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Director Mark Lamprell talks inheriting a cast in comedy sequel A Few Less Men

23 June 2016 4:41 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

(l-r):.Kevin Bishop,.Xavier Samuel and.Kris Marshall.in A Few Less Men.

A Few Less Men, the sequel to Stephan Elliott's 2011 comedy A Few Best Men, was helmed by Mark Lamprell, the screenwriter of Babe: Pig in the City and director of 2000's My Mother Frank and 2013's Goddess.

Lamprell came on board after reading the script by Dean Craig (Death at a Funeral), who wrote the original film.

"It was lovely working on somebody else's screenplay because it was a really solid screenplay structurally," Lamprell said. "I could see that there was a really good movie in there. Dean's a very accomplished writer. The whole guts of it were laid out before me.".

Lamprell, who got his start at Kennedy Miller making Bts documentaries such as The Making of Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985), describes A Few Less Men as "a silly comedy.".

"It's not high-brow wit. »

- Harry Windsor

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Movie Review – Holding the Man (2015)

2 June 2016 8:10 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Holding the Man, 2015.

Directed by Neil Armfield.

Starring Ryan Corr, Craig Stott, Guy Pearce, Anthony Lapaglia, Sarah Snook, Kerry Fox and Geoffrey Rush.

Synopsis:

Tim and John fell in love while teenagers at their all-boys high school. John was captain of the football team, Tim an aspiring actor playing a minor part in Romeo and Juliet. Their romance endured for 15 years to laugh in the face of everything life threw at it – the separations, the discrimination, the temptations, the jealousies and the losses – until the only problem that love can’t solve, tried to destroy them.

In the early 80’s a disease suddenly came to prominence through a storm of sensationalist media reporting. Up until then not many had heard of HIV or AIDS, but a seeming outbreak of the disease, which at the time was largely attributed to the Gay community, who began stepping out from the shadows and finding a voice in society, »

- Amie Cranswick

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Film Review: Holding the Man

2 June 2016 12:33 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★☆☆☆ Adapted from a 1995 memoir of the same name by Australian actor Timothy Conigrave, Holding the Man recounts the star-crossed love of a lifetime between the writer and his athletic, handsome beau, John Caleo. Both men would succumb to AIDS-related illnesses and it is a pity that this layered and temporally-shifting recollection, that spans more than fifteen years, registers so little genuinely stirring emotion given the rollercoaster tale of woe at hand. What should be a heart-wrenching viewing experience remains disappointingly flat despite two dedicated performances - from Ryan Corr and Craig Stott - that attempt to bring some intensity of feeling to Neil Armfield's film.

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- CineVue UK

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Holding The Man review: “A strong and engaging film.”

1 June 2016 10:52 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Holding The Man review: This adaptation of Timothy Conigrave’s memoirs is striking, but is it as powerful as 20 years ago? Holding The Man review

Holding The Man is the true story of Timothy Conigrave (Ryan Corr), a young gay Australian man in the 1970s who falls for fellow pupil John Caleo (Craig Stott). The two start up a relationship, and the film chronicles their lives through the 1980s as they fight prejudice and AIDS. The film is based on the novel and eventual play written by Conigrave himself, making for a strikingly personal account of a tragic time when many failed to understand same sex relationships, and those in the relationships were unaware of a devastating disease. It’s easy to look back with frustration at such a time, but Candy director Neil Armfield, once again tackles a divisive subject with compassion and relevance.

The film is played off as a romance straight off, »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Josh Lawson is Paul Hogan in Fremantle-Seven miniseries Hoges

29 May 2016 4:40 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

John Cornell and Paul Hogan on The Paul Hogan Show.

Josh Lawson will play Paul Hogan in Hoges, Fremantle Media's mini for Channel Seven.

Joining Lawson are Justine Clarke as Hogan's partner Noelene and Ryan Corr as John Cornell, his best friend and manager.

Also starring are Laura Gordon (Ms Fisher.s Murder Mysteries) as Linda Kozlowski, Nikki Osborn (Granny Smith) as Delvene Delaney, Sean Keenan (Puberty Blues, Glitch) as Young Paul and Marny Kennedy (The Saddle Club) as Young Noelene.

