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At the end of last year we reported that the Fantasia Film Festival is gearing up to become the next hot spot to acquire unproduced projects being sold as part of its film market - the Frontières International Co-Production Market. And now we have additional details.
From the Press Release
Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival, widely acclaimed as one of the largest and most influential genre film festivals in the world, is embarking on its 16th edition with a major new industry-driven venture: the Frontières International Co-Production Market. Frontières is the first international co-production market to connect North American with Europe and Australasia in an environment focused specifically on genre film production.
The projects to be presented in the market have now been chosen and feature an exciting array of filmmakers, from gifted newcomers to world-renowned maestros, as well as numerous established international producers.
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- Uncle Creepy
How times change. When Botho Strauss's play was first seen in Britain in 1983 it was greeted with boos and mass walkouts on its pre-West End tour.
Now it arrives in a crisp new Martin Crimp translation and an exciting Sydney Theatre Company production that yields a tumultuous performance from Cate Blanchett and is met with wild enthusiasm. But we're not just applauding a great performance; we've also finally caught up with Strauss's play.
It would be all too easy to describe it as a study in postwar alienation. Actually, it is about a woman who desperately wants to belong. Accordingly, Strauss sends his eager heroine, Lotte, on a contemporary odyssey, where she encounters a series of cold shoulders. Starting as an outsider on a Moroccan package tour, she oscillates between the German cities of Saarbrücken and Essen, only to be rejected by her husband, spurned by an old »
- Michael Billington
The ultimate test of a fighter becomes the ultimate test for a family when ex-wrestler Tommy (Hardy) returns home for the first time in fourteen years to enlist the help of his estranged father (Nolte) to win a coveted Mixed Martial Arts tournament. By chance, Tommy’s fighter-turned-teacher brother Brendan (Edgerton) has also entered the tournament in a desperate bid to provide for his family and the stage is set for a climactic confrontation between the two brothers.
Critically acclaimed as the new Rocky, Warrior is just that. Taking the same basic traits as Stallone’s classic flick – the underdog battling against both himself, his situation and in the ring – the film blends the same facets of action and melodrama and updates it for the Mma generation. »
If you want to know just how thoroughly rotten Michael Bay's infernal Transformers films really are, then look no further than Real Steel (2011, Buena Vista, 12A), a guilty pleasure that demonstrates perfectly how a movie about robots hitting each other should be made. While Bay failed spectacularly over the course of three movies (a fourth instalment is, depressingly, on the way) to conjure up anything vaguely resembling either story or characters, jobbing hack Shawn Levy, whose CV includes such underwhelming fare as Night at the Museum and Date Night, hits the nail right on its metal head on both counts.
While the writing credits may acknowledge Richard Matheson's "Steel" (previously filmed as a Twilight Zone episode in 1963), this shameless crowd-pleaser owes a greater debt to the fists aloft underdog mantra of Rocky. »
- Mark Kermode
To mark the release of X: Night of Vengeance on DVD 20th February, Revolver Entertainment have given us 3 copies of the movie to give away. The movie is directed by Jon Hewitt and stars Viva Bianca, Hanna Mangan Lawrence, Peter Docker, Stephen Phillips, Eamon Farren and Belinda McClory.
Viva Bianca (Spartacus: Blood & Sand) and Hanna Mangan-lawrence (Acolytes) star as a jaded call-girl and a fledging hooker caught up in a night from hell in the action-packed, sizzling X: Night Of Vengeance, coming to DVD on 20th February 2012 (Rrp £15.99)
Holly (Bianca) is retiring, kissing her successful life as a high-class escort goodbye. She just has to get through one last night on the job. Shay (Mangan-Lawrence) is a teenage runaway, broke and alone. She just has to get through her first night on the streets.
When a twist of fate throws the two women together on a job that goes horribly wrong, »
Those making films on the subject of female exploitation, especially prostitution, need to be fully alert of not falling into the trap of aligning themselves with the very individuals that fuel a misogynistic interest. Sadly, even with the dangerous locations of Sydney’s very own Kings Cross red-light district on show for the international audience to see, co-writer-director Jon Hewitt and partner, writer Belinda McClory’s new crime thriller X: Night of Vengeance steps into voyeuristic territory with worrying effect.
Spartacus actress Viva Bianca plays jaded high-society call girl Holly Rowe who is called to one last well-paid threesome, before escaping for good on a plane for a new life in Paris, France. After a freak shower accident, she is forced to quickly find ‘a brunette’ off the street, and offers 17-year-old runaway and fledgling hooker Shay Ryan (Hanna Mangan Lawrence) the job for the night. While partying with the John, »
- Lisa Giles-Keddie
6 items from 2012
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