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From Vikings to the Battle of Long Tan: Travis Fimmel leads a stellar cast in a moving tribute to the 108 ANZAC soldiers who fought

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Transmission Films

Duration: 118 minutes
The Gold Coast premiere at Pacific Fair last month saw a slew of high profile guests including Luke Bracey (Point Break, Hacksaw Ridge), Alexander England (Alien: Covenant, Gods Of Egypt), Daniel Webber (The Punisher, The Dirt), Nicholas Hamilton (IT), Emmy Dougall (Home and Away) , Travis Jeffery (Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) and Queenslander Lincoln Lewis (Gallipoli TV Mini-series, Bait).

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This film is a moving tribute to the 108 extraordinary Australian (105) and New Zealand (3) soldiers, predominantly from Delta Company of Queensland’s 6th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR) 1966, who fought in this historic battle. The Premiere will be attended by numerous Long Tan veterans, including former Company Commander Lieutenant Colonel Harry Smith SG MC (retired), WO1 Robert Buick MM (retired), Major Geoff Kendall MG (retired) and Dr Bob Grandin PhD (Flight Lieutenant RAAF, retired), along with many dignitaries and celebrity guests.

For three and a half hours, in the pouring rain, amid the mud and shattered trees of a rubber plantation called Long Tan, Major Harry Smith and his dispersed company of 108 young and mostly inexperienced Australian and New Zealand soldiers are fighting for their lives, holding off an overwhelming force of 2,000 battle hardened Viet Cong and North Vietnamese soldiers. With their ammunition running out, their casualties mounting and the enemy massing for a final assault, each man begins to search for the strength to triumph over an uncertain future with honour, decency and courage.

Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan is releasing in Australian today. Produced by Red Dune Films and Deeper Water Films, with investment from the Queensland Government through Screen Queensland, Screen Australia and Saboteur Media.

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August Movie Guide

Main attractions hitting the big screen this month include the much anticipated The Fast and Furious spin-off, we re-enter the world of the Matrix as it turns 20 years old,  while Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio team up for the latest film by Quentin Tarentino!

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Young Picasso: The psychological autopsy of brilliance

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Documentary 
Duration: 91 minutes

 

Young Picasso is the “latest cinematic immersion into the world’s best loved art, accompanied by insights from the world’s leading historians and arts critics.”  It’s a psychological autopsy of one of the most brilliant visual artists in modern times. 

Director, Phil Grabsky plots the life of Pablo Picasso as he draws on the sophisticated expertise and vast collection of Picasso’s works and memorabilia from 5 major European museums – Museo Picasso Málaga,  Fundación Picasso-Museo Casa Natal, Málaga, where he was born; Museu Picasso de Barcelona, where the most extensive collection of his early works is held;  Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona and the Musée national Picasso-Paris, in the city Picasso called home.

In addition to his rare and renowned paintings, are letters from friends, lovers and family.  Historians and curators delve into the mind of Picasso, allowing us to rediscover and appreciate a new meaning to his masterpieces.

“A smell of mould and neglect caught me by the throat but i forced myself to stay to examine theses masks.  All these objects people had created with a sacred magical purpose to serve as intermediaries between them and the unknown…  And then I understood what painting really meant.  It’s not an aesthetic process, it’s a form of magic that interposes itself between us and the hostile universe.  A means of seizing power by imposing a form on our terrors as well as on our desires….  The day I understood that, I found my path”
– Pablo Picasso

Screening in cinemas across Australia from August 1

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“Spirit” by Beyonce – this week’s most anticipated movie release followed by her new album!

Disney continues to bring to life many animation classics and the most anticipated retelling of the year features an assembly of super stars.   At the height of anticipation, Beyonce dropped a new single “Spirit” announcing she would be producing an album themed to the upcoming movie being released on Wednesday.

The cast of voices includes:

Donald Glover – Simba
Beyonce – Nala

Chiwetel Ejiofor – Scar
John Oliver – Zazu
James Earl Jones – Mufasa
John Kani – Rafiki
Alfre Woodard Alfre Woodard – Sarabi
JD McCrary – Young Simba
Shahadi Wright Joseph – Young Nala
Penny Johnson Jerald -Sarafina
Keegan-Michael Key – Kamari
Eric André – Azizi
Florence Kasumba – Shenzi
Seth Rogen – Pumbaa
Billy Eichner – Timon
Amy Sedaris – Guinea Fowl
Chance the Rapper – Bush Baby
Phil LaMarr – Impala
J.Lee – Hyena
Josh McCrary – Elephant Shrew

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Paramount Pictures reshuffles the release date of Dora and the Lost City of Gold

In an answer to Disney’s real life re-makes of Aladdin and The Lion King, Paramount released another trailer this evening of the upcoming movie based on kids TV show, Dora the Explorer!

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Piranhas: Innocence Lost – the legacy of Naples’ mafia families

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Feautre Film (Italy)
Duration: 110 minutes

The story charts the controversial rise of a gang of Neapolitan youngsters – known as the paranza – who were originally recruited to act as hitmen by the Camorra.   Fifteen years old fearless boys with innocent nicknames, branded shoes, normal families, names of girlfriends tattooed on their skin, no trust in school or institutions.   Teenagers with no tomorrow, no hope, not afraid of jail nor death.   Their only chance is to bet on everything they possess right now.  If they want money, they need to go out and get it. They go off on their scooters, take over the drug market, shoot satellite antennas, defy the godfathers of Naples, spread terror and fear in the city’s streets.
These power-hungry adolescents are as trigger happy with a real AK-47 as they are on their PlayStations.  Paranza is a term that belongs to the sea: fishing boats with lights tricking small fishes with no hope to survive. This is a tale of kids darting through life, through adolescences  “tricked by light” as a paranza.
Saviano enters relentlessly in this reality of today, opening and shading light over it with a wonderful tale of innocence and subjugation.

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