Category: Film News

Umbrella Entertainment in association with Monster Pictures will release the most ambitious sci-fi film ever produced in Australia, OCCUPATION RAINFALL, to home entertainment on June 16.

Following a major theatrical release earlier this year that saw OCCUPATION RAINFALL play in over 200 cinemas across Australia, Luke Sparke’s highly anticipated follow-up to the 2018 feature OCCUPATION is finally headed home to Blu-ray, DVD & Digital.

A film of such epic scale as OCCUPATION RAINFALL is deserving of the deluxe treatment on home entertainment and Umbrella Entertainment & Monster Pictures answer the call with a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray. Loaded with Special Features, ranging from multiple Audio Commentary tracks to Deleted Scenes to Featurettes that take you behind-the-scenes of the film and much more, this is without a doubt the definitive release of OCCUPATION RAINFALL.

Blu-ray Special Features

• 2 x Audio Commentary Tracks
–with writer/director Luke Sparke
-with writer/director Luke Sparke, producers Carly Imrie & Carmel Imrie, actor Zac Garred and VFX Supervisor Alex Becconsall
• 8 x Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by writer/director Luke Sparke
-Montage/ Wessex & Amelia
-Alien Spy in the Base
-Wessex & Amelia Reunite
-Haye’s Room
-Wessex & Amelia
-To the Lost
-Matt Talks to Alison
-Matt Hears Baby Alison
• Behind-the-Scenes (Featurette)
• Making The Music – Attack on Sydney (Featurette)
• Red Carpet Premiere (Featurette)
• TV Spots
-15 Second Spot
-30 Second Spot
• Theatrical Trailer
• Reversible Sleeve Artwork

Blu-ray Specifications

• Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 (16×9)
• Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Umbrella Entertainment have just released writer/director Braden R. Duemmler‘s debut feature WHAT LIES BELOW, a mystery horror to DVD and Video-on-Demand.

Sixteen-year-old Libby Wells (Ema Horvath, THE GALLOWS ACT II) returns from summer camp to the surprise introduction of her Mom’s fiancée, John Smith (Trey Tucker, THE OUTPOST), who emerges from the backyard lake, chiseled and glistening in the afternoon light.

While her Mom (Mena Suvari, AMERICAN BEAUTY) nurses a foreign illness in the upstairs bedroom, John ignites a sexual curiosity in Libby and she slowly accepts his awkward, confusing advances. One night, Libby wakes to a piercing, amber light that cascades into her room from the depths of the lake outside. She spots John on the shore, basking in the luminance, until he walks into the water, completely submerges and then disappears as the light clicks off.

Immediately, Libby questions John’s outward perfection. Her suspicions raised, she quickly uncovers his true nature and sinister strategy, even as her Mother clings to his infectious charm.

WHAT LIES BELOW Available on DVD & Video-on-Demand Now

The God of Mischief strikes again! Watch Tom Hiddleston’s video message announcing the new premiere date and weekly release day for Marvel Studios’ “Loki,” a brand-new, original series exclusively on Disney+.

Marvel Studios’ “Loki” features the God of Mischief as he steps out of his brother’s shadow in a new series that takes place after the events of “Avengers: Endgame.” Tom Hiddleston returns as the title character, joined by Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sophia Di Martino, Wunmi Mosaku and Richard E. Grant. Kate Herron directs “Loki,” and Michael Waldron is head writer. 

Presented by Palace, the German Film Festival’s full 2021 programme has been revealed, which boasts a spectacular selection of 30 films, the best and latest in German cinema, a number of which are screening for the first time outside Germany.

The Festival, in collaboration with German Films, opens with the eagerly anticipated feature debut of actor Daniel Brühl (Good Bye Lenin!), who directs and stars in NEXT DOOR (Nebenan) fresh from its world premiere at the Berlinale. In this darkly comic skewering of celebrity and privilege, Brühl plays a famous actor whose day gets completely railroaded by a stranger with ulterior motives.

The multi award-winning Closing Night film, BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ is a slick new adaptation of Alfred Döblin’s influential 1929 novel of the same name and follows an undocumented immigrant from West Africa on a dark odyssey through Berlin.

