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Summary:  A look at both life above and below Antarctica.

Year: 2021

Cinema Release Dates:  23rd June 2022 (Australia), 15th October 2020 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: TBA

Country: UK

Director: Fredi Devas

Screenwriter: N/A

Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch (Narrator (voice))

Running Time: 45 mins

Classification: G (Australia)

OUR ANTARCTICA REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ Antarctica Review:

I might be a cinema lover but I must admit that I do at times struggle with documentaries. Don’t get me wrong there are some grat docos out there but I do find that I struggle when I have to watch a doco on a subject that I care zero about and the doco is educating me with any interesting facts on the topic.

It is for that reason that when I often get an invite to review a doco I turn up with a lot of trepidation for what I am about to watch. I have found out over the years though that the one distributor that can always excite me with a doco invite is IMAX. See IMAX docos are normally different to everything else – they capture interesting topics in a spectacular way and are bite-size in length meaning that rarely over-stay their welcome.

IMAX’s latest offering, Antarctica, is no different. The doco quickly draws you in with spectacular footage captured by director, Fredi Devas (Seven Worlds One Planet), and his cinematographer Rolf Steinmann (Wild Arabia). The fact that the crew here were working in some of the most inhospitable environments in the world is not evident throughout the film as they capture some truly amazing moments both above and below the ice.

Narrator Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness) points out a number of times that Antarctica is still today one of the most unexplored parts of our planet yet here the crew behind Antarctica capture some never before seen moments and deliver some truly amazing facts.

The great thing about this film is that it also doesn’t try to preach to its audience. Controversial topics such as climate change are looked at in the film but are viewed with science backing up what is being spoken about. The film shows what have been some of the things that have happened in Antarctica due to climate change but never speculates what caused it. Even better the film provides some answers to what we can do as humans to help our planet – including delivering some interesting facts about how whales could be one of the answers to help prevent climate change.

I found that with this documentary not only are you blown away by the visuals but you are also constantly learning something as the voice-over provides just the right amount of titbits of information when needed. As a nature lover what I learnt about seals, penguins and whales here is absolutely priceless. Be warned though if you are an animal lover this doco will make sure that you become totally invested in the lives of the creatures that you are watching on screen which then leads to suspense as Mother Nature throws some obstacles up against them.

It also becomes very clear while watching the film that the 3D only further enhances the viewing spectacle. When you add that to the amazing footage captured by Devas and Steinmann you soon feel like you are right there with them in Antarctica and that you can just reach out and touch whatever is in front of you at that time.

Antarctica is a truly stunning doco that needs to be seen on the big screen and in 3D to get the full experience. Like most docos I see at IMAX I simply can’t recommend this enough.

Dave’s rating Out Of 5

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Summary:  Doctor Strange teams up with a mysterious teenage girl from his dreams who can travel across multiverses, to battle multiple threats, including other-universe versions of himself, which threaten to wipe out millions across the multiverse. They seek help from Wanda the Scarlet Witch, Wong and others.

Year: 2022

Cinema Release Dates:  5th May 2022 (Australia), 4th May 2022 (Thailand), 5th May 2022 (UK), 6th May 2022 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Sam Raimi

Screenwriter: Michael Waldron

Cast: Shelia Atim (Sara), Hayley Atwell (Captain Carter), Aliyah Camacho (Young America Chavez), Bruce Campbell (Pizza Poppa), Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Stephen Strange), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Baron Mardo), Xochiti Gomez (America Chavez), Julian Hilliard (Billy Maximoff), Adam Hugill (Rintrah), Jett Klyne (Tommy Maximoff), John Krasinski (Reed Richards), Ruth Livier (Elena Chavez), Chess Lopez (Amalia Chavaz), Lashana Lynch (Captain Marvel), Ross Marquand (Ultron (voice)), Rachel McAdams (Dr. Christine Palmer), Ako Mitchell (Charlie), Vinny Moli (Vinny), Anson Mount (Black Bolt), Eden Nathenson (Ariann), Charlie Norton (The Weasel), Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda Maximoff/The Scarlet Witch), Patrick Stewart (Professor Charles Xavier), Michael Stuhlbarg (Dr. Nic West), Charlize Theron (Clea), Benedict Wong (Wong), Topo Wresniwiro (Master Hamir)

