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

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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

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”

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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.