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One of the most exciting movements in cinema in the last decade or two or so has come from Australia. Mostly (but not exclusively) tied to the production company Blue Tongue Films (which includes luminaries like Joel Edgerton, David Michod, and Spencer Susser), but also encompassing experienced figures like Andrew Dominik, Cate Shortland, Julia Leigh, Justin Kurzel, and John Hillcoat, the films are loosely tied together by the simple mark of quality, with great movies like "Animal Kingdom," "Snowtown Murders," "The Proposition" "Somersault," and "Chopper" emerging from the land down under since the dawn of the 21st century. Could the next name to join them be Julius Avery? The director won the Jury Prize at Cannes for his short "Jerrycan," and now makes his directorial debut with crime thriller "Son Of A Gun," which has managed to attract an A-list star and two of the business' busiest, fastest-rising young »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Making the leap from writing movies to directing them is a big step, but with scripts for "Iron Man 3" and "Mission: Impossible 5" under his belt, Drew Pearce is now ready to call the shots on set. Chernin Entertainment and Fox have snagged "The Long Run," a spec script by Pearce, which he is lined up direct as well. There are no plot details available just yet, but it will be an action comedy, which sounds about right. And in case you forgot, Pearce has already dipped his toes into directing with the Marvel short "All Hail The King." [Deadline] The gifted Australian filmmaker Cate Shortland ("Somersault," "Lore") is getting a new movie together. She's going behind camera for "Berlin Syndrome." Penned by Shaun Grant, the story will follow "a photojournalist trapped in an apartment after a holiday romance." [The Sydney Morning Herald/The Australian] If going from writing to directing is hard, then »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Now that it is likely to be set up as a UK/Australian co-production, prolific UK producer Kevin Loader (In the Loop, Hyde Park on Hudson, Le Week-End) has become part of the team behind the comedy drama B Model, to be directed by actor Rachel Griffiths.
Australian producer Louise Smith was reluctant to provide details of the project precisely because it is yet to be financed. The current draft of the script is being written by Samantha Stauss, co-creator of the series Dance Academy.
B Model is included in a list of 18 features that Screen Australia has injected a total of Us$500,000 worth of development money into in the last four months.
One of the »
- Sandy.George@me.com (Sandy George)
Shanghai – Sam Worthington (“Avatar,” “Somersault”) Hugh Dancy (“Hannibal”), Charles Dance (“Game of Thrones”) and Rachel Griffiths (“Six Feet Under”) head the cast of “Deadline Gallipoli,” a high-profile Australian mini-series which began shooting today.
The series explores the origin of the Gallipoli legend, when Australian and New Zealand troops were sent into a hopeless battle in Turkey during Wwi. It is told from the point of view of war correspondents Charles Bean, Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett, Phillip Schuler and Keith Murdoch, who lived through the campaign and bore witness to the events in 1915.
“Deadline Gallipoli” will air on Foxtel’s showcase channel in 2015 to coincide with the World War I Centenary commemorations.
“This is a fresh take on the Gallipoli story, with these four journalists fighting the upper echelons »
- Patrick Frater
Any list of must-watch films is likely to be so arbitrary and subjective that it buys plenty of arguments, and so it proves with the Taste of Cinema website.s compilation on Australian cinema.
Its selection of 20 Essential Australian Films You Need To Watch overlooks many classics and more than a few stand-outs of the past 30 years.
Writer Liam Clark, a film/literature/music student in Sydney, acknowledges the first-ever feature length film was The Story Of The Kelly Gang in 1906. He then observes, .Since then, antipodean auteurs of the screen have been weaving their imagerial visions into challenging portraits of Outback Australia, racism, crime and hauntingly beautiful stories..
The list omits everything produced before 1971 and there are some questionable choices.
His Essential 20: Strictly Ballroom (1992), Sweetie (1989), Mad Max (1979), Gallipoli (1981), Muriel.s Wedding (1994), Lantana (2001), Snowtown (2011), The Dish (2000), Candy (2006), Dogs in Space (1986), Somersault (2004), Shine (1986), The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the »
- Don Groves
5 items from 2014
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