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The Babadook | Review

24 November 2014 1:00 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Consequences of Grief: Kent’s Stunning Debut Wades Through Primordial Fears

Satisfying genre films are generally few and far between these days, so it’s with absolute delight to discover something as genuinely impressive as Jennifer Kent’s directorial debut, The Babadook. Expanded from her 2005 short film, “Monster,” it’s not so much that Kent’s premise is anything revolutionary, but her ability to tap into base human fears and without the aid of cheap or excessive frills only makes this simplistic narrative all the more potent. Additionally, Kent’s built her scares around a strong, emotional core, examining the frazzled relationship between a single mother and her son as they struggle to come together after a terrible tragedy. A metaphor for the havoc wreaked when one cannot lay one’s demons to rest, Kent wields a commanding, and graciously moving parable into a film that deserves a long winded »

- Nicholas Bell

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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Ariel Kleiman’s Partisan

13 November 2014 10:15 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Following in the path of former Sundance premiered, Australian stamped films such as Animal Kingdom, Top of the Lake and last year’s The Babadook, Ariel Kleiman’s feature debut is a high profile project that received the Sundance Institute/Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award back in ’12 and was part of the 2012 June Directors and Screenwriters Labs. Production on Partisan began in late 2013 and actually shot for a spurt in Georgia, and originally had Oscar Isaac in the lead before being replaced by Vincent Cassel. It was reported that Pulp singer Jarvis Cocker, French artist Sebastian Tellier and UK group Metronomy have each composed a karaoke song especially for the flick. Prior to this, Kleiman built an especially great rapport with the festival, his 2010 short Young Love won an Honorable Mention in Short Filmmaking, and his following short Deeper Than Yesterday (watch here) won the Kodak Discovery Award for Best Short Film »

- Eric Lavallee

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Talent Agent Joey Stanton Joins CAA From Resolution

3 November 2014 11:03 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Joey Stanton has joined CAA as an agent in its motion picture talent department. Stanton joins the agency from Resolution, where he worked since 2013. He was previously with Paradigm. Among the clients joining Stanton at CAA are Caleb Landry Jones (Roland Emmerich‘s “Stonewall”), Sam Keeley (Ron Howard‘s “In the Heart of the Sea”), Glen Powell (“Expendables 3”), and Daniel Henshall (“Snowtown”), among others. Resolution chief Jeff Berg was forced to shut down Resolution last month. As a result, several of its agents have moved on to greener pastures, including Abram Nalibotsky and Pamela Goldstein to Verve as well as Rich Green and. »

- Jeff Sneider

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Us critics hail The Babadook as a Halloween treat

2 November 2014 2:07 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Jennifer Kent.s The Babadook launched in the Us on DirecTV last Friday, hailed by several critics as among the most outstanding horror movies of the year and by one enthusiast as one of the genre.s top 25 this century. The horror movie starring Essie Davis and Noah Wiseman is available to rent or buy on the Us streaming service, starting at $US9.99, one month before it premieres in cinemas in around 10 cities via IFC Midnight.

In the UK distributor Icon showed its confidence by broadening the film from 147 to 237 locations in its second weekend, ringing up £294,000 ($A540,000) , which lifts the total to a nifty £964,000 ($AI.77 million). As If has noted, the UK haul has already eclipsed the Australian B.O. of $258,000. Hollywood Elsewhere.s Jeff Wells responded to The Babadook as a .a brilliant, slow-burning psychological horror film made in a kind of German expressionist mode. which is significantly »

- Don Groves

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Film Review: ‘Son of a Gun’

19 October 2014 5:46 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

At least three entertaining films are jostling for position in Australian writer-director Julius Avery’s messily propulsive debut feature “Son of a Gun” — and if none ultimately emerges dominant, the red-blooded tussle between them is never dull to watch. Beginning as tough-minded prison drama, careering into daffily escapist caper territory and concluding somewhere in between, this London Film Festival competition entry casts Ewan McGregor brashly against type as a grizzled master thief mentoring a teenage inmate (Brenton Thwaites) through a high-stakes heist that goes inevitably off-plan. Slicker than it is smart — notwithstanding some strained chess metaphors — Avery’s film packs only moderate crossover potential, but serves as a neat calling card for bigger-ticket genre assignments. Released earlier this week Down Under, “Gun” has already secured U.S. distribution with A24.

