Cinema

COLD PURSUIT- A PULSE POUNDING REVENGE THRILLER. GIVEAWAY.

COLD PURSUIT is a pulse-pounding revenge thriller with a unique look that will excite film-goers the world over.  It stars  Liam Neeson, Laura Dern, John Doman, Emmy Rossum and Tom Bateman and is set against the breathtaking backdrop of snow country Colorado.

Welcome to Kehoe, it’s -10 degrees and counting at this glitzy ski resort in the Rocky Mountains. The local police aren’t used to much action until the son of unassuming town snowplow driver, Nels Coxman (Liam Neeson), is murdered at the order of Viking (Tom Bateman), a flamboyant drug lord. Fueled by rage and armed with heavy machinery, Nels sets out to dismantle the cartel one man at a time, but his understanding of murder comes mainly from what he read in a crime novel. As the bodies pile up, his actions ignite a turf war between Viking and his long-standing rival White Bull (Tom Jackson), a soulful Native-American mafia boss, that will quickly escalate and turn the small town’s bright white slopes blood-red. Continue reading COLD PURSUIT- A PULSE POUNDING REVENGE THRILLER. GIVEAWAY.

I MISS YOU WHEN I SEE YOU – PART OF QUEER SCREEN’S MARDI GRAS FF

I MISS YOU WHEN I SEE YOU is a marvellous film and my favourite so far of the offerings for Queer Screen’s Mardi Gras Film Festival.  Sad and soulful and conflicted, it grips the viewer with a combination of empathy for the characters and an instinctive romantic desire for these men to be together.  It is shot with integrity and skill and the storytelling, over its 90 minutes, guides the audience to a fulsome understanding of the forces behind their active choices and their powerlessness over the passive.

Cowardice and self-destruction will roil in the two protagonists who we first see together in the second scene of the film.  At their Hong Kong school, these boys meet in the bathroom to discuss the latest manga because one is bullied and the other is too much of a coward to be seen with him in the open.  Flashbacks to Kevin and Jamie’s school days will inform the men who make up the contemporary story ten years later.  A situation where Jamie has a mercantile friendship with the men who were the boy bullies, a girlfriend and need to visit Kevin.  Kevin had been taken to Australia by his parents and he will return the visit by Jamie and begin a kind of half-life in his native country. Continue reading I MISS YOU WHEN I SEE YOU – PART OF QUEER SCREEN’S MARDI GRAS FF

BELIEVER – PART OF QUEER SCREEN’S MARDI GRAS FF

Dan Reynolds and Savannah Skyler in Believer (2018)

Outrage.  I was prepared to be outraged by this film … seeing LDS and LGBTQ in the same sentence enough to cause fear and a presentment of horrors.   Yes, there is plenty to be outraged by here if that’s what you need, but a calm analysis will give a much more reflective, intellectual response.  For BELIEVER is not just about us but about our allies and the choice they can make to walk beside us.

The film follows Dan Reynolds, front man of band ‘Imagine Dragons’, a Mormon on a different kind of mission.  With his consciousness raised by life events he sets out to ally with LGBTQ people by making this documentary about his journey and specifically by producing a music festival called LOVELOUD, in Utah in 2018.  His focus is the alarming rate of suicide in the Mormon community and the responsibility of the church, his church, toward LGBTQ youth. Continue reading BELIEVER – PART OF QUEER SCREEN’S MARDI GRAS FF

SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL 2019 SUBMISSIONS CLOSING SOON

Sam Neill & Hugo Weaving
Sydney Film Festival 2016 Opening Night
The State Theatre, Market St, Sydney
Wednesday 8th June, 2016
Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016

Filmmakers across Australia and around the world have just weeks to finalise their submissions for the 66th Sydney Film Festival (5 – 16 June 2019).

Each year, the Sydney Film Festival presents a diverse slate of films from Australia and around the world. In 2018, over 330 films from 66 countries were screened to an audience of 170,000.

Don’t miss your chance to be part of the 2019 Sydney Film Festival. Entries are open to features, documentaries and short films (under 40 minutes). Get to it!

Submissions for the Festival are being accepted through FilmFestivalLife. Closing dates are: 31 January 2019 for international productions, 28 February 2019 for Australian productions, Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films, and Documentary Australia Foundation Award.

The 2019 season will mark the 49th year of the Festival’s Australian short film competition, making it the oldest short film competition in Australia. Since 1970, the competition has served as a launch pad for emerging Australian film talent, spring-boarding countless directors, producers and actors towards international success.

Past winners include film luminaries from across Australia’s creative landscape, such as directors Gillian Armstrong, Jane Campion, George Miller, Phillip Noyce, Rolf de Heer and Alex Proyas; cinematographers like Don McAlpine and Dean Semler; and actors such as Bryan Brown and David Wenham.  

STORM BOY: A VIEW FROM THE PELI-CAM

Geoffrey Rush is Storm Boy in a new screen version of STORM BOY.
Well, actually, he’s Storm Boy all grown up, who recounts to his grand-daughter, Maddy, how he got the name, Storm Boy, over half a century ago.

It’s a neat choice in Justin Monjo’s script to bring Colin Thiele’s novella, which was set sixty years ago, into a contemporary perspective.

A pity that some other choices prompt the question, “Why remake a classic Australian film?”

The politics are pretty clear, as we tackle the balance between the environment and the economy, and grapple with the still contentious issues of land rights. It is right, fitting and proper that the arts, crafts and sciences of film making continue the conversation of conservation and cultural sensibilities.

