9 items from 2017
It’s crunch time. All 19 competition films in this year’s Cannes Film Festival have been seen and scrutinized, and now jury president Pedro Almodovar — along with Jessica Chastain, Maren Ade, Will Smith, Agnes Jaoui, Park Chan-wook, Paolo Sorrentino, Fan Bingbing and Gabriel Yared — have the next day to argue amongst themselves over which title is most deserving of the Palme d’Or, among other prizes.
Every year, predicting the jury’s favorites is something of a fool’s errand, fraught with inconsistencies and unknowns: Who but the most gifted mind-reader, for example, can imagine how the Fresh Prince might groove to a Naomi Kawase film? Who foresaw last year’s jury shutting out critics’ darling “Toni Erdmann?” But it’s all in the game, so with a strict warning not to place any monetary bets on my say-so alone, here are my best guesses for tomorrow’s awards.
Palme D’Or: “A Gentle Creature, »
- Guy Lodge
It marks another Australian acquisition for Fullscreen, which also picked up The Katering Show.
High Life was written by Glen Dolman (Hawke, Mystery of a Hansom Cab), and produced by Eve (Low Life, Australian Summer) with Adam Dolman. British comedian and mental health advocate Stephen Fry was the executive producer with Gina Carter. It was backed by Screen Australia's multiplatform fund..
.The team and I are delighted that High Life has found a home with Fullscreen in the USA,. Eve said.
.Fullscreen is a perfect fit for the project and we are excited to get the word out about the series. They have been extremely supportive of myself, Glen Dolman and Adam Dolman as filmmakers and share our passion for telling engaging stories..
High Life is a »
- Inside Film Correspondent
Gringo will get a domestic release in theaters March 9, 2018.
Combining dark comedy with dramatic intrigue, Gringo joyrides across the border into Mexico, where all is not as it seems for mild-mannered American businessman Harold Soyinka (David Oyelowo). Crossing the line from citizen to criminal, Harold tangles with duplicitous business partners, Mexican drug lords, international mercenaries, and the DEA. As he attempts to survive in one of the most dangerous places on earth, the question lingers: is this ordinary man in way over his head, or is he two steps ahead?
Directed by Nash Edgerton, who made his feature length directorial debut with the acclaimed Australian thriller The Square, Gringo also stars Joel Edgerton, Amanda Seyfried, Charlize Theron, Yul Vazquez, Thandie Newton, and Sharlto Copley.
Financed by Amazon Studios, the film is written »
- Michelle Hannett
Attenberg Follies: Ostlund’s Meta Commentary Skewers Social Contrivances
Adding to a body of work which comically and obsessively examines the underbelly of human desires and exposing the superficiality of collective social mores, Ruben Ostlund hits a new zenith with the exceptionally funny, astutely layered The Square (not to be confused with Nash Edgerton’s 2008 neo noir).
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- Nicholas Bell
Oyelowo plays a newly married, mild-mannered American businessman with a stake in a pharmaceutical company that’s about to go public when his life is thrown into turmoil by an incident in Mexico. He’s stranded with a price on his head and discovers the existence of a side of life that he had never known.
Joel Edgerton and Charlize Theron play the key supporting roles in “Gringo,” which will mark the movie debut of Paris Jackson, Michael Jackson’s 19-year-old daughter, who has been cast in a supporting role as “an edgy 20-year-old.” The cast also includes Amanda Seyfried, Yul Vazquez, Thandie Newton, and Sharlto Copley.
- Dave McNary
Paris Jackson has come on board Amazon Studios’ untitled thriller opposite David Oyelowo with Nash Edgerton directing. The project will mark the feature film debut for Michael Jackson’s 19-year-old daughter, who will portray “an edgy 20-year-old.”
Oyelowo plays a newly-married, mild-mannered American businessman with a stake in a pharmaceutical company that’s about to go public when his life is thrown into turmoil by an incident in Mexico. He’s stranded with a price on his head and discovers the existence of a side of life that he had never known.
Amazon Targets Emmy Votes With Massive Immersive Experience
Joel Edgerton’s brother Nash Edgerton is directing from a script by Anthony Tambakis and Matt Stone. Producers are Nash Edgerton, Rebecca Yeldham, Anthony Tambakis, Beth Kono, A.J. Dix, and Charlize Theron. »
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: Paris Jackson is making her feature film debut in Amazon Studios’ Untitled Nash Edgerton Project. The daughter of Michael Jackson will portray Nelly, described only as “an edgy 20-year-old” in the dark comedy about a mild-mannered American businessman (David Oyelowo) who crosses a line from citizen to criminal. Directed by Nash Edgerton, who made his feature directorial debut with the acclaimed Aussie thriller The Square, the darkly comic thriller also stars… »
Bree Sigsworth Pryce, Course Leader, Diplomas.
Bree Sigsworth Pryce began working at Aftrs in 2013 after a stint at Tafe. The education specialist has helped build a framework for the school.s new Diploma courses, designed to be less entry-level and more focused on practical skills than those offered previously.
The new diplomas (one semester) and advanced diplomas (two) are a direct response to the findings of the industry skills survey commissioned by the school and released last year..
Survey participants asked for .shorter courses that were very skills targeted,. says Sigsworth Pryce..
The diploma in camera fundamentals is gone, replaced by a diploma in camera. .The new one has a very specific focus on developing skills in the shooter-producer role...
The old editing diploma, an entry-level introduction to Avid and editing theory, has been replaced with a one designed to give students the brass-tacks skills to become working assistant editors. »
- Harry Windsor
Actor David Oyelowo has been impressing people with his skilled performances on stage and screen for quite a number of years, but his portrayal of Martin Luther King, Jr. in Ava Duvernay’s Selma certainly turned a lot more heads and made him much better known.
That increased popularity for his acting has helped Oyelowo get films like A United Kingdom made.
Directed by Amma Asante (Belle), Oyelowo plays Seretse Khama, the future king of the African nation of Botswana, who while attending college in England during the ‘40s, falls in love with Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike), a working class British woman, only for them to learn that their interracial love wouldn’t be accepted by either of their countries. On returning home to be inaugurated, the obstacles become clearer as Seretse’s regent uncle and various British politicos want to separate him from Ruth even after they’ve been married. »
- Edward Douglas
9 items from 2017
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