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Holding the Man movie review: grand romance, no qualifiers needed

3 June 2016 9:29 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Told with a lovely romantic sweep and full of raw, honest emotion, this is a gay love story that’s also just a great love story, full stop. Yay. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

A gay love story that’s also just a great love story, full stop? Yay. Without ever denying the particular challenges that faced gay couples in macho, conservative Australia in the 1970s and 80s, and without ignoring the particular horrors of the AIDS epidemic that ravaged an entire generation of young men, Holding the Man manages to elevate the romance of Tim (Ryan Corr: The Water Diviner) and John (Craig Stott) to the universal in a way that few movies about Lgbt relationships have yet to do. Director Neil Armfield (Candy), fortified by spirited, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Movie Review – Holding the Man (2015)

2 June 2016 8:10 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Holding the Man, 2015.

Directed by Neil Armfield.

Starring Ryan Corr, Craig Stott, Guy Pearce, Anthony Lapaglia, Sarah Snook, Kerry Fox and Geoffrey Rush.

Synopsis:

Tim and John fell in love while teenagers at their all-boys high school. John was captain of the football team, Tim an aspiring actor playing a minor part in Romeo and Juliet. Their romance endured for 15 years to laugh in the face of everything life threw at it – the separations, the discrimination, the temptations, the jealousies and the losses – until the only problem that love can’t solve, tried to destroy them.

In the early 80’s a disease suddenly came to prominence through a storm of sensationalist media reporting. Up until then not many had heard of HIV or AIDS, but a seeming outbreak of the disease, which at the time was largely attributed to the Gay community, who began stepping out from the shadows and finding a voice in society, »

- Amie Cranswick

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Holding The Man review: “A strong and engaging film.”

1 June 2016 10:52 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Holding The Man review: This adaptation of Timothy Conigrave’s memoirs is striking, but is it as powerful as 20 years ago? Holding The Man review

Holding The Man is the true story of Timothy Conigrave (Ryan Corr), a young gay Australian man in the 1970s who falls for fellow pupil John Caleo (Craig Stott). The two start up a relationship, and the film chronicles their lives through the 1980s as they fight prejudice and AIDS. The film is based on the novel and eventual play written by Conigrave himself, making for a strikingly personal account of a tragic time when many failed to understand same sex relationships, and those in the relationships were unaware of a devastating disease. It’s easy to look back with frustration at such a time, but Candy director Neil Armfield, once again tackles a divisive subject with compassion and relevance.

The film is played off as a romance straight off, »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Aaron Paul Thriller ‘Come and Find Me’ Lands at Saban Films

26 May 2016 12:43 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Saban Films has acquired North American distribution rights to the Aaron Paul-Annabelle Wallis’ thriller “Come and Find Me.”

The movie marks the feature debut of writer/director Zack Whedon, who is a producer and has penned episodes for “Halt and Catch Fire” and “Southland.” Whedon also co-created Neil Patrick Harris’ miniseries “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” with brothers Joss and Jed.

Whedon’s script appeared on the 2012 Black List. Paul plays a man who must track down the whereabouts of his mysterious girlfriend (Wallis), after he realizes she’s not who she was pretending to be.

“It’s surprising that this is Zack’s first feature,” said Saban FilmsBill Bromiley. “His filmmaking pulls together all the elements of a great thriller – intriguing characters, clever dialogue and expert pacing. It makes sense that the script attracted such A-list talent. We love this film and know audiences will, too. »

- Dave McNary

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Saban Films picks up 'Tomboy, A Revenger’s Tale'

23 May 2016 3:21 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The North American rights deal with ICM Partners on Walter Hill’s crime thriller caps a busy Cannes for the distributor.

Michelle Rodriguez, Sigourney Weaver, Tony Shalhoub, Anthony Lapaglia and Caitlin Gerard star in Tomboy, A Revenger’s Tale and The Solution Entertainment Group handles international sales.

The story centres on an assassin who is double-crossed and transformed by a rogue surgeon into a woman, whereupon she sets out to wreak vengeance on those who betrayed her.

Sbs Films’ Saïd Ben Saïd produced the film alongside Michel Merkt.

