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  CANADIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2007 - PREVIEW
Sydney’s 2nd Canadian Film Festival, Possible Worlds, (Chauvel Cinema, Nov. 29 to Dec. 5) will open with the Australian premiere of Matt Bissonnette’s award winning Who Loves The Sun, with special guests in attendance and some of the films will tour across Australia and New Zealand.
  CANADIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2008 - PREVIEW: POSSIBLE WORLDS
Diverse, audacious and slightly exotic, Canadian cinema has always been north of Hollywood in terms of the edginess that marks fiercely independent talent and this year’s festival (Nov.27 - December 2) is a great snapshot of its current themes and preoccupations, from sex to society, reports Andrew L. Urban
  CANNES 2005 – WRAP
Johnny To’s quirky Hong Kong Triad actioner, Election, had scant violence, and David Cronenberg’s History of Violence had no quirks, while Palme d’Or winning L’Enfant, from Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, had no overstatement – but there is more to the Festival de Cannes than the 21 films in the Competition. Andrew L. Urban and Louise Keller report.
CANNES '98:WHAT'S IN THE CANNES CANNES '98:WHAT'S IN THE CANNES
An early warning bell has gone off in the film industry around the world, pointing to the most likely films to screen in the world’s most prestigious and respected film festival at Cannes, from May 13 to 24, 1998. Andrew L. Urban reports on the predictions, with comments on some of the Australian films likely to be selected. (Dance Me To My Song, pic)
CANNES 1998 - THE FESTIVAL FILMS CANNES 1998 – THE FESTIVAL FILMS
What would we do without a Cannes Film festival, the altar of cinema as art; it is a fantastic focal point for the world’s filmmakers, each year selecting around two dozen films (not exhaustively, but in fine French fashion, idiosyncratically - this year from over 1000) that have that certain je ne sais quoi….(Pic Jury President, Martin Scorsese)
CANNES 1998: NEWS CANNES 1998: NEWS
The latest news from Cannes.
CANNES 1998: News (2) CANNES 1998: News (2)
The latest news from Cannes. (Part 2)
CANNES 1999: OFFICIAL SELECTION CANNES 1999: OFFICIAL SELECTION
The flamboyant and iconoclastic Pedro Almodovar, America’s idiosyncratic David Lynch and John Sayles, the Canadian maestro, Atom Egoyan and Britain’s Peter Greenaway are among the filmmakers whose work is showcased at the 52nd Cannes Film Festival, May 12 – 23, 1999.
CANNES 2000 - AUSTRALIAN FILMS CANNES 2000 - AUSTRALIAN FILMS
With one feature in the Directors Fortnight section and another in Critics Week (both parallel to but not part of the official festival), Australia is not heavily represented at Cannes in festival terms; so it's up to the handful of new films being screened to the world's buyers to carry the Cannes; ANDREW L. URBAN reports. (Pic, Mall Boy)
CANNES 2000: CHOPPER, RUSSIAN DOLL CANNES 2000: CHOPPER, RUSSIAN DOLL
Andrew L. Urban's snapshot of two new films being screened to international buyers this week at Cannes: Chopper, based on the real Mark 'Chopper' Read, and Russian Doll, about . . . love in Bondi between unsuspecting adults. (Pic, Chopper)
CANNES 2001 - A PREVIEW CANNES 2001 - A PREVIEW
The world’s most prestigious film festival opens this year on May 9 with Baz Luhrmann’s eye and ear popping tragic romantic musical, Moulin Rouge. And continues with dozens of films from around the world, while hundreds more are taken to the market for sale to other countries. But the winning films can’t count on a commercial success to follow, reports Andrew L. Urban in this preview of Cannes 2001.
CANNES 2001 - THE FESTIVAL FILMS CANNES 2001 - THE FESTIVAL FILMS
Checklist of films in the official festival sections
CANNES 2001 - WRAP CANNES 2001 - WRAP
Australia took centre stage at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, reports Andrew L. Urban, but the posters and prices have come down along the Boulevard de la Croisette, and the films begin to test their commercial prowess. (But Fest organisers need to lift their game in some departments, Andrew adds.)
CANNES 2001 - THE DAILY RADIO FILES CANNES 2001 – THE DAILY RADIO FILES
CANNES 2002 - TROY LUM DAY 1 DIARY CANNES 2002 - TROY LUM DAY 1 DIARY
Troy Lum left Dendy Films last month after a five year stint as head of acquisitons and distribution, to start a new distribution company, Hopscotch, in partnership with Frank Cox of New Vision. This is the diary of his first (tumultuous) day in his new job at the Cannes Film Festival.
CANNES 2002 - A PREVIEW CANNES 2002 – A PREVIEW
It begins with Hollywood Ending and ends with And Now Ladies and Gentlemen, but this year’s Cannes Film Festival is not back to front; it’s back to the future, with newcomers and strong political themes that reflect a combination of despair and hope, suggests Andrew L. Urban.
