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Bofa celebrates the 40th anniversary of ‘My Brilliant Career’

Gillian Armstrong and Sam Neill.

Gillian Armstrong was 29 when she won the AFI award for best director for her debut feature My Brilliant Career, the first local film to be directed by a woman since the McDonagh sisters’ Two Minute Silence in 1933.

It was Sam Neill’s first Australian movie, produced by Margaret Fink and introducing Judy Davis.

Forty years later, how do Armstrong and Neill view the seminal film and how would each describe their journey through the screen industry?

Producer Trish Lake will pose those and other questions at a Q&A on May 18 at the Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival (Bofa) in Launceston following a 40th anniversary screening of the film.

“Apart from what she is doing currently I am interested in knowing how Gillian regards her journey as a female director since then,” says Lake. “I will talk with her about her prolific output over the years,
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Rachel Ward’s “Palm Beach” Will Open 2019 Sydney Film Festival

Rachel Ward’s latest will kick things off at this year’s Sydney Film Festival. The Sydney Morning Herald confirms “Palm Beach,” an ensemble comedy about a group of friends gathering for a milestone birthday celebration, will open the fest on June 5. The 66th edition of the fest will run through June 16. Starring Sam Neill, Richard E. Grant, Greta Scacchi...
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Mackenzie Foy and Kate Winslet to star in ‘Black Beauty’ reboot

Mackenzie Foy and Kate Winslet have signed up to star in Ashley Avis’s reboot of the classic story of ‘Black Beauty’.

Foy will take the leading role as a 17-year-old girl whose bond with Black Beauty helps her overcome the death of her parents.

Winslet will have an easier job of it as she will provide the voice of the horse, Black Beauty.

Based on the best-selling children’s classic by Anna Sewell, Avis will direct the film from a script she has adapted herself. The film will be a fictional autobiography of the titular wild horse. In a significant change from Sewell’s book, in which Black Beauty is a carriage horse, in the new adaptation, she is a wild mustang captured on the Wyoming Plains.

Also in news – Man of Steel’s David Goyer to tackle ‘Hellraiser’ reboot

Black Beauty has been adapted for the big and
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‘Judy & Punch’, ‘Hearts and Bones’ in competition at Sydney Film Festival

‘Judy & Punch’. (Photo: Ben King)

Two Aussie films, Mirrah Foulkes’ Judy & Punch and Ben Lawrence’s Hearts and Bones, will be among the 12 features in official competition at this year’s Sydney Film Festival (Sff).

Also up for the festival’s $60,000 Sydney Film Prize are Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s Never Look Away, which was nominated for two Oscars; recent Cannes selections such as Pedro Almodóvar’s Pain and Glory, Bong Joon-Ho’s Parasite, and Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano DornellesBacurau; Sundance World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award winner Monos, from directors Alejandro Landes and Alexis Dos; Joanna Hogg’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner The Souvenir; Nadav Lapid’s Golden Bear winner Synonymes, as well as Sacha Polak’s Dirty God, Teona Strugar Mitevska’s God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya, and Kiwi director Hamish Bennett’s Bellbird.

Sydney Film Festival launched the full program for its 66th
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Thornton, Perkins, Walker win at Adg Awards

Warwick Thornton and Sam Neill on the set of ‘Sweet Country’.

Warwick Thornton took home the top gong at last night’s Australian Directors’ Guild (Adg) Awards for outback Western Sweet Country.

It joins a slew of other prizes for the film, which follows an Aboriginal stockman who a kills white station owner in self-defence, including the Venice Film Festival Special Jury Prize, the Toronto International Film Festival Platform Prize, and six Aacta Awards, including Best Film and Best Direction.

Competing against Thornton for Best Direction in a Feature Film (budget $1 million or over) were Joel Edgerton for Boy Erased, Anthony Maras for Hotel Mumbai, and Garth Davis for Mary Magdelene.

The Adg Awards were held at Sydney’s City Recital Hall, with presenters including Rachel Griffiths, Claudia Karvan, Bryan Brown and Rachel Ward.

This year also saw the guild divide the feature film category for the first time, introducing
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Jane Campion Casts Benedict Cumberbatch and Elisabeth Moss in ‘Chilling’ Thomas Savage Adaptation

Jane Campion Casts Benedict Cumberbatch and Elisabeth Moss in ‘Chilling’ Thomas Savage Adaptation
After a decade of being absent from the big screen, Jane Campion is readying her first feature since 2009’s “Bright Star.” Campion will next direct her own adaptation of Thomas Savage’s 1967 novel, “The Power of the Dog,” and she’s already lined up two big names to bring the story to life. Benedict Cumberbatch and Elisabeth Moss will star in the film — which boasts at least one more starring role, still to be cast — which has been billed as “a chilling story of desire, control, and revenge with a sting in the tail that lingers long after it reaches its electrifying conclusion.”

