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Luke Davies on 'Candy', mature share houses, and the magic of Garth Davis

  • IF.com.au
(l-r) Angie Fielder, Luke Davies, Dev Patel, Garth Davis and Dp Greig Fraser on-set.

Aussie screenwriter Luke Davies lives in La with director David Michôd, and is repped by UTA's Bec Smith. Both are former If editors, and Davies himself used to contribute DVD reviews to the magazine. We spoke with the honorary old boy on the phone from Bondi, where he was staying on a layover in Oz late last year.

Your path into screenwriting began with Candy, is that right?.

Yeah. I was always obsessed with film but didn.t know how to break in. So I said to Margaret Fink, the producer, that she could option the book if I was allowed to try my hand at the first draft of the screenplay. That was the beginning of the path that led to here.

Had you been reading screenplays before that point or did you just learn on the job?
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'Lion', 'Rogue One' Dp Greig Fraser is ready for a break

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Greig Fraser.

Australian Dp Greig Fraser is the toast of the cinematography world, having earned the Theatrical Award for best cinematography at the recent Asc awards in La for his work on 'Lion'..

Fraser, who.s also nominated for an Oscar, has had a whirlwind twelve months in which he.s shot three films: 'Lion', Disney.s 'Rogue One' and 'Mary Magdalene'. 'Magdalene' saw him reunite with 'Lion' director Garth Davis on a film starring Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara.

If chatted with the cinematographer, whose credits include early shorts by David Michôd and Nash Edgerton as well as features such as 'Killing Them Softly' and 'Bright Star', on the phone from Mexico City.

What are you shooting in Mexico?

I.m doing a commercial for PlayStation, the second I.ve done down here in Mexico City. I did one a few
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'Lion', 'Rogue One', 'Mary Magdalene' Dp Greig Fraser is ready for a break

  • IF.com.au
Greig Fraser.

Australian Dp Greig Fraser is the toast of the cinematography world, having earned the Theatrical Award for best cinematography at the recent Asc awards in La for his work on 'Lion'..

Fraser, who.s also nominated for an Oscar, has had a whirlwind twelve months in which he.s shot three films: 'Lion', Disney.s 'Rogue One' and 'Mary Magdalene'. 'Magdalene' saw him reunite with 'Lion' director Garth Davis on a film starring Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara.

If chatted with the cinematographer, whose credits include early shorts by David Michôd and Nash Edgerton as well as features such as 'Killing Them Softly' and 'Bright Star', on the phone from Mexico City.

What are you shooting in Mexico?

I.m doing a commercial for PlayStation, the second I.ve done down here in Mexico City. I did one a few
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Sunday Shorts: ‘Crossbow’, written and directed by David Michôd

Today’s film is the 2007 short Crossbow. The film stars Cy Standen, Lisa Chappell, and Joel Edgerton, and is written and directed by David Michôd. Michôd first came to the attention of filmgoers with the 2010 film Hesher, which he co-wrote, and garnered acclaim in the international film community for his feature filmmaking debut Animal Kingdom. His newest feature, titled The Rover, opened in limited release in American theatres this weekend.

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The joy of short films: Sbs's Tropfest treats

Sbs's countdown to Tropfest highlights the best of short film ahead of the summer festival. Which are your favourites?

For Australian film fans, Tropfest is a summer essential that has long been celebrated with a picnic in Sydney's Domain – or other outdoor venues broadcasting around the country – while keeping a wary eye on summer storm clouds. So those with both sunbaked and sodden memories of battling the crowds and the elements to champion short films will surely join me in welcoming the launch of Tropfest TV. Launched on Sunday night, the next 12 weeks, SBS2 has the next 12 weeks sorted with weekly thematically linked selections of Tropfest shorts from home and away, including New Zealand, USA and the Middle East.

I can trace my love of short films back to Disney's 1952 classic Lambert the Sheepish Lion. I must have watched that eight-minute fable a thousand times as a child. These days,
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Sundance Film Festival 2013 Announces 65 Short Film Selections

Even more! Every new year brings us another Sundance Film Festival and with 44 days left until Sundance 2013 kicks off on January 17th, Sundance has officially announced their line-up of short films accepted to the festival. This compliments the complete feature line-up announced over the last week: In-Competition Dramas & Docs, Midnight & Spotlight Films and Premieres + Docs yesterday. The short selection this year includes more from Nash Edgerton (Crossbow, Spider, Bear) plus Kat Candler's film Black Metal and Riley Stearns' film The Cub, among roughly 62 other films of various length. Full 2013 shorts lists below. U.S. Narrative Short Films: The Apocalypse (Director & Screenwriter: Andrew Zuchero) — Four uninspired friends try to come up with a terrific idea for how to spend their Saturday afternoon. Black Metal (Director & Screenwriter: Kat Candler) — After a career spent mining his music from the shadows, one fan creates a chain reaction ...
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Wish You Were Here

Four friends embark on a carefree holiday, but only three return home. Who knows what happened on that fateful night?

