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'Leftovers' director Mimi Leder on the show's debt to the Aussie New Wave

19 April 2017 9:22 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

(l-r) Scott Glenn and Mimi Leder on location in Broken Hill.

HBO.s critically acclaimed The Leftovers returns to Foxtel this week after shooting a large chunk of its third and final season in Australia last year.

The show tracks the impact of The Sudden Departure, in which two per cent of the world.s population vanished without a trace, on those left behind.

As the show.s regular director and Ep Mimi Leder (Deep Impact) puts it: .If you.re going to do a show about the end of the world, what greater place to go to than Australia, which is practically at the end of the world to us (laughs)..

Leder and the production team, including creators Damon Lindelof (Lost) and Tom Perrotta (Little Children, Election), on whose novel the series is based, were inspired by the Australian films of the 70s.

.Season two was very much inspired by Picnic at Hanging Rock, »

- Harry Windsor

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Sean Keenan, David Wenham join 'Wake in Fright' mini as shooting begins

6 March 2017 1:50 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Sean Keenan.

Puberty Blues star Sean Keenan has nabbed the lead role in Ten's Wake in Fright two-parter, which begins shooting today..

Keenan will play John Grant, a young school teacher who descends into his own personal nightmare after being stranded in the small outback mining town of Bundanyabba.—.the role made famous by Gary Bond in Ted Kotcheff's 1971 original.

Keenan just worked with director Kriv Stenders, who's helming both episodes of the TV redo, on Foxtel telemovie Australia Day.

He's joined in the cast by David Wenham (Seachange, Lion), Caren Pistorius (Offspring), Gary Sweet (House Husbands), Alex Dimitriades (The Slap), Robyn Malcolm (Upper Middle Bogan), Lee Jones (The Bastard Executioner), Anna Samson (Winners & Losers), Hannah Frederiksen (Hunters) and Jada Alberts (Wentworth), with filming to take place in Broken Hill and Sydney.

Written by Stephen M. Irwin, the Wake In Fright mini is produced by Helen Bowden (The Slap, »

- Harry Windsor

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David and Margaret reunite to talk the best (and worst) Aussie movies of 2016

22 February 2017 8:15 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »


David Stratton and Margaret Pomeranz travelled to the Gold Coast late last year to pick up a special award from the Australian International Movie Convention, recognising their contribution to the Australian film industry..Before picking up their gongs, the pair spoke to If about life after 'At The Movies', the recent Aussie films they.ve liked (and those they haven.t) and the 'Wake in Fright' remake.


What are you doing on the Gold Coast?


D: We.re here because we.re getting an award. Which is sort of nice. I always remember at the Berlin Film Festival many years ago — maybe I should say this tonight — where they gave a lifetime achievement award to Billy Wilder. Wilder came on stage and said: .the problem is that a lifetime achievement award is like hemorrhoids — every old asshole gets one in the end..

M: I don.t »

- Harry Windsor

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‘Carnage Park’ DVD Review

25 January 2017 6:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Ashley Bell, Pat Healy, James Landry Hébert, Michael Villar, Bob Bancroft, Larry Fessenden, Graham Skipper, Darby Stanchfield, Alan Ruck | Written and Directed by Mickey Keating

Sometimes I’m sure people think I’m just being contrary in my reviews – there are films I like that Many don’t (if you remember the first Frightfest I covered in 2009 you’ll know what I’m talking about); and there are films that are critically acclaimed, be it by other movie blogs, big name film critics, whomever, that just don’t resonate with me. One such film was Mickey Keating’s previous film Pod. However, not to be put off by one bad experience, and thanks to good word of mouth I decided to give his latest film, Carnage Park, a go…

Carnage Park sees two criminals rob a bank and go on the run. However things don’t go to plan »

- Phil Wheat

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David Stratton on his "very personal" 'Stories of Australian Cinema'

17 January 2017 4:00 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

David Stratton's Stories of Australian Cinema is set to premiere on the ABC this year over three episodes. Before that broadcast (the date of which is still under wraps) a theatrical cut will be distributed by Transmission.

Produced for the ABC by Stranger than Fiction's Jo-Anne McGowan (Art+Soul) with support from Screen Australia, Screen Nsw, Adelaide Film Festival and Transmission, Stratton describes the project as "very personal".

"It.s not a history of Australian film at all. It.s called David Stratton.s Stories of Australian Cinema, and it's really just that. Without wanting to sound too pretentious about it, it.s sort of my journey coming to Australia from England, running the Sydney Film Festival for eighteen years, fighting censorship, [and] being at the Sydney Film Festival just as the Australian New Wave was happening with the Peter Weirs and the Gillian Armstrongs and the Fred Schepisis. »

- Harry Windsor

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Match the sweltering summer scene to the Australian film – quiz

10 January 2017 1:24 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Red deserts, sweaty brows, scalding sand and swimsuits. Nowhere does summer quite like Australia – and nowhere is it captured better than on film. But how well do you know your classics?

They’re A Weird Mob

Puberty Blues

Age of Consent

The Daughter

These Final Hours

On the Beach


All Men Are Liars

The Overlanders

The Sundowners

The Back of Beyond

Mutiny on the Bounty

Welcome to Woop Woop

Priscilla: Queen of the Desert

Muriel’s Wedding

Red Dog

Road Games

Fair Game

Long Weekend

Dead Calm

The Killing of Angel Street



The Year of Living Dangerously

Wake in Fright

Sunday Too Far Away

The Water Diviner

The Man From Snowy River

The Man From Snowy River

The Water Diviner


The Silver Brumby


Dead Heart

Babe: Pig in the City

Mystery Road

Bungala Boys

Bra Boys

The Coolangatta Gold

The Four Minute Mile

Crocodile Dundee »

- Luke Buckmaster

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'Killing Ground': Film Review | Sundance 2017

4 January 2017 12:28 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

There's a long tradition of the rugged splendor and unsettling isolation of rural Australia feeding an atmosphere drenched in dread in Ozploitation shockers from Wake in Fright and Long Weekend through Razorback and Wolf Creek. Damien Power taps into that domestic B-movie history, also pulling inspiration from farther afield in films such as Straw Dogs, Deliverance and Funny Games in his unflinching first feature, Killing Ground.

Basically 88 minutes' worth of good reasons not to seek tranquil solitude in Australia's beautiful nature reserves, the film is a blunt, brutally effective survival tale distinguished by the parallel suspense tracks of its »

- David Rooney

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