Category: Film News

Stan, Australia’s unrivalled home of original productions, today revealed the teaser and first look images for its upcoming eight-part Stan Original Series Eden – coming soon only on Stan.

To watch and share the teaser, click here: https://youtu.be/GaPeDr3DoMA

Featuring a young and diverse cast, Eden was shot in and around the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales and is led by Australian up-and-comers BeBe Bettencourt (The Dry) and Sophie Wilde (Bird),alongside stars Keiynan Lonsdale (The Flash), Cody Fern (American Horror Story), TV Week Gold Logie Award-winner Samuel Johnson (Molly) and Christopher James Baker (True Detective).

The mystery of Eden unfolds in an idyllic coastal town, where the disappearance of a young woman triggers a devastating chain of events which lays bare the dark and hidden heart of the community. Long buried secrets are dragged into the open as lives and deeds intersect over one fractured summer and its aftermath.

This complex, multi-generational tale also stars Australian favourites Rachael Blake (Cleverman), Leeanna Walsman (Penguin Bloom), Simon Lyndon (Mystery Road) and Maggie Kirkpatrick (SandoThe Letdown).

An exploration of human relationships through the lens of sex and desire, Eden boasts an all female writing team, led by head writer Vanessa Gazy (Highway), alongside Jess Brittain (Clique), Anya Beyersdorf (Shakespeare Now), Clare Sladden (Freudian Slip) and Penelope Chai (Other People’s Problems).

Created in collaboration by Every Cloud Productions’ Fiona Eagger and Deb Cox, and the creator of the UK cult hit Skins, Balloon Entertainment’s Bryan Elsley, the series is produced by Fiona McConaghy (Stan Original Series The Gloaming) and directed by John Curran (Stan Original Series Bloom), Mirrah Foulkes (Judy & Punch) and Peter Andrikidis (Janet King). All eight episodes of the series are shot by award-winning cinematographer Geoffrey Hall (Stan Original Series Bloom).

The Stan Original Series Eden is produced by Every Cloud Productions and Balloon Entertainment. Major production investment from Screen Australia in association with Screen NSW. Financed with support from all3media International who is the global distribution partner on the series.

The Stan Original Series Eden is coming soon only on Stan, with further premiere details to come.

MONSTER FEST will celebrate its 10th Anniversary from November 4th-11th at Cinema Nova with seven days of the latest and greatest genre and cult cinema programming from around the world.

Along with World & Australian Premiere screenings, Monster Fest are pleased to reveal the return of Filmmaker Q&As, Panel Discussions and the infamous All-Night Marathon to the Melbourne festival also.

Festival Director Grant Hardie remarked “after a challenging 12 months for us all, we are honoured to be celebrating our tenth anniversary this year, and we are especially looking forward to doing so with all of the Monster Fest fans who’ve made the last 10 years possible.

A limited release of VIP Passes & 5 Film Passes are now available and the first twenty VIP Passes sold will include a complimentary Monster Fest 2021 festival t-shirt.

Entries are now open for Short and Feature Film submissions via FilmFreeway with the first deadline, being the Early Bird Deadline, closing on May 29th.

WHEN:
Thursday 4th of November – Thursday 11th of November 2021

WHERE:CINEMA NOVA
380 Lygon St, Carlton VIC 3053

PASSES:

VIP Passes $220
Mini-Pass (5 Films*) $75

VIP PASS – all access to every screening and event from Thursday 4 November to Thursday 11 November and complimentary Monster Fest 2021 t-shirt for first 20 VIP Passes sold.

*5 FILM PASS – access to 5 films in the program from Thursday 4 November to Thursday 11 November with the exclusion of any programming marked ‘Special Event’.

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

British independent distributor Saints & Savages have confirmed that their latest title, Righteous Villains, will be available in the UK on DVD and Digital Download from 19th April. 

The film is the third title from Saints & Savages to be directed by Savvas D. Michael, following the news that the crime thriller Original Gangster will be released on 5th April and Red Rage on 12th April. Righteous Villains stars Gary Dourdan (CSI), Lois Brabin-Platt (OriginalGangster), Adam Deacon (Anuvahood) and the iconic British actor, Steven Berkoff (Octopussy).  

A young conman with nothing left to lose, and desperate for his next money-making scheme, receives a mysterious invite to join the New World Order, a secret society of powerful individuals that supposedly control every aspect of the world. The further he becomes entangled, he realizes the sinister motivations of the society are born from sorcery and black magic, but when you’re in so deep, it’s not always easy to find a way out.Saints and Savages CEO, John Pavlakos was thrilled with the news.

He stated, “We’ve been delighted with the response to our first title Original Gangster, and we’re equally excited to reveal our upcoming title, Righteous Villains. Dourdan, Brabin-Platt and Deacon are hugely talented and the work of the iconic Steven Berkoff speaks for itself. Angels and Demons, Heaven and Hell, Clandestine Cults, what’s not to love?”

