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Acs salutes The Railway Man, Lesnie

3 May 2015 3:21 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

The Railway Man.s Garry Phillips won the Gold Tripod for best feature at the Australian Cinematographers Society (Acs) national awards, an event dedicated to the memory of Andrew Lesnie. Phillips also got the Acs.s highest honour, the Milli Award, for which all Golden Tripod recipients were eligible.

Ben Nott received an award of distinction in the feature category for Predestination. Adam Arkapaw.s True Detectives episode 4 was feted for best telefeature, miniseries, TV drama or comedy, and Andrew Commis got the award. of distinction for Devil's Playground. Best dramatised documentary was Jim Frater.s The War That Changed Us episode 1. Joel Lawrence won the best international news award for Tsunami Anniversary. The audience at the awards, which were presented on Saturday night at Moma, stood for a minute's silence for Oscar-winner Lesnie, 59, who died last Monday. . National president Ron Johanson said, .We need to acknowledge the love and »

- Inside Film Correspondent

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Six Sales Takes Rebecca Ferguson-Starrer ‘Snow’ (Exclusive)

24 April 2015 3:26 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Six Sales has acquired world sales rights to Shamim Sarif’s classically styled love story-cum-suspense thriller “Despite the Falling Snow,” a Cold War tale of betrayal starring Rebecca Ferguson — about to explode on the world as Tom Cruise’s co-star in Christopher McQuarrie’s “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.”

Paramount Pictures bows the fifth “Mission Impossible” worldwide on July 5. Demonstrating range, Ferguson (“The White Queen”) will also star alongside Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant in Stephen Frears’ upcoming “Florence Foster Jenkins,” in which she plays Grant’s long-suffering wife.

Linda Lichter of Lichter, Grossman Nichols & Adler represents North American sales. Six Sales will screen “Snow” at the Cannes Film Market in its market premiere.

Produced by Hanan Kattan for London-based Enlightenment Productions and Sarif’s fourth feature, “Despite the Falling Snow” also stars Charles Dance, celebrated as Tywin Lannister in HBO’s “Game of Thrones”; Sam Reid (“Belle,” “Serena,” “The Railway Man »

- John Hopewell

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Australian films on the rebound

22 April 2015 8:48 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Australian films are experiencing a resurgence in cinemas this year, raking in $21.7 million through April 20.

That.s way up on the $13.7 million collected in the first four months last year, when The Railway Man, Wolf Creek 2 and Tracks were the only significant contributors.

Given the upcoming release line-up including George Miller.s Mad Max: Fury Road, Jeremy Sims' Last Cab to Darwin, Brendan Cowell's Ruben Guthrie,. Jocelyn Moorhouse.s The Dressmaker, Simon Stone.s The Daughter and Michael Petroni.s Backtrack, the industry is on course to far surpass the 2014. total of $26.1 million from 39 films and feature documentaries plus holdovers.

Almost certainly 2015 will be a far bigger year for Oz cinema than 2013.s $38.5 million, and probably 2012.s $47.8 million. In the past 10 years the record is 2009.s $54.7 million.

This year local films are benefitting from an exceptionally buoyant trading period at the nation.s cinemas. Through the end »

- Don Groves

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Lionsgate UK CEO Zygi Kamasa signs new deal

25 March 2015 6:47 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Executive’s portfolio expanded to CEO of Lionsgate’s European office.

Lionsgate UK CEO Zygi Kamasa has signed a long-term agreement to stay at the company and has taken on the role of CEO of Lionsgate’s European office.

In his expanded role Kamasa will spearhead Lionsgate’s strategic growth initiatives and new business development across Europe, including potential coproduction arrangements, M&A initiatives and entry into new lines of business.

Lionsgate UK recently expanded its distribution slate to include Summit as well as Lionsgate releases (for Summit titles produced after July 2015). 

Lionsgate has also relocated its international sales and distribution headquarters to London.

“Zygi is one of the entrepreneurial executives playing a leadership role in moving Lionsgate forward around the world,” said Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer. “He and his team have grown Lionsgate UK into a vibrant and diversified company, and his expanded mandate for Europe underscores our commitment to continue building Lionsgate into a next »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Zygi Kamasa Signs Deal to Continue as CEO of Lionsgate UK, Expands European Responsibilities

25 March 2015 5:19 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Zygi Kamasa has signed a new long-term agreement to continue serving as chief executive officer of Lionsgate U.K. and to assume additional responsibilities as CEO of Lionsgate’s European office.

In his expanded role, he will spearhead Lionsgate’s “strategic growth initiatives and new business development across Europe, including potential co-production arrangements, M&A initiatives, and entry into new lines of business.”

Lionsgate has relocated its international sales and distribution headquarters to London, moving its international sales executives closer to key European markets.

