adventure series, Nowhere Boys began in Melbourne this week.

Back in the fictional town of Bremin, the series picks up a few years after the epic battle in which the original Nowhere Boys sacrificed their powers to restore order. At Bremin High, we introduce a new group of Nowhere Boys; 16 year old Wiradjuri boy Kamil Ellis (My Place, Bushwhacked!) is joined by our first ‘Nowhere Girl’ Luca Sardelis (Barracuda, Sam Fox: Extreme Adventures), winner of Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Class Clowns, William McKenna, musical theatre aficionado Jordie Race-Coldrey, and theatre performer Joe Klocek (Barracuda).

The 13-part series, airing on ABC3 later in 2016, pools the incredible directing talent of Rowan Woods (The Kettering Incident, The Boys), Sian Davies (The Ex-PM, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries) and Nicholas Verso (Snake Tales and upcoming feature film Boys In The Trees). Producer Beth Frey (Next Stop Hollywood, Dr Sarmast’s Music School) is joined by series creator and executive producer Tony Ayres (Cut Snake, The Slap, The Home Song Stories) and executive producer Michael McMahon (Next Stop Hollywood and The Slap). The story has been crafted by some of Australia’s finest writers, including Giula Sandler, David Hannam, Kris Mrksa, Rhys Graham, Jessica Brookman and Marieke Hardy.

Season 3 begins when Luke (Kamil), a tech-nerd and Sci-Fi enthusiast, arrives for his first day at Bremin High. At first, everything appears to be tiresomely ordinary, but Luke soon learns nothing in Bremin is as it seems, and very quickly he finds himself thrust together with Heath (Joe), Nicco (Luca), and Jesse (Jordie) into a new Nowhere Boys adventure to save the town.

Chris Oliver-Taylor, Managing Director, Matchbox Pictures, said of the new series: “Matchbox Pictures is incredibly excited to be able to bring Tony Ayres’ creation to life for a third series of Nowhere Boys. The franchise is such a huge international hit and with the exciting new cast supported by some of the finest creative talent in the country, we have no doubt that the third series will be just as exciting as series 1 and 2 for our audiences.”

Richard Finlayson, Director of Television, ABC, says: “Nowhere Boys has gone from strength to strength, capturing the imagination of young Australians and audiences around the world with each series, and picking up a slew of awards on the way. I’m thrilled that ABC, along with Matchbox Pictures, is continuing the program’s journey with this third instalment.”

Series one and two of Nowhere Boys has won an impressive 17 awards since it began, in- cluding an International Emmy® last month.

Nowhere Boys is produced by Matchbox Pictures and broadcast by the Australian Broad- casting Corporation and financed by Screen Australia, the ABC and Film Victoria. The series is being sold internationally by NBCUniversal.

Offspring Season 6

Offspring season 6 begins June the 29th on Network 10 Australia, with the score by Cornel Wilczek.

Starring TV Week Gold Logie winner Asher Keddie as obstetrician Nina Proudman and AACTA Award winner Kat Stewart as her sister Billie, Offspring follows Nina’s quest to manage the intensity of her job delivering babies along with the challenges of raising her daughter Zoe in the midst of the fabulously unpredictable Proudman family – all while trying to establish a decent love life for herself. 

Eighteen months after the events of series five, Nina has been in a relationship with dedicated midwife Leo (Patrick Brammall), who is a colleague of hers at St Francis.

Billie, Nina’s unruly elder sister, is bold, brassy and incapable of lying. Once the wild child, Billie is now a dedicated aunt to Nina’s baby and a committed wife to Mick, whose band she’s been managing while on tour in the UK. 

Youngest sibling Jimmy (Richard Davies) runs his busy Mexican taqueria while his wife Zara (Jane Harber) undertakes the gruelling challenge of studying for a medical degree.

Also starring Deborah Mailman as vivacious midwife Cherie, Lachy Hulme as idiosyncratic obstetrician Martin Clegg and introducing TJ Power as Will Bowen.

As ever, drama and romantic chaos are never far from Nina’s door. This season she must manage a whole new onslaught of mishaps and revelations, as well as unprecedented professional and personal trials that will see Nina, Billie and the Proudman clan tested as never before.

