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Us deal for Mark Lamprell’s ‘Never Too Late’

Never Too Late’ (Photo credit: Bradley Patrick).

Blue Fox Entertainment has bought the Us rights to Mark Lamprell’s Never Too Late and will release the comedy-drama on about 25 screens, followed by transactional VOD two weeks later.

That’s the distributor’s third Aussie acquisition following Stephan Elliott’s Swinging Safari and Russell Mulcahy’s In Like Flynn last year.

Starring Jack Thompson, James Cromwell, Dennis Waterman and Roy Billing as Vietnam veterans who plan to break out of their nursing home, the film scripted by Luke Preston will open the Young at Heart Senior Film Festival at Palace cinemas across Australia on February 19.

It will play each day for a couple of weeks in the festival then go out on a broader national release on April 23 via R&r Films.

Jacki Weaver plays Norma, the long-lost love of Cromwell’s character Bronson, formerly a Us soldier whom she met
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The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert review – riotous return trip

In this smart, lovable gem, now rereleased, a trans woman and two drag queens kick up the dust in Australia’s outback

Terence Stamp had his finest hour with this movie, which incidentally allowed me to “get” Terence Stamp, while at the same wondering – as he deadpanned his role alongside Hugo Weaving and Guy Pearce squeezing every last outrageous drop from theirs – whether Stamp completely “got” what was happening himself.

In 1994, writer-director Stephan Elliott created a pioneering Lgbt gem with this funny, smart and intensely lovable road-trip comedy – an anti-Crocodile Dundee. It’s about Tick (Weaving) and Adam (Pearce), Australian drag-queen short of cash who journey from Sydney to Alice Springs where Tick’s estranged straight wife, Marion (Sarah Chadwick), has got them a gig performing in a hotel lounge. This they do in a converted bus that they rename Priscilla and have to repaint, to cover the homophobic graffiti
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New Us Trailer for Aussie Comedy 'Swinging Safari' with Guy Pearce

"What was going through our poor, misguided heads?" Blue Fox Entertainment has debuted a new official Us trailer for an Australian comedy titled Swinging Safari, which was released over there last year. We ran the first trailer in late 2017, it's just now getting a Us release this summer. The saucy coming-of-age film is set in the 70's in Australia. "It's a time of boxed wine, bad hair, bad styles, bad choices, but good times." The story follows a group of adults who get into the sexual revolution after a beached blue whale shows up, but it's also about their kids and what they experienced at the same time. Swinging Safari has an impressive ensemble: Guy Pearce, Kylie Minogue, Radha Mitchell, Julian McMahon, Asher Keddie, Jeremy Sims, and Jack Thompson. If you're looking for a swinging good time, this wild film is definitely for you. Here's the new Us trailer (+ Us
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Tomer Heymann, Pratibha Parmar lead 2019 BFI Flare industry programme

Events include a panel on crowdfunding.

The BFI Flare Lgbtq+ Film Festival has announced the industry programme for its 2019 edition, which runs from March 21-31.

‘The Makers’, a series of one-to-one interviews with individuals who have made a major contribution to Lgbtq+ film and television, will feature sessions with Israeli filmmaker Tomer Heymann (Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life), and the UK’s Pratibha Parmar (Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth) and Kristiene Clarke (The Truth About Gay Sex).

Panel events include ‘Standing out from the Crowd(fund)’, a discussion about how crowdfunding can be used for Lgbtq+ work, with filmmakers
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Guy Pearce, Kylie Minogue Comedy ‘Swinging Safari’ Picked Up for U.S.

  • Variety
WestEnd Films has closed North American and European deals on “Swinging Safari,” Stephan Elliott’s Australian comedy. Blue Fox has taken U.S. and Canada rights and will release the film theatrically early this summer.

Elliott wrote and directed the film, which is set in mid-1970s Australia and stars Guy Pearce (“Iron Man 3”) and Kylie Minogue (“Moulin Rouge!”).

