Monthly Archives: August 2018

 

What happens when Nightwish’s Floor Jansen and Pagan’s Mind’s Jorn Viggo Lofstad come together for a music project? The result is Northward who ahead of their debut album release on October 19th have just dropped the video for their new single While Love Died.

Australian actress Phoebe Tonkin, best known as the hybrid werewolf/vampire “Hayley Marshall” in the popular TV shows THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and THE ORIGINALS, will appear at Oz Comic-Con in Sydney and Brisbane.

Tonkin’s other US television credits include a lead series role in CW Network’s US series THE SECRET CIRCLE, a guest lead role on the CBS drama series STALKER and a guest lead role in THE AFFAIR. She is currently in production on the Stan original TV series BLOOM, opposite Jackie Weaver, Bryan Brown and Ryan Corr.

Her Australian television credits include the internationally successful series H20 JUST ADD WATER in the leading role of “Cleo Sertori”. H2O screened in over 120 territories worldwide and saw Tonkin nominated for an AFI Best Actress in a TV Drama Award. She also recently appeared in the SBS mini-series SAFE HARBOUR.

Tonkin’s feature film credits include lead roles in TOMORROW WHEN THE WAR BEGAN for Paramount Pictures; the feature film BAIT, opposite Xavier Samuel; the UK feature TAKE DOWN opposite Ed Westwick and Jeremy Sumpter; and Mark Webber’s feature film THE EVER AFTER opposite Teresa Palmer.

Tonkin joins a stellar line-up of film & TV guests attending the Brisbane and Sydney events including:

  • Tonkin’s THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and THE ORIGINALS castmate, Aussie Nathaniel Buzolic who also starred in PRETTY LITTLE LIARS and Mel Gibson’s HACKSAW RIDGE.
  • Australia’s own Dichen Lachman best known as “Reileen Kawahara” in Netflix’s smash hit ALTERED CARBON. Lachman also starred in Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse, as well as AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D, SUPERGIRL, THE 100 and NEIGHBOURS.
  • SHADOWHUNTERS heartthrob Matthew Daddario, who plays “Alec” on the TV series based on the popular “Mortal Instrument” books written by Cassandra Clare.
  • Dominic Sherwood known for his role in the teen vampire film VAMPIRE ACADEMY and more recently the hit fantasy series SHADOWHUNTERS.
  • Beloved voice-over star Christy Carlson Romano, who is best known for lending her voice to the titular character in Disney Channel’s KIM POSSIBLE.
  • Iconic Star Trek actress Gates McFadden, best known for portraying “Dr. Beverly Crusher” in STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION.
  • Dominic Keating known for his role in the cult TV series, STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE.
  • Clare Kramer, best known for her role as the vengeful goddess “Glory” in the cult classic BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER.
  • Anthrax guitarist and thrash metal legend Scott Ian, who also appeared in THE WALKING DEAD.
  • Nathan Jones, known as ‘The Megaman,’ an Australian actor and former WWE professional wrestler who starred in MAD MAX: FURY ROAD and TROY (Brisbane Only)

All guests will participate in panels each day, as well as photograph and autograph sessions with fans.


Oz Comic-Con Brisbane – Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre – September 22 and 23

Oz Comic-Con Sydney – International Convention Centre Sydney – September 29 and 30

 

Tickets on sale now at www.ozcomiccon.com/tickets

 

KISS bass guitarist Gene Simmons last night told his fans during his Melbourne show that the band hope to tour Australia in 2019. During his performance with fellow KISS bandmate Ace Frehley at Melbourne’s Festival Hall last night Simmons told the crowd “we hope to be back here (Australia) in 2019” he then closed the night by saying “Good night Melbourne we’ll be back in 2019!”

