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Doc Corner: 'Women He's Undressed' Reveals Hollywood Couture

12 hours ago | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Glenn here. Each Tuesday we bring you reviews and features on documentaries from theatres, festivals, and on demand.

Gillian Armstrong is nearly as prolific as a documentarian as she is a dramatic filmmaker. While the likes of her “Seven Years On” series (an Australian 7 Up), her Bob Dylan concert doc Hard to Handle, or the true crime murder mystery of an interior design queen in Unfolding Florence aren’t as well-known as her collaborations with Judy Davis, Cate Blanchett, Mel Gibson, and Winona Ryder, they are eclectic and passionate works nonetheless. As she said in her interview with Jose last year at Toronto, “there’s a different art to making documentaries” and unlike many other directors who split their time between mediums, her documentaries do feel distinctly unique from her other work and yet equally essential.

Her latest non-fiction work is Women He’s Undressed, a peek behind the velvet curtain at Orry-Kelly, »

- Glenn Dunks

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"I'm not your average dolly bird": Judy Davis on her career, quotas and writing

21 June 2016 7:18 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Judy Davis on the Sff red carpet with the winners of the Lexus Short Film Fellowship.

As the Lexus Short Film Fellowship jury chair, Judy Davis last week selected four young filmmakers - Alex Ryan, Anya Beyersdorf, Alex Murawski and Brooke Goldfinch - to receive $50,000 each to make a short that will premiere at next year's Sydney Film Festival.

The gender parity of the winners was a coincidence, Davis told If.

"On this jury, there was no quota, and I chose the films I liked. But as the afternoon wore on, it became clear it was looking like two and two. And one of the other members of the jury said, 'that's really good'."

Asked for her opinion on quotas, Davis said she wonders whether they might "breed resentment and mistrust", and argued instead for a shift in mindset: "that gradual but inevitable realisation that the female voice can be a profound voice, »

- Harry Windsor

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Judy Davis praises "impressive" recipients of inaugural Short Film Fellowship

14 June 2016 5:17 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

(l-r) Jurors Judy Davis, Lexus' Adrian Weimers and Sff director Nashen Moodley.

The winners of the inaugural Lexus Short Film Fellowship were announced last night at the Sydney Film Festival, with jury chair Judy Davis touting the promise of the next generation of Aussie filmmakers..

The four winners will receive $50,000 each to make a short..

They are Anya Beyersdorf, Alex Ryan, Brooke Goldfinch and Alex Murawski, who were chosen from a shortlist of 21 filmmakers, whittled down to four by Davis, Sff director Nashen Moodley, Lexus Australia's Adrian Weimers, Jan Chapman and Darren Dale.

"We spent the day in a big office in Sydney", Davis told If..

"I just found it very impressive that a writer can distill what they're saying, then communicate it effectively in ten or twelve minutes and, at times, achieve great complexity", Davis said.

"That really impressed me, and I felt very privileged to be able to read them, because normally I would never get to read a short film script. I've never been offered a short film."

The even gender split of the winners was an accident, Davis said.

"At the end of the process, one of the other jurors said, this is good because it's looking like two [men], two [women]. And I'll be honest, for me, it wouldn't make any difference.".

"I would just pick the four I thought were the best. If it had ended up being four men, I might have gone: oops. But still you've got to choose the four best. In this particular case, the two scripts that the women wrote are beautiful. It was not a painful decision.".

The four films tendered by the winners will premiere at next year's Sff, with a maximum length of fifteen minutes.

Uts and Aftrs grad Alex Ryan is making a short loosely inspired by the story of Brazilian student Roberto Curti, who was tasered by police and died in 2012, while Goldfinch's film is "a sci-fi thriller set in Woolongong with a female protagonist".

Aftrs grad Murawski aims to make a film "about a boy who leaves his friend behind after an accident and has to deal with the guilt of that situation"..

"It centers on grief and separation and the end of childhood", Murawski said. "It's called Snow."

Titled How the Light Gets In, Beyersdorf's short will reunite the team behind her previous film Vampir..

The idea for the film, "a meditation on terminal illness in a close-knit family", came to the director in the middle of the night.

"I woke up one night and thought, imagine if my fingers and hands were glowing. And I thought, what if there was a way you could represent an illness not as an illness but as this beautiful glow that's threatening to envelope you. So that's the crazy idea I had, and I wrote it for this very quickly."

Davis announced the four winners before a screening of Damian Walshe-Howling's MESSiAH, one of four winners of the International Lexus Short Films initiative. »

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Kate Winslet’s ‘The Dressmaker’ Set for September Release

9 June 2016 2:54 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Amazon and Broad Green Pictures have set Kate Winslet’s “The Dressmaker” for a Sept. 23 release date in the U.S.

