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  (BIG) IDEAS IN SCREEN CULTURE – A NEW EXPLORATION
For only the second year, the Australian Film Television and Radio School is offering the world’s only Graduate Certificate in Screen Culture, convened by the school’s head of Screen Studies, Dr Karen Pearlman (pictured), who outlines here what it is, why it is and what it will do for participants.
 
  10 CONDITIONS OF LOVE, THE - DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT
For director Jeff Daniels his latest doco was triggered over a beer in a Beijing bar. He followed the lead and began to make what turned out to be an astonishing story which clearly embodies the living history of a forgotten people as they struggle to demand basic human rights in China. He tells the story ...
  10th ANNIVERSARY – PARTY PICTURES
Urban Cinefile celebrated its 10th Anniversary with a party & a forum discussing The Future of Movies, at the Chauvel Cinema, Sydney, on February 19, 2007. Filmbiz photographer David Morgan captured some of our 250 guests on camera.
  12 YEARS A SLAVE – UTTER DARKNESS
Steve McQueen’s film is not only brilliant cinema, it is an extraordinary, sober presentation of “American Slavery” as it really was, interwoven with the universal themes of identity, betrayal, brutality and the need to keep faith in order to survive confrontations with the evils in man, writes historical consultant to the production Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
  14/1/2010: EDITORIAL – THE ILLUSION OF COMMUNICATION
Is this really the age of communication? by Andrew L. Urban.
  15/4/2010: EDITORIAL: DELIVER US FROM EVIL - TODAY
By Andrew L. Urban
It was shortly after 1.20pm on November 23, 2004 during his deposition that interviewer Jeff Donaldson put this question to Cardinal Roger Mahony: “If it had come to your attention that Father O’Grady had told your vicar general that he had sexual urges towards a 9 year old, or a 10 year old, or an 11 year old, is that cause to remove him from ministry?”
  18/2/2010: EDITORIAL – A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS (MORE) FOR THE NETWORKS
If the film industry played the political card, it could get the sort of largesse that commercial TV networks have always had – and are still getting, says Andrew L. Urban.
  1911 REVOLUTION – FEATURED PREVIEW
Releasing in cinemas globally to coincide with the 100th Anniversary of China’s 1911 Xinhai Revolution, 1911 is also Jackie Chan’s 100th film.
1st ANNIVERSARY: AUSTRALIAN FILMS REVIEWED 1st ANNIVERSARY: AUSTRALIAN FILMS REVIEWED
Our reviews of Australian feature films include some that were released even before were ‘born’. (The Castle, pictured)
1st ANNIVERSARY: AUSTRALIAN INTERVIEWS & FEATURES 1st ANNIVERSARY: AUSTRALIAN INTERVIEWS & FEATURES
We interviewed a wide range of Australian filmmakers during our first year, and featured many movies; we visited several on location during production - including some not yet released. (Director Phil Noyce, pictured)
1st ANNIVERSARY: INTERNATIONAL INTERVIEWS 1st ANNIVERSARY: INTERNATIONAL INTERVIEWS
This selection shows our eclectic approach to international subjects: we're neither elitist nor populist.
(Peter Fonda, pictured)
1st ANNIVERSARY: RECOGNITION, HIGHLIGHTS 1st ANNIVERSARY: RECOGNITION, HIGHLIGHTS
What we've done and how we've been seen to do it...
 
