MIFF Is Launching Its First-Ever XR Commission And It’s A Whopping $80k VR Commission

To celebrate MIFF’s contribution to cinema and screen culture in Melbourne over the past seven decades, MIFF is launching its first-ever XR Commission.

With thanks to MIFF Major Supporter Ling Ang, a philanthropic grant of A$80,000 will be awarded for the creation of an immersive XR work that celebrates, interrogates, and illuminates Melbourne – its history and future, its communities and inhabitants – as well as MIFF’s integral role in sustaining the city’s relationship with the moving image.

Submissions are open to Australian artists from all disciplines, whether it be filmmaking, digital media, game development, visual art, or theatre. The chosen project will have its world premiere at MIFF’s 70th edition, to be held on 4–21 August 2022.

Applications close Thursday 18 November.  You can apply now via this link: MIFF XR Commission Application

Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings Review: One Of The Most Beautiful Films We’ve Seen In Years

If there’s one thing the monumentally successful “Black Panther” film taught Disney it’s that representation not only matters, but it’s also exceedingly well received and successful when handled properly. Disney’s gross mishandling of “Black Widow” with their streaming service caused major changes to their movie release patterns. There was a lot riding on “Shang Chi”, both financially and culturally and Disney needed to give this new hero in the making its proper dues and respect. While a lesser-known character compared to the likes of Iron Man or Spider-Man, Marvel has made stranger characters into household names like “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Ant-Man.” With no big names attached and a culture putting a lot on this film being a success, let’s hope this film plays out like we all hope it will.

Our titular hero Shang Chi (Simu Liu) is the son of an immortal crime lord; The Mandarin (Tony Chiu-Wai Leung) who has long controlled the criminal underworld for centuries thanks to his super-powered mystical rings. After trying to live a normal life with his best friend Katy (Awkwafina), his father sends warriors to bring him back into the fold and make him his right-hand man. Shang Chi discovers his father and his armies are planning to unleash a destructive and deadly force upon the world. Now he must discover his true identity and master his abilities to stop his father and save the world from a threat just waiting to be unleashed.

The Marvel films have never been lacking in the action department. But it wasn’t until I got a glimpse of the kung-fu fighting styles of the cast in “Shang Chi” that I realized that there has been a serious lacking of proper martial arts content. Much like “Black Panther,” “Shang Chi” is a completely self-contained Marvel story that manages to stay well connected with the established universe, as well as be its own thing and develop its own unique world, rules, powers, and unique environments. “Shang Chi” is without a doubt, one of the most beautiful films I’ve seen in years. Not just talking special effects here, but also the deep, meticulous care and effort that are put into the epic storytelling and the majestic visuals of the martial arts being displayed by phenomenally talented actors.

The “bus scene” alone is worth the price of a movie ticket. Every shot, kick, punch and flip is expertly crafted to make the fighting look and feel as real as possible. Fantastical fights are in here aplenty but the film never backs down from delivering a multitude of incredible martial arts battles that never fail to entertain you. Simu Liu is new to me but he clearly has talent beyond his physical capabilities. He presents a believable, down to Earth guy who masterfully balances humor, stoicism, and being a badass while making it come off naturally all at the same time. His chemistry with comedy queen Awkwafina is always on point. They have a realistic rhythm that keeps the humor and heart strong and effective without it ever feeling forced. They’re one of the best duos in Marvel’s history and I truly hope she sticks around as long as War Machine or Wong has.

Tony Chiu-Wai Leung is a unique villain as at times, he feels as much like the leading man as Shang Chi is. He’s conflicted, dangerous, powerful, cold but also relatable, wounded, and full of pain and grief that makes him far more than just a world-conquering supervillain. The world-building brings the story to many different locations and settings; engaging everything from mystical dragon lands to cage fighting in the underworld. There’s even a stellar cameo from Ben Kingsley; one of the few strong connections to the Marvel universe in this film. He’s as delightful as he was in “Iron Man 3” and to see this film use him and make him part of the journey shows a great sense of connectivity I am thankful was not dismissed.

