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Win The Free Man on DVD

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To mark the release of The Free Man on 24th April, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on DVD.

To reach the level of liberty encapsulated by the concept of being truly free is both a physical and mental endeavour that many will risk their life to obtain. Is life worth risking for the feeling of conquering fear and becoming truly free? These are the questions Jossi Wells must ask himself as he meets extreme sports performance artists, The Flying Frenchies, and takes on the challenge of his lifetime thousands of metres above the ground.

Directed by Toa Fraser (Dean Spanley, Giselle), who brings a breathtakingly cinematic sensibility and narrative construction to the world of extreme sports, The Free Man is as beautiful a film as it is a thrilling one. Shot in New Zealand and France, the film offers a rare insight into the story
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Watch a world exclusive clip from The Free Man

The Free Man is a breathtaking documentary from Universal Pictures which stars Olympic skier Jossi Wells searching for the meaning behind the thrill-seeking, daredevil group The Flying Frenchies. Partnering with them he finds himself upon an adventure of a lifetime in which Jossi learns what it means to achieve total freedom.

To celebrate the release of The Free Man, we have a worldwide exclusive clip in which performance artists Flying Frenchies explain why they introduced clowning into their stunts. Circus artist Anicet Leone explains that dressing as clowns whilst performing their stunts is about finding humour in the most grave moments, and another step on the Flying Frenchies’ quest to be completely free in body and mind. Check it out here or over on our YouTube channel…

To reach the level of liberty encapsulated by the concept of being truly free is both a physical and mental endeavour that many
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Olympic skier Jossi Wells searches for freedom the hard way in The Free Man, watch the trailer here

The Free Man is a breathtaking documentary which stars Olympic skier Jossi Wells and sees him searching for the meaning behind thrill-seeking with daredevil group The Flying Frenchies. Partnering with them he finds himself upon an adventure of a lifetime in which Jossi learns what it means to achieve total freedom. Take a look at the trailer below after the official synopsis..

To reach the level of liberty encapsulated by the concept of being truly free is both a physical and mental endeavour that many will risk their life to obtain. Is life worth risking for the feeling of conquering fear and becoming truly free? These are the questions Jossi Wells must ask himself as he meets extreme sports performance artists, The Flying Frenchies, and takes on the challenge of his lifetime thousands of metres above the ground.

Directed by Toa Fraser (Dean Spanley, Giselle), who brings a breathtakingly cinematic
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Production starts on Welcome to the Thrill

  • IF.com.au
Production has begun in New Zealand on Welcome to the Thrill, an extreme sports action adventure movie starring Olympic freestyle skier Jossi Wells.

In the film, Wells takes up the challenge of new extreme sports in which he has no experience at all.

The film examines why adrenaline junkies do what they do.

It is laced with philosophical reflections ranging from Mark Twain to the athletes themselves.

Directed by Toa Fraser(The Dead Lands, Giselle), Welcome to the Thrill brings Fraser.s cinematic sensibility and narrative construction to the world of extreme sports..

It is the latest film from producer Matthew Metcalfe.s General Film Corporation and is his fifth collaboration with Toa Fraser (6 Days, The Dead Lands, Giselle, Dean Spanley).

Filming will take place in New Zealand, USA, France and Hawaii..

New Zealand distribution is by Rialto Distribution.

Fraser and Metcalfe are currently in post-production on action thriller 6 Days,
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2016 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Toa Fraser’s 6 Days

Since launching his career in Park City with the World Cinema Audience Award: Dramatic winning No. 2 (2006 Sundance Film Fest), Toa Fraser has been mapping out his filmography with items such as Dean Spanley (2008), Giselle (2013) and The Dead Lands (2014). A true story from 1980, his shot in New Zealand June/shot in London in August fifth feature is an action thriller that features a stellar threesome in Jamie Bell, Mark Strong and the underused Abbie Cornish. Perhaps it’s time for Fraser to reunite with Sundance?

Gist: Co-written by Fraser and Glenn Standring, this is based on the actual events of April 1980 when six armed gunmen stormed the Iranian Embassy at London’s Princes Gate, taking 26 people hostage. Six days of tense stand-off ensued as a group of highly trained soldiers from Britain’s Special Air Service (Sas) prepared to raid the building.

