If Baz Luhrmann may currently appear to be enchanted by Saudi Arabia’s deep pockets and shiny new filmmaking capabilities – especially while he serves as jury president at the Red Sea Film Festival – then he spoke exclusively to FilmInk to assure us that he has no plans of abandoning Australia.
Almost two years since The Slap that was heard around the world, Smith emerged at the Red Sea International Film Festival with his sense of humour and faith in the future fully restored.
In a country criticized for its homophobia and poor human rights record, Baz Luhrmann’s decision to attend this year’s 3rd Red Sea International Film Festival in Saudi Arabia came as a surprise to many industry watchers – as much as to himself.
… not for all tastes but those who do connect with it will likely want to revisit again and again to spend time with its two magical protagonists.
Despite its simple and potentially depressing premise, everything comes together perfectly in its feel-good third act.
… a format-bending cinematic artwork …
The Australian-based filmmaker’s semi-autobiographical music drama features Ed Oxenbould, Márton Csókás, and Kiwi singer-songwriter Stella Bennett (Benee).
… a rich, moving and complex story of love and hope; the film merely lacks the depth to properly convey it.
… weaves a spellbinding portrait of love and perseverance.
When Melbourne’s Kitty Green was backpacking around Europe in her teens, she never imagined it would one day provide inspiration for her debut Australian feature film, The Royal Hotel.