Magpie Pictures Press Release—GRACE BESIDE ME—Official Selection in the legendary 35th Chicago International Children’s Film Festival!

Magpie Pictures is very happy to announce that Grace Beside Me has been selected to screen at the 2018 Chicago International Children’s Film Festival. A great honour indeed! 

  Kyliric Masella as ‘Fuzzy’, Photo supplied by Magpie Pictures, Production Stills by Julian Panetta.

Kyliric Masella as ‘Fuzzy’, Photo supplied by Magpie Pictures, Production Stills by Julian Panetta.

The Festival is a legendary Chicago cultural institution for globally-minded, creative families, educators, and media professionals and is the first Oscar-qualifying children’s film festival in the world. The Festival is run by Facets, a pioneering nonprofit that connects over 30,000 people annually to independent ideas through transformative film experiences. 

The 2018 festival will be held between 1st - 9th November 2018 in theatres and arts venues around Chicago. The Festival attracts over 20,000 families, teachers, and industry professionals each year. 

  L—R, Tjiirdm McGuire as ‘Yar’, Kyliric Masella as ‘Fuzzy’, & Mairehau Grace as ‘Tui’. Photo supplied by Magpie Pictures. Production Stills by Julian Panetta.

L—R, Tjiirdm McGuire as ‘Yar’, Kyliric Masella as ‘Fuzzy’, & Mairehau Grace as ‘Tui’. Photo supplied by Magpie Pictures. Production Stills by Julian Panetta.

Producer Lois Randall says, “The Chicago International Children’s Film Festival is the oldest and largest film festival for kids in North America. During the 34th season in 2017, Chicago presented 254 films from over 44 countries over the course of ten days. It’s a testimony to our creative team that Grace Beside Me was selected from over 1000 entries.”

2018 Chicago International Children’s Film Festival 

https://festival.facets.org/

“Grace Beside Me” (Australia) will be screening at CICFF the following dates and times:

 Monday Nov. 5th, 11:45AM (Logan) / "Standing Together"

 Thursday Nov. 8th, 11:45AM (Music Box 1) / "Standing Together"

For more information, please contact: Producer - Lois Randall
M: 0427 875 299 

lois@loisrandall.com.au 

Magpie Pictures Pty Ltd | Box 410 Lennox Head NSW 2478 | 0427 875 299 | lois@loisrandall.com.au 

Grace Beside Me is available now to watch on ABC iview, available until 3:30am on 18 Oct 2018.

  L—R, Mairehau Grace as ‘Tui, Kyliric Masella as ‘Fuzzy’ & Tjiirdm McGuire as ‘Yar’, ABC Promotion Still. Photo supplied by Magpie Pictures/ABC, Production Stills by Julian Panetta.

L—R, Mairehau Grace as ‘Tui, Kyliric Masella as ‘Fuzzy’ & Tjiirdm McGuire as ‘Yar’, ABC Promotion Still. Photo supplied by Magpie Pictures/ABC, Production Stills by Julian Panetta.

A series about an extraordinary Indigenous girl trying to lead an ordinary life. Taking audiences on an emotional roller coaster ride following Fuzzy Mac as she learns to accept her gift and understand the meaning of 'grace'.

Leading Cast: Kyliric Masella as ‘Fuzzy’, Mairehau Grace  as ‘Tui, Tjiirdm McGuire as ‘Yar’, Tessa Rose as ‘Nan, & Charles Passi as ‘Pop’.

 

'It's pretty surreal': Indigenous teen candidate for Logie nomination

Natarsha Kallios, SBS.com.au.

Kyliric Masella, the 13-year-old star of NITV drama series Grace Beside Me, has been put forward as a candidate for a Logie Award nomination.

  Kyliric Masella at the Logies, Photo supplied by Magpie Pictures.

Kyliric Masella at the Logies, Photo supplied by Magpie Pictures.

Kyliric Masella is in the running to be nominated for the Graham Kennedy Award for Best New Talent for her lead role as Fuzzy McCardell in NITV children’s TV drama series Grace Beside Me. Born and raised in Sydney, the 13-year-old, better known as Kiki, has cultural ties to Dharumbal Aboriginal people of Central Queensland and to Tonga. Kiki has been singing and dancing since she was a toddler and is one of the youngest people to be recognised as a candidate to receive a Logie award nomination. "It's pretty surreal for me now," she told SBS News on Wednesday. "I sat there for like five minutes thinking 'wow, what would I do if I would go to the Logies'."

  Kyliric Masella & Miranda Tapsell at the Logies, Photo supplied by Magpie Pictures.

