Category: Film News

 

Universal Pictures Australia will release an extended sneak peak of the most controversial film of the year. The FIRST TEN MINUTES of THE HUNT will be available to stream tomorrow night THURSDAY 9 APRIL @ 8pm AEST via Universal Pictures Australia YOUTUBE or FACEBOOK platforms.

 

The film which sparked controversy, including a tweet from U.S. President Donald Trump accusing the film of being made ‘to inflame and create chaos’ is a chilling real-world suspense-thriller starring BETTY GILPIN (Glow) and two time Oscar® Winner HILARY SWANK. Set in the dark spaces of a modern America where a sinister organisation ‘removes’ societies undesirables and transports them to a remote location to be hunted for sport by the wealthy elite. However the hunters become the hunted when they capture one mysterious woman who has a powerful will to survive and the skills to exact a bloody revenge.

 

YOU CAN WATCH THE FIRST 10 MINUTES ON THURSDAY 9 APRIL @ 8PM AEST ON UNIVERSAL AUSTRALIA’S YOUTUBE OR FACEBOOK CHANNEL or RENT THE ENTIRE FILM FROM APRIL 9 ACROSS A VARIETY OF ON DEMAND CHANNELS

 

In Red Rover, coming to digital this May, after feeling he has nothing left to live for on earth, a lonely geologist tries to qualify for a one-way mission to Mars with the help of an offbeat musician who is just as lost as he is.

From director Shane Helcourt, and starring Kristian Bruun (Ready or Not), Cara Gee (The Expanse), Meghan Heffern (“Wynonna Earp”), and Anna Hopkins (“The Expanse”), Red Rover premieres On Demand May 12 from Indiecan Entertainment.

Damon (Kristian Bruun) spends his waking hours searching for that elusive something. Whether it’s for deeper meaning, love, or just “treasure” on the beach with his metal detector, but to no avail. So when Damon meets an offbeat musician named Phoebe (Cara Gee) handing out flyers for a one way trip to Mars, a bond quickly forms. She’s going to help him find that thing he is looking for by sending him 33.9 million miles away, even though what he needs might be right in front of him.

 

Zach Galligan (Gremlins) won’t be getting much sleep this May when Evil Little Things hit town!

From director Matt Green, and starring Hannah Fierman, Courtney Lakin and Jonathan Horne, comes a deliciously wicked new horror anthology in the tradition of Creepshow.
A young boy finds a mystical toymaker with stories to tell. The first is of a leprechaun seeking revenge on a defenseless family. The second is of a doll who works evil on her fragile owner. The toymaker gives the boy a clown named Giggles. Clowns are supposed to be the guardians of happiness, right? These Evil Little Things will cause you many sleepless nights.

Written by Yasmin Bakhtiari and Nancy Knight.

Evil Little Things are unleashed May 12 on DVD and Digital from Uncork’d Entertainment!

 

From writer-director Tommy Faircloth, and starring scream queen Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp, Silent Night, Zombie Night), discover the horrifying truth about Sister Monday this May!
A Nun’s Curse, also starring Damian Maffei (The Strangers : Prey at Night) and Gunner Willis (“The Resident”) , premieres on DVD and Digital this May from Uncork’d Entertainment.
On a weekend trip, a group of friends are forced to seek shelter inside an abandoned prison where a nun named Sister Monday had once been assigned. During her time at the prison, Sister Monday was suspected of killing prisoners who were serving out their sentences but before she could be questioned, she disappeared. Once inside the prison, they will learn the terrifying truth.
 A Nun’s Curse premieres on DVD and Digital May 12 from Uncork’d Entertainment.

