Monthly Archives: February 2011

Hugo Narrates Mr McGee Trailer, Bees and Oranges Updates

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Seems Hugo’s signed on for yet another voice gig… I don’t know much about this project yet so I’ll transcribe the YouTube info as written.

This video is a test animation of the adaptation of Pamela Allen’s Mr McGee developed by Australian TV producers Blink Freehand and JDR Screen.

The purpose of this test is to give audiences a taster of the full TV series of Mr McGee. The animation was created by Blue Rocket Productions in Tasmania, the narration was done by Hugo Weaving and the music was composed by David Chapman of Zig Zag Lane.”

No word yet on whether Hugo would be involved in the fullscale proposed childrens’ series.

I found a little more info on Blink Freehand‘s website:

Blink Freehand is delighted to announce that Hugo Weaving has just completed recording the narration on the test animation for The Adventures of Mr McGee. The animation was created by the extremely clever folk at Blue Rocket productions in Tasmania and the score was done by David Chapman of Zig Zag Lane who set a sweet and charming theme for the animators to set the pace and tone.  Hugo’s voice has added the icing to the cake for this very exciting new animation series that is now ready for market in Australia and internationally.”

Also, you may have heard there was a devastating earthquake in Christchurch, NZ yesterday afternoon… it’s hard to discuss anything going on in that part of the world without acknowledging this tragedy, and offering our compassion and best wishes to the people affected. More info here and here.

UPDATE: I notice the Mr McGee video has now been private-locked. Seems some people wanted to brag about their celebrity connections prematurely. 😉 I’m frankly tired of being jerked around this way and wish artists/publicity departments would educate themselves on how YouTube works if they want to share proprietary information securely. That way they wouldn’t end up teasing fans, then abruptly removing content that, for whatever reason, they never meant to go public with. I acted in good faith and was only trying to inform others about the existence of the show. I thought the clip was an advertisement meant for a general audience.  Hopefully once all the necessary distribution deals are in place we’ll be permitted to see more. 😉

UPDATE 2015: As you can see, the clip was eventually shared publicly on YouTube and is still available for viewing. However, there seems to have been no subsequent development of the program, at least not with Hugo’s involvement.

A bit of good news though… an earlier animated short Hugo Weaving narrated, Paul McDermott’s “The Girl Who Swallowed Bees”, is finally available on DVD as part of the FlickerFest 20th Anniversary Collection. And Oranges and Sunshine will have another preview screening (with director Jim Loach in attendance) at the Bradford international Film Festival, which runs 16- 27 March at the National Media Museum  in West Yorkshire, England. More info here.

First Official Still from The Key Man, New Oranges and Sunshine Poster

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We’ve seen several behind-the-scenes pics from the filming of The Key Man, which Hugo filmed in 2006 and which has been a work in progress ever since. But now we have our first official still from the film, courtesy Occupant Films and the SXSW website:


Hugo Weaving (right) with Jack Davenport

The Key Man screens three times at SXSW: it premieres 13 March with additional screenings on 15 March and 18 March. Check the SXSW event listing for venues and times.

Oranges and Sunshine debuted its second official poster… Hugo isn’t pictured but it’s a lovely image of Emily Watson as Margaret Humphreys.

Hugo and the film continue to draw praise from viewers who’ve attended early screenings in Sydney and London. You can read reviews at Best For Film, Kid in the Front Row, The Film PilgrimCinehouse UK and the Oranges and Sunshine Facebook page. A few people have even suggested Hugo might get some Oscar attention next year… which of course he’s long deserved, but might finally be possible if this film gets a US distributor and a wide international release after its debut in the UK and Australia. O & S will be screened next week at two film festivals in the UK: the Glasgow International Film Festival (February 25 and 26) and the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (February 26).  Director Jim Loach is expected to attend and speak after both screenings. A screening/ director talk at London’s Barbican follows on 30 March.

New Trailer For Oranges and Sunshine!

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I know everyone else is talking about a different trailer (barely) featuring Hugo… but this is the one I’ve been waiting for.  And you see a bit more of Hugo’s range in this one. 😉  So far there’s no embedding, and Guardian.co.uk has exclusive rights… hopefully the trailer be available more widely soon. But it looks great!

A few screencaps featuring Hugo Weaving, Emily Watson and David Wenham:

UPDATE: Rope of Silicon has also posted the O&S trailer… still lo-res, but embed-able. 😉

UPDATE: The new trailer is already creating buzz, with its first American cross-post at The Film Stage, and another glowing review of the film at Kid in the Front Row. The film opens 1 April in the UK and 21 April in Australia. There’s no international distributor at present, but multiple film sites suggest the film is likely to open in the US soon after it plays in the UK and Australia… let’s hope so anyhow!

The Key Man Finally Receives World Premiere at SXSW

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If you’ve been a Hugo fan for several years, you might remember that Hugo shot a film called The Key Man in 2006, in the Winston-Salem, NC area. Some still photos and press releases about the film were released (along with some unauthorised footage from the cast’s wrap party) but the film then mysteriously disappeared.

It’s finally going to get its world premiere at the SXSW (South by Southwest) Festival in Austin, TX next month. This greatly reassures me about the film’s quality and potential wide release… that’s none too shabby a venue.  😀 The Key Man will screen in the festival’s Emerging Visions selection of films, which highlights “innovation and creativity from new and emerging feature filmmakers, showcasing raw talent in documentary and narratives of varying premiere status.”

The film’s page on the SXSW site doesn’t yet list a screening date; the film portion of SXSW runs March 11-19. The Key Man costars Jack Davenport, Brian Cox and Judy Greer. The plot:  “Bobby Scheinman (Davenport) is an insurance salesman struggling to provide for his family. Enter Vincent (Weaving) and Irving (Cox), two con men who convince Bobby to join them for a simple moneymaking scheme that quickly spirals out of control.” It’s frequently described as a black comedy set in Massachusetts in the 1970s.

The film is Hugo’s first American independent film, and despite the delays still sounds promising. Certainly, at the very least, this premiere means there will be a DVD. Maybe some of you in the Austin area will be able to see it too… if so, do let us know! 😉


Hugo goofs off on The Key Man set, 2006, with costar Jack Davenport (third from left) and two crew members

More info: News In Film, Moving Pictures Network.

UPDATE on Uncle Vanya: The print edition of the Sunday Age included another interview with Richard Roxburgh; most of the content was similar to the Sydney Morning Herald interview from last week, focusing on Roxburgh’s new film Sanctum. But this time, they hinted Stc’s Uncle Vanya “will tour the US this year.”   No further details, but this definitely adds to the level of intrigue. 😉