It is set in the beach suburb of Dee Why. When the town suddenly hits the spotlight after the body of a 200-ton whale is washed ashore, teenagers Jeff and Melly think it’s the biggest thing that’s ever happened in their lives. Meanwhile, their eccentric parents are catching up with the sexual revolution that has also washed up on Australia’s beaches.

The U.S. deal was negotiated by Blue Fox Entertainment’s Todd Slater with WestEnd Films’ Maya Amsellem negotiating on behalf of the filmmakers.

WestEnd has
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Kylie Minogue, Guy Pearce comedy 'Swinging Safari' gets North America deal (exclusive)

Film was previously called Flammable Children.

UK sales outfit WestEnd Films has scored a raft of deals on Swinging Safari, Stephan Elliott’s comedy starring Kylie Minogue and Guy Pearce, which was previously titled Flammable Children.

Blue Fox Entertainment has taken North America rights – the company is planning to release the film theatrically in early Summer 2019.

Rights have now also gone for Benelux (One2See Movies), Germany (Lighthouse Entertainment) and Greece (Spentzos). Previous deals were done for the UK (Thunderbird), France (Swift), Italy (Lucky Red), Spain (Twelve Oaks), Switzerland (Frenetic), Scandinavia (Sandrew), and the Middle East (Ecs).

Swinging Safari is
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Change of producers for Guy Pearce’s ‘Poor Boy’

Guy Pearce in ‘Jack Irish.’

Aquarius FilmsAngie Fielder and Polly Staniford have taken over as the producers of Guy Pearce’s directorial debut Poor Boy, in which he will also star.

When Screen Australia announced funding for the project in March Wildheart Films’ Al Clark and Andrena Finlay were listed as the producers.

Written by Matt Cameron and based on his play of the same name, the paranormal mystery-drama follows a boy who announces to his family on his seventh birthday that he is a stranger named Danny – a grown man who died seven years earlier.

Clark, who is still attached as an executive producer, tells If his decision to withdraw as producer was “prompted by a fundamental difference of perception. My involvement has changed to reflect this.”

Staniford tells If: “Angie and I are now producing and Al is still involved as an Ep. Happy to chat further
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Eiff 2018: ‘Flammable Children’ Review: Dir. Stephan Elliott (2018)

Flammable Children review: Amidst all the great comedies of 2018 comes another one to join the ranks – a wild, raucous and absolute belter of a romp set against the backdrop of the sun-drenched 1970s.

Flammable Children review by Awais Irfan.

Flammable Children review

The freewheeling story follows 3 upper-class families, long-time neighbours and friends, in 1970s Sydney – “a decade with too much time, too much money and too much cask wine” as we’re told in the film’s initial few minutes – as they spend time together and bicker and find all sorts of insane ways to cause trouble for one another. But, at the core of this story is young filmmaker Jeff (Atticus Rob), armed with his super 8 camera and constantly filming everything, and his endearing relationship with the cynical Melly (Darcey Wilson), as they learn that childhood is tough and that life with their extravagant families isn’t so easy-going after all.
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Kylie Minogue on Swinging Safari: ‘So much of what we were doing was so non-pc'

Director Stephan Elliott and Minogue talk about the making of the Priscilla director’s latest risqué take on Australian culture

Kylie Minogue appears as you have never seen her before in the rambunctious Australian comedy Swinging Safari: as an alcoholic agoraphobic living in a sex-obsessed neighbourhood.

“I loved the script, and I thought this is so exciting – I can be back in Australia, I can do some acting again,” Minogue tells Guardian Australia.

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Dev Patel, Eddie Izzard and the director of The Babadook: 10 Australian films to watch in 2018

From Hotel Mumbai, which stars Patel, to Jennifer Kent’s next film, 2018 is looking good for Australian cinema

Australian cinema in 2017 presented a range of weird and sensational visions, from stunning snow-tipped mountains to a feral and murderous Stephen Curry. This year’s outlook looks similarly eclectic, from zombies to iconic animals and escaped convicts.

