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The Eye of the Storm – review

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The cantankerous, complex, gay Patrick White published his lengthy The Eye of the Storm in 1973, the year he became the first (and still the only) Australian to win the Nobel prize for literature. Adapted by Judy Morris, it's the first major film based on a White novel, and clearly a labour of love for Fred Schepisi, whose first Australian movie this is since A Cry in the Dark, his underrated movie about the Lindy Chamberlain case, an event that touched on various themes of place and national identity that are to be found in White.

It's the story of a rich, egocentric old matriarch, Elizabeth Hunter (Charlotte Rampling) and her two expatriate children, Sir Basil (Geoffrey Rush), an actor living in London, and daughter Dorothy (Judy Davis), a divorced French princess living in Paris, who returns to inherit her wealth. Both are in
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Juliette Binoche & Clive Owen In Talks To Star In Fred Schepisi's School-Set Drama 'Words And Pictures'

In the 1980s and 1990s, Australian director Fred Schepisi was something of a big deal. The 73-year-old filmmaker got his start back in Oz with 1976's "The Devil's Playground," made his U.S. debut with the underrated Western "Barbarosa," and went on to make acclaimed, successful pictures like "Roxanne," "A Cry In The Dark," "The Russia House" and "Six Degrees Of Separation," as well as a few that didn't quite connect in the same way, like "I.Q." and "A Fish Called Wanda" semi-sequel "Fierce Creatures." The filmmaker's been relatively quiet in the last ten years, with 2003's Michael/Kirk/Cameron Douglas disaster "It Runs In The Family" and 2005's acclaimed HBO drama "Empire Falls," which featured Paul Newman's final live-action performance, as his only output.

But with his latest film "The Eye Of The Storm," a return to Australia that stars Geoffrey Rush, Judy Davis and Sam Neill, given
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2011 Miff Preview . Part One

2011 Miff Preview . Part One
Each year, The Melbourne International Film Festival (Miff) features a roster of highly contentious films from acclaimed/controversial filmmakers.   This year is no exception, with films by the likes of Lars Von Trier (Melancholia), Werner Herzog (The Cave of Forgotten Dreams), Fred Schepisi (The Eye of the Storm), Peter Mullan (Neds), Errol Morris (Tabloid) and Ken Loach (Route Irish) all making an appearance. (Loach is a particularly interesting presence, given that he submitted - then withdrew - Looking for Eric in 2009 because of the festival's links with Israel).   The festival will begin on the 21st of July, but - until then - Filmink will present a series of previews, beginning with new films by James Marsh (Man on Wire) and Schepisi (The Devil's Playground).
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'StarCraft 2' Adds Its First Official Custom Map With 'Burning Tide'

If "The Devil's Playground" really did it for you during your romp through campaign mode in "StarCraft 2," Blizzard's first official custom map for the game should be a good fit for your 3v3 matches. The "Burning Tide" map requires you to race against an opposing team to gather mineral resources in much the same way you did as a single player, and it's now selectable through the game client.

Blizzard announced the map's arrival via the "StarCraft 2" blog on, citing "greed" as your fundamental motivation for completing the challenge. "Players hoping to achieve victory on this map will need to work together, carefully managing their team's unit production and safeguarding their vulnerable workers as they defend against enemy forces," the post explained.

From the looks of it, air units are going to be your best friends here, but the timed lava flows will really put the pressure on
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