Monthly Archives: June 2021

Summary:  Dream Alliance is an unlikely race horse bred by small-town Welsh bartender Jan Vokes. With no experience, Jan convinces her neighbors to chip in their meager earnings to help raise Dream in the hopes he can compete with the racing elites.

Year: 2020

Cinema Release Dates: 10th June 2021 (Australia), 4th June 2021 (UK), 21st May 2021 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: TBA

Country: UK

Director: Euros Lyn

Screenwriter: Neil McKay

Cast: Asheq Akhtar (Peter), Clare Balding (Clare Balding OBE), Lynda Baron (Elsie), Di Botcher (Nerys), Ellis Cochlin (Mary), Toni Collette (Jan Vokes), Alan David (Bert), Peter Davison (Lord Avery), Brian Doherty (Gordon), Darren Evans (Goose), Nicholas Farrell (Philip Hobbs), Caryn Glyn (Dylan), Gerald Royston Horler (Alan The Milk), Rhys Horler (Lee The Twin), Aneirin Hughes (Ron), Max Hutchinson (James Lingsford), Katherine Jenkins (Katherine Jenkins OBE), Rehka John-Cheriyan (Davina), Karl Johnson (Kerby), Alex Jordan (Johnson White), Damian Lewis (Howard Davies), Pino Maiello (Sheikh Omari), Anthong O’Donnell (Maldwyn), Joanna Page (Angela Davies), Raj Paul (David Patel), Sian Phillips (Maureen), Steffan Rhodri (Gerwyn), Owen Teale (Brian Vokes), Katrina Ward (Glenda), Benji Wild (Rob Rossi), Rhys ap William (Kev/Racing Commentator)

Running Time: 113 mins

Classification: PG (Australia), PG (UK), PG (USA)


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Gravitas Ventures, a Red Arrow Studios Company has acquired director Miles Doleac’s macabre riff on the Cernunnos myth, DEMIGOD, starring Rachel Nichols (ContinuumStar Trek). The distributor plans for a late-October, day-and-date streaming and theatrical release. Directed and co-written by Doleac (alongside Michael Donovan Horn), DEMIGOD was produced by Doleac, James Victor Bulian, Lindsay Anne Williams, and Wesley O’Mary, the same team behind 2020’s The Dinner Party.

Says Doleac, “I’m extremely grateful to Jeff Cooper and to Gravitas for their belief in this film’s potential. From its infancy, I knew this was a film that I wanted seen on the big screen. I’m heartened that audiences will have the opportunity to see it in movie theaters, an increasing rarity, of course, for true indie films.”

“Miles has crafted a terrifying horror film with an atmospheric setting that is a natural fit for the Halloween crowd. We look forward to presenting it to North American audiences,” said Tony Piantedosi, Vice President of Acquisitions at Gravitas Ventures.

DEMIGOD tells the story of a woman (Nichols), who travels with her husband (Yohance Myles) to Germany’s Black Forest upon learning that her huntsman grandfather has died and left her all his worldly possessions. Upon arrival, a terrifying secret forces her to reckon with her family’s past and a mysterious ritual she thought was the stuff of fairy tales.  DEMIGOD’s supporting cast includes Doleac, Williams, Elena Sanchez, and Jeremy London.

Star Rachel Nichols says she believed in the script enough to make it her first post-pandemic film: “DEMIGOD was my first ‘pandemic’ project.  I was definitely apprehensive about returning to work, but I read the script and I was intrigued, so I decided that it was time to get back on set. I’ve never worked with a director who was also acting in the film, but I was amazed by how easily Miles handled wearing those two hats (and many other hats) throughout filming.  It was very impressive and also showed me that I was in very good hands.”

Gravitas Ventures Vice President of Acquisitions Tony Piantedosi negotiated with Jeffrey Cooper, Owner of Cut Entertainment Group, on behalf of the filmmakers

