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  • admin 08:36 on 14/10/2018  

    Emotional … Jennifer Connelly and Russell Crowe in Noah. Photo: Niko TaverniseFull movies coverageMovie session times
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    The Noah hype cavalcade continues full force ahead of this week’s US and Australian release, with an early review calling it “vital and audacious” amid continuing outrage from Christian groups.

    With the New York and Sydney premieres happening Wednesday, the Hollywood Reporter said the film had already opened on Friday in Mexico with a “promising” $US1.4 million ($1.5m) and South Korea with another $US1.4 million, putting it on a par with space blockbuster Gravity.

    As reviews start to emerge, the Hollywood Reporter’s critic Todd McCarthy was full of praise for the $160 million biblical epic. He said it pushed “aggressive environmentalism”, which completely omitted any mention of the name “God” altogether.

    “Whereas for a century most Hollywood filmmakers have tread carefully and respectfully when tackling biblical topics in big-budget epics aimed at a mass audience, [director Darren] Aronofsky has been daring, digging deep to develop a bold interpretation of a tale which, in the original, offers a lot of room for speculation and invention.”

    He added that conservative and “literal-minded” followers of faith “will find plenty to fulminate about here”.

    He said the film carried “numerous dramatic fabrications” and “heavy-handed ecological doomsday messages”.

    “But whether you buy these elements or not, this is still an arresting piece of filmmaking that has a shot at capturing a large international audience both for its fantasy-style spectacle and its fresh look at an elemental Bible story most often presented as a kiddie yarn.”

    Elsewhere Scott Foundas from Variety wrote that it was an “uneven but undeniably bold, personal, visually extravagant take on the Old Testament tale”, which will is likely to ride a “high sea of curiosity” to score a strong box-office interest.

    Despite launching a global PR offensive in Mexico City, Moscow, the Vatican and Reykjavik, none of the stars will head to Sydney for the Thursday release due to a clash with the New York premiere. A smaller premiere attended by local celebrities will take place at Event Cinemas George Street on Wednesday night.

    Noah star Russell Crowe has kept local fans in mind, however, tweeting two days ago that the film was out in Australia soon. “Can’t wait until you guys get to see it. Response from screenings in Moscow, Mexico City and Rio is intense.”

    #Noah out in Australia soon. Can’t wait until you guys get to see it. Response from screenings in Moscow, Mexico City and Rio is intense.— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) March 22, 2014

    Christian outrage continues to swirl around the film, however, despite the filmmakers including a disclaimer that “artistic license” had been taken and “the biblical story of Noah can be found in the book of Genesis”.

    Right-wing US radio host Glenn Beck said the film was “dangerous disinformation” and that children would believe the version of the film adaptation over the Bible story told to them by their parents.

    He added he had not seen the film and had no intention to, and that he hoped it was a “massive failure”.

    In a effort to avert criticism from religious groups, studio Paramount has released a new eight-minute promotional featurette running praise from Christian leaders for the film. “Movies aren’t meant to preach. Movies aren’t sermons, and so if they can bring up the topic and start conversations, that’s a good movie,” said Karen Covell, founder of the Hollywood Prayer Network. “And this one made me ask questions.”

    Phil Cooke, a Christian media producer and consultant, who has advised the studio on the film, said: “Christians have to stop looking at Hollywood as the enemy, and start reaching out. Missionaries have discovered that you don’t change minds by criticism, boycotts or threats. You change minds by developing a relationship and a sense of trust.”

    Noah has been banned in many Muslim countries because it depicts a Koranic prophet, a taboo in the Islamic world.

    Crowe is adamant the snub by much of the Muslim world is not a major setback for the film.

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    Nothing compares to… Ellen: Kimmel and the Clintons. Kimmel
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    Anything Ellen can do, Jimmy can do better.

    Well, that might not be completely true, but late-night host Jimmy Kimmel was certainly willing to give it a crack by trying to outdo the talk show queen’s famous Oscars selfie.

    “@TheEllenShow- No Brad Cooper but 3 Clintons & a Kimmel @Bill Clinton @HillaryClinton @ChelseaClinton #selfie,” Kimmel tweeted.

    The tweet, which came after an interview with the famous family on Saturday night, was parodying Ellen DeGeneres’s selfie from this year’s Oscars that featured Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey and Bradley Cooper.

