Category: Film News

Today, Disney+ released the teaser trailer and key art for MICKEY: THE STORY OF A MOUSE from Disney Original Documentary. The announcement comes out of D23 Expo in Anaheim, which launched the official kick-off to the 100th anniversary celebration of The Walt Disney Company. The feature documentary will premiere globally on Disney+ on November 18 – Mickey Mouse’s birthday. MICKEY: THE STORY OF A MOUSE is directed by award-winning filmmaker Jeff Malmberg (Marwencol) and produced by Academy Award-winner Morgan Neville (Won’t You Be My Neighbor), Meghan Walsh, and Chris ShellenThe documentary was executive produced by Caitrin Rogers, edited by Jake Hostetter, Aaron Wickenden, cinematography by Antonio Cisneros, sound design by Lawrence Everson, and music by Daniel Wohl. The film had its World Premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival earlier this year and also screened at this year’s Sun Valley Film Festival and Newport Summer Film Series, among several others.
 
As one of the world’s most beloved characters, Mickey Mouse is recognized as a symbol of joy and childhood innocence in virtually every corner of the globe. Dreamed up at a low point in Walt Disney’s burgeoning career, Mickey became an overnight sensation when he starred in the first sync-sound animated short, “Steamboat Willie.” Through the decades that followed, the character evolved into strikingly different versions of himself that reflect both his creator’s remarkable career and dramatic societal shifts in the nation he came to represent. Director Jeff Malmberg and Academy Award-winning producer Morgan Neville (who previously teamed up for “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”examine the cultural significance of the nearly 100-year-old cartoon mouse. The documentary also features an exclusive animated short film, “Mickey in a Minute,” created by the legendary hand-drawn team from Walt Disney Animation Studios. 
 
“Ninety-four years ago, Walt Disney created a mouse that would become one of the world’s most beloved characters,” said Marjon Javadi, vice president of Disney Original Documentary. “We are excited for the world to see Mickey Mouse in a way they’ve never seen him before. Our award-winning team of filmmakers captures Mickey’s journey through the years and reminds us why he has had such an impact on us.”
 
MICKEY: THE STORY OF A MOUSE features legendary Disney animators Eric Goldberg, Mark Henn and Randy Haycock, as well as animation artist and Disney Legend Floyd Norman. Art historian Carmenita Higginbotham, director of Walt Disney Archives Rebecca Cline and archivist Kevin Kern are also featured in the film. With exclusive archival footage and interviews, the film examines the ongoing artistic and cultural significance — as well as the controversies — surrounding the nearly 100-year-old cartoon mouse. The film features a brand new Walt Disney Animation Studios hand-drawn animated short, “Mickey in a Minute,” and documents its animation process by Eric Goldberg, Mark Henn and Randy Haycock. 
 
“Mickey Mouse is a symbol we see every day of our lives,” director Jeff Malmberg says. “We all know Mickey, but he means different things to different people. We felt like Mickey deserved a documentary that was joyful but also honest. I’m glad that Disney allowed us to delve so deeply into the evolutions and meanings of the world’s most famous mouse.”
 
Jeff Malmberg is a documentary filmmaker whose debut film, “Marwencol,” won more than two dozen awards, including the SXSW Grand Jury Award. It was recently selected for the Criterion Channel and named a Cinema Eye Decade Film as one of the 20 best documentary films in the last 10 years. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship for his second film, “Spettacolo,” a Critics’ Choice nominee for Best Documentary. Malmberg edited Morgan Neville’s documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?,” which was released by Focus Features. Most recently, he was nominated for a GRAMMY® for co-directing and editing “Shangri-La,” a four-part series for Showtime about Rick Rubin and the creative process.
 
Jeff Malmberg is directing MICKEY: THE STORY OF A MOUSE with Academy Award-winner Morgan Neville producing under his company, Tremolo Productions. Chris Shellen and Meghan Walsh are also producers. Caitrin Rogers serves as executive producer. Marjon Javadi is vice president of Originals for Documentaries and Docuseries for Disney Branded Television/Disney Original Documentary.
 
Disney Original Documentary previously announced upcoming projects “Goodbye Yellowbrick Road: The Final Elton John Performances and The Years That Made His Legend,” “Madu,” “If These Walls Could Sing,” the untitled film on Jim Henson, and the Oscar® short-listed documentary short “Sophie and the Baron.” Critically acclaimed “Mija” will premiere on Disney+ on Sept. 16, 2022.

Actor, Eric Bana and Director, Robert Connolly, have reunited for Force of Nature, the sequel to the 2021 Australian box office hit The Dry. The film is based on the bestselling series by Jane Harper and sees Bana reprise his character, Aaron Falk.

