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Australians in Film Celebrates Top Talent Down Under

23 October 2013 8:55 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

At first blush, it would be difficult to think of a foreign demographic in Hollywood less in need of help than Australians. After all, for a country of 23 million people located on the absolute opposite side of the world, Aussies have exerted an outsized impact on the worldwide film biz for years.

“For a country with a population pretty much the size of Southern California, there’s an outstanding number of Australians who’ve had success in the industry,” says Tracey Vieira, the prexy of Australians in Film.

Yet that’s not to say the Aussie community couldn’t stand to have a brighter light shining on its accomplishments, which is exactly what the 12-year-old nonprofit group Australians in Film, modeled largely on the British Academy of Film and TV, aims to do.

In addition to workshops, film screenings, educational endeavors and the Heath Ledger scholarship, the org launched an »

- Andrew Barker

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Stockholm unveils 2013 line-up

22 October 2013 9:40 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave to open festival; director Peter Greenaway to receive Visionary Award.Scroll down for full line-up

Steve McQueen’s historic drama 12 Years a Slave is to open the Stockholm International Film Festival (Nov 6-17) and is nominated in the Stockholm Xxiv Competition.

Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, the drama about free black man kidnapped from his family and sold into slavery in the 1850s debuted at Telluride and has received positive reactions throughout its festival tour of Toronto, New York and London among others.

It will be released in Sweden on Dec 20 by Ab Svensk Filmindustri.

Screenwriter John Ridley, who will be present during the festival, is nominated for the Aluminum Horse in the category Best Script.

McQueen’s Hunger won Best Directorial Debut at Stockholm in 2008.

Line-up

The 24th Siff includes more than 180 films from more than 50 countries.

As previously announced, the spotlight of this year’s festival is freedom but Chinese artist »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Joel Edgerton, Baz Luhrmann, Jacki Weaver to Be Honored at Australians in Film Awards

16 October 2013 10:04 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Joel Edgerton, Baz Luhrmann and Jacki Weaver will be among the beneficiaries at Oct. 24’s Australians in Film Awards dinner, instituted by Australians in Film, the Los Angeles-based industry guild for Australian filmmakers and performers in the United States. Edgerton and his acting, directing and producing colleagues at the Sydney-based collective, Blue Tongue Films, will receive the Orry Kelly International award. Blue Tongue members include Kieran Darcy-Smith, Luke Doolan, Edgerton and his sibling Nash Edgerton, Mirrah Foulkes, David Michod and Spencer Susser – who have made films including Animal Kingdom and Wish You Were Here -- are being

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- Pip Bulbeck

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The joy of short films: Sbs's Tropfest treats

10 September 2013 2:54 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Sbs's countdown to Tropfest highlights the best of short film ahead of the summer festival. Which are your favourites?

For Australian film fans, Tropfest is a summer essential that has long been celebrated with a picnic in Sydney's Domain – or other outdoor venues broadcasting around the country – while keeping a wary eye on summer storm clouds. So those with both sunbaked and sodden memories of battling the crowds and the elements to champion short films will surely join me in welcoming the launch of Tropfest TV. Launched on Sunday night, the next 12 weeks, SBS2 has the next 12 weeks sorted with weekly thematically linked selections of Tropfest shorts from home and away, including New Zealand, USA and the Middle East.

I can trace my love of short films back to Disney's 1952 classic Lambert the Sheepish Lion. I must have watched that eight-minute fable a thousand times as a child. These days, »

- Alice Tynan

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Joel Edgerton to Make Directorial Debut with 'Weirdo' Indie Project

9 September 2013 3:41 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Actor Joel Edgerton has had a hand in some action behind the camera as producer of his brother Nash Edgerton's film The Square, not to mention some other films from his Blue-Tongue Films cohorts David Michôd (Animal Kingdom), Kieran Darcy-Smith, Luke Doolan, Spencer Susser and Mirrah Foulkes. But now the star of Zero Dark Thirty, The Great Gatsby and Warrior will sit in the director's chair for the first time with a project called Weirdo that he also wrote. Edgerton will also take a supporting role in the film which the actor discussed with ScreenDaily at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. More below! Edgerton says, "It’s about a guy who is forced to face the past when it comes back in the form of an old school friend. But he continually lies about it (the past) and it haunts him in a bad bad way.” It's a smaller film, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Edgerton to shoot debut in California

9 September 2013 1:10 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Weirdo to be produced by Australia-born, Us-based Rebecca Yeldham.

