The Road (2009 film)
The Road is a 2009 American post-apocalyptic film directed by John Hillcoat and written by Joe Penhall, based on the 2006 novel of the same name by Cormac McCarthy. The film stars Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit-McPhee as a father and his son in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Principal photography took place in Pennsylvania, Louisiana and Oregon; the Road received a limited release in North American cinemas from November 25, 2009, was released in United Kingdom cinemas on January 4, 2010. The film received positive reviews from critics, it received numerous nominations, including a BAFTA nomination for Best Cinematography. A man and his young son struggle to survive after a global cataclysm has caused an extinction event, they scavenge for supplies and avoid roaming gangs as they travel on a road to the coast in the hope that it will be warmer. Years earlier, the man's wife gives birth to their son shortly after the catastrophe and she loses hope; when the man shoots an intruder using one of three bullets they have saved for their family as a last resort, she accuses him of wasting the bullet deliberately to prevent her suicide.
Removing her coat and hat, she walks into the woods, never to be seen again. In the present, after shooting a member of a gang of cannibals who stumbles upon them, the man is left with only one bullet. Exploring a mansion, he and the boy discover people locked in the basement, imprisoned as food for their captors; when the armed cannibals return, the man and his son hide. With discovery imminent, the man prepares to shoot his son, but they flee when the cannibals are distracted by the escaping captives. Further down the road, the man and boy discover an underground shelter full of canned food and supplies, they bathe. When they hear noises above, including a dog, he decides. Further along the road, the son persuades him to share food with a near-blind old man. At the coast, the man leaves the boy to guard their possessions while he swims out to scavenge a beached ship; the boy falls asleep and their supplies are stolen. The man chases down the thief and takes everything from him his clothes; this distresses the boy so much the man turns back and leaves the clothes and a can of food for the thief.
As they pass through a ruined town, the man is shot in the leg with an arrow. He kills his ambusher with a flare gun he found on the ship and finds the archer's female companion in the same room; the man thinks the archer and woman were following them. He leaves her weeping over the body. Weakened, the man and boy abandon most of their possessions; the man's condition deteriorates and he dies. The boy is approached by a man who, with his wife, two children, dog, convinces the boy he is one of the "good guys" and takes him under his protection; the wife says they have been following his father. In the film, only one of the characters is given Ely; the credits give their roles in place of names. Viggo Mortensen as Man Kodi Smit-McPhee as Boy Charlize Theron as Woman, the Man's wife. Theron had worked with producer Nick Wechsler on the 2000 film The Yards; the woman has a larger role in the film than in the book, with Hillcoat stating "I think it's fine to depart from the book as long as you maintain the spirit of it."
Robert Duvall as Old Man Guy Pearce as Veteran, a father wandering with his family Molly Parker as Motherly Woman, the Veteran's wife Michael Kenneth Williams as Thief Garret Dillahunt as Gang Member In November 2006, producer Nick Wechsler used independent financing to acquire film rights to adapt the 2006 novel The Road by Cormac McCarthy. When Wechsler had watched John Hillcoat's 2005 film The Proposition after reading The Road, the producer decided to pursue Hillcoat to direct the film adaptation. Wechsler described Hillcoat's style: "There was something beautiful in the way John captured the stark primitive humanity of the West in that movie." In April 2007, Joe Penhall was hired to script the adapted screenplay. Wechsler and his fellow producers Steve and Paula Mae Schwartz planned to have a script and an actor cast to portray the father before pursuing a distributor for the film. By the following November, actor Viggo Mortensen had entered negotiations with the filmmakers to portray the father, though he was occupied with filming Appaloosa in New Mexico.
The film had a budget of $20 million. Filming began in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area in late February 2008, continuing for eight weeks before moving on to northwestern Pennsylvania and Oregon. Hillcoat preferred to shoot in real locations, saying "We didn't want to go the CGI world." Pennsylvania, where most of the filming took place, was chosen for its tax breaks and its abundance of locations that looked abandoned or decayed: coalfields and run-down parts of Pittsburgh and neighboring boroughs. Filming was done at the 1892 amusement resort after one of the park's buildings was destroyed in a fire in February 2008; the beaches of Presque Isle State Park in Erie, Pennsylvania were used. Hillcoat said of using Pittsburgh as a practical location, "It's a beautiful place in fall with the colors changing, but in winter, it can be bleak. There are city blocks; the woods can be brutal." Filmmakers shot scenes in parts of New Orleans, ravaged by Hurricane Katrina and on Mount St. Helens in Washington.
The Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike, a stretch of abandoned roadway between Hustontown and Breezewood, was used for much of the production. Hillcoat
British Academy Film Awards
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts or BAFTA Film Awards are presented in an annual award show hosted by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts to honour the best British and international contributions to film. The ceremonies were held at the flagship Odeon cinema in Leicester Square in London, before being held at the Royal Opera House from 2008 to 2016. Since 2017, the ceremony has been held at the Royal Albert Hall in London; the British Academy of Film and Television Arts was founded in 1947 as The British Film Academy, by David Lean, Alexander Korda, Carol Reed, Charles Laughton, Roger Manvell and others. In 1958, the Academy merged with The Guild of Television Producers and Directors to form The Society of Film and Television, which became The British Academy of Film and Television Arts in 1976; the stated charitable purpose of BAFTA is to "support and promote the art forms of the moving image, by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners, benefiting the public".
In addition to high-profile awards ceremonies, BAFTA runs a year-round programme of educational events, including film screenings and tribute evenings. BAFTA is supported by a membership of about 6,000 people from the film and video game industries; the Academy's awards are in the form of a theatrical mask designed by American sculptor Mitzi Cunliffe, in response to a commission from the Guild of Television Producers in 1955. The ceremony took place in April or May, but since 2001 it has been held in February in order to precede the Academy Awards. Most of the awards are open to all nationalities, though there are awards for Outstanding British Film and Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Producer or Director. Only UK films are eligible for the categories of The British Short Film and British Short Animation awards; the Awards ceremony is delayed broadcast on British television the same evening, across the world. In the United States it is shown on BBC America, it has been broadcast in colour since 1970.
During each annual ceremony, BAFTA pauses in memoriam to pay tribute to those in the industry who have died over the past 12 months, showcasing a montage of images accompanied by music. The award ceremony is held in London. From 2000 to 2007, the ceremonies took place at the flagship Odeon cinema in Leicester Square. Between 2008 and 2016, the ceremonies took place at the Royal Opera House; the 70th Awards in 2017, subsequent ceremonies, were held at the Royal Albert Hall. Until 2012, the mobile telephone network Orange sponsored the awards. Orange's parent company, EE, took over the sponsorship of the event from 2013. BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles BAFTA Award for Best Screenplay BAFTA Award for Best British Screenplay BAFTA Award for Best British Actor BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actor BAFTA Award for Best British Actress BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress BAFTA United Nations Award. BAFTA Fellowship The Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award British Academy of Film and Television Arts British Academy Television Awards Official website BAFTA Awards database Museum of Broadcast Communications: BAFTA IMDB: BAFTA
Matching Jack is a 2010 Australian drama film directed by Nadia Tass from a screenplay by Lynne Renew and David Parker, based on an unfilmed script by Renew entitled Love and Mortar. Life seems idyllic for Marisa and her son, until a poor performance at a school soccer match ends with Jack in hospital and Marisa trying to find her husband, interstate at a conference. In fact, David is planning to leave Marisa for his current mistress, with his phone off and not a care in the world. Jack is diagnosed with Leukaemia and the only possibility of a cure is if David has had a child from one of his many flings who could be a bone marrow donor. Marisa looks back through his diaries, figures when he could have been having affairs, goes out door knocking. Unsuspecting women face a desperate mother as Marisa searches high and low for possibilities and the full scale of David’s infidelity is revealed. Meanwhile, Jack befriends a young Irish boy in the next bed, he has been travelling the world with Connor.
Initial disdain turns to mutual respect as both Marisa and Connor find their own ways to deal with their respective sons’ illnesses. Jacinda Barrett as Marissa James Nesbitt as Connor, an Irish sailor Tom Russel l as Jack, Marissa's son Kodi Smit-McPhee as Finn, Connor's son, who befriends Jack Richard Roxburgh as David, Marissa's unfaithful husband Julia Harari as Young Doctor Yvonne Strahovski as Veronica Matching Jack was produced by Tass and Parker's studio Cascade Films, in association with the film investment agencies Film Victoria and Screen Australia, it was filmed on location in Melbourne in 2009, premiered at the 2010 Melbourne International Film Festival. 20th Century Fox distributed it to 185 national screens in August 2010, the widest Fox release of an Australian film since 2008's Australia. The film won Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay at the 2011 Milan International Film Festival. Matching Jack was honoured with Cannes Cinephile Prix De Jury Bel Age at the 2011 Cinephiles festival at Cannes in May 2011.
