Press Releases

September 3rd, 2017 - Koblic

Koblic Australian premiere at SLAFF 2017 - Sydney Latino Film Festival

Sun 10 Sep & Sun 24 Sep - Ricardo Darin and Sebastian Borensztein reunite after 2011’s smash hit Chinese Take-Out

Last updated on Sunday September 3rd 2017

website: sydneylatinofilmfestival.org

Cody - May 25, 2017

The long road to self

Small town smack in the American Midwest. Suzanna age 23 changes gender and becomes a boy: Coby. Her transformation deeply disrupts the lives of all who love her. Ultimately, Coby's chrysalis becomes the one of a whole family compelled to modify their own perspective. Not only a physical metamorphosis is at stake here but also a spiritual one that eventually takes place under the director's luminous and unexpected eye

Last updated on Friday August 25th 2017

website: cineuropa.org

The Last Goldfish - July 13, 2017

Whirlwind

The Last Goldfish premiered at the 2017 Sydney Film Festival on Thursday 8 June. The session sold out in 4 days.

This film was nominated for the Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Australian Documentary.

We then had a SFF "by popular demand screening" at Dendy Newtown on Tuesday 20 June which also sold out. This screening was dedicated to the filmmaker and writer Behrouz Boochani who couldn't actually come to the Sydney Film Festival to see his film, Chauka: Please Tell Us The Time, because he is imprisoned on Manus island. Our screening happened in World Refugee Week.

Last updated on Friday August 25th 2017

website: documentaryaustralia.com.au

August 6, 2017 - The Death and Life of Otto Bloom & Emo the Musical

AACTA Awards 2017: feature films in competition and doco nominees unveiled

The 35 feature films on this year’s longlist are: 2:22; A Few Less Men; Ali’s Wedding; Australia Day; Bad Blood; Bad Girl; Berlin Syndrome; Better Watch Out; Blue World Order; The Butterfly Tree; The Colour of Darkness; Dance Academy; The Death and Life of Otto Bloom; Don’t Tell; Drama; Ellipsis; Emo: The Musical; Event Zero; Hounds of Love; Jasper Jones; Jungle; Killing Ground; The Legend of Ben Hall; The Lego Batman Movie; Lion; One Less God; The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One; Red Dog: True Blue; Rip Tide; Skin Deep; The Space Between; That’s Not Me; Three Summers; What If It Works? and Zelos.

Last updated on Thursday August 24th 2017

website: if.com.au

Emo the Musical - May 6, 2017

Was Jesus an Emo? Emo the Musical tackles this and other modern dilemmas

Three stars

Verdict Sweetly satirical alt-musical

THE emos clash with the God squad in the corridors of an underfunded public high school in this sweetly satirical teen romance from first-time feature director Neil Triffett

Last updated on Friday August 25th 2017

website: dailytelegraph.com.au

June 27, 2017 - The Babadook

The Babadook Headed Back to Theaters for LGBT Fundraiser Screenings

Jennifer Kent’s monster took internet by storm as unexpected gay icon this month

“The Babadook” is creeping beyond internet-icon status and heading back to movie screens after its titular monster became the star of June’s monthlong gay pride celebration.

Los Angeles art house Arena Cinelounge will host five days of screenings, with a portion of proceeds going to “LBTQ awareness,” from June 23-27, the boutique theater announced on Sunday.

Last updated on Tuesday June 27th 2017

website: thewrap.com

May 11, 2017 - Emo the Musical

EMO THE MUSICAL is out now on art-house release. It runs for 94mins and is rated M. It is released independently from Screen Australia, Film Victoria and Bonsai Films.

I was sent a press invite to attend a screening of EMO THE MUSICAL and was intrigued. I had never heard of it. Based on the 2014 Berlinale award winning short film, my initial thoughts from the trailer were that EMO THE MUSICAL looked like a well written smart ass satire. I was sold. I couldn’t make the media times and was fortunate enough to be invited to the premiere. What was even more fortunate and a bit surreal was sitting down a few rows from the back and having most of the cast sit all around us. It made the world of difference watching and hearing their reactions to their and their friends own performances.

Last updated on Thursday May 11th 2017

website: saltypopcorn.com.au

March 18, 2017 - The Death and Life of Otto Bloom

How The Death and Life of Otto Bloom lured Rachel Ward back to the big screen

She was a bona fide star in the 1980s, but Rachel Ward long ago swapped her place in front of the camera for a role behind it. So what tempted her back?

Last updated on Sunday March 19th 2017

website: smh.com.au

March 19, 2017 - The Death and Life of Otto Bloom

A mockumentary with real depth

First seen last July, when it screened at the opening night of the Melbourne International Film Festival, The Death and Life of Otto Bloom returns to cinemas after months of silence, a fitting release pattern for a film that reverses notions of time and memory so as to twist our perceptions and sympathy.

