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Goldstone's Alex Russell will fight fires alongside Josh Brolin and Miles Teller

9 June 2016 8:24 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Alex Russell in Oranges Don't Grow on Trees, produced by his production company Five Lip Films.

Goldstone's Alex Russell is joining Miles Teller and Josh Brolin in firefighter film Granite Mountain, directed by Oblivion and Tron: Legacy helmer Joseph Kosinski for Lionsgate..

Principal photography begins next week on the film, based on the true story of a group of firefighters known as the Granite Mountain hotshots who lost 19 members as they fought one of deadliest wildfires in Arizona history.

The film also stars Jeff Bridges and Taylor Kitsch.

Russell recently completed Greg McLean.s Jungle with Daniel Radcliffe in Queensland and Ivan Sen.s Goldstone, which opened the Sydney Film Festival on Wednesday night.

The Rockhampton native got his break in Wa feature Wasted on the Young in 2010.

He's since starred in films such as Chronicle, Unbroken and Cut Snake, and has also launched his own production company Five Lip Films. »

- Staff Writer

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Sydney Film Review: ‘Goldstone’

8 June 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The sun is hot, the motives are cold and the film is blazingly noir as Indigenous detective Jay Swan (Aaron Pedersen) returns for another investigation of Outback moral rot in multi-hyphenate helmer Ivan Sen’s socially conscious, supremely accomplished procedural thriller “Goldstone.” A standalone sequel to his breakthrough “Mystery Road” (which opened the Sydney Film Festival in 2013), the film hopes to repeat its predecessor’s success, making Sydney’s opening-night slot its first stop in what looks to be a long fest life, followed by glowing sales.

Sen’s unique accomplishment with these two films, unequalled in contemporary Aussie cinema, is his daringly idealistic intention and crystal clear success at balancing the demands of contemporary genre filmmaking with, in this case, the ongoing hot-button issues of Aboriginal relations (Sen is himself of mixed Indigenous/European heritage), human trafficking, the human greed behind corporate corruption and cultural destruction.

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- Eddie Cockrell

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Ben Hardy, Andie MacDowell and Alex Russell join Granite Mountain

7 June 2016 9:50 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Deadline is reporting that X-Men: Apocalypse and EastEnders star Ben Hardy is set to join the cast of the upcoming firefighter drama Granite Mountain (formerly titled No Exit).

The film is based on the real-life of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, “an elite group of 20 firefighters who courageously battled one of the deadliest wildfires in history to save the homes and lives of other Arizonians. Nineteen of the men died heroes on that hill when the wind changed and fire engulfed them from all sides.”

Watch: X-Men: Apocalypse’s Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp and Ben Hardy play the ‘Who Men’ game

In addition to Ben Hardy, it’s also being reported that Andie MacDowell (Cedar Cove) and Alex Russell (Chronicle) have signed on to appear, with the trio joining a stellar A-list cast that includes Josh Brolin (Sicario), Jeff Bridges (Kingsman: The Golden Circle), Jennifer Connolly (Shelter), Miles Teller (Whiplash), Taylor Kitsch »

- Scott J. Davis

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Russell, Hardy Join "Granite Mountain"

7 June 2016 5:01 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Alex Russell ("Cut Snake," "Chronicle") and Ben Hardy ("X-Men: Apocalypse") have joined the cast of the true story firefighting tale "Granite Mountain" for Lionsgate and Black Label Media.

The action-drama is based on the real-life Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite group of twenty firefighters who courageously battled one of the deadliest wildfires in history to save the homes and lives of other Arizonians.

Nineteen of the men died heroes on that hill when the wind changed and fire engulfed them from all sides. The Aussie and the Brit join an impressive ensemble cast that includes Jennifer Connelly, Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, Taylor Kitsch and James Badge Dale.

Joseph Kosinski directs the project which Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Erik Howsam, Jeremy Steckler, Dawn Ostroff, Mike Menchel, Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill will produce.

Source: Variety »

- Garth Franklin

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‘Chronicle’ Star Alex Russell Joins Miles Teller in Firefighter Film ‘Granite Mountain’ (Exclusive)

6 June 2016 5:04 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Alex Russell is joining Miles Teller and Josh Brolin in Lionsgate and Black Label Media’s firefighter pic “Granite Mountain.”

Originally titled “No Exit,” the film also stars Jeff Bridges, James Badge Dale and Taylor Kitsch.

Tron: Legacy” helmer Joseph Kosinski will direct the film, which follows the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a group of firefighters that faced one of the deadliest wildfires in history in order to save an Arizona town, resulting in the tragic death of 19 crew members. Kitsch and Bridges will play firefighters in the film.

Ken Nolan developed the story on spec with the producers.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Erik Howsam, Conde Nast Entertainment’s Jeremy Steckler and Dawn Ostroff, Mike Menchel, Black Label Media’s Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill are producing the film. Black Label is financing.

Di Bonaventura also has “Deep Water Horizon” on the pipeline with Lionsgate.

