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Watch: Eerie, Haunting Trailer For 'Strangerland' Starring Nicole Kidman And Hugo Weaving

21 November 2014 1:33 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

We could really use a good movie from Nicole Kidman. This year she starred in the terribly reviewed "Before I Go To Sleep," the forgettable "The Railway Man," and her Cannes opener "Grace Of Monaco" was savaged by critics. Her next gig? "Paddington." Thankfully, "Strangerland" holds some promise and the haunting first teaser trailer has arrived. Co-starring Hugo Weaving and Joseph Fiennes, the story follows a couple whose relationship is pushed to its breaking point after their two teenage children disappear into the outback. Penned by Fiona Seres and Michael KinironsKim Farrant (documentary “Naked on the Inside,” Australian TV show “Rush”) makes her feature debut on the project. And frankly, this looks like the kind of gritty, no frills movie Kidman needs to bounce back with. We're crossing our fingers that the moodiness on display adds up to something memorable. No release date or U.S. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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New trailer for The Woman in Black: Angel of Death

20 November 2014 7:08 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Relativity Studios has released a new U.S. trailer for The Woman in Black: Angel of Death, the upcoming sequel to the Daniel Radcliffe-headlined smash hit horror The Woman in Black. Check it out below after the official synopsis…

During the London bombings of World War II, school teachers Eve Parkins (Phoebe Fox) and Jean Hogg (Helen McCrory) lead a group of children in evacuation to Crythin Gifford, a remote village outside of the city. When the group takes up residence at the Eel Marsh House, 40 years after Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) investigated the first haunting, Eve soon realizes they are not alone. The longer they stay in the house, the more the awful past of the residence unravels itself and the evil spirit that lurks around them threatens the well-being of the children. With the help of a pilot (Jeremy Irvine), Eve does all that she can to »

- Gary Collinson

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Awards for The Railway Man and Rake

18 November 2014 12:58 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

The Railway Man and Rake took the top film and TV drama awards while Playmaker Media was named media super production business of the year at the 14th annual Screen Producers Australia Awards on Tuesday night. Jungleboys. The Moodys was feted as best comedy, Matchbox Pictures. Nowhere Boys took the children.s production gong and Artemis Productions. Who Do You Think You Are?. was best TV documentary. Carbon Media, which produced the first Australian indigenous segment ever aired on Sesame Street and is now co-producing Camp Crazy, a childrens. series with Essential Media & Entertainment, was named breakthrough business of the year. The Natalie Miller Fellowship was awarded to Deluxe Australia.s Rebecca Hammond, who will undertake a women in leadership program at the University of Nsw. . The $300,000 Kickstart prize went to Jessica Leslie from the Northern Territory, who will make a TV series for Foxtel.s Studio channel entitled Renassiance Man, »

- Don Groves

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‘Railway Man,’ ‘Gods of Wheat Street’ Head Australia’s Screen Producer Awards

18 November 2014 3:52 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hong Kong — Jonathan Teplitzky’s Colin Firth- and Nicole Kidman-starring drama “The Railway Man” was named as feature film production of the year at the 14th annual Screen Producers Australia Awards.

The awards took place Tuesday evening in Melbourne alongside the industry’s Screen Forever conference.

Other awards went to: Every Cloud Productions’ “The Gods of Wheat Street,” named as tele-movie or mini-series production of the year; Shine Australia’s “MasterChef” which was lauded as reality television production of the year; and Essential Media and Entertainment’s “Rake,” which was named drama television production of the year.

Playmaker Media, founded by producers David Maher and David Taylor and specializing in authored and contemporary drama, won the ‘Media Super Production Business of the Year’ award. Playmaker Media has recently produced award winning drama series “House Husbands” for the Nine Network, political thriller “The Code” for ABC Television and the »

- Patrick Frater

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‘Railway Man,’ ‘Gods of Wheat Street’ Head Australia’s Screen Producer Awards

18 November 2014 3:52 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Hong Kong — Jonathan Teplitzky’s Colin Firth- and Nicole Kidman-starring drama “The Railway Man” was named as feature film production of the year at the 14th annual Screen Producers Australia Awards.

The awards took place Tuesday evening in Melbourne alongside the industry’s Screen Forever conference.

Other awards went to: Every Cloud Productions’ “The Gods of Wheat Street,” named as tele-movie or mini-series production of the year; Shine Australia’s “MasterChef” which was lauded as reality television production of the year; and Essential Media and Entertainment’s “Rake,” which was named drama television production of the year.

