Tropfest: Every one has a story to tell | Print |  E-mail
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Wednesday, 09 January 2013 22:56

Tropfest, the world’s largest short film festival, have today released the official trailer signaling the countdown to the 2013 festival, to be held on Sunday 17 February 2013.

Alethea Jones, Tropfest 2012 winner, took time off in between legs to LA where she’s working on multiple projects to create the trailer – a dark and enchanting depiction of the history of the humble balloon.

Jones says making the trailer was an unforgettable experience “I’ve gotten so much out of my win with Tropfest, making the trailer was just another fun way for me to be involved in this incredible event”

Festival Director John Polson says “We’re excited to have our 2013 trailer directed by Alethea. She showed us in 2012 that she is a talented director; she’s done so much since her win and continues to demonstrate her ability as a great storyteller with this trailer”

From the initial brief to output, the team at Cutting Edge crafted the VFX, design and animation onto the live action footage. VFX Supervisor Ron Roberts collaborated with 2012 Tropfest winner Director Alethea Jones on-set, ensuring the transition from shoot to post was realised in a very tight time frame.

Every in-house department at Cutting Edge was hands on deck, from concept brief to output, providing design, 2D and 3D animation, on-set VFX supervision, grade, compositing and post production. Cutting Edge's creativity shows how effective visual effects are to enhancing story vision within a short film format.

"Cutting Edge is happy to partner up with the team at Tropfest for this year’s festival, and we relish hopping in and throwing some pixels around in support of emerging Australian creative talent, said Brent Grayburn, Cutting Edge Creative Director.

Noise International worked with Tropfest to create sound and music for the trailer. "We're really excited to be partnering with Tropfest this year" says Creative Director, Bruce Heald.

"It's such a huge event in Sydney's event calendar and one that allows us to do more of the work we really love every year. The trailer has been a lot of fun to work on. It's quirky and charming and there's nothing like being given a long leash when it comes to crafting music and sound for such a nice idea."

Tropfest 2013 will screen at The Domain, Sydney and at other live venues across Australia on Sunday, February 17.

Behind the Candelabra | Print |  E-mail
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Wednesday, 09 January 2013 04:26


Director Steven Soderbergh was forced to settle with turning his upcoming Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra into a TV movie after he was snubbed by every major studio in Hollywood - because the film was "too gay".

The Oscar-winning filmmaker reveals he had initially shopped the life story of the flamboyant pianist to top movie executives - but no one was interested in investing the $US5 million ($A4.78 million) needed to turn the project into a reality, despite the success of 2005's Brokeback Mountain, which featured same-sex love scenes between leading men Jake Gyllenhaal and the late Australian actor Heath Ledger.

"Nobody would make it. We went to everybody in town. We needed $US5 million. Nobody would do it. They said it was too gay. Everybody. This was after Brokeback Mountain, by the way, which is not as funny as this movie. I was stunned. It made no sense to any of us," Soderbergh told

The Traffic director eventually landed an offer from bosses at US cable network HBO - and he's happy to have finally found a home for Behind the Candelabra.

"(HBO) are great and they're really good at what they do, and ultimately I think more people will see it, and that's all you care about. Studios were going, 'We don't know how to sell it.' They were scared," he said.

Behind the Candelabra stars Michael Douglas as the famed entertainer and Matt Damon as his gay lover Scott Thorson.

Damon recently admitted the film may be too much for his more conservative fans to take as it features a large amount of nudity. "It's tastefully done ... But this movie's not going to be for everyone," the actor told Playboy magazine



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Wednesday, 21 November 2012 09:59

WachowskiYou can't call them the Wachowski brothers anymore. Hollywood now has its first major transgender director.

The codirector of The Matrix and the hotly anticipated sci-fi blockbuster Cloud Atlas is now Lana (formerly Larry) Wachowski. A promotional commentary for Cloud Atlas, starring Tom Hanks and Halle Berry and codirected by her brother Andy (and slated for release on October 26), is Wachowski's first public appearance after undergoing a 10-year transitioning process from male to female.

Trans issues and celebrities, from Chaz Bono to Vancouver's own Jenna Talackova, have been steadily increasing in visibility, media attention, and public awareness. In fact, Wachowski's coming out follows Against Me! punk-rock singer Tom Gabel's announcement in May that he would be transitioning from male to female.

In Vancouver, the third consecutive Trans and Genderqueer Pride March will take place on Friday (August 3) starting at 5 p.m. at Nelson Park and head to Emery Barnes Park.

Trans issues and celebrities, from Chaz Bono to Vancouver's own Jenna Talackova, have been steadily increasing in visibility, media attention, and public awareness. In fact, Wachowski's coming out follows Against Me! punk-rock singer Tom Gabel's announcement in May that he would be transitioning from male to female.

In Vancouver, the third consecutive Trans and Genderqueer Pride March will take place on Friday (August 3) starting at 5 p.m. at Nelson Park and head to Emery Barnes Park.

John Travolta is definitely (still) not gay! | Print |  E-mail
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Thursday, 08 November 2012 02:03

JohnTravoltaGreaseActress Kirstie Alley wants you, Barbra Walters and everyone else to know that John Travolta is definitely (still) not gay, no matter what others might say.

In a recent interview with Walters, Kirstie said that she fell in love with Travolta on the set of the 1989 film Look Who's Talking and that the two had mutual sexual feelings.

O rly? Were they emotional feelings or touchy feelings? The two of them get busy in the movie, but did they get busy in real life? Alas, she didn't say.