Lionsgate saw strong international sales »

- Justin Kroll

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Daniel Radcliffe's 'Jungle' qualifies for Colombian rebate

2 June 2016 10:15 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

True survival story of adventurer Yossi Ghinsberg wrapped production last week.

Jungle filmed for six weeks in the Colombian locales of Tobia, Guaduas, Honda and qualified to receive the country’s 40%-20% cash rebate from the Colombian Film Commission, a division of Proimágenes Colombia.

Arclight handles international sales and UTA Independent Film Group and CAA represent Us rights to the film about a trip into the Bolivian Amazon that spirals into a fight for survival.

Thomas Kretschmann, Alex Russell, Joel Jackson and Yasmin Kassim round out the key cast.

Greg McLean of Wolf Creek notoriety directs from a script by Justin Monjo, while Dana Lustig, Arclight’s Gary Hamilton, Mike Gabrawy, and McLean are producing. Todd Fellman is the executive producer. Screen Australia and Screen Queensland supported development.

“We are thrilled to have another incredible story filmed here with Colombia’s scenic landscapes as the backdrop,” said Proimágenes Colombia director Claudia Triana.

“Our competitive »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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'Jungle' qualifies for Colombian rebate

2 June 2016 10:15 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Daniel Radcliffe starrer based on the true survival story of adventurer Yossi Ghinsberg wrapped production last week.

Jungle filmed for six weeks in the Colombian locales of Tobia, Guaduas, Honda and qualified to receive the country’s 40%-20% cash rebate from the Colombian Film Commission, a division of Proimágenes Colombia.

Arclight handles international sales and UTA Independent Film Group and CAA represent Us rights to the film about a trip into the Bolivian Amazon that spirals into a fight for survival.

Thomas Kretschmann, Alex Russell, Joel Jackson and Yasmin Kassim round out the key cast.

Greg McLean of Wolf Creek notoriety directs from a script by Justin Monjo, while Dana Lustig, Arclight’s Gary Hamilton, Mike Gabrawy, and McLean are producing. Todd Fellman is the executive producer. Screen Australia and Screen Queensland supported development.

“We are thrilled to have another incredible story filmed here with Colombia’s scenic landscapes as the backdrop,” said Proimágenes »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Sff's Travelling Film Festival returns to Newcastle with eight films

17 May 2016 4:19 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Alex Russell in Ivan Sen's Goldstone.

The Sydney Film Festival's Travelling Film Fest returns to Newcastle this year, screening at Tower Cinemas from June 24-26.

Sff's roadshow takes films around the country after they've screened at the festival itself, which takes place in Sydney from June 8-19.

Highlights include Sff's opening night film Goldstone, directed by Ivan Sen and starring Aaron Pedersen, Alex Russell, Jacki Weaver, David Wenham and David Gulpilil, and closing night film Love and Friendship, Whit Stillman's adaptation of an early, unheralded Jane Austen short novel.

Stillman's acclaimed comedy of manners stars Australia's own Xavier Samuel as well as Stephen Fry, Kate Beckinsale and Chloë Sevigny.

.We are thrilled to be returning to Tower Cinemas with a vibrant program of four short films and nine feature films including one documentary,. Travelling Film Festival Manager Alicia Emery said.

Other films set to go on tour include Lee Tamahori's Mahana, »

- Staff Writer

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Sff 2016 boasts five Australian feature premieres, Mel Gibson in conversation

10 May 2016 7:28 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Alex Russell in Ivan Sen's Goldstone.

The full Sydney Film Festival line-up was unveiled this morning by Sff director Nashen Moodley, with five Australian feature premieres and eight Aussie documentary premieres.

In a coup for the festival, this year's Talks program at Sydney Town Hall's Hub will include a free talk with Mel Gibson, whose Blood Father is playing at the fest, as well as in-conversation events with Australian filmmakers such as Ivan Sen.

Sen's Goldstone, the festival's opening night film, will also feature in the official competition..

Other Aussie premieres include Abe Forsythe's Cronulla black comedy Down Under, Craig Boreham's queer drama Teenage Kicks, playwright Stephen Sewell's directorial debut Embedded, and Craig Anderson's thriller Red Christmas, starring E.T.'s Dee Wallace.

Also in the line-up are Aussie titles that premiered overseas last year, such as Beast, the McKeith brothers' Manila-set boxing drama that comes »

- Harry Windsor

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Moody, Atmospheric Trailer For Ivan Sen's Outback Crime Thriller Goldstone

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

Australia's Ivan Sen made quite a splash around the world with his 2013 crime thriller Mystery Road - an artfully executed tale of aboriginal detective Jay Swan working on the fringes of 'civilized' society - and he reunites that team to bring another story revolving his compelling lead character with Goldstone. Director Ivan Sen’s new feature Goldstone sees the excellent Aaron Pedersen (Mystery Road, 2013) reprise his role as troubled Indigenous detective Jay Swan. On the trail of a missing person, Jay finds himself in the small mining town of Goldstone, where he is immediately arrested for drink driving by young local cop Josh (Alex Russell). When Jay’s motel room is blasted with gunfire, it becomes clear that something larger is at play in the...

