11 items from 2009
Samson And Delilah swept the board at the Australian Film Institute awards on Saturday night, scooping a string of top honours.
The love story landed the ultimate honour, the Best Film nod, as well as trophies for Best Original Screenplay and Best Direction.
The movie's writer/director, Warwick Thornton, accepted the awards, telling the crowd in Melbourne, Australia, "It's hard work, it's b**ody hard work, there is no mucking around. Be careful what you write, you might just have to direct it."
The child stars of the movie, Marissa Gibson and Rowan McNamara, also shared the Young Actor accolade - and Thornton heaped praise on them, adding: "We put Marissa and Rowan into these lights and part of the deal is to look after them, whatever they want to do, until they know what they want to do and they can separate themselves from us."
Anthony Lapaglia won the Best Actor award for his role in Balibo, a drama about the death of an Australian journalist. The movie's co-writers David Williamson and Robert Connolly won the film a further honour, Best Adapted Screenplay.
Despite being honoured for six awards, Baz Luhrmann's epic Australia only won the one, for highest grossing film. It garnered $211 million (£132 million) at the worldwide box office.
The October 1st deadline for all countries wanting into the Academy Award's foreign-language film category has come and gone, but you wouldn't know it since no official list of films submitted has been published. - The October 1st deadline for all countries wanting into the Academy Award's foreign-language film category has come and gone, but you wouldn't know it since no official list of films submitted has been published. You could go tooth and nail on the web and film trades and you'd come up with nada, nothing, zero and zilch – and that goes for the official site. The Lemon of the Week goes to the Oscars for not publishing an official list, which sounds like a trivial complaint, but how difficult can it be for them to collect the titles, include the last minute additions and proudly issue a press release listing all participating nations/first round of nomination hopefuls. »
- Ioncinema.com Staff
Directors: Hirokazu Koreeda
Writers: Hirokazu Koreeda
Review by: Joseph Proimakis
Rating: 5 out of 10
Beautifully shot and delightfully acted, Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Airdoll plays like a love-song to the splendor and bitterness of life, filled with allegory in each verse. It’s too bad though, that Kore-eda’s renowned soft touch and pop aesthetics are a bit too blunt around the edges, to go anywhere further than skin-deep at the vast number issues he tries to juggle.
Staying close to his explorations of jaded forms of love and loss, Kore-eda (two time Cannes contender with Distance (2001) and Nobody Knows (2004)) takes a 20 page short manga (The Pneumatic Figure of a Girl, pub. 2000 by Youshiide Gouda), and makes a full blown two-hour movie out of its story about a blow-up sex doll that offers more than sexual pleasure to her lonesome owner, who spends hours joyfully yapping about »
Baz Luhrmann has been honoured in his native Australia for his contribution to the country's film industry.
And the 47 year old was delighted with the honour, telling the audience at Sydney's Luna Park, "This is an industry to be proud of, it's incredibly exciting. We have it, let's not blow it. I think it's an extraordinarily exciting time to be an Australian filmmaker."
Other winners at the annual ceremony included drama Samson and Delilah, which swept the board with six awards, including the night's Best Film honour.
The circus was back in town as the who's who of the Australian film industry gathered last night for the 2009 Kodak Inside Film Awards, returning to Sydney after a number of arguably unsuccessful years of staging the event on the Gold Coast. Competing against Balibo and Cedar Boys in the Best Film category, Samson And Delilah triumphed once again after also picking up the Best Director, Best Music, Best Script and the two Best Acting nods for Marissa Gibson and Rowan McNamara. Hosted by comedian Eddie Perfect, the 11th If Awards saw an impressive list of presenters this year, including Kirk Pengilly, Peter O'Brien, Jacqueline McKenzie, Megan Gale, Natalie Bassingthwaighte and Filmink friends Sam Worthington and Scott Hicks. »
Directors: Warwick Thornton
Writers: Warwick Thornton
Review by: projectcyclops
Rating: 7.5 out of 10
Another film from Liff that’s difficult to categorize - Samson and Delilah is a kind of drama, love story and tale of life on the poverty line for the two eponymous teenagers. Samson spends his days in a constant chemical haze as he sniffs glue and paint, while Delilah cares for her grandmother; in their quiet village in the Australian outback. Delilah’s Nana paints Aboriginal art-work to pay the bills, as the landlord takes them into the city to sell for a profit, while Samson lives with his brothers whose band practice plays over village life almost 24/7.