Production Co./Producers: General Film Corporation’s Matthew Metcalfe
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New Look At Embassy Siege Thriller 6 Days

New Look At Embassy Siege Thriller 6 Days
On May 5, 1980 an Sas squad abseiled down the side of the Iranian Embassy in London's Princes Gate to rescue the 26 hostages trapped inside. 6 Days, a new action thriller, tells the full story behind that raid and the nerve-knotting days leading up to it. These three new stills give a flavour of what to expect.Although character details are still underwraps, Jamie Bell is looking like he's either leading a special forces team or there's a bit where he goes on the world's most elaborate paintballing outing. Judging by the pic below, Mark Strong will be helping out in a hostage negotiation capacity.Shot partly in New Zealand and now underway near the notorious incident's actual epicentre, 6 Days is the latest from Kiwi director Toa Fraser (The Dead Lands, Dean Spanley). He's teamed up again with his Dead Lands writer Glenn Standring, with several former Sas members helping bring realism to
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Toa Fraser interview: The Dead Lands, James Cameron

Action adventure The Dead Lands is in UK cinemas this weekend. Director Toa Fraser talks about its making and how James Cameron’s a fan...

A taut and intense action adventure, The Dead Lands is a superb showcase for director Toa Fraser. It provides an insight into a culture not often explored on screen - set in pre-colonial New Zealand, the film’s dialogue is entirely in the Maori language - while delivering the kind of pared-back revenge story you might expect from a western or a samurai film.

In other words, The Dead Lands is both unique to its country and universal; its historical setting and subtitles might suggest something for the arthouse crowd, but its bruising fight scenes will please the action crowd, too. What’s more, James Cameron is officially a fan.

As The Dead Lands makes its debut in UK cinemas, we caught up with Toa Fraser
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The Dead Lands | Review

Dead and Buried: Fraser’s Sumptuously Filmed, Familiar Revenge Drama

Premiering at the Toronto Film Festival and snagging the distinction of representing New Zealand as the official best foreign language selection in 2014, Toa Fraser’s The Dead Lands is the first film to be shot entirely in the Maori language and to be told entirely from their character perspective (and not in their relation to white characters). That the narrative is entirely derivative, and with a brutality that will put one, peripherally, in mind of Apocalypto (yes, that Mel Gibson about the Mayans) is sometimes easy to overlook considering the film’s vibrant palette. But as well intentioned as these honorable characterizations are intended in Glenn Strandring’s script, on film they are shapeless archetypes of good vs. evil in an endless cycle of violence brought to a wishful thinker’s fantastical resolution.

Wirepa (Te Kohe Tuhaka), the young leader of a bloodthirsty,
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Gillian Anderson webchat – as it happened

From the impact of ‘The Scully Effect’ on young women, her dreams of doing a comedy with Jason Bateman, to why Paolo Nutini is a ‘living genius’, the actor was here to answer your questions. Read all her answers here

Gillian Anderson on therapy, rebellion and ‘being weird’

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Thank you everybody for joining me this afternoon - thanks for all the questions, and for making me think, and have a great day!

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The conversation is in process. And the result ultimately is up to Fox.

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shanghaisputnik asks:

I saw Streetcar at the Young Vic in July and later how they chose to present it live-to-tape when shown in cinemas via Nt Live, so I feel now I’ve seen three unique iterations of this production. I assumed the decision to go with a wide static frame and the long takes to compliment and keep
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Buyers flock to Dead Lands

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Exclusive: Toa Fraser’s action-thriller sells to UK, Germany and China, among others.

Xyz Films has closed a raft of deals led by a UK sale to Icon Film Distribution on The Dead Lands, already seen by press and industry and received its world premiere on Sept 4.

Rights have also gone to Ascot Elite for Germany, Movies Inspired for Italy, Fabula Films for Turkey, Falcon for the Middle East and Hgc for China. The Jokers previously acquired rights for France.

Toa Fraser’s New Zealand-set action-thriller is based on a screenplay by Glenn Standring, who produced with Matthew Metcalfe, Norman Merry and Tainui Stephens.

The film was shot on location in Auckland and the central North Island of New Zealand and follows a chieftan’s son who sets out to avenge his father’s murder.

James Rolleston from Boy stars alongside Lawrence Makoare, Te Kohe Tuhaka, Xavier Horan, George Henare and Rena Owen.

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Toronto: Director Toa Fraser on Diving Into Cultural Myths With ‘The Dead Lands’

Toronto: Director Toa Fraser on Diving Into Cultural Myths With ‘The Dead Lands’
Toa Fraser’s brutal actioner “The Dead Lands” got an unexpected Twitter boost Thursday night when a fire alarm emptied the near-capacity 1,200-seat Ryerson Theatre just minutes before the film world premiere in Toronto.

