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28 May 2012 – Drew Pearson making waves overseas
AFTER years of hard work, Dharruk actor Drew Pearson is riding the wave of success. As the lead star of Australian action thriller The Day Hollywood Died, Pearson is enjoying the feedback from the film industry who attended the movie’s premier earlier this month at Fox Studios. (read article)

24 May – Reconstructing Reality
Drew Pearson describes the experience of having The Day Hollywood Died premiere at Sydney’s Entertainment Quarter as nerve-racking. “You can never exactly know how the audience will respond. Especially with Ronnie S. Riskalla [director] and K.G. Donovan [writer] stretching pretty much every boundary in a small cult film. But it had been in post for quite some time and it was such a relief to see it hit the big screen with a packed audience.” (read article)

10 May 2012 – Mt Colah actor’s film impresses Europe
MT Colah actor Drew Pearson (pictured) has hit the big time, playing the lead character in the new film The Day Hollywood Died, which premiered at Fox Studios last Friday. The film has screened as a finalist at the European Independent Film Festival in Paris, and is about a bank heist that goes wrong. “I play a South African who gets caught up in a heist with six criminals … everyone turns on each other very quickly,” Pearson said. (read article)

9 May 2012 – The Day Hollywood Died: loaded spring
The world-premier of ‘The Day Hollywood Died’ was launched to a sell-out crowd in Hoyts Cinema at Fox Studio’s Entertainment Quarter in Sydney. What I attended was more than the launch of a film; I was privileged to witness to the launch of new careers. It was the day that first-time film-makers shattered every barrier (and indeed there were obstacles galore) to showcase talent plus drive plus determination plus passion, mixed with vision, perseverance, love, stubbornness, and professionalism by the bucket-load. (read article)

2 May 2012 – Local Film that’s on the rise
When Bankstown screenwriter KG Donovan took a look at Sydney’s landscape in 2007, he realised no one was making the films he went to the theatre to enjoy (read article)

1 May 2012 – Shen Yun Takes Film Producer on a Journey
SYDNEY—”It took me out of my reality and into the dream, and into the world of these characters,” said film producer Sam Kanj during intermission at the Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company performance at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre on Tuesday evening, May 1. Based in New York, Shen Yun Performing Arts was established in 2006 with the mission of reviving 5,000 years of divinely inspired Chinese culture. (read article)

20 April 2012 – Out of the shadows for director Riskalla
FILM director Ronnie Riskalla has come a long way since his days operating the projector at Wetherill Park’s Hoyts cinema. The former projectionist is preparing for the release of his debut feature film, The Day Hollywood Died. (read article)

22 February 2012 – Mooz-Lum starring Danny Glover: portraying Muslims in a positive light
Qasim Basir grew up in a world filled with prejudice. A world where Muslims were victimised and negatively portrayed. The tragic events on September 11, 2001 didn’t exactly help matters either.

“All I ever see in the media or all I have ever seen in the media was this negative portrayal of Muslims in America and around the world,” Basir says to IF during a visit to Australia late last year. (read article)

21 February 2012 – Rising Pictures announces short film comp and date of The Day Hollywood Died
Rising Pictures today announced the inaugural PREMIERE Short Film Competition 2012. The competition aims to get entertaining, insightful and original short films in front of audiences and industry professionals. This better positions filmmakers to build their careers in the industry. (read article)

9 October 2011 – Reel Woes for Muslim Director in New York
If you’re gay, a Holocaust survivor or a victim of rape, the American film industry is eager to bring your life to cinema screens. But it’s a different story for African-Americans and Muslims, according to the director of Mooz-lum, Qasim Basir.

”When you’re a black man trying to make movies of substance, this industry doesn’t necessarily roll out the red carpet for you,” he said. ”They expect us to make either a comedy or gangster movie, something that our audience is more familiar with.” (read article)

27 September 2011 – Mooz-lum trailer, starring Danny Glover
tells the story of an African-American-Muslim family whose lives are changed forever after September 11, 2001. Directed by Qasim “Q” Basir, the film stars renowned actor Danny Glover, best known for the Lethal Weapon franchise. (read article)

14 September 2011 – Rising Pictures on way up
Established by film enthusiast and Bankstown resident Sam Kanj, it began producing and distributing features from its fetherstone studios in 2009. (read article)

13 September 2011 – The Day Hollywood Died inspired by Tarantino, Rodriguez
Press release from Rising Pictures. An emphatic score from composer Henrique Dib and a thrilling title sequence open what is one of the must-see films of the year.

The Day Hollywood Died, the story of one man reliving unreliable memories of a heist to try and uncover who he is, was penned by K.G. Donovan and directed by debutant Ronnie S. Riskalla. The film is ambitious in both plot and scope, featuring a rumbling score usually reserved for major Hollywood blockbusters and packed full of action, comedy, drama and thrills. (read article)

31 March 2008 – Young actor heads to the top of his field
REMEMBER the name Drew Pearson. You’ll soon hear a lot more about this Dharruk actor, who has a busy year ahead.

His latest film, The Day Hollywood Died, will be released later this year while his role as a knight in the eight-part series Double the Fist will soon be aired on ABC TV. He has just finished shooting a Qantas commercial for the Socceroos which will also go to air shortly. (read article)

16 October 2007 -Homegrown: big film on tiny budget
You don’t need a multi-million-dollar budget to get film buffs queuing at cinema box offices. A small budget and a cast of volunteers is all that’s required, according to filmmaker Ronnie Riskalla. He spent two weeks with 50 volunteer actors, shooting on set in Kellyville, which wrapped up on October 7. (read article)