Christopher Robert Lionel Abrahams is a Sydney-based pianist, best known for his jazz work. Abrahams has been a member of the Benders, Laughing Clowns, The Necks, he has recorded several solo albums, as well as collaborations with Melanie Oxley from the Sparklers. Abrahams has been a session musician on albums for artists such as The Church, The Whitlams, Midnight Oil, Wendy Matthews and Silverchair. Chris Abrahams produced and arranged the music for the Australian film "The Tender Hook", released in 2008. In 2008, Chris Abrahams' work on the film's soundtrack was nominated for the "Best Original Music Score" AFI Award; some of Abrahams music is experimental in nature—The Necks are an improvisational trio, Abraham's performance at the Room40 Tenth Anniversary in London was labelled "ambient", "free-jazz" and "industrial noise" by Financial Times reviewer, Mike Hobart. Chris Reid from RealTime Arts Magazine wrote of his Germ Studies collaboration with Clare Cooper, an organiser of the NOWnow Festival who played the Chinese zither on the album, that "it represents an extensive investigation into the endless range of sounds that can be created by combining the venerable DX7 synthesiser and the more venerable Chinese zither, the guzheng a deep exploration of musical language".
Piano Walk Glow Streaming Thrown The Tender Hook Soundtrack Play Scar Memory Night Fluid to the Influence Resisting Calm Welcome to Violet Coal Jerusalem Bay Blood Oranges Pedal with Simon James Phillips Oceanic Feeling Like with Mike Cooper Germ Studies with Clare Cooper Hammeriver with Hammeriver: Clare Cooper / Chris Abrahams / Christof Kurzmann / Tobias Delius / Clayton Thomas / Werner Dafeldecker / Tony Buck None Of Them Would Remember It That Way with Lucio Capece We Who Had Left with Alessandro Bosetti Raft of the meadows with Mike Majkowski and James Waples. Trace with Mike Cooper
Catherine Elise Blanchett, is an Australian actress and theatre director. She has received many accolades, including two Academy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, three BAFTA Awards. Time named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2007, in 2018, she was ranked among the highest-paid actresses in the world. After graduating from the National Institute of Dramatic Art, Blanchett began her acting career on the Australian stage, taking on roles in Electra in 1992 and Hamlet in 1994, she came to international attention for portraying Elizabeth I of England in the drama film Elizabeth, for which she won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress and earned her first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn in the biographical drama The Aviator, earned her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, she won Best Actress for playing a neurotic divorcée in the black comedy-drama Blue Jasmine, her other Oscar-nominated roles were in the dramas Notes on a Scandal, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, I'm Not There, Carol.
Blanchett's most commercially successful films include The Talented Mr. Ripley, Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit trilogy, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Thor: Ragnarok, Ocean's 8. From 2008 to 2013, Blanchett and her husband Andrew Upton served as the artistic directors of the Sydney Theatre Company; some of her stage roles during this period were in revivals of A Streetcar Named Desire, Uncle Vanya, The Maids. She made her Broadway debut in 2017 with The Present, for which she received a Tony Award nomination. Blanchett has been awarded the Centenary Medal by the Australian government, who made her a companion of the Order of Australia in 2017, she was appointed Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government in 2012. She has been presented with a Doctor of Letters from the University of New South Wales, University of Sydney, Macquarie University. In 2015, she was honoured by the Museum of Modern Art and received the British Film Institute Fellowship.
Blanchett was born on 14 May 1969 in the Melbourne suburb of Ivanhoe. Her Australian mother, June Blanchett, worked as a property developer and teacher, her American father, Robert DeWitt Blanchett, Jr. a Texas native, was a United States Navy Chief Petty Officer who worked as an advertising executive. The two met; when Blanchett was 10, her father died of a heart attack, leaving her mother to raise the family on her own. Blanchett is the middle of three children, she has an older brother Bob Blanchett, a younger sister Genevieve Blanchett, her ancestry includes English, some Scottish, remote French roots. Blanchett has described herself as being "part part wallflower" during childhood, she had a penchant for dressing in traditionally masculine clothing, went through goth and punk phases during her teenage years, shaved her head at one point. She attended primary school in Melbourne at Ivanhoe East Primary School. In her late teens and early twenties, she worked at a nursing home in Victoria, she studied economics and fine arts at the University of Melbourne but dropped out after one year to travel overseas.
