Les Liaisons Dangereuses Closes, Sydney Film Festival, The Hobbit, Last Ride’s US Distribution

Note: This is an archived entry that’s over two years old. While I have ensured that all photos are restored, some links may no longer work. If you encounter any dead links, let me know and I’ll try to find a copy of the material.

Hugo Weaving’s play Les Liaisons Dangereuses had its final performance on June 9, and since then Hugo’s been seen at the Sydney Film Festival (where he’s a Patron) on a near-daily basis. He’s mostly evaded photographers, as he’s not promoting his own work this year, but he was kind enough to pose on the red carpet for King of Swine, a gritty South Korean animated film:

Photo by Cynthia Scibberas, courtesy SFF’s Facebook page

Hugo will probably be heavily into rehearsals for the New York reprisal of STC’s Uncle Vanya soon, but I’m glad the timing worked out for him to relax at the SFF first. Those who couldn’t get enough of Liaisons can read a final batch of reviews from We All Have Got Knives, Concrete Playground and Julia Dibley-Hall, and I have an unexpected but wonderful special treat from one of my friends in Sydney who attended several performances– some scans of the Liaisons theatre programme! (See below the cut). STC’s programmes have become legendary over the years for their lavish photos, and wealth of academic and production detail. I’ve managed to acquire a few over the years and they put many US programs (and the sorry Washington DC Playbill for Uncle Vanya) to shame. So enjoy these, and remember that my friend Yvette is the source, to whom I am eternally grateful.

Note: While I’m happy for fans to download photos from my Flickr Archive for their personal use, please don’t repost anything from it without crediting me and particularly the original source/source publication/photographer, and don’t crop photos out of context and repost them without this information. I’ve had a lot of problems recently with people doing this, and it can get me in trouble with my sources (and be a source of great frustration to other fans who actually want to know when and under what circumstances a photo was taken.) Most of the people who comment and check in here regularly (and thoughtful fansites like Random Scribblings) aren’t my source of contention, and I feel bad even having to bring this up, knowing the “guilty parties” probably won’t read it, but this had to be said.

Again, credit for these goes to Yvette. Who should be thanked by Hugo in person for being so nice.

Oh, wait! She was.  🙂

Of course, Hugo hasn’t entirely forsaken his film career for the theatre; he’ll be appearing in Cloud Atlas and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey this December. Hugo hasn’t participated in any reshoots for The Hobbit as yet, but the window for doing so (at least during the current production block) is narrowing. Most of you have already seen Peter Jackson‘s latest Production Video (#7), which focuses on a rip-roaringly entertaining tour of Stone Street Studios, where the film shoot is gradually drawing to a close after more than a year. (Again, that’s minus any reshoots… and we all know how much Peter Jackson loves reshoots.) 😉 In case anyone missed it, or wants another look, here it is:

Also recently announced was the film’s official premiere date, which will be in Wellington, NZ (of course) this November 28.  The film will then launch in Europe, the US and the rest of the world over the course of December (with many countries getting their first look December 12-14.) Check IMDb for more details. And you can’t go wrong with TheOneRing.net for day to day up dates on all things Hobbit and LOTR. 😉

Alas, there were no new glimpses of Elrond/Hugo in the current video, just this look at The Fellowship of The Ring behind the scenes in 2000:

Finally, some good news for US fans who’ve been waiting for years for an official US release for Hugo’s 2009 film Last Ride, directed by Glendyn Ivins. The film was well-received in its Australian release and has long been available on DVD there and in Germany, but apart from a pair of screenings at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art in April 2011, it has never been released in the US. It features some of Hugo’s most visceral and personal work, and he’s mentioned it among a handful of his favorite performances. Music Box Films has acquired the US distribution rights, and the film will finally open theatrically on June 29 in Chicaco at the Music Box Theater. More cities may be added later– keep checking Music Box’s Last Ride page, and add your city’s zip code in the space provided if you want to bug them to bring it to your local arthouse. 😉 A DVD will surely follow; I have no specifics yet, but Music Box has a DVD distribution arm and a solid record. (They distributed the Swedish version of the Dragon Tattoo trilogy in the US, and more recently The Deep Blue Sea, starring Rachel Weisz.) I’ll keep you posted as new details emerge; you can also reserve a copy in your Saved queue at Netflix.

UPDATE: Twitch Film now clarifies that Last Ride will have a VOD (Video On Demand) release simultaneous to its Chicago premiere on June 29, followed by a theatrical release in New York City (and presumably other locations) on June 6. Still no word on a DVD/Blu-Ray, but I’ll keep you posted. Meanwhile, check your cable/VOD listings and keep bugging your local arthouse to book this film! 😉


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