“Three Billboards” topped “Call Me By Your Name,” “Dunkirk,” “Lady Bird,” and “The Shape of Water.” The dark comedy also won best screenplay for writer-director Martin McDonagh and best supporting actor for Sam Rockwell.
The Aacta International Awards were presented Friday night at a ceremony held at The Avalon Hollywood in Los Angeles. The awards are determined by the Aacta International Chapter, made up of 150 Australian screen professionals.
On the surface, Wednesday’s Aacta Awards ceremony at The Star in Sydney was business as usual for the Australian film and TV industry.
A deserving line-up of luminaries took out top awards, including legendary director Philip Noyce, the all-male judging panel of MasterChef, producer Emile Sherman, documentary trail-blazers Bentley Dean and Martin Butler, and “all round top bloke”, the winsome actor-director Simon Baker.
The prizes were presented Wednesday evening at the Star Event Centre in Sydney. Earlier in the week at a prize-giving lunch, “Lion” made a clean sweep of the technical awards, winning in all seven categories for which it was nominated. In total, the film, which was produced by The Weinstein Co., won 12 Aacta awards.
The cast of “Lion” was richly rewarded. Nicole Kidman was named best supporting actress, Dev Patel was named best supporting actor, and child star Sunny Pawar was named best actor, becoming the youngest-ever recipient. Kidman won a second acting prize, for best guest or supporting actress in a TV drama, with “Top of the Lake: China Girl.” The series also earned a best actress award for Elisabeth Moss and a best guest or supporting actor in
The H Collective has hired Mary Elizabeth Winstead to join Aaron Paul and newcomer Danny Murphy in Christopher Cantwell’s “The Parts You Lose.”
The dramatic-thriller is fully financed by the H Collective, with Mark Johnson producing under his Gran Via banner with Tom Williams and Paul. Principal photography began Tuesday in Winnipeg, Canada.
“The Parts You Lose,” written by Darren Lemke, follows the unlikely friendship that unfolds between a young deaf boy and a fugitive criminal who takes refuge in an abandoned barn on the family’s rural North Dakota farm. After forming a deep bond with the man, the boy must decide where to place his allegiances when the authorities begin to close in on the fugitive. Winstead
The jury, headed by British director Michael Apted, honored Russian family drama “Loveless,” with cinematography by Mikhail Krichman and directing by Andrei Zvyagintsev (“Leviathan”), with a Silver Frog, while the Bronze Frog went to Angelina Jolie’s account of the Cambodian guerilla war, “First They Killed My Father,” filmed by Anthony Dod Mantle.
The jury honored Warwick Thornton’s “Sweet Country,” an Australian outback thriller filmed by Dylan River and Thornton, with the Fipresci award, while “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” shot by Ben Davis and directed by Martin McDonagh, won the fest’s first-ever audience prize.
The gala closing ceremony at the Opera Nova hall in Bydgoszcz topped a week of 283 film screenings and scores of workshops, filmmaker talks and
Willem Dafoe chats to us about Clear & Present Danger, Murder On The Orient Express, White Sands and our feet.
An odd start to an interview as I walked into a comfy room to talk to Willem Dafoe for a bit. We ended up talking about feet, specifically that mine were big. He sought to assure me that my feet were fine, to try and make me feel better about myself. There’s a measure of a man for you.
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He was in town to talk about Murder On The Orient Express, in which he takes a role as part of the ensemble. And here’s how our quick chat went…
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Forecasts are for mostly sunny weather — a contrast with the unpredictable conditions for the independent sector for both buyers and sellers. That state of affairs is front and center due to trio of factors: a brutal year at the domestic box office with 2017 revenues lagging last year by 5%; majors focusing on franchise tentpoles; and questions surrounding traditional distribution through theaters.
Jonathan Kier, president of international sales and distribution at Sierra/Affinity, said Afm remains vital to the independent film world.
“It’s the most important market after Cannes,” he noted. “It’s a pleasure because buyers want to make pre-buys before films go into production. The buyers have been asking us not to make the Toronto Film Festival a market since that festival is about selling finished films.”
The project, scripted by Paul Staheli (Guardians of the Tomb) and Justin Monjo (Jungle), follows “a gang of expat criminals who are coerced into a suicide mission behind enemy lines to destroy a game-changing chemical weapon being developed by the Nazis and the Japanese.”