Cris Jones' debut feature is that rare thing: a mock documentary that reaches a genuine emotional depth.

Last updated on Sunday March 19th 2017

website: smh.com.au

March 13, 2017 - The Death and Life of Otto Bloom

This budget time-travelling romance boggles with sheer ingenuity

A LOVE story that employs Einstein’s theory of relativity as a road map ... no one could accuse Cris Jones of playing it safe with this, his feature film debut.

The confidence with which the Melbourne writer-director executes this creative highwire act, on a budget of just $1.3 million, suggests a talent to watch.

Last updated on Monday March 13th 2017

website: news.com.au

March 13, 2017 - Emo The Musical

Berlin Hidden Gem: 'Emo the Musical' Puts "Twisted" Spotlight on High School Romance

Newcomer Neil Triffett’s musical tells a love story between an angsty boy and a Christian girl, with a few not-quite 'La La Land'-style songs.

As La La Land’s song “City of Stars” eyes Oscar glory later this month, an ever-so-slightly less cheery original number from a Berlinale 2017 title could — perhaps — be jostling for awards attention next time around.

Last updated on Monday March 13th 2017

website: hollywoodreporter.com

February 22, 2017 - Tanna

Why Australia?Yes, Australia?Might Just Win an Oscar for Best Foreign Film

You might not think of the land down under as a multicultural nation that speaks a variety of languages—but the gorgeous Tanna will prove you wrong.

Last updated on Wednesday February 22nd 2017

website: vanityfair.com

January 24, 2017 - Tanna

Oscars: Australia Gets First Foreign-Language Nomination

'Tanna,' a Nauvhal-language film, was shot by co-directors Bentley Dean and Martin Butler on the island of Vanuatu.

Australia on Tuesday nabbed its first-ever nomination in the best foreign-language film race at the Oscars.

Last updated on Friday January 27th 2017

website: hollywoodreporter.com

January 12, 2017 - Tanna

The following is a complete list of 2016 AAFCA Awards winners.

 BEST PICTURE : MOONLIGHT – (A24)

 BEST DIRECTOR: BARRY JENKINS, MOONLIGHT – (A24)

 BEST ACTOR: DENZEL WASHINGTON, FENCES– (Paramount)

 BEST ACTRESS: RUTH NEGGA, LOVING – (Focus Features)

 BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: MAHERSHALA ALI, MOONLIGHT – (A24)

 BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: VIOLA DAVIS, FENCES (Paramount)

 BEST ENSEMBLE: THE Cast of HIDDEN FIGURES (20TH Century Fox)

 BREAKOUT PERFORMANCE 2017 – Janelle Monae for MOONLIGHT AND HIDDEN FIGURES

 BEST INDEPENEDENT FILM: “MOONLIGHT” (A24)

 BEST ANIMATION FILM; ZOOTOPIA (Disney)

 BEST SONG – “VICTORY” from HIDDEN FIGURES (20th Century Fox)

 BEST DOCUMENTARY – 13th (Netflix)

 BEST FOREIGN FILM – TANNA (Lightyear Entertainment) 

 BEST SCREENPLAY – AUGUST WILSON, FENCES – (Paramount)

Last updated on Thursday January 12th 2017

January 12th, 2017 - Scare Campaign

Top 5 Australian films of 2016 - Plus the Cinema Australia 2016 Best Film Award winner announced

2016 saw another great year for Australian films in terms of quality.

Cinema Australia was lucky enough to catch a lot of great films from this year and next via cinema, home release, preview screeners and film festivals.

Here are our Top 5 for 2016 including the winner of the Cinema Australia 2016 Best Film Award.

Last updated on Thursday January 12th 2017

website: cinemaaustralia.com.au

January 5, 2017 - Emo The Musical

Berlin Film Festival 2017

In the two competitions Kplus and 14plus, 15 feature films have already been selected for the 40th edition of Generation. Exhibiting an impressive range of cinematic approaches, these productions tell the stories of young people on inner and outer journeys and capture a sense of longing for new and altered horizons. The complete programme for Generation will be made public in mid-January.

Last updated on Thursday January 5th 2017

website: berlinale.de

December 19th, 2016 - Tanna

Australian film Tanna makes the shortlist for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar

Australia now has a real shot at picking up an Oscar nomination in the Best Foreign Language Film category at next February's awards.

Last updated on Tuesday December 20th 2016

website: smh.com.au

December 17, 2016 - Tanna

Australian Film Makes Oscar short-list

Australia has a great chance at winning an Oscar in the unlikely foreign language category.The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Thursday Australia's entrant, Tanna, had survived the latest cut for February's Oscars.The Academy slashed 85 potential films from around the world to just nine.