  2012 FCCA CRITICS AWARDS FOR AUSTRALIAN FILM - NOMINATIONS
The nominations for the 2012 Critics Awards for Australian Film have been announced. Best film nominations include Dead Europe, Lore, Not Suitable for Children, The Sapphires and Wish You Were Here.
  2013 ASIA PACIFIC SCREEN AWARDS: NOMINATIONS
Three Australian films have been nominated in major categories at the 7th annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA), the region’s highest accolade. The announcement was made on November 12 by Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk
  2015 AACTA AWARDS: FEATURE DOCUMENTARY, SHORT FICTION, SHORT ANIMATION
Nominations have been announced for the 2015 AACTA awards in the categories of Best Feature Length Documentary, Best Short Animation and Best Short Fiction Film.
  2015 AUDI FESTIVAL OF GERMAN FILMS
The Audi Festival of German Films is bringing fifty new German-language films to Australia this May, sure to thrill audiences with an exhilarating program of features, shorts and documentaries in addition to special guests from Germany. In this 14th annual season, the festival will showcase the breadth, dynamism and creativity of the Germany film industry.
  2015 CANNES PRIZES ON TRACK ... TO GLOOM
The major prizes at this year's Festival de Cannes closely reflect the odds that bookies were offering, says Andrew L. Urban, with Jacques Audiard's powerful refugee story, Dheepan, winning the Palme d'Or and Hungarian newcomer László Nemes winning the Grand Prix with the harrowing concentration camp story, Saul's Son.
  2015 HUMAN RIGHTS ARTS & FILM FEST TO OPEN WITH AUSTRALIAN DOCO
Seeking to move and actively engage audiences on human rights issues, the Human Right Arts & Film Festival (HRAFF) is thrilled to announce its full 2015 program that consists of an impressive and entertaining line up of film, arts and forums.
  2015 MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – FIRST GLANCE SELECTION
The 64th Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF), running 30 July until 16 August 2015, has unveiled its First Glance selection; an exciting program of experimental film and audiovisual artistry in Vertical Cinema; the Centrepiece Gala screening of Holding the Man; a David Gulpilil retrospective; and a new principal partnership with Metro Trains Melbourne.
  2015 MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL CANNES GEMS
The 64th Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) will screen plenty of cinematic gems from this year’s Cannes Film Festival with MIFF audiences among the first in the world to see these films following their premiere in France last month.
  2015 TURKISH FILM FESTIVAL – MAKE FILMS NOT WAR
As Turkey and Australia come together to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli, the 5th annual Turkish Film Festival Australia invites audiences in Sydney and Melbourne to experience the great masters and new talents of Turkish film – under the banner Make Films Not War
  2016 SCREEN MUSIC AWARDS - WINNERS
Plenty of familiar names in this year's Screen Music Awards, notably Antony Partos, Neil Sutherland and Caitlin Yeo, but some are making their award debuts, such as Peter Cavallo and Adam Moses; and Emmy Award winning screen composer Ashley Irwin returned as musical director for the fourth consecutive year.
  25 FILMMAKERS YOU MUST SEE BEFORE YOU DIE
World Movies Channel is presenting a program of movies by some of the most celebrated directors spanning almost 100 years, over 25 Saturdays at 8.30, starting April 3, 2010. From Akira Kurosawa to Federico Fellini, from Pedro Almodóvar to Wong Kar Wai and Francois Truffaut to Lars Von Trier ... decisions, decisions! says Andrew L. Urban (Channel Host at World Movies for almost five years).
  25 FILMS YOU MUST SEE BEFORE YOU DIE
Inspired by the book, 1001 Films You Must See Before You Die, World Movies has collated a six month season of 25 exceptional films starting March 1, 2005, and screening every Tuesday evening at 8.30pm (with encore screenings the following Sunday evening). These are not just critical favourites, but films that resonate powerfully with millions of people, films that will be an honour and pleasure to present, says World Movies Channel Host, Andrew L. Urban.
  29/10/2015: AACTA AWARDS NOMINATIONS
Nominations for the 5th AACTA Awards
2nd BRISBANE ANIMATION FESTIVAL & TOUR 2nd BRISBANE ANIMATION FESTIVAL & TOUR
The Queensland Animators Group presents the only festival in Australia devoted exclusively to animation in all its forms. "In breadth of themes, it will stretch from the political to the comic," says fest director Peter Moyes; he also stresses that it is not a children’s event. Andrew L. Urban reports.
 
  3:10 TO YUMA - A SLY TRIBUTE
Director James Mangold explains the links between Sylvester Stallone’s Sheriff Freddy Heflin in Cop Land, and his remake of the 1957 Western, 3:10 To Yuma, and how he wanted to tell the Elmore Leonard story with contemporary perspectives, with Russell Crowe and Christian Bale in the lead roles.
 
  4/3/2010: EDITORIAL - FILM GETS THE CHINA SWAGGER SYNDROME
By Andrew L. Urban
  42 STORY HOUSE – THE ULTIMATE INDIE
Many people have been wondering (quietly, to themselves) what does Todd W. Langen do in his spare time. You know, the guy who was a staff writer on The Wonder Years and worked on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles scripts. Well, Urban Cinefile has found out and here it is.
46TH MELBOURNE FILM FESTIVAL 46TH MELBOURNE FILM FESTIVAL
A window to world cinema, says Jan Epstein, the Melbourne Film Festival is a vital outlet for cinema culture. It’s damn good entertainment, to boot. Read all about it.
46TH MELBOURNE FILM FESTIVAL: AUSSIE FILMS 46TH MELBOURNE FILM FESTIVAL: AUSSIE FILMS
The current strength of Australian cinema is reflected in the six feature films unspooling in the Melbourne Film Festival's ‘Australian Showcase’. Jan Epstein reports

 
  500 WEEKS FROM NOW - 1000th EDITION FORECAST
When we published our first weekly edition on February 27, 1997, we had no DVD reviews; indeed, there was no such thing in Australia as a movie on DVD#. We couldn’t download movies from the internet nor were there any digital cinemas. Nobody had an iPod and plasma meant blood, not home cinema screens. How will new technology impact on moviemaking? What might we be writing about in our 1000th edition? Andrew L. Urban (with a little techno-vision from Ben Hooft) looks into the future of film ...
 
