Small Screen

MOTORCYCLE POWERPLAY IN ‘1%’. DVD GIVEAWAY

99% of motocyclists are law-abiding citizens…

1% is a story of brotherhood, loyalty, ambition and betrayal, set within the world of Australian motorcycle gangs. This modern day Macbeth follows Paddo, heir to the throne of the Copperheads MC who must assume the mantle whilst club leader Knuck does time in jail. Paddo’s vision for the club’s future and compromises he must make for his mentally disabled brother sets the stage for the ultimate power play.

1% is now available for rent from iTunes or Googleplay and the DVD can be yours to own from March 6th.

To celebrate the film's release on home entertainment  and with thanks to Icon Film Distribution, Sydney Arts Guide has a DVD of 1% to give away.  Accompanying the DVD is a 1% stubby holder .

To be in the running, email (editorialstaff.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com) 
with ONE_PERCENT_DVD as the subject and your full name AND your mailing address. 

Competition closes Midnight on Friday March 1, 2019 when the winner will be drawn. Only the winner will be notified and the DVD will be mailed by the distributor after March 4.

JOURNEY’S END: A POWERFUL AND MOVING DVD GIVEAWAY.

The Guide enjoyed JOURNEY’S END so much we reviewed it twice. Here and here.

In the face of fear, they found each other.

March, 1918. C-company arrives to take its turn in the front-line trenches in northern France led by the war-weary Captain Stanhope (Sam Claflin). A German offensive is imminent, and the officers (Paul Bettany, Stephen Graham, Tom Sturridge) and their cook (Toby Jones) distract themselves in their dugout with talk of food and their past lives. Stanhope, meanwhile, soaks his fear in whisky, unable to deal with his dread of the inevitable. A young new officer, Raleigh (Asa Butterfield), has just arrived, fresh out of training and abuzz with the excitement of his first real posting – not least because he is to serve under Stanhope, his former school house monitor and the object of his sister’s affections. Each man is trapped, the days ticking by, the tension rising and the attack drawing ever closer…

JOURNEY’S END  is available to rent or buy from March 6th.

To celebrate the film's release on home entertainment  and with thanks to Icon Film Distribution, Sydney Arts Guide has a DVD of JOURNEY'S END to give away.

To be in the running, email (editorialstaff.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com) 
with JOURNEYS_END_DVD as the subject and your full name AND your mailing address. 

Competition closes Midnight on Friday March 1, 2019 when the winner will be drawn. Only the winner will be notified and the DVD will be mailed by the distributor after March 4.

ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE: A XMAS ZOMBIE MUSICAL DVD GIVEAWAY

The Guide had great fun reviewing ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE …  “a Christmas cracker of great songs, engaging characters and way too many highly inappropriate laughs.”   See our review here.

A zombie apocalypse threatens the sleepy town of Little Haven – at Christmas – forcing Anna and her friends to fight, slash and sing their way to survival, facing the undead in a desperate race to reach their loved ones. But they soon discover that no one is safe in this new world, and with civilization falling apart around them, the only people they can truly rely on are each other.

ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE is now available for rent from iTunes and the DVD can be yours to own from March 6th.

To celebrate the film's release on home entertainment  and with thanks to Icon Film Distribution, Sydney Arts Guide has a DVD of ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE to give away.

To be in the running, email (editorialstaff.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com) 
with ANNA_APOCALYPSE_DVD as the subject and your full name AND your mailing address. 

Competition closes Midnight on Friday March 1, 2019 when the winner will be drawn. Only the winner will be notified and the DVD will be mailed by the distributor after March 4.

ALL THE DEVIL’S MEN: THEY’RE NO ANGELS

It’s not so much a case of it’s marvellous what a difference Milo makes in the B grade grunt and jump and shoot em up, THE DEVIL’S MEN, but there’s a fair scoop of Aktavite in this play by numbers actioner.

Milo Gibson, son of Mel, stars as Jack Collins, a seasoned and scarred ex- Navy Seal, now operating as an assassin for the CIA.

As part of a three-man team, Collins is sent by his handler, an hysterical and hyper vexatious woman with dead daddy issues played by Sylvia Hoeks, to London and tasked with hunting down a disavowed CIA Operative before he procures a WMD from Russian gangsters.

But Collins discovers that a former colleague and a team of private soldiers are going to supply fierce competition to his mission and his mortal coil.
In his first lead role, Milo Gibson doesn’t have the screen charisma of his old man, coming across, at best, as a poor man’s Gerard Butler.

Actor vite kudos go to the villains of the piece here, with Joseph Millson displaying a decidedly deadly adversary as the former brother in arms, the deliciously designated, Deighton, a rough trade cream pie crumpet if ever there was one.

Elliot Cowan also does a nice turn in megalomaniacal maleficence as evil mastermind, the magnificently monikered, McKnight.

Gbenga Akkinagbe as Collins longest surviving colleague, Samuelson, brings sass and humour to his role. “I ain’t no bounty hunter, I’m a shadow warrior” he proudly proclaims.

And the eminently watchable William Fichtner notches up the interest with his peerless presence and professionalism.

