Monthly Archives: April 2021

As the Australian live music scene starts to open back up after the dreaded pandemic lockdown Young Henry’s are helping things along by announcing new Best Served Loud shows featuring talent including Seaside, VOIID, FANGZ and Full Flower Moon Band.

Because of that this week Dave Griffiths sat down and had a chat with the boys from FANGZ to find out what they have in store for fans and how they managed to survive the lockdown blues.

You can take a full listen to the interview right here:

The last couple of months have been a busy time for Byron Bay’s favorite sons In Hearts Wake. The band have finally been able to hit the road and continue their postponed tour, they have released new environmentally friendly vinyl and now the band have been added to the bill for the Full Tilt Festival alongside some of Australia’s premier heavy acts.

Recently Dave Griffiths had a chance to sit down and chat to Jake Taylor from the band to find out about everything that the band has been doing and to see how he feels about being able to play at Full Tilt.

You can listen to the full interview right here:

1. Q. How did you come up with the idea for Wrath of Man?

A. The idea came to me over 10 years ago after watching the French movie Le Convoyeur, and then one day I decided to stop talking about it and go ahead and make it.

2. Q. Then what happened?

A.  I wrote the script and called Jason Statham, who is my mate, and we ended up having a lovely time making it together.

3. Q. Your career as a filmmaker took off precisely with Jason Statham on Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch. And although you haven’t worked with Statham for quite a while, was it easy to fall back into the same dynamics you had with him years ago?

A. Oh yes, it was just like the old days. We are all a bit older now, and probably not any wiser, but it’s always fun to work with him.

4. Q. How similar is your movie to Le Convoyeur?

A. That film represents only about a quarter of what this one is, which is basically just the premise of how the guy finds out who the inside man is. In the original movie he was an ordinary man that had no skills, but here there is some irony involved in the investigation and a reason for whom he is and why he was where he was when the first robbery happened. And I think it’s fun.

5. Q. So, how would you explain the plot of Wrath of Man?

A. Well, it’s a revenge action movie with some interesting hooks in it that I like quite a lot. There are different layers that reveal themselves during the process of unpacking this particular narrative. So, the story twists and turns to the point where you realize that nothing is what it first presented itself to be. And precisely those twists and turns are what interest me the most about the story.

6. Q. It seems like it is one of your more dramatic films to date.

A. That is true. Actually, I am trying my hardest not to laugh or make it funny. I just hope it feels fresh to the audience, because that’s how it feels to me at the moment.

7. Q. The mysterious man working at a cash truck company known as H – the main character played by Jason Statham – reminds us a bit of those great 70’s antiheroes.

A. I agree, I think he has a 70’s tacit antihero feel to him; although I believe H has a bit more to say in this final incarnation of the script, now that we are more into it. And that’s because I like to pretty much let these characters come alive on the day, rather than overworking them before. Jason is definitely the right man for this job.

8. Q. How have you seen Jason Statham evolve as an actor over the years since you started working with him?

A. Well, as we can all see, Jason has star quality. People just love him and relate to him. Quite a lot of those lads from Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels have cracked on.

9. Q. But did you already see that star quality in him back then?

A. Yes, I did. Jason is structured like an old-fashioned leading man, and there are not a lot of those around.

10. Q. After making a movie of the size of Aladdin, you are now shooting Wrath of Man for a much lower budget. Do you enjoy working on all kinds of genres with different budgets?

A. I like trying different things and never want to feel I’m stuck in a genre. And the budget doesn’t affect me, because I always know what I am getting into. I like expensive and inexpensive movies, the same way I like foul-mouthed and family friendly movies. In the end what you want to have as a filmmaker is a broad experience of genres.

11. Q. But what movies or genres inspired you growing up?

A. I loved Spaghetti Westerns and all those Clint Eastwood movies. And I actually have his kid Scott in this film. He has a proper role as quite a naughty boy.

12. Q. Music plays an important role in your films. Should we expect another unique soundtrack for Wrath of Man?

A. Yes, I hope so. I am looking forward to doing something interesting with it.

13. Q. Your movies also have a cool look and style to them.

A. It’s hard for me to be objective about either what my style is or what is stylish. I can only put things in there that are esthetically pleasing, but I can say that every movie I make is one I would like to watch, although you are always nervous before a film comes out because you want to be able to make the next one.

