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Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead

If you loved Aussie zom flick Wyrmwood: Road Of The Dead, check out this peek at the TV series Wyrmwood: Chronicles Of The Dead. It’s gore-tastic.

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The Babadook

Congratulations to all associated with Australian thriller The Babadook which has been acquired by IFC Midnight, which snatched up U.S. and Latin America rights to the film from Australian  newcomer Jennifer Kent. Essie Davis stars in the pic as a widowed single mother who connects with her troubled son (then six-year-old Noah Wiseman) by reading a bedtime storybook that unleashes a shadowy monster in their home. Kent wrote and directed the Sundance Midnighter selection which also stars Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney, Barbara West, and Ben Winspear. Causeway Films’ Kristina Ceyton produced with Kristian Moliere, with backing from Screen Australia. Jonathan Page, Michael Tear, Jan Chapman, and Jeff Harrison exec produced the pic which earned raves from critics in Park City and put Kent on the map as a helmer to watch.


Wake in Fright

Considered to be “one of the films in the development of modern Australian cinema,” Wake in Fright, directed by Ted Kotcheff, follows a schoolteacher (Gary Bond) as he slips into madness while being stranded in a small town in the outback.

The film wasn’t released on DVD or VHS. After many Australian directors and film schools lamented about not being able to find and view it, the film’s editor Tony Buckley decided to track down the original print in 1994. Years later, Buckley did find it, however, in an interview with Indiewire, Kotcheff describes how close Wake in Fright came to complete obliteration.

He took two years on to try and find it and he finally found it in a warehouse in Pittsburgh, in two big boxes with inter-negatives, sound reels, everything — On the outside of the box it was marked ‘For Destruction,’ — Had he arrived one week later, they were going to make room in the warehouse and Wake In Fright would have been lost forever.

Martin Scorsese, has said this about it:

Wake in Fright is a deeply — and I mean deeply — unsettling and disturbing movie. I saw it when it premiered at Cannes in 1971, and it left me speechless. Visually, dramatically, atmospherically and psychologically, it’s beautifully calibrated and it gets under your skin one encounter at a time, right along with the protagonist played by Gary Bond. I’m excited that Wake in Fright has been preserved and restored and that it is finally getting the exposure it deserves

I’ve seen it a couple of times on FOX in Australia, and it is odd, unsettling and well worth a viewing. You can buy it HERE and there are 4 purchase options: some include a physical DVD/Blu-ray, digital download, posters, and other extras.


Doctor Who – Vivid Sydney

2ccya0je0az1000BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand and Vivid Sydney invite you to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who for one night only!

The grand façade of the Customs House at Circular Quay will feature a visual feast of 3D-mapped projections of the Doctor and some of his greatest enemies, NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment, Andrew Stoner, announced today.

0058-560-vivid-sydney-show-3-5190fd15The spectacular celebration of Doctor Who will be staged for fans as part of  Vivid Sydney, on Saturday, 1 June. The soundscape with the projections will feature music from the TV show including I am the Doctor and the iconic theme tune.

Developed, owned and managed by the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, Vivid Sydney is an 18-day festival of light, music and ideas. It is the biggest festival of its kind in the southern hemisphere and will take place in Sydney from 24 May to 10 June.

Destination NSW has collaborated with BBC Worldwide Australia and New Zealand to ensure local fans of Doctor Who can celebrate this major Anniversary through an evening of entertainment, featuring amazing light projections and a special cinema screening of two episodes from the series.

0058-560-vivid-sydney-show-2-5190fcf9“This collaboration sees Australian creative innovators, The Spinifex Group, working with the Doctor Who team to create projections that will deliver a worldwide unique birthday celebration for the shows legion of fans, and our own Vivid Sydney is the perfect environment for this experience,” Mr Stoner said.

Vivid Sydney
Customs House, 31 Alfred Street Sydney
Times: 6.50pm; 8.50pm, 10.50pm & 11.50pm


John Jarratt

John Jarratt (born 5 August 1951) is an Australian actor. Jarratt was born and grew up in Wongawilli, a small rural town near Wollongong, New South Wales and later in the Snowy Mountains area.  While in high school Jarratt directed and acted in a school play which was a great success and led to his school principal recommending him for an acting career.

Jarratt graduated from NIDA, the Australian national drama school in 1973. His screen debut was in The Great Macarthy, he also appeared in Peter Weir’s Picnic at Hanging Rock in 1975 and Summer City in 1977 with Mel Gibson. Jarratt had the lead role in the mini series The Last Outlaw playing Ned Kelly. In 1979. He played a major supporting role as a young Aussie soldier in the excellent Australian Vietnam war movie The Odd Angry Shot, 1980.

In the 1990s and early 2000’s, he was a presenter of lifestyle show, and had guest roles in numerous TV shows. Then in 2005, he had a major role in the Australian film Wolf Creek, playing the villain Mick Taylor. The story revolves around three backpackers (played by Nathan Phillips, Kestie Morassi and Cassandra Magrath) who find themselves held captive by a serial killer (John Jarratt) in the Australian outback.

Wolf Creek was written, co-produced and directed by Greg McLean. According to director McLean and others, John Jarratt went to extremes in preparing for his role as Mick, in a bid to emulate, as close as possible, the real-life serial killer Ivan Milat: he spent significant time alone in the isolated outback and went for weeks without showering.

The film was marketed as being “based on true events”. The sign on the front gate of Mick’s mining site reads “Navithalim Mining Co.” Navi & thalim spelt backwards reads: Ivan Milaht, evidently referencing Ivan Milat.

In 2007, he appeared in two films, Rogue and The Final Winter. Jarratt also had a small role in the 2008 film, Australia as a soldier. In 2008, Jarratt has launched his own film production company, Winnah Films. Winnah’s first feature film, Savages Crossing (originally carrying the working title Flood) went into Principal Photography outside Ipswich in Queensland in February. Savages Crossing is a fast paced thriller set in the Australian outback and stars John Jarratt, and Craig McLachlan.

In 2010, Jarratt starred in the ensemble exploitation extravaganza, Bad Behaviour, written and directed by Joseph Sims. In the same year Jarrat also has a role in the supernatural horror movie Needle. 

He is currently set to reprise his role as Mick Taylor in a sequel to Wolf Creek due to go into production in 2011 with Matt Hearn producing and Greg McLean directing.