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The Daughter snapped up by Kino Lorber for Us release

21 July 2016 9:59 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

The Daughter.

Us distributor Kino Lorber has acquired the rights to Simon Stone's The Daughter. Per Deadline, the film, starring Geoffrey Rush, Ewan Leslie, Miranda Otto and Sam Neill, is set for a winter theatre release in the States. The Daughter,.which premiered at the Sydney Film Festival last year, is inspired by Stone.s adaptation of Henrik Ibsen.s The Wild Duck, which was first performed at Sydney's Belvoir.

The film was produced Jan Chapman (The Piano, Lantana) and Nicole O.Donohue, and financed by principal investor Screen Australia in association with Screen Nsw, Roadshow Films, Kazstar and The Gingerbread Man.

Mongrel International brokered the deal. »

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Geoffrey Rush’s ‘The Daughter’ Eyes Winter U.S. Release

20 July 2016 9:16 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Kino Lorber has secured U.S. distribution rights for Simon Stone’s Australian drama “The Daughter,” which stars Geoffrey Rush, Ewen Leslie, Paul Schneider, Miranda Otto and Anna Torv.

The movie was produced by Jan Chapman (“The Piano”) and Nicole O’Donohue (“The Last Impresario”) and financed by principal investor Screen Australia, in association with Screen Nsw, Roadshow Films, Kazstar and The Gingerbread Man.

Kino Lorber is planning a national theatrical release this winter.

The Daughter” follows Paul Schneider’s character who returns to his family home to see his estranged father (Rush) marry a much younger woman (Torv). He reconnects with his childhood friend who has stayed in town working at his father’s  timber mill and is now out of a job, discovers a family secret and tries to right the wrongs of the past.

The film — inspired by Henrik Ibsen’s “The Wild Duck” — debuted in competition »

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The Daughter review – small-town Australia haunted by the past

28 May 2016 11:59 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A family’s long-buried secret is unearthed in an Ibsen adaptation marked by fine performances

Very loosely based on Henrik Ibsen’s play The Wild Duck, this solid drama is transposed to contemporary Australia and a community blighted by a dying logging industry. Christian (Paul Schneider) returns home to attend the marriage of his father (Geoffrey Rush), but in doing so unearths a long-buried secret that has ramifications for the family of his best friend, Oliver (Ewen Leslie). The sense of communities rent apart by spectres from the past is reminiscent of the work of Ray Lawrence, the director of Lantana and Jindabyne. And it’s perhaps no coincidence that director Simon Stone appeared as an actor in the latter. Other influences include Terrence Malick, particularly in the use of sound and the way fragments of dialogue bleed across scenes. The melodrama of the third act is mitigated by the quality of the performances. »

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Film Review: The Daughter

26 May 2016 10:34 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★☆ A group of old friends sit around a campfire. The mood is one of jovial recollection and reconnection, but as feather-light embers flit away into the night sky secrets lurk in the darkness that envelops them. A meandering tale into the unknown, of long-buried truths, parenthood and troubled filial relationships, The Daughter is a haunting and confidently-composed feature debut by Australian filmmaker and theatre man Simon Stone. The young director, who here further moulds his own stage adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's The Wild Duck into a fearsome family drama, makes the transition to big screen seamlessly.


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Movie Review – The Daughter (2015)

25 May 2016 1:20 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Daughter 2015

Directed by Simon Stone

Starring Geoffrey Rush, Sam Neill, Odessa Young, Ewen Leslie, Paul Schneider, Miranda Otto


Christian (Paul Schneider) arrives home after a long absence for his father Henry’s (Geoffrey Rush) wedding.  Theirs is a difficult relationship, but he’s made to feel more at home by bumping into his one-time best friend, Oliver (Ewen Leslie).  It’s not long before Christian’s personal problems start to surface and he delivers a hammer blow to both families that has repercussions for everybody.

After directing a segment in last year’s Australian portmanteau The Turning, Simon Stone has graduated to his first full length feature with The Daughter.  Yet he appears to be playing it safe by taking the inspiration for the script, which he also wrote, from Henrik Ibsen’s The Wild Duck, a play that he’s already directed on the stage.

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The Daughter review: “The performances are flawless.”

15 May 2016 9:33 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The Daughter review: An impressive ensemble gives their all in this Australian drama. The Daughter review

Actor Simon Stone arrives as director on his first feature length production, The Daughter. Starring Geoffrey Rush and Sam Neill it’s a film that couldn’t be more Australian if it tried (although Neill is from New Zealand his participation in Australian productions is certainly proflific). Based on a Norwegian play, The Wild Duck, from 1884, the film finds its footing in a modern setting, but stumbles around with the increasing melodrama that overbears the final act.

