Posted: October 2nd, 2013 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: Actor, Angelian Jolie | Tags: Angelina Jolie, Australia, Film, Unbroken | Comments Off on Angelina Jolie Shooting New Film ‘Unbroken’ in Australia
The US actor/director is set to spend a bunch of time in Australia, Angelina Jolie has confirmed her new film Unbroken in will be made in New South Wales and Queensland.
The film – backed by Universal Studios – is based on Laura Hillenvrand’s best-selling book and is the story of Olympian Louis Zamperini, who survived 47 days in a life raft after a plane crash in World War II only to be imprisoned in a Japanese prisoner of war camp. No pressure, the book has sat in the New York Times Best Seller List for 147 weeks :
It is Ms Jolie’s second foray into directing, after her 2011 film In the Land of Blood and Honey.
Unbroken will be shot in regional NSW, Fox Studios in Sydney and Village Roadshow Studios on Queensland’s Gold Coast. The film is expected to create more than 300 jobs.
It stars Jack O’Connell as Louis Zamperini, emerging stars Garrett Hedlund, Domhnall Gleeson and Finn Wittrock.
Ms Jolie took several of her children scouting for locations around Tamworth earlier this year, visiting the Tamworth region, travelling to Werris Creek to look at a number of possible locations to be used in the film.
Ms Jolie’s partner, fellow actor Brad Pitt is expected to visit his family when he finishes filming a new movie, Fury, in the UK. Jolie is setting up camp in the exclusive Sydney suburb of Vaucluse for the 4 month shoot.
source: smh nyt aap abc
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Posted: March 20th, 2013 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Art News | Tags: Australia, MONA, Mural, SNAKE, Sydney Nolan, Tasmania | Comments Off on MONA Removing Nolan’s Snake
A Sidney Nolan artwork which sat in storage for 40 years until it was unveiled at Tasmania’s Museum of Old and New Art in 2011 is being taken down. The spectacular mural is comprised of 1,620 individual paintings, which when hung as a polyptych creates a snake winding subtly across the paper mural.
MONA is the brainchild of eccentric millionaire gambler David Walsh, his acquisition of Snake was the catalyst for the museum.
Nolan’s serpent mural, Snake, was hung on a purpose-built 40 metre wall, it’s been a centre-piece of the museum which opened two years ago. Snake was described as a major structural component of the museum and one of the Nolan’s best, most dramatic works by Mr Walsh.
Snake will be replaced by an installation from the Japanese digital artist Rioji Ikeda in June 2013. If you haven’t had a chance to view Nolan’s spectacular work, hurry! More info: www.mona.net.au
Posted: March 12th, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Art News | Tags: Art News, Australia, Landscape Painting Prize, Rodney Pople, Tasmania, The Glover Prize | Comments Off on Rodney Pople’s Martin Bryant Painting Wins Glover Prize
Australia’s most notorious mass murderer Martin Bryant is depicted in the work that has won Australia’s richest annual landscape painting prize. The Glover Prize is the richest annual prize for landscape painting in Australia. It is awarded for the work judged the best contemporary painting of the Tasmanian landscape. The winner receives $35,000 as well as handsome bronze maquette of colonial artist John Glover, Glover is regarded as the father of Australian landscape painting.
The Glover Prize 2012 was awarded to Launceston-born artist Rodney Pople for his landscape painting of Port Arthur showing Bryant in the foreground holding a gun. The judges say the decision was unanimous and said it shouldn’t create controversy. Pople’s painting shows Bryant, holding a gun in the foreground. Bryant killed 35 people at Port Arthur in 1996. Pople accepted the award at a ceremony in the northern Tasmanian town of Evandale where The Glover Prize exhibition is held each year in March.
“It wasn’t painted to upset anybody, but if it does I hope that they see the painting was painted in the light that doesn’t glorify Martin Bryant,” Polpe said. “He’s part of the landscape so why ignore it, people said to me ‘you should never do that if you’re painting’ and I said ‘well, I’m the sort of artist who doesn’t really pull any punches’, art through the ages to me that says anything cuts through the ice.”
Some of the finalists for the 2012 prize include, Julie-Anne Armstrong-Roper, Raymond Arnold, Wendy Black, Nicholas Blowers and Bruno Leti. Check the Glover sites exhibition page for currnet hangings: www.johnglover.com.au/the_shows/