Beloved Franchise Continues: ‘Paddington in Peru’ Trailer Debuts with Star-Studded Cast

The beloved bear is back! The first trailer for Paddington in Peru, the eagerly anticipated third installment in the cherished Paddington film series, has just been released. Fans of all ages can now get a glimpse of Paddington’s latest adventure as he returns to Peru to find his beloved Aunt Lucy, who has escaped from the Home for Retired Bears.

Directed by Dougal Wilson, Paddington in Peru features an all-star cast, including Hugh Bonneville, Emily Mortimer, Antonio Banderas, Olivia Colman, Dame Julie Walters, Madeleine Harris, Samuel Joslin, Carla Tous, and Jim Broadbent. Ben Whishaw once again lends his voice to the lovable Paddington Bear, while Aunt Lucy continues to be voiced by the talented Imelda Staunton.

In this heartwarming new chapter, Paddington’s journey takes him back to his roots in Peru, embarking on a quest filled with adventure, discovery, and the enduring themes of family and friendship that have made the franchise a global sensation.

Alongside the trailer, the official poster for Paddington in Peru has also been unveiled, offering fans a first look at the delightful imagery and whimsical charm that await them in the film.

Bill Bennett’s “The Way, My Way” Reaches $1 Million Box Office Milestone in Australia and New Zealand Within First 2 Weeks

Photo supplied by NIXCO

Since its debut on May 16, 2024, in Australia and New Zealand, “The Way, My Way” has reached the notable milestone of AU$1 million in just two weeks.

In 2023, only three Australian films surpassed the AU$1 million mark at the local box office (“Talk to Me,” “Blueback,” and “John Farnham: Finding The Voice”). “The Way, My Way” has achieved this feat in mere days and is now the third highest-grossing Australian film of 2024, following “Furiosa” and “Force of Nature: The Dry 2.”

Moreover, the film is set to become the second biggest Australian film of the year at the New Zealand box office, soon overtaking “Force of Nature: The Dry 2.”

The release expanded to 177 screens in Australia in its third weekend and enjoyed an unprecedented 19% increase in box office revenue, showcasing growing interest and positive word-of-mouth about the Camino, helping this independent film connect with audiences nationwide.

Marc Wooldridge, Managing Director for Maslow Entertainment, stated: “This is the sort of film that people are craving right now. It’s feel-good, funny, inspiring and transportive. People are also finding it deeply emotional and effecting too. We are so grateful for all the support the film has received from cinemas in both Australia and New Zealand, and the results over the past weekend suggest that there is still a very long road ahead for this beautiful and life-affirming movie.”

“The Way, My Way,” based on Bill Bennett’s best-selling book, stars Chris Haywood (“Muriel’s Wedding,” “Kiss or Kill”), Jennifer Cluff (“Kiss or Kill,” “In a Savage Land”), Pia Thunderbolt (“Three Thousand Years of Longing,” “Here Out West”), and Laura Lakshmi (TV’s “Colin from Accounts,” “Home and Away”). It tells the true story of a stubborn, self-centered Australian man who decides to walk the famed 800-kilometer Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route through Spain and the people he meets along the way that change his life forever, one step at a time.

The Camino de Santiago is renowned worldwide, with paths leading to the tomb of St. James in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in northwest Spain. It has become a spiritual experience for many, with around six million people walking at least some of the Camino annually, a number expected to grow in the coming years.

To celebrate the film’s continuing success, Bill Bennett and Jennifer Cluff will participate in additional Q&A screening events in the coming weeks, following a highly successful national Q&A tour where the film played to full theatres across the country.

This press release has been sourced from an article provided by NIXCO

Universal Unveils Behind-the-Scenes Featurette for Anticipated Horror Prequel, A Quiet Place: Day One

Universal has unveiled an exciting behind-the-scenes featurette for A Quiet Place: Day One, the highly anticipated horror prequel starring Academy Award-winner Lupita Nyong’o and rising star Joseph Quinn. Directed by Michael Sarnoski, this film takes audiences back to the fateful day when the world went eerily silent, marking the terrifying arrival of deadly alien creatures. As a prequel to the acclaimed series directed by John Krasinski, A Quiet Place: Day One promises to deliver the gripping and suspenseful narrative that fans have eagerly awaited.

