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This week marks the 10th anniversary of the release of "Crash" (on May 6, 2005), an all-star movie whose controversy came not from its provocative treatment of racial issues but from its Best Picture Oscar victory a few months later, against what many critics felt was a much more deserving movie, "Brokeback Mountain."
The "Crash" vs. "Brokeback" battle is one of those lingering disputes that makes the Academy Awards so fascinating, year after year. Moviegoers and critics who revisit older movies are constantly judging the Academy's judgment. Even decades of hindsight may not always be enough to tell whether the Oscar voters of a particular year got it right or wrong. Whether it's "Birdman" vs. "Boyhood," "The King's Speech" vs. "The Social Network," "Saving Private Ryan" vs. "Shakespeare in Love" or even "An American in Paris" vs. "A Streetcar Named Desire," we're still confirming the Academy's taste or dismissing it as hopelessly off-base years later. »
- Gary Susman
A story shot entirely on iPhone, Sean Baker’s Tangerine, about a transgender La prostitute very cranky with her boyfriend, and another that is told in one take, Sebastian Schipper’s Berlinale award-winner Victoria, which features the Berlin party scene and a bank robbery, are among 12 movies in competition in the Sydney Film Festival (Sff).
Two Iranian films, Rakhshan Bani-Etemad’s Tales and Jafar Panahi’s Berlinale Golden Bear winner Tehran Taxi, are also in the running for the Us$50,000 (A$64,000) prize, as are French director Thomas Salvador’s “minimalist superhero film” Vincent, which he also stars in, and Portuguese director Miguel Gomes’ Arabian Nights, a six-hours-plus portrait of Portugal set to premiere at Cannes this month.
The three selections that have already won major prizes at top tier festivals are Francesco Munzi’s Italian »
- Sandy.George@me.com (Sandy George)
“Sherpa,” a timely Australian-Nepali documentary will play in main competition in the upcoming Sydney Film Festival (3-14 June).
The festival continue on an expansionary track. Having seen admissions grow by 42% since 2011, to welcome 146,000 admissions last year, it is adding two new venues. The lineup also grows from 183 last year to 251 this year. They come from 68 countries, up from 47 last year and include 33 world premieres, up from 15 in 2014.
More to follow.
- Patrick Frater
The festival program unveiled today includes 33 world premieres (including 22 shorts) and 135 Australian premieres (with 18 shorts) among 251 titles from 68 countries.
Among the other premieres will be Daina Reid.s The Secret River, Ruby Entertainment's. ABC-tv miniseries starring Oliver Jackson Cohen and Sarah Snook, and three Oz docs, Marc Eberle.s The Cambodian Space Project — Not Easy Rock .n. Roll, Steve Thomas. Freedom Stories and Lisa Nicol.s Wide Open Sky.
Festival director Nashen Moodley boasted. this year.s event will be far larger than 2014's when 183 films from 47 countries were screened, including 15 world premieres. The expansion is possible in part due to the addition of two new screening venues in Newtown and Liverpool.
As previously announced, Brendan Cowell »
- Don Groves
The new faith-based movie Risen is set to open in theaters winter of 2016.
Starring Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love), Tom Felton (Harry Potter), Peter Firth (“Spooks”) and Cliff Curtis (Live Free or Die Hard), and directed by Kevin Reynolds (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves), the action drama will be released on Friday, January 22.
Risen is the epic Biblical story of the Resurrection and the weeks that followed, as seen through the eyes of an unbelieving Clavius (Joseph Fiennes), a high-ranking Roman Military Tribune. Clavius and his aide Lucius (Tom Felton) are instructed by Pontius Pilate to ensure Jesus’ radical followers don’t steal his body and claim resurrection. When the body goes missing within days, Clavius sets out on a mission to locate the missing body in order to disprove the rumors of a risen Messiah and prevent an uprising in Jerusalem.
- Michelle McCue
Gwyneth Paltrow silver dress on the Oscars' Red Carpet Gwyneth Paltrow at the Academy Awards Donning a shining silver dress, Gwyneth Paltrow arrives at the 2011 Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Paltrow's latest movie, Country Strong, was up for a Best Song Oscar. It lost to the Toy Story 3 ditty "We Belong Together," by Randy Newman. More than a decade ago, Gwyneth Paltrow took home the Best Actress Oscar for John Madden's Shakespeare in Love (1998), a romantic comedy-drama also featuring Joseph Fiennes (as William Shakespeare), Judi Dench, Geoffrey Rush, and this year's Best Actor Oscar winner, Colin Firth (The King's Speech). Paltrow's (moderately) gender-bending Shakespeare in Love heroine remains her only Oscar-nominated performance to date. Directed by Shana Feste, Country Strong fared decently at the U.S. box office, but not as well as some had expected. Besides Gwyneth Paltrow, the cast includes »
- D. Zhea
The biblical epic tells the story of the confusion, wonderment and suspicion in the first 40 days following the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Tom Felton wants Bond role: 'It's why I wanted to do movies in first place'
Fiennes and Felton play Roman centurions who are compelled to discover the truth when Christ's body disappears from its burial tomb.
