Ali's Wedding is a 2017 Australian romantic comedy feature film from Matchbox Pictures. It is directed by Jeffrey Walker and written by Osamah Sami and stars Sami, Helana Sawires, Don Hany and Ryan Corr. Sami has been quoted as saying that the film is "history making, the first Muslim rom-com, so it's going to pave the way for many other similar stories, not just from the Muslim community but from other communities and minorities in our society." He said that the "affectionate and poignant story of love" was trying to cast a more positive light on Muslim-Australian life. Ali, the charming and musically-talented son of a Muslim cleric, struggles to make the right life choices despite the best of intentions, he wants to be with the girl, Dianne, he loves, but he's been promised to another girl at his father's mosque. He wants to be the great doctor that the community expects him to be. Above all, he wants to make his father proud. To live up to these impossible expectations, he lies about his academic achievements, his quest to please his father spirals out of control, with amusing and poignant consequences.
Osamah Sami as Ali Albasri Don Hany as Sheik Mahdi Helana Sawires as Dianne Mohsen Frances Duca as Zahra Khaled Khalafalla as Moe Greene Asal Shenavehzadeh as Ramona Majid Shokor as Seyyed Ghaffar Shayan Salehian as Luay Ghazi Alkinani as Abu Faisal Rodney Afif as Haj Karim Maha Wilson as Yomna Natalie Gamsu as Fatima Robert Rabiah as Mohsen Rahel Romahn as Ayoob Aljin Abella as Chris Ryan Corr as Wazza Ali's Wedding premiered at the Adelaide Film Festival in October 2016. It showed at the Sydney Film Festival on 8 June 2017. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 92%, based on 24 reviews, an average rating of 7/10. On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 64 out of 100, based on 4 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Ali's Wedding official website Ali's Wedding on IMDb
Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts
The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts is a professional organisation of film and television practitioners in Australia. The Academy's aim is "to identify, award and celebrate Australia's greatest achievements in film and television."It was established in August 2011 with the backing of the Australian Film Institute to act as its industry engagement arm and to administer the AACTA Awards which rewards achievements in Australian feature film, television and short films. The Academy is composed of 15 Chapters, each of which represents different screen artists including actors, directors and writers, it is overseen by the Academy's president and the Honorary Council. Australian actor Geoffrey Rush is the inaugural President and hosted the inaugural AACTA Awards in January 2012; the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts, is a not for profit, membership based, organisation whose aim is "to identify, award and celebrate Australia's greatest achievements in film and television."
The Academy is a subsidiary of the Australian Film Institute, a non-profit organisation, established in 1958 to develop an active film culture in Australia and to foster engagement between the general public and the Australian film industry. The AFI was responsible for administering the Australian Film Institute Awards, which until 2011 rewarded Australian practitioners in feature film, television and short film screen crafts; the Academy receives funding by the AFI, Australian state and federal governments. In June 2011, the AFI proposed the establishment of an "Australian Academy"; the objectives for the proposed academy was to raise the profile of Australian film and television in Australia and abroad, to change the way it rewards talent by mimicking the methods used in foreign film organisations, such as Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and British Academy of Film and Television Arts. The voting system would change through the establishment of an "Honorary Council", which will govern fifteen chapters composed of professionals from industry guilds and organisations including actors, directors and screenwriters.
It was stated that the Academy would not replace the AFI and past winners of the AFI Awards would " constitute the founding heritage of an ‘Australian Academy.’" When the announcement of the proposal was made, the AFI began the consultation phase where members of the public and screen industry gave their feedback on the proposed changes throughout June, 2011. Of the announcement Damian Trewhella, CEO of the AFI said, "We thought a better way to engage with the industry would be to try and improve our professional membership structure It's quite a big improvement on the way the AFI does things."By 20 July, weeks after the consultation period ended, the AFI announced that it would go ahead with the proposed changes and the Australian Academy. When asked about the timing of the announcement Trewhella stated that, "Based on the overwhelming industry support we have received, we are now confident that we are moving in the right direction, therefore that we can move briskly to establish the initial phase of the Academy."
On 18 August 2011, the AFI announced, in a special event at the Sydney Opera House, that the academy would be called the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts and the inaugural awards ceremony would be renamed the AACTA Awards, but serve as a continuum to the annual AFI Awards. During the event it was made known that the president of the inaugural awards would be Geoffrey Rush. On the night a new gold statuette was revealed, created by Australian sculptor Ron Gomboc, which depicts "a human silhouette based on the shape of the Southern Cross constellation." The Academy, which has between 1,500 and 2,000 members, comprises fifteen Chapters, with each representing a different area of speciality in feature film, television and short film. It is overseen by the Honorary Council; the role of the Honorary Council is to determine policies and strategies for the way the Academy rewards practitioners. The Chapters are as follows: Geoffrey Rush The Festival of Film, held in conjunction with the Australian Film Institute, showcases the films in competition for the AACTA Awards, with the inaugural festival held in Sydney and Melbourne from October to November in 2011.