Today, Disney+ revealed the official trailer and key art for “Turner & Hooch,” the original series premiering Wednesday, July 21. When an ambitious, buttoned-up US Marshal inherits a big unruly dog, he soon realises the dog he didn’t want may be the partner he needs. “Turner & Hooch” stars Josh Peck as Scott Turner, son of Detective Scott Turner portrayed by Tom Hanks in the 1989 film of the same name.
The series also stars as Carra Patterson as Jessica Baxter, Scott’s brave, street-smart partner; Brandon Jay McLaren as Xavier Wilson, a cool, enigmatic marine-turned-US Marshal; Anthony Ruivivar as Chief James Mendez, Scott’s boss with a secret soft spot for Scott’s new dog, Hooch; Lyndsy Fonseca as Laura Turner, Scott’s sweet, animal-loving sister; Jeremy Maguire as Matthew Garland, Laura’s dog-loving son; and Vanessa Lengies as Erica Mouniere, the quirky head of the US Marshals dog training program. Becca Tobin recurs as Brooke, Scott’s former flame; and Reginald VelJohnson reprises his role as Mayor David Sutton. Five French Mastiffs also star as Hooch, Scott’s slobbery, loveable French Mastiff.
“Turner & Hooch” is a Disney+ original series produced by 20th Television. Matt Nix is creator, executive producer and writer on the series. McG is an executive producer and directed the series premiere. Michael Horowitz, Robert Duncan McNeill and Mary Viola also serve as executive producers, and Josh Levy serves as co-executive producer.

Summary:  A fun filled flight to a remote atoll turns into a nightmare for five passengers when their seaplane is destroyed in a freak accident and they are trapped on a raft, 100 miles from shore with man-eating sharks lurking beneath the surface.

Year: 2021

Cinema Release Dates: 24th June 2021 (Australia), 16th July 2021 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: 17th May 2021 (UK)

Country: Australia, USA, UK

Director: Martin Wilson

Screenwriter: Michael Boughen

Cast: Katrina Bowden (Kaz), Aaron Jakubenko (Charlie), Tim Kano (Joji), Tatjana Marjanovic (Tracy), Kimie Tsukakoshi (Michelle), Te Kohe Tuhaka (Benny), Jason Wilder (Luke)

Running Time: 91 mins

Classification: MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK)


David Griffiths’ Great White Review:

Nobody quite makes low budget cult films the way that Australian filmmakers do. Over the years I have been pleasantly surprised by films like Red Hill and Acolytes, so surprised in fact that I have gone back and re-visited them a number of times. Now Aussie filmmaker Martin Wilson (Roll) raises the Aussie cult flag high once again with Great White, a film I’ll admit was a lot better than I expected it would be.

The story is simple enough. Charlie (Aaron Jakubenko Tidelands) and Kaz (Katrina Bowden – Tucker And Dale vs Evil) are a couple very much in love but their sea plane charter business is in financial difficulty which is putting stress on their relationship.

Things seem to be looking up though when they are approached by a young couple, Michelle (Kimie Tsukakoshi – Secret City) and Joji (Tim Kano – Holding The Man), ask to be taken to a deserted island. However, tensions start to rise not long into the trip when Joji seems to clash with the trip’s chef Benny (Te Kohe Tuhaka – Love And Monters) from the moment they first meet. Of course that pales into insignificance when they realise they have just entered the feeding grounds of a killer Great White Shark who has a recent taste for blood.

It is the simpleness of this film that actually made me love it. There is none of that B-Grade feeling or over-hype that you often get when American cult films – instead Great White has that natural feel that made films like Black Water and The Reef so terrifying to watch. The fact that this film also taps into that primal human fear of sharks means that it deserves to be mentioned alongside other shark films that I have loved over the years including Jaws and The Meg.

Without too much effort Michael Boughen’s screenplay makes these people that you care about… well let’s be honest that doesn’t carry over to Joji who is so unlikable you can only hope that he ends up as shark food. The other characters however are quick to become crowd favourites. Charlie and Kaz are your typical Aussies from next door while Michelle and Benny are just purely likable people. The fact that Boughen doesn’t have to go over the top with his screenplay to make that bond happen between characters and audience show that he is naturally gifted writer that I can only hope we see a lot more work from over the years.

Of course the key to this film working is suspense and Great White has that in spades. From the opening pre-credit demise of Luke (Jason Wilder – Kidnapped) and Tracy (Tatjana Marjanovic – Monsters Of Man) this film has you on the edge of your seat. I didn’t realise just how intense these moments were until I found myself fearing for the safety of each character whenever they found themselves in the water. This doesn’t only come from some good writing and brilliant shots from Wilson but also due to the fact that the sharks look so real throughout the film – not surprising given that the filmmakers mostly use real shark footage and keep the use of the robo-shark to a bare minimum.

Sure some parts of Great White are a little convenient – as in Charlie’s back-story which means that he is a retired marine biologist who just happens to have once been attacked by a shark – but they are easily over-looked by a well written film that knows the power of suspense when it comes to shark films. While some people may want to give Great White a miss because of the fact that this is an Australian film that is there loss because this is easily equal to films like The Reef and 47 Metres Down. Go and see it because sadly I’m not sure it will last long in cinemas.

