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A homeless young hairdresser agrees to bear an older woman’s child in exchange for enough money to start her own long dreamt-of salon in “Melody,” . Holed up in the elder lady’s English country home by the sea, the two women first warily circle each other, then slowly start to bond around convoluted questions of motherhood. But Bellefroid rejects any neat linear progression, preferring to send his two leads veering off on separate, erratic emotional trajectories that never necessarily mesh. Lucie Debay and Rachael Blake shared the actress award at Montreal for the film, which may find niche play abroad.
Even more than nationality, language or age, it’s class that separates 28-year-old Belgian Melody (Debay), an itinerant coiffeuse, from 48-year-old Englishwoman Emily (Blake), a highly placed executive in a London firm. At the beginning, the film follows them separately. We see Melody stuffing flyers in mailboxes to lure new clients, »
- Ronnie Scheib
Exclusive: Melody [pictured] piques buyer interest after Montreal wins.
The tale of a mother-daughter relationship that blooms between an older woman and the younger surrogate mother of her unborn child has sold to Canada (Axia Films), Taiwan (Cineplex) and Benelux (Cineart).
In Toronto, it has sold to Switzerland (Xenix), Spain (Surtsey) and Benelux (Cineart).
The film is due to be released in the Us by Zipporah Films on Nov 5 after a premiere at New York’s Film Forum theatre.
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s “Two Days One Night,” won the Sydney Film Prize on the closing night of the Sydney Film Festival.
The film was chosen by a jury headed by Rachel Perkins and filmmakers Khalo Matabane (South Africa) and Oh Jung-wan (South Korea), film critic and curator Shelly Kraicer (Canada) and Australian actress Rachael Blake.
The festival’s audience award went to “Winter Sleep,” the Nuri Bilge Ceylan film which last month won Cannes’ Palme d’Or.
- Patrick Frater
Sydney - The Sydney Film Festival has spread its net wide in appointing the jury for the seventh annual Sydney Film Prize with representatives from Canada, South Africa and South Korea joining president Rachel Perkins and her fellow Australian, actress Rachael Blake, on the jury. Film critic Shelly Kraicer (Canada), producer Oh Jung-wan (South Korea) and director Khalo Matabane (South Africa), with Perkins and Blake, will award the $60,000 cash prize fro the best film in this year’s official competition, looking for the most courageous, audacious and cutting-edge film from the 12 features selected. The winning film is
- Pip Bulbeck
Erotic drama sells to UK and Russia.
The Australian-produced film will receive its world premiere at the Melbourne Festival in August. Transmission are releasing in Australia this autumn.
My Mistress is the story of an affair between a vulnerable teenage romantic and a French S&M mistress that soon moves into more dangerous territory. Beart stars alongside Australian actor Harrison Gilbertson and Rachael Blake.
Screen Australia, Screen Queensland, Film Victoria, Miff Premiere Fund and Soundfirm provide the financing and the Australian release will be handled by Transmission. »
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The producers of Gods of Egypt have dropped a clause in the crew contracts which would have enabled them to access employees. work computers, emails and files.
The Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance objected to this provision as unlawful and a breach of its members' privacy.
The producers had sought the right to carry out intermittent surveillance of crew members. work-related computers including records of internet sites and pages visited, files downloaded, video and audio files accessed and data input during work hours or for work purposes.
The union said this clause would breach the Nsw Workplace Surveillance Act 2005 because the surveillance methods had not been disclosed, the surveillance was unauthorised and it would capture the personal devices and equipment of the personal property of employees and contractors.
.While the Meaa understands that producers take certain steps to preserve and protect the intellectual property associated with productions, this clause well »
- Don Groves
Gods of Egypt, Alex Proyas. fantasy action-adventure starring Gerard Butler, Game of Thrones. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Geoffrey Rush and Brenton Thwaites, started shooting on Thursday at the Fox Studios.
The budget is reportedly $150 million, financed by Us studio Summit Entertainment with support from the Nsw government.s Investment Attraction Scheme.
When he announced the grant, Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner said the production will create an estimated 400 jobs in the local industry and contribute around $75 million in direct production expenditure to the Nsw economy.
Stoner said several of the State.s visual effects companies would be used to create the film.s sets, landscapes and creatures.
Entertainment One (formerly Hopscotch eOne) gets the Australian rights via its output deal with Summit. Based on Egyptian mythology, the screenplay is by Proyas, Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, the team behind Universal.s Dracula Untold, which opens here in October.
Thwaites plays Bek, a young »
- Don Groves
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