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Sff director Nashen Moodley teases opening night film, Ivan Sen's Goldstone

25 April 2016 6:19 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Alex Russell and Aaron Pedersen in Ivan Sen's Goldstone.

When If speaks to Sydney Film Festival director Nashen Moodley, he's at the tail-end of a whirlwind day in which Ivan Sen's.Goldstone was unveiled as the festival's opening night film, to screen at Sydney's State Theatre on June 8..

So what's the reaction been like?

"So far it's been very positive," Moodley said..

"People are very eager to see Ivan Sen's new film. He's such a special filmmaker, and such a multi-talented one. He writes, directs, edits, composes the score, and has such an incredible body of work."

Moodley saw the film almost seven weeks ago, in early March, just after Sen had finished it.

"There was an opportunity to see an early cut, but we had enough time to see it when it was finished, so we waited."

"The film looks incredible, and he shot it himself »

- Harry Windsor

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Ivan Sen's Goldstone to kick off 2016 Sydney Film Fest

20 April 2016 4:14 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Aaron Pedersen and Jacki Weaver in Goldstone.

Ivan Sen's Goldstone will have its world premiere as the opening night film of the 63rd Sydney Film Festival.

Described as "a stylish and intelligent outback noir", the film will screen at the State Theatre on June 8.

Goldstone is the fourth feature by Ivan Sen and stars Aaron Pedersen, reprising his role of the troubled Indigenous detective Jay Swan, first seen in Sen.s Mystery Road, which opened Sff in 2013..

The film.s cast includes Jacki Weaver, David Wenham, David Gulpilil, Cheng Pei-pei, Michelle Lim Davidson and Tom E. Lewis, and was shot on location in the remote settlement of Middleton (population 3) in outback western Queensland. .

On the trail of a missing person, Pedersen's Jay finds himself in the small mining town of Goldstone, where he is immediately arrested for drunk driving by young local cop Josh (Alex Russell). When Jay.s »

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'Jungle' cast takes shape for Arclight Films

21 March 2016 9:14 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Thomas Kretschmann, Alex Russell, Joel Jackson, and Yasmin Kassim will join Daniel Radcliffe on the thriller.

Arclight handles international sales and is packaging the film, while UTA and CAA represent Us rights.

Dana Lustig produces Jungle, based on the best-selling memoir by Yossi Ghinsberg, who was the subject of the one-hour Discovery Channel docudrama series I Shouldn’t Be Alive.

Greg Mclean of Wolf Creek notoriety will direct with screenwriter Justin Monjo the tale of a young adventurer and his friends who must fight for survival in the Amazon.

Arclight managing director Gary Hamilton, Mike Gabrawy, Mclean, and Todd Fellman join Lustig on the producer roster.

Shooting is set to begin this year on location in Australia and other locations to be announced at a later date.

Screen Australia and Screen Queensland have supported development of the project.   »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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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”.)

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- Patrick Frater

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LevelK boards Australian thriller 'Rabbit'

1 February 2016 1:18 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Luke Shanahan’s psychological thriller will start shooting in May with a cast including Mad Max: Fury Road’s Abbey Lee.

LevelK has acquired world rights to Luke Shanahan’s forthcoming feature debut, psychological thriller Rabbit, which will start shooting in May in South Australia.

Abbey Lee (The Neon Demon, Mad Max: Fury Road) and Alex Russell (Chronicle, Unbroken) will star.

The psychological thriller tells the story of 25-year old medical student Maude, who is haunted by visions of her identical twin’s violent abduction. Convinced the twin is still alive, Maude follows clues to a caravan park where she discovers her fate is intrinsically linked to her sister’s, and encounters a secret society.

Writer-director Shanahan, who previously directed the shorts It Takes Two To Tango and The News, said: “The concept behind Rabbit was to introduce a horrific ‘event’ and explore a genetic link between identical twins and their ability to communicate telepathically. I was »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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Mackenzie Davis to Star in Indie ‘Izzy Gets the F–k Across Town’

4 January 2016 5:54 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Halt and Catch Fire” star Mackenzie Davis is set to star in the indie “Izzy Gets the F–k Across Town.”

Christian Papierniak will write and direct the pic with Carrie Coon, Sarah Goldberg, Rob Huebel, Brandon T. Jackson, Luka Jones, Kyle Kinane, Haley Joel Osment, Alex Russell, Alia Shawkat, Keith Stanfield, Dolly Wells and newcomer Bobby Lamont also joining the cast.

Davis plays a woman at rock bottom who must find her way across Los Angeles in order to crash her ex-boyfriend’s engagement party. Davis will also make her debut as a producer with Papierniak, Melissa Panzer and Meghan Lennox.

Production on the film is slated to begin this month in Los Angeles.

Davis was most recently seen alongside Matt Damon, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Kristen Wiig in “The Martian” and also recently wrapped an episode of the Netflix/Channel 4 anthology series “Black Mirror.” She will also return to “Halt and Catch Fire, »

- Justin Kroll

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