Presented by Paramount Pictures in association with Michael Bay, the film is produced by Platinum Dunes and Sunday Night Production. The executive production team includes industry heavyweights Allyson Seeger and Vicki Dee Rock, with Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller, and John Krasinski leading the production. The story, based on characters created by Bryan Woods and Scott Beck, is crafted by John Krasinski and Michael Sarnoski, with Sarnoski also taking on the roles of screenwriter and director.

The stellar cast, featuring Lupita Nyong’o, Joseph Quinn, Alex Wolff, and Djimon Hounsou, brings depth and intensity to their roles, enhancing the film’s eerie and suspenseful atmosphere. The newly released featurette offers fans an exclusive glimpse into the creative process behind the film, showcasing the talent and dedication of the cast and crew. Nyong’o and Quinn share their on-set experiences, highlighting the intense atmosphere and unique challenges of filming a horror movie that relies heavily on silence and suspense.

A Quiet Place: Day One is set for an exclusive theatrical release on June 27, 2024, with tickets now available for purchase. This featurette invites fans to delve deeper into the origin of the silence, revealing the meticulous effort involved in crafting a movie that promises to be both heart-pounding and unforgettable.

Don’t miss your chance to experience the beginning of the terrifying silence. Secure your tickets now and prepare for an extraordinary journey back to A Quiet Place. To view the behind-the-scenes featurette, check out the video below.

KANGAROO Leaps into Production: Uplifting Outback Comedy Inspired by the Kangaroo Sanctuary

STUDIOCANAL’s Australian production arm, Cultivator Films Australia, recently announced filming is underway on its first feature film, KANGAROO, produced in partnership with Bunya Productions and Brindle Films. An uplifting family comedy set in the Australian Outback and bouncing with adorable joeys, KANGAROO is inspired by the story of Chris Barns, aka ‘Brolga’, founder of the Kangaroo Sanctuary in Alice Springs.

KANGAROO marks the return to Australia of director Kate Woods (The Umbrella Academy, The Good Lord Bird,  Looking for Alibrandi) and is written by Harry Cripps (The Dry, Penguin Bloom) with additional writing from Melina Marchetta (Looking for Alibrandi) and additional material from Danielle MacLean & Peta-Lee Cole-ManolisProducers are David JowseyGreer Simpkin, and Angela Littlejohn for Bunya Productions (Sweet Country, Limbo, Mystery Road), and Rachel Clements and Trisha Morton-Thomas for Brindle Films (MaveriXFinke: There and Back, 8MMM Aboriginal Radio) with Louise Smith and Marian McGowan serving as executive producers alongside STUDIOCANAL’s Anna Marsh, Ron Halpern, Elizabeth Trotman and Marcus GillezeauMajor production investment from Screen Australia in association with Screen Territory, with support from Screen NSW’s Made in NSW Fund.

KANGAROO is a heart-warming family comedy about an ex-TV personality Chris Masterman, who becomes stranded in an Outback town after a car accident on his way to Broome. There, he teams up with 11-year-old Indigenous girl Charlie. The pair form an unlikely friendship and work together to rescue and rehabilitate orphaned joeys in the remote but stunning Outback community. An endeavour that proves to be life-changing for them both.

Ryan Corr (House of the Dragon, Catching Dust, Holding the Man) stars as ex TV weather presenter Chris Masterman, alongside newcomer Lily Whiteley who stars as Charlie. They lead an outstanding ensemble of actors including Deborah Mailman (Total Control, The New Boy, The Sapphires), Wayne Blair (The New Boy, Mystery Road), Trisha Morton-Thomas (High Country, Occupation: Native, The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart, Ten Pound Poms), Rachel House (Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Thor: Ragnarok), Brooke Satchwell (Poker Face, The Twelve), Ernie Dingo (Bran Nue Dae, The Great Outdoors), Genevieve Lemon (Population 11 , The Power of the Dog), Clarence Ryan (Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga, The Moogai), Rarriwuy Hick (True Colours, Wentworth), Roy Billing (Jack Irish, Underbelly), Rick Donald (Population 11Roast Night)Emily Taheny (Bay of Fires, Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell), Bondi Lifeguard Ryan Clark (Bondi Rescue) and celebrated Australian TV presenter Grant Denyer.

Rounding out the cast is the adorable mob of kangaroo joeys, currently in the care of the Alice Springs Kangaroo Sanctuary, who will make their feature film debut in KANGAROO!

