Aug 312012
 

Transmission Films has announced that Dead Europe will be released nationally on November 1. The film which is adapted from the novel by Christos Tsiolkas, recently played in competition at the Sydney Film Festival and is screening at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival.

Dead Europe is directed by Tony Krawitz, and is produced by Liz Watts, Emile Sherman and Iain Canning. It stars Ewen Leslie, Marton Csokas and Kodi Smit-McPhee.

I was not a huge fan of the book as I found the main character to be extremely arrogant and not someone I could relate to at all. However, I am quite interested to see how the book has been adapted – especially some of the more supernatural elements.

 

Aug 312012
 

GBA

The Sydney Underground Film Festival is almost upon us! The festival is taking place September 6-9 at The Factory Theatre in Marrickville. The full programme can be viewed here and information about how to buy tickets can be found here.

After the jump check out my previews of three of the films screening at the festival – Opening night film Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie, the very weird Sexually Frank, and Closing night film God Bless America.

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Aug 302012
 

Carrie

Last week I decided that this September and October I would try to fill the gaping hole in my film knowledge that is classic (pre-1980s) horror films. I asked for your suggestions both in a post and on Twitter – thanks to everyone who contributed. With the help of Andy I have picked 10 films that will no doubt give me nightmares in the upcoming weeks to come. Check them out after the jump.

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Aug 292012
 

The official trailer for Sightseers has just been released, and it looks really intriguing.

Official Synopsis:

Chris (Steve Oram) wants to show Tina (Alice Lowe) his world and he wants to do it his way – on a journey through this sceptred isle in his beloved Abbey Oxford Caravan. Tina’s led a sheltered life and there are things that Chris needs her to see – the Crich Tramway Museum, the Ribblehead Viaduct, the Keswick Pencil Museum and the rolling countryside that separates these wonders in his life. But it doesn’t take long for the dream to fade. Litterbugs, noisy teenagers and pre-booked caravan sites, not to mention Tina’s meddling mother, soon conspire to shatter Chris’s dreams and send him, and anyone who rubs him up the wrong way, over a very jagged edge…

The film received very positive reviews from MIFF audiences, and it is currently sitting at 100% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, with 7 “fresh” reviews.

Sightseers will be released in Australia on December 26th by Rialto Distribution.

Aug 272012
 

loudspeaker

Welcome to the first edition of what will be a new twice-monthly feature on the site! I’ve been inspired by many other bloggers such as Andrew and Ryan (who regularly post links to interesting and inspiring writing/pieces that they read), to start my own “links round-up” post of sorts. I won’t be doing mine every week, but the plan is to post twice a month. This should give me plenty of time to accumulate great articles to share with you all.

So after the jump, I present my first ever Film Link Goodness post!

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Aug 262012
 

suspiria

I have a confession to make….I am a wimp, a chicken, a big old scaredy-cat. Since I was about 14 I have avoided horror films like the plague. As my love of film grew and my knowledge deepened, one genre remained unseen, ignored like an ugly child….

It has come time for me to face this fear and try to fill this gaping hole in my film knowledge and appreciation. I’m not sure I’m going to enjoy this, but I feel it is essential. But friends, I need your help! My goal is to watch 10 must-see classic horror films during September and October. The films must be pre-1980s (I had to draw a line somewhere), and have to be films you consider essential viewing.

These films I’ve already seen: The Shining, The Exorcist, Suspiria, Psycho, Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, Friday 13th,  I’ve also seen most of the 90s teen slasher films like Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer.

To prepare me for my horror journey, I started out by watching Dario Agento’s Suspiria. Talk about throwing myself in the deep end! I think I soiled my pants in the first 15 minutes. What a suspenseful and visually stunning film. I’m glad I watched it (Thanks Andrew for forcing me too), but I can’t say I exactly enjoyed it.

I would be extremely grateful if you could post  your must-see classic horror films in the comments. I’ll be compiling a list over the next week, and will pick my 10 films from your suggestions. Think – you get the opportunity to suggest something that will scare me…..Thanks for your help (I think…)!

Aug 242012
 

War-of-the-Arrows

The 3rd Korean Film Festival in Australia kicked off in Sydney on Wednesday night, with a fantastic opening gala and a very intense action film, War of the Arrows. Guests were greeted by an army of green KOFFIA volunteers who were all very energetic and enthusiastic – they really did a fantastic job to make sure that everyone was looked after and had a great evening. We were lucky to sample a variety of Korean canapés and some interesting rice-based alcoholic drinks. After filling up, we headed into the cinema for the opening speeches and a beautiful traditional Korean dance performance.

Then it was time for a 122 minute Korean epic – it’s easy to see why this was the highest grossing Korean film of 2011. It was…intense! Brief thoughts after the jump.

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Aug 242012
 

italian film fest

The full line-up has been announced and tickets are now on sale for the 13th annual LavAzza Italian Film Festival. Starting in Melbourne on September 19, the festival will hold over 1300 screenings across five major Australian cities. Showcasing over 30 films sourced from festivals such as Cannes, Sundance, Berlin, Rome and Venice – the festival is sure to have something for everyone.

The festival will open with Welcome to the North, the follow-up from the highly successful and well-received Welcome to the South which opened the festival in 2011. The festival will close with director Woody Alan’s latest film To Rome with Love.

Other highlights include the beautiful and moving Taviani brothers film Caesar Must Die, which won the Golden Bear Award at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival (my review of the film can be viewed (here); Marco Tullio Giordana’s highly anticipated Piazza Fontana: The Italian Conspiracy; Cannes Grand Prix winning Reality directed by award-winning film-maker Matteo Garrone; and quirky ghost tale Magnificent Presence.

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The full programme can be viewed here, and information about tickets can be found here.

Dates/locations:

Melbourne:  19 Sept to 9 Oct
Palace Cinema Como, Palace Balwyn, Palace Brighton Bay, Kino Cinemas, Palace Westgarth

Sydney:  20 Sept to 10 Oct
Palace Norton Street, Palace Verona, Chauvel Cinema

Brisbane: 3 to 21 Oct
Palace Barracks, Palace Centro

Perth: 11 to 24 Oct
Cinema Paradiso, Luna on SX

Adelaide: 11 to 28 Oct
Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas

Canberra: 28 Nov to 12 Dec
Palace Electric Cinema

For more information, please visit the festival’s website: http://www.italianfilmfestival.com.au/