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Sydney Film Festival – The Way, Way Back review

By Simon Miraudo June 7, 2013 Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, former Groundlings and recent Oscar winners for penning The Descendants, make their directorial debut with The Way, Way Back. A sunny, bittersweet tale marked with moments of goofy, cringe-inducing comedy and the occasional saccharine speech, it’s a clear relative of their last, Academy Award […]

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Trailer Debut: Fruitvale Station

The trailer for Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station, 2013’s big Sundance sensation, has arrived online. Starring Michael B. Jordan (Friday Night Lights, The Wire, Chronicle) as Oscar, it relays the tragic, real-life events of December 31, 2008, which saw the 22-year-old father fall victim to extreme police brutality. The picture claimed the Grand Jury Prize and […]

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Trailer Debut: Two Mothers

The French trailer for the much-talked about Two Mothers has arrived online, giving us a first glimpse at the saucy, Australian-set drama. Based on Doris Lessing’s less-sexily titled novel The Grandmothers, it features Naomi Watts and Robin Wright as two friends who lust over one another’s sons (Xavier Samuel, James Frecheville). In what is perhaps more reminiscent of The Lonely Island‘s “Motherlovers” […]

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Lived in bars – Smashed review

Smashed – Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aaron Paul, and Nick Offerman. Directed by James Ponsoldt. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. Mary Elizabeth Winstead‘s name wasn’t among the recent batch of Oscar nominees. Had it been, it would’ve signified the biggest “little movie that could” success of the season, and a late commendation for her criminally […]

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Trailer Debut: The East

How creepy you find the trailer for The East depends on whether or not Ellen Page’s voice sends shivers down your spine. The new film from director Zal Batmanglij and his co-writer Brit Marling (they previously collaborated on Sound of My Voice) just debuted at Sundance to decent reviews, and seems to concern a particularly violent ‘Occupy’ movement targeting […]

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Guerilla shoot in Disney World leads to Sundance sensation

The most talked about film of Sundance has arrived: a bizarre black and white nightmare shot on location at Disney theme parks without permission. Randy Moore’s Escape From Tomorrow has been making international headlines after its world premiere the other night. It follows a father who begins to slowly lose his mind during a trip […]

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Teaser Debut: Upstream Colour

After eight years of waiting, we finally get our first look at Primer director Shane Carruth’s second feature film, and it’s as weird and obtuse as we expected. “I have to apologise. I was born with a disfigurement where my head is made with the same material as the sun.” After making one of the […]

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Interview: Ben Lewin (The Sessions)

Interview: Ben Lewin (The Sessions). By Simon Miraudo. When The Sessions (formerly The Surrogate) claimed the top prizes at Sundance earlier in the year, it wasn’t a plucky American upstart that took to the stage and basked in the applause. Instead, 66-year-old Australian writer-director Ben Lewin made his way to the podium, accompanied by wife […]

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Trailer Debut: Smashed

Check out the trailer for Smashed featuring Aaron Paul in his big, post-Breaking Bad role. Building a head of huge buzz at Sundance earlier this year, Smashed tells the story of a young married couple whose drinking and partying have gotten out of hand. They decide to go sober but the change isn’t as easy […]

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Interview: Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild)

Interview: Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild). By Simon Miraudo. One of the year’s most buzzed about films is Beasts of the Southern Wild; a lyrical, magical, heart-swelling little fable set in Southern Louisiana. When a hurricane destroys the home of young Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis) and her daddy Wink (Dwight Henry), the two are […]

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Good intent – The Sessions review

The Sessions – Starring John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, and William H. Macy. Directed by Ben Lewin. By Richard Haridy. The Sessions played the Melbourne International Film Festival. It arrives in Australian cinemas November 8, 2012. The Sessions is a tender, well-intentioned examination of a disabled man exploring his sexual identity, but sometimes a film needs […]

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F is for Frédéric – The Imposter review

The Imposter – Directed by Bart Layton. By Simon Miraudo. The Imposter plays the Revelation Perth International Film Festival on July 12 and 14, 2012. A child goes missing, and, three years later, returns with a different accent, eye-colour, and complexion. If the kid was yours, and you had endured the trauma of losing your […]

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Trailer Debut: The Sessions

Ben Lewin‘s The Sessions was one of the big hits out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, picking up the Audience Award and the Special Jury Prize for its acting ensemble. It’s now headed to cinemas, before ultimately making a run for Oscar. Formerly known as The Surrogate, it stars John Hawkes as a paraplegic man determined […]

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Trailer Debut: Beasts of the Southern Wild

Here’s your first look at the Sydney Film Fest bound Sundance victor, Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild. The film stars Quvenzhane Wallis as a six-year-old girl named Hushpuppy, who lives with her father Wink (Dwight Henry) in the bayou. That feels like a reductive synopsis, however, barely grasping the lyrical, mythic nature of the trailer. […]

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Animal Kingdom director takes on The Rover

David Michôd has selected The Rover as his follow-up to Animal Kingdom, Variety reports. The Aussie filmmaker plans to write and direct the drama based on an idea he conjured up with Animal Kingdom star Joel Edgerton. In The Rover, a man is on a mission to find his stolen car, in which he has […]

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Exclusive Clip – Wish You Were Here

Check out an exclusive clip from Hopscotch Films’ upcoming Aussie drama Wish You Were Here, featuring stars Joel Edgerton and Teresa Palmer. Kieran Darcy-Smith‘s thriller is one of our most anticipated films of 2012 (our fourth most anticipated, in fact). It debuted at Sundance earlier in the year, where it got some very nice notices. The flick also stars Felicity Price and Antony Starr. The quartet play […]

