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As the sun began to set behind the Santa Monica pier, the evening was just getting started at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows Resort where Aussie thesps showed their support at the third annual Australians in Film awards and benefit gala dinner Sunday.
Breakthrough Award honorees Margot Robbie and Brenton Thwaites were joined on the red carpet by fellow Australian film stars and friends including Oliver Ackland, Luke Hemsworth and Callan McAuliffe as well as the event’s Mc, “Australian Idol” host Osher Günsberg.
“Any event where you get to sit at a table and actually have a meal with everyone – that’s always fun, as opposed to a sit-down award show,” Robbie told Variety as she made her way down the carpet. “It’s kind of like going out to dinner with friends.”
The “Wolf of Wall Street” actress also shared her excitement to be back in Los »
- Andrea Seikaly
John V. Soto.s The Reckoning has launched successfully at five cinemas in Sydney, Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane. The crime thriller which stars Jonathan Lapaglia, Luke Hemsworth, Hanna Mangan-Lawrence, Viva Bianca and Alex Williams has raked in nearly $52,000 including previews. The weekend total was $22,476 for a per-screen average of $4,495. .That is pretty damn good considering we only played 20 sessions,. Soto told If. That.s a healthier screen average than the debuts of Felony and Predestination (which held moderately well in their second weekends), These Final Hours and The Rover. The tale of a detective who pursues two runaway teenagers whose video footage contains the identity of a killer, the thriller will test the emerging model for distributing Australian films when it.s released on most VoD platforms and on DVD on September 17 by the distributor, Selena Chung.s Sc Movies. The producer, Filmscope Entertainment.s Deidre Kitcher, said the accelerated »
- Don Groves
DVD Release Date: Oct. 28, 2014
Price: DVD $19.98
Studio: Anchor Bay
Investigating the roadside execution-style murder of his partner Jason (Hemsworth), troubled detective Robbie Green (Lapaglia) discovers a memory card from a video camera. Shot by two teenagers, the mysterious footage contained on the card reveals murky details behind the death of a sibling in an unsolved hit and run case. The teens have since gone missing, and as the detective retraces their journey to find them, he quickly uncovers a bloody trail of murder…that leads all the way back to him!
Written and directed by John V. Soto, the R-rated film received a release to theaters in its native »
A scene from winning film Paper Planes..
Paper Planes follows 11-year old Dylan (Ed Oxenbould) whose life changes after winning a place in the regional paper planes competition in Sydney. This achievement takes him far from his country home and depressed father (Sam Worthington), all the way to the World Paper Plane Championships in Japan.
The film beat out five other contenders; Matt Saville.s Felony, Stephen Lance.s My Mistress, Julius Avery.s Son of a Gun, John V Soto.s The Reckoning and Russell Vines. documentary The Waler . Australia.s Great War Horse. (All finalist synopses listed below).
.I.m so, so happy,. Connolly said of his win. .I.m really excited because we are planning for a Christmas/January release and »
- Emily Blatchford
It was the sight of two teenagers by the side of the road that sparked the idea behind John V Soto.s crime thriller The Reckoning.
.Every morning I go for a walk to clear my mind. I say clear my mind but I.m always thinking of stuff,. the writer/director tells If over the phone from Perth. .One day I was walking down this brand new highway with these lights that stretch off into the distance - at dawn it.s quite beautiful really . when I see this couple, these two teenagers by the side of the road. They both had backpacks on and they were waiting for someone. It got me thinking. .I wonder what they.re there for. It.s six in the morning, why are they out so early? Maybe they are on the run or something! Maybe there is some sort of deal going on, »
- Emily Blatchford
Peter Sarsgaard and Mary-Louise Parker will star in NBC.s eight-hour remake of Matchbox Pictures. The Slap. Sarsgaard will play Hector, a guy who loves his wife and family but is tempted by his wife.s teenage receptionist at a party where his cousin slaps a child. Parker will play Anouk, a close friend of Hector.s who.s the head writer on a TV show. Jonathan Lapaglia and Essie Davis played those roles in the original. Matchbox Pictures and Universal Television are producing the Us version adapted by Brothers & Sisters creator Jon Robin Baitz for NBC. Lisa Cholodenko will direct the first two hours. The executive producers are Baitz, Matchbox.s Tony Ayres, Walter F. Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and Ted Gold. Sarsgaard has just finished shooting Warner Bros.. gangster drama Black Mass with Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson and Joel Edgerton. Parker has landed a recurring role in »
- Don Groves
After Alex Williams graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2012, the actor expected to spend two or three years trying to build his career gradually through stage roles.
How wrong he was. In his first professional audition he won the role of Julian Assange in Robert Connolly.s Network Ten telemovie Underground: The Julian Assange Story opposite Rachael Griffiths and Anthony Lapaglia.
The Perth-born Williams, who now lives in Sydney, has since been back to his hometown twice, to star in John V. Soto.s The Reckoning, which opens on September 4, and in Connolly.s 3D children.s movie Paper Planes, which Roadshow will launch in January.