In Cannes Saban Films acquired Colm McCarthy’s The Girl With All The Gifts starring Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine, Glenn Close, and Sennia Nanua; and John Michael McDonagh’s War On Everyone Starring Michael Peña, Alexander Skarsgård, Theo James, and Tessa Thompson. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Michelle Rodriguez’ ‘Tomboy, A Revenger’s Tale’ Bought by Saban

23 May 2016 1:56 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Saban Films has acquired North American distribution rights to Michelle Rodriguez’ gender-swapping action movie “Tomboy, A Revenger’s Tale.”

The film follows an assassin, who’s double crossed by gangsters and finds himself in the hands of a rogue surgeon — played by Sigourney Weaver — who turns him into a woman. Rodriguez plays the assassin, who sets out for revenge.

Walter Hill directed from a script he wrote with Denis Hamill. Tony Shalhoub, Anthony Lapaglia and Caitlin Gerard also star.

“This is a revenge action thriller with a twist,” said Saban Film’s Bill Bromiley. “’Tomboy, A Revenger’s Tale’ is a unique and clever film which will take audience in a cool adventure.”

Sbs Films’ Saïd Ben Saïd produced the film alongside Michel Merkt, and Solution Entertainment Group is handling global sales.

The deal was closed during the Cannes Film Festival, where Saban also bought Colm McCarthy’s “The Girl with All the Gifts, »

- Dave McNary

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Saban Acquires ‘Tomboy, A Revenger’s Tale’

23 May 2016 11:41 AM, PDT | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

Saban Films has acquired North American rights to Tomboy, a Revenger’s Tale, starring Fast and the Furious and Resident Evil star Michelle Rodriguez. Walter Hill’s gender-swapping action movie also stars Anthony Lapaglia and Sigourney Weaver (Alien, Aliens, Ghostbusters). “The script, written by Hill from a story by Denis Hamill, centers on an ace assassin who is double-crossed by gangsters and […] »

- MrDisgusting

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‘Tomboy, A Revenger’s Tale’ From Walter Hill Acquired By Saban Films

23 May 2016 11:18 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Breaking: Saban Films has acquired North American distribution rights to Tomboy, A Revenger's Tale, Walter Hill's crime thriller starring Michelle Rodriguez, Sigourney Weaver, Tony Shalhoub, Anthony Lapaglia and Caitlin Gerard. One of the more controversial films in the genre, it follows a hitman (Rodriguez) who was double-crossed by gangsters and forced to undergo sex-reassignment surgery as punishment and then seeks revenge against them and the surgeon (Weaver)… »

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Saban Scores Hill's Controversial "TomBoy"

23 May 2016 11:02 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Saban Films has acquired North American rights to Walter Hill's controversial gender-reassignment crime thriller "Tomboy, A Revenger's Tale".

Michelle Rodriguez stars as a male assassin who gets double crossed by gangsters and finds himself in the hands of a rogue surgeon known as The Doctor (Sigourney Weaver) who turns him into a woman. The hitman, now a hit woman, sets out for revenge.

Tony Shalhoub, Anthony Lapaglia and Caitlin Gerard also star in the film which was written by Hill and Denis Hamill. Said Ben Said and Michel Merkt produced.

Source: Heat Vision »

- Garth Franklin

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‘Tomboy, a Revenger’s Tale’ Sales Art

13 May 2016 1:30 PM, PDT | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

Here’s Cannes sales art featuring Fast and the Furious and Resident Evilstar Michelle Rodriguez in Walter Hill’s gender-swapping action movie Tomboy, a Revenger’s Tale, which also stars Anthony Lapaglia and Sigourney Weaver (Alien, Aliens, Ghostbusters). “The script, written by Hill from a story by Denis Hamill, centers on an ace assassin who is double-crossed by gangsters and falls into […] »

- MrDisgusting

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Netflix strikes for gay love story 'Holding The Man'

6 May 2016 6:01 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Netflix takes world Svod rights to drama featuring Guy Pearce, Kerry Fox and Anthony Lapaglia; Goalpost inks additional key deals.

Netflix has swooped on world Svod rights to drama Holding The Man, director Neil Armfield’s adaptation of the well-received Australian memoir of the same name.

