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25 underrated political thrillers

22 December 2016 11:51 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Rebecca Clough Jan 13, 2017

Samuel L Jackson, Colin Farrell, Kirk Douglas, Denzel Washington and more, as we explore underrated political thrillers...

Ask someone for their favourite political thrillers and you’re likely to get a list of Oscar-winning classics, from JFK to The Day Of The Jackal, Blow Out to Argo. But what about those electrifying tales that have slipped under the radar, been largely forgotten or just didn’t get the love they deserved? Here are 25 political thrillers which are underappreciated but brilliant.  

See related  Star Wars: Episode IX lands Jurassic World director 25. The Amateur (1981)

Generally, the first hostage to get shot in a heist movie is considered insignificant; luckily this time the young woman killed by terrorists has a devoted boyfriend who vows to avenge her death. Charles Heller (John Savage) already works for the CIA, so he’s able to use secret information to blackmail his bosses into »

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Wift Nsw and Adg stage joint protest outside Fremantle's Sydney office

14 December 2016 8:32 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

. Criticism over the hire of a Canadian director to shoot the.Picnic at Hanging Rock mini continues to mount, with Wift Nsw and the Adg staging a joint protest in front of Fremantle Media.s office in Sydney today. . Adg first levelled criticisms over Fremantle's decision to hire Canadian director Larysa Kondracki last week, with CEO Kingston Anderson stating.that Australian directors were .amazed and astonished at the choice of a foreign director to work on a classic.". . Kondracki, whose credits include The Whistleblower and eps of Better Call Saul, The Americans and Rogue, will shoot half of the series alongside Aussie Michael Rymer. . The guild has disputed that Kondracki.s 420 visa met the required Net Employment Test and said it understood no female television directors currently working in Australia were approached. . Today's protesters sat on a picnic rug in front of FremantleMedia's office, dressed in white period dresses and »

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Maven Pictures Acquires ‘Secret Life of Dr. James Miranda Barry,’ Rachel Weisz To Star

12 December 2016 10:21 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: The biography The Secret Life of Dr. James Miranda Barry: Victorian England’s Most Eminent Surgeon from author Rachel Holmes has just been optioned by Maven Pictures and they have hired Nick Yarborough to adapt. Rachel Weisz, who previously co-starred in Maven’s The Whistleblower, is attached to star as the woman in the 1800s who disguised herself as a man to fulfill her dream. Maven co-founders Trudie Styler (Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, American Honey… »

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Canadian Director Caught Up in Screen Australia Nationalism Storm

6 December 2016 8:14 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

The Australian Directors Guild has fired a broadside at FremantleMedia Australia and pay TV giant Foxtel over their decision to bring Canadian Larysa Kondracki on board to direct several episodes of their new high-end period drama, Picnic at Hanging Rock. The six-episode miniseries is based on Joan Lindsay’s novel and the classic 1975 Australian film of the same name that established Peter Weir as a director of note.

Kondracki, whose directing credits include episodes of The Walking Dead, The Americans and Better Call Saul as well as 2011 feature film The Whistleblower, is currently in Australia in »

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Adg slams Canadian hire for ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock'

6 December 2016 5:24 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Kingston Anderson..

The Australian Directors Guild (Adg) has criticised FremantleMedia Australia for importing a Canadian to shoot Foxtel mini-series Picnic at Hanging Rock.

The production company has enlisted Canadian director Larysa Kondracki to shoot half of the six-episode series,.currently in pre-production in Sydney...

Kondracki is behind 2010.s The Whistleblower, and has directed episodes of Better Call Saul, The Americans, Rogue, Gotham and Heroes Reborn. Aussie Michael Rymer will also direct.

In a statement, Adg CEO Kingston Anderson said the guild opposed Kondracki.s visa, claiming it did not meet the required Net Employment Test..

.Australian directors are amazed and astonished at the choice of a foreign director to work on a classic, especially as it is not a co-production and is being fully financed in Australia,. said Anderson.

.The Net Employment Benefit test clearly states that to get a 420 Visa there needs to be a net employment benefit for the Australian industry. »

- Jackie Keast

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Elevation Pictures moves into production

15 November 2016 1:22 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Canadian distributor backed by Teddy Schwarzman’s Black Bear Pictures is expanding operations.

Elevation will partner on the new division with Canadian producer Christina Piovesan, whose credits include The Whistleblower, Amreeka and Red Lights.

The company will offer production services to Canadian and international projects shooting in Canada and move into in-house productions.

“As more producers from around the world have come to recognise the unmatched appeal of Canada as a production destination, and with the growing success of homegrown content as well as international co-productions, a move into production was a natural next step for the company,” said Dan Steinman (pictured), the Elevation Pictures CEO who played an integral role in launching the company in 2013 and also serves as co-president and COO at Black Bear.

“And Christina, who has tremendous production savvy and relationships and taste, is the perfect complement to Elevation as we execute this move.”

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- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Pet Acquired by Orion Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn Films

4 October 2016 9:15 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

A kidnapper gets more than he bargained for in Pet. Starring Dominic Monaghan, Ksenia Solo, and Jennette McCurdy, the psychological horror film has been acquired by Orion Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn Films, with Us theatrical, VOD, and DVD release dates slated for December.

Press Release: Los Angeles, CA (October 4, 2016) – Orion Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn Films announced today that they have acquired the psychological thriller Pet, directed by Carles Torrens and written by Jeremy Slater. The film stars Dominic Monaghan (Lost, The Lord Of The Rings Series), Ksenia Solo (Black Swan, Lost Girl), and Jennette McCurdy (iCarly, Sam & Cat). Pet had its World Premiere at the 2016 South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin. Orion Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn Films will release the film in U.S. theaters and on demand on December 2, 2016, and it will be available on DVD on December 27.

In the vein of Hard Candy and Gone Girl, Pet »

- Derek Anderson

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