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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR (2): Jun 99

Letters to the Editor are welcome; they can be on any relevant subject (relevant meaning relevant to this zine) and preferably no more than 350 words. Please include your name and city where you live. The Editor has the right to edit. We’d like to hear your movie related stories, anecdotes and – of course – your opinions. Drop us a line to editor@urbancinefile.com.au

24/6/99
Hi, Thanks for a great zine, nice to feel a little informed of what’s happening in Australian cinema, although sometimes frustrating as there is rarely an opportunity to see most of the Aust. films reviewed here in Sweden.

I'm writing to simply correct something written in Nick Roddick’s Hollywood Notes". Lars von Trier’s new film, Dances in the Dark, is in production at this very moment, not in Iceland as stated in the column, but a small town on the Swedish West coast named Trollhatten. With Björk and Peter Stormare (Fargo). Rumours abound that the reason for this location is Lars von Trier’s fear of flying. Travelling over the Atlantic repeatedly would be just too traumatic for angst ridden Lars.
Keep up the good work.

Simon, Gothenburg, Sweden

Hi Urban Cinefile.
I am a big fan of Cindy Sherman's work and recently visited the Museum of Contemporary Art to see her photographic retrospective. This has made me want to see her debut feature 'Office Killer' all the more. I assumed the MCA would be screening it, but to no avail. Do you guys have any idea when and if it's getting a theatrical release? I know Palace Roadshow have the rights, and that it was once listed on your forthcoming TBA films. If you know anything about it please let me know.

By the way, keep up the fantastic work, Urban Cinefile. You continue to be one of the best dialogues on current cinema. Thanks
Daniel Cunningham, Sydney

Louise replies: Thanks. Office Killer is a Palace release – date not confirmed as yet.

In The Australian (18/6/99), there was an article on the lack of box office success for many recent Australian features. The article mentioned that The Craic had performed well at the b.o., but I was very surprised there was no mention whatsoever of Babe; Pig In The City. It was one of the biggest performing Australian films of the past year, grossing $7 millian. I don't really understand why they did not mention Babe 2 in the article. Perhaps they don't think it to be 100% Australian. What's your opinion on this?
Andrew Kieswetter, Adelaide

Editor Andrew replies: You’re absolutely right. Both the Babe films are Australian, in the sense that they were made essentially by Australians in all the key departments. The money came from Hollywood.

NOTTING HILL – HHHATED IT!
It was my misfortune to sit through this film how can a manipulative cliched film like this strike a cord with an audience surely one of the worst of 1999 just behind The Matrix. Please tell me that there are Notting Hill haters out there. . .
Regards

Peter Gatt, Melbourne

Ed: Notting Hill-hating readers reply HERE with "Hate the Hill" in the Subject field.

THE MUMMY – LUCAS MEETS WOO
Stephen Sommers writes and direct this film in a style that could be an amalgam of George Lucas and John Woo. The two guns firing an abundance of gunfire in this film I haven't seen since "The Killer" but the films gets a PG rating because the gun fire doesn't make holes in the victims. The sword fighting and swashbuckling and costuming are very Indiana Jones meets Star Wars. Sommers has captured adventure and managed to put it into what is essentially a Gothic Romance and still maintain an essence of horror clearly visible in his early special FX film "Deep Rising". The humour he uses to levitate the characters is a lot like that of "Gunmen" (Christopher Lambert, Mario Van Peebles) that he wrote.

I saw the film at Cinema 2, a medium sized cinema at the Carindale 8. The 2 large cinemas were taken by Austin Powers and Star Wars so the experience was watered down along with the DTS sound. There is a rip in the screen half way down that casts a 20 cm shadow and a gummy bear stuck to the screen which distracted me every now and than. I sit front row center and the screen in not in the right position. It seemed too high and the top right was out of focus. Personally not a big fan of the new look Carindale shopping center. I thought they'd taken away the toy store look to the place. But now it feels like Wonderland and the colour of the cinema wall made me vomitus. BCC should really think of shutting down Carindale 8, especially when there is a Megaplex in the same bus zone and buses don't run to the Carindale cinema from where I am after 6 pm. I choose to use public transit so I can choose to drink. Go figure :) The free poster at the box-office with a lovely timeline and methos of the film was quite pleasant.But the film still stirred a B+ reaction.
Shane Gavin, Carindale, Queeensland

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