Australian filmmaking collective Blue Tongue Films - including Joel and Nash Edgerton, David Michod and Spencer Susser, among others - has carved a solid thriller niche, moving up from acclaimed shorts, including Spider and Crossbow, to well-received full-length features, including crime drama Animal Kingdom and modern noir The Square.

Wish You...
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Trailer for Sundance Opener Wish You Were Here!

Want to make something brilliant? Take actor and rising director Kieran Darcy-Smith and accomplished actor Felicity Price; add the producer for incredible award-winning short films Crossbow and I Love Sarah JaneAngie Fielder; add a dash of Blue Tongue Films genius (Animal Kingdom, The Square) then cast fast-rising actors Joel Edgerton and Teresa Palmer. And stir. With all that talent you're bound to make something pretty amazing. Okay. Want to launch it directly into the indie film stratosphere? Premiere it at Sundance. Not just that; open the world dramatic competition at Sundance. Yeah, the section that your colleague David Michôd won two years ago with Animal Kingdom, before taking it straight into the heart of awards season and critics' best of year lists. You know, no pressure. That's exactly what director...
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Doolan appointed Aftrs head of editing

Oscar-nominated Miracle Fish director and Animal Kingdom editor Luke Doolan has been appointed head of editing at the Australian Film Television and Radio School.

“I am delighted to welcome Luke to Aftrs. His extensive experience and creative drive will certainly prove to be a real asset for our students. His career path to date has been inspirational, and we feel his hands on experience will translate well into the practical education that Aftrs offers. He is a great addition to our roster of teachers who are all highly experienced working professionals,” said Aftrs CEO Sandra Levy.

Doolan’s editing credits include The Square, Ten Empty and New Skin, as well as the shorts Spider, Crossbow, Lucky and Fuel. He assisted Jill Bilcock on Moulin Rouge and edited previsualisation on both Australia and Baz Luhrmann’s failed project Alexander, as well as the Sydney-shot Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.
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David Michod, “Animal Kingdom”

Originally posted online on August 11, 2010. Animal Kingdom is nominated for Best Supporting Actress (Jacki Weaver).

Like his stunning short films Netherland Dwarf and Crossbow, David Michod’s terrific and terrifying feature debut, the 2010 Sundance World Dramatic Competition winner Animal Kingdom, is a smoothly photographed, moodily scored tale of a trapped, dim and docile young man who suffers at the hands of a careless and, in this case, criminal family. As in his previous work, Michod relies on an insistent voiceover to provide biting interiority while the unrelentingly grim working-class Melbourne milieu is strikingly depicted in slow-motion shots and even slower push-ins. James Frecheville is stoic and sullen as the lead, who we first glimpse as he’s watching a rancid television gameshow next to an unconscious woman who turns out to be his just recently heroin Od’d mother. Brought into the fold of his criminal clan of uncles by his complicit grandmother,
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Short films: A five-year life

Clear your rights or you’ll limit your potential, says Bronwyn Kidd, executive director of Academy Award and BAFTA-accredited festival Flickerfest – which now includes a national tour and the television series Flickerfest on Extra.

Sometimes people become enthusiastic about the creative part and they don’t think about the fact that their short might have a life of five years, and they need to figure out how to gain the most out of their film – both financially and in terms of press that’s going to boost their careers and perhaps even attract investors for a feature film. That’s how short filmmakers should always think.

They should have a strategy from the beginning and think about where they hope their film will be seen. They must realise that there’s a market – commercially and on a cultural level – out there for shorts apart from screening at festivals; there are distributors of shorts as well.
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Exclusive: 'Animal Kingdom' Director David Michôd

To those who have a passing knowledge of Australia, the city of Melbourne conjures up images of ornate Victorian-era architecture and soaring skyscrapers, lumbering trams, as well as art, ballet and green cricket grounds. But to Melburnians, their hometown is also a city steeped in crime. So when director David Michôd moved from Sydney to Melbourne at the age of 18, he discovered a lot about his new home by reading a lot of Australian true crime writing.