Running Time: 126 mins

Classification: M (Australia), 13 (Thailand), 12 (UK), PG-13 (USA)

OUR DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness Review:

As a studio Marvel finds them in a strange position at the moment. They should be celebrating in the afterglow of Spider-Man: No Way Home which became one of the highest grossing and best received Marvel movies of all time. But since then they have released the poorly received Morbius while their latest streaming series Moon Knight which seems to have left audiences saying “it’s a bit dark.”

Now comes their latest cinema release Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness which to be honest probably isn’t the most ideal film for Marvel to be releasing off the back of their last two releases. Firstly because the first Doctor Strange movie seemed to polarise fans – they either loved it or hated it – and secondly if people think Moon Knight is dark well wait until they realise that director Sam Raimi’s (Drag Me To Hell) influence on this film has seen it released it most markets with a ‘horror’ tag on it.

Plot-wise it begins with a nightmare experienced by Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch – Star Trek: Into Darkness) in which he is willing to kill a teenager named America Chavez (Xochiti Gomez – The Baby-Sitters Club) in order to save himself.

The next day while attending the wedding of the woman he loves, Dr. Christine Palmer (Rachel McAdams – The Notebook), the city is suddenly attacked by a creature by the multiverse. While fighting off the creature Strange realises that it is there after America Chavez whom he immediately recognises.She then tells him that his nightmare wasn’t a dream but actually happened in another dimension and that the Strange from that dimension is now dead.

Keen for answers Strange turns to Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen – Wind River) for answers but soon himself and Wong (Benedict Wong – The Martian) find themselves in danger as they try to protect Chavez. Soon Strange and Chavez find themselves going into the multiverse and fighting for their lives.

One of the biggest issues that the Marvel universe have had with the character of Doctor Strange over the years is that he is a hard to like character. They may try to deny it but let’s be honest you see fans warning to Captain America, Thor, Spider-Man and Iron-Man, you don’t exactly see people rushing out for Doctor Strange merchandise or to dress up like him unless they are a hardcore fan.

Some of that stigma was eroded though in Spider-Man: No Way Home where the studio allowed Benedict Cumberbatch to play a more likable Strange. There we saw a Strange that cracked jokes and had a caring attitude. It is that Strange that we find here in Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness and that instantly gets more fans onside.

To the credit of the team behind this film – director Sam Raimi and screenwriter Michael Waldron (Loki) – they also overcome that mystical-means-boring vibe that also hung over the original Doctor Strange film by mixing up the genres and giving a more human touch to the feel with characters such as Chavez. Genre wise you are in for a real treat – other than the obvious sci-fi fantasy that you were always going to get with this film Raimi allows the film to touch on some horror elements with a sprinkling of comedy and heart along the way as well.

What really wins you over with this film though are the surprises. First there is a major surprise with Wanda, which we can’t tell you because it is a spoiler, and then there are some truly amazing and creative cameos throughout this film that are guaranteed to have true Marvel fans gasping. At this point though we should warn you that you will get a lot more out of this film if you have watched all previous Marvel films and the Marvel series What If… and Wandavision.

Acting wise the film also produces some strong performances. Cumberbatch and Olsen carry much of this film and they do a wonderful job as their characters go through some pretty dramatic character journeys. Xochiti Gomez does a passable job as America Chavez but believe us it is the cameo performances that you are going to enjoy the most from this film

.Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness is a lot better than the original Doctor Strange movie but once again if you are expecting epic battle sequences and the magic feeling of some of the other Marvel movies you aren’t going to find it here. This is one for the hardcore Marvel fans.

