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Mad Max: Fury Road Named Best Australian Movie of This Century

Mad Max: Fury Road Named Best Australian Movie of This Century
Mad Max: Fury Road has been named the best Australian movie of the century. Recently, the Australian website Flicks.com surveyed a total of 51 critics from the country. 26 of whom were men and 25 women, making for a pretty even split and diverse group. It was the largest poll of Australian movie critics in history and, when all of the votes were tallied, director George Miller's dystopian masterpiece came out on top.

The Top five is rounded out by 2010's Animal Kingdom, 2009's Samson and Delilah, 2000's Chopper and 2001's Lantana. Sitting just outside the top five is the modern horror classic The Babadook, which was released in 2014 and gained notoriety for its originality and overall quality. Director Jennifer Kent has been in the running for several high-profile jobs, such as Captain Marvel. The 2001 musical Moulin Rouge, which was a major box office success and stars Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor,

Mad Max: Fury Road Named Best Australian Movie of This Century

Mad Max: Fury Road Named Best Australian Movie of This Century
Mad Max: Fury Road has been named the best Australian movie of the century. Recently, the Australian website Flicks.com surveyed a total of 51 critics from the country. 26 of whom were men and 25 women, making for a pretty even split and diverse group. It was the largest poll of Australian movie critics in history and, when all of the votes were tallied, director George Miller's dystopian masterpiece came out on top.

The Top five is rounded out by 2010's Animal Kingdom, 2009's Samson and Delilah, 2000's Chopper and 2001's Lantana. Sitting just outside the top five is the modern horror classic The Babadook, which was released in 2014 and gained notoriety for its originality and overall quality. Director Jennifer Kent has been in the running for several high-profile jobs, such as Captain Marvel. The 2001 musical Moulin Rouge, which was a major box office success and stars Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor,
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Interview with Sam Neill; talking Sweet Country

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Author: Daniel Goodwin

In his incredible forty year career, legendary Northern Ireland and New Zealand raised actor Sam Neill has starred in a multitude of both mainstream movies and independent films, spanning continents, characters, genres and budget sizes. His latest film, Sweet Country, is an Australian frontier drama inspired by true events that embraces traits from the Western genre.

Australian native Warwick Thornton adapts Steven McGregor and David Tranter’s screenplay which tells the tale of Aboriginal farmhand Sam Kelly (Hamilton Morris), who accidentally kills an irate white bigot tormenting his family. Kelly goes on the run from law enforcement which takes the shape of the affable Sergeant Fletcher (Bryan Brown), accompanied by his Good Samaritan employer Fred Smith (Neill) who wishes to guide Kelly home to safety.

Before Sweet Country, Neill featured in critically acclaimed commercial thrillers (Dead Calm, The Hunt For Red October), prestige dramas (A Cry in the Dark,
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Best Australian Movies You Must See During The Australian Open

Photo by American Int/Everett / Rex Features

“Livin’ in a land down under, where women glow and men plunder,” sang 80’s pop group Men At Work.

As most of the United States is buried under cold and snowy temps, Australia is having balmy warm weather. The country of marmite, koalas and kangaroos, and the Great Barrier Reef is currently hosting the first of the tennis grand slams of 2018, The Australian Open.

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic hits a shot during a training session ahead of the Australian Open tennis tournament, in Melbourne, Australia January 15, 2017. Reuters/Issei Kato

The list of actors and actresses hailing from the sixth largest nation include Errol Flynn, Peter Finch, Rod Taylor, Mel Gibson, Guy Pearce, Nicole Kidman, Geoffrey Rush, Toni Collette, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Ben Mendelsohn, Cate Blanchett, Heath Ledger, Hugo Weaving, Naomi Watts, Abbie Cornish, Eric Bana, Joel Edgerton, Mia Wasikowska, Margot Robbie, Chris Hemsworth,
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The Dish rewatched – heart-on-sleeve drama with a splash of saucer-erotica

If satellite dish porn were a thing, this sentimental account of Australia’s role in broadcasting the Apollo 11 moon landing would be the genre’s pièce de résistance

Making the follow-up film to one of the most beloved Australian comedies of all time, 1997’s The Castle, was never going to be easy for director Rob Sitch and his team of writers: himself, Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner and Jane Kennedy. They are the backbone of production company Working Dog, who have made several hit TV shows (including Frontline and Utopia) and a third, far less impressive feel-good film, the 2012 romcom Any Questions for Ben?

