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Foxtel’s miniseries “Devil’s Playground” premieres tonight in Australia. In 1975, Fred Schepisi wrote and directed a movie called The Devil’s Playground, about his own teenage years when he moved away from a strict Catholic upbringing. It won the AFI award for Best Film in 1976 and Simon Burke won the award for Best Actor. The 2014 “sequel” puts the subject of abuse by the clergy front and centre. Burke revisits the role of Tom Allen, which he first played as a 13 year old. Now as an adult Tom is a psychiatrist and secular confessor to the Catholic clergy.

Among the impressive cast is Toni Collette, who created a unique individual out of her character – a crusading member of parliament who takes on the Catholic Church. “Her character just appeared to us fairly late in the day, and we were just overjoyed when Toni said yes,” he says. “She makes this character with a completely different energy to a lot of the others. She lifts it and brings this deft, light touch – especially the scenes with Don Hany. She’s a member of parliament and he’s a bishop. You watch and go, ‘My god, it’s like Clark Gable and Katharine Hepburn’.” So it’s a comic part? “No,” Burke says, “but in a show that doesn’t have a hell of a lot of laughs, they have a spark between them which is unexpected and they clash a lot, and it’s very enjoyable to watch because they are such great actors.” But here is the question that will be asked by any viewer who was watching NSW parliament in the late ’80s and early ’90s: Is Collette playing Deirdre Grusovin or Franca Arena, both of whom campaigned for an inquiry into child abuse? Burke: “No-one’s playing anyone in particular, but she’s playing the progressive member for Sydney, though it’s before Clover Moore’s time. She’s playing a member of parliament who reaches a moral flashpoint, I guess, and decides to make a stand. Deirdre Grusovin is one of several people that have done such things in their lives, and I guess Franca Arena to a certain extent.

The reviews for “Devil’s Playground” have been very favorable. Here’s an excerpt from the New Daily’s September 7 review, which makes you all the more buzzing for tonight’s premiere: Devil’s Playground is the best show we have given the world for many years. The cast is extraordinary. Hany and Burke are joined by the likes of Toni Collette, Jack Thompson, John Noble and Max Cullen. The writing is exemplary. The production quality world class. This is a show that Australia should love, embrace and be proud of. It is important. It is high quality. It is utterly engaging. In short, Devil’s Playground is just fantastic, on every level.

Catherine Hardwicke’s upcoming “Miss You Already” has yet another chance in the leading role. While Toni Collette has been on board early on, her first announced co-star was Jennifer Aniston. Earlier this year, the role was replaced by Rachel Weisz. Now, Weisz has been replaced by Drew Barrymore, according to Variety. The film will also star Dominic Cooper, Paddy Considine and Jacqueline Bisset. Foreign sales at the Toronto Film Festival are being handled by The Salt Company, which shares North American sales with CAA. The film will be distributed in the United Kingdom by Entertainment One. Production will start in the U.K. on Sunday. Catherine Hardwicke directs from a screenplay by British writer and actor Morwenna Banks. Shooting is largely focused in London and later moving to the Yorkshire Moors. Collette and Barrymore portray women who have been best friends forever and Cooper and Considine play their husbands. Bisset portrays the mother of Collette’s character. The relationship hits a rough patch when Barrymore’s character struggles to have a much longed-for baby and Collette’s character finds out she has breast cancer. “‘Miss You Already’ explores the ups and down of an intense friendship,” Hardwicke said. “With our fearless actors, we’re taking this very personal story on a wild ride.”

Three new clips have been added to the video archive. Two promotional interviews on the sets of “Hector and the Search for Happiness” and “Tammy”, as well as the marketing featurette for the latter. Many thanks to Claudia for helping me with the “Tammy” interview. Much appreciated. Screencaptures from both interviews have been added to the photo gallery as well.

Video Archive – Career Videos – Hector and the Search for Happiness – Interview 01
Video Archive – Career Videos – Tammy – Interview 01
Video Archive – Career Videos – Tammy – Featurette
Photo Gallery – Film Productions – Hector and the Search for Happiness – Interview Screencaptures
Photo Gallery – Film Productions – Tammy – Interview Screencaptures

“Hector and the Search for Happiness” will be shown as a special presentation at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. Hector is a quirky psychiatrist who has become increasingly tired of his humdrum life. Deciding to break out of his deluded routine, he embarks on a global quest in hopes of uncovering the elusive formula for true happiness? and so begins his larger-than-life adventure with riotously funny results. Accompanying these news is a new US trailer for the film.

As the title says, a new theatrical trailer (I guess the US one) and a new poster (the US one) for “Hector and the Search for Happiness” have been released, alongside a wonderful new picture of Toni and Christopher Plummer. You can watch each new addition by clicking any of the previews below.

Foxtel has released a first teaser trailer for the upcoming miniseries “Devil’s Playground”. It looks really exciting and not to be missed. I was surprised that Toni’s character was featured a lot. Back when it was shot, word had it that her scenes were shot on just one day. So hopefully there’s still enough to bee seen throughout the series. “Devil’s Playground”, which is directed by Rachel Ward, premieres this September in Australia. Edit: Two pictures from the miniseries have been added as well.

A first teaser trailer for the upcoming drama “Glassland” has been released, alongside two production stills featuring Toni Collette. The Dublin-set drama is a portrayal of the grim reality of life for those forced to the edges of society in contemporary Ireland. ‘Glassland’ will make its world premiere later this month at the Galway Film Fleadh. In a desperate bid to save his mother from a crippling alcohol addiction and reunite his broken family, John, a young taxi driver on the fringes of the criminal underworld is forced to take a job which will see him pushed further into Dublin’s dark underbelly. But will he be prepared to act when the time comes, knowing that whatever he decides to do, his and his family’s lives will be changed forever?