16 items from 2016
The Dressmaker is hitting on September 23rd, and if you haven’t heard much about it, make sure you put this one on your calendar.
The trailer will hopefully convince you on its own, possibly because of the cast, and possibly because of the quirky story, but if you aren’t immediately on board, don’t overlook the husband and wife writing/directing duo behind the camera.
Jocelyn Moorhouse directs from a script penned by her and her husband, P.J. Hogan, and you’re probably a fan of a fair amount of their work. The Dressmaker looks to be just the sort of film to capitalize on their talents.
Moorhouse doesn’t have a huge list of credits, but she did direct How to Make an American Quilt, which is a woefully undervalued film, especially if you look at specifically for the direction.
Hogan is much better known, writing and/or directing Muriel’s Wedding, »
- Marc Eastman
Set for release this fall, it’s been a long wait for The Dressmaker. The film first premiered back at Tiff last year and is only now getting ready to march into theatres. Coming to us courtesy of Amazon and Broad Green, the 1950s set romantic drama stars Kate Winslet and Liam Hemsworth and according to reviews from the festival circuit, it’s worth getting excited over.
A new trailer for the film has surfaced today and gives us a good look at the Jocelyn Moorehouse-directed flick, as it follows Winslet’s titular dressmaker as she heads back home to Australia after fleeing from there several years earlier due to being accused of murder. With a cast that also includes Hugo Weaving, Sarah Snook, Judy Davisand Caroline Goodall, things are certainly looking good for The Dressmaker.
From the footage shown here, Moorehouse’s film appears to be an energetic romp »
- Mark Cassidy
With just a month to go until its Us release, a new trailer has arrived online for writer-director Jocelyn Moorhouse’s upcoming comedy drama The Dressmaker which stars Kate Winslet and Liam Hemsworth; check out the trailer below after the official synopsis…
Set in the 1950’s, The Dressmaker is a bittersweet comedy about a glamorous young woman who returns, after many years in Europe, to her small home town in rural Australia in order to right some wrongs from the past. When Tilly (played by Kate Winslet) comes home, she not only reconciles with her ailing mother Molly (played by Judy Davis) but, with her sewing machine, and haute couture style, she transforms the women f the town in such a way that she gets sweet revenge on those who did her wrong. She also falls unexpectedly in love, which leads to her greatest loss and her most destructive deed. »
- Amie Cranswick
While we’re quite excited about the current Toronto International Film Festival line-up, there’s still some star-studded features form last year’s festival awaiting a U.S. release. One of the bigger ones is 1950s set romantic drama The Dressmaker, which stars Kate Winslet. Amazon has now picked it up and teaming with Broad Green for a release this fall.
Directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse (Proof) the film follows Winslet as a glamorous dressmaker who returns home to her remote Australian country town from which she fled as a child after being accused of murder. Also starring Liam Hemsworth, Hugo Weaving, Sarah Snook, Judy Davis and Caroline Goodall, check out the trailer below, which doesn’t quite measure up to the crazy Italian poster.
A glamorous, worldly dressmaker returns to her small Australian hometown to seek the truth behind her notorious reputation. This dark and quirky comedy stars Academy Award »
- Leonard Pearce
In a medium founded on expanding one’s imagination and perception of reality, no genre does it better than science fiction. We’ve come a long way from the days when Georges Méliès took us to the moon, for today’s filmmakers look far beyond our universe and into the deepest corners of our soul to reflect the current society.
With the latest entry in the Star Trek franchise arriving in theaters this week, we’ve set out to reflect on the millennium’s sci-fi films that have most excelled. To note: we only stuck with feature-length works of 60 minutes or longer and, to make room for a few more titles, our definition of “the 21st century” stretched to include 2000.
Check out our top 50 below and let us know your favorites in the comments. We’ve also put the list on Letterboxd to keep track of how many you’ve seen. »
- The Film Stage
The Supreme Court of New South Wales has dismissed the claim by former Png politician Dame Carol Kidu for a permanent injunction to prevent the screening of Media Stockade and Beacon Films' investigative documentary The Opposition..
It follows Joe Moses, community leader of a four-generation settlement in Port Moresby, who is battling eviction against an international five-star hotel and marina being developed by the Paga Hill Development Company.
In March this year, Kidu sought an injunction to restrain the distribution of any visual or audio recording of herself or any summary, representation or description that has the effect of revealing that content.
Her legal case was supported by the Paga Hill Development Company (Phdc)..
The court.s judgment said there were .extreme weaknesses. to Kidu.s claim that she did not know that »
- Staff Writer
The studio had no comment on the film.
