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North American deal for Kriv Stenders’ ‘Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan’

Travis Fimmel.

Saban Films has snapped up North American rights to Kriv Stenders’ Vietnam War movie Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan.

Travis Fimmel stars as Major Harry Smith, who led a largely inexperienced company of 108 men who held off about 2,500 Viet Cong and North Vietnamese soldiers for three and a half hours in torrential rain on August 18 1966.

The drama scripted by Stuart Beattie, based on a story by James Nicholas, Jack Brislee, Karel Segers and Paul Sullivan, co-stars Luke Bracey, Richard Roxburgh, Daniel Webber, Nicholas Hamilton, Aaron Glenane, Anthony Hayes and Stephen Peacocke.

Transmission Films will launch the film produced by Red Dune Productions’ Martin Walsh and Deeper Water Films’ John and Michael Schwarz on August 8. It will premiere at the Sydney Film Festival.

The key crew includes Dop Ben Nott, costume designer Lizzie Gardiner, production designer Sam Hobbs, special effects supervisor Brian Cox, composer Caitlin Yeo and
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First look: Kriv Stenders’ ‘Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan’

Travis Fimmel as Major Harry Smith.

Transmission Films has released two images and the trailer of Kriv Stenders’ Vietnam War movie Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan.

Travis Fimmel plays Major Harry Smith, who led a largely inexperienced company of 108 men who held off about 2,500 Viet Cong and North Vietnamese soldiers for three and a half hours in torrential rain on August 18 1966.

The drama scripted by Stuart Beattie, based on a story by James Nicholas, Jack Brislee, Karel Segers and Paul Sullivan, co-stars Luke Bracey, Richard Roxburgh, Daniel Webber, Nicholas Hamilton, Aaron Glenane, Anthony Hayes and Stephen Peacocke.

Transmission Films will launch the film produced by Red Dune Productions’ Martin Walsh and Deeper Water Films’ John and Michael Schwarz on August 8.

“To see the battle portrayed on screen for the first time is a heart pounding and emotional experience for audiences. The passion and expertise of the filmmaking team
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Screen Australia puts $1.6 million into seven documentary projects

Warwick Thornton.

Director Warwick Thornton will turn his back on the limelight to experience life on an isolated beach in the remote Dampier Peninsula for Nitv series The Beach, one of seven documentary projects recently backed by Screen Australia.

The federal agency today announced that $965,000 of production was recently allocated through its Producer program and $720,000 through the Commissioned program. The agency also supported an additional 11 projects in its recent development round, including two natural history projects, a Vr production and two original format series.

The Beach is one of the most important projects of my life. It’s about my life. It is my life,” said Thornton.

Other projects to receive production funding include a feature film about shark fanatic and filmmaker Valerie Taylor in The Real Jaws: The Valerie Taylor Story and an online animated series about the untold history of soccer, A Game of Three Halves.

‘The Real
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Impressions: Daily Dead Played Jigsaw’s Game in 4Dx

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Last month, I had the opportunity to check out the 4Dx in-theater technology for Andy Muschietti’s adaptation of It, and this week, I had a chance to hop into the hot seat once again for Jigsaw, the latest entry of the Saw franchise, which was helmed by Michael and Peter Spierig. As someone who is something of a Saw enthusiast, I was eager to see what the brothers behind such films as Daybreakers and Predestination had in store with their new deadly game of survival and redemption.

**Spoiler Alert: Because I’ll be discussing how the 4Dx technology played into certain specific moments in Jigsaw, there will be some spoilers that follow (plus, I have my own “waxing poetic” moments about this franchise that I’m eager to discuss). I’d recommend seeing the film for yourself first before reading any further.**

First, let’s dig into Jigsaw. It
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Sarah Snook, Angus Sampson join 'Winchester' as shooting begins

Sarah Snook in Jocelyn Moorhouse's 'The Dressmaker'.

Angus Sampson and Sarah Snook have joined the cast of Winchester, currently shooting in Melbourne..

The duo join the already-announced Helen Mirren and Jason Clarke in the film, directed by the Spierig brothers Michael and Peter. Snook starred in the Spierigs' last film, Predestination.

Mirren plays Sarah Winchester, who is convinced she's haunted by the souls killed at the hands of the Winchester repeating rifle. After the sudden deaths of her husband and child, she throws herself into the construction of an enormous mansion to keep the evil spirits at bay..

When a sceptical psychiatrist (Clarke) is dispatched to the estate to evaluate her state of mind, he discovers that her obsession may not be so insane at all.

The shoot is set to take place on location around Melbourne and at Docklands, as well as in San Jose, California.
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Sarah Snook, Angus Sampson join 'Winchester' shoot in Melbourne

Sarah Snook in Jocelyn Moorhouse's 'The Dressmaker'.