Odessa Young, in her feature film debut, plays Hedvig. A young girl in a changing environment. Town patriarch Henry (Rush) has recently announced he will have to close his factory, essentially dooming the small town that relies on it for employment. This is all during the run-up to Henry’s wedding, as he sets to tie the knot with his ex-housekeeper. »

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Gasparilla International Film Festival Unveils 10th Year Anniversary Lineup

23 March 2016 4:30 PM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

Suncoast Credit Union Gasparilla International Film Festival (Giff) has announced the official program for its 10th year anniversary in Tampa, Florida. The 10th annual festival will be held March 30-April 3 at the Tampa Theater and Ybor City’s Carmike Cinemas. With 115 films, the festival will host international and regional premieres of narrative features, documentaries and short films around the world, special tributes, master classes, panel discussions and much more.

This year’s special tribute will celebrate the many accomplishments of Oscar, Grammy, Emmy, Golden Globe and Tony winner Rita Moreno. Giff will honor Moreno with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Also, her film, "Remember Me" will screen at the festival.

A jury of industry professionals and acclaimed filmmakers will be presenting awards to competition films in the following categories: Narrative Feature, Documentary, Spotlight and Shorts.

Highlights include:

Opening Night Film (Narrative)

"Eye in the Sky" (UK): Academy Award winner Helen Mirren stars alongside Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman and Iain Glen in this timely thriller about a terrorist-targeting drone mission that becomes a flashpoint when a civilian girl enters the kill zone. Directed by Gavin Hood.

Closing Night Film (Narrative)

"Everybody Wants Some" (USA): A group of college baseball players navigate their way through the freedoms and responsibilities of unsupervised adulthood. Starring Zoey Deutch, Tyler Hoechlin, Ryan Guzman, Blake Jenner. Directed by Richard Linklater

Narrative Features:

"Precious Cargo" (World Premiere) : After a botched heist, Eddie, a murderous crime boss, hunts down the seductive thief Karen who failed him. In order to win back Eddie’s trust, Karen recruits her ex-lover and premier thief Jack. Starring Bruce Willis, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Claire Forlani. Directed by Max Adams.  "Embrace Of The Serpent" (Colombia. Florida Premiere): Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. The story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over the course of 40 years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant. Starring: Jan Bijvoet, Antonio Bolivar. Directed by Ciro Guerra "Ma Ma" (Spain. Florida Premiere): A woman recently diagnosed with cancer forms an unexpected bond with a soccer scout (Luis Tosar) whose wife has been gravely injured in a car accident. Starring: Academy Award winner Penélope Cruz. Directed by Julio Medem "Love and Friendship" (France/Netherlands. Florida Premiere): In the 18th century, the seductive and manipulative Lady Susan uses devious tactics to win the heart of the eligible Reginald De Courcy. Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Chloe Sevigny. Directed by Whit Stillman. "The Daughter" (Australia. Florida Premiere): A young man returns to his dying hometown and discovers a dark family secret that could tear apart the lives of those he left behind, in this contemporary adaptation of Ibsen’s The Wild Duck. Starring: Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush, Ewen Leslie, Paul Schneider, Miranda Otto, Anna Torv, with Odessa Young and Sam Neill. Directed by Simon Stone.  "The Debt" (USA. Florida Premiere): A hedge-fund honcho puts through the deal of a lifetime: the redemption of a billion-dollar debt owed by the Peruvian government to its citizens. The quick buck soon turns into a nightmare. Starring: Stephen Dorff, Alberto Ammann, Carlos Bardem, and David Strathairn. Directed by Barney Elliott"The Adderall Diaries" (USA. Florida Premiere): Based on the bestselling memoir by Stephen Elliott, The Adderall Diaries is the story of an author paralyzed by writer's block and an escalating drug dependency who is sucked down the rabbit hole of a high-profile murder case. Starring:James Franco, Ed Harris and Amber Heard. Written and directed by Pamela Romanowsky"One More Time" (USA. Florida Premiere): After one too many big city problems, Jude heads to the Hamptons home of her father, an over-the-hill crooner desperately charting his musical comeback. Starring: Amber Heard, Kelli Garner and Christopher Walken. Directed by Robert Edwards. "Little Men" (USA. Florida Premiere): Jake is a quiet, sensitive middle schooler when he meets the affably brash Tony at his grandfather's funeral. The budding friendship is put at risk, however, when a rent dispute between Jake's father, Brian and Tony's mother, Leonor, threatens to become contentious. Starring: Greg Kinnear, Theo Taplitz, Michael Barbieri and Alfred Molina. Directed by Ira Sachs "A Beautiful Now" (USA. Florida Premiere): As a beautiful dancer balances between reality and fantasy, she asks her friends to help her figure out the passions and relationships that have shaped her identity. Starring: Abigail Spencer, Cheyenne Jackson, Collette Wolfe. Directed by: Daniela Amavia "Puerto Ricans in Paris" (USA. Florida Premiere): Two Puerto Rican NYPD detectives head to Paris to track down a stolen handbag. Starring: Luiz Guzman, Rosie Perez, Rosario Dawson. Directed by Ian Edelman "The Black Coat’s Daughter" (USA. Florida Premiere): Beautiful and haunted Joan makes a pilgrimage across a frozen landscape toward a prestigious all girls prep school where Rose and Kat find themselves stranded after their parents mysteriously fail to retrieve them for winter break. Starring: Emma Roberts, Kiernan Shipka, James Remar, Lauren Holly. Directed by Osgood Perkins "The Truth About Lies" (USA. Florida Premiere): A desperate, unemployed man (Fran Kranz) who lives with his mother weaves an ever-growing web of lies to impress a beautiful woman. Starring: Fran Kranz, Odette Annable. Directed by Phil Allocco. Documentaries

