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Saroo and Sue Brierley to attend Aimc premiere of Garth Davis' Lion

3 October 2016 3:57 PM, PDT | | See recent news »


Saroo and Sue Brierley, whose story is at the heart of Garth Davis.s first feature Lion, will attend the Aimc premiere of the film.

The Brierleys will be be special guests at the red carpet event presented by Screen Australia and Transmission Films on October 12.

The film is adapted from the true story A Long Way Home, written by Saroo.

Saroo was five when he found himself on a train bound the wrong direction from his home in northern India. Frightened and bewildered, he ended up forced to live on the streets of Kolkata, thousands of kilometres away. He was then adopted by an Australian couple and brought up in Tasmania wondering if he would ever see his Indian family again. Using memories and Google Earth, he tracked down his birth mother and her family.

Lion was lauded at the recent Toronto Film Festival, named as first runner-up »

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Dev Patel’s ‘Lion’ Joins 2016 Oscar Race

25 August 2016 12:30 PM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

The Dev Patel–starring biopic “Lion” has made its way onto many an awards season shortlist. Given its high-profile roster of talent on screen and off, it’s not surprising; co-starring Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara, the film is written by Luke Davies (“Candy”) and helmed by Garth Davis (“Top of the Lake”) in his feature film debut. With the release of the movie’s stirring trailer today, it’s even clearer that Academy voters and awards season pundits will be taking notice. “Lion” traces the real-life story of Saroo Brierley, who was separated from his family in India at the age of five and later adopted by an Australian couple. Based on Brierley’s memoir “A Long Way Home,” the film follows Brierley as he attempts to locate his birth parents—through the magic of Google Earth. Could Patel have a shot at an Oscar nomination for best leading actor? »

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Damian Walshe-Howling, Emma Booth join CinefestOZ jury

17 August 2016 5:35 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Girl Asleep.

CinefestOZ kicks off on August 24, with The Death and Life of Otto Bloom, Girl Asleep, Jasper Jones and Spin Out battling it out for the festival's third annual Film Prize, worth $100,000.

The jury includes producer Sue Taylor (The Tree, Looking for Grace), cinematographer Garry Phillips (House of Hancock, The Railway Man, Candy), actor-director Damian Walshe-Howling (Janet King, Mystery Road, Underbelly), actress Emma Booth (Hounds of Love, Gods of Egypt, Jack Irish) and jury chair Gillian Armstrong.

.We are delighted to bring such diverse minds together to spark conversation,. said CinefestOZ Film Festival Chair Helen Shervington. .Our jurors are as unique and multi-faceted as the films they will judge.

The winning film will be announced at the Festival.s Gala Night on Saturday 27 August.

Each of the four finalists will screen during CinefestOZ, along with other new Australian and French features, short films, documentaries, industry workshops and related events, »

- Staff Writer

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Holding the Man movie review: grand romance, no qualifiers needed

3 June 2016 9:29 AM, PDT | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Told with a lovely romantic sweep and full of raw, honest emotion, this is a gay love story that’s also just a great love story, full stop. Yay. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

A gay love story that’s also just a great love story, full stop? Yay. Without ever denying the particular challenges that faced gay couples in macho, conservative Australia in the 1970s and 80s, and without ignoring the particular horrors of the AIDS epidemic that ravaged an entire generation of young men, Holding the Man manages to elevate the romance of Tim (Ryan Corr: The Water Diviner) and John (Craig Stott) to the universal in a way that few movies about Lgbt relationships have yet to do. Director Neil Armfield (Candy), fortified by spirited, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Holding The Man review: “A strong and engaging film.”

1 June 2016 10:52 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Holding The Man review: This adaptation of Timothy Conigrave’s memoirs is striking, but is it as powerful as 20 years ago? Holding The Man review

Holding The Man is the true story of Timothy Conigrave (Ryan Corr), a young gay Australian man in the 1970s who falls for fellow pupil John Caleo (Craig Stott). The two start up a relationship, and the film chronicles their lives through the 1980s as they fight prejudice and AIDS. The film is based on the novel and eventual play written by Conigrave himself, making for a strikingly personal account of a tragic time when many failed to understand same sex relationships, and those in the relationships were unaware of a devastating disease. It’s easy to look back with frustration at such a time, but Candy director Neil Armfield, once again tackles a divisive subject with compassion and relevance.

The film is played off as a romance straight off, »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Ashleigh Cummings awarded the 2016 Heath Ledger Scholarship

1 June 2016 10:37 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Ashleigh Cummings as Dot in Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries.

Ashleigh Cummings is this year's winner of the Heath Ledger Scholarship, with Harley Bonner and Sara West named runners-up..

Ledger's Candy co-star Abbie Cornish, serving on the judging committee for the first time, said that "the quality of Ashleigh.s work to-date combined with her single-minded approach to fulfilling her acting potential made her the worthy recipient of this year.s award."

"We are all excited about the impact that winning this award will have on Ashleigh.s career and are eager to see the future work of runners up Harley and Sara..

At the ceremony in La, Cummings called Ledger "a powerful source of inspiration to me, so to receive this award is inordinately humbling. I'd like to sincerely thank AiF and the beautiful Ledger family for supporting young artists in our passionate endeavours to continue in Heath's wake."

Cummings »

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Filming starts on Simon Baker's Breath, cast announced

11 April 2016 3:27 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Simon Baker as Sando with Samsom Coulter (Pikelet) and Ben Spence (Loonie) in Breath.


Filming has started in Denmark, Western Australia, on Simon Baker.s feature film directorial debut, Breath..

The film is based on Tim Winton.s award winning and international best-selling novel and stars Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby, The Night Manager, upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2), Richard Roxburgh (Moulin Rouge, The Turning, Mission: Impossible II) and Rachael Blake (Sleeping Beauty, Rake, Truth) and Baker (The Mentalist, Devil Wears Prada, Margin Call) as cast.

Newcomers Samson Coulter and Ben Spence will play Pikelet and Loonie respectively, while Roxburgh and Blake are Mr and Mrs Pike..

Debicki is Eva and as previously announced, Baker will play Sando.

Set in mid-70s coastal Australia, Breath follows two teenage boys, hungry for discovery, that form an unlikely friendship with a mysterious older adventurer.

Sando, a a former professional surfer »

- Brian Karlovsky

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Collette, Cornish join Heath Ledger scholarship jury, new prizes added

30 March 2016 3:07 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Heath Ledger.

The judges for this year's Australians in Film Heath Ledger Scholarship are Toni Collette, Ledger's Candy co-star Abbie Cornish, head of casting for Paramount Joseph Middleton (Donnie Darko, The Bourne Identity), producer Basil Iwanyk (The Town, Gods of Egypt, Sicario), casting director Sherry Thomas (The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul) and director Phillip Noyce.

.The Heath Ledger Scholarship is AiF.s flagship education program and represents everything the foundation stands for", said Australians in Film's president Simonne Overend. "This is a potentially life changing moment for a young actor and AiF is thrilled to be able to give this opportunity to someone".

"The incredible group of influential judges assembled to select this year.s scholarship.s recipient is a testament to the level of regard to which the scholarship is held in Hollywood".

.I am happy to be involved in this initiative., said Collette. .I liked Heath very »

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