14 items from 2012
Satellite Boy accepted to Berlin film fest
It follows the story of a Lao boy thought to bring bad luck, who must lead his family through his war-torn country to the dangerous Rocket Festival.
The film is produced by Sylvia Wilczynski for Red Lamp Films. It is distributed locally by Curious Film with international sales by LevelK ApS.
The film stars indigenous veteran actor David Gulpilil as the grandfather of a young boy trying to save his home.
- Colin Delaney
Although noticeably absent during Encore’s set visit, the shadow of the film’s Hollywood star, Christina Ricci, can be felt in the two-storey house in Sydney’s inner west where production is underway for the micro-budget feature Around the Block.
Ricci, who declined to do any press ahead of the film’s release, agreed to sign on to the project after writer/director Sarah Spillane’s producers, Sue Armstrong and Brian Rosen of Tree Films, inked what’s becoming an increasingly popular deal for features from first time filmmakers.
An undisclosed share of the profits, should they be forthcoming, will make up for the modest remuneration received up front.
Sarah Spillane on set
Ricci’s input – filling the role of the arts »
The 21st Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival has just been voted Best Film Festival Ever!……..maybe……if it hasn’t it should because this year’s fest has provided a breathtaking variety of docs, dramas, foreign flix, comedies, shorts, and….you name it!
Sliff.s main venues are the the Hi-Pointe Theatre, Tivoli Theatre, Plaza Frontenac Cinema, Webster University.s Winifred Moore Auditorium, Washington University.s Brown Hall Auditorium and the Wildey Theatre in Edwardsville, Il
The entire schedule for the 21st Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival be found Here.
Here is what will be screening at The 21st Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival today, Friday, November 16th
Alter Egos plays at 5:00pm at the Tivoli Theatre – Read The Wamg Review By Dana Jung Here
In the alternative world of Ârdizes an important mission with he discovers his »
- Tom Stockman
The 17th edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala (Iffk) has announced its lineup. The festival will run from 7th to 14th December, 2012 in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
Fourteen films will screen in the Competition section while seven contemporary films will be screened in “Indian Cinema Now” section.
Complete list of films:
Fourteen feature films from Asia, Africa and Latin America will compete for the coveted “Suvarna Chakoram” (Golden Crow Pheasant) and other awards.
Inheritors of the Earth by T V Chandran (India)
A Terminal Trust by by Masayuki Suo (Japan)
Shutter by Joy Mathew (India)
Today by Alain Gomis (Senegal-France)
The Repentant by Merzak Allouache (Algeria)
Present Tense »
The film is based on the inspirational true story of Robyn Davidson.s solo trek from Alice Springs through 2700 kilometres of Australian desert to the Indian Ocean, accompanied only by her loyal dog and four unpredictable camels.
The film is being directed by John Curran (The Painted Veil, We Don.t Live Here Anymore, Praise) and produced by Oscar-winners Emile Sherman and Iain Canning (The King.s Speech, Shame, Oranges and Sunshine). Julie Ryan (Red Dog, Ten Canoes) is co-producer.
Davidson said it was a strange experience to see her book (which has been translated into twenty languages) morphed into another form.
"I could not be more pleased with the people involved in conceiving this new avatar," she said in a statement. "Emile and Iain, unique among producers I think; John, »
- Inside Film Correspondent
Toronto International Film Festival. Glenn is in Australia but he's seen Monday's premiere "Lore".
Australia isn’t a regular player in the Academy’s annual game of Best Foreign Language Film. We’ve only submitted five films prior to 2012: Clara Law’s Floating Life (1996), which I have never seen; Steve Jacobs’ La Spagnola (2001), which is fun, if slight, immigrant comedy; Rolf de Heer’s Ten Canoes (2006) a fabulous film that was the first ever filmed in native Aboriginal dialects; Tony Ayres’ The Home Song Stories (2007), which features an incredible performance by Joan Chen; and Samson & Delilah (2009), Warwick Thornton’s groundbreaking indigenous drama about two teens escaping their remote lives only to stumble upon tragedy at every turn. Thornton’s film was the closest Australia has ever come to snagging a nomination, having managed to find a spot on the nine-wide shortlist. As great as that film was, however, its »
- Glenn Dunks
Predestination is a film-noir, science-fiction, crime-thriller from writer/directors Michael and Peter Spierig (Daybreakers) while indigenous tragi-comedy Charlie's Country will once again pair director Rolf de Heer with Australian actor David Gulpilil (The Tracker).
Screen Australia also re-confirmed its previous commitment to the horror feature Wolf Creek 2, from director Greg McLean, after the film was delayed following a disagreement with major financier Geoffrey Edelsten.
.These three diverse feature projects supported by Screen Australia today come from some of the most exciting filmmaking teams in Australia,. said Screen Australia.s chief executive Ruth Harley in a statement.
