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'Lion', 'Hacksaw Ridge' and 'Tanna' nominated for Oscars

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Tanna.

This year's Academy Awards will feature a healthy contingent of Australians, with films as disparate as Lion, Hacksaw Ridge.and Tanna vying for top awards.

21 years after Braveheart won the top gong, Mel Gibson has been welcomed back into the Academy fold, with Hacksaw Ridge nominated for six Oscars: Best Picture (producers David Permut and Bill Mechanic), Best Director (Gibson), Best Actor (Andrew Garfield), Best Sound Editing (Robert Mackenzie, Andy Wright) and Best Sound Mixing (Robert Mackenzie, Andy Wright, Kevin O'Connell, Peter Grace).

Hacksaw is also up for Best Editing for Kiwi John Gilbert, who edited Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and is clearly a new Icon favourite.—.he's currently cutting Gibson's next acting vehicle,.The Professor and the Madman, in which the star appears alongside Sean Penn..

Gibson called the nomination "a truly wonderful honor..

.I.m especially happy for Andrew Garfield,
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First look at Sa apocalyptic thriller Cargo

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The first production still has been released from Cargo, starring Sherlock.s Martin Freeman.

Currently shooting in South Australia, the film is based on Yolanda Ramke and Ben Howling.s 2013 Tropfest short. Ramke wrote the script, and tshe and Howling are making their feature directorial debuts.

Causeway Films producers Samantha Jennings (The Pretend One) and Kristina Ceyton (The Babadook) are working alongside Addictive Pictures. Russell Ackerman (Hellboy II) and John Schoenfelder, with Mark Patterson attached as South Australian producer.

Cargo follows an infected man stranded in rural Australia in the aftermath of a violent pandemic. He desperately seeks a new guardian for his infant child, and a means to protect her from his burgeoning zombification.

Salvation may lie with an isolated Aboriginal tribe, but to gain access he must first earn the allegiance of a young Indigenous girl on a tragic quest of her own.

Freeman stars alongside David Gulpilil (Charlie.s Country,
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Sound awards for The Water Diviner, The Dressmaker

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The Water Diviner and The Dressmaker dominated the feature categories at the 19th Australian Screen Sound Guild Awards held at The Establishment hotel ballroom in Sydney.

Russell Crowe.s drama won the prizes for feature film soundtrack of the year, best sound design and Assg members. choice for best film soundtrack.

Jocelyn Moorhouse.s dramedy was feted for best film sound recording and sound mixing .

The Syd Butterworth lifetime achievement award went to James Currie, whose career spans 38 years and includes A Month of Sundays, Charlie's Country, Red Dog, Ten Canoes, Man of Flowers, Incident at Raven.s Gate and Bad Boy Bubby.

The Principal was named best sound for a TV drama series while Deadline Gallipoli — episode 2 was best sound for a telefeature and Only the Dead best documentary sound.

The Greg Bell student encouragement award was given to Alex Gastrell, a recent North Sydney Tafe graduate. The full
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Venice Film Review: ‘Tanna’

Venice Film Review: ‘Tanna’
The eternal story of young lovers breaking all the rules and risking everything to be together is beautifully told in “Tanna,” the first-ever feature shot entirely in the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu. Based on dramatic events that took place on the volcanic island of Tanna in 1987, the pic weaves fascinating details of tribal life into a universally accessible and emotionally affecting romantic drama. Very well performed by non-professionals drawn from communities whose history is represented on screen, “Tanna” marks a notable narrative debut for the experienced Aussie documaking duo of Bentley Dean and Martin Butler. Pic looks set for a lengthy fest run following its Venice world premiere, and has a shot at niche theatrical play in selected markets. Down Under release details are yet to be announced.

Part of the film’s success can be attributed to events that took place long before cameras rolled. Dean and Butler
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Review: Charlie's Country Enthralls

When I saw Rolf de Heer's Bad Boy Bubby in an arthouse theatre back in the mid-90s, I was totally unprepared for such raw and nihilistic filmmaking. A violent and dark film, it was clear from that one film that de Heer was a massive, fearless talent. The director, born in The Netherlands but an emigrant to Australia at a young age, has delved deeper into Australian and Aboriginal lore over the years, working with famed actor David Gulpilil on a number of projects, including 2002's The Tracker and 2006's Ten Canoes. The latter film provided one of my most interesting film festival experiences; a tale told in the indigenous language, due to a logistical hiccup the version we saw had no subtitles. With a...

