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Sandi Tan, director of the award-winning, Netflix-released film Shirkers, has been confirmed as the latest international speaker attending AIDC 2019 at ACMI in Melbourne this March.

Sandi Tan is the writer, director, producer and co-editor of Shirkers, one of the most acclaimed international documentaries of 2018. The film won the World Cinema Documentary Directing Award at Sundance 2018 and is one of the five nominees for Best Documentary at the 2019 Independent Spirit Awards and has been shortlisted for the 2019 Oscars. Shirkers has appeared on multiple Best Documentary and Best Film lists of 2018, including ranking #14 on the 2018 BFI/Sight & Sound Best Film poll of 264 international critics, the highest rank of any documentary in 2018.

As well as speaking at AIDC, Sandi will participate in the ACCESS program, where she will mentor a group of emerging directors. ACMI will also be screening the film with a Q&A with Sandi during AIDC.

Born in Singapore, Sandi, at the aged of 16, published a cult zine called The Exploding CatAt 22, she became the film critic at The Straits Times, Singapore’s largest newspaper, later moving to New York to study at film school at Columbia University. Her short films Moveable Feast and Gourmet Baby have played at over 100 film festivals including the New York Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand and at MoMA, and have been broadcast internationally on RAI, SBS and ZDF/arte. She was a 2016 Sundance Documentary Film Program Fellow, a 2017 IFP Documentary Lab Fellow and a 2017 Sundance Creative Producing Fellow. She is also a successful novelist.

In Shirkers, Sandie explores the events surrounding a film she and her friends began making with a mysterious stranger decades ago.

AIDC Conference Director Alice Burgin says: “It’s thrilling to confirm that Sandi will be joining us in Melbourne in March. She is an inspiring global filmmaker and Shirkers has enthralled audiences and critics wherever it has screened.”

The Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) takes place 3 – 6 March 2019 at ACMI in Melbourne. https://www.aidc.com.au/

Stan has released the official trailer for the anticipated fourth season of BILLIONS, premiering on Monday, March 18 and starring Oscar® nominee and Emmy® and Golden Globe® winner Paul Giamatti and Emmy and Golden Globe winner Damian Lewis.

When everyone is out for revenge, no one is safe. This is never more true than in season four of BILLIONS. Bobby Axelrod (Lewis) and Chuck Rhoades (Giamatti), former enemies, and Wendy Rhoades (Maggie Siff), the chief counsellor to each, have come together to form an uneasy but highly effective alliance, aimed at the eradication of all their rivals, including Grigor Andolov (guest star John Malkovich), Taylor Mason (Asia Kate Dillon), Bryan Connerty (Toby Leonard Moore) and Waylon “Jock” Jeffcoat (guest star Clancy Brown). Ambition and betrayal have long been at the heart of BILLIONS, and this season all the characters find out exactly how high a price they’ll have to pay to satisfy those needs. The series also stars David CostabileCondola RashadKelly AuCoinJeffrey DeMunn and Malin Akerman, along with new guest stars Samantha MathisKevin PollakJade Eshete and Nina Arianda.

BILLIONS is created and executive produced by showrunners Brian Koppelman and David Levien. The series was also created by Andrew Ross Sorkin.

BILLIONS comes exclusively to Stan as part of its long-term partnership with SHOWTIME. Other shows include Jim Carrey’s KIDDING and Ben Stiller’s ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA, both currently available to stream, BLACK MONDAY starring Don Cheadle, premiering January 21 with a sneak peek now available, THE CIRCUS, Season 4, premiering January 28 and SMILF, Season 2 premiering January 29.

Season Four of BILLIONS premieres exclusively on Stan on March 18 with new episodes weekly, same day as the U.S.

 

Seasons One, Two and Three are currently streaming
exclusively on Stan

Sci-fi thrash metal prog-punks VOIVOD are celebrating thirty-five years on the warpath, and are rrröööaaarrring into 2019 in the best possible way for Australian fans with 4 big East Coast shows kicking off next week!

