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8th March at 6.30 pm at Backlot, 65 Haig Street, Southbank.

International Women’s Day.

The She Shot International Women’s Micro Film Festival was created so that more women directors could be represented on screen. The numbers are clear – 50% of screen school graduates are women but only 15% later work in the industry, this means there is a need to redress the balance.  The film festival has attracted many submissions globally indicating that female directors would like a voice and a space to express their individual vision. 

We have seventeen films that have been selected from around the world, of various genres, and some student films have also been selected for the night.  The Best Film by a Female Director will receive an Australian Director’s Guild associate membership, and Triurban Media will award $250. 

We thought that it was important that we showcased these great films on International Women’s Day, which is March the 8th, at 6.30 pm at Backlot Studios, 65 Haig Street, Southbank.

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This film opens exclusively in Melbourne’s IMAX theatre on February 8th for a limited season of one month.

 Harrison Ford narrates breathtaking film from National Geographic Studios on how aviation has changed the world. Shot in 7 continents, 18 countries, 95 locations.

On February 8, IMAX Melbourne will premiere LIVING IN THE AGE OF AIRPLANES, an immersive new giant screen film experience from National Geographic Studios. Narrated by actor and pilot Harrison Ford, it offers a fresh perspective on a modern-day miracle that many of us take for granted: flying.

Using spectacular aerial and nature photography, LIVING IN THE AGE OF AIRPLANES takes audiences around the globe on an epic journey to 95 locations in 18 countries spanning all seven continents to remind us how, in a single century, aviation has changed our world forever.

Produced and directed by Brian J. Terwilliger (“One Six Right”), LIVING IN THE AGE OF AIRPLANES features an original score by the late Academy Award®-winning composer and pilot James Horner (“Avatar,” “Titanic”) and cinematography by Andrew Waruszewski.

The film highlights the astonishingly rapid advancements that have led to a world in which 100,000 flights take off and land every day. During the vast majority of mankind’s existence, walking was the fastest means of travel. Yet today, just 175 years after the introduction of the steam engine, boarding a jet to travel thousands of miles in a matter of hours is more often viewed as an inconvenience than a world-changing technological marvel.

“We are thrilled to be screening this film in IMAX 2D. There are scenes that will take your breath away,” says IMAX Melbourne General Manager Richard Morrison.

Melbourne’s IMAX is an independent, single screen theatre located in the Melbourne Museum’s west wing. The screen measures 32 metres wide by 23 metres high and has very recently been upgraded to ensure the best possible on-screen presentation in the global market. IMAX Melbourne is home to the world’s largest cinema screen.

Join the conversation online using #AirplanesMovie. Follow on Instagram @IMAX.Melbourne

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WAR ON EVERYONE

November 17 2016

RATING: MA15+

GENRE: Action, Comedy

SYNOPSIS: Director John Michael McDonagh (Calvary, The Guard) delivers once again with this politically incorrect, bad cop-bad cop black comedy.

WAR ON EVERYONE follows corrupt cops Terry Monroe (Alexander Skarsgård) and Bob Bolaño (Michael Peña) as they break the law for a living in New Mexico. Terry is an alcoholic who loves Glen Campbell, and Bob is a closet intellectual who loves his wife and kids.

When Terry and Bob try to shake down strip-club manager Birdwell (Caleb Landry Jones), the crooked pair come up against criminal kingpin, James Mangan(Theo James).Things then get very, very personal. It’s not about the money anymore. Terry and Bob put everything on the line for the sake of an innocent, and shooting their way to rough justice turns out to be their unlikely redemption.

TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9iqhpeKXOg

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December 1 2016

RATING: M

GENRE: Comedy, Romance, Foreign

SYNOPSIS: Academy Award®-winner Jean Dujardin stars in this French, romantic, laugh-out-loud-comedy that is all about the long and short of falling in love.

When successful lawyer, Diane (Virginie Efira) gets a call from the man who has found her mobile phone, she is immediately intrigued and charmed. As she and Alexandre (Dujardin) chat and make plans to meet, it becomes evident that the chemistry between them is great indeed. However, when they meet the next day it turns out there may be one small problem.

New relationships are always awkward and for Diane & Alexandre the challenges in their relationship could be somewhat of a tall order. Despite his charisma and good looks, Alexandre comes up a bit short (almost 2 feet, actually). Is Diane out of his reach or can they meet in the middle? They’re both looking for love but society is watching and judging. A perfect match in every way but one, will this new couple be up for the challenge? Will they be UP FOR LOVE?

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Following a hugely popular season last summer, QV Melbourne’s Outdoor Cinema has returned this summer with another program full of Melbourne’s favourite things: live entertainment, free cocktails, special food, red carpets, instafamous dogs, charity screenings, a film festival and more.

