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Check out this first new image of Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce in David Michod's "The Rover," the Aussie director's follow-up to 2010's critically praised "Animal Kingdom." That movie also starred Pearce and broke out actors Joel Edgerton ("The Great Gatsby"), Ben Mendelsohn ("Killing Them Softly") and Jackie Weaver ("Silver Linings Playbook"). This thriller is set in the South Australian desert, and went into production in early February, with filming set to complete in mid-March. Scoot McNairy ("Argo," "Killing Them Softly"), Susan Prior and Anthony Hayes (both "Animal Kingdom" alum), Gillian Jones ("Oscar and Ludinda") and David Field ("Chopper") co-star. Here's the official synopsis:The film is set in the Australian desert, in a dangerous and damaged near future. Eric (Pearce) has left everything, everyone and every semblance of human kindness behind him when a gang of desperate criminals steals his last possession. Eric sets off on a ruthless mission to track. »
- Beth Hanna
The first image from director David Michod’s (Animal Kingdom) second feature film, The Rover, has been released online. The futuristic western takes place in the Australian desert following a worldwide economic collapse and stars Guy Pearce as Eric, a man who has left everything, everyone and every semblance of human kindness behind him when a gang steals his last possession. Eric sets out to track them down and along the way is forced to enlist the help of a naïve, injured member of the gang named Rey (Robert Pattinson). Though the phrase “near-future, Australian-set western” automatically brings to mind George Miller’s masterful Mad Max series, Michod promises that The Rover is going to be “way more chillingly authentic and menacing” than those films. That’s some strong talk, but considering how great Animal Kingdom is, I’m inclined to take Michod’s word for it. Hit the jump »
- Adam Chitwood
This article is dedicated to Andrew Copp: filmmaker, film writer, artist and close friend who passed away on January 19, 2013. You are loved and missed, brother.
Looking at the Best Actor Academy Award nominations for the film year 2012, the one miss that clearly cries out for more attention is Liam Neeson’s powerful performance in Joe Carnahan’s excellent survival film The Grey, easily one of the best roles of Neeson’s career.
Along with negligence, other factors commonly prevent outstanding lead acting performances from getting the kind of critical attention they deserve. Sometimes it’s that the performance is in a film not considered “Oscar material” or even worthy of any substantial critical attention. »
- Terek Puckett
Australian director David Michôd, who helmed 2010's brilliant white-knuckle crime film "Animal Kingdom," has gone into production on his next film, "The Rover." It stars Guy Pearce (also in "Animal Kingdom") and Robert Pattinson. The film is a thriller set in the Australian desert. Scott McNairy ("Argo," "Killing Them Softly"), Susan Prior and Anthony Hayes (both "Animal Kingdom" alum), Gillian Jones ("Oscar and Ludinda") and David Field ("Chopper") co-star. Pattinson has said that the film is "very existential, and that it's "about how much pain can the world take and how much disgust and cruelty before love dies." Michôd wrote the script based on a story he co-conceived with Joel Edgerton ("Zero Dark Thirty," "Warrior"). Here's the official synopsis: The film is set in the Australian desert, in a dangerous and damaged near future. »
- Beth Hanna
Susan Prior ("Puberty Blues"), Gillian Jones ("Packed to the Rafters") and David Field ("Chopper") have all joined the cast of "Animal Kingdom" direct David Michod's near future dystopian thriller "The Rover".
Set in Australia twenty years from now, Guy Pearce plays a man who has left every semblance of human kindness behind him. When his final possession, his car, is stolen by a gang of dangerous American criminals, he sets out to track them down.
A seven-week shoot commenced last week in regional South Australia. »
- Garth Franklin
Check out the latest casting news for the following pictures: Eva Mendes (Sin City) joins How to Catch a Monster, the directorial debut of Ryan Gosling that stars Christina Hendricks and Ben Mendelsohn. Jane Levy (Evil Dead) will join the horror thriller In a Dark Place, directed by Bharat Nalluri (Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day). The Rover begins production and rounds out their cast with Susan Prior (Animal Kingdom), Gillian Jones (Oscar and Lucinda), Anthony Hayes (Burning Man) and David Field (Chopper). Son of a Gun also adds new cast members by way of Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina), Jacek Koman (The Great Gatsby) and Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent). Hit the jump for more on each picture and casting announcement. Bloody Disgusting reports that Mendes will join How to Catch a Monster along with Rob Zabrecky. Set against the surreal backdrop of a vanishing town, a single mother of two is »
- Dave Trumbore
The seven-week shoot began on January 29 and has already attracted the interest of local tabloid, The Advertiser, which ran on-set photos on its front page this week.
The film, written and directed by David Michôd, also stars Scoot McNairy (Argo, Killing Them Softly) who plays Pattinson's brother; Susan Prior (Animal Kingdom, Not Suitable for Children); Gillian Jones (Oscar and Lucinda, The Tree); Anthony Hayes (Burning Man, Animal Kingdom) and David Field (Chopper, Two Hands).
In a statement announcing the new cast, producers Liz Watts and David Linde said: "The South Australian desert environment can be a tough one to work in, particularly for those coming from a Northern Hemisphere winter but both the cast and crew have thrown themselves into the shoot. We are shooting in some of the most haunting and stunning landscapes in the world, »
- Brendan Swift
Acclaimed Australian producer Al Clark speaks to Mumbrella’s sister title Encore after receiving the Aacta Raymond Longford Award, acknowledging his 30-year service in the Australian film industry. His catalogue of films includes The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Chopper and 1984.
What was it like watching the tributes at the awards? Was it quite emotional?
At certain moments, unexpectedly so. The great thing about emotions is that they can’t be legislated. They can only be felt, and they arose at improbable moments, but pleasurably so.
I’m not going to take to my bed with my award. I have a film planned with a writer/director with whom I haven’t worked with before, and another with a director that I have worked with before – twice in fact. »
Don Groves is a Deadline contributor based in Sydney. The Sapphires nabbed five Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards in craft categories presented Monday in Sydney local time. The drama, which TWC opens March 22 in the U.S., was prized for cinematography, editing, production design, costume design and sound. The major awards will be handed out Wednesday night, hosted by Russell Crowe. Iron Sky took the visual effects award, Storm Surfers 3D was named best feature documentary and Then The Wind Changed, which chronicled a community’s struggle to rebuild following the 2009 Victorian bushfires, was best docu under one hour. In TV, tabloid newspaper satire Lowdown – Season 2 was declared best comedy series, Agony Aunts picked up the light entertainment series gong and The Adventures of Figaro Pho, all from the ABC, won the children’s series award. Multicultural broadcaster Sbs’s Go Back To Where You Came From was judged best documentary series. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
9 items from 2013
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