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Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox, Amit Virmani’s Menstrual Man and Shilpa Ranade’s The World of Goopi and Bagha have been nominated under different categories for the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. Rajeev Ravi has earned a nomination for Achievement in Cinematography in Amit Kumar’s Monsoon Shootout.
The Lunchbox has been nominated for Best Screenplay while The World of Goopi and Bagha has been nominated in the Best Animated Feature Film category.
Amit Virmani’s Menstrual Man, a Singapore – India co-production, has been nominated for the Best Documentary Feature Film. The film made its Canadian Premiere at the HotDocs, the Canadian International Documentary Film Festival in Toronto and was screened at International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (Idfa).
A total of 39 films from 22 countries will compete in nine different categories. The award ceremony will be held December 12, 2013 in Brisbane.
The jury is headed by Shyam Benegal and comprises South Korean director Kim Tae-yong, »
Peter O.Brien plays the lead in Malaysian feature Almayer's Folly (Hanyut), whose writer/director U-Wei Bin Hajisaari is up for best screenplay.
Some 39 films from 21 Asia Pacific countries will compete in the awards which will be presented on December 12 in Brisbane.s City Hall.
Other nominees for best film are Asgha Farhadi.s The Past, »
- Don Groves
Television directly deals with issues of modernity versus tradition in rural Bangladesh, making it a film well worth debating within the context of the APSAs, which celebrate both quality cinema and the cultural importance of film.
Television closed the Busan International Film Festival last year. If it wins Apsa’s highest accolade it will have impressed the jury more than Omar from Palestine; With You, Without You from Sri Lanka; Like Father, Like Son from Japan; The Turning;, an anthology film from Australia and The Past, directed by one of Apsa’s most high-profile regular contenders, Iranian »
- Sandy.George@me.com (Sandy George)
.You always hope for more but it.s a good result,. said producer David Jowsey, who self-distributed the film through Dark Matter, a company he owns with Sen and Michael Wrenn. Melbourne-based Backlot Studios is handling the bookings, distribution veteran Alan Finney is a consultant and Tracey Mair co-ordinated the national marketing and publicity campaign.
Jowsey tells If, .We had a very modest P&A spend, with no TV, and there was a lot of hard work in publicity at the grass roots level..
Backlot is now arranging to release the film at around 30 locations in regional areas. Well Go plans to launch »
- Don Groves
Beneath Clouds (2002) writer-director Ivan Sen has found a pitch-perfect niche in the crime-thriller genre with his new film Mystery Road, set in the Australian outback. This marvellously atmospheric and sumptuous-looking film has all the mellow attitude of a western, pausing to take in panoramic, burnt-orange sunrises and sunsets, while punctuated by bursts of action sequences straight out of a cowboy shootout, following mounting tension.
Mystery Road and Sen can also be credited for introducing the awe-inspiring Australian TV actor Aaron Pedersen to the international audience’s attention. Pedersen exudes an all-engrossing, controlled and authoritative presence on the big screen, not seen since the cowboy heydays of Clint Eastwood, Steve McQueen or Burt Lancaster. Of Australian Aboriginal descent, Pedersen makes for a likely hero in Sen’s racially tense storylines, trying here to transcend local barriers as Aboriginal cop Jay Swan.
After the murder of a local Aboriginal girl, dumped by the roadside, »
- Lisa Giles-Keddie
★★★☆☆ The wilds of Australia play home to Ivan Sen's latest offering in both a physical and metaphorical sense. The oppression of indigenous peoples was a topic explored in his previous film, Toomelah (2009), and it glints as a rich vein of this new genre nugget, Mystery Road (2013). Despite being selected as the gala feature in the London Film Festival's 'Thrill' strand, it's a slow-burning genre-inflected police procedural that Sen has impeccably crafted. Determined to steer clear of anticipated escalations in narrative thrust, it prefers to grip your attention by allowing a constant simmer beneath the surface of the barren Outback.
Clad in a plaid shirt, a Stetson and with a Winchester in his holster, Jay Swan (Aaron Pedersen) occupies the role of local lawman. An entire police department is at the disposal of this small town, but the Aboriginal detective seems to stand alone after returning to his hometown from »
- CineVue UK
Mystery Road, 2013.
Written and Directed by Ivan Sen.
Mystery Road is the slow burning tale of an Aboriginal police detective returning to his hometown after a long absence to investigate the murder of a young girl.
Australian thrillers have a tendency to show how very bleak the outback can be and Mystery Road is no exception.
Coming back from the city to take up the position of detective, Jay Swan (Aaron Pedersen) has his work cut out for him as his first major case is that of a brutal murder.
While this may seem like a story you’ve heard many times before, Mystery Road manages to tell it with a peculiar blend of dry Australian humour and little meaningful dialogue – which is both the film’s strength and weakness.