“Zygi is one of the entrepreneurial executives playing a leadership role in moving Lionsgate forward around the world,” said Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer. “He and his team have grown Lionsgate U.K. into a vibrant and diversified company, and his expanded mandate for Europe underscores our commitment to continue building Lionsgate into a next generation global content leader.”

Lionsgate U.K., which recently expanded its »

- Leo Barraclough

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New formula to measure global impact of Oz films

8 March 2015 4:56 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Judging Australian films. success or failure by their local B.O. results is unfair and misleading, according to several academics who have devised a new formula for measuring the global impact of individual titles.

Dubbed film impact rating (Fir), the metric assesses films on 14 criteria including the location, volume and saturation of film screenings including film festivals; critic and user ratings, award nominations and wins; and Australian and international B.O. returns and production budget as a percentage of worldwide B.O.

The study.s authors Deb Verhoeven, Alwyn Davidson and Bronwyn Coate tracked 134 Australian films, including co-productions, that screened between December 1 2012 and June 1 2014.

By that yardstick, Saving My Banks had the greatest impact worldwide, narrowly ahead of The Great Gatsby, despite the gap in their total B.O. earnings: $US112.5 million for the Disney film co-produced by Essential Media and Entertainment.s Ian Collie, versus $351 million for Baz.s extravaganza. »

- Don Groves

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The Walking Dead, Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut & Hannibal Nominated in 41st Annual Saturn Awards

4 March 2015 11:00 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

They've done what they've had to do to survive on AMC's The Walking Dead, brining hope and despair to palpable life on the small screen with gritty realism every week. Covered in grime, splattered in blood, and trudging down the sun-baked backroads and brush-bordered trails this season, the stellar cast and crew of The Walking Dead have paid their dues and then some, and now they're getting a tip of the cap in return with seven nominations for the 41st Annual Saturn Awards.

Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Emily Kinney, Melissa McBride, Chandler Riggs, and Andrew J. West have all earned nominations, with the TV series itself receiving one as well. Also recognized in this year's nominations is Scream Factory's Nightbreed: The Director's Cut Blu-ray, NBC's Hannibal TV series, Only Lovers Left Alive, and many more.

Press Release - "The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films announces the »

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‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ and ‘Interstellar’ Lead Saturn Awards Noms

3 March 2015 5:51 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Anthony and Joe Russo’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” lead this year’s 41st Annual Saturn Awards nominations with 11 and 10, respectively, the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films announced on Tuesday.

Marvel’s summer box office smash “Guardians of the Galaxy” followed close behind with nine nominations. “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” followed with eight, and “Edge of Tomorrow” and “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” grabbed seven apiece.

Two of last year’s big television winners, “The Walking Dead” and “Hannibal,” lead the 2015 smallscreen noms with seven and six, respectively. “Continuum,” which airs on the Syfy channel and averages less than 1 million viewers, is the next most nominated show with four.

This year’s Saturn noms exemplify the eclectic groupings that have come to distinguish the awards. The fantasy film category, for example, includes “Birdman,” “The Grand »

- Seth Kelley

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‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ and ‘Interstellar’ Lead Saturn Awards Noms

3 March 2015 5:51 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Anthony and Joe Russo’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” lead this year’s 41st Annual Saturn Awards nominations with 11 and 10, respectively, the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films announced on Tuesday.

Marvel’s summer box office smash “Guardians of the Galaxy” followed close behind with nine nominations. “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” followed with eight, and “Edge of Tomorrow” and “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” grabbed seven apiece.

Two of last year’s big television winners, “The Walking Dead” and “Hannibal,” lead the 2015 smallscreen noms with seven and six, respectively. “Continuum,” which airs on the Syfy channel and averages less than 1 million viewers, is the next most nominated show with four.

This year’s Saturn noms exemplify the eclectic groupings that have come to distinguish the awards. The fantasy film category, for example, includes “Birdman,” “The Grand »

- Seth Kelley

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10 Actors Who “Stole” Their Performances Off Real People

13 February 2015 7:11 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

A24

Sometimes, a performance can seem too precise to be simply the product of an actor’s imagination, or as just a result of fine writing on the page. When an accent or a quirk appears too specific to just simply have been invented, chances are it was probably found somewhere else.

There have been some notable and well-covered examples over the years of actors using real people as the basis for performances; Orson Welles modelled Citizen Kane’s titular newspaper baron on actual newspaper baron William Randolph Hearst, Dustin Hoffman took major inspiration from savant Kim Peek to play the autistic title character in Rain Man, and Johnny Depp channelled Keith Richards for Jack Sparrow.

