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‘Stoner’: Casey Affleck Set to Star in Joe Wright-Directed Adaptation of John Williams’ Novel

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Blumhouse Productions, Cohen Media Group (Cmg), and Film4 have today announced a massive team-up: a big screen adaption of John Williams’ novel “Stoner” that will pair up Oscar-winning actor Casey Affleck (in the title role) and multiple BAFTA-winning director Joe Wright, aided by a Andrew Bovell-penned screenplay. Based on Williams’ 1965 novel, the film will follow “the hardscrabble life of William Stoner, a dirt-poor farmer turned academic, who emerges as an unlikely existential hero while making his way through the first half of the 20th century.”

While Williams first published the book in the mid-sixties, but reissues by both Vintage and New York Review Books Classics in the early aughts helped propel it to the admiration that previously eluded it (the book sold just 2,000 copies in its first run, and went out of print a year later). Blumhouse optioned the book in 2011.

Read More:What Barry Jenkins, Casey Affleck, Viola Davis
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Casey Affleck, Joe Wright, Blumhouse Teaming to Adapt 'Stoner' Novel

Casey Affleck, Joe Wright, Blumhouse Teaming to Adapt 'Stoner' Novel
Casey Affleck and Joe Wright are teaming up to adapt Stoner, the acclaimed 1965 novel by John Williams.

Blumhouse Productions, Cohen Media Group (CMG) and Film4 , who made the announcement, are behind the feature project.

Andrew Bovell, a playwright-turned-screenwriter who previously wrote Lantana and the Mel Gibson thriller Edge of Darkness, is penning the script that adapts the story that tells the “hardscrabble life of William Stoner, a dirt-poor farmer turned academic, who emerges as an unlikely existential hero while making his way through the first half of the 20th Century,” according to the companies.

The novel was...
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Sydney Film Festival closes with honours for Leah Purcell, 'The Pink House'

Leah Purcell accepting the Sydney Unesco City of Film Award..

Sydney Film Festival closed last night, with Ildikó Enyedi.s On Body and Soul awarded the $60,000 Sydney Film Prize..

The film from the Hungarian director has previously also won the Berlinale Golden Bear, and follows an unconventional romance between two co-workers who discover that each night they have exactly the same dreams.

Accepting the award Enyedi said: .It was such an amazingly strong competition. It.s marvellous that.such a film can move so many people, it gives me so much hope in cinema and in human communication.

Sydney filmmakers Sascha Ettinger Epstein and Claire Haywood were awarded the $10,000 Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Australian Documentary for The Pink House, about the last brothel in Kalgoorlie.

In a joint statement, the jury, which was made up of Ramona S. Diaz, CEO Documentary Australia Foundation Dr Mitzi Goldman and Amin Palangi said:.

"Amongst ten noteworthy films,
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Wamg Giveaway – Win Walter Hill’s The Assignment on Blu-ray

The Assignment is now available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD from Lionsgate

Now you can own The Assignment Blu-ray. We Are Movie Geeks has Four copies to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment answering this question: What is your favorite movie directed by Walter Hill (mine is Hard Times!). It’s so easy!

Good Luck!

Official Rules:

1. You Must Be A Us Resident. Prize Will Only Be Shipped To Us Addresses. No P.O. Boxes. No Duplicate Addresses.

2. Winners Will Be Chosen From All Qualifying Entries.

The Assignment, the jaw-dropping audacious revenge thriller from legendary director Walter Hill (The Warriors, 48 Hrs.), starring Michelle Rodriguez and Golden Globe winner Sigourney Weaver (Best Actress, Motion Picture – Drama, Gorillas in the Mist: The Adventure of Dian Fossey; 1989; Best Supporting Actress, Motion Picture, Working Girl, 1989,) heads home to Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (plus DVD and
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Partho Sen-Gupta's 'Slam' to be French-Australian co-pro

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Partho Sen-Gupta..

Screen Australia, Screenwest and France.s Cnc Cinémas du Monde have all backed Slam, the latest film from writer-director Partho Sen-Gupta (Sunrise, Let The Wind Blow)..

To be shot in Western Sydney later this year, Slam follows the disappearance of a young Muslim woman in a climate of mistrust and xenophobia.

Cast will include Adam Bakri (Omar), Rachael Blake (Sleeping Beauty, Lantana) and Abbey Aziz (Let it Be Love). Post-production will be completed in Western Australia and France.

"I wrote Slam with urgency and anger in reaction to the world around me nose-diving into hatred and fratricide,. said Sen-Gupta..