Last updated on Sunday December 18th 2016

website: 9news.com.au

October 30, 2016 - Tanna

AACTA Award Nominee

Hacksaw Ridge, which marks Mel Gibson’s return to directing after a decade-long hiatus, leads the pack among this year's AACTA Award nominees. The film has received nominations in 13 categories – including Best Film, Best Direction, Best Lead Actress and Best Lead Actor.

Simon Stone’s The Daughter is close behind, nominated in 10 categories.

Foxtel is on board as the new presenting partner for the awards, which sees 300 individual practitioners from over 90 productions competing in 50 categories. Foxtel replaces Presto as the AACTA's principal partner following Foxtel’s recent acquisition of Seven West Media’s stake in the joint venture.

The five films competing for Best Film are: The Daughter, Girl Asleep, Goldstone, Hacksaw Ridge and Tanna.

Last updated on Sunday October 30th 2016

website: if.com.au

October 14, 2016- Tanna

Tanna, A South Pacific Romeo and Juliet tale

Screen Australia has named an unassuming Romeo and Juliet tale set in the South Pacific as its official entry for best foreign language film at the 2017 Oscars.

Based on a true story, Tanna is a cinematic translation of a song about two lovers who defy the ancient laws of arranged marriage. It was filmed on a volcanic outlying island of Vanuatu in the native language of Nauvhal, the cast drawn from the village of Yakel who, until the arrival of Australian filmmakers Bentley Dean and Martin Butler, had never seen a movie before.

Last updated on Friday October 14th 2016

website: smh.com.au

October 10, 2016 - Emo The Musical

Feature financing: going for grants has back end benefits

Many doors swung open for writer/director Neil Triffett and producer Lee Matthews as a result of the short film EMO the Musical being selected for the Berlinale and subsequently earning a special mention from the jury. That was in February 2014 and two-and-a-half years later the feature film version of the satirical high school musical had its world premiere at this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival.

Last updated on Tuesday October 11th 2016

website: thescreenblog.com

August 30, 2016 - Tanna

Australia selects 'Tanna' for best foreign language as foreign language Oscar contender

Australia has selected Vanuatu-set drama “Tanna” as its contender in the Academy Awards’ foreign-language section.

The film was made in the Nauvhal language and co-directed by Bentley Dean and Martin Butler.

Based on real events, the story is the story of two young lovers who dared to defy the Vanuatu islanders tradition of arranged marriage and changed the island’s culture as a result.

It had its world premiere last year in Venice and won the audience prize in Venice Critics’ Week, before enjoying an extensive festival career. International sales are handled by U.S.-based Visit Films.

 

Last updated on Tuesday August 30th 2016

website: variety.com

August 22nd, 2016 - Broke

Competition intensifies with as AACTA announces four additional feature films

The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) today announced that an additional four feature films will be in competition for the 6th AACTA Awards presented by Presto: BACKTRACK, BROKE, DOWNRIVER and TEENAGE KICKS.

The additions make this a record year for AACTA, with a total of 28 feature films competing for this year’s AACTA Awards – Australia’s highest screen acknowledgement.

Last updated on Monday August 22nd 2016

website: aacta.org

Last updated on Tuesday August 30th 2016

August 18th, 2016 - Emo the Musical

Audience Award at MIFF

Emo comes 3rd  at MIFF.  Audience choice award for best feature film and top Aussie film of the fest

Last updated on Thursday August 18th 2016

website: miff.com.au

August 18th, 2016 - The Death & Life of Otto Bloom

Jasper Jones and Spin Out to premiere, compete for $100k at CinefestOZ 2016

Four Aussie films will contend for CinefestOZ’s $100,000 Film Prize, the richest of its kind in the country.

Over the weekend CinefestOZ announced Jasper Jones, Spin Out, Girl Asleep and The Death and Life of Otto Bloom as the finalists for the prize.

Both Jasper Jones and Spin Out will have their world premieres at the August film festival, while Girl Asleep and The Life and Death of Otto Bloom will make their Western Australian debuts.

Now in its third year, the CinefestOZ Film Prize was established with the aim of pursuing excellence in Australian filmmaking, and is awarded to the producer of a feature-length film or documentary.

The films will be judged at the festival by a five-member jury, headed this year by director Gillian Armstrong.

Last updated on Thursday August 18th 2016

website: if.com.au

August 18, 2016 - The Death & Life of Otto Bloom

Booth to judge the best at Cinefest

Judging the biggest film prize in Australia is no easy feat but for West Australian actress and former model Emma Booth it is part of acknowledging the nation’s growing arts industry.

The flame-haired, Fremantle-raised film and TV star — who shot to fame after landing a lead role in the 2010 series Underbelly: The Golden Mile — will help judge the 2016 CinefestOZ Film Prize, joining jury chairwoman Gillian Armstrong, producer Sue Taylor, cinematographer Garry Phillips and fellow actor Damien Walshe-Howling.