  6/3/2010: EDITORIAL – FRESH NEW SCENARIOS ON WMDS TO FIRE UP AUSSIE MOVIES
In the wake of a couple of UK films with predigested plotlines, two new and different scenarios about Iraq’s WMDs can make high profile, high impact Australian films. They would have the necessary cinematic scale, the essential dynamics and universal interest.
 
  7 MOVIES FOR 7 DEADLY SINS
The only thing Oscar Wilde couldn’t resist was temptation; World Movies hopes you’ll feel the same about seven specially chosen movies to tempt you with, through January and February 2006. It’s a wicked way to start the year, says Channel Host Andrew L. Urban.
7<sup>th</sup> BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 7th BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Festival Artistic Director Anne Demy-Geroe wants to put colour back into her patrons’ lives, with a Colour Your World theme for the festival, launched yesterday (July 1, 1998) with the Petula Clark classic, Colour My World as its anthem. ANDREW L. URBAN reports from Brisbane
 
8 MILE 8 MILE
When you go into the cinema to see 8 Mile, you’ll enter a world you’ve probably never been in before - the world of 8 Mile… warns Eleanor Singer.
  8 YEARS ONLINE
24/2/2005: In the past eight years, Urban Cinefile has maintained its core promise to readers in publishing a specialised but broad-appeal weekly movie magazine, syndicated much of its content to major internet outlets, expanded into television - and most recently became involved in the digital distribution of films, writes founding Editor Andrew L. Urban.
 
  96 MINUTES – A LONG TIME IN LIFE
American filmmaker Aimee Lagos absorbed many of the confronting stories she heard while working at severely disadvantaged inner city schools – and was compelled to make a film based on them. She explains her motivation and approach in this Director’s Statement to her film, 96 Minutes – which can be a very long time in life.
9TH SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS: 2003 9TH SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS: 2003
Clint Eastwood honoured for Life, Rachel Griffiths shares ensemble award and Chicago (but not Richard Gere) a short shoe shuffle closer to Oscar in this years Screen Actors Guild Awards from Los Angeles.
 
A CHANGE OF HEART - ON LOCATION A CHANGE OF HEART – ON LOCATION
Sydney can be cold in winter, but the lure of an Idyllic Spot is too strong for ANDREW L. URBAN, who parks himself in Centennial Park on location with A Change of Heart, a feel good romantic comedy about a bastard with no heart finally getting one.
  A HEARTBEAT AWAY - GUY & OSCAR GROSS
While multi-awarded film composer Guy Gross was 16 when one of his compositions was used in a film (Sarah & the Squirrel), Guy’s son Oscar was just 14 when he scored his first music cue in a feature film: Gale Edwards’ directing debut, A Heartbeat Away. Andrew L. Urban reports.
  A HISTORY OF CINEMA: IN 5 FILMS
Which five films would you choose to explain Cinema to an Alien? (or Screen History to a film student!) That’s the question for a debate to be moderated by Dr Karen Pearlman, Head of Screen Studies at AFTRS. All welcome to contribute – and attend.
  A MADMAN DVD FOR YOUR EVERY MOOD
WIN one of 10 prize packs comprising a DVD copy of each of the three films: The Imposter (incredible true story), Save Your Legs! (Aussie cricket comedy) and Barbara (Cold War drama), courtesy Madman. All three films available on DVD from July 10, 2013.

  A NIGHT OF HORROR FILM FESTIVAL 2011
Some of the most celebrated directors – like Alfred Hitchcock, Roman Polanski, Peter Jackson - cut their teeth on horror films, says Dean Bertram, director of A Night of Horror Film Festival, which has grown to nine nights, reports Andrew L. Urban. It’s not a genre to be sniffed at..
  A PLACE FOR ME - FEATURED PREVIEW
A PLACE FOR ME is a clever and touching tale of family, love (lost and found), and how endings can make new beginnings. There are no rewrites in life, only second chances.
  A SCREAM AUSTRALIA
For some years Wild Candy’s been exploring various screens as potential revenue earners for wildlife content. Their experience with mobile, portable devices and internet to date indicate that whilst there’s a vibrant screen culture outside conventional television and the cinema, as yet it isn’t a significant revenue earner.
  A UNITED KINGDOM … OF BOTSWANA
It’s something of a controversial fairy story, albeit true and little known these days: Ruth Williams from Eltham in South London attends a London Missionary Society dance in June 1947, meets a Prince from Botswana, falls in love and by September 1948 they are married - amid much controversy. Andrew L. Urban traces the story that has been made into the movie, A United Kingdom.





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