Category: Film

It is a stellar evening as the 46th Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF46) showcases sci-fi blockbuster Warriors of Future, one of the two major local productions to open this year’s extravaganza tonight.

Joining actor/producer Louis KOO and first-time director NG Yuen-fai on the red carpet at Emperor Cinemas iSQUARE is member of the mega-budget sci-fi blockbuster’s cast Philip KEUNG.

Speaking to a packed audience before Warriors of Future‘s screening, KOO likens the production of the epic thriller – featuring state-of-the-art CGI and Hong Kong-styled action choreography – to taking the first step of an adventure.

“The production process was arduous and challenging,” KOO said. “Yet, I believe someone has to take forward the Chinese-language sci-fi genre. Hopefully, this would open more doors for Hong Kong cinema in the future. I stand firm on involving mostly local SFX professionals on the project. We hope you like this film, and enjoy the meticulous detail we strive to deliver.”

HKIFF46 is going hybrid again with screenings and audience-engagement events in theatres and online for 17 days until 31 August. The complete programme and screening schedule are available at HKIFF’s official website (www.hkiff.org.hk).  Tickets can still be purchased through URBTIX.

Philip YUNG’s much-anticipated crime epic Where The Wind Blows world premiered tonight as one of the two major local productions opening the 46th Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF46).

Joining co-lead Aaron KWOK on the red carpet at Emperor Cinema iSQUARE are members of the film’s glittering ensemble cast, including LAM Yiu-sing, Stephen HO Kai-nam, Deon CHEUNG Chung-chi, WAN Yeung-ming, and Paco WONG Hing Nam. The multi-talented KWOK also returns as Hong Kong International Film Festival’s official ambassador for the fourth year.

Despite his absence from Hong Kong for production, director YUNG shared his joy and excitement with a packed audience through a recorded message before the world premiere of his genre-bending magnum opus. 

Where The Wind Blows, YUNG’s long-awaited follow-up to the critically acclaimed Port of Call (39th Closing Film), is an ambitious, genre-bending epic loosely based on the rise and fall of the notorious “Four Great Sergeants” in 1960s Hong Kong.  The film centres on the friendship and rivalry between two resourceful police detectives who forge dangerous alliances with organised crime. 

This first onscreen pairing of superstars Aaron KWOK and Tony LEUNG Chiu-wai also boasts a scene-stealing performance from Hong Kong cinema icon Michael HUI. Michael CHOW, Elaine JIN, TSE Kwan-ho, DU Juan, Jessie LI and Patrick TAM Yiu-man are also among the stellar cast.

HKIFF46 is going hybrid again with screenings and audience-engagement events in theatres and online for 17 days until 31 August. The complete programme and screening schedule are available at HKIFF’s official website (www.hkiff.org.hk).  Tickets can still be purchased through URBTIX.

 Stan, Australia’s unrivalled home of original productions, today released first-look images and a powerful teaser for the upcoming Stan Original Series Bali 2002, starring Claudia Jessie (Bridgerton), Rachel Griffiths (Total Control), Richard Roxburgh (Rake), Sean Keenan (Stan Original Film Nitram), Srisacd Sacdpraseuth (Mystery Road) and newcomer Sri Ayu Jati Kartika. The four-part, one-hour drama series will premiere 25 September, with all episodes available at once and only on Stan.

To watch and share the teaser, click here: https://youtu.be/1qvr4xlBJ90

A co-commission between Stan and the 9Network, Bali 2002 is an inspiring drama that explores how everyday heroes from Bali, Australia and beyond defied the odds to bring order from chaos and hope from despair in the immediate aftermath of the 2002 Bali bombings.

Featuring an ensemble cast led by Claudia Jessie as British tourist Polly Miller, Rachel Griffiths as burns specialist Dr Fiona Wood, Richard Roxburgh as Australian Federal Police Commander Graham Ashton and Sean Keenan as AFL star Jason McCartney, the series also stars a diverse cast of Australian and International actors, including Srisacd SacdpraseuthSri Ayu Jati KartikaEwen Leslie (Stan Original Series The Gloaming), Elizabeth Cullen (The Bureau of Magical Things), Sophia Forrest (Barons), Saskia Archer (The Reef: Stalked), Arka Das (upcoming Stan Original Film The Portable Door), William Lodder (Wakefield), Anthony Wong (Stan Original Series The Commons) and more.

Developed in consultation with those directly impacted by the tragedy, the series is written by Justin Monjo (Storm Boy), Kris Wyld (Pulse), Marcia Gardner (Wentworth) and emerging screenwriter Michael Toisuta  with Balinese writer, actor and musician Ketut Yuliarsa (Janggan) as story editor. Directed by Peter Andrikidis (Stan Original Series Eden) and Co-directed by Katrina Irawati Graham (upcoming Siti Rubiyah).

On 12th October 2002, the island of Bali was shattered by a terrorist attack on two of Kuta Beach’s busiest nightclubs. Local Balinese and the mainly Australian and British tourists scrambled to rescue the injured and comfort the dying. Australian and Indonesian authorities mobilised to evacuate survivors, identify victims and investigate what really took place. Amidst this chaos, heroes arose from the most unlikely places and people united in the search for healing, justice and meaning. Victims struggled to rebuild their broken lives as the Indonesian and Australian security forces faced a clear and present danger – working together to capture the terrorists before they could strike again.

