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Rom-com fans can look forward to the endearing new tropical romance THIS LITTLE LOVE OF MINE, making its debut on Netflix worldwide on Wednesday July 7, 2021. THIS LITTLE LOVE OF MINEis the latest film in the romance genre from The Steve Jaggi Company, the team behind the 2020 hit Romance on the Menu, which reached as high as number 2 on Netflix most popular movies list in Australia, and stayed in this top 10 list for a week. Nicely Entertainment handles the worldwide distribution of the movie with Vanessa Shapiro serving as Executive Producer.

Starring Saskia Hampele (The Heights) and Liam McIntyre (Spartacus: Vengeance), THIS LITTLE LOVE OF MINE follows Laura Price, a successful San Francisco lawyer on the cusp of promotion – a far cry from her childhood growing up on a tropical island with best friends Chip and Gem. When the firm’s biggest client – Chip’s grandfather – asks Laura to travel to the island and deliver a contract to make Chip his heir, she leaves behind her practice and fiancé Owen, to convince her childhood friend to sign a contract that will make him a billionaire. As Chip and Laura grow closer, she questions whether she’s engaged to the right man or if she belongs back on the island with her childhood sweetheart. 

Streaming to Netflix audiences in over 190 countries, THIS LITTLE LOVE OF MINE was the first feature film to go into production in Australia during the pandemic, and showcases the best of Far North Queensland, with the film shot entirely on location in Palm Cove in 2020. Director Christine Luby comments “It’s wonderful to be able to share this uplifting love story about following your heart with audiences around the world. We shot the film under strict conditions during the pandemic and I know what a tough time this has been for so many people. My hope is that this film can uplift and inspire people and show off the tropical paradise of Australia’s Far North Queensland”. 

Lead actor Saskia Hampele comments “I’m over the moon that our beautiful film will have the chance to be seen by romance fans around the world. We had an incredible team and loved every minute making the film in sparkling Palm Cove. I think that really shows on the screen.”

 delighted audiences at the Gold Coast Film Festival, where it had its world premiere in April 2021. The film is written by Georgia Harrison (Rip Tide) and is the directorial debut of Christine Luby. Supporting cast members include Lynn Gilmartin, Lawrence Ola, Monette Lee, Tiriel Mora and Martin Portus.

Summary:  Following a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, a group of mercenaries take the ultimate gamble, venturing into the quarantine zone to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted.

Year: 2021

Cinema Release Dates: TBA

VOD Release Dates: 21st May 2021 (Australia), 21st May 2021 (Thailand), 21st May 2021 (UK), 21st May 2021 (USA)

Country: USA

Director: Zack Snyder

Screenwriter: Zack Snyder, Shay Hatten, Joby Harold

Cast: Nora Arnezeder (Lily The Coyote), Sheila Awasthi (Angela), Sebastian Balchand (Adjit), Dave Bautista (Scott Ward), Michael Cassidy (Sgt. Kelly), Raul Castillo (Mikey Guzman), Richard Cetrone (Zeus), Steve Corona (Mr. Hillman), Wayne Dalglish (Dagleish), Ana de la Reguera (Maria Cruz), Garret Dillahunt (Martin), Chelsea Edmundson (Misty Hillman), Marisilda Garcia (Anita), Jessica Harbeck (Zombie Elvis), Omari Hardwick (Vanderohe), Colin Jones (Damon), Janice LaFlam (Yolanda), Debbie Lay (Debbie Slots), Colby Lemmo (Laura Ward), Antonio Leyba (Carlos), Sarah Minnich (Jessica), Tig Notaro (Marianne Peters), Athena Perample (Alpha Queen), Ella Purnell (Kate Ward), Joe Rashbaum (Elvis Presley Shambler/Zombie Elvis), Gonzalo Robles (Camp Guard Garcia), Hiroyuki Sanada (Bly Tanaka), Huma Qureshi (Geeta), Zach Rose (Corp. Bissel), Theo Rossi (Burt Cummings), Matthias Schweighhofer (Dieter), Ken Thong (Kevin), Albert Valladares (Alpha General), Samantha Win (Chambers)

Running Time: 148 mins

Classification: R18+ (Australia), 18 (UK), R (USA)


David Griffiths’ Army Of The Dead Review:

This year has turned out to be an amazing year for filmmaker Zack Snyder (Watchmen). His cut of the Justice League film became on over-night success when released on streaming platforms right around the world, not bad considering the mocking he received when it was first announced that he was willing to bring his version to the screen for nothing.