Stay tuned KISS fans this one is going to be big…

Revered naughties front woman and vintage fashion queen Ella Hooper recently revealed her latest solo endeavour ‘To The Bone’ – a certified dancefloor filler and instant pop anthem. Plunging deep into disco, indie and multifaceted pop tropes alike, the single isHooper’s boldest, most bombastic yet, and is set to be a standout set-list highlight this September when she takes on two massive Brisbane venues at the 2018 BigsoundFestival. In celebration, the acclaimed artist is laying down one hell of a film clip courtesy of fellow musician, performer, DJ and director Tanzer.

With a vividness to rival that of the technicolour op shop fiend herself, Tanzer has created a colourful, joyous clip that so perfectly encapsulates the anthemic charisma and kinetic energy of ‘To The Bone’. In this fantastical visual collage of saturated colour, live performance, and found imagery, Hooper and her band twist and turn through Tanzer’sdisco-apocalypse world as if it’s their final dance on earth. An undeniably unique vision, ‘To The Bone’ is as wacky as it is sexy, and as sonically diverse as it is visually invoking – conjuring the healing energy of disco and the staunch grit of rock in true Ella fashion.

Having spent the last few years splitting her time between playing a series of reformation shows for Killing Heidi’s 20th anniversary, as well as dancing on her own two feet across a myriad of media gigs as a musician, radio presenter, TV host and DJing nationally forGroovin’ The MooElla Hooper remains one of Australia’s most prolific performers. Backed by her accomplished live band featuring members of Jade Imagine, Machine Translations, Handsome, The Cactus Channel, RockWiz & more, Hooper will perform at Brisbane venues Family and The Valley Drive In across two back-to-back dates at this year’s Bigsound showcase.

Whether it’s aiming to fill the dance floor, or create a pin drop moment of serene reflection, the music Ella makes is genuine and multilayered, cathartic and refreshing, with her talent for connection and genuine reverence for the art of a good rock show forever at the forefront of her creative vision.

Do not miss the chance to see this incredible performer at the top of her game at this year’s Bigsound Festival.

 

Ella Hooper 2018 Bigsound Showcases
Wednesday 5 September
11:20pm – 11.50pm
Family
8 McLachlan St, Fortitude Valley

Thursday 6 September
11:40pm – 12.10am
The Valley Drive In
27 Warner Street, Fortitude Valley
Tickets via www.bigsound.org.au/tickets

Other Upcoming Shows
Sunday 16 September
‘Femmo Fest 2018’
The Tote, Melbourne
feat. Madeline Lehman & The Desert Swells, Leah Senior, Baby Blue and more
Doors 1pm
Tickets via The Tote website

 

Stan has announced that it will premiere the new limited SHOWTIME series ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA on November 19, with new episodes weekly, same day as the U.S.

Directed and executive produced by Emmy winner Ben StillerESCAPE AT DANNEMORA is an eight-hour limited series starring Academy Award winners Benicio del Toro and Patricia Arquette and Golden Globe nominee Paul Dano.

ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA is based on the stranger-than-fiction prison break in upstate New York in the summer of 2015 which spawned a state-wide manhunt for two convicted murderers, aided in their escape by a married female prison employee who carried on months-long affairs with both men. Del Toro plays convicted murderer Richard Matt, an artistic yet intimidating force within the prison, who masterminds the escape. Arquette plays Tilly Mitchell, a working class wife and mother who supervises the prison tailor shop and becomes sexually involved with both men, ultimately agreeing to hide hacksaw blades in frozen hamburger meat to help them get out. Dano plays David Sweat, a convicted cop-killer who may have genuine feelings for Tilly and becomes a reluctant partner in Richard Matt’s plot.

The cast also features Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Bonnie Hunt, acclaimed actor Eric Lange and Emmy nominee David Morse. Produced by SHOWTIME, ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA is written and executive produced by Brett Johnson (Mad Men) and Oscar nominee Michael Tolkin (The Player), who met while working as writers on Ray Donovan. In addition to Stiller, Johnson and Tolkin, Bryan Zuriff (Steve Jobs, Ray Donovan), Bill Carraro (Blade Runner 2049Terminator: Genisys),  three-time Academy Award nominee, Michael De Luca (The Social Network, Fifty Shades of Grey) via Michael De Luca Productions, and Nicky Weinstock for Red Hour Productions serve as executive producers.

ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA comes exclusively to Stan as part of its long-term partnership with SHOWTIME. Other shows include WHO IS AMERICA, currently streaming, Jim Carrey’s KIDDING which will premiere soon and political docu-series THE CIRCUS, which returns September 17.

ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA will premiere exclusively on Stan November 19 with new episodes weekly, same day as the U.S

 

Thanks to our good friends at Icon Distribution we have two copies of the delightfully funny Ideal Home to giveaway on DVD. For you chance to win a copy simply message us on our Facebook page and tell us which superhero does Paul Rudd depict on the big screen.

If you don’t win one of the two copies that we are giving away don’t despair because you can pick up a copy in stores on September 12th.

With only one week left until the release of their highly anticipated album ‘Map Of Broken Dreams’, GREAT LEAP SKYWARD have released ‘Kindred’ – a six and a half minute saga of progressive riffs and melancholic beauty, sure to hit the soft spot of any prog metal fan. Don’t let the intro fool you, this band means business and comes armed with blast beats in tow and riffs a plenty.

Written and produced by frontman Luke Besley and mastered by the legendary Ermin Hamidovic (Periphery, Plini, Animals As Leaders, Devin Townsend), ‘Map Of Broken Dreams’ is a refreshing, yet aggressive take on progressive metal that is sure to turn a few heads.

Great Leap Skyward is comprised of vocalist & guitarist Luke Besley, bassist Matt McConaghy, drummer David Allen and guitarist Jim Munro (who is best known as the guitarist of Australia’s past premier thrash outfit 4ARM, who toured with Slayer & Gojira in 2013 across North America).

Luke Besley speaks about ‘Map Of Broken Dreams’:

“Map of Broken Dreams is an intense, layered progressive metal album with instruments and influences from all walks of music, creating a unique aesthetic and atmosphere. The combination of sounds and features from across genres external to metal gives a unique experience unlike any metal album you’ve previously heard and defies classification or bounds to one genre.”

‘Map of Broken Dreams’ is out August 31st via Metalapolis Recrds
Pre-Order Link: http://smarturl.it/07tolw

The world of filmmaking is about to get another major shake-up. When Paranormal Activity hit our screens suddenly the world realised that audiences would go and see films shot on static cameras. Then came Tangerine, a feature film shot entirely on a phone, Now comes the next big step with the thriller Searching a film that uses various forms of technology to capture the intriguing story at heart.

So far the film has been receiving praise for its thriller aspect and first time feature director Aneesh Chaganty is being credited as the man who has potentially changed filmmaking forever. His leading man John Cho certainly agrees.

“You know I texted Aneesh after I saw the film the first time and said ‘you know you have had made a contribution to the vocabulary of cinema’,” says Cho who plays the concerned father, David Kim, in Searching. “That is very difficult to do because all the tricks are out of the bag at this point. But this is a really ingenious attempt to mirror what is happening in real life right now, which is more and more of us communicating through our devices, so how as a story-teller do you depict that? Aneesh went inside the computers and inside the tablets and yet it feels like a movie. It feels like a thriller so cudos… I was just glad that I was there.”

“I think the movie is pushing on a lot of fronts,” he says going on looking at why Searching is new and bold. “It is saying something about the time that we live in and it is making a contribution to what I think is a really classic genre. And I can’t look past the visual of the family that it depicts. They are Korean-American, they are specifically Korean-American but it doesn’t have any bearing on the plot or story. So on a lot of different fronts it is doing something new and bold and for people to respond to it, it is very gratifying.”

