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Bo Report: Jack Reacher: Never Go Back debuts on top

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.

Paramount's Jack Reacher: Never Go Back has debuted on top of the box office, bowing on 250 screens for $2.6 million.

The Edward Zwick-directed sequel, starring Tom Cruise, knocked off eOne's The Girl On the Train, which.rang up $1.9 million over its third weekend.—.a fall of 28 per cent. Tate Taylor's adaptation of Paula Hawkins's 2015 novel has amassed $11.2 million so far.

Fox's action comedy Keeping up with the Joneses debuted in third, opening on 235 screens to take $1.09 million.

Just behind was Sony's Inferno, which brought in $1.07 million over its second weekend.—.a fall of 52 per cent. The third film in the series that began with 2006's.The Da Vinci Code has made $4 million so far.

Universal's Ouija: Origin of Evil has debuted on $915,402 from 167 screens.—.a screen average of $5,481, higher than both Keeping Up With The Joneses and Inferno.

Now in its fourth week,
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Sotiris Dounoukos makes his feature debut with 'Joe Cinque’s Consolation'

Director Sotiris Dounoukos on the set of 'Joe Cinque's Consolation'.

In 1997, Canberra law student Anu Singh murdered her boyfriend Joe Cinque by lacing his coffee with Rohypnol and injecting him with heroin after a dinner party.

Some of the guests, mostly other students, had heard rumours of Singh.s plan. None of them warned Cinque..

The circumstances surrounding the crime and its subsequent trial are the subject of Helen Garner.s 2004 book, Joe Cinque.s Consolation.—.now adapted for screen by director Sotiris Dounoukos and his co-writer Matt Rubenstein.

The film, Dounoukos.s first, stars Maggie Naouri as Singh and Jerome Meyer as Cinque.

A Canberra native, Dounoukos has a personal connection to the story; he studied law at the Australian National University at the same time as Singh and she was a friend of a friend.

Reading Garner.s book left the director, like many others, with
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Joe Cinque's Consolation review – a cynical exercise, but not without consolations

The poster declares this film as ‘based on the best-selling book by Helen Garner,’ but where Garner was self-reflective, Sotiris Dounoukos’s film is clinical

Is Joe Cinque’s Consolation an adaptation? The poster declares this new film as “based on the best-selling book by Helen Garner.” But I’m not buying it, and I doubt any reader of Garner’s account of the trial of Anu Singh – who fed her boyfriend Joe rohypnol-laced coffee then injected him with a fatal dose of heroin – would see this as a filmed version of the author’s well-regarded words.

In her true crime book, Garner was self-reflective. She touched on her own biases, preconceptions and emotions. She wrote of the sadness she felt from a recently failed marriage, and clearly indicated her sympathies for the victim’s parents.

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Joe Cinque's Consolation: toxic relationships and the mysteries around his killing

Based on Helen Garner’s book, Sotiris Dounoukos’ film grapples with crime, mental illness and personal responsibility

Anu Singh (Maggie Naouri) sits among a circle of fellow Australian National University law students at a Canberra backyard night-time party, jokily putting down another student. She is portrayed in this film as fragile at heart, with low self-esteem.

She turns to her boyfriend, Joe Cinque (Jerome Meyer): a fresh-faced young civil engineer from Newcastle. She grossly exaggerates a car accident he has been in.

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‘Joe Cinque’s Consolation’ review [Tiff ’16]

Joe Cinque’s Consolation review: Sotiris Dounoukos holds no bars when it comes to his first feature film, proving that true crime drama shouldn’t be left to cable television channels.

Joe Cinque’s Consolation review by Jazmine Sky Bradley, Toronto International Film Festival, 2016.

Audience’s can be quite skeptical and prematurely judgmental of anything ‘based on a true story’; I know that I am. However, every so often a film is released that totally surpasses expectations, blowing any preconceived notions out of the water. This time it’s the turn of Joe Cinque’s Consolation, director Sotiris Dounoukos‘ feature-length premiere.

Australia. Joe Cinque (Jerome Meyer) and Anu Singh (Maggie Naouri) meet in a bar. They hit it off quickly and things seem to be going well. Fast-forward and Anu’s mental health issues start to come to the surface; she thinks she’s ill, she doesn’t feel like herself,
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Tiff's Discovery section to feature Boys in the Trees, Joe Cinque's Consolation

Boys in the Trees.

Tiff's Discovery program is where first and second time feature directors from around the world can strut their stuff.

.Toronto audiences first found Christopher Nolan, Lynne Ramsay and Steve McQueen in our Discovery section,. said the Artistic Director of Tiff, Cameron Bailey. .We can't wait to introduce a new generation of vibrant, original voices in cinema..

