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‘The Rocket’ chases ‘The Great Gatsby’ at the AACTA awards

Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby will go into the 3rd AACTA Awards as the movie to beat, but it faces fierce competition from plucky upstart The Rocket. Gatsby, based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel of the same name, was awarded 14 gongs by the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts, while Kim Mordaunt’s crowd […]

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Talk Hard – Xavier Samuel (Drift)

Little hand says it’s time to rock and roll! We talk to Xavier Samuel – the star of cult horror favourite The Loved Ones and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse – about his new Aussie surf flick Drift. Quickflix critic Simon Miraudo gives his thoughts on that film later in this episode. Vaya con Dios, brah. […]

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Mrs. Carey’s Concert, Shut Up Little Man among first AACTA Award nominees

The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts has wasted no time in preparing for its first ever awards ceremony in January, announcing the nominees for Best Feature Length Documentary, Best Short Animation and Best Short Fiction Film. In an effort to align itself with the United States’ Academy Awards and the United Kingdom’s BAFTAs, the […]

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Interview: Kestie Morassi (Blame)

Interview: Kestie Morassi (Blame). By Simon Miraudo. Blame is the brand new Aussie thriller from writer/director Michael Henry, seemingly inspired by the tightly-wound whodunit thrillers of Alfred Hitchcock and Agatha Christie. Kestie Morassi (Wolf Creek, Satisfaction) stars as Cate, a grieving young woman who teams up with the friends of her late sister to take […]

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Sitting, waiting, wishing – The Waiting City review

The Waiting City – Starring Radha Mitchell, Joel Edgerton and Samrat Charkrabarti. Directed by Claire McCarthy. Rated M. Originally published July 14, 2010. By Simon Miraudo. You can also check out our interview with director Claire McCarthy and cinematographer Denson Baker here! In case you didn’t already know, Asia is totally the new Europe. You […]

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Interview: Sean Byrne; writer/director of The Loved Ones.

Interview: Sean Byrne; director of The Loved Ones. By Simon Miraudo. There is an odd trend emerging in Australian cinema. Americans, Canadians and Brits are now telling us which home-grown features to keep an eye out for. Earlier this year, Animal Kingdom took home a top prize at Sundance, building up buzz for its local […]

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Sitting, waiting, wishing – The Waiting City review

The Waiting City – Starring Radha Mitchell, Joel Edgerton and Samrat Charkrabarti. Directed by Claire McCarthy. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. In case you didn’t already know, Asia is totally the new Europe. You can attribute that to the glut of movies repainting each and every corner of the continent as a glorious new tourist […]

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A crowning achievement – Animal Kingdom review

Animal Kingdom – Starring James Frecheville, Ben Mendelsohn and Jackie Weaver. Directed by David Michôd. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. For anyone who still thinks Australia only produces boring films about the outback, Animal Kingdom should come as a welcome gunshot to the head. Here is a crime drama that makes Blue Murder and Underbelly […]

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Aussie drama Animal Kingdom set for international success

source: encoremagazine.com David Michôd’s Australian crime drama Animal Kingdom is well on the way to becoming one our country’s biggest cultural exports. Sony’s specialty label, Sony Pictures Classics, has acquired distribution rights for the film in the United States. Animal Kingdom won the World Cinema Jury Prize: Dramatic at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this […]

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Aussie film Passengers to debut at Adelaide Fringe Festival

source: filmink.com.au Passengers, an independently produced feature about an Australian couple living in Los Angeles, is set to make its local debut at the Adelaide Fringe Festival next week. The film was written and directed by ex-pat Michael Bond and stars Aussies Cameron Daddo and Angie Milliken, as well as Oscar nominee Bruce Davison. Daddo […]

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A dream time – Bran Nue Dae review

Bran Nue Dae – Starring Rocky McKenzie, Ernie Dingo and Geoffrey Rush. Directed by Rachel Perkins. Rated PG. Originally published December 16, 2009. By Simon Miraudo. Bran Nue Dae is so spectacularly cheerful and effervescent it has successfully wrestled my practical criticisms and deemed them irrelevant. Rachel Perkins’ latest film has bound and gagged the […]

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A conversation with the cast of Bran Nue Dae

A conversation with the cast of Bran Nue Dae – By Simon Miraudo. Rachel Perkins’ latest film Bran Nue Dae is the first cinematic adaptation of Jimmy Chi’s classic West Australian stage musical of the same name. The film is goofy, chaotic, brimming with laughter and filled with touching moments. Fittingly, so was my interview […]

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Reality TV satire Eliminated commences shooting

The filmmakers behind the critically acclaimed Australian movie The Jammed have begun filming a new comedy entitled Eliminated. Shooting will take place in Melbourne. Pictured: Dee McLachlan (center) and the cast of The Jammed. Writer/director Dee McLachlan and producer Andrea Buck have reteamed for this politically incorrect comedy about terrorism and reality television. Eliminated stars […]

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