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Transmission Films invites Australian audiences on a personal journey through Australian cinema with David Stratton, our most revered film critic, when DAVID STRATTON: A CINEMATIC LIFE releases in cinemas this year.
DAVID STRATTON: A CINEMATIC LIFE is an intimate journey with David Stratton, from his first boyhood cinema experience in England, to his migration to Australia as a ‘ten pound pom’ in 1963 and onto his present day reflections on the iconic themes that run through our cinematic legacy.
While David turned his passion for cinema into a profession, a growing band of courageous Australians turned their enthusiasm for storytelling into an extraordinary body of work. Alongside David, this absorbing documentary includes commentary from some of the most recognisable names in Australian cinema including Gillian Armstrong, Eric Bana, Bryan Brown, Russell Crowe, Judy Davis, Nicole Kidman, George Miller, Sam Neill, Geoffrey Rush, Fred Schepisi, Warwick Thornton, Jacki Weaver and Hugo Weaving.
“David Stratton is a true champion of Australian cinema. The opportunity to share his unique personal story on the big screen is a privilege,” said Transmission Films Joint Managing Director Andrew Mackie.
DAVID STRATTON: A CINEMATIC LIFE is written and directed by Sally Aitken (Getting Frank Gehry, Streets of Your Town) and produced by Jo-anne McGowan and executive produced by Jennifer Peedom (Sherpa).
DAVID STRATTON: A CINEMATIC LIFE will open in cinemas nationally on March 9th. David Stratton will be in attendance at select Q&A screenings across the country from late February, with more details coming soon.

Margaret Pomeranz

As part of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia’s (NFSA) bid to restore some of the most iconic films made throughout Australian cinematic history the NFSA have just launched a Pozible campaign to help restore Jocelyn Moorhouse’s first film ‘Proof’ which also launched the careers of Hugo Weaving and Russell Crowe.

As an Ambassador for NFSA Margaret Pomeranz sat down with our very own Dave Griffiths to not only talk about the restoration project as a whole but also why ‘Proof’ has been selected as the next film to restore. IF you wish to donate to the campaign you can do so here.

You can listen to or download our Margaret Pomeranz interview right here.

Avengers; Age Of Ultron

We take a look at the most popular movies and television shows online over the past week.

 

  1. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) – Robert Downey Jnr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth
  2. Game Of Thrones (2011) – Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke
  3. Daredevil (2015) – Charlie Cox, Vincent D’Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson
  4. Furious Seven (2015) – Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham
  5. Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016) – Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg
  6. The Age Of Adaline (2015) – Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Harrison Ford, Kathy Baker
  7. Ex Machina (2015) – Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Sonoya Mizuno
  8. Arrow (2012) – Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Susanna Thompson
  9. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) – Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz
  10. Grey’s Anatomy (2005) – Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson, James Pickens Jr.
  11. Suicide Squad (2016) – Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Scott Eastwood, Cara Delevingne
  12. The Flash (2014) – Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Rick Cosnett
  13. Stars Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015) – Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver
  14. Black Mass (2015) – Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Joel Edgerton
  15. Vikings (2013) – Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Gustaf Skarsgard, Robert MacDonald
  16. The Water Diviner (2014) – Russell Crowe, Olga Kurylenko, Jai Courtney, Isabel Lucas
  17. Jurassic World (2015) – Chris Pratt, Judy Greer, Ty Simpkins, Bryce Dallas Howard
  18. The Avengers (2012) – Robert Downey Jnr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner
  19. Jupiter Ascending (2015) – Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Eddie Redmayne, Sean Bean
  20. Fantastic Four (2015) – Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell
  21. Fifty Shades Of Grey (2015) – Dokta Johnson, Jamie Dorman, Jennifer Ehle, Eloise Mumford
  22. Captain America: Civil War (2016) – Elizabeth Olsen, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jnr.
  23. Interstellar (2014) – Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Mackenzie Foy
  24. Unfriended (2014) – Heather Sossaman, Matthew Bohrer, Courtney Halverson, Shelley Hennig
  25. Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) – Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine

Avengers; Age Of Ultron

We take a look at the most popular movies and television shows online over the past week.