This year the Discovery line-up includes two Aussie titles: Joe Cinque.s Consolation, directed by Sotiris Dounoukos, and Boys in the Trees, directed by Nicholas Verso.

Joe Cinque.s Consolation, which.Titan View will release in cinemas across Australia on October 13, comes to Tiff after premiering at this month's Melbourne International Film Festival.

Based on Helen Garner's book about the headline-grabbing 1997 murder case, the drama chronicles how the romantic relationship between two Australian law students turns deadly.

The film's selection marks Dounoukos. return to the festival. In 2014, he was
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Toronto: Discovery, Next Wave, Vr, In Conversations unveiled

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Toronto: Discovery, Next Wave, Vr, In Conversations unveiled
Programmers at the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) announced that Isabelle Huppert, Kunle Afolayan and Genevieve Nnaji and Mark Wahlberg will be among the eight participants in the In Conversation With… series.

Moonlight, festival closing night screening The Edge Of Seventeen, Noces and Handsome Devil take their place in the youth-oriented Next Wave strand, while Discovery selections include The Empty Box, Godless, Hunting Flies and The Red Turtle.

A five-strong roster of virtual reality work brings new work from Canadian superstars Felix & Paul as well as Memesys Culture Lab in India.

Overall 397 films will play at the festival from September 8-18, comprising 296 features and 101 shorts, compared to 287 and 110 last year.

Festival organisers received 6,933 submissions (6,118 in 2015), of which 1,240 came from Canada (1,225) and the 5,693 balance from the rest of the world (4,893).

Festival Street

For the third consecutive year, King Street will close to traffic between Peter and University Streets over opening weekend from September 8-11.

“Festival Street brings great value
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Toronto: Discovery, Next Wave, Vr strands unveiled

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Toronto: Discovery, Next Wave, Vr strands unveiled
Programmers at the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) announced that Isabelle Huppert, Kunle Afolayan and Genevieve Nnaji and Mark Wahlberg will be among the eight participants in the In Conversation With… series.

Moonlight, festival closing night screening The Edge Of Seventeen, Noces and Handsome Devil take their place in the youth-oriented Next Wave strand, while Discovery selections include The Empty Box, Godless, Hunting Flies and The Red Turtle.

A five-strong roster of virtual reality work brings new work from Canadian superstars Felix & Paul as well as Memesys Culture Lab in India.

Overall 397 films will play at the festival from September 8-18, comprising 296 features and 101 shorts, compared to 287 and 110 last year.

Festival organisers received 6,933 submissions (6,118 in 2015), of which 1,240 came from Canada (1,225) and the 5,693 balance from the rest of the world (4,893).

Festival Street

For the third consecutive year, King Street will close to traffic between Peter and University Streets over opening weekend from September 8-11.

“Festival Street brings great value
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Tiff 2016 Announces Discovery Lineup, ‘In Conversation With…’ Guests, Vr Offerings and Much More

Next month’s Toronto International Film Festival has nearly completed its lineup announcements, and each one is more impressive than the last. Today’s Tiff picks feature a number of slate additions for sections as varied as the forward-focused Discovery, their burgeoning Pop Vr section and even a handful of last minute additions to the Tiff Docs list. New titles of note that have just been announced include the Cannes hit “The Red Turtle,” Wayne Roberts’ “Katie Says Goodbye” and the well-regarded “Sand Storm,” all of which will screen as part of Discovery.

Read More: Tiff Lineup: 5 Reasons to Get Excited About the 2016 Program

Both the Next Wave and Tiff Kids section pull titles from other, previously announced sections to create an appealing lineup for the next generation of cinephiles. Standout titles include “Moonlight,” “My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea” and “The Eagle Huntress.”

Additionally, the festival has
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Miff unveils 2016 program

Joe Cinque's Consolation.

Melbourne International Film Festival revealed its full program yesterday, with a lineup that boasts over 345 films, including 24 world and 157 Australian premieres.

As previously announced.the festival will open with the world premiere of The Death and Life of Otto Bloom, the debut feature of Melbourne filmmaker Cris Jones, starring Xavier Samuel, Matilda Brown and Rachel Ward.

Abe Forsythe.s black comedy Down Under, set during the aftermath of the Cronulla riots, will screen as the festival.s Centrepiece Gala at the fest's midpoint.

Closing out the festival will be Cannes hit Hell or High Water, a neo-Western directed by David Mackenzie.

Among the Aussie drawcards is Joe Cinque.s Consolation, directed by Sotiris Dounoukos and based on the 2004 award-winning novel by Helen Garner. It will make its world premiere at the festival.

