Unveil the Chilling Trailer and Poster for “A Haunting in Venice” by 20th Century Studios, Now Accessible!

Prepare to be immersed in an unsettling supernatural realm as 20th Century Studios presents the spine-tingling trailer and poster for “A Haunting in Venice,” an enigmatic and hair-raising thriller helmed by none other than Oscar® winner Kenneth Branagh. This cinematic masterpiece draws inspiration from Agatha Christie’s novel “Hallowe’en Party” and promises an unforgettable journey into the unknown. The film’s chilling narrative and remarkable cast are poised to captivate audiences when it exclusively graces Australian cinemas on September 14, 2023.

In “A Haunting in Venice,” the haunting allure of post-World War II Venice sets the stage for a truly hair-raising experience. As the moon casts an eerie glow on All Hallows’ Eve, the enigmatic Hercule Poirot, portrayed by Branagh himself, is thrust back into action. Having retired and sought refuge in the glamorous embrace of Venice, Poirot reluctantly finds himself drawn into a world shrouded in mystery and treachery. A seemingly innocent séance at a dilapidated, ghost-infested palazzo transforms into a sinister tableau, with shadows concealing malevolent secrets.

Branagh leads an exceptional ensemble cast that infuses life into a spectrum of unforgettable characters. Alongside him, stars like Kyle Allen, Camille Cottin, Jamie Dornan, Tina Fey, Jude Hill, Ali Khan, Emma Laird, Kelly Reilly, Riccardo Scamarcio, and Michelle Yeoh breathe authenticity into a narrative that promises to keep you on the edge of your seat.

The film marks a reunion of the brilliant minds responsible for “Murder on the Orient Express” (2017) and “Death on the Nile” (2022). Guided by the visionary eye of Kenneth Branagh, the movie unravels with a screenplay penned by Oscar® nominee Michael Green, based on Agatha Christie’s literary creation. As the layers of intrigue and suspense unfurl, the cinematic journey is meticulously curated to deliver an unparalleled cinematic experience.

The creative force behind “A Haunting in Venice” is a testament to the dedication of luminaries in the industry. Producers Kenneth Branagh, Judy Hofflund, Ridley Scott, and Simon Kinberg unite to bring this haunting tale to life, while executive producers Louise Killin, James Prichard, and Mark Gordon lend their expertise to ensure a cinematic triumph that will linger in your thoughts long after the credits roll.

Prepare to be spellbound as “A Haunting in Venice” takes you on a chilling odyssey through the shadows and secrets of a bygone era. The heart-stopping suspense, the impeccable acting, and the allure of Venice itself converge to create a cinematic experience that promises to be an unforgettable highlight of 2023.

Peter Maple: The Masterful Storyteller Shaping the Entertainment Landscape

In the captivating realm of entertainment, one name stands out as a true virtuoso of the craft – Peter Maple. With an illustrious career spanning multiple facets of the industry, including writing, acting, producing, and directing, Maple has earned his place as an Award-Winning talent leaving an indelible mark on Film, TV, Radio, Stage, and the vast expanse of the digital landscape.

From his early days honing his skills at Theatre Nepean, Peter Maple displayed an unyielding commitment to his craft. Graduating with a Bachelor of Performance, he laid the foundation for a remarkable journey as an artist. Undeterred by challenges and fueled by an insatiable appetite for growth, he went on to pursue a Masters of Writing at the prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), further solidifying his position as a master wordsmith.

Versatility is Peter Maple’s forte. His dedication to storytelling transcends traditional boundaries, earning him the titles of actor, writer, producer, and director. This diversity of talents makes him a sought-after collaborator, and his bravery in approaching projects with unwavering professionalism sets him apart as a stalwart of the industry.

At the core of Maple’s artistic ethos lies an unshakable belief in the profound power of storytelling. To him, storytelling is more than a means of entertainment; it is a catalyst for change. Whether through the silver screen, the airwaves, or the live stage, Maple’s narratives wield the power to connect hearts, provoke emotions, enlighten minds, and inspire transformation.

For Peter Maple, the art of storytelling goes beyond mere amusement; it is a force for empowerment. He understands its potential to uplift souls, make individuals feel seen and heard, and create a sense of togetherness in a fragmented world. With each project, Maple strives to use his creative platform to entertain and assist others in navigating their own emotional journeys.

Beyond his creative endeavors, Peter Maple stands as a devoted family man, cherishing his roles as a father and husband. This sense of love and connection spills over into his work, making him a visionary leader who harnesses the collective energy of his teams to craft stories that resonate deeply with audiences.

As his career flourishes and his influence grows, Peter Maple remains steadfast in his pursuit of innovation and excellence. His love for movies, theater, and stories continues to fuel his artistic fire, inspiring him to keep pushing the boundaries of storytelling to new heights.

