The nominations for the 2014 Asia Pacific Screen Awards were this morning announced in Brisbane, and the nominees are:
BEST FEATURE FILM
Asabini Nistam (I’m Not Angry)
Biraninen Li Ser Keviri (Memories On Stone)
Kis Uykusu (Winter Sleep)
BEST YOUTH FEATURE FILM
Klass Korrekzii (Correction Class)
Killa (The Fort)
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM
Hezar-O Yek Siv (1001 Apples)
Bidesia In Bambai
Sanda (Sanda: Surviving)
Eau Argentee, Syrie Autoportrait (Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait)
Wukan: Minzu Zhi Guang (Wukan: The Flame Of Democracy)
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Qingwa Wangguo (Frog Kingdom)
Maya The Bee Movie
Chang-Baek-Han Eol-Gul-Deul (On The White Planet)
Woo-Ri-Byul Il-Ho-Wa-Ul-Ruk-So (The Satellite Girl And The Milk Cow)
Kaguya-Hime No Monogatari (The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya)
ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING
Rolf De Heer (Charlie’s Country)
Andrey Zvyaginstev (Leviathan)
Im Kwon-Taek (Revivre)
Rakhshan Banietemad (Tales)
Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Winter Sleep)
Prasanna Jayakody (28)
Alexy Fedorchenko, Denis Osokin, Oleg Loyevsky (Angels Of Revolution)
Nima Javidi (Melbourne)
Shawkat Amin Korki, Mehmet Aktas (Memories On Stone)
Giancarlo Abrahan (Sparks)
ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY
Dong Jinsong (Black Coal, Thin Ice)
Zeng Jian (Blind Massage)
Mikhail Krichman (Leviathan)
Levan Kapanadze (Test)
Yerkinbek Ptyraliyev (For The Owners)
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR
Liao Fan (Black Coal, Thin Ice)
Mahendra Perera (28)
David Gulpilil (Charlie’s Country)
Navid Mohammadzadeh (I’m Not Angry)
Cliff Curtis (The Dark Horse)
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS
Ronit Elkabetz (Gett, The Trial Of Viviane Amsalem)
Nora Aunor (Justice)
Lu Zhong (Red Amnesia)
Tang Wei (The Golden Era)
Merila Zareie (Track 143)
Gay movies came out of the closet this week as the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival presented its first awards dedicated to gay-themed cinema – the Felix Awards. Three awards were given in a ceremony at Rio’s prestigious cultural centre, CCBB, presented by among others Rio’s re-elected Federal Deputy Jean Wyllys and popular actor Mateus Solano. Reflecting the international reach of the festival, the awards recognized gay filmmaking achievements from Brazil, Australia, and Greece, France and Belgium.
The winners, selected from 43 films in this year’s Festival do Rio that in some way represent LGBT culture, were tonight named as:
Best Fiction Film:
Xenia, directed by Panos H. Koutras (Greece/ Françe/ Belgium, 2014)
– presented by Mateus Solano.
Tie and Red Nail (De Gravata e Unha Vermelha), directed by Miriam Chnaiderman (Brasil, 2014) – presented by Jean Wyllys
Special Jury Prize:
52 Tuesdays, directed by Sophie Hyde (Australia, 2014)
– presented by Felix Jury president Wieland Speck, director of the Panorama Section of Berlin Festival and co-creator of the Berlin Festival Teddy Award
The Felix Awards:
In previous editions of Festival do Rio gay-themed films had their own section, Gay World. Reflecting cultural change, the curators of the Gay Section felt the need to integrate the films in this category amongst all the other sections, finishing with the traditional Gay Section and creating instead the Felix Award, which premiered this year.
The films with LGBT content were judged by a jury presided over by Wieland Speck (Jury President) director of the Panorama Section of Berlin Festival and co-creator of the Teddy Award and will be made up by João Emanuel Carmeiro (scriptwriter for Central Station and author of the soap opera Avenida Brasil), Albertina Carri (filmmaker and artisitic director of *Asterisco – International LGBTIQ Film Festival of Buenos Aires) and Malu de Martino, director of Margaret Mee e a Flor da Lua. The award ceremony will be on the evening of Monday, 6th October.
The Felix award was taken from the Latin word ‘felix’, a synonym for ‘fortunate’, ‘joyful’, ‘satisfied’ and ‘happy’.
