With the new suspense thriller ‘Nerve’, starring Dave Franco and Emma Roberts hitting cinemas this week Roadshow films have just released these fantastic new Behind The Scenes featurettes that take you, the viewer, behind the scenes of some of the most important scenes in the film.
‘Nerve’ hits Australian cinemas on the 1st September.
Fresh from sell-out screenings at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal and the Melbourne International Film Festival, Irish director Billy O’Brien’s South by Southwest (SXSW) smash hit I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER – based on Dan Wells’ best-selling YA (Young Adult) novel – will now enjoy a limited theatrical release in Australia this spring, with seasons in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane beginning on September 29th, preceded by special event screenings the week prior.
The dark coming-of-age thriller stars Max Records (WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE) as John Wayne Cleaver, a teenager who works in the family funeral home – maybe not the best job for a diagnosed sociopath, but one that becomes an unexpected lifeline when a serial killer begins stalking his wintry mid western town and he must tap his own dark instincts to stop the killer before he strikes again.
Co-starring Christopher Lloyd of BACK TO THE FUTURE fame and Laura Fraser of BREAKING BAD, I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER combines stunning performances with a breathtaking visual style, ultra cool indie rock soundtrack and a surprise ending that even devotees of the novel won’t see coming to create one of the coolest, offbeat genre flicks in years – think DEXTER meets DONNIE DARKO and you’re heading in the right direction!
Monster Pictures will be launching its Melbourne and Brisbane seasons with special event screenings, featuring Skype Q+As with director Billy O’Brien and selected members of the cast and crew followed by themed after parties, featuring the ‘Cleaver Family Daiquiri of Death’ a specially concocted pink daiquiri emulating embalmers fluid – a post movie cocktail to die for!
More details on associated promotional activities, including event screenings and an Young Adult short fiction writing contest judged by Dan Wells himself will be posted on www.monsterfest.com.au and associated social media over the coming weeks.
I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER EVENT SCREENING DATES: New Farm Cinemas, Brisbane:
Event Screening – Thursday September 22, 2016
If you live and breathe cosplay, there’s no need to look further than Oz Comic-Con Sydney and Brisbane for the ultimate cosplay experiences. With something for cosplayers of all ages and stages, including the state and national finals of the Australian Championships of Cosplay, it’s time to put the finishing touches on your costumes and get ready for two weekends of fun at Australia’s premier pop-culture event.
Oz Comic-Con’s Australian Championships of Cosplay will be holding state finals on Sunday 11th September in Sydney, and Sunday 18th September in Brisbane. Following the Queensland state finals, the national final will also be held at the Brisbane event.
The winner of the Australian Championships of Cosplay will have the opportunity to represent Australia at the C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay in Chicago in 2017. Australia will be defending their crown in 2017, after 2015 Australian Champion Major Sam took out the top prize at C2E2 earlier this year.
Hosted by renowned Australian cosplayer Rae Johnston and judged by a panel of experts including Mandy Nichols (costumer for films such as The Great Gatsby), the Australian Championships of Cosplay are an amazing chance for Australian cosplayers to compete against some of the best cosplayers in the world, as well as to be in the running for some excellent prizes.
Before the national finals, cosplay fans in Brisbane will have the opportunity to hear the 2016 state finalists discuss their experiences in a special Championship panel. Joined by Major Sam, this is your chance to listen to the best cosplayers from around Australia talk about their cosplay journeys.
The championships are just the tip of the cosplay iceberg at Oz Comic-Con Sydney and Brisbane. Cosplay Central will feature exciting local and international cosplay talent, as well as photo walls and a cosplay repair station. Sydney fans will also have the opportunity to take cosplay shots with a picturesque Harbour background – just follow the signs at the event!
If you’re a cosplayer who wants to show off your creations, but don’t feel quite ready to compete in the championships, never fear! On Saturday afternoon in both Sydney and Brisbane, a general cosplay parade will be held, as well as Cosplay Active, an intermediate step where you can talk about your cosplay or take part in a skit! Oz Comic-Con’s littlest fans don’t miss out either, with a kids cosplay parade held on the Sunday afternoon of each event.
