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2021 Bond University Film & Television Awards

Ryan Thwaite of the Gold Coast has taken out Australia’s top competition for high school filmmakers with an intriguing abstract animation. The Year 12 student from Palm Beach Currumbin State High won the top prize at the 2021 Bond University Film & Television Awards, or BUFTA, at an awards ceremony on November 20. Mr Thwaite secured a full scholarship to study a Bachelor of Film and Television at Bond with his short film Veronica. The film is a dark and brooding animation with a dramatic monotone colour palette and striking sound effects that reinforce the uneasy sense of dread. Mr Thwaite’s film wonRead More


Film Review: Red Notice

Director:    Rawson Marshall Thurber Cast:    Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot, Ritu Arya, Chris Diamantopoulos, Ivan Mbakop, Vincenzo Amato, Rafael Petardi Rating:    M Running Time:    118 Australian Distributor:    Netflix   Not only is Netflix’s Red Notice starring three of the biggest names in Hollywood at the moment – the film itself is the most expensive Netflix film ever made with a budget of around US$160 million. The good news is that this time we also have a big budget film that works in every single way. DirectedRead More


Film Review: No Time To Die

Director:    Cary Joji Fukunaga Cast:    Daniel Craig, Ana de Armas, Léa Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Rami Malek, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Christoph Waltz, Billy Magnussen Rating:    M Running Time:    163 Australian Distributor:    Universal Pictures Australia   This is the 25th chapter of one of the most popular and longest-running sagas from a cinematic point of view. Agent 007, now Commander, returns to the big screen with actor Daniel Craig in his final role as James Bond. While he is vacationing in ItalyRead More


Film Review: The Electrical Life of Louis Wain

Director:    Will Sharpe Cast:     Benedict Cumberbatch, Claire Foy, Andrea Riseborough, Jamie Demetriou, Toby Jones, Hayley Squires, Sophia Di Martino, Stacy Martin, Kiki May, Taika Waititi, Aimee Lou Wood, Olivia Colman (narrator) Rating:    M Running Time:    111 Australian Distributor:    Amazon Prime / Studio Canal   Many artists are never appreciated in their time; others get the appreciation, but little of the money and fame. The latter is definitely true of early 20th-century painter Louis Wain, the subject of Will Sharpe’s delightfully eccentric The Electrical Life of LouisRead More


Film Review: The Ice Road

Director:    Jonathan Hensleigh Cast:    Liam Neeson, Marcus Thomas, Laurence Fishburne, Amber Midthunder, Benjamin Walker, Holt McCallany Rating:    PG Running Time:    103 Australian Distributor:    Rialto Distribution   A couple of years ago screen legend Liam Neeson dared to mention the dreaded R word – retirement. At the time he said that he wouldn’t be retiring from the big screen completely but would be pulling away from action films now he was starting to age. Well I’m not sure whether or not he found sitting in a comfy chairRead More


Tame Impala Australasian Tour 2022

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Laneway Presents, Chugg Entertainment & Frontier Touring wish to advise that Tame Impala are rescheduling their upcoming Australian and New Zealand The Slow Rush Tour from December 2021 to October 2022. Tame Impala are back on the road in North America this month, performing their very first live shows anywhere in the world after an extensive delay. Their Australian and New Zealand shows are unable to proceed as planned in December 2021, due to ongoing changing local and international border closures and associated  Government directives in both countries.Read More


Europa! Europa Film Festival 2022

For the first time, the world’s best new European films come to cinemas across Australia for 3 weeks of inspiring and entertaining Australian premiere screenings, live music and special events. A place for extraordinary cinema, vibrant storytelling and discussion, and bustling community congregation, Europa! Europa gives national audiences a kaleidoscopic window into the experiences of a diverse continent – incorporating over 50 countries – and its people. The program will be assembled by Europa! Europa’s inaugural Artistic Director Thomas Caldwell. Caldwell, who was previously the Programmer at the Melbourne International Film Festival, has spent theRead More


STRAWBERRY FIELDS 2022

Strawberry Fields patrons are without a doubt the best of the best! Selling out in 60 seconds in January 2021, without a line up, mid pandemic, two date changes, a new format announcement and you have not faulted with your love for Strawberry! We love you for it! “We’re so grateful to our fans, artists, staff and Tocumwal for enduring with us over the past 18 months of constant uncertainty and pivots. It’s clear how desperate everyone is for the opportunity to come together as a community and enjoy musicRead More


Film Review: The Toll

Director:    Ryan Andrew Hooper Cast:    Michael Smiley, Annes Elwy, Paul Kaye, Steve Oram, Evelyn Mok, Julian Glover, Gwyneth Keyworth, Iwan Rheon Rating:    MA Running Time:    83 Australian Distributor:    Signature Entertainment / Digital Platforms from 21 October 2021   Directed by Ryan Andrew Hooper and written by Matt Redd this is a story that lures you into a false sense of security as appearing to be remarkably unremarkable.  It is set, though, against a lovely backdrop of a rural setting in Wales and creates much charmRead More


ITHAKA – WORLD PREMIERE – SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL

As Julian Assange prepares to fight the US appeal in the UK’s high court on the 27th of October, the Sydney Film Festival has announced the World Premiere of Ithaka, a powerhouse new feature documentary about the determined public advocacy by Julian’s father, John Shipton in the face of legal battles and media glare. The film’s premiere also comes in the wake of revelations about the US Government’s determination to kidnap or assassinate Julian. Ithaka Writer/Director Ben Lawrence (Hearts & Bones) returns to the Sydney Film Festival where he won the Documentary AustraliaRead More