  1. Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) – Robert Downey Jnr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth
  2. Batman v Superman (2016) – Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg
  3. Daredevil (2015) – Charlie Cox, Vincent D’Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson
  4. Games Of Thrones (2011) – Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke
  5. Stars Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015) – Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver
  6. Furious Seven (2015) – Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham
  7. Fantastic Four (2015) – Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell
  8. Jurassic World (2015) – Chris Pratt, Jude Greer, Ty Simpkins, Bryce Dallas Howard
  9. The Age Of Adaline (2015) – Blake Lively, Michael Huisman, Harrison Ford, Kathy Baker
  10. Arrow (2012) – Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Susanna Thompson
  11. Unfriended (2014) – Heather Sossaman, Matthew Bohrer, Courtney Halverson, Shelley Hennig
  12. Vikings (2013) – Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Gustaf Skarsgard, Robert MacDomhnail
  13. The Flash (2014) – Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Rick Cosnett
  14. Ex Machina (2015) – Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Sonoya Mizuno
  15. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) – Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz
  16. Grey’s Anatomy (2005) – Ellen Pompeo, Justin CHambers, Chandra Wilson, James Pickens Jr.
  17. Jupiter Ascending (2015) – Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Eddie Redmayne, Sean Bean
  18. Interstellar (2014) – Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Mackenzie Foy
  19. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (2015) – Kevin James, Raini Rodriguez, Eduardo Verastegui, Daniella Alonso
  20. The Water Diviner (2014) – Russell Crowe, Olga Kurylenko, Jai Courtney, Isabel Lucas
  21. The Walking Dead (2010) – Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yuen
  22. The Longest Ride (2015) – Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Alan Alda, Jack Huston
  23. Black Mass (2015) – Johnny Depp, Dakota Johnson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juno Temple
  24. Once Upon A Time (2011) – Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parilla, Josh Dallas
  25. Child 44 (2015) – Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman

AACTA Awards

The 2015 AACTA Awards were held in Sydney this week. Here are all the major winners.

BEST LEAD ACTRESS IN A TV DRAMA

Danielle Cormack (Wentworth)

Ashleigh Cummings (Puberty Blues)

Marta Dusseldorp (Janet King) – WINNER

Kat Stewart (Offspring)

BEST LEAD ACTOR IN A TV DRAMA

Luke Arnold (INXS: Never Tear Us Apart)

Richard Roxburgh (Rake)

Dan Spielman (The Code)

Ashley Zuckerman (The Code) – WINNER

BEST LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT SERIES

The Checkout

Hamish & Andy’s Gap Year: South America – WINNER

Paddock To Plate

The Project

BEST TELE-FEATURE OR MINI SERIES

Carlotta

Devil’s Playground – WINNER

INXS – Never Tear Us Apart

Secrets + Lies

BEST SCREENPLAY IN TELEVISION

Shelley Birse (The Code)

Trent O’Donnell/Phil Lloyd (The Moodys)

Josh Thomas (Please Like Me) – WINNER

Peter Duncan (Rake)

BEST DRAMA SERIES

The Code – WINNER

Janet King

Puberty Blues

Rake

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOVIE

Patrick Brammall (The Little Death)

Yilmaz Erdogan (The Water Diviner) – WINNER

Robert Pattinson (The Rover)

TJ Power (The Little Death)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOVIE

Erin James (The Little Death)

Jacqueline Mackenzie (The Water Diviner)

Kate Mulvaney (The Little Death)

Susan Prior (The Rover) – WINNER

BEST DIRECTOR (FILM)

Jennifer Kent (The Babadook) – WINNER

Rolf de Heer (Charlie’s Country)

Michael Spierig/Peter Spierig (Predestination)

David Michod (The Rover)

BEST LEAD ACTOR IN A FILM

Russell Crowe (The Water Diviner)

David Gulpilil (Charlie’s Country) – WINNER

Damon Herrimon (The Little Death)

Guy Pearce (The Rover)

BEST LEAD ACTRESS IN A FILM

Kate Box (The Little Death)

Essie Davis (The Babadook)

Sarah Snook (Predistination) – WINNER

Mia Wasikowska (Tracks)

BEST FILM

The Water Diviner – JOINT WINNER

The Railway Man

Charlie’s Country

The Babadook – JOINT WINNER

Tracks

Predestination

The Longford Lyell Award: Andrew Knight

AACTA Trailblazer Award: Rose Byrne

The Water Diviner

After only 6 days of release, Russell Crowe’s directorial debut THE WATER DIVINER became the highest grossing Australian film of 2014.

Opening on Boxing Day, the total box office for THE WATER DIVINER at the close of 2014 was $5.68 million, making it the most successful Australian film of 2014 following just 6 days of release and previews. It surpasses the 2014 gross of The Railway Man.

Australian audiences have warmly embraced THE WATER DIVINER, and it continues its successful cinema run, with its current box office as of January 4, 2015 standing at $8.4 million.