Cho who most film lovers will remember as the fun-loving Harold Lee in the Harold & Kumar franchise and as the man who coined the phrase MILF in American Pie says Searching is going to take fans on a thrill ride. “The last time I checked we are all members of a family, and while we may not all be parents we are certainly all children and there is something elemental about that bond. It is very easy to relate to that, being a Dad, but past that this is a movie but I like to call it a page turner. This is all about how this is going to turn out and there are so many twists and turns in it that we just wanted to keep that emotion all the way through it and keep everybody guessing… so I hope it worked.”

A star of the recent Star Trek franchise of films Cho knows what audiences want when it comes to films and he said that fans of the thriller genre are going to warm to Searching very quickly. “Listen this is a good rock ‘em and sock ‘em time,” he says smiling. “It is going to be a fun night out with a compelling story and we hope that it keeps you guessing. What I love about the device thing though is that we have all these big feelings that we put into our little devices and our movie takes that and goes “oh no what you are feeling is big, look at it on the big screen.’ Then of course with the thriller genre I think it is something that works best with a crowd and to be in these screenings and to hear the gasps and the hoots and the hollers and the ‘oh my Gods’ I think that is how you want to see movies.”

Like it seems most of the critics in America at the moment Cho is also full of praise for the director, Aneesh Chaganty. “I think he brings such ingenuity  and energy and an intelligence I don’t know who else could have pulled it off and I sense that. And to be honest I didn’t want to do the project until I sat down with him, because I thought there was a problem with this little puzzle and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to get involved with it but he is so ingenious and so charismatic that I said yes and I am glad that I did because I saw him work through this Rubix cube and it was a doozy. The work that he put into it after we finished, he spent two years editing, and I say editing they had to create all these worlds after we finished shooting… it is staggering amount of work.”

 

Searching begins in Australian cinemas this Thursday.

Jirga, the new film from award-winning filmmaker, author and paramedic Benjamin Gilmour (Son of a Lion, Paramedico) has been selected to make its International Premiere at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival in the section dedicated to showcasing first or second features, Discovery.  Gilmour will be joined in Toronto by lead actor Sam Smith.

Jirga was the only Australian film In Competition at Sydney Film Festival, and screens In Competition at Cinefest Oz this week after sold-out screenings at MIFF. Following TIFF, Footprint Films presents Q&A screenings in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Perth ahead of the film’s September 27 release date, with other states to follow.  

Set and shot in Afghanistan in extraordinary circumstances, Jirga stars Sam Smith as a former Australian soldier who returns to Afghanistan to find the family of a civilian he accidentally killed during the war. Seeking forgiveness, he puts his life in the hands of the village justice system – the Jirga. 

Benjamin Gilmour said “We’re so thrilled to have Jirga at Toronto, such an important festival. I think audiences are really craving films like this, stories of reconciliation and peace.”

Jirga is directed and written by Benjamin Gilmour, produced by John Maynard. Executive producers are Bridget Ikin and David Gross. Jirga is a Felix Media production. Principal production investment from Screen Australia, in association with Definition Films.

 

JIRGA Q&A TOUR

 

Sydney

Thursday 20 September

6.30pm screening of JIRGA followed by a Q&A with director Benjamin Gilmour, lead actor Sam Smith and producer John Maynard, hosted by Sydney Morning Herald’s Garry Maddox

Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace
- 380 Military Road,
Cremorne

Buy tickets:  http://www.orpheum.com.au/wp-cinema/movie/OJIRGAQA/JIRGA+-+QA+PREVIEW/

 

Sunday 23 September

3pm screening of JIRGA followed by a Q&A with director Benjamin Gilmour, lead actor Sam Smith and producer John Maynard

Dendy Newtown261-263 King St, Newtown

Buy tickets https://www.dendy.com.au/events/q-and-a-screening-jirga-422

 

Friday 28 September

7pm screening JIRGA followed by a Q&A with director Benjamin Gilmour, lead actor Sam Smith and producer John Maynard

