Another lacklustre weekend at the box office, led by The Marvels; audiences must have confused things and stayed home to watch cat videos instead! But seriously, when the highest screen average for a general release is for a reissue of a 40-year-old musical doco, you cannot blame doomsayers for saying that there’s a serious problem with cinema.
Writer/Director Andrew Walsh and producer Dia Taylor fill us in on their improvised, self-financed, deeply personal feature.
Mean Girls just got Meaner.
Thomas Brodie-Sangster stars as Jack Dawkins aka The Artful Dodger, with David Thewlis as Fagin and Maia Mitchell as Lady Belle Fox in this, um, twist on the Dickens classic. In support are Australian actors Damon Herriman, Tim Minchin, Miranda Tapsell, Susie Porter, Damien Garvey, Kym Gyngell and Vivienne Awosoga. Jeffrey Walker, Corrie Chen and Gracie Otto direct the 8 episode series written by James McNamara, Andrew Knight, Vivienne Walshe and Dan Knight, with the story consultant services of Miranda Tapsell.
Prolific production company Made Up Stories (Big Little Lies, Wolf Like Me) is behind this adaptation of Mia Freedman’s memoir Work, Strife, Balance, starring Asher Keddie, Matt Day, Alex Dimitriades, Tina Bursill, Emma Lung, Alex Dimitriades, Maria Angelico, Rhys Mitchell, Olivia Junkeer, BeBe Bettencourt, Bryony Skillington, Lucy Ansell, Darcy Tadich, Lincoln Younes, Willow Speers and the host of Australian Survivor.
Echoing results in the US, the Australian box office slid this weekend, with new releases The Dive, Foe and Bring Him to Me the least disappointing, whilst teenage boys continued to patronise Five Nights at Freddy’s, maintaining that game adaptation’s spot at the top of the charts. Interestingly, PAW Patrol saw a slight bump this weekend, whilst Christopher Nolan movies enjoyed a resurgence due to Sydney IMAX’s belated reopening – apart from the bumper screen average for Interstellar, Inception and the Dark Knight Trilogy also featured in the top 40.
So, this is where all the money spent on Australian drama went #2. Shot in Sydney, Wes Ball (The Maze Runner) directs this sequel to the trilogy that concluded with 2017’s Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes.
So, this is where all the money spent on Australian drama went. Former stunty David Leitch (Bullet Train) directs, Ryan Gosling, Emily Blunt, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Hannah Waddingham and Sydney star, in this adaptation of the popular ’80s TV show.
It wasn’t long ago that we were complaining that Australia needs to make more Christmas films. Well, Stan. has taken that to heart, releasing at least 1 new Christmas movie every year. Tis the season for the latest one, written by Tegan Higginbotham and directed by Stef Smith, starring Heather Mitchell, Ella Scott Lynch, Max McKenna, Neil Melville, Nicholas Denton, Dushan Philips, Jimmy Rees, Tanya Hennessy, Genevieve Morris, Fiona Choi, Marg Downey, Tahlee Fereday, Bev Killick, Akhilesh Jain, Michael Logo and Tegan Higginbotham.
The Star Wars actress will be shooting the survival thriller in the Great Southern region in Western Australia in February 2024.