Writer/director Matthew Hope says “The film is about a parallel war on terror, fought in the shadows where outsourced assassinations are carried out by private military contractors. It also deals with bounty hunters, their addiction to war, and the cost of that both personally and professionally. The action depicted in the film will show the combat-high experienced by these men
but also the reality of death.”

On that, Mr. Hope, mission accomplished.

All The Devil’s Men launches on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital
Wednesday February 6, 2019

SCHITT’S CREEK SEASON 4 AVAILABLE SOON ON DVD. GIVEAWAY COMPETITION

Coming soon: the DVD release of season 4 of the critically acclaimed series from father/son duo Eugene and Dan Levy, SCHITT’S CREEK.  When the filthy-rich Rose family suddenly find themselves broke, they are forced to leave their pampered lives, rebuild their empire, and rediscover what it means to be in Schitt’s Creek, a town they once purchased as a joke.

As season four begins, the Roses are making the most of life in Schitt’s Creek, and —Moira’s constant talk of escaping aside— are finally starting to feel at home in the town. Johnny is busy running the motel with Stevie as his partner. Continue reading SCHITT’S CREEK SEASON 4 AVAILABLE SOON ON DVD. GIVEAWAY COMPETITION

JADE OF DEATH. ALL EPISODES OF THIS HOME-GROWN SERIES NOW AVAILABLE FOR FREE.

The sexy fantasy series everyone is talking about, JADE OF DEATH, is available to watch now for free on LGBT+ YouTube channel One More Lesbian The multi award-winning webseries, named by  After Ellen as one of the top five lesbian series of 2018, has over 2 million views from international audiences and is now available for the first time to Australian audiences.

JADE OF DEATH has earned extraordinary international acclaim with over 50 awards and nominations, including Best Digital Series nomination at the C21 Drama Awards, winning the Best Drama Series trophy from the International Academy of Web Television, Best Drama at LGBT+ festival OutWebFest and sold-out its screenings at  Queer Screen’s Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival where it was Runner-up for Audience Favourite. Continue reading JADE OF DEATH. ALL EPISODES OF THIS HOME-GROWN SERIES NOW AVAILABLE FOR FREE.

STARTING THE YEAR WITH A DVD GIVEAWAY – A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES

A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES is  a bold and romantic supernatural thriller.  

Adapted from Deborah Harkness’ best-selling trilogy of novels, the series uncovers a secret underworld of extraordinary beings hiding in plain sight for fear of persecution by humans – they are vampires, witches and daemons. Continue reading STARTING THE YEAR WITH A DVD GIVEAWAY – A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES

AACTA AWARDS INDUSTRY LUNCHEON

The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) awards are a continuum of the Australian Film Institute (AFI) awards which recognised screen excellence in Australia since 1958. The first AACTA award had humble origins in that it was presented to a short training film produced by the Federal Government.

The Minister for the Arts Don Harwin made the point that for every dollar the New South Wales Government invested on film and television, the New South Wales economy reaped a benefit of $21. Continue reading AACTA AWARDS INDUSTRY LUNCHEON

BULLETPROOF: AN EXPLOSIVE, ADRENALIN-FUELLED DVD GIVEAWAY.

Dive deep undercover and venture out onto the streets of London …
Adrenalin-fuelled and explosive, BULLETPROOF starring Noel Clarke (The Level, Star Trek: Into Darkness) and Ashley Walters (Top Boy, Cuffs, Hustle), Christina Chong (Line of Duty)  follows two undercover cops, Bishop ( Clarke) and Pike (Walters) as they chase down hardened criminals in London’s East End.

On the surface Bishop and Pike have a lot in common despite very different backgrounds: they’re cool, smart, unapologetically street-wise and tough, and they always have each other’s backs. Bonded by their moral code they are two sides of the same coin and, using their own special brand of policing they cause chaos, leaving a trail of destruction wherever they go. Disobeying orders and taking matters into their own hands they get results but at what cost? Continue reading BULLETPROOF: AN EXPLOSIVE, ADRENALIN-FUELLED DVD GIVEAWAY.

BLOOM : THE FLOWERING OF A NEW AUSTRALIAN DRAMA

A number of streaming services have been criticised for their lack of investment in the production of  Australian content.

The streaming service Stan can’t be included in this category. Over the past few years  under its banner  Stan Originals it has contributed to such productions as Romper Stomper The Second, Wolf Creek, and No Activity  which has been bought by Will Ferrell’s production company, Funny or Die for US adaptation.

BLOOM brings a stellar lineup of Australian actors to our tv screens including Bryan Brown, Phoebe Tonkin, Ryan Corr and Jackie Weaver. Continue reading BLOOM : THE FLOWERING OF A NEW AUSTRALIAN DRAMA

RECORD EXPENDITURE ON AUSTRALIAN TITLES ON SCREEN

This image: Screen Australia – overview Australian titles 17/18
Featured image: Ladies in Black
Images provided by Screen Australia

Screen Australia’s annual Drama Report released this week shows a record high expenditure on home grown stories, with $718 million spent on local productions, up 7% on last year.

The Drama Report measures the health of the Australian screen industry by covering the production of local and foreign feature films, TV dramas, online programs plus PDV (post, digital and visual effects) activity. Continue reading RECORD EXPENDITURE ON AUSTRALIAN TITLES ON SCREEN