“Melbourne is quite famous for crime,” Michôd notes. “It has a long and rich history with it, a fascination with the criminal underworld. It is the city that turns its criminals into celebrities. —It is the home of Chopper. What for me was interesting about crime in Melbourne — compared to my loose observations of crime in other places — was that, unlike many other cities where crime is almost confined to specific neighborhoods or ‘bad’ areas of town,
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Writer/Director David Michod Interview Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom evolved over a nine-year period inspired by writer/director David Michod’s fascination with the colorful, criminal landscape of Melbourne and a strong desire to film the city in a way that it’s rarely viewed. The film tells the story of 17-year-old Joshua “J” Cody (James Frecheville) who, following the death of his mother, must navigate his survival between a violent criminal family (Ben Mendelsohn, Joel Edgerton, Luke Ford, Jacki Weaver, Sullivan Stapleton) and the detective (Guy Pearce) who thinks he can save him.

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, Animal Kingdom is smartly written, confidently directed, and features an outstanding ensemble cast. We sat down with David to talk about his new movie. He told us what inspired him to write the sprawling, multi-layered Australian crime story, how he assembled such a top-notch cast, and why it was
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Animal Kingdom: fierce creatures

First-time feature director David Michôd tamed the beasts that inhabit his Animal Kingdom; a Melbourne crime thriller that is the Australian success story of 2010. Miguel Gonzalez reports from Melbourne.

I/E Gus’S Car – Day

J looks down the street. It’s empty. Gus puts the car in drive and moves off. J cranes

around to look out the back window, down the street. Then –

Crack. The car is clipped hard from the front. It spins wildly, then comes to a rest. Through the window J can see Pope behind the wheel of Darren’s car, undoing his seat belt. Pope’s car is jammed between Gus’s car and another parked in the street. Pope can’t open any doors – he’s trapped inside.

J clambers into the backseat, past Gus who is dazed, blood trickling down his forehead. J stumbles out the backdoor into the street. He looks back.
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Westwood One Columnist Lisa R Confirmed Plagiarizing From Twitch, Film School Rejects, Identity Theory, The Islington Gazette, The Minneapolis Star Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Guardian, The Hollywood Reporter, Fangoria And Many, Many More ...

[Bumping this up as it's just turned out that this is not an isolated case.  A bit of Googling by a Twitch reader revealed that Lisa's review of The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus was actually copied and pasted from Film School Rejects.  Who are good people and deserve better treatment than this, frankly.  Those who feel moved to complain to Lisa's employers about this may find all the contact information for Westwood One here. Major Update Below]

Any employers of a film columnist who goes by Lisa R (LisaLR1 on Twitter), be warned. She may very well be selling you things that do not actually belong to her. She certainly did with a recent column she turned in to Westwood One America which she plagiarized directly from the pages of Twitch.

Here's how Lisa describes herself on her blog:

Selections from a weekly film column I publish for Westwood One America (the largest producers and distributors of entertainment TV, radio and print media in the USA). These include: Interviews with actors, directors, writers, producers, film reviews, and events within the film industry. I am also currently the Co-Owner of the 3-person team of Wdk Film Productions, Inc. (we produce Independant Films and Documentaries). *{For over 10 yrs., Lisa's articles for Westwood One have appeared, been used or featured in such publications as: EW (Entertainment Weekly), Total Film, Premiere,
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David Michôd talks Sundance success

The man with the most famous circumflex in Australian filmmaking - and the bane of sub-editors everywhere - David Michôd, bounced back into headlines again last week with the news that not one - but two - of his feature films have been accepted into Official Competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. 

Yes, that's right - both Michôd's feature directorial debut Animal Kingdom, a gangland movie set in the Melbourne criminal underworld, and Hesher, the Joseph Gordon-Levitt-starring independent Us feature he co-wrote with director Spencer Susser, will screen at the Park City alpine festival in January.

Michôd first sprang to international attention after practically taking over the short film circuit in 2008 when Crossbow (which he wrote and directed) premiered at Sundance along with two other shorts he co-wrote, Nash Edgerton's Spider, and Spencer Susser's zombie film I Love Sarah Jane.

In 2009, the festival also screened another of his short films,
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