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Wastelander Panda

Madman is proud to announce WASTELANDER PANDA: EXILE, a post-apocalyptic Sci-Fi western commissioned especially for ABC iview, will have its Australian premiere on Saturday September 20 on iview and international premiere at Fantastic Fest, Austin TX, September 18-25. This will be followed by a digital download to own and DVD release in November and December, respectively.

WASTELANDER PANDA: EXILE is the first drama program to be commissioned by ABC iview and is a co-production between Madman Productions and Epic Films. It is the post-apocalyptic tale of the humanoid panda Isaac, who is banished to the Wasteland after the violent death of a young girl, and sets out to find a replacement to reinstate his family into the Tribe of Legion.

Rebecca Heap, Head of ABC TV Strategy and Digital Products said; “We’re extremely excited to see our first drama commission for iview, WASTELANDER PANDA, come to screens in partnership with Epic Films, Madman, Screen Australia and the SAFC. This will be another ABC binge event for fans of local drama. Though our continued investment in emerging Australia content makers and our strategy to develop new content formats for online, iview audiences have the opportunity to discover and engage with unique entertainment not available anywhere else”.

This series of WASTELANDER PANDA follows an earlier series of webisodes created by Epic Films that have reached cult status with both festivals (SXSW, Vancouver Webfest, LA Webfest, Adelaide Film Festival, Burning Man Australia) and fans.

 Fans of fantasy and pop culture will also get a chance to catch a sneak peak at the new series when it features at Sydney’s Oz Comic-Con (Sept 13-14). A graphic novel tie-in from Gestalt Publishing will also be available in the near future.

 Producer Kirsty Stark, said; “Having developed WASTELANDER PANDA as an independent online project over the past few years, it was an amazing opportunity to team up with Madman Production Company and create this new series for ABC iview. We’re really proud of what we’ve achieved and are excited to be showcasing WASTELANDER PANDA on ABC iview, at Fantastic Fest and online internationally all in the same week”.

 “I am really proud of WASTELANDER PANDA. It’s been a fantastic collaboration with Epic Films and it was a pleasure to have an adventure in the Wasteland with our partners across development and production, namely the ABC, SAFC and Screen Australia. To be commissioned by ABC iview as a Web/TV Series and then to be selected for a film festival is very rewarding for all concerned”, producer, Nick Batzias said.

 Richard Harris, CEO of the SAFC said: “The SAFC is hugely proud of the WASTELANDER PANDA team and Fantastic Fest is the perfect place for the Series to have its international premiere. We can’t wait for it to hit the screen.”

 WASTELANDER PANDA stars Aaron Schuppan (Isaac), Brendan Cowell (voice of Isaac) and Lily Pearl (Rose). It is directed by Victoria Cocks (Epic Films) and Produced by Kirsty Stark (Epic Films) and Nick Batzias (Madman), written by Victoria Cocks, Matt Vesely and Mike Jones. ABC Executive Producer, Christopher Gist.

 WASTELANDER PANDA is co-production between an Epic Films and Madman Production Company with the support of Australian Broadcasting Commission, Screen Australia and the SAFC.

One Eyed Girl

Hot on the heels of Austin Film Festival’s early line-up announcement which includes the World Premiere of  “One Eyed Girl”, The Backlot Films is proud to announce its plans to release the South Australian psychological thriller in Australian cinemas during the first quarter of 2015.

Starring Tilda Cobham-Hervey (52 Tuesdays) and Mark Leonard Winter (Healing, Van Demons Land), with a gripping screenplay by Matthews and Craig Behenna, One Eyed Girl follows the story of a psychiatrist (Winter) haunted by the death of a former patient, who stumbles upon a Doomsday cult and battles to save a teenage girl (Cobham-Harvey) from its clutches.

Co-founder and director of The Backlot Films, Tony Ianiro says, “Upon our first meeting with David Ngo many months ago, we encountered the same level of passion that he had for his craft which Mark (D’Angelo) and I have for Backlot. There was clearly a positive chemistry from the get go.

“David Ngo’s Projector Films, The Backlot Films and industry publicity and marketing specialists Jameson PR will combine to execute a fresh and unique campaign in the lead up to the theatrical release of ‘One Eyed Girl’ in 2015.

“In many respects, this is a unique project for us as it marks not only our involvement as distributor, but also as the first feature film in which The Backlot Studios, Melbourne was utilised to conduct the final audio mix, using our in house audio team at Backlot Post (Mark D’Angelo & Craig Jannson) in collaboration with one of the best audio re-record mixers in the world, Phil Heywood (The Lego Movie, The Great Gatsby, The Lord Of The Rings trilogy).