In a world where stories have the power to change lives, Peter Maple stands as a beacon of creativity, compassion, and artistry. His remarkable journey serves as a testament to the transformative force of storytelling and cements his status as a true luminary shaping the entertainment landscape. With each new project, he continues to captivate hearts, stir emotions, and leave an enduring legacy that will inspire generations to come.

FilmCentral Magazine recently had the privilege of sitting down with Peter to delve into his illustrious journey in the industry, and here’s what unfolded during our conversation.

Can you tell us more about yourself?

I am a father, a husband, an actor, a writer, a producer, a director, and a lover of movies and theatre and stories – I am a storyteller. I believe in the power of storytelling. The power to connect, affect, illuminate, educate, share, change. The power to Assist – to not feel alone, to be seen and heard, and the power to evoke feelings. The power to simply Entertain.

How did you get started in the entertainment industry?

Stories/movies were always my outlet, my escape as a child. My teacher even… A lot of my childhood was spent ill and alone. Movies, in particular, were my companion.

Fascinated with and by movies, I instinctively sought as much knowledge about them as possible, reading up on writers, actors, and directors – and educating myself by watching and absorbing as many films as possible (this was via the good, old, long-gone video store).

From there, I was always creating and scribbling down my own stories – not with any conscious thought to do anything with them but to further live in imagined worlds rather than my own reality.

I was an introverted person at heart, so I never thought I could be an actor (which all my heroes were), as I mistakenly believed an actor was someone who had to be extroverted and confident. In my teens, I started making my own short films. I eventually sought out an acting class so, as I told myself and my acting teacher, “I could better understand and write characters”. I think, in reality, I knew I wanted to act, and this was a way to dip my toes into the experience safely. I found myself immediately challenged by the art of acting, and I wanted to know and do more. This led to community theatre, a Bachelor of Performance Degree, performing on stage and screen, completing a Masters of Writing at NIDA – and to now, working as a writer and actor (and sometimes producer and director) on my own and others’ productions.

What do you like most about acting?

It changes over time. Initially, I loved the opportunity and access – and portal! – it provided to being someone else, and with that, the freedom, the excitement, the challenge, the fear, the exploration within that. That is still the case.

I also value the space it provides to connect and share with audiences – and the conversations and debates that can arise from us engaging in storytelling together.

These days, I embrace being able to work and collaborate with some truly interesting and talented minds and genuine, authentic human beings—people who think and care, listen, and try.

Tell us about your role in the new film, Streets of Colour. What was your character like and how did you bring it to life.

I portray Gazza Madden, older brother to Kyle Madden, one of Tez’s best friends, the film’s central character.

On the surface, Gazza is a bit of an animal – all impulse, anger, and no regard for others and their lives. From the outside, he’s seen as a white Anglo-Saxon Australian racist – which he is. And he does some pretty despicable, unforgivable things –one particular violent act is at the core of the story’s turning point, which changes the lives of everyone involved and the lives of the various communities that satellite these now fractured individuals.

It was my challenge to portray these very ugly elements of the character while at the same time trying to find the human hidden down amongst all that hate and rage. To find what was the root of the person. And I looked at his relationships within the script, which are all damaged. And so, apart from the obvious anger, I saw pain. Because that’s what’s at the root of his anger, this is someone in an immense amount of pain. But what is the origin of that pain and hate? Well, ultimately, it’s a self-hatred. And he carries that with him everywhere he goes. I saw a person who was struggling with such constant inner turmoil. He was never at ease, never happy. So, he ‘had to’ inflict pain and anger upon others… That’s the only language he understood. With all that pain and anger inside, to me, he was a character that was either going to implode or explode; consequently, I found him to be a person who was doing both simultaneously – imploding and exploding.

What have you learned from the directors that you have worked with throughout your career? (See if you can add a comment also about Ronnie)

I’ve learned more from bad directors than from good directors!

I have learned what I don’t want or need and what I see a production not wanting or needing. The good ones intrinsically know what is required of them. (Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure they’ve trained and worked hard to hone their craft). There are directors who just know how to talk to actors (and all other departments), who understand that it’s the building of a conducive creative environment that’s key.

Ronnie has been one of those directors. He has displayed quiet confidence in his story, himself, and the people around him. And that permeates, rebounds, and bounces around – and suddenly, everyone feels quietly confident together. Then we all appropriately collaborate, working towards the one goal of telling the same story.

What are some of the difficulties of the acting business?

Everything. And I say that as a joke, while at the same time, it is very true because we’re talking about the ‘business’ of acting right now, not the process or the job of acting itself.

“What are some of the difficulties of the acting business?”. Everything. From finding work, finding confidence, and finding collaborators. Availabilities of roles. Money. Resources. Opportunities…

But we do it because we love it. Hopefully, otherwise, I don’t see any other reason to do it.
The ’job’ of acting itself is play. The ‘business’ of acting is work.

What’s challenging about bringing a script to life?