Oz Comic-Con will be held in Sydney at the Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island on September 10-11 and in Brisbane at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on September 17-18.
With sensational new Australian cult film Red Billabong currently out in cinemas Dave G decided to catch up with the film’s director Luke Sparke to chat about how hard it was to put the film together on a tight budget and just who come up with the incredible creature.
You can listen to or download our Luke Sparke interview right here.
Girl Asleep is the film that everybody is talking about at the moment. It won the Critics’ Award at the Melbourne International Film Festival and has picked up even more awards since then. Now ahead of the film’s release in cinemas this week Dave G caught up the director Rosemary Myers to see just how hard it was to put together this magnificent film.
You can listen to or download our Rosemary Myers interview right here.
Motorkite Dreaming is a new documentary charting the adventures of Aidan Glasby and Daryl Clarke, two amateur pilots who flew microlight planes, powered by little more than lawnmower engines, across Australia in a 8 week, 4000km journey. Their journey gives insights into the traditional lore and culture of a number of indigenous tribes they encounter along the way as they pass through their native lands. The director was Charlie Hill-Smith, and the producer was John Cherry. Greg spoke to John Cherry and Dave to Charlie Hill-Smith to find out some of the challenges in bringing the project to the screen over the course of six years.
You can listen to or download our Charlie Hill-Smith interview right here.
You can listen to or download our John Cherry interview right here.
Award winning Canadian singer-song writer Charlie A’Court is currently in Australia as part of his Australian Tour. His new single ‘Refuse To Fear’ which he wrote with Lloyd Spiegel is absolutley sensational while his new album ‘Come On Over’ which was produced by Aussie Mark Lizotte (Diesel) is absolutely spectacular. Dave G caught up with Charlie and talked to him about how is new single ‘Refuse To Fear’ has become an anthem for the persecuted and what it was like working with so many Australians on his album.
You can listen to or download our Charlie A’Court interview right here.
CHARLIE A’COURT AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES
Thurs 1st Sept
The Stag & Hunter
(Chess Tribute with Ray Beadle & Chris Wilson)
187 Maitland Rd, Mayfield NSW
Ph 02 4968 1205
Fri 2nd Sept
The Brass Monkey
(Chess Tribute with Ray Beadle & Chris Wilson)
115A Cronulla St, Cronulla NSW
Ph 02 9544 3844
Sat 3rd Sept
(Chess Tribute with Ray Beadle & Chris Wilson)
29 Reiby Pl, Sydney NSW
Ph 02 9251 2797
Sun 4th Sept
272 Lawrence Hargrave Dr, Thirroul NSW
Ph 02 4267 2288
Thur 8th Sept
The Golden Vine Hotel
135 King St, Bendigo VIC
This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘Indignation,’ ‘A Hologram For The King,’ ‘Free State of Jones,’ ‘David Brent: Life On The Road,’ ‘The Shallows,’ ‘Kubo And The Two Strings,’ ‘Red Billabong,’ ‘Motorkite Dreaming,’ ‘Ben-Hur,’ ‘Ticked,’ ‘High-Rise’ and ‘War Dogs’. This episode also contains interviews with Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha, Gary Ross, Blake Lively, Jack Huston, David Farrier, Charlie Hill-Smith, John Cherry, Samuel Douek (Hola Mexican Film Festival) and Rosemary Myers (‘Girl Asleep’).
Also make sure you listen to this week’s show for your chance to win a copy of ‘Fifty Shades Of Black’ on DVD thanks to our good friends at EOne Entertainment. For your chance to win simple listen to the show and then send your answer to this week’s question via private message to either our Facebook or Twitter pages.
You can listen to The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show or download it for free from our Podcast Channel – Listen/Download here.
Summary: You remember nothing. Mainly because you’ve just been brought back from the dead by your wife who tells you that your name is Henry. Five minutes later, you are being shot at, your wife has been kidnapped, and you should probably go and get her back. You’re also in the unfamiliar city of Moscow, and everyone wants you dead. if you can survive the insanity and solve the mystery, you might just discover your purpose and the truth behind your identity.
