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Producers urged to tell universal stories, and better

16 September 2014 | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

To have any chance of international sales, Australian films need to be original, bold, tell universal stories and be extremely well executed.

That.s according to some international sales agents whom If interviewed as part of our ongoing series of articles on the state of Australian cinema and ways to reach audiences more effectively.

While their views may sound obvious, they say that too often Australian films are failing on most if not all counts.

Michael Favelle of Odin.s Eye Entertainment agrees with the premise that producers should go big or small and avoid middle budget films, as If canvassed last week, but he sees a deeper problem.

.Yes there is a challenge in recouping and financing mid-range films but where we are failing more often is in original films with clear and compelling premises or stories with universal appeal,. says Favelle, the international sales rep for Canopy, Forbidden Ground, »

- Don Groves

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Second Opinion – Goddess (2013)

15 July 2014 3:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Goddess, 2013.

Directed by Mark Lamprell.

Starring Laura Michelle Kelly, Ronan Keating, Magda Szubanski, Dustin Clare  and Hugo Johnstone-Burt.

Synopsis:

A bored and listless mother of twin boys gets a webcam from her husband, so they can keep in touch whilst he’s at work. She starts to sing and dance on camera and becomes an internet sensation and a new life of superstardom opens up before her. But should she take that chance?

Sometimes, it’s difficult to be mean and critical when a film feels sincere.

Case in point is Australian musical comedy Goddess (originally released in March 2013). It’s a sweet, silly bit of escapism with some cracking show-tunes and a cast that seems to be having a lot of fun. On the other hand, it’s a daft story filled with contrivances that manages to drag on despite a running time of just 104 minutes, but can I bring myself to hate it? »

- Luke Graham

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Movie Review – Goddess (2013)

11 July 2014 12:42 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Goddess, 2013.

Directed by Mark Lamprell.

Starring Laura Michelle Kelly, Ronan Keating, Magda Szubanski, Dustin Clare, Hugo Johnstone-Burt.

Synopsis:

A bored and listless mother of twin boys gets a webcam from her husband, so they can keep in touch whilst he’s at work. She starts to sing and dance on camera and becomes an internet sensation and a new life of superstardom opens up before her. But should she take that chance?

I have to say I wasn’t exactly looking forward to this. I usually reserve this level of cinematic ambivalence for Michael Bay and Marvel films but when it pops up on your list of things to do, you do the dutiful thing, boot up, ship out, grab a large latte and, well, just hope it isn’t as dreadful as you suspect it might be.

If you’re a fan of musical theatre (and who isn’t, »

- Steve Leadbetter

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Film Review: 'Goddess'

2 July 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★☆☆☆When done right, nothing gets people out of their seats and dancing down the aisles (or in their living rooms) than a well-executed sing-a-long. In recent years, thanks to the success of Mamma Mia!, the musical has had something of a renaissance. Mark Lamprell's Goddess (2013), an Australian-produced effort based on the stage show Sinksongs, is the latest to try to grab the hearts of musical lovers. In it, despondent housewife Elspeth (Laura Michelle Kelly) is fed up of life. She's been denied her dreams of becoming a due to her husband, James (former Boyzone star Ronan Keating), continuously called away in his job as a marine biologist (!?), leaving her to care for their twin sons.

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- CineVue UK

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Goddess Review

2 July 2014 3:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Adapted from screenwriter Joanna Weinberg’s stage play Sinksongs, this Mark Lamprell musical Goddess begins with a swooping shot of our leading lady Elspeth Dickens, imitating The Sound of Music as she runs through the fields. A nod, instantly, to one of the films that illuminate the genre – though it also works as a slight reminder that this nonsensical piece merely pales in comparison.