Melbourne’s only silent cinema is located on the open air Astroturf square in the heart of the precinct. One of the city’s most affordable outdoor cinemas, QV Outdoor Cinema’s $12 ticket includes deckchair seating and high quality headphones for every audience member.

Pre film dining is easy at QV, whether it’s a wrap from Schnitz, a Movenpick ice cream, a dark hot chocolate from Max Brenner, or a modern Asian dinner at Red Spice QV, audiences will be spoilt for choice before settling into the intimate 80-seat deckchair and beanbag cinema. 

Sessions begin at 8:30pm Thursday to Sunday nights right through until 26 February.

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HACKSAW RIDGE

November 3 2016

RATING: MA15+

GENRE: Drama, Biography, War, History

SYNOPSIS: HACKSAW RIDGE is the extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun.

He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon, as he believed that while the war was justified, killing was nevertheless wrong. As an army medic he single-handedly rescued the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers and was injured by a grenade and hit by snipers. Doss was the first conscientious objector awarded the Congressional Medal of Honour, which is the highest military honour in the US, awarded for personal acts of valour above and beyond the call of duty.

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To all members of our TAT family, readers and contributors, who celebrate Diwali..

We wish you Safety, Good Health, Happiness, Prosperity and Good Fortune.

May they all be with you in the coming year.

   HAPPY DIWALI!

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Synopsis: Korea in the late 1920s is under Japanese occupation. Lee Jung-chool (Song Kang-ho, Snowpiercer), a Korean-born police captain in the Japanese police force, is given a special mission to infiltrate the armed resistance fighting for Korean independence. He approaches Kim Woo-jin (Gong Yoo, Train to Busan), a leader of the resistance to obtain information to expose their activities to the Japanese authorities. Soon Lee begins to doubt his loyalties, and show sympathy for his countrymen.

A resistance plan to obtain explosives in Shanghai that will be used to destroy the Japanese Headquarters in Seoul is set in motion, with Lee caught in the middle. His Japanese bosses suspect his shift in allegiance, and Lee becomes a wanted man. A deadly cat-and-mouse game unfolds in which loyalty is tested and no-one can be trusted.

From the director of A Bittersweet Life and I Saw the Devil – the period spy thriller has been a huge success at home in Korea, with a cumulative 52 million USD in 3 weeks, and is South Korea’s official entry into the 2017 Academy Awards.

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What better way to spend a balmy Melbourne evening than to head into the lovely St Kilda for some theatre. When I heard that Adam Sandler’s The Wedding Singer had been adapted into a musical I couldn’t help but get excited and start singing ‘You spin me right round baby, right round.’ The movie brings back so many fun memories for me and I was intrigued to see how the live musical would be transformed. I am happy to say that it did not disappoint!

The Wedding Singer is currently playing at Theatre Works in the eccentric suburb of St Kilda. The musical, which is a variation of the movie is presented by Playback Productions, produced by Connor Absolum and is led by director by Monica Cioccia.

The production, which runs for 2 hours (including interval) takes us back to a time of satin bridesmaid dresses, puffy shoulders, crimped hair dos, and, legwarmers.

Set in 1985 the story follows rock-star wedding singer Robbie Hart as he dances and sings upon the stage, he’s the wedding singer everyone wants to have and he loves weddings! That is until, his fiancé, Linda, leaves him at the altar. Robbie is simply heart broken and can no longer find happiness in others weddings. He then befriends Julia, a waitress at the reception centre, who is about to be married to Glen, a Miami Vice wannabe and all round jerk-off! As Robbie and Julia become fast friends and soon it leads to more, but can Robbie get the happy ending that he deserves, or will it be too late!

The storyline does take a slight twist when compared to the movie version, but the cleverly worded lyrics to the new songs are hilarious and work very well with this story. I was completely engaged throughout and felt for Robbie as he fell into his spiral of despair.

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The inaugural ‘The 8 Percent Festival’ (www.festival.the8percent.com) will be held in Melbourne on 10-11 October where Australia’s budding entrepreneurs will come together at Melbourne’s Plaza Ballroom this October to celebrate the biggest thinkers and leaders who aim to disrupt and provoke social change.

Keynote speakers will include, lead singer of rock band Everclear, Art Alexakis; undefeated martial arts artist, TEDX Sydney speaker and Cancer survivor, Nadine Champion, South Sudanese refugee and law graduate Deng Thiak Adut as well as author, journalist and television presenter, Indira Naidoo Hosted by one of Australia’s top marketers, Leela Cosgrove, the two-day festival will invite the brightest minds in business and the arts to discuss live on stage, problems facing the health, film, media, education and business industries, designed to prompt thought, question and debate on industry specific topics.