Of course, you already know about those. This list is about ten more recent examples, with one rule: these have to be unofficial ‘interpretations’ – a cast member playing a younger or older version of »

- Brogan Morris

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Broadchurch series 2 episode 5 review

4 February 2015 5:55 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Broadchurch’s arty direction made this week’s episode even more heightened as a grisly revelation was made…

This review contains spoilers.

Like an orange-cagouled lamb to the slaughterhouse, Ellie Miller’s aggressive pursuit of the Sandbrook case after her heart-rending meeting with Tom led her to a grisly discovery. Was that agricultural incinerator the final resting place of Lisa Newberry’s body? Or is it simply another sleight of hand misdirection?

Not yet being in possession of all the facts, we viewers are at a loss when it comes to rationally sifting through them. Better to let the revelations and diversions tumble out at our feet over the remaining episodes while we let the series’ distracting beauty drift over us. And boy, was this episode beautiful.

Whether we have the arrival of The Railway Man director Jonathan Teplitzky or cinematographer John Conroy to thank for it, episode five was Broadchurch as an art-house flick. »

- louisamellor

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Before I Go to Sleep | Blu-Ray Review

3 February 2015 4:00 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

After flopping at the box office and landing an unnecessary entry on the shortlist for 2014’s Best Actress Razzies for Nicole Kidman, Before I Go to Sleep arrives on Blu-ray with a bruised reputation. Pulpy, even schlocky at certain moments, director Rowan Joffe’s sophomore directorial feature still manages to be entertaining, a throwback to the kind of methodical studio neo-noirs we used to see more before Hollywood was overrun by the mindless recalibrations of endless superheroes and Michael Bay. With a little luck, it will have a healthy shelf-life, perhaps destined for rediscovery as an underrated guilty pleasure in decades to come.

Adapting S.J. Watson’s pulpy novel for his second feature film (2010’s remake of British noir Brighton Rock, starring Helen Mirren, was his neglected debut), screenwriter cum director Rowan Joffe forges onward in material that seems veritably inveigled with the past. Many may be pleased with the »

- Nicholas Bell

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Schepisi casts romantic drama

2 February 2015 5:36 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Lesley Mann, Anthony Lapaglia, Jacki Weaver, Melissa George, Gia Carides and Josh Lucas head the cast of Fred Schepisi.s The Olive Sisters.

A romantic drama adapted from Australian author Amanda Hampson.s 2005 novel, it.s due to start shooting mid-year in Victoria.s Mornington Peninsula.

Mann will play Adrienne Bennett, a successful PR executive whose life unravels when her business fails. She.s forced to move from her New York apartment to a small rural community in Australia, where she inherited a run-down olive grove from her Italian grandparents.

After overcoming culture shock she discovers the family she barely knew and strikes up a friendship with the ruggedly handsome Joe.

Simon Baker was announced today as playing Joe and dutifully reported on Deadline.com, but his CAA agent Peter Levine told If The Mentalist regular is not attached.

A parallel narrative follows Adrienne.s grandparents who worked hard to »

- Don Groves

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‘The Water Diviner’, ‘Babadook’ Share Australian Academy’s Top Film Prize

29 January 2015 5:13 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Before bestowing its international awards in La on Saturday, the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts handed out trophies for homegrown titles in Sydney on Thursday. In a rare, but not unprecedented turn of events, the Best Film prize was a split. Both from first-time helmers, Russell Crowe’s The Water Diviner and Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook shared the win. Kent also took home the Best Directing trophy — Crowe was not nominated in the category.

The Water Diviner, released by Universal locally, was the most successful Australian film of 2014 and also earned a prize for Supporting Actor Yilmaz Erdogan. Horror pic The Babadook, which also scooped Best Original Screenplay, was previously honored by the New York Film Critics Circle with the Best First Film prize. Nicole Kidman/Colin Firth drama The Railway Man was awarded the Best Adapted Screenplay nod for Frank Cottrell Boyce and Andy Paterson. The »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Australian Academy Awards Shared by ‘Water Diviner’ and ‘The Babadook’

29 January 2015 2:26 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The top film prize at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts was shared by “The Water Diviner” and “The Babadook.”

Both films were by first time feature directors, Russell Crowe and Jennifer Kent, respectively.

Kent also claimed the Aacta award for best direction.

David Gulpilil’s performance in “Charlie’s Country” saw him awarded Best Lead Actor. “Predestination” star Sarah Snook was awarded Best Lead Actress. Susan Prior’s performance in “The Rover” earned her Best Supporting Actress prize and Yilmaz Erdogan was awarded Best Supporting Actor for his role in “the Water Diviner.”

The Railway Man was awarded for Best Adapted Screenplay, while “The Lego Movie,” shunned at the Oscars, took home the Aacta Award for Best Visual Effects or Animation.

The Aacta Award for Best Feature Length Documentary went to “Ukraine Is Not a Brothel.”

