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Things have quieted down a bit after all the Sydney Film Fest hubbub earlier in the month, but this likely won’t last long with The Turning opening next month. Hugo has been spotted in the Melbourne area recently, so I assume he’s working on The Mule, though that film’s Twitter feed isn’t giving anything away just yet. (They do love to tease us, though…)
But today’s big news is the official release of the teaser trailer for Tim Winton’s The Turning (the full title of the film). which features Hugo in a story entitled “Commission” (not “The Commission”, as previously reported.) David Wenham directs that segment. Cate Blanchett was previously slated to direct a different segment, but changed her mind– fans needn’t worry too much though, because she did so in order to focus on acting in the film. The trailer debuted on the Australian news broadcast Sunrise at Seven (you can see the footage on Yahoo 7), but an HD version soon appeared on the film’s Facebook page, and that’s the version I’ll try to embed here. It’s lovely and evocative without any spoilers. Hugo is seen briefly near the end.
(Apologies… LJ STILL won’t let me embed Facebook videos, and the film trailer isn’t yet available in HD on YouTube. That should change soon, but meantime here’s the Sunrise on Seven version. )
Here’s a look at the film’s new poster; I’ll add links for a larger version as soon as I find one.
More on The Turning at The Australian and SBS Film. The film will premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival next month; no specific screening times have yet been announced; a general Australian release for the film is likely to follow. No word on international distribution. The stellar cast guarantees it’ll probably get at least a VOD release worldwide, but the three-hour running time and compendium structure might limit its chances in cinemas. I’d really love to be wrong about that, though.
I’ve finally had time to prep a few more print articles for sharing; most are fairly recent, but one is a gift from the Sydney Film Festival archives. Below the cut you can read more about Hugo’s visit to STC’s The Maids, the Archibald Prizes, Proof’s SFF debut in 1991 and the controversial awards ceremony at this year’s SFF. The last article is an interesting piece on Indian films at SFF 2013 which features a few pics of Hugo with fellow juror Anand Gandhi (who directed his own “blind photographer movie”, Ship of Theseus) and Monsoon Shootout director Amit Kumar. The Indian Link article is an interesting read about the Indian film industry’s attempts to move beyond Bollywood stereotypes, and can be read as an eZine here… I fully admit my screenshots aren’t ideal. I couldn’t get the enlarged images to remain static on the screen for some reason.
Wentworth Courier, 19 June 2013
The Weekend Australian, 25 March 2013
It should go without saying that I disagree with their art critic in the strongest terms possible.
Sydney Morning Herald, 17 June 2013
Rocket did win the Audience Award at this year’s SFF, with Only God Forgives not even placing in the audience’s top five.
Sydney Film Festival Programme, 1991
Indian Link, June 2013
Interesting quote from Anand Gandhi: “I was just telling Hugo Weaving, my friend and co-jury member here [at SFF] that if we have the luxury and the leisure to dream and imagine and invent, we also have a responsibility to do something interesting and thoughtful.” This echoes Hugo’s frequent statements to the effect that acting, at its noblest, should attempt to elucidate or “illuminate” human nature. Makes their choice of SFF winner all the more baffling. 😉 Hugo has already “blurbed” Gandhi’s film Ship of Theseus, calling it “a beautiful and profoundly moving film.” (He hasn’t blurbed that other movie… or really said much about it at all, beyond the prepared statement read at the award ceremony.) Seems like two of the best films at this year’s festival were exempted from competition Gandhi and Weaving were jury members.
In other Hugo Weaving News:
You can read another positive review of Mystery Road at Vogue Australia. The film’s Facebook page reposted highlights of the Sydney Film Fest premiere photos (which I also posted here when they first ran.) Graffiti With Punctuation‘s Blake Howard included the film in his SFF highlights and posted a cute pic of himself with Hugo at the Mystery Road premiere June 5:
Peter Jackson is promising a new Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug production diary video any day now, but in the meantime you can check out new images from the set (of James Nesbitt and a gaggle of Dwarves) at Jackson’s Facebook page. There’s also a charming video of Orlando Bloom, Lee Pace and Evangeline Lilly (in character) responding to an emotional fan video reacting to the first DOS trailer. No word yet on when/whether Hugo Weaving will be required for additional pick-up shoots before the film finally wraps, or whether Elrond will be featured in all three films.
Finally Terence Stamp shares an amusing anecdote about Priscilla, Queen of the Desert in this Slant Magazine interview.
UPDATE: We now have an embeddable, HD version of the Turning trailer courtesy Madman Films, and a larger version of the poster. Both are beneath the cut:
New articles about The Turning and the new trailer are available at The Film Stage, Moviehole and FirstShowing.net. A few of these reports contain minor errors, but I appreciate their enthusiasm for the film. Cate Blanchett decided to star in, rather than direct, her segment. She handed directing chores over to Simon Stone (according to The Australian.) Careful scrutiny of the trailer and poster confirm this, but several crowd-sourced sites (including IMDb) still list Cate as a director, so it’s an understandable error.
Also, Empire Magazine’s August issue features a Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug-themed cover featuring Orlando Bloom (Legolas), Lee Pace (Thranduil) and Evangeline Lilly (Tauriel). I have no idea if there’s any Hugo content, but early word is that the second Hobbit films focuses on the Mirkwood elves, who have a different attitude and culture than those of Rivendell and Lothlorien. This may mean Hugo and Cate Blanchett won’t reappear until the final film, but nothing is certain. Hugo last spoke about The Hobbit while promoting Cloud Atlas last fall, at which time he’d just been informed there would be three films instead of two. He confirmed he was appearing in two movies then, but hasn’t yet filmed additional footage, though he might yet before Peter Jackson finally wraps production. Another possibility is that Jackson will spread previously-filmed Elrond scenes between the final two installments. Fans will probably turn up for all three films regardless of who’s in each.
And The Mule’s production team (and cast?) is now in Bangkok, Thailand. They posted some teasing city footage on Twitter/Instagram, but (of course) no specifics about filming or who might be required for location work. 😉