Apr 132016
 


 
The music. For me, this trailer is all about that Harry Potter-tinged score. I don’t think I have ever been as excited to see a film as I was to see the first Harry Potter movie. I couldn’t sleep the night before it was released, and I snuck out of school just before lunch so I could see it on opening day. There is something about hearing that score that brings all those emotions rushing back.

Of course this isn’t a Harry Potter film as such, but it is set in the same magical universe. The film focuses on the adventures of writer Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards, seventy years before Harry Potter studies his books at Hogwarts. The trailer looks wonderful, and I love the idea of exploring the wizarding world further, without rewriting or playing around with the original story. This should be fun.

The film is set for release in November.

Mar 252016
 


 
Tickled is a documentary film I have been following since its early stages. I am a fan of David Farrier’s work and I supported the Kickstarter for the film. The updates to Kickstarter backers during the film’s production was like following a thriller via email – rather compelling stuff. The film screened at Sundance and received extremely positive reviews [check our Alex Billington’s great review here].

Synopsis:

New Zealand David Farrier journalist stumbles upon a mysterious tickling competition online. As he delves deeper he comes up against fierce resistance, but that doesn’t stop him getting to the bottom of a story stranger than fiction.

The film has US and NZ release dates, but an Australian release date is yet to be announced. If it doesn’t get a release beforehand, I wouldn’t be surprised if this popped up at the Sydney Film Festival. Either way, we’re eagerly anticipating the chance to see it! You can read more about the film over at the film’s website.

Mar 062016
 


 

This trailer for Australian film The Daughter has been around for 4 months, but I only saw it for the first time this week as it has started showing before films and on various online sites. When I decided not to see this at Sydney Film Festival last year, I thought I wouldn’t have to wait too long to catch it on general release. 9 months later, still waiting.

The film finally gets an Australian cinema release on March 17 (with previews March 11) and I am really looking forward to finally seeing it. The film received such positive reviews out of both Sydney Film Festival and TIFF. I’ve heard a couple of people say that the trailer isn’t entirely representative of the film, but regardless, it’s a fantastic trailer and if I wasn’t already looking forward to the film, I am now.

The official synopsis of the film:

In the last days of a dying logging town Christian (Paul Schneider) returns to his family home for his father Henry’s (Geoffrey Rush) wedding to the much younger Anna (Anna Torv). While home, Christian reconnects with his childhood friend Oliver (Ewen Leslie), who has stayed in town working at Henry’s timber mill and is now out of a job. As Christian gets to know Oliver’s wife Charlotte (Miranda Otto), daughter Hedvig (Odessa Young) and father Walter (Sam Neill), he discovers a secret that could tear Oliver’s family apart. As he tries to right the wrongs of the past, his actions threaten to shatter the lives of those he left behind years before.

Feb 102016
 

This film was brought to my attention today and I must admit that I was kind of blown away by the trailer. Watching it, I was struck by the beauty of the dance, and the haunting nature of the music.

The film’s synopsis is as follows:

Acclaimed Artistic Director and Choreographer Stephen Page brings Bangarra Dance Theatre’s outstanding dance work SPEAR to the screen. Striking and original, Page weaves story through dance to deliver an extraordinary cinematic experience in his feature film début.

 Using gesture and dance, with minimal dialogue, SPEAR follows a young Aboriginal man named Djali (Hunter Page-Lochard) from the outback to the streets of Sydney on his quest to understand what it means to be a man with ancient traditions in a modern world.

 Featuring brilliant Bangarra dancers and an evocative David Page score that combines traditional and contemporary music, SPEAR is an intimate journey with one of Australia’s most celebrated artists and one of the most affecting and spiritually resonant films of the year.

At a time when diversity on screen is at the forefront of conversations about the film industry, it’s especially good to see films like this get a release. If (like me) you talk about how important seeing a variety of stories is, then going to see this film (and supporting local talent) is one way to do more than just talk the talk. The film is out March 10th in limited release. You can see which cinemas here.

Dec 182015
 

Adapted from The Taliban Shuffle, journalist Kim Baker’s account of her time as a journalist in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot looks to be much lighter and more playful film than average tale of life in the war-torn region.

In the film Tina Fey plays Kim, a journalist who balances reporting with the crazy after hours social antics and absurd politics of life in the region. This role appears to be completely suited for Fey, in fact the NYT remarked in their review of the The Taliban Shuffle in 2011 that Kim “depicts herself as a sort of Tina Fey character, who unexpectedly finds herself addicted to the adrenaline rush of war.” Ha!

As well as Fey, the film stars Margot Robbie, Billy Bob Thornton, Josh Charles, Alfred Molina, and more.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot will be released in Australia on March 17, 2016.

Nov 242015
 

15 years ago they were at the top of the modelling world, but now Derick (Ben Stiler) and Hansel (Owen Wilson) are old and lame. When the world’s most beautiful people start being killed, all dying with Derick’s signature look on their face, the pair are the only ones who can stop the evil mastermind behind it all.

Featuring a cast which includes Penélope Cruz, Kristen Wiig, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Will Ferrell, Zoolander 2 looks absolutely ridiculous and oh so much fun.

The film is set for release in Australia on February 11, 2016.

Aug 132015
 

The first teaser trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s highly anticipated new bloodbath, The Hateful Eight has hit the web. It features a loaded cast of Tarantino veterans, including Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Tim Roth and Michael Madsen, and a return from legendary composer Ennio Morricone to provide the score.

We still don’t really know much about the story – that’s the beauty of the teaser, even one at over 2 minutes – but it looks like a lot of crazy fun. Tarantino’s regular DP Robert Richardson shot the film in Ultra Panavision 70.

The film will première for a one week exclusive season in 70MM at selected cinemas (of which there are maybe 2 in Australia??). It will then open nationwide, with the release date TBC. US audiences get a limited 70MM release from Christmas Day, with wide digital release from January 8 2016.

We can’t wait. Tell us what you think of the trailer.

Jul 292015
 

Double the Tom Hardy.

Legend stars Tom Hardy playing both of the notorious Kray twins, Ronnie and Reggie. The footage in the trailer of Hardy’s two performances is very impressive. The facial expressions and mannerisms of the brothers are very different, as is their body language and their voices. There has obviously been some very clever editing and CGI, with the trailer showing the brothers interacting with each other, and at one stage, engaging in a physical fight. I am very interested in checking this film out!

The official synopsis is as follows:

Written and directed by Oscar® winning screenwriter Brian Helgeland, LEGEND is based on the true story of the rise and fall of the notorious Kray twins, Ronnie and Reggie (both played by Tom Hardy) two gangsters who ruled the London crime scene in the swinging sixties. With their gang, “The Firm”, the inseparable Krays imposed a reign of intimidation upon the city of but as their empire expanded, power struggles, madness, dangerous feuds and a woman weakened their bond.

Told through the eyes of Frances (Emily Browning), the love of Reggie’s life, this seductive and exhilarating story sees Tom Hardy deliver a masterful dual performance, perfectly capturing the nuances of two legendary brothers

Legend will screen at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and will be released in Australia on October 8th.