CANNES 2002: POSTCARD FROM CAN CANNES 2002: POSTCARD FROM CAN
Andrew L. Urban scribbles a note from the Cannes Film Festival.
CANNES 2002: THE WINNERS CANNES 2002: THE WINNERS
Surprise, surprise: firstly for Roman Polanski’s The Pianist being an unexpectedly conventional film, and second for it winning the Palme d’Or, reports Andrew L. Urban from Cannes. But the show was as glamorous - and brief - as expected.
CANNES 2003 - WRAPPED CANNES 2003 – WRAPPED
The lacklustre list of films at Cannes this year threw up only a handful of films worth noting, writes David Stratton, with two that should have been acclaimed being ignored, and the best film winning second prize. But at least they got the right d’Or with an Aussie winner in shorts. (Pic, Crackerbag)
CANNES 2004 - PREVIEW CANNES 2004 – PREVIEW
The latest Pedro Almodovar film, Bad Education, opens the Festival de Cannes (May 12 – 23) and the musical biography of Cole Porter, De-Lovely, will close it; a symbolic programming choice that reflects the role of Cannes in world cinema – celebrate the new, honour the old. Andrew L. Urban (covering Cannes since 1986) previews this year’s festival, including Australia’s presence – and suggests a few special things to do in between seeing films.
  CANNES 2005 – PREVIEW
Tommy Lee Jones is the only debuting director to be selected for Competition at Cannes this year, and joins a swag of auteurs well known on the Croisette: Wim Wenders, Michael Haneke, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Atom Egoyan, Amos Gitai, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Jim Jarmusch, David Cronenberg, Gus Van Sant and Lars von Trier. Almost half the Comp entries are English language films, and only three are made in France. Andrew L. Urban reports.
  CANNES 2005 – RUMOURS AND SPIES
With a week or more to go before the official announcement from Festival de Cannes artistic director Thierry Fremaux of which films have been selected for the main Competition and Un Certain Regard, rumours are (as usual) bubbling around the cinema world about which directors will be honoured with an invitation to walk up the red carpet to the altar of cinema. Here’s what the rumours and spies are saying.
  CANNES 2005 – THE INSIDER GUIDE
If you are going to Cannes for the film festival (May 11 – 22, 2005), you’ll need plenty of energy, good contacts and access to information; here is a guide to the basics for visitors, courtesy the Festival de Cannes. But first, a few tips from Cannes vets Andrew L. Urban & Louise Keller.
  CANNES 2006 – COLOUR ME CANNES
There is nothing like the buzz on Cannes’ famed Croisette, the golden crescent stretch of promenade that at festival time is the most extraordinary place in the world, reports Louise Keller.
  CANNES 2006 – DIRECTOR'S FORTNIGHT: WRAP
From explicit sex scenes of women going for private and public orgasms to the animated violence of a crusader against porn, this year’s Director’s Fortnight pushed the envelope and sharpened the edge of cinema. Louise Keller reports.
  CANNES 2006 – PREVIEW
Which films and filmmakers will they be talking about this year at – and after – Cannes? Andrew L. Urban sticks his nose in, his neck out and his finger in the wind in this preview of the 59th Festival de Cannes, which includes five Australian features (plus three shorts), as well as the rarity of two films by a single filmmaker (Richard Linklater).
  CANNES 2006 – THE WILLING AND DEALING
Inevitably, with the world’s film industry gathered in one town, and even with almost 100 films to choose from (that's just in the festival), many of the movie biz fraternity come to will their projects into being, hoping for a good deal. There are always receptions, drinks, meetings and lunches, not to mention personal briefings and chance encounters. Andrew L. Urban scans the Cannes horizon ….
  CANNES 2006 – WRAP
With an ever growing number of films – over 1,250 this year - vying for a slot in a static schedule of about 50 films in the Official Selection, Cannes is the most ‘concentrated’ of film festivals. The result is a sharply focused snapshot of filmmaking around the world, reports Andrew L. Urban.
  CANNES 2006 DIRECTORS' FORTNIGHT - PREVIEW
For Cannes 2006, Directors’ Fortnight has compiled an eclectic mix of 22 films from 19 countries, ranging from Bug, by the 70 year old William Friedkin, who famously directed The French Connection (1971) and Rules of Engagement (2000) to Jindabyne, by Australia’s Ray Lawrence who famously directed Bliss (1985) and Lantana (2001). Andrew L. Urban & Louise Keller report on the selection
  CANNES 2007 - PREVIEW
All the high priests of cinema (who are still alive) are here as the Festival de Cannes celebrates its 60 years as the altar of cinema – and Australia’s Toni Collette joins the main Jury to help select winners from (mostly) the usual suspects. But even with six US films in the main Competition (that’ll ensure a solid star turn out), there are several wild cards from Asia and the Old World – including Hungary, Russia, and Bosnia. Andrew L. Urban reports.