Playmaker Media, founded by producers David Maher and David Taylor and specializing in authored and contemporary drama, won the ‘Media Super Production Business of the Year’ award. Playmaker Media has recently produced award winning drama series “House Husbands” for the Nine Network, political thriller “The Code” for ABC Television and the »

- Patrick Frater

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Market share plunges for Australian films

10 November 2014 4:11 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Australian films. share of the national box-office this year is destined to fall well short of last year.s 3.5% and the 10-year average of 3.8%.

Through last Sunday the 31 local features and documentaries released this year, plus around 20 titles that carried over from 2013 or earlier years, had racked up $19.6 million.

The year-to-date gross is $908.9 million so that represents a market share of 2.18%. Still to come are Paul Fenech's comedy Fat Pizza vs Housos (November 27), Jon Hewitt.s Turkey Shoot reboot and Jim Lounsbury.s mystery drama Love is Now (both December 4) and Russell Crowe.s The Water Diviner (Boxing Day).

So by year.s end the market share will probably be the lowest since 2004.s 1.3%.

Last year Aussie films and docs accumulated $38.5 million, boosted by The Great Gatsby.s $27.4 million. This year only The Railway Man (which launched on Boxing Day), Wolf Creek 2 and Tracks surpassed $2 million and no other title cracked $1 million. »

- Don Groves

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New poster for The Woman in Black: Angel of Death

5 November 2014 11:25 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Relativity Studios has released the official U.S. poster for the upcoming horror sequel The Woman in Black: Angel of Death, which you can check out right here, followed by an updated synopsis below…

During the London bombings of World War II, school teachers Eve Parkins (Phoebe Fox) and Jean Hogg (Helen McCrory) lead a group of children in evacuation to Crythin Gifford, a remote village outside of the city. When the group takes up residence at the Eel Marsh House, 40 years after Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) investigated the first haunting, Eve soon realizes they are not alone. The longer they stay in the house, the more the awful past of the residence unravels itself and the evil spirit that lurks around them threatens the well-being of the children. With the help of a pilot (Jeremy Irvine), Eve does all that she can to protect the children and discover the »

- Gary Collinson

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Hendricks sings with Lynn’s Hurricanes

5 November 2014 2:00 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Metro International to launch sales on female buddy movie.

Christina Hendricks is attached to star in Jonathan Lynn-directed female buddy movie The Hurricanes, about three very different women who reunite to resurrect their once chart-topping 80s girl band.

Metro International is shopping Annalisa D’Innella’s script at the Afm, with shoot slated to get underway in February 2015.

Producers are Annalise Davis (The Railway Man) and Rajita Shah with Golden Globe-winning music producer Jimmy Harry also on board.

Additional casting is underway.

Additional finance comes from Belgian co-producers Entre Chien Et Loup (Filth), Creative England and Cutting Edge Group (The King’s Speech).

The script was selected at the Toronto Film Festival as one of 15 projects in the Finance Forum and was one of 10 UK projects with development support from Media in 2012/13.

The script follows Kim Ayers, who twenty years earlier was the perkiest member of a hit 80s girl-band, The Hurricanes. Today »

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

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Hendricks sings with Lynne’s Hurricanes

5 November 2014 2:00 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Metro International to launch sales on female buddy movie.

Christina Hendricks is attached to star in Jonathan Lynne-directed female buddy movie The Hurricanes, about three very different women who reunite to resurrect their once chart-topping 80s girl band.

Metro International is shopping Annalisa D’Innella’s script at the Afm, with shoot slated to get underway in February 2015.

Producers are Annalise Davis (The Railway Man) and Rajita Shah with Golden Globe-winning music producer Jimmy Harry also on board.

Additional casting is underway.

Additional finance comes from Belgian co-producers Entre Chien Et Loup (Filth), Creative England and Cutting Edge Group (The King’s Speech).

The script was selected at the Toronto Film Festival as one of 15 projects in the Finance Forum and was one of 10 UK projects with development support from Media in 2012/13.

The script follows Kim Ayers, who twenty years earlier was the perkiest member of a hit 80s girl-band, The Hurricanes. Today »

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

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Box Office: ‘Nightcrawler,’ ‘Ouija’ Tied for First in Deadly Halloween Weekend

2 November 2014 8:08 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Ouija” and “Nightcrawler” are effectively tied for first place at the box office, providing a little excitement in an otherwise deadly Halloween weekend at the multiplexes.

Both films picked up roughly $10.9 million, but a clear leader will only be determined once final numbers come in on Monday. Whether the victor is “Ouija” or “Nightcrawler,” it will still be the lowest-grossing No. 1-ranked film since the first weekend in September when “Guardians of the Galaxy” topped the box office with $10.4 million.

