5 items from 2013
Short Starts presents a weekly short film(s) from the start of a filmmaker or actor’s career. With the role of Tom Buchanan in Baz Luhrman’s The Great Gatsby, actor Joel Edgerton continues his rise in stardom. He even has a couple of character posters to show for his fame. Long before he was embodying a character from classic American literature, though, and long before he was hunting Osama Bin Laden in Zero Dark Thirty and fighting his brother in The Warrior and even playing Darth Vader’s stepbrother in the Star Wars prequels, he was a regular figure in the short subjects scene. We can thank part of this on his nationality, as Australia is a great country for short films (it’s home of Tropfest, after all). On top of that, he came up through the film collective known as Blue-Tongue Films, alongside his writer/director/stuntman brother Nash (who is Joel’s »
- Christopher Campbell
It was a glorious evening for The Sapphires at the 2nd Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards Ceremony last night, with the feature film bagging six Aacta awards, including Best Film and Best Director.
The awards top off what has been a sparkling year for the Sapphires team, who have already won a host of international audience choice awards and enjoyed great box office success in Australia.
Other than Best Film and Best Director (Wayne Blair), the musical drama took home the Aacta award for Best Lead Actress (Deborah Mailman), Best Lead Actor (Chris O'Dowd), Best Supporting Actress (Jessica Mauboy) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Keith Thompson, Tony Briggs), bringing their Aacta award total to eleven. (The film picked up a further five awards at the Aacta luncheon held on Monday.)
The film also bagged the news.com.au Audience Choice Award for Most Memorable Screen Moment.
- Emily Blatchford
Vietnam war period movie The Sapphires dominated the Aacta’s last night, winning best film, best director (Wayne Blair), best actress (Deborah Mailman), best actor (Chris O'Dowd) and best supporting actress (Jessica Mauboy).
The film about an aboriginal troupe of entertainers who performed for American – and not Australian – soldiers swept the awards, and also won the best screenplay (Keith Thompson and Tony Briggs).
The event staged at Sydney’s Star casino and hosted by Russell Crowe was televised on delay by the Ten Network, but failed to make a dent in OzTam ratings.
It had just 318,000 viewers. But Ten claimed to be was happy as it was a 9.3% increase on the broadcast in 2012 on rival Nine.
The complete list of winners announced at the second AACTAs.
Byron Kennedy Award
Aacta Award For Best Young Actor
Aacta Award For Best Television Drama Series
- Marcus Casey
One of my favorite films of 2012, director Kathryn Bigelow’s drama about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, Zero Dark Thirty, is finally playing in theaters nationwide. Loaded with amazing performances, an incredible script by Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker), and perfect direction, Zero Dark Thirty should definitely be seen in a theater, and it's absolutely worth the price of admission. In the film, Jessica Chastain plays a CIA operative spearheading the manhunt, and she stars alongside Kyle Chandler, Jason Clarke, Chris Pratt, Mark Strong, Scott Adkins, Joel Edgerton, and James Gandolfini. For more on the film, read Matt’s review. During the Los Angeles press day, I got to speak with Clarke. We talked about what the last few years have been like since he's landed some high profile projects, the way people are responding to the film, his reaction to seeing the film for the first time, deleted scenes, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Opening in wide release this weekend is one of the best films of 2012: director Kathryn Bigelow’s drama about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, Zero Dark Thirty. Loaded with amazing performances, an incredible script by Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker), and perfect direction, Zero Dark Thirty is sure to be nominated for a number of Oscars tomorrow morning. In the film, Jessica Chastain plays a CIA operative spearheading the manhunt, and she stars alongside Kyle Chandler, Chris Pratt, Mark Strong, Scott Adkins, Joel Edgerton, and James Gandolfini. For more on the film, read Matt's review. At the recent Los Angeles press day I got to speak with Jessica Chastain. We talked about how she got involved in the project, her reaction to seeing the film, deleted scenes, the way things changed on set, and more. Hit the jump for what she had to say. Jessica Chastain: Talks »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
5 items from 2013
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