Goalpost Films inked the deal with Netflix and has closed additional deals for all other rights with Strand Releasing for the Us, Peccadillo Pictures for the UK and Ireland, Pro Fun for Germany and Switzerland and Cinemien for Benelux.

The film, which garnered six Aacta Award nominations this year and took more than $1m at the local box office last year, will roll out across Europe and Us before its August 1, 2016, start date on Netflix.

Ryan Corr, Craig Stott, Guy Pearce, Kerry Fox, Anthony Lapaglia and Geoffrey Rush star in writer Tommy Murphy’s adaptation of Timothy Conigrave’s memoir of the same name, about the rollercoaster »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Daily | Terence Davies

5 May 2016 6:50 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Starting this weekend, Terence Davies will be in New York as the Museum of the Moving Image presents a retrospective of his films, complete but for his latest, A Quiet Passion. He'll be discussing The Long Day Closes and Sunset Song, which opens in the States next week, and there'll be screenings of his Trilogy, Distant Voices, Still Lives, The House of Mirth with Gillian Anderson, Eric Stoltz, Anthony Lapaglia, Laura Linney, The Neon Bible with Gena Rowlands, Of Time and the City and The Deep Blue Sea with Rachel Weisz and Tom Hiddleston. We're gathering odes to one of Britain's greatest directors. » - David Hudson »

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Bo Report: Civil War dominates as Mother's Day, A Month of Sundays debut

1 May 2016 7:15 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Captain America: Civil War.

Disney's Captain America: Civil War debuted on 283 screens last week, grossing a whopping $13.8 million to leave studio stablemate The Jungle Book in the dust..

In its third week, The Jungle Book dropped sixty percent to take $2.3 million over the weekend, bringing its total earnings to $24.3 million so far.

Eddie the Eagle dropped fifty-one percent in week two, ringing up $1.2 million on 276 screens over the weekend. The Hugh Jackman-starrer has now brought in $5.5 million.

Other than Civil War, the highest-grossing debut was Mother's Day, starring Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston and Kate Hudson, which rang up $1.5 million on 253 screens..

That film may have poached some ticket-buyers from Melissa McCarthy's The Boss, which dropped sixty-five percent in its third week, bringing its total to $5.6 million off 241 screens.

Meanwhile Disney's Zootopia dropped seventy-one percent in its seventh week for weekend earnings of $492,527, and has now made $27.3 million.

eOne's »

- Harry Windsor

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Peccadillo Pictures to tour the UK with a line-up of Lgbt films this summer

28 April 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Peccadillo Pictures, the leading film distributor for Lgbt films in the UK, is taking a selection of the best contemporary Lgbt films from around the world on a nationwide roadshow festival called POUTfest. From June to September, a provocative and entertaining selection of international feature films and brand new British gay short films will be touring cinemas up and down the country prior to some receiving theatrical releases.

Supported by the BFI with National Lottery funding, the POUTfest tour aims to grow a national audience for new Lgbt cinema, with emphasis on providing access to regional audiences who in many cases have not previously been able to enjoy Lgbt cinema locally. Talent from the films are expected to attend screenings, and there will also be Skype Q&As, pre-recorded interviews, additional content and local personalities who will host panels and discussions related to the films.

Tom Abell, MD of Peccadillo, »

- Kat Kourbeti

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Aftrs IP forum tackles copyright in the digital age

26 April 2016 11:28 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Nick Batzias at the World IP Day forum.

More than 100 film and television students have joined Madman head of production Nick Batzias and copyright law experts to explore issues surrounding the future of screen IP in the digital age.

The event was held to mark World IP Day, a Un initiative established in 2000, to celebrate the role of intellectual property in creativity and innovation..

Aftrs chief executive, Neil Peplow, A Month of Sundays.producer Batzias and copyright law specialist Caroline Verge shared insights on the value of creative content, making Australian films and TV and managing change in the digital age.

While the Australian Screen Association.s newly appointed executive chairman, Paul Muller, joined with executive director of creative content Australia, Lori Flekser, to host the World IP Day event at Hoyts Cinemas at the Eq precinct.