.But I am very pleased that what has resulted is a poetic appeal to reason, a socially motivated thriller that transcends language and nationality. I am very excited to work with such a talented international cast and crew who were touched by the human story and will collaborate with
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Walter Hill’s The Assignment on Blu-ray and DVD June 6th

The Assignment will be available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD on June 6th from Lionsgate

The Assignment, the jaw-dropping audacious revenge thriller from legendary director Walter Hill (The Warriors, 48 Hrs.), starring Michelle Rodriguez and Golden Globe winner Sigourney Weaver (Best Actress, Motion Picture – Drama, Gorillas in the Mist: The Adventure of Dian Fossey; 1989; Best Supporting Actress, Motion Picture, Working Girl, 1989,) heads home to Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD and Digital HD on June 6 from Lionsgate. The film is available On Demand now. Rodriguez stars as a lowlife killer put through a full male-to-female gender reassignment surgery by a score-settling surgeon played by Weaver. Also starring Emmy® and Golden Globe® winners Tony Shalhoub (Golden Globe®: Best Actor, Television Series – Comedy, “Monk”, 2003) and Anthony Lapaglia (Golden Globe®: Best Actor, Television Series – Drama, “Without a Trace,” 2004), The Assignment Blu-ray Combo Pack and
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Anthony Lapaglia, Melanie Lynskey join Sbs crime thriller 'Sunshine'

Anthony Lapaglia in 'A Month of Sundays'.

Anthony Lapaglia (Lantana) and Melanie Lynskey (Heavenly Creatures) are set to star in Sbs crime thriller Sunshine.

They.ll be joined by local actors Kim Gyngell, Tiarnie Coupland, Vince Colosimo, Leah Vandenberg, Paul Ireland and Trudy Hellier.

The four-part drama is set in the outer-west suburb of Sunshine and its surrounds, and is a co-production between Essential Media and Carver Films..

The show follows Jacob, a young South Sudanese-Australian basketball player who is on the cusp of being picked up by U.S. scouts for the U.S. College league. .

Lapaglia plays Eddie, an ex-player now operating a small sports store in Sunshine who agrees to coach Jacob.s underperforming team, The Sunshine Kings..

In the midst of doing everything he can to make the draft, Jacob finds himself answering to Sunshine-raised lawyer Zara Skelton (Lynskey) when he is caught up in a
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'Hacksaw Ridge' nabs two gongs at surreal 2017 Oscars

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Luke Bracey and Mel Gibson on the Bringelly set of 'Hacksaw Ridge'. (Photo credit: Mark Rogers)

This year's Oscars ceremony went off alright, but not without a hitch (or two).

During the In Memoriam section, a photo of Australian producer Jan Chapman (Love Serenade, Lantana, The Babadook) was shown next to the name of late costume designer Janet Patterson, with whom Chapman worked on several Jane Campion films including The Piano, Bright Star and Holy Smoke..

Patterson died in October last year. Her final film was Thomas Vinterberg's adaptation of Far From the Madding Crowd, starring Carey Mulligan and Matthias Schoenaerts..

.I was devastated by the use of my image in place of my great friend and long-time collaborator Janet Patterson," the still-very-much-breathing Chapman told Variety..

"I had urged her agency to check any photograph which might be used and understand that they were told that the Academy had it covered.
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Oscars: Australian Producer Jan Chapman Devastated by Mistaken In-Memoriam Photo

Oscars: Australian Producer Jan Chapman Devastated by Mistaken In-Memoriam Photo
Leading Australian producer, Jan Chapman was “devastated” by another mistake in the Oscars telecast.

In addition to the best picture gaffe, during the show’s In Memoriam segment, a photo of a living woman was mistakenly used.

Janet Patterson, an Australian costume designer and four-time Oscar nominee (“The Piano,” “Portrait of a Lady,” “Oscar and Lucinda” and “Bright Star”) passed away in October 2016.

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Oscars 2017: ‘Hidden Fences’ Flub Strikes Again

Her name and occupation were correct in the montage, but the photo used was of Jan Chapman, a still-living Australian film producer. Check out the erroneous image above.

“I was devastated by the use of my image in place of my great friend and long-time collaborator Janet Patterson. I had urged her agency to check any photograph which might be used and understand that they were told that the Academy had it covered. Janet was a great beauty and
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Shooting underway in Perth on sci-fi Love You Twice

Principal photography has begun in Perth on John V. Soto.s (The Reckoning, Needle) latest sci-fi drama Love You Twice.

Jacqueline McKenzie (The Water Diviner, Deep Blue Sea, The 4400) stars as the lead, alongside Myles Pollard (Drift, The Turning), Hayley McElhinney (The Babadook), Shannon Berry (Hunters) and Ryan Panizza. Ben Mortley (Lantana) is a new addition to the cast and will play the role of .Regg., a scientist.

Soto is directing and co-wrote Love You Twice with author Michael White (Equinox, The Medici Secret). It follows a particle physicist (McKenzie) grieving over the loss of her husband who uses a revolutionary invention to bring him back, with dire consequences for their family.

