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‘PENANCE’ BRITISH DRAMA TV MINISERIES : 6 DVD BOX SETS TO GIVE AWAY

‘Penance’ follows the lives of Rosalie (Julie Graham) and Luke Douglas (Neil Morrissey) and their teenage daughter, Maddie (Tallulah Greive). Following the loss of their son, Rosalie and Luke find their marriage under immense strain. Maddie and Rosalie find themselves in the caring hands of Jed (Nico Mirallegro), a charming and charismatic young man that they encounter at bereavement counselling who is also suffering under the weight of his own grief. Jed rekindles a hope for the future within the Douglas household. But underneath, a deadly and morally corrupt triangle is taking shape.

The series stars Julie Graham (Bletchley CircleShetland), Neil Morrissey (Line of DutyGood Karma Hospital), Nico Mirallegro, (Our GirlRillington PlaceTallulah Greive (Flatmates) and Art Malik (HomelandCold Feet). Continue reading ‘PENANCE’ BRITISH DRAMA TV MINISERIES : 6 DVD BOX SETS TO GIVE AWAY

‘KEEPING FAITH’ TV SERIES: 4 BOXSET DVDS TO GIVEAWAY

In ‘Keeping Faith’ award-winning actress Eve Myles (Torchwood, Broadchurch) reprises her iconic role as small-town lawyer Faith Howells in the Welsh mystery series that is “one of the most popular shows in Britain” (The New York Times).

Eighteen months ago, mother-of-three Faith had her cozy life thrown into chaos after the disappearance of her husband, Evan (Bradley Freegard, Doctors). Still striving to keep her family together, Faith must fulfill Evan’s debt to a vicious crime kingpin even as she fights her attraction to a former client (Mark Lewis Jones, Chernobyl). Then a local farmer is found dead, and his wife, Madlen (Aimee-Ffion Edwards, Detectorists), is arrested for his murder. Convinced of Madlen’s innocence, Faith decides to defend her, despite never having worked a homicide case before. But as Faith begins investigating the crime, she clashes with her own legal firm and a tenacious detective (Rhashan Stone, Agatha Raisin) determined to uncover her secrets. Continue reading ‘KEEPING FAITH’ TV SERIES: 4 BOXSET DVDS TO GIVEAWAY

THE DECEIVED: A CLASSIC PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER: 5 DVDS TO GIVEAWAY

Acorn Media is delighted to offer 5 DVDs to giveaway to the newly released DVD ‘The Deceived’ starring Emma J Scanlon (‘Peaky Blinders’) and 2020 heart throb Paul Mescal (‘Normal People’).

The series is a modern take on a classic psychological thriller. The drama follows English student, Ophelia (Emily Reid, Curfew, Glasshouses), who falls in love with her charismatic lecturer, Michael (Scanlan).

Following the accidental death of Michael’s wife, Ophelia moves to Ireland to be with him, just as suspicions around his wife’s death start to grow. Continue reading THE DECEIVED: A CLASSIC PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER: 5 DVDS TO GIVEAWAY

THE BAY OF SILENCE: BANG FOR YOUR BUCK

You get more Bang for your buck in THE BAY OF SILENCE thanks to leading man, Claes Bang. His portrayal of Will, the aggrieved and grieving spouse of schizophrenic Rosalind is mesmerising.

In a film where murky narrative obfuscates and muddies understanding, Bang is irresistibly watchable, whether doing the mundane of taking a bath or the horrific in burying a child.

Bang’s Will is brilliant whether bereft and bewildered or noble and nurturing, banging down the dinosaur ideas and narrow view of masculinity, firmly focused on family, protective and supportive after subjection to seemingly insurmountable slings and sorrows.

Caroline Goodall’s script, adapted from the novel by Lisa St Aubin deTeran, bears all the tropes of classic suspense – the locked suitcase, the ordinary man caught up in extraordinary circumstances, the mysterious woman with a past, the secret antagonist, a lonely house on a cliff, diverse plot twists, a pervasive sense of foreboding.

