16 items from 2016
A supremely disturbing and perplexing Australian crime from 1997 gets splashed onto the big-screen in “Joe Cinque’s Consolation.” The promising first feature by helmer and co-writer Sotiris Dounoukos methodically details how Canberra law student Anu Singh sedated then deliberately administered a fatal dose of heroin to boyfriend Joe Cinque while friends aware of her deadly plan failed to intervene. Driven by an impressive performance in her feature debut by Maggie Naouri as the damaged and dangerously manipulative Singh, “Joe Cinque’s Consolation” offers a moody and compelling study of the facts while leaving audiences to draw their own conclusions to the burning question of why people would act like this. A solid fest run and strong international sales on small-screen formats looks likely. Australian theatrical release is scheduled for late 2016.
The source material is a 2004 nonfiction novel in which acclaimed author Helen Garner, who attended Singh’s 1999 trial, expressed a »
- Richard Kuipers
Jessica McNamee, who appeared in The Vow and The Loved Ones, will take the female lead opposite Jason Statham in the feature adaptation of the shark movie Meg over at Warner Bros. Fan Bingbing is also amongst the cast of the adaptation of Steve Alten‘s New York Times best-selling novel, which revolves around a prehistoric shark discovered by Statham’s character Jonas Taylor.
On a top-secret dive into the Pacific Ocean’s deepest canyon, Jonas Taylor found himself face-to-face with the largest and most ferocious predator in the history of the animal kingdom. The sole survivor of the mission, Taylor is haunted by what he’s sure he saw but still can’t prove exists – Carcharodon megalodon, the massive mother of the great white shark. The average prehistoric Meg weighs in »
- Paul Heath
Sean Byrne (The Loved Ones) Finally has a new flick out called The Devil’s Candy. It premiered at Tiff last year and is supposed to be wonderful, but has not landed a Us distributor yet for some reason.
Thanks to Bloody Disgusting we have the first trailer for flick which comes on the heels of its Russian release.
In this creepily haunted-house tale a struggling painter is possessed by satanic forces after he and his young family move into their dream home in rural Texas
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Plus several titles we already know are worth your time.
This year’s Fantasia International Film Festival starts today in the beautiful city of Montreal, and we couldn’t be more excited. (Well, I could be if I was there, but I don’t arrive until Saturday night so my peak joy will have to wait until then.) We’ve already revealed the three-part lineup announcement here, here, and here, but as the fest begins we wanted to go ahead and share the films we’re most anticipating as well as recommend some movies that we’ve already seen and loved.
As of this moment I’ve seen twenty-five of the fest’s titles, but that’s still less than one-fifth of films playing this year. Here are some of my favorites.
The director of The Chaser delivers a terrific horror/thriller hybrid from South Korea, The Wailing (full review), which pits a hapless cop against the »
- Rob Hunter
Qff co-directors Huw Walmsley-Evans and John Edmond.
Queensland Film Festival (Qff) has unveiled the program for its second year, to be held July 15-24 at New Farm Cinemas and the Institute of Modern Art.
The festival, which has doubled in size this year, will screen 40 features and shorts, including 19 Australian premieres. Festival co-directors John Edmond and Huw Walmsley-Evans said Qff's 2016 return is a direct result of an enthusiastic response to last year.s program. .Strong community support from both our partners and the general public has ensured that we could increase the number of screenings, and these are films that it.s important that the Brisbane public have a chance to see," Edmond said. Walmsley-Evans said: "Qff's first year proved what we knew to be true: Brisbane wants to see the best that the thriving world cinema has to offer.. Qff will open with Pedro Almodovar.s Julieta, screening direct from Cannes. Other highlights include The Red Turtle, Michael Dudock de Wit's dialogue-free collaboration with animation house Studio Ghibli; Chevalier; Lucile Hadžihalilovic.s Evolution; and Dead Slow Ahead. Local films will include Sean Byrne.s (The Loved Ones) horror The Devil.s Candy and Sydney-based Margot Nash.s documentary essay The Silences. In a nod to now-lost film festivals of Brisbane.s past, Qff will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first-ever Brisbane Film Festival with a restoration of Agnes Varda.s Cleo From 5 to 7, as well as a selection of shorts that screened at the first event. It will similarly mark the 25th anniversary of the Brisbane International Film Festival with a screening of David Cronenberg.s classic adaptation of William Burrough.s Naked Lunch.
There will also be free panels discussions regarding the art and history of filmmaking, including The Art and Craft of Editing in Eugène Green.s La Sapienza and The Son of Joseph, presented with the Australian Screen Editor.s guild and the Arc Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions.
