Category: Drama

 Stan today announced the premiere date for the highly anticipated fourth season of the Stan exclusive series Yellowstone, with revenge arriving 8 November same day as the US and only on Stan. Australia’s own Academy Award® nominated Jacki Weaver joins the star-studded cast this season and fans of the series can expect justice to be served ice cold after last season’s explosive finale.

Led by Academy Award® & Emmy® winner Kevin CostnerYellowstone was one of the most-watched series on US cable last year. Season three added Josh Holloway (Lost) to an all-star cast that included Luke Grimes (Fifty Shades franchise), Kelly Reilly (True Detective), Wes Bentley (American Horror Story), Cole Hauser (Rogue), Kelsey Asbille (Wind River), Brecken MerrillJefferson White (House of Cards), Forrie Smith (Better Call Saul), Denim Richards (Good Trouble) and Gil Birmingham (Animal Kingdom). Additional season three newcomers included: Eden Brolin (Beyond), Hassie Harrison (Tacoma FD) and Jennifer Landon (The Front Runner). 

In season four, Jacki Weaver (Stan Original Series BloomSilver Linings Playbook) portrays Caroline Warner; CEO of Market Equities. Also joining for the fourth season are series newcomers: Piper Perabo (Covert AffairsCoyote Ugly) who will portray Summer Higgins, an outside protestor from Portland who is against the state funded police force that protects industrialised farming and the killing of animals; Kathryn Kelly (NashvilleDolly Parton’s Heartstrings) who will portray Emily, a vet tech who soon strikes up a relationship with the new cowboy; and Finn Little (Storm Boy, Angel of Mine) who will portray Carter; a young boy reminiscent of a young Rip, with Beth deciding the ranch is the best place to teach him a lesson on how to be a man.

Weaver, Perabo and Kelly will appear in recurring roles with Little signed on as a series regular. Additionally, Will Patton has been upped to series regular for this season.

Yellowstone chronicles the Dutton family, led by John Dutton played by world-renowned actor and Oscar winner Kevin Costner. Dutton controls the largest contiguous cattle ranch in the United States. Amid shifting alliances, unsolved murders, open wounds, and hard-earned respect – the ranch is in constant conflict with those it borders – an expanding town, an Indian reservation, and America’s first national park. 

Co-created by Taylor Sheridan (Sicario) and John Linson (Sons of Anarchy), Yellowstone’s executive producers include John Linson, Art Linson, Taylor Sheridan, Kevin Costner, David C. Glasser, Bob Yari and Stephen Kay.

Yellowstone Season 4 premieres 8 November same day as the US. The only place you can stream every episode of Yellowstone is on Stan.

Summary: 
A young man seeking his gender identity decides to take part in the Miss France beauty pageant.

Year: 2020

Cinema Release Dates: 12th August 2021 (Australia)

VOD Release Dates: TBA

Country: France, Belguim

Director: Ruben Alves

Screenwriter: Ruben Alves, Elodie Namer

Cast: Vincent Albertini (Elias (aged 9)), Pascale Arbillot (Amanda), Hedi Bouchenafa (Ahmed), Ana Sofia Camara (Miss Grand Est), Myrtille Cauchefer (Miss Bourgogne), Mathilde Cazeneuve (Miss Bretagne), Stefi Celma (Miss PACA), Vaimalama Chaves (Miss France 2019), Claire Chust (Daphne), Thibault de Montalembert (Lola), Alice Duin (Miss Mormandie), Evan Esquerra (Alex (aged 9)), Laure Falesse (Brigitte), Quentin Faure (Elias Naim), Wynona Gueraini (Miss Centre-Val de loire), Killyan Geutchoum-Robert (Ao Karim), Virginie Guillin (Miss Hauts de France), Fanny Harcaut (Miss Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes), Aytl Jesen (Travesti), Justine Kamara (Miss Pays de la Loire), Amanda Lear (Marraine), Moussa Mansaly (Randy), Ophely Mezino (Miss Antilles-Guadeloupe), Isabelle Nanty (Yolanda), Charlotte Patat (Miss Occitaine), Ruchi Ranjan (Padini), Cherley Raveau (Competitrce Miss Ile-de-France), Cecile Rebboah (Charotte, l’assistante), Baya Rehaz (Miss Saint-Pierre et Miquelon), Rosemine Safy-Borget (Padme), Meriem Sarolie (Miss France 2004), Alexaine Torres (Miss Corse), Alexandre Wetter (Alex Dufresnoy), Noemie Zeitoun (Miss Nouvelle-Aquitaine)