My only criticism comes from the lack of proper use of Katy and Shang as a duo and a potential couple. The film teases some possible romance blossoms blooming but kind of forgets about and never comes back to it. If they dismissed it, it’d be one thing but to tease it and kind of drop the ball on it later feels like a wasted opportunity. Again, I hope Awkwafina follows Simu Liu in future sequels. Overall, minor gripe aside, “Shang Chi” is a wonderfully inventive new approach for Marvel that delivers on every possible level. This film may seem like it was only made for some people but in truth, it was made for everyone and it shows, Marvel fan or not. See why this film is such a stellar, well-deserving success, and go see this film whenever you can.

We give “Shang Chi: Legend of the Ten rings” 3 ½ stars out of 4.

The PAW Patrol Movie Is Finally Unleashed In Cinemas!

The PAW Patrol is on a roll! When their biggest rival, Humdinger, becomes Mayor of nearby Adventure City and starts wreaking havoc, Ryder and everyone’s favourite heroic pups kick into high gear to face the challenge head-on.  While one pup must face his past in Adventure City, the team finds help from a new ally, the savvy dachshund Liberty. Together, armed with exciting new gadgets and gear, the PAW Patrol fights to save the citizens of Adventure City! Joining the PAW Patrol in their thrilling first big-screen adventure are members from the original series’ cast along with Iain Armitage, Marsai Martin, Yara Shahidi, Kim Kardashian West, Randall Park, Dax Shepard, with Tyler Perry and Jimmy Kimmel and introducing Will Brisbin.

VOICE CAST:

Iain Armitage, Marsai Martin, Ron Pardo, Yara Shahidi, Kim Kardashian West, Randall Park, Dax Shepard with Tyler Perry and Jimmy Kimmel introducing Will Brisbin

Check out this new clip from the film with Liberty (Marsai Martin) facing off against Delores (Kim Kardashian West), the trash-talking poodle with oodles of sass.  

 

“Ellie And Abbie” Star Zoe Terakes Makes History As First Non-Binary Actor In Consideration For All-Male Category At AACTA Awards

Actor Zoe Terakes makes THEIRStory today as the first nonbinary Australian actor in consideration for Best Lead Actor in a Feature Film at the 2021 AACTA Awards.

Terakes made the history-making decision to enter the category, which will see them recognised amongst their male peers for their performance as the cool and complex Abbie in romantic comedy Ellie and Abbie.

Abbie became one of the most beloved characters of the coming-of-age rom-com, which tells the story of Ellie (Sophie Hawkshaw), a year 12 student and captain of her school, who has recently realised she has fallen for a girl in her class, Abbie (Terakes). The film premiered at the Mardi Gras Film Festival in 2020 as the first Australian film in 27 years to open the festival and received a national theatrical release on November 19, 2020.

Terakes said: “It’s not an easy decision. I’m not a woman, but I also don’t feel entirely like a man. I’m a boy human. A human boy. And so, until there is an awards system that accommodates genderqueer/trans folks, we’re gonna have to make the system work for us. I’m an actor, not an actress. I definitely feel more aligned with “male” identifiers. And I don’t want to be nominated for the gender of the character I’m playing. Yes, ‘Abbie’ in the film is female. But Eddie Redmayne wasn’t nominated for Best Actress at the Oscars when he did the Danish girl.

“So, listen. It’s all a bit confusing and feels a bit, to quote Missy Higgins, “triangle trying to squeeze through a circle” but until we de-gender awards ceremonies altogether, I’ll be up for nomination in the category that most aligns with my gender; best male actor.”

In a group statement AACTA said: “While AACTA have had other non-binary entrants and nominees in the past, this is the first time a non-binary actor has engaged in the conversation and exercised their right to choose which award suited them. To the best of AACTA’s knowledge, Zoe is also the first person to enter a gendered award for a role portraying a different gender character.”

Voting in the AACTA Awards determines which productions, performers and practitioners will be honoured with Australia’s highest screen accolade. Voting is exclusive to AACTA members, with members drawn from every sector of the screen entertainment industry. Voting for this year’s AACTA Awards closes on Monday 18 October, 2021.