Per the film’s official synopsis: “Wealthy Montana brothers Phil (Cumberbatch) and George Burbank are two sides of one coin. Phil is graceful, brilliant, and cruel where George is stolid, fastidious, and gentle. Together they are joint owners of the biggest ranch in their Montana valley. It
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Australian films’ April Bo scorecard: Quiet start but bright prospects

‘Top End Wedding’.

It’s been a quiet start for the year for Australian films at the national box office, particularly compared to last year when Peter Rabbit and Sweet Country were drawing crowds.

However exhibitors are very optimistic about the outlook for the rest of the year, including Wayne Blair’s Top End Wedding which opened yesterday, Rachel Ward’s Palm Beach and Kriv StendersDanger Close: The Battle of Long Tan (both August 8) and Rachel GriffithsRide Like a Girl (September 26).

Ten new releases plus holdovers collectively racked up $9.06 million through April 30, according to the Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia.

That’s way below the first four months of 2018, which generated $32 million, with Will Gluck’s Peter Rabbit making $25.4 million en route to a final total of $26.7 million and Warwick Thornton’s Sweet Country $2 million.

Shawn Seet’s Storm Boy pocketed nearly $5 million, not a bad result,
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Laura Dern Won't Say No to Jurassic World 3 Return

Laura Dern Won't Say No to Jurassic World 3 Return
Laura Dern is ready to return as Ellie Sattler in Jurassic World 3 in literally any capacity. We haven't seen Dern's beloved Jurassic Park character on screen in nearly two decades. She originated the role in Steven Spielberg's 1993 adaptation of Michael Crichton's novel and went on to reprise the role just once in the underwhelming Jurassic Park III, which very nearly made the franchise go extinct. Now, all these years later, Dern is ready and waiting for the call.

Universal Pictures is gearing up for Jurassic World 3, which will round out this new trilogy. Laura Dern was recently doing an interview in order to promote her new movie, J.T. LeRoy. During the interview, she was asked about a possible return to her most famous role. While Dern admits she doesn't know anything officially yet, she's game, even if it's just a cameo. Here's what the actress had to say about it.
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My Brilliant Career

Gill(ian) Armstrong’s breakthrough feature does a leapfrog over stories like Little Women, with heroines that prevail even when adhering to the Meek Sex role of their time. Judy Davis’s Sybylla Melvin knows that she’s a freckle-faced pain in the neck: despite being proud that she’s attracted the local male catch, her every sinew is committed to her goal of artistic expression and self-fulfillment. The setting is the turn-of-the-century Australian Outback but the story is universal. Sam Neill suffers through the best ‘thankless’ romantic role ever.

My Brilliant Career


The Criterion Collection 973

1979 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 100 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date April 30, 2019 / 39.95

Starring: Judy Davis, Sam Neill, Wendy Hughes, Robert Grubb, Aileen Britton, Patricia Kennedy.

Cinematography: Donald McAlpine

Production Designer: Luciana Arrighi

Film Editor: Nicholas Beauman

Original Music: Nathan Waks

Written by Eleanor Witcombe from the novel by Miles Franklin

Produced by Margaret Fink
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Sydney Film Festival secures world premiere of ‘Palm Beach’

‘Palm Beach.’

Rachel Ward’s Palm Beach, a comedy-drama about a group of lifelong friends reuniting to celebrate a special birthday, will open the Sydney Film Festival at the State Theatre on Wednesday June 5.

Scripted by Ward and Joanna Murray-Smith, the film stars Bryan Brown, Sam Neill, Greta Scacchi, Richard E Grant, Jacqueline McKenzie, Claire van der Boom, Aaron Jeffrey, Heather Mitchell, Matilda Brown and new faces Frances Berry and Charlie Vickers.

The good times roll at a Palm Beach house with loads of laughter, lavish meals, wine and music until tensions mount and new and old resentments surface over three days. Brown, Neill and Grant play former members of a one hit wonder band called Pacific Sideburns.

The inspiration stemmed from a Christmas in Wales which Brown and his wife Rachel spent with three other couples five years ago. It was a funny and warm occasion but when they
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The Marvel Movies Debrief - Thor: Ragnarok Recap, Legacy, and McU Connections

Richard Jordan Apr 18, 2019

The Thor franchise gets a new lease of life thanks to Taika Waititi, who gives the God of Thunder his best McU showcase yet

This article contains spoilers for Thor: Ragnarok and the wider McU.

