The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) unveiled its nominees for the Australian equivalent to the Oscar and the Emmy this week, with sci-fi thriller PREDESTINATION, leading the pack of feature films at nine nominations. Russell Crowe’s directorial debut, THE WATER DIVINER, received eight nominations including Best Film and Best Actor. Following with seven nominations is David Michôd’s THE ROVER, which will compete in the directing category, as well as in Best Actor for Guy Pearce and Best Supporting Actor for Robert Pattinson.
Another great night at the Paddington RSL for the Film Critics Circle of Australia (FCCA) annual awards, Tuesday March 11.
MC Rod Quinn presided over a very relaxed ceremony where a meat tray as a prize would not have been out of place.
First recipient of the night for best performance by a young actor went to star of THE ROCKET, Sitthiphon Disamoe. The win by the diminutive dynamo, who was there to collect his gong, augured well for the picture in general.
Traditionally, Boxing Day heralds the release of the big Christmas movies.
Traditionally, a big Christmas movie is a saccharine Disney animation or a bloated CGI fantasy or a mindless, jejune gross out comedy.
THE RAILWAY MAN is none of these and yet it most encompasses the true meaning of Christmas – peace on earth and good will to all men.
It’s a multi track journey, with myriad sidings and shunting, the risk of derailment ever present, with a destination delivered of a very, long dark tunnel.
Based on Eric Lomax’s memoir, THE RAILWAY MAN, the film further cements Jonathan Teplitzkty reputation as one of Australia’s foremost contemporary movie makers.