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AACTA AWARDS 2016 – IN THE WINNERS CIRCLE

Like the Arias where one artist dominated, one film swept all before it. HACKSAW RIDGE won ten awards including best Director for Mel Gibson, Best Actor Andrew Garfield, and Best Supporting Actor Hugo Weaving.

Odessa Young, who starred in the film The Daughter, directed by Simon Stone, bucked the trend by being one of the youngest actors to win the  Best Actress Award.

The television awards had a mixed bunch of winners. Among the winners were Wentworth for Best Drama Series, The Kettering Incident for Best Mini Series, Upper Middle Bogan for Best Television Comedy Series, and Master Chef Australia for Best Reality Television series.

Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama was won  by Samuel Johnson for Molly, Best Supporting Actor in a Television Drama went to Damon Herriman for Secret City, whilst Best Actress in a Television Drama was won by Elizabeth Debicki for The Kettering Incident, and Best Supporting Actress went to the usually comedic Celia Pacquola for The Beautiful Lie.

The Longford Lyell Award for a Lifetime Achievement in Film and Television went to Paul Hogan.

The Trailblazer Award, created to highlight an individual’s achievements, abilities and successes as an inspiration to all invested in screen,went to Isla Fisher.

The Byron Kennedy Award for Film and Television Innovation went to Lynette Wallworth.

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SPEED-THE-PLOW @ ROSLYN PACKER THEATRE

“Everybody’s a dreamer/Everybody’s a star/And everybody’s in show biz/It doesn’t matter who you are.”

                                     The Kinks : Celluloid Heroes

David Mamet sets his play – the obscurely titled  “SPEED-THE-PLOW” in Los Angeles in the late 1980s.  

The Kinks lyrics are a truism that most certainly applies in Los Angeles. Everybody in LA is part of Tinsel Town, no matter whether they fit  into the glam and glitz or are Hollywood  misfits.

There are just three characters in this play, Bobby Gould (Damon Herriman), head of production at a Hollywood movie studio, his colleague and subordinate Charlie Fox (Lachy Hulme), and Bobby’s new temporary secretary Karen (Rose Byrne).

The play has three  succinct scenes. The first scene takes place in Gould’s austere  office and involves all three characters. As the action unfolded, Karen’s character was subtlety exposed. The  feeling was that she was going to be the protagonist- she was going to drive the action, and this is how it played out. Continue reading SPEED-THE-PLOW @ ROSLYN PACKER THEATRE

THE WATER DIVINER

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THE WATER DIVINER, an epic Australian historical action drama written by Andrew Anastasios and Andrew Knight, is opening in Australian cinemas this Boxing Day and represents Russell Crowe’s directorial debut.

In World War I, the Gallipoli Campaign, was an awful and notably failed offensive by the Allies, and took place on the Gallipoli Peninsula for eight months from 25 April 1915. Gallipoli derives its name from the Greek word “Καλλίπολις” (Kallipolis), meaning “Beautiful City”, and where the Anzac Legend began. Anzac Day every 25th of April, commemorates the date of that military landing at Gallipoli, and remains the most significant day for Australian and New Zealand commemoration of our military casualties and our veterans from all wars. Continue reading THE WATER DIVINER

Son Of A Gun

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SON OF A GUN is a tense heist thriller, prison drama, love story, double crossing, crime gang, character driven movie.

What sets this movie apart from the usual explosive action films are the well drawn, engaging characters. It is not so much a good versus evil film as a straight out baddies film.

The main characters are all criminals although we do sympathise with some of them, mainly those on the side of Brendan Lynch, menacingly played by the wonderful Ewan McGregor. Continue reading Son Of A Gun

THE LITTLE DEATH

Lisa McCune and Alan Duke on the set of the new Josh Lawson movie,  THE LITTLE DEATH
Lisa McCune and Alan Duke on the set of the new Josh Lawson movie, THE LITTLE DEATH

With his new film  THE LITTLE DEATH,  Josh Lawson has written and directed a very funny film. Various stories relating to the sex lives and fantasies of a group of friends and neighbours are hilariously examined.

The film opened at the Sydney Film Festival and the audience was laughing from the opening scene. It was difficult to hear all the dialogue during the phone sex scene (featuring Erin James and TJ Power) because of the waves of laughter resounding through the cinema.

THE LITTLE DEATH opens with a scene about rape fantasy; a topic that is fraught with danger and in the wrong hands could be destructive and traumatic. However, Josh Lawson handles the situation well with humour and sensibly avoids the potential hazards of this subject.

Other fantasies explored include:-  being aroused by someone crying and the tragic and comic depths someone will descend into to make their partner cry, being turned on by inherently funny role-play which happens to turn into an obsession, and being aroused by the sight of a sleeping partner. These fantasies make for some comical set pieces. Even though the film’s subject is about very intimate feelings and subjects, the characters tend to get themselves into complicated and ridiculous situations through their failure to have open and intimate conversations. This is incidental, really, as the film is lots of fun.

There are consistently strong performances from a talented cast that includes Josh Lawson, Bojana Novakovic, Damon Herriman, Patrick Brammall, Lisa McCune, Erin James, Kim Gyngell, TJ Power, Kate Box, Kate Mulvany, Alan Dukes, Genevieve Hegney, Zoe Carides, Ben Lawson, Tasneem Roc, Paul Gleeson, Lachy Hulme and Russell Dykstra.

THE LITTLE DEATH should be released later this year. I thoroughly recommend it.