"Life is about growth; it's about change..."

With Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in full swing, having already introduced a couple of major new characters and raised the stakes for the Earth-bound Avengers (in Captain America: Civil War), it was time for the Mighty Thor's third big-screen outing. It's fair to say, though, that the God of Thunder was in need of a bit of a rethink after his largely soulless second adventure, The Dark World. As Chris Hemsworth's Asgardian hero tells his up-to-his-old-tricks brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), sometimes a change can do you good...

The man tasked by Marvel with leading that change was Taika Waititi. And change things he did.
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Thornton, Edgerton, Perkins, Maras and Hyde among nominees for Adg Awards

Sophie Hyde, Rachel Perkins.

Warwick Thornton, Garth Davis, Joel Edgerton and Anthony Maras have been nominated for best direction in a feature film budgeted at $1 million or more in the 2019 Australian Directors’ Guild Awards.

So Sweet Country, Mary Magdalene, Boy Erased and Hotel Mumbai will compete in the awards to be announced on Monday May 6 at the City Recital Hall in Sydney.

In the new category of best direction in a feature budgeted below $1 million, the nominees are Christopher Kay (Just Between Us), Donna McRae (Lost Gully Road), Dustin Feneley (Stray) and Jason Perini (Chasing Comets).

The nominees for best direction in a TV or SVoD drama series episode are Rachel Perkins (Mystery Road series 1), Nash Edgerton (Mr Inbetween series 1), Tony Krawitz and Emma Freeman.

Jeffrey Walker (Riot), Daina Reid and Shannon Murphy (On The Ropes) have been nominated for best direction in a TV or SVoD miniseries and telefeature.
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‘Vikings’ Creator Michael Hirst Remaking ‘Doctor Zhivago’ With ‘Sherlock’ Producer Hartswood Film & Wild Bunch

‘Vikings’ Creator Michael Hirst Remaking ‘Doctor Zhivago’ With ‘Sherlock’ Producer Hartswood Film & Wild Bunch
Vikings and The Tudors creator Michael Hirst has teamed with Sherlock producer Hartswood Films and Wild Bunch TV to remake Doctor Zhivago.

Hirst is adapting Boris Pasternak’s classic novel for TV as an eight-part series. It is being produced by British indie Hartswood Films, which is producing forthcoming BBC drama Dracula, and Bryncoed Productions. French outfit Wild Bunch TV is distributing and will be talking to broadcasters at Mip.

In the epic tale of love, war and revolution, Hirst will bring Pasternak’s book to screen depicting the drama and immense scope of the Russian Revolution through the story of the gifted physician-poet, Zhivago; the revolutionary, Strelnikov; and Lara, the passionate woman they both love. Caught up in the overwhelming events of politics and war that will eventually destroy him and millions of others, Zhivago clings to the private world of family life and love, embodied by the magical Lara.
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Essential launches Nz joint venture with Griff Rhys Jones series

Griff Rhys Jones

Essential Media Group (Emg) has launched a production base in New Zealand which has landed its first commission: a factual series fronted by Welsh comedian and TV travel presenter Griff Rhys Jones.

Essential Media Group Nz, a co-venture with Wellington-based Libertine Pictures, will produce Griff’s Kiwi Adventures for Kiwi broadcaster Prime.

The four-part series will follow Rhys Jones as he meets the locals, tries to understand what it means to be a New Zealander today and witnesses the impact and relevance of the country’s Maori heritage.

The journey will start in the Bay of Islands at the top of the North Island and wind up in Fiordland at the base of the South Island. The production qualifies for the Nz Screen Production Grant, an incentive that is worth up to 40 per cent of the local spend.

Filming will start next month after Rhys Jones finishes
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Inspiring Trailer For True Story of Australia's First Female Jockey Ride Like A Girl with Teresa Palmer

This trailer has everything I could want. It’s a true story; it’s a sports story; it’s a story about a girl who perseveres and breaks through the glass ceiling in a sport that was dominated by men; there are horses. I love a good sports movie that will tug at my heartstrings, and this looks like it will absolutely do the job.

Ride Like a Girl is the inspiring true story of Michelle Payne, the first female jockey to not only compete in, but win, the Melbourne Cup. Sorry if that’s a spoiler, but if you’ve ever watched a movie like this, you probably could have figured it out. If they made a movie about it, then she probably won.