DOP is Kieran Fowler NZCS ACS, Production Design by Sam Hobbs, Costume Designer is Edie Kurzer, Editor is Chris Plummer and Casting by Anousha Zarkesh. Cultural Liaison is Warren H Williams with Cultural Advisors Benedict StevensMarie Ellis and Williams.

Set and filmed on location in the stunning Australian Red Centre town of Alice Springs, on Arrernte Country, where the real Kangaroo Sanctuary is based, the film will also shoot at Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach on the traditional land and waters of the Bidjigal, Birrabirragal and Gadigal Peoples.

Australia and New Zealand CEO Elizabeth Trotman said “The commencement of production for KANGAROO marks a monumental moment for Cultivator Films and STUDIOCANAL Australia’s local production arm. The culmination of years of behind the scenes work by many and the beginning of an exciting chapter for the company with its first feature film being made at home.”

“With cameras rolling in the Australian Outback the cast and crew will come together, each bringing their unique talents and perspectives.  Joining the home of Paddington Bear and hundreds of other extraordinary films made by STUDIOCANAL worldwide, KANGAROO and all of the people associated with it, is sure to leave an indelible mark on the landscape of cinema.”

KANGAROO’s Producers said “Bunya and Brindle are thrilled to be here on beautiful Arrernte country, with director Kate Woods and our extraordinary cast and crew, to bring this film to life. KANGAROO is such a distinctly Australian story, and we are so excited to have the wonderful Ryan Corr leading this cast, and to be introducing talented young Lily Whiteley to a global audience. Thanks to all of our partners in STUDIOCANAL, Screen Australia, Screen Territory and Screen NSW in backing this truly special production.”

“The producers would also like to acknowledge the remarkable Chris ‘Brolga’ Barns and his Kangaroo Sanctuary which cares for orphaned and injured joeys until they are old enough and strong enough to return to their mob in the wild. Brolga’s story inspired our film, and we welcome him and his wife Tahnee to the crew, along with their loveable rescue joeys, currently in the Sanctuary’s care. Their outstanding work in wildlife rehabilitation is an inspiration to us all.”

Screen Australia COO Grainne Brunsdon said “Set against the stunning backdrop of the Australian Outback, this heartwarming tale promises to be a cinematic gem, showcasing the talent and creativity that Screen Australia is proud to support and promote globally. With the exceptional teams at STUDIOCANAL, Brindle Films, and Bunya Productions steering the production, we’re confident KANGAROO will captivate hearts worldwide.”

Jennie Hughes, Director of Screen Territory said “Screen Territory is delighted to see KANGAROO heading into production in central Australia, the heart of the Northern Territory.  The combination of Brindle Films and Bunya Productions working together for the first time promises to bring an exciting dynamic to this STUDIOCANAL film showcasing the very best of Australia’s screen talent to Australian and global audiences.”

Kyas Hepworth, Head of Screen NSW said “Screen NSW is thrilled to be working with STUDIOCANAL on their first feature film production, alongside Screen Territory while showcasing the talent and crews that Australia has to offer, and showing off Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach, to bring this story of friendship and resilience to the big screen through the Made in NSW Fund. KANGAROO is a film that we know will resonate with audiences both on a local and global scale.”

Production Credit: KANGAROO is a Cultivator Films Australia production in partnership with Bunya Productions and Brindle Films. Major production investment from Screen Australia in association with Screen Territory, with support from Screen NSW’s Made in NSW Fund. Developed by STUDIOCANAL Australia and Screen Australia. Local distribution and international sales by STUDIOCANAL.

Discover the Next Chapter: ‘Moana 2’ Teaser Trailer Promises Thrilling Oceanic Voyage

Walt Disney Animation Studios is poised to make waves once again with the highly anticipated release of “Moana 2.” This November, audiences will be treated to the return of the beloved heroine Moana in a brand-new feature film. Auli‘i Cravalho reprises her role as the spirited protagonist, while Dwayne Johnson is back as the charismatic demigod Maui. The recent unveiling of the teaser trailer, along with an eye-catching poster and exclusive images, offers a tantalizing glimpse into the adventure that awaits.