The Trailer For The Scary Of Sixty-First Is Here And It’s Morbidly Funny

Arcadia has today released the official trailer for THE SCARY OF SIXTY-FIRST. Directed and written by Dasha Nekrasova (Succession, Red Scare Podcast) and starring Nekrasova, Betsey Brown, Madeline Quinn and Mark Rapaport, the contemporary horror is set to arrive in Australian cinemas nationally on December 16.

Horrific real-world news story becomes giallo-inspired horror in this gleefully deranged interrogation of our conspiracy-fuelled, edge lord-filled times. Twenty-something New Yorkers Addie (Brown) and Noelle (Quinn) can’t believe their luck when they find an apartment in their price range in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Of course, there’s a catch, and it’s not the food left to rot in the cupboard or the blood-stained mattresses. As they soon learn, the flat used to belong to the late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein – and absolutely nothing good can come from staying there, stewing in the paranoiac, malevolent doom he left behind.

The Berlinale Best First Feature Award–winning debut film of actor and ‘dirtbag leftist’ podcaster Nekrasova follows the separate rabbit holes into which the apartment draws these two women. For Noelle, it’s epic Epstein conspiracy theories and sex with her likeminded new girlfriend (Nekrasova); for Addie, it’s something more sordidly sinister.

Shooting on grimy, gleaming 16mm and cheekily nodding to everything from Eyes Wide Shut and Brian De Palma to 70s horror and pornography, Nekrasova dives into all-out madness but with tongue kept firmly in cheek throughout. And yet, underneath it all, The Scary of Sixty-First is driven by a palpable outrage and an acutely self-aware sense of the zeitgeist.

 THE SCARY OF SIXTY-FIRST’ WILL BE AVAILABLE IN AUSTRALIAN CINEMAS NATIONALLY ON DECEMBER 16, 2021.

WIFT (Women in Film Television) NSW Is Set To Shake up The Australian Entertainment Industry

WIFT (Women in Film Television) NSW is expanding and is shaking things up. With a growing team, they expect flow overgrowth in advocacy and industry change.  

As a WIFT Australia member, you automatically become a member of your state chapter. COVID has impacted their footprint, but with a new team and fresh energy they are shaking things up. They want to hear your voice, see your face, and invite you to collaborate, network and make changes together.   

Women in Film & Television Australia (WIFT Australia) is dedicated to achieving gender equality in the Australian screen industry through research, advocacy, education, and support for all identifying women and non-binary screen industry practitioners. WIFT NSW sits under the umbrella of WIFT Australia and holds a strong voice on the national board as well as home to valuable WIFT flagship programs, such as WIFT Virtual, Raising Films, and Mentor Her to name a few.

The NSW committee is made up of dedicated volunteers. They give their time and energy to ensure their members get the most of their membership. The more involvement from the members with their Chapter committee, the more it can shape activities and actions to fulfill the reason why members joined WIFT in the first place, and how they can turn values and propositions into action. It starts local to affect the National to, in turn, affect the global.

Yolandi Franken is the new NSW representative on the WIFT Australia board, following in the footsteps of Megan Riakos, to further invigorate and energise its WIFT NSW chapter members, ready to fuel positive change within the film and television industry at a state level. Yolandi has multiple roles in WIFT as NSW Board member, the Co-chair of events (NSW committee), Interim Secretary of WIFT Australia board, and Chair of WIFT Virtual (National). 

There is strength in numbers and Yolandi surrounds herself with other strong women of WIFT who work alongside her, helping WIFT NSW make an even bigger impact.  Each team member brings something unique and special to the table.  The current team is based on members who have reached out and offered support and those that have been there since WIFT Australia was formed.

After the WIFT Australia AGM in November, there will be a NSW Chapter AGM to vote for an official committee. WIFT NSW members over 12 months subscribed can be nominated. Stay tuned for our nominations form coming out in mid-October. 

MEET THE NSW TEAM

WIFT NSW Board Member, since 2021

WIFT NSW Co-Chair, Events Committee, since 2019

WIFT Australia Interim Secretary (National Level), since 2021

WIFT Virtual – Chair (On national Level), Since 2020

Yolandi Franken (she/her) is a South African Born, Australian citizen. She has a background of strong advocacy work in multicultural communities (nominated Australian of the Year in 2015 for her community work). She is a successful, up and coming Film & TV Producer, with a number of feature films and TV Shows behind her. She was the founder of Cause Film Festival and was its Festival Director for 3 years. Yolandi is also the Editor in Chief for Film Central Magazine and a co-producer on several multi-cultural film projects currently in development.  