Produced by Kerrie Mainwaring (Stan Original Series Wolf Creek) for Screentime, Co-Produced by Peter Andrikidis (Stan Original Series Eden) with executive producers Tim Pye and Sara Richardson for Endemol Shine Australia, Amanda Duthie and Cailah Scobie for Stan and Andy Ryan and Michael Healy for the 9Network.

The Stan Original Series Bali 2002 is produced by Screentime and Endemol Shine Australia, Banijay companies, along with major production investment from Screen Australia, in association with Screen NSW. Banijay Rights is responsible for international distribution of Bali 2002.

The Stan Original Series Bali 2002 premieres 25 September, with all episodes available at once, only on Stan.

Disney+ has unveiled the official trailer and key art for its first UK Original series, rom-com action thriller “Wedding Season.” The eight-episode series premieres exclusively on the streaming service on Disney+ Day on Thursday, September 8.  Further images were also revealed of the brand-new series, which premieres on Disney+ under the Star banner in Australia. 
 
The genre-busting series tells the story of Katie and Stefan who fall for each other at a wedding and begin an affair, despite Katie already having a fiancé. Two months later at Katie’s wedding, her new husband and his entire family are murdered. The police think Stefan did it. Stefan thinks Katie did it. And no one knows for sure what the truth is… 
 
The series is an action-packed romp across the UK and the US as Katie and Stefan go on the run, all while trying to prove their innocence. 
 
“Wedding Season” stars Rosa Salazar and Gavin Drea, with Jade Harrison, Jamie Michie, Callie Cooke, Bhav Joshi, Ioanna Kimbook, Omar Baroud and George Webster.
 
The series is created and executive produced by up-and-coming screenwriting talent Oliver Lyttelton (“Cheaters”) and directed by George Kane (“Crashing”) and Laura Scrivano (“The Lazarus Project”). Produced by Dancing Ledge Productions (“The Responder”, “The Salisbury Poisonings”) with executive producers Chris Carey, Laurence Bowen, and Toby Bruce; Jax Media (“Russian Doll”, “Emily in Paris”) with executive producers Brooke Posch, Lilly Burns, and Tony Hernandez; and Johanna Devereaux executive producing for Disney+.
 
The series will premiere alongside new content announced for Disney+ Day from marquee brands Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic and Star. 
 
Robust parental controls ensure that Disney+ remains a suitable viewing experience for everyone in the family. Subscribers can set access limits on mature content and create PIN-protected profiles alongside the already existing Kids Profiles to give parents and guardians peace of mind. 

 Stan, Australia’s unrivalled home of original productions, today announced filming has commenced on the Stan Original Series Totally Completely Fine – a co-production between Sundance Now and Stan, and produced by Fremantle Australia. 

Inspired by true events, the six-part dark comedy series is led by Thomasin McKenzie (JoJo Rabbit, Last Night in Soho) and explores the complexities of grief, the power of friendship, and the ways our sadness can unite us. The series examines family, legacy and ultimately asks: how many lives do we have to save before we’ll save ourselves?

Alongside McKenzie, Totally Completely Fine stars Devon Terrell (Rap Shit, Cursed), Brandon McClelland (ANZAC Girls, Stan Original Series The Other Guy), Rowan Witt (Book of Mormon – Original Australian Cast, Spreadsheet), Contessa Treffone (Doctor Doctor, Here Out West), James Sweeny (Total Control, Home and Away), Max Crean (Mystic) and Brigid Zengeni (The Good LiarMotherFatherSon).

The previously announced Gretel Vella (Stan Exclusive series The Great) project, now titled Totally Completely Fine, follows 20-something Vivian Cunningham (Thomasin McKenzie), whose life is a mess. Last week she accidentally burnt down her brother’s vegan food truck with a bacon-flavoured vape and this week she’s inherited her grandfather’s coastal clifftop house, and is tasked with helping people who come too close to the edge. Strangely enough, they’re responding to her chaotic, nihilistic brand of psychology. Maybe, just maybe, in saving these people, she’ll slowly start to save herself? 

Stan Chief Content Officer Cailah Scobie said: “Stan is delighted to again partner with Sundance Now on Totally Completely Fine, a poignant Stan Original Series that brings to life a profound tale of family, belonging and grief. This is our second Stan Original with the talented Gretel Vella, working alongside the creative team at Fremantle to secure an outstanding young cast. We look forward to sharing this series with audiences on Stan soon.”

Shannon Cooper, Vice President, Programming, Sundance Now said: “Totally Completely Fine brilliantly and compassionately tackles timely issues that surround our lives and the lives of those we cherish. We proudly support Gretel’s incredible vision and execution of the series, and it has been a true pleasure working alongside her, Stan and Fremantle since day one.”

