After a turbulent career post-Priscilla, director Stephan Elliott is back with his first Aussie film in over a decade.
Stephan Elliott hates weddings. In fact, he has a phobia of them. Quite surprising really, considering the Aussie director has just made a wedding film and become something of a poster boy for the current gay marriage debate back home. The 48-year-old has been with his partner Wil Bevolley for 20 years, but only came out publicly in January at the inaugural Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards (AACTA).
“I thought it was time to get involved in the debate because I could see it going backwards,” he says.
Unsurprisingly though, Elliott’s new film, A Few Best Men starring Xavier Samuel, Kris Marshall and Olivia Newton-John, is not your average feel-good rom com. Instead, it’s a wedding day disaster flick that sees three British buffoons cause havoc when they fly to Oz for their best mate’s nuptials.
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Welcome to the jungle
Writer and director David Michôd’s gritty gangster drama, Animal Kingdom, has already cleaned up at Sundance and the AFI Awards – and he's even caught Hollywood's attention.
David Michôd could be forgiven for perpetually pinching himself. He, more than anyone, knows that Hollywood dreams rarely come true.
Before making his feature film debut with the critically-acclaimed crime-drama, Animal Kingdom, the 38-year-old Sydneysider was editor of Inside Film magazine.
“Given what I know about filmmaking, movies are so incredibly hard to make - and they’re even harder to get right,” says Michôd.
But get it right he did. The film, set in Melbourne's criminal underworld, has already bagged the top prize at last year’s prestigious Sundance Film Festival, and won ten gongs at the Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards.
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