Peplow said the emphasis was the ownership of IP..

.I think it.s »

- Brian Karlovsky

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Straight to the pool room: top 10 films about the Australian dream

24 April 2016 11:37 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The housing market may not sound like the most stimulating territory for a story, but it has been the basis of some of Australia’s greatest films

Book now for Guardian Australia’s screening of A Month of Sundays, on 27 April

Upcoming Adelaide-shot drama A Month of Sundays revolves around the real estate industry, through the story of a shonky broker (Anthony Lapaglia) who is inspired to change his ways. Meanwhile a young married couple, desperate to crack the housing market, are blocked out by bigger spenders.

Related: Anthony Lapaglia on American politics and ageism in Hollywood

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- Luke Buckmaster

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Straight to the pool room: top 10 films about the Australian dream

24 April 2016 11:37 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The housing market may not sound like the most stimulating territory for a story, but it has been the basis of some of Australia’s greatest films

Book now for Guardian Australia’s screening of A Month of Sundays, on 27 April

Upcoming Adelaide-shot drama A Month of Sundays revolves around the real estate industry, through the story of a shonky broker (Anthony Lapaglia) who is inspired to change his ways. Meanwhile a young married couple, desperate to crack the housing market, are blocked out by bigger spenders.

Related: Anthony Lapaglia on American politics and ageism in Hollywood

Continue reading »

- Luke Buckmaster

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Anthony Lapaglia on American politics and ageism in Hollywood

19 April 2016 11:24 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

La-based Australian actor says Hollywood decision makers are mostly business graduates that ‘crunch numbers’ rather than make sound artistic choices

Book now for Guardian Australia’s screening of A Month of Sundays, on 27 April

In Anthony Lapaglia’s new film A Month of Sundays, the latest work from Noise and Felony director Matthew Saville, the 57-year-old actor plays a grumpy Eeyore-like housing broker who walks around in a permanent funk. His character, Frank Mollard, is dour and reserved; a man of few words.

This is in stark contrast to the person who plays him; when we speak, he is at a Bondi hotel having landed just a few hours ago on a flight from La. Lapaglia is loquacious and engaging, rattling through topics with the kind of straight-shooting, borderline brazen sincerity often associated with beer-infused pub banter (it’s mid-afternoon and we’re drinking coffee).

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- Luke Buckmaster

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Anthony Lapaglia on American politics and ageism in Hollywood

19 April 2016 11:24 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

La-based Australian actor says Hollywood decision makers are mostly business graduates that ‘crunch numbers’ rather than make sound artistic choices

Book now for Guardian Australia’s screening of A Month of Sundays, on 27 April

In Anthony Lapaglia’s new film A Month of Sundays, the latest work from Noise and Felony director Matthew Saville, the 57-year-old actor plays a grumpy Eeyore-like housing broker who walks around in a permanent funk. His character, Frank Mollard, is dour and reserved; a man of few words.

This is in stark contrast to the person who plays him; when we speak, he is at a Bondi hotel having landed just a few hours ago on a flight from La. Lapaglia is loquacious and engaging, rattling through topics with the kind of straight-shooting, borderline brazen sincerity often associated with beer-infused pub banter (it’s mid-afternoon and we’re drinking coffee).

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- Luke Buckmaster

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A Month of Sundays duo Anthony Lapaglia and Matthew Saville in conversation

13 April 2016 10:26 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Justine Clarke, Anthony Lapaglia and Matthew Saville on-set.

Palace Cinemas will host actor Anthony Lapaglia and director Matthew Saville for preview screenings of their new film, A Month of Sundays, at Palace Norton Street in Sydney (April 19) and Palace Cinema Como (April 21) in Melbourne.

Screenings will be followed by a Q&A with the pair.

Lapaglia plays Frank Mollard, a divorced Adelaide real-estate agent with a teenage son who strikes up a friendship with an elderly stranger, played by Julia Blake.

This is Saville's third film after Noise and Felony. The filmmaker also has a long resume on TV, including Graham Kennedy TV movie The King, The Secret Life of Us, We Can Be Heroes and Please Like Me..

Tickets for the preview screenings can be purchased here. »

- Staff Writer

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