Co-Chair, NSW Events Team – since 2019

Vanessa Klingler(she/her) is a German born Australian resident. She has over 10 years of marketing and communications experience across Industry and Commerce, Arts and Film and Book publishing.   Vanessa works closely with Yolandi in the NSW events.  Her marketing and communications skills have helped manifest many successful WIFT NSW events.

Team Member, NSW Events Team – since 2018

Sally Williams (she/her) is Australian born with Anglo-Saxon descendants.  She is an actor who works with diverse community groups and has worked on a variety of art mediums. She brings her skills from previous event and performance management into the NSW Events team. Sally volunteers at WIFT NSW to support and collaborate to help women in the film industry progress.

LGBTQI+ Advocate, WIFT NSW team – since 2021

Nicole Pastor (she/her) is Australian born with Anglo-Saxon descendants. An emerging actor having worked with Directors including Alex Proyas, Jennifer Van Gessel, and Michael Budd. She has an enthusiastic approach to her role as an advocate having been recently open about her own LGBTQI+ status.  ‘I am always eager to grow and learn more and I’m super excited for this next chapter in my life” says Nicole.  Her role will help bring equal opportunities for our LGBTQI+ members’ voices to the table to ensure WIFT NSW offers a safe and inclusive environment and events.  

Grants Manager, WIFT NSW – since 2021

Nicole Pesa (she/her) is Australian born with Anglo-Saxon descendants. Nicole has joined the team as Grants Manager and will source and oversee the funding and grants applications. She holds a degree in English Literature and Psychology (Hons). Leveraging her background in psychology, she soon found her passion for writing all things genre.  Her first feature film, a psychological thriller, is currently in development.  Of recent note, Nicole was longlisted in this year’s Australian Writer’s Guild Monte Miller Awards and shortlisted for the Screen NSW Emerging Writer’s Incubator.  

Copywriter, NSW WIFT Team – since 2021

Karen Witt (she/her) is an Australian born with Anglo-Saxon descendants.  She is an author with long-term experience dealing with government bureaucracy. She has published two children’s books and a couple of her screenplays have been acquired and are in development.  With decades of experience working for the NSW Government in Emergency Management, Disaster Welfare, Child Protection, Adoption, and Foster Care, Karen also brings a wealth of knowledge around pastoral care for our members and community.

Indigenous Awareness Representative (temporary), since 2021

Ljudan Michaelis-Thorpe (she/her) identifies as a Bidjara and Dhunghutti woman. She sits on the WIFT Australia board as the Indigenous Lead. Currently, she is assisting the NSW Team to find a local NSW representative. Ljudan calls Northern Rivers, NSW, home but lives in Qld.  Ljudan is an emerging writer/producer for Drama & Factual with experience in Indigenous governance, entrepreneurial business development, leadership, philanthropy, and cultural awareness training and facilitation. 

Diversity Advocate, WIFT NSW Team – since 2021 

Aska Karem (she/her) is a Kurdish woman who came to Australia as a refugee from her home country of Kurdistan.  She is a psychologist, writer and actor who recently appeared in George Miller’s film ‘Three Thousand Years of Longing’.  Speaking three languages fluently, Kurdish, Persian, and Turkish, Aska is devoted to culture and diversity, ensuring that all stories and experiences are presented in a variety of ways. She brings a cultural lens to the way that WIFT NSW will move forward in 2021 and beyond. 

Diversity Advocate, WIFT NSW Team, since 2021 

Bolude Watson (she/her).  Bolude is a Nigerian-born, American-raised, Actor.  Moving to Sydney, Australia, in 2014 from Los Angeles, ignited her career with the kickoff of her starring role in Ché Baker’s Sci-fi film ‘Blue World Order’ as the female lead, Marion Connors.  Most recently Bolude wrapped on the feature film ‘Hearts and Bones’ starring opposite Hugo Weaving.  Directed by Ben Lawrence this landed Bolude the nomination of Best Supporting Actor for her role of Anishka.  Soon after, Bolude was awarded CGA Rising Star – a prestigious award given by Casting Guild Australia.  As an African American with a deep passion for storytelling, Bolude’s goal is to be part of the movement that creates a space for diverse voices in film and television.