“Things are not as you imagine,” a character intones at more than juncture in “Son of a Gun,” as the action grows ever farther-fetched. »

- Guy Lodge

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BFI London Film Festival Review: 'Son Of A Gun' Starring Ewan McGregor, Alicia Vikander & Brenton Thwaites

17 October 2014 12:02 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

One of the most exciting movements in cinema in the last decade or two or so has come from Australia. Mostly (but not exclusively) tied to the production company Blue Tongue Films (which includes luminaries like Joel Edgerton, David Michod, and Spencer Susser), but also encompassing experienced figures like Andrew Dominik, Cate Shortland, Julia Leigh, Justin Kurzel, and John Hillcoat, the films are loosely tied together by the simple mark of quality, with great movies like "Animal Kingdom," "Snowtown Murders," "The Proposition" "Somersault," and "Chopper" emerging from the land down under since the dawn of the 21st century. Could the next name to join them be Julius Avery? The director won the Jury Prize at Cannes for his short "Jerrycan," and now makes his directorial debut with crime thriller "Son Of A Gun," which has managed to attract an A-list star and two of the business' busiest, fastest-rising young »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Michael Fassbender gives an update on the Assassin’s Creed movie

9 August 2014 4:27 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Back in April we heard that Exodus: Gods and Kings screenwriters Adam Cooper and Bill Collage had been brought in to do a rewrite on New Regency’s adaptation of Ubisoft’s hit video game franchise Assassin’s Creed, which has Michael Fassbender attached to co-produce and star. The movie has been in development now for over two years, and according to Fassbender, they are taking their time in order to ensure they “respect” the source material.

“I’m still a part of Assassin’s Creed, and we’re working on the script as we speak,” Fassbender tells IGN. “You know, we absolutely want to respect the game. There’s so much cool stuff in the game that we’re actually spoiled for choice in terms of what we can use and what we can’t, but we also want to bring new elements to it and perhaps our own »

- Gary Collinson

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Screen Australia backs 18 features

23 July 2014 3:05 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

UK producer Kevin Loader joins comedy drama B Model, to be directed by actor Rachel Griffiths.

Now that it is likely to be set up as a UK/Australian co-production, prolific UK producer Kevin Loader (In the Loop, Hyde Park on Hudson, Le Week-End) has become part of the team behind the comedy drama B Model, to be directed by actor Rachel Griffiths.

Griffiths has directed two shorts, Roundabout and Tulip and this will be her first feature – providing the money can be raised.

Australian producer Louise Smith was reluctant to provide details of the project precisely because it is yet to be financed. The current draft of the script is being written by Samantha Stauss, co-creator of the series Dance Academy.

B Model is included in a list of 18 features that Screen Australia has injected a total of Us$500,000 worth of development money into in the last four months.

One of the »

- Sandy.George@me.com (Sandy George)

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Sam Worthington, Hugh Dancy, Charles Dance Sign For ‘Deadline Gallipoli’

16 June 2014 7:53 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Shanghai – Sam Worthington (“Avatar,” “Somersault”) Hugh Dancy (“Hannibal”), Charles Dance (“Game of Thrones”) and Rachel Griffiths (“Six Feet Under”) head the cast of “Deadline Gallipoli,” a high-profile Australian mini-series which began shooting today.

The series explores the origin of the Gallipoli legend, when Australian and New Zealand troops were sent into a hopeless battle in Turkey during Wwi. It is told from the point of view of war correspondents Charles Bean, Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett, Phillip Schuler and Keith Murdoch, who lived through the campaign and bore witness to the events in 1915.

Deadline Gallipoli” will air on Foxtel’s showcase channel in 2015 to coincide with the World War I Centenary commemorations.

Other cast include Bryan Brown, Ewen Leslie (“Top of the Lake”), Jessica De Gouw, Anna Torv, John Bell, James Fraser and newcomer Joel Jackson.

“This is a fresh take on the Gallipoli story, with these four journalists fighting the upper echelons »

- Patrick Frater

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Film Review: ‘These Final Hours’

12 June 2014 10:14 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Been there, done that” probably shouldn’t be one’s first response to the apocalypse, though it’s been rehearsed enough times onscreen by now to feel a familiar threat. A concise Australian thriller spanning the last day (or half-day, to be precise) on Earth, “These Final Hours” conjures some sparks of panic with its story of one man seeking last-minute redemption amid a society reduced to anarchic violence and/or hard partying. Ultimately, however, Zak Hilditch’s brash debut presents the end of the world very much as we know it. Technically auspicious but narratively hollow, “Hours” struck a U.S. distribution deal with genre specialists Well Go USA Entertainment following its bow at Cannes; VOD reps its best chance of finding an international audience.