Dave’s rating Out Of 5

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Disney+ has announced that Marvel Studios’ “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” will begin streaming exclusively on Disney+ June 22. Watch the new online spot to see a special “fan thank you” from Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Wong and Xochitl Gomez.
 
In Marvel Studios’ “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” the MCU unlocks the Multiverse and pushes its boundaries further than ever before. Journey into the unknown with Doctor Strange, who, with the help of mystical allies both old and new, traverses the mind-bending and dangerous alternate realities of the Multiverse to confront a mysterious new adversary.
 
“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, with Michael Stühlbarg, and Rachel McAdams. 
 
The film is directed by Sam Raimi, and Kevin Feige is the producer. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Eric Hauserman Carroll, Scott Derrickson and Jamie Christopher serve as executive producers. The screenplay was written by Michael Waldron. “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” released in Australian cinemas on May 5, 2022.

Summary: 
With Spider-Man’s identity now revealed, Peter asks Doctor Strange for help. When a spell goes wrong, dangerous foes from other worlds start to appear, forcing Peter to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man.

Year: 2021

Cinema Release Dates:  16th December 2021 (Australia), 23rd December 2021 (Thailand), 15th December 2021 (UK), 17th December 2021 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: TBA

Country: USA, Iceland

Director: Jon Watts

Screenwriter: Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers

Cast: Jacob Batalon (Ned Leeds), Frederick A. Brown (Fred The Janitor), Hannibal Buress (Coach Wilson), Thomas Haden Church (Flint Marko/Sandman), Charlie Cox (Matt Murdock/Daredevil), Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange), Willem Dafoe (Norman Osborn/Green Goblin), Jon Favreau (Happy Hogan), Jamie Foxx (Max Dillon/Electro), Andrew Garfield (Peter Parker/Spider-Man), Tom Holland (Peter Parker/Spider-Man), Rhys Ifans (Dr. Curt Connors/The Lizard), Jorge Lendeborg Jr. (Jason Ionello), Tobey Maguire (Peter Parker/Spider-Man), Alfred Molina (Dr. Otto Octavius/Doc Ock), Adrian Moayed (Agent Cleary), Tony Revolori (Flash Thompson), Angourie Rice (Betty Brant), J.K. Simmons (J. Jonah Jameson), J.B. Smoove (Mr. Dell), Martin Starr (Mr. Harrington), Marisa Tomei (May Parker), Gary Weeks (Agent Foster), Benedict Wong (Wong), Zendaya (MJ)

Running Time: 148 mins

Classification: M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

OUR SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ Spider-Man: No Way Home Review:

Let’s be honest it is always kind of hard to gauge a Marvel movie going on the company’s promises. Every time a new Marvel movie is coming out they promise that it is bigger and better than the last one. Like all repeated promises sometimes they deliver and sometimes they don’t, but believe me you have to believe the hype when it comes to Spider-Man: No Way Home. Not only does the film deliver a new level of being epic, this is one film that is guaranteed to become a fan favourite… perhaps Marvel have finally found the way to create a film that true fans are going to love while still making that elusive cinema buck.

You have probably already heard a lot of internet buzz about things that will or may happen within this movie but don’t worry we will try to write this review in such a way that we don’t mention anything that you haven’t already seen in a trailer or a poster… and we will try to be vague yet informative about things that you haven’t seen yet.

Directed by Jon Watts (Cop Car) the film picks up in the very seconds after the ending of Spider-Man: Far From Home. Peter Parker’s (Tom Holland The Impossible) identity has been exposed to the world by Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler) and online journalist J. Jonah Jameson (J.K. Simmons – Whiplash).

Not only that but Peter Parker finds himself being investigated for the death of Mysterio and it seems like the world is turning against him. He turns to his support network of Aunt May (Marisa Tomei – The Wrestler) and Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau – Chef) for support but when the impact of the investigation affects him, his girlfriend MJ (Zendaya – Dune) and best friend Ned (Jacob Batalan – Spider-Man: Homecoming) in a major way he decides that something needs to be done.