The Dish, an unashamedly sentimental account of Australia’s role in producing signals necessary to broadcast the Apollo 11 moon landing, is a very different kettle of fish to The Castle, being both a rose-tinted celebration of the past and a picture book-style history lesson.

Continue reading.
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Ross Partridge Out on a “Lamb”; Weixler & Oona Laurence Join the Wyoming Wilderness

The Duplass bros. tentacles are among the close-knit on another project to keep tabs on in the next calendar year. Future star so bright pre-teen actress Oona Laurence (upcoming Southpaw, The Grief of Others, I Smile Back) and Jess Weixler (who has managed to make a move onto the international scene with Cannes and Locarno preemed The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her, Him, Them and Listen Up Philip) are set to star in Ross Partridge’s sophomore feature. Written and to be directed by Partridge (also stars) Lamb is set to begin lensing in Wyoming but look for road trip elements including the Chicagoan backdrop. Mel Eslyn (Touchy Feely, The One I Love) and Tayor Williams (The Dish & the Spoon) will produce with Jennifer Lafleur and Mark Duplass exec producing.

Gist: Based on the Bonnie Nadzam novel, this traces the self-discovery of David Lamb (Ross Partridge) in the weeks following the disintegration of his marriage,
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20 essential Australian films?

Any list of must-watch films is likely to be so arbitrary and subjective that it buys plenty of arguments, and so it proves with the Taste of Cinema website.s compilation on Australian cinema.

Its selection of 20 Essential Australian Films You Need To Watch overlooks many classics and more than a few stand-outs of the past 30 years.

Writer Liam Clark, a film/literature/music student in Sydney, acknowledges the first-ever feature length film was The Story Of The Kelly Gang in 1906. He then observes, .Since then, antipodean auteurs of the screen have been weaving their imagerial visions into challenging portraits of Outback Australia, racism, crime and hauntingly beautiful stories..

The list omits everything produced before 1971 and there are some questionable choices.

His Essential 20: Strictly Ballroom (1992), Sweetie (1989), Mad Max (1979), Gallipoli (1981), Muriel.s Wedding (1994), Lantana (2001), Snowtown (2011), The Dish (2000), Candy (2006), Dogs in Space (1986), Somersault (2004), Shine (1986), The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the
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Trailers from Hell: Josh Olson on 'The Dish,' Starring Sam Neill

Trailers from Hell: Josh Olson on 'The Dish,' Starring Sam Neill
Even More Movies You Never Heard Of! continues at Trailers from Hell with screenwriter Josh Olson introducing "The Dish," starring Sam Neill, Australia's top-grossing film of 2000.This Rob Sitch-directed, Bill Forsyth-influenced semi-fictionalized dramedy based on Nasa's use of a radio telescope in New South Wales to beam images from the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing around the world. Much of the electronic prop equipment on hand was actually used during the landing but was too heavy to ship back to the Us and ended up in the movie.
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Angry actor returns fire at critic

Actors who get lousy reviews usually ignore them or suffer in silence- but not Kevin Harrington.

The veteran actor was so incensed by a review by News Ltd..s Leigh Paatsch of the DVD of Cliffy, he vented on Facebook.

The ABC telemovie features Harrington as Cliff Young, who became an unlikely hero at the age of 61 when he won the 875km endurance race from Sydney to Melbourne..

In Saturday.s Daily Telegraph and Herald-Sun Paatsch dismissed it as a .dreadful telemovie that turns the ripping true story of the late ultra-marathon legend Cliff Young into a crap-tastic cartoon. How the ABC ever ponied up a commitment to this dim-witted affair beggars belief..

Paatsch advised readers who want the .real tale- much of which was ignored or changed by this TV calamity,. to read Julietta Jameson.s book Cliffy: The Cliff Young Story.

His verdict: .1 star, run the other way.
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Healing set to shoot Feb 18 in Vic with Hugo Weaving, Don Hany

  • IF.com.au
.Australian feature Healing, starring Hugo Weaving, Don Hany and Xavier Samuel, is set to start shooting in Victoria on February 18.

The tale of redemption is inspired by a true story, writer-director-producer Craig Monahan said in a statement. .The script is inspired by true events and the powerful connection forged by humans with birds and animals..

