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AACTA Awards

The 2015 AACTA Awards were held in Sydney this week. Here are all the major winners.


Danielle Cormack (Wentworth)

Ashleigh Cummings (Puberty Blues)

Marta Dusseldorp (Janet King) – WINNER

Kat Stewart (Offspring)


Luke Arnold (INXS: Never Tear Us Apart)

Richard Roxburgh (Rake)

Dan Spielman (The Code)

Ashley Zuckerman (The Code) – WINNER


The Checkout

Hamish & Andy’s Gap Year: South America – WINNER

Paddock To Plate

The Project



Devil’s Playground – WINNER

INXS – Never Tear Us Apart

Secrets + Lies


Shelley Birse (The Code)

Trent O’Donnell/Phil Lloyd (The Moodys)

Josh Thomas (Please Like Me) – WINNER

Peter Duncan (Rake)


The Code – WINNER

Janet King

Puberty Blues



Patrick Brammall (The Little Death)

Yilmaz Erdogan (The Water Diviner) – WINNER

Robert Pattinson (The Rover)

TJ Power (The Little Death)


Erin James (The Little Death)

Jacqueline Mackenzie (The Water Diviner)

Kate Mulvaney (The Little Death)

Susan Prior (The Rover) – WINNER


Jennifer Kent (The Babadook) – WINNER

Rolf de Heer (Charlie’s Country)

Michael Spierig/Peter Spierig (Predestination)

David Michod (The Rover)


Russell Crowe (The Water Diviner)

David Gulpilil (Charlie’s Country) – WINNER

Damon Herrimon (The Little Death)

Guy Pearce (The Rover)


Kate Box (The Little Death)

Essie Davis (The Babadook)

Sarah Snook (Predistination) – WINNER

Mia Wasikowska (Tracks)


The Water Diviner – JOINT WINNER

The Railway Man

Charlie’s Country

The Babadook – JOINT WINNER



The Longford Lyell Award: Andrew Knight

AACTA Trailblazer Award: Rose Byrne

The Water Diviner

After only 6 days of release, Russell Crowe’s directorial debut THE WATER DIVINER became the highest grossing Australian film of 2014.

Opening on Boxing Day, the total box office for THE WATER DIVINER at the close of 2014 was $5.68 million, making it the most successful Australian film of 2014 following just 6 days of release and previews. It surpasses the 2014 gross of The Railway Man.

Australian audiences have warmly embraced THE WATER DIVINER, and it continues its successful cinema run, with its current box office as of January 4, 2015 standing at $8.4 million.

Mike Baard, Managing Director, Universal Pictures Australia and Sandie Don, Head of Distribution, Entertainment One, comment: “We are delighted that Australian audiences have responded with such enthusiasm to the film. It’s that time of year when people are thinking about the future, and THE WATER DIVINER reminds us of the possibility of hope. It is so fitting that in the year that we remember the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli, that all Australians have a film which transports audiences to that time and place, but does so with a fresh perspective and such a positive and uplifting message which is relevant today.”

THE WATER DIVINER has been nominated for 9 AACTA awards, including Best Film, Best Original Screenplay and Best Lead Actor, Russell Crowe.

Backlot Perth

Australian Revelations is a celebration of Australian film through a year-round, ongoing series of screenings and Geoffrey Wright’s 1992 classic Romper Stomper will headline the first screening on Monday 24 November.

Romper Stomper was nominated for nine Australian Film Institute Awards. A younger Russell Crowe won Best Actor in a Lead Role for his portrayal of Hando and the film also picked up AFI Awards for Best Achievement in Sound and Best Original Music Score.

The film will be introduced by The West Australian’s film editor Mark Naglazas.

We’re really happy to be launching this series with such a ground-breaking film” says Revelation Director Richard Sowada. “It’s lost none of its raw energy and nerve and is truly unique on the Australian film landscape – which is what we’re dedicated to celebrating.”


December’s screening will be the 1979 dystopian classic Mad Max and will feature a skype Q+A session with actor Steve Bisley, who played Jim Goose in this landmark Australian production.

