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British Best by Linh
After decades of film festivals in Australia screening French, Italian, German and Spanish films, the British finally get their own. This may be of interest to audiences who dislike reading subtitles when watching films, and for those who find dubbing in some foreign lang...
Classy Cinema by Linh
The Italian Film Festival is back for another year with many of the best Italian cinematic offerings from some of Italy's best and emerging directors and featuring some familiar performers. For more than a decade, Australian cinema-goers have been spoilt for choice by th...
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Sharing Sex Stuff by Linh
Screenwriter Stuart Blumberg makes his feature film directorial debut with the drama comedy Thanks For Sharing which stars some of Hollywoods biggest names including a debut in a supporting role for...
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The digital age is forcing many traditional bricks and mortar businesses to re-invigorate and re-structure their business models to compete with the popularity and ease of online trading. The Internship is a new comedy f...
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The film adaptation of the Pete Fromm's book As Cool As I Am is yet to receive an Australian release date but the films trailer is a strong indication of the provocative, gritty and intelligent nature of the protagonist named...
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The new film The Heat, has Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy teaming up to bust a drug case. Bullock plays the perfectionist and highly logical FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn who is assigned to wor...
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French Fixation by Linh
In its 24th year, the French Film Festival keeps getting bigger and better as it grows in popularity. This year, the films are quite recent with some of the films being screened in France only a few months ago. The stars of French cinema such as popular actors Juliette...
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Animation Anticipation by Linh
The success of any film will certainly guarantee a sequel or two as fans of the original film develop an appetite for more of the formulaic fare. Film sequels in the works include The Hangover 3, Iron Man 3, Sherloc...
Worthy Winners by Linh
It was a night of glitz, glamour and glory for the Hollywood industrys crme de la crme of actors, directors, screenwriters and producers, also where the awards season comes to a close. First-time host Seth MacFarlane jazzed up the ceremonys proceedings with light-...
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Aussie Oscars by Linh
The Australian film and television industry honoured its best and brightest last night at the second AACTA (Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts) awards in Sydney. Academy Award winner Russell Crowe stepped in for Hugh Sheridan who was originally named as th...
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Sensational Songs by Linh
The nominations for the Academy Awards in 2013 are only hours away so the rush is on for punters to guess which films, actors and directors may get the official nod for an Oscar consideration. However, many films being considered are not yet released in some countries, b...
Poster artwork for the inaugural 2013 British Film Festival in Australia.
British Best by Linh
After decades of film festivals in Australia screening French, Italian, German and Spanish films, the British finally get their own. This may be of interest to audiences who dislike reading subtitles when watching films, and for those who find dubbing in some foreign language films quite atrocious. However, it seemed inevitable that a British film festival would emerge, particularly with many of the best feature films and documentaries produced in Britain, and starring high profile actors, bringing in the profits at box offices worldwide. Collaborating with other countries in producing and funding films have further boosted Britain's presence on the international film stage.
The inaugural British Film Festival in Australia is exclusive to Palace cinemas, a favourite venue for fans of arthouse and independent films. The programme for the British Film Festival has a few surprises such as the BFI's (British Film Institute) Top Five of the 100 greatest British films in the 20th century, as voted by 1000 Britons in 1999.
The Top 5 are: The Third Man directed by Carol Reed Brief Encounter directed by David Lean Lawrence of Arabia directed by David Lean The 39 Steps directed by Alfred Hitchcock Great Expectations Directed by David Lean
Clearly, Britons still love the classics and English director David Lean, who won two Academy Awards as Best Director for The Bridge On The River Kwai and Lawrence of Arabia. The Top 5 films will be familar to cinephiles and students of Film Studies, but will likely appeal to a new generation of film-goers due to the timelessness and high calibre film production values that contemporary films attempt to emulate.
A selection of new release British films on the programme include How I Live Now, starring Saoirse Ronan (The Host, The Grand Budapest Hotel) as Daisy, an American teenager whose neglectful mother sends her to live with relatives in the English countryside before an un-named war erupts in the UK, separating her from her cousins.
