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Cannes panel: Theatrical experience key to Amazon strategy

17 May 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Amazon executives discussed sales companies, emerging filmmakers, women directors and disruption.

With five films in Official Selection and multiple splashy pre-buys Amazon has been the talk of the festival and market in Cannes this year.

In a wide ranging session yesterday key executives from the company outlined strategy and vision for the retail giant’s rapidly expanding film business.

Jason Ropell, Amazon’s head of worldwide film, told a packed industry session at the UK pavilion that Amazon sees the theatrical experience as vital to its strategy:

“Dispruption can be overplayed,” said Ropell. “We’re not particularly disruptive to the theatrical eco-system. We really believe in the theatrical experience and the romance of the experience. It is an essential component of film. Our customers believe that too. Romance and commercial viability don’t need to be mutually exclusive.”

Speaking about evolving distribution models, Ted HopeAmazon Original Movies’ head of production, described sales companies »

- (Andreas Wiseman)

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Amazon Studios, Stx team up on Nash Edgerton action comedy

11 May 2016 6:15 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Amazon and Stx Entertainment have teamed up on world rights to Nash Edgerton’s all-star action comedy that Stx is introducing to international buyers in Cannes.

David Oyelowo, Charlize Theron, Joel Edgerton, Amanda Seyfried, Thandie Newton, Yul Vazquez and Sharlto Copley are shooting the film in Mexico City. 

Nash Edgerton’s Untitled Film centres on a newly married executive with a stake in a pharmaceutical company about to go public, whose life is abruptly thrown into disarray.

When he becomes stranded south of the border as a wanted man, the mild-mannered businessman realises that his aspirational life was not all that it seemed.

Anthony Tambakis and Matt Stone wrote the screenplay and Amazon Studios produces with Nash Edgerton, Rebecca Yeldham, Tambakis, A.J. Dix, Beth Kono. Trish Hoffman is the executive producer.

Edgerton previously directed Australian thriller The Square and short films Spider and Bear. »

- (Jeremy Kay)

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Movie Review – Restoration (2016)

1 May 2016 5:30 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Restoration, 2016.

Directed by Zack Ward.

Starring Emily Roya O’Brien, Adrian Gaeta, Zack Ward, Sarah Ann Schultz and Anna Harr.


During home renovations, a young couple release a fiery spirit seeking retribution. To save themselves and set the spirit free, they must uncover the dire truth. But nothing is as simple as it seems…

You buy a new house. You’re a young couple. You’re recently married and the next step (sometimes earlier than you expect) is a little bundle of joy to appear. Maybe you got the house a little cheaper than expected. That’s lucky right? Well not in the world of film. In the world of film you’ve probably just bought yourself a house that’s haunted by a tormented spirit (more often than not a girl).

So we have the set up for Restoration. A young couple move into their new home and »

- Amie Cranswick

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Spencer Susser on his Tropfest-winning Shiny

14 February 2016 3:23 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Spencer Susser last night.

American filmmaker Spencer Susser has a long history in Australia.

He was camera operator on Nash Edgerton's shorts Lucky, Spider and Bear, and collaborated with David Michôd on I Love Sarah Jane, a zombie short starring a pre-Alice Mia Wasikowska, and on his feature debut, Hesher, starring Joseph Gorden-Levitt.

Since then he's directed an episode of the TV show Hemlock Grove, and made several shorts - one of which took out Tropfest's top prize last night.

Shiny is a brief (less than four minutes) stop-motion animation Susser made with fellow Los Angeleno Daniel 'Cloud' Campos, a former dancer who toured with Madonna and is, according to Susser, "quite a well known B-boy".

The pair met through a mutual friend, Australian director Michael Gracey, and discovered a shared "let's-go-make-stuff gene", said Susser.

"Originally Cloud and I had made a stop-motion commercial for a big cool company »

- Harry Windsor

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