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??

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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.”


“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.

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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.

Paramount Pictures Unveils Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes Featurette Showcasing Stellar Voice Cast of IF

Paramount Pictures, in a strategic move to tantalize audiences ahead of its upcoming release, has unveiled a captivating behind-the-scenes featurette spotlighting the star-studded voice cast of its much-anticipated animated film, IF. The studio’s latest promotional endeavor offers a tantalizing glimpse into the creative process behind this whimsical adventure.

Led by the illustrious Ryan Reynolds, the voice cast of IF boasts an ensemble of exceptional talent, a testament to the studio’s commitment to delivering unparalleled entertainment. Director John Krasinski, known for his masterful storytelling, guides viewers through the intricacies of the film’s production in a meticulously crafted promotional video.

Immerse yourself in the fantastical world of IF as you acquaint yourself with the voices behind the endearing characters that populate this imaginative landscape. Paramount Pictures invites audiences of all ages to embark on a journey of discovery, where the power of imagination reigns supreme and bonds are forged that transcend the boundaries of reality.


Penned and helmed by John Krasinski, IF chronicles the extraordinary journey of a young girl endowed with the ability to perceive the imaginary friends of others. As she embarks on a quest to reunite forgotten IFs with their erstwhile companions, viewers are treated to a heartwarming tale brimming with wonder and poignancy.

Featuring an ensemble cast including Cailey Fleming, Ryan Reynolds, John Krasinski, Fiona Shaw, and an array of esteemed talents such as Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Louis Gossett Jr., and Steve Carell, IF celebrates the richness of childhood imagination in all its splendor.


  • Cailey Fleming
  • Ryan Reynolds
  • John Krasinski
  • Fiona Shaw
  • Phoebe Waller-Bridge
  • Louis Gossett Jr.
  • Alan Kim
  • Liza Colón-Zayas
  • Steve Carell

Prepare to be spellbound as IF transports audiences to a realm where the bounds of reality dissolve, and the essence of childhood wonderment reigns supreme. Stay tuned for further updates and exclusive insights into this awesome movie.

StudioCanal Unveils Official Trailer for Highly Anticipated Sequel “200% Wolf”

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StudioCanal is thrilled to announce the release of the official trailer for “200% Wolf,” the much-anticipated sequel to the 2020 hit animated film “100% Wolf.” Set to open Down Under on August 8th, this exciting installment promises to take audiences on a wild and whimsical adventure.

In “200% Wolf,” viewers will reunite with Freddy Lupin, the lovable protagonist who discovered he was destined to be a tiny pink poodle rather than a mighty werewolf like his family. Now, Freddy is back and ready to prove himself as a leader to his werewolf pack. However, earning their respect proves to be no easy feat, leaving Freddy longing for a more wolfish identity.

But when a wayward wish transforms Freddy into a werewolf and introduces a mischievous moon spirit into the mix, he finds himself on a quest to restore cosmic order before it’s too late. Joined by his trusty dog pals and faced with a formidable sorceress with a grudge against the wolf pack, Freddy must navigate a world of danger and magic to save his new friend and prevent catastrophe.

Featuring a talented cast including Ilai Swindells, Samara Weaving, Akmal Saleh, Jennifer Saunders, Elizabeth Nabben, and Peter Mcallum, “200% Wolf” is directed by Alexs Stadermann and written by Fin Edquist. Produced by Barbara Stephen, Alexia Gates-Foale, and Nano Arrieta, this film promises to deliver thrills, laughter, and heartwarming moments for audiences of all ages.

Prepare to embark on an unforgettable journey where friendship, courage, and the true meaning of identity take center stage. “200% Wolf” is a must-see cinematic experience that will leave viewers howling for more.

Don’t miss the adventure of a lifetime when “200% Wolf” hits cinemas on August 8th.

