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19 items from 2016

Kieran Darcy-Smith talks collapsing on the set of his second feature 'The Duel'

20 December 2016 4:32 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Australian director Kieran Darcy-Smith moved to L.A. off the back of his first feature, 2012's 'Wish You Were Here', co-written by his wife, Felicity Price.

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

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Work for sales agent LevelK, see the world

26 September 2016 9:49 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

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..

It will involve close work with the LevelK sales team — Tine Klint in Copenhagen and Derek Lui in Hong Kong.

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- Harry Windsor

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Matilda Brown heads up search for next generation of Aussie filmmakers

24 July 2016 5:46 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Matilda Brown with her dad, Bryan Brown, in Lessons From The Grave.

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

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The Duel Review

26 June 2016 6:45 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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

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Film Guide: What Movie Should I Watch This Weekend? (June 24, 2016)

24 June 2016 9:27 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

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.


Free State of Jones

Director: Gary Ross

Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Keri Russell, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali, Jacob Lofland

Synopsis: “In Jones County, Miss., Newt Knight joins forces with other farmers and a group of slaves to lead a rebellion against the Confederacy.”

Independence Day: Resurgence »

- Steve Greene

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Film Review: ‘The Duel’

22 June 2016 6:13 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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

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The Duel review – trigger warning: it's deadly dull

21 June 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Not even Woody Harrelson hamming it up on a horse can inject excitement into this torpid western turned xenophobic parable with Liam Hemsworth

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

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Vengeance cannot be denied in first trailer for The Duel

28 April 2016 5:57 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

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

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Woody Harrelson and Liam Hemsworth Prepare For ‘The Duel’ in First Trailer

28 April 2016 1:33 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

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.

The Duel stars Liam Hemsworth as a Texas Ranger who investigates a series of »

- Leonard Pearce

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Watch: First Trailer for Kieran Darcy-Smith's New Western 'The Duel'

28 April 2016 11:09 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"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

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‘The Duel’ Trailer: Woody Harrelson and Liam Hemsworth Reunite for the Supernatural Western

28 April 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

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 […]

The post ‘The Duel’ Trailer: Woody Harrelson and Liam Hemsworth Reunite for the Supernatural Western appeared first on /Film. »

- Jack Giroux

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Trailers: Fantastic, Duel, Wilderpeople, Florence

28 April 2016 5:51 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

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

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The Duel Trailer Sends Woody Harrelson And Liam Hemsworth To The Wild West

27 April 2016 12:04 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Woody Harrelson and Liam Hemsworth saddle up in today’s first trailer for The Duel, an all-new Western primed to ride into theaters in little under two months’ time.

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

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The Duel Trailer Reunites Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson

27 April 2016 10:59 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

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 »

- MovieWeb

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Woody Harrelson And Liam Hemsworth Get In The Saddle In First Trailer For Western 'The Duel'

27 April 2016 9:51 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

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

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Applications open for Heath Ledger Scholarship

17 February 2016 5:46 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Heath Ledger.

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

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WestEnd boards Baltasar Kormakur-produced 'Mules'

10 February 2016 9:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

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.

Kormakur will produce the Icelandic-language thriller with fellow Rvk Studios producer Agnes Johansen (Virgin Mountains).

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. 

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

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Andrew Knight on Jack Irish: "I'm really pleased with it"

8 February 2016 3:12 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Guy Pearce and Roy Billing in Jack Irish.

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".

In between film work last year, Knight wrote new seasons of Rake and Jack Irish simultaneously, a process he calls "a blur"..

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

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Bronwyn Kidd gears up for Flickerfest's 25th anniversary

6 January 2016 2:57 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

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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