Variety reported exclusively last month that Amazon had bought the U.S. rights to the Australian film, based on Rosalie Ham’s best-selling novel, during the Cannes Film Festival.

The story follows a glamorous dressmaker returns to her hometown in rural Australia during the 1950s to reconnect with her ailing mother and exact sweet revenge on the community that banished her as a child. As her plan unfolds, she finds love with a local man and success transforming the town.

Liam Hemsworth and Judy Davis also star in “The Dressmaker,” which was a hit in Australia with the second-highest gross in that market last year after “Mad Max: Fury Road.” The movie has already grossed over $20 million internationally.

The Dressmaker” premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Winslet won »

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Brooke Goldfinch talks shadowing Ridley Scott on the set of Alien: Covenant

24 May 2016 6:29 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Brooke Goldfinch.

Brooke Goldfinch is one of 21 emerging filmmakers shortlisted for the Lexus Short Film Fellowship, set to be announced at next month's Sydney Film Festival.

The four winners will receive $50,000 each to make a short, which will then premiere at the 2017 festival.

Goldfinch studied filmmaking at Nyu, and her short, Red Rover, won her the award for best direction in an Australian short at Flickerfest earlier this year.

In what is shaping up as a banner twelve months, she also beat out a record number of applicants to become one of two director's attachments on the set of Alien: Covenant, Ridley Scott's sequel currently shooting in Sydney.

"Last week we were doing night shoots and it was so cold", Goldfinch told If..

"My wardrobe is becoming better at dealing with the cold weather. I don't know why four and a half years in New York didn't teach me »

- Harry Windsor

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Kate Winslet's The Dressmaker Joins the Amazon Studios Family

18 May 2016 8:10 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Daniel Crooke here. In the past eight months we’ve seen Kate Winslet in her most peppery Polish accent pin a lifetime of parenting flaws on Steve Jobs, and rule a Mob roost with Russian verve in Triple 9. Audiences down under have already feasted upon her new film The Dressmaker, which won Best Actress honors for Kate, and Supporting Actress and Supporting Actor to Judy Davis and Hugo Weaving, respectively from the Australian Film Institute. Yet despite making its North American debut last year at Tiff, U.S. audiences have unfortunately been kept in the dark. A crying shame, once you’ve seen the splashy hats and dresses, striking desert landscapes, and simmering performances on display in its bold trailer so memorably exalted in Nathaniel’s Ynms.

Now, thanks to Amazon Studios, we will finally witness her smolder with a cigarette as an Aussie farmhouse carelessly blazes over her shoulder. »

- Daniel Crooke

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Amazon Buys ‘The Dressmaker’ With Kate Winslet (Exclusive)

18 May 2016 1:49 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Amazon Studios has bought domestic rights to “The Dressmaker” with Kate Winslet, Variety has learned.

The adaptation of the Rosalie Ham novel screened at last year’s Toronto Film Festival and was a box office smash in Australia. The streaming service will release the film theatrically in the U.S. this fall.

The Dressmaker” centers on a woman who returns to her hometown in rural Australia to care for her ailing mother and to exact her revenge on the community that exiled her at a young age. In addition to Winslet, the film stars Liam Hemsworth and Judy Davis. Jocelyn Moorhouse (“Proof”) directs.

Universal had certain foreign rights. The film debuted last year in Australia where it was the second-highest grossing Australian film after “Mad Max: Fury Road.” It also scored 13 Aacta Awards nominations, the equivalent of Australia’s Academy Awards, and won several, including a best actress statue for Winslet. »

- Brent Lang

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Watch: Susan Sarandon on Hollywood Pitting Women Against Women - and How Her New Series Will Tackle It

17 May 2016 1:10 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

It's been decades since Bette Davis and Joan Crawford collaborated onscreen for the iconic film Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, but, if you ask Susan Sarandon, not much has necessarily changed. The actress tells Entertainment Weekly and People at the Cannes Film Festival that her new FX series, Feud, is "the examination of Hollywood through the time of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford." "The question is whether or not things have actually changed that much," Sarandon explains. "Do we pit women against women? Do the studios still have more power than individual women?" The show, which stars Sarandon as Davis and Jessica Lange as Crawford, »

- Lindsay Kimble, @lekimble

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Watch: Susan Sarandon on Hollywood Pitting Women Against Women - and How Her New Series Will Tackle It

17 May 2016 1:10 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

It's been decades since Bette Davis and Joan Crawford collaborated onscreen for the iconic film Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, but, if you ask Susan Sarandon, not much has necessarily changed. The actress tells Entertainment Weekly and People at the Cannes Film Festival that her new FX series, Feud, is "the examination of Hollywood through the time of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford." "The question is whether or not things have actually changed that much," Sarandon explains. "Do we pit women against women? Do the studios still have more power than individual women?" The show, which stars Sarandon as Davis and Jessica Lange as Crawford, »

- Lindsay Kimble, @lekimble

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Sff 2016 boasts five Australian feature premieres, Mel Gibson in conversation

10 May 2016 7:28 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Alex Russell in Ivan Sen's Goldstone.

The full Sydney Film Festival line-up was unveiled this morning by Sff director Nashen Moodley, with five Australian feature premieres and eight Aussie documentary premieres.