Introducing Rina Mousavi: The Rising Star of ‘Shayda’ Shines Bright at Sundance and Beyond

FilmCentral Magazine is proud to present an exclusive feature on the amazing journey of actress Rina Mousavi, whose unwavering dedication to her craft has propelled her to the forefront of the entertainment industry.

Rina Mousavi’s passion for acting burned brightly from a young age, igniting a lifelong commitment to the art form. In 2018, she embarked on a transformative journey, undergoing an intensive 10-month mixed martial arts (MMA) training regimen for her lead role in the short film The Society. This immersive experience not only honed her physical abilities but also opened doors to new opportunities.

Mousavi showcased her newfound MMA skills in the ABC/BBC TV series “Itch” Season 2, captivating audiences with her dynamic performance. Her seamless integration of martial arts prowess into her acting repertoire showcased her versatility and marked her as a talent to watch.

The following year marked a significant milestone in Mousavi’s career with the completion of her first feature film, “Alexander.” The film’s acceptance into nine festivals, including Fringe World Perth, served as a testament to Mousavi’s talent.

In early 2021, Mousavi once again proved her mettle with her lead role in the short film “The Gunslinger,” directed by Rachel Fitzgerald. Her captivating portrayal earned her a nomination for the prestigious Best Actress Award at the Atlanta Comedy Film Festival and secured acceptance into 28 festivals worldwide, further solidifying her reputation as a rising star on the global stage.

Continuing her upward trajectory, Mousavi’s journey reached new heights with her involvement in the critically acclaimed film “Shayda,” directed by Noora Niasari and executive produced by the legendary Cate Blanchett. Premiering at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival, “Shayda” captured the hearts of audiences, earning the coveted Audience Choice Award and emerging as Australia’s entry at the 96th Academy Awards. The film’s exceptional quality was recognized with nine nominations at the 2024 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards, including a win for the Best Casting In Film. In an exclusive interview with FilmCentral Magazine, we caught up with Rina to gain insight into her extraordinary journey. Here’s what went down:

Can you tell us more about yourself?

I’m an actor with a dancing background, and I love pretty much every outdoor activity. I also have a Fashion Design background, and after doing 10 months of mixed martial arts training for a TV series, I find myself back in the dojo every now and then. I’m a huge animal lover! I can also do a pretty good impression of Britney Spears.

How did you get started in the entertainment industry?

I’ve wanted to be a performer for as long as I can remember and was involved in drama classes throughout school. However, I was worried about disappointing my parents and felt like there wasn’t room for me in the industry. After working full-time as a garment technician in the fashion industry for five years, I decided to take an acting class and pursue my passion. It’s been the best decision.

What do you like most about acting?

I love so many things about my job, so it’s hard to pick just one… I get to be someone else. I create this new character and give them life. Actors have the ability to empower and move the viewer. As a kid, characters inspired me, and I used their strengths to do better. I don’t even want to talk about the magic of being on set and in costume with your scene partner.

How different is acting in a movie from acting in a TV series? Which one do you prefer?

They are both very special to me, and I don’t really have a preference. You have more time on a film set vs a faster pace approach on a TV series, but both processes are rewarding.

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

I also need to remember to pursue other interests and hobbies and to allow myself just to be. I’ve recently started learning to speak Spanish, which I’ve wanted to do for so long! I’ve purchased my first set of roller skates and hope not to break any bones while learning roller skating. It’s hard to find the time to fit everything in, but it’s important to take care of myself in order to be a better actor.

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

I’ve been fortunate to work with incredibly talented directors who are passionate about the production’s vision. They’ve taught me to let go and stay present. With every redirection, I’ve explored different emotions, allowing me to remain free and focused on my given circumstance. To me, having a good relationship with my director is crucial. If our visions align, then we create something beautiful that reads so loud and clear on screen.

What are some of the difficulties of the acting business?

I have a fashion background, so I’ve been through the rejections and long hours since I was 16, but if you are not used to that, then it can be a little hard to navigate. I’ve learned to remember why I love what I do every time it gets hard. There are also not enough roles out there for the number of actors, so it can get very challenging when you’re trying to make a career out of just acting. It’s important to remember that nothing good comes easy.