Diversity Advocate, WIFT NSW Team, since 2021 

Kathy Luu (she/her).  Kathy is an Actor, Director, Photographer, Writer, and Artist.  Born in Sydney to Vietnamese refugee parents, she studied law and film at UNSW, before becoming all these other things.  Driven by her deep care for humanity and people’s wellbeing, and the unlimited joy and creativity of being human, she is inspired by work that is emotionally responsible and simultaneously bold, funny, unique, and playful. 

The world is hungry for real art that nourishes our souls, and we as women carry a kitchen full of the best produce with us!  If I can help my sisters, even in a small way, to get their kitchen fire started up, I and the world will have the joy of sharing in and celebrating the delicious feast they cook up!  What a banquet that will be!  I’m a soul foodie after all” says Kathy.

Industry Connect, WIFT NSW Team, since 2021 

Georgina Lloyd (she/her) is a Sydney-based actor, singer, and voice-over artist. She most recently voiced the R U OK? 2021 campaign and read for Rough Drafts at the Sydney Theatre Company. Celebrating her mixed heritage, British-Australian with Assyrian heritage, Georgina is passionate about championing culturally and linguistically diverse communities and their cultural expression. Her journey is about staying true to what your heart desires and pursuing it with integrity, fearlessness, and unrelenting tenacity. Her role will be to source and connect WIFT NSW members with external industry-related opportunities.

WIFT NSW and WIFT Australia has an open-door policy for anyone wishing to join the team and to help make a difference.  Whether it be in events or advocacy, there’s plenty of opportunities.

WIFT is a membership driven organization.  By just signing up you are already contributing to change.

For more information about WIFT events, advocacy, and memberships, please visit: www.wiftaustralia.org.au 

Actor Spotlight: One On One With Martin Dingle Wall

Martin Dingle Wall has been a series regular in a string of television series in Australia such as ‘Home & Away’ (Logie Nomination: ‘Most Popular New Talent’) ‘Satisfaction’, ‘Underbelly – A Tale of Two Cities’ (Logie Winner: Best New Series), ‘Rescue Special Ops’, and he also starred in his own police drama ‘COPS L.A.C.’ He won the ‘Best Actor’ Award in 2014 for his performance in ‘We Men Do’, he produced and starred in the feature film ‘The Nothing Men’ (nominated for Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema at The Santa Barbara International Film Festival) which has a Rotten Tomato Audience score of 100%, starred alongside Nicole Kidman and Joseph Fiennes in ‘Strangerland’ (Sundance Competition) and played the romantic lead of American Movie Star Michael Barclay in the film ‘All that Jam’ – it was shot in Russia wherein Martin learned and spoke the entire film in Russian. Afterward, he played the lead role of Warren Novac in the action thriller ‘Happy Hunting’ (Winner ‘Best Actor’, ‘Best Film’, ‘Audience Choice Award’, ‘Best Cinematography’) which sits on the prestigious Thrillist at No.13 for Best Horror Films of 2017 and holds the Rotten Tomatoes Reviewers ranking of 100%. Martin then went to Chile to film “Gun Shy” with Antonio Banderas and Olga Kurylenko Directed by Simon West. Currently, he plays Will Scott, the lead protagonist in the series “Cypher” which was shot on location in Los Angeles – he plays an ex FBI Agent and eminent cryptographer. He also plays Luke Hadler in The Dry opposite Eric Bana and stars as the lead Billy Nordic in the new series Unleashed which was shot on location in Los Angeles and directed by Alison Eastwood.

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

Can you tell us more about yourself?

Will the defendant rise. Explain yourself! Ha. I’m born and raised in Bondi Beach. It was a rougher place in the ’70s, and 80’s than today’s mecca. Not fitting into the conventional school curriculum my parents sent me to apply for Art school at the end of year 10, lied about my age, and passed the entrance design test. I graduated with a Graphic Design Diploma at 18 when my friends were finishing the HSC. This soon led to applying for Walt Disney TV Animation in Sydney and again passing the illustration test & got onto their production line as an in-betweener.

