9 items from 2013
Hong Kong — Singaporean film “Ilo Ilo” took top honors at the Vladivostok film festival (Sept. 7-13, 2013) as well as a pair of supplementary awards.
The festival — properly called the International Film Festival of Asian-Pacific Countries in Vladivostok, but also known as the “Pacific Meridian” festival – featured a ten film competition section. Additionally there were sidebars on cinema from India, Laos and Russia as well as tributes to veteran Russian director Alexei German and Japan’s Momoru Oshii.
“Ilo Ilo” collected the festival’s Seashell award and $19,000 (Rubles 625,000) as winner of the Grand Prize, while its star Yeo Yann Yann was named best actress and pocketed $7,600. The film about a Filipina maid and the uncomfortable relations with her Singaporean employers during the Asian Financial Crisis was also named best film by a separate Netpac jury.
- Patrick Frater
Xavier Samuel, Miranda Otto and Sam Neill are attached to star in Midnight in Byzantium, a mystery/adventure about a young guy who is trapped in a remote town where nothing - and no one - is as it seems.
The film will mark the feature debut of Melbourne-based writer-director Cris Jones, who has directed numerous short films, music videos and TVCs. The producers are Optimism Films. Melanie Coombs, Alicia Brown and Mish Armstrong.
The project has received development funding from Screen Australia and a travel grant which enabled Jones to attend this year.s Binger Filmlab Directors Lab in Amsterdam.
Also attached is Jacek Koman, whose credits include Top of the Lake, The Doctor Blake Mysteries, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, Spirited and Julius Avery.s upcoming movie Son of a Gun, which stars Ewan McGregor, Alicia Vikander and Brenton Thwaites.
The synopsis reads: .A young man wakes up in a small, »
- Don Groves
Two Australian actors who are emerging on the international scene have been cast as the leads in Fell, the first feature from director Kasimir Burgess. Matt Nable will play a guy whose daughter is killed in a hit-and-run accident. Daniel Henshall will play Luke, the driver who is sent to jail for five years. When Luke is released, Nable.s character changes his identity and plots revenge. The screenplay is by Natasha Pincus, based on a story she wrote with Burgess, whose short film Lily won the Crystal Bear at the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival. The producers are John Maynard and Mary Minas, with Bridget Ikin as executive producer. The nine-week shoot starts at the end of July in and around Warburton in country Victoria. Nable has just completed roles in the movie Riddick, the third instalment in The Chronicles of Riddick series which stars Vin Diesel and Karl Urban, »
- Don Groves
It marks the debut feature film of award-winning short filmmaker Julius Avery and tells the story of a young man's apprenticeship to public enemy number one.
Last week, McGregor posted photos of himself on.Instagram, apparently in character, complete with heavy beard, long hair.and tattoos..He is also giving the occassional update via his Twitter account.
Son of a Gun received funding support from ScreenWest, Screen Australia and Screen Nsw. It is being produced by Timothy White, co-produced by Janelle Landers, and executive produced by Aaron L Gilbert, John Collee, Aidan O'Bryan, Michael Spiccia and Bryce Menzies.
Telstra and Event Cinemas are running a Facebook competition which will reward the winner with »
- Brendan Swift
Screen Australia says it has not mismanaged its finances by spending its annual production funding in just six months - a state of affairs which it says reflects the strength of the local film industry.
The government screen agency revealed in mid-December 2012 that it had spent its entire annual $42 million drama production allocation due to the unprecedented number of quality feature film and television projects seeking support. The shock announcement was reminiscent of the agency's abrupt decision to cut its investment cap in 2009 while several films were mid-financed. That decision.threw several major Australian productions into dissaray including The Tree and the biggest box office hit of.2010, Tomorrow When the War Began (Omnilab Media had to increase its investment at the last minute to ensure production).
Overspending on such a scale has never occurred before, even going back to the era of Screen Australia.s predecessor funding arm, the Film Finance Corporation. »
- Brendan Swift
The story deals with the complex relationship between Australia’s public enemy number one (Ewan McGregor) and his young protégé (Thwaites).
Avery makes his directing debut from his own original screenplay. Timothy White is producing.
Filming kicks of late February in Melbourne, Perth and Kalgoorlie.
Source: Screen Daily »
- Garth Franklin
Check out the latest casting news for the following pictures: Eva Mendes (Sin City) joins How to Catch a Monster, the directorial debut of Ryan Gosling that stars Christina Hendricks and Ben Mendelsohn. Jane Levy (Evil Dead) will join the horror thriller In a Dark Place, directed by Bharat Nalluri (Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day). The Rover begins production and rounds out their cast with Susan Prior (Animal Kingdom), Gillian Jones (Oscar and Lucinda), Anthony Hayes (Burning Man) and David Field (Chopper). Son of a Gun also adds new cast members by way of Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina), Jacek Koman (The Great Gatsby) and Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent). Hit the jump for more on each picture and casting announcement. Bloody Disgusting reports that Mendes will join How to Catch a Monster along with Rob Zabrecky. Set against the surreal backdrop of a vanishing town, a single mother of two is »
- Dave Trumbore
The shoot will take place in Perth, Kalgoorlie and Melbourne.
Australian actor Jacek Koman, previously in Romulus My Father, will play crime boss Sam.
Avery said of the cast: “Combining the exceptional calibre of Australian actors with award winning international talent is going to be a privilege.”
- Colin Delaney
The film marks the debut feature of acclaimed short filmmaker Julius Avery and centres on the relationship between a master criminal (Ewan McGregor) and his young protégé (Thwaites). Thwaites previously starred in Blue Lagoon: The Awakening and recently completed production on Maleficent with Angelina Jolie.
Swedish actress Alicia Vikander, a BAFTA rising star nominee, recently appeared opposite Keira Knightley and Jude Law in Anna Karenina and in Danish film A Royal Affair. She will be seen next in The Seventh Son with Julianne Moore and Jeff Bridges.
- Brendan Swift
9 items from 2013
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