14. Q. Are you more nervous while you are shooting the film or after you have made it?A. Always after I have made it because every movie has three components: the actual movie, the marketing and the day it is released, and I can only really control the first one.

Wrath Of Man hits cinemas this Thursday.

Umbrella Entertainment will release filmmakers Andrew Traucki & David Nerlich’s critically lauded survival-horror BLACK WATER to Blu-ray in a feature-packed edition on May 5th.

After blazing the international film festival circuit around the world including London’s FrightFest and Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival, BLACK WATER was released to Australian audiences in 2008 and quickly became a genre touchstone in local cinema, surpassing the reputations of both ROGUE and DARK WATER.

Heralded by the BBC as “short, sharp and refreshingly nasty” and Time Out as a “scary horror movie [that] makes effective use of one striking location and one strong idea“, BLACK WATER is without a doubt an Australian genre classic worthy of celebration with Umbrella Entertainment’s global Blu-ray debut.

Special Features

Audio Commentary with filmmakers Andrew Traucki & David Nerlich
The Making of BLACK WATER
Deleted Scenes
Theatrical Trailer

Synopsis

Grace (Diana Glenn, HARROW), her boyfriend Adam (Andy Rodoreda, CARGO) and younger sister Lee (Maeve Dermody, THE SECRET GARDEN) decide to take a river tour whilst holidaying in Northern Australia. As they drift into a mangrove swamp, their boat is suddenly capsized and their guide disappears. Realising they’ve been attacked by a crocodile, Adam drags Grace to the safety of a tree whilst Lee clings on top of the overturned boat. Adam and Grace frantically try and manoeuvre Lee and the boat to the tree but it is firmly stuck. Stranded in the flooded mangrove swamp, the three holiday makers must work out what to do to survive.

BLACK WATER on Blu-ray from May 5th.

STUDIOCANAL today announce the 4K restoration of Paul Verhoeven’s (ROBOCOP, TOTAL RECALL, STARSHIP TROOPERS) BASIC INSTINCT. Commissioned by STUDIOCANAL, the film was restored through 2019 and 2020 from the original 35MM negative and supervised by the director himself, with invaluable input to the bonus material from Sharon Stone and Michael Douglas.  As boundary-pushing today as it was in 1992, BASIC INSTINCT redefined the erotic thriller subgenre and remains a must-see for audiences globally.

The film will soon be launched theatrically in France with STUDIOCANAL’s partners Carlotta, coinciding with the French home entertainment release (June 16th 2021), and will also be in cinemas from June 17th 2021 in Australia and New Zealand, followed by a theatrical release from Rialto Pictures in the US later this year. STUDIOCANAL will also launch the film on Ultra HD™, Blu-Ray, DVD and Steelbook editions in the UK (June 14th 2021), Germany (June 17th 2021), Australia (July 7th 2021) and New Zealand (July 14th 2021)

In addition to a new trailer, two brand-new artworks have also been created to promote the release which were designed by celebrated, French graphic artist Flore Maquin.  Maquin is noted for her iconic Cannes Film Festival poster designs of 2018 and 2019 amongst a host of other film work.

To coincide with the new restoration, a brand new 52 minute documentary, BASIC INSTINCT: SEX, DEATH & STONE has been created by STUDIOCANAL, TCM and Rockyrama and is being sold globally to broadcasters, having received its network premiere in France in December 2020.  This documentary includes exclusive interviews and personal anecdotes captured in 2019 and 2020 with Paul Verhoeven, Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas, editor Frank J. Urioste, writer Joe Eszterhas and cinematographer Jan de Bont, and will feature on the Home Entertaiment releases for the film as a special bonus feature.

The aim was to create an image just as crisp as audiences had enjoyed in 1992. The first step was to scan the 35MM image negative of the film in 4K DPX LOG 16 bits on Scanity – but the restoration team at Hiventy Laboratory in Joinville-le-Pont noticed a problem with the negative.  STUDIOCANAL project manager, Sophie Boyer, explains – “we quickly realized that the negatives corresponded to the short version of the film. In addition, some shots from the most erotic scenes were censored in the United States. We went looking for these cuts: their negatives had disappeared, but we found them in the internegative. Thanks to this, we were able to restore the full-length version of the film, the only version that Paul Verhoeven wanted to have restored.”