Riding high on the critical success of this year’s compelling album The Wake, fans can look forward to a machine pummelling cruise on the VOIVOD spacecraft through career defining albums Killing Technology, Dimension Hatröss, Nothingface, Angel Rat and The Outer Limits plus choice tracks from their most recent releases.

VOIVOD have just had a massive 2018 and are kicking 2019 off with a run of Aussie shows next week.

From Rolling Stone and Metal Hammer to Pop Matters, VOIVOD’s album The Wake has been acclaimed as one of the best albums of 2018.

VOIVOD are pleased to announce support acts for the upcoming shows:

Brisbane – Wartooth & Asylum

Canberra – Contrive & Lucifungus

Melbourne – Contrive, El Colosso & In Malice’s Wake

Sydney – Contrive, Head In A Jar & Carbon Black

Florida’s Wage War are preparing to enter the studio to record their third album and the follow up to 2017’s well-received Deadweight. In the meantime, the band has unveiled the video for the menacing yet melodic new song “Low“, out now via Fearless Records / Caroline Australia. The track is a glimpse of what fans can expect from the next record.

“We are so excited to bring you ‘Low,’” singer and guitarist Cody Quistad told Revolver“Over the past year, we’ve been relentlessly touring but we are constantly working on new music. ‘Low’ is the first glimpse of what’s to come for Wage War in 2019. We wanted to give people something to hold them over while we’re hard at work making sure record three is the best Wage War record yet.”

Stay tuned for more from Wage War in the coming months.

 

Is there anything that Mark Wahlberg can’t do? As if the transition from musician to actor wasn’t enough he now seems to be making every genre of the film industry his as well. From saving the world in the Transformers franchise to cracking jokes with a smart-ass bear in Ted and then thrilling critics with mind-blowing dramatic performances in movies like Mile 22, there seems to be nothing this man can’t do.

Now Wahlberg plays a husband alongside Australia’s Rose Byrne who is exploring the notion of adopting to start a family in the brand new brilliant comedy-drama Instant Family and it seems to be role that he just loved sinking his teeth into.

“Sean Anders who I worked with on Daddy’s Home 1 & 2 was brave enough to bring three children into his home,” says Wahlberg when he talks about what the inspiration was for the film. “They were children that were in foster care and he talked to me a little bit about the idea of making this movie at the beginning of Daddy’s Home 2 but it was just an idea and we had talked about other ideas in the past. Then basically when he came to me and said ‘no did you really want to do this?’ I just fell in love with idea.”

“Every time I talked to him about the idea before I got the actual script I always got emotional,” he says when the discussion turns to the emotions in the film. “I’m parent I understood the emotion and I understood how emotional it would be for foster kids in the system. Then when I read the script and having laughed hysterically and cried a fair bit to it was just one of things where I saw that Sean was great with the tone and he pushed things but also delivered on an emotional level. Sean knows what he wants and he will always take that little bit of extra time when it comes to the emotional stuff. It is just nice to see him to continue to mature and grow, he is a great writer and director and he has a great partnership with John . It is just great to see people get more experience and more confident about how they want to do things.”

When talk turns to the fact that the film garners emotion by being both a comedy and a drama Wahlberg says. “I think that will be really satisfying for audiences and I think that people may be inspired to look at children in the foster care system and creating a home for them. I still want to explore more about and I think it will encourage other people to take a look and see that there a lot of wonderful children that need families…. it is an amazing thing. Being a family can be a wonderful thing but it can also be very trying at times – that is the same whether it be with adopting children or with your biological children.  But the ultimate goal and the ultimate reward is coming together in love… and that is a beautiful thing. I think this is going to be a feel good movie in a time when people need to feel good. People need to be reminded about the importance of family and connecting with others. To have that opportunity to go and laugh and cry at the thought of being a family and then have the thought about helping all those wonderful children out there… I think it will be interesting. There will be a lot of people who will laugh and cry and then be like ‘oh my God’ and then the wheels will start turning.”

 

Instant Family opens in cinemas today.

 

 

Forget Game Of Thrones and forget The Walking Dead brand new film Mary Queen Of Scots is going to show that the battle for supremacy in our own real world history is more intriguing than anything that Hollywood could ever dream up.