Looking further ahead than January, this list of films to look out for in 2018 does not include Samson and Delilah director Warwick Thornton’s second masterpiece Sweet Country, nor the director Stephan Elliott’s terrific, acidic suburban satire Swinging Safari (which opens this week).

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Swinging Safari review – Kylie Minogue and Guy Pearce in outrageous ode to 70s Australia

Nothing is sacred in the delirious comedy from Priscilla’s Stephan Elliott – a sex romp that simultaneously celebrates and denigrates Aussie culture

If you watched the gloriously ‘Strayan trailer for the writer/director Stephan Elliott’s Swinging Safari, you might have assumed all the kooky bits were plucked out to make an outrageously cockeyed, slaphappy promo.

I can assure you the actual film is 10 times as batshit crazy as the marketing materials suggest.

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"Swinging Safari" Restricted Footage

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From RedBand.Ca, Sneak Peek restricted 'red band' footage from the comedy/drama feature "Swinging Safari" (aka "Flammable Children"), written, directed by Stephan Elliott, starring Kylie Minogue, Guy Pearce and Radha Mitchell:

"...a teenager comes of age in a small Australian town during the 1970's when a 200-ton blue whale gets washed up on a local beach..."

Cast also includes Julian McMahon, Darcey Wilson, Asher Keddie, Jack Thompson, Atticus Robb, James Calder, Ethan Robinson and Ava Taylor.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Swinging Safari"...
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Five outrageous Australian sex comedies that paved the way for Swinging Safari

To celebrate the first look at Guy Pearce and Kylie Minogue’s new 70s-style comedy, here are some of the raunchy romps that made it possible

The first trailer for the writer/director Stephan Elliott’s new film Swinging Safari (formerly titled Flammable Children) hit the net this week, reuniting Neighbours alumni Guy Pearce and Kylie Minogue. Even by Elliott’s standards (his best-known films are Priscilla: Queen of the Desert and Welcome to Woop Woop) it is completely batshit crazy, depicting a view of the 70s rife with booze, sun, surf and sex.

The “swinging” in the title refers to the non-dancing kind. There are visions of kink aplenty, positioning the film in a pantheon of raunchy Australian comedies and/or what-the-hell-were-they-thinking feats of cinematic impropriety. This type of film exploded in the 1970s and 80s, after the country’s pernicious censorship laws were relaxed a little and
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First Trailer for Coming-of-Age Comedy 'Swinging Safari' from Australia

"Why were they doing that to each other?" Becker Film Group has debuted the trailer for an Australian comedy titled Swinging Safari, which is about some kids growing up in the wild, wacky 70's in Australia. "It's a time of boxed wine, bad hair, bad styles, bad choices, but good times." The story follows a group of adults who get into the sexual revolution after a beached blue whale shows up, but it's also about their kids and what they experienced during the year. Swinging Safari has a great ensemble cast: Guy Pearce, Kylie Minogue, Radha Mitchell, Julian McMahon, Asher Keddie, Jeremy Sims, and Jack Thompson. This looks goofy in all the wrong ways, but maybe it's the right kind of wrong we all need right now. Enjoy. Here's the first official trailer for Stephan Elliott's Swinging Safari, direct from YouTube: 1970s Australia: A 200-ton blue whale washes up
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Guy Pearce And Kylie Minogue Go On A Swinging Safari

The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert director Stephan Elliott reunites former daytime soap co-stars Guy Pearce and Kylie Minogue - who had early success on Australian hit Neighbors before going on to international success - for upcoming 1970s set coming of age comedy Swinging Safari and it looks like an absolute blast has been had by all. 1970s Australia: A 200-ton blue whale washes up on a local beach and the kids think it’s the biggest thing that’s ever happened in their lives. Behind closed doors, the Mums and Dads of this quiet suburban cul-de-sac celebrate in their own special way, by joining the sexual revolution. It’s a time of boxed wine, bad hair, bad styles, bad choices, but good times. And like...