Each Australian Revelations feature screening will be accompanied by a Western Australian made short film, providing opportunities for local filmmakers to have their work seen by new audiences.

Australian Revelations will screen at the new The Backlot Perth facility in West Perth and tickets are available via trybooking.com

The Water Diviner

Universal Pictures and eOne Entertainment have released the trailer and poster for the much anticipated The Water Diviner.

The Water Diviner directed by Russell Crowe, will be released in Australian and New Zealand cinemas on DECEMBER 26, 2014.

Starring Russell Crowe (GLADIATOR, A BEAUTIFUL MIND) and Olga Kurylenko (OBLIVION, QUANTUM OF SOLACE), THE WATER DIVINER is an epic adventure set four years after the devastating battle of Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I. Australian farmer Connor (Crowe) travels to Istanbul to discover the fate of his sons, reported missing in the action, where he forges a relationship with the beautiful Turkish woman (Kurylenko) who owns the hotel in which he stays. Holding on to hope, and with the help of a Turkish Officer, Connor embarks on a journey across the country to find the truth about the fate of his sons. THE WATER DIVINER is an extraordinary tale of love, hope and heroism.


Marcia Hines

Marcia Hines has enlisted the help of Russell Crowe, with her superstar friend singing, starring in and directing a deliciously fun video (see it below) for the new single “Remedy” from Marcia’s career-defining album Amazing.



Labelled “the finest album of her career”, Marcia Hines hit the charts yet again this year, cementing her place as Australia’s Queen of Pop after forty years in the business. “Remedy” is a rocking musical romp complete with Marcia’s trademark vocal, Russell’s smouldering growl and a far-too-energetic emergency room complete with dancing nurses and a kicking horn section.

Marcia also announces her return to touring with a cracking, brand new six piece band, led by her producer and song writing partner, Tom Diesel. Each performance will showcase Marcia’s eternally youthful voice and the repertoire of melodic, gold plated hits that cover every facet of her remarkable career.

In a career spanning more than four decades, Marcia Hines as a recording artist, performer, song writer and television star, has left a unique imprint on Australian popular music.

Commencing in 1974 with a top 5 single “Fire and Rain”, a cover of the James Taylor classic, Marcia has released 18 albums, 29 singles, sold over 2.6 million albums and had 7 top 10 singles, spent 7 years as the female judge of the television phenomena “Australian Idol”, starred in some of Australia’s most successful stage productions (Jesus Christ Superstar, Jerry’s Girls, Big River) and created an outstanding career through constant invention and musical excellence.

The Bowlo, Bangalow
02 6687 2741 www.bangalowbowlo.com.au

Twin Towns, Tweed Heads
1800 014 014 www.twintowns.com.au

Redlands Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane
07 3829 8131 www.rpac.com.au

Kedron-Wavell Services Club, Brisbane
07 3359 9122 www.kedron-wavell.com.au
Ettalong Diggers, Ettalong Beach
02 4343 0111 www.ettalongbeachclub.com.au

Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL, Hurlstone Park
02 9559 0000 www.chprsl.com.au

Slide Lounge, Sydney
02 8915 1899 www.slide.com.au/shows/marciahines

Slide Lounge, Sydney
02 8915 1899 www.slide.com.au/shows/marciahines  

Frankston Arts Centre, Frankston
03 9784 1060 www.thefac.com.au
The Palms at Crown, Melbourne
1300 795 012 www.ticketek.com.au
SS&A Club, Albury
02 6041 2222 www.ssaclub.com.au

The Capital, Bendigo
03 5434 6100 www.thecapital.com.au
West Gippsland Performing Arts Centre, Warragul
03 5624 2456 www.wgac.org.au

Entertainment Centre, Bunbury
1300 661 272 www.bunburyentertainment.com

Astor Theatre, Perth
08 9370 5888 www.showticketing.com.au

Dunstan Playhouse Theatre, Adelaide
131 246 www.bass.net.au

Country Club Showroom, Launceston
1300 795 257 www.tixtas.com.au

Wrest Point Entertainment Centre, Hobart
1300 795 257 www.tixtas.com.au

Russell Crowe

Soap television shows. Yes, they quite often have some very tragic story-lines, terribly clichéd dialogue and some woeful acting, but believe or not some of the finest actors going around today got their start in the acting world in those dreaded soaps. Let’s have a look at some actors who have soap operas to thank for launching them.

