Category: Romance

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)

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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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Summary:  An atmospheric, coming-of-age love story steeped in eerie mystery and inspired by the gothic novel of the same name.

Year: 2019

Cinema Release Dates: 13th May 2021 (Australia), 16th October 2020 (UK)

VOD Release Dates: 11th August 2021 (Australia), 19th July 2021 (UK), 17th July 2020 (USA)

Country: UK

Director: Emily Harris

Screenwriter: Emily Harris, Sheridan Le Fanu, Sean McConaghy

Cast: Lorna Gayle (Margaret), Devrim Lingnau (Carmilla), Tobias Menzies (Doctor Renquist), Hanna Rae (Lara Bauer), Jessica Raine (Miss Fontaine), Scott Silven (Magician), Daniel Tuite (Paul the Stableman), Greg Wise (Mr. Bauer)

Running Time: 94 mins

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

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Summary:  The stunning landscape of Western Australia is the backdrop for an impassioned tale of love and grief in Gregor Jordan’s adaptation of the acclaimed novel by Tim Winton.

Year: 2019

Cinema Release Dates: 8th October 2020 (Australia)

VOD Release Dates: 19th July 2021 (Australia), 19th July 2021 (UK), 17th July 2020 (USA)

Country: Australia, UK

Director: Gregor Jordan

Screenwriter: Jack Thorne, Tim Winton (novel)

Cast: Syd Brisbane (Chugger), Ava Caryofyllis (Bird), Jacob Clayton (Josh), Luke Elliott (Red), Kelly Belinda Hammond (Jude), Chris Haywood (Warwick), Garrett Hedlund (Lu Fox), Kelly MacDonald (Georgie), George Mason (Darkie), Kohen Mills (Brad), Fern Nicholson (Ava), Jessica Niven (Lois), Aaron Pederson (Beaver), Julia Stone (Sal), David Wenham (Jim), Dan Wyllie (Rusty)

Running Time: 105 mins

Classification: M (Australia), 15 (UK)

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The third installment of the “After” franchise finds Tessa starting an exciting new chapter of her life. But as she prepares to move to Seattle for her dream job, Hardin’s jealousy and unpredictable behavior reach a fever pitch and threaten to end their intense relationship. Their situation grows more complicated when Tessa’s father returns and shocking revelations about Hardin’s family come to light. Ultimately, Tessa and Hardin must decide if their love is worth fighting for or if it’s time to go their separate ways.

AFTER WE FELL is directed by Castille Landon and stars Josephine Langford, Hero Fiennes Tiffin, Chance Perdomo, Stephen Moyer, Mira Sorvino, Carter Jenkins.

AFTER WE FELL coming to Australia and New Zealand cinemas on September 9th 2021.

The Steve Jaggi Company and Incendo have commenced production on the romantic comedy You, Me and the Penguins. This feature film stars Australian actor Tammin Sursok (Pretty Little Liars, Rules of Engagement, Crossing Over), Jason Wilder (Kidnapped, Great White, We Were Tomorrow) and Madeleine West (Neighbours, Playing for Keeps).  Written by Annelies Kavan and welcoming the talent of director Christine Luby (This Little Love of Mine, Dive Club), the film is being shot on location across Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Steve Jaggi, Spencer McLaren and Ian Whitehead, will produce the film; Graham Ludlow is Supervising Producer; Executive Producers are Steve Jaggi, Jean Bureau and Ian Whitehead.

You, Me and the Penguins – Tilly Monterey (Tammin Sursok) works a desk job as the Compliance and Outreach Manager at the Animal Discovery Institute in San Diego. When the Crystal Bay Penguin Sanctuary is threatened with closure and its colony of Little Blue penguins is scheduled to be relocated 2,500km away, Tilly’s dream to work in the field is realised. Accompanied by her sister and mother of three Gemma (Madeleine West), Tilly heads to Crystal Bay… Australia. Arriving at the centre, Tilly is met by the welcoming General Manager Kyle (Stuart Lumsden) and his husband Parker (Nick Hardcastle), alongside Head Zoologist Fletcher (Jason Wilder). Preferring penguins to people, Fletcher begrudgingly welcomes Tilly’s arrival and the two rarely see eye to eye. With only a week to turn the sanctuary around, the group must band together to gather donations, gain funding, and generate interest in the scientific community. As Fletcher teaches Tilly more about the sanctuary’s needs and the Little Blue penguins that they house, his belief in people, and even love, is reignited by the bubbly and intelligent Tilly. Meanwhile, Tilly realises she has never felt more at home than with pragmatic and practical Fletcher. With the sanctuary saved, a dream job in Alaska now on offer and Gemma keen to return to her family, Tilly must decide between leaving Crystal Bay, or staying with Fletcher and the Little Blue penguins he loves so much.