In the interview, Kirstie also called Travolta "the love of my life" and said it took all her will power not to “run off and marry” him. Here's the money quote where Kirstie explains why everyone keeps calling J.T. a closet 'mo:

“I know John. With all my heart and soul, he’s not gay. I think it’s some weird way, in Hollywood, if someone gets big enough and famous enough, and they’re not out doing drugs and they’re not womanizing, what do you say about them?”

Huh. Could be.

Did we mention that Kirstie and Travolta are both Scientologists? That church ain't too gay friendly. So even if Travolta was gay, it would only be a trick by Lord Xenu and his intergalactic space demons to steal Travolta's thetans (his space-soul, that is). And L. Ron Hubbard would never stand for that!

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New gay comedy | Print |  E-mail
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Tuesday, 06 November 2012 22:21

Ian_McKellen1Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Derek Jacobi play gay couple in Vicious ITV comedy.

Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Derek Jacobi are to star in a comedy as a gay couple who have lived together in the same Covent Garden flat for nearly 50 years, ITV1 has confirmed.

The sitcom, Vicious, will feature McKellen as Freddie, once a budding actor, while Jacobi will play Stuart, who was a barman when the pair first met. Now their lives consist of reading books, walking their dog and bickering.

Frances De La Tour, best known for her role as the object of Leonard Rossiter's unrequited affections in the 1970s sitcom Rising Damp, plays their best friend, Violet. The trio's world is upended by the arrival of a young man as their new upstairs neighbour.

The sitcom will be written and co-produced by Gary Janetti, whose US TV comedy credits include Will & Grace and Family Guy. Vicious has been co-created by award-winning playwright Mark Ravenhill.

ITV's soaps Coronation Street and Emmerdale have both featured gay characters, but commissioning a show with gay leads is relatively rare.

In 2001 ITV1 broadcast Bob & Rose, a drama written by Russell T Davies and starring Alan Davies as a gay man who starts a relationship with Lesley Sharp.

"ITV is thrilled this exciting and bold sitcom, with stellar performers and writing talent is to join the increasing slate of new look comedy shows on the channel," said Myfanwy Moore, ITV comedy commissioning editor.

Vicious has been commissioned by Moore and Elaine Bedell, ITV director of comedy and entertainment.

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Chloe Sevigny Talks Transgender | Print |  E-mail
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Tuesday, 06 November 2012 05:18

chloe-sevigny-hit-and-missChloe Sevigny will soon make her debut as an Irish assassin who's in transition from male to female in the six-part British series "Hit & Miss"

Although Sevigny is used to difficult roles -- she played a sister-wife on HBO's "Big Love" and will take on the role of a nymphomaniac in Season 2 of "American Horror Story -- she told TV Guide that her role in "Hit & Miss" was emotionally taxing.

"Putting [the prosthetic penis on] took two hours," she said. "I shaved myself and they had to glue it on, paint it and pull away the skin to make it seamless. It's a tedious process, and it's hard having someone so close to your private parts for an extended period of time who you're not having sex with."

Uncomfortable as it was, Sevigny said it helped her understand her character more. "Having it on and looking at yourself is oddly disturbing. I felt like a freak," she continued. "A lot of transgender people feel like this shouldn't be part of their body, and so I guess it was a good thing. I reacted the way my character would."

While stepping into the role of someone who is transgender was a huge part of her character, Sevigny stressed other elements of it as well.

"It's more about her and this family that she kind of falls into, these children she kind of inherits and how she learns to cope with being in a parental role," she told HuffPost via phone in April.


Starts Monday 5 November on ABC2

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Monday, 05 November 2012 22:09

Chloe-Sevigny.You play a transgender hit person in Hit & Miss. On paper that sounds pretty weird. Did it feel like a stretch to you?

I was afraid I wouldn't be convincing and the [transgender] community might be upset about it because it's a sensitive thing. That was the scariest part for me. Not the outcome or the controversy or what people are going to write about it, because I knew the tone they were going to set. It's so based in reality and the truth of the emotions and relationships that it's not quite as nuts as the synopsis sounds.

How important is it that we see your character, Mia, naked so early in the show?

Photo: Open to different kinds of roles ... Chloe Sevigny

I think it's good to just get it out of the way. And the way they shot it, it's not gratuitous - it's just kind of there, it's very natural. It's just me getting dressed or taking a shower.

Did you find it strange wearing a prosthetic penis?

Yes, it was very uncomfortable and I think I had a similar relationship to it as Mia would have with hers. She felt like a freak.

What attracted you to the role?

First and foremost was the script. I wanted to work in England, I wanted to work with this director. I didn't have anything else and I wanted to do something very different from the character I played on Big Love for so many years just to kind of shake that part. I loved doing long-form television and the fact it was a six-hour mini-series, I knew how much you get to explore with the character over time.

Why do you think they went for an American star in what is really quite a small British drama.

I don't think of myself as a star, first of all. I don't. But I think it makes sense that I'd do it. As far as my film career goes, this seems like a natural progression or a natural fit. I think they also wanted something of a name, which is fine by me. If they pay me, I'll take it.

Was it hard to settle in on set?

The hardest part about being on set was being the only American. I feel like there's a real cultural divide and I just felt really alone and isolated. Playing that character had a lot to do with it, but I just felt kind of misunderstood. I think they thought of me - a lot of the crew - as Hollywood or whatever because I drank green tea, you know. So that was a bit isolating.

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