Echoing No Country for Old Men, you »
- Gary Collinson
While attending the 38th Toronto International Film Festival, Trevor Hogg had an opportunity to chat with actor Aaron Pedersen and filmmaker Ivan Sen about their creative journey in bringing Mystery Road to the big screen...
Aaron Pedersen and Ivan Sen“I would like to think that the isolation helps out,” remarks Aaron Pedersen (Dead Heart) when contemplating why Australian actors have been able to gain Oscar glory from Russell Crowe (Gladiator), Nicole Kidman (The Hours), Cate Blanchett (The Aviator), and Geoffrey Rush (Shine). “It’s competitive in your own world and you raise the bar every time you do a TV show or theatre piece or even a film. Australia is a uniquely talented country in so many different capacities.” Pedersen, who was attending the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival to promote Mystery Road along with filmmaker Ivan Sen (Beneath Clouds), is a veteran of the small screen. “The great thing »
London – Canadian director Jason Reitman's Labor Day starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin, British writer/director Clio Barnard's The Selfish Giant and award-winning Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi'sThe Past, the follow-up to the Oscar-winning success A Separation are among the titles chosen to unspool in the Dubai International Film Festival's Cinema of the World sidebar in December. Joining the trio in the high profile international section will be filmmaker Ivan Sen's contemporary thriller Mystery Road, which he directed, wrote, shot, edited and scored, and which stars Aaron Pedersen, Hugo Weaving and Ryan Kwanten. Photos: Toronto: Exclusive Instagram Photos of
- Stuart Kemp
Director: Ivan Sen.
Running Time: 112 minutes.
Synopsis: An Aboriginal cop returns to his home town to investigate the murder of a teenage girl, facing corruption and prejudice along the way.
If the idea of a man with less facial expressions than a sleeping Steven Seagal, moping about dusty hills, sort of looking for things appeals to you, then you’re in luck. Mystery Road is a paint-by-numbers murder mystery, with all the paint being various shades of drab. The only mystery on this road is why the producers thought it would be worth anybody’s attention.
Aaron Pederson plays Detective Jay Swan, an Aborigine cop facing red tape and prejudice in his quest to find the killer of a little girl against the stark landscape of the outback. It’s an interesting concept that fails to work for a number of reasons, »
- John Sharp
Touched by dry humor and elegant action, this is a marvelous blend of classic detective noir and modern Outback Western. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Detective Jay Swan is yer basic delicious handsome angsty wounded taciturn cop with a troubled past that’s only hinted who’s only trying to do his job, dammit, except that he’s dogged by suspicions that his probably-corrupt higher-ups are stonewalling him, and then there’s all the personal complications that come from living and working in a small town where everyone knows everyone else and his ex-wife and estranged daughter are there to remind him of his failures in life, which only redouble his resolve to solve that terrible murder of the teenage girl whose body was found out by the highway, and has no one even missed her? »
- MaryAnn Johanson
David Gulpilil in Charlie's Country..
Not co-incidentally, Gulpilil plays a similarly conflicted character in de Heer.s new film, Charlie.s Country, which has its world premiere next month at the Adelaide Film Festival.
That.s one of 10 projects- features, documentaries and shorts- that deal with indigenous themes, most directed by indigenous filmmakers, screening at the festival.
They include Warwick Thornton.s The Darkside, a collection of poignant ghost stories from across Australia performed by Deborah Mailman, Bryan Brown, Aaron Pedersen, Leah Purcell, Brendan Cowell and Shari Sebbens; and Ben Pederick.s Ringbalin, a multi-platform project which tells the story of an Aboriginal elder who.s tired of watching his ancestral home at the end of the Coorong die and embarks on a »
- Don Groves
Mystery Road, 2013.
Directed by Ivan Sen.
A detective returns to his outback hometown to investigate the brutal murder of a teenage girl.
As the sun fades away on a desolate road a truck comes to a halt with the driver conducting an inspection of the vehicle; the howl of a wild dog leads him to discover a bitten corpse of a young Aboriginal girl sitting upright in a concrete drainage pipe.
The murder investigation is led by an Aboriginal detective Jay Swan (Aaron Pedersen) who has returned to place of his childhood after spending time in the big city; even though he is a native of the area no one seems to want him around. Swan is completely isolated and disconnected from the outback community which includes his teenage daughter and alcoholic ex-wife. »
With Venice underway and Toronto beginning this week, festival season is in full swing, and next month it's the turn of the UK capital for the 57th BFI London Film Festival. This morning the BFI's Clare Stewart announced the full line-up for the festival, which is set to include a total of 234 fiction and documentary features, including 22 World Premieres, 16 International Premieres, 29 European Premieres and 20 Archive films. Here's the press release in full....