The religious thriller features many notable characters from the New Testament in its dramatisation of the resurrection.
The film will be »
A post-ad detective tale for the faith-based audience? Uh, it sounds ridiculous, but in “Risen,” Joseph Fiennes and Tom Felton play two Roman soldiers investigating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Look, we’re not making this up. In “Risen” Fiennes plays the fictional character of Clavius, who is assigned by Pontius Pilate (Peter Firth) to unravel the mystery of what happened to Jesus in the weeks after the crucifixion. "’Risen’ is an incredible noir detective tale. That's the angle that appealed to me," Fiennes told USA Today this week. "There are echoes of 'Chinatown.' It's a (Roman) Polanski landscape of a man being sucked into the narrative." Umm, ok, if you say so. Here’s the official synopsis: "Risen" is the epic Biblical story of the Resurrection, as told through the eyes of a non-believer. Clavius (Joseph Fiennes), a powerful Roman Military Tribune, and his aide Lucius (Tom Felton »
- Edward Davis
Director Kim Farrant's thriller centres on a tragedy for the Parker family occurring just as they move to the Australian desert town Nathgari.
As rumours spread about the family's past, the Parkers find themselves ostracised from their neighbors and without any clue where their children could be.
Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, Strangerland was shot on location in Australia's Northern Territory.
Strangerland is scheduled to open later this year. »
Originally titled Resurrection, TriStar has released the first trailer for what is now called Risen, a new movie exploring the New Testament story of the first forty days after the Resurrection of Jesus Christ through the eyes of an agnostic Roman Centurion (played by Joseph Fiennes) charged by Pontius Pilot (Peter Firth) to investigate rumors of a risen Jewish Messiah and locate the missing deceased body of Jesus of Nazareth in order to subdue an imminent uprising in Jerusalem. The film is directed by Kevin Reynolds (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, "Hatfields & McCoys") and co-stars Tom Felton, Cliff Curtis and Leonor Watling. Risen is set for a Jan. 22 release, watch the trailer below. sb id="1518715" height="360" width="640" »
- Brad Brevet
Thanks to Alchemy, we now have a trailer for the upcoming "Strangeland" drama/thriller, starring Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes and Hugo Weaving. Check it out below. Plot: The film centers on a couple, Catherine (Kidman) and Matthew (Fiennes), who've just arrived in a remote desert town and are tormented by a suspicion when their two teenage children mysteriously vanish. The new movie is directed by Kim Farrant and recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. It's set to be released in select theaters and on VOD on July 10th. Trailer: »
The first trailer has arrived online for director Kim Farrant’s upcoming thriller Strangerland starring Nicole Kidman, Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce and Joseph Fiennes; check it out below after the official synopsis…
Catherine (Nicole Kidman) and Matt Parker are trying to adjust to their new life in the remote Australian desert town of Nathgari. On the eve of a massive dust storm, their lives are rocked when their two teenage children, Lily and Tom disappear into the desert. With Nathgari now eerily smothered in red dust and darkness, the locals join the search lead by local cop, David Rae (Hugo Weaving). Suspicion is cast, rumors spread and ancient Aboriginal stories are told in whispers as the locals begin to turn against the couple. With temperatures rising and the chances of survival plummeting with each passing day, Catherine and Matthew find themselves pushed to the brink, as they struggle to survive »
- Gary Collinson
Sneak Peek footage, plus set images of Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman in director Kim Farrant's Australian thriller "Strangerland", co-starring Joseph Fiennes and Hugo Weaving, opening July 10, 2015:
"...'Catherine' (Kidman) and 'Matthew Parker' (Fiennes) are trying to adjust to their new life in the remote Australian desert town of 'Nathgari', keeping to themselves, unwilling to get close to anyone.
"Then on the eve of a massive dust storm, their lives are rocked when their two teenage children, 'Lily' and 'Tom' disappear into the desert.