Further individual prizes went to: Rose Byrne, who collected the Trailblazer »

- Patrick Frater

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Aacta awards 2015 – as they happened

29 January 2015 2:11 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Water Diviner and The Babadook share top film honours and ABC’s The Code is the biggest TV winner. All the red carpet glitz, gossip and gongs from Sydney

Water Diviner and Babadook tie, but at least they’re AussieAactas red carpet: the stars arrive – in pictures

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The big winners? The Water Diviner and The Babadook for film, and The Code for its multiple awards in the telly categories.

Plenty more to celebrate and debate in the coming days. We’ll be back on Friday with the best quotes and pictures. Not to mention our weekly film column that sees Luke Buckmaster re-watching the cult classics of Australian cinema, week in week out, for your reading/viewing pleasure.

8.39pm Aest

And, breathe, we’re almost there. Cate and Debs are back on stage to lead into the final and biggest gong of the night: the award for »

- Nancy Groves and Alexandra Spring in Sydney

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Aacta awards 2015 – as they happened

29 January 2015 2:11 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Water Diviner and The Babadook share top film honours and ABC’s The Code is the biggest TV winner. All the red carpet glitz, gossip and gongs from Sydney

Water Diviner and Babadook tie, but at least they’re AussieAactas red carpet: the stars arrive – in pictures

8.58pm Aest

The big winners? The Water Diviner and The Babadook for film, and The Code for its multiple awards in the telly categories.

Plenty more to celebrate and debate in the coming days. We’ll be back on Friday with the best quotes and pictures. Not to mention our weekly film column that sees Luke Buckmaster re-watching the cult classics of Australian cinema, week in week out, for your reading/viewing pleasure.

8.39pm Aest

And, breathe, we’re almost there. Cate and Debs are back on stage to lead into the final and biggest gong of the night: the award for »

- Nancy Groves and Alexandra Spring in Sydney

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Babadook, Water Diviner share Aacta best film

29 January 2015 1:55 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Double win marks the first time two films have shared Australia’s top film prize.Scroll down for full list of winners

Russell Crowe’s The Water Diviner and Jennifer Kent thriller The Babadook have both won the Aacta (Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts) Award for best film, marking the first time that two titles have shared the country’s top film prize.

The event in Sydney, hosted this year by actresses Cate Blanchett and Deborah Mailman, is only the 4th annual Aacta Awards but they were the result of an overhaul of the AFI (Australian Film Institute) Awards, which were established in 1969.

The two winning films could not be more different from each other. Kent’s meticulously crafted low-budget claustrophobic thriller, The Babadook, is about a single mother who battles with her son’s fear of a monster lurking in the house.

Gladiator star Crowe’s directorial debut, The Water Diviner, is about »

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

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Historic tie for best film at the AACTAs

29 January 2015 12:54 AM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Jennifer Kent.s The Babadook and Russell Crowe.s The Water Diviner tied for best film at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (Aacta) awards in Sydney.

That.s the first joint award for best film in AFI/Aacta history. Kent also collected the awards for best director (Crowe wasn't nominated in that category) and original screenplay.

Telecast on Network Ten, the awards drew just 297,000 viewers in the five metro cities last night, proving more popular in Melbourne (107,000) than Sydney (80,000).

Playmaker Media.s conspiracy thriller The Code collared the awards for best TV drama, lead actor in a TV drama (Ashley Zukerman), supporting actress (Chelsie Preston Crayford) and direction in a TV drama or comedy (Shawn Seet). The Longford Lyell Award, named for Australian cinema pioneers Raymond Longford and Lottie Lyell, went to screenwriter Andrew Knight, whose credits as head writer or co-writer include Fast Forward, Full Frontal, »

- Don Groves

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Romantic thriller 2.22 set to roll

28 January 2015 2:17 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Teresa Palmer, Game of Thrones. Michiel Huisman and The Railway Man.s Sam Reid head the cast of 2.22, director Paul Currie.s romantic thriller which starts shooting in Sydney on Monday.

The Dutch-born Huisman plays Dylan, an air traffic controller in New York who nearly causes a fatal mid- air collision at the strike of 2:22.

Forced to go on leave, he meets and falls in love with Palmer.s character Sarah, who coincidentally was one of the passengers on the plane. To his horror Dyan realizes the same patterns in his life are happening every day.

Reid plays Jonas, a high profile New York-based artist who is an ex-boyfriend of Sarah.s. The cast includes Richard Davies as a fellow air traffic controller, John Waters as Dylan.s boss, Maeve Dermody as his ex-girlfriend, Kerry Armstrong and Remy Hii.

.We.re creating a smart, stylized romantic thriller,. Currie tells If. »

- Don Groves

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