4 items from 2011
New Zealand actor Kerry Fox (The Last Days of Chez Nous, Bright Star and Cloudstreet) and British producer and CEO of Warp Films, Mark Herbert (This Is England, Four Lions) have been added to Sydney Film Festival’s Official Competition jury.
In a press release issued by Sydney Film Festival, Fox said, “I am thrilled to be taking part in this year’s Sff Jury. It was at this festival that I first saw An Angel at My Table screened, and what a wonderful response we received from the festival’s film literate and loving buffs. I feel privileged to be able to offer something in return while getting the chance to see courageous films.”
Fox last year attended »
- Colin Delaney
With this poster, the Julia Leigh film Sleeping Beauty continues to look like the arthouse alternate-reality Sucker Punch. Emily Browning stars in the movie as a student who becomes a prostitute specializing in an unusual service: she 'works' while drugged into slumber, and cannot remember her clients after they take advantage of her. The poster is a little bit American Apparel, a little bit Sofia Coppola, and quite pretty, but combined with the known plot and the look on Emily Browning's face, there's an uncomfortable undercurrent there, too. The trailer  (embedded again below) is equally gorgeous and unsettling. Both are after the break. Recapping, A haunting erotic fairy tale about Lucy, a student who drifts into prostitution and finds her niche as a woman who sleeps, drugged, in a ‘Sleeping Beauty chamber’ while men do to her what she can‘t remember the next morning. The cinematography is by »
- Russ Fischer
One of the films officially announced  as part of the competition slate for this year's Cannes Film Festival is Sleeping Beauty, which tells the story of a prostitute in a very strange brothel. There is now a gorgeous, if oppressive and strange, trailer for the film that, thanks in part to the central presence of Emily Browning, makes it look a bit like Sucker Punch filtered through an extreme art-house sensibility. I'm equally beguiled and disturbed by the trailer, with its ominous tone and 'Sofia Coppola meets Stanley Kubrick' aesthetic. The script was on the 2008 Black List , and when the film was originally being developed Mia Wasikowska was going to play the central role. She fell away and Emily Browning stepped in, much as she did with Sucker Punch. Julia Leigh wrote and directed; she's a new filmmaker, but a well-established author. Here's the disturbing synopsis: A haunting erotic fairy tale about Lucy, »
- Russ Fischer
The Australian screen industry is full of talented and successful women, but this doesn’t mean gender imbalance is a thing of the past. Georgina Pearson writes.
Gender equality is an age-old debate; one that’s been analysed and pulled apart countless times before. Yet as women in the Australian screen industry continue to deliver on a global stage we must dispute its relevance – is there a significant gender imbalance within the industry, or has this argument become a moot point, questioned merely as a matter of principle?
When the list of films eligible for the Australian Film Institute Awards was announced last year, AFI CEO Damian Trewhella pointed out that eight out of the 19 titles were directed by women, arguing that “in an international industry where women are still significantly under-represented, Australia is heading in the right direction.”
And the Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association (Astra) followed closely »
- Miguel Gonzalez
4 items from 2011
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