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

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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

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.

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.

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.

OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS

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.

STARRING

  • 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.

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.

“Unconditional”: Carers ACT Premieres Powerful Documentary on Carer’s Lives

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Carers ACT proudly premiered “Unconditional,” a poignant documentary directed, produced, and written by Dalanglin Dkhar, on Monday, March 25th, 2024, at the Palace Electric Theatre. This insightful film delves deep into the lives of four carers, showcasing their love, sacrifice, and dedication over decades of caring for their loved ones.

Supported by Carers ACT and Charles Sturt University, where Dalanglin is pursuing her PhD, “Unconditional” offers a rare glimpse into the emotional and physical challenges faced by carers. Drawing from her personal experiences as a primary carer for her 13-year-old autistic, non-speaking son, Dalanglin uses her academic research to illuminate the often-invisible community of carers. Through her lens, viewers are invited to witness the journey of carers who navigate the complexities of their roles with unwavering commitment.

“This film is a call to action for our community to recognise, acknowledge, and support the 2.65 million carers across the nation who contribute tirelessly, yet often face isolation, distress, and financial hardship,” remarked Carers ACT CEO Lisa Kelly. “The film Unconditional not only brings awareness to the struggles of carers but also celebrates their profound impact on the lives of those they care for and the rewards of being an unpaid carer.”

In collaboration with the film production studio Newcast, Dalanglin has ensured a high-quality production that captures the essence of the carer’s experience. “Unconditional” highlights the strength and resilience of those who love unconditionally, advocating for a greater understanding and appreciation of carers within our communities.

Directorial Debut: Kiwi Filmmaker Makes Waves with ‘Anno 2020’ in Australian Cinema

As the countdown continues for the world premiere of the Australian-produced mystery-drama Anno 2020 – at a red-carpet event in Sydney on April 7 – attention turns to the film’s New Zealand-born director James Morcan.

James Morcan (right) with Anno 2020 producer Gil Ben-Moshe in Downtown Sydney.

The Sydney-based 45-year-old made his directorial debut helming this movie and has the distinction of not only writing the Anno 2020 script but adapting it from his published novel of the same name.

Morcan is also a screen actor, and he goes against type to play the part of an anti-Semite in an unforgettable scene opposite Jewish actor Gil Ben-Moshe, who is also the film’s lead producer.

Morcan describes Anno 2020 as a mammoth, all-consuming, creative book-to-film project he has been working on around the clock since the Covid-19 lockdowns began in early 2020. He was set to direct another feature film in Sydney when he was pulled from it when the pandemic intervened, resulting in the cancellation of the production. Undeterred, he turned his attention to Anno 2020.

“The storyline (of Anno 2020) is my attempt to make sense of, or mentally process, our strangely altered reality and everything humanity collectively endured in 2020. For the last three years I’ve devoted my life to it, from writing the novel and then the screenplay adaptation to directing the filming and finally guiding it thru post-production.”

Morcan says it’s no exaggeration to say, for him, the film was an absolute beast to direct, but he insists it was always rewarding as the quality was evident throughout the production.  

“I lived every scene in my mind over the duration, visualizing how to bring to life this epic, heartfelt story in the most dramatic yet believable way. The result is a film best described as a global kaleidoscope of interconnected characters seeking redemption, forgiveness, and answers amidst the chaos of 2020.

“If I could summarize Anno 2020 in one word, I would say: substance. It has substance in spades and that’s what I always aim for as a storyteller. Early viewer feedback we are receiving confirms that this story makes people laugh, cry, think on a philosophical level and reflect on their own lives in new ways.”

Morcan believes it will feel extremely genuine to cinemagoers, and he primarily attributes that to some of the filmmaking techniques he and his colleagues pioneered during the film’s making.

“Keeping in mind the movie was shot during the strict lockdowns in 17 cities on four continents, we faced unique challenges. Our actors, in the main, were isolated and separated from each other as opposed to being together on set.