Casula Powerhouse

 

Wednesday 3 October 

7pm screening of JIRGA followed by a Q&A with director Benjamin Gilmour, lead actor Sam Smith and producer John Maynard 

Parramatta Riverside Theatre

 

Canberra

Friday 21 September

7pm screening of JIRGA followed by a Q&A with director Benjamin Gilmour and lead actor Sam Smith 

Dendy Canberra – Canberra Centre, 148 Bunda St, Canberra

Buy tix: https://www.dendy.com.au/events/q-and-a-screening-jirga

 

Melbourne

Tuesday 25 September

6.45pm screening of JIRGA followed by a Q&A with director Benjamin Gilmour and lead actor Sam Smith hosted by The Guardian’s Luke Buckmaster

Cinema Nova – 380 Lygon St Carlton

Buy tix: : https://www.cinemanova.com.au/films/jirga

 

Perth

Thursday 27 September

6.30pm screening of JIRGA followed by a Q&A with director Benjamin Gilmour and lead actor Sam Smith 

Luna Leederville155 Oxford St, Leederville 

Buy tix: http://lunapalace.com.au/special-events+2681+jirga-qa-screening-with-director-lead-actor

 

The Pineapple Thief  have launched their brand new video for “Try As I Might”, the new single from their forthcoming new studio album Dissolution.

The highly anticipated follow up to 2015’s Your Wilderness, is the band’s second album to feature King Crimson and Porcupine Tree drummer Gavin Harrison.

Vocalist, songwriter and guitarist Bruce Soord explains his dystopian view “The video follows the theme of the song and the album – if you sign up to this hyper connected world we live in, then you have to live with the consequences.  Try as you might to get out of it. 

The futuristic clip was created by Blacktide Phonic/Visual (www.black-tide.co.uk) director George Laycock, who expands on how he created the film “When The Pineapple Thief came to me with their track ‘Try as I might’, they had a broad basis for an idea for a music video that dealt with a social media obsessed ‘connected’ world.

This had nods to previous films and television like ‘The Truman Show’, ‘Black Mirror’, the ‘Big Brother’ landscape and its preceding shows, so it was about creating a storyline using these broad influences and encapsulating into an obscure 3 minute film on a budget.

I was interested in the concept of ‘in eye cameras’, scary technology I am sure isn’t too far away from us. We decided to go down the optical medical route and follow our character on a journey from first pre-operation, to surgery, recovery and then trying to battle the decision he has made, whilst battling with the corporation he has signed up too. The film hopefully leaves the viewer to create their own conceptions on his outcome.

We filmed it all on the Dorset/Devon coastline around where I live and were fortunate to be able to secure great locations to shoot in with a few favours, including a remote seaside post-modern house, a private beach and a real working hospital and opticians.

To keep the cast down to a minimum I decided that the camera that is watching Bruce would become the main supporting actor and his nemesis, appearing in scenes without anyone operating it. This allowed us to see the cameras point of view and tell the story to the fictional viewer. This old broadcast camera weighed an absolute ton, and carrying through remote woods, down a mile-long steep cliff path to a beach was a challenge on some of the hottest days of the year. Filming in the water at the end was a welcome refreshment. 

Many thanks to all those who helped with the film, especially everyone involved at Yeovil hospital for allowing us such amazing access, and to Bruce for being so amenable about having scalpels inches from his eyeball.”

The Pineapple Thief have grown to become one of the leading lights of Europe’s experimental rock domain, Your Wilderness produced 4m+ album streams, a #7 in the UK Independent Charts and two extensive headline European tours culminating at London’s Islington Assembly Hall where the concert was recorded for the live release Where We Stood, and their new album Dissolution promises to propel the band to even greater heights. 

Dissolution will be released in the following formats – all available to pre-order now at

thepineapplethief.lnk.to/DissolutionPR