Creator and Executive Producer Gretel Vella said: “Totally Completely Fine is my heart project, and I am so thrilled to be collaborating with Sundance, Stan and Fremantle to bring it to life! A response to the mental health crisis, Totally Completely Fine was written for myself and so many other people in my life. To let them know they aren’t alone, that mess is ok, and sometimes the pain and anxieties we try and hide can be our greatest superpowers. I am so excited for the world to meet our unlikely hero Vivian, and the rest of the Cunningham family. Sometimes neurotic, frequently chaotic, but hey, always bloody entertaining.”

Executive Producer for Fremantle Australia Nat Lindwall said: “It’s rare that bringing a series to fruition teaches you so much about life. My hope is that Gretel Vella’s unique world and irresistible characters bring as much joy as they do catharsis – Lucy Gaffy’s direction is the perfect final ingredient. May the audience embrace and be impacted by Viv’s journey as much as we have.”

Head of Screen NSW Kyas Hepworth said: “Screen NSW is proud to support strong female-led television series Totally Completely Fine. With the exciting talent of Gretel Vella writing the series and director Lucy Gaffy as set up director, this production is also delivering significant employment opportunities for our local creative talent. I cannot wait to see it on screens.”

The Stan Original Series Totally Completely Fine is created and executive produced by Gretel Vella (Stan Exclusive series The Great, Stan Original Film A Sunburnt Christmas), who writes alongside Keir Wilkins (Surviving Summer) and Emme Hoy (STC’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall). The series is produced by Alice Willison (Stan Original Series The Other Guy), with Nat Lindwall as executive producer. The series is directed by Lucy Gaffy (Here Out West, Doctor, Doctor), with Adrian Chiarella (Dwarf Planet) directing episode four with support from VicScreen. Financed with the assistance of Screen NSW under the Made in NSW Fund. Totally Completely Fine partners are AMC Networks’ Sundance Now and Fremantle. Fremantle will distribute the series internationally. 

The Stan Original Series Totally Completely Fine is now in production.

Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thrillers and the supernatural, is thrilled to release the trailer for the Shudder Original Raven’s Hollowahead of the film’s debut on the platform on Thursday 22 September and upcoming world premiere at the celebrated genre film festival Arrow FrightFest in London on Saturday 27 August. The latest feature from Christopher Hatton, the film is a gothic horror retelling of the life of Edgar Allan Poe and features a cast of breakout British talent comprised of William Moseley (The Chronicles of Narnia), Melanie Zanetti (Love and Monsters) and Multi-Award-Winning Actress Kate Dickie (Game of Thrones).

Raven’s Hollow is set in Autumn, 1830. West Point military Cadet Edgar Allan Poe and four other cadets on a training exercise in upstate New York come upon a man eviscerated on a bizarre wooden rack. His dying words direct them to a forgotten community, which they believe is guarding sinister secrets. Enthralled by the Innkeeper’s beautiful and mysterious daughter Charlotte and fuelled by the town resident’s refusal to speak to the murder, Poe determines to uncover the truth. Risking his life and more, Poe ultimately comes face to face with the terror that will haunt him forever.

A rare film that explores the early days of Poe’s life while serving in the military as a backdrop, Hatton’s film brings together history and fiction to create a truly unique British supernatural period horror rich with dark gothic imagery.

Hatton co-wrote alongside Chuck Reeves and the film is produced by Caroline Stern for Canoe Film, as well as Andrejs Ekis for Cinevilla Studios, and Todd Lundbohm and Mark Andrews for 828 Media Capital.

Two of Australia’s favourite stars have joined Tinseltown’s elite voicing the characters of ‘Mark’ and ‘Keith’ two hapless guinea pigs in the Australian version of the upcoming animated action-adventure film, joining Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Kate McKinnon, John Krasinski and Keanu Reeves.

In “DC League of Super-Pets”, Krypto the Super-Dog and Superman are inseparable best friends, sharing the same superpowers and fighting crime in Metropolis side by side. When Superman and the rest of the Justice League are kidnapped, Krypto must convince a rag-tag shelter pack – Ace the hound, PB the potbellied pig, Merton the turtle and Chip the squirrel – to master their own newfound powers and help him rescue the superheroes.

No superhero story is possible without a nemesis or two, so the film’s roster of villains includes Lulu the telekinetic guinea pig, hell bent on exacting her own brand of justice. An all-powerful evil genius with an army of mutant guinea pigs, who better than Australia’s favorite vet Dr Chris Brown and comedy queen Julia Morris to give voice to the fluffy, fiery furballs of fire and ice.

A somewhat reluctant duo at times, Mark – voiced by Brown – is a flying, flaming fire-breather while Keith – voiced by Morris – is a frozen rodent with ice in their veins. Together, they help Lulu carry out her sinister plot to kidnap the Justice League and fight the Super-Pets, reaping mayhem across Metropolis.

From Dr Chris Brown:

It’s a bit of a dream to be involved in a DC film. And as someone who already gives voices to just about every animal they meet, playing the role of a guinea pig with superpowers feels a lot more normal than it probably should!

Julia Morris said:

Well, I’ve been described as super and been described as a pet but never in the same sentence. I could not be more thrilled to be part of this global extravaganza! How completely exciting to do it alongside my beloved Dr. Arm in arm or paw in paw.