.Paul Hogan has always been one of my heroes", Lawson said in a statement, "so this role is as exciting as it is challenging.".

"He.s such an iconic figure. Everyone loves Hoges and one of his great gifts was making audiences feel like we really knew him. But there.s so much of his life that many people don.t know about and I.m thrilled that »

- Staff Writer

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First look at A Few Less Men as footage to comedy sequel shopped at Cannes

15 May 2016 4:54 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Xavier Samuel, Kris Marshall and Kevin Bishop in A Few Less Men.

Arclight Films have released a first look at A Few Less Men, the sequel to 2011's A Few Best Men..

The new film sees Goddess' Mark Lamprell taking over directing duties from Priscilla's Stephan Elliot, and will be released by StudioCanal in Australia and Nz.

The film was produced by Laurence Malkin, Tania Chambers and Share Stallings and written by Dean Craig (Death at a Funeral), and footage is currently being screened to buyers in Cannes.

.From a talented group of filmmakers with a proven track record of delivering strong, entertaining stories with broad appeal, A Few Less Men is sure to satisfy audiences in Australia and abroad", said StudioCanal Australia and New Zealand Chief Executive Elizabeth Trotman..

"Here at StudioCanal we are so pleased to be on board and are looking forward to developing an exciting campaign. »

- Staff Writer

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Shannon Murphy's Eaglehawk to screen at Sydney Film Festival

10 May 2016 7:09 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Eaglehawk director, Shannon Murphy.

Dollhouse Pictures will screen Eaglehawk with Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Ryan Corr and Wayne Blair and Sydney Film Festival on June 18-19.

It will screen in competition at Sydney Film Festival in the 2016 Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films..

Helmed by Shannon Murphy, the debut featurette stars Tilda Cobham-Hervey, (52 Tuesday.s , The Kettering Incident) , Ryan Corr (Holding The Man, Wanted) , .and Wayne Blair (The Sapphires, Cleverman) ..

Rounding out the female lead creative team are Marisa Nather (screenwriter), Jessica Carrera (producer), Nicole Coventry (co-producer), Alice Babidge (production and set design) and Megan Washington (composer)..

Eaglehawk is set in a remote forest, where aspiring actress, Eve (Cobham-Hervey) impersonates Australia.s own Bigfoot — the Yowie..

Employed by Yowie expert Frank (Wayne Blair), Eve spends her days ambushing thrill seekers and giving hope to the believers..

She immerses herself in the world of her character, determined to pursue her craft..

As her obsession with her disguise deepens, »

- Staff Writer

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Netflix strikes for gay love story 'Holding The Man'

6 May 2016 6:01 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Netflix takes world Svod rights to drama featuring Guy Pearce, Kerry Fox and Anthony Lapaglia; Goalpost inks additional key deals.

Netflix has swooped on world Svod rights to drama Holding The Man, director Neil Armfield’s adaptation of the well-received Australian memoir of the same name.

Goalpost Films inked the deal with Netflix and has closed additional deals for all other rights with Strand Releasing for the Us, Peccadillo Pictures for the UK and Ireland, Pro Fun for Germany and Switzerland and Cinemien for Benelux.

The film, which garnered six Aacta Award nominations this year and took more than $1m at the local box office last year, will roll out across Europe and Us before its August 1, 2016, start date on Netflix.

Ryan Corr, Craig Stott, Guy Pearce, Kerry Fox, Anthony Lapaglia and Geoffrey Rush star in writer Tommy Murphy’s adaptation of Timothy Conigrave’s memoir of the same name, about the rollercoaster »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Peccadillo Pictures to tour the UK with a line-up of Lgbt films this summer

28 April 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Peccadillo Pictures, the leading film distributor for Lgbt films in the UK, is taking a selection of the best contemporary Lgbt films from around the world on a nationwide roadshow festival called POUTfest. From June to September, a provocative and entertaining selection of international feature films and brand new British gay short films will be touring cinemas up and down the country prior to some receiving theatrical releases.

