Monthly Archives: December 2014

The Last Impresario by Gracie Otto

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About the film:

Michael White might just be the most famous person you’ve never heard of. The London theatre and film impresario produced over 300 shows and movies over the last 50 years. Bringing to the stage the risqué productions of Oh! Calcutta!, The Rocky Horror Show and to the screen Monty Python’s The Holy Grail, as well as introducing Merce Cunningham, Pina Bausch and Yoko Ono to London audiences, he irrevocably shaped the cultural scene of 1970s London. Fondly known as ‘Chalky’ by his friends, he is now in his late seventies and still enjoys partying like there’s no tomorrow. In this intimate documentary, filmmaker Gracie Otto introduces us to this larger-than-life character. Following a chance encounter with White in Cannes 2010, Gracie Otto has created an intriguing tribute to a truly fascinating entertainment figure with a remarkable cultural legacy.

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Meeting Michael was such a life changing moment for Otto and the beginning of a filmmaking journey which spanned 6 cities and 4 countries, Throughout the interview process Otto discovered the significant role White played in film and theatre history yet remained so enigmatic – until now. Michael White moved within an incredible circle of cultural icons, he was always the life of the party and he still lives in the moment even in his late seventies. The Last Impresario offers a trip down memory lane and a historical snapshot of an era that has significantly shaped film, theatre, dance and art.

Interviewees include: Yoko Ono, Anna Wintour, Kate Moss, Naomi Watts, Barry Humphries, John Cleese, Bill Oddie, Greta Scacchi, Nigel Planer, Robert Fox, Alan Yentob, Rachel Ward, Jim Sharman, Brian Thomson, Richard O’Brien, Nell Campbell, Patricia Quinn, Lyndall Hobbs, Sarah Hillsdon, Joshua White, Peter Richardson, John Waters, Alan Finkelstein, Lorne Michaels, Lou Adler, Sabrina Guinness, Wallace Shawn, Tracy Tynan, Andre Gregory, Jean Pigozzi and of course the man himself Michael White.

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Synopsis:

Michael White might just be the most famous person you’ve never heard of. A notorious London theatre and film impresario, playboy, gambler, bon vivant, eccentric friend of the rich and famous, he is now in his late seventies and still enjoys partying like there’s no tomorrow. In this intimate documentary, filmmaker Gracie Otto introduces us to this larger-than-life character. Featuring interviews with many of his closest friends including John Cleese, Naomi Watts, Yoko Ono, Anna Wintour, Kate Moss, John Waters, Barry Humphries and of course, the man himself.

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Links to the film:

Website: http://www.thelastimpresario.com/
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3164244/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thelastimpresario
Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Last_Impresario

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Gracie Otto

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Gracie Otto is an Australian filmmaker – director, writer, editor and actress.

She is the daughter of actor Barry Otto and sister of actress Miranda Otto. Gracie graduated from Sydney Film School with an Advanced Diploma in Film in 2007. Her five short films – Seamstress, La Meme Nuit, Tango Trois, Broken Beat and Kill Blondes – have screened successfully internationally at many festivals including Palm Springs, London, Berlin, LA, Tokyo and Paris and in Australia at Sydney’s Flickerfest and Melbourne’s St Kilda Film Festivals.

Gracie’s debut feature documentary The Last Impresario about British producer and playboy Michael ‘Chalky’ White had its world premiere at the 2013 London Film Festival and received glowing reviews from Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. Featuring interviews with 60 of his close friends and associates including Naomi Watts, Anna Wintour, John Cleese, Kate Moss, Barry Humphries and Yoko Ono, the film celebrates the legendary man who transformed British culture through his many productions including Oh! Calcutta, Rocky Horror, Dame Edna and Monty Python. The film has been acquired by international sales agent Dogwoof and will have theatrical releases in Australia, Italy Canada and the UK in 2014.

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In 2013 Gracie joined Filmgraphics Entertainment to direct her first television and website commercials including 30 and 60 second TVCs for Bendigo Bank; a 2-minute ultra-stylish fable Fashion Lust for Westfield; and a quirky 15 second comedy, Who Am I on the squirrel monkey for Perth Zoo which was listed in Best Ads.

Recent international collaborations include webfilms for iconic French interior architect Francois Champsaur who commissions her regularly to create films to promote his designs in stunning locations – Parfum de Regrets at a luxury hotel in Paris, La Cabane for a beach house in Marseilles; and Yearling for a millionaire’s horse auction room in Deauville.  Previous short-form work includes two French New Wave inspired trailers for Flickerfest Film Festival.