"Hair I Go Again" (World Premiere): Facing a mid-life crossroads, two longtime friends risk everything as they set out to fulfill their dreams of achieving rock & roll stardom. Directed by: Steve McClure.  "Hano! A Century in the Bleachers" (Florida Premiere): Meet Arnold Hano, 93, legendary sportswriter and social activist. Baseball fan, war veteran and storyteller emeritus: few have lived and chronicled the American experience as extensively. Directed by: Jon Leonoudakis.  "Smart"  (Florida Premiere): Groundbreaking feature-length documentary about a group of highly trained, adrenaline-fueled professionals who risk life and limb to rescue animals. They're Los Angeles' Specialized Mobile Animal Rescue Team! Directed by Justin Zimmerman "No Greater Love" (Florida Premiere): U.S. Army Chaplain Justin Roberts goes on missions with the legendary No Slack battalion in Afghanistan in 2010/2011 armed with only a camera. Directed by Justin Roberts

Cuban Sidebar: Films focusing on Cuba 

"Craving Cuba" (World Premiere): A Cuban-American woman seeks to understand her true identity. Directed by: Zuzy Martin Lynch  "The Forbidden Shore" (World Premiere)- The amazing diversity of contemporary Cuban music is gorgeously explored in Ron Chapman’s third documentary feature. Chapman captures the full gamut of what’s happening now in Cuba, both the most exciting artists and the distinct musical scenes they move In. Directed by Ron Chapman. "Havana Motor Club" (Florida Premiere): Reforms have offered opportunity in Cuba but the children of the Revolution are unsure of the best route forward. For a half-dozen drag racers, this means last-minute changes to their beloved American muscle cars, as they prepare for the first sanctioned race in Cuba since 1960. Directed by Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt

Florida Focus : World premiere of independent films made in Florida

"Waiting on Mary" : A struggling actor, traumatized by a brutal divorce, assumes the personality of a colonial character he played at a failed amusement park as a way of retreating from his pain. Directed by: Corey Horton  "Bear With Us" : A modern farce about a guy who attempts to propose to his girlfriend in the most romantic way possible, but his plan falls apart when a ravenous bear stumbles on their charming cabin in the woods. Directed by: William Stribling.  "Dooder And the Lighthouse" : Dooder Parker is eighty-six and full of life. When the historic lighthouse in his hometown becomes doomed to fall into the Gulf, his recounting of local history evolves into a reflection on his love for his wife. Stories intertwine to paint a portrait of a vanishing way of life. Directed by: Clayton Long & Lisa Long  In addition to feature length films, Giff will present over 70 short films. Short film blocks include:

“Lol”: Comedic short films · “Films on a Mission”: Short films focusing on a specific cause

· “Thrill Ride”: Thriller, action, and horror short films.

· “Love is In the Air”: Romantic short films

· “ Motion Tunes”: Short films related to music

· “Save the Drama”: Drama short films

· “Films 101”: College made short films

· “High School Film Showcase”: Giff’s high school filmmaking competition sponsored by Suncoast Credit Union

Additionally, Gasparilla will feature in-depth, informative Industry Panels, including, Meet The Press, Casting Directors, “The Performance” Actor’s panel, Special Effects, Do’s, Don’ts for a Film Festival Run and “The Pitch.” Additionally, Giff is proud to welcome Academy Award nominated animator Bill Plympton (1987’s Your Face).

For more information on all the films to be screened and industry events, please go to: »

- Carlos Aguilar

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Simon Stone, Ewen Leslie and Odessa Young talk The Daughter at screenings

26 January 2016 8:47 PM, PST | | See recent news »

The Daughter.


The Daughter director Simon Stone and cast including Ewen Leslie and Odessa Young are set take part in Q and A sessions following preview screenings of the film in Sydney at Melbourne.

Palace Cinemas will host Stone (The Turning) and actors Young (Looking for Grace) and Leslie (Dead Europe) for two sessions..

Moderated by film critic David Stratton, they will follow preview screenings of the film at Palace Verona, in Sydney.s Paddington and Palace Cinema Como, in Melbourne.s South Yarra.

The Daughter is inspired by Stone.s adaptation of Henrik Ibsen.s The Wild Duck, which was first performed at Belvoir Theatre in Sydney..

The Daughter also features performances from a stellar cast which includes Geoffrey Rush, Miranda Otto and Sam Neil. .

Produced by Jan Chapman (The Piano, Lantana) and Nicole O.Donohue and with costumes by Margot Wilson (The Dressmaker), the film is a deeply »

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