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  • Monday, June 24, 2013 10:37 AM | Anonymous



    Check out the brand new US trailer for the upcoming Sundance hit "Adore".


    Starring Naomi Watts and Robin Wright (House of Cards), the film tells the story of two childhood friends who fall for each other's sons, played by rising stars James Frecheville and Xavier Samuel. 


    “I was drawn to this material right away because of the complex women,” Watts said. “They’re still bonded and united and they forgive each other. If two women are in a movie together, they’re usually against each other. I loved that we got to explore these two women that are beautiful.”


    Adore also has a strong supporting cast in Ben Mendelsohn, Gary Sweet and Jessica Tovey.


    Previously titled Two Mothers, written by Oscar winner Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liasons), and directed by French director Anee Fontaine, "Adore" will be released in cinemas September 6. 

  • Saturday, June 22, 2013 4:29 PM | Anonymous


    According to Stephen Farrelly from ausgamers.com, the upcoming Mad Max game that compliments the release of George Miller's movie "Fury Road" will be voiced by an American.


    Farrelly voiced his disapproval to the dame developer, Avalanche Studios, but he was told "We're trying to create our own version".


    Dismayed, Farrelly said, "But Max is such an iconic Australian character, it's wrong to do that... And they've recreated that iconic Australian car, the XB Ford Falcon Interceptor, even down to it being right-hand drive, so why change the character?" 

    Upset, Farrelly launched a petition on change.org. It has garnered 2500 signatures at the time of writing. 


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    The petition is calling for Avalanche Studios to "Hire an Australian actor to portray Max in the Mad Max videogame". 


    With Brit Tom Hardy playing the lead, and the film relocating to from NSW's Broken Hill to Namibia due to heavy rainfall, Avalanche's decision to have Max Rockatansky speak with an American accent seems like another blow to the Australian-ness of the film.


    See the petition below (and click here to view/ sign)

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  • Thursday, June 20, 2013 2:50 PM | Anonymous


    It's official! There will be a second season of the Netflix Original Series "Hemlock Grove".


    After a successful first 13 episodes that were devoured in days, fans started demanding a second season, and yesterday they got their wish!


    Yesterday, Netflix announced that it had greenlit a second season consisting of 10 episodes to be released next year.  


    Season 1 of "Hemlock Grove" starred AiF member Freya Tingley & fellow Aussie on the rise, Penelope Mitchell.


    Congrats, Freya and Penelope!


    Watch all 13 episodes of Season 1 on Netflix: http://movi.es/Vp5VO

  • Thursday, June 20, 2013 12:16 PM | Anonymous


    Congratulations to Liam Hemsworth who has joined fellow Aussie Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich and Billy Bob Thornton on the set of "Cut Bank".


    Hemsworth has been brought in to replace Armie Hammer (The Social Network), who was originally cast as the lead. 


    Directed by Matt Shakman, "Cut Bank" is a thriller that follows the life of 25-year-old Dwayne McLaren (Hemsworth), an antlete-turned-mechanic whose  dreams of getting out of Cut Bank, Montana, the coldest town in America, set in motion a deadly series of events that change his life and the character of the town forever.


    "Cut Bank" will see Palmer and Hemsworth reunited on screen, having starred together in Danny Mooney's Vietnam war romantic drama "Love and Honor" earlier this year. 


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    A seasoned television director, "Cut Bank" will be the feature film directorial debut for Shakman. From comedy to drama, Shakman's work can be seen in episodes of Everybody Hates Chris, Brothers and Sisters, Weeds, Chuck, House M.D, Mad Men, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Good Wife and Psych, to name a few. 

    Written by Roberto Patino, production started last week in Edmonton, Canada. 


    Congrats Teresa and Liam!

  • Thursday, June 20, 2013 12:05 PM | Anonymous



    Australian Film "The Rocket" took home the Audience Award on Tuesday at the 2013 Sydney Film Festival. 


    Set in Laos, the film follows the story of Ahlo, a ten-year-old boy who tries to prove to his family that he is not cursed by entering a rocket competition.


    The film has been taking festivals around the world by storm, including receiving three awards at New York's Tribeca Film Festival - the Audience Award, Best Actor for Sitthiphon Disamoe (Ahlo), and Best Narrative Feature. 


    Written and directed by Kim Mordaunt and funded by Screen Australia, The Rocket also won the Best First Feature Award and Amnesty International Film Prize at this year’s Berlinale.


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    The film will be distributed in Oz by Curious Distribition on August 29.


    Congrats to the team behind The Rocket! 


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    Synopsis:

    Laos: A boy (Ahlo, 10), who is believed to bring bad luck, is blamed for a string of disasters. When his family loses their home and are forced to move, Ahlo meets the spirited orphan Kia (9) and her eccentric uncle Purple: an ex-soldier with a purple suit, a rice-wine habit and a fetish for James Brown.


    Struggling to hang on to his father’s trust, Ahlo leads his family, Purple and Kia through a land scarred by war in search of a new home. In a last plea to try and prove he’s not cursed, Ahlo builds a giant explosive rocket to enter the most lucrative but dangerous competition of the year: the Rocket Festival. As the most bombed country in the world shoots back at the sky, a boy will reach to the heavens for forgiveness.


    Gripping yet heart-warming, The Rocket is a deeply personal story about the determination of a boy who has the odds stacked against him, set against the epic backdrop of a war-ravaged country on the brink of huge change.