Righteous Villains will be available on DVD & Digital Download from 19th April

Fan Force have announced the cinema release and a series of special event screenings of Rosemary’s Way, the feature documentary that has charmed audiences at Festivals around the world.

Rosemary’s Way celebrates the remarkable Rosemary Kariuki, who is the 2021 Australian of the Year – Local Hero, and the group of vulnerable migrant women of suburban Sydney whose lives she helps transform from isolation to connection. From cultures as diverse as Iraq, the Congo and Peru, the women are taken by Rosemary on a powerful cross-cultural journey to integrate them into the homes and communities of everyday ‘Aussies’.

Directed by Ros Horin and produced by Pat Fiske, Rosemary’s Way is a story of transformation, hope and community. It is about how we all have a role to play in creating an open and welcoming Australia.

Rosemary’s Way premiered at the Sydney Film Festival last year and have since been selected for several Australian and international Festivals including Through Women’s Eyes (UN Women Film Festival), Julian Dubuque Film Festival, Docs Without Borders. Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival (US), CinefestOZ and BOFA.

The film also screened in Malaysia recently as part of the Australian High Commission’s International Women’s Day celebrations.

As well as reaching cinema audiences, the film is having a powerful impact in the community. The aim of the impact campaign is to give established Australians and migrant women the means with which to connect with each other. The filmmakers are developing a roadshow screening tour and Community Activation Kit to be released in collaboration with our partners:  Country Women’s Association, Settlement Council of Australia, Settlement Services International, Community Migrant Resource Centre and The African Women’s Group.

CINEMA SEASONS

Victoria:
Cinema Nova – from 20th April
Classic Cinemas – from 20th April

NSW:
Ritz Randwick – from 21st April
Star Court Theatre – from 2nd May
Riverside Theatre & Cinema – from 14th May
Gala Twin Cinema Warrawong – date TBA

SA:
Wallis Cinemas (Mitcham & Mt Barker) – from 22nd April

Special event and Q&A screenings from 20th April – details here:
https://fan-force.com/films/rosemarys-way/

Welcome to the Jam!  NBA champion and global icon LeBron James goes on an epic adventure alongside timeless Tune Bugs Bunny with the animated/live-action event “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” from director Malcolm D. Lee and an innovative filmmaking team including Ryan Coogler and Maverick Carter

This transformational journey is a manic mashup of two worlds that reveals just how far some parents will go to connect with their kids. When LeBron and his young son Dom are trapped in a digital space by a rogue A.I., LeBron must get them home safe by leading Bugs, Lola Bunny and the whole gang of notoriously undisciplined Looney Tunes to victory over the A.I.’s digitized champions on the court: a powered-up roster of professional basketball stars as you’ve never seen them before.  It’s Tunes versus Goons in the highest-stakes challenge of his life, that will redefine LeBron’s bond with his son and shine a light on the power of being yourself. The ready-for-action Tunes destroy convention, supercharge their unique talents and surprise even “King” James by playing the game their own way.

A new trailer for Marvel Studios’ long-awaited “Black Widow” is available now, showcasing Natasha Romanoff’s struggle to face her past and deal with unfinished business. The action-packed spy thriller will launch in cinemas July 9. Or Order It On Disney+ With Premier Access* July 9, 2021.

Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger. Scarlett Johansson reprises her role as Natasha/Black Widow, Florence Pugh stars as Yelena, David Harbour portrays Alexei/The Red Guardian, and Rachel Weisz is Melina. “Black Widow” – the first film in Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – is directed by Cate Shortland and produced by Kevin Feige.

Saints & Savages has revealed that Red Rage, the explosive British thriller will be released in the UK on 12th April on DVD & Digital Download platforms. Red Rage recently won Best Feature at the Europe Film Festival 2021.

 The film stars a host of British talent including Adam Deacon (Anuvahood), Vas Blackwood (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels), Ian Reddinton (Highlander) and Steven Berkoff (Octopussy). 

This will be the second Saints & Savages title with Savvas D. Michael behind the camera, with Original Gangster and Righteous Villains also confirmed for UK release on 5th and 19th April respectively.  The film also reunites a number of the cast with Savvas D. Michael, with Berkoff also starring in Righteous Villains, Blackwood and Reddington in Original Gangster and Deacon in both.

The gritty thriller will also introduce Fernanda Diniz in her first lead role alongside Jack Turner. 

A murderous vigilante couple tear through the city, serving vengeance to dealers of a new designer drug called Red Devil in this nightmarish dystopia where everyone seems high on something.

Commenting on the release, Saints and Savages’ CEO, John Pavlakos was delighted with the announcement. He said “It’s fantastic that we’re able to release Red Rage in the UK. Diniz and Turner are great in the lead roles and there is fantastic British talent supporting them in the likes of Adam Deacon, Vas Blackwood, Ian Reddington and the iconic Steven Berkoff. This one’s a wild trip!