While in Egypt, Blanchett was asked to play an American cheerleader, as an extra in the Egyptian boxing movie, Kaboria. Upon her return to Australia, she moved to Sydney and enrolled in the National Institute of Dramatic Art to pursue an acting career, she graduated from NIDA in 1992 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Blanchett's first major stage role was opposite Geoffrey Rush, in the 1992 David Mamet play Oleanna for the Sydney Theatre Company; that year, she was cast as Clytemnestra in a production of Sophocles' Electra. A couple of weeks after rehearsals, the actress playing the title role pulled out, director Lindy Davies cast Blanchett in the role, her performance as Electra became one of her most acclaimed at NIDA. In 1993, Blanchett was awarded the Sydney Theatre Critics' Best Newcomer Award for her performance in Timothy Daly's Kafka Dances and won Best Actress for her performance in Mamet's Oleanna, making her the first actor to win both categories in the same year. Blanchett played the role of Ophelia in an acclaimed 1994–1995 Company B production of Hamlet directed by Neil Armfield, starring Rush and Richard Roxburgh, was nominated for a Green Room Award.
She appeared in the 1994 TV miniseries Heartland opposite Ernie Dingo, the miniseries Bordertown with Hugo Weaving, in an episode of Police Rescue entitled "The Loaded Boy". She appeared in the 50-minute drama short Parklands, which received an Australian Film Institute nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Blanchett made her feature film debut with a supporting role as an Australian nurse captured by the Japanese Army during World War II, in Bruce Beresford's film Paradise Road, which co-starred Glenn Close and Frances McDormand, her first leading role was as Lucinda Leplastrier in Gillian Armstrong's romantic drama Oscar and Lucinda, opposite Ralph Fiennes. Blanchett received wide acclaim for her performance, earned her first AFI Award nomination as Best Leading Actress, she won the AFI Best Actress Award in the same year for her role as Lizzie in the romantic comedy Thank God He Met Lizzie, co-starring Richard Roxburgh and Frances O'Connor. B
Melbourne International Film Festival
The Melbourne International Film Festival is an annual film festival held over three weeks in Melbourne, Australia. It is one of the oldest film festivals in the world. MIFF is one of Melbourne's four major film festivals, in addition to the Melbourne International Animation Festival, Melbourne Queer Film Festival and Melbourne Underground Film Festival; as of 2017, the festival's Artistic Director is Michelle Carey. Melbourne is a significant city in the history of film: The Story of the Kelly Gang, the world's first full-length feature film, was filmed in the city. Established in 1952, the Melbourne International Film Festival is one of the oldest film festivals in the world and has become the most notable screen event in Australia. An iconic Melbourne event, the festival takes place annually in various theatres in the Melbourne CBD, presenting an acclaimed screening program including films from local and international filmmakers, alongside industry events. MIFF is the largest film festival in both Australia and the southern hemisphere, is Australia's largest showcase of new Australian cinema.
The 2012 festival generated A$8 million for the Victorian economy. As of 2013, the festival is accredited by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Australian Film Institute and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts; as of 2013, the festival's CEO is Maria Amato, Carey is the Artistic Director and Mark Woods is MIFF's Industry Director/Executive Producer. In 2013, the festival program consisted of the following categories: International Panorama - a handpicked selection of world cinema TeleScope – curated program of 12 new films from 12 European Union countries Australian Showcase – new Australian cinema NextGen - a program of films aimed at younger audiences Accent on Asia - showcase of films from Asia-Pacific region Inside the DPRK - two film exploring life within North Korea Juche Showtime: Films of the DPRK - North Korean cinema Defying the Times: Activism on Film – films on political activism Documentaries A League of Their Own: New Arabic Cinema – films from the pan-Arabic world States of Play: American Independents – independent cinema from the United States Masters and Restorations – documentaries on filmmaking and film restorations Backbeat – music films Animation Shining Violence: Italian Giallo – films of the Italian'giallo' subgenre Night Shift – thriller and gore movies This Sporting Life – sporting films Short Film Packages – short film category that features the Accelerator programs, Best MIFF Shorts Screening and the MIFF Shorts Awards Ceremony Pre-Feature Shorts – short films featured prior to feature film screenings Special Events – includes the opening night feature film and a screening at the Melbourne Planetarium Talking Pictures – discussion and Q&A events with the festival's filmmakers and personalities MIFF Premiere Fund – Australian films supported by the MIFF Premiere Fund 37ºSouth - see: #37ºSouth Market The festival is conducted across various venues located in Melbourne and in 2013 the following venues were used: Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Forum Theatre, Greater Union Cinemas, Mandala Festival Wine Bar, Hoyts Melbourne Central, the Arts Centre Melbourne, Kino Cinemas, Wheeler Centre, Village Roadshow Theatrette, Speakeasy Cinema.
