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In the multi-generational drama Hall will play Rory, a talented photographer who, at 42, isn.t where he wants to be, lacking a home, a girlfriend and a successful career.
He meets 29-year-old Ryan (Castle-Hughes), the eldest of three siblings who had led a selfish life until she discovers a talent for cooking. Ryan recognises Rory.s talent and hard work and encourages him to let go, allowing unexpected things to happen.
It.s the debut feature from The Film Bakery, produced by cinematographer/producer Ben Allan. Chong, a commercials and documentary director, started writing the screenplay five years ago. »
- Don Groves
There is a certain kind of film, rare in the best of times, that exudes a distinct creative concentration, a precisely measured marinade of character and story that suggests an extended gestation period of forethought and planning. Bill Pohlad’s “Love & Mercy” is such a film, and so is George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road.” Harnessing the intimate scale of the former and the root cultural vibe of the latter (minus the extreme speed and transplanted location), co-writer and director Jeremy Sims’ “Last Cab to Darwin” tells the moving tale of a dying taxi driver and his cross-country quest to receive the voluntary euthanasia process enacted for a brief period of time in a single Australian state in the mid-1990s (it is now illegal across the land). Fests will line up at the rank to hail this “Cab,” with older-skewing theatrical success a fare bet.
An aging hometown »
- Eddie Cockrell
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
Jeremy Sims' Last Cab to Darwin will be the first film to premiere under the new Independent Association of Australia initiative, My Cinema Premiere. Both the initiative and the film.s involvement were announced by Icaa CEO Adrianne Pecotic at the opening of the Icaa Conference, held from 5-7 May at Dendy Opera Quays in Sydney. My Cinema Premiere is an extension of Icaa.s hugely successful marketing platform, My Cinema, which was launched at the Conference last year. Supported by Screen Australia.s Enterprise Growth program, My Cinema Premiere has been created to allow Australian cinema audiences - particularly in regional areas - the opportunity to enjoy the excitement and glamour of an exclusive premiere event. The initiative is a branded series of special events and preview screenings designed to build audiences for select films in Icaa Independent Cinemas. Hosted around the country by Icaa, the aim is »
- Emily Blatchford
Producer Lisa Duff has joined Screen Australia as investment development manager, documentaries.
She succeeds Mary-Ellen Mullane, who started two weeks ago as senior commissioning editor at Sbs.s National Indigenous Television (Nitv).
Duff has worked on features, TV dramas and documentaries for 15 years. Most recently she produced with Greg Duffy Last Cab to Darwin, Jeremy Sims. road movie drama starring Michael Caton, Jacki Weaver, Emma Hamilton and Ningali Lawford-Wolf; and Anupam Sharma.s Unindian, a romantic comedy featuring Tannishtha Chatterjee and Brett Lee in his first lead role.
Icon will release Last Cab, the saga of a taxi driver who is told he doesn.t have long to live and embarks on an epic drive from Broken Hill to Darwin to die on his own terms, in August.
- Don Groves
Due to start shooting in Sydney and regional Nsw in August/September, the drama revolves around multiple generations.
The protagonist is Rory, who is 42 and a talented photographer but not where he wants to be, lacking a home, a girlfriend and a successful career.
He meets 29-year-old Ryan, the eldest of three siblings who had led a selfish life until she discovers a talent for cooking. Ryan recognises Rory.s talent and hard work and encourages him to let go, allowing unexpected things to happen.
Jarratt will play Rory.s father, a baby boomer, with Caton as the grandfather, a pre-boomer. The two leads haven.t been cast yet.
It.s the debut feature from The Film Bakery, produced by cinematographer/producer Ben Allan. Chong, a commercials and documentary director, »
- Don Groves
6 items from 2015
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