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The Australian Western: Brotherhood in Caves

No ‘Roos - No Mercy My conversation with THE PROPOSITION director John Hillcoat I attended the Australian audience premiere of THE PROPOSITION introduced by the film’s costars Danny Huston and Guy Pierce in Los Angeles, a western of sorts involving 3 brothers. So of course I experienced a triple enlightenment.1. Guy Pierce – with his shirt unbuttoned to his waist- boasts ‘man cleavage’ that looks more like ass cheeks than pecs. Damn! I’m crawling back to 24 Hour Fitness with my boy ...

Finalists Announced for SA Short Screen Awards 2006

Finalists Announced for SA Short Screen Awards 2006SA’s Premier Competition for Emerging FilmmakersThe Media Resource Centre (MRC) announced today the finalists for the 2006 SA Short Screen Awards, proudly driven by Toyota. The SA Short Screen Awards (SASSA) is SA’s premier competition for local emerging filmmakers, with prizes for thirteen different genre and craft categories. Director of the MRC, Imogen Selley, said today ‘The quality of the films submitted this year is outstanding and...

Look Both Ways rules Australian AFI awards

The AFI Awards are the Australian Film and Television Industry's longest running and most prestigious awards ceremony. Now in their 47th year, the AFI Awards offered a night of glamour and style, while focusing both industry and public attention on the best in Australian film and television productions. Recognised internationally, the AFI Awards are the premier event of Australian film culture, acknowledging excellence in a broad range of categories that cover Feature Film, Television, Documenta...

Indie Ra Choi film wins AWGIE best feature award

Against the odds, the low budget feature RA CHOI has beaten its fellow nominees to scoop the prestigious BEST FEATURE FILM award at the 38th annual Australian Writers Guild Awards (The AWGIEs) held in Melbourne’s Regent Theatre Plaza Ballroom on Friday 25th November 2005. A multi award winner for his short film work, writer, director and producer M. Frank’s debut feature competed against Little Fish, Three Dollars and Look Both Ways. The AWGIE awards celebrate t he success of Australian wri...

Winners of Lexus Inside Film Awards in Sydney

Winners of Lexus Inside Film Awards 2005 in Sydney on November 23rd.The Lexus Inside Film Awards are the people's choice awards for Australian films.The Lexus Inside Film Awards celebrate and champion Australian film and creative talent. The Inside Film Awards creates a unique dialogue between Australian filmmakers and their audience, supports and promotes Australian cinema and invigorates a national screen culture.The Lexus Inside Film Awards are held in November each year. This year the event ...

Down and under: IF (Inside Film) Awards nominees

The Lexus IF (Inside Film) Awards celebrate the key areas of filmmaking with awards presented in nineteen categories for feature films, shorts, animations and documentaries.There are 20 awards presented in total, ten of which are rated by audiences in the national scoring circuit. A panel of industry professionals and past Lexus Inside Film Award winners selects the remaining ten craft and special category award winners.LEXUS IF AWARDS 2005 NOMINATIONSGray & Perkins Lawyers IF Award for Best Sho...

Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund first results

Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund shows it worth in its inaugural funding roundEstablished by Premier of South Australia Hon Mike Rann in July 2003, the AFFIF is fast establishing itself as a prestigious investment partner, with a multi award winning and innovative slate of projects delivered from its inaugural biennial round.The first feature film to receive investment was Sarah Watt's Australian hit Look Both Ways, which had its world premiere as the Opening Night film for the 2005 Adelai...

Melbourne red carpet a swarm of stars

Of the stars of Little Fish, only Cate Blanchett was unable to turn up, but Hugo Weaving, Noni Hazlehurst, Joel Tobeck, Lisa McCune and Daniela Farinacci were the main attraction on the red carpet for the Opening Night of the Melbourne Film Festival (July 20-August 7) at the Village City Centre, the event hosted by the new current affairs mag, The Monthly.Little Fish director Rowan Woods, screenwriter Jacquelin Perske, producers Liz Watts, Richard Keddie and Vincent Sheehan were also carpeted, a...

Kathleen McInnis will join Palm Springs Shorts Festival

The 11th Annual Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films & Short Film Market, held from September 20-26, 2005 at the Camelot Theatres, announces that Kathleen McInnis will join the Festival as the Director of Short Film Programming this year. The largest short film festival and market in North America screens approximately 350 films from over 40 countries annually. Over the past 10 years, 46 of the short films nominated for Academy Awards have played at the Festival, with six of the ...

