Cut Snake, written by Blake Ayshford and directed by Tony Ayres has enjoyed screenings at Toronto and MIFF and opens in Australian cinemas today.
The film has received great reviews, most recently, Paul Byrnes of the Sydney Morning Herald gave the film 4 stars ★★★★ saying: “Tightly directed, outrageously ambitious … rewarding for adventurous viewers.” Read the full review here.
About the film: Cut Snake is a tense, psychologically-driven crime thriller in which one man discovers his biggest enemy to putting the past behind him is himself. It’s the mid-1970s, and Sparra Farrell (Russell), a fiercely private man in his twenties, is trying to escape a dark and violent past, and make a life for himself in a new city. He finds honest work and becomes engaged to the beautiful Paula (De Gouw). When the brutal and charistmatic Pommie (Stapleton) tracks him down, Sparra finds himself falling back into the world that he thought he left behind. Ruthless and charming, Pommie becomes the perfect houseguest and drops tantalising hints about Sparra’s mysterious history to Paula, who has no idea about her fiancé’s past. tourabe.com As Pommie exerts his influence over Sparra to lure him back into crime and the life they once had, Sparra realises that he’ll have to fight to keep the past from ruining his future. Sparra is forced to battle not just Pommie, but also his own private demons, to save Paula and himself.
To view the trailer click, here.
We’re thrilled for our client Richard Glover on the reviews he’s been receiving for his wonderful memoir FLESH WOUNDS, published by ABC Books/HarperCollins.
‘a moving narrative journey … Glover maintains a tone so tragicomic that the effect is both poignant and wildly entertaining’ – SMH/The Age
‘A new classic … a breathtaking accomplishment in style and empathy’ – The Australian
‘Not since Unreliable Memoirs by Clive James has there been a funnier, more poignant portrait of an Australian childhood’ – Australian Financial Review
‘Heartbreaking and hilarious … I couldn’t put it down’ – The Sun-Herald
Richard’s book has been in the top ten of the independent bookstores in Australia since its release at the beginning of the month and he has been extremely well received at all of his many speaking events around the country during his publicity tour. An audio book has also been released of FLESH WOUNDS, narrated by Richard. myipaddress
Ride and Fourplay, a double bill penned by Jane Bodie opened earlier in the month for the Darlinghurst Theatre Company at the Eternity Playhouse.
The double bill is directed by Anthony Skuse and has garnered wonderful reviews:
The works were never designed to be programmed together, and their combined running time touches the three-hour mark, but it’s not a bad thing to be in the company of Bodie’s lyrical-yet-precise language for a while….. Bodie’s characters are confidently and naturalistically drawn, and with direction from Skuse – who manages to mix compassion and empathy with genuine tension – the two pieces are lively, compelling, and exciting.
Time Out Sydney – Cassie Tongue
But there’s something about the marriage of Bodie’s clear voice (which still feels startlingly fresh…) and Skuse’s clear-eyed directorial style which makes for an engrossing and mostly refreshing night of theatre… Bodie’s innate understanding of how power shifts and people are defined by their relationships is on clear display…. Both plays are funny and entertaining in that irresistibly awkward rom-com way, but there’s a deeper interrogation of these human relationship buzzing along just below the surface. Those three and a bit hours just fly by.
Daily Review – Ben Neutze
Bodie’s delight in language is lustrous
Australian Stage – Richard Cotter
The production requires some generosity of concentration from the audience, but repays it with wry comedy and the luminosities of a beautiful play script-poetry by the writer, Jane Bodie….This retrospective presentation of the work of Ms Bodie, at the Eternity Playhouse, reveals to those of us who know her work, all of the familiar tropes and preoccupations of her carefully honed writings, and allow us to appreciate more finely, the daring of her ‘form’ presentations of commonly experienced, complicated emotional situations told with insightful and deprecatingly funny ‘gestures’, gorgeously embedded in rich poetic trappings of language. The plays feel as modern as if they were just written for us this year, naked and raw to the truths of our remembered younger selves, but just as applicable to the lives of companions about us, today… There is no substitute for consistent quality experiences and Ms Bodie’s work suggests that she is a talent that we ought to be seeing: an Australian writer, an Australian female voice, that should be part of our regular contemporary experience.
For more information or to book tickets, click here.
Congratulations to the following clients who were awarded AWGIES last week.
2015 Major Award
The Water Diviner – Andrew Knight & Andrew Anastasios
2015 Australian Writer’s Foundation Playwriting Award
Generously supported by Kim Williams AM
(winning along with Angela Betzien)
Feature Film – Original
The Water Diviner – Andrew Knight & Andrew Anastasios
Feature Film – Adaptation
Holding the Man by Tommy Murphy
(winning along with Brendan Cowell for Ruben Guthrie)
Television Mini Series – Adaptation
The Secret River by Mac Gudgeon & Jan Sardi
Community and Youth Theatre
The Gap – Patricia Cornelius, Angela Betzien & Melissa Reeves)
To see the full list of winners, click here.
Mohamed Khadra’s book HONOUR, DUTY, COURAGE, based on real-life experiences of doctors and nurses who have served in the military, has been released this month by Penguin Random House Australia and was ‘Pick of the Week’ in the non-fiction short reviews in the September 5-6 book pages of Spectrum (SMH/The Age): ‘It is a testament to the success of the book that it brings to mind the best of M*A*S*H in its black humour, camaraderie and moral complexity.’
Mohamed Khadra works as a urological surgeon in Sydney and is the author of Making the Cut: A Surgeon’s Stories of Life on the Edge; The Patient: One Man’s Journey Through the Australian Health-Care System; Terminal Decline: A Surgeon’s Diagnosis of the Australian Health-care System; and co-author with David Williamson of the play At What Cost?
Stories I Want to Tell You in Person premiered at the Melbourne International Film Fest and was recently broadcast on ABC1.
Client Jo Briscoe production designed the telemovie, which both stars and was adapted for the screen by Lally Katz. .
Based on her real life adventures, Katz’s journey moves from Australia to New York and back again, as she struggles to find the balance between her career and finding love – with the help of her grumpy Hungarian neighbour Anna (Robyn Nevin – reprising the role she played in Katz’s play Neighbourhood Watch), a drug store manager (Ronny Chieng), a talking Bear (Mark Dickinson), her interfering subconscious and two very expensive New York psychics (all played by Katz).
For more information or to view the program on ABC’s iview, click here.
GAYBY BABY is a portrait of four kids – Gus, Ebony, Matt and Graham – whose parents all happen to be gay. As they each wrestle with the challenges of oncoming adolescence, the outside world wrestles with the issue of marriage equality, and whether or not kids like them are at risk. Gayby Baby is a living, moving portrait of same-sex families that offers a refreshingly honest picture of the value systems that really count in modern life. Just what is a 21st Century family, and how and by whom should it be defined? You might be aware of the controversy surrounding the NSW government bans the film from being screened in schools.
Client Max Lyandvert is the composer for the film for director Maya Newell.
For more information or to view the trailer, click here.