Bana will be joined by cast members Anna Torv (Mindhunter) as Alice Russell, Deborra-lee Furness (Jindabyne) as Jill Bailey, Robin McLeavy (Homeland) as Lauren, Sisi Stringer (Mortal Kombat) as Beth, Lucy Ansell (Utopia) as Bree and Jacqueline McKenzie (Romper Stomper) as Federal Agent Carmen Cooper.

Jeremy Lindsay-Taylor is back in the role of Erik Falk, alongside Richard Roxburgh as Daniel Bailey, Tony Briggs as Ian Chase and Kenneth Radley as Sergeant King.

Produced by Bruna PapandreaJodi Matterson and Steve Hutensky of Made Up Stories, alongside Eric Bana for Pick Up Truck Pictures and Robert Connolly for Arenamedia. Ricci SwartMeryl Metni, Andrew Myer, Robert Patterson, Andrew Bassat, Joanna Baevski, Hayley Baillie, James Baillie, and Roadshow Films’ Joel Pearlman and Edwina Waddy are executive producing. 

In Force of Nature, when five women take part in a corporate hiking retreat and only four come out on the other side, Federal Agents Aaron Falk and Carmen Cooper head deep into the Victorian mountain ranges to investigate in the hopes of finding their whistle-blowing informant, Alice Russell, alive. 

Released in 2021, The Dry became on of the top highest grossing Australian films of all time, taking in over $20 million at the box office. 

Force of Nature received major production investment from Screen Australia in association with VicScreen

Force of Nature will be in Australian cinemas in 2023.

The magical teaser trailer for the all-new live-action musical comedy “Disenchanted,” which premiered at the D23 Expo 2022 in the Anaheim Convention Center over the weekend, is here! The eagerly-anticipated sequel to “Enchanted,” which reunites original cast members Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, Idina Menzel, and James Marsden and also stars Maya Rudolph, Gabriella Baldacchino, Yvette Nicole Brown, and Jayma Mays, is directed by Adam Shankman and features new songs from Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz. “Disenchanted” begins streaming November 24, exclusively on Disney+.
 
It has been 15 years since Giselle (Amy Adams) and Robert (Patrick Dempsey) wed, but Giselle has grown disillusioned with life in the city, so they move their growing family to the sleepy suburban community of Monroeville in search of a more fairy tale life. Unfortunately, it isn’t the quick fix she had hoped for. Suburbia has a whole new set of rules and a local queen bee, Malvina Monroe (Maya Rudolph), who makes Giselle feel more out of place than ever. Frustrated that her happily ever after hasn’t been so easy to find, she turns to the magic of Andalasia for help, accidentally transforming the entire town into a real-life fairy tale and placing her family’s future happiness in jeopardy. Now, Giselle is in a race against time to reverse the spell and determine what happily ever after truly means to her and her family.
 
“Disenchanted stars Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, Maya Rudolph, Yvette Nicole Brown, Jayma Mays, Gabriella Baldacchino, with Idina Menzel and James Marsden. Directed by Adam Shankman from a screenplay by Brigitte Hales and a story by J. David Stem & David N. Weiss and Richard LaGravenese, “Disenchanted” is produced by Barry Josephson, Barry Sonnenfeld, and Amy Adams, with Jo Burn, Sunil Perkash, and Adam Shankman serving as executive producers. The movie features songs with music by 8-time Oscar®-winning composer Alan Menken and lyrics by three-time Oscar-winning lyricist Stephen Schwartz, whose work on “Enchanted” garnered three Academy Award® nominations and a score by Alan Menken.
 
Disney’s “Disenchanted” begins streaming November 24, 2022, only on Disney+. 

From New Line Cinema, Dwayne Johnson stars in the action adventure “Black Adam.”  The first-ever feature film to explore the story of the DC Super Hero comes to the big screen under the direction of Jaume Collet-Serra (“Jungle Cruise”).

              Nearly 5,000 years after he was bestowed with the almighty powers of the ancient gods—and imprisoned just as quickly—Black Adam (Johnson) is freed from his earthly tomb, ready to unleash his unique form of justice on the modern world.

Johnson stars alongside Aldis Hodge (“City on a Hill,” “One Night in Miami”) as Hawkman, Noah Centineo (“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”) as Atom Smasher, Sarah Shahi (“Sex/Life,” “Rush Hour 3”) as Adrianna, Marwan Kenzari (“Murder on the Orient Express,” “The Mummy”) as Ishmael, Quintessa Swindell (“Voyagers,” “Trinkets”) as Cyclone, Bodhi Sabongui (“A Million Little Things”) as Amon, and Pierce Brosnan (the “Mamma Mia!” and James Bond franchises) as Dr. Fate.