Running Time: 107 mins

Classification: TBC

OUR MISS REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ Miss Review:

To be honest I wasn’t sure how I would go with this film. I don’t mind a film that tells somebody story while eradicating a social stigma but I often find that films set out to achieve that goal end up becoming preachy and are so focussed on the point that they are trying to make that they forget that they also try and need to make the film watchable for its audience.

Miss is an important film designed to take away the stigma about transgender women and to his credit filmmaker Ruben Alves (The Gilded Cage) does a brilliant job making the film not only a learning curve but also a brilliant film that never fails to entertain.

The film itself tells the story of Alex Dufresnoy (Alexandre Wetter – Kissing You) who wants to begin his transition into Alexandra and also win the coveted Miss France crown. While his landlord, Yolande (Isablle Nanty – Amelie), is supportive of the transition she is not supportive of the run at Miss France something that clearly hurts Alex who views Yolande as a second mother after he was left an orphan after a car accident.

Also willing to help Alex is neighbour and cross-dressing prostitute Lola (Thibault de Montalembert – The King) who helps Alex by introducing him to the stunning Marraine (Amanda Lear – Dance Challenge), who has many helpful tips about transitioning, but also warns Alex about the dangers associated with the lifestyle.

Alves’ key to making this film work is by making sure the film not only becomes preachy but by filling the film with characters that we care about. It would have to be a pretty heartless audience member that didn’t find themselves quickly warning to Alex and wanting to see them do well on their journey to becoming Alexandra.

The film’s screenplay also doesn’t glamorise the lifestyle or Hollywood-ise. As Alex starts on the journey to become Miss France we see the hatred shown towards them from the other contestants in the Miss France pageant and we see the dire warnings that are given by Lola about what being transgender can mean. So well written is that aspect of the screenplay that you can’t help but feel for Lola. While her heart is the right place and she obviously wants to help Alex you can see that during all the years that she has been doing it she would have been abused and assaulted so many times on the streets – the character has been written with a brutal realism that is often over-looked in films like this.

The fact that Alves and his co-screenwriter, Elodie Namer (The Tournament), show both the glamorous and welcoming side and the negative side to someone like Alex transitioning shows a really maturity as screen-writers and makes Miss a well-rounded film that has a real honesty about it.

Of course the other key to Miss working came down to the casting. With the wrong person playing Alex/Alexandra this film could have fallen apart completely. But instead the casting of Alexandre Wetter is a stroke of genius. They are so amazing in the role that you would have to say that if this was an American film they would be looking at an Oscar nomination. Wetter delivers the emotional lows that the film needs with such realism that any audience member might find themselves in tears and they have a good enough acting range to pull off anything asked of them in the film.

It would also be a dis-credit not to mention Thibault de Montalembert’s performance here as well, If Wetter was to get an Oscar nomination for their performance then it would be criminal if de Montalembert did not get a Supporting Role Oscar for their performance. He is truly brilliant as Lola and as mentioned earlier the role of Lola in this film is just as important as the role of Alex.Miss is a well-rounded drama that doesn’t glamorise what it is like for a transgender person to transition. Honest and true Miss is one of the films of 2021 that should not be missed, even for the performances of Wetter and de Montalembert alone.

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Parkland Entertainment is delighted to announce that The Champion of Auschwitz, the phenomenal story of Tadeusz “Teddy” Pietrzykowski and his fight for survival will be heading to UK/EIRE Cinemas from 3rd September.

The Champion of Auschwitz tells the unknown story of one of the first inmates of camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, prisoner number #77. During his 3-year imprisonment in the camp, Tadeusz “Teddy” Pietrzykowski fought over 40 victorious duels, becoming a symbol of hope for victory over Nazi terror. His on-screen history has been documented in detail based on archival statements of former prisoners of Auschwitz and the memories of the boxer himself.

