Aug 312013
 

stranger by the lake

After 20 years running the hugely successful Mardi Gras Film Festival, Queer Screen is bringing queer film to the inner west this September.

Opening night at Dendy Newtown is critically acclaimed Stranger by the Lake (Cannes 2013 Queer Palm Award and Un Certain Regard for Best Director) is a French drama centering on a cruising spot for men on the shores of a lake, where a tale of passion and murder unfolds. Also screening at Dendy is 2013 Berlin Film Festival Teddy winner, In The Name Of, a Polish film that follows a gay priest taking over a small town parish; and new Australian film Around the Block set in inner Sydney, in which Christina Ricci plays a teacher who is forced to face her own sexuality whilst helping her students to live their truth.

Retrospectives will screen at the Newtown Hotel, starting with I’m a Cheerleader starring Natasha Lyonne and Clea DuVall as lovestruck teenagers at an ex-gay conversion camp, the emphasis seriously on camp. Followed by Shortbus, by John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) which is a mid 2000’s look at a sexually diverse ensemble trying desperately to connect in New York. Then Mala Noche, Gus Van Sant’s first feature, this 1986 black and white film, shot mostly on 16mm, is an American queer classic.

Closing the festival at the Newtown Hotel is the absolutely beautiful, Lawrence Anyways, from talented writer-director Xavier Dolan. The French Canadian drama which won the Cannes 2012 Queer Palm and Un Certain Regard Award for Best Actress (Suzanne Clément).
 
For more information about the festival & to purchase tickets, please visit the official festival site: http://queerscreen.org.au/queer-screen-film-fest-2013/

Aug 282013
 

The full length official trailer for Tim Winton’s The Turning has now been released.
 
From 26 September 2013, the film will release as a unique cinematic event starring Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Hugo Weaving, Miranda Otto, Brenna Harding, Richard Roxburgh, Callan Mulvey, Dan Wyllie and numerous others. Seventeen talented Australian directors from diverse artistic disciplines each create a chapter of the hauntingly beautiful novel by multi award-winning author Tim Winton. Under the guidance of curator Robert Connolly (Balibo), first time filmmakers Mia Wasikowska and David Wenham make their directorial début amongst acclaimed directors such as Warwick Thornton and Justin Kurzel.

All sessions currently on sale as part of the limited season will screen with an interval, audiences at these screenings will receive a special 40 page programme.
 
I’m very much looking forward to what appears to be a rather unique cinema-going experience. Also it has an interval!! For those of us who struggle to make it through longer films, this is excellent news.

More information about the film can be found on the official website: http://www.theturningmovie.com.au/

Aug 282013
 

Iff2013

Tickets are now on sale for the 2013 Lavazza Italian Film Festival, the 14th season of the event, which this year consists of 27 new titles and one superb classic.

This year’s event will be book-ended by two extraordinary films, both of which pay homage to Rome, the eternal city.  Starring the incomparable Toni Servillo, The Great Beauty, a critically lauded drama about love and regret from writer/director Paolo Sorrentino (Il Divo, This Must Be the Place) will launch the Festival at Opening Night Galas in each state.  Closing the festival is  the 1972 gem Fellini’s Roma – a gloriously vivid valentine, from the late, great director, Federico Fellini, to the city he adored

Other highlights include:

*Honey (Miele) – Director: Valeria Golino. Officially selected for Un Certain Regard at Cannes 2013, this finely tuned drama is the outstanding directorial début of internationally famed actress Valeria Golino.

*The Human Cargo (La nave dolce) – Director: Daniele Vicari. Winner of the Best Documentary Award at the 2012 Venice Film Festival, it details a little known, but extraordinary event. On 8 August 1991 the ship Vlora returned to Armenia from Cuba with 10,000 tons of sugar in stowage. The local residents – an uncontrollable throng of some 20,000 men, women and children – took advantage of what appeared to be a rare opportunity and forced the Captain to take them to a new life in Italy.

*Balancing Act (Gli equilibristi) – Director: Ivano De Matteo. When husband and father of two Giulio upsets his comfortable life by having an affair, his wife Elena cannot forgive him. He decides to move out but promises that he will continue to support the family financially despite his meagre monthly salary. Valerio Mastandrea took home the Best Actor award at the 2012 Venice Film Festival for this his performance as Giulio.
 
 
The 2013 Lavazza Italian Film Festival will take place nationally at Palace Cinemas as follows:

VIC: 2 Oct to 27 Oct Palace Cinema Como, Kino Cinemas, Palace Westgarth, Palace Balwyn & Palace Brighton Bay

QLD: 3 Oct – 22 Oct Palace Barracks & Palace Centro

ACT: 8 Oct – 3 Nov Palace Electric

NSW: 9 Oct – 3 Nov Palace Verona, Chauvel Cinema, Hayden Orpheum Cremorne

WA: 10 Oct – 23 Oct Cinema Paradiso, Luna on SX

Byron: 11 Oct – 20 Oct Palace Byron Bay

SA: 22 Oct – 11 Nov Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas

 

To view the programme & to book tickets, visit the official festival website: http://www.italianfilmfestival.com.au/

Aug 272013
 

YoureNext

Horror film scenario: A room full of rich, not too likable white people who spend almost every breath bickering and complaining, notice something strange, something very odd about one of their house guests… Could it be the arrow that’s mysteriously appears pierced through his head? This marks the beginning of a night of brutality, deception, self-awareness and bloodshed of the highest order. My review of You’re Next after the jump.

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Aug 262013
 

Based on the 1897 novel of the same name by Henry James, What Maisie Knew is the experience of a family breakdown from the perspective of the child at the center of it all. With selfish parents using her as a pawn or neglecting her altogether, she struggles to understand why the people and things she loves are changing. My review of What Maise Knew after the jump.

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Aug 242013
 

movietimes

Hey All – We don’t usually do advertising on the site, but I wanted to let you know about a new website that I think is actually pretty fantastic.

movietimes.com.au is a new site which has information from around 120 cinemas and nearly 1000 screens across Australia including all the cinemas operated by Event Cinemas, Birch Carroll& Coyle, Greater Union, Hoyts Cinemas and Village Cinemas.  You can view movies and compare session times etc, all from MovieTimes website. As more cinemas are added, I’m sure the site will become even more useful.

The mobile site uses navigation to give you information about the cinemas nearest to you.

Stop by the site and check it out!

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