Peter then turns to Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch – The Power Of The Dog) for help but the resulting spell that is cast has catastrophic ramifications. Suddenly Peter and his crew find themselves in a battle as foes from the multi-verse land in New York led by Doc Ock (Alfred Molina – Boogie Nights), Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe – The Card Counter) and Electro (Jamie Foxx – Horrible Bosses).

What Jon Watts has created here is a very special film for comic-book fans. If you are a causal Marvel movie fan then you are going to like this film but if you are a die-hard Spider-Man fan then you are going to LOVE this film because this is something so special that the only one to describe it is that it is a once in a generation film.

There are some very special moments in this film for true Spider-Man fans, we will leave that at that so there are no spoilers, but it is how everything else that comes together in this film that takes it to the next level.

Somehow Watts and screenwriters Chris McKenna (Ant-Man And The Wasp) and Erik Sommers (Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle) manage to pack a lot of things into this film without making it feel crowded or letting it run past its welcome. To their credit they also bring the right blend of things to the film – nostalgia, epic action sequences, characterisation and just the right amount of humour. They have pretty much made the perfect comic-book movie!

The result is a film that makes Spidey fans gasp at times throughout the film – and in the screening we were in there were even rounds of applause and screams during some of the film’s big revelations, and that is something that you rarely see in modern day cinema.

It also feels like the actors here know they are acting in something special. We have known that Tom Holland is something special every since his performance in The Impossible but here he takes his acting to a whole new level. He almost has to as Willem Dafoe comes into the film bringing his A-Game. The scenes between Dafoe and Holland are legendary and it feels through Dafoe’s performance that he forces Holland to take that next step and become a true star that can deliver as well.

There are too many special moments in this film to mention and many of them would be spoilers so the best thing to say is that this is a film that Spider-Man fans are going to truly embrace and adore. This is the one time that Marvel has delivered something very special indeed for comic book fans everywhere.

Dave’s rating Out Of 5

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Summary: 
Charismatic rancher Phil Burbank inspires fear and awe in those around him. When his brother brings home a new wife and her son, Phil torments them until he finds himself exposed to the possibility of love.

Year: 2021

Cinema Release Dates:  23rd November 2021 (Australia), 19th November 2021 (UK), 17th November 2021 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: 1st December 2021 (Australia), 1st December 2021 (Thailand), 1st December 2021 (UK), 1st December 2021 (Thailand)

Country: USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK

Director: Jane Campion

Screenwriter: Jane Campion, Thomas Savage (novel)

Cast: Stephen Bain (Mr Weltz – the Undertaker), Adam Beach (Edward Nappo), Eddie Campbell (Stan), Alice May Connolly (Pearl), Benedict Cumberbatch (Phil Burbank), David Denis (Angelo), Jacque Drew (Jeannie), Kirsten Dunst (Rose Gordon), Alice Englert (Buster), Julie Forsyth (Mrs. Mueller), Aislinn Furlong (Evie), Cohon Holloway (Bobby), Ella Hope-Higginson (Consuela), Sean Keenan (Sven), Genevieve Lemon (Mrs. Lewis), George Mason (Cricket), Max Mata (Juan), Ramontay McConnell (Theo), Thomasin McKenzie (Lola), Piimio Mei (Sue Ella), Josh Owen (Lee), Yvette Parsons (Hettie), Jesse Plemons (George Burbank), Edith Poor (Tanya), Yvette Reid (Clementine), Alastair Sewell (Jock), Bryony Skillington (Queenie), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Peter Gordon), Tatum Warren-Ngata (Libby), Karl Willietts (Bill)

Running Time: 126 mins

Classification: M (Australia), 12A (UK), R (USA)

OUR THE POWER OF THE DOG REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ The Power Of The Dog Review:

Often the Western genre can produce some of the most powerful films you are ever likely to see. I can still remember marveling at the filmmaking prowess of Sergio Leone after watching Once Upon A Time In The West for the first time. Then there are modern-day classics like Meek’s Cutoff and The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford. Now we can add another film to that list – The Power Of The Dog.

