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Andrew Knight, Jocelyn Moorhouse team for WWII film 'The Wedding Officer'

12 April 2017 4:04 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

(l-r) James Mackay, Sarah Snook and Jocelyn Moorhouse on the set of 'The Dressmaker' (photo credit: Ben King).

Screen Australia has announced development funding for seven feature films and one high-end television project, plus production funding for three digital series and one Vr project..

Among the slate of features is The Wedding Officer, a WWII drama adapted by Andrew Knight (Hacksaw Ridge, Jack Irish) from a novel by Anthony Capella.

Jocelyn Moorhouse (The Dressmaker) is attached to direct with Revlover Films' Martha Coleman producing. The feature has secured matched funding from eOne, who produced Knight's The Water Diviner.

The film revolves around a young British officer sent to allied occupied Naples to clean up corruption and curb the run of British soldiers marrying Neapolitan girls. The locals decide to corrupt him the best way they know how: with food. .

Other films include Relic, a Gender Matters: Brilliant Stories »

- Harry Windsor

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‘Hidden Figures,’ ‘Hacksaw Ridge,’ ‘Birth of a Nation’ Honored by Humanitas Prize

22 February 2017 3:00 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Screenwriters of “Hidden Figures,” “Hacksaw Ridge” and “The Birth of a Nation” took the top film honors at the 42nd annual Humanitas Prize ceremony.

Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi of “Hidden Figures” and Robert Schenkkan and Andrew Knight of “Hacksaw Ridge” tied for the feature film honor. Nate Parker, writer-director of “Birth of a Nation,” was recognized in the Sundance feature film category. The Humanitas kudo aims to recognize works that revolve around efforts to improve the human condition.

There was also a tie in the feature documentary category between Ava DuVernay for “13th” and Chris Chuang, Heather MacDonald and Brian Oakes for “Jim: The James Foley Story.”

In television, Dan Fogelman won the 60-minute category for the pilot of NBC’s “This Is Us.” Kenya Barris, creator of ABC’s “Blackish,” won the 30-minute category for the “Hope” episode dealing with police brutality.

Laurie Israel and Rachel Ruderman won for children’s animation for the “Dads »

- Variety Staff

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‘Hidden Figures,’ ‘Hacksaw Ridge,’ ‘Birth of a Nation’ Honored by Humanitas Prize

22 February 2017 3:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Screenwriters of “Hidden Figures,” “Hacksaw Ridge” and “The Birth of a Nation” took the top film honors at the 42nd annual Humanitas Prize ceremony.

Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi of “Hidden Figures” and Robert Schenkkan and Andrew Knight of “Hacksaw Ridge” tied for the feature film honor. Nate Parker, writer-director of “Birth of a Nation,” was recognized in the Sundance feature film category. The Humanitas kudo aims to recognize works that revolve around efforts to improve the human condition.

There was also a tie in the feature documentary category between Ava DuVernay for “13th” and Chris Chuang, Heather MacDonald and Brian Oakes for “Jim: The James Foley Story.”

In television, Dan Fogelman won the 60-minute category for the pilot of NBC’s “This Is Us.” Kenya Barris, creator of ABC’s “Blackish,” won the 30-minute category for the “Hope” episode dealing with police brutality.

Laurie Israel and Rachel Ruderman won »

- Variety Staff

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Blu-ray Review – Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

21 February 2017 7:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Hacksaw Ridge, 2016.

Directed by Mel Gibson.

Starring Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Rachel Griffiths,  and Vince Vaughn.

Synopsis:

The World War II movie Hacksaw Ridge, which tells the story of a conscientious objector, Desmond Doss, who achieved heroic feats on the battlefield as a medic despite not carrying a weapon, arrives on home video in a Blu-ray + DVD set that also includes a code for a digital copy. While the bonus features are slight, the making-of documentary does an excellent job of charting the course of a movie that took a long time to come together.

As someone who’s long had an armchair historian’s interest in World War II, I was intrigued by Hacksaw Ridge, which tells the true story of Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield), a conscientious objector who nonetheless wanted to serve his country as a medic.

However, Doss insists on serving while not carrying a rifle. »

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The Kettering Incident review – Tasmania’s answer to Twin Peaks

15 February 2017 11:20 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

There’s more than a touch of David Lynch to this Australian take on Scandi-noir, starring The Night Manager’s Elizabeth Debicki as a doctor with a mysterious past. Plus: The Real Marigold Hotel

Two teenage girls cycle through Tasmanian woods. One of them is wearing a red coat: always a bad sign. The landscape, punctuated by vertiginous cliffs, looming sea stacks and native forest, is bathed in the raw blue-tinged light particular to small-town mysteries influenced by Twin Peaks. And sure enough, before the spooky opening credits have rolled, one of the girls is drawn into the forest by some weird lights. Are they torches? Aliens? Lynchian hallucinations? I haven’t got a clue, but the girl drops her bike, wanders off, and all we’re left with is the obligatory closeup of the spokes still turning.

