Excitement continues to build ahead of the August release of RED DOG with the home-grown ‘tail’ again wowing international audiences to win the inaugural Best Film Award at the Showcomotion Young Peoples Film Festival in the United Kingdom.
The award and £500 cash prize was presented by the InterActive Youth Jury of five Sheffield teenagers on Sunday night (May 29) just a week after the film secured UK distribution with G2 Pictures from the Cannes Film Festival.
What the festival jury and 280 strong audience didn‘t know was that the film’s canine star was waiting back home to be hooked up via skype and say thanks. Koko gave an enthusiastic “woof” and got a warm reception from the festival audience.

Starring Josh Lucas, Rachael Taylor and an ensemble cast featuring Noah Taylor, Loene Carmen, Luke Ford and Keisha Castle-Hughes, Red Dog is the story of a charismatic kelpie (Koko) who roamed the West Australian outback in the 1970s, hitching rides, adopting people and uniting communities along the way.

Directed by Kriv Stenders (Lucky Country) and produced by Nelson Woss (Ned Kelly) and Julie Ryan (Ten Canoes), Red Dog was filmed in South Australia and the remote Pilbara region of Western Australia.

The script was adapted by Daniel Taplitz (Chaos Theory) from the novel Red Dog by award-winning author Louis De Bernières (Captain Corelli’s Mandolin).
The competition was introduced for the first time by the festival’s new director Joan Parsons as part of a strategy to bring more European and world cinema into the UK for young people. “Red Dog really struck a chord with the audience and the Youth Jury. It’s a brilliant family film and a great first winner of the
Showcomotion Best Film Award,” Pasons said.

Other films in competition were: American poetry slam documentary Louder than a Bomb; hit adventure sequel The Crocodiles Strike Back; Against All Odds, a documentary about teenage mothers and Neukölln Unlimited a doc about talented break-dancing Lebanese siblings under threat of deportation.

Red Dog had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival in February, won the Audience Award at the Vail Film Festival in Colorado and recently opened the Australian Film Festival in London. It was announced yesterday that Red Dog will close the Melbourne International Film Festival on Saturday August 6.

Red Dog is scheduled to be released in Australia on August 11.

*image from femail.com.au

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The ASTRA Awards are back in 2011 to be held at the acclaimed Sydney Theatre in Walsh Bay. With finalists announced yesterday, the ASTRA Awards are delighted to reveal that Rove McManus will fly home to participate in the event and David Speers of SKY NEWS will return to the ceremony that he hosted last year.

Rove will take to the stage to present an award at the ninth annual event that honours and celebrates the best of subscription television. One of Australia’s top television personalities, Rove will return to Australian screens in September with his new FOX8 show, ROVE LA.

“As a new recruit to the world of subscription television this has a first day of school feel to it, although my first day of school didn’t have canapés and if it did I wouldn’t have left,” says Rove from Los Angeles.

David Speers is one of the busiest political journalists in Australia and last year walked off stage with a standing ovation for his great performance as host of the ASTRA Awards. As SKY NEWS Political Editor he hosts “Agenda” each weekday and regularly interviews the nation’s top politicians. At this year’s ASTRA Awards, Speers will return to the stage in front of the subscription television industry to present ‘A Year in Review’ during the theatre-style ceremony. The reel will feature breaking news headlines that have captured our attention in the past year.

“We’ve experienced some of the biggest stories over the past year; capturing the triumph and tragedy, awe and excitement, and providing viewers with a view and perspective on our ever changing world. I’m excited to present a snapshot in time at the ASTRA Awards ceremony,” says David Speers.

The 9th Annual ASTRA Awards will take place on Thursday 21st July at Sydney Theatre, Walsh Bay. The theatre style ceremony will showcase the talent, production and best programming categories of subscription television.

About ASTRA  

ASTRA is the peak industry body for subscription television in Australia. The subscription TV industry is the undisputed market leader of digital broadcasting with 200 channels (including HD and Plus2) broadcast on the FOXTEL, AUSTAR and OPTUS subscription TV platforms received by 34% of Australians through their homes and over a million more through hotels, clubs and other entertainment and business venues. www.astra.org.au


-Before they were enemies, they were allies-

Set in New York, atop the USS Intrepid we see various types of planes amongst skyline views. This is the chosen location for X-MEN training, where one can learn how to move and react like X-MEN themselves.

Get an insight into the wind tunnel (Banshee), Stunt School, Parkour (Beast) & Energy Raise (Havok). You also see clips from the film, matching each of these activities…..What mutant powers do you think you would be good at?

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS will hit Australian cinemas on June 2, 2011

 


Finally the first teaser trailer for Happy feet 2 is now online, and as usual with great quality in terms of 3D animation.

Directed by George Miller, the film stars Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Pink, Elizabeth Daily, Sofía Vergara, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt and Hank Azaria

The Plot of the film:
The eagerly anticipated sequel to the Oscar-winning hit Happy Feet Two finds tap-dancing penguin Mumble (voice of Elijah Wood) and his pals using their smooth moves to save the penguin nation. Mumble and Gloria (voice of Pink) have started a family of their own, and their young son, Erik, is just finding his footing among his fellow emperor penguins when a dire new threat thrusts their future into jeopardy. Just when it begins to look as if all hope is lost, the penguin nation bands together to dance the darkness away.

HAPPT FEET 2, IN CINEMAS BOXING DAY 2011

Ticketmaster just announced the only Sydney show for SIR ELTON JOHN AND HIS BAND.

Be the first to see Elton John when he kicks- off his Australian tour with this special live performance. Elton and his full band will be performing in an intimate-style concert with only 2000 tickets available. This is the only show that has been announced in Sydney!

The venue will be at the Lyric theatre Star City on Sunday 27th November, 2011.

Tickets are on sale tomorrow! – Mon 30/05/11, 09:00

For tickets click here.

The tour dates are:

November 27 – Lyric Theatre Star city – Sydney

November 30 – Brisbane Entertainment Centre.
December 3 – Hope Estate, NSW Hunter Valley.
December 6 – Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena.
December 9 – Adelaide’s Coopers Brewery Amphitheatre.
December 11 – Burswood Dome, Perth.

*Image via. Idolatror

The first official trailer for new director Larysa Kondracki’s ‘The Whistleblower’ is now online.

The film stars Rachel Weisz, Vanessa Redgrave, Monica Bellucci and David Strathairn

The synopsis:
Inspired by actual events, Kathy (Academy Award(R) winner Rachel Weisz) is an American police officer who takes a job working as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia. Her expectations of helping to rebuild a devastated country are dashed when she uncovers a dangerous reality of corruption, cover-up and intrigue amid a world of private contractors and multinational diplomatic doubletalk.

The film is set to be released the next August 5th, 2011 in Usa with no official release date for Australia yet.

Australia’s most amazing sci-fi rock band SLIMEY THINGS will play their last show before embarking on an extended hiatus, to record and re-evaluate their planetary mission.

To precede the event, the band will release ‘AM I WEIRD?’ the final single from the critically acclaimed ‘Quantum Reality TV’ album. ‘AM I WEIRD?’ is classic Slimeys – mixing pop sensibilities with technical brilliance, in under 2 minutes. As singer Nick Soole states “It explains a lot about us.”

The band will play their last show in Sydney on Saturday June 11th at TONE, as part of the annual Featherfest showcase, alongside Japan’s legendary Tatsuya Yoshida (Ruins) and Umlaut, the project of Mr Bungle saxophonist Bar McKinnon. Slimey Things will then head into Sydney’s Brain Studios to record their next full length album.

The future of the band remains uncertain, as their home planet considers their fate based on the results of the band’s studies of human behaviour since formation. They leave behind as evidence of their visit a string of hit video clips, hordes of ardent followers across the nation, and the utmost respect and fandom of the underground experimental music scene.

Originally from the Planet Thaldor, SLIMEY THINGS were first sighted in the venues of Sydney’s underground in 2001. The humanoid troupe of pseudo-pop psychos have a developed a reputation for their quirky but infectious music and their memorable, laugh-out-loud live performances.

Their sound is an energetic blend of catchy pop, futuristic rock, sci-fi movie soundtracks and zany cartoon sound effects. Unearthed by enigmatic frontman and composer Nick Soole, SLIMEY THINGS have been acclaimed as one of the most unique and entertaining acts to emerge from Sydney.

Slimey Things have notched up an impressive resume – establishing the successful annual Space Prom series, co-founding the influential Pseudo-pop collective and sharing the stage with acts including Ruins-alone, Umlaut, Darth Vegas, Jay Katz, CODA and The Kidney Thieves. The band have graced stages across Australia, earning repeat invitations to perform at Progfest, Featherfest and a host of notable events, including Peats Ridge Festival and the Supanova Pop Culture Expo.  2010 saw the release of their second album Quantum Reality TV and their most successful national tour, which featured as part of the Menagerie festival of experimental music.

With widespread radio airplay, videos on RAGE and their QUANTUM REALITY TV, MADE BY ROBOTS and SPACE TOAST releases in hot demand, it’s only a matter of time before the catchy rhythms of SLIMEY THINGS cannot be contained and breach Earth’s puny defenses.

 ‘Am I Weird?’ will be released through independent label Bird’s Robe Records and is available as a free download from www.birdsrobe.bandcamp.com and www.birdsrobe.com

Saturday June 11th @ TONE, Surry Hills w/RUINS-alone + Umlaut + Darth Vegas + Captain Kickarse

This could be earth dwellers last chance to see the band in a live setting – don’t miss out.

The fastest growing band in this country unbeknownst to some.” – Jaimie Leonarder, SBS Movie Show

Amazing musicians…f**n awesome!”  – Dave Eastgate, Sydney Comedy Festival

Slimey Things are the most entertaining live group I’ve ever seen. Their music is so fantastically warped, but also contains some of the most infectious melodies amidst the madness.” – Andrew Levins, FBI 94.5FM

I loved it. The crowd loved it…superstardom awaits.” – Dani Minogue, pop princess

 ‘AM I WEIRD?’ is available as a free download from

www.birdsrobe.bandcamp.com or www.birdsrobe.com

‘Quantum Reality TV’ and ‘Made By Robots’ albums available now on iTunes.

Web: www.slimeythingwebsite.com / www.facebook.com/birdsrobe

via.Birdsrobe