Directed by Jane Campion (The Piano) The Power Of The Dog tells the story of two brothers Phil (Benedict Cumberbatch Doctor Strange) and George Burbank (Jesse Plemons – The Irishman) who have built themselves up from nothing to well-respected Montana ranch owners back in 1925.

But while George looks after fiancés and helps the ranch make a profit Phil leads the men who do the grunt work. Phil is also considered a rude and gruff enigma. College learned he threw away a promising future to focus on the work with the cattle and is now so anti-social even getting him to bathe is a chore.

His world is further interrupted when after a trip into town Phil marriages a local widower, Rose Gordon (Kirsten Dunst – Bring It On), and brings herself and her ‘strange’ son Peter (Kodi Smit-McPhee – The Road) back to the ranch. It is an awkward time as Phil has previously bullied Peter to the point where Rose is in tears and now he is jealous of the fact that George is out living his life.

The Power Of The Dog is a brilliant character piece that plays out like some of Shakespeare’s finest work. This is one film where as an audience member if you look away from the screen you are likely to miss an important piece of the puzzle that all comes together in the final moments of the film. Yes, this film has a haunting and powerful finale that is guaranteed to stay with you like some of the finest moments of cinema that you have ever seen. For once this year I was one of those people that just couldn’t get out of my chair even after the final credits had finished because I was just in total awe of what had just played out in front of me.

Campion’s screenplay brings Thomas Savage’s novel to life in a brutal yet beautiful way. Words are like weapons throughout the film while at times silence and glances can be just as harmful. Then there is the amazing cinematography of Ari Wegner (Lady Macbeth) that makes the harsh Montana landscape look like something that should be hanging in the Louvre.

Rounding out this perfect set-piece are the performances of the film’s leads. Benedict Cumberbatch reminds serious cinema lovers just how good he is in a role that requires pure acting talent while he is well-matched with Jesse Plemons who plays the awkward yet determined George to a tee. Grouped together with Melancholia this is some of Kirsten Dunst’s finest work while Kodi Smit-McPhee takes another huge step forward in his acting career by portraying the strange and maligned Peter in a way that should garnish some award nominations. The young actor seems right at home acting alongside such a stellar cast and many of his scenes with Cumberbatch are pure cinematic magic.The Power Of The Dog is what cinema should be about.

A brilliantly written script that keeps its audience guessing and in awe throughout and brought to the screen by the director that can turn even the harshest scene into a true brushstroke of beauty. Then to top it off throw in a cast that brings in hardened performances that knock the audience back into their seats. The Power Of The Dog doesn’t need epic special effects or gimmicks to impress the audience it does with pure cinematic gold. I don’t say this very often but to me this was close to the perfect film and it is one that I cannot wait to delve back into again as soon as I can.

Dave’s rating Out Of 5

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For the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man, our friendly neighbourhood hero’s identity is revealed, bringing his Super Hero responsibilities into conflict with his normal life and putting those he cares about most at risk. When he enlists Doctor Strange’s help to restore his secret, the spell tears a hole in their world, releasing the most powerful villains who’ve ever fought a Spider-Man in any universe. Now, Peter will have to overcome his greatest challenge yet, which will not only forever alter his own future but the future of the Multiverse.

Starring Tom Holland, Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jon Favreau, Jacob Batalon with Marisa Tomei

Directed by Jon Watts

Based on the MARVEL Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko

Publicity stills available at www.SonyPicturesPublicity.com.au

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STUDIOCANAL, Film4, Shoebox, SunnyMarch and Amazon Studios today debut the trailer for Will Sharpe’s THE ELECTRICAL LIFE OF LOUIS WAIN.