Competing for this year’s coveted title and making their WA debut will be The Death and Life of Otto Bloom, Girl Asleep, Spin Out and Jasper Jones, the last filmed in the South West at locations in and around Pemberton.

Last updated on Thursday August 18th 2016

website: au.news.yahoo.com

Last updated on Monday August 8th 2016

July 19, 2016 - The Death & Life of Otto Bloom

Cris Jones' long-awaited debut feature to open Melbourne film festival

In The Death and Life of Otto Bloom, the inventive Australian feature that opens the 65th Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF), the movie's enigmatic protagonist, Xavier Samuel's Otto Bloom, reveals to the world he is experiencing time in reverse. Our unknown future is the past he already knows, but he bears no memory of what's already occurred.

For Cris Jones, the writer and director whose brain-bending concept invokes Einstein's belief that time is a relative concept to create an engaging faux-documentary, the path to MIFF's opening night is a long but comparatively linear journey that's taken many turns over the last 15 years. Otto is seen as a seer, a fraud and an inspiration, while his creator has played the role of hopeful film student, aspiring artist and disappointed director.

Last updated on Tuesday July 19th 2016

website: theage.com.au

13 incredibly strange movies in MIFF 2016

Who goes to MIFF expecting the expected? Time Out picks a lucky 13 features guaranteed to blow your mind

Emo & Otto Bloom frontrunners - The full program for the 64th Melbourne International Film Festival is here and it's a quirky one. From virtual reality films to a Jerry Lewis retrospective, from Cannes causes célèbres to documentary shockers, it's two weeks of movies without a safety net. Time Out has perused the lists to come up with 13 features guaranteed to get you talking.

Last updated on Tuesday July 12th 2016

website: timeout.com

July 6th, 2016 - The Death and Life of Otto Bloom

18 films in 18 days: must-see MIFF movies for 2016

No 1. at MIFF - The Death and Life of Otto Bloom.  This drama from Melbourne director Cris Jones, having its world premiere at MIFF, promises a blend of Benjamin Button, The Time-Traveller’s Wife and Zelig.

Neuroscientist Ada Fitzgerald (played by Rachel Ward and her daughter Matilda Brown) encounters enigmatic young man Otto (Xavier Samuel), who claims to experience time in reverse. It’s a meeting that will transform her life and, possibly, the world.

Last updated on Tuesday July 12th 2016

website: theweeklyreview.com.au

July 27th, 2016 - The Death & Life of Otto Bloom

Otto Bloom lifts filmmaker Cris Jones out of Byzantium crisis

Cris Jones is launching his debut feature, The Death and Life of Otto Bloom, in the best of circumstances; it has the opening-night spot at the Melbourne International Film Festival this month. But the story of his first feature is closely bound up with the one that got away.

Last updated on Tuesday July 12th 2016

website: theaustralian.com.au

May 30, 2016 - The Death And Life of Otto Bloom

The Death And Life Of Otto Bloom to open Melbourne International Film Festival 2016

Melbourne International Film Festival has announced its opening night movie, The Death And Life Of Otto Bloom, the feature debut of Melbourne writer-director Cris​ Jones, stars Xavier Samuel as a man who experiences time backwards. 

Otto Bloom is, Jones hastens to emphasise, different from The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, the F. Scott Fitzgerald short story adapted for the screen in 2008, in which Brad Pitt played a man who aged in reverse.

Last updated on Monday May 30th 2016

website: smh.com.au

April 10, 2016 - Broke

"...tough, gutsy and deeply affecting..."

When rugby league players are at the top of their game, they’re nothing short of bona fide heroes in Australia – lauded, rhapsodised over, and placed on a pedestal whether they like it or not. But what about those years after the siren? What happens when the newsprint has faded, the footy cards are all dog-eared, and the roar of the crowd is nothing but a distant memory?

Last updated on Sunday April 10th 2016

website: filmink.com.au

April 4, 2016 - Broke

New Australian movie Broke tells tale of former rugby league star who had it all and blew it

If movie-making, like comedy - and sport too for that matter - is about timing, Heath Davis has kicked a goal.

Director-writer-producer Davis, 37, has just completed Broke, a film which tells the tale of a former rugby league star who had it all – and blew it.

Filmed in Gladstone, it is about the other side of sport – the side that seems to be increasingly plastered across the front-pages of newspapers and throughout social media, culminating in the long-running Mitchell Pearce saga in recent weeks.

Pearce, as anyone who has access to the internet and a passing interest in human failings would know, has just returned to Australia after a stint in rehab at a Thai clinic.

Last updated on Saturday April 2nd 2016

website: couriermail.com.au

March 31, 2016 - Scare Campaign

The latest Australian horror flick is a bloody scare campaign

You might have had a giggle at a prank on the Internet recently — but just what happens when these stunts take a step too far?