  CANNES 2007 - WRAP
Cannes has reached 60, the age range of many baby boomers, and is again taking itself seriously, but probably needs a logistics makeover, reports Jimmy Thomson.
  CANNES 2007: POSTCARDS
Catch up with what’s doing and who’s doing what at the 2007 Festival de Cannes, as the world’s most respected film festival celebrates its 60th Anniversary. Each day, Jimmy Thomson is sending a digital postcard with his take on the Festival; the films, the stars, the parties and the incidents that pepper this iconic event. It’s the next best thing to being there.
  CANNES 2008 - WINNERS
A French film, The Class, has won the Palme d’Or for the first time since 1987, a little known Brazilian actress, Sandra Corveloni, won the actress prize playing the pregnant single mother of four boys in Sao Paulo's slums in, Linha de passé, and Australia’s Julius Avery won the Jury Prize for his short film, Jerrycan.
CANNES 2008 - PREVIEW CANNES 2008 – PREVIEW
The Festival de Cannes’ love affair with Clint Eastwood (and the stars of his films who come to add glamour to the festival) continues this year with the 1920 thriller, Changeling, which will be the fifth of his films to screen in Competition; it stars Angelina Jolie. And Cate Blanchett is red carpeting for Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones sequel.
  CANNES 2009 - PREVIEW
What with ageing enfant terrible Lars von Trier bringing his Antichrist to the Competition and Sam Raimi’s anticipated horror opus, Drag Me to Hell, in a midnight screening, the flavour of Festival de Cannes 2009 (May 13 – 24) could be spicier than the list of auteur regulars in the line up might suggest, argues Andrew L. Urban.
  CANNES 2009 - WINNERS
To no-one’s surprise, Warwick Thornton’s Samson and Delilah won the Camera d’Or (best first or second feature) at Cannes last weekend, the prize last won by an Australian in 1996 when Shirley Barrett brought it home for Love Serenade. But it was an Austrian not an Australian who won the coveted Palme d’Or, when Michael Haneke accepted the award for his latest film, The White Ribbon.
  CANNES 2009: BRIGHT STAR . . . OR NOT?
The movie “luvvies” adore her but opinions on Jane Campion’s new film Bright Star are seriously divided at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, with even fellow screen professionals hopping in with acid comments. By Jimmy Thomson in Cannes.
  CANNES 2009: MAY 19 POSTCARD
By Jimmy Thomson. Forget the bluster and bombast about the “big guns” being out for this year’s Cannes film festival, at 62 years old, the doyenne of the movie festival circuit is starting to look her age.
  CANNES 2010 - DIRECTORS’ FORTNIGHT PREVIEW
A regular hunting ground for innovative new films, the Directors’ Fortnight is like the black sheep of the Cannes film festival family; it’s interesting, unpredictable and surprising, with an eclectic program. This year is no different. Unlike the title of Cam Archer’s Shit Year, the program bristles with 11 promising newcomers.
  CANNES 2010 – PREVIEW
As expected, Cannes has scheduled Oliver Stone’s Wall Street sequel, Money Never Sleeps, in an Out of Competition slot, along with Woody Allen’s You’ll Meet A Tall Dark Stranger and Stephen Frears’ Tamara Drewe. These, along with Ridley Scott’s Opening film, Robin Hood, are the major drivers of the festival’s glamour & celebrity contingent – something that has become more and more emphasised over the years. Andrew L. Urban reports on the upcoming Festival.
  CANNES 2010 – WRAP
Lacklustre with a just couple of gems, says Nick Roddick of the festival program, while Andrew L. Urban puts on his hard hat and looks at the business of Cannes, while Louise Keller captures all the glam...
  CANNES 2011: AUSTRALIAN CINEPHILES
As well as four films in the main program at Festival de Cannes this year, 10 Australian films, including the new feature, Blame, will screen in the Cinema des Antipodes sidebar (May 11 – 22), reports Andrew L. Urban.
  CANNES 2012 - DIRECTORS FORTNIGHT
The world premiere of Michel Gondry’s The We and the I (US) will open this year’s program of the Directors Fortnight at Cannes, presenting 21 features including 6 debut features. The world premiere of Camille redouble by Noémie Lvovsky (France) will close the main program which includes six features and three shorts from Latin America.
  CANNES 2012 - PREVIEW
Multiple Cannes press badge holder and acclaimed film journalist Nick Roddick (who once edited Australia’s Cinema Papers among many credits) opens the window to this year’s Festival de Cannes, which – as he puts it – takes place under the benign gaze of Marilyn Monroe
  CANNES 2012 – THE AUSTRALIAN DOSSIER
It’s a historically blessed slot for Australia, the midnight Gala screening Out of Competition on the first Saturday of the Festival de Cannes, where The Sapphires has its World Premiere this year; the last two Australian films screened in that special slot were Strictly Ballroom exactly two decades ago and The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert in 1994. Andrew L. Urban builds an Australian dossier for Cannes 2012.