The festival will run across two days from 10 October and consists of four keynotes, 8 Think Tank panels and a number of breakout workshops.

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Sotiris Dounoukos, the director of Joe Cinque’s Consolation, along with lead actress Maggie Naouri, will take part in a special audience Q&A session at Cinema Nova on Friday, October 7 at 6.45pm. Sotiris and Maggie will introduce the film and following the screening will be on hand to answer questions from the audience about the film and its controversial subject matter.

Tickets for this Q&A event are now on sale to the general public and can be booked online at http://www.cinemanova.com.au or at the Cinema Nova box office.

Screening/Q&A location:
Cinema Nova, 380 Lygon St, Carlton

Friday, October 7 at 6.45pm

 “ ..a moody and compelling study”.
– Richard Kuipers, Variety


“Joe Cinque’s Consolation is a gripping true crime drama not to miss.”
– thehollywoodnews.com

Joe Cinque’s Consolation (M) opens nationally on Thursday, October 13, 2016.

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IMAX Melbourne Museum is thrilled to welcome retired Astronaut Marsha Ivins to Melbourne this September 7-10 to celebrate the release of highly-anticipated IMAX space documentary film, A BEAUTIFUL PLANET 3D.

 

Marsha retired in 2010 after 37 years with NASA and 1,318 hours in space. After graduating from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Science (Aerospace Engineering), Marsha began her employment with the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Centre in Houston, Texas in 1974, working in human factors and man-machine engineering on the development of Orbiter cockpit layout, displays and controls, and the Head-Up Display. In 1980 Marsha was assigned as a flight engineer on the Shuttle Training Aircraft and as a pilot on the NASA administrative aircraft.

“Any opportunity to introduce this film to a new audience is a special privilege and a great joy for me. I am thrilled to be able to introduce A BEAUTIFUL PLANET 3D to audiences in Melbourne and Sydney. Many of the scenes in this film are ones that have been impossible to capture in previous IMAX space films so we are very excited to bring them to the IMAX screen and share them with audiences all over the world. To be able to immerse the audience in the experience of living and working in space is the best way to answer the hardest question any astronaut is ever asked – what’s it like”, says Marsha.

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Toni Myers (HUBBLE 3D, SPACE STATION 3D – in which Marsha appears), A BEAUTIFUL PLANET 3D is narrated by Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence and filmed on ultra-high resolution IMAX cameras from the International Space Station in cooperation with NASA.

“A BEAUTIFUL PLANET 3D is the most advanced space film ever produced and one that we are very proud to present in IMAX 3D”, says IMAX Melbourne Museum General Manager Richard Morrison.

A BEAUTIFUL PLANET 3D opens exclusively in Australia’s two IMAX theatres – Melbourne Museum and Darling Harbour – on September 8. Tickets will go on sale early September.

 

 

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IMAX Melbourne Museum will this year be participating in the Melbourne International Film Festival, providing film-lovers with two advanced screenings of the smash hit IMAX documentary, A BEAUTIFUL PLANET 3D.

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Toni Myers (HUBBLE 3D, BLUE PLANET 3D), the 47 minute film is narrated by Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence and filmed on ultra-high resolution IMAX cameras from the International Space Station.

 A BEAUTIFUL PLANET 3D is a breath-taking portrait of Earth from space, providing a unique perspective and increased understanding of our planet and galaxy as never seen before.

Made in cooperation with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the film features stunning footage of our magnificent blue planet — and the effects humanity has had on it over time — captured by the astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

“We are thrilled to be able to show this spectacular film during MIFF, it showcases both the beauty of our planet and the incredible technology we are capable of harnessing and creating film magic with”, says IMAX Melbourne Museum General Manager Richard Morrison.

 

The documentary film opened in the US earlier this year to rave reviews.

“The result is the best kind of spectacle: that which encourages us to look up and beyond ourselves – and does so using only organic special effects.” – Mike McCahill, The Guardian

“Fulfils its inspirational function with screen-filling, soul-filling views of the main space station in the story-the one that harbours all our lives and hopes.” – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

MIFF ticket holders can see A BEAUTIFUL PLANET 3D at IMAX Melbourne Museum ahead of its scheduled September 8 release on August 7 at 1pm and August 10 at 6pm. Join the conversation online using #MIFF2016!

Tickets are available at miff.com.au [Search term: ‘A BEAUTIFUL PLANET 3D’]

Home to Australia’s only IMAX Laser Projector (technology only available in 15 theatres worldwide), Melbourne’s IMAX is an independent movie theatre with a single screen – the second largest on the planet, offering patrons an unparalleled viewing experience.

