(Matthew Vaughn, 2010, Us/UK) Aaron Johnson, Nicolas Cage, Chloë Moretz. 118 mins
Now that the likes of Batman and Spider-Man are risk-averse, broad-spectrum cash juggernauts, it's refreshing to see a comic-book movie that doesn't play by the rules. Like a spoilt brat, this is foul-mouthed, hyperactive, extremely violent, and all the better for it. And despite dealing with the pitfalls of becoming a real-life vigilante (with no super-powers), it successfully segues from teen loser comedy to full-on action fantasy without losing its stride, just as it straddles the divide between fan-friendly cult material and mainstream crowd-pleaser.
Clash Of The Titans 3D (12A)
(Louis Leterrier, 2010, Us) Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson. 106 mins
So much state-of-the-art technology and A-list talent has been thrown at this sword-and-sandals epic, some of it is bound to stick. And if the 3D looks like a hurried afterthought and the story a bit of a Greek salad, there's always another giant scorpion,
The effect of this movie by the Australian director Warwick Thornton is cumulative, subtle, almost stealthy. It is about an opaque and tragic love affair between a young Aboriginal man and woman in a remote community in Alice Springs: a bleak, faintly Beckettian landscape where life rolls on, uneventfully, but is then punctured with acts of brutality. The man is unemployed, addicted to sniffing petrol and solvents, and nurses a grumbling resentment that his brother won't let him play guitar in their band; the young woman lives with her grandmother and helps her produce the folk art canvases which an exploitative white dealer buys and sells at a chi-chi city gallery for a colossal markup.
They are called Samson and Delilah and there are scenes in which both cut their hair, with a rough kitchen knife,
It’s the story of two Aboriginal teens (played by Rowan McNamara and Marissa Gibson) who begin a relationship and move away from home to live on the fringes in Alice Springs. Reportedly, Samson (McNamara) says one word throughout the entire film, and Delilah (Gibson) is only slightly more talkative, so expect one of those quiet, evocative moody melancholic pieces.
It’s played at numerous international film festivals, but no real distribution yet.
Here’s the trailer if you missed it the first time; and you can
The love story landed the ultimate honour, the Best Film nod, as well as trophies for Best Original Screenplay and Best Direction.
The movie's writer/director, Warwick Thornton, accepted the awards, telling the crowd in Melbourne, Australia, "It's hard work, it's b**ody hard work, there is no mucking around. Be careful what you write, you might just have to direct it."
The child stars of the movie, Marissa Gibson and Rowan McNamara, also shared the Young Actor accolade - and Thornton heaped praise on them, adding: "We put Marissa and Rowan into these lights and part of the deal is to look after them, whatever they want to do, until they know what they want to do and they can separate themselves from us."
Anthony Lapaglia won the Best Actor award for his role in Balibo, a drama about the death of an Australian journalist. The movie's co-writers David Williamson and Robert Connolly won the film a further honour, Best Adapted Screenplay.
Despite being honoured for six awards, Baz Luhrmann's epic Australia only won the one, for highest grossing film. It garnered $211 million (£132 million) at the worldwide box office.
Gangster drama Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities took home three awards including Best Television Screenplay, and Rachel Griffiths landed the Best Supporting Actress for her role in Beautiful Kate.
Sidebar: Two of Somersault's wins were for Abbie Cornish and Sam Worthington's performances. The former is on the cusp of Oscar and the latter on the cusp of global fame and worship. You could do worse than seeing where these two learnt the ropes.
This year's AFI awards, however, are a much different story. 2009 has been a stellar year for Australian cinema - perhaps the
"Samson & Delilah," Australia's entry in the Oscar foreign-language film race, was the big winner at the Australian Film Institute Awards Saturday night in Melbourne. The film took home awards for Best Film, Best Direction and Best Original Screenplay, along with a shared Best Young Actor award for its two stars, Marissa Gibson and Rowan McNamara.
At the AFI Industry Awards, which took place on Friday, the film won in the Best Cinematography and Best Sound categories, as well as picking up the AFI Members' Choice Award.
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The Moulin Rouge! moviemaker was also handed the trophy for Box Office Achievement for his 2008 epic Australia, a homage to his home country.
Lurhmann used the opportunity to pay tribute to the ever-expanding Australian film industry, telling the crowd, "This is an industry to be proud of, it's incredibly exciting. We have it, let's not blow it. I think it's an extraordinarily exciting time to be an Australian filmmaker."
Australian love story Samson & Delilah was the big winner at the ceremony, held at Sydney's Luna Park, scooping six awards, including Best Film and Best Actor/Actress honours for its stars - newcomers Rowan McNamara and Marissa Gibson.
Balibo, starring Anthony Lapaglia, scored seven nominations but only took two prizes, for best sound and editing.
The Moulin Rouge! moviemaker was handed the Living Legend trophy at the Inside Film Awards on Tuesday night.
And the 47 year old was delighted with the honour, telling the audience at Sydney's Luna Park, "This is an industry to be proud of, it's incredibly exciting. We have it, let's not blow it. I think it's an extraordinarily exciting time to be an Australian filmmaker."
Other winners at the annual ceremony included drama Samson and Delilah, which swept the board with six awards, including the night's Best Film honour.
The movie's young stars, Rowan McNamara and Marissa Gibson, were handed the Best Actor and Best Actress awards for their roles in the film.
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