“Besides directing all the many Australian scenes on location, remote filming tech allowed me to direct cast members and crews in the various global locations that I couldn’t travel to due to Covid restrictions. This allowed my crew and I to film live all over the world without travelling to every single location.”

Anno 2020 boasts an award-winning ensemble of international actors. They include leading Australians Greg Poppleton (Backtrack, The Chronicles of Narnia) and Erin Connor (Occupation: Rainfall, Dino King 3D), as well as US veterans Kevin Scott Allen (Star Trek, Alias, Prison Break) and Chinese American Crystal J. Huang (Dark Feathers).

“The actors were pushed to their limits as the rare performance style we employed is emotionally raw, semi-improvisational and mostly shot via close-ups courtesy of Zoom technology.

“This was not only reflective of the way many people were forced to communicate during the pandemic, but also it created a never-before-seen way to view characters interacting in movies – showing two close-ups at once. That’s something that’s never seen in regular movies apart from brief split-screen footage.

“Our video-linked conversations provide a real intimacy and dramatically contrast with the panoramic shots in the rest of the film.”

Morcan says those panoramic shots he refers to were all filmed using high-quality cinema cameras.

“Strategically recreating Zoom-style chats proved to be an asset. Our actors infused their own real-life experiences, be they traumatic or joyful, in cinema vérité fashion. That ‘real life’ injection helped evolve their characters into something even more truthful, giving this overall piece of entertainment shades of docu-drama or at least ultra-realism.

“Audiences will definitely feel these honest truths, proving the old adage what comes from the heart, goes to the heart.”

Morcan says one of the groundbreaking methods employed while shooting was to encourage ad-libbed interactions where the actors improvised much of the dialogue around preconceived situations.

“These improvised sequences facilitated a sense of immense spontaneity and realism similar to what auteur directors Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorcese did in the likes of those 1970’s classics Apocalypse Now and Taxi Driver, and more recently in Scorcese’s The Wolf of Wall Street. That approach led to very genuine interactions between actors in character.”

Anno 2020’s lead producer Gil Ben-Moshe, of MoneyShot Productions, says he believes the movie will launch Morcan’s career as a director.

“James proved to every actor involved that he understands story and what it takes to direct an ensemble that boasts Hollywood credits. I’m truly excited for him and look forward to working with him on many future projects.”

Ben-Moshe says collaborating with Morcan on Anno 2020 was confirmation for him that he has directing chops, an admirable work ethic, and the ability to get a performance out of any actor regardless of age, experience, or attitude.

“Directing is a real artform which requires an enormous amount of work, planning and having a clear vision for every scene. James worked around the clock ensuring he was prepared for every possible scenario that could arise during pre-production and primary photography.”

From Morcan’s perspective, Anno 2020 is the culmination of a two decade-long career telling stories in the creative mediums of cinema, television, and theatre – around the world and spanning various genres and historical periods. One notable acting performance was a lead role alongside Berynn Schwerdt (Wyrmwood) in the post-Apocalyptic feature film After Armageddon, which he also wrote.

Other leading roles include the OZ-Bollywood feature films My Cornerstone and Love You Krishna for which he also wrote the screenplays for. Both productions were filmed in Sydney and Mumbai, and incorporated English and Hindi languages. My Cornerstone screened in cinemas Australia-wide and in selected Indian cinemas.

Morcan also performed in Ben Hur: The Stadium Spectacular, starring Russell Crowe, before an audience of 130,000 people over two nights at Sydney’s ANZ Olympic Stadium. Other acting credits include the British TV series Dark Knight, the BBC feature Wild About Harry, and TV commercials for multinational companies like Samsung and Dunkin’ Donuts.

Another acting highlight was playing a vigilante in The Pawn, a gritty feature film set in Melbourne, Victoria, which Morcan’s production company Morcan Motion Pictures produced. The noir-style thriller premiered at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival and screened at the Imperia Film Festival in Italy.

He was also Executive producer on Desired, a New Zealand thriller directed by Amanda Phillips and starring Dwayne Cameron (#211). It was shot in Auckland and premiered at Cannes Marche du Film in France.