    If only Bradley’s arm was longer. Best photo ever. #oscarspic.twitter南京夜网/C9U5NOtGap— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 3, 2014

    Ellen’s tweet became the most retweeted of all time, with more than 3.4 million retweets, breaking the record previously held by US President Barack Obama.

    Obama’s reign resulted from a photo of himself hugging his wife, Michelle after he was re-elected in November 2012. “Four more years,” said the tweet, that was retweeted around 780,000 times.

    Four more years. pic.twitter南京夜网/bAJE6Vom— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 7, 2012

    During an interview with Obama last week, Ellen michieviously mentioned her Twitter win.

    “I don’t know if you know this, but I was aiming to break your record of retweets, and I apologise for doing it,” DeGeneres said, “but I broke your retweet record.”

    The first lady of chat shows may have beaten the first family of the United States, but Kimmel, even with the powerful backing of a former president, couldn’t overtake either of them.

    So far his tweet has only been retweeted a comparatively paltry 7424 times.

    His interview with the Clintons was part of the Clinton Global Initiative University forum at Arizona State University. Presumably the other people in the shot were some of the 1000 students attending the forum.

    Kimmel’s interview covered how the couple first met at Yale Law School as well as the family’s favourite television shows. For good measure, he threw in a few policy questions.

    Asking Hilary whether she would run for president in 2016, she replied:

    “I am very much concerned about the direction of our country,” she said. “And it’s not just who runs for office but what they do when they get there and how we bring people together and particularly empower young people so we can tackle these hard decisions.”

    Fairfax Media

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  • admin 08:36 on 14/10/2018  

    Former NSW MP and former chairman of Australian Water Holdings Michael Costa Photo: Marina Neil A corruption probe has heard that Nathan Rees used to refer to Australian Water Holdings as “a bunch of crooks”. Photo: Ben Rushton
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    Former NSW premier Nathan Rees called a company in which the Obeid family had a secret shareholding “a bunch of crooks”, a corruption inquiry has heard.

    Kerry Schott, the former chief executive of Sydney Water, told the Independent Commission Against Corruption on Monday that the state-owned utility had a “fraught” relationship with Australian Water Holdings.

    The ICAC is examining allegations the family of corrupt former Labor minister Eddie Obeid had a 30 per cent “secret shareholding” in AWH and that Mr Obeid corruptly lobbied colleagues on behalf of the company.

    Dr Schott said a contract between Sydney Water and AWH to manage the installation of water and sewerage infrastructure was “very sloppily drafted”.

    The ICAC has heard she became suspicious about millions of dollars in expenses AWH was charging to the public utility, including for chauffeur-driven limousines and donations to the NSW Liberal Party.

    “Sydney Water was not a bottomless pit of money,” Dr Schott said.

    Dr Schott said that Mr Rees, who was then water minister, “used to refer to them [AWH] as a bunch of crooks”.

    “A bunch of crooks? What was his thinking there?” counsel assisting the inquiry, Geoffrey Watson, SC, asked.

    “I think the thinking was partly based on advice from Sydney Water to our minister for water that the company was over-charging him, over-charging us.

    “It’s not the sort of advice we would normally bother with but, because he was being frequently visited by them, we needed to make sure that he knew what was happening within Sydney Water with that company.”

    Mr Obeid allegedly told a colleague to “sack that bitch”, in a reference to Dr Schott.

    The inquiry has heard Mr Obeid predicted a corruption complaint would be made against her by Liberal MP Chris Hartcher.

    An anonymous complaint was made to ICAC, and the lawyer for Mr Hartcher’s former adviser Tim Koelma said on Friday that Mr Koelma was “the source” of the letter.

    At the time of the complaint, Dr Schott and senior colleague Ron Quill were standing in the way of a lucrative public-private partnership between the NSW government and AWH.

    Earlier, the ICAC heard that former NSW treasurer Michael Costa was “acutely aware” AWH was running up huge bills when he was chairman and tried to rein in costs.

    Peter Canaway, who is now the chairman of Australian Water Holdings, told ICAC on Monday that Mr Costa “didn’t like the word insolvency” but knew the company was in financial trouble by early 2012.

    Mr Canaway said the former Labor treasurer was “one of the most capitalistic socialists I’ve ever met” and made efforts to rein in the extraordinary expenses of the infrastructure company, including the million-dollar plus salaries of some of the company’s directors.

