Luke Hemsworth, Charles Mesure Set For Australian WW1 Drama ‘The 34th Battalion’

November 14th, 2012
By THE DEADLINE TEAM | Tuesday November 13, 2012 @ 7:59pm PSTTags: Charles Mesure, Luke Hemsworth, The 34th Battalion

Don Groves is a Deadline contributor based in Sydney.

The Australian Army’s 34th Battalion fought fierce battles against the Germans in France during World War I. Now the unit’s little-heralded story will be chronicled in The 34th Battalion, a $A19M ($19.8M) Australian film with Luke Hemsworth, Charles Mesure and Les Hill. They join Nick Farnell, Clare van der Boom, Henry Nixon, Andrew Lees, Vince Colosimo, Ashley Zuckerman, Tony Bonner and Khan Chittenden in the ensemble cast. The 34th Battalion tells the story of four friends in Maitland in rural New South Wales who joined the Army in 1916 after the disastrous Gallipoli campaign. In their first engagement the battalion saved the French town of Villers-Bretonneux. Later the 34th played a role in the Allies’ offensive in the battle of Amiens and the battle of St Quentin Canal, the operation that breached the Hindenburg Line, thus sealing Germany’s defeat. Ian Sparke will serve as executive producer and his son Luke Sparke will direct. The father-son team also penned the screenplay. Shooting is due to start in early 2013.


August 30th, 2012

$25 Million Dollar Australian War Epic Slated for 2013 Release

Universal City, CA – (August 28, 2012) Camelot Entertainment Group, Inc. (OTC: CMGR) (”Camelot”) announced today that Camelot Distribution Group (“CDG”) has acquired worldwide media rights for Sparke Films’ THE 34th BATTALION.  Budgeted at approximately $25 million dollars, the World War 1 epic is expected to begin principal photography this winter once major casting is completed. THE 34TH BATTALION is scheduled to be part of CDG’s release slate in 2103.

“We are excited to be working with Ian and Luke Sparke and their talented team at Sparke Films on what promises to be an epic war film,” CDG President Jess Kelly stated.” THE 34TH BATTALION has all the ingredients that make a successful movie including a great cast and crew, an incredible story and a terrific script that will have world-wide appeal.”

Produced by Sparke Films, THE 34TH BATTALION will be Luke Sparke’s directorial feature debut after working on war and history films for the past 11 years including “The Pacific” and on other major productions including “X-Men Origins.” Written by father/son team Luke and Ian Sparke THE 34TH BATTALION tells the story of four friends, who, after two years of leaving their families to immerse themselves in the unruly hardships of war, struggle with the horror that grows inside of them as they must overcome weakness and find strength in their loved ones in order to strike one last time against the German Army.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be working with Camelot in bringing this amazing story to the world,” stated Luke Sparke. “My aim with THE 34th BATTALION is to raise the bar on first World War films, and I am proud to have a fantastic Australian crew from “The Pacific”, “X-men”, “The Great Raid” and other local war based productions. Closing in on the 100th anniversary, we are very aware of the responsibility in telling this story as accurate as we can without pulling any punches: It’s going to be big, loud and a rollercoaster ride of emotions.”

“THE 34th BATTALION has been written and conceived as a tribute to the generation of the Great War,” added Ian Sparke. “It has been written as an international action film set in a historic setting. I thank Camelot for their dedication and foresight.”

Cast to be announced soon.


August 1st, 2012

Thriller Film Spotlights at GenArt Film Festival

Universal City, CA – (August 1, 2012) Camelot Entertainment Group, Inc. (OTC: CMGR) (”Camelot”) announced today that Camelot Distribution Group’s (“CDG”) cyber thriller PRIVACY has been accepted as an official selection in the GenArt Film Festival (GAFF).  PRIVACY, produced by Hard Headed Films, will be one of seven features screening during the festival in New York City.  The film will screen on August 9, 2012 at 7:30pm, followed by a premiere party.

“This is such an honor for the film to be screening at such a great film festival,” comments DCG President Jessica Kelly.  “The film deserves a premiere in New York City, where it all came to life.”

Producer Anre Garrett, Co-Producer Sheila Quann, and Director Jorg Ihle (The Forgotten Ones) will all be in attendance.

”We are all thrilled to be screening at such a prestigious and well known festival, which is a favorite amongst filmmakers here,” states Garret. “Being a New York native, I had always hoped the city where this film was born and made, would be home to its premiere and the countless fans who have supported us throughout this journey.”

In its 17th year, the GenArt Film Festival has an exclusive selection of seven films and seven shorts showcasing in a seven-day layout and night premiere parties. Its sole mission is to spotlight exclusively on one film for the entire evening whilst elevating emerging filmmakers into the next stage of their careers.

PRIVACY has also been accepted to the Connecticut Film Festival and the New York City International Film Festival.

PRIVACY is a thriller about Mark, a tech savvy college student, who creates a cutting edge spyware app that allows him to remotely view any cell phone in New York City, entangling Mark in a web of murder, political intrigue and privacy invasion.

“Hello Goodbye” on iTunes

July 24th, 2012

“Hello Goodbye” is now available on iTunes in the US! Click here to watch!

When they move to Israel to explore their Jewish heritage and revive their flagging marriage, fiftysomething French émigrés Alain and Gisèle Gaash (Gérard Depardieu and Fanny Ardant) arrive in Tel Aviv to find their luggage lost, their apartment gone and Alain’s new job taken. Now, as Alain struggles through this midlife crisis, Gisèle finds herself attracted to a handsome young rabbi. Graham Guit directs this French romantic comedy.