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Australian actor Anthony La Paglia will join David Wenham in the cast of producer Robert Connolly's writing and directing debut THE BANK, which is in production in Melbourne throughout August and September.

AX1 Films is handling world sales on the thriller, which is set in the world of high finance. Production company Arenafilm's distribution outfit, Footprint Films, has local rights.

The film is being financed by AX1 Films, Australian Film Finance Corporation, Victorian's film agency Cinemedia and pay-TV outfit the Premium Movie Partnership.

In Marion Pilowsky’s first move as head of international acquisitions and development at United International Pictures (UIP), the distribution powerhouse, and UK and Australian-based production company AX1 are partnering to release a slate of indie pictures in the UK.

The partners will initially release four titles over two to three years. AX1 aims to release the first early next year.

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