    The ICAC has heard the family of Mr Obeid had a 30 per cent “secret shareholding” in AWH but there is no suggestion Mr Costa was aware of their interest.

    “When Michael was chairman, the board was acutely aware of the cashflow issues,” Mr Canaway said.

    “He tried very hard to get the company going in [the] right direction.”

    AWH has a contract with Sydney Water to manage the installation of water and sewerage infrastructure in Sydney’s north-west.

    The ICAC has previously heard the company was billing Sydney Water for millions of dollars in “administrative” costs, including chauffeur-driven limousines and political donations.

    Mr Canaway said that, when he brought in auditors to look at AWH’s books, they noticed that an AWH director had written two cheques to himself, totalling $57,000, in late 2010.

    The auditors noted that there were no receipts for these payments and they were booked as Queensland business development expenses.

    The inquiry has heard that AWH had also submitted these bills to Sydney Water for payment.

    Mr Canaway said he had earned “zip” since he was installed as the chairman of AWH, after Mr Costa stepped down in late 2012.

    Mr Canaway and three associates invested $500,000 in the company in mid-2011 under an agreement structured as a loan, the inquiry heard.

    They later provided millions more to prop up the company. When word got out in late 2012 that the ICAC was interested in the Obeids’ interest in AWH, any potential “white knights” suddenly found they had other things to do, Mr Canaway said of attempts to sell the business or find investors.

    His accountant wrote in February 2012 that AWH was “currently insolvent and living in an overhead world they can’t afford”.

    Due diligence also revealed “some personal usage of the company account for limousine services”.

    The inquiry heard Mr Costa resigned after Mr Canaway and his associates threatened to call for the repayment of their investment rather than take shares in the company.

    Mr Costa is not accused of any wrongdoing and Mr Watson has said “his role seems to have been a positive one”.

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  • admin 08:36 on 14/10/2018  

    A Weatherzone radar image of greater Sydney at 2.06pm on Monday. Flash flood: motorists drive through water on the Princes Highway at Carlton. Photo: Jane Dyson
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    The Bureau of Meteorology issued this thunderstorm warning for between 4.30pm and 5pm today.

    SMH reader picture sent in from Newbridge Rd at Moorebank. Photo: Danny Akkari

    The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for Sydney due to the risk of flash flooding from heavy rains forecast for Monday afternoon and evening.

    The alert, issued on Monday morning, applies to parts of the Metropolitan, Central Coast (southern Hunter) and Illawarra forecast districts.

    In Sydney, the rain is expected to particularly fall over the east and south, as the city prepares for its wettest week in at least four months. Some western suburbs are facing their wettest week since at least last winter or even autumn, forecasters advise.

    The rain band should arrive from late morning and extend into the evening and beyond, said Brett Dutschke, senior meteorologist at Weatherzone.

    “Flash flooding is a fair chance over the next 24 hours,” Dr Dutschke said. “Coastal areas are at the greatest risk although flooding could occur almost anywhere.”

    Dr Dutschke said widespread falls would bring 30-60 millimetres of rain, with the potential for more than 100 millimetres for some regions.

    That compares with almost 65 millimetres so far this month for downtown Sydney, about half the average for March, typically the second wettest month of the year.

    Moisture being drawn off the Pacific Ocean mixing with a pool of cold air in the upper atmosphere is creating ideal conditions for heavy rain.

    Significant falls have already been recorded over part of the Blue Mountains on Monday morning.

    The gloomy weather will persist for much of this week, with more rain and showers likely until sunny and dry conditions return by the weekend.

    Along with today’s drenching, Sydney is likely to snap its record run of mild autumn temperatures. For the past 21 days, daily maximums have exceeded 25 degrees, beating the previous record run of 16 such days set in 1977, Dr Dutschke said.

    The State Emergency Service advises that people should not drive, ride or walk through flood water, and keep clear of creeks and storm drains.

    Weatherzone is owned by Fairfax Media, publisher of this website.

    The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for Sydney due to the risk of flash flooding from heavy rains forecast for Monday afternoon and evening.

    The alert, issued on Monday morning, applies to parts of the Metropolitan, Central Coast (southern Hunter) and Illawarra forecast districts.

