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Reader Spotlight: Morgan in New Zealand

We're getting to know The Film Experience community one-by-one. Today we're talking to Morgan Borthwick from New Zealand. We've never been but it's on our brains due to Jane Campion's stunning miniseries "Top of the Lake". Here's Morgan.

 

Hi, Morgan. Do you love Jane Campion? (Please note: There is only one correct answer to this question)

Morgan: Of course! She understands film is as much art as it is storytelling and I could rhapsodise all day about her many gifts.  As a director, I love what she does with her actresses, particularly Barbara Hershey who is beyond superlatives in Portrait of a Lady, Abby Cornish in Bright Star and Elizabeth Moss in Top of the Lake, making me forget Peggy of Mad Men ever existed. She should have two best director nominations by now at least, but that's a gripe for another time about the academy and their "we've nominated you once,
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Arnold's 'Road' leads to Tartan

Arnold's 'Road' leads to Tartan
Tartan USA has picked up all U.S. rights to Festival de Cannes In Competition entry Red Road, which was well-received in Cannes. The British family drama from first-time feature director Andrea Arnold, who won an Oscar for her short Wasp, is the first of three projects for Lars von Trier to be shot in Glasgow, Scotland, by different directors on a six-week schedule using the same nine cast members. Tartan USA, the two-year-old U.S. arm of Hamish McAlpine's U.K. distributor Tartan Films, had a busy festival, also picking up all rights for the Danish animated film Princess and Denis Dercourt's Un Certain Regard thriller La Tourneuse de pages. The distributor's upcoming releases include The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, Lady Vengeance, Hidden Blade and In My Father's Den. Jane Giles and Marie Therese Guirgis of Tartan USA (formerly of Wellspring) and Natja Rosner, sales executive for Trust Film Sales, negotiated the deal.

It's 'Father's' day at Dinard

It's 'Father's' day at Dinard
DINARD, France -- In My Father's Den, directed by New Zealander Brad McGann, swept the board at the Dinard Festival of British Film on Saturday, taking the Golden Hitchcock award for best film, the best cinematography prize and the audience award. The movie stars Matthew MacFadyen as a war reporter who returns to his native New Zealand after his father's death and befriends a 16-year-old girl, only to find himself the key suspect when she disappears. The film qualified for inclusion at Dinard because it has a U.K. co-producer, Dixie Linder. A new award for best screenplay among the six movies in competition went to Festival, an ensemble comedy set during the Edinburgh comedy fest written and directed by Annie Griffin. As with McGann's picture, it was her first feature film as director.

'In My Father's Den' tops New Zealand Screen Awards

WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- The first annual New Zealand Screen Awards, held Wednesday were dominated by Brad McGann's feature In My Father's Den and the television series, Insiders Guide to Happiness, which won 10 and seven awards respectively Wednesday. McGann's dark drama made an almost clean sweep of the feature film section, including best picture and the director and screenplay prizes for McGann. England's Matthew MacFadyen won as best actor and Auckland-born teenager Emily Barclay took the trophy as best actress. Happiness, produced by the Gibson Group, was judged best drama while New Zealand's first adult primetime cartoon, "bro'Town," was voted best comedy. The awards were the initiative of the Screen Directors Guild of New Zealand and are the first of two inaugural industry gong shows being held this year; in November, the alliance of free-to-air broadcasters, the Television Broadcasters Council of New Zealand, will present the 2005 New Zealand Television Awards.

Seattle laps up 'Swimmers'

Seattle laps up 'Swimmers'
Doug Sadler's Swimmers was awarded the grand jury prize for best new American film at an awards ceremony held Sunday, the closing day of the 31st annual Seattle International Film Festival. A special jury prize for best new American film also was awarded to Scott Coffey's Ellie Parker, starring Naomi Watts. In the documentary field, the grand jury prize went to Walter Stokman's Based on a True Story, a recounting of the bank robbery that inspired Dog Day Afternoon. Heather Rae's Trudell, a portrait of American Indian poet John Trudell, received a special jury prize. Russian director Ilya Khrjanovsky received the grand jury prize for best new director for his film 4. Brad McGann was awarded a special jury prize for best new director for In My Father's Den.

Casting director Rowan closes business

Casting director Rowan closes business
WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- Top New Zealand casting director Di Rowan has abruptly closed her business after more than 20 years of casting such films as The Piano, Whale Rider, In My Father's Den and Perfect Creature. "An unpaid debt makes it financially very difficult to continue," Di Rowan said in an interview. "One very bad experience has made it very difficult to run my business the way I have been and to continue doing what I love doing. I don't think it will have any effect on the industry as a whole, I certainly hope not." Rowan discoveries like Anna Paquin, who won an Oscar for The Piano, and Keisha Castle-Hughes, who was Oscar-nominated for Whale Rider, have been pivotal to the New Zealand film industry's unprecedented profile in recent years.

Auckland fest admissions up

Admissions at this year's Auckland International Film Festival totaled 100,655, organizers said Tuesday. The previous record attendance two years ago was 92,000. "Aucklanders have responded as never before to this year's program," said festival director Bill Gosden. "Our advance bookings were our best ever, and though the day sales declined slightly, the overall result is a very encouraging one." He attributed the success of the program to an unprecedented range of endorsement and media interest, generated by the early securing of Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, one of the most heavily patronized offerings, as were Touching The Void and local feature In My Father's Den.

Otto abducts mother role in Seven's 'Eyes'

Otto abducts mother role in Seven's 'Eyes'
SYDNEY -- Australian actress Miranda Otto will play the lead role of Lindy Chamberlain in a major miniseries for the Seven Network called Through My Eyes, it was announced Monday. Otto is best known for her role as Eowyn in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and will soon star in The Flight of the Phoenix and In My Father's Den. Through My Eyes is a dramatization of the real events that gripped Australia in 1980 when baby Azaria Chamberlain disappeared after being reportedly hauled off by a dingo in the Australian outback in 1980. Her mother, Lindy Chamberlain, was accused of her daughter's murder, found guilty and sent to jail for life with hard labor, but was later acquitted and pardoned.

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