We're back! Season 2 screening now and available on DVD from ABC and iTunes download.
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MTV World has commissioned a brand new project called MADLY - a film about seven love stories from around the world with a website that looks like this. Our contribution is written and directed by the very-multi-talented Mia Wasikowska. World Premiere was at the Tribeca Film Festival, Australian premiere at Melbourne International Film Festival 2016.
Brendan Cowell's debut feature as writer/director, Patrick Brammall plays Ruben Guthrie along with a stellar cast of Aussie greats. Can he give up the grog for a year and get his fiancee back? Distributed by Madman Entertainment and released in Australia on 16 July with a website that looks like this. And DVD/VOD details available here.
Patrick Brammall and Abbey Lee.
Naughty sketch comedy on ABC1, DVD available here. Six half hour episodes with some of the funniest people on the box. Starring a bunch of fabulous new faces and lots of old faces. Steven Oliver, Nakkiah Lui, Elizabeth Wymarra, Bjorn Stewart, Jon Bell and Aaron Fa'aoso are our core team. Appearances by the lovely Matt Day, Jeff McMullen, Michael Veitch, Deborah Mailman, Shari Sebbens, Miranda Tapsell, Brendan Cowell, Sacha Horler, Anita Hegh, Lisa Hensley ... the list goes on.
The cast of the Star Blaks.
WORDS WITH GODS
Selected for Venice Film Festival 2014
Warwick Thornton is having Words with Gods, along with eight other directors from around the world (including Emir Kusturica, Bahman Ghobadi, Mira Nair) to make up a feature film about relationships with religion. The producers include Mexican Guillermo Arriaga who also directs in the film. Actor Miranda Tapsell (The Sapphires) did a sterling job in 41-plus degree heat outside of Alice Springs. The trailer can be viewed here.
Lynette Wallworth's documentary won the 2015 AACTA Award for Best TV Documentary (previously the AFI Awards). It also won the Grand Jury Prize at FIFO in Tahiti. Tender screened at Sydney Film Festival in the Australian Documentary Competition and received a Special Mention, then was selected for the documentary competition at the BFI London Film Festival. Tender is about a feisty and resilient community centre in the industrial seaside town of Port Kembla, which is in the process of setting up a community-based funeral service when they are suddenly faced with the challenge of caring for one of their own. Website here and Facebook page here. Check the website to purchase the DVD and check iTunes for digital renting and download.
Our favourite dog Bailey, who stars in the film.
Warwick Thornton has assembled a collection of poignant, sad, funny and absurd ghost tales from across Australia and has brought them to life with some of Australia's most iconic actors being the storytellers. The Darkside gives a black perspective on the afterlife. Performed by Deborah Mailman, Aaron Pedersen, Bryan Brown, Shari Sebbens, Claudia Karvan and many more.
Hakeem Davey performs the Billy Ahchoo Ilma.
Old stuff ... so last year:
The Turning is available on DVD and digital download. For more information check the website. Kath Shelper produced two chapters - Big World with Warwick Thornton and Long, Clear View with Mia Wasikowska. Screened at the Berlin Film Festival in February.
CHAPTER ONE: BIG WORLD
Warwick was asked to adapt the first chapter of the book, which we shot in the South Australian countryside with three actors, two crew and one 1975 Kombi van. Tim Winton kindly agreed to do some narration for us.
Actors James Fraser and Henri Phillips film a scene in Two Wells.
CHAPTER ELEVEN: LONG, CLEAR VIEW
Mia Wasikowska wrote and directed her film inspired by the chapter Long, Clear View. The film stars young actor Matthew Shanley and was shot in around Sydney. We had an awesome cast and crew and our film was one of the last to be processed at Deluxe before the film division closed down.
Actor Matt Shanley on location in Sydney.
PAUL KELLY: PORTRAIT
This is art. Warwick was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra to create a video portrait of singer/songwriter Paul Kelly. It was launched by Peter Garrett alongside an exhibition about Paul Kelly. A beautiful soundscape was created by Andrew Lancaster and Luke Mynott of Sonar Music.
Warwick contributed a series of new artworks to the Anna Schwartz Gallery (Sydney) exhibition Debil Debil. Co-curated by Marcia Langton, more information about the exhibition can be found here. Warwick is now represented by Anna Schwartz Gallery for his artwork.
Warwick was selected as an artist for the prestigious German art show - dOCUMENTA (13) - which showed in Kassel, Germany, between June and September 2012. Warwick's work lives inside a van that was moved to different venues around Kassel during the 100 days. Mother Courage is an Aboriginal artist who just wants to sell her paintings to support her family. She figures if she can go to the big art shows, like dOCUMENTA, there will be plenty of potential buyers there who like art. Mother Courage was re-staged at ACMI in 2013.
HERE I AM
a feature film
Took my teenager daughter to see this film last night at Luna in Perth. Half way during the movie she turned to me and said "I don't want this film to end".... I knew exactly what she meant. I could have watched this plot for another 20 hours. It is just a simple, raw, moving and honest film that allowed you to give it your own ending many hours after the credits rolled.....
Anthony, posted on Facebook
Beck Cole's debut feature. Available now on DVD or for download through iTunes. A website is here. Facebook is here:
Warwick Thornton has gone all fancy on us and has been busy making art - moving image art. The 3D movie Stranded screened as part of a new exhibition at the Adelaide Film Festival in February 2011 and has since been acquired by the Queensland Art Gallery. Jesus also made an appearance in Sydney at the Stills Gallery in Paddington for a solo show in September 2011 accompanied by a series of still photographs. Check out the new Messiah.
"When I grow up I want to be just like Jesus". (Warwick Thornton, aged 6)
Samson & Delilah
A feature film
Still screening around the world, with a website that looks like this.
Making Samson & Delilah
A one-hour documentary
World Premiere - Melbourne International Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, New Zealand Film Festival 2009
Available on the double-disc Samson & Delilah DVD that is in stores in Australia now or available online here.
A director, a producer, two teenage actors, a small crew and six weeks in the desert. Throw in an observational documentary filmmaker and the result is a candid and affectionate behind-the-scenes look at the making of the hit feature film Samson & Delilah.
Directed by Beck Cole, produced by Kath Shelper and Beck Cole.
Financed by Screen Australia, NSW Film & TV Office, ABC TV.
Many of the images and artworks included in the documentary as part of the Colliding Worlds Exhibition were authored by the late Professor Donald Thomson and form part of the Donald Thomson Collection. Scarlett Pictures would like to extend their thanks to the Thomson Family for the inclusion of several of these images and artworks in Making Samson & Delilah.
A short film
Message Sticks Film Festival Sydney 2009, Brisbane International Film Festival, Imaginative Film Festival Toronto, Flickerfest, Sydney 2010, London Australia Film Festival, St Kilda Short Film Festival (Best Indigenous Film).
A father (Andrew McFarlane) and adopted troubled teenage son (Clarence Ryan) take a trip to the son's birthplace of Bourke, where they try to find the right words to say to each other before it's too late. Adrian Wills is writer/director, Kath Shelper and Anusha Duray producing.
Bourke Boy is distributed by Flickerfest and a DVD can be purchased here.
Financed by Screen Australia, NSW Film & TV Office, ABC TV.
Scarlett Pictures is currently closed for an extended sabbatical.