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From Girl Asleep to Amphibian: Meet Maiah Stewardson

From Girl Asleep to Amphibian: Meet Maiah Stewardson

If you think Maiah Stewardson from Amphibian looks familiar, it may be because you’ve seen her as high school mean-girl Jade in the film adaptation of Girl Asleep.  Daniela Frangos spoke to Stewardson about how far the 20-year-old’s career has come since the 2015 film.   Maiah Stewardson is a natural. That’s not to diminish the hard yards she’s put in over the years – from acting classes to cutting her teeth on local stages to sowing the seeds for her own production company, which is set to launch in a few months. But it’s clear the Adelaide performer was destined for an audience.…

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Announcing Windmill Pictures, School Dance film and 2018 Theatre Season

Announcing Windmill Pictures, School Dance film and 2018 Theatre Season

Put your seatbelts on because Windmill Theatre Co has a slew of announcements for you, revealed at today’s special event after the world premiere of our new play for children, Beep. WINDMILL PICTURES AND SCHOOL DANCE FILM After the success of our first feature film Girl Asleep, today we have launched Windmill Pictures, a new arm of Windmill wholly dedicated to developing screen projects from our live theatre repertoire. The first of these projects will be our next feature film, School Dance, based on the multi Helpmann Award winning stage production. Minister for the Arts, the Hon Jack Snelling helped us…

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Goldstone, The Daughter, and Girl Asleep Win at the 2017 AFCA Awards

Goldstone, The Daughter, and Girl Asleep Win at the 2017 AFCA Awards

The Australian Film Critics Association has spoken. Quirky South Australian coming of age tale Girl Asleep has taken the top prize at the 2017 Australian Film Critics Association, while Goldstone and The Daughter picked up acting honours for Aaron Pedersen and Odessa Young, respectively. Ivan Sen also won Best Director for Goldstone, while Simon Stone took home Best Screenplay for The Daughter. In the writing awards, Adrian Danks scooped the Ivan Hutchinson Award for best long-form writing on Australian or International cinema for South of Ealing: recasting a British studio’s antipodean escapade, while Best Review of an Australian Film went to…

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Girl Asleep Scoops Seven AACTA Nominations

Girl Asleep Scoops Seven AACTA Nominations

South Australian coming-of-age comic drama Girl Asleep has received seven AACTA nominations, namely: Best Film Best Direction Best Adapted Screenplay Best Cinematography Best Editing Best Costume Design Best Production Design The film produced and filmed entirely in South Australia with local actors, has played in 26 countries including Denmark, Canada, Mexico, Russia, Korea, Columbia, USA, Italy, Sweden and Argentina. It has also had a 21- city general release in major US cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Denver and Boston. It has wowed audiences at several prestigious film festivals, including the Berlin Film Festival and Buenos Aires Film Festival,…

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Bethany Whitmore: Girl Awake

Bethany Whitmore: Girl Awake

With all of the attention on the filmmakers behind Girl Asleep, we spoke to its leading lady, Bethany Whitmore. They say that 90% of directing a movie is in the casting, and with Bethany Whitmore in the leading role of Greta in Girl Asleep, director Rosemary Myers and her team struck gold. “One day, I just got a call, saying, ‘You’ve got an audition’, so I prepared for it, and tried really hard, because as soon as I heard what it was about, I was very eager. It was my dream role,” Whitmore tells us over the phone from her…

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Girl Asleep director Rosemary Myers jumps from theatre to film

Girl Asleep director Rosemary Myers jumps from theatre to film

I know this was originally a piece of theatre; what made you want to adapt it for the screen? When we made the play we always knew we were going to make the film. The play is a standalone play, but it was a great chance to test the story out really thoroughly and learn about the storytelling before we shot the film. Why did you decide to write a play to make a film? We were doing a trilogy of works for teenagers in the Adelaide Festival, and Katrina [Sedgwick] and Amanda [Duthie] had seen some of that work…

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