Set to premiere exclusively in cinemas on November 28, 2024, “Moana 2” continues the narrative three years after the original film. The sequel reunites Moana and Maui for another epic journey, this time accompanied by a diverse crew of seafarers. The story kicks off when Moana receives an unexpected call from her wayfinding ancestors, prompting her to embark on a daring expedition into the uncharted and treacherous waters of Oceania. This new adventure promises to exceed the scope of her previous exploits, highlighting her growth as a navigator and leader.

The film is helmed by the talented directorial trio of David Derrick Jr., Jason Hand, and Dana Ledoux Miller, with Christina Chen and Yvett Merino serving as producers. The musical score is crafted by an impressive lineup of artists, including Grammy® winners Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear, Grammy nominee Opetaia Foaʻi, and three-time Grammy winner Mark Mancina. This ensemble of musical talent is set to deliver a soundtrack that will leave a lasting impression on audiences.

As “Moana 2” sails towards its release date, the anticipation continues to build. The teaser trailer, poster, and images provide just a taste of the thrilling journey that lies ahead. Make sure to experience Moana’s latest adventure on the big screen this November, as she and Maui navigate new challenges and forge unforgettable memories.

Yorgos Lanthimos Returns to Cannes Film Festival with World Premiere of “Kinds of Kindness”

Photo supplied by Brooke Birch of Disney

The 77th Edition of the Cannes Film Festival just witnessed the unveiling of a cinematic masterpiece as Searchlight Pictures proudly presents the world premiere of “Kinds of Kindness,” the latest offering from acclaimed director Yorgos Lanthimos. Set to captivate audiences with its intricate storytelling and stellar ensemble cast, the film is slated to open exclusively in Australian cinemas on July 11, 2024.

Synopsis:

“Kinds of Kindness” weaves a triptych fable, exploring the lives of three individuals caught in the throes of fate. From a man grappling with the illusion of choice to a perplexed policeman confronting the enigma of his wife’s return, and a determined woman on a quest for a destined spiritual leader, the film delves into the complexities of human existence with Lanthimos’ signature blend of wit and profundity.

Director’s Legacy at Cannes:

For Yorgos Lanthimos and screenwriter Efthimis Filippou, “Kinds of Kindness” marks their fourth in-competition film at the esteemed Cannes Film Festival. From the groundbreaking “Dogtooth,” which earned Lanthimos the Un Certain Regard Prize in 2009, to the award-winning “The Lobster” in 2015 and the riveting “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” in 2017, the director’s Cannes journey has been nothing short of extraordinary.

All-Star Cast:

Joining Lanthimos at Cannes will be an illustrious ensemble cast, including Academy Award winners and nominees such as Emma Stone, Jesse Plemons, Willem Dafoe, Margaret Qualley, Hong Chau, Joe Alwyn, Mamoudou Athie, and Hunter Schafer. Their collective talent promises to bring the multifaceted characters of “Kinds of Kindness” to life in spellbinding fashion.

Production Details:

“Kinds of Kindness” is a testament to the creative collaboration between Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou, marking their fifth joint venture following acclaimed works such as “The Lobster” and “The Killing of a Sacred Deer.” Produced by Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe, Yorgos Lanthimos, and Kasia Malipan, the film represents the pinnacle of cinematic excellence.

Don’t Miss the Premiere:

Prepare to be transported into a world of intrigue and introspection when “Kinds of Kindness” graces the screens of Australian cinemas on July 11, 2024. Experience the magic of Yorgos Lanthimos’ latest cinematic triumph and witness the brilliance of an all-star cast in action.

Get Ready for Action: Marvel Unleashes New Trailer for ‘Deadpool & Wolverine’ Adventure!

Marvel Studios has set the stage for what could be one of the most anticipated superhero team-ups in recent memory with the release of a brand-new trailer for “Deadpool & Wolverine.” Promising a spectacle of epic proportions, the film is slated to hit cinemas on July 25th, marking a milestone moment in the superhero genre.

Directed by the esteemed Shawn Levy, “Deadpool & Wolverine” brings together a star-studded cast led by Ryan Reynolds reprising his role as the irreverent Deadpool, alongside Hugh Jackman as the indomitable Wolverine. With supporting performances from Emma Corrin, Morena Baccarin, Rob Delaney, Leslie Uggams, Karan Soni, and Matthew Macfadyen, the film boasts a lineup of talent sure to excite fans worldwide.