It is perhaps appropriate that the Felix Award is introduced just as Daniel Ribeiro’s Hojé eu Quero Voltar Sozinho (The Way He Looks) is chosen to represent Brazil at the Academy Awards. The film, which won the Teddy Award and FIPRESCI prize in Berlin, tackles LGBT issues.
Hot on the heels of Austin Film Festival’s early line-up announcement which includes the World Premiere of “One Eyed Girl”, The Backlot Films is proud to announce its plans to release the South Australian psychological thriller in Australian cinemas during the first quarter of 2015.
Starring Tilda Cobham-Hervey (52 Tuesdays) and Mark Leonard Winter (Healing, Van Demons Land), with a gripping screenplay by Matthews and Craig Behenna, One Eyed Girl follows the story of a psychiatrist (Winter) haunted by the death of a former patient, who stumbles upon a Doomsday cult and battles to save a teenage girl (Cobham-Harvey) from its clutches.
Co-founder and director of The Backlot Films, Tony Ianiro says, “Upon our first meeting with David Ngo many months ago, we encountered the same level of passion that he had for his craft which Mark (D’Angelo) and I have for Backlot. There was clearly a positive chemistry from the get go.
“David Ngo’s Projector Films, The Backlot Films and industry publicity and marketing specialists Jameson PR will combine to execute a fresh and unique campaign in the lead up to the theatrical release of ‘One Eyed Girl’ in 2015.
“In many respects, this is a unique project for us as it marks not only our involvement as distributor, but also as the first feature film in which The Backlot Studios, Melbourne was utilised to conduct the final audio mix, using our in house audio team at Backlot Post (Mark D’Angelo & Craig Jannson) in collaboration with one of the best audio re-record mixers in the world, Phil Heywood (The Lego Movie, The Great Gatsby, The Lord Of The Rings trilogy).
“The film itself is charismatic, honest and rich in production values, whilst the subject matter depicted in ‘One Eyed Girl’ – ‘a cult and its laws of attraction’ will remain with viewers long after they have witnessed it.
Our next phase is to introduce the film to our exhibition partners. We will create a long lead campaign and endeavour to get exhibition and media genuinely excited about One Eyed Girl in the lead up to its release.
“We are fortunate to have access to the filmmakers and key cast for in cinema Q&As across the country, pre-release – a strong indication that veryone attached to this project is committed…..it’s now time to make it happen!”
Produced by David Ngo and Co-Written by Craig Behenna, as part of the SA Film Corporation’s Filmlab program, this film creates a confronting indictment of an ethically lost and alienated society where the blind indeed seem to lead the blind.
Ngo says, “We are so excited to have our film open at the prestigious Austin Film Festival. To know your film will screen in front of people like Tommy Lee Jones, James Franco, Matthew Weiner and Lawrence Kasdan is a huge honour and also, quite frankly, scary as hell.
“We can’t wait to then follow this up with the release in Australia with Backlot. As a filmmaker there’s nothing quite like watching people lining up and buying popcorn to see your movie.
“There’s no doubt the cast will go on to do many big things. Hollywood’s already knocking on young Tilda’s door and I think people will be blown away by Mark’s performance. He really reminds me of a young Daniel Day Lewis.”
The “One Eyed Girl” creative team was selected by a panel of assessors including Margaret Pomeranz (At The Movies), and producer Bridget Ikin (My Year Without Sex, Look Both Ways) to develop the film through the SAFC’s FilmLab program where they were mentored by acclaimed filmmaker Rolf de Heer (Charlie’s Country, Ten Canoes, Bad Boy Bubby).
After two years of writing, casting began in 2012 and used a combination of traditional avenues and social media to discover some of its younger cast members. Having already cast Mark Leonard Winter in the lead male role of Travis, the ‘Search for Grace’ and ‘Search for Marcus’ online campaigns attracted over 600 applicants from all over the world and finally chose Matthew Crook to play Marcus and for the title role, then seventeen year old Tilda Cobham-Hervey, who has been described by Variety magazine as one of five up-and-coming actresses to watch. The film also stars Steve Le Marquand (Rake, Vertical Limit).
