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Financier/executive producer James M. Vernon has an unusual problem in the Australian film industry: he says he has more money to invest than there are viable projects.
Vernon.s Media Funds Management (Mfm) has co-financed a raft of films including Mark Lamprell.s Goddess, Fred Schepisi.s The Eye of the Storm, Simon Wincer.s The Cup, Stephan Elliott.s A Few Best Men and the soon-to-be-released Brian Trenchard-Smith-directed action thriller Absolute Deception.
Among the Mfm co-funded films in post-production are the Spierig brothers. supernatural thriller Predestination, Russell Scott.s 3D IMAX documentary Hidden Universe and Geoff Davis. WW1 drama The Stolen.
Typically Mfm provides up to 100% of the producer offset, up to 100% on pre-sales and gap financing based on qualified sales agency sales estimates. »
- Inside Film Correspondent
This article first appeared in If Magazine Issue #151
He.s a successful pop star, an international heartthrob and has smashed his way onto Australian TV screens as a popular judge on hit show The X-Factor. But Ronan Keating is very, very nervous.
After ten years of trying to break into the acting world (the star famously was unsuccessful in his audition for The Hobbit) Keating has landed a main role in the upcoming Australian feature film, Goddess..
Now the film has wrapped and is about to hit Australian screens, Keating is uncharacteristically insecure about how his first foray into the acting world will be received..
.I.m really bloody nervous,. he admits during a fifteen minute phone interview. .It.s not out there in the public yet but I.m so curious to what they will think of the film and my character. I have no idea. I.ve got nothing to gage it against. »
- Emily Blatchford
A clever concept becomes an amiable endurance test over the perky course of “Goddess,” a just-this-side-of-too-cheerful Aussie tuner. Though the pic did so-so biz during recent domestic release, the tale of a lonely yet spunky housewife and mother who makes something of herself through song is solidly in the mold of “Enchanted” and “Mamma Mia!,” and so could spark internationally with receptive auds.
In rural Tasmania, Elspeth Dickens (legit phenom Laura-Michelle Kelly) spends her days wrangling mischievous 3-year-old twins Zack and Fred (Levi and Phoenix Morrison) while awaiting the unpredictable visits from her man, James (pop heartthrob Ronan Keating). They’ve agreed she’ll put her singing career on hold until the moppets start school, at which point he’ll shelve the whale-saving crusade that keeps him at sea for long periods of time.
After one conjugal visit, James leaves Elspeth with a webcam, which she mounts in the kitchen »
- Eddie Cockrell
Oz the Great and Powerful has spent a second week at the top of the Australian box office charts.
The box office chart for the weekend of March 14 to 17 (all figures are in Australian dollars):
1. (1) Oz the Great and Powerful - $2,974,064
2. (-) The Incredible Burt Wonderstone - $1,093,009
3. (2) 21 and Over - $600,231
4. (-) Goddess - $512,445
5. (4) Silver Linings Playbook - $480,965
6. (3) I Give It a Year »
Australian musical Goddess has opened to moderate box office business after posting $512,445 in its opening weekend.
The film, which stars Laura Michelle Kelly, Ronan Keating and Magda Szubanski, was shown on 207 screens, giving it a screen average of $2476. In total, the Roadshow-distributed film has grossed $514,013.
It has been a disappointing start to the year for Australian films after sporting movies Save Your Legs! and Blinder were also distributed widely but failed to find a similarly broad audience.
Australian musicals have had something of a revival in recent times. Bran Nue Dae (also distributed by Roadshow) opened with $1.61 million across 231 screens in 2009 while last year's smash hit, The Sapphires, opened with $2.34 million across 279 screens for eOne/Hopscotch. However, the Hoyts-distributed A Heartbeat Away posted just $44,204 across 77 screens when it opened in 2011.
Among all films shown last weekend, the highest grossing was Disney's Oz: The Great and Powerful, which took $2.97 million across »
- Brendan Swift
The $5 million football drama Blinder has posted a dismal box office opening weekend of just $47,394.
Like cricket film Save Your Legs!, which last week posted a disappointing box office opening, the film was distributed too widely. The Aussie Rules footy film was shown on 99 screens giving it a screen average of just $478.
The film is about an ex-footballer who becomes embroiled in a scandal and returns to his hometown in order to clear his name and reignite an old flame. It was backed by Afl greats Glenn Archer, Adrian Gleeson and Sam Kekovich and distributed by new outfit Backlot Studios under a flat-fee structure where the producers pay for the promotional costs.
Cricket film Save Your Legs!, distributed by Madman Entertainment, also continued its underwhelming performance in its second weekend, posting $47,081 across 111 screens (screen average $424).
In contrast, only one film in the top 20 widespread releases posted a screen average under $1000 (Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away, »
- Brendan Swift
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