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JOEL Edger­ton hasn’t wasted any time get­ting back to work af­ter spending a year bring­ing Aussie fea­ture film The Square to the big screen. Last week he was back in front of the cam­eras at the Rail­way Ho­tel in West Mel­bourne film­ing the six-part ABC se­ries Dirt Game. Edger­ton plays for­mer union­ist Shane Be­vic in the min­ing drama, which also stars Shane Con­nor, Ger­ald Lepkowski and Katie Wall. Edger­ton says he hasn’t been put off by the dis­ap­point­ing box-of­fice re­sults for The Square, which he co-wrote with brother Nash and fea­tured a stand­out per­for­mance from Rush star Claire van der Boom. De­spite strong re­views, the movie grossed about $250,000 at the lo­cal box of­fice. The ac­tor says he plans to get an­other fea­ture film in pro­duc­tion as soon as pos­si­ble. ‘‘The next project I want to get up will have me as an ac­tor but with an­other di­rec­tor on board,’’ he says. ‘‘Nash and I are talk­ing about do­ing some more stuff to­gether and there’s a project in the US I’ve been de­vel­op­ing, so we’ll see if we can’t get that made as well.’’

Mys­tery se­ries

FILM­ING has be­gun in Broome on a new Chan­nel 7 chil­dren’s se­ries, which fol­lows the mys­te­ri­ous events at a re­mote re­search sta­tion. Pro­duced by Bruce Best and An­drew Lewis, the drama in­volves a group of chil­dren bat­tling a face­less en­emy in the re­mote lo­ca­tion. The 26-part drama fea­tures eight key char­ac­ters aged from 11 to 16, all un­known young ac­tors cast from West­ern Aus­tralia. It will screen next year.

Hill eyes Amer­ica

LES Hill, who plays Ja­son Mo­ran in gang­land drama Un­der­belly, won’t be in the show’s pre­quel, but there’s hope Hill is about to crack the US mar­ket. Hill has just re­turned from the US, where he se­cured an agent and man­ager, and is work­ing on ob­tain­ing a visa so he can go back. ‘‘The plan is to go back to LA and hit the au­di­tion queue,’’ Hill says.

Spe­cial at­tach­ment

FILM Vic­to­ria is spon­sor­ing at­tach­ments on the crew of Un­der­belly, de­spite the se­ries be­ing filmed in Syd­ney. De­signed for peo­ple ea­ger to build their on-the-job ex­pe­ri­ence in the pro­duc­tion in­dus­try, at­tach­ments are avail­able in the art, cos­tume, edit­ing and sound de­part­ments dur­ing the pro­duc­tion of Un­der­belly, which runs for 10 weeks from mid-Oc­to­ber. Con­tact Film Vic­to­ria for de­tails.

Keep­ing the kids amused

AUS­TRALIAN chil­dren may soon have their own se­ries mod­elled on adult fare such as Rove, Thank God You’re Here and Spicks and Specks. The ABC wants ideas for a Mel­bourne-based live-action chil­dren’s for­mat to ex­cite, en­ter­tain and in­spire kids aged be­tween 10 and 14. An ini­tia­tive of Film Vic­to­ria, the Aus­tralian Chil­dren’s Tele­vi­sion Foun­da­tion and ABC Chil­dren’s Tele­vi­sion, Kids360 seeks tele­vi­sion pi­lots for bold, in­ter­ac­tive ideas sim­i­lar to those cre­ated for adults, mix­ing stu­dio au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion, com­edy, skits, mu­sic, games and chal­lenges. It has to be some­thing that Aus­tralian chil­dren want to watch, want to be a part of and have a sense of own­er­ship of, the foun­da­tion’s Ber­nadette O’Ma­hony says. De­tails are at www.actf.com.au.

Spick of the bunch

TOP-RAT­ING ra­dio star and reg­u­lar pan­elist Hamish Blake lifts the lid on the se­crets of Spicks and Specks in a be­hind-the-scenes spe­cial to screen on the ABC on Oc­to­ber 8. Promis­ing a peek at snip­pets that hit the cut­ting-room floor, the spe­cial an­swers the ques­tions most com­monly asked by view­ers, in­clud­ing the source of Alan Brough’s ex­ten­sive mu­sic knowl­edge, Myf Warhurst’s worst mo­ment (Nir­vana, any­one?) and the names of the rud­est, crud­est and weird­est guests. Spicks and Specks con­tin­ues on air un­til mid-Novem­ber with its an­nual Christ­mas spe­cial to be filmed in De­cem­ber.

Given a fair shake

Run­ning with the Hack

TRIPLE J ra­dio stal­wart Steve Can­nane makes the switch to tele­vi­sion this week with a screen adap­ta­tion of his long-run­ning daily ra­dio cur­rent-af­fairs show Hack. The Hack Half Hour is a stu­dio-based dis­cus­sion pro­gram that prom­ises to tackle se­ri­ous and not-so-se­ri­ous is­sues im­pact­ing on young Aus­tralians. It pre­mieres on ABC2 on Mon­day at 8.30pm. Can­nane pre­vi­ously fronted a shorter news seg­ment on Triple J TV. THE Chaser’s Chas Lic­cia­rdello counts down his favourite hits on Chan­nel [V] this week­end, in a spe­cial that screens from 12.30pm on Satur­day. The pro­gram is said to have even­tu­ated af­ter Lic­cia­rdello warned [V] pro­gram di­rec­tor Brett Nossiter that he would crash the [V] offices if the chan­nel didn’t stop play­ing Metro Sta­tion’s Shake It— one of the most pop­u­lar songs on their playlist. Nossiter re­fused to bow and of­fered Lic­cia­rdello a slot in­stead.

Dig­ging for dirt:

(from left) Shane Con­nor, Freya Stafford and Joel Edger­ton.

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