Reissues for Oz films and TV titles

Screen Australia.s decision to hand back the rights of 1,200 titles to the producers, effective July 1, will result in the reissue on DVD and pay TV of some films and TV productions that have long been out of circulation.

While few if any producers expect to get rich from regaining the rights, the move has been widely welcomed.

The agency has clarified that the concession applies to all projects, including features, miniseries, series and telemovies funded by the Film Finance Corp. and during Screen Australia.s first year, that were released or broadcast in the seven years prior to December 31 2008.

The handover has been brought forward by six months. All rights minus a 1% copyright fee revert back to producers.

Producer Matt Carroll is looking forward to exploring the potential of new revenue sources for Passion, his 1993 drama about composer Percy Grainger, which starred Richard Roxburgh. Beyond Films handled the film directed by Peter Duncan.
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Actor makes directing debut on fighting doc

Actor-turned-director Nick Barkla has completed his first project, documentary Inside Fighter, and is developing a feature drama and another doco.

Inside Fighter follows Australian pro boxer Frank LoPorto, who was 33 when he had the once-in-a-lifetime chance to fight Wba world light middleweight champion Austin Trout in El Paso, Texas.

Given just five weeks to prepare for the championship bout as a replacement for a boxer who broke his hand, LoPorto was beaten badly, causing him shame and embarrassment.

The 50-minute film will have its world premiere at the St Tropez Antipodes Film Festival next week after Barkla scored an invite from the festival.s president Bernard Bories, whom he met at Miff this year.

Film Victoria funded the development of the screenplay but Barkla funded 90% of the production from his own pockets.

He.s just sent a copy to the ABC, which gave him a letter of interest early on,
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"Swerve" Misses The Guardrail

Reminds me of the story of The Merchant of Baghdad.

Despite its cover, which looks like a harrowing, rural-gothic affair of violence and nihilism of the Cormac McCarthy variety, Swerve is actually a cheeky crime-thriller with a dark sense of humor. Like an Australian version of 2 Days in the Valley (1996) with fewer characters and less style. Written and directed by Craig Lahiff, Swerve has wound is way into the Cohen collection as yet another piece of indie entertainment. Forget about competing with Criterion, this title is a better fit at IFC tab among any catalog of purportedly "important" films. No film should be judged by the company it keeps, but when an Aussie caper sits next to a film by D. W. Griffith, it makes you wonder what Cohen thinks they have.

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'Swerve' Clip with David Lyons and Emma Booth | Exclusive

'Swerve' Clip with David Lyons and Emma Booth | Exclusive
Sometimes doing the right thing can get you in a world of trouble, which is illustrated in Swerve, currently available on Blu-ray and DVD. David Lyons stars as Colin, who witnesses a fatal car crash and rescues a beautiful woman named Jina (Emma Booth), along with a briefcase full of cash. Despite his best intentions, Colin is forced to go on the run with Jina from her husband (Jason Clarke), a corrupt cop, and a deadly criminal (Travis McMahon). We have an exclusive clip from this thriller, where Colin tries to get the truth out of Jina while hiding out on a train.

While driving cross-country to a job interview, Colin (David Lyons, TV's Revolution, Eat, Pray, Love) witnesses a two-car crash that leaves one driver decapitated. The good-hearted Colin pulls a beautiful and mysterious young woman, Jina (Emma Booth, Parker, The Boys Are Back), from the wreckage, along with a suitcase full of money.
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Giveaway – Win Swerve on Blu-ray

Pulsing with menace, called “seductive and thrilling” and compared to Hitchcock and early Coen brothers by The Hollywood Reporter, Swerve is a modern take on classic film noir. It comes to high-definition DVD and Blu-ray from Cohen Media Group on March 18, 2014, with SRPs, respectively, of $34.98 and $24.98.

While driving cross-country to a job interview, Colin (David Lyons TV’s Revolution, Eat Pray Love) witnesses a two-car crash that leaves one driver decapitated. The good-hearted Colin pulls a beautiful and mysterious young woman, Jina (Emma Booth, Parker, The Boys Are Back), from the wreckage, along with a suitcase full of money. But soon, he becomes entangled with a crooked local cop (Jason Clarke, Zero Dark Thirty, The Great Gatsby) – who happens to be the very jealous husband of Jina – as well a murderous thug (Travis McMahon, Cactus) who is after the cash. The suspense and action build in this gripping thriller set
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Swerve

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 18, 2014

Price: DVD $24.98, Blu-ray $34.98

Studio: Cohen Media

David Lyons and Emma Booth make their way across the outback in Swerve.