In a coup for the festival, this year's Talks program at Sydney Town Hall's Hub will include a free talk with Mel Gibson, whose Blood Father is playing at the fest, as well as in-conversation events with Australian filmmakers such as Ivan Sen.

Sen's Goldstone, the festival's opening night film, will also feature in the official competition..

Other Aussie premieres include Abe Forsythe's Cronulla black comedy Down Under, Craig Boreham's queer drama Teenage Kicks, playwright Stephen Sewell's directorial debut Embedded, and Craig Anderson's thriller Red Christmas, starring E.T.'s Dee Wallace.

Also in the line-up are Aussie titles that premiered overseas last year, such as Beast, the McKeith brothers' Manila-set boxing drama that comes »

- Harry Windsor

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‘Café Society’ Clips: Jesse Eisenberg Is a Deer in Headlights

10 May 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Woody Allen‘s upcoming film, Café Society, will soon premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. Less than two months after its festival debut, we’ll all get a chance to see Allen’s latest, courtesy of Amazon. Set in the 1930s, the comedy stars Jesse EisenbergKristen Stewart, Steve Carell (who replaced Bruce Willis), Corey StollParker Posey, Blake Lively, Paul SchneiderJudy Davis, and […]

The post ‘Café Society’ Clips: Jesse Eisenberg Is a Deer in Headlights appeared first on /Film. »

- Jack Giroux

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Our 25 Most-Anticipated Films of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival

9 May 2016 9:44 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The Cannes Film Festival, cinema’s most esteemed yearly event, begins this week. While we’ll soon be on the ground for coverage, today brings a preview of what we’re most looking forward to among the eclectic line-up, ranging from films in competition to special screenings to select titles on the various sidebars. We should note that while we’re greatly looking forward to The Nice Guys, we’ve elected to make room for films that won’t be getting a wide release next week. Check out our most-anticipated features below and follow our complete coverage here throughout the month.

25. Hell or High Water (David Mackenzie)

Following up his acclaimed prison drama Starred Up, featuring Jack O’Connell’s best performance thus far, director David Mackenzie is back. The film, previously titled Comancheria, is now going by Hell or High Water, and will premiere in the Un Certain Regard »

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Watch: First Clips From Woody Allen’s ‘Café Society’ Featuring Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg

8 May 2016 5:37 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Set to kick off the Cannes Film Festival this year is Woody Allen‘s 1930’s-set Café Society, which looks to be a fittingly lavish spectacle, shot by the great Vittorio Storaro. Following the first trailer, the first trio of clips have landed for the film, featuring Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Steve Carell, Parker Posey, Blake LivelyCorey Stoll, Paul Schneider, Anna Camp and Judy Davis.

“I wanted to do kind of a novel on film, about a family and the relationships of the members toward one another, and the protagonist’s love relationship. I wanted it to have the structure of a novel, so I could move around and dwell on various members of the family. That’s why I narrated it because I was sort of the writer of the novel that you were experiencing when you saw the film,” Allen tells THR. Check out the clips below, as »

- Jordan Raup

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New Ryan Murphy FX Series Takes on Joan Crawford and Bette Davis Feud

5 May 2016 5:07 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Ryan Murphy, the prolific, Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning producer who pioneered the modern limited series form with the award-winning anthology American Horror Story and whose American Crime Story has been a critical and ratings triumph with its first installment The People v. O.J. Simpson, is launching a new FX limited series. Today FX has placed an order for Murphy's latest anthology franchise, Feud, an 8-episode series that will explore the bouts and blows of epic conflicts, it was announced by John Landgraf, CEO, FX Networks and FX Productions. Fox 21 Television Studios will produce the series for FX.

The first installment of Feud stars Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon and tells the story of the legendary rivalry between two of the greatest movie stars of all time - Joan Crawford (Lange) and Bette Davis (Sarandon), and how they came together in 1962 to collaborate on a picture each hoped would revive their careers. »

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Lange & Sarandon To Play Crawford & Davis

5 May 2016 12:10 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Not content with just FX's award-winning "American Horror Story" and this year's highly acclaimed "American Crime Story," producer Ryan Murphy is setting up a third anthology series at the network entitled "Feud".