“The film itself is charismatic, honest and rich in production values, whilst the subject matter depicted in ‘One Eyed Girl’ – ‘a cult and its laws of attraction’ will remain with viewers long after they have witnessed it.

Our next phase is to introduce the film to our exhibition partners. We will create a long lead campaign and endeavour to get exhibition and media genuinely excited about One Eyed Girl in the lead up to its release.

“We are fortunate to have access to the filmmakers and key cast for in cinema Q&As across the country, pre-release – a strong indication that veryone attached to this project is committed…..it’s now time to make it happen!”

Produced by David Ngo and Co-Written by Craig Behenna, as part of the SA Film Corporation’s Filmlab program, this film creates a confronting indictment of an ethically lost and alienated society where the blind indeed seem to lead the blind.

Ngo says, “We are so excited to have our film open at the prestigious Austin Film Festival. To know your film will screen in front of people like Tommy Lee Jones, James Franco, Matthew Weiner and Lawrence Kasdan is a huge honour and also, quite frankly, scary as hell.

“We can’t wait to then follow this up with the release in Australia with Backlot. As a filmmaker there’s nothing quite like watching people lining up and buying popcorn to see your movie.

“There’s no doubt the cast will go on to do many big things. Hollywood’s already knocking on young Tilda’s door and I think people will be blown away by Mark’s performance. He really reminds me of a young Daniel Day Lewis.”

The “One Eyed Girl” creative team was selected by a panel of assessors including Margaret Pomeranz (At The Movies), and producer Bridget Ikin (My Year Without Sex, Look Both Ways) to develop the film through the SAFC’s FilmLab program where they were mentored by acclaimed filmmaker Rolf de Heer (Charlie’s Country, Ten Canoes, Bad Boy Bubby).

After two years of writing, casting began in 2012 and used a combination of traditional avenues and social media to discover some of its younger cast members. Having already cast Mark Leonard Winter in the lead male role of Travis, the ‘Search for Grace’ and ‘Search for Marcus’ online campaigns attracted over 600 applicants from all over the world and finally chose Matthew Crook to play Marcus and for the title role, then seventeen year old Tilda Cobham-Hervey, who has been described by Variety magazine as one of five up-and-coming actresses to watch. The film also stars Steve Le Marquand (Rake, Vertical Limit).

Filming began in December 2012 on an isolated farm in the hills of Adelaide. This hugely ambitious film was also the first feature for many of the heads of department – Production Designer Anny Duff, Cinematographer Jody Muston and Make-Up Artist Rebecca Buratto.

“One Eyed Girl” will open in Australian cinemas in early 2015, distributed by The Backlot Films.

The Maze Runner

Twentieth Century Fox have just released a new clip from the film The Maze Runner. The Maze Runner is directed by Wes Ball and stars Dylan O’Brien and Kaya Scodelario, it is set for release in Australia on the 18th September, 2014.

You can view The Maze Runner clip below:

The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show

This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared’, ”Felony,’ ‘Locke,’ Magic In The Moonlight’ and ‘Predestination′ . This episode also contains an interview with Matthew Saville.

To listen to the show you can download it for free from our Podcast Channel – Listen/Download here

The Little Death Still

Actor, writer, director and all-round funny man Josh Lawson will see his debut feature film, THE LITTLE DEATH, have its international premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). A truly original comedy about sex, love, relationships and taboo, THE LITTLE DEATH will screen in TIFF’s Discovery section – devoted to first or second features.

THE LITTLE DEATH explores the strange, hilarious and sometimes disastrous places our desires can take us in pursuit of that fleeting moment of sexual ecstasy; a moment the French call ‘la petite mort’ – the little death. Featuring an ensemble cast of Australia’s finest talent, including Bojana Novakovic, Damon Herriman, Kate Mulvany, Patrick Brammall, Lachy Hulme and Lisa McCune, writer and director Josh Lawson has cleverly constructed a film that all at once defies expectations, continually surprises and is genuinely charming.

A laugh-out-loud funny, honest and ultimately moving film, THE LITTLE DEATH looks at the secret sex lives of five ordinary couples. It tells the story of Maeve, who has a dangerous sexual fantasy that her boyfriend Paul struggles to fulfil; Evie and Dan, who reignite their spark with role-play; Rowena, who discovers she finds pleasure in her husband Richard’s pain; Phil, who finds a newfound love for his wife Maureen in her quieter moments; and Monica and Sam, who become caught up in a dirty and chaotic phone call.

Premiering at this year’s Sydney Film Festival (SFF) where it was voted second in SFF’s Audience Award for Best Feature, Lawson’s directorial debut has struck a chord with audiences and critics alike, with the Hollywood Reporter calling it ”a deviant antipodean version of Love Actually, actor Josh Lawson’s writing and directing debut shows both his funny bone and his heart are in the right place.”

