Sarah Bishop in the winery thriller Crushed. A singalong version of Dinsey’s mega-hit Frozen is about to hit Australian cinemas.
Squeezing every lost drop out of the market
Musicians have long held concerts at the country’s wineries. Now the makers of a new Australian thriller are planning a series of winery screenings as part of their release strategy. ‘‘I feel that in order to get Aussies out there watching Australian films, you need to create an event-style screening,’’ says writer-director Megan Riakos. Her debut film, Crushed, is set in a winery. Sarah Bishop (Skit Box) plays a woman who returns to the family vineyard to find her mother is the prime suspect in her father’s death. Riakos is editing what she calls an ‘‘ultra-low-budget film’’ after shooting it in Mudgee. The cast also includes Les Hill (Underbelly) and Roxane Wilson (Home and Away).Sing-a-long-a-Frozen heads to the big screen
With Frozen on the verge of taking $US1 billion at the worldwide box office – joining only 16 movies to do so, with Avatar, Titanic and The Avengers at the head of that list – a sing-a-long version of Disney’s animated hit reaches cinemas next month. Moviegoers are promised “on-screen lyrics and a magical bouncing snowflake”, a la the Sing-a-long-a-Sound-of-Music phenomenon. Hot favourite to win best animated feature at the Oscars on Monday Australian time, Frozen has become the fifth highest-grossing animated movie in this country with takings of $34.6 million.Union claim could be Gods botherer
As rehearsals start on the country’s latest Hollywood-backed movie, Gods of Egypt, the cast of ancient Greek deities continues to grow. Chadwick Boseman, who played pioneering African-American baseballer Jackie Robinson in 42, and Elodie Yung, the French actress best known for G.I. Joe: Retaliation and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, will play Thoth and Hathor respectively. They join a cast that already includes Gerard Butler (Set), Geoffrey Rush (Ra) and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Horus). In Alex Proyas’s movie, a young thief (Brenton Thwaites) enlists the help of the gods to bring his beloved (Courtney Eaton) back from the dead. But there may be a few ructions before filming starts at Sydney’s Fox Studios at the end of next month. The union representing film crew, the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance, will put a case to the Fair Work Commission that the producers are attempting to wind back long-standing working conditions in the industry. The alliance’s director of entertainment crew and sport, Mal Tulloch, tells Short Cuts the union will argue that a proposed agreement reduces penalty rates and conditions that risk the health and safety of crew. A spokesman for the production company disputes the claim, saying the proposed enterprise agreement is more favourable to the crew than the one the union supported for the Angelina Jolie movie Unbroken recently.Next stop Hollywood for Railway Man director?
As he ponders his next film, Australian director Jonathan Teplitzky is delighted with the success of The Railway Man since it opened on Boxing Day. ‘‘I can’t tell you how happy I am about doing $7 million with that film in this country,’’ he says. ‘‘It’s phenomenal.’’ The drama, which has Colin Firth playing a World War II prison camp survivor who confronts his Japanese torturer and Nicole Kidman as his wife, is still screening in regional areas. Teplitzky (Better Than Sex, Gettin’ Square) believes the story has struck a chord. ‘‘People like true stories about real human beings,’’ he says. ‘‘Too many films sentimentalise their stories and this doesn’t. It plays its emotion truthfully and in an unhysterical way.’’ The film has taken a solid $9 million in the UK and opens in the US and Japan in April. Meanwhile, Teplitzky is weighing up Hollywood, independent American and Australian scripts for his next film. ‘‘It’ll be which script comes together best,’’ he says.No joke: raunchier cut of Anchorman 2 to bypass local cinemas
Forget seeing the new version of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues in Australian cinemas. While the Will Ferrell newscaster comedy has taken a very strong $18.1 million in this country – almost 10 per cent of the worldwide box office – the longer, raunchier version that is opening in US and UK cinemas is going straight to DVD here. A cut that promises ‘‘763 new jokes’’ extends the movie from 119 to 143 minutes and bumps the rating from M to MA 15+.Putting the mystery back into a night out at the movies
After screening France’s Holy Motors in an aircraft hanger at Melbourne’s Essendon air base and Japan’s Battle Royale on Sydney’s Goat Island, Secret Cinema is returning again in April. Patrons can buy a ticket – for $53 plus GST, which includes a drink and a snack – and see a secret film in a mystery Sydney location. Because the two previous instalments sold out quickly, there will be five sessions between April 11 and 13. Tickets go on sale on March 12 from [email protected]爱杭州同城论坛m.au