Now only a few months later Snyder returns with another action blockbuster – his zombie film Army of The Dead. While this one doesn’t have the dark artistic edge that was present for the Justice League Snyder Cut it is incredibly fun film that will certainly chase away the pandemic blues.

The film follows the events after a zombie attack hits the casino Mecca of Las Vegas. Trusted soldier, Scott Ward (Dave Bautista – Guardians Of The Galaxy), led one of the last rescue missions into the city and while some lives we saved he saw the mission as a disaster.

He lost his wife and several of his unit members and the result was a city lost and his relationship with his daughter Kate (Ella Purnell – Never Let Me Go) destroyed. Flash forwards to a few years later and Scott is flipping burgers in a roadside diner while the Government talks about finally ending everything in Vegas by dropping a nuclear bomb on the now ‘entombed’ city. But then everything changes when businessmen Bly Tanaka (Hiroyuki Sanada – The Woverine) approaches Scott and promises him one hell of a pay-day if he can go through the zombie horde in Vegas and salvage $200 million from a vault before the bomb goes off.

Scott hastily puts together a team that includes his colleagues Maria Cruz (Ana de la Reguera – Narcos), Vanderohe (Omari Hardwick – Kick-Ass) and helicopter extraordinaire Marianne Peters (Tig Notaro – Instant Family), but then to his surprise Kate asks to go with them for some business of her own.

It would be easy to write off Army Of The Dead as a big, dumb action film, and in a lot of ways it is, but this is also another passion project for Snyder. He wrote this screenplay a decade ago and during that time a number of filmmakers were attached to the project until in the end Snyder decided that he could helm the film himself. Even then the drama didn’t stop with the film starting off as a Warner Bros. film before Netflix ended up jumping on board when it looked like the project may fall to the wayside.

Despite what people may believe going into this film Snyder’s cinematic styling is all over this film. The film looks sleek yet at the same time Snyder does just enough to make this film different to all the other zombie films that have flooded the market since the popularity of The Walking Dead.

Snyder doesn’t make the same mistake that the film Monster Hunter recently made. This isn’t a film full of beefcake soldiers going up against the big ‘evil.’ Instead as a filmmaker Snyder realises the power of the ‘fish out of water phenomenon’ in films like this and it is easy to see that it is characters like Sarah and geeky safe cracker Ludwig Dieter (Matthias Schweighofer – The Most Beautiful Day) that the audience are going to end relating to and barracking for.

Likewise Snyder mixes up the zombie genre but not just including your standard brainless dirt walker and instead brings in a species of intelligent brain eaters who think before they act… and if that isn’t enough to impress even the most hardened horror fan there is also a zombie tiger who is more than willing to take a chunk out of the heroes as well.

In a lot of ways Army Of The Dead tells a simple story by mixing a heist thriller with a zombie horror. It doesn’t exactly re-invent either genre but in the hands of Zack Snyder this film becomes a sleek grindhouse film that certainly never bores its audience. Well worth a look if you want to watch a film just to pass some time.

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You can read our Army Of The Dead review for The Phuket News here – https://www.thephuketnews.com/zack-snyder-brings-army-of-the-dead-to-life-80146.php


Summary:  Seven years after he survived the monster apocalypse, lovably hapless Joel leaves his cozy underground bunker behind on a quest to reunite with his ex.

Year: 2020

Cinema Release Dates: TBA

VOD Release Dates: 14th April 2021 (Australia), 14th April 2021 (UK), 16th October 2020 (USA)

Country: Canada, USA, Australia

Director: Michael Matthews

Screenwriter: Brian Duffield, Matthew Robinson

Cast: Donnie Baxter (Parker), Thomas Campbell (Anderson), Dan Ewing (Carp), Damian Garvey (Bill), Amali Golden (Ava), Ariana Greenblatt (Minnow), Tre Hale (Rocko), Jessica Henwick (Aimee), Ellen Holman (Dana), Helen Howard (Rose), Julia Johnson (Betty), Pacharo Mzembe (Ray), Dylan O’Brien (Joel), Hazel Phillips (Janice), Joel Pierce (Connor), Senie Priti (Karen), Tanseem Roc (Anna Lucia), Michael Rooker (Clyde), Ariu Lang Sio (Roberto), Miriama Smith (Maya), Bruce Spence (Old Pete), Te Kohe Tuhaka (Tim), Melanie Zanetti (Kala/Voice Of Mavis)

Running Time: 109 mins

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


David Griffiths’ Love And Monsters Review:

When it comes to the Academy Awards genre flicks rarely get a look in but this year one found itself on the nominations list and it raised eyebrows everywhere. Love And Monsters was the little film that found itself boxing well and truly out of its weight division.