The festival marks the beginning of the Australian film awards season, members of the Academy can commence voting for films in all categories, while members of the Institute vote for the Best Short Animation, Best Short Fiction Film and Members' Choice Award only. The AACTA Awards replaced the previous Australian Film Institute Awards, but serve as a continuum to past ceremonies; the awards were first instituted by the Australian Film Institute in 1958 as part of the Melbourne International Film Festival, until 1972. Before 1969, awards were presented as a prize to non-feature films due to a lack of feature films produced in Australia. By 1976 competitive film awards were established and in 1987, awards for television was introduced; the awards were held at the end of each year in Melbourne but, prior to the announcement of the Academy, the AFI announced that it would move the awards to January 2012 at the Sydney Opera House, in order to align them with the international film awards season.
The awards are held over two events: the AACTA Awards Luncheon, a black tie event where accolades are handed out for non-feature and short films, film production, non-drama related television programs and the Raymond Longford Award
George Miller (director)
George Miller AO is an Australian filmmaker and former physician. He is best known for his Mad Max franchise, with The Road Warrior and Fury Road being hailed as amongst the greatest action films of all time. Aside from the Mad Max films, Miller has been involved in a wide range of projects; these include Happy Feet film series. Miller is a co-founder of the production houses Kennedy Miller Mitchell known as Kennedy Miller, Dr. D Studios, his younger brother Bill Miller and Doug Mitchell have been producers on all the films in Miller's career, since the death of his original producing partner Byron Kennedy. In 2006, Miller won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature for Happy Feet, he has been nominated for five other Academy Awards: Best Original Screenplay in 1992 for Lorenzo's Oil, Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay in 1995 for Babe, Best Picture and Best Director for Fury Road in 2015. Miller was born in Brisbane, Queensland, to Greek immigrant parents: Dimitri Castrisios Miller and Angela Balson.
Dimitri was from the Greek island of Kythira, anglicised his surname from Miliotis to Miller when he emigrated to Australia. The couple married and settled in Chinchilla and had four sons: fraternal twins George and John and Bill. George attended Ipswich Grammar School and Sydney Boys High School studied medicine at the University of New South Wales with his twin brother John. While in his final year at medical school and his younger brother Chris made a one-minute short film that won them first prize in a student competition. In 1971, George attended a film workshop at Melbourne University where he met fellow student, Byron Kennedy, with whom he formed a lasting friendship and production partnership, until Kennedy's death in a helicopter crash in 1983. In 1972, Miller completed his residency at Sydney's St Vincent's Hospital, spending his time off crewing on short experimental films; that same year and Kennedy founded Kennedy Miller Productions. The pair subsequently collaborated on numerous works.
After Kennedy died in 1983, Miller kept his name in the company. It was renamed Kennedy Miller Mitchell in 2009 as a way to recognize producer Doug Mitchell's role in the company. Miller's first work, the short film Violence in Cinema: Part 1, polarised critics and distributors so much that it was placed in the documentary category at the 1972 Sydney Film Festival due to its matter-of-fact depiction of cinematic violence. In 1979, Miller made his feature-length directorial debut with Mad Max. Based on a script written by Miller and James McCausland in 1975, the film was independently financed by Kennedy Miller Productions and went on to become an international success; as a result, the film spawned the Mad Max series with two further sequels starring Mel Gibson and a third starring Tom Hardy. During the time between the second and third Mad Max films, Miller directed a remake of "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" as a segment for the anthology film Twilight Zone: The Movie, he co-produced and co-directed many acclaimed miniseries for Australian television including The Dismissal and The Cowra Breakout.
In 1987, Miller directed The Witches of Eastwick, starring Jack Nicholson, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer. The film, a black comedy, was centred around three women whose magical power is released after they meet a millionaire bachelor in a puritanical and wealthy New England town; the Witches of Eastwick proved to be a troubling experience for Miller. "I quit the film twice and Jack held me in there," said Miller. "He said just sit down, lose your emotion, have a look at the work. If you think the work is good, stick with the film, he was a great man. I learnt more from him than anybody else I think I’d worked for – he was extraordinary."Following The Witches of Eastwick, Miller focused on producing Australian projects. His role as producer of Flirting, Dead Calm and the TV miniseries Bangkok Hilton and Vietnam, all starring Nicole Kidman, was instrumental in the development of her career. Miller returned to directing with the release of Lorenzo's Oil. In 1993, Miller was hired to direct Contact based on the story by Ann Druyan.