The 2011 Australian thriller Swerve starring Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty), Emma Booth (Parker) and David Lyons (Eat Pray Love) is a contemporary entry in the classic film noir genre.

While driving across the Outback to a job interview, Colin (Lyons) witnesses a two-car crash that leaves one driver decapitated. The good-hearted Colin pulls a beautiful and mysterious young woman, Jina (Booth), from the wreckage, along with a suitcase full of money. But soon, he becomes entangled with a crooked local cop (Clarke) – who happens to be the very jealous husband of Jina – as well a murderous thug (Travis McMahon, Cactus) who is after the cash. Yikes.

Written and directed by Aussie filmmaker Craig Lahiff, Swerve is premiering on disc and on VOD in the U.S.
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Craig Lahiff, Australian Director, Dies

Hong Kong – Craig Lahiff, a stalwart of the Australian film industry, has died.

A writer, director and producer, Lahiff was 66 and succumbed Sunday Feb. 2 after a short illness.

His first feature was an acclaimed telemovie “Coda” in 1987, which he followed with “Fever,” “Heaven’s Burning” (with Russell Crowe) and “Black and White” (with Charles Dance, Robert Carlyle and Kerry Fox).

Last year he directed thriller “Swerve” which starred David Lyons, Jason Clarke and Emma Booth in a story of an honest man who uncovers a suitcase full of money and headless man.

The picture was intended as the first part of a trilogy being produced by his regular partner Helen Leake. He was also working with Louis Nowra on a biopic of Sir John Monash.

“Craig was a individual a director as Australia has ever had and his films will be remembered,” said the South Australian Film Corporation in a tribute on its website.
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Vale Craig Lahiff

Craig Lahiff, director/writer and producer and one of the pillars of the South Australian screen industry, died in Adelaide on Sunday after a short illness. He was 66.

His final film, Swerve, a thriller about an honest guy who stumbles upon a suitcase of money and a decapitated body on a desert highway, starring David Lyons, Jason Clarke and Emma Booth, was released in Australian cinemas in 2012 and was sold to the Us and the UK.

Helen Leake produced three films with Lahiff: Heaven.s Burning, Black and White and Swerve. .Renowned for his calmness and quiet persuasion in all aspects of his work Craig brought to all of his films a very clear vision that he imparted to all his collaborators,. she said. .Long-time friend Louis Nowra recalls Craig.s .grace under pressure. as a director, and all his colleagues found his craft skills and technical understanding of all
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Review: Aussie Thriller 'Swerve' Starring Jason Clarke Shift Gears, But Never Excites

"10 minutes won't change my life," Colin (David Lyons) quips at a juncture during "Swerve," and of course, those words are soon prophetic. The Aussie thriller written and directed by Craig Lahiff is set in a small outback town called Neverest (get it?) for a reason: over the next 86 minutes, there will be few moments of pause for any of the characters ensnared in this film noir-style tale, but unfortunately it eventually comes at the expense of an already stretched thin suspension of disbelief. While the issues of the film are myriad, they are all connected by a certain gracelessness both in the script and in execution that mars the movie right from its overly complicated opening. Essentially, a double cross during a drug deal leaves one man dead, and another beheaded following a car accident with two other vehicles. In one car is the aforementioned Colin, who is quickly established as the film's everyman.
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Exclusive: Tension Burns In Clip From Aussie Thriller 'Swerve' Starring Jason Clarke

The best film noirs aren't just about the twisted schemes and desires of the characters trying to pull one over, but they instead dig into what drives our behavior and ambitions. And the upcoming Aussie thriller "Swerve" seems to be reaching for those heights. Starring Jason ClarkeEmma Booth and David Lyons, and written and directed by Craig Lahiff, the story is set against the Australian outback where a man stumbles across a car accident, and finds a suitcase stacked with cash. He does the right thing and turns it in but is soon caught between a twisted police officer and his femme fatale wife. In this exclusive clip, we see all three leads in a poolside sequence brimming with sex and tension, as Clarke quickly asserts himself as the dominant figure in this trio. "Swerve" opens in limited release this Friday, December 6th. Watch below.
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Crime Film Swerve Actually Sticks to the Straight-and-Narrow