Love You Twice is a Filmscope Entertainment and Convergence Productions film. Soto is producing with Deidre Kitcher, while executive producers are Malcolm and Kate Rudd, Coppelia Tingley, Pauline Chan and Gia Zhang RenJie.

The film has a
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Netflix to co-produce second season of Glitch with the ABC, Matchbox

Glitch.

The second season of.Glitch will be co-produced by the ABC, Matchbox and Netflix.—.making it the closest thing to a Netflix Original produced locally..

The first season of the zombie drama streams on Netflix Oz and debuted on Netflix U.S. last week (October 15).

According to Chris Oliver-Taylor, MD of Matchbox Pictures and the show's Ep, "Glitch was something that Netflix were interested in very early as a result of the quality of series one."

"Matchbox always tries to produce programs that work for an international audience. The international deal was reasonably simple to construct; the more complicated piece of the puzzle was working with Netflix, NBCUniversal and the ABC to work out the local Australian arrangements, working through windowing and how to manage on-demand."

Oliver-Taylor is excited about what the deal might mean for the local sector.

"We think that by bringing on Netflix to be a
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The Dp roundtable: If chats to some of our leading female cinematographers

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Tania Lambert shoots a Toyota Tvc.

If speaks to cinematographers Anna Howard, Tania Lambert, Katie Milwright, Mandy Walker, Bonnie Elliott, Emma Paine, Velinda Wardell, Sky Davies and Ashley Barron about rising up the ranks, the gender gap and the DPs that inspire them.

No woman has ever won the Oscar for best cinematography. In fact, no woman has ever been nominated. In Australia, Abs statistics to 2011 put the percentage of female directors of photography at around 6 percent. Were you aware of the gender divide at the beginning of your career?

Lambert: I was keenly aware of the gender imbalance in the camera department when I first started as a camera assistant. It didn.t bother me a huge deal, but I felt I had to work extra hard to be respected in that role. There were only a few female camera assistants I knew of and one female Dop, Anna Howard,
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The Daughter snapped up by Kino Lorber for Us release

The Daughter.

Us distributor Kino Lorber has acquired the rights to Simon Stone's The Daughter. Per Deadline, the film, starring Geoffrey Rush, Ewan Leslie, Miranda Otto and Sam Neill, is set for a winter theatre release in the States. The Daughter,.which premiered at the Sydney Film Festival last year, is inspired by Stone.s adaptation of Henrik Ibsen.s The Wild Duck, which was first performed at Sydney's Belvoir.

The film was produced Jan Chapman (The Piano, Lantana) and Nicole O.Donohue, and financed by principal investor Screen Australia in association with Screen Nsw, Roadshow Films, Kazstar and The Gingerbread Man.

Mongrel International brokered the deal.
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A different dynamic: indie feature Zelos boasts female-dominated crew

Indie feature Zelos is somewhat of anomaly in Australian cinema — it.s a film helmed predominantly by women, including a female director, co-producers, writer, cinematographer and editor. .

The film is the feature debut of director Jo-Anne Brechin, who first met writer Claire Harris when studying screenwriting at Aftrs in 2013.

.I remember hearing her pitch [Zelos] in class and just being like, .let.s do that together,.. Brechin told If.

They formed a pact to make the film when Harris finished the screenplay; a vision that has now come to fruition, with Zelos.currently in post.

A coming of age story, Zelos follows 30-something Bernard (Ben Mortley, Lantana, McLeod.s Daughters) who feels he has his life set up. He.s got a successful career, beachside apartment and a girlfriend, Sarah, who he adores.

However, his life is turned upside down when Sarah (Shannon Ashlyn, Wolf Creek 2, Love Child) confesses to having an affair overseas.
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The Daughter review – small-town Australia haunted by the past

A family’s long-buried secret is unearthed in an Ibsen adaptation marked by fine performances

Very loosely based on Henrik Ibsen’s play The Wild Duck, this solid drama is transposed to contemporary Australia and a community blighted by a dying logging industry. Christian (Paul Schneider) returns home to attend the marriage of his father (Geoffrey Rush), but in doing so unearths a long-buried secret that has ramifications for the family of his best friend, Oliver (Ewen Leslie). The sense of communities rent apart by spectres from the past is reminiscent of the work of Ray Lawrence, the director of Lantana and Jindabyne. And it’s perhaps no coincidence that director Simon Stone appeared as an actor in the latter. Other influences include Terrence Malick, particularly in the use of sound and the way fragments of dialogue bleed across scenes. The melodrama of the third act is mitigated by the quality of the performances.
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Guilty, Remembering Agatha and Bunghole secure Hive funding

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Director, Robert Connolly, will executive produce, Hive Fund winner, Guilty.