Behind the scenes, a powerhouse team of producers, including Kevin Feige, Ryan Reynolds, Shawn Levy, and Lauren Shuler Donner, have worked tirelessly to bring this ambitious project to fruition. Executive producers Louis D’Esposito, Wendy Jacobson, Mary McLaglen, Josh McLaglen, Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, George Dewey, and Simon Kinberg have also lent their expertise to ensure the film’s success.

Penned by a team of seasoned writers including Ryan Reynolds, Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, Zeb Wells, and Shawn Levy, “Deadpool & Wolverine” promises to deliver a blend of exhilarating action, razor-sharp wit, and emotional depth that has become synonymous with Marvel Studios productions.

As audiences eagerly await the film’s release, anticipation is at an all-time high for what could be a game-changing moment in the superhero genre. With its star-studded cast, visionary direction, and high-octane action, “Deadpool & Wolverine” is poised to leave an indelible mark on cinema when it arrives in theaters this summer.

The Verdict On ‘The Fall Guy’: Is It Worth Your Time And Money??

Editorial credit: Tinseltown / Shutterstock.com

Directed by David Leitch and written by Drew Pearce, “The Fall Guy” is a cinematic homage to the unsung heroes of the film industry – the stunt performers. Loosely based on the 1980s TV series of the same name, this action-packed rom-com follows a stuntman, played by Ryan Gosling, who finds himself entangled in a conspiracy surrounding the lead actor of his ex-girlfriend’s directorial debut.

From the outset, “The Fall Guy” pays tribute to the dedication and talent of the stunt community, shedding light on their indispensable role in bringing action-packed scenes to life. With subtle nods to the lack of recognition for stunt teams at the Oscars and references to pop culture icons like Taylor Swift and films like “Dune” and “Kill Bill,” the film cleverly weaves a narrative that is both entertaining and thought-provoking.

The chemistry between Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt, who plays the ex-girlfriend-turned-director, is palpable throughout the film. Their on-screen presence, even in moments of silence, speaks volumes about their connection. Despite a shift in focus towards a murder mystery subplot in the second act, the film never loses sight of its central theme – the importance of stunt performers in the filmmaking process.

Where “The Fall Guy” truly shines is in its epic finale, which pays homage to classic action movies of the past. The action sequences are flawlessly executed, culminating in a jaw-dropping climax involving multiple vehicles and a helicopter. The cinematography, soundtrack, and special effects all contribute to the film’s immersive experience, making it one of the most entertaining releases of the year.

While “The Fall Guy” may have a slow start and a slightly rushed ending, its heartwarming message and thrilling action sequences more than make up for any shortcomings. As a love letter to the stunt community and a celebration of the magic of filmmaking, “The Fall Guy” succeeds in reigniting the spark of unadulterated entertainment.

The film’s first 30 minutes showcase the behind-the-scenes world of filmmaking and the dedication of stunt professionals. They shed light on the challenges they face and the incredible feats they accomplish to bring action sequences to life. This initial focus serves as a strong foundation for the rest of the film, setting the stage for the exhilarating adventure that follows.

However, as the second act unfolds, “The Fall Guy” begins to lose a bit of momentum. The introduction of a murder mystery subplot and a shift in focus away from the stunt community may leave some viewers feeling disconnected from the film’s initial charm. Nevertheless, Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt’s on-screen chemistry remains a highlight, keeping audiences engaged even during the film’s slower moments.

The movie redeems itself towards the end with a truly epic finale that is sure to leave audiences on the edge of their seats. The action sequences are delivered flawlessly, with nods to classic films and a sense of nostalgia that harks back to the golden age of cinema. It’s a fitting tribute to the stunt performers who risk their lives to entertain audiences and a reminder of the magic of filmmaking.

In conclusion, “The Fall Guy” is a must-watch for fans of action comedies and anyone who appreciates the artistry behind the scenes of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters. With its blend of humour, romance, and heart-stopping action, it’s a joyride that’s sure to leave audiences cheering for more.

Rating: 4/5 ⭐️

Award-Winning Duo Savanna Crasto and Pierce Gordon Set to Take Audiences on an Emotional Journey with ‘Love and Lemon Trees’

Savanna Crasto and Pierce Gordon, the dynamic writer/director duo behind ‘Love and Lemon Trees,’ are gearing up to captivate audiences with their latest film. Produced by The Colour Series and Savanna Crasto, this poignant production promises to tug at heartstrings and provoke profound reflections on the nature of love and grief.