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One word for Green Room; brutal. So incredibly brutal. Even my tough stomach was churning through this 80s B-Grade inspired horror. The premise is straight forward enough, a punk band called The Ain’t Rights score a gig in an underground neo-nazi bar. Post performance, they stumble across a grizzly scene – a bunch of hillbilly skinheads in a dark dank room, with a dead body between them. The band are barricaded in the room with the victim’s friend Amber (Imogen Poots) and bouncer Big Justin (Eric Edelstein), and they rapidly find themselves caught in a cat and mouse game with the bar owner, Darcy (Patrick Stewart) – who will go to any lengths to cover his criminal tracks.

It is difficult to say which genre this film belongs in. It’s not your typical horror, it’s not scary on a fantasy level, but it is terrifying in a realistic sense. And the violence – I haven’t seen violence quite like this since Drive (2011), and I was one of many people in the cinema loudly expressing my discomfort. But is the film actually any good? Read on.

There should be two warnings issued prior to seeing this film. 1) Be prepared for gore. And not the kind of gore where you squirm, laugh and secretly love the playful uneasiness it’s conceiving, but really prepare yourself for unthinkable violence. It’s gruesome and spine-chilling. 2) Try not to read up on this film at all. It’s one of those gems where knowing little about it will work in your favour. I knew nothing about Green Room, and I really believe it paid off going in blind.

One of my pet-peeves when it comes to violence in films, is using violence when it’s not warranted. Gore for the sake of gore is useless in my opinion, and the end result is basically torture porn (every filmmaker should take a leaf out of Tarantino’s book when it comes to film violence). Green Room uses violence, even at its most extreme, but it is relevant to the story. The four band members Pat (Anton Yelchin), Sam (Alia Shawkat), Tiger (Callum Turner) and Reece (Joe Cole) use what is necessary to fight off Darcy’s henchmen.

Director Jeremy Saulnier has exceeded expectations since his thriller Blue Ruin hit the indie circuit in 2013. Green Room is a tight, ultra-violent suspense ride that does its job in keeping you physically uncomfortable for its 90 minute duration. The cinematography is dark and grimy, just like its subject matter, and the performances (mainly by the young cast) are fantastic. The fear, vulnerability and realistic youthful humour conveyed by the young actors is spot on. And Imogen Poots almost steals the show with a surprising turn as a moody punk-rocker caught in the middle.

Unfortunately though, the film falls short in the characterisation of the antagonists. The excitement of seeing Patrick Stewart finally playing a bad guy (and I mean a REALLY bad guy) is short-lived. His performance is fine, however the screenplay failed to develop his character just that little more. I was hoping to feel the same discomfort created by Javier Bardem in No Country for Old Men, but it never really came to fruition.

All in all though, Green Room is a gruesome and enjoyable ride (if ultra-violence is up your alley). It was fun to see it in a cinema full of slasher fans who made it no secret how jittery they were. Definitely check it out if you’re brave enough.

4/5 Stars.

Green Room is screening exclusively at Cinema Nova from May 12th.

Half Australian/Japanese cinephile. Screenwriter. International Film Festival Winner. Lover of film, food and Netflix. Emily spends her days teaching coffee-making and latte art. As well as daydreaming that Bill Murray will one day invite her over for a Suntory Whiskey.

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“Each year The Official Top Ten Night events get bigger and bigger. Our ultimate goal is to have an Official Top Ten Night taking place in every major city in the world, shining an even greater light on the important issue of mental health.”
Alastair Taylor, Founder, The Official Top Ten Night.
The Official Top Ten Night organises and creates unique events, held in various locations all around the world, with a simple message: Make a list, make a difference. In support of Suicide Prevention Australia, the events encourage conversations around the world, with the aim of reducing the stigma of talking about suicide and its prevention. The flagship events are the annual Top Ten Music and Top Ten Movie Nights. This year sees exciting new events added to the calendar, including
Get Reel: Top Ten Filmmakers Festival 2016
Get Reel: Top Ten Filmmakers Festival 2016 is an International Filmmakers Competition open to Australia/NZ residents, for the Top Ten Filmmakers, as judged by a celebrity panel. The competition runs from Tuesday 1st March to Sunday 8 th May, with prizes for the Top 100, Top Ten and Overall Winner . The Final will be held at Ritz Cinema, Randwick, NSW, Sunday 24 th July. Need to know more? See here .

Established by Alastair Taylor, the intimate Top Ten events began as a fun night between friends.
And they’re still fun, but now they’re making a serious difference in suicide prevention by instigating a much needed conversation about suicide and its prevention, at events all around the world.