It is 1940. The first transport of prisoners arrives at the newly created concentration camp Auschwitz. One of them is Tadeusz “Teddy” Pietrzykowski, pre-war boxing champion of Warsaw. The camp officers force him to fight in the ring for his and other prisoners’ lives. However, his every win strengthens the hope that Nazis are not invincible. Auschwitz officers notice the growing resistance. The confrontation with the authorities of the camp becomes inevitable.

The film’s director, Maciej Barczewski who is the grandson of Holocaust survivors said this of the film;  “The Champion of Auschwitz is a story about an extraordinary man who, thanks to his skills, not only fought for his life in the place of extermination, but also gave others hope that their tormentors were not invincible.

Lead actor, Piotr Głowacki added; “Tadeusz “Teddy” Pietrzykowski was a man who, thanks to a strong will to survive and a passion for boxing, has shown that even the greatest, unimaginable evil can be defeated.

The Champion of Auschwitz will be available in UK/EIRE Cinemas from 3rd September.

After best friends Kate, Liz, Cassie and Anna finished university, they didn’t have a care in the world. With their whole lives ahead of them, they decided to pack their bags and head off Interrailing around Europe for a month. Their final destination was the Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma on Mallorca, where they missed the dazzling ‘Festival of Light’. When the trip was over, they promised that one day that would repeat the special journey again. But life got in the way. Now the quartet has become a trio with the death of Anna. As a parting gift, Anna leaves her friends tickets to repeat the journey, but on one condition – Kate (Jenny Seagrove), Liz (Sally Phillips) and Cassie (Kelly Preston) must bring Anna’s 17 year-old daughter Maddie (Elizabeth Dormer-Phillips) with them. Agreeing to take Maddie with them they realise they have only five days to reach their destination of Mallorca, so they don’t miss ‘God’s Disco Ball’ – The Fiesta de la Candelaria – which occurs once a year. This time around they find travelling across Europe much more difficult, as lost passports, train strikes, and unexpected romantic entanglements throw their friendships into chaos. The question is: will they make it in time and honour their friend’s memory?

OFF THE RAILS is directed by Jules Williamson and stars Kelly Preston, Jenny Seagrove,
Sally Phillips with Ben Miller and Franco Nero.

 

Stan today announced that Catherine will continue her reign when the second season of Emmy Award-nominated comedy drama The Great debuts 20 November, the same day as the US and only on Stan.

The comedy drama, led by Elle Fanning (Super 8) and Nicholas Hoult (Stan’s True History of the Kelly Gang), will return for another 10-episode run after it’s first smash-hit season, joined by acclaimed actress Gillian Anderson.

In season two of The Great, Catherine finally takes the Russian throne for her own — but if she thought coup-ing her husband was difficult, it’s nothing compared to the realities of ‘liberating’ a country that doesn’t want to be. She’ll battle her court, her team, even her own mother (played by guest star Gillian Anderson) in a bid to bring the enlightenment to Russia. Meanwhile she’ll also battle her heart as Peter slowly transitions from much-hated husband, to prisoner? Ally? Lover? Ultimately Catherine will learn that to change a country, you must let it change you, that there is a fine line between idealism and delusion, and that becoming ‘Great’, will ask more of her than she could have imagined. 
 
The series stars Elle Fanning as Catherine, Nicholas Hoult, Phoebe Fox, Adam Godley, Gwilym Lee, Charity Wakefield, Douglas Hodge, Sacha Dhawan, Bayo Gbadamosi and Australian Belinda Bromilow. 

The Great is created, written and executive produced by Australian Oscar®-nominated writer Tony McNamara and executive produced by Marian MacgowanMark Winemaker, Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult, Echo Lake’s Brittany Kahan Ward, Doug Mankoff and Andrew Spaulding, Thruline’s Josh Kesselman and Ron West, and Matt Shakman. The project is produced by Civic Center Media in association with MRC Television.

The Great Season 2 premieres 20 November, same day as the US and only on Stan.

Every episode of The Great Season 1 is now streaming.

Summary: 
An ambitious young lawyer returns back to the island paradise she used to call home in a bid to talk her childhood friend into signing a document that he doesn’t want to sign.

Year: 2021

Cinema Release Dates: 22nd April 2021 (Australia)

VOD Release Dates: Available now in all regions.