Angus Sampson and Sarah Snook have joined the cast of Winchester, currently shooting in Melbourne..

The duo join the already-announced Helen Mirren and Jason Clarke in the film, directed by the Spierig brothers Michael and Peter. Snook starred in the directors' last film, Predestination.

Mirren plays Sarah Winchester, who is convinced she's haunted by the souls killed at the hands of the Winchester repeating rifle. After the sudden deaths of her husband and child, she throws herself into the construction of an enormous mansion to keep the evil spirits at bay..

When a sceptical psychiatrist (Clarke) is dispatched to the estate to evaluate her state of mind, he discovers that her obsession may not be so insane at all.

The shoot is set to take place on location around Melbourne and at Docklands, as well as in San Jose, California.
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Acs salutes The Railway Man, Lesnie

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The Railway Man.s Garry Phillips won the Gold Tripod for best feature at the Australian Cinematographers Society (Acs) national awards, an event dedicated to the memory of Andrew Lesnie. Phillips also got the Acs.s highest honour, the Milli Award, for which all Golden Tripod recipients were eligible.

Ben Nott received an award of distinction in the feature category for Predestination. Adam Arkapaw.s True Detectives episode 4 was feted for best telefeature, miniseries, TV drama or comedy, and Andrew Commis got the award. of distinction for Devil's Playground. Best dramatised documentary was Jim Frater.s The War That Changed Us episode 1. Joel Lawrence won the best international news award for Tsunami Anniversary. The audience at the awards, which were presented on Saturday night at Moma, stood for a minute's silence for Oscar-winner Lesnie, 59, who died last Monday. . National president Ron Johanson said, .We need to acknowledge the love and
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Oz critics salute The Babadook

After tying for best film with The Water Diviner at the Aacta Awards, Jennifer Kent.s The Babadook has won the major prizes at the Australian Film Critics Association annual film and writing awards.

The horror movie took the awards for best film, director, lead actress Essie Davis and supporting actor Noah Wiseman.

Emulating his Aacta Award, David Gulpilil was named best actor for Charlie.s Country. Sarah Snook (who was recognised as best actress for Predestination at the AACTAs) was the surprise winner for best supporting actress for These Final Hours.

Gulpilil and Rolf de Heer collected the original screenplay award and Charlie.s Country.s Ian Jones was feted as best DoP. Gulpilil received his best actor statue on Friday evening from Aaron Pedersen (last year's Afca best actor winner for Mystery Road) during the BlakNite event at Treasury Gardens. He dedicated the award to .the spirit of the country and his family.
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The Water Diviner leads Oz critics awards contenders

Russell Crowe's The Water Diviner is in the running for nine awards from the Film Critics Circle of Australia.

The Babadook and Predestination each scored eight nominations for the awards which will be presented on Tuesday 10 March in Sydney.

There are five nominations apiece for Charlie.s Country, Felony, The Rover and Tracks. Some 12 films released in calendar 2014 got nods.

Up for best film are The Babadook (producers Kristina Ceyton and Kristian Moliere), Charlie.s Country (Rolf de Heer, Peter Djigirr and Nils Erik Nielsen), Predestination (Paddy McDonald, Tim McGahan and Michael Spierig), Tracks (Iain Canning, Emile Sherman) and The Water Diviner ( Troy Lum, Andrew Mason and Keith Rodger).

Unlike the Aacta Awards, Crowe was nominated for best director alongside John Curran, de Heer, Jennifer Kent and the Spierig brothers.

Fcca president and ABC Radio host Rod Quinn said, .This year.s nominees show the diversity of the Australian
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Babadook, Water Diviner share Aacta best film

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Babadook, Water Diviner share Aacta best film
Double win marks the first time two films have shared Australia’s top film prize.Scroll down for full list of winners

Russell Crowe’s The Water Diviner and Jennifer Kent thriller The Babadook have both won the Aacta (Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts) Award for best film, marking the first time that two titles have shared the country’s top film prize.

The event in Sydney, hosted this year by actresses Cate Blanchett and Deborah Mailman, is only the 4th annual Aacta Awards but they were the result of an overhaul of the AFI (Australian Film Institute) Awards, which were established in 1969.

The two winning films could not be more different from each other. Kent’s meticulously crafted low-budget claustrophobic thriller, The Babadook, is about a single mother who battles with her son’s fear of a monster lurking in the house.

Gladiator star Crowe’s directorial debut, The Water Diviner, is about
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First Aacta Award winners revealed

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The first round of Aacta Award winners have been announced today at the 4th Aacta Award Luncheon held at the Star Event Centre in Sydney.