The 37ºSouth Market is the only international film financing marketplace to take place during a film festival in Australia or New Zealand. The event occurs during the opening days of the festival and is a forum for around 45 invited sales agents/distributors to meet with up to 100 pre-selected Australian and NZ producers who are seeking co-financing support; as of 2013, the 37ºSouth Market is the exclusive partner of the London's Production Finance Market for Australia and NZ. As of 2013, the 37ºSouth Market has attracted companies such as: Studio Canal, Wild Bunch, Paramount Pictures, BBC Films, HanWay, Miramax Films, Bankside, The Works, eOne, West End, Level K. Since 1962, MIFF has staged a short film competition, as well as numerous feature film award categories, it presents audience popularity awards for feature film and documentary. The festival's inaugural award was'Best Short Film', but the title was changed to'Grand Prix for Best Short Film' in 1965. From 1985 onwards, the Grand Prix has been presented by the City of Melbourne.
People's Choice Award for Best Feature People's Choice Award for Best Documentary TeleScope Best European Feature Award The Age Critics' Award City of Melbourne Grand Prix for Best Short Film Film Victoria Erwin Rado Award for Best Australian Short Film Swinburne Award for Emerging Australian Filmmaker Cinema Nova Award for Best Fiction Short Film Holmesglen Award for Best Animation Short Film BBC Knowledge Award for Best Documentary Short Film The Astor Theatre Award for Best Experimental Short Film Jury Special MentionAs of 2013, the MIFF short film awards are accredited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts, winners in the Best Short, Best Fiction, Best Animation and Best Documentary categories are eligible to submit their films for Academy Award consideration. The judges for the 2013 MIFF short film awards were Lorin Clarke, Michael Matrenza and Ramona Telecican. During the 58th festival in 2009, the controversial film The 10 Conditions of Love, which documents the life of the exiled Uyghur leader Rebiya Kadeer, was screened despite many attempts by the Go
Stories of Lost Souls
Stories of Lost Souls is a compilation of eight cinematic stories of lonely souls in unexpected situations starring many of cinema's biggest names including Josh Hartnett, Hugh Jackman, Keira Knightley, Cate Blanchett, James Gandolfini, Paul Bettany, Illeana Douglas and directed by eight different directors including Deborra-Lee Furness and Mark Palansky. Stories of Lost Souls was executive produced by Thomas Bannister; some versions of the film do not feature "Sniper 470" but start with "The Same" and feature "Supermarket". The SameDirected by Mark Palansky - Starring Josh Hartnett - Starring Jason Acuña, Jacqui Maxwell A creepy house; every night a dwarf awaits for his beautiful neighbor to return. He will do anything to win the girl of his dreams, including one terrible crime: He kills another one of his neighbors and, for some unknown reason, chops off that neighbors legs; when he exits the crime scene, the girl sees him and uncovers her own legs, which look like porcelain. Standing Room Only Directed by Deborra-Lee Furness - Starring Hugh Jackman, Michael Gambon, Joanna Lumley, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio The story revolves around a group of people waiting in line for a performance.
Bangers Directed by Andrew Upton - Starring Cate Blanchett The haunting story of a woman slipping into insanity. Julie-Anne, a marginally successful career woman, is preparing dinner for her gruff and unsympathetic mother; as she cooks the mashed potatoes and sausages, she tells an indifferent audience of her mother and cat about a recent promotion at work. As she rants about her job it becomes apparent that she is in the middle of a mental breakdown that culminates in burned sausage and mashed potatoes all over the floor. New Year's Eve Directed by Col Spector - Starring Keira Knightley The story of a seductive temptress at a New Year's Eve party. Euston Road Written by Tristram Pye and Directed by Toa Stappard - Starring Paul Bettany A fast car. Two men talking in a hotel bar. Seven questions in eight minutes, and it is 9 pm on Euston Road. Figure it out. A Whole New DayDirected by William Garcia - Starring James Gandolfini The story of an abusive alcoholic who wakes up in an abandoned apartment after a black-out.