Apart from the fundamentals of coming to understand your character, their role within the story, and how best to portray that, a great challenge of bringing a script to life can be Interpretation. Properly being aware of what the story actually is – not what you think it is or wants it to be – and then most fittingly applying yourself and your character to that, whether it be what genre, what style, or for what ‘market’ even. “What story is actually being told here…”

What do you do when you’re not filming?

I’m raising my kids; family is important to me. I’m working as a writer – on my own projects and on the projects of others. I’m producing my own projects.

I’m trying to watch as many good films with my kids as possible!

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

There are many. They all add up to make up an entire experience; one experience builds upon the other and informs the other to get you to where and how you feel today. But, seeing as we’re in the present, I’ll draw a circle right now around the world premiere of Streets of Colour. One for the fact that it was an exciting, heightened night, full of glitz, glamour, attention and flashing lights! Which all played out the historic, iconic, and quite stunningly-designed Hayden Cremorne Orpheum. Two, and most importantly, was the fact that it was the culmination of a long, many-year journey for the film and everyone involved – and it was an acknowledgment of that and a celebration of that. And it was with such a fine collection of creatives – cast and crew – who worked together like a family. Who worked hard together. And got brought back together to finally share with audiences a meaningful and powerful story about identity and the importance of community.

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

The most interesting people I meet to me, are always the ones who are honest and true (to themselves), and are open and caring, and capable of learning/listening/change.

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

Cate Blanchett – she seems to be able to do anything.

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

Continue learning – as an artist, as a person.

I’m looking forward to what stories I may get to be involved in creating and telling – and the stories I may get to experience as an audience.

In the immediate, I’m excited for the world premiere of the documentary, Disconnect Me. I’m proud to be a producer on this innovative interactive investigation into our growing obsession with our smartphones and social media, led by filmmaker Alex Lykos. We’ll be releasing it later in 2023, and it asks us all the question, “Can you live without your phone?”.

I’m very much looking forward to what’s in store for the future of Streets of Colour.

Powerful Voices: Women Film Composers and Industry Leaders Gather for ‘Future is Diverse

The entertainment industry has witnessed a significant shift in recent years, with an increasing emphasis on diversity and inclusivity. One such remarkable event that embraced this change was the ‘Future is Diverse’ panel discussion, organized as a collaboration between the Alliance for Women Film Composers, Women in Film and Television NSW (WIFT NSW), and the Australian Guild of Screen Composers (AGSC). The event occurred at the esteemed Church Street Studios and saw a full house of attendees eager to participate in a meaningful and empowering discussion.

Bringing together influential voices from various fields of the film industry, the panel aimed to shed light on the challenges and triumphs women face in their respective professions and how they are shaping the future of entertainment. Caitlin Yeo expertly moderated the discussion, and the panel featured an impressive lineup of influential women, each excelling in their unique roles and fields. Among them were Julie Kalceff, Kylie Aoibheann, Ana Tiwary, Allyson Newman, Angela Little, and Yantra de Vilder.

The ‘Future is Diverse’ panel provided a platform for the panelists to share their experiences, challenges, and successes in their beloved industry. From breaking stereotypes to overcoming gender bias, the panelists spoke candidly about their journeys and the importance of empowering the next generation of women filmmakers and creators.

Marvel’s Powerhouse Trio Unite in New Trailer for “The Marvels” – A Must-See Cosmic Adventure!

In the highly anticipated Marvel Studios’ feature film “The Marvels,” Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, and Captain Monica Rambeau are ready to soar higher, further, and faster together. The exhilarating new trailer, released ahead of its Australian cinema debut on November 9, promises an action-packed cosmic adventure that will thrill fans worldwide.

The trailer begins by showcasing Carol Danvers, also known as Captain Marvel, in her full superhero glory. Having reclaimed her identity from the oppressive Kree and settled old scores with the Supreme Intelligence, Carol finds herself grappling with unintended consequences that threaten the stability of the entire universe. As she navigates her newfound responsibilities, Carol’s journey leads her to encounter an anomalous wormhole connected to a Kree revolutionary.

This is where the plot takes an unexpected turn, intertwining Carol’s powers with those of a remarkable duo. Enter Kamala Khan, the vivacious Ms. Marvel, a die-hard super-fan from Jersey City. Kamala’s admiration for Captain Marvel has now manifested into a real-life meeting with her idol as their destinies become entangled.

But the surprises don’t end there. The trailer introduces another essential player in this cosmic ensemble – Captain Monica Rambeau, a S.A.B.E.R. astronaut, and Carol’s estranged niece. As Monica steps into the spotlight, it becomes clear that she possesses her own formidable abilities, making her a force to be reckoned with in this epic superhero saga.

With a formidable team formed by Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, and Captain Monica Rambeau, the universe is in for an adventure like never before. Their unique powers and personalities collide, pushing them to learn to work in harmony, relying on each other’s strengths to overcome formidable challenges. As the trailer aptly declares, they are united as “The Marvels” – a trio that stands strong and fights for the greater good of the cosmos.

