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If satellite dish porn were a thing, this sentimental account of Australia’s role in broadcasting the Apollo 11 moon landing would be the genre’s pièce de résistance
Making the follow-up film to one of the most beloved Australian comedies of all time, 1997’s The Castle, was never going to be easy for director Rob Sitch and his team of writers: himself, Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner and Jane Kennedy. They are the backbone of production company Working Dog, who have made several hit TV shows (including Frontline and Utopia) and a third, far less impressive feel-good film, the 2012 romcom Any Questions for Ben?
The Dish, an unashamedly sentimental account of Australia’s role in producing signals necessary to broadcast the Apollo 11 moon landing, is a very different kettle of fish to The Castle, being both a rose-tinted celebration of the past and a picture book-style history lesson.
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- Luke Buckmaster
Ports Shorts Film Festival is giving the first finalist for this year's festival free accommodation.
All you need to do is submit you entry by September 18 to be in the running for two nights accommodation in Port Douglas' Qt resort and a dinner for two at its Bazaar restaurant.
The Festival will take place on October 23-24 and more than $10,000 in cash and prizes will be on offer to entrants.
Stephen Curry (The Castle, The Cup, Underbelly, Hiding) have signed on as judges and ambassadors of the Port Shorts Film Festival and will be involved in workshops and mentoring opportunities for filmmakers.
With a $5000 cash prize for the best short film in the Open Filmmakers Awards, the Port Shorts Film Festival wants
Australia.s brightest emerging filmmakers to show audiences what they are capable of. »
- Inside Film Correspondent
There is a certain kind of film, rare in the best of times, that exudes a distinct creative concentration, a precisely measured marinade of character and story that suggests an extended gestation period of forethought and planning. Bill Pohlad’s “Love & Mercy” is such a film, and so is George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road.” Harnessing the intimate scale of the former and the root cultural vibe of the latter (minus the extreme speed and transplanted location), co-writer and director Jeremy Sims’ “Last Cab to Darwin” tells the moving tale of a dying taxi driver and his cross-country quest to receive the voluntary euthanasia process enacted for a brief period of time in a single Australian state in the mid-1990s (it is now illegal across the land). Fests will line up at the rank to hail this “Cab,” with older-skewing theatrical success a fare bet.
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- Eddie Cockrell
The festival program unveiled today includes 33 world premieres (including 22 shorts) and 135 Australian premieres (with 18 shorts) among 251 titles from 68 countries.
Among the other premieres will be Daina Reid.s The Secret River, Ruby Entertainment's. ABC-tv miniseries starring Oliver Jackson Cohen and Sarah Snook, and three Oz docs, Marc Eberle.s The Cambodian Space Project — Not Easy Rock .n. Roll, Steve Thomas. Freedom Stories and Lisa Nicol.s Wide Open Sky.
Festival director Nashen Moodley boasted. this year.s event will be far larger than 2014's when 183 films from 47 countries were screened, including 15 world premieres. The expansion is possible in part due to the addition of two new screening venues in Newtown and Liverpool.
As previously announced, Brendan Cowell »
- Don Groves
4 items from 2015
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