Mike Baard, Managing Director, Universal Pictures Australia and Sandie Don, Head of Distribution, Entertainment One, comment: “We are delighted that Australian audiences have responded with such enthusiasm to the film. It’s that time of year when people are thinking about the future, and THE WATER DIVINER reminds us of the possibility of hope. It is so fitting that in the year that we remember the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli, that all Australians have a film which transports audiences to that time and place, but does so with a fresh perspective and such a positive and uplifting message which is relevant today.”

THE WATER DIVINER has been nominated for 9 AACTA awards, including Best Film, Best Original Screenplay and Best Lead Actor, Russell Crowe.

Backlot Perth

Australian Revelations is a celebration of Australian film through a year-round, ongoing series of screenings and Geoffrey Wright’s 1992 classic Romper Stomper will headline the first screening on Monday 24 November.

Romper Stomper was nominated for nine Australian Film Institute Awards. A younger Russell Crowe won Best Actor in a Lead Role for his portrayal of Hando and the film also picked up AFI Awards for Best Achievement in Sound and Best Original Music Score.

The film will be introduced by The West Australian’s film editor Mark Naglazas.

We’re really happy to be launching this series with such a ground-breaking film” says Revelation Director Richard Sowada. “It’s lost none of its raw energy and nerve and is truly unique on the Australian film landscape – which is what we’re dedicated to celebrating.”

 

December’s screening will be the 1979 dystopian classic Mad Max and will feature a skype Q+A session with actor Steve Bisley, who played Jim Goose in this landmark Australian production.

Each Australian Revelations feature screening will be accompanied by a Western Australian made short film, providing opportunities for local filmmakers to have their work seen by new audiences.

Australian Revelations will screen at the new The Backlot Perth facility in West Perth and tickets are available via trybooking.com

The Water Diviner

Universal Pictures and eOne Entertainment have released the trailer and poster for the much anticipated The Water Diviner.

The Water Diviner directed by Russell Crowe, will be released in Australian and New Zealand cinemas on DECEMBER 26, 2014.

Starring Russell Crowe (GLADIATOR, A BEAUTIFUL MIND) and Olga Kurylenko (OBLIVION, QUANTUM OF SOLACE), THE WATER DIVINER is an epic adventure set four years after the devastating battle of Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I. Australian farmer Connor (Crowe) travels to Istanbul to discover the fate of his sons, reported missing in the action, where he forges a relationship with the beautiful Turkish woman (Kurylenko) who owns the hotel in which he stays. Holding on to hope, and with the help of a Turkish Officer, Connor embarks on a journey across the country to find the truth about the fate of his sons. THE WATER DIVINER is an extraordinary tale of love, hope and heroism.

 

Marcia Hines

Marcia Hines has enlisted the help of Russell Crowe, with her superstar friend singing, starring in and directing a deliciously fun video (see it below) for the new single “Remedy” from Marcia’s career-defining album Amazing.

 

 

Labelled “the finest album of her career”, Marcia Hines hit the charts yet again this year, cementing her place as Australia’s Queen of Pop after forty years in the business. “Remedy” is a rocking musical romp complete with Marcia’s trademark vocal, Russell’s smouldering growl and a far-too-energetic emergency room complete with dancing nurses and a kicking horn section.

Marcia also announces her return to touring with a cracking, brand new six piece band, led by her producer and song writing partner, Tom Diesel. Each performance will showcase Marcia’s eternally youthful voice and the repertoire of melodic, gold plated hits that cover every facet of her remarkable career.

In a career spanning more than four decades, Marcia Hines as a recording artist, performer, song writer and television star, has left a unique imprint on Australian popular music.

Commencing in 1974 with a top 5 single “Fire and Rain”, a cover of the James Taylor classic, Marcia has released 18 albums, 29 singles, sold over 2.6 million albums and had 7 top 10 singles, spent 7 years as the female judge of the television phenomena “Australian Idol”, starred in some of Australia’s most successful stage productions (Jesus Christ Superstar, Jerry’s Girls, Big River) and created an outstanding career through constant invention and musical excellence.
MARCIA HINES – AMAZING TOUR DATES

THU 31 JUL
The Bowlo, Bangalow
02 6687 2741 www.bangalowbowlo.com.au

FRI 1 AUG
Twin Towns, Tweed Heads
1800 014 014 www.twintowns.com.au

SAT 2 AUG
Redlands Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane
07 3829 8131 www.rpac.com.au

SUN 3 AUG
Kedron-Wavell Services Club, Brisbane
07 3359 9122 www.kedron-wavell.com.au
   
FRI 15 AUG
Ettalong Diggers, Ettalong Beach
02 4343 0111 www.ettalongbeachclub.com.au

SAT 16 AUG
Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL, Hurlstone Park
02 9559 0000 www.chprsl.com.au