The trump card in director Shawn Seet’s suite is the peli-cam.
Thesps of the stature of Geoffrey Rush play second fiddle to the avian antics of the assembled pelicans in this production, Mr. Percival, of course, principal player. There were two aspects of the pelicans in STORM BOY that are of
paramount importance: to create the majority of the pelican performances in camera with real birds, and to establish a tangible connection between these real pelicans and the actor, Finn Little, playing Storm Boy.

Producers have had the prescience of procuring Paul Mander to train the pelicans and process the bonding between actor and avian. The results are first class, with Mr Percival, Mr. Ponder and Mr. Proud top flight performances.

The other feather in the cap of this production of STORM BOY is the location. Point a camera in any direction of the Coorong and you scope a breathtaking beauty.

Trevor Jamieson plays Fingerbone Bill, the character portrayed in the original film by David Gulpilil, and Gulpilil makes a cameo as Fingerbone’s father.

It would be nice to see STORM BOY storm the box office this Summer, like a blockbuster super hero movie. No capes, cowls or masks for this role model , rather raw courage, persistence and an open heart.

TWO IN THE BUSH: A LOVE STORY – PART OF QUEER SCREEN’S MARDI GRAS FF

This image: Sarah Mitchell as Emily and Melissa DuPrey as Rosa

How to bake a successful modern rom com?  Put the girl in hot water, simmer her in a slob of ennui, gradually add the heat of some hot sex and serve with an alternatively romantic ending.  The chef’s secret technique here?  Balance the dominant spice with vanilla for the most palatable of delicious enjoyment.

Emily, you see, has a nasty addiction to cooking show marathons as she is parked unceremoniously on her friend’s sofa, out of luck in love, career and self-esteem.  TWO IN THE BUSH: A LOVE STORY is a fun and entertaining independent feature with clever messaging about love and the forms it can take and a discreetly expressed agenda of acceptance. Continue reading TWO IN THE BUSH: A LOVE STORY – PART OF QUEER SCREEN’S MARDI GRAS FF

KANARIE – A TENDER, FUNNY FILM FOR QUEER SCREEN’S MARDI GRAS FF

KANARIE is such a sweet film.  Don’t know why that adjective springs to mind when it is about a young man who, under church and state conditioning, struggles with his inner self, his authentic self.  Perhaps it is because of the love in the film.  Or, maybe, it’s the songs and the singing … Boy George to Brahms.  Then again it could be the way that a discreet social agenda never takes centrestage, simply whispering gently to make its point.  Whatever the reason, this is a film which nestles easily into Queer Screen’s Mardi Gras Film Festival for its uplift, entertainment and joy. Continue reading KANARIE – A TENDER, FUNNY FILM FOR QUEER SCREEN’S MARDI GRAS FF

ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA FROM NT LIVE. PREVIEW GIVEAWAY

ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA
Production Images: Johan Persson

ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA by William Shakespeare.  Filmed live from the National Theatre, Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play Shakespeare’s famous fated couple in his great tragedy of politics, passion and power. Director Simon Godwin returns to National Theatre Live screens with this hotly anticipated production.

Caesar and his assassins are dead. General Mark Antony now rules alongside his fellow defenders of Rome. But at the fringes of a war-torn empire the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love.  In a tragic fight between devotion and duty, obsession becomes a catalyst for war. Continue reading ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA FROM NT LIVE. PREVIEW GIVEAWAY

RED CARPET ST GEORGE OPEN AIR CINEMA PREMIERE SCREENING

Storm clouds threatened the Red Carpet for the opening night of the St George Open Air cinema at Mrs Macquarie chair. Fortunately they did not materialise but patrons and personalities viewed the Sydney Opera House and harbour with the dramatic and stormy background.

This is one of the themes of the opening night film MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS. The film chronicles the conflict between two royal cousins with Saoirse Ronan playing Mary and our very own Margot Robbie playing her cousin Queen Elizabeth !. There is another local connection with Guy Pearce as William Cecil, an advisor to the Queen. Margot Robbie has been nominated by the Screen Actors Guild for Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role. Continue reading RED CARPET ST GEORGE OPEN AIR CINEMA PREMIERE SCREENING

GHOST STORIES. MERCHANDISE PACK GIVEAWAY COMPETITION

GHOST STORIES is a creepy horror mystery (SAG Review) which has now been released on home entertainment.

Based on the critically acclaimed record-breaking play, GHOST STORIES  follows Professor Philip Goodman,  (Andy Nyman) a renowned sceptic of all things supernatural.  His idol psychologist David Charles Cameron, who mysteriously disappeared, reveals to Goodman that he has been in hiding since realising his own arrogance in trying to rationalise the spirit world.

Accusing Goodman of the same disrespect you give him three case histories to solve: a nightwatchman haunted on the job; a troubled man confronted whilst broken down in a forest; and a city trader disturbed by strange goings on as he waits the birth of his first child. Continue reading GHOST STORIES. MERCHANDISE PACK GIVEAWAY COMPETITION

MCKELLEN: PLAYING THE PART. DVD GIVEAWAY

Theatre Actor. Film Star. Political Activist.  Inspirational Teacher.

Discover the life story of Sir Ian McKellen, as told by the man himself in this feature-length documentary.  The legend shares his personal stories and thoughts – from his childhood to present day – as well as a wealth of never-before-seen material.  Private photo albums, diaries written when he was 12, and behind-the-scenes footage from theatre productions and movies complete this intimate and intriguing journey. Continue reading MCKELLEN: PLAYING THE PART. DVD GIVEAWAY