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In 2002 she starred in a classic Australian film. In a rare – and shocking – interview, the actor explains what happened next
Rabbit-Proof Fence was the film that brought one of the most shameful episodes in Australia's history to the attention of the world. "Not since the last shots of Schindler's List have I been so overcome with the realisation that real people, in recent historical times, had to undergo such inhumanity," wrote the late, revered American film writer Roger Ebert of the acclaimed picture.
At its centre was a single performance by an 11-year-old Aboriginal girl, an untrained actor from the Kimberley. Everlyn Sampi played Molly Craig, who was mercilessly stolen from her mother in 1931 and removed to a mission. Craig escaped with her sister and cousin following the fence, which bisected Australia, for 2,400km, to return home.
Critics lauded her. "Sampi rarely faces the camera; her gaze eludes us, but »
- Oliver Laughland
From sex tourism to care-home degradation, Haneke and co venture undaunted into areas that Hollywood fears to tread
If Hollywood's knights of raucous mise-en-scene – Michael Bay, Zack Snyder, Roland Emmerich, etc – are there to uphold the gleaming castle of entertainment, I like to think there's a shadowy league ranged against them, beyond the mountains of the Old World. No bodacious starlets for this cabal, no multimillion-dollar CGI sprees; no high-octane street racing, or talking mammoths, or cheap affirmative morality. Nope, for the Austrian League of Extraordinarily Pessimistic Gentlemen, it's only the good stuff: sex tourism, the disappointment of immigrants, care-home degradation, suburban paedophilia, irrational violence, industrial farming and, lest we forget, latent Nazism.
Who are its members? There's Ulrich Seidl, dissecting modern aspirations in his Paradise trilogy; Götz Spielmann, whose impassive framing of his 2008 thriller Revanche hinted there might be such a thing as an "Austrian" style; Nikolaus Geyrhalter, the »
- Phil Hoad
It wouldn't be a story about M. Night Shyamalan without a bit of mystery: After the director told Movies.com in an interview on May 29 that he helped ghost-write the 1999 teen comedy "She's All That," the film's credited writer, R. Lee Fleming, took to Twitter to refute those claims.
"Only in his mind," Fleming wrote in response to a question about whether Shyamalan actually helped write "She's All That." Fleming's tweet has since been deleted, but the screenwriter did later retweet this famous Mark Twain quote about fibbing:
Despite the protestation of Fleming, whether Shyamalan did indeed ghost-write parts of "She's All That" remains unclear. For what it's worth, however, Shyamalan's claim is hardly new news: the writer-director first discussed his work on "She's All That" back in 2002 during the press rounds for "Signs." On Twitter, screenwriter Brian Duffield noted that Shyamalan was rumored to have only tweaked one part »
- Christopher Rosen
Steven Spielberg and George Lucas bemoaning the commercialised state of modern Hollywood is a bit like Amazon complaining about the decline of old-fashioned bookshops. Last week, speaking at the University of Southern California, the two film-makers outlined a doomsday scenario of hugely inflated ticket prices, limited choice at the box office and no place for talented, visionary directors – like themselves. Spielberg only just got his Oscar-winning Lincoln into cinemas, he revealed, otherwise it would have gone straight to television. Likewise, George Lucas struggled to get his Red Tails movie seen. Were just a handful of big budget tent-pole Hollywood movies to flop, the two men warned, there could be an industry-changing "implosion – or a big meltdown".
- Steve Rose
Cj really wanted a job at Dreamworks. After applying the traditional way to no avail, he tried something different to set him apart from the rest. While video resumes are nothing new in the 21st century, is there anything new about having Stephen Spielberg in it?! Okay, not really; it's a chopped interview between the two in which he makes it seem like Spielberg's answering questions posed by the guy wanting the job. Clever move, but did it work? Cj was ultimately banned from any job ever at Dreamworks. Guess he shouldn't have used the Schindler's List interview...
- Mick Joest
The beleaguered Hollywood screenwriter has rarely reached the upper pay echelons achieved by other studio talent categories. The best-paid ranks of legendary A-list screenwriters William Goldman ("Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid"), Robert Towne ("Chinatown'), Steve Zaillian ("Schindler's List") and Aaron Sorkin ("A Social Network") still never commanded the exorbitant fees that actors and directors do. The paydays of the likes of "Pirates" scribes Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio or "X-Men" writer Simon Kinberg are also not public knowledge; studios pay many top rewriters and polishers huge weekly rates. Writer Buck Henry bought a house on his weekly salary (rumored to add up to about $3 million) for his open-ended stay through producer-star Warren Beatty's runaway "Town and Country" production. Back in the heyday of the speculative script market, the fantasy was to write a fabulously commercial original script and auction it in a bidding war for a fortune. Millionaires were made. »
- Anne Thompson
Maybe you think of "Jurassic Park" as the movie that surpassed "E.T." to become the biggest Steven Spielberg film ever, as well as one of the biggest hits of all time. Or maybe you think of it as the film that, through its landmark CGI dinosaurs, helped usher in the age of digital filmmaking. Or maybe you just think of it as the movie that scared the pants off you when you saw it in theaters two decades ago (the film marks its 20th anniversary on June 11) and every time you've watched it since on TV.