Payne is played by Teresa Palmer, who is beautiful and reminds me of Kristen Stewart, except she can act. She is joined by Sam Neill,
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First Trailer for Aussie Drama 'Ride Like a Girl' Starring Teresa Palmer

"It's not just about speed, it's about patience." Transmission Films has debuted the first official trailer for an inspirational sports biopic from Australia titled Ride Like a Girl, which is also the feature directorial debut of actress Rachel Griffiths. The film tells the story of Michelle Payne, the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup - horse-racing's toughest two-mile race - back in 2015. Teresa Palmer stars as Michelle, with a wonderful cast including Sam Neill, Sullivan Stapleton, Stevie Payne (as himself), Genevieve Morris, Sophia Forrest, Henry Nixon, Aaron Glenane, and Zara Zoe. This looks great! Seems to be a bit better than your average sports biopic, with plenty of hardship and heart keeping her motivated as she fights her way into the male-dominated world of jockeys. Plus, Sam and Teresa are both wonderful to watch. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Rachel Griffiths' Ride Like a Girl, direct
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‘Tales From The Loop’: Paul Schneider & Jonathan Pryce To Star In Amazon Series Based On Simon Stålenhag Art

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‘Tales From The Loop’: Paul Schneider & Jonathan Pryce To Star In Amazon Series Based On Simon Stålenhag Art
Exclusive: Paul Schneider (Channel Zero) and Jonathan Pryce (Game of Thrones) are set for lead roles opposite Rebecca Hall in Tales From the Loop, Amazon’s hourlong genre series based on the acclaimed sci-fi art of Simon Stålenhag. It comes from writer Nathaniel Halpern, director Mark Romanek, Matt Reeves’ 6th & Idaho, and Swedish production and management company Indio. Fox 21 Television Studios is co-producing with Amazon Studios.

Tales from the Loop explores the town and people who live above “The Loop,” a machine built to unlock and explore the mysteries of the universe – making things possible that were previously relegated only to science fiction. In this fantastical, mysterious town, poignant human tales are told that bare universal emotional experiences while drawing on the intrigue of genre storytelling.

Schneider will play George, the founder of “The Loop’s” son. Pryce will portray Russ, the founder and leader of the Loop project.
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"Ride Like A Girl"

"Ride Like A Girl", is director Rachel Griffiths' Australian-shot, horse racing feature, following the true story of 'Michelle J. Payne', winner of the 2015 'Melbourne Cup', as the first female jockey to win the event, starring Teresa Palmer, Sam Neill and Sullivan Stapleton:

Payne won the Melbourne Cup on November 3, 2015, riding 'Prince of Penzance', a six-year-old gelding, trained with a focus on galloping, plus a consistent horse-jockey relationship.

"It's not all about strength," said Payne about her win at the time. "There is so much more involved, getting the horse to try for you.

It's being patient."

Payne's victory was a total surprise for bookmakers, with "Prince of Penzance' a long odds chance at 100–1.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Ride Like A Girl"...
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John Carpenter to receive Cannes Directors' Fortnight's Carrosse d'Or award

John Carpenter to receive Cannes Directors' Fortnight's Carrosse d'Or award
The board of the rebellious parallel section praised the Halloween director’s mastery of the horror genre.

France’s directors’ guild the Société des Réalisateurs de Film (Srf) has announced it will honour John Carpenter with its Carrosse d’Or award on the opening night of its 51st Cannes Directors’ Fortnight on May 15.

The board of the rebellious parallel section praised the Halloween director’s mastery of the horror genre, publishing an extract of the invitation letter it had sent to the filmmaker.

“Each of your films enhances the irresistible delight of staging. In each of them, the work on space,
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Shape-Shifting Monster Movie Head Count Acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films for North American Distribution

After winning the Nightfall Award at last year's Los Angeles Film Festival, Elle Callahan's Head Count has been acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films for North American distribution this June.

Featuring a shape-shifting monster terrorizing a group of friends in Joshua Tree, Head Count is slated for a theatrical and digital release on June 14th. We have the full press release below with more details, and in case you missed it, read Patrick Bromley's interview with Callahan.

Press Release: Los Angeles, CA – Samuel Goldwyn Films announced today that the company has acquired North American rights to Elle Callahan’s horror film Head Count. The film stars Isaac W. Jay, Ashleigh Morghan, Bevin Bru, Billy Meade, Hunter Peterson, Chelcie May, Tory Freeth, Michael Herman, Amaka Obiechie, Sam Marra, and Cooper Rowe. Head Count premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival and won the Nightfall Award. The film will be released in
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