Celebrating screen craft excellence in Australia, 22 awards were presented, recognising the work of screen practitioners working in television, documentary, short fiction film, short animation and feature film.

The Luncheon was hosted by writer/actor/producer/director Adam Zwar, who was also joined throughout the event by a list of distinguished presenters. including Aacta President Geoffrey Rush, David Stratton, Damian Walshe-Howling, Alexandra Schepisi, Charlotte Best and Diana Glenn.

In the feature film category, Predestination took home the most Awards; with Ben Nott Acs taking out the prize for Best Cinematography, Matt Villa Ase winning the award for Best Editing, and Matthew Putland scooping Best Production Design.

Tess Schofield was honoured with the Aacta Award for Best Costume Design for her work on The Water Diviner while
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‘Predestination’ is an original thrill in a dead January landscape

Predestination

Written for the screen and directed by Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig (credited as The Spierig Brothers)

Australia, 2014

Walking into Predestination clean is perhaps the best advice to offer any cinephile willing to hunt down this likely future cult classic. It would be easy to just describe Predestination as Looper tossed in a blender with Minority Report, but the Spierig Brothers are going in a very different direction here. A direction that may lose a few viewers along the way.

Ethan Hawke plays a temporal agent, a time-traveling arm of the law that travels all through the ages to prevent killers from committing crimes. His next assignment, should it prove successful, will be the agent’s last. Problem with that is the criminal he is tasked with chasing is the one who has eluded him time after time. In his last tangle with the Fizzle Bomber (yes, the name sounds absurd,
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Russell Crowe-Directed Movie Up for Australian Film Award; Crowe Shortlisted Only in Acting Category

Director Russell Crowe Movie up for Best Film: Australian Academy Awards 2015 nominations (photo: Actor-director Russell Crowe in 'The Water Diviner') Aacta Awards: Feature Film Categories Best Film The Babadook Kristina Ceyton and Kristian Moliere Charlie's Country Nils Erik Nielsen, Peter Djigirr and Rolf de Heer Predestination Paddy McDonald, Tim McGahan, Peter Spierig and Michael Spierig The Railway Man Chris Brown, Andy Paterson and Bill Curbishley Tracks Emile Sherman and Iain Canning The Water Diviner Andrew Mason, Keith Rodger and Troy Lum Best Director The Babadook Jennifer Kent Charlie's Country Rolf de Heer Predestination Peter Spierig and Michael Spierig The Rover David Michôd Best Actress Kate Box The Little Death Essie Davis The Babadook Sarah Snook Predestination Mia Wasikowska Tracks Best Actor Russell Crowe The Water Diviner David Gulpilil Charlie's Country Damon Herriman The Little Death Guy Pearce The Rover Best Supporting Actor Patrick Brammall The Little Death Yilmaz Erdogan
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Dolph Lundgren and Tony Jaa lock horns in Skin Trade teaser!

If you’ve ever wanted to see The Punisher, RoboCop, Hellboy and Spawn together in a film then Skin Trade will probably be the closest you’ll ever get to seeing that epic cheese dream fantasy coming true. Alongside former Punisher, Dolph Lundgren, Peter Weller (RoboCop), Michael Jai White (Spawn) and Ron Perlman (Hellboy) appear in action revenge flick, Skin Trade. For good measure, the man who laughs at Newton’s theory of gravity, Tony Jaa (the Punisher…of Elephant thieves) co-leads the picture with Lundgren. For even further good measure, fans of the recent Arrow series will recognise Celina Jade who also stars in this.

Lundgren plays a New York detective whose family gets killed by a Serbian mobster (Perlman) who runs a sex trafficking ring. Lundgren follows them to Bangkok and ends up reluctantly teaming up with local cop Jaa, who has his own personal reasons for wanting
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Update: Australian films released in the Us

Box Office Mojo has updated its list of the top-grossing films released in the Us this year, which includes seven Australian titles.

Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby is the stand-out, raking in $US144.8 million in the Us and a worldwide total of $348.8 million.

Wayne Blair's The Sapphires fetched $2.5 million in the Us and $20.5 million globally, according to Box Office Mojo.

Cate Shortland.s Lore earned $970,000 in the Us, an impressive total for a German-language title.

Adore, French director Anne Fontaine.s first English-language film, took a disappointing $302,000. Hopscotch eOne will launch the romantic drama starring Naomi Watts and Robin Wright as lifelong friends who fall in love with each other.s sons in November, retitled Adoration.

Justin McMillan and Christopher Nelius' Storm Surfers 3D collected $117,000 and Kieran Darcy-Smith's Wish You Were Here made $46,000.

