The Iris’ Weekly Film and TV Round Up! (14th August 2015)

Penny brings us the latest from the world of film and television in the The Iris’ weekly news round up! We kick things off with the new Tarantino blockbuster…

What’s new in film?

Tarantino is at it again with The Hateful Eight, featuring eight strangers who come together to kick some butt. The film is a long time coming, having been bound in controversy when the script was leaked online. We’re very happy Tarantino moved on and got this film done. Check out the newly released trailer here:

Coming out this week in Australian cinemas, Guy Ritchie’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (check out our review here:, and 5 Flights Up, starring Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman (check out our review here:

What’s new in television?

Vinyl, Season 1

An original series from HBO, Vinyl is all about the crazy music scene of the 1970s. It looks like it will be packed with cocaine and broken guitars. Featuring big names including Bobby Cannavale and even Ray Romano. The series comes from Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger, and Terence Winter, so we have high expectations. The teaser trailer is here:

Sneaky Pete, Pilot

Giovanni Ribisi and Bryan Cranston appear in a new Amazon Original Series featuring Ribisi as a con man who pretends to be his prison-mate, Pete, in order to help him out on the outside. The trailer is for the pilot, and Amazon viewers can vote on whether they would like to see this turn into a series:

Casanova, Pilot

A sexy 18th Century story of Giacomo Casanova who flees a Venetian prison, moving to Paris. The television series is directed by Amelie’s Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Like Sneaky Pete, Amazon viewers can also vote on this pilot, which may see it turn into a series.

Festivals and Events

Sydney Underground Film Festival

SUFF 2015 is set to kick off in September, running for 4 days. Including feature films, documentaries and shorts will be screened as well as events and masterclasses in and around The Factory Theatre in Sydney. The opening night will be a screening of sexually explicit French film, Love, with some pizza and beer, as well as music and live performances to follow at the party. The closing night screens Eli Roth’s latest, Knock Knock, a sexploitation thriller starring Keanu Reeves. You’ll also be treated to some ice cream and booze, and see the “Dead Oscar” awards presented at the party. For more information visit

Tropfest Australia

Entries are now open for the annual Australian short film festival which will be held on 6 December 2015 at Centennial Park, Sydney. This year, the TSI (Tropfest Signature Item) is “CARD”. It is expected that over 100,000 people will attend the screenings which will also be broadcast on SBS 2. For more info, visit

See you next week!



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