  CANNES 2013 - DIRECTOR'S FORTNIGHT
Do you remember Sante Sangre? Not unless you’ve seen it, perhaps, in which case you cannot forget it, Alejandro Jodorowsky’s bloody and bizarre cinematic 1989 foot-stamp if a film; well, Alejandro is back with his first film since then, La danza de la realidad, and it has its world premiere in Directors Fortnight, starring Alejandro and much of his family, which is apt since it’s the story of his childhood in Chile. He also stars (as himself) in the Fortnight’s Alejandro’s Dune, a documentary by Franck Pavich.
  CANNES 2013 - PREVIEW
In Competition, Steven Soderbergh’s Beyond the Candelabra, starring Michael Douglas as Liberace (!) and Matt Damon, is probably the one film that could equal the public interest generated by Baz Luhrmann’s Opening Film, The Great Gatsby. But there are several others that will feed discussion, disagreement and maybe cinematic joy. Andrew L. Urban previews Cannes 2013.
  CANNES 2013 – TICK, TICK, TICK - AND A BOO
The Jury got it right: a tribute to an icon (Bruce Dern for Nebraska), acknowledgment of an actress whose range is getting ever broader (Bérénice Bejo for The Past), encouragement for a young director (Amat Escalante, controversially awarded Best Director for the Mexican film Heli); but boo the Jury for seeing the films in private. Nick Roddick closes his Cannes reports with this overview.
  CANNES 2013 – WINNERS & PRIZES
As predicted by our man in Cannes, Nick Roddick (in his Postcards from Cannes Day 10), the winner of the Palme d’Or is La vie d’Adèle – Chapître 1 & 2 (Blue Is the Warmest Colour), by French filmmaker Abdellatif Kechiche.
  CANNES 2014 - PREVIEW
Teens (!) and veterans jostle the twittersphere prior to the festival selection announcement as Nick Roddick observes, and the films chosen seem to cater to both – as well as making place for two Australian films, David Michôd’s The Rover and Rolf de Heer’s Charlie’s Country.
  CANNES 2014 - WINNERS
David Gulpilil in Rolf de Heer's Charlie's Country wins best actor in Un Certain Regard at 2014 Cannes Film Festival. (Charlie's Country releases in Australia on July 17. All the prizes are listed below. President of the Jury, Jane Campion and jury that included Willem Dafoe, Gael Garcia Bernal, Sofia Coppola and Nicolas Winding Refn made their selection from the 18 films in competition. French actor Lambert Wilson was master of ceremonies.
  CANNES 2015 – OFFICIAL SELECTION
It won’t be Australian director Justin Kurzel of Snowtown (2011) fame who will be flashbulbed close to death on the Red Carpet but his two Macbeth stars, Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, the latter in her darkest role as Lady Macbeth (with a French accent perhaps). As will Cate Blanchett, who stars in the title role of Carol in Todd Haynes’ screen version of Patricia Highsmith’s novel, The Price of Salt.
CANNES 99: THE STARS CANNES 99: THE STARS
The Cannes Film Festival is renown for its glamour and stars. This year is no exception with the stars like Sean Connery (pic), Catherine Zeta Jones, Julia Ormond and the festival guest of honour Faye Dunaway.
CANNES FESTIVAL 1997 CANNES FESTIVAL 1997

The 50th Cannes International Film Festival has been a showcase for several Australian features - our special coverage includes this comprehensive page with the winners and a special overview of the Australian films.

CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2003 - PREVIEW CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2003 - PREVIEW
Cannes hasn’t totally snubbed the US in the bitter post-Iraq era, with new Clint Eastwood, Gus van Sant and Vincent Gallo films in the Competition, The Matrix Reloaded having its world premiere there – and two Americans on the Jury (Meg Ryan and Steven Soderbergh). But the tone and flavour of the program is very Euro-focused, with the late Federico Fellini as the festival’s 2003 mascot. And Australia is represented with two new features, as Andrew L. Urban reports. (Pic, Japanese Story)
  CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2005 – THE GLAM BAM
The stars parading up the red carpet at Cannes deliver the requisite Glam Factor, wearing the latest creations with the shiniest baubles; diamonds with black, diamonds with red... it all works wonders. But from the frocks to the rocks, it’s mostly all hired; not, of course, from the local rent-a-gown, but from the likes of Valentino, Dior, Chanel, Lagerfeld, Chopard and Bvlgari. But it’s the limitless array of people, not just their outfits, that makes Cannes such a voyeur’s paradise, reports Louise Keller.
  CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2011- PREVIEW
An Australian erotic thriller? Not many of those around, but now there is one, Sleeping Beauty (no, it’s not a remake), and it’s deemed good enough to be the first fully Australian film* in a decade to be invited to screen in Official Competition at Festival de Cannes (May 11 – 22), the altar of cinema. Andrew L. Urban reports on the Australian films invited to the Festival.
  CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2012 - WRAP
Being there was not enough – Australians had to make the sun shine at this year’s Festival de Cannes, metaphorically as well as literally. Andrew L. Urban reports
CANNES REPORT: 1997 CANNES REPORT: 1997

Singer Kate Ceberano (not in this picture) makes her Cannes debut, to promote her first film, the micro-budget comedy, Dust Off the Wings, written and directed by Lee Rogers (her husband), who will accompany her, as will co-star Ward Stevens - (them that’s pictured). (The film has been given the thumbs up by Variety film critic, David Stratton. Also dropping in, Geoffrey Rush …. And more.

CANNES: THE UNDERSIDE - 1 CANNES: THE UNDERSIDE - 1
Nick Roddick’s ‘must read’ columns in the daily editions of Moving Pictures at the Cannes film festival & market are renowned for being irreverent, insightful, stimulating, sometimes cynical and always entertaining. Over the next 10 weeks, we’ll present the 10 columns published at the 2002 festival, to take you inside Cannes (the event, not the municipality), as only Nick sees it. These columns will get you in the right (edgy) mindset for this year’s event. (May 14 – 25, 2003).
CANNES: THE UNDERSIDE - 2 CANNES: THE UNDERSIDE - 2
To mentally prepare you for the coming Cannes film festival in May, we continue Nick Roddick’s subversive columns from the daily editions of Moving Pictures at the 2002 Cannes film festival & market, an irreverent, insightful, sometimes cynical and always entertaining take on what Cannes is really – really! – like.
CANNES: THE UNDERSIDE - 3 CANNES: THE UNDERSIDE - 3
To mentally prepare you for the coming Cannes film festival in May, we continue Nick Roddick’s subversive columns from the daily editions of Moving Pictures at the 2002 Cannes film festival & market, an irreverent, insightful, sometimes cynical and always entertaining take on what Cannes is really – really! – like.
CANNES: THE UNDERSIDE - 4 CANNES: THE UNDERSIDE - 4
To mentally prepare you for the coming Cannes film festival in May, we continue Nick Roddick’s subversive columns from the daily editions of Moving Pictures at the 2002 Cannes film festival & market, an irreverent, insightful, sometimes cynical and always entertaining take on what Cannes is really – really! – like.
CANNES: THE UNDERSIDE - 5 CANNES: THE UNDERSIDE - 5
To mentally prepare you for the coming Cannes film festival in May, we continue Nick Roddick’s subversive columns from the daily editions of Moving Pictures at the 2002 Cannes film festival & market, an irreverent, insightful, sometimes cynical and always entertaining take on what Cannes is really – really! – like.
CANNES: THE UNDERSIDE - 6 CANNES: THE UNDERSIDE - 6
I'm so sick of getting pushed, says Nick Roddick as we continue his subversive columns from the daily editions of Moving Pictures at the Cannes film festival & market; an irreverent, insightful, sometimes cynical and always entertaining take on what Cannes is really – really! – like, in preparation for this year’s event in May.
CANNES: THE UNDERSIDE - 7 CANNES: THE UNDERSIDE - 7
We continue Nick Roddick’s subversive columns from the daily editions of Moving Pictures at the 2002 Cannes film festival & market, with his call for pain in the arts, after the screening of Divine Intervention. There should be more of it, he says. (Cannes this year is May 14 – 25; this is to help get your head ready.)
CANNES: THE UNDERSIDE - 8 CANNES: THE UNDERSIDE - 8
Digital technology has not solved the continuing problem of personal communication in Cannes. Pigeons might. We continue Nick Roddick’s subversive columns from the daily editions of Moving Pictures at the 2002 Cannes film festival & market, an irreverent, insightful, sometimes cynical and always entertaining take on what Cannes is really – really! – like.
CANNES: THE UNDERSIDE - 9 CANNES: THE UNDERSIDE - 9
By this stage in the Festival, people have that stunned-ox look. To mentally prepare you for the coming Cannes film festival in May, we continue Nick Roddick’s subversive columns from the daily editions of Moving Pictures at the 2002 Cannes film festival & market, an irreverent, insightful, sometimes cynical and always entertaining take on what Cannes is really – really! –like.
CANNES: THE UNDERSIDE -10 CANNES: THE UNDERSIDE –10
To mentally prepare you for the coming Cannes film festival (May 14 – 25), we have published Nick Roddick’s subversive columns from the daily editions of Moving Pictures at the 2002 Cannes film festival & market, an irreverent, insightful, sometimes cynical and always entertaining take on what Cannes is really – really! – like. This concludes the series; we hope you found it stimulating.
