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One Eyed Girl Award

Australian-made dark thriller, ONE EYED GIRL has won the Audience Choice award for Best Film at the 2015 Annual Beverly Hills Film Festival, adding to its growing list of accolades, including Best Film in the Dark Matters Category at Austin Film Festival and Jury Award at this year’s Austin Film Festival in the Dark Matters category.

Coming up for its second week in selected cinemas in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, ONE EYED GIRL will soon be seen in Hobart and Darwin (dates and cinemas to be advised).

ONE EYED GIRL – written by Nick Matthews and Craig Behenna and directed by Nick Matthews – is a gripping story about a psychiatrist, haunted by the death of a former patient, who stumbles upon a Doomsday cult and battles to save a teenage girl from its clutches.

Starring Tilda Cobham-Hervey (52 Tuesdays), Mark Leonard Winter (Healing, Van Diemen’s Land) and Steve Le Marquand (Rake, Vertical Limit), ONE EYED GIRL is distributed in Australia by The Backlot Films.

On winning the award, Nick Matthews said, “What a thrill, to have competed here in the heart of filmmaking and then to be recognised like this. I’m so proud of all the cast and crew and I thank everyone who supported us along the way. I’d like to think this win may mean we can share the film with a wider Australian audience.”

One Eyed Girl

Summary: Travis, is a thirty-something psychiatrist haunted by the death of a former patient. On the brink of a nervous breakdown he stumbles across a group run by a charismatic leader, Father Jay. In search of answers, Travis is led deeper and deeper into the underworld of a Doom’s Day cult where he meets Grace, a mysterious teenage girl. When the cult comes under attack from the outside world, Travis must risk his life to free a girl, and save his soul.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 30th April, 2015

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: Australia

Director: Nick Matthews

Screenwriter: Craig Behenna, Nick Matthews

Cast: Craig Behenna (Tom), Elena Carapetis (Kate), Katy Cheel (Rachel), Tilda Cobham-Hervey (Grace), Matt Crook (Marcus), Nic English (Toby), Sebastian Freeman (Ben), Steve Le Marquand (Father Jay), Sara West (Sarah), Lachlan Wilson (Andy), Mark Leonard Winter (Travis)

Runtime: 102 mins

Classification: MA15+

 

OUR ONE EYED GIRL REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

Greg King:

You can hear Greg’s full One Eyed Girl review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #127

 

Stars(2.5)

 

 

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(2.5)

 

IMDB Rating: One Eyed Girl (2014) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment One Eyed Girl reviews: You will also be able to hear our One Eyed Girl review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #127.

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One Eyed Girl

We are pleased to advise that One Eyed Girl will release on April 30 at the following cinemas, with more to be added:

ADELAIDE
Trak Cinemas, 375 Greenhill Road, Toorak Gardens

MELBOURNE
Classic Cinemas, 9 Gordon Street, Elsternwick
Cameo Cinemas, 1620 Burwood Highway, Belgrave

SYDNEY
Ritz Cinema, 45 St Pauls Street, Randwick

Filmmakers and actors will travel to each city, attending Q&A screenings and will be available for media interviews.

TOURING TALENT:
Nick Matthews (Director/co-writer)
David Ngo (Producer)
Craig Behenna (Co-writer/Co-producer/Actor)
Mark Leonard Winter (Actor)
Tilda Cobham-Hervey (Actor)
Steve Le Marquand (Actor)

TOUR DATES (including Q&A screenings):
MELBOURNE – April 23/24 (Classic/Cameo)
ADELAIDE – April 29 (premiere/Q&A at Regal Cinemas)
SYDNEY – April 30/May 1

Hollywood Reporter described it as “This engrossing, darkly tinged drama is an auspicious debut”; Austin’s The Examiner said, “Winner of the Austin Film Festival (AFF) Dark Matters Best Picture Jury Award, “One Eyed Girl” is an impeccable entry from Australia and the cream of the crop of this year’s festival across all categories.” And Australian cinema goers will have the chance to see ONE EYED GIRL when it releases on April 30.