I did this for 3 years and at 21, I took my earnings and experience and headed to Europe to travel. It was on my travels I would discover street theater and realized this is where my interests were most electrified.

I returned to Australia at 24 and took my first drama class.

Unable to attain entry into any of the Drama Schools, I got rep with an Extras agency. I was just fascinated by the mechanics and process. You’d never find a more fascinated or attentive extra than I was. I watched & learned for years. I did theatre wt short films and freelanced as an illustrator to pay my rent. I’d learn their lines by watching them and then think about how I might do it.

An editor friend eventually cut me a one-minute reel out of a bunch of short films. This ‘Reel’ was shown to a new agent in town. This agent took a chance on me. I soon booked a National Condom Commercial. A while after being submitted to actual casting companies, I got an audition for a Dr. Flynn Saunders on Home & Away at Mullinars.

What do you like most about acting?

I have an absolute love for the process of players agreeing on a situation as stipulated by the scene and together creating a spark of life in a moment in time that can transport you and move you emotionally. It’s the most intoxicating drug, the most exhilarating experience a human can have in my opinion. I literally have lifelong friends born out of sharing a pure moment of truth in a magnificent scene together. This is Magic. Timeless. Through the Eons and Ages.

How different is it to act in a movie and to act in a TV series? And which one do you prefer?

There is of course a difference – Film is a microcosm. Where stillness is your power. It’s an even more internalized process. TV sometimes you will allow your body to attune with its more natural impulse to move with a feeling. But when all is said and done. The doorway of taking some words, allowing them to inform a reality within you and your full surrender to that creation is the journey and understanding of anyone involved with screen acting.

My preference is honestly governed by the story and how excited I am by my knowledge of the directors’ ability to successfully translate it to the screen.

What are your weak points when it comes to acting? How do you try to improve them?

I think perhaps we are always seeking to release any control despite knowing where we need to take a scene of where it wants to take us. Humans are creatures of control. An incredibly alluring part of this practice, discipline, or craft is the releasing of control in the otherwise entirely controlled and insular Universe that film and television making is.

So being, present, available yet in charge simultaneously is the perpetual requirement and contradiction of this work and world.

What are your strong points as an actor?

Maybe my willingness to be in a moment with my fellow actors and have an excitement about what could happen, where it could go, what we might discover, or where it could take us and be ultimately committed to our world between action and cut.

This reads as the basic requirements of the actor, but sometimes I think actors can hide, or wobble in their conviction if it goes off track and into the wild, and I think I am a fairly reliable scene partner in trusting that occasionally the scene will overtake and have plans of its own. I feel I stay in the saddle pretty well until the director wants to call cut.

What have you learned from the directors that you have worked with throughout your career?

That there are so many, many different versions of them. Some just want the edit points, some want the coverage for lack of clarity of vision, some want to be led by the actor. So it’s always best to get a chance to meet them as people as much as possible. I’ve signed onto several jobs because the Director was telling the story to me and I could see so much clarity in their vision. Sure enough, these various projects have been some of my biggest successes.

What are some of the difficulties of the acting business?

Well, it’s not linear. And as beings that seek control & security, we operate in a linear function. The acting game is somewhat philosophical to me. If we approach it like its combat, we will find that. If we think someone can take a part, then that will restrict our flow, so to speak. In practical terms, show up. Before I got the rep I wanted in LA, I was self-submitting. It’s sort of the garage sale of the industry. But there are films being made in the self submit isle. Any submissions I made and got invited to, I turned up ready. Frequently few actors would turn up. Sometimes no others. Sometimes auditions were cancelled because actors were a no-show. I showed up every time and was ready. Eventually, it’s just the law of averages working in your favour as well. Everything helps. Every audition made an impact.

I booked my first US feature film lead through these channels. It’s called HAPPY HUNTING. We won 23 festivals and gained 100% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. After the fact it was discovered the director Louie was Mel Gibson’s son. This is why you go to Hollywood. This stuff happens there. It gave me my first Hollywood Reporter Review as a Leading Man and ultimately led to the opportunity to be seen for CYPHER. My current US TV Series Lead.