However you regard it, "Jurassic Park" has seemed a ubiquitous, inescapable fixture of pop culture for 20 years. And yet there are still things about it you may not know, such has how Spielberg chose his cast, how several teams of effects artists came together to build those pioneering dinosaurs, and whether or not it »
- Gary Susman
Summer is right around the corner and Cinemark is rolling out a month-long series of Steven Spielberg movies. The fun includes screenings of Raiders of the Lost Ark on June 9 and June 12 followed by E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial on June 16 and 19. The series wraps with Schindler's List on June 23 and 26. All the proceeds from the Schindler's List screening will be donated to the USC Shoah Foundation. Screenings are 2 p.m. for the Sunday shows and two separate screenings for Wednesday shows, 2 p.m and 7 p.m. Individual tickets for Cinemark's Classic Series are currently on sale and you can get a full list of participating theaters on the theater chain's official site. Are there any other Spielberg movies you'd like to see return to the big screen? ...
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In Reader Spotlight we get to know The Film Experience community one by one. It's taking forever for which you know I'm grateful. Today we're talking to Grace in Toronto.
Nathaniel: Hi Grace. Why do you read The Film Experience?
Grace: I originally read it for your Oscar predictions, but I got hooked on the thoughts and insights in your movie reviews - and actressexuality! It's a little Ebert-esque, but love or hate a movie, you have an undercurrent of overall admiration and appreciation for the medium that keeps me coming back.
What's your first movie memory or obsession?
Grace: E.T. I'm so blood/gore-averse that I distinctly remember hiding my face behind my hands when Elliot cut his finger on the circular saw. And wanting a flying bicycle.
- NATHANIEL R
The franchise reboot "Man of Steel" opens Friday, June 14, with Henry Cavill in the title role and Hans Zimmer supplying the music. Coming off his latest of numerous collaborations with director Steven Spielberg, on "Lincoln," five-time Oscar winner Williams admits to having a spectrum of feelings about the update.
"I haven't seen it," he tells Zap2it, "but I'm sure it will be wonderful. I don't know if they've used any of the original music or not; it's a Warner Bros. film, in which case, they certainly have the right to do so (having also made the earlier 'Superman' movies). I hope it will be successful, and I look forward to seeing it."
Which isn't to say Williams won't find watching it bittersweet: "It puts me in mind of the late Chris Reeve, »
"No, there is another." This one line spoken by Yoda during "The Empire Strikes Back" set off three years of speculation before it was revealed in "Return of the Jedi" that Leia was Luke Skywalker's twin sister and, therefore, the "other" hope to defeat the Dark Side. Yet there was no Internet to post every hare-brained theory like there is today, so where did self-respecting nerds go for their dose of rumors? There's where the great "Starlog" magazine came in.
J.W. Rinzler's wonderful "The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi" (to be released Oct. 1) recounts a disagreement between George Lucas and his collaborators over Luke Skywalker's new lightsaber -- basically, "how did he get it?" In the end, Lucas shrugged off the need an explanation, pointing out that the worst that could happen is that someone would write a letter to "Starlog."
Back in December, I went »
- Mike Ryan
Academy Award-winning producer Gerald R. Molen, who's worked on iconic films like "Rain Main," "Schindler's List" and "Jurassic Park," is demanding that the outspoken Michael Moore be removed from the documentary branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Board of Governors due to his perceived liberal bias.
Molen produced the 2012 documentary "2016: Obama's America," a movie that was largely eviscerated by critics. He blames Moore and two other documentary-branch members of the Board of Governors, Rob Epstein ("The Times of Harvey Milk," "The Celluloid Closet") and Michael Apted ("Coal Miner's Daughter," "The World Is Not Enough"), for prompting what Molen sees as the film's Oscar snub due to their political partisanship.
"Obama's America" raked in more than $33 million at the box office, a lofty sum for a nonfiction film that isn't about penguins or Justin Bieber. ("2016" is the fourth highest-grossing doc of all time after Moore's "Fahrenheit »
- Matthew Jacobs
Melbourne, May 4: Some people know straight away which movie to watch while others can't narrow it down to less than 10.
The actors and directors whom News Ltd surveyed found it just as difficult as News Ltd movie reviewer Leigh Paatsch, who had 100 choices to play with for his '100 Must See Movies' list.
