SCREENDAILY – Principal photography has begun on zombie thriller Generation Z, starring Dougray Scott, Jessica de Gouw and Martin McCann.

Set in the wake of an apocalyptic zombie outbreak, the film centres on Melanie (de Gouw) and her boyfriend Lewis (McCann) who visit a safari retreat – The ReZort – where every paying guest has a licence to kill the undead.

There they meet Archer (Scott), a former zombie-hunter who has to step up when the security system at the ReZort crashes and unleashes thousands of bloodthirsty zombies back into the wild.

The film, produced by Matador Pictures, The Captain Starlight Company and UMedia, will be shot on location in Wales and on Mallorca, Spain. UMedia International is handling world sales.

The cast is led by Scott, perhaps best known for his role in Mission:Impossible 2, who recently wrapped shooting on Taken 3. Other main cast includes Jessica de Gouw, star of TV series Dracula and Arrow, and Martin McCann (71, The Pacific). The supporting cast includes Claire Goose, Jassa Ahluwalia and Elen Rhys.

Steve Barker, the British filmmaker behind Nazi zombie feature Outpost and Outpost II, directs from a script by Paul Gerstenberger.

Producers are Nigel Thomas and Charlotte Walls of Matador Pictures (All Is By My Side) and Nick Gillott of The Captain Starlight Company. Executive producer is Karl Richards of UMedia, which majority financed the film, with Gloucester Place Films.

The project was attracted to film in Wales by Gennaker Ltd (working alongside sister company Western Edge Pictures), which runs a new film and media fund.

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INDIEWIRE – The Toronto International Film Festival has announced new additions to its Gala and Special Presentation selections as well as 5 other all new line ups of films that will screen during this year’s festival, which takes place from Sept 4-14 this year.

Contemporary World Cinema
Cut Snake – Tony Ayres, Australia, International Premiere. Set in Melbourne in the mid-1970s, Cut Snake tells the story of Sparra Farrell (Alex Russell), a very private young man who is trying to make a life for himself in a new city. He has found honest work and becomes engaged to the outgoing and charismatic Paula (Jessica De Gouw). But the prospect of his new life is challenged when the charismatic Pommie (Sullivan Stapleton) tracks him down. Sparra finds himself drawn back into a world that he thought he had left behind.

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I have added several photos of Jessica at the ‘Cut Snake’ world premiere during the 63rd Melbourne International Film Festival in Australia.

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Jessica attended the opening night of the 63rd Melbourne International Film Festival on July 31, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. She looks stunning!

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SYDNEY MORNING HERALD – Set in 1973, Tony Ayres’ new film is a thoroughly convincing piece of noir. But it’s far more than that, too. Alex Russell is Sparra, a man of few words and modest ambitions, trying to make a life with his soon-to-be-wife Paula (Jessica de Gouw). They have a house overlooking the bush, he has his eye on an apprenticeship, and apart from the occasional night out at a drag club in town with Paula’s friend Yvonne, everything looks set for the straight and narrow. Until, that is, Pommy (Sullivan Stapleton) turns up on his doorstep, casting a very large shadow marked “the past you haven’t told your girlfriend about” over proceedings. Turns out Sparra was a jailbird, and Pommy his cellmate; now he thinks Sparra owes him, and he’s determined to get what’s his. Stapleton is astounding, oozing menace without ever becoming cartoonish with it. There’s a faint echo in the plot of real events involving the underworld in Brisbane in the early 1970s, but Ayres makes this material his own, showing he’s found a way to mix the artier inclinations of his earlier work (most famously 2007’s The Home Song Stories) with the demands of genre. Cut Snake is an unexpected and invigorating piece of work, blessed with a simply brilliant central performance.

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NEWS.COM.AU – IT WAS during a 10-minute standing ovation for Australian movie These Final Hours at this year’s Cannes Film Festival that young Perth actor Jessica de Gouw knew she had chosen the right career path.

“To have gained such a response … that’s why I’m an actress,’’ de Gouw says. “Cannes was amazing. We had no idea what to expect and how the film would be received. As soon as the credits ended and the lights came up it was an amazing feeling to have connected with an international audience. When we arrived for the first screening there were queues around the block. The amount of people who have already reached out to this film … for the film to have moved so many people … it’s pretty fulfilling to experience this.’’

These Final Hours, directed by Australian Zac Hilditch from his award-winning screenplay, follows the last day of self-obsessed James (Nathan Phillips) as he makes his way to the ultimate apocalyptic party as the end of the world draws near.

James’ first stop is to visit his secret lover Zoe, played by de Gouw, who is at a beach shack and wants a genuine connection before the apocalyptic fire ball hits Perth.

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NEWS.COM.AU – Rachael Taylor, Margot Robbie, The Hunger Games’ Stef Dawson … rising star Jessica De Gouw has joined a growing list of Aussie actresses that have found Hollywood easier to crack than their own, homegrown film industry.

Like most “overnight sensations,” the 26-year-old West Australian would like to think that she at least paid some of her dues.

But even De Gouw is surprised by the speed with which her career took off after she moved to Los Angeles two years ago.

After landing her first screen role in Southern Star TV series The Sleepover Club at the tender age of 16, De Gouw decided that, in the interests of career longevity, she should first study her craft at Curtin University before attempting the difficult feat of making it as a professional actor.

On graduation, she moved to Sydney to look for work.

“I did bit and bobs of TV and film,’’ says the actress during a break from filming TV series Deadline Gallipoli with Sam Worthington and Hugh Dancy.

“But it was hard to crack so I thought I would just take the leap. I first went to LA in mid-2012 – packed a bag and went over there.”