  CAPE MENTELLE TWILIGHT MOVIES, SUMMER 2010
Margaret River in Western Australia is rightly famous for its wines, but Cape Mentelle vineyards is adding a new attraction to its vineyards with a season of seven carefully selected movies (assisted by Urban Cinefile’s Editor) for patrons to enjoy on the big outdoor screen.
CARLA'S SONG: IN TUNE WITH OUR EMOTIONS CARLA'S SONG: IN TUNE WITH OUR EMOTIONS

Carla’s Song is the latest film by acclaimed British director Ken Loach. Louise Keller compiles the background notes on how the project got started.

  CARS 2 – JOHN LASSETER’S DRIVE
Driven by his passion for spy movies and cars, John Lasseter has steered the sequel of the much loved Cars to a pit stop near you.
CASABLANCA - A FILM IS JUST A FILM CASABLANCA – A FILM IS JUST A FILM
Casablanca, one of the great romance films of all time, is out on DVD now, and occasionally playing on Foxtel - it never ceases to appeal and ANDREW L. URBAN tries to fathom out why.
  Casino Royale - James Bond's Best Movie?
CASTLE, THE CASTLE, THE

Paul Fischer talks to three of the creative team from TV's Frontline, responsible for the new Australian film, The Castle.

  CATCH A FIRE – THE MAKING OF A TERRORIST
Phillip Noyce explores the making of a terrorist from the dark days of Apartheid, and finds that the example of Patrick Chamusso holds an important message for the world: forgiveness. Andrew L. Urban reports.
CATCH ME IF YOU CAN : ONSET CATCH ME IF YOU CAN : ONSET
A biopic about brilliant fraudster Frank Abagnale, Catch Me If You Can unites director Steven Spielberg with stars Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio; not a fraudulent talent list, you might say, as Jenny Cooney Carrillo reports.
  CATCH US ON TV
CELEBRITY SHOOT CELEBRITY SHOOT
Photographer David Morgan goes to the best parties, whether in Sydney or at Cannes; in this first photo-feature, we present a few of David’s celebrity party shots from recent Sydney shindigs for your tiny titillation.
CENTURY COLLECTION: DECEMBER 1999 CENTURY COLLECTION: DECEMBER 1999
The Century Collection - titles available in December 99.
CENTURY COLLECTION: NOVEMBER 1999 CENTURY COLLECTION: NOVEMBER 1999
The Century Collection - titles available in November 99.
CENTURY COLLECTION: OCTOBER 1999 CENTURY COLLECTION: OCTOBER 1999
The Century Collection - a spectacular series, exploring some of the finest movies ever made and starring some of the greatest screen legends of all time. Titles available in October 99.
  CESAR AWARDS 2008 - WINNERS
Persépolis was the official French entry for the Best Foreign Language Academy Award, but it was The Secret of the Grain which won the French equivalent, the Cesar for Best French Film, just 24 hours before the Oscars presentations
CHAMBER (THE): CHARACTER DRIVEN DRAMA CHAMBER (THE): CHARACTER DRIVEN DRAMA

Following its publication in June 1994, John Grisham’s fifth novel, The Chamber, spent 20 weeks on the bestseller list, mirroring the success of the author’s other popular books such as The Firm, The Client and The Pelican Brief. Louise Keller reports on the filmmaking process.

  CHARACTER BUILDING – THE SQUARE
Filmmakers know the importance of story – but character is just as important, as Joel Edgerton, his co-writer Matthew Dabner and producer of The Square, Louise Smith explain.
  CHARISSE, CYD - OBITUARY
One of the great female dancers of the movies, Cyd Charisse is generally remembered for classic song and dance films like Singin’ in the Rain – but perhaps her most iconic role was as the cool and calculating good time girl in Nicholas Ray’s Party Girl (1958) opposite Robert Taylor, argues one of her many fans, Geoff Gardner.
  CHAUVEL RE-COLLECTION 2014
After extensive restoration work on of the back catalogue of silver screen classics by legendary Australian filmmaker, Charles Chauvel, seven films are being released as individual DVD titles throughout 2014/15 under the banner, The Charles Chauvel Collection, each title including a special feature length documentary, The Big Picture, directed by John Doggett-Williams.
CHEAPER TICKET PRICES? READERS VIEWS CHEAPER TICKET PRICES? READERS VIEWS
We asked our readers what they thought about dropping prices of cinema tickets. What do you think? Add YOUR COMMENTS. [Write ‘cheaper tix’] in the subject field.]
CHICKEN RUN - THE FULL COOP! CHICKEN RUN - THE FULL COOP!
CHOPPER: ON LOCATION CHOPPER: ON LOCATION
ANDREW L. URBAN was given a rare glimpse into the making of Chopper during shooting scenes inside Melbourne's Pentridge prison (now disused); he talked to the filmmakers - and to Eric Bana, who plays the very much alive Chopper Read.
