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5 items from 2013


Oz cinemagoers crave light fare

10 November 2013 8:02 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Are Australian audiences getting soft and avoiding darker and more confronting, challenging material?

That.s the theory of one Australian distributor as he surveyed last weekend.s openings of The Counselor, Insidious: Chapter 2, Mr Pip and Fruitvale Station.

Perhaps giving weight to his theory, Aussie comedy Backyard Ashes had a boisterous opening at just four screens in regional areas.

Ridley Scott.s The Counselor opened with $1.2 million which, pro-rata, is rather better than its lousy $US7.8 million debut in the Us. Some critics admired the Cormac McCarthy-scripted thriller about a respected lawyer.s disastrous involvement with a Mexican drug deal, starring Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz, Brad Pitt and Cameron Diaz.

But maybe audiences were deterred by the reviews which spoke of the sordid setting, dark-hearted individuals behaving badly, bloodshed and leaden dialogue.

James Wan.s haunted house sequel again featuring Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson took $527,000 on 118 locations. »

- Don Groves

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Backyard Ashes to play in the bush

21 October 2013 9:11 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Umbrella Entertainment is turning the conventional notion of theatrical distribution on its head with Backyard Ashes, an Aussie comedy about two neighbours who settle their differences with a bizarre game of backyard cricket.

The release plan rules out booking the film into any capital city and the distributor is doing its best to keep it away from critics, perhaps fearing reviews that might raise the spectre of cricket-themed misfire Save Your Legs!

The self-funded film from first-time director Mark Grentell will premiere on November 6 at the Forum 6 Cinemas in Wagga Wagga, where it was shot largely in the backyard of Mark.s mother.s house.

The filmmakers and key cast will fly in for the premiere on a helicopter owned by a mate of Mark.s which was used to film aerial shots of the town in the opening sequence.

The comedy will open on November 7 in four towns: Wagga Wagga, »

- Don Groves

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Scroz backs films from Armstrong, Sims, Cox

20 October 2013 12:49 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Screen Australia is investing $5.4 million in six feature films from directors Gillian Armstrong,. Jeremy Sims and Paul Cox and rising filmmakers Kim Farrant, Mark Grentell and Alexs Stadermann.

Nicole Kidman, Guy Pearce and Hugo Weaving will star in Farrant.s Strangerland, a mystery drama about a couple whose lives unravel after their two teenage children go missing in the harsh Australian desert.

Michael Caton and Jacki Weaver are attached to star in Sims. Last Cab to Darwin, a comedy-drama about a dying man.s final journey based on Reg Cribb's play Last Cab to Darwin.

Caton will play Rex, a terminally ill cab driver who drove 3,000 km from his home in Broken Hill to Darwin in the early 1990s in hopes of taking advantage of the Northern Territory's voluntary euthanasia laws. Ningali Lawford has been cast as Polly, an Aboriginal woman who is Rex.s next door neighbour and occasional lover, »

- Don Groves

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In Cold Light - one location, two characters, seven days and a voluntary crew

21 February 2013 1:24 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Matt Nable in In Cold Light (photo from Lisa Maree Williams)

.I don.t like thinking about things that are not possible. I.d like to think how to make something possible.. For Australian film director Peter Slee, working with a tight shooting schedule and low budget can be a real challenge, but it also motivates the filmmaker do his best work. Slee.s first feature film, In Cold Light, shot in seven days in one location with two main characters is now in the process of post-production. Based on Duncan Ley.s script, this psychological thriller takes place in a closed interrogation room and features the confrontation between a respected English teacher, Father Lamori, and a relentless investigator after the murder of a young boy. Slee first came across Ley.s writing about seven years ago. .There was a stage play script of Duncan.s that I found amazing, »

- Yuan Liu

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In Cold Light - one location, two characters, seven days and a voluntary crew

17 February 2013 8:39 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

.I don.t like thinking about things that are not possible. I.d like to think how to make something possible.. For the Australian film director Peter Slee, working with a tight shooting schedule and low budget can be a real challenge, but it also motivates the film maker do his best work. Slee.s first feature film, In Cold Light, shot in seven days in one location with two main characters is now in the process of post-production. Based on Duncan Ley.s script, this psychological thriller takes place in a closed interrogation room and features the confrontation between a respected English teacher, Father Lamori, and a relentless investigator after the murder of a young boy. Slee first came across Ley.s writing about seven years ago. .There.s a stage play script of Duncan that I found amazing,. Slee recalls. He managed to get in touch with Ley to talk about the play, »

- Yuan Liu

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