    In Sydney, the rain is expected to particularly fall over the east and south, as the city prepares for its wettest week in at least four months. Some western suburbs are facing their wettest week since at least last winter or even autumn, forecasters advise.

    The rain band should arrive from late morning and extend into the evening and beyond, said Brett Dutschke, senior meteorologist at Weatherzone.

    “Flash flooding is a fair chance over the next 24 hours,” Dr Dutschke said. “Coastal areas are at the greatest risk although flooding could occur almost anywhere.”

    Dr Dutschke said widespread falls would bring 30-60 millimetres of rain, with the potential for more than 100 millimetres for some regions.

    That compares with almost 65 millimetres so far this month for downtown Sydney, about half the average for March, typically the second wettest month of the year.

    Moisture being drawn off the Pacific Ocean mixing with a pool of cold air in the upper atmosphere is creating ideal conditions for heavy rain.

    Significant falls have already been recorded over part of the Blue Mountains on Monday morning.

    The gloomy weather will persist for much of this week, with more rain and showers likely until sunny and dry conditions return by the weekend.

    Along with today’s drenching, Sydney is likely to snap its record run of mild autumn temperatures. For the past 21 days, daily maximums have exceeded 25 degrees, beating the previous record run of 16 such days set in 1977, Dr Dutschke said.

    The State Emergency Service advises that people should not drive, ride or walk through flood water, and keep clear of creeks and storm drains.

    Weatherzone is owned by Fairfax Media, publisher of this website.null

    The SES has performed two flood rescues this afternoon after people became trapped in their car attempting to drive through floodwaters. One at Bexley Road in Canturbury and the other at Milperra Road in Bankstown.

    “We don’t want people to deliberately drive through water,” SES NSW spokeswoman Becky Gillings said.

    “We want you to get home to alive, so if you can, find an alternate route that’s going to keep you safe.”

    There are reports of heavy flash floods in Mascot, Zetland and Bankstown.

    The SES is attending 60 calls for help across Sydney – mostly for flash flooding, leaking roofs and fallen trees.

    “Flash flooding is the main concern, the Bureau is predicting anywhere between 100 and 120mm in some areas,” Ms Gillings said.

    For emergency help from the SES in floods and storms call 132 500.

    The most recent rainfall figures from the Bureau of Meteorology give an insight into which suburbs have experienced the worst of today’s rain.

    Bankstown has recorded the highest rainfall at present, with 57.4 millimetres falling since 9am.

    Other figures include:Sydney Airport 34.2 millimetres Camden 41.2 millimetresNorah Head 29 millimetresLucas Heights 27.4 millimetresOlympic Park 15.2 millimetres

    Meanwhile, the Observatory Hill weather station has recorded just 3.6 millimetres in that time. Does that sound right to people? Might be a mistake?

    Sydney Airport is having issues with incoming and outgoing flights due to the weather.

    “We do have delays and there have been some flight diversions,” a spokeswoman for the airport said.

    Earlier a “five nautical mile” alert was issued which meant ground staff weren’t permitted on to the tarmac for safety reasons.

    However, a 747 has recently landed and the airport spokeswoman recommended contacting your airline directly for specific information on flights.

    Storm delay at @SydneyAirport. It’s a bit wet. https://t.co/3WExILEjCE (ping @QantasAirways) #Sydney— Sumen Rai (@sumenrai79) March 24, 2014

    Here’s how the weather radar was looking as of 2.06pm on Monday.

    As you can see, there’s no shortage of cloud, with the worst of it passing over the city’s southern suburbs.

    Please send in any tips or images from this afternoon’s storm to [email protected]南京夜网.au or through our Facebook page. You can also Tweet us @smh.

    @abcnews This is Morley Ave, Roseberry. Usually a road, now a river pic.twitter南京夜网/2RC1ZPEWtr— Cam O’Neill (@ONeillCam) March 24, 2014

    Cam O’Neill has uploaded to YouTube this video of a car almost floating down Morely Avenue at Roseberry.

    From Environment Editor Peter Hannam:

    The arrival of the rain snapped the record run of days of 25 degrees or warmer weather, with today’s maximum topping out at 23.2 degrees just after 1pm.

    As Brett Dutschke from Weatherzone tells us, the 21-day run was the longest ever in autumn in records going back to 1859 for Sydney.

    It was also the 6th longest for any time of the year.