The festival will also reflect on the history of Brisbane film culture with Fifty Years of Film Festivals — Remembering Bff, courtesy of a presentation by Qff co-director Huw Walmsley-Evans and Queensland University of Technology.s (Qut) Dr Tess Van Hemert. Qut is the festival.s major partner. Qff is also supported by the Arc Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, Australian Screen Editors Guild, Avant Card, the Cantrills, the Czech and Slovak Film Festival, David Stratton, the Institute of Modern Art, the National Film and Sound Archive, and New Farm Cinemas Full program and ticket sales: qldff.com . »
- Staff Writer
The full Sydney Film Festival line-up was unveiled this morning by Sff director Nashen Moodley, with five Australian feature premieres and eight Aussie documentary premieres.
In a coup for the festival, this year's Talks program at Sydney Town Hall's Hub will include a free talk with Mel Gibson, whose Blood Father is playing at the fest, as well as in-conversation events with Australian filmmakers such as Ivan Sen.
Sen's Goldstone, the festival's opening night film, will also feature in the official competition..
Other Aussie premieres include Abe Forsythe's Cronulla black comedy Down Under, Craig Boreham's queer drama Teenage Kicks, playwright Stephen Sewell's directorial debut Embedded, and Craig Anderson's thriller Red Christmas, starring E.T.'s Dee Wallace.
Also in the line-up are Aussie titles that premiered overseas last year, such as Beast, the McKeith brothers' Manila-set boxing drama that comes »
- Harry Windsor
.We are thrilled that the fantastic traction Scare Campaign has gained through positive media reviews, sold out screenings and social media, has translated into an international appetite for the film., Ryan said..
The producer and directors have been doing roadshow screenings, taking the film around the country.
.The conventional wisdom is that younger Australians aren't interested in seeing local films on the big screen, but our experience with these event screenings would suggest otherwise", Colin Cairnes said..
"It has been heartening to see a predominantly young audience come to these events and clearly get a kick out of the film's many twists and turns »
- Staff Writer
With a title like that, do you even need to know more? Yeah? Well, it stars 1982 Playboy Playmate of the Year Shannon Tweed. And Adrienne Barbeau from Swamp Thing and Creepshow. (Fun Fact: Adrienne Barbeau played Rizzo in the original Broadway production of Grease! And got a Tony nom for it! What!) And Bill Maher, before he got all respectable with his own HBO show and all. To avoid an avocado shortage, an anthropology professor (Tweed!) heads into the avocado jungle of Southern California to confront the man-eating Piranha Women tribe. How the cannibals are affecting the avocado crops is anyone’s guess. But, hey, I live in SoCal, and »
- Harker Jones
[Note: With the film due for a UK release this week, here’s a reposting of my review of Bernard Rose’s Frankenstein from last summer’s London Frightfest]
Helmed by Bernard Rose, still best known for Candyman, this new take on Frankenstein explores the classic tale from the perspective of the monster rather than the scientist – recapturing what was so great about Mary Shelley’s original story, taking the themes she wrote about and giving them a very modern spin. So modern in fact that I’m positive it’s the first, and only time, we’ve been presented with a 3D-printed protagonist! It may sound crazy but the idea, given recent advances in the technology (only last week it was announced that fully working prosthetics for amputee’s can be 3D printed) is not that far-fetched.
You see, unlike previous iterations of the story, this Frankenstein’s monster, named ironcally Adam, »
- Phil Wheat
Ahead of Scare Campaign's Australian limited theatrical release later this month, we have a trailer for the film to tide you over.
Press Release: February 3rd, 2016 – The full trailer has been released for Scare Campaign, the upcoming horror feature film from writers and directors Colin and Cameron Cairnes (100 Bloody Acres) and producer Julie Ryan (Red Dog), to coincide with the news that the film will be officially released in late March through an innovative event-style cinema release.
Scare Campaign, which recently scooped the awards at Melbourne’s Monster Fest, including ‘Best Film’ and ‘Best Direction’, will initially host themed preview screenings in February and March. These include anti-Valentines showings at Dendy Newtown and Dendy Canberra, and then a special screening at Beechworth Lunatic Asylum, the abandoned facility that provided the ominous backdrop for the film. Following this, Scare Campaign will kick off a series of event screenings around Australia »
- Tamika Jones
Stars: Adrien Brody, Sam Neill, Robin McLeavy, Bruce Spence, Jenni Baird, Anna Lise Phillips, Chloe Bayliss, Olga Miller, Michael Whalley, Malcolm Kennard, Matthew Sunderland, Suzie Steen | Written and Directed by Michael Petroni
Don’t look now, but a man begins to experience strange visions following the death of his child. After realising that the majority of his patients are ghosts (like a reverse Sixth Sense) psychologist Peter Bower (Adrien Brody) heads to his spooky old hometown in the hope that he can uncover the mystery behind it all.