In between he played Kirk Pengilly in Inxs: Never Tear Us Apart, Shine Australia.s miniseries for the Seven Network. Williams has just finished another TV production, which he.s not allowed to reveal.
Since graduating he hasn.t had »
- Don Groves
The Santa Monica-based company has reported a flurry of market and post-market activity on its Croisette slate.
Lightning evp and general manager Ken DuBow announced deals on the crime thriller have closed in the Middle East (Eagle Films), Portugal (Media Page), Scandinavia (Atlantic Film), South Africa (Ster Kinekor), South Korea (Zecon Plus Corp), Thailand (Ipa), Turkey (Moviebox), Mexico (Renaissance) and Israel (Yes/Dbs).
Herschel Faber’s comedy Cavemen starring Chad Michael Murray and Camilla Belle and Alexis Knapp has been licensed to Benelux (Koch Media), China (Melting Culture), South Africa (Ster Kinekor), South Korea (Zecon Plus Corp), Turkey (D Productions), Germany (Lighthouse Home Entertainment) and UK (Bskyb).
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
A six-screen release- three in Perth and one each in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane- is planned for the film which stars Jonathan Lapaglia as a troubled detective who hunts two runaway teenagers who hold video footage that identifies a cop killer.
.We had offers from a couple of other Aussie distributors but Selina was definitely the most passionate and committed,. said Filmscope Entertainment.s Soto, who in May was named best director at the British Independent Film Festival, where The Reckoning had its world premiere.
Backed by ScreenWest and Lottery West, the film was produced by Filmscope Entertainment.s Deidre Kitcher, with Robert Lundberg, Roger and Kim Savill and Malcolm and Kate Rudd as executive producers. »
- Don Groves
Australian director John V. Soto (Needle) has completed his crime thriller The Reckoning. This suspenseful look at crime and punishment completed earlier this year. Recently, the film had its World Premiere at the British Independent Film Festival. And here, Soto won Best Director for this feature. The Reckoning stars Jonathan Lapaglia (The Hit List), Viva Bianca (Scorned), Luke Hemsworth and Hanna Mangan Lawrence. An exciting first trailer for The Reckoning is available here. The story for The Reckoning is complex. However, a detective has been murdered and his partner, Green (Lapaglia), must track down two runaway teens, whose camera holds the identity of the killer. More clues to the killer's identity and motivations are housed within the film's trailer. The Reckoning is a Reckoning Productions and Filmscope Entertainment production. This film, which was partially shot in Perth, Australia, continues to make its rounds on the film festival circuit and a North American release date. »
- email@example.com (Michael Allen)
She plays Shannon, the grand-daughter of Bryan Brown's ex-crim Lennie, in the Matchbox Pictures. production which premieres this Friday night on ABC1.
Not only did she get to work with Brown and Sam Neill as Ted, a retired cop who teams up with Lennie to solve crimes and unravel scams, her character has two suitors: Mark Coles-Smith as Jason, the mechanic son of one of Lennie.s prison mates; and Damian Walshe-Howling.
.It was hilarious,. Hanna tells If on the line from Los Angeles, where she moved last year. .Bryan and Sam had known each other for years so they had a great chemistry on and off the set..
Shannon is a law student at Sydney University whose mother has died and father has long gone, »
- Don Groves
Soto was one of three nominees for best director together with Martin Kemp for Top Dog (the tale of a London bad boy who gets in over his head after he joins a dangerous criminal gang) and Floris Ramaekers for Sleeping Dogs (the story of one woman on the rocky road between happiness and tragedy). The Reckoning stars Jonathan Lapaglia as a troubled detective who hunts two runaway teenagers who hold video footage that identifies a cop killer. The supporting cast includes Luke Hemsworth, Hanna Mangan-Lawrence, Viva Bianca and Alex Williams.
The thriller is due to open on 8-10 screens in Sydney, »
- Don Groves
Screening at the Empire Theatre in Leicester Square on May 10, the crime thriller has been nominated for best film, director and actor.
The cast is headed by Jonathan Lapaglia (The Slap, Love Child), Luke Hemsworth (Kill Me Three Times, Brothers in Arms), Hanna Mangan Lawrence (X, Spartacus: Blood and Sand), Viva Bianca (X, Spartacus) and Alex Williams (Paper Planes, Never Tear Us Apart).
The plot follows a troubled detective (Lapaglia) as he hunts two runaway teenagers who hold video footage that identifies a cop killer.
The tentative Australian release date is September 4, playing on 8-10 screens in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. The film has been sold in seven international territories by Lightning Entertainment, which aims to close further deals at the Cannes film market.
- Don Groves
Recently, CBS released the new, official,synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "The Mentalist" episode 20 of season 6. The episode is entitled, "Il Tavolo Bianco,” and it definitely sounds like things will get pretty drama-filled for Patrick as he might get put on trial for the murder of Red John, and more! In the new, 20th episode press release: Jane's freedom is going to be at stake when a grand jury is empanelled to decide if he should be tried for the murder of Red John. Press release number 2: Jane’s freedom will be at stake when a grand jury is empanelled to decide if he should be tried for the murder of Red John. In the meantime, Lisbon is going to try to find out how Jane feels about the possibility of her leaving Austin with Agent Pike, and Cho and Abbott are going to follow new leads in the »
Williamson, who.s 20, has signed with a Los Angeles-based manager and will play a key character named Tiffany in Broken Contract, writer-director James Pentecost.s action comedy that starts shooting in Perth on April 28.