    Buried with the numbers, though, is this neat statistic. Before today, Sydney had clocked up 19 consecutive days of at least 26 degrees – and that’s the longest at that threshold for any month. The previous record was 18 such days, set in February 2004.

    Roads are starting to reopen after earlier closures due to flooding, the Transport Management Centre says.

    Bexley Road has reopened to traffic in both directions and the Bondi-Randwick exit from the Eastern Distributor at Moore Park has also reopened.

    Flooding is still affecting these roads:O’Riordan Street at Wyndham Street in AlexandriaNewbridge Road at Governor Macquarie Drive in Chipping NortonCumberland Highway at Old Windsor Road in Constitution HillThe River Road at Canterbury Road in RevesbyHeathcote Road at Forum Drive in Heathcote

    So far there are reports of flash flooding in these suburbs:RoseberyNorth BondiBankstownMascotZetlandBotanyAlexandriaChipping NortonConstitution HillRevesbyHeathcoteSutherlandMenaiPymble

    Tales of flash flooding are emerging, with some extraordinary rainfalls in short periods in Sydney today. Weatherzone has just confirmed some of the biggest deluges.

    “It began early this afternoon in the Hunter with Norah Head gaining a staggering 18mm in 10 minutes. Soon after the first major Sydney storm of the afternoon developed in the southwest with Camden gaining 14mm in 10 minutes.

    “But soon after this heavy rain and storms swept over most of Sydney’s western, southern and eastern suburbs. Bankstown and Canterbury have been seeing some of the heaviest falls thus far, with with 18mm and 20mm in only 10 minutes respectively. By 2pm Bankstown, Blacktown and Prospect had already received over 50mm.

    “For Bankstown, this is their heaviest daily total in just over a year, recorded in just under an hour. These suburbs and surrounds have experienced significant flash flooding.”

    To put those figures into perspective, it’s worth noting that rainfall rates in excess of five millimetres in 10 minutes can be enough for flash flooding.

    Here are some of the best photos we have seen so far of the flash flooding that has hit various Sydney suburbs on Monday.

    Remember to send us your photos at [email protected]南京夜网.au.

    Two men have been struck by lightning in Sydney this afternoon.

    A man believed to be about 19 was standing in a puddle on Dransfield Aveneue in Mascot when lightning struck a metre or so away, an ambulance spokesman said. Paramedics took him to St Vincent’s Hospital in a stable condition.

    Another man, in his 50s, was at a work site when lightning is reported to have struck the tool he was using, believed to be a jackhammer. The lightning knocked down and injured the man. Paramedics have taken him to Sutherland Hospital in a stable condition.

    A man has died after becoming trapped in a flooded drain at the Lucas Heights Waste Management Centre.

    Paramedics were called to the centre on New Illawarra Road about 3.15pm.

    On arrival they found the man already dead, an ambulance spokesman said.

    Police are investigating his death.

    Drivers have been warned to avoid Alfords Point Road, which is closed going northbound at Old Illawarra Road in Menai.

    One southbound lane has reopend but traffic is very heavy, a spokeswoman from the Transport Management Centre said.

    Audley Weir in the Royal National Park is also closed in both directions due to flooding.

    These roads are still affected by flooding:The Princes Highway at Acacia Road in SutherlandThe Pacific Highway at Bobbin Head Road in PymbleThe River Road at Canterbury Road in RevesbyCumberland Highway at Constitution Hill

    The SES has recieved 220 calls for help today, most of those from Sydney and particularly the south and southwest.

    “We’ve been fortunate with not much wind this weather system, so the number of calls have been quite low,” a NSW SES spokesman said.

    The calls for help included six flood rescues where people have become trapped in their cars, and damage to homes.

    The Bureau predicts more storms overnight and into tomorrow.

    “Hopefully the worst will be over by lunchtime tomorrow,” the SES spokesman said.

    The SES has dozens of teams out responding to calls this afternoon and some will continue to work through the night.

    Bexley Road is closed again in both directions at Bexley North due to flooding of Wolli Creek.

    Flooding is also affecting the following roads:Princes Highway at Acacia Road in SutherlandBangor Bypass one kilometre west of Akuna Avenue in BangorAlfords Point Road at Old Illawarra Road in MenaiThe River Road at Canterbury Road in RevesbyPacific Highway at Bobbin Head Road in PymbleCumberland Highway at Old Windsor Road in Constitution Hill

    Commuters, it’s time to start the engines or jump on the bike because the rain over Sydney has eased – for now at least.