Tammin Sursok has recently returned to Australia from the US, and comments “I’m thrilled to be back here in Australia with my family to film. I was really attracted to this positive and inspiring story, and I can’t wait to get underway with the shoot.”

Director Christine Luby adds “I’ve chosen this project as my second feature because of the smart and capable protagonist we have in Tilly, and her determination to create community and a sense of belonging. We need more stories with female leads with agency and I find that Tilly is an inspiration to us all. Creating the town of Crystal Bay with its adorable Little Blue penguins and small town vibes has been so much fun.”


You, Me and the Penguins
 is the latest feature film in the romance genre from The Steve Jaggi Company, having recently wrapped Love In Bloom, also shot in Brisbane. You, Me and the Penguins will be distributed in Australia by Pivot Pictures. Internationally, the film will be titled Love and Penguins.

Summary:  On vacation in Thailand, Richard sets out for an island rumored to be a solitary beach paradise.

Year: 2000

Cinema Release Dates: 9th March 2000 (Australia), 10th March 2000 (Thailand), 11th February 2000 (UK), 29th July 1988 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: Out now in all regions.

Country: USA, UK

Director: Danny Boyle

Screenwriter: John Hodge

Cast: Lars Arentz-Hansen (Bugs), Daniel Caltagirone (Unhygenix), Guillaume Canat (Etienne), Robert Carlyle (Daffy), Leonardo DiCaprio (Richard), Peter Givisser (Gergorio), Samuel Gough (Guitarman), Peter Youngblood Hills (Zeph), Juka Hiltunen (Karl), Simone Huber (Eva), Patrick Joseph (Keaty), Virginie Ledoyen (Francoise), Magnus Lindgren (Sten), Saskia Mulder (Hilda), Victoria Smurfit (Weathergirl), Raweeporn ‘Non’ Srimonju (Sumet), Jerry Swindall (Sammy), Tilda Swinton (Sal), Staffan Kihlbom Thor (Christo), Zelda Tinska (Sonja), Ludija Zovkic (Mirjana)

Running Time: 119 mins

Classification: MA (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

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Rom-com fans can look forward to the endearing new tropical romance THIS LITTLE LOVE OF MINE, making its debut on Netflix worldwide on Wednesday July 7, 2021. THIS LITTLE LOVE OF MINEis the latest film in the romance genre from The Steve Jaggi Company, the team behind the 2020 hit Romance on the Menu, which reached as high as number 2 on Netflix most popular movies list in Australia, and stayed in this top 10 list for a week. Nicely Entertainment handles the worldwide distribution of the movie with Vanessa Shapiro serving as Executive Producer.

Starring Saskia Hampele (The Heights) and Liam McIntyre (Spartacus: Vengeance), THIS LITTLE LOVE OF MINE follows Laura Price, a successful San Francisco lawyer on the cusp of promotion – a far cry from her childhood growing up on a tropical island with best friends Chip and Gem. When the firm’s biggest client – Chip’s grandfather – asks Laura to travel to the island and deliver a contract to make Chip his heir, she leaves behind her practice and fiancé Owen, to convince her childhood friend to sign a contract that will make him a billionaire. As Chip and Laura grow closer, she questions whether she’s engaged to the right man or if she belongs back on the island with her childhood sweetheart. 

Streaming to Netflix audiences in over 190 countries, THIS LITTLE LOVE OF MINE was the first feature film to go into production in Australia during the pandemic, and showcases the best of Far North Queensland, with the film shot entirely on location in Palm Cove in 2020. Director Christine Luby comments “It’s wonderful to be able to share this uplifting love story about following your heart with audiences around the world. We shot the film under strict conditions during the pandemic and I know what a tough time this has been for so many people. My hope is that this film can uplift and inspire people and show off the tropical paradise of Australia’s Far North Queensland”. 

Lead actor Saskia Hampele comments “I’m over the moon that our beautiful film will have the chance to be seen by romance fans around the world. We had an incredible team and loved every minute making the film in sparkling Palm Cove. I think that really shows on the screen.”


THIS LITTLE LOVE OF MINE
 delighted audiences at the Gold Coast Film Festival, where it had its world premiere in April 2021. The film is written by Georgia Harrison (Rip Tide) and is the directorial debut of Christine Luby. Supporting cast members include Lynn Gilmartin, Lawrence Ola, Monette Lee, Tiriel Mora and Martin Portus.