After the difficult birth of their son, Amadeo, rocks their carefully calibrated world, the unexpected arrival of a suitcase from France, filled with photos from the past, prompts Rosalind to abruptly disappear with her children, launching Will into a frantic search for his family across Europe.

Relief upon locating them in a remote French fishing village turns to horror when he discovers that his baby son has mysteriously died, Rosalind has retreated into a world filled with the ghosts of her past, and her twin eight-year- old daughters speak in riddles. Candy has disappeared.

In his grief and desperation he sees only two options: go to the police and risk his wife being accused of murder or cover up the death and protect his family. He secretly buries Amadeo and flees France with the remnants of his family.

The penny will drop for most audiences, with repercussions spinning on a dime, while plot points take a pounding. But the film’s currency is clearly with Claes Bang and certainly worth the bucks.

THE BAY OF SILENCE
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KOKO: A RED DOG STORY

 

A pleasant surprise, KOKO: A RED DOG STORY is a bone fido gem.

Millions of ticket buyers made Red Dog: The Movie a mega box office hit, and rightly so. The story was an archetypal Outback story featuring an adorable dog, a story with the indelible ingredients of love, loyalty and loss.

Like many movies, the back story of its making, the pains and pleasures of its production, is just as extraordinary and entertaining, and in this endearing tale, we follow the story of KOKO – the dog who played RED DOG in the first film of the same name.

Part documentary, part re-enactment, KOKO: A RED DOG STORY is a best on show story that tracks Koko’s strange good fortune and innate ability to connect with people, which allows him to navigate his local community, the dog beat dog world of show dog competitions and eventually the movie business.

Director of Red Dog, Kriv Stenders shares some amazing straight to camera anecdotes about the film’s casting and shoot, then TobyTruslove plays Kriv in some highly entertaining reenactments. Ditto, producer of the original pic, Nelson Woss appears as himself, and is then played by Felix Williamson.

And wait till you see Bryan Brown’s knockout cameo.

What could have been mere puppy porn becomes a beautiful and sincere film with emotional bite as the behind scenes story of this larrikin Lassie is told with an irreverent but real appreciation of not just one dog, but of a troupe of dogs, and, indeed, all dogs.

A portion of the DVD’s release revenue will be aiding The Dogs’ Refuge Home of W.A. Since 2012 the RED DOG franchise has contributed over $125,000 to shelters around Australia.

Umbrella Entertainment and Good Dog Distribution will distribute the film via DVD and VOD. Full details of the release can be found here:

https://www.umbrellaent.com.au/docos/4590-koko-a–red-dog-story.html

APARTMENT 1BR: RENT OR DIE

Giving terrifying new meaning to the term Rent Control, APARTMENT 1BR is a C bomb fallout with the C standing for capital letter Cult.

After leaving behind a painful past to follow her dreams as a dress designer,
Sarah scores the perfect Hollywood apartment. The neighbours seem super nice and there appears to be a genuine collegiate community.

The only downside is the no pets policy, which she decides to ignore, smuggling her pussy in regardless of the rules. Pussy soon pays the price in a feline version of bunny boiling and suddenly Sarah’s new digs become a black hole.

The apartment block is an enclave of a cult which Sarah is inculcated in through torturous means, including a kind of crucifixion.

APARTMENT 1BR is a neatly crafted nasty piece of work following the well worn trope of torture of women by males and the female reeking bloody revenge on the male. It is of course, unfortunately, reflective of the real world.

So, too, is commitment to conformity. Conformity is the community’s basic tenet, that all tenants adhere to the same rules, that all transgressions will be punished, and that the ends justify the means, no matter how mean the means may be.

Writer director David Marmor plots the paranoia by setting his compass to conspiracy with detours into physical and psychological shock, traversing the terra of terror, arriving at an even more disturbing destination.