Savanna has already garnered critical acclaim, with her previous work ‘Chasing Lemons’ clinching the prestigious Best Director award at the Cannes World Film Festival. Building on this success, ‘Love and Lemon Trees’ is poised to leave an indelible mark on the international film landscape.

Savanna Crasto, an Australian actress, director, and writer, has established herself as a multifaceted talent with a string of accolades to her name. Her diverse heritage of Danish, Indian, and Portuguese roots infuses her storytelling with a rich tapestry of cultural influences. Notable achievements include multiple awards at the Cannes Indie Cinema Awards and the Cannes World Film Festival, solidifying her reputation as a visionary filmmaker. Crasto’s passion for storytelling led her to found her own production company, The Colour Series, where she has written, produced, and directed an impressive portfolio of films. She recently returned from Los Angeles, where she stayed as a resident at Charlie’s, a program facilitated by Australians in Film. This initiative serves as a vital support system for Australians transitioning to the Los Angeles entertainment industry scene.

Joining forces with Crasto is Pierce Gordon, an actor, writer, and director hailing from Detroit, Michigan. He boasts an impressive repertoire as an actor, writer, and director. Since early 2018, he has graced screens and stages alike, leaving an indelible mark on the entertainment industry. His career highlights include a notable performance in the 2019 production of ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,’ where he portrayed the character ‘Nick’ for the Ad Astra theatre company in Brisbane, QLD. His talent was further recognized when he clinched the Best Actor award in the EMERGE! short film section of the Gold Coast Film Festival for his role in ‘The Longing,’ directed by budding filmmaker Maali Albert. Additionally, Gordon’s outstanding performance in the short film ‘Best Man,’ directed by Craig Cauchi, earned him the title of ‘Best Upcoming Actor’ at the Sanctuary Cove Film Festival. In 2021, Gordon marked his feature film debut with a memorable speaking role in the Elvis Biopic, ‘Elvis’, helmed by renowned director Baz Luhrmann. He also showcased his acting prowess on stage in the Anywhere Theatre Festival’s world premiere production of ‘Against the Wall’, where he portrayed the character ‘Leo’. His stellar performance earned him nominations in two different categories at the Queensland Theatre Awards, ultimately culminating in the prestigious Billie Brown Best Emerging Artist award. The beginning of 2022 saw Gordon land a recurring role on the highly anticipated Disney+ series, ‘Nautilus’, slated for release in 2024. He rounded off the year by making his mark as a writer and director with his debut theatre piece, ‘Why Young Men Run at 2 am’, which received widespread acclaim from audiences and critics alike.

‘Love and Lemon Trees’ is a deeply personal project for Crasto and Gordon, exploring the intricate complexities of grief and love. With its compelling narrative and talented creative team, ‘Love and Lemon Trees’ promises to be a thought-provoking exploration of the human experience. Audiences can expect to be moved, challenged, and ultimately inspired by this powerful cinematic journey.

FilmCentral Magazine recently caught up with Savanna to discuss her journey in the industry, and here’s what went down:

Could you please provide our readers with a brief background about yourself and how you started in the industry?

I got started in the industry in 2020 when I approached a friend to film a feature, Tender Napalm, an adaptation of Philip Ridley’s play. However, prior to that, I was part of a directorial team that directed US/THEM for the Gold Coast Drama Festival, which ended up winning Best Play in 2018.

 What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?

Knowing when to stop. I think writing, producing, directing, and acting are all very addictive, and at least personally, I get into the habit of going from production to production. As wonderful and fulfilling as it is, a part of yourself goes into making a film, whether you’re the writer, director, producer, or actor, and seeing as though I do all four; I find that I end up giving so much of myself that when I stop, I don’t have much more to give anything else.

My artistic process is very much all in, obsessive in some nature. I get very drawn into what I’m doing, and I have found that because of the way that I work, it can be difficult to be patient with others who don’t work that way. I don’t ever view a film as just a film; it’s an expression of so many thoughts, moments, and feelings that instead of it being of service to me and my love for art, I become of service to it. While I don’t want that ever to change, it does make the process slightly more difficult.

 Do you try to be more original or deliver to viewers what they want?

I don’t think I have ever felt at peace with making a film that gives viewers what they want; I’m more interested in exploring things. Sometimes, it’s what viewers want, and most times, it’s not, but in both stances, it’s always what is truthful to the world that the film aims to capture; it’s always truthful to what I resonate with.

