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Margaret Pomeranz heads up bid to restore Weaving-Crowe breakout Proof

26 June 2016 7:44 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

The National Film and Sound Archive's (Nfsa) crowdfunding campaign to restore Proof, Jocelyn Moorhouse.s 1991 film, is in its final days..

Written and directed by Moorhouse, the story of Martin (Hugo Weaving), a blind photographer. Andy, played by Russell Crowe, is the only friend Martin trusts to describe his photos to him.

The film launched both Weaving and Crowe.s careers onto the international stage, and was also Moorhouse.s breakout as a director. Proof premiered at Cannes, where it won the Golden Camera award, and has also won a host of AFI awards, including best film, director, screenplay, lead actor and supporting actor.

Since mid-May, the Nfsa has been asking Australians to pitch in $25,000 through a Pozible campaign to help restore the fim into a pristine digital format that can be shown in modern cinemas.

Funds raised by the campaign, now in its final days, will partially »

- Jackie Keast

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The Daughter review – small-town Australia haunted by the past

28 May 2016 11:59 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A family’s long-buried secret is unearthed in an Ibsen adaptation marked by fine performances

Very loosely based on Henrik Ibsen’s play The Wild Duck, this solid drama is transposed to contemporary Australia and a community blighted by a dying logging industry. Christian (Paul Schneider) returns home to attend the marriage of his father (Geoffrey Rush), but in doing so unearths a long-buried secret that has ramifications for the family of his best friend, Oliver (Ewen Leslie). The sense of communities rent apart by spectres from the past is reminiscent of the work of Ray Lawrence, the director of Lantana and Jindabyne. And it’s perhaps no coincidence that director Simon Stone appeared as an actor in the latter. Other influences include Terrence Malick, particularly in the use of sound and the way fragments of dialogue bleed across scenes. The melodrama of the third act is mitigated by the quality of the performances. »

- Wendy Ide

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Sff 2016 boasts five Australian feature premieres, Mel Gibson in conversation

10 May 2016 7:28 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Alex Russell in Ivan Sen's Goldstone.

The full Sydney Film Festival line-up was unveiled this morning by Sff director Nashen Moodley, with five Australian feature premieres and eight Aussie documentary premieres.

In a coup for the festival, this year's Talks program at Sydney Town Hall's Hub will include a free talk with Mel Gibson, whose Blood Father is playing at the fest, as well as in-conversation events with Australian filmmakers such as Ivan Sen.

Sen's Goldstone, the festival's opening night film, will also feature in the official competition..

Other Aussie premieres include Abe Forsythe's Cronulla black comedy Down Under, Craig Boreham's queer drama Teenage Kicks, playwright Stephen Sewell's directorial debut Embedded, and Craig Anderson's thriller Red Christmas, starring E.T.'s Dee Wallace.

Also in the line-up are Aussie titles that premiered overseas last year, such as Beast, the McKeith brothers' Manila-set boxing drama that comes »

- Harry Windsor

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