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‘Swinging Safari’ Trailer: Guy Pearce & Kylie Minogue Shake Up The ’70s

It’s been a long time since Guy Pearce and Kylie Minogue delivered daytime intrigue on the soap opera “Neighbors,” but the duo are finally back together with “Swinging Safari.” It’s a big, very broad comedy, which perhaps isn’t surprising given that Stephan Elliott (“The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert“) is behind the camera.

Co-starring Radha Mitchell, Julian McMahon, Asher Keddie, Jeremy Sims, and Jack Thompson, the film brings audiences the swinging, no-rules ’70s to tell a coming of age story that unfolds in a not-so-quiet suburb.

Continue reading ‘Swinging Safari’ Trailer: Guy Pearce & Kylie Minogue Shake Up The ’70s at The Playlist.
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First trailer for Swinging Safari starring Guy Pearce and Kylie Minogue

The first trailer has arrived online for writer-director Stephan Elliott’s (The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert) upcoming comedy Swinging Safari which stars Guy Pearce, Kylie Minogue, Radha Mitchell, Julian McMahon, Asher Keddie, and Jeremy Sims; check it out below…

“1970s Australia: A 200-ton blue whale washes up on a local beach and the kids think it’s the biggest thing that’s ever happened in their lives. Behind closed doors, the Mums and Dads of this quiet suburban cul-de-sac celebrate in their own special way, by joining the sexual revolution. It’s a time of boxed wine, bad hair, bad styles, bad choices, but good times. And like the rotting whale, it’s all about to go spectacularly wrong.”

Swinging Safari is set for release on January 11th.
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Kylie Minogue and Guy Pearce reunite in Swinging Safari – trailer

Formerly titled Flammable Children, the upcoming comedy from writer/director Stephan Elliott (The Adventures of PriscillaQueen of the Desert and Welcome to Woop Woop) reunites Minogue with her former Neighbours co-star and takes a sepia-tinted look at 1970s Australia: the sun, the surf, the swimmers ... and the swinging. Filmed on the Gold Coast, and with more than a few traces of Puberty Blues, the coming-of-age film follows what happens to three neighbouring families on a quiet suburban cul-de-sac when an extraordinary event shakes up their lives. Swinging Safari's cast includes Asher Keddie, Julian McMahon, Radha Mitchell and Jeremy Sims, and will be released on 18 January 2018

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Australian films Bo scorecard: June 2017

'Jasper Jones', released in March, is the third highest grossing Aussie film this year..

There was a lull in Australian films released theatrically in June so the total grosses for local titles this year have.only ticked up to $42.95 million.

Even so, that is a vast improvement on the paltry 2016 calendar year total of $24.1 million.

No high-profile Aussie title is confirmed to open in the next few months so the 2017 scorecard may not go far beyond $50 million.—.unless there are one or two breakouts or more films are added to the slate.

Umbrella Entertainment is launching Descent into the Maelstrom, a documentary about the Australian band Radio Birdman from brothers Mark and Jonathan Sequeira, on July 20.

Madman is releasing Jeffrey Walker.s comedy Ali.s Wedding in August and Jen Peedom.s documentary Mountain in September, while Transmission has dated Karina Holden.s marine doco Blue for October.
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Australian films Bo scorecard: May 2017

'Lion' leads this year's Aussie films, and now ranks as the fifth highest grossing Australian film of all time..

The Australian films released theatrically so far this year have grossed $42.6 million.—.nearly double the meagre 2016 calendar year total of $24.1 million.

The resurgence for Australian cinema has been led by Garth Davis. Lion (Transmission), the stand-out with $29.5 million.

Launched on Boxing Day 2016, Kriv Stenders. Red Dog :True Blue has earned $5.8 million this year, not a terrible result for Roadshow Films but below industry expectations.

Rachel Perkins. Jasper Jones (Madman) brought in $2.66 million and Jeffrey Walker.s Dance Academy: The Movie (StudioCanal) made $2.1 million.

None of the other 37 films tracked by the Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia (which includes holdovers from previous years) has cracked $1 million.

However the market share for Aussie films this year will be a marked improvement on 2016.s 1.9 per cent, which was a sharp
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