Nightcrawler,” a twisty thriller about an ethically warped crime reporter (Jake Gyllenhaal), debuted across 2,766 locations. Open Road, which picked up “Nightcrawler” at Cannes, saw there was a dearth of new Halloween fare and pushed the film back from its original release dats of Oct. 17, when it would have faced stiffer competition from Brad Pitt’s “Fury.” The film cost $8.5 million to produce and has been a critical favorite, with a »

- Brent Lang

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Before I Go To Sleep | Review

31 October 2014 1:30 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Sleep, My Love: Joffe’s Effective Woman in Peril Thriller

Adapting S.J. Watson’s pulpy novel Before I Go to Sleep 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 surprisingly tense platitudes Joffe ascends to with this material, though that may be due to the fact that films of this ilk are generally made so shoddily that they fold before the third act. No, Joffe understands a thing or two about fun twists and engaging tension (take his screenplay for the 2007 zombie sequel 28 Weeks Later, for instance), and this sophomore effort feels a bit like those women-in-peril films that were a staple of 90s suburban nightmare cinema.

Christine (Nicole Kidman) awakes in the morning not knowing who or where she is. »

- Nicholas Bell

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'Before I Go to Sleep': What the Critics Are Saying

31 October 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Before I Go to Sleep, out Friday, casts Nicole Kidman as an amnesia victim whose brain resets back to thirteen years ago after each night's sleep. Writer-director Rowan Joffe’s adaptation of S.J. Watson’s bestseller reunited Kidman with her co-star in The Railway Man, Colin Firth, as well as Mark Strong. Scott Free, Millennium and StudioCanal partnered on the British sci-fi thriller, distributed by Clarius Entertainment in the U.S. See more 'Before I Go to Sleep' Trailer: Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth Star in Thriller Read what top critics are saying about Before I Go to Sleep: The Hollywood Reporter's

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Halloween Box Office: ‘Nightcrawler’ Looks to Hold Off ‘Ouija’

29 October 2014 1:17 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Halloween is shaping up to be a box office dead zone.

With trick-or-treating taking place on Friday, weekend ticket sales will essentially be cut in half, analysts say, leaving the Jake Gyllenhaal thriller “Nightcrawler” and reigning champion “Ouija” to fight over the rest of the goodies.

“It’s one of those weekends where Halloween trumps everything,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak. “People are going to be pulled in so many different directions on that day. Just like when the 4th of July lands on a Friday, you’re at the mercy of the calendar.”

For now, give the edge to “Nightcrawler,” which should pull in between $10 million and $11 million when it bows on 2,766 screens. The picture focuses on the extreme lengths an ethically flexible crime journalist (Gyllenhaal) will go to in order to land a blood-splattered scoop. Reviews have been strong with critics lauding Gyllenhaal’s twisty performance, »

- Brent Lang

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New trailer for The Woman in Black: Angel of Death

23 October 2014 9:25 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Entertainment One has debuted a new trailer for The Woman in Black: Angel of Death, which sees Tom Harper (Peaky Blinders) directing a cast that includes Phoebe Fox (Switch), Jeremy Irvine (The Railway Man), Helen McCrory (Penny Dreadful), Adrian Rawlins (Harry Potter), Oaklee Pendergast (The Impossible), Amelia Pidgeon (3096 Days) and Jude Wright (Spy). Take a look below…

As bombs rain down on London during the Blitz of World War II, a group of school children are evacuated with Eve, their young and beautiful schoolteacher, to the safety of the English countryside. Taken to an old and empty estate, cut-off by a causeway from the mainland, they are left at Eel Marsh House.

One by one the children begin acting strangely and Eve, with the help of local military commander Harry, discovers that the group has awoken a dark force even more terrifying and evil than the city’s air raids. »

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Australia to Simplify Co-Production Rules

21 October 2014 3:38 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Making movies as co-productions with Australia is to become easier, following a simplification of the regulations by Screen Australia.

Current rules were “too complex and inflexible,” said Screen Australia CEO, Graeme Mason, speaking in London at the beginning promotional campaign Ausfilm Week.

Among the changes, the organization has relaxed the application requirements for ‘provisional approval.’ That is intended to enable projects to be submitted for assessment without all financial agreements finalised. Specifically, that will remove the need for producers to seek a ‘Letter of Preliminary Compliance.’

Mason said further changes to the system will follow.