Giant Pictures has announced the long-awaited Digital HD launch of writer/director Michael Reich’s semi-autobiographical experimental comedy She’s Allergic to Cats.  She’s Allergic to Cats will be available to rent or own April 7th on Amazon Prime Video and iTunes.
She’s Allergic to Cats is the debut feature from music video director Michael Reich.  The film is based in large part on his own experiences of life in Los Angeles. Reich spent years grooming dogs, documenting the underground punk scene, directing music videos for My Chemical Romance, The Shins, Bad Religion and Ryan Adams, as well as appearing as a body double for the gold robot in Daft Punk.  The film was produced by his longtime collaborator turned lead actor Mike Pinkney and veteran genre producer Andrew van den Houten (The Ranger, Sadistic Intentions).  She’s Allergic to Cats co-stars Sonja Kinski (latest member of the Kinski acting dynasty) and Flula Borg (“Conan”, James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad.
Mike Pinkney stars as Michael Pinkney, a stifled creative artist eeking out a living in Hollywood as a dog groomer.  When the girl of his dreams (Sonja Kinski) walks into his shop, he falls down a rabbit hole filled with surrealist detours and melancholic absurdity.  She’s Allergic to Cats had its world premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival, where the festival’s co-director Mitch Davis hailed it as an intoxicatingly insane breath-of-fresh-air.  The film went on to screen around the world at the Oldenburg International Film Festival, Vienna’s /slash Filmfestival, Sydney Underground Film Festival, GenreBlast, WhatTheFilm Fest, and Ithaca Fantastik, where it took home the award for Best Film.

 

Acclaimed actor Dylan Baker (“Hunters”, “The Good Wife”, Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” films) stars in 2020’s most thrilling short film Nightfire – premiering in your lounge room May 1st!

Two American agents (Lorenzo Pisoni and Greg Hadley) are hired to retrieve military chips containing a large sum of government money. Their plan goes awry when an unexpected political prisoner (Dylan Baker) enters the picture.

Bradley Stryker (“iZombie”, “Cold Pursuit”), Francesco Pannofino and Becky Ann Baker (“Hunters”, “Freaks and Geeks”) co-star in the short film, directed by Brando Benetton and co-written by Brando Benetton and Los Silva.

The white-knuckle thriller, produced by a group of friends from Ithaca college, debuts on streaming platforms, including Hulu and Amazon, May 1 via Hewes Pictures.

 

The following announcement has just been made about the 2020 Melbourne International Film Festival.

 

It is with sadness that the Board and Management of the Melbourne International Film Festival have taken the difficult decision to cancel MIFF 2020 owing to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

For 68 years, MIFF has championed the power of film to educate, entertain and inspire humanity – and to document its experiences, especially during challenging times – so the unprecedented move to cancel the August 2020 festival, as well as 37ºSouth Market & Accelerator Lab, has not been taken lightly.

“The thought of a winter without MIFF in our city is a disorienting one; deeply disappointing to both our organisation and, I’m sure, our community,” said MIFF Artistic Director Al Cossar. “It is a decision that was very hard but plainly necessary, responsible and required given what we all face together at this moment. Our thoughts rush to those who make MIFF what it is year after year, and what it will return to be. To our partners, funders, venues, staff, suppliers, filmmakers and artists, volunteers, prized collaborators of all kinds, and our own uniquely MIFF audiences, we wish you safety and support; we will continue, together.”

MIFF is committed to the longevity and sustainability of the festival and will continue to provide compelling and community-building experiences for our audience and stakeholders into the future. And, in the absence of the festival this year, MIFF is considering other means of maintaining its engagement with audiences. We will share details as they become available.

If you have already purchased a membership or a pass to MIFF 2020, it will now be valid for MIFF 2021, and any passes or memberships purchased from today will also be valid for MIFF 2021. If you would like to support MIFF and are in a position to do so, we encourage you to join us by becoming a member or making a tax-deductible donation.

We look forward to bringing you the 69th Melbourne International Film Festival in August 2021.

Stan today announced the four-time Oscar® winning black-comedy thriller Parasite will be available to stream in 4K on Stan from Easter Saturday, 11 April, months ahead of its intended streaming release.

Nick Forward, Chief Content Officer at Stan, said: “Just two months after its historic Best Picture Oscar win, Stan is pleased to be making this acclaimed masterpiece from South Korean director Bong Joon-ho available early to all Stan subscribers this Easter.”