Several Aussie films had a limited theatrical release as a platform for DVD and Video-on-Demand so their B.
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Us critics go cold on Drift

Sam Worthington may be a big star in Hollywood action-adventures but Drift, the Australian surfing- set drama in which he co-stars with Myles Pollard and Xavier Samuel, has had a limited release in the Us.

Wrekin Hill Entertainment, which bought North American rights last September, launched the film at 11 cinemas on August 2, a month after the title debuted on Video-on-Demand platforms.

The Us critics gave the film featuring Pollard and Samuel as brothers who build a surfboard/surfwear business in the 1970s, with Worthington as their hippie photographer mate, a cool reception.

As of today, the distributor had not reported any figures to Rentrak, Box Office Mojo, The Numbers or other web sites which track the Us box-office.

Australian films released in Us cinemas and on VoD platforms have not fared well this year. Mental earned just $18,000 in ticket sales and 100 Bloody Acres made $6,000, according to Box Office Mojo.

Expectations
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The Rocket set to launch in the Us

Festival accolades have translated to a significant commercial deal for first-time director Kim Mordaunt.s Laos-set feature The Rocket, which will be released in Us cinemas nationwide in the northern autumn.

The deal was negotiated at the Cannes Film Market last week with Us distributor Kino Lorber by Tine Klint of Danish-based international sales agent LevelK. That.s the fifth Australian film to secure theatrical release in the Us this year, or six if The Great Gatsby is included. The Sapphires has raked in $US2 million after nine weeks, now playing on 102 screens, for The Weinstein Co..

Dada Films gave P. J. Hogan.s Mental a token exposure at 12 screens in key cities in March, released on the same day on Video-On-Demand platforms. Kieran Darcy-Smith.s Wish You Were Here premieres on June 7 via eOne and Wrekin Hill Entertainment will launch Ben Nott and Morgan O.Neill.s Drift in August.
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Tomorrow When the War Began (2010)

Written and Directed by: Stuart Beattie

Starring: Caitlin Stasey, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Lincoln Lewis, Phoebe Tonkin and Deniz Akdeniz

Based on the first of a series of young adult novels by John Marsden, Tomorrow When the War Began is a character-driven survival drama similar in premise to the ’84 film Red Dawn. While comparisons to that teen hit are inevitable, the two narratives are ultimately very different, both tonally and thematically. Tomorrow emphasizes character and group dynamics while relegating the military threat (the Soviet Union in Red Dawn) to an ambiguous Asian collective left mostly unseen. If Red Dawn wanted to be a crowd-pleasing comic book action film, Tomorrow When the War Began certainly has a different set of priorities.

In the small Australian port town of Wirrawee, seven teenagers decide to go camping for the weekend. Ellie (a captivating Caitlin Stasey), her best friend Corrie (Rachel Hurd-Wood) and Corrie’s boyfriend
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Nott wins the Acs Award of the night

Ben Nott was crowned Australian cinematographer of the year for his work on director Stuart Beattie.s local hit Tomorrow When The War Began at the annual national awards of the Australian Cinematographers Society (Acs).

Among the 15 other cinematographers also presented with Golden Tripods at the presentation at Sydney.s Manly Pacific Hotel were Mark Wareham for Cloudstreet in the television drama section, Nick Matthews for The Palace in the section for fictional drama shorts and Brad Dillon for episode 13 of the dramatized documentary series Fatal Attractions.

The other winners were Iain Mackenzie and Aron Leong (commercials), Mark Lamble (wildlife/nature), Campbell Munro (non-fiction television), Peter Barta, Daniel Soekov and Tarryn Southcombe (news and current affairs), Callan Green (music clips), Andrew Deubel (promos), Daniel Graetz (experimental) and Boris Vymenets (student).

Television personality Ray Martin was master of ceremonies at the awards, held at Sydney's Manly Pacific Hotel, and actor Rebecca Gibney was a special guest.
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Spierig brothers shoot preliminary footage for Jungle feature in Bolivia

The Spierig brothers have completed preliminary filming in Bolivia for their next feature film, Jungle, which is expected to roll into full production later this year. The brothers, who directed last year.s vampire sci-fi Daybreakers, spent a week in La Paz with cinematographer Ben Nott Acs filming the annual Gran Poder Festival. Jungle is based on the true story of adventurer Yossi Ghinsberg, who survived a 20-day ordeal lost in the Amazon jungle. Producer Chris Brown said the team shot approximately three-an-a-half hours of footage. .In the movie there.s a carnival against which part of the first act takes place,. Brown said. .We tightened our belts and we went and shot it.. The chaotic festival has a religious, carnival feel with dancing,...
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