Moody, intense Brody is the main draw for this low-key supernatural thriller, its effective Gothic vibe making it stand out from the chaff like Nicolas Cage’s Pay the Ghost (I say that with love) or the litany of 101 Films releases just like it (said with less love, but there’s still some). The level of class extends to the presence of one Sam Neill, »
- Joel Harley
Directed by Michael Petroni.
Psychologist Peter Bower’s life is thrown into turmoil when he discovers that the patients he has been seeing are ghosts. Risking his own sanity, Peter delves into his past to uncover a terrifying secret which only he can put right.
Adrien Brody is the youngest performer to ever win the award for Best Actor at the Oscars, but like the Halle Berry’s and Geena Davis’s of this world, Brody struggled to capitalise on this success, appearing in mostly forgettable movies that failed to make use of his potential. You probably have some idea where I might be going with this…
An Australian supernatural mystery starring Brody sounds like it should be one of the horror highlights of the year, particularly in the wake of The Babadook’s success, but »
- David Opie
Demonic activity, skinheads, and psychopaths: these are the words one might use to describe the upcoming genre films of 2016. From a possessed painter, to a devilish leg wound, to full-on war waged within the confines of a futuristic apartment complex, blood flies and fingers point in what looks to be one of the most intense, purposely-paced and experimental years for independent films to date.
Traces of David Cronenberg's Videodrome and Scanners, Stuart Rosenberg's The Amityville Horror, Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, and Nicholas Hytner's The Crucible can be found within these electrifying new entries from promising, emerging artists, proving that pulling from the past can wind up making a project feel fresh and new.
Although many of the films carry similar traits and themes like directorial debuts, single set locations, cult activity, and the ever-present presence of the devil's unholy spirit, each of these features is unique in its own persona. »
- Kalyn Corrigan
Hell hath no fury like a... demon scorned? In this round-up, we have a look at the official poster for Fury of the Demon. Also: an I'm Dreaming of a White Doomsday poster, a new Alienween trailer, details on the screening of Romero's vampire film, Martin, Frankenstein on Blu-ray / DVD, and Director's Cut.
Fury of the Demon: "An investigation that takes us on the traces of violent riots having taken place throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, caused by a rare, fascinating and dangerous film: Fury of the Demon (La Rage du Démon), attributed to French cineaste Georges Méliès. Through conversations with journalists, filmmakers, historians, experts and psychologists, this documentary pulls back the veil on the most cursed and disturbing movie ever made. From mysteries to mysteries, from questioning to questioning, discover the truth about the lost movie that has been shaking the film world for over a century! »
- Tamika Jones
Kicking off with a special screening of The Forest with star Natalie Dormer in attendance, and finishing in racy rock-fuelled style with Sean Byrne’s The Devil’s Candy, the UK’s favourite horror fantasy event returns to Glasgow Film Festival with another stellar line-up to shock, chill and thrill. A record thirteen films will screen from Thursday 25th February to Saturday 27th February, alongside a selection of unmissable shorts, guest director Q & A’s, great give-aways and a sneak preview of Paul Hyett’s Heretiks, with the popular director in attendance.
The line-up starts at 9pm on Thurs 25 Feb with the UK Premiere of The Forest starring Natalie Dormer searching for her twin sister in Japan’s most haunted location, the fabled Sea of Trees. The ‘Game of Thrones’ star is making her first appearance at Glasgow Film Festival and is thrilled to be headlining this gala event the »
- Phil Wheat
Film4 FrightFest has unveiled a diverse line-up for their 11th year at Glasgow Film Festival (Feb 17 - 28).
Taking place over the final weekend of the festival, FrightFest will feature eight UK premieres, two European premieres and the world premiere of Stephen King adaptation Cell, starring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson.
The genre strand kicks off on Feb 25 with the UK premiere of Jason Zada’s supernatural chiller The Forest, starring Game of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer. Dormer will be making her first appearance at Glasgow Film Festival in support of the special screening.
This year’s line-up of 13 titles is FrightFest’s biggest Glasgow strand yet. The programme will close with the UK premiere of Sean Byrne’s Toronto hit The Devil’s Candy. Byrne follows up his genre title The Loved Ones with a tale »
- email@example.com (Ian Sandwell)
16 items from 2016