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Summary:  O’Hara is a mercenary leading a squad of soldiers on their mission to rescue hostages in remote part of Africa. Unfortunately the mission goes wrong and the team are stranded, forced to survive against the local rebels.

Year: 2020

Cinema Release Dates: TBA

VOD Release Dates: 2nd December 2020 (Australia), 16th November 2020 (UK), 28th August 2020 (USA)

Country: USA, South Africa, UK

Director: M.J. Bassett

Screenwriter: Isabel Bassett, M.J. Bassett, Mark Middlewick

Cast: Brandon Auret (Elijah Dekker), Isabel Bassett (Tessa), Nkanyiso Bhengu (Butcher), Tamer Burjaq (Masakh), Adam Deacon (Zalaam), Kenneth Fok (Bo Yinn), Megan Fox (Samantha O’Hara), Ashish Gangapersad (Nuru), Sisanda Henna (Pata), Greg Kriek (Mike Barasa), Lee-Anne Liebenberg (TJ), Mangaliso Mazibuko (Bobbie), Tertius Meintjes (Gordie), Chrispen Nyathi (Mifuna), Buntu Raxabgana (Mannie), Cosmos Sebastian (Banjo), Austin Shandu (Alred), Jessica Sutton (Asilia Wilson), Calli Taylor (Chloe), Simon Wanderi (Porter), Philip Winchester (Joey Kasinski), Bainet Yusuf (Maxwell)

Running Time: 105 mins

Classification: MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)


David Griffiths’ Rogue Review:

A few years ago if actress Meagan Fox had a film coming out the world knew about it. The talented actress was the face of huge franchises including Transformers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. She was so popular in fact that when she left the Transformers franchise there were fans out there saying they would boycott the Bay juggernaut due to the fact they thought she had been unceremoniously and unfairly dumped.

Today Fox’s films seem to come out with very little fanfare at all – a shame when you consider that some of the films that she has been releasing recently are absolute gems. First there was the seriously under-rated Think Like A Dog and now her new action film Rogue has landed on a number of streaming platforms in Phuket. With a lot of ordinary action films being released during the Covid lockdowns it is a refreshing to see a film like Rogue stand above the pack.

Directed by MJ Bassett (Ash vs Evil Dead) Rogue sees Fox star as mercenary leader Samantha O’Hara;  who is sent into East Africa with her team to rescue the kidnapped daughter of a Governor. Once on the ground O’Hara learns that Asilia (Jessica Sutton – The Kissing Booth) is being held captive alongside her best friends, Tessa (Isabel Bassett – Solomon Kane) and Chloe (Calli Taylor – The Courier).

But as O’Hara and her team find themselves in a fight to the death with local warlord Zaleem (Adam Deacon – Righteous Villains) they soon discover that they are also the hunted. Not only does Zallem to have a bigger army than they expected but there is also a rogue lioness patrolling the area who is annoyed that she has been separated from her cubs at an illegal lion farm. Soon she is hunting down O’Hara’s team as well as the rebels they are fighting.

You could probably say that there is nothing ‘new’ in Rogue but what makes this film standout from some of the other action films out there is the way that the story is told. MJ Bassett reveals herself as an under-rated director of the genre, her battle sequences here are equal to anything that we saw in films like Black Hawk Down while her screenplay, which she wrote with her daughter Isobel, does something that so few action films do – give characterisation to even the minor characters.

That small thing totally enhances the rest of the film. The fact that one of O’Hara’s teams was once a member of Zaleem’s militia leads to some brilliant tense moments between himself and the former captives of Zaleem, while even Zaleem is given more characterisation than most action bad guys would be. There are times in this film where he basically pleads his case to O’Hara explaining that the militia are as equally as bad as the Government she works for. Yes, it doesn’t justify anything but it does make for more interesting scenes than just endless shootouts.

Bassett also allows for Rogue to take on an environmental angle as well. Not only does she show the cruelty that exists in the illegal lion farms but also reveals that it is corruption and greed that keeps them running. Yes, the plot almost does label the lioness as one of the ‘villains’ of the film but at the same time there is a clear understanding from O’Hara as to why the lioness is doing what she is doing – she is simply just trying to protect her young.

Sadly amongst all the Covid carnage in cinemas at the moment Rogue has slipped through to go straight to streaming services but this is one action film that certainly shouldn’t be missed. Meagan Fox stars in a role that demands both dramatic and action skills while the story itself is both intriguing and suspenseful. One to certainly hunt down while cinemas are still closed.