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David Gulpilil – magnetic Indigenous actor connecting two Australias

Melbourne International film festival celebrates an enduring career with Walkabout, Charlie’s Country, Ten Canoes and an important new film

David Gulpilil: the lessons I learned from Charlie’s Country

David Gulpilil is the first Aboriginal person that I can remember.

As a Generation X kid in the anodyne, white European eastern suburbs of Melbourne, you didn’t (knowingly at least) encounter any Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people on the trams or in the supermarkets in my part of the city.

Continue reading...
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David Gulpilil – magnetic Indigenous actor connecting two Australias

Melbourne International film festival celebrates an enduring career with Walkabout, Charlie’s Country, Ten Canoes and an important new film

David Gulpilil: the lessons I learned from Charlie’s Country

David Gulpilil is the first Aboriginal person that I can remember.

As a Generation X kid in the anodyne, white European eastern suburbs of Melbourne, you didn’t (knowingly at least) encounter any Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people on the trams or in the supermarkets in my part of the city.

Continue reading...
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

Charlie's Country Pits the Cops Against a (Real) Down-on-His-Luck Aboriginal Actor

Charlie's Country Pits the Cops Against a (Real) Down-on-His-Luck Aboriginal Actor
The special quality of Charlie’s Country is the profound camaraderie shared by its director, Rolf de Heer, and its star, David Gulpilil (Walkabout, The Last Wave). The two have worked together before (The Tracker, Ten Canoes), but the origins of Charlie’s Country are personal to an exceptional degree. In 2011, de Heer learned that Gulpilil had landed in jail; he got in touch with the washed-up performer, and the germ of a story — intrinsically inspired by Gulpilil’s drink-addled life experiences — blossomed.

Co-written by de Heer and Gulpilil, the movie has a bracing (if unsurprising) narrative of societal suppression: Northern Territory dweller Charlie (Gulpilil) finds his roaming Aboriginal lifesty...
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Aussie students prefer watching local fare online

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Tertiary students in Australia would rather watch online. documentaries such as John Pilger.s Utopia and Gilliam Armstrong.s Love, Lust & Lies and Aussie features than Hollywood blockbusters. That.s apparent from a list of the most popular videos streamed in 2014 on Kanopy, an online platform for universities, colleges and their students.

Excluding instructional videos, 20 of the 30 most watched titles in Australia last year were local productions. Silver Linings Playbook is the only recent Hollywood film to figure in the top 30.

.Students have access to hundreds of Us blockbusters yet they are choosing to watch videos like Utopia, Freedom Writers or Samson & Delilah more regularly than the mainstream Us blockbusters,. Kanopy CEO Olivia Humphrey tells If.

.Crossing the Line, Samson & Delilah, Ten Canoes, Muriel.s Wedding, Looking for Alibrandi, Head On, Lantana and My Brilliant Career all outperform even The Hunger Games.

.It's surprising because student viewing behaviour on Kanopy
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Sapphires director wins Screen Australia funding

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Wayne Blair, Rachel Perkins, Greg McLean, Cameron and Colin Cairnes get green lights for new Australian films, including a new feature starring Kevin Bacon.

The directors of two of Australia’s biggest hits of the last five years, Rachel Perkins (Bran Nue Dae) and Wayne Blair (The Sapphires) have had new films financed in Screen Australia’s last funding round for the year.

Six films in all got a green light: another is Jungle from Wolf Creek director Greg McLean, who recently made his first Us film, 6 Miranda Drive, and has cast Kevin Bacon in this cinematic recreation of the true story of Yossi Ghinsberg managing to survive in the Amazon rainforest.

Perkins will direct the adaptation of the extremely popular book Jasper Jones in Western Australia next year. No cast are yet attached to the coming-of-age murder mystery written by Shaun Grant who was thrust into the limelight when the film of his debut script [link=tt
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Aussie film to examine taboo love

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Director/writer Bentley Dean and his family lived for six months in a remote Melanesian village earlier year.

Far from an extended holiday, Dean devoted his time to researching, casting and preparing to shoot Taboo, a novel romantic drama set on the island of Tanna near Vanuatu.

The screenplay by Dean, his co-director/co-writer Martin Butler and John Collee, will follow two teenage lovers who risk their lives for marriage, forcing the village to choose between traditional duty and individual freedom.