Nicole Brydon Bloom is impressive as Sarah, the lost soul who capitulates to the cult but retains some vestige of individuality.

Taylor Nichols as Jerry, the cult leader building manager and Giles Matthey as his Iraq war veteran right hand man are chillingly representative of pernicious persuasion

An unnerving view of Neighbourhood Watch, APARTMENT1BR gives a new lease on the haunted house estate.

APARTMENT 1BR is now available for rent- if you dare

SCHITT’S CREEK : THE COMPLETE SERIES : THREE BOX SETS TO GIVE AWAY

 

Acorn Media has announced that it is releasing the complete series of Schitt’s Creek on DVD on August 26. It will be a 12 disc set of series 1-6. 

In Season 1, Johnny attempts to sell the town, Moira has a breakdown, David tries to maintain his posh lifestyle, and Alexis goes trolling for men. In Season 2, Johnny pursues some unusual business ventures, while Moira plunges into the local scene, and the kids look for work. In Season 3, the indignities continue, as the Rose family contends with love triangles, movie auditions, ill-advised businesses and high school homework.

Season 4 sees Alexis puts her education to use, David’s love life hits a snag, Moira deals with a morbid rumour and Johnny and Stevie give the motel all they’ve got. By Season 5, the Roses are finally thriving in Schitt’s Creek and find themselves ready to take their personal relationships and business pursuits to the next level. In Season 6, the Roses are achieving success in their careers and personal lives, forcing them all to contemplate their inevitable next steps. But as their pursuits push them closer towards their long-awaited escape, the Roses see how connected their lives have become to the town and its residents. When they finally face the decision to stay or leave, it is much harder than expected.

The series is rated M with coarse language, mature themes, crude humour & sexual references. The series will sell at the Recommended Retail Price of $89.95.

Sydney Arts Guide has three copies of the series to give away. Email editor.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com with Schitt’s Creek Promotion in the subject heading and your postal address in the body of your email. Winners will be advised by email.

This promotion has now closed and the winners have been advised.

QUEENS OF MYSTERY SERIES 1 : 5 DVDS TO GIVE AWAY

QUEENS OF MYSTERY follows the adventures of three crime-writing sisters Beth (Sarah Woodward, Endeavour), Cat (Julie Graham, Bletchley Circle) and Jane Stone (Siobhan Redmond, Taggart), and their 28-year-old niece Detective Sergeant Matilda Stone (Olivia Vinall, Apple Tree Yard). Using their knowledge of crime – both real world and fictional – together they solve murders in the picturesque English town of Wildemarsh. But no matter how many cases they are able to crack, the unsolved mystery that haunts all the characters is that of Matilda’s mother’s disappearance twenty-five years ago.

QUEENS OF MYSTERY has been described by SMH as a “Cheery British murder-mystery, goes perfectly with a cup of tea”, and what better way to get through our imminent future indoors then to cosy up with a good old-fashioned British crime drama.

QUEENS OF MYSTERY SERIES 1 is rated M with mature themes and violence. The recommended retail price is $34.95. The release date is Wednesday April 1, 2020.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiQjB7xUDFg

Sydney Arts Guide has five DVDs of QUEENS OF MYSTERY SERIES 1 to give away to readers. To enter the competition email the editor.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com with QUEENS OF MYSTERY PROMOTION SERIES 1 in the subject heading and your postal address in the body of your email. Winners will be advised by email. 

 

AGATHA RAISIN SERIES 3 : TEN DVDS

AGATHA RAISIN is based on MC Beaton’s best selling novel.

Having consciously coupled at the end of series two, Agatha Raisin,, played by Emmy®-nominated actress Ashley Jensen (Catastrophe, Extras, Ugly Betty) is optimistic that her future with James Lacey, played by Jamie Glover (Waterloo Road), is secure and their troubles are behind them.

Newly qualified as a Private Detective and with her new investigation’s agency all set up and raring to go, things have never been better for the Cotswolds’ premier PI, but plans have a funny way of going awry in Agatha-land.