I’m very interested in cross-cultural elements when it comes to film. Taking aspects of Italian neorealism, the French new wave, Danish cinema, a little sprinkle of Hollywood here and there, and theatre, I definitely try more to fuse these rather than stick to one form.

If you could tell your younger self anything, what would it be?

If I could tell my younger self anything, it would be that “people don’t need to say you have a right to your voice for you to have a right to your voice.”

What is your directing Kryptonite?

I love a little ‘fun it takes.’ (But I’d use a different F word.) It usually ends well, but I can also get distracted by how much I love seeing actors play in a scene and go in a completely different direction.

What was the best money you ever spent as a director?

My films. Every cent that I’ve ever spent on any film is the best money I’ve ever spent.

What was an early experience where you learned that films had power?

The first experience where I learned that films could change the world is a seemingly innocent and simple one. I remember watching Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in grade four (I didn’t watch them sequentially, which was actually kinda cool), and I wanted to be a witch with a cat that went to Hogwarts. It became my dream of who I wanted to be. While that was also the moment I tribute to my wanting to be an actor, looking back, it showed me that a singular film that was made across the world at a different time had the potential to form my beliefs and wants.  There was nothing I could draw focus on that formed that want; all I know is that after watching that film, my idea of myself, what I valued, and who I wanted to be shifted. I also dedicate it to my value of knowledge, friendship, loyalty, and intelligence as the most attractive qualities people can have.

How many finished and half-finished books do you have?

Well… I don’t think I can give a number to how many books I’ve half finished, and definitely not to how many books I have finished. I’m a big reader and like to read plays, fiction, non-fiction, articles, newspapers, and recipes. I intend to have a library in my house, not just because I want one, but because I’ll need one to fit all my books.

Can you tell us more about your latest film?

My latest film, Love and Lemon Trees is one of the great loves of my life. That film holds so much of me and brings me so much pain and joy that I would create a world just for it, a world protected by a glass egg with waterfalls, horses, and maybe some macarons. I’m interested in grief and its connection to love, and because the film dives so deeply into the mind of grief, I find it painfully releasing in so many ways.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

Don’t be stupid, just make a film, then do another one and do better.

What advice would you give to a newbie director who wants to make it in the industry?

Don’t be stupid, just make a film, then do another one and do better.

What are your future plans?

I’m moving to Paris for a bit at the end of 2024 after we finish filming Contingent (my next feature). Then, I’ll be heading back to Los Angeles to live. My plan is to go between L. A and the Gold Coast because I’d like to continue making films here.

Disney Unveils First Look at “Mufasa: The Lion King” and Reveals Stellar Voice Cast

Disney is set to reignite the magic of “The Lion King” with the release of the first trailer for “Mufasa: The Lion King,” accompanied by the announcement of its star-studded voice cast. Directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barry Jenkins, this highly anticipated film is scheduled to premiere in Australian cinemas on December 19th.

Adding to the anticipation is the involvement of acclaimed songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda, who is set to craft the film’s musical score alongside Mark Mancina and Lebo M. Miranda expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “It’s been a joy working alongside Barry Jenkins to bring Mufasa’s story to life, and we can’t wait for audiences to experience this film in theaters.”

Synopsis:

“Mufasa: The Lion King” offers a compelling narrative that delves into the origins of the beloved lion king. Through the narration of Rafiki, viewers are transported into the heart of the Pride Lands, where they witness Mufasa’s remarkable journey from an orphaned cub to a legendary ruler. The film promises to deliver a blend of nostalgia and new adventures, sure to resonate with audiences of all ages.

Voice Cast:

The film features an ensemble cast of talented voices, including Aaron Pierre, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Tiffany Boone, and a host of other esteemed performers. Their collective talent is set to breathe life into the iconic characters, ensuring an unforgettable cinematic experience.

Additional Details:

Combining live-action filmmaking techniques with cutting-edge CGI, “Mufasa: The Lion King” is poised to transport audiences to a visually stunning world filled with wonder and excitement. Produced by Adele Romanski and Mark Ceryak, and executive produced by Peter Tobyansen, the film represents a convergence of creative vision and technical innovation.

As anticipation builds for its release, “Mufasa: The Lion King” stands as a testament to Disney’s enduring legacy of storytelling and its commitment to delivering unparalleled entertainment to audiences worldwide.