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 Stan, Australia’s unrivalled home of original productions, today announced production has commenced on the brand new Stan Original Series C*A*U*G*H*T. Director, producer and writer Kick Gurry (Edge of Tomorrow) stars in the six-episode series alongside Sean Penn (Stan Exclusive Series Gaslit), Ben O’Toole (Detroit), Lincoln Younes (Last King of the Cross), Alexander England (upcoming Stan Original Series Black Snow), Mel Jarnson (Mortal Kombat), Fayssal Bazzi (Stateless), Dorian Nkono (The Twelve) and Rebecca Breeds (Stan Exclusive Series Clarice). The series is produced in association with Fremantle.

Also joining the cast is Matthew Fox (Stan Original Series Last Light), Bella Heathcote (Stan Original Series Bloom), Bryan Brown (Stan Original Series Bloom) and Erik Thomson (Black Snow).

The satirical comedy series C*A*U*G*H*T follows four Australian soldiers sent on a secret mission to a war-torn country. Mistaken for Americans, they are captured by freedom fighters and produce a hostage video that goes viral. When the soldiers reach celebrity status, they realise that being caught might just be the best thing that could’ve happened to them. 

Following a deal with Fremantle, the series is due to launch exclusively on new streaming service ITVX in the UK in 2023.

Stan Chief Content Officer Cailah Scobie said: “To have an award-winning international superstar like Sean Penn join a superb cast that includes major Australian and Hollywood actors like Bryan Brown, Bella Heathcote, Fayssal Bazzi and Matthew Fox is a real coup. Helmed by the extraordinary Kick Gurry, C*A*U*G*H*T marks yet another blockbuster addition to our growing slate of locally produced, world-class Stan Originals — with the series promising to poke fun at celebrity culture, while exploring the often outrageous price of fame. We look forward to working with Fremantle, ITVX and the creative team ahead of C*A*U*G*H*T premiering on Stan in 2023.”

Director, Producer and Creator Kick Gurry said: “The biggest challenge for me was creating something worthy enough of all my insanely talented friends. I genuinely cannot wait to share this show with the whole world and look forward to the internet telling me how terribly I missed the mark.”

Executive Producer and Actor Sean Penn said: “Kick’s brand of irreverence is so charged by an enthusiasm for all things considered inappropriate. From ball-sacks, to fame, idiots & intellectuals, and finally to that creepy-crawly continuum of war. C*A*U*G*H*T captures the comedy that is generally confined to fox holes.”

Jamie Lynn, EVP Co-productions and Distribution, EMEA, International, Fremantle said: “Stan continues to set a high bar for premium originals and with the mirrored ambition of the soon to launch ITVX, we knew this could be a perfect partnership. Kick Gurry’s contagious enthusiasm and delightful scripts immediately convinced us this was a special and timely project unlike anything else in the market. The fact that A-list talent like Sean Penn, Matthew Fox and others quickly came to the same conclusion, along with an array of star studded cameos, only reaffirmed this. C*A*U*G*H*T is going to surprise people in 2023 and we can’t wait to share it with the world.” 

ITV’s Head of Content Acquisitions, Sasha Breslau said: “We are thrilled to be working with Stan and Fremantle to bring C*A*U*G*H*T to UK audiences, the star-studded cast and satirical humour will be a real treat for ITVX viewers next year.”

The Stan Original Series C*A*U*G*H*T is created, produced and directed by Kick Gurry. Sean Penn executive produces alongside producers John Schwarz and Michael Schwarz (Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan, Stan Original Film Gold) from Deeper Water Films, and Brendan DonoghueC*A*U*G*H*T is executive produced by Cailah Scobie and Amanda Duthie for Stan. The series is produced in association with Fremantle, who will also handle international distribution for the series.

The Stan Original Series C*A*U*G*H*T is now in production and will premiere in 2023.

Ten years on from their glorious live return following a 21-year hiatus Sunnyboys announce The Last Dance; a final summer tour and the last ever live shows. No animosity, no musical differences, just the satisfaction of a job well done and knowing that it’s time.
 
In the ten-year period since their return Sunnyboys arguably achieved as much if not more as their original life-span. They co-headlined a sold-out A Day On The Green (with Hoodoo Gurus and Violent Femmes), set a venue record at Coolangatta Hotel (previously held by Noiseworks) sold-out multiple nights across Sydney’s Enmore and Factory Theatres, Brisbane’s The Tivoli, Melbourne’s Corner Hotel, with further sold-out further shows at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, Melbourne’s The Forum and Croxton Hotel, Perth Festival, Cairns, Thirroul, Torquay, Byron Bay, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Dee Why; re-released all three studio albums, released a live DVD and a live album, recorded and released four new tracks, sold countless t-shirts, beanies, caps, hoodies and badges and watched their eponymous debut reach double platinum sales. A remarkable achievement for a band still largely ignored by the mainstream.
 