All damages on the negatives were identified: stains, scratches, dusty shots and instabilities. DIAMANT film software was used to remove these defects.  The laboratory undertook over 100 hours of manual removal of the dark stains.  Light filtering was applied to remove the superficial defects, with particular care taken to retain the grain and the texture of the original image. The film was colour graded for theatrical, home entertainment and 4K HDR release using previous digital releases and 35MM prints as a reference. The colour-grading required a painstaking homogenization between the different versions (the director’s cut vs. censored versions). The sound was similarly restored – the dynamic of the mixes was improved, and the sync checked throughout, with corrections made using Protools plug-ins for a 5.1 + 2.0 version, from sources 3324.

Michael Douglas stars as San Francisco detective Nick Curran, a troubled cop with a history of trigger-happy shootings. The death of a former rock star sends him into the orbit of the victim’s lover, novelist Catherine Tramell (Sharon Stone), who immediately becomes prime suspect in the murder. But Nick’s lust for danger draws him further and further into Catherine’s orbit as he becomes dangerously obsessed with her. Can he prove her innocence and free her of suspicion? Or is she involved in the murder after all?

The film also stars Jeanne Tripplehorn as police psychologist Dr Beth Garner, George Dzundas as Nick’s partner Gus, Denis Arndt as Lieutenant Phillip Walker and Leilani Sarelle as Roxy Hardy. The cast is rounded out by great character actors like Bruce A. Young, Stephen Tobolowsky, Wayne Knight and Chelcie Ross.

Theatrical release dates:

AUSTRALIA – STUDIOCANAL: 17th June 2021

NEW ZEALAND – STUDIOCANAL: 17th June 2021

Home Entertainment release dates:

AUSTRALIA – STUDIOCANAL: 7th July 2021

NEW ZEALAND – STUDIOCANAL: 14th July 2021

Progressive, technical death metal collective ALLUVIAL will release their highly anticipated sophomore album, Sarcoma, in a little more than a month on May 28th with Nuclear Blast. Today, they’ve unveiled the latest track, ’40 Stories’, from the record. Watch the music video now!

Guitarist Wes Hauch comments on the single: “I’m really all chips in for every song on ‘Sarcoma,’ but ’40 Stories’ is one that we’re especially proud of. It was originally going to be an instrumental. The lyrics are loosely based on a suicide story, and it’s one of a handful of songs on the record where I sing. I think we are always going to have a strong footing in the sound that’s been established with ‘Ulysses’ and ‘Thy Underling,’ but ’40 Stories’ kinda poured out of us.”

MONSTER FEST celebrates its 10th Anniversary from November 25th-28th in SydneyBrisbanePerth & Adelaide with four days of the latest and greatest genre and cult cinema programming from around the world.

Once again in partnership with Event Cinemas, MONSTER FEST will return to Event Cinemas George St (Sydney), Event Cinema Myer Centre (Brisbane), Event Cinemas Innaloo (Perth) & Event Cinemas Marion (Adelaide).

MONSTER FEST Festival Director Grant Hardie remarked “as this year marks the 10th anniversary since we launched Monster Fest to genre fans around Australia, it’s particularly satisfying to be announcing the 2021 events after successfully meeting the challenges we all faced in 2020. We are really excited to see what’s on offer this year and showcase these films to audiences around the country.

Tickets & Passes will go on sale in July when the first wave of programming is revealed.

WHEN:
Thursday 25th of November – Sunday 28th of November 2021

WHERE:

NSW
Event Cinemas George St
505/525 George St
Sydney NSW

QLD
Event Cinema Myer Centre
Level 3, The Myer Centre, 91 Queen St
Brisbane City QLD

WA
Event Cinemas Innaloo
57 Liege St
Innaloo WA

SA
Event Cinemas Marion
Level 3, Westfield, 297 Diagonal Rd
Oaklands Park SA

Website: http://www.monsterfest.com.au/