The closing night film called Philomena, starring Judi Dench (Skyfall, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2) and Steve Coogan (Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, The Trip To Italy) is a heartfelt and heart-warming drama about an Irish woman's search for the son she was forced to give up fifty years ago, when she was a teenager living in a convent. Dench stars as Philomena Lee whose story to track down her son, has captured the interest and curiosity of a journalist named Martin Sixsmith, played by Coogan. Martin assists Philomena on her quest and the audience is taken down a path of unexpected twists, sadness and anger, yet Philomena remains hopeful and optimistic compared to the cynical Martin. The film seems fair in its criticisms of the Catholic Church and the topic of sexual expression, yet Philomena clings to her faith and readily forgives despite all the terrible pain she suffered. It is one of the best films screening at the film festival.
2013 British Film Festival Dates:
19 November - 1 December 2013 in Canberra
20 November - 1 December 2013 in Melbourne
21 November - 1 December 2013 in Sydney
21 November - 27 November 2013 in Byron Bay (NSW)
22 November - 1 December 2013 in Adelaide
27 November - 8 December 2013 in Brisbane
Poster artwork for the 2013 Italian Film Festival.
Classy Cinema by Linh
The Italian Film Festival is back for another year with many of the best Italian cinematic offerings from some of Italy's best and emerging directors and featuring some familiar performers. For more than a decade, Australian cinema-goers have been spoilt for choice by the high-calibre and quality production of Italian cinema and this year is no exception.
The festival's opening night film is Paolo Sorrentino's (Il Divo, This Must Be The Place) The Great Beauty, a homage to the Eternal City, Rome, and in the style of the great Italian directors Roberto Rossellini and Federico Fellini. The Great Beauty stars Toni Servillo as a single and charismatic middle-aged man named Jep whose hedonistic existence is filled with outrageous Euro-trash parties, extravagant soirees and the bizarre characters he encounters. Jep was a former writer whose first true love inspired his one and only novel, and at the age of 65 he begins to mourn lost love, reflect on missed opportunities and is awakened to the beauty of Rome as his relationship with an exotic dancer (Sabrina Ferilli) blossoms.
The closing night film is a wonderful Italian classic gem that is a peculiar complement to Sorrentino's The Great Beauty. Fellini's 1972 drama comedy Roma also celebrates Rome's beauty and romance as a city of timelessness and wonder. Roma is Fellini's semi-biographical and meditative impressions of Rome from childhood to adulthood. It seems to have no explicit plot or storyline. However, it is filmed in flowing episodes with some events switching between past and present as Fellini takes a life journey through Rome's movie theatres, outdoor restaurants, a music hall and a brothel.
The 2013 Italian Film Festival seems to have a focus on drama and crime thrillers with only a few comedy films on offer. Interestingly, there are a few more female directors than in previous years, with actress Valeria Golino (Rain Man, Hot Shots!) making her directorial debut with the powerful drama Honey that deals with the subject of euthanasia. In the film, Irene (Jasmine Trinca) uses the pseudonym Honey when she works as an "angel of mercy", going under the radar and outside the law to assist the terminally-ill to die in peace and with dignity. When she is faced with the dilemma of assisting Carlos (Carlo Cecchi) who is not terminally-ill, her ethics are put to the test as she confronts the nature of her work.
For fans of last year's Italian Film Festival screenings, a special boxed DVD set featuring eighteen of the best and popular films from 2012 will be available for purchase from 26 September 2013 at the film festival venue or online at: palaceshop.com.au
Mark Ruffalo as Adam and Gwyneth Paltrow as Phoebe in the drama comedy film Thanks For Sharing. Image: Lionsgate.
Sharing Sex Stuff by Linh
Screenwriter Stuart Blumberg makes his feature film directorial debut with the drama comedy Thanks For Sharing which stars some of Hollywood’s biggest names including a debut in a supporting role for award-winning singer Pink (Alecia Moore). Blumberg received a Best Original Screenplay Academy Award nomination for the film The Kids Are All Right and this new film shares some similar themes about intimacy, relationships and suffering.