Screen Nsw funded development, Screen Australia has approved production investment and filming will starting next month, with Dean doubling as the DoP and Butler handling the sound. Dean and Butler will produce with Carolyn Johnson (Son of a Lion).

Dean has already filmed rehearsals with the cast, all locals, and says he is ..constantly floored. by the performances.

He showed the cast Rolf de Heer.s Ten Canoes on
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Charlie’s Country Review [Lff 2014]

David Gulpilil is the undisputed King of Aboriginal actors. Since his debut in Nicholas Roeg’s unforgettable Walkabout, followed a couple of years later by his stunning performance in Peter Weir’s The Last Wave, Gulpilil has been the cinematic face of Aborigines for the last 45 years or so. Yet until he collaborated with Rolf de Heer in 2007′s award winning Ten Canoes, he was often stuck playing supporting roles to white leads. Only a sucker would disparage Jenny Agutter or Richard Chamberlain, but it’s Gulpilil that provides the heart of their respective films, his characters representing mysterious, unknowable spirituality.

In Charlie’s Country, his second collaboration with de Heer, this mystery begins to peel away. Traditionally films about Aboriginal beliefs involve a white Australian becoming inadvertently initiated into a world they can’t comprehend, often with tragic results. Here, we see Australia from a firmly Aboriginal perspective; a litany of discrimination,
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Oscars Race: Australia Selects ‘Charlie’s Country’ for Foreign-Language Contention

Oscars Race: Australia Selects ‘Charlie’s Country’ for Foreign-Language Contention
Australia has selected director Rolf de Heer’s Aborigine-themed “Charlie’s Country” as its contender for foreign-language Academy Award contention.

“Charlie’s Country” was developed, written, produced and directed by de Heer, and co-developed by lead actor David

Gulpilil.

It is the third film in de Heer’s unofficial trilogy and longstanding collaboration with Gulpilil, that began with “The Tracker” in 2002 and was followed by “Ten Canoes” in 2006.

The story centres on the character of Charlie who decides to make a stand following the new invasion of his Aboriginal community. He finds he still has a long way to fall.

The film premiered at the Adelaide and Cannes festivals in May and has since travelled to Toronto and London festivals. It will next be seen at the Hawaii and Philadelphia festivals.

In Australia it is distributed by Entertainment One. Internationally it is represented by Visit Films, which recently licensed it
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Charlie's Country entered for Best Foreign-Language Oscar

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Rolf de Heer.s Charlie.s Country has been selected as the Australian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards®.

The entry is a tribute to the creative team and more broadly for the Australian film industry. If the film is nominated it would be the first official Australian entry to do so.

De Heer said, .David [Gulpilil] and I are delighted that Charlie.s Country is Australia.s nomination. For me, it.s a privilege; for David, it.s the crowning achievement in an extraordinary 44-year acting career..

Charlie.s Country was developed, written, produced and directed by de Heer, and co-developed by Gulpilil. The story centres on the character of Charlie (played by David Gulpilil) who decides to make a stand following the new invasion of his Aboriginal community. and finds he still has a long way to fall.

Following the international premiere at the
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Comedy-drama plumbs Melbourne's underbelly

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Actor Paul Ireland is set to make his feature directing debut on Pawno, a dramedy set in a seedy pawn shop in Melbourne's western suburbs.

Scripted by actor-turned-writer Damian Hill, the film will follow one day in the lives of 14 characters as they attempt to survive, thrive or maintain their way of life in an often cruel world.

.It is a unique and unapologetic journey into the underbelly of our society,. said Hill, who is producing with Ireland through their company Toothless Pictures.

Due to start shooting in Footscray on November 23, the film.s ensemble cast includes John Brumpton, Hill, Maeve Dermody, Malcolm Kennard, Mark Coles Smith and Tony Rickards.

Hill and Ireland, who formed Toothless Pictures last year, raised $12,500 via crowd-funding site Pozible and the balance of the budget from philanthropic investors after two years of toil.