Russell Crowe: It’s hard to imagine that screen strong man Russell Crowe started his career off in a soap opera. The actor, who hails from New Zealand, may have made a name for himself winning an Oscar for playing the tough Maximus in Ridley Scott’s “Gladiator,” but he started his acting career in an Australia soap opera called “Neighbours.” As a television show, “Neighbours” is often joked about, yet has been the starting ground for many a young celebrity including Dean Geyer, Kylie Minogue and even Guy Pearce. The ‘soft’ opening to his career certainly didn’t hold back Crowe who has become a megastar and has performed in many memorable films including “The Insider” and “A Beautiful Mind,” which also earned him Oscar nominations.

Susan Sarandon: There isn’t much that Susan Sarandon has achieved during her acting career. She has appeared in classic films such as “Thelma & Louise” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” as well as receiving a number of Oscar nominations over the years – for films such as “Atlantic City,” “Lorenzo’s Oil” and “The Client.” She even won an Oscar in 1996 for her role in “Dead Man Walking,” but what most people don’t realise is that five years before she made a name for herself in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” she spent a year playing Patrice Kahlman in television soap “A World Apart.”

Chris Hemsworth: These days, movie fans know Aussie actor Chris Hemsworth mainly as “Thor,” the God with the Hammer that has had two feature films of his own as well as appearing in the big action blockbuster “The Avengers.” The last few years has seen Hemsworth appear in a number of big films including “Rush,” the “Star Trek” franchise, “Red Dawn,” “Snow White + The Huntsman” and “The Cabin In The Woods,” but before that Hemsworth was known to Australians as a soap star. He first made a guest appearance in “Neighbours” before starring in the other ‘rival’ soap “Home & Away” for three years.

Liam Hemsworth: Of course, it wouldn’t be right to mention Chris Hemsworth without mentioning his brother Liam who is known right around the world as the quiet and brooding Gale Hawthorne in “The Hunger Games” franchise. Liam also made a name for himself as a soap star in Australia before making his way to Hollywood. In an exact opposite to his brother, Liam started his career with a guest spot in “Home And Away” before landing a semi-regular role in “Neighbours” playing  Josh Taylor. Liam Hemsworth has also made a name for himself in America appearing in “The Expendables 2” and “Paranoia” alongside Harrison Ford.

Josh Duhamel: Many wrongfully believe that modern day big screen star Josh Duhamel got his acting break on television drama “Las Vegas,” where he played intelligent detective Danny McCoy. That theory however is wrong because Duhamel had been on the small screen years earlier than that as he played Leo du Pres in “All My Children” from 1999 to 2002. In only a storyline that only soap operas could get away with, Leo disappeared over a waterfall and his body was never found again. Since those days, Duhamel has made his way onto the big screen and appeared in “Transformers,” “When In Rome” and “Life As We Know It.”

So if you’re a budding young actor and you get cast in a television soap, certainly don’t think that the role on offer is beneath you, because as you can see, so many great big screen actors of today started with a role in the humble television soap.

Russell Crowe

At the moment, award season buzz is centering largely around the magnificent performances of Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto in “Dallas Buyers Club.” The two men’s performances have reminded a lot of film journalists at how well some actors have depicted gay characters on screen over the years, so let’s take a look at some of the actors who played gay characters not only well, but tastefully and with respect.

