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This year saw the release of his first film since, 'The Duel', a western starring Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson. He talks to If about living in L.A., the film's development process and a fraught production in Mississippi.
You.ve been living in La since Wish You Were Here, is that right?
We came over for Sundance for Wish You Were Here and the whole experience was a real trip for us. We had the opening night film and there was a massive party afterwards catered by some sort of celebrity chef who had been flown in. And all the top agents had flown up from L.A. specifically for that screening, and we were just being courted. At »
- Harry Windsor
International Sales Agent LevelK is looking for a paid intern to start in January 2017..
A digital distributor as well as sales agent, LevelK is headquartered in Copenhagen and has offices in Hong Kong and, as of 2016, in Sydney.
The company has worked with Aussie titles since its inception in 2009, including Kieran Darcy-Smith's Wish You Were Here — LevelK's first acquisition.—.as well as The Little Death, The Rocket and The Turning.
"We are really excited about working on the ground here in Australia with our partners, and [having] the chance to provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain experience in this field," LevelK Australia director Alexandra Burke told If.
The internship is open to women only and is supported by Screen Australia's Gender Matters — Brilliant Careers program..
Tasks will »
- Harry Windsor
Matilda Brown will be an ambassador for AFI | Aacta.s annual online short film competition, #SocialShorts. Brown joins the Blue-Tongue Films group — comprising Joel and Nash Edgerton, David Michôd, Kieran Darcy-Smith, Luke Doolan, Mirrah Foulkes and Spencer Susser — in the role..
Now in its third year, #SocialShorts allows viewers to watch and vote for short films from emerging Aussie filmmakers as they vie against each other in three categories: comedy, drama and open.
The online competition runs over three weeks; one category a week..
The winner in each category will receive a cash prize and a mentorship with #SocialShorts Ambassadors, as well as tickets to attend the 6th Aacta Awards Industry Luncheon presented by Blue Post at Sydney's Star, where they will have the opportunity to "make new connections and discuss new collaborations with industry leaders".
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- Staff Writer
A cinematically flat, sluggish western that feels altogether bloodless despite offering up several splatterings of runny red stuff, The Duel is a messy misfire, shooting itself in the foot with disjointed storytelling and a lack of artistic vision. It’s a forgettable, muddled affair that’s elevated to a certain extent by two leads whose contrasting styles go together unexpectedly well – just about the only positive note that’s worth pointing out.
Bringing a brooding, poker-faced presence to the rivalry at the center of the film is Liam Hemsworth, who plays Texas Ranger David Kingston. It’s 1866, a time when the Rio Grande acted as the border between Mexico and the United States; when a procession of Mexican corpses start floating down the river, David is sent on an undercover mission by his Ranger superiors to investigate the prime suspect, a religious leader named Abraham Brant (a crackling, witty Woody Harrelson »
- Bernard Boo
To help sift through the increasing number of new releases (independent or otherwise), the Weekly Film Guide is here! Below you’ll find basic plot, personnel and cinema information for all of this week’s fresh offerings.
Starting this month, we’ve also put together a list for the entire month. We’ve included this week’s list here, complete with information on screening locations for films in limited release.
See More: Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for June 2016
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, June 24. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.
Director: Gary Ross
Synopsis: “In Jones County, Miss., Newt Knight joins forces with other farmers and a group of slaves to lead a rebellion against the Confederacy.”
- Steve Greene
If you’re an actor playing someone who’s sick and twisted and evil, almost nothing will get you into character quite like a startling new look. That tends to be the case whether the look comes courtesy of the makeup department (think Heath Ledger’s Joker in “The Dark Knight” or Robert De Niro’s Al Capone in “The Untouchables”) or, simply, the electric razor. In “The Duel,” Woody Harrelson plays some sort of lethally charismatic Southern cult leader in the years after the Civil War, and his performance, which is all about being the kind of person no one can take their eyes off of, begins with his look: a shaved head, which seems like no big deal, but with matching shaved eyebrows (and occult tattooish squiggles in their place), all of which give Harrelson the appearance of a death-row psycho, or an overgrown baby, or maybe a strutting alien. »
- Owen Gleiberman
You may be expecting a pistol or a rifle, but Kieran Darcy-Smith’s The Duel uses a more unusual weapon. All who step to it will quake beneath the power of its tedium. A truly remarkable cinematic soporific, one might want buy a DVD copy to keep round the house, just in case the local pharmacist runs out of sleep aids.