Supported by the BFI with National Lottery funding, the POUTfest tour aims to grow a national audience for new Lgbt cinema, with emphasis on providing access to regional audiences who in many cases have not previously been able to enjoy Lgbt cinema locally. Talent from the films are expected to attend screenings, and there will also be Skype Q&As, pre-recorded interviews, additional content and local personalities who will host panels and discussions related to the films.

Tom Abell, MD of Peccadillo, »

- Kat Kourbeti

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BFI Flare unveils 2016 line-up, expands industry programme

18 February 2016 11:30 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Lgbt festival will feature more than 50 features in its 30th anniversary year; Catherine Corsini’s Summertime [pictured] revealed as closing night film.

BFI Flare: London Lgbt Film Festival (March 16-27) has revealed the line-up for its 30th anniversary edition.

The festival will feature more than 50 features and 100 shorts this year, as well as a series of events and an expanded industry programme.

The film programme will be split into three programmes - Hearts, Bodies and Minds - which will highlight three distinct themes: Lgbt content in British film and new British talent, transgender representation, and Queer Science and new technology.

The first of those, Lgbt content in British film and new British talent, will feature titles including Tomer and Barak Heymann’s documentary Who’s Gonna Love Me Now?, Andrew Stegall’s Departure, and Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato’s Mapplethorpe: Look At The Pictures.

The second strand, Transgender representation on screen, will feature »

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Applications open for Heath Ledger Scholarship

17 February 2016 5:46 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Heath Ledger.

Applications are now open for the eighth annual Heath Ledger Scholarship run by Australians in Film.

Established in memory of Australian actor Heath Ledger, who served as an ambassador for AiF, the scholarship is open to emerging Australian actors 18-35 years old.

Since the prize was established in 2008, $230,000 in scholarship prizes have been awarded to date.

"The judges will be looking for an extraordinary young Australian actor with raw talent and charisma — someone who has the potential for real career longevity in Hollywood, not just [to be] the .next big thing., said AiF President Simonne Overend.

The recipient will obtain a Usd $10,000 cash fund, a two year scholarship at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting and Theatre in Los Angeles, two flights on Virgin Australia - one to attend the announcement ceremony and a second flight when the winner is ready to transition their career to the United States - »

- Staff Writer

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Lgbt films may now be mainstream but queer film festivals are still indispensable | Steve Dow

14 February 2016 8:56 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

While Carol, Freeheld and The Danish Girl have won broad success, Sydney’s upcoming Mardi Gras film festival offers a less limited view of gender and sexuality

As Carol, Cate Blanchett drinks in Rooney Mara, a young girl working in a department store. As the New Jersey police detective Laurel Hester, Julianne Moore is smitten with Ellen Page. As Australian playwright Tim Conigrave, Ryan Corr holds his man from the age of 16 until the end of their too short lives. And, as Danish artist Einar Wegener, who becomes Lili Elbe, Eddie Redmayne resurrects a pioneering transgender journey.

Released over the past year, these four films – Carol, Freeheld, Holding the Man and The Danish Girl – have done an excellent job of elucidating sexuality and gender experiences that exist outside the “norm”. What’s more, Blanchett, Mara and Redmayne are all up for Oscars: what validation for queers like me. We exist! »

- Steve Dow

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Daniel Radcliffe heads to Queensland for major international production

11 February 2016 2:17 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Daniel Radcliffe is heading down under for the production of Jungle in Queensland.

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Queensland is set host the production of major international film, Jungle, which will provide about 100 screen industry jobs and inject $5.4 million into the local economy.

The Arclight Films/Screen Australia production, starring Daniel Radcliffe, is based on Yossi Ghinsberg's bestselling memoir of the same name and will be shot in South East Queensland as well as at Village Roadshow studios.

Jungle is produced by Dana Lustig (Dancing at the Blue Laguna, Thousand Kisses Keep), Gary Hamilton (Lord of War, Bait 3D, The Bank Job), Mike Gabrawy (Resident Evil, Bait 3D, Outcast), and Greg Mclean (Wolf Creek, The Darkness). Executive producer is Todd Fellman (Bait 3D, A Few Best Men).

Queensland-based producer Todd Fellman (Daybreakers, Mental), of Story Bridge Films, is behind the production and is working with Arclight Films.

