Oranges and Sunshine Australian Coverage

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Though the Australian media coverage of Oranges and Sunshine’s Sydney premiere on May 23 was sadly lacking, previews, interviews and reviews of the film are gradually beginning to appear in advance of the film’s June 9 general release in Australia. I’ve compiled previous audio and video coverage here and will showcase the latest round of online coverage below, and embed scans of the print versions of a few articles. Hugo Weaving and David Wenham have been very active in promoting the film in Australia; Hugo has been spotted in both Sydney and New Zealand over the past few weeks, suggesting he’s still working on The Hobbit at least some of the time.

You can read in-depth preview coverage of Oranges and Sunshine at The Australian (interviews with Hugo, director Jim Loach, screenwriter Rona Munro, and Empty Cradles author Margaret Humphreys), The Age (interviews with real child migrants), the Sydney Morning Herald (David Wenham profile and interview), MovieScope (Jim Loach profile/interview), ABC Perth (radio interview with Jim Loach), The Age (in-depth David Wenham interview), the Sydney Morning Herald (interviews with Jim Loach and Margaret Humphreys), BBC Online (historical background), MacArthur Chronlicle Campbelltown (interview with child migrant John Hennessey), South Australia Weekend [via Adelaide Now] (David Wenham interview), The Sydney Morning Herald (historical background plus comments from Hugo, David Wenham and Jim Loach) and The Age Entertainment Guide (behind the scenes details about the film, featuring interviews with Hugo, David Wenham and Jim Loach.)

Hugo Weaving interviews about Oranges and Sunshine and other projects can be read at FilmInk, The Herald Sun (Part One, Part Two) and JetStar… I mentioned these interviews in prior Hugonuts entries, but will post the links again in case anyone missed them… I’m still awaiting magazines featuring two additional interviews Hugo did to promote the film.

Coverage of the film’s May 23 premiere (with photos) can be seen at Streetcorner Sydney (additional coverage here), Eva Rinaldi’s blog, Spotlight Report, Eva Rinaldi’s Flickr Account, and Paul Cush’s Flickr account. All of these images previously appeared here as well, but c’mon– you want a second look, don’t you? 😉 Thanks particularly to Eva Rinaldi for providing most of the useful coverage and sharing dozens of lovely photos of the event. You can view videos of premiere coverage at YouTube from VideoEzy and Human Statue Bodyart.

Coverage of Oranges and Sunshine’s Dungog Film Festival premiere on 26 May can be read at The Newcastle Herald, Sky News and the Dungog Festival website; unfortunately Hugo wasn’t present in person, but did get a street in Dugog temporarily renamed in his honor. 😉 (Geoffrey Rush, Cate Blanchett, Hugh Jackman and Heath Ledger were similarly honored.) You can read tongue-in-cheek coverage of the celebrity streets at Newcastle Herald, Courier Mail and the bit below, featured in the Daily Telegraph print edition, which reveals the fate of some of those street signs. (I swear it wasn’t me!) 😉

The first Australian reviews for Oranges and Sunshine have begun to appear as well; as was the case in the UK, they’re almost universally positive… the few quibblers might have narrow notions as to the definition of “cinematic” and might be better suited teaching thinly-attended seminars on what the hell Tree of Life is about. 😉 But everyone has nothing but praise for Hugo, Emily Watson and David Wenham. You can read the first batch at FilmInk, Urban Cinefile,Movie Ramble and The Vine… more will surely follow, so watch this space.

Hugo Weaving, Lorraine Ashbourne and Emily Watson in Oranges and Sunshine
Finally, here are the print versions of the recent Age Entertainment Guide and Sydney Morning Herald previews of the film, both of which feature comments from Hugo about his experiences playing Jack.

Hugo Weaving as Jack in Oranges and Sunshine

In non-O&S Hugo News, Ian McKellen’s blog again plugged his Hobbit costars Hugo and Cate in STC’s production of Uncle Vanya, which will run at The Kennedy Center August 4-30. Tickets go on sale to the general public on June 10 at 10am. McKellen also puckishly fueled speculation about Benedict Cumberbatch’s mystery role in The Hobbit.

Hugo’s 2007 Australian Noir film The Tender Hook will finally be issued in Region 1 DVD this September (under the laughably bad title The Boxer and The Bombshell– why?) 😉 You can pre-order at Amazon or Save the film to your Netflix queue if you’re a member.

And Canadian TV (Sundance Canada, to be precise) will re-air the full first season of ABC’s legal comedy-drama Rake, starring Richard Roxburgh. Hugo had a perversely humorous guest-starring turn in the first episode. 😉 The series premiered 5 June, but Sundance frequently re-airs programming, so check your local cable listings if you’re a lucky Canadian viewer. Direct-TV bought the US rights to Rake, but so far no details have emerged about when they might air the program. Hopefully Sundance US will eventually air it as well, because frankly a lot of US viewers don’t live in ideal areas for satellite dish service. And ideally there will be a Region 1 DVD or online streaming of the show for North American audiences at some point too.

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