What’s most unfortunate about this traditional good v evil tale from the old west is that its story had potential, but as if fulfilling the requirements of a twisted dare, Darcy-Smith stitches the story together in the most defiantly boring style imaginable. Not even the sight of Woody Harrelson atop a horse in a bright white leather duster and top hat make this worth checking out. »
- Jordan Hoffman
Over the past few years the Western genre has been enjoying a small resurgence; sure, many of those films seem to fly under the radar when compared to the booming superhero genre, but I'm glad to have them. Movies like Slow West, Bone Tomahawk, and The Homesman have supplied me with quality Western entertainment, and the first trailer for Kieran Darcy-Smith's The Duel looks like it could have... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
After gaining attention for the Joel Edgerton-led drama Wish You Were Here a few years back, director Kieran Darcy-Smith fairly quickly followed it up with By Way of Helena, which shot in the fall of 2014. With it’s been mostly radio silence since then, it’s now emerged as The Duel and we’ll see it in just a few months.
Led by Woody Harrelson, Liam Hemsworth, Alice Braga, and Emory Cohen, the first trailer has arrived, which reveals the story of a Texas Ranger uncovering a series of murders in a town featuring Harrelson’s preacher character. Scripted by Triple 9‘s Matt Cook, it doesn’t look to have that same level of grit within John Hillcoat’s film, but perhaps that’s a good thing. Check out the trailer and poster below.
- Leonard Pearce
"You have no idea what's going on here!" Lionsgate Premiere has debuted a trailer for a film called The Duel, formerly known as By Way of Helena, a western about a Texas Ranger who takes on an oppressive, violent preacher watching over a town. Liam Hemsworth plays the Ranger, and Woody Harrelson plays the evil pastor, and the two end up in a kind of standoff in this small town. The full cast includes Emory Cohen, William Hurt, Alice Braga, William Sadler, Benedict Samuel & Raphael Sbarge. This looks solid, but they do give away a big plot point in the trailer. Western fans might want to take a look. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Kieran Darcy-Smith's The Duel, originally from EW.com: In the Great Plains during 1880s, Texas Ranger David Kingston is sent to an Old West frontier town Helena to investigate a series of murders and disappearances of local people. »
- Alex Billington
After occasionally acting alongside each other in the Hunger Games series, Woody Harrelson and Liam Hemsworth are following up that franchise together with a supernatural Western The Duel, formerly titled By Way of Helena. Directed by Kieran Darcy-Smith (Wish You Were Here), the two actors star as a preacher (Harrelson) and a Texas Ranger (Hemsworth) that go head-to-head in this revenge story. Watch The Duel trailer below. Kieran Darcy-Smith is one […]
- Jack Giroux
Bleeker Street has released the trailer for the Viggo Mortensen-led family drama "Captain Fantastic". Set deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, isolated from society, a devoted father (Viggo Mortensen) dedicates his life to transforming his six young children into extraordinary adults. The film opens July 8th.
That isn't the only preview release today with the trailer also out for Kieran Darcy-Smith's western drama "The Duel". Woody Harrelson, Liam Hemsworth, Alice Braga, and Emory Cohen star in the film about a Texas Ranger (Hemsworth) who investigates a series of murders in a small town led by a charismatic preacher (Harrelson).
Next up, the U.S. trailer has been released for Taika Waititi's new comedy "Hunt for the Wilderpeople" which is slated to open June 24th. The New Zealand film follows the story of the unlikely adventure that unfolds for the orphan Ricky and his Uncle Hec. »
- Garth Franklin
And so, to herald the arrival of Kieran Darcy-Smith’s (Wish You Were Here) genre piece, Entertainment Weekly has premiered the first trailer and poster, introducing Liam Hemsworth’s Texas Ranger as a man on the case.
While investigating a string of unspeakable murders in a local town, Hemsworth’s grizzled lead crosses paths with “a charismatic preacher (Harrelson) who raises more questions and answers with his mysterious ways. Here’s the film’s all-too-brief synopsis.
The Duel stars Liam Hemsworth as a Texas Ranger who investigates a series of murders in a small town led by a charismatic preacher played by Woody Harrelson. However, the routine undercover investigation soon turns personal for the ranger who must solve the case before »
- Michael Briers
After starring in all four Hunger Games movies together, as Gale and Haymitch, Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson are reuniting for a much different movie entitled The Duel. In the beloved Hunger Games franchise, both Gale and Haymitch were on the same side, as they fought to take down an evil tyrant, but The Duel pits these actors against each other, as you can see in the first trailer. Lionsgate Premiere has set a June 24 release date for The Duel, which puts it up against 20th Century Fox's Independence Day: Resurgence, Stx's Free State of Jones and Sony's The Shallows.