Red Rage will be available on DVD & Digital Download from 12th April and can be pre-ordered here

An epic adventure about a headstrong girl longing for a place to belong who discovers a kindred spirit when her life intersects with a wild horse, Spirit Untamed is the next chapter in the beloved story from DreamWorks Animation.

Lucky Prescott (Isabela Merced, Dora and the Lost City of Gold) never really knew her late mother, Milagro Navarro (Eiza González, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw), a fearless horse-riding stunt performer from Miradero, a small town on the edge of the wide-open frontier.

Like her mother, Lucky isn’t exactly a fan of rules and restrictions, which has caused her Aunt Cora (Academy Award® winner Julianne Moore) no small amount of worry. Lucky has grown up in an East Coast city under Cora’s watchful eye, but when Lucky presses her own luck with one too many risky escapades, Cora picks up stakes and moves them both back with Lucky’s father, Jim (Oscar® nominee Jake Gyllenhaal), in Miradero.

Lucky is decidedly unimpressed with the sleepy little town. She has a change of heart when she meets Spirit, a wild Mustang who shares her independent streak, and befriends two local horseback riders, Abigail Stone (Mckenna Grace, Captain Marvel) and Pru Granger (Marsai Martin, Little). Pru’s father, stable owner Al Granger (Emmy winner Andre Braugher, Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine), is the best friend of Lucky’s father.

When a heartless horse wrangler (Emmy nominee Walton Goggins, FX’s Justified) and his team plan to capture Spirit and his herd and auction them off to a life of captivity and hard labor, Lucky enlists her new friends and bravely embarks on the adventure of a lifetime to rescue the horse who has given her freedom and a sense of purpose, and has helped Lucky discover a connection to her mother’s legacy and to her Mexican heritage that she never expected.

Spirit Untamed is the next chapter in DreamWorks Animation’s beloved franchise that began with the 2002 Oscar-nominated film Spirit: Stallion of Cimarron and includes an Emmy-winning TV series. The film is directed by Elaine Bogan (Netflix and DreamWorks Animation Television’s Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia) and is produced by Karen Foster (co-producer, How to Train Your Dragon). The film’s co-director is Ennio Torresan (head of story, The Boss Baby), and the film’s score is by composer Amie Doherty (Amazon’s Undone, DreamWorks Animation’s Marooned).

Louise Linton’s comedy thriller, Me You Madness, starring Gossip Girl heart throb Ed Westwick, will be released on Digital Download in the UK & Ireland on 19th April by ILY Films. 

Me You Madness is Linton’s first experience of writing and directing. She also stars, playing Catherine Black; a ruthlessly ambitious, intelligent and successful business woman who happens to also be gorgeous. She lives a life of luxury: architectural dream house in Malibu, exclusive designer fashions, fast cars and exquisite jewelry. She has no need for a man except to satisfy her natural serial killer instinct. 

When Tyler (Ed Westwick), a petty thief, responds to her online roommate ad, he thinks he’s struck a goldmine. He has no idea after a night of partying and passion that he is really just on the menu as her next victim. Things go according to plan, until Tyler falls for Catherine (Louise Linton). For the first time in her life, she also starts to fall for him. Catherine’s life may change until Tyler discovers the freezer filled with the severed heads and limbs of her previous dates. She must decide whether to kill Tyler to protect her secret, or start a new life worth living with a man. 

Louise Linton says, “This film is a very self-aware, playful and colorful homage to the 80’s and to the films that inspired me such as ‘Flash Dance’, ‘Footloose’, and ‘Dirty Dancing’. It is glamorous and consummately willful in its decadent style and neon aesthetic. It is heavily driven with dance-along 80’s hits, choreography, fight sequences, and beautiful locations. My hope for this film is that it makes people laugh at a time when we could all use some more laughter in our lives.” 

Prepare for some serious serious fun this spring. Me You Madness will be available on iTunes, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Sky Store, Sony, TalkTalk in the UK and Ireland on 19th April.

GROFilm Production is excited to announce that their latest release, mystery thriller Sensation, will be available on digital download from 16th April.

Sensation is the second film from Director Martin Grof, following his award-winning hit Excursion. Boasting an exciting cast, the film stars Eugene Simon (Game of Thrones, Genius) &  Emily Wyatt (Hurricane, Rise of the Footsoldier: The Heist). 

The film follows Andrew (Eugene Simon), who, while on a quest to uncover hidden truths about his family history, provides a top-secret agency with his DNA in order to uncover his ancestry.Andrew soon discovers that his DNA is far from ordinary. He has superhuman powers that he traces back to his grandparents and their involvement in a top-secret government program. On entering the program he finds he’s not alone, joining him are other individuals with superhuman skills. Andrew learns that soon he’ll be able to receive information based on his senses and control the senses of others. As the secret training unfolds, Andrew spirals into turmoil as he loses control of his agency and begins to question his reality.

Sensation will be available on Amazon Video from 16th April