The star-studded cast of “The Marvels” includes Brie Larson reprising her role as Captain Marvel, Teyonah Parris as Captain Monica Rambeau, and the talented Iman Vellani as Ms. Marvel. Joining the ensemble are Zawe Ashton, Gary Lewis, Park Seo-Jun, Zenobia Shroff, Mohan Kapur, Saagar Shaikh, and the iconic Samuel L. Jackson.

Under the skilled direction of Nia DaCosta, the film promises to deliver an immersive cinematic experience, thrilling fans with jaw-dropping action sequences and heartwarming character interactions. The project is produced by the visionary Kevin Feige, who has been instrumental in shaping the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the global phenomenon it is today.

Behind the scenes, a team of accomplished executive producers, including Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Mary Livanos, Jonathan Schwartz, and Matthew Jenkins, work in tandem to ensure the film’s success. The screenplay is a result of the collective efforts of Megan McDonnell, Nia DaCosta, Elissa Karasik, and Zeb Wells, bringing their creative talents together to craft a compelling narrative that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats.

As the excitement continues to build for “The Marvels,” fans eagerly anticipate its arrival in Australian cinemas on November 9. The film promises to be a celebration of female empowerment, camaraderie, and superhero prowess, inviting viewers to join Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, and Captain Monica Rambeau on an unforgettable journey to save the universe. With their combined strength, courage, and determination, “The Marvels” will be a captivating addition to the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe, inspiring and entertaining audiences.

The Verdict On Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny: Is It Worth Your Time Or Money??

Plot: Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny is the fifth and final installment in the Indiana Jones film series and the sequel to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008). Set in 1969, the film follows Indiana Jones and his estranged goddaughter Helena Shaw trying to locate a device that could change the course of history before Jürgen Voller, a Nazi-turned-NASA scientist, can take it for himself and change the outcome of World War II.

Cast: The film stars Harrison Ford, John Rhys-Davies, and Karen Allen reprising their roles as Indiana Jones, Sallah, and Marion Ravenwood, respectively, from earlier films. New cast members include Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Antonio Banderas, Toby Jones, Boyd Holbrook, Ethann Isidore, and Mads Mikkelsen.


Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” masterfully takes audiences on an exciting and nostalgic adventure, reviving the beloved franchise with Harrison Ford reprising his iconic role as Indiana Jones. The film successfully weaves thrilling escapades, humorous banter, and familiar tropes that fans have cherished for decades, delivering an exhilarating cinematic experience.

The movie’s captivating storyline transports viewers to the tumultuous events of World War II in 1944, where Indiana Jones and Basil Shaw embark on a mission to retrieve the revered Lance of Longinus. The unexpected twist introduces the fascinating Antikythera mechanism, known as the Dial of Destiny, that can detect fissures in time. This element adds a layer of intrigue and excitement to the already gripping plot.

Harrison Ford’s portrayal of an aging Indiana Jones is a tour de force, capturing the character’s gruff exterior and underlying vulnerability with remarkable nuance. His magnetic presence on-screen reminds us why Indiana Jones has become a cultural icon, evoking a warm sense of nostalgia for long-time fans and captivating new audiences alike.

The film also embraces an introspective theme of personal growth and legacy as it leaps to 1969, revealing an older Indiana Jones grappling with the passing of time and profound personal loss. Ford’s performance imbues the character with depth and authenticity, allowing viewers to empathize with Jones’ journey of self-discovery and rediscovery.

The movie’s action sequences, a hallmark of the Indiana Jones franchise, are nothing short of spectacular. The heart-pounding moments on a Nazi train filled with pilfered antiquities and the daring escape before its destruction showcase the film’s ability to deliver high-stakes adventure while keeping audiences on the edge of their seats.

Furthermore, the return of beloved characters like Marion and Sallah brings a sense of familiarity and warmth to the film, celebrating the franchise’s rich history and deepening the emotional connections between characters.

“Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” seamlessly blends nostalgic elements with fresh and captivating storytelling, making it a thrilling addition to the legendary franchise. The film captures the essence of what made the original films so special while also presenting an exciting new chapter in Indiana Jones’ adventures.

The movie’s impressive visual effects enhance the overall experience, transporting viewers to different eras and exotic locales, further immersing them in the awe-inspiring world of Indiana Jones.

In conclusion, “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” triumphs as a positive testament to the enduring appeal of the franchise. It successfully captures the magic of the original films while introducing a compelling new narrative and character dynamics. With Harrison Ford’s remarkable performance, engaging action sequences, and heartwarming connections to beloved characters, the film proves to be a resounding success and a worthy continuation of the iconic Indiana Jones saga.

Rating 3/5 Stars

Meet Junayed Alavi: The Rising Star in Hollywood’s Horror Scene

At just 24 years old, Junayed Alavi has already made a significant impact as an Independent Filmmaker, Screenwriter, and Content Creator hailing from India. With his latest horror short film, “Hunger,” he has captivated Hollywood audiences and garnered attention for his creative storytelling.