Other Aussie world debuts are.Bad Girl, The Family, Emo the Musical, Servant or Slave,
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Spectrum on the move to new HQ

Spectrum Films will start a new chapter in its 51 year history early next year by moving into a new creative space in the heart of the Fox Studios.

It.s just the second time the post production facility founded by Hans Pomeranz in a converted shop in Willoughby has shifted its operations.

Spectrum Films has been based in Building 53 on the Fox lot since the studios opened in 1998, well before the advent of Avid and other digital devices.

Managing director Josh Pomeranz and general manager Adam Scott- who is taking a stake in the business- see the move as the next evolution of Spectrum Films.

.We have come a long way from the converted chicken shop in Willoughby, and we look forward to welcoming our Spectrum family on the balcony soon,. Pomeranz said.

The opportunity to shift to the far more central location - the second floor of the Frank Hurley
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Sydney Film Festival unveils new $200,000 short film fellowship

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The Sydney Film Festival has launched a new $200,000 cash fellowship to kickstart the careers of four Australian filmmakers.

The Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship will be the largest cash fellowship for short film in Australia.

Up to four annual Fellowship winners will receive $50,000 each to produce their next short film in 2016 and 2017, to premiere at the Sydney Film Festival in 2017 and 2018.

A shortlist of the best Australian entrants to the Lexus Short Films series will be curated by the Producers at The Weinstein Company, and sent to the Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship jury..

This jury, headed by Sydney Film Festival.s Festival Director Nashen Moodley, will then select the four winners of the Fellowships grants.

Moodley said this substantial new investment would open up vital funding to local filmmakers to enable them to tell their stories.

Australian filmmaker Gillian Armstrong, whose films include Oscar and Lucinda, Charlotte Gray, and Little Women,
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The 18th Annual Brooklyn Film Festival – The Films and Winners

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In our last article, we went over the history and exciting things the Brooklyn Film Festival offers its contestants. And now it’s time to meet the films and the winners.

16Mmonster: directed by Jacob Kindlon; a 12 minute short from the Us.

20 Years Of Madness: directed by Jeremy Royce; a 90 minute documentary from the Us.

Abby Singer/Songwriter: Directed by Onur Tukel , a 75 minute film from the Us.

Abigail Deville’S Harlem Stories: Directed by Nick Ravich, a 7 minute American documentary.

After A Dream: Directed by Tobias Schmuecking, a 17 minute short from Germany.

And It Was Good: Directed by Graham Waterston, a 19 minute short from the Us.

Winner of the Short Narrative Spirit Award

Big Bag: Directed by Ricardo Martin Coloma, a 13 minute animation from Spain.

Block And Piled: Directed by Marc Riba & Anna Solanas, a 5 minute animation from Spain.

Blue-eyed Me: Directed by Alexey Marfin, a 7 minute short from England.
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Sff prize winners

Portuguese director Miguel Gomes. Arabian Nights has won the top award, the Sydney Film prize, at the 62nd Sydney Film Festival.

The 3-part opus, which draws on the folk tales One Thousand and One Nights to create a portrait of modern-day life in Portugal, took the $62,000 cash prize at the closing night awards at the State Theatre.

Jury president Liz Watts hailed a film of "ambition and political vision which confronts, frustrates, and spellbinds - and ultimately reminds us that cinema continues to be a powerful vehicle to examine the human condition..

Journalist Michael Ware and two-time Oscar winner Bill Guttentag received the $10,000 Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Australian documentary for Only the Dead; with a special mention to The Lost Aviator directed by Andrew Lancaster. .A Single Body directed and written by Sotiris Dounoukos won the best live action short award; Grace Under Water directed and produced by Anthony Lawrence
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Arabian Nights wins Sydney Film Prize

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Arabian Nights wins Sydney Film Prize
Miguel Gomes’ three-volume epic wins eight on the closing night of the Sydney Film Festival.

Director Miguel Gomes and his three-volume 383-minute film Arabian Nights has won the $48,000 (A$62,000) Sydney Film Prize, it was announced on Sunday, the closing night of the 62nd Sydney Film Festival.

Journalist Michael Ware was awarded the $7,730 (A$10,000) Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Australian Documentary for Only the Dead, about his experiences in Afghanistan. The film was co-directed with Bill Guttentag.

Director Andrew Lancaster’s The Lost Aviator received a special mention for a family story of murder, love and aviation.

Jury president and Australian producer Liz Watts said Arabian Nights, which had its world premiere in Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, was a film of ambition and political vision which confronts, frustrates, and spellbinds – and ultimately reminds us that cinema continues to be a powerful vehicle to examine the human condition.

