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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.

StalkHer

Australian cinema’s scariest bad guy, John Jarratt, has placed himself behind and in front of the camera in his directorial debut, STALKHER, an inappropriately funny, dark, romantic thriller, set for theatrical release in late August, distributed by The Backlot Films.

Written by Kris Maric and co-directed by Kaarin Fairfax (well, Jarratt spends half the film tied to a chair, doesn’t he?), who also co-stars with Jarratt, STALKHER is the tale of two people destined for each other, yet destined to be each other’s demise. Offering raw dialogue and characters that will make you laugh at all the wrong things, STALKHER is a gritty battle of the sexes with verbal and physical blows that come thick and fast. Audiences will be kept guessing as they follow twists and turns that lead them to truly wonder who is the cat and who is the mouse in this demented lover’s game.

Jarratt comments on reading the first draft of the script, “It instantly made me think of MISERY meets WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?”.

The film sees Jarratt in the director’s seat for the first time. He also plays the film’s lead, Jack – a rough, charismatic but jaded pharmacist with a stalking obsession. The tables quickly turn when Jack discovers that his prey has claws. “I spent most of my time directing the film while tied to a chair with my hands bound – a fun challenge that I really enjoyed” says Jarratt.

Fans of WOLF CREEK 1 & 2 will enjoy seeing Jarratt getting his comeuppance – the hunter becoming the hunted.

The film also features distinguished Australian talent, Kaarin Fairfax returning to the big screen as Emily – a friendly nurse with a penchant for baking and bad habits. As things unfold we see that Emily’s scars run deeper than her skin. It doesn’t take long for Jack to realise that Emily is not the woman he thought she was.

Executive Producer and industry veteran Alan Finney was blown away by the final product, “STALKHER is a creative masterpiece that relies on two brilliant performances and great dialogue.”

Taking place over one sweltering summer night, sweat drips as the humid air hangs thick with tension. The thrilling story is set against a rustic Aussie backdrop with a hint of country vintage charm all washed down with a cup of laced hot cocoa. From dark until dawn a twisted and thrilling courtship of the sexes takes place that leads one to wonder which one of them will survive the night.

STALKHER has a powerful soundtrack brimming with internationally renowned Australian music artists and songs sourced from as early as the 1920s and leading up to the present. Featuring the likes of Nick Cave, Skyhooks and Sarah Blasko, with a few surprises – including John Jarratt’s song debut ‘Killer in Me’. The music in the film provides the perfect blend of tension and release. From Aussie rock to country twang and haunting lullabies the soundtrack is characterised by a strong dash of old school rock-n-roll, blues and country.

The Backlot Films director/manager Tony Ianiro is relishing using STALKHER as a flagship film project for The Backlot Films inaugural major cinema release programme. Ianiro says, “Audiences should get ready for a night of sex, cupcakes and rock ‘n’ roll.”

STALKHER’s the ultimate Romeo and Juliet story that got old and bitter, with grit and gusto that will bowl the audiences over in shock and laughter. It’s a dark, demented look at love, sex, and kitchen renovations for the over 40’s.

Exact dates and cinemas releasing STALKHER will be announced shortly.  John Jarratt and Kaarin Fairfax will embark upon a Q&A roadshow in cinemas around Australia from early August.

Margaret And David

That most dazzling of cultural events, the Alliance Française French Film Festival, has good reason to be excited about its 26thannual season, with the news that revered film critics Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton will be the Festival’s 2015 Patrons.

Beloved by movie aficionados throughout the country, Margaret and David will lend their distinctive ‘je ne sais quoi’ to the Festival, which continues to fascinate, enchant and captivate Australian audiences more with each passing year.

It’s no exaggeration to say that Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton have enjoyed one of the longest and most enduring partnerships on Australian television.  Their deep love of cinema and lively repartee made At the Movies (ABC TV) and The Movie Show (SBS TV) essential weekly viewing for nearly three decades.

We are, therefore, deeply honoured to have this iconic duo as Patrons of the 2015 Festival.  And in celebration of this association, Margaret and David have had ‘carte blanche’ to select their favourite Festival titles. Here, in their own words, are their personal ‘picks’ of the Festival:

 

 

MARGARET’S SELECTION

3 HEARTS (3 Coeurs)

Director:           Benoît Jacquot  

Cast:                 Catherine Deneuve, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chiara Mastroianni & Benoît Poelvoorde

Benoît Jacquot has created a sublime, if painful, romance with fate intervening in the lives of a taxman, played beautifully by Benoît Poelvoorde, and two sisters – sublime performances by Charlotte Gainsbourg and Chiara Mastroianni.  To add to that duo of fine European women, Jacquot has cast iconic Catherine Deneuve as their mother.  Mainly set in a provincial town south of Lyon, the coincidence of two sisters falling for the same man in a ‘coup de foudre’ is both bizarre and yet totally understandable.  The ramifications of that situation lead to a powerfully emotional film that references great romances of the past.  This a moving, unmissable movie experience.

 

FAR FROM MEN (Loin des Hommes)

 

Director:           David Oelhoffen

 

Cast:     Viggo Mortensen, Reda Kateb & Antoine Laurent

 

Viggo Mortensen must be one of the most adept film actors with language.  Here he speaks a slightly accented French, as befitting his heritage as Daru, the son of Spanish settlers in Algeria.  The year is 1954, the year the National Liberation Front began its uprising.  Daru is a teacher in a remote location and is aware of the tentative safety of his position.  Does he stay or go?  That decision is made for him when a prisoner Mohamed (a wonderful performance by Reda Kateb), is delivered to Daru with instructions to deliver him to the court in Tilsit, where he will almost certainly be found guilty of murder and executed.  Loosely based on a short story by Albert Camus, The Guest, Far From Men unravels in spectacular landscapes as an exploration of moral dilemmas in the guise of a Western.  Music by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis adds enormously to the atmosphere of this film by David Oelhoffen.

