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WILLIAMS, KIM - RULES OF ENGAGEMENT WILLIAMS, KIM – RULES OF ENGAGEMENT
“FOXTEL, football, News and wine: The secrets of a business builder and cultural maestro” goes the slug under Kim’s name on the cover of his eagerly awaited - and eagerly published – memoir-ish book. The slug does its best, but even if it included ‘movies’ somewhere, perhaps after football, it still would not – could not – do justice to the content, says Andrew L. Urban.
 
AACTA AWARDS 2014 - FEATURE DOCUMENTARY NOMINEES AACTA AWARDS 2014 - FEATURE DOCUMENTARY NOMINEES
From the heights of fame to the depths of the sea, this year’s feature documentaries are a celebration of the adage that ‘truth is stranger than fiction’ and introduce two bold new Australian directors – both female. AACTA also launches a new Music Score Award for documentaries.
AACTA AWARDS 2014 - SIX FEATURES TO PREMIERE AT SCREENINGS AACTA AWARDS 2014 – SIX FEATURES TO PREMIERE AT SCREENINGS
Of the 25 feature films that will compete for an AACTA Award this year, six will have their ‘premieres’ at the member screenings (Oct. 6 – 23): My Mistress, The Mule, Son Of A Gun, Turkey Shoot, William Kelly’s War, and The Water Diviner.
 
IRANIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2014: FILMS FROM 13 TO P IRANIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2014: FILMS FROM 13 TO P
Reza Dormishian's I'm Not Angry! and Shahram Mokri's Fish & Cat, Opening & Closing Night films, will bookend a varied program that goes from 13 to P, the former about a youngster, the latter about an old recluse, in this year’s Iranian Film Festival around Australia.
 
BREATH OF FRESH AIR FILM FESTIVAL 2014 - PREVIEW BREATH OF FRESH AIR FILM FESTIVAL 2014 – PREVIEW
With 13 narrative features, 16 documentaries, 30 shorts and its central agenda-driven 11 ‘Action Sessions’, this year’s BOFA Film Festival is dedicated to change: “We see screen based stories as a powerful way to inspire people to take action – and to create change in the world,” is how festival director Owen Tilbury has put it. Andrew L. Urban reports.
 
CHAUVEL RE-COLLECTION 2014 CHAUVEL RE-COLLECTION 2014
After extensive restoration work on of the back catalogue of silver screen classics by legendary Australian filmmaker, Charles Chauvel, seven films are being released as individual DVD titles throughout 2014/15 under the banner, The Charles Chauvel Collection, each title including a special feature length documentary, The Big Picture, directed by John Doggett-Williams.
 
PREDESTINATION - CINEMATIC, EMOTIONALLY POWERFUL  SCI-FI PREDESTINATION – CINEMATIC, EMOTIONALLY POWERFUL … SCI-FI
At the August 6, 2014 session of his Movies Now course* - three weeks prior to its commercial release (Aug. 28, 2014) - Andrew L. Urban screened Predestination for the 70 participants. It wasn’t the fact that it was the 150th film in the history of Movies Now that engaged the crowd, it was the film’s exceptional cinematic qualities and its emotionally powerful rendition of (Australian-made) sci-fi.
 
ADG AWARD WINNERS 2014 ADG AWARD WINNERS 2014
The Rocket director Kim Mordaunt was awarded the ADG Award for Best Direction in a Feature Film at a black tie ceremony and dinner on Friday night, May 2. Best Direction in a Telemovie was awarded to Rowan Woods for The Broken Shore; Rachel Perkins won the Award for Best Direction in a TV Drama Series for Redfern Now (Series 2, Episode 2, Starting Over).
 
  CASINO FILMS FOR THE MAKING
Everyone loves to see the little guy prevail against a much larger adversary, it’s a tale that Hollywood will never grow old of. Yet, somewhat surprisingly, the casino genre has all but dried up. Who doesn’t like to see a so-called “nobody” take these billion dollar enterprises to the cleaners, the answer: no one. It seems that the lukewarm receptions to 21 and the later instalment of the Ocean films had made the genre dormant. But in the right hands, casino capers can be hugely successful and what’s more, there are more than enough true stories to draw inspiration from. Below are some that can be translated to Hollywood with ease.
 
  GAMBLING AT THE MOVIES - THE HISTORY
Gambling has a long relationship with cinema. From monochrome blackjack tables in nickelodeon westerns to the high stakes poker tournament of Casino Royale, the gambling movie has thrilled, shocked and fascinated audiences throughout the history of the medium.
GAMBLING MOVIES - TWO OF THE BEST GAMBLING MOVIES - TWO OF THE BEST
People who like to gamble often enjoy movies based around gambling.
 
SEQUELS - THE BEST AND WORST OF 2014 SEQUELS – THE BEST AND WORST OF 2014
Fans of futuristic dystopian flicks may have recently come across the news of a new Terminator sequel, due to hit our screens in 2015. What else is there on the horizon?
  SPIDERMAN - THE EVER EXPANDING FRANCHISE
It will come as no surprise to movie-goers that the superhero film has been given a new lease of life in the last fifteen years. Although the theme has gone through various ups and downs, one of the most famous and widely loved is the Spider-Man franchise, the fifth of which is due to be released this year (2014).
 
  THE MOST FAMOUS MOVIE DRUG SCENES
Hollywood movies go as well with drugs as they do with guns, crime, murders, and romance. And the fact of the matter is that the media has a strong influence on our attitudes to drug scenes in movies, as outlined here.
  THREE FEISTY, ACTION PACKED CASINO FILMS
Style, suspense and success. It’s easy to see why poker makes for great viewing and it seems filmmakers do too, as there have been a number of casino classics to grace the big screen over the years.
 
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