Discoveries from the Sydney film festival

DISCOVERIES AND WINDOWS TO WORLD CINEMA PLEASE PATRONSDiscoveries at this year’s Sydney Film Festival included the Urban Cinefile Audience Award winning low budget Australian drama, Blacktown and as a window on world cinema, the program boasted the likes of the award winning drama Brothers (Denmark) and the animated short Journey to Mars (Argentina), plus Kontroll (Hungary), Moolaade (Senegal), Life Is A Miracle (Serbia) and Howl’s Moving Castle (Japan, Closing Night Film). But there was st...

Sydney Mini festival showcases best of Aussie shorts

A selection of the best Australian short films will screen in a mini festival this Saturday 25 June when the finalists in the Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films are shown at the State Theatre.The 17 finalists across six categories will have a one-off public screening during the last day of the Festival with the winners announced on Closing Night.This year’s finalists cover such diverse topics as offal eating, capitalism, apartheid, the quest for freedom, family, faith and first dates and ...

Sydney Fest launches new Urban Cinefile Audience Awards

Sydney Film Festival launches new Audience Awards with Urban Cinefile52nd SFF, June 10 – 25, 2005: Sydney Film Festival President Cathy Robinson has welcomed the establishment of the Sydney Film Festival Urban Cinefile Audience Awards - a new awards program that will further enhance the profile of Australia’s premiere film event internationally. The Urban Cinefile Audience Awards comprises six categories across the two main Festival streams – World Cinema and the Sidebar Programs.“The Ur...

Stars & Streakers Steal the Stage at Sydney’s Tropfest

As festival judge Geoffrey Rush announced the winners in front of a 130,000 strong national audience, bursting at the seams to fit into Sydney’s Domain for Sydney’s Tropfest, he proudly declared; “When I look out here at the enormous crowd, and at all the talent up on stage, I see the Australian film industry is not in the doldrums!” It was a night full of surprises; Firstly, because it didn’t rain. (Gloomy weather had threatened to rain on Sydney’s red carpet parade, but just as ...

Adelaide Festl Opens with Impressive Debut Feature

The second Adelaide Film Festival, a pet initiative of South Australian Premier Mike Rann and helmed by Festival Director Katrina Sedgwick, was launched on Friday evening with the world premiere of Sarah Watt’s debut feature Look Both Ways.At a time when the Australian film industry is undergoing a period of intense self-analysis and recession in the face of damning box office statistics and strident critical vitriol, Look Both Ways engaged the gala audience with a moving combination of emotio...

AIDC will host a Nordic producers delegation to initiate co prods with Australia

International Delegations Announced for 2005 Australian Documentary Conference Australian International Documentary Conference Director Heather Croall announced today the confirmed international delegations for the 2005 Conference. “We are pleased to announce the tenth AIDC will host a NORDIC DELEGATION with up to 10 producers, directors and 3 commissioning editors travelling from the region. Commissioning Editors include: Axel Arvo (Sweden), Mette Hoffman Meyer (Denmark) and Iikka Vehkalahti ...

A. Bowel new Adelaide Film Festival board member

ANDREW BOVELL APPOINTED TO ADELAIDE FILM FESTIVAL BOARDAdelaide Film Festival Chairman Cheryl Bart announced today that the Premier had appointed Andrew Bovell to the Board of the Adelaide Film FestivalIn 2002 the London Film Critics Circle named Andrew Scriptwriter of the Year and in 2001 he was awarded the inaugural Australian Film Institute Screenwriting Prize. He is currently a member of the Literature Board of the Australia Council and a recipient of a Centenary Medal for his contribution t...

Adelaide Film Fest Fund announces 9 projects

The Adelaide Film Festival has announced the first nine projects commissioned through the newly established Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund (AFFIF). The fund, an initiative of the Premier of South Australia, the Hon Mike Rann, gives the Adelaide Film Festival a unique position in Australia’s film calendar. The Festival not only showcases the best of international screen culture but is the only Festival to also commission new and innovative Australian works, for premiere at the biennial ...