Cast and audience mingled outside — posting selfies snapped in front of the flashing fire engine and captioned with “hot film” comments — for several minutes before getting the all-clear.

Back inside, the coming-of-age story of tribal rivalry, warrior honor and the spiritual bond to one’s ancestors, which unfolds in pre-colonial New Zealand, clearly captivated Thursday’s audience — the first ever to witness mau rakau, the traditional Maori martial art of armed combat, on the bigscreen.

“The crazy thing is, it’s been there for the taking all along but hadn’t been done,” Fraser said. “My feeling is this is the beginning of a New Zealand genre.”

Auckland-based Fraser was introduced to the script — penned by
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Toronto Film Review: ‘The Dead Lands’

Toronto Film Review: ‘The Dead Lands’
and personnel — in “The Dead Lands.” This irst action movie for helmer Toa Fraser after the gentler seriocomic likes of “Dean Spanley” and “Naming Number Two” certainly doesn’t lack vigor, even if its thundering brutality and ultra-macho atmosphere do eventually grow a bit monotonous. Pic boasts spectacular Kiwi scenery and the novelty of being smong warring pre-colonial Maori tribes to attract attention. More adventuresome fans of brutal hand-to-hand-combat might be thrilled, though the presence of Maori dialogue (subtitled) and mysticism may strand this well-crafted item between arthouse and mainstream territory in some markets. Home-format sales should be fairly hale.

Sixteen-year-old Hongi (James Rolleston, also in Toronto title “The Dark Horse”), not unkindly considered “no warrior” by tribal chieftain father Tane (George Henare), is observing an apparent peacekeeping mission between two clans when he observes something else: Trailing the other side’s representative, he sees Wirepa (Te Kohe Tuhaka) deliberately
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Cannes: ‘Beyond the Edge’ Helmer Leanne Pooley Directs Animated War Docu ’25 April’

Cannes: ‘Beyond the Edge’ Helmer Leanne Pooley Directs Animated War Docu ’25 April’
Cannes — Leanne Pooley, whose last pic “Beyond the Edge” played at the Toronto Film Festival, has kicked off production on “25 April,” an animated docu drama about Gallipoli, the World War I battle in which thousands of Australians and New Zealanders died. K5 Intl. is handling international sales.

Pic looks at events at Gallipoli, from the landing of the Aussie and Kiwis troops in 1915 to their evacuation later that year, through the eyes of six Australian and New Zealand soldiers. The campaign led people from both countries to question their place in the British Empire.

Pic is co-written by Tim Woodhouse and produced by Matthew Metcalfe for General Film Corporation (“Beyond the Edge,” “Dean Spanley”), in association with U.K.-based Pitfan Prods. The animation will be created by Auckland-based Flux Animation Studios, led by its founder and creative director Brent Chambers.

Transmission Films will release the film in New Zealand
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Jack Webb tries his Hand of Art

Jack Webb didn.t go to film school and taught himself the art of directing. He.s just demonstrated that a lack of formal training is no barrier to writing and directing a feature film.

Hand of Art follows a young artist who pursues his passion regardless of the doubts and the costs to his relationships. Webb aims to finish a cut next month in time to submit to the Sydney Film Festival.

The cast includes Bradley Murnane as the lead, Dee Harding, Mercedes Porter as Dee.s high school sweetheart, Stephanie King and newcomer Ebony Nave.

He used two DOPs, Will Edmunds and Nathan Frost, with whom he had worked on his short films. He says the crew were paid and there are some deferred payments.

Webb spent 21 days filming on his parents. historic farm near Canberra plus three days in Brisbane and a day each on the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast.
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Toa Fraser Explores Maori Martial Arts In The Dead Lands

Best known for arthouse fare such as Dean Spanley, New Zealand director Toa Fraser will be taking a hard left turn into entirely different territory with his freshly announced new film The Dead Lands. And whatever lessons he learned about shooting choreography with his acclaimed ballet film Giselle - a selection of the Toronto International Film Festival - will be put to use with choreography of an entirely different sort.After his tribe is slaughtered through an act of treachery, Hongi - a Maori chieftan's teenage son - must avenge his father's murder in order to bring peace and honor to the souls of his loved ones. Vastly outnumbered by the band of villains, Hongi's only hope is to pass through the feared and forbidden Dead...

