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  DEEPWATER HORIZON – DISASTER EPIC FROM REAL LIFE
 
  1/3/2013: SPIELBERG TO PRESIDE AT CANNES
Those canny Cannes festival people know how to milk Hollywood for their benefit – they’ve just signed Steven Spielberg as Jury President for their 66th shindig in May (15 – 26).
  1/8/2013: THE ACT OF KILLING - DECONSTRUCTION
From Thursday August 1, Arc Cinema at the National Film and Sound Archive in Canberra will begin screening The Act of Killing, a confronting documentary about the 1965 turmoil in Indonesia. It was by far the most talked about film at the recent Sydney Film Festival. The film be released commercially on October 3.
  10/10/2013: RECORD 76 ENTRIES IN FOREIGN OSCARS
A record 76 countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 86th Academy Awards, including Australia (for the second time), with Kim Mordaunt’s The Rocket. Moldova and Saudi Arabia are first-time entrants; Montenegro is submitting for the first time as an independent country.
  10/10/2013: RECORD 76 ENTRIES IN FOREIGN OSCARS
A record 76 countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 86th Academy Awards, including Australia (for the second time), with Kim Mordaunt’s The Rocket. Moldova and Saudi Arabia are first-time entrants; Montenegro is submitting for the first time as an independent country.
  11/10/2012: LORE IN FOREIGN OSCAR CONTENTION
Kate Shortland’s German language drama, Lore, has been submitted as Australia’s official entry in the Foreign Language category of the Oscars to be presented on February 24, 2013, one of a record 71 entries, which includes the first-time entrant, Kenya.
  12/3/2015: FREE: OSCAR WINNER RUSSELL BOYD IN CONVERSATION
With stories from the sets of some of Australia’s most loved, iconic films, notably Gallipoli, Picnic at Hanging Rock, and his Oscar winning Master & Commander, Russell Boyd will be the special guest at North Sydney Community Centre, In Conversation (with Andrew L. Urban), on Friday March 20, 2015 (admission free, booking recommended – online or 02 9922 2299)
  12/5/2016: JAWDROPPING DOCOS SHOWCASE
Four jaw dropping documentaries will be presented in Stranger Than Fiction, a short season at Sydney University’s Centre for Continuing Education by Andrew L. Urban in June and July, followed by a discussion.
  15/1/2015: FIRST TRUE AUSSIE GRIT GUESTS FOR JAN 28
The Wednesday, January 28 screening of Dead Heart, the first of four films in the inaugural True Aussie Grit series presented by Andrew L. Urban for Sydney University’s Centre for Continuing Education (on Uni campus), will be attended by the film’s writer & director Nick Parsons plus prolific film producer and industry mover & shaker, Antony I. Ginnane.
  17/7/2014: THE MAN FROM COX’S RIVER RIDES AHEAD
Since its March 2014 premiere at the Byron Bay Film Festival, the low budget doco, The Man from Cox’s River – about a mob of brumbies - has quietly but busily collected over $100,000 at 140 screenings, mostly in family run regional heritage cinemas – and collected the 2014 Heritage Award in the Education Interpretation category, awarded in May. And it’s about to be taken to an even wider audience through several Event cinemas.
  18/9/2014: SUBVERSION ON SCREEN: MELB FEST
With the George Orwell observation “the opinion that art on the big screen has nothing to do with politics is itself a political attitude” as his mantra, ex-Melbourne & Brisbane Film Festivals director Richard Moore has curated an explosive and subversive set of 9 films, Art, Politics and Protest, for this year’s Melbourne Festival (Oct 10 – 26). See Melbourne Festival
 
  2/10/2014: THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING TO OPEN MOVIE CONVENTION
The 69th Australian International Movie Convention at Jupiters Hotel & Casino on Queensland’s Gold Coast from October 12-16 will open with the Australian Premiere of The Theory of Everything (Universal), the story of astrophysicist Stephen Hawking.
  20/11/2014: HOYTS GOES LUX
The first of six planned Lux labeled premium cinemas opened last week at the company’s Broadway, Sydney, complex, with three x 30 seaters, refurbished with lounge chairs, premium food and drink menus and the large screens inherited from their previous use as general cinema venues – accessible for $36 a seat, which includes unlimited popcorn and soft drinks.
  20/4/2012: $80 MILLION WOLVERINE COMES TO SYDNEY
Hugh Jackman no doubt had a few good words to say to his friends at 20th Century Fox to ensure that he gets to work on James Mangold’s $80 million Wolverine in Sydney; it was announced today that the production will generate more than 720 jobs for NSW-based cast and crew, along with opportunities for up to 1200 extras.
  21/11/2013: CINEMA OF THE STREET TO HELP YOUTH
With the simple message of “Watch. Donate. Save a Young Life”, Cinema Of The Street is the latest initiative of the Noffs Foundation, developed by tv producer & director, Matt Dooley.
  28/1/2016: AUGMENTED & VIRTUAL REALITY WORKSHOP - FREE
Demos of cutting edge immersive visual effects technology and panel discussions on the latest in Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality, at free Sydney Academy of Information Meetup, with over 300 people expected, on Thursday, January 28. Refreshments served.
  28/4/2016: 180th MOVIE LAUNCHES NEXT SEASON OF MOVIES NOW AT DENDY NEWTOWN
The 31st season of Movies Now will begin on Wednesday, May 4 with the 180th movie screened for participants. Presented by Andrew L. Urban, the program is unique in screening movies prior to their commercial release – unannounced.
 
  30/4/2012: HAPPY 100TH UNIVERSAL PICTURES
Universal Pictures today celebrates its 100th anniversary with a consumer promotion on Facebook Timeline and Pinterest
  31/7/2014: SHADOW OF DOUBT CAST OVER CONVICTION: FOXTEL, AUG 3
Eve Ash’s investigative doco, Shadow of Doubt which last year triggered the outrage at the murder conviction of Sue Neill Fraser in 2010, is returning to Foxtel’s Ci Channel on August 3 at 9.30pm and 1am (Aug 4), just days before the 5th anniversary of Neill Fraser’s arrest (Aug. 20).
 
  5/12/2013: SHADOW OF DOUBT CANBERRA SCREENING MARKS CIVIL LIBERTIES 10TH ANNIV
Eve Ash’s investigative doco, Shadow of Doubt (2013), has been chosen to mark the 10th anniversary of the founding of Civil Liberties Australia (CLA) at a special event in Canberra on December 10 – Human Rights Day – at the Coombs Theatre, ANU. Ash will join a panel including senior CLA representatives and others.
 
AACTA 2014 AWARDS - WINNERS AACTA 2014 AWARDS - WINNERS
It’s called The Great Gatsby, not The Good Gatsby – Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin (and their team) are justly awarded with a swag of 6 more awards from their peers at the second round of the AACTA Awards, after taking home 6 craft awards two days earlier.
 
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Coinciding with our editorial this week about innovative financing and distribution for Australian filmmakers, acclaimed filmmaker and street culture specialist Jon Reiss is hosting workshops about generating wider audiences for features and documentaries through hybrid distribution.
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CAFE SOCIETY: DVD CAFE SOCIETY: DVD
 
  SMART PEOPLE - WINNERS
to win one of 15 double inseason passes to smart people starring dennis quaid, sarah jessica parker and ellen paige, courtesy icon, we asked of which of your ex-teachers did you have crushes or romantic fantasies and why? christopher ward says my science teacher in year 7. she smelled of alcohol and looked hot in glasses.
 
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