Collet-Serra directed from a screenplay by Adam Sztykiel and Rory Haines & Sohrab Noshirvani, screen story by Adam Sztykiel and Rory Haines & Sohrab Noshirvani, based on characters from DC.  Black Adam was created by Bill Parker and C.C. Beck.  The film’s producers were Beau Flynn, Dwayne Johnson, Hiram Garcia and Dany Garcia, with Richard Brener, Walter Hamada, Dave Neustadter, Chris Pan, Eric McLeod, Geoff Johns and Scott Sheldon.

              “Black Adam” smashes into theaters and IMAX internationally beginning 19 October 2022 and in North America on October 21, 2022.  It will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Disney+ is pleased to share the thrilling, final “Andor” trailer that debuted at D23 Expo today during the Lucasfilm Hall D23 presentation. 
 
“Andor,” a spy thriller from Lucasfilm filmed over two 12-episode seasons, takes place five years before the events of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” The era featured in “Andor” is filled with danger, deception and intrigue where Cassian will embark on the path that is destined to turn him into a rebel hero. “Andor” presents Star Wars from a different perspective, focusing on everyday people whose lives are affected by the Empire. The decisions they make have real consequences, and the stakes for them—and the galaxy—couldn’t be higher. 
 
The series stars Diego Luna, Genevieve O’Reilly, Stellan Skarsgård, Forest Whitaker, Adria Arjona, Denise Gough, Kyle Soller, Fiona Shaw and Faye Marsay. Toby Haynes, Susanna White and Benjamin Caron direct specific episodes, and Kathleen Kennedy, Tony Gilroy, Sanne Wohlenberg, Diego Luna and Michelle Rejwan executive produce. Tony Gilroy is also the creator and showrunner. 
 
With action, adventure and suspense filmed against a cinematic landscape, the first three episodes of season one premiere exclusively on Disney+ on September 21.

Arcadia has today announced the release date for SISSY – revealing the official trailer and poster. Directed and written by Hannah Barlow and Kane Senes and starring Aisha Dee (The Bold Type, Look Both Ways), Barlow (For Now), Emily De Margheriti (Ladies In Black), Daniel Monks (Pulse), Yerin Ha (Halo) and Lucy Barrett (Bloom), the darkly comedic horror is set to arrive in Australian cinemas just in time for Halloween on Thursday 27 October, 2022.

Receiving its world premiere at SXSW 2022 as opening night film of the celebrated Midnighters section, the satirical nightmare is killing it both with audiences on Letterboxd and critics on Rotten Tomatoes, enjoying a 98% critics rating on the review aggregator. Quickly becoming one of the most talked about films of the year, Aisha Dee’s break out horror performance is being likened to that of Florence Pugh in Midsommar, Toni Collette in Hereditary and Lupita Nyong’o in Us.

Cecilia (Sissy) and Emma were tween-age BFFs who were going to grow old together and never let anything come between them. That is, until Emma’s new friend Alex did just that. When Cecilia became the target of Alex’s bullying, her act of self-defense left Alex horrifically wounded and forced Cecilia and Emma apart. Twelve years later, Cecilia is a successful social media influencer living the dream of an independent, modern millennial woman… until she runs into Emma for the first time in over a decade and her world is turned upside down. Emma invites Cecilia away on her hen’s weekend at a remote cabin in the mountains, much to the dismay of maid of honour Alex, whose scarred face has only further cemented her grudge against ‘Sissy the sissy’ after all these years. Alex proceeds to make Cecilia’s weekend a living hell – until Cecilia snaps. Unnervingly savage, SISSY is a satirical look at millennial self-victimisation in the social media age.

‘SISSY’ WILL BE AVAILABLE IN AUSTRALIAN CINEMAS NATIONALLY ON OCTOBER 27, 2022

Cannes hit Armageddon Time to make Australian Premiere

at Jewish International Film Festival 2022 with tickets on-sale today

Australia’s longest running Jewish Film Festival Returns this October with James Gray’s Armageddon Time headlining the event’s biggest line-up to date