When a tragedy brings the family back together, the stability of life unravels, forcing them once again to question what they thought they knew about themselves and the past – and changing the dynamics of the family forever.

Following the Proudman family’s adventures searching for love, fulfilment and balance in the chaos of modern life, Offspring is about the life forces that drive us all: love, sex, babies, food and music. This life-affirming series provides food for the soul as it examines the curses and the blessings that come with intricate family connections.

Stylistically fresh and visually exciting, Offspring mixes conventional narrative drama with flashbacks and fantasy sequences, showcasing the vibrant world of Fitzroy, Melbourne, where Nina and the extended Proudman family go about their unpredictable daily lives.

Offspring is produced by Imogen Banks (Endemol Shine Banks) for Network Ten.

Nowhere Boys Season 2 has been awarded an International Emmy

Tony Ayres, Beth Frey and Michael McMahon of Melbourne and Sydney-based Matchbox Pictures accepted the award in the Series category at a ceremony in the exclusive Carlton Hotel in Cannes.

International Emmy Awards

In the second series — which won the award — they have found their way home, but they discover they are not the only ones who crossed back to this universe.

The International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences held the Kids Awards ceremony as part of the MIPTV entertainment market and conference.

A third series of the show is being filmed in Melbourne.

Tony Ayres, Beth Frey and Michael McMahon with their Emmy award for Nowhere Boys.

Tony Ayres, Beth Frey and Michael McMahon with their Emmy award for Nowhere Boys.

Chasing Asylum gets a release date

CHASING ASYLUM premieres on the 5th of May, 2016 in Melbourne Australia for the OPENING NIGHT Human Rights Arts & Film Festival.

More info can be found here:

www.chasingasylum.com.au

CHASING ASYLUM exposes the real impact of Australia’s offshore detention policies and explores how 'The Lucky Country' became a country where leaders choose detention over compassion and governments deprive the desperate of their basic human rights. 

The film features never before seen footage from inside Australia’s offshore detention camps, revealing the personal impact of sending those in search of a safe home to languish in limbo.  

CHASING ASYLUM explores the mental, physical and fiscal consequences of Australia’s decision to lock away families in unsanitary conditions hidden from media scrutiny, destroying their lives under the pretext of saving them.

Cornel Wilczek wins AACTA for Best Original Music Score on TV

Electric Dreams creative director Cornel Wilczek has won the AACTA (Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts) Award for Best Original Music Score in Television for his work on the supernatural drama Glitch.

Wilczek was awarded at the AACTA's Sydney ceremony on Monday night for his score work on episode 4 of the six-part series, which screened on the ABC in July and August this year to great acclaim. 

Says Wilczek: "I'm very honoured to receive my first AACTA AWARD and truly happy it's for something that I totally believe in. t was an uncompromised score and the project was a true, healthy, creative collaboration."

A composer for film and TV as well as a producer/engineer, multi-instrumentalist and sound artist, Wilczek was also nominated for an AACTA award in 2014, for his work on the teenage mystery drama Nowhere Boys, and took out Best Original Score earlier this year for his work on "These Final Hours" at the French Festival international du film fantastique de Gérardmer.

Wilzcek is one of Australia's most in-demand composers for the advertising industry. In the past decade, he has scored over 150 TV commercials in Australia and internationally, and his work has been recognised with multiple awards.

Wilzcek is the founder and creative director of Electric Dreams, a studio and dynamic community of composers, producers and engineers in South Melbourne. Since 2009, Electric Dreams has produced everything from large ensemble string recordings to electronic scores. The studio facilitates creative development, broadcast composition and mixing, surround for TV and film, as well as album production. 

My Disco's 'Severe' Nominated for AMP Award

The Shortlist for the 11th AMP is here.... congratulations to My Disco and the 10 artsists nominated and also the 16 independent judges who have worked hard to decide on this list out of over 300 eligible 2015 Australian artist albums. The winner of $30,000 cash courtesy of our partner PPCA will be decided upon and announced on March 9th. 'Severe' was produced by Cornel Wilczek.