“Currently Screen Australia measures ‘Australian creative contribution’ in two ways: with a points test of Australian personnel and by calculating the Australian spend,” Mason said. “We are exploring ways to do this better, but changing our approach to assessing creative contribution will have many implications so we will need to take more time and consult with industry about the options. »

- Patrick Frater

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Kidman and Firth a mismatch

19 October 2014 8:01 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman were terrific as a long-married couple who overcame adversity in The Railway Man but Australian audiences aren.t buying their latest on-screen pairing.

Before I Go to Sleep casts Kidman as a 40-year-old woman who wakes up every day with a blank memory. Firth is her husband who tells her they.ve been married for 14 years and Mark Strong is her neuro-psychologist who encourages her to keep a daily video diary so she can help rebuild her life.

The thriller directed by Rowan Joffe, adapted from S. J. Watson.s best-selling novel, may not have sent audiences to sleep but relatively few bothered to turn up as the film fetched $418,000 on a very wide 194 screens.

Nationwide takings dropped by 16% to $9.7 million as none of the other newcomers much enthused cinemagoers, according to Rentrak.s weekend estimates. Distributors say the market is soft and especially shallow below the top three titles. »

- Don Groves

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Deluxe Australia launches industry support fund

14 October 2014 2:45 AM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Deluxe Australia today launched the Deluxe Heartbeat Fund, which encompasses and extends the company.s industry support programs.

One of the key aims of the Heartbeat Fund is help filmmakers articulate a clear vision of their target audience at the outset, and execute accordingly.

.Australian films are facing specific challenges in cutting through to audiences,. Deluxe MD Alaric McAusland told If. .We want to work with filmmakers on features where they have a clear vision of audience engagement and that.s built in as an integral part of the budget at the start, not as an after-thought.

.The Australian film label is a disincentive for some audiences; our films used to be cool. We are at a tipping point..

McAusland said Deluxe intends to collaborate with industry guilds and other stakeholders to develop programs to engage Australian audiences.

He sees an obvious need for an aggregated site which will enable »

- Don Groves

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Deluxe Australia launches industry support fund

13 October 2014 5:10 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Deluxe Australia today launched the Deluxe Heartbeat Fund, which encompasses and extends the company.s industry support programs.

One of the key aims of the Heartbeat Fund is help filmmakers articulate a clear vision of their target audience at the outset, and execute accordingly.

.Australian films are facing specific challenges in cutting through to audiences,. Deluxe MD Alaric McAusland told If.

.We want to work with filmmakers on features where they have a clear vision of audience engagement and that.s built in as an integral part of the budget at the start, not as an after-thought.

.The Australian film label is a disincentive for some audiences; our films used to be cool. We are at a tipping point..

McAusland said Deluxe intends to collaborate with industry guilds and other stakeholders to develop programs to engage Australian audiences.

He sees an obvious need for an aggregated site which will enable »

- Don Groves

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New poster and trailer for The Woman in Black: Angel of Death

11 October 2014 4:59 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A new poster and trailer has arrived online for The Woman in Black: Angel of Death, Hammer Films’ follow-up to the 2012 smash hit The Woman in Black, and we have it for you right here…

As bombs rain down on London during the Blitz of World War II, a group of school children are evacuated with Eve, their young and beautiful schoolteacher, to the safety of the English countryside. Taken to an old and empty estate, cut-off by a causeway from the mainland, they are left at Eel Marsh House.

One by one the children begin acting strangely and Eve, with the help of local military commander Harry, discovers that the group has awoken a dark force even more terrifying and evil than the city’s air raids. Eve must now confront her own demons to save the children and escape the wrath of The Woman in Black.

The Woman in Black: Angel of Death »

- Gary Collinson

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Us deal for My Mistress

6 October 2014 2:47 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Film Movement has bought North American rights to My Mistress, Stephen Lance.s erotic drama about the affair between a vulnerable teenager. (Harrison Gilbertson) and a French S&M mistress (Emmanuelle Béart).

By If.s reckoning at least 27 Australian titles have secured Us distribution deals this year. Most are getting limited theatrical releases as a platform for home entertainment exposure.

Film Movement will release the film on DVD and VOD, including via its subscription streaming service dubbed Film-of-the-Month Club.

The deal was negotiated by international sales agent LevelK, which had already sold the film to Japan (New Select), the UK ( Film House), Russia (Russian Report) and Hong Kong (Sundream Motion Pictures).

LevelK.s Tine Klint is screening the film this week at the Busan International Film Festival in Korea and hopes to close more deals. Produced by Leanne Tonkes and Steve Kearney, the film opens in Australia on November 6 via Transmission. »

- Don Groves

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