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  • Tuesday, July 23, 2013 7:08 PM | Anonymous

    Australian films The Railway ManFelonyMystery Road and Tracks have been selected to screen at the 38th Toronto International Film Festival TIFF.

    Directed by Jonathan Teplitzky, The Railway Man will have it's world premiere at TIFF. Starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Stellan Skarsgård, the film tells the true story of a victim from World War II's "Death Railway" who sets out to find those responsible for his torture. 

    Australian Thriller Felony, written by Joel Edgerton and starring Jai Courtney, Edgerton and Melissa George, centres on the story of a decorated police officer who accidentally kills a bicylist while on his way home after a boozy night out. 


    Writer/ director Ivan Sen's Mystery road tells the story of an indigenous detective who returns to the Outback to investigate the murder or a young girl. The film stars Aaron Pedersen, Hugo Weaving, Jack Thompson and 2011 Australians in Film Breakthrough Award recipient Ryan Kwanten.

    Tracks tells the true story of Robyn Davidson, a woman who goes on a 1,700 mile trek across the West Australian desert with her four camels and faithful dog. National Geographic approach her to chronicle her adventure- they send a photographer to capture her journey (played by Adam Driver from Girls).

    Australia will be well represented at this year's festival. Although not strictly "Australian" films, the following, which star actors from our homeland, are also set to screen at the festival:

    *Ron Howard's Formula 1 biopic Rush, starring Chris Hemsworth

    *Daniel Schechter's comedy Life of Crime starring Isla Fisher & Jennifer Aniston

    *British drama Starred Up starring Melbourne born actor Ben Mendelsohn 

    *Denis Villeneuve's crime thriller Prisoners starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal

    *Writer Director Jim Jarmusch's horror Only Lovers Left Alive starring Mia Wasikowska

    *Liza Johnson's drama Hateship Loveship starring Guy Pearce and Kristen Wiig

    *Nicole Holofcener's comedy Enough Said, starring Toni Collette opposite the late and great James Gandolfini

    *Richard Ayoade's comedy The Double starring Mia Wasikowska and Jesse Eisenberg


  • Tuesday, July 23, 2013 7:06 PM | Anonymous

    Tony winner Hugh Jackman is set to debut his one-man show at the Los Angeles Dolby Theatre October 12 2013.

    Titled "Hugh Jackman... One Night Only", the event will be a concert benefit to raise money for the Motion Picture & Television Fund

    The show promises to feature musical entertainment and special Hollywood film moments, as well as elate audiences with a few star-studded surprises. 


    “It is an honor to bring our show to Los Angeles. We have a very special evening planned for you that will raise money and awareness for MPTF, a cause very close to my heart.” – Hugh Jackman

    "One Night Only" will see Jackman bring his critically acclaimed Broadway show "Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway", which played at New York's Broadhurst Theatre, to Hollywood. 

    Visit for tickets (presale begins Fri, 07/26/13 10:00 AM)

    Hugh Jackman's involvement with MPTF, a 92-year-old charity that provides essential health care, wellness, social services, child care and retirement services to the entertainment community, began in 2007 when he first performed and co-hosted the organization's "A Fine Romance" – an event celebrating the love affair between Broadway and Hollywood.

    "Through Jim Gianopulos I became aware of MPTF's deep roots in Hollywood and their amazing work helping entertainment industry colleagues in need and the simple concept of taking care of our own," said Hugh Jackman. "Films, television and theatre have brought me great success throughout my career and it is one of my greatest pleasures to give back by putting on a show as a benefit to support MPTF."

    "This event marks two distinct but equally special occasions: First, we have the honor of bringing Hugh Jackman's spectacular one-man show to Los Angeles as a fundraiser for MPTF; and secondly, we get to celebrate Hugh -- one of our industry's brightest talents -- on his birthday that same night," said Jim Gianopulos, Chairman and CEO, 20th Century Fox. "We are thrilled to provide Los Angeles with an opportunity to experience Hugh's boundless talent and generosity."

    Visit for tickets (presale begins Fri, 07/26/13 10:00 AM)

    Related News:

    Australians in Film and 20th Century Fox are proud to present the screening of The Wolverine starring AiF Ambassador Hugh Jackman. Tuesday July 30, 7:30PM. Fox Studios. RSVP

  • Monday, July 22, 2013 1:56 PM | Anonymous


    With news that David Fincher has jumped ship from Disney's epic "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo," US based entertainment websites are reporting that the remake has been docked for good.

    The Australian government has reached out to The Walt Disney Co. for clarification on the progress of the project, given that ex-Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, and Minister for the Arts Tony Burke, promised the company almost $22 million as incentive to film in Australia. 

    According to IF, Disney told the Government that the project is still going ahead: “Disney has confirmed that the production is still in development with casting decisions still to be confirmed, the filming of 20,000 Leagues under the Sea will not commence production in Australia in 2013 however the film remains in active development for production next year.

    This is a developing story. Stay tuned... 

    Related Stories:

    Abbie Cornish is in the running to star opposite Ben Affleck in David Fincher's thriller "Gone Girl"

    Gillard Government commits funding to attract Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea to Australia

  • Monday, July 22, 2013 12:28 PM | Anonymous

    Variety is reporting that Abbie Cornish has submitted an audition tape to "Gone Girl" helmer David Fincher for the lead female role opposite Ben Affleck.