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What’s challenging about bringing a script to life?

This part isn’t so hard when you have the role because you are given the opportunity to ask all the questions you need to bring the script to life. You have rehearsals with the writer and director, so you have lots of opportunities to figure out how to approach the character. The real challenge is when you are auditioning and you are given very little information. I do as much research as possible on the subject, script, and period, and I focus on giving it my own take on what I think it should be. I think of the “challenge” as investigating – I feel like a detective sometimes!

What do you do when you’re not filming?

I mainly work on honing my craft and watch as many films and TV shows as I can. I have Spanish to learn, and hopefully, I will become fluent soon! I also train with my acting coach as much as I can. My first acting coach once told me, “Athletes don’t stop training when they have made it. They train even harder to become even better.”

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

Attending The Sundance Film Festival 2023 with the film I was in was such a surreal experience. It all sunk in after I got home, though, and I couldn’t believe how incredible it was. I met some amazing filmmakers and learned so much about the industry while I was there.

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

Honestly, I find everyone I meet interesting, and I know this is a cliché answer. We all have such incredible stories and backgrounds that I find myself drawn to meeting new people. I also like to analyse and utilise the characteristics and behaviours of people for my next role so that my character is more relatable and authentic. Pretty much every role I’ve booked has had a portion of its personality drawn from someone I’ve met.

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

I want to be involved in productions that inspire and empower and that tell a compelling story that resonates with the audience for years to come. I want others who have doubts about having a place in the industry to take a chance and believe in themselves. However, it will also be so much fun to be in an action movie where my tomboy side can really come out and play!

If there is anything else interesting, you can tell us?

Once I overcome my fear of being eaten by a shark, I’ll take another surf lesson. I did a lesson last year, and I walked away with the most euphoric feeling! I speak fluent Farsi, but I can’t read or write, so that’s on my bucket list – learning a new alphabet is so hard though!

Introducing The AACTA Awards: The Industry Awards Ceremony Behind The Latest Issue Of FilmCentral Magazine

The latest issue of FilmCentral Magazine shines a spotlight on the glamour and prestige of the 2024 AACTA Awards, held at HOTA, Home of the Arts, on Queensland’s breathtaking Gold Coast. The event, which took place on Saturday, February 10, was preceded by the AACTA Industry Awards on Thursday, February 8, marking an extraordinary celebration of the Australian film industry.

Among the esteemed attendees was FilmCentral Magazine’s editor-in-chief, who, along with the Streets of Colour team, captured the essence of this prestigious event in vivid detail.

FilmCentral Magazine proudly reports that several members of their Streets of Colour team graced the AACTA Awards ceremony, commemorating the collective effort that earned them a nomination for Best Film – Independent. Despite not securing the win in their category, the editor-in-chief expressed immense pride for the cast, crew, and supporters, acknowledging the dedication and hard work that led to this significant recognition.

“While we didn’t secure the win in our category, being nominated was a monumental achievement in itself. Our Streets of Colour team had a one in six chance, and the acknowledgment of their work on such a platform is a testament to their talent and dedication,” said Yolandi Franken, Editor-in-Chief of FilmCentral Magazine.

The nomination for Best Film – Independent was a remarkable acknowledgment of the Streets of Colour team’s commitment to storytelling that pushes boundaries. The editor-in-chief emphasized the importance of overcoming systemic challenges and addressing the fear associated with telling stories that resonate with marginalized communities.

“In their pursuit of creative excellence, the Streets of Colour team faced systemic mountains and navigated the fear entrenched in those hesitant to share narratives like theirs. Their journey symbolizes a commitment to breaking barriers, taking risks, and amplifying voices that often go unheard,” added Franken.

