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Tanja Liedtke was a powerful, up and coming force in the world of dance before her untimely death at just 29 years old. Tragically, the cosmopoltian choreographer - born in Germany, schooled in Britian and living in Australia - was knocked down and killed just after being appointed the artistic director of the highly respected Sydney Dance Company. Life In Movement - screening at FilmFest Australia this week - is a celebration of her art that goes far beyond the machinations of her life and the memorial tour that her friends embark on, to encompass questions regarding the nature of creativity and grief.
That the resulting film is an emotional ride is perhaps no surprise when you learn that co-directors Bryan Mason and Sophie Hyde (partners in the film business and life) had a very personal connection to Tanja and her partner Sol Ulbrich.
"Sophie, my partner, and »
- Amber Wilkinson
London's festival celebrating film from Down Under is back - with a new name and new venues.
FilmFest Australia, curated by the much of the same team who previously looked after the London Australia Film Festival, will run from September 14 to 23 at Clapham and Hackney Picturehouses.
The festival - which has announced actors Geoffrey Rush and Noah Taylor as its patrons - will open with the European premiere of Not Suitable For Children, which sees Ryan Kwanten's playboy trying to procreate in a hurry after cancer gate-crashes his party lifestyle.
The festival will also feature the UK premieres of Fred Schepisi's The Eye Of The Storm, starring Geoffrey Rush and Charlotte Rampling, Any Questions for Ben?, featuring Snowtown's Daniel Henshall, and thriller Swerve.
In addition there will be European premiere for kitsch musical Goddess. Documentaries include Life In Movement.
Running alongside the main slate are a selection of short films. »
- Amber Wilkinson
The Cyprian-Australian co-production, which has garnered a number of awards including the Aacta Award for Best Short Fiction Film, won both Best Short Film and Best Drama as well as picking up awards for its screenplay, direction, editing and cinematography.
Film collective Closer Productions received two awards: short documentary Stunt Love won Best Sound Design while Sundance darling Shut Up Little Man won Best Feature Film. This is the second year in a row Closer Productions has won the feature film category. Last year's winner Life in Movement is currently in cinemas.
For a full list of recipients, see below:
Sasa Genre Awards:
- Staff reporter
This weekend may have marked a century since the sinking of the Titanic, but it was a different kind of ship that dominated the box office.
Universal film Battleship, based on the board game of the same name, grossed $3,940,610 across 368 screens in its opening weekend. The film, which focuses on a fleet of ships forced to defend the earth against an alien armada, recorded a screen average of $10,679.
Titanic, the other ship-themed film at the box office, came in at sixth place. Fox's 3D re-release of the 1997 James Cameron film has now boosted total earnings to $2 billion worldwide. In China, it made $58 million on its second-time-around debut: the country's biggest opening in history. Takings on local shores were more modest. The film made $1,464,737 on 166 screens.
American Pie dropped to second place in its second weekend ($2,678,211), while the first school holiday weekend without a public holiday saw a boost of 40 per »
- Amanda Diaz
Life in Movement Trailer. Sophie Hyde, Bryan Mason‘s Life in Movement (2011) movie trailer stars Tanja Liedtke, Anton, Kristina Chan, Julian Crotti, and Amelia McQueen. Life in Movement‘s plot synopsis: “In 2007 the Sydney Dance Company appointed 29-year-old choreographer Tanja Liedtke as their first new artistic director in 30 years. However before she could take [...]
Four major Australian feature film festivals have formed a new partnership to support local niche and arthouse films during their cinematic run.
The festivals in Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne will work with distributors and undertake targeted marketing for the releases in each territory.
More than 95,000-combined e-newsletter subscribers will be targeted throughout the initiative, which has been in the works for the past 2-3 years.
It.s a positive move from the festival directors at a time when audiences often sell-out festival screenings but not local complexes during their theatrical run. Last year, Australian films grossed just 3.9 per cent ($42.9 million) of the total $1.09 billion at the box office and this was largely because of one film: Red Dog.
Outgoing Adelaide Film Festival director Katrina Sedgwick said it was a promising .experiment. that would hopefully get local audiences seeing these .edgy' films.
.For some of the other more challenging, experimental »
- Sam Dallas
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