Kyliric Masella & Miranda Tapsell at the Logies, Photo supplied by Magpie Pictures.

Success in the arts runs in the family. Kiki’s sister 17-year-old Mi-Kaisha is also a singer, and the two share a very special bond.  “When I found out Kiki was nominated for a Logie it was honestly just surreal,” Mi-Kaisha told SBS News. "For her to have this nomination at such a young age is really crazy. Even me being her older sister, someone who she should probably look up to, but I look up to her because she's just powerful and has so much courage, and I'm really proud of her.”

Kiki attends International Grammar School in Sydney's CBD, a school that prides itself on being culturally diverse. Deputy Principal David Hamper said Kiki's nomination is a reflection of her skill and talent.  "For students like Kiki who are able to take their talents out to the wider world is exactly what we want our students here at IGS to do. "It's also a great recognition of how she's putting her culture out there, and making it a really important part of who she is and indeed who we are as a school," Mr Hamper said.



Source: https://www.sbs.com.au/news/it-s-pretty-su...

New series 'Grace Beside Me' is jam-packed with adventures and spirit encounters

NITV Staff Writers, SBS.com.au.

NITV has launched a new drama series and it's funny, a bit spooky and full of adventure.

  Mairehau Grace, Kyliric Masella and Tjiirdm McGuire, NITV Promotion Still.Photo supplied by Magpie Pictures/NITV/SBS,Production Stills by Julian Panetta.

Mairehau Grace, Kyliric Masella and Tjiirdm McGuire, NITV Promotion Still.Photo supplied by Magpie Pictures/NITV/SBS,Production Stills by Julian Panetta.

Families around Australia! Get ready for the rollercoaster adventure of Fuzzy Mac as she experiences the tears and triumphs of being a 21st Century teenager from a strong Indigenous family. Grace Beside Me is a new 13-part children’s series, adapted from the award-winning novel by Sue McPherson. The series tells the charming story of an Indigenous girl Fuzzy Mac (played by Kyliric 'Kiki' Masella). Fuzzy just wants to be an ordinary teenager and have fun with her mates. This isn't easy given Fuzzy's ancestors have other plans for her. Oh, and not to mention she keeps seeing ghosts!

With one foot in the Indigenous realm of culture, Country, and spirits, and the other firmly planted in the world of a 21st century teenager, Fuzzy’s journey is to realise she belongs to both in her own unique way. The series was filmed entirely on location in the Scenic Rim area of South-East Queensland, and stars up and coming talent, including Kyliric 'Kiki' Masella as Fuzzy Mac, Mairehau Grace and Tjiirdm McGuire as Fuzzy’s best buddies Tui and Yar, and Tessa Rose and Charles Passi as Nan and Pop.

  Fuzzy with her best friends, Tui and Yar', played by Tjiirdm McGuire, Mairehau Grace, Kyliric Masella, NITV Promotion Still. Photo supplied by Magpie Pictures/NITV/SBS, Production Stills by Julian Panetta.

Fuzzy with her best friends, Tui and Yar', played by Tjiirdm McGuire, Mairehau Grace, Kyliric Masella, NITV Promotion Still. Photo supplied by Magpie Pictures/NITV/SBS, Production Stills by Julian Panetta.

Producers Lois Randall (The Gods of Wheat Street) and Dena Curtis (8MMM Aboriginal Radio, Shadow Trackers) said, “Grace Beside Me is thoroughly modern Australian drama that shows – in all its humour and pathos – the joys and challenges of teenage life for our utterly compelling young heroine, Fuzzy Mac.”

NITV co-commissioned the series with ABC children’s channel ABC ME with Screen Australia being a major investor in the series, along with Screen Queensland and Cutting Edge.

Source: https://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/article/2018/0...

I have a new show to watch with my eight-year-old daughter. And it’s very special.

Mandy Nolan, Mama Mia.com.au.

  Mairehau Grace, Kyliric Masella and Tjiirdm McGuire, NITV Promotional Still. Photo supplied by Magpie Pictures/NITV/SBS, Production Stills by Julian Panetta.

Mairehau Grace, Kyliric Masella and Tjiirdm McGuire, NITV Promotional Still. Photo supplied by Magpie Pictures/NITV/SBS, Production Stills by Julian Panetta.

When I was 12, a boy called Peter brought a goanna into our English class for his presentation on animals. He’d caught it the day before, and later that night his mum lit a fire and helped him cook it up so he could bring it in to share with the class. It was educational AND delicious. At the time I had no idea how lucky I was to have an experience that many white Australian city kids may never have – a sharing of culture not at some festival or tourism hotspot, but in the mundane and unremarkable setting of a school classroom. Peter got an A and the rest of us got to taste goanna.

