Archive for May 16, 2014

Great article by LA Times on ‘The Rover’ + David Michôd talks about the movie and Robert Pattinson   2 comments

Here’s a really great article by LA Times – ‘The Rover,’ shot in the scorching outback, chills the heart and soul

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Film directors fretting on the set is nothing new, but David Michod, whose “The Rover” will debut at the Festival du Cannes on Saturday, had a concern that was considerably out of the ordinary: “I worried,” he says, “that the actors would die.”

Michod’s first feature since 2010’s knockout “Animal Kingdom,” “The Rover” stars Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson and was filmed in the South Australian outback, where temperatures in the hottest time of the year are literally inhumane.

“We had a technical scout the week before we started shooting and it felt dangerous, the temperature was 50 degrees Celsius, which is 122 degrees Fahrenheit,” the director recalled while in the cool interior of a posh hotel bar.

“You couldn’t work in that kind of heat, if you stood outside for more than 20 minutes you could start to die. … The producers [and I] had a short conversation about that, it was short because we didn’t want to contemplate that possibility. Fortunately, the temperature during shooting went down to 40 to 45 degrees Celsius [104-113 Fahrenheit.] That sits within the spectrum suitable for human life.”

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Cannes Film Market: ‘Queen of The Desert’ and ‘Life’ Included In “Most Buzz” Around Buyers List   1 comment

In an article from Deadline about the Cannes Film Market, ‘Queen of the Desert’ and ‘Life’ are listed as two of the movies that have the most buzz in the market

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Deadline:

QUEEN OF THE DESERT – Director, Writer: Werner Herzog, Cast: James Franco, Robert Pattinson, Nicole Kidman, Damian Lewis. Kidman plays Gertrude Bell, the Lawrence of Arabia of female diplomats and political attaché for the British Empire at the dawn of the 20th century. Sales: Sierra Affinity, CAA, Cassian Elwes.

LIFE – Director: Anton Corbijn. Cast: Robert Pattinson, Dane DeHaan, Ben Kingsley, Joel Edgerton. A photographer for Life Magazine is assigned to shoot pictures of James Dean. Sales: CAA / WME / FilmNation. Based on 15 minutes of footage, this one’s in play and is gonna sell.

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David Michôd talks ‘The Rover’ with SBS Movies   1 comment

Sandy George from SBS Movies sent some questions to David and his responses are as follows:

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“Every filmmaker dreams of getting a film into Cannes. Why do you think The Rover did?

Hopefully, it feels like a film they haven’t seen before – it’s tense and unusual – and because the central performances from Guy and Rob are really extraordinary.

You have said that the film is “not a post-apocalyptic film”, that “this is an Australia that has broken down into a kind of resource-rich Third World country.” Can you expand on that?

I didn’t want the world of the movie to feel like we’d been reduced to psychotic apes because of a single cataclysmic event. Rather, I wanted it to feel like the entirely plausible and frighteningly possible result of the world we live in today: economic and environmental collapse, as a product of rampant greed and exploitation, reduce Australia to a dangerous resource-rich third world country. Infrastructure, products, and an economy of sorts still exist – they’re just broken, fragile and the world of the movie as a consequence is dangerous and unpredictable.

For the many people who know and love Animal Kingdom, what would you say to them about how the film is most different from or influenced by or still shows the David Michôd touch.

I think it will feel like it was made by the same guy who made Animal Kingdom. The Rover is much leaner in narrative and more epic in landscape but, like Animal Kingdom, it’s still about the sadness and menace of people trying to make sense of a world that doesn’t make any sense.”

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Read the rest of Sandy’s interaction with David at SBS.

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WE HAVE A WINNER!   Leave a comment

Thank you all for participating in our Rob – Birthday Donate and Win contest!

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We’ve just drawn a winner from all the entries we’ve got and we’re happy to announce that Verena/Roberta is the winner of the two magazines!

CONGRATS! The magazines will be sent to you as soon as possible!

Posted May 16, 2014 by Sim in Robert Pattinson

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