From Don McKellar’s “Last Night” to Jeff Nichols’ “Take Shelter” (the ending of which “These Final Hours” markedly appropriates), the best doomsday movies »

- Guy Lodge

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Sydney title Fell tries innovative launch

9 June 2014 3:58 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Kasimir Burgess’ drama gets VOD launch across most of Australia after its Sydney Film Festival premiere.

This Friday, as soon as the credits roll on the world premiere of the new Australian film Fell, which is one of 12 films in competition in the Sydney Film Festival, it will be available for Us$9.35 (A$9.99) on video-on-demand for 50 hours across Australia. Nearly all of Australia anyway.

The world premiere of Fell via the internet is a game-changer in a multi-screen world,” said producer John Maynard. “It’s democratic, it’s inclusive and it’s about time.”

Maynard produced writer/director Kasimir Burgess debut film with Mary Minas under the Felix Media banner and his distribution company, Footprint Films, will release Fell locally. (Minas did a six-month internship with Felix and Footprint in 2012).

Fell is a tense, emotional story about a man whose young daughter is killed in a hit-and-run accident, and also about the man driving the truck that killed »

- Sandy.George@me.com (Sandy George)

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‘Magic’ Sells to U.S. as ‘Macbeth,’ ‘Legend,’ ‘Bastille Day’ Power Studiocanal To Cannes Sales Record (Exclusive)

21 May 2014 11:57 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Announcing its fifth U.S. sale in three weeks –- Shout! Factory’s pickup on 3D toon pic “The House of Magic” –- Studiocanal, Europe’s biggest film production-distribution force, has had its best Cannes ever.

Record Croisette sales drivers included “Macbeth,” with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, Tom Hardy starrer “Legend” and “Bastille Day,” with Idris Elba.

But Studiocanal also rolled off strength in depth across a 16-pic sales slate, including first sales for Luca Guadagnino’s untitled thriller, starring Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Margot Robbie (“The Wolf of Wall Street”) and Matthias Schoenaerts (“Rust and Bone”).

“All our films are selling well, including films that continued from other markets,” Studiocanal intl. film sales head Anna Marsh said Wednesday at Cannes.

Equally important, 2014’s Cannes fully underscored that Hollywood agents and indie distributors are now increasingly shy of committing clients and money, respectively, to movies coming on to the market only partly financed. »

- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy

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UK Film Centre on £10m question

19 May 2014 10:04 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Speakers at roundtable including the BFI’s Ben Roberts and StudioCanal’s Danny Perkins.

Ben Roberts, director of BFI Lottery Film Fund, asked speakers at Monday’s ‘The Magic £10m: the key to producing a £10m-plus feature film’ panel at the UK Film Centre – what kind of package must be put together for a £10m film in order to secure financing and ensure a healthy box office return?

After a culmination of answers from the board, a bottom line was agreed – it’s a tougher market than it was five years ago, and that a strong package specifically pertaining to the attachment of a well-known director, a solid script and a competitive budget was essential.

Financier Claudia Blumhuber, managing partner at Silver Reel, reiterated: “It’s definitely a difficult market for film. TV is now booming - cast are happy to be in TV whereas five years ago that was not necessarily the case. 

“DVD is in decline »

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UK Film Centre addresses £10m question

19 May 2014 10:04 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Speakers at roundtable including the BFI’s Ben Roberts and StudioCanal’s Danny Perkins.

Ben Roberts, director of BFI Lottery Film Fund, asked speakers at Monday’s ‘The Magic £10m: the key to producing a £10m-plus feature film’ panel at the UK Film Centre – what kind of package must be put together for a £10m film in order to secure financing and ensure a healthy box office return?

After a culmination of answers from the board, a bottom line was agreed – it’s a tougher market than it was five years ago, and that a strong package specifically pertaining to the attachment of a well-known director, a solid script and a competitive budget was essential.

Financier Claudia Blumhuber, managing partner at Silver Reel, reiterated: “It’s definitely a difficult market for film. TV is now booming - cast are happy to be in TV whereas five years ago that was not necessarily the case. 