“Arclight has been developing this fantastic script for five years and working to frame a story that will have great relevance and huge commercial and cultural impact in both China and the rest of the world,” said producer and Arclight CEO Gary Hamilton, who came up with the original concept. “The ensemble film will feature five movie stars from China and five from the U.S. and Australia to deliver the strongest possible talent for a global audience.
Arclight is handling worldwide sales and will be presenting the movie to buyers at the American Film Market, which opens Nov. 1 in Santa Monica, Calif.
“Killer 10” is written by Paul Staheli (“Guardians of the Tomb”) and Justin Monjo (“Jungle”), based on an original concept by Hamilton. The film follows a gang of expat criminals who are coerced into a suicide mission behind enemy lines to destroy a game-changing chemical weapon being developed by the Nazis and the Japanese.
Principal photography will begin in the spring. An ensemble of Chinese and American actors are currently being cast.
Hamilton and Iwanyk are producing alongside Arclight’s Mike Gabrawy and Ying Ye through her Shanghai Aurora Alliance. Thunder Road’s Erica Lee and Jonathan Fuhrman will executive produce.
“Arclight has been developing this fantastic script for five years and working
“It’s been a great year and I’m enjoying every moment of it,” says Branagh, who will be honored with an imprint ceremony Oct. 26 in the Tcl Chinese Theatre forecourt. “Doing ‘Dunkirk’ was an experience I’ll never forget, and considering that I loved Sidney Lumet’s original and Agatha Christie’s novel, I’m excited to be bringing this new version of ‘Orient Express’ to life. I love train films and confined thrillers, and by doing it in 70mm, we really wanted to put the audience on that
The director and his Rumbalara Films Inc. banner has signed a new first-look overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television. As part of the deal, Kimberly Hunt has been tapped to serve as vp production at the company.
Noyce most recently directed the pilot and second episode of Fox and 20th TV's upcoming medical drama, The Resident.
The Resident, set to premiere midseason on Fox, hails from writer Amy Holden Jones and exec producer Antoine Fuqua. It stars Emily VanCamp and Matt Czuchry.
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Julia Brownell is switching gears from cults to grapes. “The Path” co-executive producer has scored a put pilot commitment from ABC for family drama “Eight Hundred Grapes,” Deadline reports. She’ll exec produce and pen the script.
An adaptation of Laura Dave’s 2015 novel “Eight Hundred Grapes: a Perfect Summer Escape to a Sun-drenched Vineyard,” the potential series centers on Georgia Ford, “who learned some important secrets growing up on her family’s Sonoma vineyard,” the source writes. “The secret number of grapes it takes to make a bottle of wine: eight hundred. The secret ingredient in her mother’s lasagna: chocolate. But just a month before her wedding, 30-year-old Georgia discovers her fiancé has been keeping a secret so explosive that it will change their lives forever. Georgia does what she’s always done: She returns to the family vineyard, expecting the comfort of her long-married parents and her brothers and everything familiar. But it turns out her fiancé is not the only one who’s been keeping secrets.”
Phillip Noyce (“Roots,” “The Giver”) is directing the pilot.
Brownell most recently worked on Hulu’s “The Path,” a drama about a fictional religion — or cult, depending on who you ask — known as Meyerism and its followers. The show’s second season concluded in April, and Hulu has confirmed it will be returning for a third. Her other credits include “Parenthood,” “Smash,” and “Hung.”
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Supernova is a film with a messy story behind it. And a very, very odd sex scene...
Supernova is a film that started promisingly. Originated in 1990 under the title of Dead Star, the idea – as pitched by writer William Malone – would be for something akin to Dead Calm, just in space. Dead Calm is a great choice of influence too, with Phillip Noyce’s out-on-the-water thriller using isolation expertly, as Billy Zane puts in one of his best, and most menacing, screen performances.
Dead Star was set to follow a similar idea, and that meant a modest budget at most – around $6m was cited – would be needed to tell the story of alien artefacts being brought back to Earth. Enquires were made of H R Giger, who duly did some concept art work to help promote the script.
MGM was the studio that bit, although it had ideas.
Kidman will receive the evening’s actress tribute for a career that launched with Philip Noyce’s 1989 thriller “Dead Calm” and has included films “The Others,” “Moulin Rouge!,” “The Hours” (which won her an Oscar) and “Rabbit Hole.” She’s currently up for an Emmy for her performance in HBO’s “Big Little Lies” and is currently appearing in the new season of “Top of the Lake”; her upcoming bigscreen work includes Sofia Coppola’s “The Beguiled,” Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” and Neil Burger’s “The Upside” (which recently premiered at the Toronto Film Festival).
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