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Direct from its world-premiere screening at the Cannes Film Festival, Sff and Vivid Ideas are proud to present the Australian Premiere of the highly anticipated futuristic thriller The Rover and host director David Michôd, actors Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson and producer Liz Watts at the State Theatre on Saturday 7 June. The Rover screens as part of Sff’s Official Competition. Michôd, Pearce, Pattinson and Watts will also give a talk as part of Vivid Ideas at Town Hall on Sunday 8 June.
Actor Cate Blanchett will attend the Festival to introduce a special screening of DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon 2 the second chapter of the epic trilogy in which Blanchett is the voice of the character Valka. The screening is held at 2pm on Public Holiday Monday, 9 June, at Event Cinemas George Street.
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Nick Cave documentary 20,000 Days on Earth and titles set for Cannes among Sydney Film Festival competiton contenders.
In an unusual move the Sydney Film Festival has included among its official competition contenders, the June 4 opening night film 20,000 Days on Earth, which digs deep into the life of Australian-born musician and artist Nick Cave and won the top prize for documentary at the Sundance Film Festival.
This year will also see the biggest number of Australian films in the competition. David Michôd’s The Rover will come fresh from Cannes and the other two are Ruin, which writer/directors Amiel Courtin-Wilson and Michael Cody filmed in Cambodia, and Fell, a debut film from Kasimir Burge that will have its world premiere at the annual event. Burge won a Crystal Bear at Berlin for his short Lily.
See below for the full list of the finalists in the seventh year of the A$60,000 ($56,000) competition.
Finishing off the »
- Sandy.George@me.com (Sandy George)
What’s the strongest sign that pop culture has become too saturated by a specific movie genre? When that genre becomes the subject of unapologetically silly works of satire. Case in point: vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows, a recent favorite from this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The first trailer for the movie, seen above, doesn’t directly reference the glut of television and cinema catered toward the fanged bloodsuckers of legend, mind, but it’s hard not to watch without making assumptions about authorial intent.
The film comes to us courtesy of New Zealand talents Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi. Their names may be better-recognized in the States for their work on such TV projects as Flight of the Conchords and Eagle vs Shark, as well as their respective roles in movies ranging from Men in Black 3 to Click to continue reading ‘What We Do in the Shadows »
- Andy Crump
Had enough of vampires? Getting bored of seeing the same old nonsense about bloodsucking, immortality and love? Think you’ve seen it all before?
Well think again.
Jemaine Clement and his Flight of the Conchords and Eagle vs Shark director Taika Waititi have teamed up once again to show viewers the other, more delicate side of vampires that you perhaps haven’t read about in your gothic horror or teen romance novels.
Here’s the first trailer for their new comedy mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows, and it looks hilarious!
What We Do In The Shadows follows the lives of a Vlago (Waititi), Vladisav (Clement) and Deacon (Jonathon Burgh) who live together in a flat in New Zealand as they struggle with their everyday lives being vampires. Clement and Waititi co-wrote the script which also stars fellow Fotc alumni Rhys Darby. It’s currently doing the festival rounds »
- Gavin Logan
While Only Lovers Left Alive looks great, there's another new vampire flick I've been dying to see, although it's a little less serious than the Tom Hiddleston movie. What We Do In The Shadows is a horror comedy written and directed by Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords, Men In Black 3) and Taika Waititi (Boy, Eagle Vs Shark), who also star in the movie. The mockumentary style film follows a group of vampires who live together in New Zealand. I definitely »
- Jesse Giroux
The New Zealand Film Commission is getting out of the business of selling feature films and shorts internationally as part of a wide revamp of the agency.s structure and mission.
The Nzfc will seek to place the new and recent films it represents with sales agents and is hiring a consultant with sales experience to manage the transition. That process will start on April 1.
The organisation, which has 129 films under its care, will continue to handle sales of at least some of the older titles. The Commission has sold the films it produced or invested in for more than 40 years, including An Angel at My Table, Bad Taste, Vigil, Once Were Warriors, Sleeping Dogs, Smash Palace, The Navigator, The World's Fastest Indian and, more recently, Black Sheep, Eagle vs Shark, Two Little Boys and Fresh Meat.
Lindsay Shelton, who served as marketing director from its inception in 1979 until 2001, was »
- Don Groves
The group will now comprise Animal Logic Animation; Animal Logic VFX; and Animal Logic Entertainment, a Los Angeles-based feature film development arm that is nurturing a slate of animation, hybrid animation and live-action and director and VFX-driven films.
.The newly consolidated division will trade as Animal Logic VFX, incorporating the wealth of talent and technology under one roof, further strengthening its ongoing commitment to the Australian and international VFX industry,. Animal Logic CEO Zareh Nalbandian tells If.
.On the back of the success of The Lego Movie it is a logical step to have a clearer structure across the company. »
- Don Groves
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 6 Feb 2014 - 06:08
Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2007, and another 25 overlooked gems...
For some reason, the number three was a common factor in several blockbuster movies of 2007. The third film in the Pirates Of The Caribbean series (At World's End) dominated the box office, Spider-Man 3 marked Sam Raimi's last entry as director in the series, while Mike Myers went for a hat trick of hits with Shrek The Third.
I Am Legend was the third and most financially successful attempt to bring Richard Matheson's classic novel to the big screen, Rush Hour 3 marked Jackie Chan's last action pairing with Chris Tucker, while Zack Snyder's musky sword-swinger 300 was notable for having the number three in the title.
Iffy attempts at numerology aside, 2007 was also a superb for year for movies in general - particularly underappreciated ones, »
Writer/director/actor Taika Waititi, who's been at Sundance before with Boy (2010) and Eagle vs Shark (2007), comes back with something altogether different. Co-written and co-directed with Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Concords), What We Do in the Shadows is a vampire mockumentary about four vampire flat-mates "living" it up in Wellington, New Zealand. If chatting with these two for 15 minutes is any indication of what it might be like to be on set with them, I'm going to offer myself as an unpaid Pa on their next film just to experience it. Here's more of Twitch's Sundance Speed Dating...Twitch: At what age did you know you wanted to be a filmmaker?Jemaine Clement: Is this the kind of thing you ask on a date?Taika Waititi: The...
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