'Dumb and Dumber' made the cut for being the movie that kickstarted the "gross out" genre and the Aussie films on the list included 'Gallipoli,' 'Don's. »
- Anita Agarwal
There are many things that makes this weekend's fascinating superhero sequel Iron Man 3 (clickHere to read my full review) so great. Of course, there are obvious reasons such as Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark), Gwyneth Paltrow (Pepper Potts), Don Cheadle (James Rhodes), Jon Favreau (Happy Hogan), and Paul Bettany (the voice of Jarvis) all reprising their roles from Iron Man and Iron Man 2. Then there is writer-director Shane Black's masterful work behind the camera, including one of the more inventive action sequences I have ever seen. Then there is the villain, the big baddie known as The Mandarin, played to perfection by Ben Kingsley, whose performance is just the latest in a resume chocked full of classics such as Gandhi, Schindler's List, Hugo, and dozens more in between. I recently had the honor »
The Guardian Teacher Network has resources this week to help you explore the Holocaust and the stories of its survivors
The proposed changes to the history curriculum leave the study of the Holocaust more or less intact. One approach to introducing and further exploring the subject is via individuals' stories, told through film and visual history.
The Guardian Teacher Network has thought-provoking teaching resources to share, with the focus on a set of resources centred on Steven Spielberg's award-winning film Schindler's List, created by www.schindlerslegacy.co.uk to mark the film's 20th anniversary. The film, which tells the story of a group of Jewish people saved by the actions of a German businessman, Oskar Schindler, has been much used in schools all over the world.
Spielberg used the profits of the film to set up the Shoah Foundation to collect Holocaust survivors' stories. It has so far captured »
- Emily Drabble
In the Hollywood handbook of character shorthand, a British actor is pretty high up on the list of ways to swiftly establish somebody as a bad'un. As villain clichés go, it's just above 'underground lair' and slightly below 'unexpectedly offing a loyal henchman'.
Plus, just in case you've been living under a rock or in a coma, Benedict Cumberbatch plays much-discussed villain John Harrison in next month's Star Trek Into Darkness, and he's dominated Paramount's entire marketing campaign so completely that the character already feels weirdly iconic.
So with Brit baddies more in vogue than ever, Digital Spy takes a look back over six of the best...
"You oughta be on f**king TV with that accent, »
It's rare I feel the need to post an item announcing the sale of a particular DVD and/or Blu-ray set, but Universal's 100th Anniversary Collection is a pretty swanky item and Amazon is offering both the DVD and Blu-ray editions at an incredibly marked down rate. Included are 25 films, though there is one difference between the DVD and Blu-ray editions (Click Here). Included in both sets are the 24 films listed below, but the Blu-ray set includes the Spanish version of Bela Lugosi's 1931 Dracula while the DVD set includes Schindler's List, which has since been released on Blu-ray following the initial release of this set: Despicable Me Mamma Mia! The Movie The Bourne Identity The Fast and the Furious Apollo 13 Jurassic Park Do the Right Thing Field of Dreams Out of Africa Back to the Future The Breakfast Club Scarface E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial National Lampoon's Animal House Jaws »
- Brad Brevet
That's a big reason why there are very few heroic accountants in the movies (apart from, say, Ben Kingsley in "Schindler's List"). People who aren't good with numbers, like your average taxpayer and/or gangster, don't trust people who can balance the books, especially when they're telling us we owe more than we expected on Tax Day. This natural aversion to number-crunching of any kind has led to one of Hollywood's most prevalent stereotypes: CPAs are either boring, cowardly nerds like Rick Moranis in "Ghostbusters," or dastardly backstabbers like Joe Pantoliano in "Bound." As you recover from the pain of filing your taxes yet again, here's a little list of how Hollywood hates accountants even more than you do. »
- Sharon Knolle
One of the most powerful films of the last 20 years, Schindler's List (1993) tells an extraordinary true story of courage and faith. Director Steven Spielberg personally supervised this brand new high definition restoration of the film from the 35mm original negative, so that viewers can see this powerful story as never before. To celebrate the film's 20th Anniversary Blu-ray rerelease this Monday (8 April), we have Three copies of this harrowing drama to offer our readers, courtesy of Universal Studios Home Entertainment. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
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- CineVue UK
I've mentioned before how several years ago I created a list using Roger Ebert's Great Movies, Oscar Best Picture winners, IMDb's Top 250, etc. and began going through them doing my best to see as many of the films on these lists that I had not seen as I possibly could to up my film I.Q. Well, someone has gone through the exhaustive effort to take all of the films Roger Ebert wrote about in his three "Great Movies" books, all of which are compiled on his website and added them to a Letterbxd list and I've added that list below. I'm not positive every movie on his list is here, but by my count there are 363 different titles listed (more if you count the trilogies, the Up docs and Decalogue) and of those 363, I have personally seen 229 and have added an * next to those I've seen. Clearly I have some work to do, »
- Brad Brevet
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