find the latest legal job
Corporate/Commercial Lawyers (2-5 years PAE)
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: Adelaide SA 5000
· Specialist commercial law firm · Long-term career progression
View details
Graduate Lawyer / Up to 1.5 yr PAE Lawyer
Category: Personal Injury Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Mentoring Opportunity in Regional QLD · Personal Injury Law
View details
Corporate and Commercial Partner
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: Adelaide SA 5000
· Full time · Join a leading Adelaide commercial law firm
View details
In-house Legal Counsel & Commercial Lawyers
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: All Sydney NSW
· Providing lawyers with flexibility and control over when they work, how they work and who they work for.
View details
In-house Legal Counsel & Commercial Lawyers
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: All Melbourne VIC
· Providing lawyers with flexibility and control over when they work, how they work and who they work for.
View details
Australian firms help pave way for Hollywood blockbuster

Australian firms help pave way for Hollywood blockbuster

blockbuster

The release of the highly anticipated film Hacksaw Ridge might not have been possible without the assistance of two Australian law firms.

Released in Aussie cinemas recently, Hacksaw Ridge was directed by Mel Gibson and tells the tale of World War II soldier Desmond Doss.

Played by Andrew Garfield, Desmond Doss was a young Virginian-raised man who went to war as a conscientious objector. He refused to carry a weapon, choosing instead to fulfil his duty as a corporal and combat medic.

Despite being in the front line of battle, Desmond Doss never fired a gun, much less killed anyone. He became an American hero by helping others who were sick or injured, even going back into the firing line to assist those heavily wounded.

As well as being filmed in NSW and having a significant Australian representation in the cast – Rachel Griffiths and Hugo Weaving, to name two – there was significant Australian legal input into Hacksaw Ridge.

Kemp Strang partner Bill Chapman acted on behalf of Comerica Bank of California on the Australian law financing aspects of the transaction, while Nick Cole of Cole Media & Entertainment Law was the production lawyer for the film, representing the production company.

There was also a substantial element of cross-border legal activity involved in the project, with a mix of Australian and overseas investors and participants.

“Comerica Bank has been quite active in funding Australian film and television projects,” Mr Chapman said.

“They understand the local market and the incentives for Australian-produced product.

“We have advised them on a number of projects but Hacksaw Ridge is by far the highest-profile project they have supported. We are delighted to be involved in such a successful project.”

This sentiment was echoed by Mr Cole, who said the challenges of advising on a film of this scale were outweighed by the opportunities.

“Undertaking the production legal work on a film of this type is always very challenging. Projects like this are never the same and you learn a great deal,” he said.

”The film was essentially a studio film but made as an Australian independent production.

“I’m very proud of the film and grateful to the film’s producer, Bill Mechanic, for the opportunity to be a part of it.”

 

 Source:YouTube

Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

Australian firms help pave way for Hollywood blockbuster
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Dec 14 2017
International arbitration and business culture
Promoted by Maxwell Chambers. This article discusses the impact of international arbitration on t...
Papua New Guinea flag
Dec 14 2017
World-first mining case launched in PNG
Citizens of Papua New Guinea have launched landmark legal proceedings against the country’s govern...
Dec 14 2017
Punishing offenders twice pointless, politicians warned
The president of the Law Society of NSW has warned legislators from other states about adopting cont...
APPOINTMENTS
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
opinion
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
Help
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...