After working on the film for over a year, Warner Bros. and Miller mutually agreed to part ways and Robert Zemeckis was brought on to direct. Miller co-wrote the comedy-drama Babe and wrote and directed its sequel Babe: Pig in the City. Miller was the creator of Happy Feet, a musical epic about the life of penguins in Antarctica; the Warner Bros.-produced film was released in November 2006. As well as being a runaway box office success, Happy Feet brought Miller his fourth Academy Award nomination, his first win in the category of Best Animated Feature. In 2007, Miller signed on to direct a Justice League film titled Justice League: Mortal. While production was held up due to the 2007–08 Writers Guild of America strike, further production delays and the success of The Dark Knight led to Warner Bros. deciding to put the film on hold and pursue different options. In 2011, the Happy Feet sequel Happy Feet Two was released; the following year, Miller began principal photography on Mad Max: Fury Road, the fourth film in the Mad Max series, after several years of production delays.
Fury Road was released on 15 May 2015. The film was met with widespread critical acclaim and received 10 Academy Award nominations including Best Pi
David James Stratton AM is an English-Australian award-winning film critic, as both a journalist and interviewer, film historian and lecturer and television personality and producer. Born in Trowbridge, England in 1939, Stratton was sent to Hampshire to see out the war years with his grandmother, an avid filmgoer, where he was taken to the local cinemas and saw a diverse range of movies, he attended Chafyn Grove School from 1948 to 1953 as a boarder. He saw his first foreign film at Bath in 1955 – Italian romantic comedy Bread and Dreams; that was soon followed by Akira Kurosawa's Japanese adventure drama classic Seven Samurai tracked down in Birmingham. At the age of 19, he founded District Film Society. David arrived in Australia in 1963, soon became involved with the local film society movement, he directed the Sydney Film Festival from 1966 until 1983. At the time, he was the subject of surveillance by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, due to the festival showing Soviet films and his late 1960s visit to Russia.
This information was not made public until January 2014. A regarded expert on international cinema French cinema, Stratton was President of FIPRESCI Juries in Cannes and Venice, he was a member of the jury at the 32nd Berlin International Film Festival in 1982. Stratton worked for SBS from 1980, acting as their film consultant and introducing the SBS Cinema Classic and Movie of the Week for 24 weeks a year. From 1986 onwards Stratton co-hosted the long-running SBS TV program The Movie Show with Margaret Pomeranz, the show's original producer. Stratton and Pomeranz left SBS in 2004. From 2004 Stratton and Pomeranz have co-hosted the ABC film show, At the Movies. On 16 September 2014, Stratton and Pomeranz announced they would be retiring at the end of the 2014 series; the ABC confirmed that the series would end with the last episode to be broadcast on 9 December 2014. Stratton has stated on numerous occasions that his favourite film of all time is Singin' in the Rain, he writes reviews for The Australian newspaper and did so for the US film industry magazine Variety.
He does film reviews for TV Week, where he has been for a number of years. He lectures in film history at the University of Sydney's Centre for Continuing Education. In 2008 he released his autobiography called I Peed on Fellini, a reference to a drunken attempt to shake Federico Fellini's hand while using a urinal. Stratton and Margaret Pomeranz have played an important role in challenging the heavy-handed decisions of the Australian Classification Office throughout their career; the documentary film David Stratton: A Cinematic Life and directed by Sally Aitken, was released in 2017, re-edited for television, featuring interviews with Stratton about his life and with actors, producers representing Australian cinema since the 1960s. Stratton has a cameo appearance in the 1993 film Hercules Returns In 1995 Stratton made an uncredited cameo in Touch Me, one of the short films featured in Zieglerfilm's series Erotic Tales Stratton has appeared in several ABC programs including The Chaser's War on Everything, Review with Myles Barlow, Good Game, Adam Hills in Gordon Street Tonight, Lawrence Leung's Choose Your Own Adventure and The Bazura Project parodying himself.
On Saturday 14 March 2015 Stratton appeared in a meeting with David Lynch in "David Lynch: Between Two Worlds' 14 March - 8 June 2015 | Gallery of Modern Art Brisbane, Australia". On 1 January 2001 Stratton was awarded the Centenary Medal for "Service to Australian society and Australian film production". On 22 March 2001 he was appointed with the Croix de Commandeur of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, the highest rank for this award, for his services to cinema, in particular French cinema. In 2001 he received the Australian Film Institute's Longford Life Achievement Award. On 9 June 2006 Stratton received an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from the University of Sydney in recognition of his career and his contribution to intellectual life at the university. In 2007, he received the 60th Anniversary Medal by the Festival du Film de Cannes and The Chauvel Award by the Brisbane International Film Festival. Stratton became a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2015 Australia Day honours.
