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Umbrella Entertainment is an Australian film distribution company that began operating in 2001.[1] It is based in Kew, Victoria.

In addition to DVD sales, Umbrella manages the theatrical releases of Australian films, documentaries and arthouse indie films.[2] Umbrella specialises in a wide range of content for theatrical exhibition, home entertainment, TV broadcasting and online download platforms. Umbrella has amassed a catalogue of over 1,500 titles and has one of largest collections of remastered classic Australian films and TV programs on DVD in the country.[3]

Umbrella also specialises in releases of rare, or classic cult horror titles. Notable examples include a restoration of the 1990 remake of Night of the Living Dead, Night of the Creeps and the Australian Ozploitation horror film Patrick. Umbrella recently released on DVD and blu-ray brand new transfer from 4K master of Roadgames and The Man from Hong Kong. Upcoming releases will be Dark Age (film) , Long Weekend, Cosi (film), One Night Stand (1984 film), Attack Force Z, and Body Melt.

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HistoryEdit

Umbrella Entertainment was founded in 2001, serving Australia and New Zealand. In recent years, it has begun serving international markets from this location. Annually, Umbrella produces up to 150 titles (films, TV programs and documentaries) for distribution on DVD which are released on a monthly cycle. Umbrella has developed highly successful internal web sales business with an ever growing email subscription base of loyal web based customers.

Umbrella undertakes rights management activities such as Theatrical and Non-theatrical distribution, Television licensing, video-on-demand, hotels and air-lines.

Theatrical releasesEdit

Umbrella Entertainment acquires, distributes and manages the theatrical releases of quality international and Australian films for Australia and New Zealand.

Umbrella’s 2017/18 theatrical releases are Jungle (2017 film). This film is based on the true story of Yossi Ghinsberg, a young backpacker who gets lost in the Amazon[4]. The film features Daniel Radcliffe and is directed by Greg McLean, other titles by Greg are Wolf Creek.

Music documentary Right Here: Finding the Go-Betweens, is directed by Kriv Stenders of Red Dog. This film premiered at the 2017 Sydney Film Festival, the documentary Namatjira Project about indigenous artist, Albert Namatjira and his legacy. [5]

The Australian surf film Rip Tide , featuring tween actress Debby Ryan[6], will be released In 2018, Cargo, Cargo[7], the zombie apocalypse thriller from the producers of The Babadook, starring Martin Freeman. In 2018 a Documentary about Jamaican singer Grace Jones, Blood Light and BAMI

Umbrella’s 2017 theatrical release schedule included Rough Stuff, the adventure story about an activist group who make a deal with treasure-seeking Rovers. Zach's Ceremony, an indigenous coming-of-age documentary. Film was shot over 10 years, it also won the Audience award at the 2016 MIFF [8] Melbourne International Film Festival.

150 Milligrams, Un sac de billes and Dark Diamond screened at the 2017 Australian and New Zealand Alliance Française French Film Festivals.

Girl Asleep is directed by Rosemary Myers was released in October 2015. The Film received critical acclaim. It was nominated for 7 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts AACTA Awards in 2016 and a Crystal Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival. It also won the Cinefest Oz Film Prize and the MIFF Age Critic Prize.

In 2015, the Australian/Vanuatu film Tanna, won various awards. The Audience Award at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival, This film was Australia's entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards and also got 5 nominations at Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts AACTA Awards.

In 2014, The Babadook was released. It was previously screened at Sundance Film Festival. The film Psychological horror film. In 2013 Umbrella released Backyard Ashes in 4 country towns. The Way, directed by Emilio Estevez about the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage was released in 2011.

Restoration of Australian filmsEdit

Umbrella has been in the business of remastering and preservation of Australian films, TV programs or documentaries and releases them around the world on VOD platforms, TV, Blu Ray and DVD.[9][10]

As of 2016 Umbrella is working with Roar Digital one of Melbourne’s premier post-production facility services to manage its film archive transfers (both 16mm and 35mm) to new digital mediums such as 2k and 4k. Umbrella is able to manage the complete package using Roar’s facilities and in-house production services. Roar Digital is providing audio solutions including creation of 5.1 audio, multi-format digital transfers and delivery of all files needed for the demands of networks, streaming services, Blu-ray sales and DVD release.

Some of their DVD and Blu Ray releases have been greatly appreciated for the HD mastering and inclusion of Extras and special features. Extras have been sourced through NFSA, with directors and their family members gaining access to previously unseen archival images, footage and interviews. The extras typically include interviews with producers, actors, historians, original advertising, commentaries and original artwork. Licenses for these Extras have been granted for online download/VOD, TV and DVD platforms all across the World.[11]

List of Australian producers and directorsEdit

Umbrella works closely with Australian directors/ producers such as Bruce Beresford, Peter Weir, Fred Schepisi, Anthony Buckley and Nadia Tass. Other notable directors/ producers/ cinematographer/ writers are:

List of restored and remastered Australian FilmsEdit

List of Australian feature filmsEdit

List of Australian Documentaries and Umbrella EntertainmentEdit

List of Australian Television and Umbrella EntertainmentEdit

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