To say Lawson is excited about his debut feature screening at TIFF is an understatement. Upon hearing the announcement, Lawson said, ”When I heard that THE LITTLE DEATH had been accepted in the Toronto International Film Festival I honestly punched the air like Judd Nelson at the end of The Breakfast Club, but less cool. I couldn’t have been more excited. I’m thrilled and proud to have our film in one of the world’s most illustrious film festivals. I think we’ve done something really original and funny and bold with THE LITTLE DEATH, and I can’t wait for people to finally see it.”

The Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4-14, 2014.

Entertainment One Australia will release THE LITTLE DEATH in cinemas nationally on September 25, 2014.

Men Woman & Children Still

The teaser trailer for MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN from Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air) has launched across the globe today.

 MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN stars Jennifer Garner (Dallas Buyers Club) Judy Greer (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) Adam Sandler (Grown Ups 1 and 2, The Longest Yard), Dean Norris (Breaking Bad), Rosemarie Dewitt (Rachel Getting Married) and Emma Thompson (Saving Mr Banks, Love Actually)

 The young ensemble cast includes Ansel Elgort (The Fault in our Stars, DivergentTimothée Chalamet (Interstellar), Olivia Crocicchia (Terri), Kaitlyn Dever (Short Term 12), Katherine Hughes (Roadies) Elena Kampouris (Labor Day) and Travis Tope (The Town That Dreaded Sundown)

MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN follows the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives. The film attempts to stare down social issues such as video game culture, anorexia, infidelity, fame hunting, and the proliferation of illicit material on the internet. As each character and each relationship is tested, we are shown the variety of roads people choose – some tragic, some hopeful – as it becomes clear that no one is immune to this enormous social change that has come through our phones, our tablets, and our computers.

MEN WOMEN & CHILDREN WILL HAVE ITS WORLD PREMIERE AT THE TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL NEXT MONTH.

PARAMOUNT PICTURES WILL RELEASE THE FILM IN AUSTRALIA LATER THIS YEAR.

You can watch the Men, Women & Children teaser trailer below:

Tom Cruise Mission Impossible

Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions announced today that principal photography has commenced on the fifth installment in the blockbuster “MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE” franchise. The new film will shoot in Vienna, Morocco and London.

 Christopher McQuarrie will direct from a screenplay by Drew Pearce and Christopher McQuarrie and Will Staples. The film is produced by Tom Cruise through Tom Cruise Productions and J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk through Bad Robot. Skydance Productions’ David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger will serve as executive producers.

 The film stars Tom Cruise reprising the iconic role of Ethan Hunt, who was first introduced to moviegoers in 1996. Returning to the franchise will be Simon Pegg as Benji, Jeremy Renner as Brandt and Ving Rhames as Luther. Joining the cast will be Alec Baldwin and Rebecca Ferguson.

 The 4th installment in the globally successful franchise, “MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL,” earned nearly $700 million worldwide and became Cruise’s highest grossing film to date in his storied career.

 The “MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE” franchise has earned more than $2 billion at the box office, making it one of the most successful franchises in movie history.

Horns Character Posters Revealed

Lionsgate is pleased to bring you two brand new Character Posters for Alexandre Aja’s HORNS. Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple and Max Minghella. Released into UK cinemas on Wednesday, 29 October, 2014.

From master-of-horror Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes, Piranha 3D) comes this supernatural, offbeat thriller starring beloved British actor Danielle Radcliffe (Harry Potter, Kill Your Darlings) and the talented Juno Temple (Magic Magic, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For).

Ig Perrish (Daniel Radcliffe) is accused for the violent rape and killing of his girlfriend, Merrin Williams (Juno Temple). After a hard night of drinking, Ig awakens, hungover, to find horns growing out of his head; they have the ability to drive people to confess sins and give in to selfish impulses. Ig decides to use this effective tool to discover the circumstances of his girlfriend’s death and to seek revenge by finding the true murderer.

Daniel and Juno lead an all-star cast with strong support from David Morse (The Green Mile, The Hurt Locker) and Heather Graham (The Hangover I&II, Boogie Nights).

HORNS is based on the dark fantasy novel of the same name from New York Times best-selling author Joe Hill (Heart Shaped Box) with a screenplay by Keith Burnin. Alexandre Aja, Riza Aziz, Joey McFarland and Cathy Schulman produce.

Director: Alexandre Aja
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, Max Minghella with Heather Graham and David Morse
Producers: Alexandre Aja, Riza Aziz, Joey McFarland and Cathy Schulman

Lionsgate releases HORNS on Wednesday 29 October 2014