This is the concept of Scare Campaign, by Australian filmmakers Cameron and Colin Cairnes. It follows their feature film debut, 100 Bloody Acres in 2012, which has the dubious honour of being one of the most illegally downloaded movies in Australia at the time.

Last updated on Saturday April 2nd 2016

website: mashable.com

March 3, 2016 - Scare Campaign

Aussie Brothers' Latest Horror Film Is An Absolute Bloody Ripper

Brothers Colin and Cameron Cairnes were always going to make a career out of scaring people.

Filmed over just four weeks at the abandoned Mayday Hills Lunatic Asylum in country Victoria, Scare Campaign is a multi-layered fright fest with more twists and turns than you can possibly anticipate and, best of all, it succeeds where so many horror films fail -- it’s actually really, really scary

Last updated on Saturday March 12th 2016

website: huffingtonpost.com.au

February 4, 2016 - Broke

New film humanises rugby league heroes

It's the story of a rugby league superstar who comes undone at the hands of gambling and alcohol but those behind new Australian film Broke hope to open the eyes of fans to the frailties of those we idolise.

Last updated on Thursday February 4th 2016

website: nrl.com

February 4, 2016 - Scare Campaign

Cairnes Bros release trailer for Scare Campaign, unveil roadshow release

The full trailer has been released for Scare Campaign, the upcoming horror film from writer-directors Colin and Cameron Cairnes (100 Bloody Acres) and producer Julie Ryan (Red Dog).

Scare Campaign stars Olivia DeJonge, Meegan Warner, Ian Meadows and Josh Quong Tart, and recently won Best Film and Best Direction at Melbourne's Monster Fest.

Last updated on Thursday February 4th 2016

website: if.com.au

February 2, 2016 - Broke

Broke trailer has echoes of troubled rugby league star Mitchell Pearce's downfall

For filmmaker Heath Davis, rugby league star Mitchell Pearce's dramas – drunkenly trying to kiss a woman and simulating sex with a dog on Australia Day – were all too familiar.

"It just felt like 'here we go again'," the writer-director says. "Footy season seems to traditionally start with some negative publicity – a football player getting into strife and it's generally related to alcohol or gambling."



Last updated on Tuesday February 2nd 2016

website: smh.com.au

February 2, 2016 - The Death and Life of Otto Bloom

Ten Films to Watch in 2016

The Benjamin Button-esque premise of writer/director Cris Jones’ fictional documentary revolves around a man who experiences time backwards.

 

Last updated on Monday February 1st 2016

website: theguardian.com

January 6, 2015 Broke

Ten Australian films for 2016

Back at work and hanging out for more Australian cinema; we take a look at 10 films that we reckon will do this country proud in 2016.

Last updated on Wednesday January 6th 2016

website: filmink.com.au

December 23, 2015 - The Tribe

A wordless Ukrainian drama, a sexually explosive coming-of-age tale

The visions were dark but the filmmaking exciting in most of the best movies of 2015.

Last updated on Tuesday December 29th 2015

website: hollywoodreporter.com

November 25, 2015 - Graceful Girls

Inside the competitive dance world of Calethenics

If you think the dance form of calisthenics looks like a beauty pageant, then you are mistaken. 

Melbourne film maker Olivia Peniston-Bird has directed a new documentary that goes behind the curtain of the highly competitive Calisthenics community

Last updated on Wednesday November 25th 2015

website: 9jumpin.com.au

November 21, 2015 - The Tribe

The Tribe - iTunes -compelling viewing

After glowing reviews at the Sydney, Adelaide & Canberra Film Festivals The Tribe is now available on iTunes

Last updated on Saturday November 21st 2015

website: itunes.apple.com

November 19, 2015 - Graceful Girls

Competitive Calisthenics Is The Most Intense Australian Sport You?ve Never Heard Of

The director of Graceful Girls sheds light on the uniquely Australian sport of calisthenics.

Last updated on Thursday November 19th 2015

website: buzzfeed.com

November 19, 2015 - Graceful Girls

The gruelling world of Graceful Girls

An Australian documentary crew have revealed what really goes on behind the scenes of the world's toughest dance competition.

Last updated on Thursday November 19th 2015

website: au.tv.yahoo.com

November 13, 2015 - Emo the Musical

800 Words Actor to make his debut

Benson Jack Anthony, who played Erik Thomson’s son Arlo in the Seven Network hit drama 800 Words, has won the lead role in Emo (the musical).

Last updated on Monday November 16th 2015

website: if.com.au

November 5, 2015 - Tanna

Tanna takes Vanuatu villagers to the world

There have been films shot in the South Pacific archipelago Vanuatu but not films of Vanuatu.

Last updated on Monday November 16th 2015

website: theaustralian.com.au

October 15, 2015 - Graceful Girls

Graceful Girls pirouettes to theatrical release

A self-funded Australian documentary about the little known sport of calisthenics has made its way to theatrical release after winning the MIFF People’s Choice Award for best documentary.