Australian Cinema Release Date: N/A
Australian DVD Release Date: 3rd August, 2016
Country: USA, Russia
Director: Ilya Naishuller
Screenwriter: Ilya Naishuller
Cast: Haley Bennett (Estelle), Darya Charusga (Katya the Dominatrix), Martin Cooke (Marty), Sharlto Copley (Jimmy), Andrei Dementiev (Henry/Slick Dmitry), Danila Kozlovsky (Akan), Ilya Naishuller (Henry/Timothy/Higher-Self Merc), Aleksander Pal (Mr. Fahrenheit), Oleg Poddubnyy (Yuri), Tim Roth (Henry’s Father), Liya Sitdikova (Ella the Whore), Will Stewart (Robbie), Svetlana Ustinova (Olga the Dominatrix), Sergey Valyaev (Henry/Beaten Up Boyfriend)
Runtime: 96 mins
OUR HARDCORE HENRY REVIEWS & RATINGS:
You just know from the get go that Hardcore Henry is the type of film that is going to divide audiences. If you’re an audience member that doesn’t like graphic violence and has never played a first-person shooter video game then there is a high chance you aren’t going to like the film. If you’re an avid gamer or like your action films to try something a little different then you are going to be in your element with a film that gets two thumbs up from this reviewer.
Told from a POV perspective Hardcore Henry begins with Henry (Andrei Dementiev – Biting Elbows) waking up in a laboratory where he is being given robotic arms and legs by his scientist wife, Estelle (Haley Bennett – The Equalizer). The next thing he knows Estelle is being kidnapped by a criminal with telekinetic powers, Akan (Danila Kozlovsky – Vampire Academy), who also seems to want Henry dead as well.
The result is Henry lost in a city he doesn’t know, Moscow, and having to hunt down Akan in order to find Estelle. As he does so he learns more and more about his new robotic self while receiving orders and help from a man of many disguises, Jimmy (Sharlto Copeley – District 9).
Many cinema goers would dismiss Hardcore Henry as a cheap gimmick with very little artistic merit, but nothing could be further from the truth. Any person with any knowledge of filmmaking would know that what director Ilya Naishuller (Biting Elbows) does here is nothing short of cinematic brilliance. The thought of filming an action film from the POV of the hero sounds like an epic task that most filmmakers could only dream about, but the idea of doing it using Go Pro camera attached to an actor/stuntmen would send most directors to a rubber room where they would rock back and forth constantly.
Yet somehow Naishuller manages to pull all of this off. And we aren’t just talking about a hero that does a lot of running and shooting we are talking about a hero that takes plunges off bridges, jumps from trucks to motorbikes and likes blowing things up. Yes Naishuller doesn’t take the easy way out and the result is a sleek (didn’t think I would be saying that when I heard that this film was a POV film) action film with a lot of inventive shots and sequences.
To Naishuller’s credit his screenplay also holds up with the alternative filmmaking as well. Again the film’s storyline is not stereotypical and while most of the film is set in the action genre the telekinectic powers of the main ‘baddie’ sees it delve into the sci-fi realm as well. Yes it might be a bit of a surprise at first but once you are used to it it works just fine and even raises the suspense and you start to wonder just how Henry will every find a way to defeat Akan. The screenplay itself also provides enough twists and turns along the way to make sure you are constantly trying to guess just what will happen next.
Perhaps the most interesting side of Hardcore Henry though is the acting. There is a film where you only once get a glimpse of the leading man’s face yet you have to say that the array of stuntmen who play Henry do a magnificent job and you are there with them for the entire ride. The person who steals the limelight in most of the scenes he is in however is Sharlto Copley who gets to mix his action sequences with some well-timed comedy… something that he is very, very good at.
Hardcore Henry is a true action film with a difference. The POV style proves to be worthy and a lot more than just a gimmick while it also contains a killer soundtrack that matches the film to a tee. Write off this film at your own peril
Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):
Other Subculture Entertainment Hardcore Henry Reviews: Nil
Summary: Mortal hero Bek teams with the god Horus in an alliance against Set, the merciless god of darkness, who has usurped Egypt’s throne, plunging the once peaceful and prosperous empire into chaos and conflict.