For more information regarding The Official Top Ten Night, Top Ten Books and other events, please visit
www.officialtoptennight.com or contact Alastair Taylor: ataylor@officialtoptennight.com
For more information regarding Suicide Prevention Australia please visit suicidepreventionaust.org

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Announcing “a cracking new Outdoor Cinema” at QV Melbourne

 

Summer screenings Thursday – Sunday nights December 2015 to February 2016 at QV

Melbourne, QV Square Level 2, corner Lonsdale and Swanston Streets.

Melbourne Bookings and Full Program available via www.qvcinema.com.au

 

Opening Night Tuesday 1st December is FREE – all other screenings $12.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

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The China Australia Film Collaboration (CAFC) was launched Wednesday at Parliament House, Perth, Western Australia, with the signing of Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs) by event partners the China Film Producers’ Association, Australia China Business Council (WA), ScreenWest and CinefestOZ.

A business-to-business event, the CAFC will bring together representatives of China and Australia’s production and film financing companies.

The inaugural two-day event will be held in Bunbury on 27-28 August 2015, coinciding with the CinefestOZ Film Festival.

Panels and key speakers will explore trends, networks, protocols, government policy, critical pathways, investment drivers and audience expectations for both Australian and China screen industries.

Mr Wang Fenglin, Vice President and Secretary General, China Film Producers Association said the organisation sought to strengthen ties with Australia through the CAFC.

“We are delighted to be in Western Australia to help develop relationships betweenfilmmakersandfilm financiers from both countries.  Our ultimate aim is for this toleadto co-productionsbeingundertaken,” he said. 

Mr Adam Handley, President WA Branch, Australia China Business Council said “The signing of the MOUs set a strong foundation between Australia and China’s screen industries. We look forward to this being the start of a long, productive partnership.”

Mr Ian Booth, Chief Executive, ScreenWest said the CAFC event would foster cultural and creative exchanges, as well as business outcomes.

“China is a growing market, and Australia has much to offer by way of highly skilled creatives and crew, diverse locations and Government support,” Mr Booth said.

“We aim to broaden understanding of the processes and opportunities available in both countries, and our anticipation is that this will lead to production partnerships between Chinese and Western Australian production companies.

Mr David Barton, CinefestOZ Chair, said the film festival had included China – Australia films, seminars and guests for the past three years.

“The CAFC will build on what we have done in recent years and provide a formal China Australia focus.  We are proud to bring together key players from both countries to help develop and grow the screen industry.

“We are purposely targeting experienced film producers and financiers as participants and by limiting the number attending are ensuring people will have the maximum opportunity to build fruitful relationships.”

“We look forward to showing our Chinese guests Western Australia’s beautiful South West.”

Following the CAFC event, delegates will take part in the CinefestOZ Film Festival in Busselton and tour the region, including looking at the diversity of film locations.

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Announcing comedy web series Two Refugees and a Blonde

Launching at Refugee Week from 15 June Benefit screening 24 June

A new web series has been created by Iranian and Iraqi Australian refugee artists Shahin Shafaei and Osamah Sami and Australian actor and writer RainFuller.

The comedy investigates what happens when an outspoken blonde attempts to live with two erratic Muslim refugees.

Legendary news anchor George Donikian covers a breaking news story: radio host Zoe Hunter has made some blunt challenges to the Minister for Immigration.

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Mumblecore; the term that every aspiring filmmaker should appreciate. The film industry comes with the misconception that every production will cost you an arm, a leg and a mortgage. But with the rise of digital technology in the past 15 years, every man and his dog can now shoot on digital format. The Mumblecore movement was born back in 2002 with Andrew Bujalski’s indie film Funny Ha Ha, that focused on the post-university lives of people in their twenties. Praised for it’s realism, it spawned a decade of low-budget independent films that depicted life as it really was. And local Melbourne director Sophie Townsend has just released Australia’s first contribution to the movement.

Her directorial debut Pretty Good Friends focuses on Jules (Jenni Townsend), a woman who moves to Melbourne to get in touch with herself before turning 25. After moving in with her best friend Sam (Rain Fuller) and her partner Alex (Nathan Barillaro), both bonds and rifts begin to emerge in all the wrong places.

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Melbourne-made award winning indie Pretty Good Friends has been selected to screen as part of Classic and Cameo Cinemas Australian Film Focus series, with special Q&A screenings scheduled for 7 and 9 May.

 

Tickets are available via Classic Cinemas and Cameo Cinemas websites. View the Pretty Good Friends >>trailer<<.

 

Pretty Good Friends has been dubbed Australia’s first mumblecore film, the unique film subgenre that shot Lena Dunham (HBO’s Girls)to fame. The termwas first coined in 2005 at America’s South by Southwest Film Festival, and is classified by low budgets, unpolished, ‘real’ sounding dialogue, real places and a departure from simplistic plot structures common to movies designed for mass appeal.