Samson follows Delilah as she takes her Nana to the local clinic for medication, and after he kills a kangaroo, takes the carcass to her home as a gift. He writes graffiti on the »
From Albania to Vietnam, 65 countries are hoping that their film entries will get picked to fill one of the five slots for Best Foreign Language Film for the 82nd annual Academy Awards.
Five slots, 65 countries, the competition is fierce! Our friends from Variety gave us this list, is your country of choice one of the 65 hopefuls?
I'm happy that my home country, the Philippines, has a fighting chance with the dramedy "Ded na si Lolo" ("Grandpa is Dead"). Take a look at the complete list.
Synopsis: A carefree Albanian student gets drawn into an ancient blood feud when he returns home for a funeral, only to find himself a wanted man.
Awards: Belgrade Film Festival B2B development grant
Sales: Wildart Film
Synopsis: An ambitious, complex work that combines two generation-spanning love stories, a noirish thriller, some »
Dave here with Tuesday's report from the London Film Festival, and it's been my best day yet. Excited?
What is love? It's an age-old question, and you can probably guarantee someone's already made some sort of documentary on the subject. But that doesn't stop filmmaker Nicholas Jasenovec and comedienne Charlyne Yi from giving it their own shot. Paper Heart is a self-conscious quirky film that mixes actual documentary footage of Yi's journey around America interviewing various people on how they'd define love with a strange interpolated story of Jasenovec (actually played by Jake Johnson) picking up on the romantic seeds between Yi and Michael Cera (as 'himself') and filming every aspect of their blossoming relationship to see if Yi finally succumbs to this mysterious thing called love. This latter thread is really quite strange in how transparently fake it is, and it seems quite unnecessary when the interviewees provide much more entertainment, »
The October 1st deadline for all countries wanting into the Academy Award's foreign-language film category has come and gone. According to IndieWIRE , The United Kingdom, which has predominantly submitted Welsh films over the years (if submitting at all), has surprisingly chosen the documentary Afghan Star as its 2009 submission for the Academy Awards. The last time the country received a nomination in this category was in 1999, when Paul Morrison's Welsh and Yiddish Solomon and Gaenor lost out to Pedro Almodovar's All About My Mother. Synopsis After 30 years of war and Taliban rule, pop Idol has come to Afghanistan. Millions are watching the TV series 'Afghan Star' and voting for their favorite singers by mobile phone. For many this is their first encounter with democracy. This timely film follows the dramatic stories of four contestants as they risk all to become the nation's favorite singer. But will they »
Hnr's Michael Stevens reporting from Toronto: Thanks go out to Martin & Ingrid's Tiff 09 Kick-Off Party, Wednesday, September 9th @ the Gat + M.Link Festival headquarters in downtown Toronto's Yorkville, providing select wines from Bryan J. Robertson's Kingsway Brokerage Ltd., on behalf of Wild Bunch, Elle Driver, Celluloid Dreams, Film&Doc, Capri Films, The Works International & UMedia, supporting the following films screening at this year's Toronto International Film Festival: Contemporary Cinema : Rabia directed by Sebastian Cordero, will screen a world premiere with Cordero in attendance. "...South American immigrants working in Spain, builder José María and housekeeper Rosa have been together for a few weeks and are very much in love. Rosa's bosses, Señor and Señora Torres, leave their home on a trip, and the volatile José María spends a few days at the run-down mansion, fantasizing about what life with Rosa could be. When a violent confrontation with his foreman results in the other man's death, »
This is like an American indy set in Death Valley, except it's in Australia with aborigines. This is cinematographer Warwick Thornton's directorial debut and I don't know how I missed this in the Adelaide film fest lineup where it premiered.. but it's received some great buzz and you'll see why after checking out this dust-kicking, passing the time trailer.
Samson and Delilah's world is small- an isolated community in the Central Australian desert. When tragedy strikes they turn their backs on home and embark on a journey of survival. Lost, unwanted and alone they discover that life isn't always fair, but love never judges.
Trailer after the break.
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11 items from 2009
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