We are so delighted to share with everyone that Shakespeare Republic has a new home as of April 1 – with the fabulous Australian streaming service Ozflix! The work of the Republic will be streaming globally alongside some of Australia’s greatest feature films, including Mad Max, Romper Stomper, The Castle, The Man From Snowy River, Proof, Animal Kingdom, Wolf Creek, Kenny, Muriel’s Wedding, the list goes on, as well as short films featuring Guy Pearce, Sigrid Thornton, Jack Thompson, Ditch Davey and more and the new strand of Aussie web series, set to take on the world!
We would like to thank Ron Brown and the Ozflix team for all their love for the show and for being so amazing to work with in putting this together with us over the past couple of months.
There will be more announcements coming about this exciting new chapter for the series, but for now, we just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has made this series possible. It truly takes a village, and we are so very grateful for all your support and enthusiasm.
We have remastered a few of the episodes from both seasons and will be releasing over April some new behind-the-scenes content on the Ozflix platform, which is keeping us busy, but is so exciting!
Last Friday we were delighted to have both our new trailer (edited by Ozflix) and fabulous Nadine Garner’s episode (as “Viola”) from Season Two screened as part of the recent Ozflix Open Air Screenings at QV Melbourne. This was followed with a Q&A with Republic creator/director, Sally McLean with Ozflix CEO, Ron Brown, before the main film of the night – The BBQ, starring Shane Jacobson and Magda Szubanski.
Some further exciting news might have been announced in passing during the Q&A, but if you weren’t there, you’ll have to wait a little longer – until this Thursday (Melbourne time) to be exact, when the news will be officially, officially announced during the broadcast of the 2019 Ozflix Independent Film Awards at ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image).
If you’re Melbourne-based, we highly recommend you come along to the Awards – they are an excellent night of celebration of the independent film scene in Australia and with a jury this year that included Oscar winners George Miller & Margaret Sixel (Mad Max: Fury Road, Happy Feet), screenwriter/playwright David Williamson (Emerald City, The Club), actors Claudia Karvan (Love My Way, The Secret Life Of Us), Chris Hayward (The Man From Snowy River, Muriel’s Wedding), Tony Bonner (Anzacs, Skippy) and Kaarin Fairfax (West of Sunshine, Young Einstein), director Kriv Stenders (Red Dog, Lucky Country), among others, as well as Special Guest Michael Caton and the creme of Aussie independent talent in attendance, it’s definitely worth being a part of it all!
And … Republic creator/director, Sally McLean and Producer, Billy Smedley will be there presenting one of the awards!! So you’ll get to see us in person too!
During our stint on the stage, there’s a bit of a special announcement planned about The Republic that the Ozflix team are cooking up, so you’ll also be able to celebrate with us at the bar afterwards!
For those who can’t be there in person, the entire awards will be live-streamed by Ozflix via their Facebook page, so you can be part of the fun (and hear our news in full in real time), wherever you are in the world!
For Tickets to the event, head here: https://www.acmi.net.au/events/ozflix-independent-film-awards/
To see the global live-stream on Thursday night (6pm AEST), head here: https://www.facebook.com/ozflixtv/ (and hit the “like” button, so you get a notification when they go live on the night!)
And that’s it for now … more to come next week! Till then, take care of each other and speak anon!
Sally & Billy