In other breaking SFF news, the winner of the AU$60,000 Sydney Film Prize, announced at the festival's closing ceremony, is the same-sex drama 'The Heiresses' ('Las Herederas') the first feature film by Paraguayan filmmaker Marcelo Martinessi. Set in Asuncion, Paraguay's capital city, this story centres around down on their luck and their fortunes socialite Chela (Ana Brun) as she adjusts to a new, more impoverished reality after her life partner of thirty years Chiquita (Margarita Irun) is imprisoned for fraud. After falling into work almost by accident, as a taxi driver for her elderly and wealthy neighbours, Chela meets Angy (Ana Ivanova), a younger woman who awakens her desire and her sense of adventure to live her life to the full. Martinessi is reported as saying 'I grew up in a world shaped by women: mother, sisters, grandmothers, aunts, ladies in the neighbourhood. I wanted my first feature to get into that female universe'.
The 2018 Sydney Film Prize was awarded by a five-person jury chaired by Australian artist and filmmaker Lynette Wallworth, and featuring fellow Australian Actor Ewen Leslie, Filipino Producer and Writer Bianca Balbuena, South African film composer and songwriter Chris Letcher, and Tokyo Film Festival program director Yoshi Yatabe. This Prize is awarded each year to the most 'audacious, cutting-edge and courageous film' in Sydney Film Festival's official competition. For the complete wrap-up you can go to : https://www.sff.org.au/
Turning attention to the week ahead, there are five new films coming to your local Odeon. We launch with the fifth instalment in this hugely popular and successful modern day dinosaur franchise that saw a reboot three years ago that smashed Box Office records and propelled that film into the Top Five of all time - will this second film in a planned trilogy have equal success? Only you can make that happen! We then move to a comedy about a gay male couple whose life is turned upside down by the unexpected arrival of a young grandson. Next up is an Aussie dark comedy about two brothers wanting to rid themselves of their stepdad in a well planned murder plot that doesn't go off quite as well in the execution. We then turn to a hiking adventure offering with an octogenarian widow setting herself the challenge to climb a Scottish mountain in memory of her father. And then we conclude with an acclaimed Israeli film about the futility and boredom of war from the standpoint of four soldiers manning a desolate and remote desert outpost.
Whatever your taste in big screen film entertainment is this week - be it any of the five latest release new movies as Previewed below, or those doing the rounds currently on general release and as Reviewed and Previewed in previous Blog Posts here at Odeon Online, you are here warmly invited to share your movie going thoughts, opinions and observations by leaving your relevant, succinct and appropriate views in the Comments section below this or any other Post. We'd love to hear from you, and in the meantime, enjoy your big screen Odeon outing during the week ahead.
'JURASSIC WORLD : FALLEN KINGDOM' (Rated M) - and so another much hyped highly anticipated sequel marks its return to the big screen in the form of this follow up offering to 2015's hugely successful 'Jurassic World' and the fifth instalment in the 'Jurassic Park' series. This film is intended to be the second in a planned trilogy of films, with the third due for release in June 2021. 'Jurassic World' made US$1.67B at the Global Box Office off the back of a US$150M Budget and making it the fifth highest grossing film of all time and the most financially successful in the franchise so far. Colin Trevorrow Co-Wrote and Directed the 2015 film, and this time he returns as Co-Writer and Executive Producer alongside Steven Spielberg, giving away the Directorial duties to J.A. Bayona whose previous Directing credits include 'The Orphanage', 'The Impossible' and 'A Monster Calls'. The principle cast reprise their roles, and the film is released in the US this week too.
Set three years after the destruction of the Jurassic World theme park on Isla Nublar off Central America's Pacific Coast, the escaped dinosaur's have roamed freely, until now when their very existence is threatened by an impending volcanic eruption that may destroy their island sanctuary. Former Jurassic World Operations Manager Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) forms a dinosaur rescue organisation - The Dinosaur Protection Group and teams up with Sir Benjamin Lockwood (James Cromwell), the former partner of John Hammond, to bring the creatures to an estate sanctuary in America, joined by Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) a former dinosaur trainer at Jurassic World and the love interest of Claire Dearing. Having successfully rescued many dinosaurs before the island erupts in a ball of fire and brimstone, Claire and Owen are on the receiving end of betrayal when they discover that the dinosaurs are being auctioned off at Lockwood's Estate. But a more immediate threat looms large when a dangerous and intelligent hybrid dinosaur escapes and begins to reign down death and destruction on the Estate and potentially the much wider community. Also starring Rafe Spall, Toby Jones, Ted Levine, B.D. Wong, Geraldine Chaplin and Jeff Goldblum.
'IDEAL HOME' (Rated M) - here we have an American comedy drama offering Written and Directed by Andrew Fleming who has helmed numerous film and television series episodes over the years including features 'The Craft', 'Dick', 'The In-Laws', 'Nancy Drew' and 'Barefoot' amongst others. The film saw its World Premier screening as Sydney's Mardi Gras Film Festival back in February this year, is released this week in Australia and next week Stateside. The film tells of gay couple Paul (Paul Rudd) and Erasmus Brumble (Steve Coogan) whose life is turned upside down and inside out when unexpectedly a ten year old lad comes a knocking on their door claiming to be the grandson of Erasmus. But neither Erasmus as a TV Chef, nor Paul as his TV show Director, are quite prepared to give up the lifestyle they have become accustomed to in order to become full-time parents. But maybe this little lad has a thing or two that he can teach the oldies about the value of family and the need to belong. Jack Gore stars as Bill Brumble, the estranged Grandson of Erasmus, with Alison Pill and Jake McDorman.
'BROTHERS' NEST' (Rated MA15+) - this Australian black comedy offering is Directed, Co-Produced and stars Clayton Jacobson, the brother of Aussie film star and television personality Shane Jacobson, who also stars in this film. The two brothers last collaborated on the highly acclaimed 2006 Australian comedy 'Kenny' which propelled Shane Jacobson into the limelight, from which he has not been absent since. Here, two brothers Terry and Jeff (played by the two brothers Shane and Clayton respectively) have hatched a plan with meticulous detail to dispense with their stepfather Roger (Kym Gyngell). One cold Victorian morning the pair arrive at their family home with plans to make the murder look as though it was a suicide. Their motive, to get their mother (Lynette Curran) to change her Will in their favour. However, what they don't plan on is the repercussions of spending a whole day together under the same roof when the brothers personalities clash with varying views of the world, old grudges come to the surface and their troubled past is reignited. Also starring Sarah Snook.
With five new release films out this week to tempt you out to your local Odeon, remember to share your movie going thoughts with your other like minded cinephile friends afterwards here at Odeon Online. Meanwhile, I'll see you sometime somewhere in the week ahead at your local Odeon.
-Steve, at Odeon Online-