Sydney-based actor/writer Joel Edgerton and Australian-born Us-based producer Rebecca Yeldham are planning to make Edgerton’s directorial debut Weirdo in California next year.

“It’s about a guy who is forced to face the past when it comes back in the form of an old school friend,” Edgerton, who also wrote the script, told Screen. “But he continually lies about it (the past) and it haunts him in a bad bad way.”

“Weirdo is a very contained film: five or six locations and six characters,” he said, explaining why it is an ideal first feature for him as director. “We have people interested in financing subject to casting and we’re playing that game now … I’ll play a supporting role and I will bring the post home.”

Edgerton was talking on the eve of the Toronto International Film Festival, which tomorrow »

- Sandy.George@me.com (Sandy George)

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Joel Edgerton to shoot debut feature in California

9 September 2013 1:10 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Weirdo to be produced by Australia-born, Us-based Rebecca Yeldham.

Sydney-based actor/writer Joel Edgerton and Australian-born Us-based producer Rebecca Yeldham are planning to make Edgerton’s directorial debut Weirdo in California next year.

“It’s about a guy who is forced to face the past when it comes back in the form of an old school friend,” Edgerton, who also wrote the script, told Screen. “But he continually lies about it (the past) and it haunts him in a bad bad way.”

“Weirdo is a very contained film: five or six locations and six characters,” he said, explaining why it is an ideal first feature for him as director. “We have people interested in financing subject to casting and we’re playing that game now … I’ll play a supporting role and I will bring the post home.”

Edgerton was talking on the eve of the Toronto International Film Festival, which tomorrow »

- Sandy.George@me.com (Sandy George)

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Trance Blu-Ray Review: Boyle Keeps True Even If Film Falters

23 August 2013 11:50 AM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

If you have no other expectations walking into a Danny Boyle film, you at least know you’re going to get a unique and original experience, and Trance doesn’t change the fact. Ultimately, this is a film that may actually suffer for its effort to put together odd spins, because it can’t follow through as effectively as it thinks it can, but for most of its run you can hardly help but enjoy the trip you’re on.

Simon (James McAvoy) has managed to get himself into a bit of a jam, and he’s now in the supreme fix of inability to extricate himself from it – he can’t remember anything. It doesn’t seem like he should be having any trouble at all, really, but such is the way of spinning webs. He’s just a simple, hopeful auctioneer at a house that is selling incredibly expensive art… »

- Marc Eastman

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Blu-ray Review: Danny Boyle’s ‘Trance’ Isn’t Hypnotizing Enough

29 July 2013 12:06 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – It may sound harsh but “Trance” will be a mere footnote in the career of Danny Boyle. It’s neither one of his best but also far from his worst film. The mega-talented director of “Shallow Grave,” “Trainspotting,” and “127 Hours” brings his confident style to the film but the convoluted script turns in on itself so many times that I think even Boyle got a little bored with it. Rosario Dawson overplays but Vincent Cassel once again intrigues and James McAvoy delivers. It will be a footnote for them all.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

Again, I don’t mean that to sound so harsh. When people look back on the careers of creative people, it’s the highs and lows that they remember most of all. “Trance” is neither. It’s a solid, down-the-middle, decent rental. Boyle is such a talented filmmaker that he can make nearly anything interesting but he struggles »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Review: Trance

25 July 2013 1:14 PM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Director Danny Boyle gets credit for never repeating himself. In a short retrospective contained on the newly released Trance Blu-ray, he talks about the appeal of each film and how making them has continually surprised him. He had read the Joe Ahearne script for Trance years earlier and it stayed with him and he finally shot it. Then let it marinate in Post Production while he mounted the incredible opening for the most recent Olympics.

Ahearne wrote the script back in the 1990s and first showed it to Boyle after he shot Shallow Grave and the concept lingered. It is also partially based on the eponymous British television series. Boyle’s frequently collaborating John Hodge stepped in to rework parts of the script and then it was finally made last year.