Opening & Closing Night Galas
The Festival opens with the European Premiere of Paul Greengrass’ Captain Phillips a high-stakes thriller based on true story of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates with Tom Hanks playing the eponymous lead role.
- Flickering Myth
The 57th BFI London Film Festival line-up has officially been revealed, and it is led by a slew of incredibly promising films, many of which have already been buzzing on the festival circuit, and a number of which will be making their debuts here in London.
As previously announced, Paul Greengrass’ Captain Phillips will open the festival next month, and John Lee Hancock’s Saving Mr. Banks will close it, book-ending the festival with Tom Hanks leading two highly prominent, Oscar-primed movies.
And leading the line-up alongside them this year will be some of the most Oscar-buzzed movies of 2013, including Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, Jason Reitman’s Labor Day, Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity (in 3D), Joel and Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis, Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem, »
- Kenji Lloyd
Our own Sam Carey has been nestled in the Odeon Leicester Square for the last hour and a half where the full line-up for the 57th BFI London Film Festival has been revealed (you can see his live tweets over at the @thncom twitter feed). We can now provide you with the line up for this years festival in its entirety via the press release below.
Key films screening at the festival include Paul Greengrass helmed Captain Phillips, the George Clooney/ Sandra Bullock space epic Gravity, Tome Hanks starrer Saving Mr Banks, Stephen Frears’ Philomena, 12 Years A Slave from Steve McQueen, the Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis, Jason Reitman’s literary adaptation Labor Day starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin, Ralph Fiennes’ second directorial feature The Invisible Woman, Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue Is The Warmest Colour, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Don Jon, Alexander Payne’s road-trip Nebraska and Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive. »
- Paul Heath
Rolf de Heer's Charlie's Country, Warwick Thornton.s The Darkside and Rowan Woods' The Broken Shore will have their world premieres at the 2013 Adelaide Film Festival, which runs October 10-20. Among the other world premieres unveiled today by the Aff.s new CEO/ Director Amanda Duthie are the Adelaide-shot features One-Eyed Girl and 52 Tuesdays and the documentaries All This Mayhem, Muriel Matters and Sons and Mothers. Duthie ticked off an impressive list of 166 titles from 48 countries, including 28 world premieres, 47 Australian premieres and 34 South Australian projects. The line-up features 14 works including seven features which were supported by the Aff.s investment fund. As announced, the fest will open with John Curran.s South Australian-shot Tracks, the true story of Robyn Davidson.s solo 2,700 km trek via camels across the Australian desert in 1977, accompanied by her dog Diggity. Curran, »
- Don Groves
Mystery Road, the new Australian film by Ivan Sen that opened the Sydney Film Festival makes the most of its location and recalls films such as No Country For Old Men with its bare-bones harsh reality set against the backdrop of a sun-soaked, baked outback.Aaron Pedersen plays the Indigenous Detective Jay who returns from the 'big smoke' of the city to the remote outback town in which he grew up. Jay's return is not in vain; he is quickly tasked with solving an intriguing murder of an Indigenous teen who is found at dawn by a truck driver in a drain under a highway. Alienation drives his investigation as both friend and foe alike turn a blind eye to him in his search for the truth, but when another similar...
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With each passing year, Tiff is becoming more and more prominent on the film festival circuit, with more and more Oscar-primed films making their debut out in Canada. And with the initial line-up announced for the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, the trend is definitely continuing.
Amongst the many, many films making their presence felt out in Toronto will be Steve McQueen’s highly anticipated 12 Years a Slave, which launched a powerful first trailer earlier in the month. The film sees Chiwetel Ejiofor lead a fantastic cast, with Michael Fassbender returning to work for his Hunger / Shame director, alongside the likes of Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sarah Paulson, Paul Giamatti, and many more.
Opening the festival will be Bill Condon’s The Fifth Estate, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, alongside Daniel Brühl, Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie, and Stanley Tucci.
And closing it will be Daniel Schechter’s Life of Crime, »
- Kenji Lloyd
Piers Handling, CEO and Director of Tiff, and Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, unveiled the first round of titles set to premiere in the Galas and Special Presentations programmes at the 38th Toronto International Film Festival (September 5 to 15, 2013).
Of the 16 Galas and 55 Special Presentations revealed, this first slate of films includes 40 world premieres. The horror highlights include:
Director: Manuel Martín Cuenca, Spain/Romania/Russia/France - World Premiere
Carlos is the most prestigious tailor in Granada, but he’s also a murderer in the shadows. He feels no remorse, no guilt, until Nina appears in his life. She will make him realize the true nature of his actions and, for the first time, love awakens. Carlos is evil incarnate. Nina is pure innocence. And Cannibal is a demon’s love story.
The Devil's Knot
Director: Atom Egoyan, USA - World Premiere
A haunting »
- Uncle Creepy
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