CARAVAN to HIMALAYA
Am hoping someone at Urban Cinefile can help. I'm trying to track down a movie
filmed in Nepal called "Caravan" which was filmed by a French director and
apparently is also known under a different name. I've been told it was nominated for an
Oscar last year. I'm wondering if it has been released in Australia. Hoping you can help.
Louise replies: Sandie Don from Dendy Films has advised that Caravan was
released under the title Himalaya in all territories except US. These include France, UK,
Italy and Australia, where it was released on December 26, 2000. The director is Eric
Valli and when the film was nominated for an Academy Award, it was under the title
'Caravan'. Himalaya is still showing in most capital cities and will soon be seen
HOT PICKS, PLEASE
I have been hitting on you with relish for over two years now. I keep coming back
because you are easy to look at, so easy to work with, provide professional but also
personal comment, give credit where it is due even when you don't like the total package
and you don't just offer one
If there was one thing I would add would be a hot picks (pics) page. It would list
Andrew's, Louise's and Richard's personal favourite currently showing films and maybe also
a hidden gem and a film to avoid. It would also list whether the other reviews liked this
film or not. Each film would be hotlinked to the review.
OK, so you may have philosophical objections to singling out particular movies. But
sometimes I've just got to have a quick fix.
Ed replies: We’ll see what we can do; stay tuned.
Winner of our Birthday Letters competition:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! You guys are doing great!
Seriously, I fondly remember the first time I stumbled upon your site about 3
years ago. I was (and still am) a certified movie fanatic althoughI was quickly going
bankrupt trying to keep up with the celebrity goss and interviews through the magazine
syndicate (thanks, by the way to New Weekly, New Idea and Womans Day, if it weren’t
for your wicked temptations I could have easily retired by now and be living a life of
I happened upon your site by chance and fell in love with the movie reviews and
interviews. I eagerly entered the weekly competition and was ecstatic when I won a movie
pass!! I began visiting the site more and more regularly. I found your reviews to be
excellent and the interviews, letters and news enough to give me my weekly gossip fix. Not
only that but I felt like the luckiest person in the world when for 3 months straight I
won something EVERY SINGLE WEEK!!!
Quickly I became the ‘office know-all’ of movies and everyone planning
on seeing a movie would consult me prior to making a choice of what they would see. I was
highly regarded among my peers and praised when they started to visit your site. Soon they
too were winning prizes and suddenly my luck had changed. With the extra people visiting
the site, the profile of urbancinefile.com.au becoming more renowned and Telstra.com
joining forces I was lucky to benefit at all from the competitions!!
But you know what? I didn’t care and I still don’t. Although I have
learned to keep my mouth shut about certain things I still highly recommend your site to
others. Also, the insight to the stars and reviews have given me hours of entertainment
– not to mention the helpful additions over the years such as the Video and DVD
So thanks Urban Cinefile and Happy 4th Birthday – here's to many more...
you deserve it!
Ed: Thanks, we are chuffed! Your letter has won the Birthday Letter prize of
a CD of the soundtrack from Autumn in New York – hear samples in our SOUNDTRACK
15 AMORE – MORE PLEASE
I've seen 15 Amore and loved it! I wish to take my mother and sister to it and, to
my joy, it's on at the Schonell Theatre in Brisbane this weekend. What I would like to
know, and I hope you can assist, is to find out if I could buy a video of this movie that
really touched a chord. I'd appreciate your advice.
Helen Taylor, Brisbane
Ed replies: 15 Amore won’t be released on video until later this year.
It is currently moving around the country in cinemas.
I too had the opportunity to attend a preview screening of 15 Amore at the the
Dendy Theatre in Brisbane at which director Maurice Murphy attended and had a Q&A
session afterwards. It was amazing to hear a few more bits and pieces about his life,
which certainly was one filled with experiences I know I will never have...
Sally Ormston – Wooloowin, Qld
Firstly, congratulations on your website. I enjoy it very much. Especially when you give
away free tickets to upcoming movies (Almost Famous). Now, I know you deal mainly with
cinema, but you do have DVD reviews. So, I was wondering whether it would be possible to
include a service on your site, that could show upcoming DVD realease dates in the same
way that you do with movies. Not necessarily exact dates, but which DVDs will be released
in the next few months.
Ed replies: Roy, ask and you shall receive! We thought this was a great suggestion
and have set up pages for upcoming DVD releases for the next three months. Be sure to have
a look, and please keep the feedback coming.
February, March, April
A friend of mine won tix from your site to see a preview screening of ALMOST FAMOUS and
luckily, I was taken along to watch it too. I just wanted to thank Urban Cinefile for
giving me the opportunity to see a fantastic film! I've since registered with you guys,
and think the site is awesome.
Keep up the good work!!
Urban Cinefile Fan.
Ed: Thanks for writing - we love feedback, especially positive. Glad you enjoyed the
film as much as we did. Stay tuned for more!