    Sarah Chadwick, a forecaster with the Bureau of Meteorology, said the rain has eased off but showers and possibly heavy rain may return this evening.

    “You’ll have a couple of hours, looking at the system,” Ms Chadwick said.

    Still, it’s possible that thunderstorm activity could return later with the evening burst so moist is the air mass over the region, she said.

    The heaviest falls were mostly in the 2-3pm period. Areas such as Lucas Heights have clocked up 55.7 millimeters since 9am, with 61.6 mm at Bankstown – most of the rain falling in a short period.

    Most of the storms are currently heading south to the Illawarra.

    Sydney may see more heavy rain tomorrow morning before it eases off, Ms Chadwick said, adding people should “keep an eye on the warnings”.

    Bankstown has topped the list of Sydney suburbs affected by rain today.

    Since 9am, 63.8mm of rain has fallen on the western Sydney suburb. Canterbury is not far behind with 60mm and Sydney Airport received about 39.6mm.

    In Lucas Heights, where a man earlier drowned, 59.6mm of rain has fallen since 9am.

    My street earlier this afternoon… #flashflood#sydneyweather#cronullapic.twitter南京夜网/CQeZXJlNVT— Sarah J Hill (@barehill) March 24, 2014

    The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 4.05pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the radar near waters off Wollongong and waters off Thirroul. They were forecast to affect Wollongong, Bulli and Pt Kembla by 4.35 pm and Kiama, Campbelltown and Helensburgh by 5.05 pm.

    Heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding is likely.

    There was 55mm of rain recorded in just 30 minutes at Cronulla South Bowling Club at 2.40pm, and 64mm in one hour at Audley (Royal National Park) at 2.53pm.

    The next warning is due to be issued by 5.10pm.

    A more general severe thunderstorm warning is also current for parts of the Metropolitan, Illawarra, North West Slopes and Plains and Northern Tablelands districts.null

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    It’s the Neighbours plot twist no one could predict. Ramsay Street will face a zombie apocalypse as part of a $400,000 Screen Australia and YouTube incentive to tap into the web’s creativity and give online content creators a step up.
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    Under the Skip Ahead program, five artists with popular YouTube channels will get a helping hand with funding and production resources. Among the recipients is Louna Maroun, who will join forces with FremantleMedia for a Neighbours zombie five-part web series featuring cast from the show. Filming starts in a few months.

    She will be aiming for laughs rather than terrifying audiences. ”It’s just poking fun,” Maroun says. ”It will be really tongue in cheek. It won’t freak everyone out. I’m hoping to see a lot of comedy, as that’s what I do best.”

    Maroun, 26, has 140,000 subscribers across three YouTube channels featuring music and comedy, beauty tutorials and a day-to-day vlog. She’s well acquainted with the zombie genre, having produced many clips including make-up tips, Frankenweenie spoofs and Halloween specials.

    ”There’s a huge fanbase for the zombie genre,” she says. ”It’s so fresh and amazing that [FremantleMedia] are willing to do this sort of thing. It’s just a fan dream.”

    Maroun was approached with the original concept by FremantleMedia. The company’s director of digital content, Alicia Hamilton, says it continuously monitors what is happening on YouTube. ”We were really impressed by the content she was producing on her YouTube channels and thought it would add a new dimension to this extension for Neighbours,” she says.

    Screen Australia’s senior manager for interactive and multi-platform, Tim Phillips, says the one-off program is about taking people who are doing interesting things online and taking it to the next level. ”We designed it from the ground up, with a desire to try and propel content creators that already have a following to build on that audience,” he says.

    Also supported under Skip Ahead are the musical comedy trio Axis of Awesome, car channel Mighty Car Mods, adult animators SexuaLobster with a show about a singer, Fernando, and his pursuit of fame, and science and education guru Derek Muller and his channel Veritasium.

    Phillips says the Neighbours web series is the one most likely to pull in ”fresh eyeballs” but adds that the program has one clear aim for audiences.

    ”It’s about great, great local content on their screens, whichever screen it might be,” he says. ”We just want great Australian stories and this is just one way to get them to audiences.”

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