AGATHA RAISIN SERIES 3 DVD will be released on Wednesday April 1, 2020. Recommended Retail Price is $34.95. It has an M Classification with mature themes, drug use and sexual references.

Sydney Arts Guide has ten DVDs to give away. Email editor.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com with AGATHA RAISIN SERIES 3 DVD PROMOTION in the subject heading. Please provide your postal address in the body of your email. Winners will be advised by email.

BRITANNIA SEASON 2 : TEN DVDS TO GIVE AWAY

It’s AD45 and two years on from invading Britannia, General Aulus is Romanising willing Celt tribes with the help of Celtic Queen Amena , and crushing those who try to resist. Aulus’s behaviour raises suspicions that he has another agenda; one that raises ghosts in Amena’s past and makes his threat to the Druids ever more critical. The only form of hope for the Druids and Celts is Cait, a young girl being trained by outcast Druid Divis, to fulfil a prophecy that would save Britannia from the Romans. But when the dead man wakes, two Druid brothers – Veran and Harka begin an epic battle of wills that divides the Druids and puts the prophecy in jeopardy.

Britannia Season 2 features a great cast including David Morrissey (The Walking Dead), Mackenzie Crook (Game of Thrones), Zoe Wanamaker (Harry Potter and  the P/Stone), Nikolaj Lie Kaas (The Killing), Eleanor Worthington-Cox (Being Human), Annabel Scholey (Medici), Liana Cornell (Wolf Creek) and Hugo Speer(Musketeers). Continue reading BRITANNIA SEASON 2 : TEN DVDS TO GIVE AWAY

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

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

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.

KEEPING FAITH. DVD GIVEAWAYS TO THIS INTIMATE WELSH THRILLER

KEEPING FAITH is a Welsh drama starring Eve Myles (Broadchurch), Mark Lewis Jones (National Treasure) and Matthew Gravelle (Broadchurch).  The highly addictive series is currently showing on BBC First and has been compared to BIG LITTLE LIES if it relocated to rural Wales.

A husband, three children and a happy family: Faith had it all. One day, however, her husband leaves for work and never arrives. She discovers he has been leading a double life with a fake identity, bankrupted their law firm and got involved in a criminal underworld, all the time parading as the honest and reliable man she thought she knew.

This ordinary woman finds herself having to fight to protect her family and her sanity. This propels her into a lonely, frantic search in which she discovers as much about her unexplored self as her missing husband. A gripping suspense, emotion but also humour and hope are on the menu of this beautiful intimate thriller. Continue reading KEEPING FAITH. DVD GIVEAWAYS TO THIS INTIMATE WELSH THRILLER

SPINNING MAN : AN ABOVE AVERAGE YARN

Pearce and Pierce prove a perceptive pairing in the piece-it-together murder mystery, SPINNING MAN.

Guy Pearce plays Evan Birch, a philosophy professor whose former philandering makes him the focus of a missing female student investigation headed by Pierce Brosnan’s alibi piercing policeman.

Brosnan’s Detective Malloy has every reason to be suspicious when crucial evidence makes Evan the prime suspect in the girl’s disappearance.

And he’s not the only one grappling with his presumed guilt. Still flinching from a previous indiscretion, his wife, beautifully played by Minnie Driver, is torn between suspicion and support.

Directed by Simon Kaijser, SPINNING MAN is a competent psychological thriller that explores the fine line that sometimes exists between guilt and innocence, conviction and perception, doubt and truth.

What gives SPINNING MAN its spin is the pairing of Guy Pearce and Pierce Brosnan. The chemistry and physicality between the two characters keeps the yarn spinning.

Pearce’s academic is polished and assured, astute in the semantics of philosophy but fragile in personal ethos, subject to the flattery of female students.

Pierce’s policeman is a grizzled, gruff, recovering alcoholic whose instinct and experience make him a dogged inquisitor.