 Artistic Director of the Jewish International Film Festival (JIFF), Eddie Tamir today announced Armageddon Time, starring Anthony Hopkins, Anne Hathaway and Jeremy Strong, will make its Australian Premiere at the Opening Night, headlining the biggest JIFF festival slate to date.  The full JIFF programme will be released on Friday, 16 September, and the inclusion of James Gray’s film, which received a seven-minute standing ovation at Cannes, hints at the incredible standard of films to come in this special 2022 festival edition. Artistic Director Eddie Tamir says, “We could not be more thrilled to open the festival with this critics’ favourite, a beautiful film with a lot of heart – the emotional impact and story will resonate with audiences universally.” “With the showstopping cast, we could not have thought of a better headliner for the festival, and it is only one of the many amazing films in this iteration of JIFF” JIFF will run nationally from 24 October to 7 December with tickets now on-sale for select screenings of Armageddon Time across the country. 
JIFF Opening Night Events featuring Armageddon TimeMelbourne – Classic Cinemas, Monday 24 October at 7:30pmSydney – Ritz Cinemas, Tuesday 25 October at 7:30pmPerth – Luna Cinemas, Thursday 27 October at 6:45pmBrisbane – New Farm Cinemas, Wednesday 26 October at 7:00pmCanberra – Dendy Cinemas, Thursday 27 October at 7:00pmGold Coast – Dendy Cinemas, Thursday 27 October at 7:00pmHobart – State Cinema, Thursday 27 October at 7:00pm 
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the website here

While learning to dive, young Abby befriends a magnificent wild blue groper, beginning her life-long journey to save the world’s coral reefs.  When the quiet reef at her coastal hometown is threatened by commercial fishing operators, Abby and her activist Mum take on poachers and developers to save her friend. BLUEBACK is a feature film adaptation of Tim Winton’s best-selling and critically acclaimed novella; a universal fable for all ages about friendship, family and the power of one young girl to make a difference. BLUEBACK is an Arenamedia production with major production investment from Screen Australia in association with Screenwest, Lotterywest and the Western Australian Screen Fund, and is financed with support from Film Victoria, with Soundfirm. The producers gratefully acknowledge the support and assistance of the Great Southern Development Commission. BLUEBACK is directed by Robert Connolly and stars Mia Wasikowska, Radha Mitchell, Ilsa Fogg, Liz Alexander, Ariel Donoghue, Clarence Ryan, Pedrea Jackson, Erik Thomson, Eddie Baroo and Eric Bana.
 
BLUEBACK is coming to Australian cinemas on January 1, 2023.

Today, Disney+ released a new trailer for season two of “The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers.” The Disney Branded Television series, produced by ABC Signature, will premiere Wednesday, September 28 with new episodes dropping weekly on the streaming service. After winning back the Mighty Ducks team name last year, our squad-with-heart and their coach Alex Morrow (Lauren Graham) take to the road to attend an intense summer hockey institute in California run by charming yet hardcore former NHL player, Colin Cole (Josh Duhamel). It’s a place for kids to get excellent at hockey — without school to get in the way. As our Ducks try to survive in this super-competitive environment, they’re faced with the question: Can you win summer? 
 
“The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers” season two stars Lauren Graham and Josh Duhamel with returning cast members Brady NoonMaxwell SimkinsSwayam BhatiaLuke IslamTaegen Burns, and DJ WattsNaveen Paddock joins the cast as a series regular.
 
The Disney Branded Television series is produced by ABC Signature. Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa serve as showrunners and executive producers. Additional executive producers include Lauren Graham, George Heller, Brad Petrigala, Jordan Kerner, Jon Avnet and Steve Brill.  

 Stan today released the thrilling trailer for the brand new fantasy drama series Vampire Academy, based on the bestselling series of novels and from the creators of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals. The series will premiere 16 September, same day as the U.S. and only on Stan. 

To watch and share the trailer, click here: https://youtu.be/7K2v-b8Pfhk

Starring Sisi Stringer (Mortal Combat) and Daniela Nieves (WITS Academy) and executive produced by Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Legacies) and Marguerite MacIntyre (The Originals, Legacies) comes a story of friendship, romance and danger.

In a world of privilege and glamour, two young women’s friendship transcends their strikingly different classes as they prepare to complete their education and enter vampire society. One as a powerful Royal, the other a half-vampire Guardian trained to protect against the savage ‘Strigoi’ who threaten to tear their society apart. That is, if Royal infighting doesn’t do the job first.

The upcoming fantasy series also stars Kieron Moore, Andre Dae Kim, J. August Richards, Anita-Joy Uwajeh, Mia Mckenna-Bruce, Rhian Blundell, Jonetta Kaiser and Andrew Liner.

Vampire Academy is adapted from the young adult series of novels by Richelle Mead. The series comes from Plec and MacIntyre, who both serve as showrunner, writer and executive producer. Plec also directs on the series. Emily Cummins, Don Murphy, Susan Montford, Deepak Nayar and Jillian DeFrehn also serve as executive producers. 

The brand new series Vampire Academy premieres 16 September, same day as the U.S. and only on Stan.