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7 items from 2014

Film Review: ‘Melody’

15 September 2014 6:04 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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

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Doc & Film seals National Gallery, Melody deals

9 September 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Melody [pictured] piques buyer interest after Montreal wins.

Doc & Film has scored sales on Belgian director Bernard Bellefroid’s surrogate mother drama Melody following an award-winning premiere at the Montreal Film Festival earlier this month.

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).

Co-stars Rachel Blake and Lucie Debay shared the best actress prize at Montreal where the film played in competition and also picked up a special mention from the ecumenical jury. 

Paris-based Doc & Film have also sealed new deals on Frederick Wiseman’s National Gallery which screened in the Tiff Docs section.

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.

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‘Two Days’ Wins Sydney Festival Prize

17 June 2014 10:19 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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.

The inaugural Documentary Australia Foundation Award went to “35 Letters,” directed and written by Janine Hosking. Special mention went to “Tender,” directed by Lynette Wallworth.

The Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films went to “I Want to Dance Better at Parties,” directed and written by Matthew Bate and Gideon Obarzanek.

The Yoram Gross Animation Award went to Phantom Limb, directed, written and produced by Alex Grigg. The Rouben Mamoulian Award for Best »

- Patrick Frater

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Sydney Film Festival Names Competition Jury

28 May 2014 11:14 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

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

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- Pip Bulbeck

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Buyers take LevelK's My Mistress

18 May 2014 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Erotic drama sells to UK and Russia.

Danish sales company LevelK’s Aussie erotic drama My Mistress starring Emmanuelle Beart has been sold to the UK (House), Russia (Russian Report) and Hong Kong (Sundream Motion Pictures).

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.

Directed by Stephen Lance, the film was made through Mini Studios and was produced by Leanne Tonkes. The executive producers are Robyn Kershaw and Bruno Charlesworth.

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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Gods of Egypt surveillance issue settled

31 March 2014 2:20 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

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

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Gods of Egypt rolls in Sydney

20 March 2014 4:36 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

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.

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- Don Groves

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