 

 

THE LAST HAMMER BLOW (Le Dernier Coup de Marteau)

Director:           Alix Delaporte

Cast:                 Romain Paul, Clotilde Hesme & Grégory Gadebois

If you remember Alix Delaporte’s debut film Angèle et Tony you will be impelled to see her second feature, in which the stars of Angèle et Tony, Clotilde Hesme and Grégory Gadebois once again occupy centre screen, but this time not so much together.  The connecting link in their relationship is their son Victor, an electric performance from young newcomer Romain Paul (who won the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor at the 2014 Venice International Film Festival). Victor lives with his mother, who is suffering from an unknown disease, in a trailer park on the edge of the sea.  He’s a talented young soccer player whose coach sees his potential.  His estranged father is a famous conductor who is visiting the nearby town of Montpellier to present a Mahler symphony.  Victor’s attempts to deal with his mother and connect with his father are the heart of this terrific film.  Delaporte has subtext down to a fine art.  Her scenes are subtle and incredibly moving.

DAVID’S SELECTION

 

DIPLOMACY (Diplomatie)

Director:           Volker Schlöndorff

Cast:                 Niels Arestrup, André Dussollier, Burghart Klaussner, Robert tadlober & Charlie Nelson

Volker Schlondorff’s intense adaptation of Cyril Gely’s 2011 play unfolds during the night of August 24-25, 1944 in the Hotel Meurice, the Paris hotel that serves as the headquarters of General Dietrich Choltitz, the German Governor of the occupied city. The Allies are at the city gates and, following Hitler’s orders, Choltitz is prepared to destroy the city and its monuments – until an intervention from Swedish diplomat Raoul Nordling, who, during an intense and emotionally charged argument, puts forward the case for saving the city.  Niels Arestrup as Choltitz and André Dussollier as Nordling, give commanding performances in this totally gripping drama.

 

THE BLUE ROOM (La Chambre Bleue)

Director:           Mathieu Amalric

Cast:                 Mathieu Amalric, Léa Drucker, Stéphanie Cléau, Laurent Poitrenaux & Serge Bozon

For his second feature film as director, Mathieu Amalric has turned to a book by crime writer Georges Simenon about a passionate small-town love affair that ends in death and retribution. Amalric himself plays Julien, a married man who embarks on a clandestine affair with Esther (Stéphanie Cléau).  Lovers of well-made thriller and tasteful eroticism will be amply rewarded by Amalric’s stylish and intelligent treatment.

TOKYO FIANCÉE (Tokyo Fiancée)

Director: Stefan Liberski

Cast: Pauline Étienne, Taichi Inoue, Julie Le Breton, Alice de Lencquesaing & Akimi Ota

This film recounts the experiences of Amélie a Belgian girl who attempts to make a life for herself in Japan. Stefan Liberski’s version of Amélie Nothomb’s eponymous novel gains enormous benefit from the charming central performance by Pauline Étienne, whose love of all things Japanese quickly develops into a passion for Rinri (Taichi Inoue), a rich youth who pays for her to give him lessons in French.

GRAND ILLUSION (La Grande Illusion)

Director: Jean Renoir

Cast: Jean Gabin, Dita Parlo, Pierre Fresnay, Julien Carette, Eric Von Stroheim

Jean Renoir’s timeless anti-war classic, made in 1937, stars Jean Gabin as a French POW during World War I. The screenplay, by Renoir and Charles Spaak, is based on a true story, and the film is memorable because of Renoir’s approach to friendship and the loyalties forged by class, so that the aristocratic French prisoner (played by Pierre Fresnay) has more in common with the German camp commandant (a great performance from legendary director Erich von Stroheim), than with his fellow countrymen.

Proudly presented by the Alliance Française in association with the Embassy of France in Australia and the gracious support of Presenting Sponsor Peugeot, the Festival’s 26thth season will screen across eight cities at a selection of divinely appointed Palace Cinema venues from early March until mid-April, as follows:

 

SYDNEY: 3-22 March                    Palace Norton Street, Palace Verona, Chauvel Cinema, Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace

MELBOURNE: 4-22 March                    Palace Balwyn, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Westgarth & Kino Cinemas

ADELAIDE: 5-24 March                    Palace Nova Eastend

CANBERRA: 6–25 March Palace Electric Cinema

BRISBANE: 13 March-1 April Palace Barracks & Palace Centro

PERTH: 19 March-7 April Cinema Paradiso, Luna on SX & Windsor Cinema

BYRON BAY: 9-14 April Palace Byron Bay

HOBART: 16-21 April  State Cinema

 

Keep checking the Festival website at: http://www.affrenchfilmfestival.org

 

 

The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show

This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘20,000 Days On Earth’, ”Metal Down Under,’ ‘The Inbetweeners 2,’ James Cameron’s Deep SeaChallenge 3D’ and ‘Freedom′ . This episode also contains interviews with Nick Cave, John Garvin, Nick Calpakdjian, Simon Bird, James Buckley, Blake Harrison and Joe Thomas.

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