"With Nathgari now eerily smothered in red dust and darkness, the locals join the search lead by local cop 'David Rae' (Weaving). Suspicions are cast and rumors spread, with ancient Aboriginal stories told in whispers as the locals begin to turn against the couple. With temperatures rising and the chances of survival plummeting with each passing day, Catherine and Matthew find themselves pushed to the brink, »
- Michael Stevens
Though Nicole Kidman has the movie star charisma to play Gertrude Bell, Grace Kelly and a foil to Paddington, it’s nice to see her return to her Australian roots with the Aussie drama Strangerland. Kim Farrant’s film premiered at this year’s Sundance, and it stars Kidman, Hugo Weaving, and Joseph Fiennes in a story about a mother (Kidman) and a detective (Weaving) looking for her teenage children in a massive desert storm. Here’s the full synopsis:
Newcomers to the remote Australian desert town of Nathgari, Catherine and Matthew Parker’s lives are flung into crisis when they discover their two teenage kids, Tommy and Lily, have mysteriously disappeared just before a massive dust storm hits. With Nathgari eerily smothered in red dust and darkness, the townsfolk join the search led by local cop, David Rae. It soon becomes apparent that something terrible may have happened to Tommy and Lily. »
- Brian Welk
There seems to be an influx of solid films coming from Australia lately, and one more will be arriving this summer. Strangerland marks the directorial debut of Kim Farrant, and features an impressive cast led by Aussie native Nicole Kidman, joined by Joseph Fiennes and Hugo Weaving. The film follows a couple who become frantic and panicked after their teenage son and daughter disappear in the Australian desert. It sounds like standard thriller fare, but the setting down under certainly makes for a nice change of pace, and looking at this domestic trailer, you can tell the film has some gorgeous cinematography. Watch! Here's the first Us trailer for Kim Farrant's Strangerland from Alchemy: You can check out the first trailer that surfaced for Strangerland last year right here. Strangerland marks the directorial debut of Kim Farrant from a script written by Fiona Seres and Michael Kinirons. Catherine (Nicole Kidman »
- Ethan Anderton
In January, the drama opened at the Sundance Film Festival. In their Sundance review, The Film Stage wrote, “it is Kidman and Fiennes’ expert balance of their characters’ noble and deplorable acts that keep the viewer wanting more.”
- Michelle McCue
The Australian outback is a powerful backdrop against which to set a film, and lately, its dangerous desolation has seen indie filmmakers make the most of it. Last summer, David Michod paired up Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson and set them loose in "The Rover." And in just a couple months, hot off Sundance, Nicole Kidman, Hugo Weaving, and Joseph Fiennes will enter "Strangerland." And a new U.S. trailer has arrived. Read More: The Essentials: The 5 Best Nicole Kidman Performances Kim Farrant (documentary “Naked on the Inside,” Australian TV show “Rush”) makes her feature debut on the movie which follows a newly arrived couple in a remote town who find their world turned upside down when their teenage children mysteriously vanish. And while the ingredients are here for something potent, our critic who saw the movie in Park City summed it up as a picture that "starts off promisingly enough, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Premiering at Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, Strangerland marks the narrative debut of Kim Farrant with the strong cast of Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes and Hugo Weaving. The story follows the couple of Catherine and Matthew Parker, whose marriage is pushed to the brink when their two teenage children disappear into the remote Australian desert and they are forced to confront […] »
- Jordan Raup
Here’s a look at the psych-thriller that newly rechristened Alchemy acquired at Sundance. Nicole Kidman and Joseph Fiennes star as a couple whose teenage son and daughter vanish from a remote Australian desert town just before a mammoth dust storm hits. Locals including a detective (Hugo Weaving) join the increasingly desperate search amid rising temperatures and fleeting hopes. The couple finds their relationship teetering on edge as panic and uncertainty grow. Lisa… »
First announced 18 months or so ago with Nicole Kidman, Hugo Weaving and Guy Pearce in the leads, Aussie melodrama Strangerland is now complete, with Joseph Fiennes replacing the latter. Following its debut for the select audience at Sundance, here's a trailer for the rest of us.The indie drama involves a couple, Catherine and Matthew Parker, coping with the unfortunate event of both their children vanishing in the Australian outback in a dust storm. Forced to confront the mystery of the kids' fate, some obvious relationship strains come to the fore.Kidman is, obviously enough, Catherine Parker, with Fiennes as Matthew and Weaving as town cop Detective Rae. Maddison Brown and Nicholas Hamilton play the kids Lily and Tom.Fiona Seres and Michael Kiniron wrote the screenplay, and Kim Farrant makes her feature debut as director. Strangerland doesn't have a UK release date yet. »
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