Last updated on Thursday October 15th 2015

website: if.com.au

October 5, 2015 - Emo the Musical - The Death & Life of Otto Bloom

Screen Aus funds time-travel drama

Shorts director Cris Jones will make his feature debut on The Death and Life of Otto Bloom.

Xavier Samuel is attached to play the title character, an extraordinary man who experiences time in reverse – passing backwards through the years while remembering the future.

Screen Australia, Film Victoria and the Melbourne International Film Festival Premiere Fund are financing the low budget drama which will shoot in Melbourne later this year.

The producers are Mish Armstrong, Alicia Brown and Melanie Coombs, with Jonathan Page as EP. Coombs produced Jones’ well-received 2008 short The Funk.

Page’s Bonsai Films will distribute in Australia and international sales will be handled by Global Screen, which reps Oddball.

 

Last updated on Monday October 5th 2015

website: if.com.au

October 5, 2015 - Scare Campaign

World Premiere - Scare Campaign Monster Festival

Monster Fest is a big screen celebration of the the latest, greatest and rarest cult and horror cinema from Australia and around the world – it's a film festival for genre freaks run by genre freaks and Monster Fest 2015 is going to be the best yet!

Last updated on Monday October 5th 2015

website: lidocinemas.com.au

September 13, 2015 - Emo the Musical

Emo the Musical scores Screen Australia funding to make leap from short film to feature

A story about a "holy war" between moody Satan-loving Goths and happy-clappy Christians at an Australian high school has won government funding to become a feature film.

Last updated on Sunday September 13th 2015

website: smh.com.au

September 26, 2015 - The Death & Life of Otto Bloom

Project Funded - The Death & Life of Otto Bloom

EMO (THE MUSICAL) Matthewswood Productions
Genre Satire, Musical
Producer Lee Matthews
Executive Producers Yael Bergman, Jonathan Page, Shaun Miller
Writer / Director Neil Triffett
Australian Distributor Bonsai Films
Synopsis Desperate to belong within his new school, Ethan quickly finds a place in the school Emo band that is ramping up to win the State School Rock Competition. However, when the School’s Hope Group enters the competition as well, the two groups are set at war against one another, making it the worst possible time for Emo Ethan to fall in love with Trinity, the lead vocalist in the Christian band.

THE DEATH AND LIFE OF OTTO BLOOM
 Optimism Film Pty Ltd
Genre Drama
Producers Mish Armstrong, Alicia Brown, Melanie Coombs
Executive Producer Jonathan Page
Writer / Director Cris Jones
Australian Distributor Bonsai Films
International Sales Global Screen
Cast Xavier Samuel
Synopsis The chronicle of the life and great love of Otto Bloom, an extraordinary man who experiences time in reverse – passing backwards through the years while remembering the future

Last updated on Saturday September 26th 2015

website: screenaustralia.gov.au

September 12, 2015 - Tanna

New Australian film Tanna has been awarded two major prizes at Venice film festival.

Bentley Dean was awarded Best DOP [director of photography], while the film also took home the audience award for best feature film of International film critics’ week – an independent section of Venice film festival.

Last updated on Sunday September 13th 2015

website: theguardian.com

August 3, 2015 - Graceful Girls

World Premiere of Graceful Girls at MIFF

Graceful Girls will have its world premiere at Melbourne International Film Festival 9 August 2015

Last updated on Monday August 3rd 2015

website: miff.com.au

August 3, 2015 - Tanna

From Vanuatu to Venice Film Festival - a gala launch for the Australian film Tanna

For seven months last year, Australian filmmaker Bentley Dean and his family lived with one of the South Pacific's last traditional tribes.

With regular fly-in visits from fellow director Martin Butler, they shot a feature film that dramatised the lives of the Yakel​ tribe in the mountainous areas of a Vanuatu island.

Last updated on Monday August 3rd 2015

website: smh.com.au

June 3, 2015 - The Tribe

Shocking silence of Ukrainian director Myroslav Slaboshpytsky's film The Tribe

Melbourne, Vic - 29 April 2015 - With his first feature, Ukrainian director Myroslav Slaboshpytsky​ has set out to revive the tradition of silent cinema, crafting a story capable of reaching "people from all over the globe".

 

Last updated on Thursday June 4th 2015

website: theage.com.au

February 28, 2015 - The Tribe

Bonsai Films acquires The Tribe

Berlin - February 12, 2015 - Paris-based sales outfit Alpha Violet has inked Efm deals on Cannes prize-winner The Tribe.

Last updated on Thursday June 4th 2015

website: imdb.com

February 20, 2015 - Scare Campaign

Cast announced for new Cairnes brothers feature

The creators of 100 Bloody Acres are at it again, as production begins on their new horror feature Scare Campaign.