Gracie is also an accomplished actor with leading roles in three Australian feature films – Three Blind Mice, LBF, Living Between F**cks, and recently the role of Warhol muse Edie Sedgwick in Poor Little Rich Girls. Three Blind Mice also marked her debut as a feature film editor.

Gracie has been recognised by her peers with industry awards including winning the 2013 Qantas SOYA Film Award including an LA mentorship with Legally Blonde director Robert Luketic; the 2012 SOYA Film People’s Choice Award; the 2011 InStyle & Audi Scholarship; and has been a finalist for the Inside Film Rising Talent Award, British Council Realise Your Dreams and twice for SOYA.

In 2014 she was named as one of eight iconic Australian personalities chosen to celebrate Sportscraft’s 100th Anniversary. Other celebrity, charity and ambassador associations include Audi, Mimco, Royal Randwick Racing, Disaronno Mixing Star, John Jameson and Lipsy.

A keen sportwoman, Gracie represented Australia in Futsal (indoor soccer) in New Zealand, Canada and Greece, and represented NSW in the 2004 Australian Softball Championships.

Gracie is currently in development on two feature dramas, Girls In Hotels and Rue De Tournon.

She is represented as a filmmaker by The Yellow Agency; in advertising by Filmgraphics Entertainment; as an actor by United Management; and the Carrera Press Agency.

Links to Gracie:

Website: http://www.ralffilms.com/#home
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2301323/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gracieottofanpage
Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gracie_Otto

 

The Tunnel by Carlo Ledesma

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Synopsis:

In 2007 the NSW government suddenly scrapped a plan to utilise the water in the disused underground train tunnels beneath Sydney.

In 2008, chasing rumours of a government coverup and urban legends surrounding the sudden backflip, investigative journalist Natasha Warner led a crew of four into the underground labyrinth.

They went down into the tunnels looking for a story – until the story found them.
This is the film of their harrowing ordeal. With unprecedented access to the recently declassified tapes they shot in the claustrophobic subway tunnels, as well as a series of candid interviews with the survivors, we come face to face with the terrifying truth.

This never before seen footage takes us deep inside the tunnels bringing the darkness to life and capturing the raw fear that threatens to tear the crew apart, leaving each one of them fighting for their lives.

The 135k Project:

The Internet was meant to be a tool to connect us. It was meant to break down borders and liberate. Now we have an entire generation who are being labelled criminals for using that tool. But perhaps rather than wasting millions of dollars fighting a losing battle against internet piracy, we should try and find a way to embrace the possibilities that this new world brings…

That’s the thought that inspired this project. We believe that if we stop fighting the peer to peer networks, they could become the biggest revolution we have ever seen in the way we share entertainment and information.

After spending years being frustrated by what we saw as the movie industry’s short-sighted and conventional outlook towards the online community, we decided it was time to try something different – The 135K Project was born.

We figured that movie posters and collectable frames from movies are being sold every day, so what if we could raise the money to make “The Tunnel” by selling every individual frame of it? We would be able to make a movie unencumbered by a studio’s need for box office. We could do what we got into the industry to do in the first place. Tell stories we like and get them out there so people could enjoy them.

What’s the key to doing that? You.

If you like the look of “The Tunnel” or the idea behind The 135K Project – buy a frame or two, blog about it, follow us on twitter, seed and embed the finished film when it’s released. Whatever you can do. It will all help and show the world there might just be another way. Who knows where that might lead?

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Links to the film:

Website: http://www.thetunnelmovie.net
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IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1735485/
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/TheTunnelMovie
Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tunnel_%282011_film%29

Enzo Tedeschi

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Biography

Enzo Tedeschi produced and edited the enormously successful documentaries Food Matters and Hungry For Change. He also co-wrote, co-produced and edited The Tunnel, winning a SPAA Award in 2011 for Enzo and his producing partner Julian Harvey for “Breakthrough Independent Producers Of The Year”.

Distracted Media has since produced the award-winning epic online series Event Zero for Movie Extra, and the feature documentary The Crossing. Their new series Airlock goes into production in 2014.1915994_113044952081395_553125_n

Links to Enzo:
Website: http://www.distractedmediaonline.com/
IMDB:http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1456033/
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/enztedeschi
Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enzo_Tedeschi

Matching Jack by Nadia Tass

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Synopsis:

Life seems idyllic for Marisa (Jacinda Barrett) and her son, Jack (Tom Russell), until a poor performance at a school soccer match ends with Jack in hospital and Marisa trying to find her husband, David (Richard Roxburgh), who is interstate at a conference.  In fact, David is planning to leave Marisa for his current mistress (Yvonne Strahovski), with his phone off and not a care in the world.

