10 items from 2017
As the voters behind the annual Golden Globes, members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. exert an enormous influence on award season. But who are they? Variety asked five HFPA members to discuss their home territories, and lives on the circuit.
Tina Jøhnk Christensen
(Denmark, member since 2013)
Biggest surprise hit in home territory
Biggest Hollywood star
The Danes watch a lot of Hollywood films and the biggest Hollywood stars are Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence, as well as Scarlett Johansson and Viggo Mortensen, who have Danish heritage. But Danes are probably even more interested in Danish stars. Denmark is a very small nation of around five million people, so when Mads Mikkelsen, Ulrich Thomsen, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Connie Nielsen and Sidse Babett-Knudsen make it internationally »
- Shalini Dore
In a David and Goliath battle, the screenplays for Ben Young.s debut feature Hounds of Love and Mel Gibson.s Hacksaw Ridge will compete for the original feature film prize at this year.s Awgie Awards.
That pits a low-budgeted film scripted by Young, which has grossed $125,000 in three weeks at six Australian cinemas, against the $US40 million WW2 drama written by Andrew Knight with Robert Schenkkan, which has amassed $US175.3 million worldwide.
The 50th Annual Awgie Awards presented by the Australian Writers. Guild will be handed out in Sydney on Friday August 25.
Individual category winners will be eligible for the Major Award, given to the most outstanding script of the year. Past winners have included the writers »
- Don Groves
A decision between a past romance and a new love must be made when the endearing romantic comedy Everybody Loves Somebody arrives on DVD, Digital HD and On Demand June 20 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
A decision between a past romance and a new love must be made when the endearing romantic comedy Everybody Loves Somebody arrives on DVD, Digital HD and On Demand June 20 from Lionsgate. Karla Souza stars as a successful career woman who convinces a charming coworker to pose as her boyfriend for a family wedding but is caught off-guard when her old flame shows up. ”A rom-com with bite” (Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times), the movie premiered to critical acclaim at the 2017 Palm Springs Film Festival. From one of the producers of Instructions Not Included, Francisco González Compeán, theEverybody Loves Somebody DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.98.
Karla Souza stars as Clara, »
- Tom Stockman
'Lion' leads this year's Aussie films, and now ranks as the fifth highest grossing Australian film of all time..
The Australian films released theatrically so far this year have grossed $42.6 million.—.nearly double the meagre 2016 calendar year total of $24.1 million.
None of the other 37 films tracked by the Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia (which includes holdovers from previous years) has cracked $1 million.
However the market share for Aussie films this year will be a marked improvement on 2016.s 1.9 per cent, which was a sharp »
- Don Groves
The film will star Thomas Cocquerel (Red Dog: True Blue) as the Tasmanian-born Flynn alongside Corey Large, William Moseley, Clive Standen (Vikings), Callan Mulvey (Zero Dark Thirty), Isabel Lucas (The Water Diviner), David Wenham (Lion) and Dan Fogler..
.What I want to bring to the screen is Flynn.s unapologetic and uninhibited desire to experience a full, adventurous and spectacular life, and reveal his deeply rooted belief in himself and an ability to survive on charisma and bravado,. said Mulcahy.
As well as starring in the film, Large will produce with James M. Vernon »
- Jackie Keast
The film has received production funding from Screen Australia and the Safc in association with Screenwest, Lotterywest, Rising Sun Pictures and Kojo..
Executive producers are Jean-Luc de Fanti (The Private Lives of Pippa Lee), Terry Dougas (Jane Got A Gun), and Paris Kasidokostas-Latsis, whose film Good Time will screen in competition at Cannes this year.
Mother tells the story of »
- Harry Windsor
Screen Australia has announced development funding for seven feature films and one high-end television project, plus production funding for three digital series and one Vr project..
The film revolves around a young British officer sent to allied occupied Naples to clean up corruption and curb the run of British soldiers marrying Neapolitan girls. The locals decide to corrupt him the best way they know how: with food. .
Other films include Relic, a Gender Matters: Brilliant Stories »
- Harry Windsor
Australians in Film has opened applications for the ninth annual Heath Ledger Scholarship.
Established in memory of Ledger, the prize is awarded to an emerging Aussie actor between aged between 18-35 years. The recipient will receive Us$10,000 and two return airfares to La.
Other past winners include Anna McGahan, set to star in Foxtel.s Picnic at Hanging Rock, Ryan Corr (Mary Magdalene, The Water Diviner, Holding the Man), James Mackay (The Dressmaker, Hacksaw Ridge, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) and Bella Heathcote (Fifty Shades Darker, Dark Shadows, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies).
AiF board member and Heath.s sister Kate Ledger said the scholarship was close to the heart. .
.Seeing the struggles that Heath went through in making that transition with his international career and knowing »
- Staff Writer
Red deserts, sweaty brows, scalding sand and swimsuits. Nowhere does summer quite like Australia – and nowhere is it captured better than on film. But how well do you know your classics?
They’re A Weird Mob
Priscilla: Queen of the Desert
The Coolangatta Gold
- Luke Buckmaster
Slatevfx was behind the visual effects on The Dressmaker.
This month, Definition Films and Slatevfx will begin building a new production facility at Fox Studios.
The studios, which form part of a joint expansion, will offer editorial, storage, post production, visual effects and sound post. The facility is touted as the first in Nsw able to offer the 4K Christie laser for projection and review screenings, alongside Dolby Atmos and Protools S6 Mixing platforms.
.Our growing companies have worked very closely over the past four years and saw a great opportunity to build a world class facility for our clients and provide a full camera to delivery solution for producers in Nsw. We saw a wonderful opportunity to lift the bar here in Nsw and create a world class finishing theatre in Sydney.s Fox Studios. Sydney.s freelance roster of colourists, sound designers and mixers are eager to work »
- Staff Writer
10 items from 2017
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