CHOPPER: The Inside Story CHOPPER: The Inside Story
"A distinctive blend of criminal psychology meeting a showbiz mentality," is how the film’s Executive Producer Al Clark describes Andrew Dominik’s screenplay of Chopper, about Mark Chopper Read, convicted murderer and standover man – and best selling author. Dominik’s film is an important milestone in Australian filmmaking, exploring a living criminal’s persona – warts and all.
  CINEFESTOZ 2012 – PREVIEW
The 5th CinefestOZ (Aug. 22- 26) held in the Margaret River region of Western Australia brings together filmmakers (and winemakers) with a rich program of premieres and special events, including workshops, with more than 20 directors and producers, and high profile guests including Bryan Brown and Brendan Cowell.
  CINEFESTOZ 2012 – WISH YOU’D BEEN HERE
Created and developed by the local community around Margaret River, WA, CinefestOZ is a unique Australian film festival with a French flavour, sitting comfortably alongside the region's wine driven tourism culture. It's a happy blend, as Andrew L. Urban discovered at its 5th edition.
CINEFESTOZ 2013 - PREVIEW CINEFESTOZ 2013 - PREVIEW
The West Australian premiere of Marion Hansel’s Tenderness (La Tendresse) will be the French Selection to open the CinèfestOZ Film Festival (August 21 – 25) at Orana Cinemas, Busselton, and the crowd pleasing, Laos-set The Rocket from Kim Mordaunt will be the Australian opener, screening concurrently.
  CINÉFESTOZ 2013 WRAP
Clearly it's not the Riviera, but the Margaret River wine and leisure region of Western Australia has its own geographic appeal (including gorgeous Geographe Bay), and the six year old CinéfestOZ has a good wine-red carpet and its own screen legends, such as Bryan Brown (2012) and this year's honouree, Jack Thompson. It is ripening well, as Andrew L. Urban reports on the 2013 vintage (August 21 - 25).
  CINEFESTOZ 2014 – PREVIEW
CinéfestOZ has unveiled its biggest program to date with more than 60 films on offer at this year’s festival - and tickets are on sale now
  CINEFESTOZ FILM PRIZE - SHORT LISTED FOR $100,000
Jasper Jones, Spin Out, Girl Asleep and the MIFF@CinefestOZ film The Death and Life of Otto Bloom are the four finalists vying for Australia’s richest film prize at CinefestOZ, with the films to be judged at the Festival (August 24 – 28, 2016) by a jury of five, led by award-winning director Gillian Armstrong.

CINEMA SOUND CINEMA SOUND
Soundie Ben Hooft sounds off about off sound at cinemas – he can get better at home on DVD, but there’s no reason why cinemas today shouldn’t blow your mind with the clear, dynamic, vibrant sound of music (as well as sound effects).
CINEMATIC OPPOSITES AT TORONTO 98 CINEMATIC OPPOSITES AT TORONTO 98
Films at opposite ends of the cinema spectrum seem to be the hallmark of the highly colourful Toronto Film Festival; Paul Fischer files a selection of capsule reviews.
CINEMATOGRAPHERS SOCIETY AWARDS (VIC/TAS) 2002 - WINNERS CINEMATOGRAPHERS SOCIETY AWARDS (VIC/TAS) 2002 - WINNERS
Two Gold awards were won by Victorian/Tasmanian cinematographers in this year’s regional awards of the ACS, both for comedies - David Eggby for Scooby Doo (pic) and Brent Crockett for Crackerjack - at the 17th annual Victorian/Tasmanian Australian Cinematographers Society Awards presented on November 9, 2002.
CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARDS (NSW) 2001 CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARDS (NSW) 2001
Some of Australia’s top cinematographers gathered to recognise the best work of their peers at Sydney’s Darling Harbour last weekend, and awarded Gold to three feature films shot by Australians; Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles by David Burr, Lantana by Mandy Walker and Mullet (pic) by Robert Humphreys.
  CLOSE UP WITH BRUCE BERESFORD – LIVE ON STAGE
The sometimes controversial Bruce Beresford, one of Australia’s seminal filmmakers, the only Australian director to have had a film in Competition at Cannes (Fringe Dwellers, 1986) AND win the Best Picture Oscar (Driving Miss Daisy, 1989), will be the inaugural subject of Director’s Close Up (Monday, Jan. 31, 6.30pm), at Sydney University’s Continuing Education Program, which is open to the public (places still available, $45 Book&Pay 02 9036 4789 or pay at door), and will include a career interview by Andrew L. Urban, a Q&A, plus scenes from his biopic, Bride of the Wind, never seen in Australia.