An American/Australian co-production Love And Monsters found itself amongst the heavy hitters when it was nominated in the Best Achievement in Visual Effects category, it didn’t win but it did suddenly have the world asking – “what on earth is that film?” Well to answer that question the film has now been made available on streaming platforms right around the world.

Directed by Michael Matthews (Five Fingers For Marseilles) Love And Monsters is set in a world that was saved by nuclear weapons when a meteorite threatened the Earth’s existence but the resulting fallout caused every cold blooded creature to mutant into gigantic ‘monster’ versions of themselves.

These creatures then killed a majority of the human population and the human’s left, which include the very innocent Joel (Dylan O’Brien – The Maze Runner), are left to live in colonies hiding underground. While he is a nice guy Joel freezes when he comes face-to-face with danger and as a result his colony see him as a liability. While the others go out to hunt he is left to stay behind and cook, and while the rest of the members of his colony have paired of Joel finds himself alone lost in his own thoughts.

However, after making radio contact with the girl, Aimee (Jessica Henwick – Game Of Thrones), that he was in love before the world went to hell he decides that he is going to make the dangerous journey from his colony to hers.

As a film Love And Monters has the feel of Zombieland all over it. You’ve got the ‘weak’ main character, a world that he doesn’t fit in to and for good measure the inclusion of a grumpy allie, Clyde (Michael Rooker – Guardians Of The Galaxy) who actually cares a lot more than he is letting on. Like Zombieland the film also has an injection of humour that isn’t enough to destroy the fantasy element of the film but is just enough to provide you with a laugh here and there.

The key to this film working though are the characters. Joel is a likable guy and the audience soon warm to him and want to see him succeed – due largely to the fact most audiences will realise that Joel is exactly what they would be like in the middle of the apocalypse. Add in a cute dog called Boy and a trusty side-kick, Minnow (Ariana Greenblatt – Avengers: Infinity War), and you soon have a group of characters that nobody wants to see anything bad happen to.

The inclusion of the other-worldly creatures does give the film a Stranger Things vibe throughout the film while the screenwriting team do just enough to create scenes with heart, like Joel bonding with a robot, to go alongside the action sequences. To their credit those action sequences and creature effects look pretty stunning, especially when you realise the film was made for the same sum as some film’s catering budgets. This is a filmmaking team that have a huge future ahead of them.

Just like he did in The Maze Runner franchise of films Dylan O’Brien once again shows Hollywood what he has to offer with his role here. He is brilliant throughout this film and whether it comes to a emotional scene or an action sequence he is the kind of actor that can shine through both.

Love And Monsters is one of the biggest surprises of 2021. It certainly deserved its Oscar nomination and you get the feeling that this film will become a family favourite for the younger generation in the same way films like Never Ending Story and The Labyrinth had for generations in the past.

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For the first time since 2011, Queen of the US alt-comedy scene and celebrated TV star Maria Bamford returns to Melbourne for five shows only

 Compelling, charismatic and completely original, Maria is known for her refreshing honesty and self-deprecating comedy. Her ingenious comedy brain works in mysterious ways, with deadpan delivery sitting comfortably alongside the silly and surreal.  

Named by Judd Apatow as the “funniest woman on Earth”, Maria has been seen in her semi-autobiographical Netflix series Lady Dynamite, as a recurring role on Arrested Development and in her own cult web series The Maria Bamford Show. Her quirky and unique voice lends itself perfectly to comic characters, with notable appearances including Bojack Horseman and Adventure Time

Venue: Forum Theatre

Dates: Tues 9 – Sat 13 April 2019 Time: 6.45pm

Tickets: $35 – $40

Bookings: comedyfestival.com.au