Monthly Archives: February 2021

CMC Pictures has released a new clip from fantasy action film A WRITER’S ODYSSEY to celebrate the exciting news that the film will be playing in the San Francisco Bay Area starting today, February 26 and in select New York City theaters beginning next Friday, March 5. The clip showcases the film’s special effects and dark fantasy world. After a climactic battle, the Black Armor prepares to attack a child – until Kongwen Lu (Dong Zijian, ASH IS PUREST WHITE) discovers his power to control it.

A WRITER’S ODYSSEY tells the story of Kongwen Luthe author of a fantasy novel series following a heroic teenager on a quest to confront Redmane. Through a strange twist of fate, the fantasy world of the novel begins to impact life in the real world, leading Guan Ning (Lei Jiayin, THE LONGEST DAY IN CHANG’AN, BROTHERHOOD OF BLADES), to accept a mission to kill the author.

A WRITER’S ODYSSEY is directed by Lu Yang (BROTHERHOOD OF BLADES) and also stars Yang Mi, Yu Hewei, Guo Jingfei and Tong Liya.A WRITER’S ODYSSEYis out now in theaters and at the Vineland Drive-In in Los Angeles, CAand West Wind Drive-In in San Jose, CA, including newly opened theaters in the San Francisco Bay Area. The film will open in select New York City theaters beginning March 5, 2021.For more information and a list of theaters, please visit: www.CMC-Pictures.com/A-Writers-Odyssey

The organisers of Trip The Switch Music Festival are pleased to confirm the first annual event will proceed on the rescheduled date of Saturday July 3, 2021.

The same huge line-up of Australian artists including ICEHOUSE, James Reyne, The Angels, Shannon Noll, Killing Heidi, Boom Crash Opera and Blues Arcadia will all perform on the rescheduled date.

All existing tickets are automatically valid for the new date. Ticketmaster will be in contact with all ticket holders in relation to this rescheduled event.

Trip The Switch organisers apologise for any inconvenience and hope you can join us to celebrate this great line up of Australian artists on July 3, we will continue to work with the Queensland Government Health Guidelines to produce a Covid Safe Event.

Genre specialist Devilworks is gearing up to debut their new horror title ‘HOSTAGE’ pre-EFM.
 
From writers Laura Ashley Polisena and Eddie Augustin (also director), the film follows young cheerleader Ashley, who was adopted by her parent’s killers. Years later, during a home robbery, her crazed family reveal what they are really capable of and Ashley must decide who’s side she is on.
 
Starring Nicole Hendersen, Mike Cannz, Daryl Marks and Tina Trineer, the film was produced by ‘Anxious Eddy Inc’ – producers on the project includeTony Manolikakis, Katiuscia Pierre and Laura Ashley Polisena and Giuseppe Monticciolo, who also executive produced.
 
Devilworks will start selling the film at the EFM (March 1st-5th).

 Stan today released the brand new full trailer for the highly anticipated second season of gritty crime drama series City On A Hill. Starring Golden Globe winner and Emmy nominee Kevin Bacon and Screen Actors Guildaward winner Aldis Hodge, the brand new season will premiere 29 March, same day as the U.S., only on Stan.

Season two centres on a federal housing project in the Roxbury neighbourhood of Boston that is plagued with drug violence and a rightful distrust in local law enforcement. As coalition leader Grace Campbell (Pernell Walker) works tirelessly on behalf of the community, her efforts are undermined by gang activity happening right under her nose. Enter irreverent FBI agent Jackie Rohr (Bacon), who is here to exploit Boston’s defective criminal justice system in a desperate attempt to salvage his own career. Unfortunately for Jackie, assistant district attorney Decourcy Ward (Hodge) is onto his adversary’s latest misstep. In time, the personal antagonism between these two escalates to an all-out war between the offices of the U.S. Attorney and the Suffolk DA. No one is safe from the collateral damage.

Season two also stars Lauren E. Banks, Mark O’Brien, Amanda Clayton, Matthew Del Negro and Jill Hennessy with guest stars Pernell Walker, Lucia Ryan, Kameron Kierce, Shannon Wallace, John Doman, and Michael O’Keefe.

City On A Hill is executive produced by multiple Emmy winner Tom Fontana (Homicide: Life on the Street), who also serves as showrunner. In addition, City On A Hill is executive produced by Jennifer Todd, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Jorge Zamacona Barry Levinson, Chuck MacLean and Michael Cuesta. Kevin Bacon, Aldis Hodge and Michele Giordano serve as co-executive producers.

City On A Hill Season 2 will premiere 29 March, only on Stan – same day as the U.S.

The boys from Astrodeath are heading out on the road as we all awaken from our lockdown slumber so this week we decided to chat to them about their Leviathan Rising tour.