While the win eluded them, the presence of the Streets of Colour team at the AACTA Awards was a triumph in itself, shining a spotlight on their resilience and dedication to bringing meaningful stories to the forefront of the Australian film landscape.

Exclusive Preview: Canberra-Wrapped Horror ‘Break a Leg’ Teases Chilling Scenes from Kaitlyn Boye and Brendan Kelly

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Principal photography has just wrapped on the Australian feature film BREAK A LEG from local Canberra filmmakers and actors Kaitlyn Boyé and Brendan Kelly. The film was shot on location at The Q Theatre in Canberra, with the support of The Q, Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre.

Written by and starring both Kaitlyn Boyé and Brendan Kelly, BREAK A LEG is a quirky, arthouse horror-comedy that introduces Patrick Flynn (Kelly), an aspiring actor (emphasis on aspiring), as he arrives at the audition of his career… Only to find himself locked in the theatre alongside fellow auditionee and disgraced child actress Molly McGrath (Boyé). After getting off on the wrong foot, Patrick and Molly are forced to confront their own egos and individuality as strange happenings occur, and the theatre’s playground of illusions and delusions cloud their outlook and beg the question of “What is real?”. 

Over the course of the night, the pair must learn to embrace their differences and work together if they have any chance of making it out alive… But, like, in a funny way.

“I believe in using filmmaking as a safe tool to explore my deepest burning questions, and through my work I endeavour to challenge personal belief systems and narratives and make a lasting impact whilst celebrating the fun and joy that comes with film,” Boyé says.

Kaitlyn Boyé directs in her feature film debut, known for her roles in Home and Away and horror films such as The Furies and Puzzle Box. Kaitlyn, who recently won Best Screenplay at Canberra Short Film Festival and Best Mid-Length Film at the Sydney Women’s International Film Festival for her film “Straight On ‘Til Mourning,” brings her vision to “Break A Leg,” crafting a self-aware narrative that cleverly dissects the artist’s burden within the entertainment industry in a perfect blend of comedy and tragedy, blurring the line between reality and illusion as is the nature of the theatre. The film also stars Brendan Kelly, fresh from his role as Colonel Rexroth in the upcoming mini-series “The Narrow Road To The Deep North” directed by Justin Kurzel and starring Jacob Elordi.

With principal photography wrapped, the team is now raising funds to finish the film and get it in front of audiences. Donations can be made through the Australian Cultural Fund here.

Post-production is expected to continue in Canberra over the next several months, and your generous donations will go towards hiring key post-production artists, editing tools and software, studio hire for ADR and Foley, music licensing, festival fees, and more.

Introducing Mena Guy: A Filipina-American Filmmaker Redefining Horror Cinema

Mena Guy, a Filipina-American horror filmmaker, emerges as a prominent voice in the realm of independent cinema, captivating audiences with her dark and intricate storytelling inspired by literary icons like Edgar Allan Poe. From her humble beginnings to her current stature as a respected figure in the indie film community, Mena’s cinematic journey is a testament to resilience, vision, and the relentless pursuit of storytelling.

Rooted in a deep appreciation for fantasy and horror, Mena’s cinematic journey began with a profound love for the dark and intricate worlds depicted in literature. A graduate of CUNY Hunter, Mena possesses a profound understanding of the business and creative facets of the film industry, laying the foundation for her multifaceted career.

Mena’s expertise in editing, honed through years of dedication and hard work, serves as the cornerstone of her filmmaking endeavors. Fueled by a pragmatic approach and devoid of financial privilege, she mastered both editing and shooting techniques, enabling her to bring her unique visions to life independently.

A passion for music has always been a driving force in Mena’s creative endeavors. Drawing inspiration from her love of music, she has seamlessly integrated dynamic music videos into her repertoire, infusing her film projects with vibrant energy and emotion.

Currently, Mena is exploring the intersection of music and film, aspiring to cast musicians in unconventional roles to create groundbreaking cinematic experiences. Her innovative approach and dedication to pushing boundaries have earned her recognition and respect within the industry.