Scoring a straight-to-series eight-episode order, each season of the anthology will center around a different epic battle between two major personalities. For this first season he's picked a juicy one - the legendary backstage battle between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis and how the rivalry came to a crescendo with the making of 1962's "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?".

Murphy has enlisted Jessica Lange to play Crawford and Susan Sarandon to play Davis in the series which also stars Alfred Molina as director Robert Aldrich, Stanley Tucci as studio mogul Jack Warner, Judy Davis as gossip columnist Hedda Hopper, and Dominic Burgess as 'Jane' co-star Victor Buono.

Murphy, Sarandon, Lange, Dede Gardener and Brad Pitt will all »

- Garth Franklin

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Ryan Murphy Anthology Series Feud Ordered at FX, First Season to Star Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon

5 May 2016 11:15 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Coming to FX in 2017: Jessica Lange v. Susan Sarandon.

The cabler has ordered to series Feud, a new Ryan Murphy-produced anthology series that will explore some of history’s greatest duels. Per Deadline, the first eight-episode edition will star Lange and Sarandon as Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, respectively. The cast also includes Alfred Molina, Stanley Tucci, Judy Davis and Dominic Burgess.

More to come…

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Ryan Murphy Lands Another FX Anthology, ‘Feud,’ Starring Jessica Lange & Susan Sarandon

5 May 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Third time’s another charm.

Ryan Murphy is staying in business with FX — and not just with “American Horror Story” and “American Crime Story” — but with an entirely new anthology series, titled “Feud,” Variety has learned.

Marking his third anthology with the cabler, Murphy has landed a straight-to-series eight-episode order for the “Feud” themed project with the first installment centering around the legendary backstage battle between Joan Crawford and Bette DavisSusan Sarandon will play Davis and Jessica Lange will portray Crawford. Each installment of the anthology will center around a different epic battle.

Alfred Molina, Stanley Tucci, Judy Davis and Dominic Burgess round out the cast. Brad Pitt will serve as an exec producer will Murphy and Dede Gardner with Sarandon and Lange producing. Murphy will direct several episodes.

The first season of “Feud” will tell the story of the legendary rivalry between two of the greatest movie stars of all time, »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Anya Beyersdorf and Tony Rogers swap roles in St Kilda premiere Vampir

26 April 2016 8:19 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Anya Beyersdorf is an actress (Blue Heelers, Crownies) turned director, whose 2014 short Gayby.was made as a Masters project at the Sydney College of the Arts before touring to festivals at home and abroad.

While studying she was taught screenwriting by Blue Murder's Ian David, and "fell hard" for it.

Her new film, Vampir, was produced by Nicole Coventry and will premiere at next month's St Kilda Film Festival..

Off the back of it, Beyersdorf was also shortlisted for Sydney Film Festival's Lexus Short Film Fellowship, presided over by Judy Davis.

Vampir came out of a single image, of "a guy walking across a field", said Beyersdorf.

"I started to think how easy it is to misunderstand people, and to judge people by the way that they look, and for the consequences to be quite full on."

To play the lead role, she enlisted Tony Rogers, a director best »

- Harry Windsor

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Kate Winslet’s ‘The Dressmaker,’ International Hits Screen as Filmfest DC Celebrates 30 Years (Guest Blog)

23 April 2016 12:46 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

While other American states are enduring primaries,, the Nation’s Capital has been celebrating 30 years of movies premiering at Filmfest DC, Washington, D.C.’s International Film Festival, this past week and through the weekend. This year, the festival opened with Jocelyn Moorhouse’s hilarious and poignant “The Dressmaker,” starring Kate Winslet as the sophisticated dressmaker coming home to see her elderly mother – played with a devilish twinkle by Judy Davis – and unearth what caused her exile at a young age. This Australian tragic comedy is full of witty lines, a unique mother and daughter relationship and a small town full. »

- Aviva Kempner

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Jesse Eisenberg falls for Kristen Stewart in first trailer for Woody Allen's Café Society

21 April 2016 11:40 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

A new Woody Allen film is usually one of the highlights of any year.

This time he reunites Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart (who have previously co-starred in Adventureland andAmerican Ultra), with Eisenberg's character moving to Hollywood in the 1930s, and of course, falling for the gorgeous, but taken Stewart.

The film boasts an impressive cast, as every Allen film does, including Steve CarellBlake LivelyParker Posey,Corey Stoll, and Judy Davis. Following Eisenberg as he meets the sophisticated and successful visitors of the café society that was a signature for the time period, this looks like another potential classic from Woody Allen.

Check out the first trailer below and see Café Society in theatres August 12th. »

- Adriana Floridia

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