The Last New Wave: The Australian film revival. ISBN 0-207-14146-0 The Avocado Plantation: Boom and bust in the Australian film industry. ISBN 0-7329-0250-9 Stratton, David. I Peed on Fellini: Recollections of a life in film. William Heinemann Australia. ISBN 1-74166-619-8. Honorary doctorate presentation Official biography ABC Radio biography Quickflix biography David Stratton on IMDb
Ted Robinson (TV director)
Ted Robinson is an Australian television producer and director, best known for his work and a director and producer of live TV comedy. Robinson began his TV career at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, working on The Aunty Jack Show, under the tutelage of series director Maurice M. Murphy, his TV directorial debut was with the ABC sitcom Our Man in the Company. In 1974 he took over from Murphy as director of the two Aunty Jack spinoff series, Wollongong the Brave and Flash Nick from Jindavik. During the late 1970s he co-hosted a regular radio show on Double Jay in Sydney, with actor Lex Marinos. Robinson went on to produce and/or direct many landmark comedy series from the 1980s to the present, including The Gillies Report, The Dingo Principle, The Big Gig, DAAS Kapital and Sweaty, The Late Show, The Glass House, This Sporting Life, The Sideshow, Chandon Pictures and Good News Week, he won the Australian Film Institute Longford Life Achievement Award in 2003. After Marcuse Ted Robinson on IMDb
Frederic Alan Schepisi, AO is an Australian film director and screenwriter. His credits include The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Roxanne, Six Degrees of Separation, Mr. Baseball and Last Orders. Frederic Alan Schepisi was born in Melbourne, the son of Loretto Ellen and Frederic Thomas Schepisi, a fruit dealer and car salesman of Italian descent, he began his career in advertising and directed both commercials and documentaries before making his first feature film, The Devil's Playground, in 1976. Schepisi won the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Direction and the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Screenplay for both The Devil's Playground and Evil Angels. In 1991, Schepisi's film The Russia House was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 41st Berlin International Film Festival. In 2005, Schepisi directed and co-produced the HBO miniseries Empire Falls, for which he was nominated for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special and the Directors Guild of America Award for Best Director of a TV Film.
In 2007, he was the Chairman of the Jury at the 29th Moscow International Film Festival. In April 2008, it was announced that Film Finance Corporation Australia was providing funding for Schepisi's film The Last Man, about the final days of the Vietnam War, it was scheduled to begin filming in Queensland, with Guy Pearce and David Wenham in leading roles, towards the end of the year. In 2011, Schepisi directed The Eye of the Storm. Filmed in Melbourne and Far North Queensland, based on the novel by Patrick White, The Eye of the Storm stars Charlotte Rampling, Judy Davis and Geoffrey Rush; the story is about "children understanding themselves through the context of family". In 2012, he directed Pictures starring Juliet Binoche and Clive Owen. Schepisi has directed a number of music videos, including for the 2008 song "Breathe" by Kaz James featuring Stu Stone. Asked about the "gypsy-like existence" of a filmmaker, Schepisi has said: "It's the hardest thing. I think. It's hard on your family. Mary travels with me and when everyone was younger and it was possible, I liked them to travel with me and be with me.
Mary's an artist. Schepisi has one grandchild. Fred Schepisi has seven children, he had four children with his first wife Joan. His third wife, whom he married in 1984 and with whom he had a seventh child, is American, he supports Australia becoming a republic and is a founding member of the Australian Republican Movement. The Devil's Playground The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith Barbarosa Iceman Plenty Roxanne Evil Angels The Russia House Mr. Baseball Six Degrees of Separation I. Q. Fierce Creatures Last Orders It Runs in the Family Empire Falls The Eye of the Storm Words and Pictures Andorra Bitter Sweet – romance drama for Avco Embassy Official website Fred Schepisi on IMDb Facebook page Twitter OnlyMelbourne.com.au biography
Charles William Tingwell AM, known professionally as Bud Tingwell or Charles'Bud' Tingwell, was an Australian film, television and radio actor. One of the veterans of Australian film, he acted in his first motion picture in 1946 and went on to appear in more than 100 films and numerous TV programmes in both the United Kingdom and Australia. Tingwell was born in the Sydney suburb of the son of William Harvey Tingwell and Enid; as an adolescent, he was encouraged by his father to be an accountant, but Tingwell failed the entrance exam. While still at school, he became a cadet at Sydney radio station 2CH, soon becoming the youngest radio announcer in Australia. In 1941, aged 18, Tingwell volunteered for war service overseas with the Royal Australian Air Force. Under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, personnel from Commonwealth air forces formed part of a joint training and assignment system. Tingwell trained as a pilot in Canada during 1942. Despite damaging a Harvard training aircraft in August, he qualified as a pilot and was commissioned as a pilot officer that December.