.Predestination is a strong script which will be executed by a proven and talented team passionate about the sci-fi genre. Charlie.s Country continues »
- Brendan Swift
News Ltd chief executive Kim Williams has called on the government to strengthen legislation to stop rampant piracy.
Williams, speaking at the Australian International Movie Convention on the Gold Coast, called on the government to revamp the existing copyright framework to reflect the industry's shift from analogue to digital.
"What the Australian production and distribution industry needs are renovated legal underpinnings that acknowledge the primary right of copyright owners to exploit their work in the certain knowledge that theft will be prevented and punished equally," Williams said.
"Without that core commercial underpinning the outlook for our industry . the digital entertainment industry . is grim indeed. Whilst there is endless talk about the Nbn there is yet to be any formal acknowledgement that the legislative and enforcement frameworks are disastrously outmoded and defective to sustain any relevance in confronting a modern high speed digital delivery world.
"Without immediate and wholesale makeover we »
- Brendan Swift
In a keynote address to the Australian International Movie Convention, News Limited CEO Kim Williams argued that download films, TV shows or music without paying for it is no better than looting
My subject today is copyright. It’s a topic as potentially dry as a pub with no beer. Its mere mention makes you think of lawyers. And fees. And trademarks. And fine print. So let’s put that all aside for a moment and talk about what copyright is really about. Let’s cut right to the chase. Copyright is about enabling the production of great art and great commercial work – hopefully both. It’s about nurturing the creative process. It’s about supporting business cases and employment. About getting the noblest imaginings of the human mind and human emotions into a form that the whole world can see and share.
If you want to know why you should care about copyright, »
This article originally appeared in If Magazine #146 (April-May 2012).
Oscar Wilde famously described a cynic as one who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. The Australian film industry knows the value very well but the price . at least in the eyes of the international community . remains questionable.
Producer Michael Robertson, who has carved out a successful niche in recent years making low-budget horror films such as Black Water and Road Train, recalls one experience at last year.s American Film Market.
.I had a conversation recently where the budget of a picture was sitting at around $2.5 million and the sales agent said to me .you know we could do this film in America for about $1.8 million. . they probably could because the way costs were over there,. he says.
It is an unpalatable view given budgets have been under pressure for a number of years. South Australian Film »
- Brendan Swift
Being on good terms with your neighbours is one thing, using their house to shoot a movie something else entirely. Rolf de Heer must be especially convincing, or just have the best neighbours in the world considering the film in question involved putting a hole in the fence, loudly playing bad rap music, growing the grass out wildly, and putting shopping trolleys in the front yard.
Using his own house and the two neighbouring ones as the main setting for The King Is Dead!, writer and director Rolf de Heer (Ten Canoes, The Tracker) saw moving house and his good relationship with his neighbours as the perfect opportunity to film a script he.d written a few years earlier. .An opportunity came up that seemed to me to be too good to refuse,. he told If Magazine.
.I knew I was going to move my residence from where I lived »
- Rocheen Flaherty
Though Australian director Rolf De Heer is best known in arthouse circles as the director of Ten Canoes, the man has always had a darkly playful streak in his work. And nowhere has that been more front and center than in upcoming effort The King Is Dead!Open inspection at the house-for-sale in the quiet, leafy neighbourhood...Max, science teacher, and Therese, tax accountant, decide that here is the house for them. Unsuspecting, they buy and move in, finding a nice family on one side and, well, "interesting" on the other. But interesting soon becomes loud, and loud soon becomes intolerable and when the intolerable becomes the violent, and the police are powerless to do anything, and the community lawyer suggests ear plugs, Max and Therese »
A happy, unsuspecting couple, Max (Dan Wyllie) and Therese (Bojana Novakovic), buy a house in what appears to be a quiet, friendly neighbourhood. Settling in well, they make friends with a nice family on one side and soon meet another more interesting family on the other side. But interesting soon becomes loud, and loud soon becomes intolerable. When the intolerable becomes violent and the police are powerless, Max and Therese attempt to take matters into their own hands.
The King is Dead! is released by Pinnacle Films in selected cinemas on July 12. »
- Inside Film Correspondent
Inaugural Adelaide Film Festival director Katrina Sedgwick has been appointed ABC TV's new head of arts.
The role was previously held by Amanda Duthie (as ABC head of arts and entertainment), who resigned last December to accept the role as Adelaide Film Festival director.
Sedgwick, who led the biennial festival since its inception in 2002, will take up her new position at the ABC in Sydney on April 11.
ABC TV director Kim Dalton said the new stand-alone role would provide stronger focus on the ABC's arts programming. .As a result of changes to our arts production and line up last year, we have increased the resources committed to primetime arts programming to be commissioned from the independent production sector,. he said in a statement.
"At this time of change, Katrina will bring a wealth of expertise from her extensive and impressive background across the arts as a practitioner, producer and festival director. »
- Brendan Swift
14 items from 2012
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