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Hugo Weaving Promotes The Dressmaker in Sydney, Melbourne, Incl Video, Audio Interviews

Hugo Weaving at the Sydney premiere of The Dressmaker, 20 October  Photo: Don Arnold/WireImage

There’s a wealth of new material already from both Dressmaker premieres in Australia, as well as Hugo’s many press interviews between 18 October (the date of the Melbourne premiere) and today. Hugo will soon have to depart for Western Australia to begin work on Jasper Jones, but has certainly done his bit to promote The Dressmaker, which opens 29 October in Australia and 11 November in the UK. (No US release date has yet been announced, but various European locations have; just check the film’s IMDB page.)

At any rate I’ll dive into things without further ado, starting with the video interviews, red carpet footage and behind the scenes footage, then I’ll move on to the abundant new photos from both premieres and other promotion.

Here’s a Behind the Scenes look at The Dressmaker, first shared via the film’s Facebook page:

via The Dressmaker Facebook

Here’s Universal Pictures’ footage of the Melbourne premiere on 18 October, featuring interviews with Hugo, Liam Hemsworth, Sarah Snook and Jocelyn Moorhouse:

via Universal Pictures Australia/Twitter & YouTube

Here’s Screen Australia’s footage of the same event, featuring Hugo, Sue Maslin, Sarah Snook, Sacha Horler, Jocelyn Moorhouse and Liam Hemsworth :

via Screen Australia/Twitter & YouTube

Here’s Sky News’s footage, same event:

Sky News, via Sun Herald

Hugo has given several interviews to various media outlets over the past week; a few were live radio/Q&A events that haven’t been officially reshared. I’ll start off with those that HAVE been and see if the others become available soon. (I was able to tape some of these, but ALWAYS prefer to share material from official sources which have made them publicly available, if only because viewing or listening to live feeds from the other side of the world is always tricky, involving various quality control lapses and, in the case of radio, superfluous material.)

Here’s Hugo’s interview with 3AWRadio’s Denis Walter from 18 October. Always love it when radio sources record video and share to easily-embedable sites like YouTube. 😉

Via 3AWRadio/YouTube… this looks like part of a longer interview, so I’ll keep checking. 😉 But appreciate what’s here very much. Includes a few minor plot spoilers.

Hugo gave Australian Women’s Weekly a charming interview focusing on his Dressmaker costars, wardrobe and what sort of chick he’d be if born female 😉

via Australian Women’s Weekly

Hugo’s in-studio interview on Today featured the usual career retrospective plus details on making The Dressmaker… and what a sequel to Priscilla might look like 😉

via Today/

Hugo gave a wonderful, in-depth 15 minute interview to Michael Smyth for AB Adelaide; here’s the Soundcloud embed:

And finally, today Hugo sat down with ABC News’s One on One for an extended interview which will air today; here’s their preview excerpt. I’ll try to share the whole thing once it’s available for streaming. I’m personally glad Hugo DIDN’T play Mr Darcey, though he easily could have. He could’ve had Colin Firth’s type-casting instead of all the post-Smith villains, I guess, but I recall Firth lamenting in an interview after his Oscar win for The King’s Speech that he’d always wanted to play a drag queen and was never afforded the opportunity. 😉 Not slighting either actor, by the way; they’ve actually both chosen roles quite well (occasional Hollywood glitches aside). 😉

ABC News

Here’s an additional transcript from ABC’s website:

“As he strides into the interview room tall and smiling, Hugo Weaving sports a bushy beard and appears surprisingly relaxed as if he has all day to chat, which he does not.

As we wait for last-minute camera adjustments, he mentions that after four months off in his hometown Sydney, he is due to fly to Western Australia shortly to begin work on the much anticipated film Jasper Jones.

Since the 1980’s Hugo Weaving has carved out a successful career in theatre and film, mixing lower-budget Australian productions with huge international blockbusters including The Matrix series, V for Vendetta and The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

For Weaving, there has never been a dilemma about whether to relocate to Hollywood or remain in Australia.

“I’m happy to work overseas,” he said on One Plus One, “but my focus is here”.

“This is a golden era of film-making in this country, we just don’t know that.

“I’ve been saying that for ages. I think our films are getting better and better, we [Australians] are just not going to see them.”

Weaving believes there are two reasons for this.

“The problem is not in the film-makers or the creative’s, the problem is somehow selling the idea of our own culture to ourselves,” he said.

“Or, we have an industry which is so slanted towards American films that it’s very, very hard for Australian films to get a look in.”

Weaving is clearly proud of the homegrown industry, despite deriving his reputation from high-grossing blockbusters.

His latest film borrows from both.

It is set in the fifties in a small, fictional Australian town named Dungatar.

The film opens with femme fatale Tilly Dunnage (played by Kate Winslet), returning to her home town from Europe.

She is a glamorous and gifted seamstress who travels with her portable Singer sewing machine, but she has a past. Years ago as a child, Tilly was sent away after being blamed for the death of a school mate.

The film features a who’s who of Australian performers including Judy Davis, Liam Hemsworth, Sarah Snook, Rebecca Gibney, Kerry Fox, Shane Jacobson and Barry Otto.