Throughout his career, Alavi has proven his talent in writing, directing, and producing a plethora of independent short films, showcasing his versatility and dedication to the craft. His unique storytelling ability and artistic vision have set him apart in the competitive world of filmmaking.

In addition to his film endeavours, Alavi has ventured into the world of podcasting with “Late Night Show with Alavi,” the only live Hollywood podcast show in Bengal. Through this platform, he has hosted renowned Hollywood A-listers who share their journey and experiences, inspiring the next generation of artists. Distinguished personalities like Lexi Rabe from “Avengers Endgame,” Jeffrey Weissman from “Back to the Future,” Harry Gregson-Williams, the Music Composer of “Narnia” and “The Martian,” Rob Schmidt, the Director of “Wrong Turn,” Ashley Avis, Director of Disney’s “Black Beauty,” and Donald Mowat, the Oscar-nominated Make-up Artist of “Dune,” “Blade Runner 2049,” and “Spider-man: Far From Home,” are just a few of the esteemed guests who have graced his show.

Alavi’s passion for storytelling and dedication to his craft has allowed him to make a mark in the entertainment industry at such a young age. His ability to create compelling narratives and engage audiences has garnered praise and recognition from peers and industry professionals.

As an ambitious and talented individual, Alavi’s journey has just begun, and his future in Hollywood shines brightly. His commitment to pushing creative boundaries and telling meaningful stories promises a career filled with even more exciting projects and accolades.

Keep an eye on Junayed Alavi as he continues to rise in Hollywood’s horror scene and beyond, leaving a lasting impression on audiences worldwide with his captivating storytelling and innovative approach to filmmaking.

FilmCentral Magazine recently had an insightful conversation with Junayed, and here’s the highlight of our encounter.

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

I started very early. I never went to any film school. I used to make short films with my school friends. I did computer science and engineering. I started working in the Indian film industry as an Assistant Director. But there was so much hostility in the film industry. I have grown up watching Hollywood blockbusters. I dreamt about Hollywood since the beginning. But I had no connection in Hollywood. The only faith I had was in my skill. I got a job in a literary agency in Hollywood, where I used to work as a script analyst. And it helped me to understand the film business. I received so many networks over there. I became a poster boy of that agency. Prominent studio executives, writers, directors, and producers used to love me. I left the job and started my own production house, Alavi Motion Pictures. I started a podcast called “late night show with Alavi,” where Hollywood a-listers join and share their journey to inspire the youth. That’s how I started everything.

What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?

It’s getting the right idea. Ideas come and go, but the right idea stays. It haunts the mind for a long time. And anything that creates magic in my mind, I write them.

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

I always believe in originality. If it’s not original, it doesn’t make me feel excited. And I think that’s what viewers want.

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

“You did a great job, Junior!” “Thank you for believing in your dream.”

What is your directing Kryptonite?

Directing a really bad actor on the last schedule. Too many NGs kill the patience.

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

On PRs, maybe. (laughs)

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

I have always believed in the power of storytelling. One film can change perception and can change the world. Filmmaking is a very responsible job. One personal story can change the global perspective. I was an introvert in my childhood. I used to speak through my films. And I still do the same.

Can you tell us more about your latest film?

My latest horror short, “Hunger,” has become a worldwide phenomenon. I didn’t expect this to happen. Last Halloween, I watched Marvel Studios’ Werewolf by Night,’ written and produced by Peter Cameron. Who also produced Marvel Studios’ Moon Knight. After watching Werewolf by Night, I also wanted to make a monster movie. But at the same time, I wanted to represent my culture through the film. I met Peter on a podcast episode. He watched some of the glimpses of hunger. He instantly loved the film and wished to executive produce the film. Peter’s involvement made the film even more bigger and bolder. The film received numerous appreciation from the Hollywood film fraternity. Hunger was screened at the First Cut International film festival on March 18, 2023. The film will be screened at the Festival del Cinema di Cefalu, Italy, on September 2023.  What a journey it was! Marvel Studios’ producer executive produced a film directed by a filmmaker who never went to any film school and had no connection in the film industry.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

“Having so many followers on social media doesn’t make you a star. Stay grounded.”

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

Have the courage to experiment. If you have a vision, stick to it.

What are your future plans?

My team and I are working on another horror short film. We are working on a feature film also. So, fingers crossed.

The Verdict On Transformers: Rise of the Beasts: Is It Worth Your Time Or Money??

Plot: Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is primarily influenced by the Beast Wars storyline. It is the seventh installment in the Transformers live-action film series and serves as a standalone sequel to Bumblebee (2018) and a prequel to Transformers (2007). In the film, Noah Diaz and Elena Wallace must join forces with the Autobots and the Maximals to prevent the arrival of the planet-eater Transformer, Unicron, when the Terrorcons and an army of Predacon scorpions, led by Scourge, seek to obtain the Transwarp Key.