MON 18 AUG
Slide Lounge, Sydney
02 8915 1899 www.slide.com.au/shows/marciahines

TUE 19 AUG
Slide Lounge, Sydney
02 8915 1899 www.slide.com.au/shows/marciahines  

THU 21 AUG
Frankston Arts Centre, Frankston
03 9784 1060 www.thefac.com.au
     
FRI 22 AUG
The Palms at Crown, Melbourne
1300 795 012 www.ticketek.com.au
     
SAT 23 AUG
SS&A Club, Albury
02 6041 2222 www.ssaclub.com.au

SUN 24 AUG
The Capital, Bendigo
03 5434 6100 www.thecapital.com.au
   
TUE 26 AUG
West Gippsland Performing Arts Centre, Warragul
03 5624 2456 www.wgac.org.au

THU 28 AUG
Entertainment Centre, Bunbury
1300 661 272 www.bunburyentertainment.com

FRI 29 AUG
Astor Theatre, Perth
08 9370 5888 www.showticketing.com.au

SUN 31 AUG
Dunstan Playhouse Theatre, Adelaide
131 246 www.bass.net.au

FRI 5 SEP
Country Club Showroom, Launceston
1300 795 257 www.tixtas.com.au

SAT 6 SEP
Wrest Point Entertainment Centre, Hobart
1300 795 257 www.tixtas.com.au

Russell Crowe

Soap television shows. Yes, they quite often have some very tragic story-lines, terribly clichéd dialogue and some woeful acting, but believe or not some of the finest actors going around today got their start in the acting world in those dreaded soaps. Let’s have a look at some actors who have soap operas to thank for launching them.

Russell Crowe: It’s hard to imagine that screen strong man Russell Crowe started his career off in a soap opera. The actor, who hails from New Zealand, may have made a name for himself winning an Oscar for playing the tough Maximus in Ridley Scott’s “Gladiator,” but he started his acting career in an Australia soap opera called “Neighbours.” As a television show, “Neighbours” is often joked about, yet has been the starting ground for many a young celebrity including Dean Geyer, Kylie Minogue and even Guy Pearce. The ‘soft’ opening to his career certainly didn’t hold back Crowe who has become a megastar and has performed in many memorable films including “The Insider” and “A Beautiful Mind,” which also earned him Oscar nominations.

Susan Sarandon: There isn’t much that Susan Sarandon has achieved during her acting career. She has appeared in classic films such as “Thelma & Louise” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” as well as receiving a number of Oscar nominations over the years – for films such as “Atlantic City,” “Lorenzo’s Oil” and “The Client.” She even won an Oscar in 1996 for her role in “Dead Man Walking,” but what most people don’t realise is that five years before she made a name for herself in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” she spent a year playing Patrice Kahlman in television soap “A World Apart.”

Chris Hemsworth: These days, movie fans know Aussie actor Chris Hemsworth mainly as “Thor,” the God with the Hammer that has had two feature films of his own as well as appearing in the big action blockbuster “The Avengers.” The last few years has seen Hemsworth appear in a number of big films including “Rush,” the “Star Trek” franchise, “Red Dawn,” “Snow White + The Huntsman” and “The Cabin In The Woods,” but before that Hemsworth was known to Australians as a soap star. He first made a guest appearance in “Neighbours” before starring in the other ‘rival’ soap “Home & Away” for three years.

Liam Hemsworth: Of course, it wouldn’t be right to mention Chris Hemsworth without mentioning his brother Liam who is known right around the world as the quiet and brooding Gale Hawthorne in “The Hunger Games” franchise. Liam also made a name for himself as a soap star in Australia before making his way to Hollywood. In an exact opposite to his brother, Liam started his career with a guest spot in “Home And Away” before landing a semi-regular role in “Neighbours” playing  Josh Taylor. Liam Hemsworth has also made a name for himself in America appearing in “The Expendables 2” and “Paranoia” alongside Harrison Ford.

Josh Duhamel: Many wrongfully believe that modern day big screen star Josh Duhamel got his acting break on television drama “Las Vegas,” where he played intelligent detective Danny McCoy. That theory however is wrong because Duhamel had been on the small screen years earlier than that as he played Leo du Pres in “All My Children” from 1999 to 2002. In only a storyline that only soap operas could get away with, Leo disappeared over a waterfall and his body was never found again. Since those days, Duhamel has made his way onto the big screen and appeared in “Transformers,” “When In Rome” and “Life As We Know It.”

So if you’re a budding young actor and you get cast in a television soap, certainly don’t think that the role on offer is beneath you, because as you can see, so many great big screen actors of today started with a role in the humble television soap.