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The HUNT in Pre Production

Our upcoming 4 x one hour prime time TV series for SBS is being produced by Rebecca Summerton and created by Matthew Cormack and Sophie Hyde. THE HUNT deals thematically with the culture of everyday gendered behaviour and the result of this for Australian teenagers. Financing partners include SBS, Screen Australia, South Australian Film Corporation and DCD Media. For THE HUNT we have begun a new collaboration with writer Niki Aken who will write two of the four episodes, as well as our own Matthew Cormack. We’re very excited to get underway with this one!




Matthew Bate's SUMMATION OF FORCE VR continues to tour the world after its premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival’s New Frontier program. The work has screened at Berlinale EFM, South by South West, True False, Taipei Int FF, The Geneva Int FF, Sydney FF, MIFF 2018, Open City London, Bergen Int FF, and took out the inaugural Imagine VR Award at the Imagine Film Festival in Amsterdam.

Look out for the short documentary ART OF THE GAME – premiering at the 2018 Adelaide Film Festival – which looks, in part, at the making of this incredible artwork.




We’ve been busy this year with Sophie Hyde’s sophomore feature film ANIMALS being shot on location in Ireland earlier this year. The feature drama is the first Irish/Australian international co-production of its kind! Helmed by producer Rebecca Summerton and UK producer Sarah Brocklehurst (Black Pond) alongside Irish producer Cormac Fox (The Young Offenders), the film is an adaptation of the cult book of the same name by Emma Jane Unsworth. The production was full to the brim of talented crew who were able to feed off the supportive energy of the creators to create a fully-fledged international family. ANIMALS stars Holliday Grainger (Cinderella, My Cousin Rachel, Strike) and Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development, Search Party, Transparent). ANIMALS follows the longtime friendship of Laura and Tyler – delving into all the beautiful, icky and glorious moments of female friendship. Keep your eyes peeled for this one.


The Book of Darryl Gets Book Deal


Our Gif based web series The Book of Darryl - a collab with infamous Gif artist Scorpion Dagger and Webby Award winning team The Goggles  - has gotten a book deal. We can't reveal too much just yet - needless to say the series, co-directed by Closer's Matthew Bate and Produced by Rebecca Summerton will be coming out online in mid 2019, with the Augmented Reality hard back book following in September! Amazing. More info and announcements to come. 



Sophie's Adelaide Film Festival picks

Adelaide Film Festival opens this week - here are Closer's Sophie Hyde's top pics for the fest!


This story looks magnificent and relevant and writer/ director Jennifer Kent is fantastic. I can't wait to see this.

Same sex love, banned in Kenya, looks gorgeous…What more do you want.

Timothée Chalamet! Steve Carell. That poster. Two men being all emotional. I want to see everything about this film.

This looks ace. Made by Australian actor Tom Wright directing Daniel Henshall and Toby Wallace (both actors I really rate) about an artist and a journalist and their meeting/friendship. 

Screening as part of the the Arab Women Directors program which generally looks great and features films we might not otherwise get a chance to see. The director Annemarie Jacir previously made WHEN I SAW YOU - a really beautiful film that I was lucky enough to see previously at AFF.

I've heard so much about this piece - I think we should all just go and see it.


Julian Schnabel has made some stunning films - I'd watch anything he made. 

Of course I can't wait to see Tilda in this movie, but also super keen to see first feature from the lovely local director Anthony Maras leading his star studded cast.

Two fab docs from Goodpitch which are sure to stimulate action: 
DYING TO LIVE about organ donation + HAPPY SAD MAN about male depression.


Another documentary I've heard so many good things about and i feel like might be worth a watch without knowing too much about it (my favourite way to see films at a festival)


Screening as part of the ART ON SCREEN program. It's a Closer Productions shindig, with Matt Bate collaborating again with photographers Trent Parker and Narelle Autio.  Their previous collabs have been beautiful.

I’m also hosting Q&A's for these two sessions. Come along to learn about the filmmakers process and be inspired by their passion:


A local film that sparked my attention on first read of the program. 

Australian series by the lovely Benjamin Law.


What are you waiting for? Get out there and see some movies!


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