Jack is diagnosed with leukaemia and the only possibility of a cure is if David has had a child from one of his many flings who could be a bone marrow donor.  So Marisa looks back through his diaries, figures when he could have been having affairs, and goes out door knocking.  Unsuspecting women face a desperate mother as Marisa searches high and low for possibilities and the full scale of David’s infidelity is revealed.

Meanwhile, Jack befriends Finn (Kodi Smit-McPhee) a young Irish boy in the next bed.  He has been travelling the world with his father, Connor (James Nesbitt).  Initial disdain turns to mutual respect as both Marisa and Connor find their own ways to deal with their respective sons’ illnesses.

MATCHING JACK beautifully captures the power of love and the resilience of the human spirit…with a gentle and uplifting ending, that hints at a future full of hope.

Producer’s Statement:

It’s rare that a great story, which has the right elements to make an effective drama, comes your way. MATCHING JACK is one of those projects.

The idea that a boy’s life is saved through his father’s infidelity is loaded to the max. Ironic, emotive, call it what you like – it’s going to take an audience on a journey through pain, love, despair, humour and hope.

Let’s look at some of the elements. The clock is ticking right through this script; a cure must be found for this child’s leukaemia; and in the next bed is a boy for which there is no cure. Here is passion and pain, despair and pathos. The boy’s father’s infidelity is exposed in the worst possible way; yet it is this infidelity that ultimately saves Jack’s life. What a paradox; what a Pandora’s box of emotions; nothing is simple here. A woman scorned, a child facing death, the search for a bone marrow donor is futile, unless the husband has had a child out of wedlock. The mother, Marisa, grabs this slim thread and, by delving into the husband’s past diaries, pinpoints women that her philandering husband may have been with. And then she goes door-knocking. Unsuspecting women are confronted with their past as Marisa tries to ascertain whether these are children that may have been fathered by her husband.

This is a film based in reality and like real life it waivers between the highs and lows that we all experience. Confronting, thought provoking, heart breaking – a great story for now, for an audience from twenty years of age onwards – uplifting and tragic, funny and moving. It’s a story for you.

David Parker

Trailer:

Links to the film:

Website: http://www.matchingjack.com/
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1447499/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/matchingjack
Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matching_Jack

David Parker

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Biography:

After a 10 year career as a stills photographer, in 1984 David Parker was asked to shoot the low budget feature “Mr B Says No”, which won a Golden Camera Award at the Chicago Film Festival. “Malcolm” was the first feature film, which he wrote, shot and produced with director Nadia Tass. Since then David has produced or directed “Rikky and Pete”, “The Outsiders”, “The Big Steal”, “Pure Luck”, Ben Elton’s “Stark”, “Irresistible” (2005), starring Susan Sarandon, Sam Neill and Emily Blunt; “The Gates of Hell” (2007); and produced, co-wrote, and shot “Matching Jack” (2010) starring James Nesbitt, Jacinda Barrett and Kodi Smit-McPhee, “John Doe” and “Kath & Kimderella”.

David runs his own production company under the Cascade banner.

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Links to David:
Website: http://www.cascadefilms.com.au/
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0662186/

Redd Inc. by Daniel Krige

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About the film:

REDD INC. is a bloody original Australian horror film starring Bad Boy Bubby himself, Nicholas Hope, and also featuring a cameo from make-up FX maestro Tom Savini who also oversees the design and execution of the films brilliant SFX.

One of the most original, fun and downright nasty local horror flicks in a long time. Nic Hope is a revelation as the demented Reddmann and it makes you wonder why he isn’t being cast in more horror films…

Synopsis:

Convicted ‘Headhunter’ serial killer and former corporate manager, Thomas Reddmann (Redd) is demented from experimental procedures endured at the unorthodox mental asylum from which he has escaped. Redd maintains his innocence and is determined to prove it. He creates Redd Incorporated (REDD INC.), a twisted version of the modern office environment, filling it with six abducted people he holds directly responsible for his incarceration. His captive ‘human resources’ are literally chained to their desks and forced to perform the impossible job of finding the real killer. They must work in gruelling circumstances to prove the unprovable or face gruesome consequences.

REDD INC is a macabre office where written warnings are carved into foreheads, filing cabinets overflow with body parts and a trip to HR is likely to end in a grisly “termination”.

Trailer:

Links to the film:

Website: http://blog.reddincthemovie.com/
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1857842/?ref_=nm_flmg_dr_1
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Reddincthemovie