Berlin Alexanderplatz was previously adapted by filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and Fassbinder is the focus of this year’s Festival spotlight with a glorious 4K restoration of LOLA for its 40th anniversary. Lola follows a seductive cabaret singer in her outrageous quest to elevate herself in a world where everything-and everyone-is for sale. The film will feature special introductions at selected sessions throughout the Festival.

Plus the Cannes Film Festival selected ENFANT TERRIBLE, aprovocative and uncompromising biopic that looks at the intense short life and excesses of the iconic New German Cinema auteur, featuring a brilliant performance from Oliver Masucci as Fassbinder. 

The city of Berlin features prominently in this year’s festival. Documentary BERLIN BOUNCER tells the story of Berlin – from a divided city to the party metropolis of today – through the eyes of its most legendary doormen. Stars Berghain bouncer Sven Marquardt.

THE KANGAROO CHRONICLES (Die Känguru-Chroniken) is ahilarious adaptation of the bestselling book series by Marc-Uwe Kling and revolves around a mediocre musician and a communist Kangaroo who must team up to fight a right-wing politician. Directed by Dani Levy.

Sandra Hüller (Toni Erdmann) stars in EXILE (Exil) where cultural and psychological tensions, claustrophobically observed in the workplace and at home, come to a head in Visar Morina’s enthralling thriller about one man’s identity crisis as a foreigner in Germany.

FREE COUNTRY (Freies Land)is set in a recently reunified Germany as two detectives investigate the disappearance of teen sisters in a remote town, where it seems like everyone has something to hide.

Family relationships are at the fore in GOD, YOU’RE SUCH A PRICK (Gott, du kannst ein Arsch sein). 

16-year-old Steffi who has been diagnosed with cancer decides to enjoy the time she has left by embarking on a road-trip while her parents (played by Heike Makatsch and Til Schweiger) chase her. Charming comedy GRANDPARENTING 101 (Enkel für Anfänger) stars Heiner Lauterbach, Barbara Sukowa and Maren Kroymann as grandparents for hire who plunge their lives into chaos to escape their monotonous retirement. Lauterbach also stars in IT’S FOR YOUR OWN GOOD (Es ist zu deinem Besten) alongside Jürgen Vogel and Hilmi Sözer in this feel-good comedy as three fathers who make a pact to save their daughters from their boyfriends.

A beguiling fusion of modern romance and futurism, Maria Schrader’s romantic comedy I’M YOUR MAN (Ich bin dein Mensch) questions what it means to be human, as a scientist agrees to live with a humanoid robot in an extraordinary experiment. Maren Eggert’s performance as scientist Alma earned her the Silver Bear Award at the Berlinale this year. Also stars Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey).  

Told without dialogue but full of poetry, THE BRA (Vom Lokführer, der die Liebe suchte) is an unconventional Cinderella story set in scenic Azerbaijan where a lovable train driver stumbles upon not a crystal slipper but a blue bra.

In THE PERFECT SECRET (Das perfekte Geheimnis), an evening amongst friends escalates when all phones are put on the table at dinner and secrets cannot be hidden in this biting German box office hit featuring a unique all-star ensemble.

Based on a bestselling novel, epistolary cyber romance THE SPACE BETWEEN THE LINES (Gut gegen Nordwind) is a thoughtful look at the nature of human relationships, starring Nora Tschirner and Alexander Fehling.

Thrilling drama THE COLLINI CASE (Der Fall Collini) starsElyas M’Barek as a young defence lawyer who unearths a vast conspiracy while investigating a brutal murder case. M’Barek also stars opposite Palina Rojinski in NIGHTLIFE, which follows one man’s romantic encounter with the woman of his dreams that turns into a crazy chase through the Berlin night in this wild comedy. 

Austrian cinema also features with OSKAR & LILLI. WHERE NO ONE KNOWS US (Ein bisschen bleiben wir noch), a timely bittersweet odyssey about the many ways of perceiving the world in order to survive. Two Chechen refugee children – separated from their mother – try to avert their looming fate of deportation from Austria with poetic and unusual means.

BACKSTAGE VIENNA STATE OPERA (Backstage Wiener Staatsoper), a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at cultural institution the Vienna State Opera, portrays the variety of often invisible work that enables the world-renowned singers, conductors and musicians to delight their audience.