Elspeth (Laura Michelle Kelly) is a dedicated stay-at-home mother to her two young boys, almost single-handedly raising the troublesome duo while her husband James (Ronan Keating) works away from home. To keep herself entertained, she sets up a webcam in her kitchen, broadcasting her when cooking, cleaning – and singing. As more and more visitors tune in, her reputation builds and career opportunities come her way. Suddenly the tables are turned, as she prepares to set off for work, and James returns home to look after the kids. »

- Stefan Pape

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Aussie cast in Hollywood action thriller

28 April 2014 11:39 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Hugo Johnstone-Burt has joined the cast of San Andreas, an action thriller starring Dwayne Johnson that.s now shooting on the Gold Coast. Johnson plays a helicopter pilot who joins up with his estranged wife (Carla Gugino) to search for their daughter who goes missing after a devastating earthquake hits California.

Johnstone-Burt, who starts work in mid-May, will play a quirky, charming guy who meets the girl (Alexandra Daddario of TV.s True Detective) just before the quake and helps her to reach a safe place. The actor whose credits include Miss Fisher.s Murder Mysteries, Mr and Mrs Murder, Goddess and Home and Away, will film his scenes in Queensland and California. He.s represented in the Us by UTA and in Australia by United Management.

Backed by New Line Cinema and Village Roadshow Pictures, San Andreas is directed by Brad Peyton and produced by Beau Flynn, who collaborated »

- Don Groves

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Newport Beach to honour UK, Australian cinema

21 April 2014 4:08 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The 15th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival (Nbff) will present its UK Celebration takes place on April 25 followed by an Australian Spotlight on April 28.

The UK event will feature the regional premieres of Amma Asante’s period drama Belle, Stuart Murdoch’s musical God Help The Girl and Amit Gupta’s comedy Jadoo, followed by a UK Gala.

The Gala is a signature event of BritWeek – Oc and is hosted by Jaguar Land Rover Newport Beach and Ted Baker London.

The Australian Spotlight on April 28 will feature the West Coast Premiere of Mark Lamprell’s feelgood film Goddess, followed by a festive Pacific Rim Gala.

“The Newport Beach Film Festival is extremely proud to showcase the very best in contemporary UK cinema,” said Newport Beach Film Festival CEO Gregg Schwenk. We are thrilled to partner with Ted Baker London and BritWeek and celebrate UK films and filmmakers,” stated Gregg Schwenk, CEO of the »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Tie for best film at Fcca Awards

11 March 2014 1:21 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Ivan Sen.s Mystery Road and Kim Mordaunt.s The Rocket shared the best film honours at the Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards presented last night.

The Great Gatsby collected four awards followed by The Rocket with 3 and Mystery Road and The Turning with 2 awards each.

Naomi Watts was named best actress for her role in the little-seen Adoration and Aaron Pedersen was best actor for Mystery Road. Sen was best director.

There was another tie for the supporting actor prize: The Great Gatsby.s Joel Edgerton and Mystery Road.s Hugo Weaving. The Turning.s Rose Byrne was best supporting actress. The Rocket.s Sitthiphon Disamoe was on hand to receive the gong for best young performer.

Best script award went to The Railway Man.s Frank Cottrell Boyce and Andy Paterson. Haydn Keenan's Persons of Interest was named best documentary.

An Acknowledgment Award was presented to »

- Don Groves

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Baz's creative team cleans up at Aacta Awards

27 January 2014 8:11 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

The Great Gatsby dominated. Aacta.s technical and short films awards today, collecting gongs in all six craft categories for which it was nominated, plus the Aacta award for outstanding achievement in visual effects.

The co-production Top of the Lake bagged two TV trophies while Matchbox Pictures. Nowhere Boys, created by Tony Ayres, was named best children.s TV series.

The TV documentary prize went to Redesign My Brain, which explores the revolutionary new science of brain plasticity, written and directed by Paul Scott and produced by Isabel Perez and Scott for ABC TV.

Writer-director Nick Verso's The Last Time I Saw Richard, produced by John Molloy, was honoured as best short fiction film. Developed and funded through Screen Australia.s Springboard program, the short is a prequel to the upcoming feature film Boys In The Trees, tracing the friendship between two teenagers in a mental health clinic in »

- Don Groves

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