“A subject that is so timely – oppression and exploitation are at
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Heath Ledger Scholarship winner named

When Matt Levett was nominated for this year.s Heath Ledger Scholarship along with 17 other rising talents, the actor didn.t fancy his chances amongst what he described as a .an intimidating. line-up.

So he was both stunned and stoked to win the award presented on Monday night Us time in Los Angeles.

The 2009 Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts (Waapa) graduate says the $US10,000 cash prize will enable him to further his ambitions in Hollywood.

.It will give me the ability to stay longer and give me a foot in the door,. says Levett, who first went to the Us last September/October, when he signed with the Gersh Agency. The runners-up are fellow Waapa graduate Emilie Cocquerel and Lily Sullivan, who each get a round-trip ticket to Los Angeles and a scholarship to attend Masterclasses at Screenwise Film & TV School for actors in Sydney.

On behalf of the judges,
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Premieres galore at Sydney Film Festival

Neil Armfield.s Holding the Man, Simon Stone.s The Daughter, Jeremy Sims. Last Cab to Darwin and Jen Peedom.s feature doc Sherpa will have their world premieres at the Sydney Film Festival.

The festival program unveiled today includes 33 world premieres (including 22 shorts) and 135 Australian premieres (with 18 shorts) among 251 titles from 68 countries.

Among the other premieres will be Daina Reid.s The Secret River, Ruby Entertainment's. ABC-tv miniseries starring Oliver Jackson Cohen and Sarah Snook, and three Oz docs, Marc Eberle.s The Cambodian Space Project — Not Easy Rock .n. Roll, Steve Thomas. Freedom Stories and Lisa Nicol.s Wide Open Sky.

Festival director Nashen Moodley boasted. this year.s event will be far larger than 2014's when 183 films from 47 countries were screened, including 15 world premieres. The expansion is possible in part due to the addition of two new screening venues in Newtown and Liverpool.

As previously announced, Brendan Cowell
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Sapphires director wins Screen Australia funding

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Wayne Blair, Rachel Perkins, Greg McLean, Cameron and Colin Cairnes get green lights for new Australian films, including a new feature starring Kevin Bacon.

The directors of two of Australia’s biggest hits of the last five years, Rachel Perkins (Bran Nue Dae) and Wayne Blair (The Sapphires) have had new films financed in Screen Australia’s last funding round for the year.

Six films in all got a green light: another is Jungle from Wolf Creek director Greg McLean, who recently made his first Us film, 6 Miranda Drive, and has cast Kevin Bacon in this cinematic recreation of the true story of Yossi Ghinsberg managing to survive in the Amazon rainforest.

Perkins will direct the adaptation of the extremely popular book Jasper Jones in Western Australia next year. No cast are yet attached to the coming-of-age murder mystery written by Shaun Grant who was thrust into the limelight when the film of his debut script [link=tt
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Screen Australia funds 11 projects

Screen Australia announced today it will invest nearly $10.7 million in 11 television and film projects which will trigger production worth almost $59 million.

In one of the most hotly contested funding rounds, six features succeeded. They include Wayne Blair.s romantic comedy Ali.s Wedding; Joe Cinque.s Consolation, a thriller about a troubled law student who tries to kill her boyfriend, from director Sotiris Dounoukos, whose A Single Body won best short at the Toronto International Film Festival, and Cameron and Colin Cairnes. horror movie Scare Campaign.

The other three are Taboo, the narrative feature debut of documentary filmmakers Bentley Dean and Martin Butler; Rachel Perkins. murder mystery Jasper Jones, based on the novel and play by Craig Silvey, adapted by Shaun Grant;. and Greg Mclean.s true-life thriller Jungle.

The TV projects are Shine Australia.s Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door for the Seven Network; a Jack
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'The Imitation Game' Wins Toronto Film Festival Audience Award

The 2014 Toronto Film Festival has come to a close and the awards have been announced with little surprise at the top as it seemed it would either be James Marsh's The Theory of Everything my review and Morten Tyldum's The Imitation Game my review, at least based on the movies I saw and the reaction I'd heard walking around the fest. And lo and behold, it was Imitation Game taking hom the People's Choice Award, but it appears Theory of Everything wasn't a close second. The first runner up was Isabel Coixet's Learning to Drive and the second was Theodore Melfi's St. Vincent starring Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy. The People's Choice Documentary award went to Hajooj Kuka for Beats of the Antonov with David Thorpe's Do I Sound Gayc taking first runner-up in which Thorpe confronts his anxiety about "sounding gay" while the second
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