Hobo With A Shotgun

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Jul 302012


Canadian film month continues on An Online Universe with this guest review of the outrageous Hobo with a Shotgun, kindly written by Ben Buckingham.

A lifelong addict of the bizarre and intense, Ben is the perfect person to review this film! As a founding father of CineCult303 he has inflicted mental torture upon many and consistently made the world a better place. He is currently writing a thesis on the cultural system of cannibalism in post-modern horror and working on his cooking skills.

Check out Ben’s thoughts on Hobo with a Shotgun after the jump.

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Eastern Promises

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Jul 292012

Eastern Promises

Canadian film month continues on An Online Universe with a look at a film by one of Canada’s greatest film-makers, director David Cronenberg.

This review has kindly been written by Sydney critic/screen-writer/director, Chris Elena. Check out more of Chris’s writing at Can You Dig It?. Thanks very much for this review Chris! Check out Chris’s thoughts on Eastern Promises after the jump.

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Australian Poster & Standee for Holy Motors

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Jul 272012

Holy Motors

My favourite film of the year (so far) Holy Motors is set for release in Australia on August 23. Icon Film Distribution have released a new poster and standee for the film. Above is a photo of the standee at a local Sydney cinema (photo by Alex Cassimaty). The standee features quotes from the reviews of two fantastic Australian critics – one from Rich on Film writing for Quickflix, while the second is from Andy Buckle, my wonderful boyfriend and editor of The Film Emporium. It is fantastic to see such a great film using local writer’s quotes for their advertising.

Below is the Australian one sheet for the film, and this one features a quote from Sydney critic Richard Gray of The Reel Bits .

Holy Motors poster

You can check out my review of the film here.

NZIFF 2012: Ellen Is Leaving

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Jul 242012


Ellen is Leaving is one of six New Zealand short films selected to compete in the first ever New Zealand’s Best 2012 short film competition at NZIFF 2012.

From the NZIFF website:

This year for the first time they compete at the NZIFF. Festival programmers Bill Gosden and Michael McDonnell viewed 109 submissions to make a shortlist of 12 from which filmmaker Roger Donaldson selected these six finalists. A jury of three will select the winners of the $5000 Madman Entertainment Jury Prize and the $3000 Friends of the Civic Award.

Ellen is Leaving is a beautifully shot short about a quirky yet very relatable girl Ellen, who is heading overseas to go travelling. Those of us in our 20s and 30s who have ever travelled will find something to relate too – I’m not sure all of us would go as far as Ellen, but we can certainly understand her motivation. I really enjoyed the film, and thought that the music was especially well suited – there really was a Wellington vibe to it.

The official synoposis:

About Ellen is Leaving: Ellen is leaving because she can. Travel is the cancer of modern relationships. Ellen needs to find her sad-sack of a boyfriend, Hamish, a nice leaving gift to try and help the mutual breakup feel a bit better. When Hamish jokingly suggests she get him a new girlfriend Ellen realises it’s actually the perfect idea and sets out to find him the right girl. But when things start going a bit better than planned, Ellen starts to lose her nerve. Can she really give him up?


A trailer for the film can be viewed here,  and the film’s Facebook page can be found here.

Screening times:

Auckland – Saturday 28 July 6.30pm (Skycity Theatre) & Monday 30 July 2.00pm (Skycity Theare).

Wellington – Wednesday 1 August 7.00pm (Paramount) & Thursday 2 August 1.30pm (Paramount).

I urge you to go along and check out this film – you’ll get to see a great film and support an up-and-coming film-maker.

Ellen is Leaving is a short film directed by Michelle Savill, produced by Desray Armstrong, executive produced by Gaylene Preston, and written by Martha Hardy-Ward.

Indie Game: The Movie

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Jul 222012


Screening at the Possible Worlds Canadian Film Festival in Sydney in August, Indie Game: The Movie is an engaging and entertaining look at the world of independent video game developers. It is a documentary that will appeal not only to gamers, but also too those who have ever had the passion put their heart and soul into creating something. Review after the jump.

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