Guilty, Remembering Agatha and Bunghole have won funding in the third and final round of the Adelaide Film Festival Hive Fund initiative.

Australian artists Matthew Sleeth, Emma Magenta and Bruce Gladwin are set to collaborate with screen creatives Maggie Miles, Robert Connolly, Andrew Bovell, Julie Eckersley and Ester Harding on three new projects as part of the initiative.

Hive is an Adelaide Film Festival initiative in collaboration with the Australia Council for the Arts, Screen Australia and ABC Arts.

It is a disruptive initiative designed to bring together Australian artists and filmmakers to cross-pollinate their creative ideas, develop screen-based projects and support bright talent to take the next step.

The three newly commissioned projects will have their world premieres at the next edition of the biennial Adelaide Film Festival in 2017 and will all air on ABC TV.

The first project,
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Guilty, Remembering Agatha and Bunghole secure funding

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Director, Robert Connolly, will executive produce, Hive Fund winner, Guilty.

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Guilty, Remembering Agatha and Bunghole have won funding in the third and final round of the Adelaide Film Festival Hive Fund initiative.

Australian artists Matthew Sleeth, Emma Magenta and Bruce Gladwin are set to collaborate with screen creatives Maggie Miles, Robert Connolly, Andrew Bovell, Julie Eckersley and Ester Harding on three new projects as part of the initiative.

Hive is an Adelaide Film Festival initiative in collaboration with the Australia Council for the Arts, Screen Australia and ABC Arts.

It is a disruptive initiative designed to bring together Australian artists and filmmakers to cross-pollinate their creative ideas, develop screen-based projects and support bright talent to take the next step.

The three newly commissioned projects will have their world premieres at the next edition of the biennial Adelaide Film Festival in 2017 and will all air on ABC TV.

The first project,
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Pawno opens to healthy box office and positive reviews

Watch the stars of Pawno celebrate the opening night at The Sun Theatre.

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Australian feature Pawno has opened to postive reviews and a healthy box office.

The film, directed/produced by Paul Ireland and written/produced by Damian Hill, opened nationally on April 21 and achieved $3,120 per showing on 19 screens over the Anzac Day long weekend.

The character driven ensemble, set in the diverse and mulicultural Melbourne suburbe of Footscray, recorded particularly strong results at The Sun in Yarraville, Melbourne, where the film opened to a gala premiere.

Ireland, Hill, and key cast members including Kerry Armstrong (Lantana), Tony Rickards (Holding The Man) and Mark Coles Smith (Last Cab to Darwin), walked the red carpet before guests packed out four sold-out sessions..

Australian actors Rachel Griffiths (Six Feet Under), Damian Walshe Howling, film industry figure Steve Vizard, and Victorian Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley were among the audience attending.

Hill
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Pomeranz and Stratton reunite for Pawno screening at Chauvel

David Stratton and Margaret Pomeranz will reunite to host a special screening of independent Australian feature Pawno.

The screening, .at Sydney.s Chauvel Cinema on April 12, will see Pomeranz and Stratton join in a Q&A with the key talent of the new Australian comic drama film from first time director Paul Ireland, which Pomeranz describes as .a bolt from the blue..

.I love this film, loved it, loved it,. she said.

Pawno is produced by Paul Ireland and Damian Hills. Toothless Pictures and distributed by Mind Blowing World. It opens across 20 screens nationally on April 21..

Joining Margaret and David onstage will be director Paul Ireland, Pawno screenwriter and actor Damian Hill, beloved Australian veteran actors John Brumpton and Kerry Armstrong, and other key cast members..

The character-driven ensemble film takes place in a dusty old pawnbroker.s, where world-weary owner Les Underwood (John Brumpton) watches as the lives of
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Paul Ireland's debut feature Pawno to open April 21

Pawno, the debut film of director Paul Ireland which premiered at last year's Miff, will open in cinemas nationally on April 21..

Set in Footscray, Melbourne, the film's cast includes Pawno screenwriter Damian Hill, John Brumpton (Romper Stomper), Kerry Armstrong (Lantana), Tony Rickards (Holding The Man), Maeve Dermody (Griff the Invisible) and Mark Coles Smith (Last Cab to Darwin).

Brumpton plays Les Underwood, the proprietor of an old pawnbroker's shop..

Produced by Paul Ireland and Damian Hills. production company Toothless Pictures, the privately financed feature was shot in Barkly Street, Footscray..

The soundtrack features Tom Waits, Vance Joy, hip-hop group Astronomy Class and Chris Saray..

After premiering it Miff, Pawno premiered internationally at the Black Nights Festival in Tallinn, Estonia.

It has also screened at the Singapore Film Festival and Cinefest Oz in Western Australia.

Pawno is the first feature film to be distributed by the new production and distribution company Mind Blowing World,
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