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Geoffrey Rush to Star in Screen Australia-Backed ‘Daughter’

6 August 2014 12:32 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hong Kong — Oscar-winning actor, Geoffrey Rush will star in “The Daughter,” a drama that marks the feature film debut of noted Australian stage director Simon Stone.

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.

Stone previously directed Leslie in Aleksei Arbuzov’s stage-play “The Promise.” Stone is director in residence at Sydney’s Belvoir St. Theatre.

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

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‘A Most Wanted Man’ Review: Philip Seymour Hoffman Bends the Spy Game Rules

24 July 2014 1:57 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

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

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Geoffrey Rush: A Career Retrospective

26 February 2014 5:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

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.

Shine (1996) dir. Scott Hicks

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

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Sundance Film Review: ‘A Most Wanted Man’

19 January 2014 11:15 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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 »

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