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Richard Soames, a well-known and influential figure in the Australian screen industry for 30 years, has died at his home in Los Angeles, aged 78. Soames was the long-time CEO of completion guarantor Film Finances, the first company to provide completion guarantees at the introduction of the 10Ba tax incentives in 1981. The London-born Soames joined Film Finances in the early 1970s and expanded the business in the Us, Canada and Australia. "Richard was such a part of the scene down here in the 80s and 90s," said Sue Milliken, who represented Film Finances in Australia until Anni Browning took over as MD in 2010. "He visited at least three times a year, travelled all over the country to film locations and he was on the telex and later the fax and email on a daily basis no matter where he was in the world. Our working relationship was a fantastic one, based totally on trust. »
- Don Groves
Rush (“Shine,” “The King’s Speech”) will appear with Ewen Leslie (“The Railwayman,” “Dead Europe,” “Sleeping Beauty”) in the picture, to be produced by Jan Chapman (“The Piano,” “Lantana”) and Nicole O’Donohue. The story follows a man who returns home to discover a long-buried family secret, and whose attempts to put things right threaten the lives of those he left home years before. “The Daughter” will be distributed in Australia by Roadshow Films and overseas by Mongrel International.
The film is one of a dozen feature and TV drama projects to share A$12 million (Us$11.5 million) of production and completion funding »
- Patrick Frater
As we've learned from countless novels, movies, and TV shows over the years, the great spies glean information by distracting their marks with one narrative, all the while subtly weaving a separate, hidden agenda. That's a concept that works for screenwriter Andrew Bovell (“Lantana,” “Head On”) and director Anton Corbijn (“The American,” “Control”) in their big-screen adaptation of John le Carré's “A Most Wanted Man.” There are a lot of characters and events for the audience to process and digest, but all the while it's the film's theme that sneaks up and overtakes the plot, making for a powerful climax. »
- Alonso Duralde
The cinematic adaptation of Markus Zusak’s best-selling novel The Book Thief is out in UK cinemas today, check out our review here. To celebrate the transition of this moving tale from page to screen we’ve taken a look at the much celebrated career of the film’s leading man, Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush.
With a screen career spanning over thirty years, Rush has become recognised as one of the finest actors of his generation, winning a host of top awards and starring in some of the stand-out films of the last few decades. It would take a substantial amount of time to document all of his finest achievements in film, but here are a few of our favourites.
Arguably the performance that put the Australian actor on the world map, Rush was awarded the much coveted gold statue for Best Actor at the »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Intelligence is both the subject and the approach of Anton Corbijn’s “A Most Wanted Man,” a meticulously plotted, steadily absorbing Hamburg-set drama that casts a cynical yet compassionate eye on the complexities of counterterrorist work in the post-9/11 era. Adopting the same cool, methodical approach that he did in his offbeat procedural “The American,” Corbijn succeeds here in large part because his attention to nuance and detail so fully complements that of the German operatives at the story’s core. Starring the Teuton-accented trio of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams and Willem Dafoe, a risky casting decision that ultimately pays off, this decidedly low-pulse endeavor will put off viewers who like their spy thrillers with a bit more oomph, but should court plenty of intrigue among discerning arthouse-goers who see the name “John le Carre” and know what they’re in for.
The German port city of Hamburg was »
- Justin Chang
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