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World premiere set for Oz crime thriller

29 April 2014 3:13 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Writer-director John V. Soto.s third feature The Reckoning will have its world premiere in competition at the British Independent Film Festival next month.

Screening at the Empire Theatre in Leicester Square on May 10, the crime thriller has been nominated for best film, director and actor.

The cast is headed by Jonathan Lapaglia (The Slap, Love Child), Luke Hemsworth (Kill Me Three Times, Brothers in Arms), Hanna Mangan Lawrence (X, Spartacus: Blood and Sand), Viva Bianca (X, Spartacus) and Alex Williams (Paper Planes, Never Tear Us Apart).

The plot follows a troubled detective (Lapaglia) as he hunts two runaway teenagers who hold video footage that identifies a cop killer.

The tentative Australian release date is September 4, playing on 8-10 screens in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. The film has been sold in seven international territories by Lightning Entertainment, which aims to close further deals at the Cannes film market.

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Wa trio lands roles in Canadian thriller

30 March 2014 4:41 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Wa-born actors Presley Massara, Priscilla-Anne Forder and Jacob Brown are making their international debuts in The Pineville Heist, a thriller which starts shooting in Canada in June.

Massara will play the lead, 14-year- old high school student Aaron Stevens, who ends up with $5 million stolen from a bank after the heist goes wrong and one of the robbers is killed.

Forder is cast as Amanda Becker, Aaron.s drama teacher with whom he seeks sanctuary in the locked-down school, pursued by one of the robbers. Brown has the supporting role of a character named Mike. It.s Massara.s first film role according to IMDb.com.

Forder appears in John V. Soto.s thriller The Reckoning and in Debbie Thoy.s adventure comedy The Manuscript. Brown was in Robert Connolly.s children.s film Paper Planes.

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Idris Elba Set To Be Alive Alone

9 February 2014 9:30 AM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Though he tends to play heroes more than bad guys, Sam Worthington is headed into villainous territory for the new thriller Alive Alone. He’s set to star alongside Idris Elba and Noomi Rapace.Writer Khurram Longi is using the script (a veteran of both The Black List and the Brit List) to mark his directorial debut with the New York-set thriller. Elba will play Jamal, a former detainee at Guantanamo Bay who meets and helps Sarah (Rapace) a prostitute on the run from a fearsome, violent crime boss. Worthington, as you might be able to guess, is set as the troublemaker.Thunder Road Pictures has stumped up the cash for this one, which is currently being touted to buyers at the European Film Market.Elba has three films coming up, including The Gunman, Second Coming and No Good Deed. He’s also attached to the long-gestating Luther film and »

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2013 report card: Another tough year for Aussie films

5 January 2014 3:57 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

An analysis of the Australian films released in cinemas in 2013 makes for grim reading, with a handful of critical and/or commercial successes outnumbered by misfires and under-achievers.

On the positive side, the debut films from directors Kim Mordaunt (The Rocket), Catriona McKenzie (Satellite Boy) and Mark Grentell (Backyard Ashes) unearthed talent with plenty of potential.

The year ended on a strong note with the Boxing Day launch of Jonathan Teplitzy.s The Railway Man, which ranks as the second-highest local grosser behind Baz Luhrmann.s The Great Gatsby, which amassed $27.4 million to become the fifth-biggest Australian title of all time.

Tellingly, the drama starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman raked in more money in its first week than the lifetime earnings of every other title. According to If.s estimate, the combined B.O. tally of the 26 local films and documentaries is $38.88 million, well short of 2012.s $47.9 million.

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