The film chronicles the struggles that both Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan) and Queen Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie) had against the threat to each and also the threats and obstacles that presented themselves amongst their own Kingdoms. Both are strong women from our past and both are brought to life brilliantly well by the talented Roan and Robbie.

For Robbie this was a chance to do something a little different seeing she will be playing in Harley Quinn in three new DC films slated for the next few years and she says that the idea of playing Queen Elizabeth captivated her from the start.

“The script was amazing,” she says. “As soon as I read it I knew that it was going to be something special. The idea of Saoirse playing Mary and Josie directing there was definitely a sense of girl-power around this project and there were already so many other women on board that I admired. It was not a character that I immediately gravitated towards, Elizabeth herself, the movie and the idea was very enticing and I really wanted to work with Saoirse. I had met her personally and loved her the moment that I had met her and I have been watching her work for years and I think she is incredible and then the moment you talk to Josie you see that she is so smart, she had such a relatable perspective on this story and I wanted to be part of it. I guess the short answer is I just didn’t feel worthy of being Elizabeth and that is why I originally passed on the movie. I said this is going to be an incredible movie but I am not the right actress, you should get somebody else to play Queen Elizabeth… somebody else will be a way better. But Josie was relentless and  she said ‘I want it to be you’ and I said ‘why? Why me? I can think of ten other actresses who could play this a lot better than me.’ That was when she said “I don’t want you to play a Queen I want you to play a woman.” And I was like “Yeah I can do that, I can definitely do that.”

Going away and doing some research also changed Robbie’s perspective on Elizabeth as a character. “Then I felt empathy for her,” she explains. “I really felt for her, to me she had a really tragic life, before that my image of her had been grand halls and servants, I guess I assumed that Elizabeth had had a really easy life, a very cushioned and luxurious life when in reality it was anything but.”

She says that history has also changed how people viewed the relationship between Mary and Elizabeth. “I think history has painted them as two rivals, one big cat-fight,” she says carefully. “But I think they both yearned, certainly I believe Elizabeth yearned, for that shared experience, that bond – that relationship and there was just constantly men in the way conspiring to keep them apart and pt them against each other. Their relationship was extremely complicated because on what hand that yearned to find that bond and almost feel comforted by the fact that somebody understands the position you are in, that had a very special sisterhood and there are many letters that showed how intimate they really were, but at the same time the mere existence of one threatened the existence of the other so there was constantly male advisors in their ears, conspiring against them and warning them. I enjoyed finding that inner conflict inside Elizabeth that really wanted Mary to succeed, because that would show that you really could rule with your heart and it would work.”

 

Mary Queen Of Scots opens in Australia on the 17th January.

 

 

Hitting cinemas today is the brand new horror thriller Piercing which stars Australian actress Mia Wasikowska. Today we sat down and chatted to Mia about her role in the film and found out that it is one of the most intense roles she has ever played in her career.

You can listen to our full Mia Wasikowska interview on the Spreaker player below.

 

 

 

Sydney based Punk legends Whatever, Forever have announced a run of upcoming shows in Brisbane.
The band will be tearing up the stage at Crowbar on 9th February alongside GreywoodVitals and Grizzlyshark.  They will also be playing an all ages show at 38 Berwick St on Sunday 10th.
Whatever, Forever have been a consistently evolving machine since their inception in the dawn of 2016. With two releases under their belt to date, 2016’s “Teach Me What Love Is Again” and 2017’s “Decay”, the collective of friends has solidified into a passionate line up, ready to bring their engaging live performances to new faces.
Their two new singles “Bridges//Whispers” ooze with ferocity and have struck a chord with listeners around Australia.

The band has shared the stage with high profile international acts such as Turnstile (US), Casey (UK) and Listener (CAN), as well as the road with friends Stuck Out and Zen Haircuts.

Tickets to their upcoming show are available at www.crowbarbris.com/tickets
WHATEVER, FOREVER
SHOW DATES
Saturday February 9th – Crowbar, Brisbane, QLD
Tickets available at www.crowbarbris.com/tickets | 18+ only
Sunday February 10th – 38 Berwick St, Brisbane, QLD
Tickets available at door | All Ages