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8 items from 2012

The Rocket and Satellite Boy to screen at Berlin International Film Festival

17 December 2012 8:29 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Australian feature films The Rocket and Satellite Boy have been selected to screen at the Berlin International Film Festival in February 2013.

Both films will screen in the children's Generation program (via the Generation Kplus competition specifically geared towards young people aged from four to thirteen). The screening will also mark the world premiere for The Rocket, which has been nominated for the Best First Feature award at the festival. The film follows a Lao boy, who is thought to bring bad luck, who leads his family across war-torn Laos to the dangerous Rocket Festival.

Indigenous feature Satellite Boy.will also screen in Berlin after initially premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2012. The film is about a young boy trying to save his outback home from developers.

.It.s tremendous to see these cross-cultural stories of children from up-and-coming Australian talent, reaching out to international audiences,. Screen Australia »

- Brendan Swift

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Five Questions With “Satellite Boy” Director Catriona McKenzie

9 September 2012 10:53 PM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Though she has more than a decade of experience directing short films (including The Third Note and Road) and episodic television (Redfern Now, My Place), Australian writer/director Catriona McKenzie is only now ushering her first feature in the world. A long-gestating project she has been working on since the mid 2000s, Satellite Boy is an evocative coming-of-age tale about a 12-year-old Aboriginal boy, Pete (Cameron Wallaby), who lives with his grandfather (David Gulpilil) in a crumbling outdoor cinema in the untouched beauty of Western Australia’s Kimberley country. When his home comes under threat from a mining company, Pete and his best friend Kalmain (Joseph Pedley) set out for the city to try and save the only world he knows. Filmmaker spoke to McKenzie about Satellite Boy (which plays at Toronto on Monday September 10 and Saturday September 15), its protracted progress toward production and the particular challenges she faced while filming it. »

- Nick Dawson

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Screen Aus invests $5.5m across Predestination, Wolf Creek 2, Charlie's Country

6 September 2012 6:51 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Screen Australia plans to invest $5.5 million in three new feature projects: the Spierig brothers' Predestination, Rolf de Heer.s Charlie.s Country and Greg McLean's Wolf Creek 2.

Predestination is a film-noir, science-fiction, crime-thriller from writer/directors Michael and Peter Spierig (Daybreakers) while indigenous tragi-comedy Charlie's Country will once again pair director Rolf de Heer with Australian actor David Gulpilil (The Tracker).

Screen Australia also re-confirmed its previous commitment to the horror feature Wolf Creek 2, from director Greg McLean, after the film was delayed following a disagreement with major financier Geoffrey Edelsten.

.These three diverse feature projects supported by Screen Australia today come from some of the most exciting filmmaking teams in Australia,. said Screen Australia.s chief executive Ruth Harley in a statement.

.Predestination is a strong script which will be executed by a proven and talented team passionate about the sci-fi genre. Charlie.s Country continues »

- Brendan Swift

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Predestination and Wolf Creek 2 Find Funding

6 September 2012 1:06 AM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

We love it when a plan comes together! Two genre films we've been talking about around here for quite a while have finally found themselves some funding. That means the screaming will be starting soon! Read on for details.

Deadline reports that funding agency Screen Australia announced that it’s investing $A5.5 million ($US5.6 million) in three features with a total budget of more than $17 million: Michael and Peter Spierig’s Predestination, Greg McLean’s Wolf Creek 2, and Rolf de Heer’s Charlie’s Country.

In Predestination Ethan Hawke plays a time-traveling government agent who recruits his younger self to pursue a particularly elusive criminal. Produced by Paddy McDonald and Tim McGahan, it’s based on a short story by Robert A. Heinlein. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions acquired domestic and some international rights to the action thriller in Cannes. Arclight Films is representing Predestination; Pinnacle will release in Australia. »

- Uncle Creepy

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Satellite Boy selected for Toronto International Film Festival

22 August 2012 1:07 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Indigenous drama Satellite Boy will have its world premiere at the prestigious Toronto International Film month.

Satellite Boy, written and directed by Catriona McKenzie, will be screened in the festival's Discovery program, which presents the works of up-and-coming directors. The film follows 10-year-old Pete, who lives in the outback with his grandfather in an old abandoned outdoor cinema. When his grandfather.s home is threatened with demolition, Pete sets off for the city with his best friend to try and save his home.

.After a long period of script development, it was truly inspiring to be on location in the epic Kimberley landscape and shooting the film," producer David Jowsey said in a statement. "It was a great joy working with Catriona McKenzie and I.m really proud of what she has achieved with Satellite Boy."

The film stars Cameron Wallaby as Pete, Joseph Pedley as his best friend Kalmain, »

- Brendan Swift

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Final Tiff 2012 Line-Up Includes New Films From Haneke, Kiarostami, Bertolucci, Assayas, Mungiu & More

21 August 2012 7:28 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

After a string of announcements, it looks like the Toronto International Film Festival have locked down their line-up and it’s looking like a fantastic slate. Much of the additions today come in the form of previous Cannes premieres, including Michael Haneke‘s Amour (review), Cristian Mungiu‘s Beyond the Hills (review), Abbas Kiarostami‘s Like Someone in Love (review), Bernardo Bertolucci‘s Me and You (review),  Hong Sang-soo‘s In Another Country and the Venice premiere Olivier Assayas‘ Something in the Air. Most notably missing is Leos Carax‘s Holy Motors, but we do get a new Michael Winterbottom film titled Everyday. Out of the Discovery section, the biggest film seems to be The Brass Teapot,  and indie drama starring Juno Temple and Michael Angarano and one can check out all the additions below.


Amour Michael Haneke, Austria/France/Germany North American Premiere Screen legends Jean-Louis Trintignant and »

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Aussie Actor David Gulpilil Back In Court

11 May 2012 5:11 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Indigenous Australian actor David Gulpilil appeared in court in Darwin on Friday accused of breaching the conditions of his suspended prison sentence.

The Crocodile Dundee star, who also appeared in Baz Luhrmann's Australia, was convicted of aggravated assault last year for breaking his wife's arm with a broom and he was sentenced to a year in jail, suspended after five months.

However, Gulpilil was hauled back to Darwin Magistrates Court this week (beg07May12) to face accusations he failed to adhere to the terms of his release.

Magistrate John Lowndes handed Gulpilil, 58, a new seven-month suspended sentence which means he must not re-offend for 15 months, and he is also banned from purchasing alcohol. »

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Distant Relatives: Walkabout and Meek's Cutoff

13 January 2012 6:30 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Robert here w/ Distant Relatives, exploring the connections between one classic and one contemporary film.

Jenny Agutter in "Walkabout" and Michelle Williams in "Meek's Cutoff"

Western people have something of a parasitic relationship with nature. But that's okay. If Werner Herzog is to believed, nature doesn't much like us either. The two films we look at this week, Nicolas Roeg's Walkabout and Kelly Reichardt's Meek's Cutoff look at the relationship of people trapped within the land and how it compares to their relationship with people of the land or who represent the land in their foreignness and threat to those considered 'civilized.' Along the way issues of trust, understanding, innocence, power, gender and whether one can overcome the attitudes and beliefs into which they're boxed, are encountered along with predictably arrid conditions.

Walkabout starts to roll when a teenaged girl and her younger brother (Jenny Agutter and »

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