Country: Australia

Director: Christine Luby

Screenwriter: Georgia Harrison

Cast: Lennox Broadley (Young Chip), Lynn Gilmartin (Gem), Saskia Hampele (Laura), Craig Horner (Owen), Monette Lee (Fiona), Liam McIntyre (Chip), Tiriel Mora (Mr. Bailey), Lawrence Ola (Karavi), Martin Portus (Graham), Jessi Robertson (Young Laura), Sophie Tilson (Olivia), Rajen Velu (Theodore), Sarah Woods (Mrs. Bailey)

Running Time: 91 mins

Classification: G (Australia), .U (UK), TV-13 (USA)

OUR THIS LITTLE LOVE OF MINE REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ This Little Love Of Mine Review:

When you think of Australian cinema and films you think of cult classics. Even over the past few years the Australian films that have made their way to Phuket have been horror films like Black Water: Abyss and Blood Relic. Even when you think of the great Australian film directors of the past decade you think of people such as George Miller (Mad Max), James Wan (Saw) and Leigh Whannell (The Invisible Man). Even the great Quentin Tarantino is quick to admit that Australia has some of the finest cult film-makers in the world.

What Australia hasn’t become known for over the years are great romance films – in fact it is hard to name too many good ones – although that may change with director Christine Luby’s (Dive Club) brand new romantic feature This Little Love Of Mine.

Written by Georgia Harrison (Rip Tide) and filmed in the Australian state of Queensland This Little Love Of Mine centres around an ambitious young lawyer named Laura (Saskia Hampele – A Few Less Men) whose chance of becoming a partner at the prestigious American law firm she works at hinges on her travelling back to the island paradise that she grew up on and convince her childhood friend Chip (Liam McIntyre – The Legend Of Hercules) to agree to take over the business empire set up by his Grandfather.

The catch is though Chip is not interested in the position. He is more than happy working as a tour boat operator alongside another childhood friend of Laura’s, Gem (Lynn Gilmartin – How Do You Know Chris?), and he has no interest at all in becoming a business owner despite the wealth that it would bring him.

Most people will predict the territory that This Little Love Of Mine will head into from a very early point in the film – but the joy of this film lays in the journey that it takes to get there… and of the the course the beautiful surrounds. Yes, while the film’s plot doesn’t exactly say where the island is that Chip, Laura and Gem call home the film does almost serve as a tourism ad for Queensland and Australia.

Harrison’s screenplay never tries to make this film anything that it isn’t. Any hints of comedy that do shine through are natural and not over-written and much of that comes to rest on Gem and another resort worker – Karavi (Lawrence Ola – Cloudy River). That works well not only because Ola quickly reveals that he has great comedic timing but because it allows the ‘friendship/relationship’ between Laura and Chip to flow along nicely.

The plot of the film also allows for a decent exploration into whether wealth is more important than happiness. For much of this movie Laura spends her time trying to convince Chip what he could do with his newfound wealth while he tries to explain that he has happy and he tries to convince and show her that while she might be successful with her career she is far from happy – especially with her fiancé Owen (Craig Horner – See No Evil). The moral that ‘home is where the heart is’ often raises its head throughout the film as well.

Once again as a screenwriter Harrison never over-writes anything and instead puts incredible emotion into the film. The scenes between Laura and Chip have real heart to them as they explore their past friendship, but often Harrison also has the sense to infuse these scenes with suspense as well as the audience is left wondering whose dream is going to come true and whose is going to be left shattered.

Credit also has to be made to Liam McIntyre and Saskia Hampele who are amazing in their roles. Both seem to be able to mix drama and comedy well and it is easy to see that McIntyre could easily become a Hollywood leading man while Hampele is a star in the making as well. With a postcard perfect setting and a storyline that is well and truly above what we normally expect to see in a romance film This Little Love Of Mine is an Australian film that deserves to be a world stage. This is certainly one of the surprises of 2021.

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From Warner Bros. Pictures come director/producer Clint Eastwood’s uplifting and poignant drama “Cry Macho”.  The film stars Eastwood as Mike Milo, a one-time rodeo star and washed-up horse breeder who, in 1979, takes a job from an ex-boss to bring the man’s young son home from Mexico. Forced to take the backroads on their way to Texas, the unlikely pair faces an unexpectedly challenging journey, during which the world-weary horseman finds unexpected connections and his own sense of redemption.

