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9 items from 2015


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

15 hours ago | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York 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’

18 hours ago | 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

18 hours ago | 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

18 hours ago | 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

19 hours ago | 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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Berlin: Goldcrest to Sell Roland Emmerich’s ‘Stonewall’

19 January 2015 7:21 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Goldcrest Films is to handle international rights to Roland Emmerich’s “Stonewall,” which will be introduced to buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin. Warner Bros. has acquired German-language rights, and a U.S. deal is set to be inked soon.

The film, which is in post-production, stars Jeremy Irvine (“Woman in Black: The Angel of Death,” “The Railway Man,” “War Horse”), Jonathan Rhys Meyers (“Mission Impossible III,” “Tudors”), Ron Perlman (“Drive,” “Hellboy” I and II) and Joey King (“White House Down,” “The Conjuring”).

It recreates the events that culminated in the riots outside the Stonewall Inn, Greenwich Village, in June 1969, which is seen as the birth of the gay rights movement.

The drama centers on Danny Winters (Irvine), a young man who is kicked out of his home by his parents and flees to NY where, homeless and destitute, he befriends a group of street kids who »

- Leo Barraclough

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #97. Hugh Hudson’s Altamira

5 January 2015 10:45 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Altamira

Director: Hugh Hudson // Writers: Olivia Hetreed, José Luis López-Linares

Hudson, notably the director of 1981 Best Picture winner Chariots of Fire, hasn’t helmed a feature since the lambasted 2000 Kim Basinger film I Dreamed of Africa, a noted passion project for the actress. His latest, Altamira, looks to be a historical reenactment, and will hopefully prove to be Hudson’s welcome return to feature films, which is why it makes our list. Banderas will play Marcelino Sanz de Sautuola, a Spanish jurist and amateur archeologist who made the discovery of the Altamira Cave with his nine-year-old daughter Maria. Featuring painting of bison, horses, a doe and human hands, made with charcoal and ochre, these were the first Paleolithic cave paintings of their type to be discovered.

Cast: Antonio Banderas, Golshifteh Farahani, Rupert Everett.

Producers: Morena Films’ Lucrecia Botín and Alvaro Longoria (7 Days in Havana), Sympathetic Ink’s Andy Paterson (The Railway Man »

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Russell Crowe’s ‘Water Diviner’ is Top Australian Film of 2014

4 January 2015 11:53 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hong Kong – Russell Crowe’s “The Water Diviner” has become the top grossing local film of 2014 in its native Australia.

The film, about a father returning to Turkey where his sons were involved in some of the most deadly fighting of Wwi, was released on Dec. 26 and had scored A$5.65 million (Us$4.61 million) by the end of Dec. 31. That meant it overtook “Wolf Creek 2” which had been the previous top scoring title of 2014 with A$4.7 million (Us$3.84 million), and also “The Railway Man,” which had been a December 2013 release, scoring A$5.5 million in 2014 and A$7.3 million (Us$5.96 million) in total.

Crowe stars in and directed the film.

As of Sunday (Jan. 4, 2015) “The Water Diviner had stretched its total to A$8.4 million (Us$6.85 million), according to distributor Entertainment One.

“We are delighted that Australian audiences have responded with such enthusiasm to the film,” said Mike Baard, MD of Universal Pictures Australia, »

- Patrick Frater

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Second Opinion – Unbroken (2014)

4 January 2015 5:39 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Unbroken, 2014.

Directed by Angelina Jolie.

Starring Jack O’Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, Miyavi, Jai Courtney, Alex Russell, Finn Wittrock, Garrett Hedlund and Luke Treadaway.

Synopsis:

After a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, Olympian Louis Zamperini spends a harrowing 47 days in a raft with two fellow crewmen before he’s caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.

When reviewing a film based on a true story, especially one as harrowing as a prisoner of war tale, you have to separate reality from film making. The story of Louis Zamperini’s survival against the odds during World War II is, on its own, one to be greatly admired but this movie version of his story offers precious little to admire as far as film making is concerned.

The question I kept asking whilst watching Unbroken was ‘why this man’s story?’ and I assumed that something would happen in »

- Gary Collinson

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