These are the kind of experiences that build understanding and connection and tell the bigger story of what country means to our first nation. This is where true reconciliation takes place – just ordinary people doing ordinary things like any other ordinary day. This is where where understanding builds respect.

I was recently at a writers’ festival in the children’s tent listening to a young Indigenous author entertain kids with his stories. The kids were wide-eyed. They were laughing. They were right there. It occurred to me how unusual this was, how most children’s stories tend to focus on dominant culture. White stories. What is it like growing up with most of the books and TV shows that you watch only ever telling stories about white children? How do you feel about yourself and your identity if you never get to see positive, engaging stories about girls or boys just like you reflected back?

I want my white child to hear black stories. I also want to know the Indigenous kids in this country aren’t constantly subjected to books and TV that repeatedly tells the stories of white kids. I believe it’s important for all kids to see themselves right in the middle of the frame of their story.

And that’s exactly what happens with Grace Beside Me, an exciting new 13-episode TV series created by Magpie Pictures and screening this month on NITV and SBS on Demand.

  Mairehau Grace and Tjiirdm McGuire, Magpie Pictures/NITV/SBS, NITV Promotion Still. Photo supplied by Magpie Pictures/NITV/SBS,Production Stills by Julian Panetta.

Mairehau Grace and Tjiirdm McGuire, Magpie Pictures/NITV/SBS, NITV Promotion Still. Photo supplied by Magpie Pictures/NITV/SBS,Production Stills by Julian Panetta.

Story is so important in helping shape young minds, in how they understand the world and their place in it. If we are to create a future that promotes true respect, that values Indigenous culture and spirituality, and one that truly walks the walk of reconciliation, then we have to learn to listen. The world's oldest and most experienced storytellers have something to tell us. And boy, do they know how to spin a yarn. Watching Grace Beside Me, I realised this was an opportunity for exactly that. Grab your children, sit together and enjoy.

Source: https://www.mamamia.com.au/grace-beside-me...

NITV Children’s Series Grace Beside Me Launches in Beaudesert

A young girl has to contend with adolescence and the supernatural in a new 13 part series. 

   Kyliric Mastella, Mairehau Grace and Tjiirdm McGuire. Photos supplied by Magpie Pictures, Production Stills by Julian Panetta.

Kyliric Mastella, Mairehau Grace and Tjiirdm McGuire. Photos supplied by Magpie Pictures, Production Stills by Julian Panetta.

Grace Beside Me, the first Indigenous children’s television series to be produced in Queensland,  will be officially launched in Beaudesert, the shooting location,  today, February 7, before its world premiere on NITV on February 16.

Based on the award-winning novel by Eumundi writer Sue McPherson, the 13 part series tells the story of Fuzzy Mac (Kyliric Masella), an Indigenous girl who just wants to be an ordinary teenager but has to contend with the world of ghosts, ancestors and Indigenous mystic tradition.  Mairehau Grace and Tjiirdm McGuire co-star Fuzzy’s friends Tui and Yar, along with Tessa Rose and Charles Passi as her grandparents.

Grace Beside Me breaks a lot of new ground” say producers Lois Randall and Dena Curtis. “It’s the first live-action drama commission for NITV and first co-commission between NITV and ABC, with Disney Channel also licensing the series in Australia and New Zealand, and Canada’s 9 Story Media Group picking up the series as their first Australian title for rest of world distribution. Screen Australia and Screen Queensland were also major investors.”

The series has also been announced as a finalist in the 28th Prix Jeunesse International 2018.

Taking place in Munich from May 25 – 30, the festival celebrates outstanding children’s television, with this year’s theme being “strong stories for strong children: resilience and story telling”.

One of four Australian series to make the grade, Grace Beside Me is in the 7 – 10 Years Fiction category, which will be judged by a German children’s jury consisting of 600 children as well as a professional jury.

Source: https://www.beaudeserttimes.com.au/story/5...

‘Grace Beside Me’ Selected Finalist in Prix Jeunesse International

Phil Sandberg, Content Technology.com.

Australian Children’s TV Series ‘Grace Beside Me’ has been announced as a finalist in the 28th Prix Jeunesse International 2018. The bi-annual international festival and competition, taking place in Munich from 25 – 30 May 2018, aims to shine a spotlight on the world of outstanding television productions for children. The 2018 theme is ‘Strong Stories for Strong Children: Resilience and Story Telling’. The finalists are selected from almost 400 children’s programs from all over the world. One of four Australian finalists, Grace Beside Me has been pre-selected in the 7 – 10 Years Fiction category, which is judged by a German children’s jury consisting of 600 children as well as a professional jury. A German voice-over version will be produced.