Also starring are Eduardo Minett as the young boy, Rafo, in his feature film debut, Natalia Traven (“Collateral Damage”, TV’s “Soulmates”) as Marta, with Dwight Yoakam (“Logan Lucky”, “Sling Blade”) as Mike’s former employer, Howard Polk.  The cast also includes Fernanda Urrejola (“Blue Miracle”, Netflix’s “Narcos: Mexico”) as Leta and Horacio Garcia-Rojas (“Netflix’s “Narcos: Mexico”, TV’s “La querida del Centauro”) as Aurelio.

Oscar winner Eastwood directed from a screenplay by Nick Schenk and N. Richard Nash, based on the novel by Nash.  Eastwood, Albert S. Ruddy, Tim Moore and Jessica Meier produced the film, with David M. Bernstein serving as executive producer.

The filmmaker’s creative team behind the scenes included BAFTA-nominated director of photography Ben Davis (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”, “Captain Marvel”), production designer Ron Reiss (set decorator, “Richard Jewell” and “The Mule”), Oscar-winning editor Joel Cox (“Unforgiven”), who has cut most of director Eastwood’s films, and editor David Cox (“Den of Thieves”, assistant editor on “Richard Jewell” and “The Mule”), and longtime collaborator costume designer Deborah Hopper.  The music is by Mark Mancina (“Moana”).

Warner Bros. Pictures Presents A Malpaso/Albert S. Ruddy Production, “Cry Macho”.  The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures and opens in Australian cinemas 4 November 2021.

Stan today released the official trailer for the highly anticipated true crime drama series Deceit, premiering Saturday, 14 August – same day as the UK and only on Stan.

Starring Niamh Algar (The Virtues, Raised by Wolves, Calm with Horses), the gripping four-part drama examines the controversial honeytrap at the heart of the high-pressure investigation into the devastating murder of Rachel Nickell in 1992.

To watch and share the trailer, click here: https://youtu.be/Hdz4Lid0HC0

Examining the complicated and toxic sexual politics of the early ‘90s and the police’s obsession with the wrong man, Deceit enters a dysfunctional world, where a female undercover officer, codename ‘Lizzie James’, is asked to become sexual bait for a suspected killer.

Five months on from the crime, The Met Police are still no closer to capturing the man they’re convinced is responsible. First identified through a BBC Crimewatch appeal, the evidence points to Colin Stagg (Sion Daniel Young  Keeping FaithThe Left Behind). The media feed a national obsession, covering every detail of the case and demanding justice. The police are determined to catch the man who, in their eyes, is guilty before he kills again. In desperation, the relatively young Detective Inspector leading the case, Keith Pedder (Harry Treadaway  The Crown, Star Trek: Picard), engages the nation’s most famous criminal profiler, Paul Britton (Eddie Marsan – Ray Donovan, Vice), to help devise a bold undercover operation which will see an attractive, young female officer start a relationship with Colin Stagg.

Growing up under Thatcher’s reign, with second-wave feminism, ‘Lizzie James’ (Niamh Algaris determined to rise through the ranks. But the early ‘90s has brought with it an inevitable backlash in the shape of ‘Lad Culture’, obliterating any feminist gains and putting women firmly back in their place, something felt by both ‘Lizzie’ and her friend and colleague Lucy (Rochenda Sandall – Line of Duty, Criminal: UK).

Hugely ambitious, ‘Lizzie’ has found a way to stand out by becoming one of very few female undercover officers deployed in covert operations, in a team which includes her sometime confidant Baz (Nathaniel Martello-White – I Hate Suzie, Collateral, Small Axe: Mangrove). But then she’s offered a central role in the biggest murder enquiry the country has ever seen.

Produced by Story Films, written by Emilia di Girolamo (The Tunnel) and with access to previously unheard audio, video and written materials, Deceit includes scenes of verbatim dialogue as part of a fictionalised retelling of events, taking audiences behind the scenes of one of the UK’s most flawed and controversial police investigations.

The true crime drama series Deceit premieres Saturday, 14 August only on Stan.