Christopher Morris (Crownies, Janet King) plays Max, a down-on-his-luck club owner struggling to make ends meet. When a local gang threatens his livelihood and his family, he hires a hit man to protect the ones he loves. Tiffany is a bartender in a seedy strip joint who is trying to make ends meet while trying to find a missing family member.
Robinson, 22, is the first Australian in some years to be selected to take part in the Master.s program for film at the Royal Central School for Speech and Drama in London.
Before she departs for London, »
- Don Groves
A bunch of interesting trailers for various non-tentpole films have been released over the past 48 hours. Things kick off with "A Most Wanted Man," the film adaptation of the John le Carre novel and the final ever film of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Then there's the first trailer for "Pioneer," an "inspired by true events" thriller set in the North Sea in the early 1980s. Askel Hennie, Wes Bentley, Stephen Lang and Jonathan Lapaglia star in the story of a team of American divers helping Norway extract oil from the ocean floor - a tragic accident leads to one of the team realising his life is at stake - and not just from the elements.
Then there's a new and quite dark trailer for "Deliver Us from Evil," the supernatural thriller starring Eric Bana as a disbelieving cop and Edgar Ramirez and an unconventional priest who partner up on an exorcism case. »
- Garth Franklin
"Focus on the job and we'll all end up making a lot of money..." This looks eerie. After featuring posters yesterday, today we have the full Us trailer for Erik Skjoldbjærg's Pioneer, a Norwegian conspiracy thriller set in the 1980s about the beginning of the Norwegian Oil Boom and deep sea divers using "controversial techniques" to extract oil. The cast includes a number of recognizable names and faces, from Wes Bentley to Stephen Lang to Jonathan Lapaglia, and they speak in English most of the time. This actually looks way better than I expected and I'm glad I stumbled across this film, there's just something mysterious and alluring about it. And I'm glad the footage in the trailer actually looks solid. Take a look for yourself below. Here's the official Us trailer for Erik Skjoldbjærg's Pioneer, in high def from Apple (via Collider): Pioneer is set in the early 1980's, »
- Alex Billington
When your ultimate adventure becomes your ultimate nightmare. If you're into deep sea diving conspiracy thrillers, then we've got the perfect film for you. Titled Pioneer, this Norwegian thriller is about a team of divers who were part of risky experiments at the start of the Norwegian oil-drilling industry in the early 80s. The cast includes Aksel Hennie plus Wes Bentley, Stephen Lang, Jonathan Lapaglia, Stephanie Sigman and Jørgen Langhelle. The film already premiered in Europe last year and has been waiting for a Us release, however io9 has debuted a new Us poster and we thought it was worth sharing to bring some attention to this interesting little film. I'm intrigued by all the imagery, but I'm not sure if it'll be any good. Here's the latest Us poster for Erik Skjoldbjærg's Pioneer, similar to the Norwegian one, debuted from io9: Here's a photo from the film »
- Alex Billington
Director: Erik Skjoldbjærg.
Running Time: 111 minutes.
Synopsis: Based on the true-life story of the beginning of the Norwegian oil boom in the 1980s. Petter (Aksel Hennie), is a professional diver obsessed with reaching the bottom of the Norwegian Sea. He has the discipline, strength and courage to take on the world’s most dangerous mission, but a sudden, tragic accident changes everything. Petter is sent on a perilous journey where he loses sight of who’s pulling the strings. Gradually he realises that he is in way over his head and that his life is at stake.
Whilst the synopsis might not make Pioneer sound particularly special, the story is very powerful, especially considering the fact that real people lived through the situation. The film has also been picked up by George Clooney who is eager »
- Kat Smith
The Nine Network has commissioned a second series of Playmaker Media's Love Child after the premiere drew more than 4 million viewers across three airings.
Created by writer/producer Sarah Lambert, the drama is set in Kings Cross Hospital and an adjacent home for unwed mothers in 1969.
Jessica Marais (who plays midwife Joan Millar), Jonathan Lapaglia (Dr. Patrick McNaughton) and Mandy McElhinney (Matron Frances Bolton) will return for series two, which starts on New Year.s Eve 1970.. Also returning are Ella Scott Lynch (Shirley Ryan), Sophie Hensser (Viv Maguire), Gracie Gilbert (Annie Carmichael) Harriet Dyer (Patricia Saunders) and Miranda Tapsell (Martha Tenant).
Shawn Seet, who was the set-up director on the first series, is on board for the second.. Nine.s Heads of Drama Jo Rooney and Andy Ryan said: .We are delighted with how Australian audiences have fallen in love with Love Child, and we are looking forward to working »
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