News Roundup November 2016

Down Under Flix is now on Twitter at twitter.com/downunderflix, or @ downunderflix for those in the know. I’ll be using that platform in future to share news, reviews, retrospectives, and screening alerts from other sources, and will focus on my own reviews and features here on the site. However, I had a stockpile of links built up, so here’s one last roundup of classic films and catalogue titles currently in the news.

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This first item is a big deal. David Stratton is one of Australia’s premier film critics, commentators and scholars, and he’s putting together a multi-part documentary on Australian cinema. In a television interview promoting the project during his visit to the Adelaide Film Festival, Stratton talks about Australian film history and highlights some of his favourite local features, including Newsfront, Picnic at Hanging Rock, and Gallipoli. Watch the interview here.

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News Roundup October 2016

A roundup of classic films and catalogue titles currently in the news.

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In celebration of Baz Luhrmann’s birthday last month, pop culture site Wikia posted a pair of articles on the Luhrmannator. See Jamie Freedman’s take on Luhrmann’s directorial style and preoccupations, then read Drew Dietsch’s take on the director’s Red Curtain trilogy, aka Strictly Ballroom, Romeo + Juliet, and Moulin Rouge.

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News Roundup September 2016

A roundup of classic films and catalogue titles currently in the news

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As mentioned in our recent review of Starstruck, Australia has produced an eclectic assortment of musicals. One of the most curious is Oz, Chris Lofven’s 1976 film relocating the plot and action of The Wizard of Oz to an outback setting.

At some point Down Under Flix will take a look at Oz, but until then check out the recent review by Drew Dietsch published at Wikia.

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News Roundup August 2016 p. 2

A roundup of classic films and catalogue titles currently in the news

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Adelaide Cinematheque is currently running a retrospective of films directed by the late Paul Cox. Films screened include:

  • Man of Flowers
  • Lust and Revenge
  • Lonely Hearts

The season starts 25 August. For further information, visit Adelaide’s Mercury Cinema website

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News Roundup August 2016

A roundup of classic films and catalogue titles currently in the news.

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In 1986 Brian Trenchard-Smith, featured in last month’s news roundup, unleashed Dead-End Drive In (1986) upon the world. A dystopian action thriller in the Ozploitation tradition, the film presents a future where delinquent youth are sent to concentration camps, which happen to be drive-in cinemas. The flick is getting a nifty Blu-ray release with all the bells and whistles from cult label Arrow Video.

Read the press release via Dread Central

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News Roundup July 2016

A roundup of classic films and catalogue titles currently in the news.

Picnic

Down Under Flix is all about spotlighting underappreciated, neglected, forgotten or obscure Australian films that flew under the radar or fell through the cracks. Picnic at Hanging Rock ain’t that film. Peter Weir’s 1975 mystery drama is one of the all-time great Australian features: a gorgeous, otherworldly, spooky, jarring, cryptic, unapologetically bizarre film beloved by most. Well, maybe not the late Bob Ellis.

Anne Lambert, the iconic star of the film, is currently in the news campaigning alongside the National Trust of SA to protect one of the other iconic stars of the film, Martindale Hall.

Read more at Adelaide Now

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