He was posted to the Mediterranean Theatre and underwent operational training with No. 74 Operational Training Unit RAF, in British Palestine, qualified to fly the Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfire. He was posted to a photo reconnaissance unit, No. 680 Squadron RAF, flew 75 sorties in Mosquitos and Spitfires during the North African Campaign and the Allied invasion of Sicily. Other aircraft that Tingwell was qualified to fly included the Bristol Blenheim, Martin Baltimore, Bristol Beaufighter and Airspeed Oxford, he was promoted to flying officer in June 1943 and flight lieutenant in December 1944. Towards the end of the war, Tingwell was transferred back to Australia, he was posted to No. 5 Operational Training Unit RAAF as a flying instructor and to No. 87 Squadron RAAF, flying photo reconnaissance Mosquitoes over the Dutch East Indies. On demobilisation in 1946, he was awarded the 1939 -- Italy Star and Defence Medal. Tingwell remained a reservist into the 1950s. After returning to Australia, Tingwell married his childhood sweetheart, Audrey May Wilson, who died in 1996.
They had two children. He joined Doris Fitton's Independent Theatre group and appeared on stage from the mid-1940s in such classics as The Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman and Jean Giraudoux's The Madwoman of ChaillotIn 1946, Tingwell was given his first film role, as a control tower officer in Smithy. Tingwell had an excellent support part in Bitter Springs, made by Ealing Studios with Chips Rafferty, he had a similar role in Kangaroo, a Hollywood-financed film shot in Australia for 20th Century Fox. He appeared in I Found Joe Barton, the first TV show shot in Australia. Fox liked Tingwell's work in Kangaroo and invited him to Los Angeles to play the part of Lt Harry Carstairs in The Desert Rats, in which he appeared opposite Chips Rafferty, James Mason and Richard Burton, they offered him a long-term contract but Tingwell turned it down as he wanted to return to Australia. Tingwell played the lead in King of the Coral Sea alongside Rafferty. In 1954, he co-starred with Gordon Chater in Top of the Bill, the first of the famous satirical revues staged at Sydney's Phillip Street Theatre.
The Australian film and radio industry slumped with the advent of television and Tingwell decided to move to the UK. He used the opportunity of a role in Ealing's The Shiralee, filmed in Australia and London. Tingwell decided to stay; the following year, he took on his first recurring television role, as Australian surgeon Alan Dawson in the live TV serial Emergency – Ward 10 and its film spin-off Life in Emergency Ward 10. He had small roles in Ealing's Dunkirk Bobbikins, Cone of Silence, Tarzan the Magnificent. Tingwell played the role of Inspector Craddock in all four films of the Miss Marple series, starring Margaret Rutherford, from 1961 to 1964: Murder, She Said, Murder at the Gallop, Murder Most Foul and Murder Ahoy!. For Hammer Films he appeared in The Secret of Blood Dracula: Prince of Darkness, he had the lead in a TV series An Enemy of the State. In the late 1960s, he performed various minor voice roles for the Gerry Anderson "Supermarionation" TV series Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, besides appearing in the first series of Catweazle.
In 1969 he appeared as Robert Danvers in the long running farce "There's A Girl In My Soup", at the Comedy Theatre, London. He was the recurring character of Motel Manager Kevin McArthur in Crossroads in the late 1960s and early 1970s.. He had a small role in Nobody Runs Forever with Rod Taylor. Tingwell appeared in many other films during his time in Britain, spending a total of 16 years as a "London Aussie". In 1973, he returned to Australia with his wife and children, shortly after won the role of Inspector Reg Lawson in the long-running TV series Homicide; this was followed by small roles in a number of major Australian films, such as Breaker Morant, Puberty Blues and All the Rivers Run. He played the recurring role of farmer Ted Campbell in the soap A Country Practice in the late 1980s and early 1990s and as the Narrator from The Flying Scotsman In Australia Tingwell's career went through a quiet period during the late 1980s and early 1990s, until he took on the role of "Gramps" in "Charlie the Wonderdog", a recurring segment on The Late Show, in 1993.
His role in The Late Show was to win him a major role as lawyer Lawrence Hammill in the film The Castle (19