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DRAGGED ACROSS CONCRETE centres on veteran cop (Gibson) and his volatile younger partner (Vaughn), who find themselves suspended when a video of their strong-arm tactics becomes the media’s cause du jour. Low on cash and with no other options, the two embittered defenders descend into the criminal underworld, but find much more than they wanted waiting for them in the shadows.

 Directed by S. Craig Zahler

Starring Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn, Tory Kittles, Michael Jai White, Jennifer Carpenter, Laurie Holden, Don Johnson

Classification: R 18+

DRAGGED ACROSS CONCRETE is opening in cinemas on Thursday 29 August, 2019. Sydney Arts Guide has two in season double passes to give away. Email the Editor editor.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com with DRAGGED ACROSS CONCRETE PROMOTION in the subject heading. Winners will be advised by email.

Editor’s Note : This competition has now closed and the winners have been advised.





The 6th AACTA Awards took place at the Star Event Centre on Wednesday 7th December at the Star Event Centre and was screened on Channel 7 with replays of the event screened on Foxtel.

Australia’s annual night of nights for the cinema and television industry attracted  a host of celebrities. Guide photographer Ben Apfelbaum was there and here some of the best pics The featured image is of Darren Gilshenan, Andrew Ryan, Sophie Hensser and Caroline Brazier. 

All images Ben Apfelbaum (c).



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.



HACKSAW RIDGE arrives ten years after Mel Gibson’s previous directorial effort, the near-excellent APOCALYPTO, and follows an industry-imposed absence from filmmaking after repeated personal indiscretions. Gibson returned to the screen as an actor in 2010’s EDGE OF DARKNESS. Gibson’s difficulties in securing Hollywood financing may still be an ongoing issue, as he returns here with an Australian cast and production on a very American subject. This decision ultimately harms the impact of Gibson’s artistry as it fails to connect its characters to any artistic or cultural relevance.

HACKSAW RIDGE follows the story of American Army Medic, Desmond Doss, who joined the services following the attack on Pearl Harbour and served in Okinawa. His religious beliefs—or personal beliefs more accurately—meant that he refused to even handle a weapon, let alone kill someone. And so, due to his legal right to serve, Desmond is sent to Okinawa where his actions would eventually lead to him being the first Conscientious Objector to receive the Medal of Honour. Continue reading HACKSAW RIDGE


Sydney Film Festival Number 63 has come and gone again for another year. The Festival attracted many celebrities. These are some of my favourite pics.

Mel Gibson
Grainnie Humphreys, Simon Field, Robert Connolly- panelists on the Sydney Film Festival main jury
Judy Davis
Margaret Pomeranz & son Joshua
Ursula Yovich
Ewen Leslie and partner
Jack and Billy Thompson
David Gulpilil
David Stratton
Lord Mayor Of Sydney Clover Moore
Simon Baker & Bryan Brown
Leo & Anne Schofield
Josie Lacey & Walt Secord MP
Damien Walshe-Howling and Hugo Weaving
Dan MacPherson & Brooke Satchwell
Helen and Michael Caton
Gillian Armstrong & Bruce Pleffer
Alex Greewich MP
Tasma Walton
John Jarrett

The Expendables 3

THE EXPENDABLES 3 showcases a dream, not so expendable, cast

As expendable as Kleenex and as feasible as digital toilet paper, THE EXPENDABLES 3 has expanded the franchise with even more star power with the addition of Harrison Ford and Mel Gibson fondling the nostalgia zone of 80s action movies aficionados to climactic climes.

For those, like me, who have not seen the first two in the franchise, Sylvester Stallone plays Barney Ross, co-founder of this elite bash and crash mercenary outfit. His second in command is a guy called Christmas played by Jason Statham. The extant team is Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, and Terry Crews as Caesar.

The film opens with the gang busting out a former member, Doctor Death (Wesley Snipes) from a prison train. The Doc used to be a military medic but swapped swipes and IVs for edged weapons. Snipes starts chewing up the scenery with snippy, snappy psycho dude antics like dry shaving his full beard with a combat knife and coming out looking like he’s been in a day spa. Continue reading The Expendables 3