Cast: The film was directed by Steven Caple Jr. from a screenplay by Joby Harold, Darnell Metayer, Josh Peters, Erich Hoeber, and Jon Hoeber. It stars Anthony Ramos and Dominique Fishback, as well as the voice talents of Ron Perlman, Peter Dinklage, Pete Davidson, Michelle Yeoh, Liza Koshy, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, Cristo Fernández, Tongayi Chirisa, Colman Domingo, and returning franchise regulars Peter Cullen, John DiMaggio, and David Sobolov.


“Transformers: Rise of the Beasts” takes audiences on a thrilling journey through the iconic Transformers universe. Serving as the seventh installment in the live-action film series, it pays homage to the beloved Beast Wars storyline. Directed by Steven Caple Jr. and featuring an all-star cast, this film is a standalone sequel to “Bumblebee” (2018) and a prequel to “Transformers” (2007). Packed with action, humour, and a touch of nostalgia, it offers a fresh and captivating experience for fans of all ages.

The film introduces us to a new subspecies of Transformers known as the Maximals, who play a pivotal role in the battle against the Terrorcons and their leader, Scourge. These nefarious creatures are determined to acquire the Transwarp Key and unleash the destructive power of Unicron, a planet-eating Transformer. Noah Diaz, portrayed by Anthony Ramos, and Elena Wallace, played by Dominique Fishback, find themselves unexpectedly drawn into the midst of this epic conflict. Noah, a former military electronics expert, and Elena, a determined artifacts expert, face personal challenges while navigating the world of the Transformers.

Under the skilled direction of Steven Caple Jr., the cast of “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts” delivers remarkable performances. Ron Perlman’s commanding voice brings Optimus Primal, the leader of the Maximals, to life. Michelle Yeoh lends her smooth and calming voice to Airazor, a captivating falcon bot. Notable voice talents such as Peter Dinklage, Pete Davidson, Liza Koshy, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, and Cristo Fernández contribute to the film’s diverse and dynamic characters. The on-screen chemistry between Anthony Ramos and Pete Davidson’s Mirage adds a layer of humour and levity to the narrative.

The film’s setting in the early 1990s and an incredible soundtrack featuring 90s hip-hop classics transports viewers back in time. Cinematographer Enrique Chediak skillfully captures the action sequences, ensuring clarity and coherence in the fast-paced battles. The stunning visuals showcase the intricate designs of the Autobots, Maximals, and Terrorcons, allowing fans to appreciate the unique characteristics of each Transformer. This departure from Michael Bay’s explosive style breathes new life into the franchise, offering a fresh and visually appealing experience.

“Transformers: Rise of the Beasts” strikes a balance between exhilarating action and compelling human stories. It follows Noah and Elena as they grapple with personal challenges while being caught in the crossfire of the battle between good and evil. The film explores themes of resilience, family, and the power of unlikely alliances. This human-centered approach creates a deeper emotional connection with the audience, making the characters relatable and their struggles more impactful.

As the credits roll, a mid-credits scene hints at exciting developments to come in the Transformers cinematic universe. This ensures that fans can eagerly anticipate future installments, keeping the franchise alive and evolving. “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts” is not just a standalone film; it sets the stage for a broader and more thrilling narrative.

“Transformers: Rise of the Beasts” rejuvenates the franchise with its fresh take on the beloved Beast Wars storyline. With its exceptional cast, stunning visuals, and engaging narrative, the film delivers an unforgettable cinematic experience. Balancing action-packed battles with relatable human stories, it captures the essence of the Transformers universe while introducing new elements and characters. This captivating installment ensures that fans of all ages, both new and old, can revel in the excitement and anticipation for what lies ahead. “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts” is a triumphant addition to the franchise, leaving audiences eagerly awaiting the next thrilling chapter in this cinematic universe. Prepare yourself for an unforgettable journey into the world of Transformers, where the line between good and evil is blurred, and the fate of the universe hangs in the balance.

Rating 3/5 Stars

Get a Life, Alright: The Trailblazing Romantic Comedy-Musical Premiering on Australian Television

Excitement is in the air as the groundbreaking romantic comedy-musical “Get a Life, Alright,” takes center stage with its Australian television premiere. Produced by an all-female team, this refreshing film will be streaming on Channel Nine (9Go), boasting a stellar cast that includes Abril Tolnay, Satish Kala, Aileen Huynh, Dilshan Rain, Sukraj Deepak, Paul Hughes, Dilroop Khangura, Amelia Conway, Yannick Lowry, Belinda Delaney, Danny Barton, Michael Giglio, and many more. This production marks the third romantic comedy by Joy House Productions, written by the talented duo Shamini Singhal and Joy Hopwood.