As Mena Guy continues to carve her path in the world of cinema, her journey serves as an inspiration to aspiring filmmakers everywhere. With her unwavering commitment to storytelling and a relentless pursuit of excellence, she is poised to leave an indelible mark on the landscape of horror cinema.

FilmCentral Magazine recently caught up with Mena 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 began my filmmaking journey as a writer. I was very much drawn to fantasy and horror. Horror could easily blend the two, and on a much cheaper budget, so I started trying to produce horror scripts. Actual dark history, crime, and literature geniuses like Edgar Allen Poe heavily inspired me. I even have a raven tattoo because of how much I love his works. I went to college at CUNY Hunter to study film. There, I realized how crazy expensive filmmaking is, and to
be good in the field, you have to understand the business aspect of it. I just needed to get on set, so I learned editing. Everyone needs an editor, so in my mind, it was the easiest and most secure way to get a job. I didn’t come from money, so I needed to work, and editing seemed the easiest way to get my foot in the door. It was something that I could also strengthen my skills on my own without having to make as much of an investment into gear. I started editing
projects for people to build up a reel and eventually did it for profit. I saved up, bought a camera, and learned how to shoot. I figured if I could shoot and edit, I could make my own movies without having to rely on people. Of course, you need a crew, but I wanted to make sure that if in case someone bails I would be able to make my own projects and keep practicing. I’m a big music fan and would work with a lot of artists. I’d offer people free music videos just to keep creating and building my portfolio. Huge metal and rap fan – I love high-energy music. I eventually got a job as an in-studio video producer with XXL magazine and Loudwire magazine. I honed my video skills there, but my main love is storytelling, so I’d write during my breaks at work. I’d write and save up to make a legitimate short film so I could hire actors, hunt locations, the whole thing. I did it from the ground up and produced “MONSTER,” which is on my YouTube channel “Church of Mena.” From there, I would connect with people in the indie film world and make projects. Eventually, people liked my work and would hire me to help them produce and direct their projects. I’m absolutely influenced by music as well as literature and human nature. One of my goals is to use musicians in films as actors.

What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?

The artistic process is the fun part, but the planning is challenging for me. Nothing ever goes perfectly to plan. But making sure you have a solid crew is what helps.

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

Yes, of course! If you’re not original, what’s the point? There’s an audience for everything, so just be yourself and stick to it; the audience will come in time.

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

It’s okay to let people go. Teamwork is good, but cut ties if people are not looking out for your best interest. Don’t let them take you down.

What is your directing Kryptonite?

Working with people who don’t have your back is also a sign of poor communication. You need communication—heavy communication —to have successful projects. Make sure people understand you and your vision.

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

I invest in my own projects, even if they’re short films, so people can see what I want to direct, write, and produce so I can get my stories out there. If I won the lotto, I’d make a movie.

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

There wasn’t a particular experience that stood out. Films have always had power. They immortalize stories, create life, and birth stories, worlds, people, etc., according to the creator’s best vision.

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

Not sure. I do try to read often, though. One day, maybe I’ll write one.

Can you tell us more about your latest film?

My last short was an animation, which you can find on my YouTube channel, “Church of Mena.” I post my free to the public films there. It’s about two sisters who go away to their disabled aunt’s house for the summer and stumble upon a cursed mirror. It deals with facing your insecurities and trauma and battling yourself. I plan to turn it into a feature and use the concept short as part of the pitch. Currently working on polishing the feature script. My brother Brandon Guy actually animated the short, so it’s pretty cool to have done something with my sibling.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

Stop caring what people think.

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

Make projects. If you’re not a writer, connect with one and make some projects that bring their stories to life. Practice on set is so valuable, even if it’s your own set and you’re not getting hired yet.

What are your future plans?

Make more movies! Bigger sets! Bigger budgets! ENJOY LIFE. I’d love to make films that are tied to Filipino culture.