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Life matters so much more when every heartbeat could be your last. For Zhu Jianlin, this moment would become a decade as her beloved husband lay in a hospital bed on the verge of certain death.

This awe-inspiring journey is at the centre of Boundaries of the Heart, a dramatic debut film from director Zhang Feng set to premiere on 12 March at the Byron Bay Film Festival in Murwillumbah. Based on Jianlin’s harrowing plight, this feature-length adaption follows protagonist Xi Er as she makes the decision to devote her life to manually pump a respirator for the gravely ill A Sheng.

This beautifully dim tale is one layered with deep sentiment.  We experience powerful silences that sit against the backdrop of a cold and grey China, conveying more than words could justify as Xi Er’s emotional and financial ordeal only worsens with time.

The tiresome length that this hopeless devotee of love travels to despite the odds, conjures equal sadness as it does to inspire immense strength. Xi Er never ceases to scrounge for aid as A Sheng’s deterioration intensifies and her efforts to resist buckling beneath the pressures of her tremendous anguish are solely overcome by the indomitable strength in true love.

Love unites a village and empowers all to combat the impossible and the impractical. It grants renewed life, instils a newfound sense of value upon a woman surely defeated by the hopelessness of her condition and above all, it reminds us of what matters most when all seems lost.

Byron Bay Film Festival runs from March 6-15. Program and tickets available at www.bbff.com.au

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The unique film subgenre that shot Lena Dunham (HBO’s Girls) to fame is the genus of new Australian indie feature, Pretty Good Friends, screening at Melbourne’s Testing Grounds this Friday 6 February. 

The term ‘mumblecore’ was first coined in 2005, at America’s South by Southwest Film Festival. It is classified by low budgets, unpolished, ‘real’ sounding dialogue, real places (not studios or sound stages) and a departure from simplistic plot structures common to movies designed for mass appeal. The only region outside the USA to document the movement thus far is Berlin, which began making its own mumblecore films in 2009.

Emerging writer and director Sophie Townsend (Amalume Productions) was inspired to create a Melbourne mumblecore film using a small cast and crew and an even smaller budget.

“I wanted to create a story that captured Melbourne on screen in a way I had not seen before, utilising some of it’s less explored nooks and crannies,” says Sophie.

“We wanted our actors to have a major input in creating their characters. We encouraging improvised dialogue and blocking, and even sought their input in costume design.”

The film tells the story of Jules Thompson (Jenni Townsend), who moves home to Melbourne with the hopes of re-inventing herself in time for her 25th birthday. She moves in with her childhood friend, Sam Johansson (Rain Fuller), and they soon discover something isn’t quite right between them. Juggling the awkwardness of a stale relationship whilst an exciting new one emerges tests the boundaries of friendship and puts Jules in a dangerous position.

A combination of comedy, romance and drama, Pretty Good Friends examines the highs and lows of relationships and how human connection can inspire and ignite unknown truths within ourselves, for better or worse.

Jenni Townsend is writer-director-actor of her own feature film The Pull, shot in Glasgow, Scotland. Rain Fuller has starred in a feature film shot on the banks of the Ganges River in India, as well as co-starring in two other Australian indie features last year.

Pretty Good Friends will screen at Testing Grounds, a temporary and free outdoor art space purposed to experiment and test ideas, in the heart of Melbourne’s arts precinct.

The Melbourne made film will make it’s American debut later this month at Florida’s Starlite Film Festival, an innovative festival that celebrates micro-budget features.

 

Time: screening begins at 8:30pm sharp

Date: Friday 6 February

Where: 1-23 City Road, Melbourne

Bookings: not required. FREE.

Director and cast will be present at the screening and available for interview.

 

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Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union, Cedric The Entertainer, J.B. Smoove, Tracy Morgan, Kevin Hart, Anders Holm, Jay Pharoah, Michael Che, Sherri Shepherd, Leslie Jones

SYNOPSIS

Pulsing with the rhythm of his greatest stand-up, Chris Rock’s TOP FIVE takes things to the next level, reveling in the high and the low, and blending a star-studded comedic romp with an irresistible romance.  TOP FIVE digs under the surface of show business, politics, rap, and the exigencies of being black and famous today—holding it all up to the light in the way only Chris Rock can. Mingling echoes of Woody Allen and Dick Gregory with the energy of Kanye West and Jay Z, TOP FIVE is an original and radically new kind of American movie.