    The entertainment news website also cited sources who say Cornish is set to meet with Fincher in the next few weeks. 

    Cornish is up against other potential female leads Olivia Wilde, Julianne Hough and Rosamund Pike.  


    "Gone Girl" is the film adaptation of Gillian Flynn's very popular New York Times Best Seller novel of the same name, which tells the page-turning story of Amy Dunne who disappears on the day of her fifth wedding anniversary. Her husband, Nick Dunne (Affleck), is the prime suspect.  

    Flynn is also writing the screenplay. 

    Good luck, Abbie!

  • Saturday, July 20, 2013 11:00 AM | Anonymous

    BREAKING: Lionsgate has JUST debuted the first trailer for their upcoming action adventure sequel "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire".

    Catching Fire stars Liam Hemsworth, Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson at Comic-Con.

    Hemsworth plays Gale and Francis Lawrence directs.

  • Friday, July 19, 2013 1:52 PM | Anonymous


    Rose Byrne is set to return as Renai Lambert in Leigh Whannell and James Wan's terrifying sequel to 2010's Insidious, "Insidious: Chapter 2". 


    The film is slated for a Friday 13th release in the USA (13 September 2013). No Oz release date has been set just yet. 

    Directed by Wan, and written by Wan and Whannell, Chapter 2 will see Byrne reunite with costars Patrick Wilson and Ty Simpkins to tell the rest of the story of the haunted Lambert family who seek to uncover the mysterious childhood secret that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world.

    Here's the trailer. It's not for the faint of heart:

    If you can stomach it, here's a brand new clip with some more chilling events. 

    The first chapter of Insidious is available on Netflix. Watch it now and get ready for Insidious Chapter 2!

    James Wan and Leigh Whannell were awarded the 2006 Australians in Film Breakthrough Award for their success with the terrifying "Saw" franchise. 


    Congrats, guys! Can't wait for this one.

  • Friday, July 19, 2013 11:46 AM | Anonymous

    The TALENTED guys at Glove and Boots have made another puppetelicious video, this time called "Wolverine - The Musical". 


    Australians in Film and 20th Century Fox are proud to present the screening of The Wolverine starring AiF Ambassador Hugh Jackman.

    Tuesday July 30, 7:30PM. Fox Studios. RSVP

  • Thursday, July 18, 2013 12:54 PM | Anonymous

    BREAKING: Cate Blanchett has joined the cast of "How To Train Your Dragon 2".

    Dreamworks Animation made the announcement today during their panel at San Diego's geek-fest, Comic-Con.

    According to the film's director, Dean DeBlois, Blanchett is set to voice Valka, a courageous vigilante fighter who is trying to save the dragons from two villains who are trying to capture and enslave the dragons.


    The studio also announced that Game of Thrones' Kit Harington (Jon Snow), and Oscar nominated actor Djimon Hounsou will play the villains. 

    This news comes a year in advance of the release dates of the film, which is set for 20 June 2014 in the USA and 10 July 2014 in Australia. 

    Dean DeBlois is a seasoned animation writer and director, and judging from the reception he received at the event today, this is a highly anticipated film!

    Blanchett joins Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill and Jay Baruchel on the cast. 

    Congrats, Cate! 

  • Wednesday, July 17, 2013 8:10 PM | Anonymous

    Jason Clarke is in talks to star in Baltasar Kormakur's "Everest".

    The film tells the true story of three hiking expeditions on Mt. Everest in 1996 that were devastated by a severe snow storm, killing eight climbers. 

    According to Deadline, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Jake Gyllenhaal are also in talks to star. 

    Last week we reported that Clarke has also been cast in Daniel Espinosa’s thriller "Child 44", alongside Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman and Philip Seymour Hoffman. 

    Read more about that here:

  • Wednesday, July 17, 2013 3:58 PM | Anonymous


    Tim Winton's The Turning starring Rose Byrne, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Miranda Otto, Richard Roxburgh, Callan Mulvey and Myles Pollard has an Aussie release date: SEPTEMBER 26TH 2013!

    The Turning is a unique cinema event. Seventeen talented Australian directors from diverse artistic disciplines each create a chapter of the hauntingly beautiful novel by multi award-winning author Tim Winton.

    The linking and overlapping stories explore the extraordinary turning points in ordinary people's lives in a stunning portrait of a small coastal community. As characters face second thoughts and regret, relationships irretrievably alter, resolves are made or broken, and lives change direction forever. This watershed film reinterprets and re-imagines the work for the screen.

    Starring: Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Miranda Otto, Richard Roxburgh, Hugo Weaving, Callan Mulvey, Brenna Harding, Myles Pollard, Dan Wyllie, Susie Porter, Harrison Gilbertson, Robyn Nevin, Matt Nable, Wayne Blair.

    Directed by: Marieka Walsh, Warwick Thornton, Jub Clerc, Robert Connolly, Anthony Lucas, Rhys Graham, Ashlee Page, Tony Ayres, Claire McCarthy, Stephen Page, Shaun Gladwell, Mia Wasikowska, Simon Stone, David Wenham, Jonathan Auf Der Heide, Justin Kurzel, Ian Meadows


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