December 11, 2013
CONGRATULATIONS Anton Monsted and the Bazmark team behind The Great Gatsby soundtrack. The film earned three Grammy nominations in the visual media or film categories. In the “best compilation soundtrack” category, Baz Luhrmann’s film is up against Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Muscle Shoals and Dave Grohl’s documentary Sound City: Real to Reel. In the best score category, Gatsby composer Craig Armstrong is up against some heavyweights: Alexandre Desplat’s dual nominations for Argo and Zero Dark Thirty; Mychael Danna’s Life of Pi; John Williams’s Lincoln and Thomas Newman’s Skyfall. And in the “best song written for visual media” Lana Del Rey and Rick Nowels’s Young and Beautiful is up against Coldplay’s Atlas from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Diane Warren’s Silver Lining from Silver Linings Playbook, Adele’s Skyfall, Colbie Caillat and Gavin DeGraw’s We Both Know from Safe Haven and Regina Spektor’s You’ve Got Time from TV series Orange is the New Black.
REEL Time recently spoke to Nicole Kidman – more of which you can read in The Weekend Australian’s Review on Saturday. The Academy Award winner returns to Australia in April to work opposite Hugo Weaving and Guy Pearce in Kim Farrant’s debut feature, Strangerland. Kidman points out it will be the first time she has played an Australian on screen since Phillip Noyce’s 1989 thriller Dead Calm. “As much as I’m glad to play an Australian, because it’s far less work for me, at the same time the film is really intense and the story is so strong, that’s the lure,” she says. The mystery thriller written by Michael Kinirons and Fiona Seres focuses on a couple whose two teenage children disappear in the desert.
Andrew Bovell’s adaptation of John le Carre’s bestseller A Most Wanted Man, directed by Anton Corbijn, will debut in the Premieres section of the Sundance Film Festival next month. The screenwriter of Lantana adapted the book into a modern-day thriller that has a cracking cast including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright and Willem Dafoe. The film will launch in the section next to new films from John Michael McDonagh (Calvary); Lynn Shelton (Laggies); Ira Sachs (Love is Strange); Gareth Evans’s sequel to the Indonesian hit The Raid, The Raid 2; Michael Winterbottom’s sequel to The Trip, The Trip to Italy; and William H. Macy’s Rudderless. Jacki Weaver co-stars opposite Ryan Reynolds and Gemma Arterton in another premiere, The Voices by director Marjane Satrapi, and Kodi Smit-McPhee co-stars in Jake Paltrow’s Young Ones.
THE Rocket won the Avid Award for best editing in a feature film at this year’s Editors Guild Awards. Nick Meyers won the award for the little Laos film that continues to collect awards, including a swag of nominations in the coming AACTA Awards. Scott Walton won the documentary feature award for Show Me the Magic, David Banbury won for documentary program for Buckskin and Katrina Baker won for TV drama for her work on the ABC miniseries Devil’s Dust. Lawrence Silvestrin won the editing prize for a documentary series for Desert War and in the television factual category Bob Burns won for Kings Cross ER.
THE stampede of jostling, plaudits and kudos has accelerated as the film industry heads towards the Academy Awards in March. The race will be thinned out a little today with the announcement of the Screen Actors Guild nominations. As it stands, Blue Jasmine’s Cate Blanchett is well placed for an Oscar nomination, if not a win, after this week being named best actress by the critics associations of Los Angeles, Washington, Boston and New York Online.