Experimental cinema of the 60s conference

In the beginning was the imagethe films of Don Levy and Peter WhiteheadA two-day symposium of screenings and talks re-evaluating the work of the Slade art school film unit alumniSpecial guest speakers: Peter Whitehead and James Quinn (producer, Herostratus)Has a festival of atrocity films ever been held?. . . It seemed likely in the late 60s, but the new puritans of our day would greet such a suggestion with a shudder. A pity – given the unlimited opportunities which the media landscape now of...

Salento Fest lines up 26 shorts from 15 countries

THE SALENTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (SIFF) ANNOUNCES THE SELECTED SHORT-FILMS "THE WORLD IN SHORT" COMPETITION, The Salento International Film Festival (SIFF) here proudly announces the Short-Films that have been selected for competition "THE WORLD IN SHORT" and the change of dates due to the high demand to submit films. The new date is September 18 - 26 to be held in Tricase, Lecce, Italy. http://www.salentofilmfestival.comTHE GRAND FESTIVAL: A CELEBRATION OF THE WORLD CINEMA The Sa...

St Kilda Film Festival awards

“AND ONE STEP BACK” takes a huge leap forward as Winner – Best Short FilmWinners of the 21st St Kilda Film Festival were announced at the George Cinemas, the culmination of six days of over 150 short film screenings, attended by filmmakers, film industry producers, luminaries and film lovers.BEST SHORT FILM and the $10,000 cash award went to And One Step Back, written and directed by Mark Robinson. The film also won the EAT CARPET SBS AWARD andBEST ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY for DOP Yen...

Weaving, de Heer present the old man who read love stories

HUGO WEAVING JOINS ROLF DE HEER ON STAGE AT POPCORN TAXIJoin two of Australia's most accomplished filmmakers for a sneak preview of THE OLD MAN WHO READ LOVE STORIES, which stars RICHARD DREYFUSS, HUGO WEAVING (THE MATRIX, LORD OF THE RINGS, PROOF, BABE, THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA - QUEEN OF THE DESERT) and TIMOTHY SPALL. The preview screening will be followed by a special, Popcorn Taxi style, on stage conversation and audience Q&A with ROLF DE HEER and HUGO WEAVING led by film journalist MI...

Sony Tropfest 2004 in Sydney, Melbourne...

HOOK UP FOR SONY TROPFEST 2004! The largest of short film festivals is on its way, so grab a picnic blanket, “HOOK” up with some good friends and prepare to be amused, surprised and entertained at Sony Tropfest, Sunday 22 February 2004. This summer will see the return of Australia’s largest short film festival to audiences nationwide. Get hooked on the drama, the entertainment and the hilarity of the short films created specifically for Australia’s unadulterated viewing pleasure! All sho...

Park City at Midnight

Azumi Director - Ryuhei Kitamura Screenwriters - Rikiya Mizushima and Isao KiriyamaGrand Theft Parsons Director - David Caffrey Screenwriter - Jeremy Drysdale Haute Tension Director - Alexandre Aja Screenwriters - Alexandre Aja and Grégory LevasseurHome of Phobia Director - Ryan Shiraki Screenwriter - Ryan ShirakiOvernight Director - Mark Brian Smith The Park Director - Andrew Lau Lo Screenwriters - Lo yiu Fai and Sam LungRaspberry Reich Director - Bruce LaBruce Screenwriter - Bruce LaBruceSaw ...

Gettin' square winner of Inside Film Awards in Sydney

LEXUS IF (INSIDE FILM) AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCEMENTGettin’ Square and Japanese Story, the people’s choice in Australian filmWinners for the 2003 Lexus IF (Inside Film) Awards were announced in Sydney tonight at a prestigious event staged at Wharf 8 in Pyrmont. Hosted by Deborah Mailman, the live broadcast was followed by a celebratory party presented by Autore South Sea Pearls. Gettin' Square and Japanese Story earned the highest accolades on the night. Japanese Story collected four IF awards...

Inside Film Lexus Awards in Sydney

LEXUS IF (INSIDE FILM) AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCEMENTGettin’ Square and Japanese Story, the people’s choice in Australian filmWinners for the 2003 Lexus IF (Inside Film) Awards were announced in Sydney tonight at a prestigious event staged at Wharf 8 in Pyrmont. Hosted by Deborah Mailman, the live broadcast was followed by a celebratory party presented by Autore South Sea Pearls. Gettin' Square and Japanese Story earned the highest accolades on the night. Japanese Story collected four IF awards...