5 items from 2016
Padraig Cotter Nov 18, 2016
Screen monsters come in all shapes and sizes, from the bizarre beauty of Giger’s Alien all the way through to the very human evil of Seven’s John Doe. Audiences have a strange relationship with these creatures, being both repelled and fascinated by them at the same time. This push/pull attraction has been going on since the birth of cinema, and it’s likely to continue for many years to come.
Sometimes the most enduring creatures are the ones that pop up, steal the movie and then swiftly exit stage left. It could be their unique design or the impact they have on the story, but for the monsters included here, all they needed was one scene to impact on our collective nightmares. »
Australian psychological thriller.Backtrack, starring Adrien Brody and Sam Niell, will screen exclusively for one-week at Palace Cinemas from June 16-22.
The limited cinema release will be followed by digital and disc releases on August 3, a non-traditional pattern designed to make the film available to a broader audience across all channels without delay..
"Adrien Brody gives a nuanced performance as an Australian psychiatrist, a fresh spin after so many of our stars playing Americans," he said..
"Michael Petroni and his all Australian team have crafted a world class film that is both intelligent and thrilling..
"We hope audiences will enjoy it across all release platforms and are delighted to partner with Palace Cinemas on the theatrical release...
Written and directed by Michael Petroni »
- Inside Film Correspondent
Stars: Adrien Brody, Sam Neill, Robin McLeavy, Bruce Spence, Jenni Baird, Anna Lise Phillips, Chloe Bayliss, Olga Miller, Michael Whalley, Malcolm Kennard, Matthew Sunderland, Suzie Steen | Written and Directed by Michael Petroni
Don’t look now, but a man begins to experience strange visions following the death of his child. After realising that the majority of his patients are ghosts (like a reverse Sixth Sense) psychologist Peter Bower (Adrien Brody) heads to his spooky old hometown in the hope that he can uncover the mystery behind it all.
Moody, intense Brody is the main draw for this low-key supernatural thriller, its effective Gothic vibe making it stand out from the chaff like Nicolas Cage’s Pay the Ghost (I say that with love) or the litany of 101 Films releases just like it (said with less love, but there’s still some). The level of class extends to the presence of one Sam Neill, »
- Joel Harley
Directed by Michael Petroni.
Psychologist Peter Bower’s life is thrown into turmoil when he discovers that the patients he has been seeing are ghosts. Risking his own sanity, Peter delves into his past to uncover a terrifying secret which only he can put right.
Adrien Brody is the youngest performer to ever win the award for Best Actor at the Oscars, but like the Halle Berry’s and Geena Davis’s of this world, Brody struggled to capitalise on this success, appearing in mostly forgettable movies that failed to make use of his potential. You probably have some idea where I might be going with this…
An Australian supernatural mystery starring Brody sounds like it should be one of the horror highlights of the year, particularly in the wake of The Babadook’s success, but »
- David Opie
Actor/writer/director Michael Shanks' new series The Wizards of Aus
The Wizards of Aus, produced by LateNite Films, is a three-part Australian commissioned comedy series which puts an innovative twist on the fantasy genre.
The series follows Jack the Wizard (Shanks) as he becomes fed up with the Magical Realm.s obsession with large-scale fantasy warfare and decides to migrate to the sanest place he can think of — Melbourne.s Western suburbs.
After accidentally causing a magical catastrophe, Jack.s existence (and that of his fellow magical immigrants) is revealed to the Australian public.
Samuel Johnson guest stars as Terry the Shark.
Fearing a backlash against himself and his kind, Jack swears off using magic in a bid to better assimilate into human life. »
- Staff Writer
5 items from 2016
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