ONE EYED GIRL is a dark thriller about Travis (Mark Leonard Winter), a young psychiatrist haunted by the death of a patient.  On the brink of a nervous breakdown, he meets a teenage girl named Grace (Tilda Cobham-Hervery) who invites him to a secret church run by charismatic leader, Father Jay (Steve Le Marquand).  In search of answers, Travis is led deeper and deeper into the hidden world of an isolated cult, where he’s given one last chance at redemption.

ONE EYED GIRL is the debut feature film from writer/director Nick Matthews, who teamed with long time collaborators, first time producer/editor David Ngo and writer/actor Craig Behenna.

It stars the mesmerising Tilda Cobham-Hervey (hailed in Variety magazine as one to watch, and included in Vogue Australia’s Best Emerging Talent feature this month), a very strong Mark Leonard Winter (Healing, The Boy Castaways) and the always powerful Steve Le Marquand (Vertical Limit, A Few Best Men)

In December 2014, cinematographer Jody Muston won Silver at the Australian Cinematographers Society awards for her haunting cinematography on this film.

One Eyed Girl

A group of young Australian filmmakers is celebrating after their film, ONE EYED GIRL won the Jury Award at this year’s Austin Film Festival in the Dark Matters category.

The South Australian psychological thriller is the second feature film to take out the Dark Matters Award, after it was introduced to the AFF program last year.

Now in its 21st year, the Austin Film Festival is known for its focus on screenplays with strong storytelling.

ONE EYED GIRL – written by Nick Matthews and Craig Behenna and directed by Nick Matthews – is a gripping story about a psychiatrist, haunted by the death of a former patient, who stumbles upon a Doomsday cult and battles to save a teenage girl from its clutches.

Starring Tilda Cobham-Hervey (52 Tuesdays), Mark Leonard Winter (Healing, Van Diemen’s Land) and Steve Le Marquand (Rake, Vertical Limit), ONE EYED GIRL will be released in Australian cinemas on April 2, 2015, distributed by The Backlot Films.

On winning the award, Nick Matthews said, “It’s a great honour to win this award at a festival that champions story, and genre filmmaking. To receive it in front of so many film and TV heavyweights, like Madmen creator Matt Weiner and director Jim Sheridan is a doubly amazing. I’m stunned, and immensely proud of my cast and our fantastic crew. We’re looking forward to sharing the film with Australian audiences early in 2015.”

Says Craig Behenna, “I’m very proud that our first screening of One Eyed Girl has had such an amazing response at Austin. This festival has a great reputation for being all about the craft of filmmaking and taking storytelling seriously. It also makes me think of all the people who have supported and worked with us right from the beginning. Without their care and commitment and love for this film, we simply couldn’t have done it. To win an award in Austin and to accept it in a room filled with so many great filmmakers and storytellers who had made some of the films like In the Name of the Father, In America and many others that have had a huge impact on me was a surreal and fantastic moment. We’re pinching ourselves a bit.”

Producer Dave Ngo, “I couldn’t be prouder of everyone who helped make this film. To win the Dark Matters Award seems so appropriate for such a dark and intense story. I can’t wait to return to Oz and celebrate with the team.”

And hinting that there may be another film in the pipeline, Ngo added, “Hopefully we’ll get to do it all again soon.”

Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay competition director, Matt Dy said of ONE EYED GIRL, “Screenwriters Craig Behenna and Nick Matthews have written a script that, on the page, would very likely read as multi-layered and thrilling as it is seen on the screen through the film’s rich, haunting cinematography.”

Attending Austin Film Festival on behalf of ONE EYED GIRL are producer David Ngo, writer/director Nick Matthews, writer Craig Behenna and actor Tilda Cobham-Hervey, who has been touted by Variety and Vogue magazines as one of the Top 5 ones to watch.

One Eyed Girl

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.