So begins The Kettering Incident (Sky Atlantic), billed as the first adult drama filmed in Tasmania, »

- Chitra Ramaswamy

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Butterfly memories, part 2 by Anne-Katrin Titze

15 February 2017 1:10 PM, PST | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

BAFTA wins for Dev Patel and Luke Davies - Lion at The Paris Theatre Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Luke Davies, the screenwriter of Lion (based on Saroo Brierley's memoir A Long Way Home) was a BAFTA Adapted Screenplay nominee along with Tom Ford (Nocturnal Animals) Theodore Melfi and Allison Schroeder (Hidden Figures); Eric Heisserer (Arrival); and Robert Schenkkan and Andrew Knight (Hacksaw Ridge). On Sunday night, it was announced that he and Dev Patel (Best Supporting Actor) for his portrayal of Saroo Brierley were honoured with BAFTAs.

During our conversation, Luke Davies gave me some insight on Sue Brierley and Nicole Kidman, Burt Lancaster in John Frankenheimer's The Train, Anton Corbijn, looking forward to Gianfranco Rosi's Boatman, his work on Felix Van Groeningen's upcoming Beautiful Boy starring Steve Carell for Jeremy Kleiner of Brad Pitt's Plan B, and what he learned at the World Premiere of Lion in New York. »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Hacksaw Ridge

11 February 2017 2:46 PM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Hacksaw Ridge

Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD

Summit Entertainment

2016 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 139 min. / Street Date February 21, 2017 / 39.99

Starring – Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Vince Vaughn, Rachel Griffiths, Luke Pegler.

Cinematography – Simon Duggan

Film Editor – John Gilbert

Original Music – Rupert Gregson-Williams

Written by – Robert Schenkkan, Andrew Knight

Produced by – Paul Currie, Bruce Davey, William D. Johnson, Bill Mechanic,

Directed by – Mel Gibson

 

Combat movies fascinate this reviewer — if you look at the Savant review index you’ll see that I review practically every war picture of note that I can get my hands on. But brace yourself — I become huffy when I see themes of patriotism and faith used to deliver dicey messages.

Mel Gibson’s big, slick WW2 combat film Hacksaw Ridge tells the truly inspiring story of combat medic Desmond Doss, the first conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor and the only one to »

- Glenn Erickson

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Entries open for the Awgie Awards

2 February 2017 3:12 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Screenwriter Shelley Birse won the top prize at last year's Awgie Awards for her work on 'The Code'..

The Australian Writers. Guild has opened up entries for the 50th annual Awgie Awards.

The awards recognise and reward the outstanding achievements of Aussie storytellers and their contribution to our cultural landscape.

Shelley Birse, who won last year.s Major Award for penning the second season of the ABC's cyber thriller The Code, said the Awgie Awards had ruined her life.

.I can't get more than three words of crippling self-doubt out before someone in my family walks to the bookshelf and brandishes the bronze statue my way," she said.

.To be given the nod from the writers I respect most in the world? I wish this kind of ruination for everyone..

Other winners at last year.s awards included Angus Cerini for his Helpmann Award-winning play The Bleeding Tree »

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Producer Bill Mechanic and star Luke Bracey on making 'Hacksaw Ridge'

29 January 2017 8:13 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

(l-r) Luke Bracey with Mel Gibson. (Photo credit: Mark Rogers).

It was third time lucky when Mel Gibson signed on to Hacksaw Ridge in 2014, having been offered the film by producer Bill Mechanic twice before.

.I approached Mel in 2002, in 2010, and then again in 2014, which is the first time he said yes,. says Mechanic..

.He's the only one I approached twice. I guess in my mind he was always the perfect director for it. I just had to get it in his mind that he was the perfect director for it..

Before his third attempt, Mechanic brought on Randall Wallace, who wrote Braveheart, to take a pass at the script.

.Randall's changes were not earth shattering,. says Mechanic. .He won't be credited in the final screenplay. But I think it might have made it more appealing to Mel to read [that] Randy was working on it..