Music is also at the heart of THE AUDITION (Das Vorspiel).A meticulously arranged visual concerto from acclaimed German actor-director Ina Weisse, this gripping drama stars Nina Hoss as a woman trapped in the pursuit of success. Each session will be followed by a pre-recorded Q&A with star Nina Hoss.

Previously announced, the Festival Centrepiece feature is FABIAN: GOING TO THE DOGS (Fabian oder Der Gang vor die Hunde).  Direct from its world premiere at the 2021 Berlinale, Dominik Graf’sadaptation of Erich Kästner’s iconic 1930s Berlin set novel, sees a dashing idealist played by Tom Schilling find love amidst the twilight hedonism of pre-Nazi Germany. Special event screenings will feature an introduction and intermission with specialty cocktails served.

Also screening: ELECTRIC GIRL, a high energy blend of animation and psychological study in which a slam poet begins to embody the Japanese anime superheroine that she voices.While in HOW I TAUGHT MYSELF TO BE A CHILD (Wie ich lernte, bei mir selbst Kind zu sein)the youngest son of an old Austrian dynasty of confectionery millionaires discovers the power of love, humour and his own extraordinary ability to shape his realities in conservative 1950s Vienna.

The Goethe-Institut presents the popular sidebar “Kino for Kids”, films especially curated for children and teens. This year’s programme includes: 

A VOLUNTARY YEAR (Das freiwillige Jahr) – Adomestic coming-of-age story, a father and daughter fight over travel plans as recent high-school graduate Jette is about to head to Central America for a year of volunteering.

DEAR MR. FÜHRER (Das Glaszimmer) – After fleeing Munich with his mother shortly before the end of the war, Felix befriends the son of a loyal National Socialist in this war drama about growing up and fitting in.

MADISON: A FAST FRIENDSHIP (Madison) – When the cycling-obsessed 13-year-old Madison has to unwillingly swap her racing bike for a mountain bike in the Alps, things go haywire in this sporting adventure.

MAX AND THE WILD BUNCH (Max und die wilde 7) – When nine-year-old Max moves to a senior residence with his mother, he is caught up in an exciting investigation, together with the three nursing home residents of Table No. 7.

THE PEPPERCORNS AND THE SECRET OF THE DEEP SEA (Die Pfefferkörner und der Schatz der Tiefsee) – An exciting adventure with a strong environmental message, five young sleuths become embroiled in an eco-conspiracy in their search for a missing oceanographer.

TOO FAR AWAY (Zu weit weg) – Athis new school, an 11-year-old boy bonds over soccer with another newcomer, a 12-year-old Syrian refugee in this sensitive drama of competition and friendship.

Tickets are now on sale at www.germanfilmfestival.com.au

The German Film Festival will take place nationally from 25 May to 20 June in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Brisbane and Byron Bay. 

LISTING DETAILS:

Sydney: 25 May – 13 June, Palace Norton, Chauvel Cinemas, Palace Central

Canberra: 26 May – 13 June, Palace Electric

Melbourne: 27 May – 13 June,Palace Balwyn, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Cinema Como, The Kino, Pentridge Cinema and The Astor Theatre (selected sessions)

Brisbane: 1 – 20 June,Palace James StPalace Barracks

Adelaide: 2 – 20 June,Palace Nova Eastend CinemasPalace Nova Prospect Cinemas

Perth: 3 – 20 June, Luna Leederville, Luna on SX & Palace Raine Square

Byron Bay: 4 – 20 June, Palace Byron Bay

Umbrella Entertainment will release filmmakers Andrew Traucki & David Nerlich’s critically lauded survival-horror BLACK WATER to Blu-ray in a feature-packed edition on May 5th.

After blazing the international film festival circuit around the world including London’s FrightFest and Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival, BLACK WATER was released to Australian audiences in 2008 and quickly became a genre touchstone in local cinema, surpassing the reputations of both ROGUE and DARK WATER.

Heralded by the BBC as “short, sharp and refreshingly nasty” and Time Out as a “scary horror movie [that] makes effective use of one striking location and one strong idea“, BLACK WATER is without a doubt an Australian genre classic worthy of celebration with Umbrella Entertainment’s global Blu-ray debut.