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Roll with it – Skateland review

Skateland – Starring Shiloh Fernandez, Ashley Greene, and Haley Ramm. Directed by Anthony Burns. Rated M. By Hilary Simmons. Skateland is a Sundance-approved indie coming-of-age drama set in a small east Texas town in the 1980s. Ritchie (Shiloh Fernandez), the 19 year old assistant manager of the eponymous roller rink, can’t decide what to do […]

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Kevin Smith’s SModcast Pictures ready to distribute your films

Kevin Smith’s SModcast Pictures has partnered with Phase 4 to distribute up to twelve independent films a year in the US and Canada. On the one year anniversary of Red State’s Sundance premiere, a press release – courtesy of Slashfilm – confirms the partnership “under the newly created Kevin Smith and SModcast Pictures Presents label.” […]

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Wish You Were Here gets Australian release date

Kieran Darcy-Smith‘s thriller Wish You Were Here is one of our most anticipated films of 2012 (our fourth most anticipated, in fact), and our excitement has only escalated since it opened the Sundance Film Festival late last week. The Aussie production stars Joel Edgerton, Teresa Palmer, Felicity Price and Anthony Starr as four holidaymakers in Cambodia, only three of whom return […]

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Cult favourite – Martha Marcy May Marlene review

Martha Marcy May Marlene – Starring Elizabeth Olsen, John Hawkes and Sarah Paulson. Directed by Sean Durkin. Rated MA. Originally published July 22, 2011. By Simon Miraudo. If Winter’s Bone was just a little too chipper for your liking, perhaps you’d prefer the decidedly darker Martha Marcy May Marlene. Although the plots of these films are rather different (in the former, we deal with meth-cooking Mississippians; […]

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Australia’s Wish You Were Here headed to Sundance

Following in the tradition of Animal Kingdom and Mad Bastards before it, Aussie film Wish You Were Here has been selected to screen at 2012’s Sundance Film Festival. The picture – starring Joel Edgerton, Teresa Palmer, Felicity Price and Anthony Starr – will open the World Cinema Dramatic Competition. Here’s the picture’s official synopsis: “Four […]

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Trailer Debut: Like Crazy

The trailer for Sundance hit Like Crazy, starring Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones as college lovers who decide to continue their relationship long-distance after graduating, has debuted online. The flick picked up the top prize at Park City – Grand Jury: Dramatic – and Ms. Jones was named Best Actress at the fest. From the […]

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Kevin Smith’s Red State scores Australian release

When Kevin Smith announced he would self-distribute his indie horror film Red State in the U.S. (screening the film state-by-state), we feared that it would be years before the flick arrived on Australian shores. Not so! Distributor Curious Film has revealed that they will debut the film in Oz on September 22nd, 2011 (thanks for the […]

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Trailer Debut: Take Shelter

The official trailer for Jeff Nichols’ Sundance hit Take Shelter has arrived online. The film stars Michael Shannon as Curtis LaForche, a man who envisions an apocalyptic storm approaching. With a deaf daughter and a loving wife, money is tight, and as the story unfolds Curtis is forced to question whether it is his family […]

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Trailer Debut: The Future

The trailer for Miranda July‘s new film The Future has debuted online. As you would expect from the writer/director of Me and You and Everyone We Know, The Future looks to be a unique, gorgeous and (overused indie descriptor alert!) quirky film experience. The Future stars July and Hamish Linklater as a couple of thirty-somethings […]

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Trailer Debut: Martha Marcy May Marlene

The transfixing trailer for Sundance favourite and Cannes-bound thriller Martha Marcy May Marlene has landed online. It stars Elizabeth Olson (yes, sister to the twins) as a young woman who escapes from a cult and their mysterious leader (Oscar nominee John Hawkes). The directorial debut from Sean Durkin, Martha Marcy May Marlene was one of the […]

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Trailer Debut: Our Idiot Brother

The first official trailer for Sundance favourite Our Idiot Brother has debuted online. The dramedy (previously known as My Idiot Brother) has an all star cast with  Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, and Emily Mortimer, Steve Coogan, Hugh Dancy and Rashida Jones amongst others. Directed by Jesse Peretz and written by David Schisgall and Evgenia Peretz, the film follows […]

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Interview: Brendan Fletcher; director of Mad Bastards

Interview: Brendan Fletcher; director of Mad Bastards. By Simon Miraudo. (L-R) Lucas Yeeda (Bullet), Brendan Fletcher and Ngaire Pigram (Nella). Mad Bastards is the latest in a long string of Australian films earning their stripes abroad before returning home as reigning champions. Like Animal Kingdom before it, Brendan Fletcher’s 10-years-in-the-making outback drama played the prestigious […]

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Like Crazy wins top prize at Sundance

The Sundance Film Festival is over for another year. From the 188 feature-length movies and 81 shorts, the following pictures were awarded major prizes by the Sundance Institute. So, here are the indie films to look out for over the next 12 months… Winner of the Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic was romantic drama Like Crazy. […]

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>Life in a Day to premiere on YouTube

>Life in a Day – the globally crowdsourced movie produced by Ridley Scott and directed by Kevin MacDonald – is set to make its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Fittingly, the film will play on YouTube at the same time, so that the thousands of people from around the world who submitted footage […]

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