Written, directed, and starring Chris Rock, TOP FIVE tells the story of New York City comedian-turned-film star Andre Allen, whose unexpected encounter with a journalist (Rosario Dawson) forces him to confront the comedy career—and the past—that he’s left behind.  Starring Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union, Cedric The Entertainer, J.B. Smoove, Tracy Morgan, Kevin Hart, Anders Holm, Jay Pharaoh, Michael Che, Sherri Shepherd, Leslie Jones. The film is produced by Scott Rudin and Eli Bush. The Co-Producers are Shawn “Jay Z” Carter and Kanye West; the Executive Music Producer is Questlove.

TOP FIVE in cinemas MARCH 5

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THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES SMASHES RECORDS ON ITS WAY TO THE TOP OF THE AUSTRALIAN BOX OFFICE

Peter Jackson’s final Middle-earth adventure takes staggering $5.59million on opening day

THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES soared to #1 at the Australian box office yesterday with a record-breaking $5.59m for the biggest opening day of the year. Big Hero 6 opened #2 yesterday with $1.3m and Night at the Museum 3 was #3 grossing $1.1m.

The third and final film in Peter Jackson’s epic The Hobbit trilogy claimed the top spot and the second biggest Boxing Day ever, edging out the previous Middle-earth adventure, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which earned $5.554m on 628 screens the same day last year.

The result is also Australia’s fourth largest opening day of all time behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two ($7.092m on 727 screens), The Avengers ($6.004m on 621 screens) and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey ($5.901m on 631 screens).

Shot in 3D 48 frames-per-second, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies was released in Australia on 605 screens including High Frame Rate 3D (HFR 3D) in select cinemas, other 2D and 3D formats, and IMAX®.

The film has taken more than $350million internationally and grossed $90.63m in the United States for the largest opening weekend for any film in The Hobbit canon.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and the Company of Dwarves. The Dwarves of Erebor have reclaimed the vast wealth of their homeland, but now must face the consequences of having unleashed the terrifying Dragon, Smaug, upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.

As he succumbs to dragon-sickness, the King Under the Mountain, Thorin Oakenshield, sacrifices friendship and honor in his search for the legendary Arkenstone. Unable to help Thorin see reason, Bilbo is driven to make a desperate and dangerous choice, not knowing that even greater perils lie ahead. An ancient enemy has returned to Middle-earth. Sauron, the Dark Lord, has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain.

As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide—unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends as five great armies go to war.

The Hobbit trilogy tells a continuous story set in Middle-earth 60 years before The Lord of the Rings, which Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson and his team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar-winning The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

The international ensemble cast is led by Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch, Billy Connolly, James Nesbitt, Ken Stott, Aidan Turner, Dean O’Gorman, Graham McTavish, Stephen Fry, and Ryan Gage. The film also stars Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Orlando Bloom, Mikael Persbrandt, Sylvester McCoy, Peter Hambleton, John Callen, Mark Hadlow, Jed Brophy, William Kircher, Stephen Hunter, Adam Brown, John Bell, Manu Bennett and John Tui.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opened on December 26, 2014 and is rated M.

www.hobbitmovies.com.au

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Australia: Monday 8 December 2014 – Pinnacle Films is delighted to release the first look image of action thriller AUTOBAHN, releasing nationally in Australian cinemas in spring 2015.

From legendary producer, Joel Silver, AUTOBAHN features a stellar cast including Nicholas Hoult (Jack The Giant Slayer, X-Men: Days of Future Past), Anthony Hopkins (Hitchcock, Noah, Red 2), Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything, The Amazing Spider Man 2) and Ben Kingsley (Exodus: Gods and Kings, Shutter Island).

Written by F. Scott Frazier (The Numbers Station) and directed by hot talent Eran Creevy (Welcome to the Punch), AUTOBAHN is a gritty, adrenaline thrill-ride across Europe.

After a heist goes terribly wrong, Casey Stein (Nicholas Hoult) finds himself on the run from a ruthless gang headed by mob boss Hagen (Anthony Hopkins). Now Casey has precious cargo that belongs to Hagen, who will stop at nothing to retrieve it. Left with no choice, Casey calls his former employer and drug smuggler Geran (Ben Kingsley) to protect his long-time girlfriend Juliette before Hagen gets his hands on her. Casey sets out on an adrenaline fuelled car chase on the German highways to save the love of his life before it’s too late.

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Marking the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King’s iconic marches from Selma to Montgomery, SELMA will be released on February 5th 2015.  David Oyelowo (The Butler) stars as Martin Luther King and is joined by a cast that includes Tom Wilkinson, Giovanni Ribisi, Oprah Winfrey, Tim Roth and Cuba Gooding Jnr.  The film is produced by Oprah Winfrey and Brad Pitt’s Plan B productions, with Ava DuVernay directing.