Tickets on-sale 9.00am Sept 29th via feelpresents.com
 
“Of the hundreds of bands, and thousand of people that we knew at the time, we’re one of the few that can stand up and say “We were really good at what we did, and we’re really proud of what we did” and we’re lucky enough to still be able to get up and say to people ‘We’re really proud to be able to present this to you now”.  Richard Burgman / Sunnyboys guitarist

The tour will run in conjunction with the release of Sunnyboys ’81-’84 a double vinyl band curated best-of featuring all the hits, the equally-as-good b-sides, fan faves, rarities and live material – many appearing on vinyl for the first time – and all drawn from their years as Mushroom Records recording artists. Sunnyboys ’81-’84 will be released in a limited edition of blue vinyl and is released on Nov 11th.

The Last Dance… grab your partner and witness the magic one more time. 
All tickets via feelpresents.com

There will never be another Sunnyboys.

January 2023
Fri 13: Gold Coast, Twin Towns + Painters and Dockers
Sat 14: Gold Coast, Twin Towns + Painters and Dockers
Fri 20: Dee Why RSL + Painters and Dockers 
Sat 21: Thirroul, Anitas + Painters and Dockers 
Wed 25: Adelaide. The Gov + Even
Sat 28: Melbourne, Northcote Theatre + Rocket Science & The Prize

February 2023
Fri 10: Sunshine Coast, The Nightquarter + Flaming Hands
Sat 11: Brisbane, Tivoli + Flaming Hands
Sat 18: Sydney, Enmore + Painters and Dockers & Mick Medew and The Mesmerisers 

Tickets on-sale 9.00am Sept 29th via feelpresents.com

Summary:  In an isolated mountain village in 19th century Macedonia, a young girl is kidnapped and then transformed into a witch by an ancient spirit.

Year: 2022

Cinema Release Dates:  22nd September 2022 (Australia), 1st April 2022 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: TBA

Country: UK, Serbia, Australia

Director: Goran Stolevski

Screenwriter: Goran Stolevski

Cast: Leontina Bainovic (Nevena/Young), Amini Cishugi (Self), Carlotta Cotta (Boris), Arta Dobroshi (Stamena), Alice Englert (Biliana), Djorde Zivadinovic Grgur (Stoyan/Young), Anastasija Karanovich (Biliana/Young), Sara Kilmoska (Nevena), Anamaria Marinca (Maria/Wolf-Eatress), Felix Maritaud (Yovan), Djordje Misina (Miroslav), Marija Opsenica (Ur-witch), Milos Pantic (Dusan), Noomi Rapace (Bosilka/mother), Nikola Ristanovski (Milan), Irena Ristic (Elica), Danilo Savic (Yovan/Young), Komka Tocinovski (Yoana), Teodor Vincic (Vladimir), Mladen Vukovic (Stoyan)

Running Time: 108 mins

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

OUR YOU WON’T BE ALONE REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ You Won’t Be Alone Review:

Dave’s rating Out Of 5

Kyle McGrath’s You Won’t Be Alone Review:

You Won’t be Alone is a fantasy horror film set in the 19th century and inspired by Macedonian folklore. It tells the tale of mute 16 year old Nevena (Sara Kilmoska) who’s mother has hidden her away in a cave since birth attempting to keep her safe from the evil shape shifting witch Old-Maid Maria (Anamaria Marinca). Inevitably the witch succeeds in capturing & transforming the girl into her protégée although frustrated by Nevena’s naivety & lack of malice quickly abandons her to wander the world alone. Completely isolated her entire life Nevena understands nothing of society or nature and after accidentally killing a nearby villager (Noomi Rapace) Nevena begins her new life as a skin walker taking the form of different people man or woman, adult or child experiencing a range of lifestyles as she attempts to understand this world. Always in the shadows Maria, bitter and twisted watches over her certain that Nevena will live a life as painful as her own.

A very peculiar and at times hard to watch film I first became interested due to the involvement of Noomi Rapace as executive producer as I’ve enjoyed many of the other weird and exciting films she has been involved with. Also a somewhat Australian film, it is shot entirely in Serbia in a Macedonian dialect but with post production provided by Film Victoria.

Macedonian Australian Writers/Director Goran Stolevski has traced myths and legends from his family’s homeland to create something familiar although with a fresh take which is not seen often on the big screen. European fairytales of evil witches and curses have been so watered down by Hollywood and made safe for children I appreciate when movies, books or video games get back to the nitty gritty and remember that these stories are actually supposed to terrify at times.