The movie is many things but never dull and demands your attention. What appears to be a basic art »

- Robert Greenberger

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New on DVD: 'Trance,' Danny Boyle's Film Noir--with Violence and Naked People (Plus Clip)

23 July 2013 4:06 PM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

If Steven Soderbergh had directed Wild Things it might have looked a lot like Danny Boyle's Trance, a slick, trippy head-twist of a movie involving missing art and hypnotherapy (wuut?). James McAvoy stars as Simon, a fine art auctioneer mixed up with a criminal gang led by Franck (a perfectly sleazy Vincent Cassel). When a pricey painting goes missing, Franck hires a hypnotherapist (Rosario Dawson) to nudge Simon's memory into revealing where it is--and that's when things get all kinds of weird. And Rosario Dawson gets all kinds of naked (for good reason!). Extras: Deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, a Danny Boyle retrospective, "Danny's Film Noir," a few behind-the-scenes featurettes including one on hypnotherapy and the short film Eugene by Spencer Susser...

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New on DVD and Blu-ray: 'Trance' and More

22 July 2013 12:00 PM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

This week: Director Danny Boyle crafts a stylish modern-day film noir with a bizarre love triangle in "Trance," starring James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson and Vincent Cassel.

Also new this week is the British crime drama "Welcome to the Punch," which also stars McAvoy as well as Mark Strong, and the Blu-ray debuts of "The 300 Spartans" (1962) and Ang Lee's "The Ice Storm" (1997).

'Trance'

Box Office: $2.3 million

Rotten Tomatoes: 68% Fresh

Storyline: Director Danny Boyle's British psychological thriller stars James McAvoy as Simon Newton, a fine art auctioneer mixed up with a gang led by Franck (Vincent Cassel) When a heist goes wrong and a revered painting goes missing, hypnotist Elizabeth Lamb (Rosario Dawson) is hired to help Simon remember where the painting is. The stakes get higher when the boundaries between reality and hypnotic suggestion begin to blur.

Extras!: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain deleted scenes, »

- Robert DeSalvo

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Win a Copy of Trance!

2 July 2013 1:07 PM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Danny Boyle’s Trance is now available on DigitalHD and will debut on Blu-ray add DVD July 23. To celebrate, we have 1 copy of the disc to giveaway to a lucky reader.

Trance brings us tons of twists and turns in the plot as multiple layers of backstabbing occur.  Movies with unexpected turns have become a favorite of audiences. It’s a difficult task to make sure that the twist is unpredictable, but when it is done correctly, double-cross heist films make great additions to movie history. Here, we lay out some of our favorite twisty-turny heist films.

From Academy Award-Winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) comes an “exhilarating brain-twister” (New York Post)! After a blow to the head during his attempted robbery of a $27 million Goya painting, Simon (James McAvoy, X-Men: First Class), a fine-art auctioneer, awakens to find that the painting – and his memory – are missing. Forced by his »

- Robert Greenberger

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A Contest That Will Put You in a Trance

2 July 2013 8:30 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Though it's more a thriller than a true horror movie (hence our lack of coverage up to now), that doesn't mean we won't give you ladies and gents a chance to score a Blu-ray copy of the new film from 28 Days Later director Danny Boyle, entitled Trance.

To enter for your chance to win, just send us an E-mail Here including your Full Name And Mailing Address. We’ll take care of the rest.

Look for the flick on Blu-ray on July 23rd.

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From Academy Award-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) comes an “exhilarating brain-twister” (New York Post)! After a blow to the head during his attempted robbery of a $27 million Goya painting, Simon (James McAvoy, X-Men: First Class), a fine-art auctioneer, awakens to find that the painting – and his memory – are missing. Forced by his ruthless crime partner Franck (Vincent Cassel, Black Swan) to undergo hypnosis, Simon enters »

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Watch Baby-Faced Joel Edgerton in 5 Early Short Films

5 May 2013 3:00 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Short Starts presents a weekly short film(s) from the start of a filmmaker or actor’s career. With the role of Tom Buchanan in Baz Luhrman’s The Great Gatsby, actor Joel Edgerton continues his rise in stardom. He even has a couple of character posters to show for his fame. Long before he was embodying a character from classic American literature, though, and long before he was hunting Osama Bin Laden in Zero Dark Thirty and fighting his brother in The Warrior and even playing Darth Vader’s stepbrother in the Star Wars prequels, he was a regular figure in the short subjects scene. We can thank part of this on his nationality, as Australia is a great country for short films (it’s home of Tropfest, after all). On top of that, he came up through the film collective known as Blue-Tongue Films, alongside his writer/director/stuntman brother Nash (who is Joel’s »

- Christopher Campbell

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Watch: Joel Edgerton and Teresa Palmer See Their Vacation Take a Turn for the Worst in 'Wish You Were Here' Trailer