Colin and Cameron Cairnes, along with producer Julie Ryan (Red Dog), have announced the key members of cast.

Last updated on Friday February 20th 2015

website: if.com.au

February 2015 - The Tribe

Cannes Review: Shocking Sign Language Drama and Critics Week Winner 'The Tribe' is an Unprecedented Cinematic Accomplishment

Ukranian director Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy's 'The Tribe' has no spoken dialogue whatsoever but that doesn't stop it from making a bold and provocatively loud statement.

Last updated on Tuesday June 9th 2015

website: indiewire.com

November 27, 2014 - Scare Campaign

Cairnes brothers, Mclean thriller secure funding

Scare Campaign, a horror movie from the brothers Colin and Cameron Cairnes, and Jungle, Greg Mclean’s true-life drama set in the Bolivian jungle, have secured funding from Screen Australia.

The Cairnes’ brothers follow-up to 100 Bloody Acres focuses on a popular prank TV show, Scare Campaign, which has entertained audiences for five years with its mix of old school scares and hidden camera fun.

Last updated on Thursday November 27th 2014

website: if.com.au

September 25, 2014 - The Babadook

The Babadook wins Best Picture, in the horror category just to name a few at the Fantastic Fest Awards

Austin, TX Monday, September 22, 2014 - Fantastic Fest is pleased to announce this year's Fantastic Award winners.  It has been an outstanding year for features & shorts making the job of honouring a select crop all the more difficult, but our esteemed team of jurors have done the nearly impossible and chosen the best films of the festival.

Last updated on Tuesday June 9th 2015

website: fantasticfest.com

September 22, 2014 - The Infinite Man

The Infinite Man takes off

First-time writer/director Hugh Sullivan’s time travel comedy The Infinite Man opened at four cinemas- Dendy Newton, Melbourne’s Cinema Nova, Perth’s Cinema Paradiso and Adelaide’s Palace Nova Eastend- last Thursday.

The estimated four-day gross is $11,000, which is in addition to the $21,000 generated by screenings at the Melbourne International Film Festival, CineféstOZ and the Dungog fest.

 

Last updated on Monday September 22nd 2014

website: if.com.au

September 18, 2014 - The Infinite Man

The Infinite Man review - playful sci-fi with masterful plot manoeuvres

Hugh Sullivan puts a time-shifting, lovesick scientist at the centre of one of Australia's sharpest film scripts in years. There is a scene in writer/director Hugh Sullivan’s debut feature film The Infinite Man in which dorky lovesick scientist Dean (Josh McConville) and his girlfriend Lana (Hannah Marshall) peer through the blinds of a decrepit hotel room window, observing a despondent looking man trudging towards a strange futuristic contraption lying on the sand outside.

Last updated on Thursday September 18th 2014

website: theguardian.com

September 5, 2014 - The Infinite Man

The Infinite Man In Australian Cinemas From September 18

Following the sellout Australian Premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival, the inventive time travel comedy The Infinite Man is confirmed for a theatrical release in cinemas across Australia September 18 through Infinite Releasing. The international and local accolades keep coming for the film and its writer/director Hugh Sullivan, who just this weekend won the Best First Feature award at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, Canada.

Last updated on Thursday August 28th 2014

website: hedone.com.au

August 20, 2014 - Maya, the Bee

Wide Release For Children's Movie

Maya the Bee Movie, the 3D animated feature adapted from the ABC TV series, will get a wide cinema release in Australia.

Buzz Studios is launching the film on November 1 at Hoyts cinemas and other screens to be confirmed.

The Australian-German co-production comes from Buzz Studios? related company Flying Bark Productions and the latter?s German parent Studio 100 Media. It's Buzz Studios' first theatrical release.

Last updated on Thursday August 28th 2014

website: if.com.au

August 8, 2014 - The Babadook

French Audiences, Exhibitors Embrace The Babadook

Jennifer Kent's The Babadook has made more money in its first five days in France than in its entire Australian season on limited screens.

The reactions from French exhibitors after Wild Bunch arranged a week of Q&A screenings hosted by the writer-director emboldened the Gallic distributor to launch the psychological thriller on 148 screens last Wednesday.

That tactic paid off as the film, retitled Mr Babadook, sold nearly 80,000 tickets, which according to Box Office Mojo equates to a gross of $US513,000

Last updated on Thursday August 28th 2014

website: if.com.au

May 27, 2014 - Broke

Cast To Go For Broke In Oz Gambling Drama

Steve Le Marquand, Max Cullen, Claire van der Boom and Brendan Cowell head the cast of Broke, an Australian drama about a washed up, former rugby league star who battles a gambling addiction.

The feature debut of writer-director Heath Davis, the film is due to roll in Gladstone, central Queensland, on June 16. 

