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Why Swimfan Is the Most Underrated Thriller of the 2000s

28 May 2017 1:10 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Fifteen years ago, Swimfan came to the big screen. Made for $10 million, Swimfan grossed $34 million worldwide. This tale of a swimmer (Jesse Bradford) who engages the wrong girl (Erika Christensen) in a one night stand, was essentially Fatal Attraction for the teen set. And, as hyperbolic as this may sound, it was also the best film of 2002. Even if it doesn't make IMDb's most underrated list for the Aughts.

Okay, so it came nowhere near an Academy Award nomination. Hell, it didn't even pick up an MTV Movie Awards nod. Does anybody believe that the best picture winner for any given year is really The best picture? If we ignore that idea altogether, then it is plausible Swimfan was indeed the best overall film released all throughout 2002. It may not have done the biggest box office, barely anyone remembers it now, but what it did in a cerebral sense, and with its visceral imagery, »

- MovieWeb

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Matt Day wins Tropfest with black comedy ‘The Mother Situation’

12 February 2017 5:28 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Matt Day took out the winning prize with film 'The Mother Situation'. (Photo: Andy Green/Red Bull Content Pool)

Matt Day's black comedy.The Mother Situation.has taken out this year.s Tropfest.

The film follows three adult siblings as they assist their terminally ill mother to commit suicide.

.I didn.t expect this to happen, I was just really looking forward to getting my film in front of as many people as possible so receiving the win is just a bonus,. said Day, best known for his acting work on the likes of Rake and Tangle..

.Tonight was the first time that I saw the film off of my laptop and I do my own post-production work so I was just pleased that it all came together..

Day took home $10,000 and will also receive a return trip to La for meetings with industry professionals and networking, »

- Staff Writer

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George Miller, Sam Neill join Tropfest jury

30 January 2017 8:38 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

George Miller and Sam Neill..

Sam Neill and George Miller are on board to judge this year's Tropfest..

Jasper Jones director Rachel Perkins and Aussie producer Bruna Papandrea (Big Little Lies, Gone Girl) will also front the panel, alongside head of jury Rose Byrne.

"It is an enormous honour to add these esteemed filmmakers to the Tropfest Jury in our 25th year,. said founder and chair John Polson.

.We're excited for our judges and audiences alike to experience the finalist films, produced by these young and brilliant minds.

"At a time when gender inequality is a major concern in the film industry at home and abroad, I'm also extremely proud that half of our finalists are women this year.. .

All of the selected film have been inspired by this year's signature item: 'pineapple'.

Tropfest will be held February 11 at Parramatta Park. It will screen nationally on Eleven and globally via Red Bull TV. »

- Staff Writer

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For the first time, women make up 50 per cent of Tropfest finalists

24 January 2017 6:52 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

.Catherine Mack's 'Passenger'.

Tropfest has unveiled its 2017 lineup, and for the first time in the festival's 25 year history, half of the finalists are women..

Last year, the festival came under fire for having only one female finalist.(Angela McCormack for her film,.Tay Man). Tropfest founder and director John Polson called for more women to enter.the fest, pointing out that the number of female entrants (and not just female finalists) had traditionally hovered around the 20 per cent mark..

In June, as Tropfest announced a switch to a not-for-profit business model, it also promised the festival would have.a stronger focus on attracting female filmmakers.

Polson called the calibre of films submitted for 2017's festival .outstanding. and noted it was wonderful to see entrants reflecting a range of diversity and gender..

.Over the past 12 months, we.ve made a major effort to attract women to enter Tropfest.—.with help from »

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