At its heart, “Get a Life, Alright” tells the story of a young struggling actor who stumbles upon a stroke of luck while delivering flowers on set. He falls head over heels for the leading actress, only to become entangled in a web of jealousy fueled by fame. This unique blend of romance, drama, and musical numbers promises to captivate audiences, leaving catchy tunes lingering in their minds for days to come.

Abril Tolnay, one of the film’s stars, expresses, “People should see Get a Life, Alright because it has everything people want in a romantic drama. It has the added bonus of a few musical numbers that will stay in your head for days. It’s the first Australian Indie film of its kind, led by an incredible team of talented women.”

Beyond its surface as a romantic comedy, “Get a Life, Alright” delves into the importance of female friendships and explores mental health in a nuanced manner. The film captures comic moments through captivating 90s-style music videos, infusing nostalgia and humour into the story.

The visual allure of “Get a Life, Alright” is a testament to the work of the talented crew, including cinematographer Linda Ung, set designer Valentina Iastrobova, sound designer Lara Cross, and a team of four accomplished female associate producers—Cat Dibley, Katrina Olsen, Meret Hassanen, and Shamini Singhal.

Prepare to laugh, cry, and be moved as “Get a Life, Alright” unravels the value of family and friendships. Each character is endearing and relatable, ensuring a captivating viewing experience. Don’t miss the premiere on the Nine Network (9Go) on July 21, 2023, at midday.

For further information, please contact Joy Hopwood:
Email: joyhouseproductions@gmail.com
Phone: 0408196950

The Verdict On The Clearing: Is It Worth Streaming Or Skipping??

In the thrilling world of “The Clearing,” a captivating Australian television series on Disney+, the trio of Guy Pearce, Miranda Otto, and Teresa Palmer takes center stage. Inspired by a real-life doomsday brainwashing cult, this eight-part psychological thriller delves into the dark depths of cults, brainwashed children, and the chilling power of charismatic leaders. With Palmer’s notable background in horror films, including “Warm Bodies” (2013), “Lights Out” (2016), and “The Twin” (2022), her presence adds an intriguing dynamic to the show’s narrative.

Starring Miranda Otto, Teresa Palmer, and Guy Pearce, “The Clearing” is a collaboration between directors Jeffrey Walker and Gracie Otto. The series is based on J. P. Pomare’s gripping book, “In the Clearing,” which fictionalizes the real-life Australian New Age group called The Family. The 2019 documentary series, “The Cult of the Family, ” has also explored the story.” With an ensemble cast that includes Julia Savage, Lily LaTorre, Flynn Wandin, and Kate Mulvany, the show weaves a complex tale inspired by actual events.

“The Clearing” presents two parallel storylines that intricately intertwine. The first focuses on the Kindred, a cult that manipulates young children, molding them into what they consider to be perfect adults. The second storyline follows Freya (played by Teresa Palmer), a mother plagued by worry after learning about a girl’s disappearance. Freya resides in a hidden house in the woods, diligently watching over her son. Her deep connection to the cult becomes apparent as she lives in constant fear, revealing herself as a survivor marked by paranoia. Palmer’s performance is exceptional, as her character’s enigmatic nature piques our curiosity, leaving us eager to uncover the mysteries behind her unease, especially when triggered by the sight of a white van. Freya straddles the cult’s inner and outer worlds, positioning herself uniquely within the story.

Miranda Otto delivers a mesmerizing portrayal of “Mattrea,” affectionately known as “Mama” or “Mommy” by the children of the Kindred. Mattrea, the matriarch of the cult, aims to raise children shielded from the restrictive rules of society, striving for purity and untainted innocence. Otto skillfully balances a smug sophistication with an underlying sense of madness. Despite the cruel treatment she inflicts upon the children, her conviction that she is safeguarding them from the horrors of the outside world is unnerving. Otto’s portrayal brings forth a troubled, calm, and terrifying character with charisma befitting a cult leader.

Julia Savage’s exceptional performance as Amy, an attention-seeking child desperate for Mattrea’s approval, adds another layer of complexity to the storyline. Despite her young age, Savage skillfully embodies the role, leaving no doubt that her talent will continue to shine in future endeavors.

While the initial episode of “The Clearing” may be disorienting, requiring a second viewing to comprehend the characters and their connections, it immerses viewers directly into the heart of the cult. The blonde-haired children and the enigmatic figures of Tasmin, Hannah, Henrik, and Dr. Latham provoke intrigue. The show deliberately withholds specific explanations, leaving us to piece together the puzzle of this cult’s inner workings. As the narrative unfolds, we witness the children’s eerie morning exercises, identical clothing, and the psychological manipulation they endure.

“The Clearing” delves into the unsettling territory of cult leaders and their followers, particularly when children are targeted. The show’s ability to capture the disturbing essence of actual events adds an extra layer of chill to the narrative. It expertly weaves together parallel storylines, keeping viewers captivated as they navigate through the intricate web of past and present, reality and nightmare.