A man on the floor comes to consciousness in an empty apartment - no furniture, no decor on the walls, no gas in the stove. He has only his cell phone, a jacket, a hangover. Elsewhere in the city, his wife is in a kitchen, harried by three rambunctious children, angry at her husband, she leaves a message on his cell phone. He calls his friend Jimmy to tell him to bring over some beer. A young woman he does not know walks into the apartment. What is going on? SupermarketDirected by Illeana Douglas - Starring Daryl Hannah, Jeff Goldblum and Illeana Douglas The story of a woman who works at a supermarket where Daryl Hannah continually slacks off, nearly drooling fans stalk her, Jeff Goldblum comes in to shop for pastries. Sniper 470Directed by Paul Holmes - Starring Billy Boyd A futuristic tale of a lone sniper on a mission in outerspace. Stories of Lost Souls on IMDb International Sales go to 03.library The Same on IMDb Standing Room Only on IMDb Bangers on IMDb New Year's Eve on IMDb Euston Road on IMDb A Whole New Day on IMDb Supermarket on IMDb Sniper 470 on IMDb
Australia the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands. It is the world's sixth-largest country by total area; the neighbouring countries are Papua New Guinea and East Timor to the north. The population of 25 million is urbanised and concentrated on the eastern seaboard. Australia's capital is Canberra, its largest city is Sydney; the country's other major metropolitan areas are Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide. Australia was inhabited by indigenous Australians for about 60,000 years before the first British settlement in the late 18th century, it is documented. After the European exploration of the continent by Dutch explorers in 1606, who named it New Holland, Australia's eastern half was claimed by Great Britain in 1770 and settled through penal transportation to the colony of New South Wales from 26 January 1788, a date which became Australia's national day; the population grew in subsequent decades, by the 1850s most of the continent had been explored and an additional five self-governing crown colonies established.
On 1 January 1901, the six colonies federated. Australia has since maintained a stable liberal democratic political system that functions as a federal parliamentary constitutional monarchy, comprising six states and ten territories. Being the oldest and driest inhabited continent, with the least fertile soils, Australia has a landmass of 7,617,930 square kilometres. A megadiverse country, its size gives it a wide variety of landscapes, with deserts in the centre, tropical rainforests in the north-east and mountain ranges in the south-east. A gold rush began in Australia in the early 1850s, its population density, 2.8 inhabitants per square kilometre, remains among the lowest in the world. Australia generates its income from various sources including mining-related exports, telecommunications and manufacturing. Indigenous Australian rock art is the oldest and richest in the world, dating as far back as 60,000 years and spread across hundreds of thousands of sites. Australia is a developed country, with the world's 14th-largest economy.
It has a high-income economy, with the world's tenth-highest per capita income. It is a regional power, has the world's 13th-highest military expenditure. Australia has the world's ninth-largest immigrant population, with immigrants accounting for 26% of the population. Having the third-highest human development index and the eighth-highest ranked democracy globally, the country ranks in quality of life, education, economic freedom, civil liberties and political rights, with all its major cities faring well in global comparative livability surveys. Australia is a member of the United Nations, G20, Commonwealth of Nations, ANZUS, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, World Trade Organization, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, Pacific Islands Forum and the ASEAN Plus Six mechanism; the name Australia is derived from the Latin Terra Australis, a name used for a hypothetical continent in the Southern Hemisphere since ancient times. When Europeans first began visiting and mapping Australia in the 17th century, the name Terra Australis was applied to the new territories.
Until the early 19th century, Australia was best known as "New Holland", a name first applied by the Dutch explorer Abel Tasman in 1644 and subsequently anglicised. Terra Australis still saw occasional usage, such as in scientific texts; the name Australia was popularised by the explorer Matthew Flinders, who said it was "more agreeable to the ear, an assimilation to the names of the other great portions of the earth". The first time that Australia appears to have been used was in April 1817, when Governor Lachlan Macquarie acknowledged the receipt of Flinders' charts of Australia from Lord Bathurst. In December 1817, Macquarie recommended to the Colonial Office. In 1824, the Admiralty agreed that the continent should be known by that name; the first official published use of the new name came with the publication in 1830 of The Australia Directory by the Hydrographic Office. Colloquial names for Australia include "Oz" and "the Land Down Under". Other epithets include "the Great Southern Land", "the Lucky Country", "the Sunburnt Country", "the Wide Brown Land".
The latter two both derive from Dorothea Mackellar's 1908 poem "My Country". Human habitation of the Australian continent is estimated to have begun around 65,000 to 70,000 years ago, with the migration of people by land bridges and short sea-crossings from what is now Southeast Asia; these first inhabitants were the ancestors of modern Indigenous Australians. Aboriginal Australian culture is one of the oldest continual civilisations on earth. At the time of first European contact, most Indigenous Australians were hunter-gatherers with complex economies and societies. Recent archaeological finds suggest. Indigenous Australians have an oral culture with spiritual values based on reverence for the land and a belief in the Dreamtime; the Torres Strait Islanders, ethnically Melanesian, obtained their livelihood from seasonal horticulture and the resources of their reefs and seas. The northern coasts and waters of Australia were visited s