Healing follows Viktor Khadem (Don Hany in his first major feature role), who has spent 16 years in prison and has almost given up on life. For his final 18 months, he is sentenced to a low-security, pre-release prison farm, where senior officer Matt Perry (Hugo Weaving) has established a unique program to rehabilitate broken men by giving them the responsibility for the rehabilitation of injured eagles, falcons and owls. Against all odds, Matt takes on Viktor as his number one test case, introducing him to Yasmine, a majestic Wedge-tailed Eagle, revealing a new path of inspiration and hope.
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R.I.P. Bille Brown

Don Groves is a Deadline contributor based in Sydney. Australian actor-writer-director Bille Brown, who performed on Broadway and the West End and in the films Killer Elite, The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader and Fierce Creatures, died Sunday in a Brisbane hospital. He was 61 and had been battling bowel cancer. William “Bille” Brown began his career in the early 1970s at the Queensland Theater Company with Geoffrey Rush, among others. In 1976 he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company and appeared in productions at London’s Aldwych and Haymarket Theaters and with the Chichester Festival Theater and English National Opera. He had two further engagements with the RSC, from 1986–88 and 1994–96. He was an artist-in-residence at the State University of New York in 1982 and made his Broadway debut in 1986 in Michael Frayn’s Wild Honey with Ian McKellen. He returned to Australia to live permanently in 1996. His Australian film credits include The Dish,
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Ed Kavalee on self-funded comedy telemovie Scumbus

  • IF.com.au
It.s not surprising that comedic actor Ed Kavalee.s debut telemovie Scumbus is about to hit screens. What is surprising is that he used his life savings to self-fund the project, which was strong enough to attract come of the biggest names in Australian comedy including Glenn Robbins, Tony Martin, Peter Helliar and Dave Hughes.

.What do they tell you not to do? Don.t put your own money in,. Kavalee says. .But I didn.t have a choice . what am I going to do? Ring up a funding body and say I have this idea for a comedy telemovie? They would have hung up straight away. You know you get to this point where you say .I.ve got to do something.....

Kavalee has been winning fans over the past six years on radio and as a host and performer on TV shows such Thank God You.re Here; TV Burp; Santo,
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Ed Kavalee talks up self-funded comedy telemovie Scumbus

  • IF.com.au
It.s not surprising that comedic actor Ed Kavalee.s debut telemovie Scumbus is about to hit screens. What is surprising is that he used his life savings to self-fund the project, which was strong enough to attract come of the biggest names in Australian comedy including Glenn Robbins, Tony Martin, Peter Helliar and Dave Hughes.

.What do they tell you not to do? Don.t put your own money in,. Kavalee says. .But I didn.t have a choice . what am I going to do? Ring up a funding body and say I have this idea for a comedy telemovie? They would have hung up straight away. You know you get to this point where you say .I.ve got to do something.....

Kavalee has been winning fans over the past six years on radio and as a host and performer on TV shows such Thank God You.re Here,
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Thn’s UK DVD & Blu-Ray Release Column – 29th October 2012

It’s Monday, so that means UK DVD and Blu-Ray release day, and after a whopping weekend full of James Bond wonder, we welcome something other than super-spies to our small screens. This column is a brand new feature on Thn, and you’ll see it appear on the site every Monday going forward. If you are one of our many readers from the United States and Canada, then you will also get your own release column, but that will hit these hallowed pages on a Tuesday, so look out for that from tomorrow.

Here are the releases hitting UK DVD and Blu-Ray retailers from today, Monday 29th October 2012.

A Royal Affair (DVD) – dir. Nicolaj Arcel

A Royal Affair got some pretty good reviews when it was released earlier in the year, with huge plaudits for the film’s star Mads Mikkelsen. The film also garnered a rather
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Any Questions For Ben? slips 50 per cent in second weekend

Rob Sitch comedy Any Questions For Ben? has slipped 50 per cent in its second weekend at the box office.

Working Dog.s latest project . following the incredibly popular past hits The Castle and The Dish . grossed a disappointing $302,421 from 235 screens over the weekend, earning it a screen average of just $1287. Last weekend it opened with $608,731.

Distributor Roadshow kept Any Questions for Ben? on 235 screens . the same as opening weekend . however, the film failed to generate positive word-of-mouth while negative reviews also did not help its cause.

The film, also starring Rachael Taylor and Daniel Henshall, follows Ben (Lawson) who suffers a quarter-life crisis after being asked to speak at his school.s career night. Sitch directed the comedy and co-wrote along with Tom Gleisner (The Hollowmen, Russell Coight.s All Aussie Adventures) and Santo Cilauro (Frontline, Thank God You.re Here).