Last updated on Thursday August 28th 2014

website: if.com.au

Mar 19, 2014 - The Infinite Man

Critics Pick the Best of SXSW: A Time Travel Comedy, An Award-Winning Doc, and Richard Linklater's 'Boyhood' Among the Highlights

This year, the consensus results aren't as strong, but it appears that the festival might have found the 2014 version of a film to call its own in a sci-fi debut. "The Infinite Man," written and directed by Hugh Sullivan, placed first in the Best Screenplay category, a testament to the way the film handles the many twists and turns that come from its multiplying protagonist. Sullivan's film may have been the top of the SXSW premiere crowd among members of the Criticwire Network in Austin who sent in their favorites of the festival, but many of the top overall finishers may be familiar to those who followed the news from Park City back in late January.

Last updated on Wednesday March 19th 2014

read more at: indiewire.com

Mar 17, 2014 - The Infinite Man

SXSW Review: Wildly Creative & Unforgettable Romantic Time Travel Comedy 'The Infinite Man'

Every so often you see a movie at one of these festivals that seems to announce (loudly) a true filmmaking talent, one that should be watched closely in the years to come. "The Infinite Man" is one of those movies. While it clearly owes a debt to "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," "Groundhog Day" and "Primer" (not to mention the terrific "Lost" episode "The Constant"), it's also it's own beast altogether: a wildly creative, thrilling, unforgettable, heartbreaking work of a singular, visionary filmmaker. "The Infinite Man" is infinitely brilliant.

Last updated on Monday March 17th 2014

read more at: blogs.indiewire.com

Feb 8, 2014 - The Infinite Man

Shoreline visits The Infinite Man

Shoreline visits The Infinite Man

Shoreline Entertainment has bulked up its EFM slate with Australian selection The Infinite Man, set to receive its world premiere at SXSW next month.

Hugh Sullivan’s feature directorial debut is a time-travel rom-com about a man whose attempts to construct the perfect romantic weekend backfire when he traps his lover in an eternal loop.

Josh McConville, Hannah Marshall and Alex Dimitriades star.

Kate Croser and Sandy Cameron of South Australia-based Hedone Productions produced the SXSW Visions selection.

The film is produced in association with Bonsai Films, with investment from the South Australia Film Corporation through its FilmLab funding initiative. Development assistance comes from Screen Australia. 

Shoreline evp Sam Eigen and director of acquisitions Melody Djavadi negotiated the deal with Croser and executive producer Jonathan Page, currently riding high on Sundance hit The Babadook.

Eigen said The Infinite Man was “the perfect example of a smart and original film that has terrific global appeal”.

 

Last updated on Saturday February 8th 2014

read more at: screendaily.com

Feb 5, 2014 - The Babadook

Film Review: The Babadook

Like the elaborate children’s pop-up book that conjures its eponymous bogeyman, “The Babadook” offers a wonderfully hand-crafted spin on a tale oft told, of parent and child in an old, dark house where things go bump (and scratch and growl and hover in the shadows) in the night. Steeped in references to early cinema, magic and classic fairy tales — which, at times, causes it to feel like a scary-movie version of “Hugo” — this meticulously designed and directed debut feature from writer-director Jennifer Kent (expanded from her award-winning short, “Monster”) manages to deliver real, seat-grabbing jolts while also touching on more serious themes of loss, grief and other demons that can not be so easily vanquished. Warmly received in its Sundance preem, where it was snapped up by IFC Midnight, the pic should delight genre aficionados at fests and in niche theatrical play, but may prove a touch too cerebral for “Saw” or “Paranormal Activity”-style crossover play.

The movie takes place nearly seven years after the fatal car accident that killed Oskar (Ben Winspear) as he was rushing his pregnant wife, Amelia (Essie Davis) to the delivery room. Mother and child survived the crash, and as its seventh anniversary approaches, they still live very much in the grip of that trauma. High-strung and emotionally volatile, with a penchant for building homemade weapons and acting out at school, young Samuel (Noah Wiseman) clearly longs for a father figure and feels self-imposed pressure, at age 6, to be his mother’s protector. Amelia, who makes ends meet as an elder-care nurse, can’t even bring herself to celebrate Samuel’s birthday on the actual day, and seems increasingly overwhelmed by the demands of caring for the temperamental tyke.

Then, rather mysteriously, a book appears on Samuel’s bookshelf — a children’s book, or so it seems, large in format and handsomely bound in crimson and black. The title is “Mr. Babadook,” no author credited, and it tells the story of a curious creature, squat and top-hatted with two strange spiky feet, who raps three times on your door and asks to be invited in — something, the book goes on to show, one does at one’s own risk. The drawings (designed for the film by American illustrator Alex Juhasz) are gothic in look, monochrome and sharp-edged, with three-dimensional folds that open out and levers that move back and forth. Imagine an Edward Gorey archive published by Taschen and you begin to get the idea.

Last updated on Wednesday February 5th 2014

read more at: variety.com