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A new distributor owned by one of America.s richest men has bought Us rights to writer-director Michael Petroni.s Backtrack after its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. Saban Films put up a seven-figure guarantee for the psychological thriller which stars Adrien Brody, Sam Neill, Robin McLeavy and Bruce Spence . "We're thrilled at the sale to Saban; they made an aggressive offer which is testament to their strong belief in the film,. said See Pictures. Jamie Hilton, who produced with Antonia Barnard and Petroni. .A deal this size coming out of Tribeca is a great result and we'll go to Cannes with confidence as we screen the film for the first time to European and other international buyers." Brody plays Peter, a troubled psychotherapist who suffers from nightmares and eerie visions, which prompt him to revisit his remote hometown where he becomes obsessed with the need to solve a decades-old mystery. »
- Don Groves
Backtrack (2015) Film Review from the 14th Annual Tribeca Film Festival, a movie written & directed by Michael Petroni, starring Adrien Brody, Sam Neill, Robin McLeavy, Chloe Bayliss, George Shevtsov, Anna Lise Phillips, Olga Miller, Jenni Baird, Bruce Spence, Matthew Sunderland, Malcolm Kennard, Jesse Hyde, Alexander McGuire, and Emma O’Farrell. When it became clear that haunting memories of his deceased daughter, Evie (Emma O’Farrell), […] »
- Sam Joseph
In the film, trouble psychotherapist Peter Bowers (Adrien Brody) is suffering from nightmares and eerie visions. When he uncovers a horrifying secret that all of his patients share, he is put on a course that takes him back to the small hometown he fled years ago. There he confronts his demons and unravels a mystery 20 years in the making.
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Petroni is an AFI alumnus. After winning AFI Screenplay of the Year for Till Human Voices Wake Us, he made it into a feature starring Guy Pearce and Helena Bonham Carter. Fox 2000 is currently producing Petroni’s script Afterlife with Kevin Lima directing. »
- Michelle McCue
Shot in Australia, Backtrack follows the troubled psychotherapist Peter Bowers (Adrien Brody) who is suffering from nightmares and visions. When he discovers all his patients are ghost of people who died in an accident 20 years ago, his life is thrown into turmoil..
It is Petroni's first Australian film in over ten years, with credits including The Book Thief, The Rite and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader..
Backtrack will screen as one of the 40 films in the festival.s Spotlight category, and is one of 24 to have its world premiere..
- Emily Blatchford
The picture also stars Australian screen legend Jack Thompson (“The Man from Snowy River,” “In the Garden of Good and Evil,” and “The Great Gatsby”) and Jake Ryan (“The Great Gatsby,” TV’s “Underbelly”).
The story involves Ryan as a reluctant hero who discovers an unknown civilisation, which he wrongly believes may hold the key to curing his comatose daughter.
Principal photography wrapped this week after location shooting in and around the Australian federal capital Canberra, which is a relatively rare location for film-making. Production is by Canberra-based Full Point Films and producer Sarah Mason.
The film is set for release in early 2016. Arclight Films will handle international sales. Label is set as the local distributor.
“’Blue World Order’ has been completely independently financed through a group »
- Patrick Frater
The 2015 SXSW Film Festival will be running from March 13th through March 21st in Austin, Texas and the first wave of selections were announced today to get attendees excited for all the amazing films coming our way next month. And while horror fans have to wait until next week for the announcement of the Midnighters slate, here’s a look at some of the genre-related titles already revealed amidst SXSW’s other film categories for this year.
Narrative Feature Competition
Director/Screenwriter: J. Davis
The story of two brothers: one who’s devoted to his family, the other who’s obsessed with the Manson Family. Cast: Jay Duplass, Linas Phillips, Leonora Pitts, Tobin Bell, Adam Chernick, Davie-Blue. (World Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Alex Garland
- Heather Wixson
South by Southwest, the multi-faceted film, music and technology festival held annually in Austin, TX will feature such upcoming films as Paul Feig’s Spy, David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn, Alex Gibney’s documentary Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, and Ondi Timoner’s Russell Brand profile Brand: A Second Coming as headliners in this year’s film festival lineup.
SXSW runs from March 13 to 21 in Austin and is now in its 22nd year. Variety has details of the 145 films and 100 world premieres bowing at this year’s festival. Brand, as previously reported, will be the festival’s opening night film.
Other notable titles on the list are the Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard, a rough cut of Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck, the directorial debut of 28 Days Later screenwriter Alex Garland, Ex Machina, and a new comedy by Michael Showalter, Hello, My Name is Doris.
On the small screen, »
- Brian Welk
7 items from 2015
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