Filming began in December 2012 on an isolated farm in the hills of Adelaide. This hugely ambitious film was also the first feature for many of the heads of department – Production Designer Anny Duff, Cinematographer Jody Muston and Make-Up Artist Rebecca Buratto.
“One Eyed Girl” will open in Australian cinemas in early 2015, distributed by The Backlot Films.
Summary: 16-year-old Billie (Tilda Cobham-Hervey) finds the path to independence accelerated when her mother (Del Herbert-Jane) reveals plans for gender transition. Once it is decided that she should live with her father (Beau Travis Williams) and that her time with her mother will be limited to once a week on Tuesday afternoon, Billie devises a creative outlet that causes her to form a close bond with two fellow students at her school (Sam Althuizen, Imogen Archer).
Australian Cinema Release Date: 1st May, 2014
Australian DVD Release Date: TBA
Director: Sophie Hyde
Screenwriter: Matthew Cormack, Sophie Hyde (story)
Cast: Sam Althuzien (Josh), Imogen Archer (Jasmine), Tilda Cobham-Hervey (Billie), Del Herbert-Jane (James), Audrey Mason-Hyde (Frida), Danica Moors (Lisa), Mario Spate (Harry), Beau Travis Williams (Tom)
Runtime: 109 mins
Adam Ross: You can check out Adam’s 52 Tuesdays review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #77
Nick Gardener: You can check out Nick’s 52 Tuesdays review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #77
Occasionally a debut film comes along from a director that really makes a big impact. New Australian film 52 Tuesdays is one such film, it is therefore no surprise that this film has already picked up awards at Sundance and Berlin. You may here that the way the film is presented is experimental, that is true but that certainly doesn’t damage a film that deserves to be regarded as one of the better films of 2014.
Split into 52 segments the film shows what happens when 16-year-old Billie (Tilda Cobham-Hervey) suddenly learns that her mother, James (Del Herbert-Jane) is about to undergo a transgender transformation. Firstly Billie is told that James wishes for her to go and live with her father, Tom (Beau Travis Williams) during the process, although he/she is open to seeing Billie every Tuesday for a few hours.
The 52 segments are what happens on each of those Tuesdays and not only explore the relationships between Billie, James and Tom but also show Billie’s time with her bi-sexual Uncle Harry (Mario Spate) and her sexual experimentation with her close friends Jasmine (Imogen Archer) and Josh (Sam Althuizen).
Director, Sophie Hyde really needs to be congratulated for the brave decisions that she has made with this film. First off the all the whole segments idea is something that could have really brought this film unstuck. But the film’s plot is so interesting that instead of the audience using the segments to count down to the film’s finale they actually find themselves wondering how the film can possibly close with so few segments left. Yes this experimental idea works so well that it is one of the reasons that this film becomes so special.
The film also takes the brave step of showing exactly what someone goes through when they are attempting a transgender transformation and to the film’s credit it makes this storyline emotional and engrossing without making those people looking in from the outside also being made feel guilty. The story around Billie’s sexual experimentation is also risky but done tastefully, fully showing the consequences, and it is that side of the film that really reveals Hyde has one of the most brave directors going around since Larry Clarke when he shocked the world with Kids.
What also makes this film work so well is the performances of its cast, many of which are first time actors. Del Herbert-Jane plays the role of James so well that there is little doubt that if 52 Tuesdays was an American film the Oscar nomination praise would already be coming in. Then there is young Tilda Cobham-Hervey who like Hyde uses this film to announce to the world just how talented she really is. Like how Abbie Cornish did with Somersault, Cobham-Hervey really puts in a brilliant performance with 52 Tuesdays. She is an instant reminder of Mia Wasikowski and it is little wonder why on the back of her performances here she was asked to audition for the new Star Wars film.
52 Tuesdays is a wonderfully written drama, that errs on the side of experimental but comes across as a strong piece of cinema that is certainly worth paying to see. An amazing film from a talented debut director.
Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘52 Tuesdays′: For our complete 52 Tuesdays review please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #77. You can also check out a further 52 Tuesdays review by Dave Griffiths that was given on First On Film on J-Air on the 4th May, 2014 here.
This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Nick and Greg take a look at new release films ‘12-12-12’, ‘Fading Gigolo’, ‘52 Tuesdays’, ‘Transcendence,’ and ‘Young & Beautiful’. This episode also features interviews with Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany and Johnny Depp.
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