The WWII action drama is »

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‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Review

25 January 2017 8:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaughan, Hugo Weaving, Sam Worthington | Written by Andrew Knight, Robert Schenkkan | Directed by Mel Gibson

Andrew Garfield goes to Japan to face a powerful enemy, and finds his Christian faith and pacifist opposition tested to the limit in a realm of violent conflict. But enough about Martin Scorsese’s Silence. This is Hacksaw Ridge, the directorial resurrection of the notorious Mel Gibson. It’s a safe and solid return, one which hits the standard war movie beats and only really distinguishes itself as a result of the incredible true story at its core.

Garfield is Desmond Doss, a Virginia boy whose father Tom (Hugo Weaving) is an alcoholic brute, lost in the mire of Ptsd following his service in the Great War. Tom doesn’t want his sons to go to war. Especially not the smart, gentle one. But Des is drawn by duty, so he ships off to Fort Jackson, »

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Mel Gibson Returns to Oscars With First Nomination Since ‘Braveheart’

24 January 2017 6:54 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

For the first time in 20 years, Mel Gibson is back in the Oscar fold.

The controversial actor and director has been nominated for Best Director for his work on “Hacksaw Ridge”– his first since he took home a director  Oscar for “Braveheart” in 1996. “Hacksaw Ridge,” which tells the story of conscientious objector Desmond Doss and how he saved 75 people during the Battle of Okinawa, racked up six total nominations — best picture, best director, best actor (Andrew Garfield), film editing, sound mixing, and sound editing. Of the best director nominees — which also includes Damien Chazelle, Kenneth Lonergan, Barry Jenkins, and Denis Villeneuve — Gibson is the only one who has been nominated previously.

After his nomination, and eventual win, for Best Director in “Braveheart,” Gibson became embroiled in several scandals, turning many in Hollywood against him. He was arrested in 2006 for a DUI, during which he unleashed a drunken tirade capped with »

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Hacksaw Ridge review

24 January 2017 3:01 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Mel Gibson returns to the director's chair with the true-life war film, Hacksaw Ridge. Here's our review...

From Greek myths to modern comic book movies, heroes are often required to cross a threshold where the laws of the ordinary world are suspended. In Mel Gibson’s war film Hacksaw Ridge, it’s the landmark named in the title: a sheer cliff face on the island of Okinawa where, in the midst of WWII, Japanese forces are tenaciously dug in. When fresh-faced soldier Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) crosses the threshold into that territory, Gibson depicts the moment as a step into a purgatorial dimension of death and cruelty. It's nothing short of terrifying.

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Doss was a real-life Us soldier, a devout Christian who flatly refused to pick up a gun even in bootcamp, »

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Oscars 2017: What Are Mel Gibson’s Chances of a Best Director Nomination For ‘Hacksaw Ridge’?

19 January 2017 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

Mel Gibson on the set of ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ (Courtesy: Lionsgate)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

Mel Gibson has a chance at being nominated in the best director category at the 2017 Oscars for Hacksaw Ridge — but there is definitely some competition. While the 61-year-old multihyphenate has already received nominations at the Critics’ Choice Awards and the Golden Globes, snagging one from the Academy is not certain. How often have directors been gotten those two precursor nominations only to fall short of the all-important Oscar nomination?

Over the course of his lengthy career, Gibson has primarily been an actor. That being said, the New York native has stepped behind the camera and directed five feature films to date: 1993’s The Man Without a Face, 1995’s Braveheart, 2004’s The Passion of the Christ, 2006’s Apocalypto, and 2016’s Hacksaw Ridge — with the announcement of another, Berserker, on the horizon. The most successful of the bunch, »

- Carson Blackwelder

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Arrival and La La Land lead the 2017 BAFTA nominations

10 January 2017 8:22 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Arrival and La La Land lead the 2017 BAFTA nominationsArrival and La La Land lead the 2017 BAFTA nominationsAdriana Floridia1/10/2017 11:22:00 Am

The BAFTAs are the British equivalent of the Oscars, and although the awards are given overseas, they still factor into the American awards race.

Yet again, we see the same three films having a strong presence here: La La Land, Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight. However, BAFTA is also spreading the love to other awards favourites like Arrival, Nocturnal Animals, and Lion.

Some interesting omissions here include Denzel Washington for Fences. His co-star Viola Davis is nominated in the supporting category, but it looks as though BAFTA went for other potential Oscar contenders Andrew Garfield for Hacksaw Ridge and Viggo Mortensen for Captain Fantastic. They're also the first major awards body to nominate Jake Gyllenhaal's leading performance in Nocturnal Animals.

The British film and Palm D'Or winner I, »

- Adriana Floridia

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