  COCKATOO ISLAND FILM FESTIVAL 2012
Ambitious, diverse and crammed full with events, the inaugural Cockatoo Island Film Festival is a private-public partnership in the arts with film at its centre, reports Andrew L. Urban, and it opens with the buzz film from Venice, Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix.
  COCKATOO ISLAND FILM FESTIVAL 2012 – WRAP
The inaugural Cockatoo Island Film Festival (Oct. 24 – 28) is imposing itself on the arts calendar with a certain bravado, reports Andrew L. Urban. Is it justified?
  COLLATERAL – SEEING INTO THE L.A. NIGHT
Michael Mann’s new film Collateral is in his trademark style, featuring a mythic coming together of two lives - those of Jamie Foxx’s cab driver and Tom Cruise’s hitman - at a moment of crisis for both of them. And using digital HD cameras, he could “see into the night,” as Hal Hayes reports.
COLLATERAL DAMAGE COLLATERAL DAMAGE
Arnold Schwarzanegger committed to star in Collateral Damage on a chair lift, but the character is very much a man with his feet on the ground, a firefighter caught up in exceptional circumstances. A bit like the New York heroes of September 11, 2001.
  COLLECTABLES – AN EXPENSIVE HABIT FOR A HOBBIT
The organisers of the Sydney Entertainment Collectables Fair, 2007, Michael and Amynta Ormsby of Movie Models, have seen this niche business become a mainstream industry over the past eight years. Movie memorabilia – like figurines of the Hobbits - is now an expensive addiction for many, and suppliers are happy to feed the habit, as Michael and Amynta report.
  COMING OF AGED MOVIES
Ageing, succession, death … and box office: movies for the over 40s and 50s are tapping an eager audience, but mostly in arthouses. The older demographic is under-catered in the multiplex mainstream, as some in the movie business tell Andrew L. Urban.
  COMMUNITY TARGETED DISTRIBUTION – A NEW MOVE FOR MOVIES
Cinema Ventures Ltd. has been established as a not-for-profit public company to support filmmakers, distributors and community groups use the power of film and the experience of cinema to create positive social change by developing new film distribution strategies based on philanthropy.
  CONTACT (2009) – INSIDER BREIFING
Filmmakers Martin Butler and Bentley Dean set the context in this insider briefing about the making of a remarkable documentary about a unique event in Australian social history – the first contact in 1964 between 20 Martu women and girls who had lived as their mob had lived for thousands of years - and whitefellas, at remote Percival Lakes.
CONTENT COMETH CONTENT COMETH
Andrew L. Urban (pic) reports on how the world's film industry is no longer content with mere hype on the web; it wants content.
  CONTROVERSIAL CONVERSATION AT ASTRA CONFERENCE 2010
Kim Williams claims the ABC is taking sides against pay TV as Chair of the Freeview consortium, and again slams the licence fee rebate – which he calculated could cost not $250 million but $2.5 - $3 billion. Here is what Williams said – with feeling - on the two subjects.
  CRACKERS FOR YOU
CRAIC: On Location CRAIC: On Location
Popular stand up comic Jimeoin is starring in a film he wrote, called (naturally) The Craic, meaning a cracking good laugh. ANDREW L. URBAN visited the set during the shooting.
CREATURES OF OZ CREATURES OF OZ
For Australia Day 1998, ANDREW L. URBAN argues that we should not keep our imaginations in check - when we have the most exciting potential to realise our own, uniquely Australian films – Creatures of Oz!
  CRITICAL VOICE OF GEN Y
100 Word Reviews by Jo Bradley
CROCODILE DUNDEE IN LOS ANGELES CROCODILE DUNDEE IN LOS ANGELES
After 13 years away from the screen, Paul Hogan returns. Nick Roddick looks back at the legend and forward to Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles.
  CROSSING, THE (1989) - PAIN DISTILLED
Featuring Russell Crowe in his first starring role, the 1989 drama, The Crossing, brought together Crowe with acclaimed director George Ogilvie and his co-stars Robert Mammone - and Danielle Spencer, who Crowe married in 2003. Andrew L. Urban reported on the making of the film from the set on November 13 & 14, 1989.
  CRUSH – INSIDER BRIEFING
It began with the germ of an idea one night, and blossomed into a dark tale of obsessive love, in the hand of first time feature writer/director John V. Soto; here he tells the story of how Crush was created and produced.
CUBBYHOUSE: ON LOCATION CUBBYHOUSE: ON LOCATION
It looks like your typical suburban house with an average garden, but the cute little cubbyhouse at the end of it is the gateway to hell. Andrew L. Urban visits the Gold Coast set of this new Australian horror thriller, starring Joshua Leonard (The Blair Witch Project) and Belinda McClory (The Matrix).
CUT CUT
On the set of Cut, one of Australia's rarest of films, a horror movie, ANDREW L. URBAN talks to cast and crew, who are unanimous in wanting the film to be a cash-cutting commercial release, not an arthouse wonder.





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