28 March 2013 9:19 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Australian film collective Blue-Tongue Films has given rise to some pretty serious film talents over the last decade such as "Animal Kingdom"'s David Michod and "Hesher"'s Spencer Susser, as well as giving on screen talent like brothers Joel and Nash Edgerton (who also directed "The Square") and Mia Wasikowska their breakthrough roles. Apparently there's even more talent to be mined from Blue-Tongue, as the trailer from the collective's newest feature, the Sundance thriller "Wish You Were Here" showcases a promising start from first-time feature director Kieran Darcy-Smith. The film starts Joel Edgerton and rising star Teresa Palmer (who starred in Nash's short "Bear" earlier this year) as half of a quartet of friends whose Cambodian vacation takes a dark turn. The film earned a slew of awards from its native Australian Film Institute and opens stateside on June 7th from distributor Entertainment One. You can check out the »

- Mark Lukenbill

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Exclusive: Trailer For 'Wish You Were Here' Starring Joel Edgerton & Teresa Palmer

26 March 2013 12:15 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

With a membership that includes Joel Edgerton, Nash Edgerton, David Michôd, Spencer Susser and more, it's safe to say that the Blue Tongue Films collective isn't lacking in talent. And while the name Kieran Darcy-Smith might not be the most familiar of the group, he more than matches the talent his colleagues have shown across their projects, and his feature debut "Wish You Were Here" shows another strong filmmaking voice emerging from Blue Tongue. Starring fellow collective pal Joel Edgerton, Teresa PalmerAntony Starr and Felicity Price, the film follows four friends who go on vacation in Cambodia, but whose lives are thrown into turmoil when one of them goes missing on a fateful night during the trip. And soon, drama and suspense rise as the secrets of the event come to the fore. "Wish You Were Here" premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012, and earned a brace of »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Indie Spotlight

3 February 2013 11:00 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

We’re back with the latest edition of the Indie Spotlight, which contains recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a new trailer for The Secret Village, premiere details for Pain is Beautiful, an interview for Almost Human, and more:

The Secret Village Trailer: “Written by Jason B. Whittier and Kandan, The Secret Village follows Greg (Jonathan Bennett), an unsuccessful screenwriter and Rachel (Ali Faulkner), a spunky journalist, as they research an outbreak of mass hysteria and ergot poisoning in a small village. They rent a house together and start to uncover a secret that has affected this village for years. But the cult activity has been kept a secret by locals Joe (Stelio Savante) and Paul (Richard Riehle) and when Greg disappears, Rachel is left alone to unravel the mystery and save their lives. Kef Lee, Toby Gadison and Karin Duseva round out the cast. »

- Tamika Jones

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Watch: Teresa Palmer Get A Scare In Short Bear

2 February 2013 12:40 PM, PST | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

Nash Edgerton‘s sort-of sequel to 2008s popular short Spider, Bear is now available to stream online in full, thanks to a new Vice’s YouTube channel called Vice Shorts.

One of the Seal team members from Zero Dark Thirty, alongside his brother Joel, Nash team up with frequent collaborator David Michod (Animal Kingdom) and rising star Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies).

The film stars Nash and Palmer as the central couple, Jack and Emelie in a bizarre and twisted situation.

Both Bear and Nash’s previous short film, Spider are crafted around the premise of a boyfriend messing up and attempting to right his wrong with a theatrical gesture.

Edgerton‘s latest The Captain recently premiered at Sundance Film Festival.

As for a new program Vice Shorts, new shorts will debut every Friday, and upcoming films include an impressive roster of up-and-coming talent like Hesher director Spencer Susser and music video director Ray Tintori. »

- Nick Martin

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Watch: Nash Edgerton's Gory and Hilarious Sundance Short 'Bear' Debuts Vice Shorts

1 February 2013 12:54 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The sort-of sequel to 2008's popular short "Spider," "Bear" sees Nash Edgerton team up with frequent collaborator David Michôd (Director of 2010's acclaimed "Animal Kingdom") and rising star Teresa Palmer ("Warm Bodies"). It was one of our 10 Shorts You Must See at Sundance, and if you missed it at the festival, here's your chance to see why. The gorily goofy 10 minute film about a birthday prank gone terribly wrong is the debut short from a new arm of Vice's YouTube channel called Vice Shorts. New shorts will debut every Friday, and upcoming films include an impressive roster of up-and-coming talent like "Hesher" director Spencer Susser (another frequent Edgerton and Michôd collaborator) and music video director Ray Tintori. Check out the short below: »

- Mark Lukenbill

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