What’s challenging about bringing a script to life?

You learn this stuff very early. As you are learning the craft, you discover there is a safety veil between you and the words, scene, or fellow actor. This veil often gets exposed and destroyed through the pure fear of losing control. That’s why doing classes or practicing is essential. You can f*** up, and every time you lose control you get closer to your actual strength as an actor. You need to be scared to death a few times I think, even naturally gifted actors. When you are scared you reach out to rely on your scene partner & in those moments actually feel the connection that you seek in life. The tangible. And then maybe you realise you have been in scenes with people but in your need to control, not actually been with them. The veil disappears upon the moment of real connection.

What do you do when you’re not filming?

Raise my son, travel, swim, go on adventures, build cubby houses, climb, skate, watch movies, stretch, hydrate, create, draw, write, produce, collaborate, read, google, cook, meditate, stretch, train, flirt, date, strum, teach, learn, explore, be a friend, be a brother and son, drive my van, give thanks for my life.

What has been the most memorable experience of your career so far?

Going to Hollywood, never signing with an Agent, only a Manger, and having a couple of Feature Film Leads – two current TV Series Leads is an active yet memorable blessing. The reason that bears stating, is that we are told there are ways this happens.

I didn’t go to the US with a film at Festivals. I didn’t go with Agent intros. And no one owed me that. I just went. And my journey as an actor, let alone in that town, is only just starting.

Who have been the most interesting people you’ve met so far?

The most interesting people I have met have also been the most attractive creatively. I mentioned earlier, there are some directors I met that when they had offered me the leads in their productions we then met properly. When you meet someone that doesn’t give you a sales pitch. They just tell you their vision. The excitement you feel of them knowing how to take their vision to the screen and that you get to enjoy being submerged in their skill is the greatest delight. They are the most desirable and interesting to me,

If someone is going to make your life into a movie, who would play you?

I’ll be submitting pretty solidly for that part. Or if it’s after the fact, my son can play me.

What are your future plans? Inside your career or out of it.

Future Plans? Keep dreaming. I want to work with Ridley Scott, and Spielberg – I want to work with the greats. I am going to keep seeking roles that talk about stuff that fascinates me. I’ve done reasonably well so far in attracting a variety of roles. I know that at some point when you become visible you have a brand, and so far the kind of roles I’ve been attracting that are getting me some visibility are characters that I don’t mind being branded with.

Is there is anything else or interesting you can tell us?

I was given some great advice by an Italian actor Franco Nero. I took a flight some years back with him back to London. He said that movies are called this because every frame is moving. TV is still sometimes. Never in ‘Movies’. He said your best friend is the cameraman and the lighting guys. Understand the relationship between camera and light. If your director tells you to hit a mark and move your head here on this line then you do that. If he is good it’s because his cameraman had told him to. And that’s because the lighting is in place for that position. For you, If you know your work, your craft, your team, and you can listen to what they are telling you when your head is on a 50-foot screen – you do your work as an actor, but you hit that mark the cameras has asked of you.

This is when you see the complete artistry that is the collaboration of the Director, Actor, Camera, and Light. And that alchemy is where the medium can touch and change the world emotionally, with the right sound!

This is why we are fans of movies and this is why we became Moviemakers.

The Trailer For Walt Disney’s “Encanto” Is Officially Here

Walt Disney Animation Studios shared a new trailer and poster this morning showcasing its upcoming feature film Encanto. The film tells the tale of the Madrigals, an extraordinary family who live in a wondrous, charmed place called an Encanto. Each child has been blessed with a magic gift unique to themeach child except Mirabel. But when the familys home is threatened, Mirabel may be their only hope.

Also revealed this morningactor John Leguizamo (Critical Thinking,” “Ice Age) joins the voice cast. I was so pumped to be asked to the party, said Leguizamo. Lin-Manuel [Miranda] wrote me a rap, and I flipped out! Plus, this is such a beautiful story set in Colombia. It’s a first in so many ways. The magic is enchanting, the comedy is so sharp, and the world created is irresistible.