.Our focus is to tell a compelling, poignant and layered story that will move and entertain,
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Toronto 2014 Review: Charlie's Country, Wild Vistas, Remarkable Performances, And Assured Direction

When I saw Rolf de Heer's Bad Boy Bubby in an arthouse theatre back in the mid-90s, I was totally unprepared for such raw and nihilistic filmmaking. A violent and dark film, it was clear from that one film that de Heer was a massive, fearless talent. The director, born in The Netherlands but an emigrant to Australia at a young age, has delved deeper into Australian and Aboriginal lore over the years, working with famed actor David Gulpilil on a number of projects, including 2002's The Tracker and 2006's Ten Canoes. The latter film provided one of my most interesting film festival experiences - a tale told in the indigenous language, due to a logistical hiccup the version we saw had no subtitles....

[Read the whole post on twitchfilm.com...]
See full article at Screen Anarchy »

Tiff: Charlie's Country

Nathaniel's Adventures at Tiff. Day 1

There's nothing like the fresh smell of na movies in the morning. Or the coffee while watching the movies. I love starting the day with a movie. Always have. It's easy to do that at Tiff where things start rolling at 8:30 Am. So I popped out of bed and hit the theater. At my second movie at 11 Am, two filmmakers in the seats next to me joked that the fairly robust attendance on the first morning of press & industry screenings was because late night boozing hadn't begun yet. "Not so," I interjected, having been to a pre-tiff party the night before and spotting some familiar faces. "I know for a fact that someone here has a hangover." They laughed and I realized, too late, that it probably sounded like a confession. T'was not, I swear! I left that pre-tiff party sober and l-o-n-g before I hear it wound down.
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Toronto Film Festival Adds Sandler’s ‘Cobbler,’ Wiig’s ‘Welcome to Me,’ Schwarzenegger’s ‘Maggie’ and More

The Toronto International Film Festival added more than 100 features to its 2014 slate today, with pics starring Dustin Hoffman, Kristen Wiig, Benicio del Toro, Diane Keaton, John Travolta, Keira Knightley, Adam Sandler, Jennifer Connelly and Arnold Schwarzenegger among the two-dozen titles joining the Gala and Special Presentations programs.

Contemporary World Cinema adds 51 (22 world preems), City to City shines the spotlight on Seoul with eight pics (two world preems), and Wavelengths delivers 46 titles, including 13 features.

Gala world preems “Boychoir,” which marks the return of Quebec helmer Francois Girard (“Silk”) to the big screen and stars Hoffman as the tough conductor of a world-class music school, as well as Italian multi-hyphenate Andrea Di Stefano’s feature bow “Escobar: Paradise Lost,” starring del Toro as the notorious Colombian drug lord.

Philip Martin’s “The Forger,” starring Travolta and Christopher Plummer in a tale of an artistically gifted petty thief who must aid his ailing father in one last job,
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Australian films B.O. scorecard

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Barring a break-out hit or at least several strong performers, the B.O. total of Australian films this calendar year is highly unlikely to match 2013.s $38.5 million.

Through last Sunday, 34 local films have racked up $16.03 million nationwide. That includes mostly small amounts earned this year by 19 titles that opened in 2013 or earlier.

While the local B.O. results should not be seen as the sole yardstick of any film.s global performance, the industry would have expected stronger ticket sales for David Michôd.s The Rover and last week.s opener, Zak Hilditch.s These Final Hours, while Rhys Graham.s Galore also underperformed.

Rolf de Heer Charlie.s Country is tracking below Tracker, his first collaboration with David Gulpilil, which grossed $818,000 in 2002. Ten Canoes, the second of the .trilogy,. is the highest-earner of de Heer.s career, making $3.5 million in 2006.

Only The Railway Man (which opened on Boxing Day
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Subdued start for Charlie’s Country

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Rolf de Heer.s Charlie.s Country got glowing reviews from most Australian film critics, not least for David Gulpilil.s performance for which he was named best actor at the Certain Regard sidebar in Cannes.

Given those plaudits plus eOne.s extensive publicity campaign built around de Heer and the enthusiastic support of exhibitors, the opening weekend of $129,000 at 29 screens, for a per-screen average of less than $4,500, plus $22,300 from previews, isn't great.

However the film may well build on word-of-mouth as audiences respond to the tale of blackfella Charlie, who finds life increasingly tough in his remote community due to the government.s intervention, and resolves to live the old way.

Also, the B.O. figures should be seen in the context of how the director.s films have fared historically in Australia. Tracker, his first collaboration with Gulpilil, grossed $818,000 in 2002. Ten Canoes, the second of the .trilogy,. is
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