Crime Film Swerve Actually Sticks to the Straight-and-Narrow
Colin (David Lyons) has apparently never seen a crime film; otherwise, he'd know that you never take a mysterious briefcase full of cash, unless you're actively interested in courting trouble. To his credit, Colin at least takes said stash of money to the police after he finds it, post-car-crash, in a dead man's vehicle.

Alas, even that good deed is posited by Swerve as a potentially mortal mistake, since local small-town Aussie cop Frank (Zero Dark Thirty's Jason Clarke) turns out to be a raging lunatic, and his wife, Jina (Emma Booth), is an equally untrustworthy femme fatale.

The ensuing mess of complications that ensnare Colin — a bland good guy who claims that "honesty's one of my weak points" — are scripted by writer-director Craig Lahiff ...
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Swerve Review

Swerve is as much a “thriller” as turkey bacon is bacon – and if you understand my feelings on bacon, you’ll know that turkey bacon is nothing but a cheap, farcical wannabe. Heading down under for Craig Lahiff’s latest film didn’t provide the exotic joys I wished for, as this imitation Coen brothers crime film fails to create the quirky, tense atmosphere it so reaches for. There’s guns, girls, and shrimp on the barbie, but nothing comes together in a very fun-filled way. This action ride feels like it’s gliding on cruise-control the whole time, with each twist and turn only being a minor speed-bump along the way. Yeah, this thing only goes from about 0 to 25, and takes a while to do so, circling the same track we’ve seen over, and over, and over, and over…you get my Tokyo Drift (So Many Car Puns!
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Swerve Movie Review

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Title: Swerve Director: Craig Lahiff Starring: David Lyons, Emma Booth, Jason Clarke and Travis McMahon It can often be difficult to decipher the motivations and feelings of people you barely know, as their inspirations can be quite different from what you expect. That’s certainly the case for not only the characters’ interactions with each other in the Australian crime dram thriller ‘Swerve,’ from writer-director Craig Lahiff, but also the filmmaker’s intentions for the story. While the actors in the film formed genuine, gripping working relationships that continuously question their characters’ truthfulness, at times Lahiff’s story unfortunately comes across as confusing. ‘Swerve’ follows Colin (David Lyons), a drifter traveling across the [ Read More ]

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Swerve gets Us theatrical release

Craig Lahiff.s thriller Swerve will debut in the Us on December 6 at five cinemas, screening at prime locations in New York City, Los Angeles, San Diego, Atlanta and Houston.

Expansion to other cities is contingent on the initial B.O. results, according to the producer, Duoart Productions. Helen Leake. Video-On-Demand release will follow shortly afterwards.

The Us distributor, Cohen Media Group, bought the film at the Berlin Film Festival in early 2012 but postponed the release in hopes of capitalising on the rising profiles of Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty, The Great Gatsby, White House Down) and David Lyons (Safe Haven, TV.s Revolution).

In Swerve, Lyons. character is a drifter who turns up at the scene of a road accident in the desert where he finds a dead man, a beautiful woman and a suitcase full of money. After trying to do the right thing he finds himself
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First Trailer & Posters For Aussie Thriller ‘Swerve’ Starring Jason Clarke

The Aussies are at it again. Mesmerising us with their underrated crime-thrillers. Following in the footsteps of Animal Kingdom, The Horseman and Snowtown is writer/director Craig Lahiff’s Swerve.

The film follows the character of Colin (played by David Lyons), who happens across a fatal car accident alongside a suitcase full of cash. However, his good deed in informing the local police authorities and passing on the suitcase soon sees him fighting for his survival against the backdrop of the South Australian outback when a crazed cop (the always brilliant Jason Clarke) and his mysterious wife (Emma Booth) try to cover things up and keep the money for themselves.

Check out the first trailer for the crime thriller set for limited release in the Us from the 6th December. It’s already available on DVD in the UK.