The Duel stars Liam Hemsworth as David Kingston, a Texas Ranger who investigates a series of murders in a small town led by a charismatic preacher named Abraham Brant, played by Woody Harrelson. However, the routine undercover investigation soon turns personal for the ranger who must solve the case before »
It would seem we're unexpectedly in the midst of a mini Western revival. In the past few months, films big and small like "Bone Tomahawk," "The Hateful Eight," "Jane Got A Gun," and "Forsaken" have ridden onto the big screen, and later this year is the star-studded remake of "The Magnificent Seven." And if you need an oater to tide you over, "The Duel" should do the trick. Read More: 11 Weird and Wintery Westerns To Watch Before 'The Hateful Eight' Formerly known as "By Way Of Helena," the latest from director Kieran Darcy-Smith ("Wish You Were Here") stars Woody Harrelson, Liam Hemsworth, Alice Braga, and Emory Cohen, with the story following a Texas Ranger who investigates the killings in a small town. Here's the synopsis: The Duel stars Liam Hemsworth as a Texas Ranger who investigates a series of murders in a small town led by a charismatic preacher played by Woody Harrelson. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Applications are now open for the eighth annual Heath Ledger Scholarship run by Australians in Film.
Established in memory of Australian actor Heath Ledger, who served as an ambassador for AiF, the scholarship is open to emerging Australian actors 18-35 years old.
Since the prize was established in 2008, $230,000 in scholarship prizes have been awarded to date.
"The judges will be looking for an extraordinary young Australian actor with raw talent and charisma — someone who has the potential for real career longevity in Hollywood, not just [to be] the .next big thing., said AiF President Simonne Overend.
The recipient will obtain a Usd $10,000 cash fund, a two year scholarship at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting and Theatre in Los Angeles, two flights on Virgin Australia - one to attend the announcement ceremony and a second flight when the winner is ready to transition their career to the United States - »
- Staff Writer
Exclusive: Nordic co-production readies spring shoot.
WestEnd Films has acquired worldwide rights to drugs thriller Mules, produced by Everest and Contraband director Baltasar Kormakur [pictured].
Commercials director Börkur Sigthorsson, who collaborated with Kormakur and Johansen on hit Icelandic TV series Trapped, will take the reins on the Icelandic, Danish and Swedish co-production, which is due to shoot in all three countries in the spring.
In Mules, two antagonistic brothers decide to smuggle drugs into their native Iceland using a young Polish girl as their mule. When everything goes off the rails, the brothers’ fate spirals out of control in a life-or-death race against time.
Co-producers are Anni Faurbye Fernandez (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Headhunters) and Stinna Lassen (The Team) for Good Company Films in Denmark and Mimmi Spång (Call Girl) and Rebecka Lefrenz (Call Girl) for Garage Film in Sweden.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Asked how he's doing after a whirlwind year, screenwriter Andrew Knight is characteristically understated:.
"I'm alive and trying to construct a breakfast at the moment".
The new Jack.begins this Thursday - a six-part series instead of the earlier telemovies.
Knight calls the change "liberating"..
"We had more time to tell a story. The hard part was working out where everything would fall. We had an overall story, but assigning things episodically was a constant trade-off and shifting game"..
"I worked closely with the other two writers, Matt Cameron and Andrew Anastasios. The three of us would go away and write our bits, then we'd come back and say - that needs to move, this needs to shift"..
"If you're just writing a tele-movie, »
- Harry Windsor
Flickerfest Director Bronwyn Kidd
The 25th Flickerfest kicks off tomorrow night at a precarious time for the short-form filmmaker.
Sydney's Metro Screen has closed, and just a couple of days ago Australia's screen guilds roundly condemned the latest cuts to Screen Australia.
Long-time Flickerfest director Bronwyn Kidd agrees: "[the cuts] should be condemned"..
Echoing Malcolm Turnbull's worthy but now rather disingenous-looking line that "culture is at the very essence of who we are", Kidd told If that the "screen industry is a an incredibly valuable part of our national storytelling.
"It's very difficult for a country like Australia to continue to produce quality cinema when there's such enormous pressure from Hollywood. When I look at the incredible talent that comes out of the short film industry, I'm astounded every year."
"I've been doing Flickerfest for nineteen years now. If the films got worse every year I wouldn't be continuing to do what I do! »
- Harry Windsor
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