Both performances simmer with subtle shades of self doubt and self determination.

Caught in the middle of both these men, is Minnie Driver, a definite driving force of the picture, reacting to the pressure from both sides.

Two charismatic leading men and a splendid leading lady elevates SPINNING MAN from the stock standard sleuther.

SPINNING MAN launches on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Wednesday October 3rd, 2018

DAMASCUS COVER : SILLY SYRIAN SPY YARN

Syria-ously?

As muddled and murky as the milieu of espionage, DAMASCUS COVER suffers from a distinct lack of pace, tension and action with a bloated run time that digests the story like a Galapagos iguana rather than a Syrian gazelle.

Based on a 1977 novel by Howard Kaplan, DAMASCUS COVER has been time travelled to 1989 by screenwriter Samantha Newton, whose dialogue and scenario skills are someone between latent and leaden.

We are introduced to Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ Mossad agent in a clunky exposition voice over, always a tell tale sign of lazy dramatic writing which should show rather than tell, then see him through a botched extraction, only to have him psychoanalysed and sent back into the field.

He’s suffering post traumatic stress disorder due to the fact that he left his loaded gun unattended and his young son playfully shot himself dead with it. Just the man to send to Syria and extract their top double agent. Continue reading DAMASCUS COVER : SILLY SYRIAN SPY YARN

MUM: A SITCOM OF BITTERSWEET BRILLIANCE. WE HAVE DVD GIVEAWAYS

MUM stars Olivier Award winner and BAFTA nominee Lesley Manville.  The DVD box set containing Series 1 and 2 is being released in Australia on June 6th and thanks to Acorn Media we have 10 to give away.

Starring Olivier Award winner and BAFTA nominee Lesley Manville, Mum is a brand-new family comedy seen through the eyes of Cathy, a mother in her late fifties who finds herself at a milestone in life after the death of her husband. 
Over the course of one year, starting with the funeral in January and ending on New Year’s Eve, Cathy must navigate the everyday realities of this new era of her life alongside the good intentions of her lovably baffling family. 
Offering a refreshingly funny and modern perspective on an often-overlooked stage in our lives, Mum is the story of a woman discovering who she is again and maybe, if she could only see him, finding love second time around...

MUM stars Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread/Harlot’s/River), Peter Mullan (Top Of The Lake/Gunpowder), Lisa McGrillis (George Gently), Sam Swainsbury (Fearless) and you can see  clips from the show and find more information at the official website.

MUM is releasing in Australia on June 6th and thanks to Acorn Media [Facebook], Sydney Arts Guide has 10 DVDs to give away. To be in the running to win a DVD box set containing Series 1 and 2, email (editorialstaff.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com) with MUM COMP as the subject and your mailing address.

Competition closes midnight Saturday 16th June, 2018 when the winners will be drawn. Only winners will be notified and the DVDs will be posted directly from the promoter.

BRAVEN : IF ITS ACTION YOU’RE CRAVIN’

Soon to create cinematic waves as Aquaman, Jason Mamoa is dishing out derring-do on digital and DVD in the truth in advertising action adventure drama, BRAVEN.

Mamoa plays Joe Braven, happily married lumberjack, adoring dad to a daughter, and concerned son for his mentally deteriorating dad. Dad’s been presenting some disturbing anti social behaviours so Joe suggests taking his sire up the mountain for some quiet, quality time.

When Joe Braven and his father arrive at their remote hunting cabin, they find a stash of heroin, hidden in the cabin by drug traffickers. When the criminals suddenly return, Joe and his father must make a kill-or-be-killed stand for survival.

Directed by former stuntman, Lin Oeding, BRAVEN is like a wild ride amalgam of The Waltons and Rambo, with aw-shucks folksy sentiment coupled with awe shocks action and the breath taking scenery of Nova Scotia. Continue reading BRAVEN : IF ITS ACTION YOU’RE CRAVIN’