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February 10th, 2017 by Cherry

Australia is going Hollywood with an intimate Oscar Nominee Reception on Friday, February 24th at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills.


Screen Australia and Australians in Film are celebrating Australian filmmakers nominated for the 89th Academy Awards®



This year Australia has 13 nominations including two in contention for  best motion picture ‘Lion‘ and ‘Hacksaw Ridge‘, the first foreign language nomination for ‘Tanna‘ based on a true story and visual effects for ‘Deepwater Horizon‘. 



I need to catch up on Oscar nominated films especially from Australia. I had heard of Lion and meant to see the film of a boy lost in India and adopted by an Australian family on a journey of discovery of his homeland. It looked luscious with a star I’ve enjoyed in other films telling a story I’d never seen on the screen before. Tanna I had never seen or heard of but reading about two star crossed lovers fleeing their fate makes me think of Romeo and Juliet so looking forward to watching this over Valentines! 

The event is supported by Qantas, Australian Consulate Los Angeles, Ausfilm and Penfolds







About Screen Australia:  Screen Australia is the Australian Federal Government agency charged with supporting screen development, production and promotion across television, film, documentary and digital originals. Academy Award nominees Lion and Tanna were both recipients of this kind of funding support from Screen Australia. The agency also administers the Producer Offset tax rebate which assists eligible television and film works to be made, including Academy Award nominated feature Hacksaw Ridge. Australia’s official co-production program is run by Screen Australia and the agency is a proud supporter of Australians in Film.


About Australians In Film: Australians in Film is a Los Angeles based film, television and digital content non-profit foundation with a mission to connect the Australian industry to the international market.Founded in May 2001, AiF serves as the industry guild for Australian entertainment professionals in Los Angeles, holding regular screenings, career development programs, seminars and labs, and currently has over 600 members. For more information on AiF, please visit


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August 24th, 2016 by Cherry

The Handmaiden-p1.jpgI saw a screening of the upcoming fall release of ‘The Handmaiden’. It was the darling of Cannes and I thought I’ve been tricked before by films beloved by the attendees. Bzzz that inundates me with the usual descriptions that it’s a ‘masterpeice’, ‘tour de force’, ‘visually stunning’, ‘a modern Film Noir’, ‘sensual and/or sexy’ and that the film has ‘strong female characters’. But I’ve been disappointed time and time again with buzz and so I thought <pfft> no way can it live up to the hype and I refuse to allow myself to fall in love again.

But then I saw the director’s name and how great his other films were. I looked at the cast and realize I’d seen them in other films where they impressed me with their emotional range. I thought well I’ll check out the official trailer on youtube and I was sprung. I loved the fast cuts, the teasing of the story, the costumes, words unspoken but secrets revealed with a touch or meaningful look and the costumes! It was a refreshing change from what I’ve been watching the last few years. A film for adults that is provocative, smart and at times funny. I have to say Cannes was right and the buzz deserved this film is GREAT!

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I don’t want to give anything away about film adapted from ‘Fingersmith’ by Sarah Waters but Park Chan-wook adaptation had me on the edge of my seat. The film draws you into a world that is rich and textured full of people who are gray, black and white. The cast made each character feel like a real person and I ‘got’ why they behaved the way they did even if morally I found it wrong. This is a modern Film Noir with strong well defined female non cookie cutter characters that were exhilarating to watch. My emotions were careening trying to figure out hero and villain, good or bad and who would save the heroine from the clutches of an evil roguish ne’er-do-well. The film is divided into three parts giving the viewer an opportunity to get to know each character intimately and see from their point of view.

I’ll post a review of the film closer to the release date but I want to say …. No shout from the rooftops … This is the BEST film of 2016 and should be nominated for an Oscar for Best Film not best FOREIGN film but Best Film PERIOD!

Do you plan to see this film? Have you heard about the book or upcoming film? Leave comments below….

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November 9th, 2014 by Cherry

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Now in its 27th year, the AFI European Union Film Showcase continues its tradition of bringing the best in European cinema to the Washington, DC, region.

Recent AFI European Union Film Showcase favorites have included Sweden’s THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, Germany’s THE LIVES OF OTHERS, France’s THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY and PERSEPOLIS, and the UK’s ANNA KARENINA, THE YOUNG VICTORIA and LE WEEK-END, all making their Washington, DC, area premieres at AFI Silver, before going on to successful theatrical runs.

This year’s selection of films will include international film festival award-winners, local box-office hits and debut works by promising new talents, plus many countries’ official Oscar® submissions for Best Foreign Language Film.

Half-Price One-Day Sale Nov. 21!
10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

All tickets for films in the 2014 AFI European Union Film Showcase are half price on Nov. 21! Peruse the listings now and customize your own cinematic trip to Europe, at bargain rates! Shop online or at the box office on Nov. 21, between 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.

The AFI European Union Film Showcase is organized by the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, in collaboration with the Delegation of the European Union and the Cultural Counselors of the member states of the European Union in Washington, DC.

Early confirmations for the 2014 lineup include:



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November 6th, 2013 by Cherry

NOVEMBER 16, 2013


The Hunger Games Costume Auction is less than two weeks away. This is a very special auction of screen-worn wardrobe from the hit motion picture The Hunger Games.


Included in this auction is the famous brown leather Hunting Jacket worn by Katniss Everdeen, portrayed by Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence. This same jacket was also worn in Catching Fire.


Also in this auction is the spectacular and glimmering Fire Dress. This dress was specially made with thousands of Swarovski crystals adorning the lower section that sparkle as the dress moves.


Over 200 original screen-worn costumes from this hit blockbuster will be on the auction block. Opening bids start as low as $100.


Bidding will be live, internet and phone. Please register to bid early.


We hope to see you there!













“The Hunger Games auction allows fans to virtually step inside the world of the 12 Districts, the Capitol, and the brutal realm of the Games. Fans are afforded a once in a lifetime opportunity to actually own Katniss’ leather hunting jacket, or her “Girl on Fire” dress, or to dress up as one of the flamboyant denizens of the Capitol…or as one of the color-coded District tributes. It is rare to be able to acquire wardrobe so early in a franchise’s history, since it took a phenomenon like the Star Trek television and film series 40 years to reach the auction block. With the November Hunger Games auction, you could go and see The Hunger Games sequel (also out in November) wearing Katniss’ actual leather hunting boots.” -Jennifer Smith is a California University Professor of Art History, a writer, and a collector of original film and television props and costumes. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and magnificent infant son, Clark.






In our ongoing effort to end hunger, Blacksparrow Auctions is honored to be working with the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. Donations of food and/or money will be accepted at our offices located in Sun Valley, California, now through November 18, 2013. Please contact us for more information.


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November 14th, 2012 by Cherry

The Egyptian and Aero Theatres are celebrating Cinema Italian Style with a festival from November 13 –  18, 2012.  The opening night will be screening Italy’s official entry for the 2012 Oscar Best Foreign-Language Film Caesar Must Die directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani (trailer).  The real life inmates of the maximum security prison Rebibbia are cast and filmed presenting Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.  A film that shows life behind bars in Italy a viewpoint rarely seen outside of the prison system.

Over the course of the festival we are given a glimpse of the vibrancy and diversity of Italian Cinema from Acciaco (Steel) about blue collar steel workers to Magnifica Presenza the comedic comedy with a pastry chef, ghosts and gay love.  The festival highlights the diversity of ideas as well as the beauty of Italy from small cities to Rome that will fire the imagination, spill tears and laughter like bells.



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