SPECIAL PREVIEW OF 'DANGER CLOSE: THE BATTLE OF LONG TAN'
AT THE SVA THEATER ON NOVEMBER 4, 2019
The Australian International Screen Forum screened a preview of DANGER CLOSE: THE BATTLE OF LONG TAN, a new Australian film depicting one of the most difficult battles of the Vietnam war.
Set in August 1966 in a Vietnamese rubber plantation called Long Tan, 108 young and inexperienced Australian and New Zealand soldiers are fighting for their lives against 2,500 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong soldiers.
There was a video introduction from the director, Kriv Stenders.
New York premiere of JIRGA with director Ben Gilmour & lead actor Sam Smith at The SVA
A "contemplative war film with a sense of purpose" (The Guardian), JIRGA was Australia's official entry into the 2019 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, was named Best Independent Film at the AACTA Awards, won Best Film at CinefestOZ, and was a TIFF Official Selection. In a Q&A following the screening, director Ben Gilmour and lead actor Sam Smith described the difficult and dangerous conditions under which the film was made.
The second Australian International Screen Forum was held at Lincoln Center from March 19-22, 2019
We screened THE NIGHTINGALE with Bruna Papandrea, Ainsling Franciosi and Damon Herriman present, Bruce Beresford's LADIES IN BLACK with Alisaon McGirr present, the 25th anniversary celebration of P.J. Hogan's MURIEL's WEDDING with Toni Collette and Dan Wyllie present, JILL BILCOCK: DANCING THE INVISIBLE with Axel Grigor and Jill Bilcock present, and TOP END WEDDING with Wayne Blair and Miranda Tapsell present.
MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS starring Saoirse Ronan & Margaret Robie at the Paris Theatre
Australian International Screen Forum co-hosted with Focus Features the New York Premiere of MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS on December 4, 2018. The film explores the turbulent life of Mary Stuart. Queen of Scotland (Saoirse Ronan). and her cousin Elizabeth I of England (Margot Robbie). Rivals in power and in love, the two must decide how to survive in a man's world.
Jason Reitman's THE FRONT RUNNER starring Hugh Jackman at the SVA
Australian International Screen Forum held an advanced screening of THE FRONT RUNNER at the SVA Theatre on November 13, 2018. The film follows the rise and fall of Gary Hart (Jackman), the front runner in 1988 for the Democratic Party presidential nomination until his campaign was derailed by news stories of an extramarital affair.
Joel Edgerton's BOY ERASED with Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe at the Beekman
We held an advanced screening of BOY ERASED by Joel Edgerton at the Beekman on October 22, 2018. It tells of a boy (Lucas Hedges) who is forced into conversion therapy (led by Edgerton) after being outed by his parents (Kidman and Crowe). It is based on a memoir by Garrard Conley who was at the Q&A after the screening with Edgerton and Hedges.
Simon Baker's BREATH at the Angelika
Following its New York Premiere at the Screen Forum at Lincoln Center on March 19, 2018, a second screening on BREATH was held at the Angelika on May 24, 2018. Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness were on hand to introduce the film, a coming-of-age story based on Tim Winton's novel. The film stars Simon Baker and Elizabeth Debicki and introduces two young actors, Samson Coulter and Ben Spence.
Inaugural Australian International Screen Forum in March 2018 at Lincoln Center
The first four-day Australian International Screen Forum was held at Lincoln Center in New York from March 19-22, 2018. We showed three new films - Simon Baker's BREATH, Warwick Thornton's SWEET COUNTRY and Jennifer Peedoms's MOUNTAIN - and two retrospectives - Gillian Armstong's STARSTRUCK, and SHAME with Deborra-Lee Furness - and held master classes, conversations and panel discussions.