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Today, Disney+ debuted the key art for comedic murder mystery “Only Murders In The Building” and announced that the series will premiere exclusively on Star on Disney+ as a Star Original from Tuesday, August 31st. 

From the minds of Steve Martin, Dan Fogelman and John Hoffman, “Only Murders In The Building” follows three strangers (Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez) who share an obsession with true crime and suddenly find themselves wrapped up in one. When a grisly death occurs inside their exclusive Upper West Side apartment building, the trio suspects murder and employs their precise knowledge of true crime to investigate the truth.

As they record a podcast of their own to document the case, the three unravel the complex secrets of the building which stretch back years. Perhaps even more explosive are the lies they tell one another. Soon, the endangered trio comes to realise a killer might be living amongst them as they race to decipher the mounting clues before it’s too late.

“Only Murders in the Building” hails from co-creators and writers Steve Martin and John Hoffman (“Grace & Frankie,” “Looking”). Martin and Hoffman executive produce along with Martin Short, Selena Gomez, Jamie Babbitt, “This Is Us” creator Dan Fogelman and Jess Rosenthal.

From writer/director James Gunn comes Warner Bros. Pictures’ superhero action adventure “The Suicide Squad” featuring a collection of the most degenerate delinquents in the DC line up.

Welcome to hell—a.k.a. Belle Reve, the prison with the highest mortality rate in the US of A.  Where the worst Super-Villains are kept and where they will do anything to get out—even join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X.  Today’s do-or-die assignment?  Assemble a collection of cons, including Bloodsport, Peacemaker, Captain Boomerang, Ratcatcher 2, Savant, King Shark, Blackguard, Javelin and everyone’s favorite psycho, Harley Quinn.  Then arm them heavily and drop them (literally) on the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese. Trekking through a jungle teeming with militant adversaries and guerrilla forces at every turn, the Squad is on a search-and-destroy mission with only Colonel Rick Flag on the ground to make them behave…and Amanda Waller’s government techies in their ears, tracking their every movement.  And as always, one wrong move and they’re dead (whether at the hands of their opponents, a teammate, or Waller herself).  If anyone’s laying down bets, the smart money is against them—all of them.

The film stars Margot Robbie (“Birds of Prey,” “Bombshell”), Idris Elba (“Avengers: Infinity War”), John Cena (upcoming HBO Max series “Peacemaker,” “Bumblebee”), Joel Kinnaman (“Suicide Squad”), Jai Courtney (the “Divergent” franchise), Peter Capaldi (“World War Z,” BBC’s “Doctor Who” ), David Dastmalchian (upcoming “Dune,” “Ant-Man and the Wasp”), Daniela Melchior (“Parque Mayer”), Michael Rooker (the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films), Alice Braga (“Elysium”), Pete Davidson (“The King of Staten Island,” TV’s “Saturday Night Live”), Joaquín Cosio (“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” TV’s “Narcos: Mexico”), Juan Diego Botto (“The Europeans”), Storm Reid (“The Invisible Man,” “A Wrinkle in Time”, “Euphoria”), Nathan Fillion (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” TV’s “The Rookie”), Steve Agee (“Brightburn,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”), Sean Gunn (the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, the “Avengers” films), Mayling Ng (“Wonder Woman”), Flula Borg (“Ralph Breaks the Internet”), Jennifer Holland (“Brightburn,” upcoming HBO Max series “Peacemaker”) and Tinashe Kajese (TV’s “Valor,” “The Inspectors”), with Sylvester Stallone (the “Rocky,” “Rambo” and “Expendables” franchises), and Viola Davis (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” “Suicide Squad”).

Gunn (the “Guardian of the Galaxy” films) directs from his own screenplay, based on characters from DC.  The film is produced by Charles Roven and Peter Safran, with Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Walter Hamada, Chantal Nong Vo, Nikolas Korda and Richard Suckle executive producing.

Gunn’s creative team includes director of photography Henry Braham (“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”), production designer Beth Mickle (“Captain Marvel”), editors Fred Raskin (“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood”) and Christian Wagner (the “Fast & Furious” films) and Oscar-nominated costume designer Judianna Makovsky (“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2,” “Avengers: Endgame,” “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”).  The music is by John Murphy (“Kick-Ass”).

Warner Bros. Pictures Presents An Atlas Entertainment/Peter Safran Production, A James Gunn Film, “The Suicide Squad.”  The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.  Only In Cinemas August 5.