 

Releasing in Australian Cinemas 5th February 2015.

 

Trailer

 

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The girl on fire set the Australian box office alight yesterday (November 20) with THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 topping the charts in a record-breaking debut, one day ahead of the film’s US release.

The hotly anticipated third instalment of Suzanne Collins’ dystopian series claimed the #1 spot with an impressive $2.77m at 270 locations (including midnight sessions) to have the biggest opening day for 2014.

The Hunger Games and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire also opened #1 with $1.75m and $2.72m respectively.

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Universal Pictures is thrilled to announce that Sydney will host the World Premiere of one of 2015’s most anticipated films, UNBROKEN.

Dedicated in loving memory to Louis Zamperini, whose extraordinary life inspired the book and now the film, the Premiere will be attended by Director and Producer Angelina Jolie and the stars of the film Jack O’Connell (Louis Zamperini) and Miyavi (Mutsushiro Watanabe, aka “The Bird”).

Joining the red carpet will be some of Australia’s most inspiring local heroes –men and women who embody the very essence of faith and survival captured so well in Unbroken and whose presence will contribute to making the evening one truly remarkable event.

The Premiere will be held on Monday 17th November at The State Theatre, Sydney, with further press opportunities available on Tuesday 18th November.

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA (02 OCTOBER SEPTEMBER 2014): The Walt Disney Studios today announced that the fifth film in the blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean franchise will shoot in Queensland, Australia, with production anticipated to begin in February 2015.

Australian Attorney-General and Minister for the Arts, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, welcomed The Walt Disney Studios’ decision to film in Australia.

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September sees some great new films coming out including the following:

  • The Boxtrolls
  • The Infinite Man
  • Jodorowsky’s Dune
  • The Maze Runner
  • Planes: Fire and Rescue
  • Sin City: A Dame To Kill For
  • Wish I Was Here
  • The Equalizer
  • Land of the Bears
  • Life of Crime
  • In Bloom
  • The Little Death
  • The Skeleton Twins

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What: Environmental Film Festival Melbourne 2014

When: Thursday Sept 4 – Friday September 12, 2014

Where: Kino Cinemas, Collins Place, 45 Collins St, Melbourne

 

Website / Full Program / Tickets:

www.effm.org.au

Trailer: 
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Festival Themes: http://www.effm.org.au/themes

 

Festival Patrons: Bob Brown, Adam Bandt, Julian Cribb and Nicola Paris

More information: http://www.effm.org.au/patrons-1/

 

Program Highlights:

 

OPENING NIGHT AND LAUNCH PARTY

Date: Thursday 4 Sept, 6.30pm – late

Details: http://www.effm.org.au/once-upon-a-forest

Join festival supporters and special guests to celebrate the opening night of the fifth Environmental Film Festival Melbourne. Following the Australian premiere of Once Upon a Forest from Oscar®-winning director Luc Jacquet, don’t miss the annual EFFM launch party in complete with live music, drinks and canapés.

 

SLOW FOOD FILM AND TASTING

Date: Monday 8 Sept, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Details: http://www.effm.org.au/slow-food-story

Be charmed by charismatic food activist Carlo Petrini in Slow Food Story, join the conversation about our food systems with expert panelists and local food appreciators, and feast on tastings of mouthwatering slow food. This event will warm your heart and make your mouth water.

 

PANEL DISCUSSIONS

Join the conversation with a diverse range of experts and specialists from across Australia as they debate and discuss some of the most important issues facing us today. Thought-provoking, entertaining and diverse panel discussions will be had on topics from the role of art in the environment movement to the perils of fracking for unconventional gas.

 

IMAX SCREENING

Date: Sat 6 September, 10-11am

Details: http://www.effm.org.au/journey-to-the-south-pacific

EFFM has once again joined forces with IMAX Melbourne for a family-friendly screening of Journey to the South Pacific. Narrated by Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett, this event is the Australian premiere of a film experiencing great success with all ages around the globe.

 

ECO ART

Be sure to leave some time before or after your EFFM films to take in some eco-art in Collins Place. Fall in love with Peter Strain’s stunning macro photography of the creatures that inhabit the remote Kimberley or take a trip in sound and images to the great forests of Tasmania in Dylan Wood’s delightful Tangible Tarkine Experience.

 

CLOSING NIGHT

Date: Fri 12 Sept, 6.30pm – late

Details: http://www.effm.org.au/planet-rethink

Celebrate the close of EFFM 2014 with the screening of Planet RE:think, a panel discussion including festival patrons Adam Bandt and Bob Brown, festival award announcements, and a closing night party to kick up our heels and revel in another stellar year for environmental film.

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