    The Rocket is one of the first feature films for international release set and shot in the intriguing and little-known country of Laos, rarely seen by the outside world since the end of the Vietnam War. With remarkable access to real rituals and festivities in the stunning mountains of Laos, The Rocket is a unique view into a world never seen on film before.


    Written and directed by Kim Mordaunt (Bomb Harvest), The Rocket features an extraordinary leading performance from gutsy former street kid Sitthiphon Disamoe as Ahlo, and veteran actor and comedian Thep Phongam as the damaged but humorous Purple.


    Related story: 

    Australian films win top awards at Berlin International Film Festival

  • Thursday, June 20, 2013 10:25 AM | Anonymous



    AiF Ambassador Russell Crowe is about to make his directorial debut on "The Water Diviner" - a post-WWI Australian drama set in 1919.


    The Water Diviner tells the story of a father who travels to Turkey in search of his two sons who did not return from the Battle of Gallipoli. 


    Though the Oscar winner has directed several short films, this will be his first feature length film behind the camera. It will be a busy time for Crowe, who is also set to star. 


    With a script penned by Andrew Knight and Andrew Anastasios, Crowe plans to shoot the film in Australia and Turkey and production is expected to begin later this year. 


    "The Water Diviner" will be produced by Hopscotch and Fear of God Films. 


    Crowe can currently be seen in theatres playing Jor-El in Man of Steel. Tickets: http://manofsteel.warnerbros.com/index.html?home

  • Wednesday, June 19, 2013 1:47 PM | Anonymous



    Check out the brand new trailer for "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues".


    The film sees Will Ferrel return as San Diego's top cable news anchor Ron Burgundy, with his wife Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), and fellow newsmen Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) and Champ Kind (David Koechner) in tow. 


    "The Legend Continues" is the highly anticipated sequel to 2004's Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, one of the most quotable and hilarious films of the decade. 


    Aussie Josh Lawson joined the cast back in March, and we're excited to see him flex his comedic muscles alongside these comedy legends and heroes. 


    Other big names attached to the flick are Kristen Wiig, Harrison Ford, and James Marsden, and we're to expect a cameo from Nicole Kidman! 


    The film is expected to hit US cinemas 20 December. No Oz date has been set yet.

    2013 is shaping up to be a funny year! 


    Can't wait.

    Congrats, Josh!


    Related story: 

    Josh Lawson joins the cast of Anchorman 2:

  • Wednesday, June 19, 2013 1:30 PM | Anonymous


    Check out the first US trailer for British romcom "I Give It a Year" starring Aussies Rose Byrne and Simon Baker and costarring Anna Faris, Rafe Spall, Alex Macqueen, Stephen Merchant and Minnie Driver.


    The film, which was released in Oz earlier in the year, comes to US cinemas 9 August. 


    I Give it a Year will be released on DVD in Oz July 3. Aussies can pre-order a copy here. 


    Synopsis:

    Since they met at a party, ambitious high-flyer Nat (Rose Byrne) and struggling novelist Josh (Rafe Spall) have been deliriously happy despite their differences. Josh is a thinker, Nat’s a doer, but the spark between them is undeniable. 


    Their wedding is a dream come true, but no one — family, friends and even the minister who marries them — is convinced that they will last. Josh’s ex-girlfriend, Chloe (Anna Faris), and Nat’s handsome American client Guy (Simon Baker) could offer attractive alternatives.


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  • Tuesday, June 18, 2013 2:52 PM | Anonymous


    Check out the brand new trailer for Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” starring Aussie Margot Robbie alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and Matthew McConaughey.



    The film is based on the tell-all memoir of slimy New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort (DiCaprio), who was making around $1 million a week through some shady wheeling and dealing on Wall Street. 


    It’s the 90s and life for Belfort couldn’t be sweeter- models, cash, drugs, boats, booze, and parties that would Gatsby’s to shame, but his life is changed forever when he refuses to cooperate with the FBI in their large securities fraud case investigating corruption on Wall Street, the corporate banking world and mob infiltration.


    The film hits US theatres 15 November, and Oz 12 December! 


    This is definitely a film to look out for!


    Can’t wait!

  • Thursday, May 16, 2013 5:58 PM | Anonymous



    Cate Blanchett is set to play the lead role in “Blackbird,” the David Mamet penned and directed modern-day take on the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.


    Blanchett will play Janet, a woman who discovers that her deceased grandfather was a man with many secrets, and that he was somehow involved in the assassination of the 35th President of the United States. Learning these secrets puts her life in danger, and she is forced to uncover more secrets in order to survive. 


    Filming is expected to take place in Sydney, thanks for the recent tax breaks offered to filmmakers. 


    Though Blanchett has been actively working in Australian theatre, both on stage and off (in her role as the artistic director of the Sydney Theatre Company), “Blackbird” will be the first film she has shot in Australia since “Little Fish” in 2005.


    This is also the first feature length film Mamet is helming since he wrote and directed “Redbelt” in 2008. 


    Blanchett can next be seen in “Blue Jasmine,” a drama written and directed by Woody Allen, starring Alec Baldwin and Peter Sarsgaard. No Australian theatre release dates are confirmed as yet, but it will be in U.S. theatres July 26, 2013. 


    Blanchett is an Ambassador of Australians in Film. 


    Congrats, Cate!

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