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Tone-Deaf

Tone-Deaf

Millennials! Baby boomers! Cinema’s just only catching up on this trove of terror and the ...
Greener Grass

Greener Grass

An appropriately bizarre addition to this year’s Sydney Underground Film Festival, Greener Grass wants you ...
Italian Film Festival Highlights

Italian Film Festival Highlights

Here’s a few picks that might just help you sort out your IFF 2019 schedule! ...
The Art of Self-Defense

The Art of Self-Defense

They’re men! Men in belts, tight belts! They roam around the dojo looking for fights! ...
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It’s #FemaleFilmmakerFriday and today we’re celebrating the multi-talented Sophie Hyde!In 2012 she was twice nominated for Best Feature Length Documentary for LIFE IN MOVEMENT and SHUT UP LITTLE MAN! AN AUDIO MISADVENTURE, also scoring a nomination for Best Direction in a Documentary for LIFE IN MOVEMENT.Her Original Screenplay 52 TUESDAYS was nominated for an AACTA in 2015 and since then she’s been busy writing, directing and producing acclaimed TV mini-series’ F*****G ADELAIDE and THE HUNTING.This year her feature film ANIMALS is in competition for the 2019 #AACTAs and her documentary IN MY BLOOD IT RUNS has already earned a nomination for Best Documentary!Image via: Inside Film
Want to binge the best Australian films of 2019?#DidYouKnow all AFI | AACTA members can watch 34 incredible Aussie feature films in competition for the 2019 #AACTAs and even vote in the first round to determine the nominees for Best Film and Best Indie Film?Start streaming today at https://www.aacta.org/aacta-awards/feature-films-in-competition/
"The Australian Dream and The Final Quarter inspire us, implicitly and explicitly, to interrogate the systems that incentivise our compliance with casual racism in Australian society."Today on our blog, Blake Howard dissects the two competing AACTA Award nominated documentaries centring around Adam Goodes and how, perhaps, they are even stronger together. Join the conversation at aacta.org/aacta-awards/news/festival-conversations-a-tale-of-two-goodes/
#HappyBirthday to the incomparable Baz Luhrmann, pictured here behind the scenes of MOULIN ROUGE! (2001) with Nicole Kidman!Known for his decadent, sometimes cheeky, dramas, Baz’s films STRICTLY BALLROOM, ROMEO + JULIET (1996), MOULIN ROUGE!, AUSTRALIA (2009) and THE GREAT GATSBY (2013) have collectively won 30 AFI | AACTA Awards, with a further 20 nominations!
Congratulations to Hannah Gadsby who has been awarded a Creative Arts Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special for her ground-breaking stand up special NANETTE.The hilarious, heartbreaking and honest piece has also earned Hannah an AACTA Award for Best Performance in a Television Comedy (2018) and a Peabody Award! Her latest stand-up show DOUGLAS has been acquired by Netflix and will be available to stream next year.
“The power of a child - or an adult who can remember being one - actively disregarding a very real and very tangible threat, is what makes Maya Newell’s IN MY BLOOD IT RUNS all the more remarkable.”AACTA’s Docs Fest kicks off this week! On the blog today, Andy Hazel dissects how stories about children, and a child’s perspective, are presented on screen with reference to IN MY BLOOD IT RUNS.Read the full article and join the conversation at aacta.org/aacta-awards/news/festival-conversations-in-my-blood-it-runs-and-children-on-screen/
"These familiar tropes, often associated with white protagonists in US or UK cities, instead take place against the backdrop of northern Australia and within the culture of Australia’s First Peoples, and as the film progresses, these tropes fall away to reveal a film of deep heart, sadness and hope, one that is as quietly revelatory as it is warmly inviting."How does TOP END WEDDING reclaim the idea of the classic Aussie rom-com? Read the full article and join the conversation at aacta.org/aacta-awards/news/festival-conversations-reclaiming-the-australian-romantic-comedy/
“While the transition-to-adulthood stories might be age-old, the way they’re expressed in this collection of stories is the outcome of entrepreneurial film-makers prepared to trailblaze into new territories”On our blog today, Bec Bignell explores how coming-of-age tropes are being refreshed by Australia’s emerging feature filmmakers.Read the full article and join the conversation at aacta.org/aacta-awards/news/festival-conversations-green-shoots/
MR INBETWEEN, the acclaimed Aussie comedy series created by and starring AACTA Award winner Scott Ryan as the criminal-for-hire Ray Shoesmith returns for its second season tonight on Foxtel.Also starring Brooke Satchwell, Damon Herriman and David Michôd, the entire second series will be directed by Nash Edgerton.MR INBETWEEN Season 2 airs express from the U.S at 2pm, and is encored at 8pm Fridays on Foxtel.
Six time AFI Award winner Toni Collette stars in Netflix’s UNBELIEVABLE, an adaptation of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize winning report about a teenage girl who endures horrific sexual assault, but when the crime is reported it is only her credibility which seems to be on trial.Also starring Aussie actress Danielle Macdonald, UNBELIEVABLE premieres on Netflix tomorrow!
Want to take a deeper dive into Australian film? AACTA’s Festival Conversations is back for 2019!Each week our industry contributors will take a closer look at the feature films in competition for the 2019 AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel, kicking off this week with Alexandra Heller-Nicholas’ look at JUDY & PUNCH as a “scathing and enthralling critique of the normalisation of violence against women.”Read the full analysis at aacta.org/aacta-awards/news/festival-conversations-bad-towns-and-wild-women/ and join the conversation in the comments below!
We’ve just announced thirty-four feature films in competition for the 2019 AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel!From high-concept genre films, through to powerful dramas and idiosyncratically Australian comedies, the thirty-four competing films showcase the Australian screen industry’s achievement in original and compelling storytelling.
The films are available for members to stream on AACTA TV. For a full list of films and for streaming information visit aacta.org/aacta-awards/feature-films-in-competition
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