The trailer debut offers audiences a preview of Academy Award® Nominee and BAFTA-winning Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange, Patrick Melrose, The Imitation Game) as forgotten British artist Louis Wain in the extraordinary true story of a brilliant but troubled soul, whose fascination with the mysteries of the world is both complicated and deepened when he meets the love of his life Emily, played by Emmy® Winner and BAFTA Nominee Claire Foy (The Crown, First Man).

The film boasts an all-star ensemble supporting cast including Andrea Riseborough (Birdman (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), The Death of Stalin), Toby Jones (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Hunger Games), Sharon Rooney (My Mad Fat Diary, Dumbo), Aimee Lou Wood (Sex Education), Hayley Squires (I, Daniel Blake, Southcliffe), Stacy Martin (Nymphomaniac, Vox Lux), Phoebe Nicholls (The Elephant Man), Adeel Akhtar (The Big Sick, Pan, Four Lions, Utopia), Asim Chaudhry (People Just Do Nothing, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch), Richard Ayoade (Soul, The Souvenir), Julian Barratt (Mindhorn, Flowers, The Mighty Boosh) and Sophia di Martino (Loki, Flowers).  It was recently announced that Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit, Free Guy), Nick Cave (20,000 Days on Earth) and Olivia Colman (The Crown, The Favourite) appear in the film, with Colman narrating. 

THE ELECTRICAL LIFE OF LOUIS WAIN received its World Premiere at Telluride Film Festival on September 2, going on to receive its Canadian Premiere at Toronto International Film Festival on September 11.  Amazon Studios will release the film theatrically in the US on October 22 and on Prime Video on November 5, with STUDIOCANAL releasing the film across their territories.

THE ELECTRICAL LIFE OF LOUIS WAIN is directed by BAFTA winner Will Sharpe (Flowers).  Story by Simon Stephenson (Luca, Paddington 2), screenplay by Simon Stephenson and Will Sharpe. The film is produced by Shoebox Films and SunnyMarch, and financed by STUDIOCANAL and Film4. 

STUDIOCANAL, Film4, Shoebox, SunnyMarch and Amazon Studios today debut the first clip from Will Sharpe’s THE ELECTRICAL LIFE OF LOUIS WAIN, ahead of the film’s World Premiere at Telluride Film Festival later today.

The clip debut offers audiences a first glimpse of Academy Award® Nominee and BAFTA-winning Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange, Patrick Melrose, The Imitation Game) as forgotten British artist Louis Wain in the extraordinary true story of a brilliant but troubled soul, whose fascination with the mysteries of the world is both complicated and deepened when he meets the love of his life Emily, played by Emmy® Winner and BAFTA Nominee Claire Foy (The Crown, First Man).

The film boasts an impressive ensemble supporting cast including Andrea Riseborough (Birdman (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), The Death of Stalin), Toby Jones (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Hunger Games), Sharon Rooney (My Mad Fat Diary, Dumbo), Aimee Lou Wood (Sex Education), Hayley Squires (I, Daniel Blake, Southcliffe), Stacy Martin (Nymphomaniac, Vox Lux), Phoebe Nicholls (The Elephant Man), Adeel Akhtar (The Big Sick, Pan, Four Lions, Utopia), Asim Chaudhry (People Just Do Nothing, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch), Richard Ayoade (Soul, The Souvenir) and Julian Barratt (Mindhorn, Flowers, The Mighty Boosh) and Sophia di Martino (Loki, Flowers).  It was recently announced that Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit, Free Guy), Nick Cave (20,000 Days on Earth) and Olivia Colman (The Crown, The Favourite) appear in the film, with Colman narrating. 

The film will receive its World Premiere at Telluride on September 2, with its Canadian Premiere following at Toronto International Film Festival on September 11.  Amazon Studios will release the film theatrically and on Prime Video later this year, with STUDIOCANAL releasing the film in-cinemas across their territories – UK, France, Germany, Australia & New Zealand early in 2022.