Special Features

Audio Commentary with filmmakers Andrew Traucki & David Nerlich
The Making of BLACK WATER
Deleted Scenes
Theatrical Trailer

Synopsis

Grace (Diana Glenn, HARROW), her boyfriend Adam (Andy Rodoreda, CARGO) and younger sister Lee (Maeve Dermody, THE SECRET GARDEN) decide to take a river tour whilst holidaying in Northern Australia. As they drift into a mangrove swamp, their boat is suddenly capsized and their guide disappears. Realising they’ve been attacked by a crocodile, Adam drags Grace to the safety of a tree whilst Lee clings on top of the overturned boat. Adam and Grace frantically try and manoeuvre Lee and the boat to the tree but it is firmly stuck. Stranded in the flooded mangrove swamp, the three holiday makers must work out what to do to survive.

BLACK WATER on Blu-ray from May 5th.

STUDIOCANAL today announce the 4K restoration of Paul Verhoeven’s (ROBOCOP, TOTAL RECALL, STARSHIP TROOPERS) BASIC INSTINCT. Commissioned by STUDIOCANAL, the film was restored through 2019 and 2020 from the original 35MM negative and supervised by the director himself, with invaluable input to the bonus material from Sharon Stone and Michael Douglas.  As boundary-pushing today as it was in 1992, BASIC INSTINCT redefined the erotic thriller subgenre and remains a must-see for audiences globally.

The film will soon be launched theatrically in France with STUDIOCANAL’s partners Carlotta, coinciding with the French home entertainment release (June 16th 2021), and will also be in cinemas from June 17th 2021 in Australia and New Zealand, followed by a theatrical release from Rialto Pictures in the US later this year. STUDIOCANAL will also launch the film on Ultra HD™, Blu-Ray, DVD and Steelbook editions in the UK (June 14th 2021), Germany (June 17th 2021), Australia (July 7th 2021) and New Zealand (July 14th 2021)

In addition to a new trailer, two brand-new artworks have also been created to promote the release which were designed by celebrated, French graphic artist Flore Maquin.  Maquin is noted for her iconic Cannes Film Festival poster designs of 2018 and 2019 amongst a host of other film work.

To coincide with the new restoration, a brand new 52 minute documentary, BASIC INSTINCT: SEX, DEATH & STONE has been created by STUDIOCANAL, TCM and Rockyrama and is being sold globally to broadcasters, having received its network premiere in France in December 2020.  This documentary includes exclusive interviews and personal anecdotes captured in 2019 and 2020 with Paul Verhoeven, Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas, editor Frank J. Urioste, writer Joe Eszterhas and cinematographer Jan de Bont, and will feature on the Home Entertaiment releases for the film as a special bonus feature.

The aim was to create an image just as crisp as audiences had enjoyed in 1992. The first step was to scan the 35MM image negative of the film in 4K DPX LOG 16 bits on Scanity – but the restoration team at Hiventy Laboratory in Joinville-le-Pont noticed a problem with the negative.  STUDIOCANAL project manager, Sophie Boyer, explains – “we quickly realized that the negatives corresponded to the short version of the film. In addition, some shots from the most erotic scenes were censored in the United States. We went looking for these cuts: their negatives had disappeared, but we found them in the internegative. Thanks to this, we were able to restore the full-length version of the film, the only version that Paul Verhoeven wanted to have restored.”

All damages on the negatives were identified: stains, scratches, dusty shots and instabilities. DIAMANT film software was used to remove these defects.  The laboratory undertook over 100 hours of manual removal of the dark stains.  Light filtering was applied to remove the superficial defects, with particular care taken to retain the grain and the texture of the original image. The film was colour graded for theatrical, home entertainment and 4K HDR release using previous digital releases and 35MM prints as a reference. The colour-grading required a painstaking homogenization between the different versions (the director’s cut vs. censored versions). The sound was similarly restored – the dynamic of the mixes was improved, and the sync checked throughout, with corrections made using Protools plug-ins for a 5.1 + 2.0 version, from sources 3324.

Michael Douglas stars as San Francisco detective Nick Curran, a troubled cop with a history of trigger-happy shootings. The death of a former rock star sends him into the orbit of the victim’s lover, novelist Catherine Tramell (Sharon Stone), who immediately becomes prime suspect in the murder. But Nick’s lust for danger draws him further and further into Catherine’s orbit as he becomes dangerously obsessed with her. Can he prove her innocence and free her of suspicion? Or is she involved in the murder after all?

