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7 items from 2014


An insider's view of The Book Thief

2 March 2014 12:18 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Michael Petroni is understandably chuffed by the B.O. results of The Book Thief, his adaptation of the Marcus Zusak novel- particularly in Australia. Yet he wonders how the WWII drama might have turned out if he hadn.t been asked to do multiple rewrites by the studio, Fox 2000, and the director, Downton Abbey.s Brian Percival. .My major disappointment with the rewrites was that they took out most of the magic realism that features in the book,. said Petroni, who is editing the Aussie psychological thriller Backtrack, the first film he.s directed since 2002.s Till Human Voices Wake Us. .Fox wanted a film that would appeal to families, not just adults, and Brian wanted to tell more of a straight, dramatic tale..

He is quick to add, "I am very proud of the film, people come up to me and tell me how much they loved it. On »

- Don Groves

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12 Off-Beat Valentine's Day Movies

13 February 2014 | FEARnet | See recent FEARnet news »

February is upon us which means an endless barrage of Valentine's Day reminders. But not everyone is a fan of Hallmark holidays.  This February 14th, you can snuggle up with someone special and watch The Notebook, or you can check out these twisted and not-so-feel-good tales of love and physical affection.

The "Crazy in Love" Category

Haute Tension (2003)

Despite its one gaping flaw (those who have seen it know exactly what I mean), this popular French horror is the bleakest, bloodiest tale of unrequited love since the works of Shakespeare. It follows a young woman as she desperately tries to rescue her friend who has been kidnapped by a serial killer. When I think of lovelorn psychos, the final shot of this film definitely comes to mind. 

The Loved Ones (2009)

When a lonely Australian girl is turned down for prom by her crush, Brent, she takes matters into her own hands. »

- Heather Seebach

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Brody, Neill Join Aussie Thriller "Backtrack"

13 January 2014 3:02 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Adrien Brody and Sam Neill are teaming for Bankside and Madman Entertainment's thriller "Backtrack" which began production last week in Sydney, Australia.

The story follows a psychologist whose life is thrown into chaos when he discovers his patients are all ghosts of people who died in an accident twenty years prior.

Michael Petroni ("Till Human Voices Wake Us") penned and will direct the project which Jamie Hilton and Antonia Barnard are producing. Bruce Spence, Robin McLeavy, Jenni Baird and Anna Lise Phillips also star.

Filming also takes place in the Central West region of New South Wales with the shoot to wrap in mid-February.

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- Garth Franklin

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Brody, Neill take the Backtrack

13 January 2014 12:43 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Adrien Brody, Sam Neill, Bruce Spence, Robin McLeavy and Anna Lise Phillips are shooting Backtrack, a psychological thriller from writer-director Michael Petroni. Jamie Hilton, who is producing with Petroni, his partner in See Pictures, and Antonia Barnard, says the project was relatively easy to finance. That was due primarily to how sales agents, distributors and other financiers responded to Petroni.s screenplay, the saga of psychologist Peter Bowers who discovers his patients are the ghosts of people who died in an accident 20 years earlier. Another advantage during the financing was that Petroni.s status as a writer was rising as The Book Thief, his adaptation of the Markus Zusak novel, started shooting in Germany. Screen Australia, UK-based sales agent Bankside and Oz distributor Madman Entertainment came on board before Brody, an Oscar winner for The Pianist and who starred in Midnight in Paris and The Brothers Bloom, was attached. The other participants are Screen Nsw, »

- Don Groves

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Cameras Start Rolling on Thriller Backtrack

13 January 2014 11:56 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

No stranger to the genre, Queen of the Damned and The Rite screenwriter Michael Petroni's second feature film is of the horror variety, and it's got some big name stars attached. Read on for details!

As reported by Screen Daily, filming has begun on Petroni's Backtrack, a supernatural thriller that he wrote and is directing. The Australian shoot began on January 6th and is scheduled to wrap in mid-February, with Adrien Brody and Sam Neill in the lead roles.

The film follows a psychologist whose life is thrown into chaos when he discovers his patients are all ghosts of people who died in an accident 20 years prior.

The cast is rounded out by local actors Bruce Spence, Robin McLeavy, Jenni Baird and Anna Lise Phillips. Jamie Hilton (The Waiting City, Sleeping Beauty) is producing for See Pictures alongside Antonia Barnard (The Painted Veil, The Quiet American) and Petroni.

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- John Squires

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Sam Neill & Adrien Brody Will Backtrack

13 January 2014 8:32 AM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Some moves, especially the really big ones, like to give you so much advance notice that it feels like you’re seeing imagery and trailers for decades before they arrive. Other, smaller titles usually prefer to sneak into production then put out a release. Such is the case with Australian thriller Backtrack, which is now shooting, and stars Sam Neill and Adrien Brody.Writer-director Michael Petroni has crafted a film that finds a psychologist's life thrown into chaos when he learns that his patients are all ghosts from an accident that occurred 20 years previously. Serious shades of The Sixth Sense, then, from a film that also stars Bruce Spence, Robin McLeavy, Jenni Baird and Anna Lise Phillips. Though that reference is not a big spoiler: it’s merely the jumping off point for the plot. (If his patients are ghosts, who's been paying their bills?)Petroni, who directed 2002’s Till Human Voices Wake Us, »

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Adrien Brody, Sam Neill join Backtrack

13 January 2014 4:03 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Production underway on thriller sold by Bankside, distributed by Madman.

Principal photography is underway in Australia on writer-director Michael Petroni’s sophomore thriller Backtrack, starring Adrien Brody and Sam Neill (seen in this exclusive first image from the feature).

Shooting commenced in Sydney on Jan 6 and is scheduled to wrap in mid-Feb. Filming will take place in Sydney as well as the Central West region of New South Wales.

The film follows a psychologist whose life is thrown into chaos when he discovers his patients are all ghosts of people who died in an accident 20 years prior.

Jamie Hilton (The Waiting City, Sleeping Beauty) is producing for See Pictures alongside Antonia Barnard (The Painted Veil, The Quiet American) and Petroni.

UK outfit Bankside will commence sales on the thriller at the Efm in Berlin next month. Madman Entertainment will distribute in Australia and New Zealand.

The film is financed by Screen Australia, Head Gear Films »

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

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