Russell Crowe: Yes, it may come as a complete surprise to many, but the great Russell Croweonce played a homosexual character on the big screen. It was before Crowe was making Hollywood blockbusters like “Gladiator,” so people can be excused if they haven’t heard of the film, but it was in an Australian film called “The Sum Of Us.” If you haven’t seen it, then you may certainly want to hunt it down and give it a watch because directors Geoff Burton and Kevin Dowling did a pretty decent job. The film itself has Crowe play Jeff Mitchell a young gay man searching for Mr. Right. His search brings him closer to his father, Harry Mitchell (Jack Thompson), who is now in the look for Miss Right. Touching, yet entertaining, the film is just a true romantic drama.

Ian Somerhalder: Long before he was playing vampire Damon Salvatore in “The Vampire Diaries,” Ian Somerhalder appeared in the very underrated flick “The Rules Of Attraction.” The flick was closely linked to “American Psycho,” was directed by Roger Avary and never really received the recognition it deserved as its alternative style of film-making made it an absolute gem. Somerhalder played Paul Denton, a young gay college student, who was disillusioned with the ‘queens’ around him and finds himself falling in love with the troubled and nasty Sean Bateman (James Van Der Beek) who was accidentally breaking hearts right across the campus.

Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal: How could anybody put together a list of actors who have played gay characters without mentioning Jake Gyllenhaal and the late Heath Ledger? When Ang Lee first put together “Brokeback Mountain,” even he admitted he wasn’t sure how the film would be received, after all was there a market for a film about a gay relationship between two cowboys? He need not have worried as the film went on to record 100 award wins worldwide, including three Oscars. It also earned Oscar nominations for Michelle Williams and the two male leads Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal. Ledger and Gyllenhaal put in brilliant performances as they played Jack Twist and Ennis Del Mar, two young cowboys involved in a passionate yet troubled relationship.

Michael Douglas and Matt Damon: When it was first announced that Michael Douglas would be playing Liberace and Matt Damon his boyfriend, Scott Thorson, the film world scoffed. In fact, they more than scoffed because the roles both seemed so out of character for both actors that many thought the film would just not work and it was pretty much decided that “Behind The Candelabra” was going to become a car-wreck of a film. People should never have doubted the creative mind of director Steven Soderbergh because he brought out the best in both actors, so much so that film critic Adam Ross was quoted on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show as saying “Douglas was so far into character it looked like he wanted to jump Damon between takes.” So good were Douglas and Damon’s performances that both have had their names mentioned during awards season.

Sean Penn: Another actor who ended up becoming an award winner while playing a gay character was Sean Penn. Penn picked up the Best Actor Academy Award in 2009 when he appeared in Gus Van Sant’s film “Milk” in the title role – playing gay activist Harvey Milk. His fellow co-star Josh Brolin also picked up the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for playing Dan White in the film that had critics ecstatic upon its release.

Tom Hanks: The great Tom Hanks also picked up an Oscar for playing a gay character when back in 1993. He played Andrew Beckett, a lawyer suffering from AIDS in the “Philadelphia.” The film not only educated the world on how hard it is for somebody infected with AIDS, but also dealt a valuable lesson about homophobia as Beckett is forced to work with a homophobic lawyer named Joe Miller (Denzel Washington). The film may be over 20 years now, but if you have never seen “Philadelphia” then it is certainly worth taking a look at.

With so many actors winning awards over the years for playing gay characters then it may seem like Mr. McConaughey and Mr. Leto might be in a good position as we all head into Awards season.

The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show

This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Nick, Adam, Dave and Greg take a look at new release films ‘Mr Peabody & Sherman’, ‘Nymphomaniac’, ‘The Raid 2’, ‘Aim High In Creation’, ‘Romeo & Juliet’, ‘Noah’ and ‘Half Of A Yellow Sun’. This episode also features interviews with Ty Burrell, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Russell Crowe and Emma Watson. We also launch a new competitions for ‘The Raid 2’.

To listen to the show you can download it for free from our Podcast Channel – Listen/Download here


Emma Watson has just presented this new Noah trailer for all her fans. Noah, which is directed by Darren Aronofsky and stars Russell Crowe, Emma Watson, Jennifer Connolly, Logan Lerman and Anthony Hopkins, will be released in the U.S. on the 28th March.

You can view Emma Watson’s Noah trailer below.