Morcan has also made his mark as an author. Writing in collaboration with his father Lance Morcan, he has co-authored some 35 published fiction and non-fiction books in addition to his solo-authored novel Anno 2020. Many of these have been regular visitors to Amazon’s bestseller lists.

The father-and-son writing team’s novels include the bestselling historical adventures Fiji, White Spirit and Into the Americas, and their acclaimed thrillers Silent Fear and The Orphan Trilogy. The pair are progressively adapting their novels to feature film screenplays, and several of these are in early development.

Among their most popular non-fiction titles is Debunking Holocaust Denial Theories, a book that was written in collaboration with Holocaust survivors to document the historicity of the WW2 genocide.

Across film, television, theatre, and literature, Morcan says he has often covered similar themes to those of Anno 2020.

“My stories usually involve twist endings as this film has, as well as powerful, realistic characters that audiences and readers can relate to.”

Looking ahead, Morcan says his goal for the movie Anno 2020, besides commercial success, is to achieve a sense of unity.

“In an increasingly complex modern world that seems to be more and more about divisions in society, where people are all being lumped into political sides or categories and are pitted against each other, a diverse, all-inclusive film with family and community values will prove to be very timely in my opinion.

“And I am confident audiences will be surprised to see all the similarities in the different characters we follow across the many countries, cultures, religions and ethnicities we explore throughout the story.”

Anno 2020 will celebrate its world premiere at a red-carpet event at Randwick’s The Ritz Cinema, in Sydney, on April 7. Beyond that, a Melbourne screening will take place at the Lido Cinema on May 6, and a Brisbane screening at the New Farm Cinema on June 4. The longer-term target includes online distribution on major streaming platforms.

The Anno 2020 trailer can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/@ANNO2020TheMovie

Amy Winehouse’s Legacy Continues: Pre-Order ‘Back to Black: Songs from the Original Motion Picture’ Album Now

UMR/Island Records is unveiling ‘Back to Black: Songs from the Original Motion Picture,’ a compilation album inspired by Sam Taylor-Johnson’s highly anticipated film BACK TO BLACK, depicting the life of the iconic Amy Winehouse. Set to launch on May 17, 2024, this compilation features a twelve-song set showcasing Amy’s original recordings from her debut album “Frank” and the critically acclaimed “Back To Black,” including a poignant new track, ‘Song for Amy,’ performed by Nick Cave. The film’s soulful score, composed by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, seamlessly complements Amy’s narrative.

Featuring additional tracks from artists who inspired Amy, such as The Shangri-Las, Billie Holiday, Minnie Riperton, Dinah Washington, and Sarah Vaughan, this compilation celebrates Amy Winehouse’s enduring influence on music. With over 30 million records sold worldwide and 80 million monthly streams, Amy’s legacy continues to resonate with audiences globally.

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Sam Taylor-Johnson, BACK TO BLACK captures Amy’s unparalleled genius and authenticity, with breakout star Marisa Abela portraying the music icon alongside a stellar cast. Charting Amy’s meteoric rise to fame and her personal struggles, the film offers an intimate glimpse into her extraordinary life.

Available in various formats including 140g black vinyl, limited edition peach-colored vinyl (D2C exclusive), double vinyl, single CD, and double CD, each physical copy of the album includes a personal note from director Sam Taylor-Johnson and stunning behind-the-scenes photographs from the film set. Digital versions of the album, both standard and deluxe, will coincide with the Australian cinema release of BACK TO BLACK on April 11, 2024.

Amy Winehouse’s legacy as a once-in-a-generation talent is immortalized in “Back to Black: Songs from the Original Motion Picture,” inviting audiences to rediscover her timeless music and unparalleled artistry.

Link: Pre-Order ‘Back to Black: Songs from the Original Motion Picture’

Summary:

  • Includes new track ‘Song For Amy’ sung by Nick Cave
  • BACK TO BLACK film to debut in Australian cinemas on April 11, 2024
  • Digital versions of the album to coincide with the film’s release date