Leguizamo lends his voice to Bruno, Mirabels uncle whos gifted with the ability to see the future. Brunos honest, often doomsaying predictions arent always well received by the rest of the family, so he disappeared long ago, becoming the uncle no one talks about. Bruno is so compelling because he is that guy that never quite fits in, said Leguizamo. He’s an outsider, but he also understands the world better because he’s always wanted to belong to it.

The voice cast also includes Stephanie Beatriz as Mirabel; María Cecilia Botero as Mirabels grandmother Alma aka Abuela; Angie Cepeda and Wilmer Valderrama as Mirabels parents, Julieta and Agustín;  and Diane Guererro and Jessica Darrow as Mirabels sisters, Isabela and Luisa. Also lending their voices are Carolina Gaitán and Mauro Castillo as Mirabels aunt and uncle, Pepa and Félix; and Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz and Ravi Cabot-Conyers as Mirabels cousins Dolores, Camilo and Antonio, respectively.

The film features all-new songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton,” “Moana) and is directed by Byron Howard (Zootopia,” “Tangled) and Jared Bush (co-director Zootopia), co-directed by Charise Castro Smith (writer The Death of Eva Sofia Valdez) and produced by Clark Spencer and Yvett Merino. Bush and Castro Smith are screenwriters on the film. The filmmakers were deeply inspired by their research trip to Colombia during the early development of Encanto, as well as their continuous work with a group of expert consultants assembled through the course of the films production. Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Encanto opens in Australian cinemas on December 2, 2021.

Check out the trailer below:

Bradley Cooper Leads The First Trailer For Guillermo Del Toro’s New ‘Nightmare Alley’

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro

Release date: In Cinemas January 20, 2022

Cast: Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, Richard Jenkins, Rooney Mara, Ron Perlman, Mary Steenburgen, David Strathairn

Synopsis: In Nightmare Alley, an ambitious carnival worker (Bradley Cooper) with a talent for manipulating people with a few well-chosen words hooks up with a female psychiatrist (Cate Blanchett) who is even more dangerous than he is. A film by Guillermo del Toro.

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Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story Pulls No Punches In New Trailer

Rachel Zegler as Maria in 20th Century Studios’ WEST SIDE STORY. Photo courtesy of 20th Century Studios. © 2021 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.

 

Walt Disney Company recently released a new trailer, poster, and stills for Academy Award® winning director Steven Spielbergs film adaptation of the musical West Side Story, which will open only in cinemas on Boxing Day, 2021.

Directed by Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg, from a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award® winner Tony Kushner, West Side Story” tells the classic tale of fierce rivalries and young love in 1957 New York City. This reimagining of the beloved musical stars Ansel Elgort (Tony); Rachel Zegler (María); Ariana DeBose (Anita); David Alvarez (Bernardo); Mike Faist (Riff); Josh Andrés Rivera (Chino); Ana Isabelle (Rosalía); Corey Stoll (Lieutenant Schrank); Brian dArcy James (Officer Krupke); and Rita Moreno (as Valentina, who owns the corner store in which Tony works). Moreno  one of only three artists to be honored with Academy®, Emmy®, GRAMMY®, Tony®, and Peabody Awards  also serves as one of the films executive producers.

Bringing together the best of both Broadway and Hollywood, the films creative team includes Kushner, who also serves as an executive producer; Tony Award® winner Justin Peck, who choreographed the musical numbers in the film; renowned Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor and GRAMMY Award® winner Gustavo Dudamel, who helmed the recording of the iconic score; Academy Award®-nominated composer and conductor David Newman (Anastasia), who arranged the score; Tony Award®-winning composer Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie), who supervised the cast on vocals; and Grammy®-nominated music supervisor Matt Sullivan (Beauty and the Beast,” “Chicago), who served as executive music producer for the film. The film is produced by Spielberg, Academy Award®-nominated producer Kristie Macosko Krieger and Tony Award®-winning producer Kevin McCollum. West Side Story has been adapted for the screen from the original 1957 Broadway show, with a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and concept, direction, and choreography by Jerome Robbins.

From 20th Century Studios, The Walt Disney Company will release West Side Story” in Australian cinemas on Boxing Day, 2021. Check out the trailer below: