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Australia’s fantasies about its past are a real problem, says the Indigenous director ahead of the world premiere of his new film, We Don’t Need A Map
The Indigenous, Alice Springs-born artist, best-known for directing 2009’s devastatingly brilliant Samson and Delilah, generated considerable controversy when he raised that prospect – expressing concern it was going to happen, rather than stating it had – seven years ago.
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- Guardian Staff
Warwick Thornton.s We Don.t Need A Map will open this year.s Sydney Film Festival, with the event also marking the documentary.s world premiere..
We Don't Need A Map will compete in the festival.s Official Competition. Among the 12 films in the running for the $60,000 prize are Aussie theatre director Benedict Andrew.s debut feature Una, which stars Ben Mendelsohn, as well as Sofia Coppola.s Beguiled.and Michael Haneke.s Happy End, both of which will come to the festival from Cannes.
Overall the festival program boasts 288 films from 59 countries, including 37 world premieres. Bookending the fest will be Korean director Bong Joon-ho.s Cannes film.Okja, »
- Jackie Keast
In the first part of Hollywood’s Golden Era when classic beauties such as Gene Tierney, Greta Garbo, Jean Harlow, Marlene Dietrich and Merle Oberon ruled the screen, Heddy Lamarr was the fairest of them all. In fact, her face became the inspiration for Walt Disney’s animators when they created the Snow White figure. By any measure except critical acclaim, Lamarr had a successful career. She starred in blockbusters like Cecile B DeMille’s Samson and Delilah and the steamy White Cargo (that had her impersonating a woman of color). And given the chance, she did hold her own against some of...read more »
- Greg Ptacek
What would an awards show be without an accolade for Meryl Streep? At Sunday night’s Golden Globes ceremony, the living treasure was the only talent able to walk into the auditorium with advance knowledge of her win, thanks to her previously announced Cecile B. DeMille Award win.
The HFPA’s version of a Lifetime Achievement award, the Cecile B. DeMille Award is given to recipients for “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.” Named after the legendary director of such films as “Cleopatra,” “Samson and Delilah” and “The Ten Commandments,” the award was first given out in 1952 and has been doled out continuously since, save for the 1976 and 2008 ceremonies, where it was not awarded to anyone.
Streep’s honor was — appropriately enough — introduced by America’s other best living actress, Viola Davis, »
- Kate Erbland
4 items from 2017
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