Source: The Film Stage

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Jason Clarke is Pissed Down Under in First Trailer for 'Swerve' Thriller

Following breakthrough roles in films like Zero Dark Thirty, Lawless and The Great Gatsby over the past year (as well as a turn in White House Down), Australian actor Jason Clarke is making quite a name for himself. Next year, we'll see him in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, but before that, audiences can check him out in a thriller called Swerve. The film from down under follows a man (David Lyons) who happens upon a road accident where he finds a dead man, a beautiful woman, and a suitcase full of money. After trying to do the right thing he finds himself caught up in a dangerous scheme and pursued by a crooked Cop (Clarke). The film hit festivals in 2011 and 2012, but it's coming to the Us next month, and we have a trailer. Here's the trailer for Craig Lahiff's Swerve via The Film Stage: When
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Emma Booth embodies Shallows' Queenie

Us screenwriter Ellen Fontana knew almost instantly when she first met Emma Booth two weeks ago that the actress is an inspired choice to play one of the main protagonists in the film Shallows.

Booth will play the fiercely independent Queenie in the drama based on the Tim Winton novel which looks at successive generations of a whaling family in Albany, Western Australia, starting in the 1830s.

Queenie gets caught up in the Greenpeace movement which arrived in town in the 1970s, sparking protests which led to the closure of the whaling station.

Fontana is adapting the screenplay, her second involvement with Winton after co-writing with him Cloudstreet,. the miniseries directed by Matt Saville.

.Emma has so many of the qualities, everything I had intuited about Queenie,. Ellen told If on the line from her home in Los Angeles. .She hides nothing; she is a completely authentic person. She.s
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Priscilla producer Al Clark to receive Aacta Raymond Longford Award

Veteran Australian producer Al Clark will receive the Aacta Raymond Longford Award in recognition of his three-decade career which has included iconic films such as Chopper and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

Clark, who emigrated from the UK in the 1980s after representing music acts such as the Sex Pistols and Phil Collins, has produced or executive produced 19 feature films. He has also served on the board of the Australian Film Commission (1989-1992) and participated in official juries of several international film festivals, including the San Sebastian and Valladolid Film Festivals.

..With a love of films that always transcends the frustrations of getting them made, tried to choose distinctive projects, to navigate them soundly, to find gifted people to work with, and to bring out the best in their considerable talents," Clark said after being told of the award. "I.m grateful to Aacta for
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The Sapphires claims biggest box office opening weekend of the year for an Aussie film

New Australian film The Sapphires has had a strong debut at the box office, taking the highest opening weekend by an Australian film this year.

The film, distributed by Hopscotch/eOne has grossed $2.34m at the most recent count, with figures being finalised, according to the Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia.

The Sapphires took a respectable screen average of $8387 across 279 screens.

The film’s cumulative total, including sneak previews bumps the film up to $2.59m.

Directed by Wayne Blair and produced by Rosemary Blight and Kylie Du Fresne, and written by Tony Briggs and Keith Thompson the film is about an all-girl Indigenous soul group going to Vietnam to entertain the troops.

It beat out previous 2012 Australian top film A Few Best Men which opened in January with $1.8m.

The Sapphires beat the Will Ferrell and Zack Galifianakis film The Campaign, distributed by Warner Bros, also in its opening weekend.
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Prometheus stays strong at box office; beats Rock of Ages and That’s My Boy

In its second weekend in release, sci-fi film Prometheus has topped this weekend’s box office results.

The Ridley Scott film, a prequel to his Alien films, took $3.011m across 469 screens for a screen average of $6,421, according to the Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia.

It beat out new releases That’s My Boy, a comedy featuring Adam Sandler as Andy Samberg’s wayward father; and Rock of Ages, glorifying the 80s hey-day of hair metal bands and starring Tom Cruise and Alec Baldwin.

That’s My Boy, directed by Sean Anders and released by Sony Pictures, took $1.435m across 226 screens for a strong screen average of $6,349.

Rock Of Ages, directed by Adam Shankman and released by Warner Bros took $1.349m across 302 screens for a $4,468 screen average.

In limited release Cabin in the Woods, written by Joss Whedon and directed by Drew Goddard and starring Australian Chris Hemsworth almost didn
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