The film also stars Jeanne Tripplehorn as police psychologist Dr Beth Garner, George Dzundas as Nick’s partner Gus, Denis Arndt as Lieutenant Phillip Walker and Leilani Sarelle as Roxy Hardy. The cast is rounded out by great character actors like Bruce A. Young, Stephen Tobolowsky, Wayne Knight and Chelcie Ross.

Theatrical release dates:

AUSTRALIA – STUDIOCANAL: 17th June 2021

NEW ZEALAND – STUDIOCANAL: 17th June 2021

Home Entertainment release dates:

AUSTRALIA – STUDIOCANAL: 7th July 2021

NEW ZEALAND – STUDIOCANAL: 14th July 2021

MONSTER FEST celebrates its 10th Anniversary from November 25th-28th in SydneyBrisbanePerth & Adelaide with four days of the latest and greatest genre and cult cinema programming from around the world.

Once again in partnership with Event Cinemas, MONSTER FEST will return to Event Cinemas George St (Sydney), Event Cinema Myer Centre (Brisbane), Event Cinemas Innaloo (Perth) & Event Cinemas Marion (Adelaide).

MONSTER FEST Festival Director Grant Hardie remarked “as this year marks the 10th anniversary since we launched Monster Fest to genre fans around Australia, it’s particularly satisfying to be announcing the 2021 events after successfully meeting the challenges we all faced in 2020. We are really excited to see what’s on offer this year and showcase these films to audiences around the country.

Tickets & Passes will go on sale in July when the first wave of programming is revealed.

WHEN:
Thursday 25th of November – Sunday 28th of November 2021

WHERE:

NSW
Event Cinemas George St
505/525 George St
Sydney NSW

QLD
Event Cinema Myer Centre
Level 3, The Myer Centre, 91 Queen St
Brisbane City QLD

WA
Event Cinemas Innaloo
57 Liege St
Innaloo WA

SA
Event Cinemas Marion
Level 3, Westfield, 297 Diagonal Rd
Oaklands Park SA

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

When the Oscar winners are read out tomorrow there will be one Australian company listening on with baited breath as they have a number of nominations over various categories.

Blackmagic Design is best known for its camera gear and post production software, which is used on more than 80% of Hollywood films, concerts and streaming services from “Marvel”, and “Game of Thrones” to Disney’s live action remake of “The Lion King” and Elton John’s “Farewell Yellow Brick Road World Tour”. 

Blackmagic Design products, such as its DaVinci Resolve Studio and Pocket Cinema Camera 6K were used on the following nominated films ranging from Best Motion Picture, Best International Feature Film, Best Documentary Feature and Achievement in Visual Effects:

  • “Mulan” graded with DaVinci Resolve Studio by Natasha Leonnet at Company 3;
  • “Minari” graded with DaVinci Resolve Studio by David Cole at Fotokem. DP Lachlan Milne ACS, NZCS also used DaVinci Resolve Studio to create LUTs for the film prior to production;
  • “Another Round” graded with DaVinci Resolve Studio by Emil Eriksson at Zentropa;
  • “Hunger Ward” graded with DaVinci Resolve Studio by John Davidson. Pocket Cinema Camera 6K used to shoot a number of scenes;
  • “The Mole Agent” Colorist Ismael Cabrera Echeverría of Filmo Estudios used DaVinci Resolve Studio for final color adjustments and mastering, along with a DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G;
  • “News of the World” graded with DaVinci Resolve Studio by Stephen Nakamura of Company 3;
  • “One and Only Ivan” graded with DaVinci Resolve Studio by Rob Pizzey of Goldcrest Post Production London;
  • “Feeling Through” graded with DaVinci Resolve Studio by Cullen Kelly; and
  • “Love and Monsters” DP Lachlan Milne, ACS, NZCS also used DaVinci Resolve Studio to create LUTs for the film prior to production.

Hunger Ward, which has been nominated in the Best Short Documentary category, was shot in an active war zone in Yemen, using Blackmagic’s Pocket Cinema Camera 6K.

The film’s director of photography, Jeffrey Bell, spruiked Blackmagic’s pocket-sized camera, which allowed his team to discreetly capture unique and powerful moments on its journey following two female health care workers fighting to thwart the spread of starvation.

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/