Stephan Elliott.s comedy A Few Best Men also
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Any Questions For Ben? slips 50 per cent in second weekend

Rob Sitch comedy Any Questions For Ben? has slipped 50 per cent in its second weekend at the box office. Working Dog.s latest project . following the incredibly popular past hits The Castle and The Dish . grossed a disappointing $302,421 from 235 screens over the weekend, earning it a screen average of just $1287. Last weekend it opened with $608,731. Distributor Roadshow kept Any Questions for Ben? on 235 screens . the same as opening weekend . however, the film failed to generate positive word-of-mouth while negative reviews also did not help its cause. The film, also starring Rachael Taylor and Daniel Henshall, follows Ben (Lawson) who suffers a quarter-life crisis after being asked to speak at his school.s career night. Sitch directed the...
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Any Questions for Ben? Just one: why have audiences stayed away?

On this week's episode of popular game show Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation, host Shaun Micallef asked actor Josh Lawson how his latest film Any Questions for Ben? was performing.

"Tremendously well," said Lawson, who was dressed as Romeo as part of the episode's Shakespearean theme. "Yeah, no, it's doing very well."

"I should explain," said Micallef quickly to the viewers at home. "We did pre-record this at a point before the film had opened. Can we do the alternative just in case?"

"Of course," Lawson agreed.

"Josh, how is the film doing?"

"People hate it," said Lawson promptly. "And they seem to specifically hate me in it."

The reality seems to lie somewhere in between these two extremes for the latest comedy from Working Dog. Audiences aren't united in their hatred of Any Questions for Ben?, but then again, not many of them have seen it.

The film grossed just
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Any Questions For Ben opens mildly

Australian film Any Questions for Ben has opened with mild box office results over its opening weekend.

The film, directed by Rob Sitch for Working Dog Productions, took $609,000 across 235 screens for a screen average of $2,500.

It’s a disappointing first week for the Working Dog team who also wrote, directed and produced box office hit The Castle and The Dish.

The fast-paced romantic comedy follows Ben (Josh Lawson) as he suffers from a quarter-life crisis and struggles to keep a girlfriend for longer than a month. It also stars Rachael Taylor and co-stars Daniel Henshall, Ed Kavalee, Felicity Ward and Lachy Hulme.

The cumulative total gross is $677,000. The film is distributed by Roadshow.

Meanwhile A Few Best Men, directed by Stephan Elliott, took $539,000 from 237 screens in its third week out, for a screen average of $2274, for a cumulative total of $4,669,000. A Few Best Men is distributed by Icon Films.

Elsewhere Shame,
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Any Questions For Ben? posts modest opening while Shame nets $170K

Rob Sitch.s latest feature film Any Questions For Ben? has posted a modest opening at the local box office. The romantic comedy, starring Josh Lawson and Rachael Taylor, grossed $608,731 for Roadshow on 235 screens, giving it a screen average of $2590.

To put it in perspective, Stephan Elliott.s A Few Best Men grossed almost the same . $539,230 . in its third weekend on 237 screens.

It.d be a disappointing result for the team at Working Dog Productions, best known for such feature films as The Castle and The Dish. Australian favourite The Castle took in $764,378 on just 83 screens when it opened in 1997, while The Dish raked in just under $3 million across 281 screens in 2000 in its opening weekend. (They both went on to make $10.3 million and almost $18 million respectively.)

Sitch, who sat in the director's chair, co-wrote the film with Santo Cilauro and Tom Gleisner. The comedy follows Ben (Lawson) who suffers a
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Any Questions For Ben? posts modest opening while Shame nets $170K

Rob Sitch.s latest feature film Any Questions For Ben? has posted a modest opening at the local box office. The romantic comedy, starring Josh Lawson and Rachael Taylor, grossed $608,731 for Roadshow on 235 screens, giving it a screen average of $2590. To put it in perspective, Stephan Elliott.s A Few Best Men grossed almost the same . $539,230 . in its third weekend on 237 screens. It.d be a disappointing result for the team at Working Dog Productions, best known for such feature films as The Castle and The Dish. Australian favourite The Castle took in $764,378 on just 83 screens when it opened in 1997, while The Dish raked in just under $3 million across 281 screens in 2000 in its opening weekend. (They both went on to make $10.3 million and almost...
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