Producers Lois Randall and Dena Curtis said “we’re honoured to be a finalist in this important award. Grace Beside Me is a thirteen episode series adapted from the novel by Sue McPherson. We believe the selected episode “Sorry” which was written by Sue McPherson and Sam Carroll and directed by Nicholas Verso, is very much in-line with the theme of resilience. We want to acknowledge the beautiful performances of first time actor Kyliric Masella as 13 year old Fuzzy Mac, and Tessa Rose as her grandmother Nan,” they said. “And we congratulate all our team and the other finalists.”

  Kyliric Masella. Photos supplied by Magpie Pictures. Production Stills by Julian Panetta.

Kyliric Masella. Photos supplied by Magpie Pictures. Production Stills by Julian Panetta.

Source: http://www.content-technology.com/asiapaci...

New Children's Drama filmed around Beaudesert goes to air this month

Lorraine Sathicq, Beaudesert Times.

WHEN new children’s television series Grace Beside Me goes to air on SBS channel 34, Scenic Rim viewers will see some familiar sights as well as one or two familiar faces. Filmed entirely within the Scenic Rim, the program tells the story of Aboriginal teenager Fuzzy Mac who lives with her grandparents in the fictional town of Laurel Dale, which co-producer Lois Randall says is an amalgamation of Beaudesert, Boonah and a bit of Tamrookum.

  Charles Passi, Kyliric Masella and Tessa Rose at the show's main house location in Hawkins Street Beaudesert.

Charles Passi, Kyliric Masella and Tessa Rose at the show's main house location in Hawkins Street Beaudesert.

“We filmed in those areas from July to September last year after consulting with the Mununjali elders group,” Ms Randall said. “Once we had the go-ahead, three Mununjali elders were assigned to help with story development and locations. “We are grateful to Uncle Bevan Page, Auntie Levina Page and Auntie Suzie Blanco.” She also thanked the Scenic Rim Regional Council for their support during filming. “They helped us find the right locations and allowed us to film on council property,” she said. Ms Randall said the show auditioned nationally with the actor chosen as the main character being from Sydney, but many of the cast and crew were recruited locally.

  Beaudesert actor Peter Sandy and Gilston actor Braden Lewis on location outside St Thomas Church in Beaudesert.

Beaudesert actor Peter Sandy and Gilston actor Braden Lewis on location outside St Thomas Church in Beaudesert.

  Mairehau Grace, Kyliric Masella and Tjiirdm McGuire at Boonah in a scene from Episode 1 of Grace Beside Me. photos supplied by Magpie Pictures, Production Stills by Julian Pancetta.

Mairehau Grace, Kyliric Masella and Tjiirdm McGuire at Boonah in a scene from Episode 1 of Grace Beside Me. photos supplied by Magpie Pictures, Production Stills by Julian Pancetta.

“We auditioned literally hundreds of children including two days of auditions in Beaudesert and we would like to thank Aunty Geraldine Page who helped us coordinate the local casting.  “There are many local children who played support roles and were extras, particularly in the school scenes. “Peter Sandy, a 10-year-old student from Beaudesert State School is one of the main supporting actors,” she said. “Three of the Mununjali elders are also in the cast – Suzie Blanco, Delores Paulson and Lorraine Iselin play three sisters. “The school scenes were filmed at Beaudesert primary and the old school at Laravale.”

Ms Randall said the 13-part series was based on a novel written by Indigenous author Sue McPherson and was produced by Magpie Pictures. “The series will appear on the ABC in July and the Disney channel early next year,” she said. The show will be launched on February 7 at The Centre Beaudesert ahead of the world NITV premiere on February 16.

Source: https://www.beaudeserttimes.com.au/story/5...

NITV presents its first ever live action series, Grace Beside Me, jam-packed with adventures and spirit encounters

Premieres Friday 16 February at 7.30pm on NITV (Channel 34)

VIEW TRAILER @ https://youtu.be/YoFftAkN5Qo

Families around Australia, this one’s for you! Premiering on National Indigenous Television (NITV) on Friday 16 February at 7.30pm, NITV presents Grace Beside Me, a new 13-part children’s television series from Magpie Pictures, adapted from the award-winning novel by Sue McPherson.

