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  MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2014: FIRST GLANCE
The 63rd Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) has revealed an enticing First Glance of the program, some of this year’s key venues and the 2014 festival artwork, a collaboration with leading Melbourne artist, Beci Orpin.
 
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.
 
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.
 
FILM FESTIVALS - THE BIG SIX FILM FESTIVALS - THE BIG SIX
As Sundance, the first of the world’s six major film festivals begins this week, Andrew L. Urban takes a snapshot of these vital platforms for new and somehow special cinema each year
 
  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.
GAMBLING ON THE SILVER SCREEN - RUNNER RUNNER GAMBLING ON THE SILVER SCREEN - RUNNER RUNNER
Gambling has long had a presence on the silver screen, from saloon blackjack in silent cowboy flicks to the high stakes poker face-off in Casino Royale. However, before Runner, Runner had I never seen online gambling given the cinematic treatment; having sat through this turgid duffer, I’m not convinced that it presents fertile ground for film.
 
  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.
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