The decision to feature mostly in-camera and physical special effects is a wise one which pays off. With brutal gore, body horror and make-up effects throughout the only times I feel the effects hold the film back are those few instances where CGI was actually used. The results of which whether due to budgetary constraints or not appear out of place and inconguent with the natural flow the rest of the production has. I hate to say but the one time we see a transformation happening before our eyes it looks like something from the a late 1990s Nickelodeon kid’s show.

I can’t say enough good things about the beautiful scenery throughout this movie. A wider aspect ratio or at least transitioning to one later in the film, although gimmicky I think would have been beneficial as much is made of the world opening up to Nevena when she is finally freed from her protective confinement. The Serbian landscape provides at times both a picturesque yet haunting backdrop for this tale.

With multiple actors of varying ages and genders playing the same character this is a tall order for the cast with Rapace playing a much smaller role than one might think. She does however do the lion’s share as she plays ‘Nevena’ at her most curious at human interaction and social norms. Having never even had contact with another person save for her deceitful mother and the evil witch Rapace as Nevena delivers a heartbreaking and at times surprisingly amusing performance.

Not to be outdone the rest of the actors and actresses portraying Nevena do an amazing job at playing her at different points of her awakening and understanding of the world. Kilmoska who plays her at the beginning of the film and again several times throughout has the most screentime but everybody involved makes the role their own.

The overall standout of the film is Anamaria Marinca’s ‘Old Maid’ Maria. Between her performance and how Maria is written as a character this makes for one of the most interesting depictions of a witch I’ve seen in a movie. Although much screen time passes without her she is always in the back of your mind and you know she is watching.

Much like 2020’s Gretel & Hansel, You Won’t Be Alone is a twisted fairy tale showcasing the clash between two witches on opposite sides of the spectrum of morality however here I think much more is said about the very nature of the world, our roles within it and where we go from there. I honestly was not expecting to have moments of introspection while watching a supernatural fantasy film inspired by Macedonian folklore but Goran Stolevski has crafted a facinating movie which I highly recommend.

Average Subculture rating Out Of 5

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Dinosaur City Records, the Naarm/Melbourne-based independent label headed by Jordanne Chant, have announced a duo of shows in Sydney and Melbourne across October 2022.

The events will act as a label showcase, and as album launch shows for Workhorse’s debut albumNo Photographs and e4444e’s third full-length recordI Spend All Day Drawing a Circle, with the Melbourne show also serving as a single launch for industrial-pop artist REBEL YELL who will release new single ‘Protect’ via Dinosaur City Records on Wednesday October 5.

The first show will take place on Saturday October 15 at Colour Club, Melbourne, with Workhorse, e4444e, REBEL YELL and FBi Radio SMAC nominee Elmo Aoyama, while the second show will take place on Thursday October 20 at The Lansdowne, Sydney, with Workhorse, e4444e, Solo Career and Daily Toll.

Launched in 2017, Dinosaur City Records’ dedication to championing work from the Australian underground has seen them release artists such as Workhorse, Punko, Solo Career, Pillow Pro, Skydeck and e4444e to acclaim from Guardian, NME, Music Feeds, Pitchfork, Paper, Fader and Beat among others, with regular support from community radio across the country and multiple nominations for the AMP (Australian Music Prize) and FBi Radio SMAC Awards.

The band has once again teamed up with Radio Birdman/The New Christs front man Rob Younger to produce the track which finds the Wollongong five piece exploring their lighter, power pop side and in the process creating a perfect anthem for the forthcoming spring and summer.

Vocalist Richie Lewis discusses how the inspiration for the track stems way back to the 90’s, “I was living in Byron Bay in the 90s, the smell of patchouli and marijuana smoke drifted on the summer breeze, I loved the transient nature of the place, the drifters and backpackers, searching for themselves and fresh experience, it was an exciting energy to be around, to have no fixed address, to be a world nomad. I enjoyed talking to travellers here and there at the Rails or wherever and remain distant friends to a couple of the people I met and it has been interesting living vicariously through their travels on facebook, viewing their continuing journey from afar. Patchouli girl is about one of them, searching the world to find herself.”

Recorded at Rancom Studios in Sydney with Brent Clark behind the desk, for ‘Patchouli Girl’ they enlisted Bill Gibson (formerly of the Eastern Dark & Lemonheads) to provide backing vocals and Daniel Barden to play Trumpet. The single is accompanied by a music video made by Melbourne animator Lluis Sanchez.

Tumbleweed celebrated their 30th anniversary in 2021 with the release of a 7” singles box set and tour (which was eventually completed despite some covid related setbacks) before digitally releasing the majority of their back catalogue for the first time in 2022, after they were able to gain ownership of their back catalogue. The band have continued to play live through 2022 at festivals such as Springloaded and Uncaged, as well as a stadium support with Kiss.

To celebrate the single, they have also released a limited edition shirt featuring artwork to replicate Lluis Fuzzhoud’s cover art and video clip.
You can purchase the shirt here.