Winner of four Academy Awards® including Best Picture and Best Director, and the Palme d’Or (Best Film award) at the Cannes Film Festival – this family tragicomedy is the latest masterpiece from director Bong Joon-ho (Snowpiercer) and confirms his position as one of the world’s most inventive and captivating filmmakers.

Ki-taek’s family of four is close, but all are unemployed and the future looks bleak. However, when his son, Ki-woo is recommended by a fellow university student friend for a well-paid tutoring job, hope spawns for a regular income. Carrying the expectations of the family, Ki-woo arrives at the house of Mr. Park, the owner of a global IT firm, where he meets Yeon-kyo, the young lady of the house. The job interview is a success and soon Ki-woo begins work. But very soon, following this first meeting between the two families, an unstoppable string of mishaps lies in wait…

Parasite will be available to stream on Stan from Easter Saturday, 11 April.

Shot entirely on drone. In a single-take. With just one actress. Spanning five vertical locations. The Ascension of Ava Delaine is a technical pioneer in filmmaking from director, Tonya Kay, and is now available on Amazon Prime through Hewes Pictures.

This 5:07 min experimental short film has been called a “Ridiculously Difficult Single-Take Filming By Drone” by SolidSmack tech journal. The Ascension of Ava Delaine also received the honor of Best Mobile Film at the AT&T SHAPE Film Awards – a conference exploring the convergence of technology and entertainment. Director, Tonya Kay, accepted the award which included mentorship with Cathy Yan (director; Birds of Prey), a grand ceremony at Warner Bros Studios and a bountiful cash prize.

Director, Tonya Kay, whom has also been cited as one of StudioDaily’s Exceptional Women in Production and Festigious’s 30 Female Directors to Follow, and who’s work includes tv segment direction for Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! (The CW), also executive produced and acted in the film. Kay says, “Everyone has seen single-takes performed horizontally – even on a drone. I wanted to challenge the technology and give viewers something they’ve truly never witnessed before: a story-based single-take that travels vertically – voyeuristically meeting our actress on a new floor, in new wardrobe, in a new decade of her life, with new emotions in real time.”

On being the actress tasked with four quick-changes while traveling up stairs during the single-take, Kay says, “What you see from the drone front is the movie. What was happening behind those walls was a whirlwind of rambunctious nudity and focused determination.”

The story of The Ascension of Ava Delaine, written by Shaula Evans, is a female empowerment fantasy, non-verbally showing a woman becoming more confident, more sexual and more valuable as she ages. A story not traditionally told in mainstream media.

Producing company, Danger Arts, thought it vital that women tell this story of female empowerment and The Ascension of Ava Delaine crew was 80% female, including virtuoso Cinematographer and Drone Operator, Andria Chamberlin, Sound Designer Jaime Billings, Storyboard Artist Leslie Abney, 1st AD SaraAnne Fahey, Set Designer Monica Kay and Property Master Rachel Bartlett. They were also joined by diverse team including Co-Executive Producer Dennis Ho, Teddy Yonenaka and Michael Kofsky. Post production by Digital Jungle.

The Ascension of Ava Delaine is available now via SVOD on Independent Shorts Awards TV, Opprime and on Amazon Prime.

 

Dancing assassins, opera in uncharted canyons, armed children on dirt bikes, mines, hostages and mirages all form the wild whirlwind called Gold Dust.
A rollicking western adventure for the whole family, Gold Dust arrives on DVD and Digital this April from High Octane Pictures.

The film features music from Grammy Winning artist Cage The Elephant.

Written and directed by David Wall, and starring David Wall, Darin Brooks (“The Bold & The Beautiful”), Chris Romano (“How I Met Your Mother”), David Wysocki (“The Young and The Restless”), Derek Severson and Garrett Marchbank.

Classical music. Thundering opera. Rattlesnakes and precious gems. Mansions and gold mines. Friendship and despair. Treasure beyond imagination that vanishes in the desert wind. In the desert there is no limit to the adventures at hand!

Gold Dust on DVD and Digital April 7.