Australian Cinema Release Date: 25th February 2016
Australian DVD/Blu-Ray/On Demand Release Date: 15th August, 2016
Country: USA, Australia
Director: Alex Proyas
Screenwriter: Matt Sazama, Burk Sharpless
Cast: Rachael Blake (Isis), Emma Booth (Nephthys), Chadwick Boseman (Thoth), Bryan Brown (Osiris), Gerard Butler (Set), Nicolaj Coster-Waldau (Horus), Yaya Deng (Astarte), Courtney Eaton (Zaya), Alexander England (Mnevis), Lindsay Farris (Older Bek (voice)), Goran D. Kleut (Anubis), Abbey Lee (Anat), Robyn Nevin (Sharifa), Kenneth Ransom (Sphinx), Geoffrey Rush (Ra), Rufus Sewell (Urshu), Brenton Thwaites (Bek), Elodie Yung (Hathor)
Runtime: 126 mins
OUR GODS OF EGYPT REVIEWS & RATINGS:
Sometimes when a film comes out and meets negative press you have to wonder whether some of the critics were watching the same film you just did. While ‘Gods Of Egypt’ isn’t exactly an Oscar winning film it is a fun sci-fi film that really does show the creative mind of Alex Proyas (The Crow). If you’re a fan of films like The Scorpion King then you’re really going to want to give this one a look.
Set in ancient Egyptian mythology ‘Gods Of Egypt’ shows what happens after the throne is stolen from Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau – ‘Game Of Thrones’) by Set (Gerald Butler – ‘300’) whose plains will bring about the destruction of humanity. With Horus’ power gone he goes into hiding, but some like the innocent Zaya (Courtney Eaton – Mad Max: Fury Road) believe he can still save humanity. After her death the love of her life, Bek (Brenton Thwaites – Maleficent), goes in search of Horus in a bid to try and save the world.
Storywise ‘Gods Of Egypt’ works just like the sci-fi films that many of us grew up watching, films like ‘Never Ending Story.’ While it might just be a little too violent for kids, this is the kind of film that can be enjoyed by teens and adults alike as it is nowhere near as violent as a film like ‘300.’ The creativity is there throughout the film and Proyas is a gifted enough director to work with his screenwriters, Matt Sazama (‘Dracula Untold’) and Burk Sharpless (‘The Last Witch Hunter’), to create a film that not only creates suspense and action but also has a storyline that will allow the audience to actually care what happens to the characters at hand.
One of the biggest criticisms levelled at this film is that the CGI and special effects don’t look as good as they should but it is very obvious that what Proyas wanted with this film was for it to look and feel like a graphic novel or comic. It is impossible to fathom that a man who brought us a films like ‘The Crow’ and ‘Dark City’ would ever deliver a film that didn’t look the way he wanted it to – especially when he had the effects team who put together ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ working with him as well.
Perhaps one of the most fun parts of watching ‘Gods Of Egypt’ for an Australian audience is playing a simple game called ‘spot the Aussie.’ Aside from Brenton Thwaites in the lead role other Australian actors including Geoffrey Rush (‘Shine’) and Bryan Brown (‘Two Hands’) pop in roles and it is great to see them getting international expose like this. As far as the acting of the leads go Brenton Thwaites again shows that he has more than enough skill to be a leading man in an action film like this while audience members also get to see everybody’s favourite Lannister, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, flex his acting muscle and get to play the hero for once. Also announcing herself as a future star is Courtney Eaton, the young, inexperienced, Western Australian showing experience above her years and not being overwhelmed by appearing in a blockbuster like this.
The best way to approach ‘Gods Of Egypt’ is to just look at like you’re going to watch a fun movie. This is the kind of film that is going to be loved by anybody that has any interest in mythology while some of the epic battle scenes will do more than enough to keep the action junkies very happy. Don’t get put off by the negative press and make sure you check out ‘Gods Of Egypt’.