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Afm: Deals Mount for 3D Everest Film ‘Beyond the Edge’

Afm: Deals Mount for 3D Everest Film ‘Beyond the Edge’
Altitude Film Sales has inked distribution deals in key territories for 3D Everest film “Beyond the Edge,” which world premiered at the Toronto film fest.

Deals have been signed for U.K. (Metrodome), German-speaking Europe (Polyband), and Japan (Kadokawa). Altitude is negotiating further deals at the American Film Market, where the film will screen.

The docudrama, which was shot in New Zealand, charts the story of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay’s 1953 ascent of Everest, using a combination of archive footage and newly shot 3D recreation.

It is produced by Matthew Metcalfe (“Dean Spanley”), and is written and directed by Leanne Pooley (“The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls”).

The film was financed by the New Zealand Film Commission in association with Nz On Air’s Platinum Fund, Tvnz, Digifilm and Rialto Distribution.
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Tiff 2013 Interview: Toa Fraser On Returning To Toronto, How Bob Dylan Influenced His Ballet Film Giselle And Why He Values Stillness

New Zealand auteur Toa Fraser attended the Toronto International Film Festival in 2008 with his whimsical comedy-drama Dean Spanley and returned this year with Giselle, an acclaimed filmed ballet starring world-renowned dancers Qi Huan and Gillian Murphy. Made in collaboration with the Royal New Zealand Ballet company and featuring a score by the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra, the film departs occasionally from the traditional stage settings into real-world vignettes in New York and Shanghai. I spoke to him about returning to the great North American film festival.Twitch: What makes Toronto a special festival?Toa Fraser: It's big and blingin' and very glamorous and at the same time it has real heart and is a real local, intimate festival. For me, personally, it has been very satisfying to...

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Alan Sharp obituary

Swashbuckling screenwriter behind Rob Roy, Ulzana's Raid and Night Moves

Alan Sharp, who has died of brain cancer aged 79, once claimed that as a screenwriter he was most interested in "moral ambiguity, mixed motives and irony", all of which are applicable to two of his best movies, the western Ulzana's Raid (1972), directed by Robert Aldrich, and the thriller Night Moves (1975), directed by Arthur Penn. Most of his screenplays were written in the 1970s and reflect the era in which America was suffering the effects of the Vietnam war and post-Watergate paranoia. This goes some way to explaining the bleakness and cynical sense of destiny in Sharp's films, which he called "existential melodramas".

He was born in Alyth, near Dundee. Although the majority of his scripts were set in the Us, where he lived for many years, Scotland remained pre-eminent in his character and culture. His script for Rob Roy (1995), a
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R.I.P. Alan Sharp

Novelist and film and television writer Alan Sharp has died. Sharp passed away on February 8 in Los Angeles after a long illness, CAA said in a statement. He was 79. Sharp, a Scotland native, launched his writing career in 1965 with A Green Tree In Gedde. The acclaimed novel, initially banned in Scotland for its sexual content, won the 1967 Scottish Arts Council Award and was the first of a proposed trilogy. The second novel in the trilogy, The Wind Shifts, was published in 1968. The third, Don’t Cry, It’s Only A Picture Show, was left incomplete when Sharp relocated to Hollywood to focus on screenwriting for film and television. Sharp went on to pen screenplays for as many as 20 feature films, including Rob Roy, Night Moves, The Osterman Weekend, Little Treasure, and Dean Spanley. Sharp also wrote the screenplay for the mini-series Ben-Hur, which aired on CBC in Canada and ABC in the U.
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Peter O’Toole Takes Center Stage In New TCM Special, Premiering April 1 & Live From Classic Film Festival

As a prelude to the opening of the 2012 TCM Classic Film Festival, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will air a special on-air tribute to eight-time Oscar® nominee and honorary Academy Award® recipient Peter O’Toole, who took center stage at last year’s festival. OnWednesday, April 11, TCM will premiere Peter O’Toole: Live from the TCM Classic Film Festival, a one-hour special taped at the 2011 festival in which TCM host Robert Osborne interviews the legendary actor in front of an audience of festival attendees.

Peter O’Toole: Live from the TCM Classic Film Festival is set to premiere at 8 p.m. (Et). The special will be followed by three O’Toole classics. The following is the complete schedule for the evening (all times Eastern):

8 p.m. . Peter O’Toole: Live from the TCM Classic Film Festival(2012) . Premiere

9 p.m. . The Lion in Winter (1968)

11:30 p.m. . Peter O’Toole: Live
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