Take a listen to the interview right here:

For Sunshine Coast legends Flaskas times have been pretty busy lately. The release of their single “Sunny Dayz”, which they wrote about the pandemic lockdown, gained radio play right across Australia.

The single also gave fans the first look at the band’s Free The Mind EP which explored different aspects of mental health and is perhaps the most serious body of work the band have done so far. Now the EP is out there for all to hear the band are also looking to head out onto the road for a forthcoming tour.

Recently Subculture managed to sit down and talk the band about the new EP and what fans can expect in 2021.

Bad Boy Bubby remains a cult staple of Australian cinema, twenty-eight years after its release. In this interview, director Rolf de Heertalks about his still-beloved film and where he believes it stands with today’s viewers.

The special edition Blu-ray of Bad Boy Bubby is being released by Umbrella Entertainment as part of their Beyond Genres range.

The idea of “coerced captivity”, where the protagonist has been told the outside world isn’t habitable, was completely original when Bad Boy Bubby was released. This premise has been used since then: Dogtooth, Brigsby Bear and even The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. You were the first of all of these – how does that feel?

[Bad Boy Bubby] is the only one of its kind, really. I don’t see it as a forerunner, because other people will come up with things like that anyway. But it’s a unique film that sits by itself – it’s not like anything else. It works for many people. It doesn’t work at all for some people – and some people hate it. But it’s interesting – 28 years later, it’s a film that people still want to see.

Do you think the film would be more or less successful if it were released today?

It could be more successful, I don’t know. The conditions are different. Humanity has changed radically. The way we think has changed. Social media has shifted everything – it didn’t exist when [Bad Boy Bubby] was made. [Social media] has made people behave differently towards each other and therefore they receive films differently. Still, people watch [Bad Boy Bubby] and like it on a small screen, and that’s a different experience to the big screen. So I don’t know – there is still some sort of demand for it.

You handle the film’s high-impact content in a way that it really does contribute to the film as a whole and make the ending really resonate. But how do you balance what you can and can’t say? Is there a boundary you wouldn’t cross?

The film came about in part because of boundaries – because I do have boundaries. One of the areas I was interested in is the way kids can be abused. I remember standing in somebody’s yard and [saw] a kid copping it from his mother and just screaming “Mummy! Mummy! I love you! I love you!” while he was being beaten up. I’ll never forget that. But how do you do that on film without crossing boundaries? Without potentially psychologically damaging the five-year-old kid you’re working with? You can’t, and so you don’t. And so Bubby is an adult-child. That’s because I’m stepping back from that boundary.

Bubby goes through a lot of trauma in the duration of the film. What made you decide to ultimately give him a happy ending?

I did have another ending in mind and at one point: well into the shoot, there were a bunch of politicians who wanted to bring the death penalty back in Australia. I was so outraged that I thought “well, we’ll change the ending: what will happen is that we’ll be at that final concert, with Bubby is doing his thing, and the cops will come in and they’ll arrest him and charge him and hang him.” I was so angry about it, but I was counselled to stick to the original ending and I think that was the right decision.

[The ending] isn’t all just happy happy happy. But what I wanted to say was that there is the possibility of some sort of happiness even for badly damaged people if we treat them with enough love and care and attention. There is the possibility of redemption.

What do you want the main takeaway of the film to be?

I never think about those things. I never think “I want the film to do this” or “I want the film to do that”. I don’t intellectualise the content of the film at all when I’m writing it or when I’m making it. That tends to happen afterwards – when people look at the film and go “what about this?” And I go “oh, I never thought about that! But now that you mention it…”

If I try to do this or that, I start to contrive things. I find when I’m in the cinema and I come across those sort of contrivances, I go “ugh!” and I don’t want that in what I do.

You can find the newly-released Blu-ray version of Bad Boy Bubby on Umbrella Entertainment’s official website. Extra features include:

  • Audio commentary with director Rolf de Heer and star Nicholas Hope
  • Christ Kid, You’re a Weirdo – Interview with Rolf de Heer
  • Being Bubby – Interview with Nicholas Hope
  • Popcorn Taxi Q&A with Nicholas Hope
  • 25th anniversary Q&A with Nicholas Hope and Natalie Carr
  • Confessor Caressor – Short film
  • Stills gallery
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Binaural headphone recording

The organisers of Trip The Switch Music Festival regret to advise that due to ongoing Queensland Health Covid-19 restrictions, they have no option but to postpone the Trip the Switch Music Festival planned for Saturday February 27 to a new date that is still to be confirmed.

Ticketholders are encouraged to hold onto tickets, and are advised to direct any questions to their place of ticket purchase.

Behind the scenes, everyone is working to confirm a new date as soon as possible.

The organisers sincerely thank everyone for their understanding as they continue to work with the Queensland Government Health Guidelines to produce a Covid Safe Event.

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