A production listing for the Ontario Media Development Corp., reported by the site Bloody Disgusting, lists the directing team of Peter and Michael Spierig and producers Mark Burg and Owen Kholes with shooting starting on Sept. 12.
Lionsgate has long specialized in genre fare such as the “Saw” franchise, produced by Twisted Pictures. The original “Saw” cost $1.2 million and was James Wan’s feature film directorial debut from a screenplay by Leigh Whannell with Cary Elwes, Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Michael Emerson, Ken Leung, Tobin Bell and Leigh Whannell starring.
The franchise revolves around the fictional character John Kramer, also called the “Jigsaw Killer” or “Jigsaw,” who traps victims in situations that test their will to live.
Burg, Kholes and »
- Dave McNary
Told with a lovely romantic sweep and full of raw, honest emotion, this is a gay love story that’s also just a great love story, full stop. Yay. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
A gay love story that’s also just a great love story, full stop? Yay. Without ever denying the particular challenges that faced gay couples in macho, conservative Australia in the 1970s and 80s, and without ignoring the particular horrors of the AIDS epidemic that ravaged an entire generation of young men, Holding the Man manages to elevate the romance of Tim (Ryan Corr: The Water Diviner) and John (Craig Stott) to the universal in a way that few movies about Lgbt relationships have yet to do. Director Neil Armfield (Candy), fortified by spirited, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Holding the Man, 2015.
Directed by Neil Armfield.
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
Former Papua New Guinean politician Carol Kidu, who is featured in The Opposition, has obtained an injunction until the final hearing restraining the publication or exhibition of parts of the film that include her appearance and dialogue. .
The full version of the documentary was set to have its World Premiere on May 3 at the Hot Docs Festival in Toronto, coincidently on Un World Press Freedom Day.
In line with the court.s preliminary decision, the filmmakers are proceeding with plans to screen a redacted version of the film for Hot Docs audiences..
The redacted version of the film features narration over the censored footage by Australian actress Sarah Snook..
- Brian Karlovsky
An adaptation of Jeannette Walls' memoir, the story follows her dysfunctional, impoverished upbringing in the American Southwest and its impact on her later writing career.
Snook would play Walls' sister opposite Brie Larson as Walls. Naomi Watt and Woody Harrelson would play their parents. Cretton is writing the script with Andrew Lanham and Marti Noxon. Erik Feig and Gil Netter are producing.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Exclusive: The Beautiful Lie star Sarah Snook is in negotiations to appear in Lionsgate’s The Glass Castle, the Destin Daniel Cretton-directed adaptation of the best-selling memoir by Jeannette Walls. Like the book, the film will chart Wall’s dysfunctional, impoverished upbringing in the American Southwest and its impact on her later writing career; the deal isn’t done yet, but Snook would play Walls’ sister opposite Brie Larson as Walls, with Naomi Watt and Woody… »
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
Essie Davis as.Miss Fisher.
ABC TV has received a record thirty-three nominations — the most of any network — for this year.s Logie Awards, to be held May 8.
Davis is also nominated for the Best Actress and Most Outstanding Actress awards.
Other ABC acting nominees include Patrick Brammall (Glitch), Sarah Snook (The Beautiful Lie), Deborah Mailman (Redfern Now: Promise Me), Tim Minchin (The Secret River), Emily Barclay (Glitch) and Rarriwuy Hick (Redfern Now: Promise Me).
- Staff Writer
Off the coast from the small town of Warrnambool lies Middle Island, a sanctuary once home to thousands of the world’s smallest penguins. But since foxes learned to cross the shallow channel to the island, penguin numbers have plunged. And if they fall below ten, park ranger Emily Marsh will be out of a job. This shocks her father, eccentric chicken farmer Swampy Marsh. His wife ran the sanctuary, but when she passed away, Emily stepped in, while Swampy retreated to his farm. Emily’s nine-year-old daughter Olivia is the glue that keeps the family together.
- Amie Cranswick
Among the sequels and reboots, there are also some exciting-looking original sci-fi films to look forward to in 2016. And here they are...
Did you see Coherence? Or maybe Predestination? They’re but two examples of relatively low-budget, original genre films that were both beautifully made and endlessly watchable. What they lacked in expensive special effects they more than made up for in mesmerising concepts and superb performances, whether it was from a cast of relative unknowns in Coherence or the perfect pairing of Ethan Hawke and Sarah Snook in Predestination.
Only time will tell whether 2016 will play host to films as good as those, but we have to say, there are some potentially great sci-fi films on the horizon this year. Some have generous budgets and top-line casts, others are independently produced. For different reasons, all look well worth keeping an eye on...
Even in the distant future, »
16 items from 2016
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