The Babadook

Summary: “Do you want to die?” seven-year-old Samuel asks his stressed-out single mother, Amelia. She wonders if his question is a threat or a warning. After dealing with Samuel’s frantic tantrums his entire life, Amelia suspects that her son has begun directing his violent misbehavior toward her. However, after a dark and foreboding children’s book called Mister Babadook mysteriously appears on Samuel’s bookshelf, Amelia must decide if her son is truly deranged, or if there really is a bogeyman lurking in their darkened halls at night.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 22nd May, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: Australia

Director: Jennifer Kent

Screenwriter: Jennifer Kent

Cast: Cathy Adamek (Prue), Craig Behenna (Warren), Essie Davis (Amelia), Daniel Henshall (Robbie), Chloe Hurn (Ruby), Hayley McElhinney (Claire), Jacqy Phillips (Beverly), Tim Purcell (The Babadook), Bridget Walters (Norma), Barbara West (Mrs. Roach), Benjamin Winspear (Oskar), Noah Wiseman (Samuel)

Runtime: 95 mins

Classification: M

OUR THE BABADOOK REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

Greg King: You can check out Greg’s The Babadook review on www.filmreviews,net.au

Stars(3.5)

 

David Griffiths:

Australia has always been a country known for its cult horror. Whether it be the older Oz-ploitation films like Fair Game that inspired a young Quentin Tarantino or more modern films like Storm Warning, it seems Aussies know their horror. Need further proof? Well the filmmakers behind the original Saw series… also from the land down under. Now comes the latest Aussie horror flick, the low budget The Babdook and once again the Aussies have got it 100% right.

The flick follows hard working widow Amelia (Essie Davis – Burning Man, TV’S The Slap) who tries all she can do to be a good mother to her awkward son Samuel (Noah Wiseman – The Gift). However, things are not always easy for her and as her son’s behaviour seems to push more and more people away things become increasingly worse for them.

Things then turn even more serious when a children’s book mysteriously turns up in the house. After reading the book once to Samuel Amelia realises how dark and disturbing it is. However no matter how she tries to get rid of it the book keeps returning and even worse still is the fact that the horror it speaks about, Mr. Babadook (Tim Purcell – newcomer) now haunts their home in a potentially deadly manner.

Some people may look at the low budget of The Babadook and decide to give it a wide berth but doing so will mean they miss out on one of the best horror films to surface this year. This is a film that really announces Jennifer Kent as a director to watch. Kent has grown up living and breathing horror films her whole life and it certainly shows here. This is clearly the best ‘creepy kid’ horror since Let The Right One In and it blows most of the blockbuster horrors we’ve seen in recent years right out of the water.

Kent knows that it takes more than just a creepy soundtrack and some ‘bumps and screams’ on the audio track to really frighten an audience. Here she combines so good old fashioned psychological terror with one of the creepier characters we’ve seen in the horror genre over recent years. While his name might sound like something out of a Lewis Carroll adventure the Babadook himself is a pretty good horror nasty. The fact that he isn’t afraid to attack children or maim and torture a mother shows that he means business. He along with the suspense of not knowing if any of the characters in the film are suffering from mental means the audience is often on the edge of their or jumping out of them… the two things they should be doing during a horror film.

As a director Kent also gets the best of her cast. She puts both Essie Davis and Noah Wiseman through the ringer throughout this film. Davis has been a star-on-the-rise for awhile now and this really confirms that she is among the most talented actresses in Australia at the moment while Wiseman shows that he is a child actor with a big future ahead of him. For him to constantly deliver on the screen when he is playing a gruelling role and is on screen for nearly every minute of the film really shows just how talented he is.

If you are a horror fan then you won’t want to miss The Babadook. Once again an Australian filmmaker delivers a horror film that is destined to become a cult classic.
Stars(3.5)

 

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(3.5)

 

IMDB Rating:  The Babadook (2014) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘The Babadook′: For our full The Babadook review please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #80

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