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The Code tops the Awgie Awards

16 October 2016 5:17 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

The Code. . Shelley Birse has taken out the top prize at this year.s Awgie Awards, winning the Major Award for the second season of ABC cyber-thriller The Code..

The first season of The Code also took out the Australian Writers. Guild Major Award in 2014. This year.s award makes it the only series to have been recognised by two Major Awards for both of its seasons. The Code also received the Awgie Award for the Television: Miniseries — Original category.

Overall, more than 25 Australian writers —.from radio, television, film, theatre and interactive media — were honoured at this year.s Awgie Awards, held in Sydney on Friday evening.

Andrew Knight and Osamah Sami.s Ali.s Wedding took out the award for most outstanding script for an original feature, while Shaun Grant and Craig Silvey received the award for most outstanding feature adaptation for Jasper Jones.

Samantha Strauss was honoured for her original telemovie, »

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Director David Lowery explains why his 'Pete's Dragon' is so intentionally gentle

10 August 2016 12:55 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It seems very strange to me that it took until 2016 for me to meet David Lowery face to face. Not because I expect I should meet every single working filmmaker. That’s just silly. I’ve met a staggering number of writers, directors, actors, and people working at every other level in film and television over the years, but there are are plenty of people I’ve never run into, and I’m fine with that. With David, though, I have a history. You see, he used to be a spy for me. More accurately, he was a regular reviewer at Ain’t It Cool under the name “ghostboy,” and his beat was the festival circuit. I edited dozens and dozens of his pieces over the years, and I came to rely on him as a guy with a very strong sense of what he does or doesn’t like, »

- Drew McWeeny

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Oddball to open 2016 Tiff Kids Festival

31 March 2016 2:33 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »



Australian family film Oddball, starring Shane Jacobson, is set to open the 2016 Tiff Kids Festival.

Australian feature film Blinky Bill: The Movie and short films Riceballs, Junction, Cinema Dhors, The Trophy Thief and The Supermarket will also be premiering at the festival, which is now in its 19th year. .

Oddball is a comedic feature based on a true story about a chicken farmer, his granddaughter and their mischievous dog saving fairy penguins from extinction in an Australian seaside town..

The festival wraps with its closing night film, the Canadian premiere of Little Door Gods, an animated 3D film from first-time feature director Gary Wang that was inspired by Chinese folklore..

The festival features a total of 139 films, comprising 28 features and 111 shorts hailing from 35 countries, including Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Philippines, France, India, South Korea, and many more.

All screenings and events take place at Tiff Bell Lightbox »

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The Assassin review: “A simple but fully engaging tale.”

17 January 2016 11:30 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The Assassin review: Sight & Sound critics’ choice of best film of 2015 makes its way to the UK. The Assassin review

There are some directors out there who don’t give a damn what you think. Their style and cinematic expertise working as merely a way for them to convey the stories they want. Such directors can usually never be pigeonholed and fly in the face of the auteur theory. They can also be very difficult to love, but hard not to respect. Anybody wanting a conflicting time at the movies may very well wish to check out the films of Hsiao Hsien Hou. From his Yasujiro Ozu inspired Cafe Lumiere, to the bizarre and magical Flight Of The Red Balloon, while never forgetting the brilliance of Flowers Of Shanghai, Hou is constantly rebranding himself, and he does it once again with The Assassin, which arrives in the UK having already »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Watch a Video on the Cinematic Influences of Pixar and an Outside-Only Edit of ‘Inside Out’

14 January 2016 12:07 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The extent to which Pixar touts a focus on originality and creativity — or “originality” and “creativity” through whatever means they measure those two qualities — makes it easy to forget their extensive history of reference points. Because you (probably, hopefully) don’t have enough time to go through every title and parse the finer points, allow a video essay from Jorge Luengo Ruiz to break down a significant number of them. In ranging from the obvious — he left this note: “I don’t have include A Bugs’s Life because it is a special case. Whole the plot is a tribute to Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai” — to the rather clever to those I might not cite as specific callbacks (Fargo? Scarface? The Apartment? The Red Balloon?), this melange creates one of the more interesting bits of Pixar-related work I’ve seen in some time.

Of interest, too, is a nifty bit »

- Nick Newman

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