It is directed by Greg McLean (Wolf Creek, »

- Brian Karlovsky

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Daniel Radcliffe-Starrer ‘Jungle’ to Shoot in Australia

10 February 2016 11:26 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jungle,” a thriller by “Wolf Creek” director Greg McLean and starring Daniel Radcliffe, will shoot in Australia, with Queensland standing in for Venezuela.

The film will shoot at least 50% on location in South East Queensland as well as the Village Roadshow Studios on Queensland’s Gold Coast. Other locations have still to be determined. Production starts in April.

The news was announced Thursday by the state’s Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk.

Scripted by Justin Monjo (“Rush,” “The Untold Story of Inxs”,) the screenplay is based on an internationally bestselling memoir of the same name by Yossi Ghinsberg. It tells the story of four travellers who set off into the heart of the Amazon rainforest on a dream adventure which quickly turns into a nightmare.

Radcliffe stars alongside Queenslanders Alex Russell (“Unbroken”,) Jason Clarke (“Everest,” “Zero Dark Thirty”,) Ryan Corr (“The Water Diviner,” “Where the Wild Things Are”.)

Jungle »

- Patrick Frater

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The Dressmaker earns ten nominations as Fcca unveil award nominations

31 January 2016 9:39 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Kate Winslet in The Dressmaker.

The Film Critics Circle of Australia, the national body of film reviewers, critics and writers, has unveiled the nominations for their annual awards.

The Dressmaker has garnered ten nominations while Last Cab to Darwin and Mad Max: Fury Road each received eight nominations..

Neil Armfield's Holding the Man earned seven nominations, Paper Planes and Cut Snake each have five, while Tanna received four.

"The spread of nominees from heralded blockbusters to small-scale independents highlights the diversity of Australian cinema", Fcca President Russell Edwards said..

"As the country's most important critical body looking at movies, we at the Film Critics Circle of Australia are pleased to be able to not only salute the box office, but also celebrate the innovative spirit"..

The nominees for best director are Neil Armfield, George Miller, Jocelyn Moorhouse and Jeremy Sims..

Nicole Kidman (Strangerland), Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road »

- Staff Writer

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‘Better Call Saul,’ ‘Love, Nina,’ ‘Night Manager’ to Play at Berlin Film Festival

22 January 2016 11:06 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — Season two of “Better Call Saul,” “Love, Nina,” written by Nick Hornby, and Susanne Bier’s “The Night Manager,” based on John le Carre’s novel, are among the TV series selected for the Berlin Film Festival’s Berlinale Special Series program.

In the second season of “Better Call Saul,” Jimmy McGill perfects his idiosyncratic interpretation of the law, bringing him even more in sync with the simpatico, albeit shady character from “Breaking Bad.”

“Love, Nina” explores 1980s London through the eyes of a young woman. “It’s a subtle look back at a society clinging doggedly to its traditional class divisions,” the fest said. Faye Marsay and Helena Bonham Carter star.

Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston topline in “The Night Manager,” in which Bier uses the current conflicts in the Middle East to set the background for a suspenseful game of cat and mouse.

The Australian/New Zealand series “Cleverman, »

- Leo Barraclough

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‘The Night Manager’ in 2016 Berlin TV strand

22 January 2016 10:13 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Six series from Denmark, Britain, Israel, Australia and the Us populate the line-up.

The six titles that will be shown in the 2016 Berlinale Special Series, the television offshoot of the Berlin Film Festival’s (Feb 11-21) Specials programme, have been revealed.

Amongst the line-up is Susanne Bier’s adaptation of John Le Carre’s spy thriller The Night Manager [pictured], which stars Hugh Laurie, Tom Hiddleston, Olivia Colman, Elizabeth Debicki and Tom Hollander and will be broadcast by the BBC in the UK and AMC in the USA.

Sj Clarkson’s Love, Nina, which has a script from Nick Hornby, is also on the list. The comedic miniseries stars Helena Bonham Carter, Jason Watkins, Joshua McGuire and 2015 Screen Star of Tomorrow Faye Marsay. The BBC will broadcast the series in the UK.

Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul will have the international premiere of its second series at the festival.

Berlinale Special Series 2016:

Better Call Saul – Season »

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