The co-creators, Elise McCredie and Matt Cameron, along with co-writer Osamah Sami, demonstrate their skill in crafting a disturbing and mesmerizing mystery. Despite the show’s foundation in real-life events, it maintains a delicate balance, avoiding melodrama and allowing the performances to shine. Without the powerful portrayals of Palmer, Otto, Pearce, Mulvany, and Savage, “The Clearing” could have been just another run-of-the-mill mystery series. However, their compelling performances elevate the show, captivating audiences and keeping them engaged in solving the enigma that unfolds before them, even if some aspects of the big reveal may be predictable.

“The Clearing” takes viewers on a chilling journey through the world of cults and brainwashing, inspired by actual events that make the narrative all the more haunting. With a talented ensemble cast led by Miranda Otto, Teresa Palmer, and Guy Pearce, the series expertly explores the complex dynamics of cult leaders and the innocent lives they manipulate. While the initial confusion of the first episode may require some patience, the subsequent episodes reveal a meticulously crafted storyline that blurs the lines between reality and nightmare.

This psychological thriller leaves a lasting impact as it delves into the depths of cult indoctrination, resonating with the audience long after the final episode. “The Clearing” serves as a reminder of the power of charismatic leaders and the potential darkness that can lurk beneath seemingly idyllic facades. Brace yourself for a chilling and mesmerizing journey as you immerse yourself in the eerie world of “The Clearing.”

Rating 3/5 Stars

The Verdict On The Boogeyman: Is It Worth Your Time Or Money??

Plot: The Boogeyman is based on the 1973 short story of the same name by Stephen King. Still reeling from the tragic death of their mother, a teenage girl, and her younger sister find themselves plagued by a sadistic presence in their house and struggle to get their grieving father to pay attention before it’s too late.

Cast: This horror film is directed by Rob Savage from a screenplay by Scott Beck, Bryan Woods, and Mark Heyman and a screen story by Beck and Woods. The film stars Sophie Thatcher, Chris Messina, Vivien Lyra Blair, and David Dastmalchian.


“The Boogeyman,” adapted from a Stephen King short story from the 1970s, delves into the eerie realm of a creature that has haunted children’s imaginations for generations. However, while the story itself is gripping, the film could benefit from a more captivating title that doesn’t sound like a bargain DVD.

The narrative introduces us to psychiatrist Will Harper (Chris Messina), his teenage daughter Sadie (Sophie Thatcher), and her younger sister Sawyer (Vivien Lyra Blair). As the plot unfolds, we encounter the classic horror movie trope of a monster lurking in the closet or under the bed. This malevolent entity preys on emotionally troubled children, reveling in fear before claiming its victims. Young Sawyer Harper finds herself next in line unless her older sister Sadie can intervene.

The recent loss of their mother has plunged Sawyer into night terrors, while Sadie struggles with her own challenges at school. The film brings to mind other recent horror offerings, such as “Mama,” “Smile,” “The Babadook,” and “Lights Out,” which explore similar themes.

Will, grappling with grief, descends into a downward spiral until a mysterious stranger (David Dastmalchian) enters his life, revealing a horrifying truth—that a supernatural entity is responsible for the deaths of his own three children. It appears this malevolence may have followed him into the lives of the Harper family.

Terrifying events begin to unfold, with ominous black webbing appearing on walls and ceilings. However, the film poses intriguing questions: Where did this entity come from? What does it truly desire? And is there more than one of its kind?

“The Boogeyman” weaves together elements of family values, grief, and childhood fears, using them as metaphors for the monstrous entity at its core. The film is shrouded in deep shadows and darkness, leaving the audience only fleeting glimpses of the undefined monster lurking within. One chilling scene involves a drawing depicting the creature. The combination of darkness, silence, and an enigmatic demon provides an effective visual metaphor.

While the demon is undeniably terrifying, the film refrains from showcasing it in intricate detail. Instead, it relies on a pervasive atmosphere of darkness to ignite the viewer’s imagination. The characters, however, often behave foolishly, with a notable lack of practicality, such as refusing to turn on lights when it would be the most logical course of action. In one scene, a character chooses to burn candles instead of flicking a switch, which feels contrived.

Sophie Thatcher delivers a remarkable performance, carrying the film on her shoulders with emotional depth and complexity. Her tangible on-screen sisterly bond with Vivien Lyra Blair adds authenticity to their characters’ shared fear. Additionally, David Dastmalchian leaves a lasting impression despite his limited screen time.

“The Boogeyman” stands as one of the most unsettling PG-13 horror movies in recent memory. It excels in sound design, mixing, and a captivating musical score that effectively builds anticipation for each scare while maintaining an unwavering tension throughout the film.

Overall, “The Boogeyman” is an above-average scare-fest that deserves a recommendation for horror enthusiasts seeking a well-crafted, genuinely chilling cinematic experience.

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars