Australia’s submission for 2017 Oscars revealed

Film, News & Commentary, Screen |

Australian co-directors Bentley Dean and Martin Butler’s Vanuatu-set film Tanna has been revealed as Australia’s official submission for the 2017 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. It will compete against other films from around the world to secure a nomination. The film is based on a true story from the people of Tanna in Vanuatu, which critics have called

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Landmark study shows we see ourselves as mostly Anglo on Australian screens

Film, News & Commentary, Screen, TV |

An ambitious Screen Australia study, “Seeing Ourselves: Reflections on Diversity in TV Drama”, has found that only 18% of main characters of the 199 home-grown dramas screened between 2011 and 2015 came from non-Anglo Celtic backgrounds whereas 32% of the Australian population come from non-Anglo Celtic heritage. “Diversity on screens has been a hot topic in

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Embrace of the Serpent movie review

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Films about men against nature are not uncommon but this Columbian epic, nominated for an Oscar for best foreign-language film, is more than uncommon – you are unlikely to see anything like it again. Herzog’s Aguirre, the Wrath of God, Coppola’s Apocalypse Now, Kurasowa’s Dersu Uzala are all present in this film, but Ciro Guerra

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Real life Star Wars Cantina to open

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A galaxy far, far away is getting a little bit closer later this year, with a pop-up replica of the Mos Eisley Cantina headed to Earth. Unfortunately for Australians, the bar, called the Scum and Villainy Cantina, will be in Hollywood. The exact location is still a bit of a mystery, with the official Facebook page

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