Thanks For Sharing is another film that deals with sexual addiction, however is different in its approach to the depiction of dealing with sexual addiction compared to the film Shame. Shame dealt with the issue in a very focussed and intense manner that saw the protagonist, played by Michael Fassbender, as a successful but lonely single man whose life is spiralling out of control as he deals with his affliction on his own. However, Thanks For Sharing is all about community and working with others who also suffer from sexual addiction problems. The ideology behind Thanks For Sharing is that being around others and talking about one’s struggles can not only be therapeutic but also enlightening and entertaining. Suffering in silence on one’s own is detrimental to the mental health and well-being of an individual but sharing with others who have similar problems may help in many ways. Unlike cancer or AIDS, the pain of sexual addiction does not make it a disease but it still is a debilitating affliction that affects not only the individual but also their relationship with family, friends and work colleagues.
The film depicts the personal journeys of three sex addicts, whose road to recognising their addiction and recovering from it brings on hilarious and poignant moments with their friends and partners. Mark Ruffalo, Josh Gad and Pink play the trio of sex addicts who seek help by joining a group, with Tim Robbins as a sponsor who assists in their recovery. Gwyneth Paltrow plays the love interest of Ruffalo and early critics’ reviews from film festival screenings have praised her performance.
Pink as Dede and Josh Gad as Neil in the drama comedy film Thanks For Sharing. Image: Lionsgate.
Interestingly, the film also presents views about sexual addiction from the perspectives of the sufferers and the non-sufferers and their partners. Some think sexual addiction is only an excuse for a person’s bad behaviour as if it was something they are able to control. Some take the psychoanalytical approach, in believing it stems from neglect or abuse during childhood by other family members, hence sexual addiction is the way an individual compensates for the lack of love and affection from their childhood.
This film may do well in small arthouse cinemas on a limited release run but the success of adult sex-related films such as The Kids Are All Right and Shame may bring in strong audience numbers. The release date set for Australia is 3 October 2013, but it will premiere in US theatres on 20 September 2013.
Thanks For Sharing film trailer from Trailer Addict. Courtesy of Lionsgate:
Nick (Owen Wilson) and Billy (Vince Vaughn) set their sights on Google in the film The Internship. Image: Twentieth Century Fox.
The digital age is forcing many traditional bricks and mortar businesses to re-invigorate and re-structure their business models to compete with the popularity and ease of online trading. The Internship is a new comedy film that highlights the difficulties of old-school thinking that needs to adapt and re-adjust to the new technologies evolving from the rise and paradigmatic shifts of the Internet. Two sales people, Billy (Vince Vaughn) and Nick (Owen Wilson) who sell items using the traditional face-to-face method, find that their company has gone bust and their jobs have become redundant. Their boss (John Goodman) blames the Internet for the business’s decline in sales, leaving Billy and Nick to find jobs that require skills in sales and communication
TEENAGE THIEVES: Sam (Taissa Farmiga), Marc (Israel Broussard), Nicki (Emma Watson), Rebecca (Katie Chang) and Chloe (Claire Julien) step out wearing clothing, shoes and acessories they stole from celebrities in the film The Bling Ring. Image: NALA Films, Village Roadshow.
Between October 2008 and August 2009, six people, mostly teenagers (Rachel Lee, Nick Prugo, Alexis Neiers, Diana Tamayo, Courtney Ames and Roy Lopez Jr.), broke into the homes of celebrities in and around the Hollywood Hills area, and collectively stole around three million dollars worth of designer clothing, jewellery, shoes, fashion accessories and cash. The teenagers, dubbed the Bling Ring, used “Google Maps and a website called celebrityaddressaerial.com to find the stars’ home addresses and they even checked the stars’ Facebook updates and Twitter feeds to determine when the stars would be away working or attending events.”1
Claire Danes as Lainee Diamond and Sarah Bolger as Lucy Diamond in the film As Cool As I Am. Image: Identity Films.
The film adaptation of the Pete Fromm's book As Cool As I Am is yet to receive an Australian release date but the film’s trailer is a strong indication of the provocative, gritty and intelligent nature of the protagonist named Lucy Diamond, played by Irish actor Sarah Bolger. This independent film possesses the subtle tones of a sleeper hit that audiences will immediately warm to and love. However, fans of the book may be critical of the film if it omits key plot and character points. The cast looks fantastic, which includes Claire Danes as Lainee Diamond, James Marsden as Chuck Diamond, Thomas Mann as Kenny, Peter Fonda and Alanis Morissette. Max Mayer, who directed the gentle comedy drama Adam, will helm this film with a screenplay by Virginia Korus Spragg