Sam Neill

Bring Him To Me‘s masculine energy can’t mask its genre unoriginality: Brisbane International Film Festival Review

October 28, 2023

Having dealt with a duo of alien invasions for his Occupation films, it makes sense that Australian filmmaker Luke Sparke would want to look at something a little more grounded for his next cinematic feat.  Whilst still working with an exaggerated mentality, Bring Him To Me is a crime thriller that bathes in a smaller, […]

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Film Review: Scarygirl invites its viewers to embrace the power of positivity in even the darkest of days

October 26, 2023

Watching Scarygirl it becomes even more increasingly annoying that Australian cinema hasn’t embraced animation as thoroughly as we should.  Sure, we have the likes of Blinky Bill and Ferngully to claim as our own (and, yes, I’m aware of Happy Feet, but it feels like an entity separate from the more independently funded productions), but, […]

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Film Review: Jurassic World Dominion further removes itself from the organic DNA of the original series

June 9, 2022

To paraphrase the Queen Bee of 2004, Mean Girls‘ Regina George, “Stop trying to make dinosaurs happen!” Though the love for legacy sequels is at an all-time high thanks to the recent 1-2 hit of Top Gun: Maverick and Scream, the Jurassic Park/Jurassic World continuation fails to continue the trend, further removing itself from the […]

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Film Review: Rams will appear to the older crowds who appreciate undemanding, inoffensive cinema

October 28, 2020

Despite being a reimagined take on the 2015 Icelandic drama of the same name, Rams feels distinctly Australian.  The brotherly rivalry between its lead characters – symbolised by their opposing sheep flocks – offset by the wonderfully captured Western Australian backdrop gives Jeremy Sims‘ occasionally amusing drama a homegrown identity, despite the fact that it’s […]

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Interview: Rams director Jeremy Sims on reinterpreting an Icelandic drama and the importance of his casting

October 28, 2020

With the imminent release of Rams set for Australian audiences, director Jeremy Sims has been discussing the film and what brought him to reinterpret the original Icelandic drama.  Our own Peter Gray chatted with Sims, learning of his approach to directing, how he has found the film’s reception so far, and why he had to […]

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Win a double pass to see Rams in Australian cinemas

October 21, 2020

We have ten double passes to give away to the upcoming release of the Australian comedy Rams, starring Sam Neill, Michael Caton, and Miranda Richardson. In remote Western Australia, two estranged brothers, Colin (Sam Neill) and Les (Michael Caton), are at war. Raising separate flocks of sheep descended from their family’s prized bloodline, the two […]

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Bryan Brown, Sam Neil and Greta Scacchi to star in upcoming film Palm Beach

February 12, 2018

Entertainment One, Seville International and Screen Australia in association with Create NSW have announced that Bryan Brown (Breaker Morant, Dirty Deeds) Sam Neil (Jurassic Park), Greta Scacchi (The Entertainer) and Jaqueline McKenzie (The 4400) will star in the upcoming film Palm Beach. The film will be written by acclaimed playwright Joanna Murray-Smith (Honour, The Female of the Species) and be directed by the celebrated Australian […]

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Screen Australia announces investments in fifteen documentaries

August 2, 2017

In local news, Screen Australia has recently announced that they plan to invested up to $4.15 million in production funding across fifteen documentaries. Through the guise of the Documentary Producer and Commissioned programs, the module set in place is certain to stretch and explore a plethora of various subject matters from creative voices. With some […]

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Australian icons Sam Neill and George Miller join Tropfest Jury

February 1, 2017

Joining head of the Jury Rose Byrne for Tropfest’s 25-year anniversary will be actor Sam Neill (Hunt for the Wilderpeople), directors George Miller (Mad Max) and Rachel Perkins (Bran Nue Dae) and producer Bruna Papandrea (Gone Girl). “It is an enormous honour to add these esteemed filmmakers to the Tropfest Jury in our 25th year,” said Tropfest Founder and Chair, John Polson. “We’re excited for our judges […]

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Film Review: Hunt for the Wilderpeople (NZ, 2016)

May 27, 2016

Have you seen that ad where the three kids sit in the car and talk about how their dads drive when they’re blazed? If so, you’ll probably recognise Ricky Baker (Julian Dennison), though he’s done some growing. When he arrives at his latest foster home, deep in the New Zealand bushland, he steps out of […]

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Six things we learned at the Hunt for the Wilderpeople Q&A at Palace Cinemas

May 24, 2016

Taika Waititi‘s New Zealand-set and produced Hunt for the Wilderpeople releases this week and we were lucky to be in attendance at the film’s Sydney premiere. Alongside getting to see the film itself (look for our review later in the week), we were also treated to a short Q&A with director Taika Waititi and cast members Julian […]

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Australian film Backtrack gets a strictly limited release

May 3, 2016

Backtrack, a new Australian thriller starring Adrian Brody and Sam Neill, will screen exclusively for one-week across select Palace Cinemas from 16-22 June. The strictly limited one-week cinema release will be followed by digital and disc releases on August 3, a non-traditional pattern designed to make the film available to a broader audience across all channels […]

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Simon Stone, Odessa Young & Ewen Leslie to appear at Sydney and Melbourne Q&A sessions for The Daughter

January 30, 2016

Writer and director Simon Stone and actors Odessa Young (Looking For Grace) and Ewen Leslie (Dead Leslie) will be appearing in the Q&A sessions for their new film, The Daughter. The sessions will be moderated by film critic David Stratton and film and media editor Michael Bodey, with  preview screenings being held at Palace Verona, Sydney and Palace Cinema […]

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Australian film The Daughter to premiere at Sydney Film Festival

May 22, 2015

The upcoming Sydney Film Festival will play host to the premiere of Australian feature film The Daughter. Starring Sam Neill, Miranda Otto, Paul Schneider and Geoffery Rush, The Daughter follows Christian (Schneider), who returns to his hometown, reunites with his childhood friend, and discovers family secrets that could tear everyone’s lives apart. The Daughter is […]

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