Over recent months, the film has screened at: Palm Beach International Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival, Belfast Film Festival, Internationales Filmwochenende Wurzburg, Tiburon International Film Festival and Newport Beach Film Festival. It was screened in out of competition section of the 10th Pune International Film Festival, it holds a score of 69% on Rotten Tomatoes. Leonard Maltin: “A emotional film made with tender loving care. Kodi Smit-McPhee gives an utterly remarkable performance in a cast full of fine actors.” David Stratton, The Australian: “Wonderfully acted and scripted… Smit-McPhee brings grace and child-like optimism to his character, he is heart-breakingly impressive as Finn.” David Tiley, Screenhub: “A terrific, sobby, craftful heartgrabber, a grown up film about a vast and honest emotional arc.” Jim Schembri, The Sydney Morning Herald: "It's a no-holds-bar emotional slam dunk as a young mother searches for a bone marrow match for her son from among the illegitimate children fathered by her promiscuous husband.
A beautiful, unashamedly melodramatic film that rouses tears and joy in equal measure." Matching Jack opened at number eight at the Australian box office on its opening weekend, taking $258,011. Official website Matching Jack on IMDb
John Hillcoat is an Australian-Canadian film director and music video director. Hillcoat was born in Queensland and was raised in Hamilton, Canada; as a child, his paintings were featured in the Art Gallery of Hamilton. He attended Sir. John A. Macdonald Secondary School in Hamilton and was enrolled in the Special Art Program, he was active with the McMaster University Film Board most notably producing an animated short titled "The Finger". Hillcoat has worked with Nick Cave, the band Depeche Mode, actor Guy Pearce; the Road, his adaptation of the novel by Cormac McCarthy, premiered at the 2009 Toronto Film Festival, was released in the U. S. in November 2009. His 2012 film, competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Hillcoat's film, Triple 9 was released in 2016. In 2017, he directed "Crocodile", an episode of the anthology series Black Mirror. "Black Mirror" TV Series Episode 4.03 Crocodile John Hillcoat on IMDb
Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare early in his career about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths reconcile their feuding families. It was among Shakespeare's most popular plays during his lifetime and along with Hamlet, is one of his most performed plays. Today, the title characters are regarded as archetypal young lovers. Romeo and Juliet belongs to a tradition of tragic romances stretching back to antiquity; the plot is based on an Italian tale translated into verse as The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet by Arthur Brooke in 1562 and retold in prose in Palace of Pleasure by William Painter in 1567. Shakespeare borrowed from both but expanded the plot by developing a number of supporting characters Mercutio and Paris. Believed to have been written between 1591 and 1595, the play was first published in a quarto version in 1597; the text of the first quarto version was of poor quality and editions corrected the text to conform more with Shakespeare's original.
Shakespeare's use of his poetic dramatic structure has been praised as an early sign of his dramatic skill. The play ascribes different poetic forms to different characters, sometimes changing the form as the character develops. Romeo, for example, grows more adept at the sonnet over the course of the play. Romeo and Juliet has been adapted numerous times for stage, film and opera venues. During the English Restoration, it was revived and revised by William Davenant. David Garrick's 18th-century version modified several scenes, removing material considered indecent, Georg Benda's Romeo und Julie omitted much of the action and added a happy ending. Performances in the 19th century, including Charlotte Cushman's, restored the original text and focused on greater realism. John Gielgud's 1935 version kept close to Shakespeare's text and used Elizabethan costumes and staging to enhance the drama. In the 20th and into the 21st century, the play has been adapted in versions as diverse as George Cukor's 1936 film Romeo and Juliet, Franco Zeffirelli's 1968 version Romeo and Juliet, Baz Luhrmann's 1996 MTV-inspired Romeo + Juliet.
The play, set in Verona, begins with a street brawl between Montague and Capulet servants who, like their masters, are sworn enemies. Prince Escalus of Verona intervenes and declares that further breach of the peace will be punishable by death. Count Paris talks to Capulet about marrying his daughter Juliet, but Capulet asks Paris to wait another two years and invites him to attend a planned Capulet ball. Lady Capulet and Juliet's nurse try to persuade Juliet to accept Paris's courtship. Meanwhile, Benvolio talks with Montague's son, about Romeo's recent depression. Benvolio discovers that it stems from unrequited infatuation for a girl named Rosaline, one of Capulet's nieces. Persuaded by Benvolio and Mercutio, Romeo attends the ball at the Capulet house in hopes of meeting Rosaline. However, Romeo instead falls in love with Juliet. Juliet's cousin, Tybalt, is enraged at Romeo for sneaking into the ball but is only stopped from killing Romeo by Juliet's father, who does not wish to shed blood in his house.