The series tells the charming story of an Indigenous girl Fuzzy Mac, who just wants to be an ordinary teenager and have fun with her mates. But that’s not so easy when Fuzzy’s ancestors have other plans and she keeps seeing ghosts!

With one foot in the Indigenous realm of culture, Country, and spirits, and the other firmly planted in the world of a 21st century teenager, Fuzzy’s journey is to realise she belongs to both in her own unique way.

The series was filmed entirely on location in the Scenic Rim area of South-East Queensland, and stars up and coming talent, Kyliric Masella as Fuzzy Mac, Mairehau Grace and Tjiirdm McGuire as Fuzzy’s best buddies Tui and Yar, and Tessa Rose and Charles Passi as her Nan and Pop.

NITV's Channel Manager, Tanya Orman, said: “NITV is delighted to bring Sue McPherson’s exceptional story to life and introduce Fuzzy Mac to audiences across Australia. The series brings Indigenous culture to the forefront and is important because it lets Indigenous kids see themselves on screen in a positive and fun way, and demystifies Indigenous culture for non-Indigenous audiences.

At a time when Australian children are hungry for home grown drama series, NITV is proud to create a televised adaptation of this well-known Australian Indigenous novel through an exceptionally talented cast.

Producers Lois Randall and Dena Curtis said:  “Grace Beside Me is thoroughly modern Australian drama that shows – in all its humour and pathos – the joys and challenges of teenage life for our utterly compelling young heroine, Fuzzy Mac.”

NITV co-commissioned the series with ABC children’s channel ABC ME. Screen Australia was a major investor in the series, with Screen Queensland and Cutting Edge. Disney Channel has also licensed the series in Australia and New Zealand, while the rest of world distribution is with Canada’s 9Story Media Group. The Australian Children’s Television Foundation, Screen Australia’s Indigenous Department and Screen NSW also supported early development of the series.

  Lois Randall, Sue McPherson and Dena Curtis, Photos supplied by Magpie Pictures.

Lois Randall, Sue McPherson and Dena Curtis, Photos supplied by Magpie Pictures.

Producers were Magpie Pictures’ Lois Randall (The Gods of Wheat Street) with Dena Curtis (8MMM Aboriginal Radio, Shadow Trackers). Executive Producers were Lois Randall, with NITV executive producer Mary-Ellen Mullane and ABC TV executive producer Libbie Doherty. The series was directed by Lynn-Maree Danzey (A Place to Call Home, Love Child), Beck Cole (Here I Am, Black Comedy) and Nicholas Verso (Nowhere Boys, Boys in the Trees).

Watch Grace Beside Me weekly on NITV from Friday 16 February at 7.30pm

The episodes will also be available on demand after broadcast via nitv.org.auGraceBesideMe


Lois Randall appointed to Screen NSW Advisory Committee

22 Jul 14 | NSW Film And Television Industry Advisory Committee appointed

Minister for the Arts, Troy Grant, has announced the appointment of the new Film and Television Industry Advisory Committee as part of the NSW Government’s ongoing commitment to the industry. Mr Grant said five members of the previous NSW Film and Television Board have been appointed to the Committee, along with two new members.

“The new Film and Television Industry Advisory Committee brings together the wealth of experience accumulated by previous Board members, plus the energy and vitality of two new members with regional and culturally diverse expertise.

“Northern Rivers screen producer, Lois Randall, and Iranian-born  Australian filmmaker, Amin Palangi will join Helen Wright (Chair), Darren Dale, Patricia Rothkrans, Sue Murray and Bob Campbell to provide independent expert advice to Government.”

Mr Grant said the Committee will continue to represent industry interests and be independent of Government, providing arm’s length decision-making for production funding decisions and offering valuable industry feedback and market intelligence.

Screen NSW will receive nearly $10 million in 2014-15 to support the development and production of screen projects in NSW, promote screen culture across the State, and market NSW as Australia’s premier screen production destination

Henry Parkes Foundation supports Magpie Pictures bid to produce Henry Parkes mini series.

The Henry Parkes Foundation was set up in honour of Sir Henry Parkes at the instigation of his descendants, to carry forward his egalitarian vision for Australia in ways relevant to today. The patron is Her Excellency, Professor M. R. Bashir AC, Governor of NSW.

In a letter of support to Magpie Pictures, Henry Parkes Foundation Chairperson Ian Thom, writes:

Sir Henry was a man of ideas and ideals. His vision was “to build a just, fair and egalitarian society through a democratically elected government with everyone educated and aware of their right and responsibilities and with equal opportunities to participate.”

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