THE ELECTRICAL LIFE OF LOUIS WAIN is directed by BAFTA winner Will Sharpe (Flowers).  Story by Simon Stephenson (Luca, Paddington 2), and screenplay by Simon Stephenson and Will Sharpe.  The film is produced by Shoebox Films and SunnyMarch, and financed by STUDIOCANAL & Film4.   STUDIOCANAL have sold the film worldwide.

For the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man, our friendly neighbourhood hero is unmasked and no longer able to separate his normal life from the high-stakes of being a Super Hero. When he asks for help from Doctor Strange the stakes become even more dangerous, forcing him to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man.

Starring Tom Holland, Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jon Favreau, Jacob Batalon with Marisa Tomei

Directed by Jon Watts.

 

They say that the lights never go out in Hollywood. Well if they aren’t fully out at the moment then they are certainly very, very dim. As the Covid-19 virus goes on its deadly wave right across the planet Hollywood and the world’s film industry has become one of its biggest victims.

Right now as i write this this most of the world’s cinemas are in darkness – the projectors have stopped and the doors are closed. In Thailand cinemas are closed until April 1st while in America the cinemas are closed indefinitely. In Australia the cinema chains desperately tried to keep the doors open, but finally the week came where only one new film opened in cinemas and as people had started to fear going out in public the film was playing to empty cinemas. When you consider that film was The Current War starring the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon and Tom Holland the fact it wasn’t drawing an audience just went to show how afraid people really were. Luckily the nation’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison made the decision for the cinema bosses when he included cinemas in the list of non-essential services that had to close as the nation went into a Stage One lockdown.

For the rest of the world the first inkling that Covid-19 was going to hit the cinema industry hard was when Sony Pictures made the announcement that they were postponing the release date of the latest Bond film No Time To Die. Sony, it seemed made the right call especially after we all saw the hit that the much-hyped Bloodshot starring Vin Diesel took upon its released. Its studio decided to brave the Covid affected cinema numbers and released the film amidst the chaos – the result was taking just nine million dollars at the box office in its first week of release in the USA. Desperate not to see the same fate happen to Diesel’s other blockbuster – Fast & Furious 9 – its studio decided to push its release back to 2021.

Some companies decided to get creative. Realising that they were going to have a captive housebound audience for potentially the next few months Universal Pictures have decided to chance its arm and in some territories has released potential blockbusters The Invisible Man and Trolls World Tour onto streaming services. It now seems likely that Disney will do the same with the eagerly anticipated Pixar animation Onward.

While the release dates of some of the year’s biggest films seem to be moving around like chess pieces on a board it leaves us with one big question – if Thailand’s cinemas do re-open on April 1st what do audiences have to look forward to? While films such as Daniel Radcliffe’s all action affair Guns Akimbo and new horror film Fantasy Island are slated for release not long after the doors open for several months audiences will have to watch locally made films and smaller international films while Hollywood prepares to re-launch itself with their all-conquering blockbusters. That is not necessarily a bad thing though as it means for awhile locally made films will have very little competition at the box-office for awhile.

Of course box office aside Covid-19 has also had catastrophic affect on the people of Hollywood and film industries right around the world. At the moment every major studio in America has shutdown production meaning that hundreds of thousands of people are currently out of work – many not knowing when those studio doors will open again.

The human side of Covid-19 in Hollywood became even more apparent when two of its biggest stars tested positive to the deadly virus. In Australia working on a new movie about the life of Elvis Presley Oscar winning actor Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson contracted the virus resulting in Australia’s Nine Network television network having to place some of their on-air talent in isolation after they had come in contact with the pair. It was later proven that Nine’s head Entertainment Reporter Richard Wilkins had actually contracted Covid-19 after interviewing Wilson.

The next Hollywood celebrity to test positive to Covid-19 was Thor: Ragnarok and Star Trek Beyond star Idris Elba and only a few hours ago it was confirmed that former Hollywood producer and convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein has tested positive to the virus in prison.

Globally nobody has been able to safely predict when the Covid-19 crisis might be over but the one thing we do know is it is going to take a long time for Hollywood to recover from cinema’s darkest days.