“DVD is in decline »

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First Posters for Michael Fassbender's Macbeth

15 May 2014 2:54 AM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Today we have the first character posters for a new adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Macbeth," which stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. Check everything out below. The new film will retain the 11th century setting and is said to use the original dialogue as well. The story follows the devious Macbeth, a Scottish lord who will stop at nothing to become King. "Macbeth" is directed by Justin Kurzel (The Turning, The Snowtown Murders) and is currently at the Cannes Film Festival selling off distribution rights. Posters: (click to enlarge) »

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Grim Macbeth Character Posters Feature Michael Fassbender And Marion Cotillard

14 May 2014 12:25 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The problem with most adaptations of William Shakespeare plays is that they treat the material with too much reverence, creating flowery and formal films that add little to the Bard’s work (see: last year’s Romeo & Juliet). The best Shakespeare movies aren’t afraid to risk with translating from book to screen, adopting a modern-day feel or sometimes even completely modernizing the stories. The upcoming Macbeth adaptation doesn’t dump its characters in 2014, but there’s reason to suspect that it will put a new twist on the classic tale. New character posters for the film hit the web today, presenting this Macbeth as the darkest and bloodiest we’ve seen yet. And I’m totally fine with that.

Starring Michael Fassbender as Lord Macbeth and Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth, this take on the Bard’s play hails from The Snowtown Murders director Justin Kurzel. If those three »

- Isaac Feldberg

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First posters for Macbeth starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard

14 May 2014 11:01 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

We’ve already seen a couple of images of Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Marion Cotillard (The Dark Knight Rises) as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth [see here and here], but now The Weinstein Company have given us another look at the Scottish lord from director Justin Kurzel’s (Snowtown) upcoming Shakespeare adaptation….

Update – And here’s another featuring Marion Cotillard

Macbeth is expected to arrive late in the year in time for awards season, with Fassbender and Cotillard joined in the cast by cast are Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby), Jack Reynor (Transformers: Age of Extinction), David Thewlis (Harry Potter), and Paddy Considine (The Double).

The post First posters for Macbeth starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard appeared first on Flickering Myth. »

- Gary Collinson

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Cannes Debuts Two Posters for 'Macbeth' with Michael Fassbender

14 May 2014 8:33 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Following a couple first look photos at the Shakespeare adaptation Macbeth from director Justin Kurzel, the period drama is showing off footage at the Cannes Film Market and looking for distributors. Now we have some bits of the hype machine overseas as two character teaser posters have surfaced online featuring stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. The film has already turned heads enough to have Kurzel team up with Fassbender again for the video game adaptation Assassin's Creed, but it will probably be awhile before we see any footage. In the meantime, these posters, especially Fassbender's is great. Look! Here's the Cannes posters for Justin Kurzel's Macbeth from See Soundit (via The Playlist): Macbeth is directed by Justin Kurzel (The Turning, The Snowtown Murders) and written by Todd Louiso (Hello I Must Be Going, Love Liza, The Marc Pease Experience), based on William Shakespeare's classic play of the same name. »

- Ethan Anderton

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First Posters For ‘Macbeth’ Starring Michael Fassbender & Marion Cotillard

14 May 2014 5:34 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard and “Snowtown Murders” director Justin Kurzel making a grim and bloody adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”? Yes, please. And please file this at the top of 2015’s Most Anticipated Films list. “It’s the first time I’ve played a character with no light, total darkness,” Marion Cotillard told Variety recently of playing the iconic manipulator Lady Macbeth. “And when she loses control … I’m affected by the character I live with when I’m shooting, so I lost control of everything, like her, and it was really hard to handle.” She also recently described the character to The Independent, calling it her dream role. “The depth of humanity in her – but it’s all driven away by fear and despair. How you do things to have a better life – but when they are against humanity, you will fail.” She also had high praise for her co-star. »

- Edward Davis

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First Look: Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard in 'Macbeth'

14 May 2014 4:43 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Cannes - The arrival of the Cannes Film Market means the first buzz and first looks at a number of upcoming films. Many have Us distribution, many do not. One film that has displayed its first imagery is StudioCanal's new adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Macbeth." Directed by Justin Kurzel ("The Snowtown Murders" and the upcoming "Assassin's Creed"), this version stars none other than Michael Fassbender in the title role, Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth, David Thewlis, Paddy Considine and Jack Reynor (upcoming "Transformers: Age of Extinction"), among others. StudioCanal posted two impressive images from the film in the Cannes Film Market today and...oh, my. Hard to gauge a movie just off promotional materials, but for The Weinstein Company, which holds Us rights, this looks very promising indeed. Could we have an interesting addition to the awards season mix on our hands? »

- Gregory Ellwood

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