After the ball, in what is now called the "balcony scene", Romeo sneaks into the Capulet orchard and overhears Juliet at her window vowing her love to him in spite of her family's hatred of the Montagues. Romeo makes himself known to her and they agree to be married. With the help of Friar Laurence, who hopes to reconcile the two families through their children's union, they are secretly married the next day. Tybalt, still incensed that Romeo had sneaked into the Capulet ball, challenges him to a duel. Romeo, now considering Tybalt his kinsman, refuses to fight. Mercutio is offended by Tybalt's insolence, as well as Romeo's "vile submission", accepts the duel on Romeo's behalf. Mercutio is fatally wounded. Grief-stricken and wracked with guilt, Romeo slays Tybalt. Benvolio argues; the Prince, now having lost a kinsman in the warring families' feud, exiles Romeo from Verona, under penalty of death if he returns. Romeo secretly spends the night in Juliet's chamber. Capulet, misinterpreting Juliet's grief, agrees to marry her to Count Paris and threatens to disown her when she refuses to become Paris's "joyful bride".
When she pleads for the marriage to be delayed, her mother rejects her. Juliet visits Friar Laurence for help, he offers her a potion that will put her into a deathlike coma for "two and forty hours"; the Friar promises to send a messenger to inform Romeo of the plan so that he can rejoin her when she awakens. On the night before the wedding, she takes the drug and, when discovered dead, she is laid in the family crypt; the messenger, does not reach Romeo and, Romeo learns of Juliet's apparent death from his servant, Balthasar. Heartbroken, Romeo goes to the Capulet crypt, he encounters Paris. Believing Romeo to be a vandal, Paris, in the ensuing battle, Romeo kills Paris. Still believing Juliet to be dead, he drinks the poison. Juliet awakens and, discovering that Romeo is dead, stabs herself with his dagger and joins him in death; the feuding families and the Prince meet at the tomb to find all three dead. Friar Laurence recounts the story of the two "star-cross'd lovers"; the families are reconciled by their children's deaths and agree t
Romulus, My Father
Romulus, My Father is a biographical memoir, first published in 1998, written by the Australian philosopher Raimond Gaita. The memoir outlines the life of Romulus Gaita. Romulus Gaita fled his hometown of Markovac in 1935 at the age of 13, he worked as a farmer apprentice until he was 17, after which he moved to Austria and migrated to Australia on an assisted passage in 1950 at the age of 28, with his young wife Christine and their four-year-old son Raimond soon after the end of the Second World War. Romulus and his family were transferred to Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training Centre, a camp near Wodonga. Romulus was sent to Baringhup on the Loddon River, where he met two Romanian brothers Pantelimon and Mitru; the Gaiţăs moved to a farmhouse called Frogmore, where they lived for the next ten years, where Raimond spent most of his childhood. Christine did not stay at Frogmore to take on the responsibility as a mother, she moved to Melbourne to be with him. As a result of the affair, they had two daughters.
Mitru committed suicide before the birth of the second child. Christine also committed suicide. Both the daughters of Christine and Mitru were adopted. Raimond is reminiscent. After some attempts at farming, Romulus established a business supplying wrought iron furniture, popular at the time, by the way of using the skills he brought from his native country. Romulus had suffered from a mental illness, requiring admission to a psychiatric hospital. While Romulus was unable to provide care for Raimond, Hora came to live with Raimond and cared for him. To an immense degree, Romulus had recovered from his mental illness and saw Raimond live to adulthood. Romulus suffered heart problems and died of a Heart attack; the story of Romulus, My Father details the struggle of many immigrants during and after the Second World War, how these adversities were faced and sometimes overcome. It portrays the never dwindling love of Romulus for his son Raimond, in spite of the challenges of being abandoned by his wife and the confusion caused by his mental illness.
The major literary themes displayed in relation to belonging are that of: belonging to family. The book was the recipient of the 1998 Nettie Palmer Prize for Non-fiction, it was chosen to be placed on both the Victorian Certificate of Education and New South Wales Higher School Certificate English reading lists, was examined in both final English exams. A film adaptation, Romulus, My Father, was released in 2007, starring Eric Bana, Franka Potente and Kodi Smit-McPhee. "Multicultural Texts in the 1990s" in Un-Australian Fictions: Nation and Globalisation, 1988-2008 Library holdings of Romulus, My Father