Weaving — who plays Dungatar’s policeman Sergeant Horatio Farrat — said he was “immediately interested” in the script when it landed in front of him.

“He’s essentially a very nice man,” Weaving said.

However, “he does have a secret, he’s a cross-dresser. He also feels guilty because he’s done something to the heroine, Tilly”.

It’s got a dark centre, a dark underbelly to it,” he says in his deliberate, mellifluous voice.

Weaving was extremely happy to work with director Jocelyn Moorhouse again. It was Moorhouse who cast Weaving in her critically acclaimed 1991 film Proof.

They were both relative newcomers to the screen world. She recently returned to Australia after a stint in Hollywood with her husband, director and writer P. J. Hogan.

“Proof was the first film I had read … that I so wanted to be in,” Weaving recalled warmly.

“I jumped on it and I thought, ‘that’s my film’. I was tested for it and thank-god (Moorhouse) wanted me to be in it.”

Proof was released a decade after Weaving graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA).

He was born in Nigeria, arriving in Australia as a teenager, after an upbringing where the family relocated every few years.

He says he did not have grand dreams when he first entered NIDA.

“I never think too far ahead,” he said.

(Photo: Tom Hancock/ABC)

Weaving does not like to put himself above anyone else. He seeks meaning through voracious reading, spending time with his friends and family (partner of 31 years Katrina Greenwood and his children Holly and Harry) and enjoying his farm in northern NSW.

“I have a pretty strong sense of myself as a not particularly special person,” he said.

He does, however, enjoy in-depth research and finding the redemptive qualities in the characters he plays. Those qualities are often to be found in how a character interacts with nature.

“I adore nature, without nature and without the natural world we have no perspective on ourselves … I think it’s really special and life-affirming and gives me a perspective on who I am,” Weaving said.

“I don’t have a grand notion of who human beings are because I don’t think they are any more special than a tree or a bird or a kangaroo.”

But he clearly values what it means to be human and strives to get to the heart of what makes an individual tick whether playing Mitzi Del Bra in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert or the cross-dressing Sergeant Horatio Farrat in the Dressmaker.”


THIS JUST IN: Another new Hugo Weaving video interview courtesy NineMSN Mornings:

Nine MSN Mornings/

You can read or view interviews with other Dressmaker cast members and creative team at the following sites:

Liam Hemsworth at The Project TV (Seven News video interview), Screen Australia, Vogue Australia (scans via LiamHemsworthFans on Twitter)

Rosalie Ham at Editing Everything,

Jocelyn Moorhouse at ABC News

Judy Davis in The Sydney Morning Herald (and associated papers)

Sarah Snook at The Daily Mail

Sue Maslin at

Plus there’s a story on the film’s set and production design at Desktop Magazine.

You can read positive reviews and well-written mixed reviews for The Dressmaker at Sunshine Coast Daily, Cocktail Revolution, Impulse Gamer, and Fashion Weekly

Sydney Premiere 20 Oct Photos

“Let the fun begin. Sydney premier of the dressmaker @marieclaireau @UniversalPics: Jackie Frank via Twitter

“See #HugoWeaving & #SarahSnook star in #TheDressmaker” Hoyts Australia via Twitter m(plus next one)

“The stars have arrived at #TheDressmaker Sydney Premiere! #HugoWeaving #SarahSnook @UniversalPicsAU” Hoyts Australia via Twitter

“Guests of honour of the evening at the @marieclaireau screening of @dressmakermovie #Sydney #premiere” Karishma Sarkari via Twitter/Instagram

“Sydney #dressmakerpremier with @jackie_frank @nickybriger @sarah_snook #HugoWeaving” Marie Claire via Instagram

“@sarah_snook & #HugoWeaving at the @marieclaireau red carpet screening of #TheDressmaker” EventCinema via Instagram

“Hugo Weaving is effortlessly cool on the red carpet at the #DressmakerPremiere in Sydney tonight.” The Dressmaker via Twitter

“The gang’s here- Hugo, Sue, Jocelyn and Sarah reunited on the red carpet at the #DressmakerPremiere in Sydney.” The Dressmaker via Twitter

“#TheDressmaker team assemble at the exclusive @marieclaireau red carpet screening in Sydney” Universal Pictures Australia via Twitter (plus next one)

(L to R: Presenter Jackie Frank, Producer Sue Maslin, Director Jocelyn Moorhouse, Nicky Briger, Hugo Weaving and Sarah Snook)

My screencaps of Hugo Weaving, from the live feed of the Sydney premiere Q&A. Hugo accidentally broke a wooden footrest from the bottom of his chair but recovered nicely. 😉

Judy Davis sits to Hugo’d left

Note: I can’t find an official copy of this footage online but was able to screen-record the Q&A in two parts. Will share Hugo’s section if the person who shot it doesn’t re-post

“Cast and Crew arrive for exclusive @marieclaireau red carpet screening of @dressmakermovie in #Sydney” Media Services AP via Twitter

“So lovely seeing you again this evening @NickyBriger!! (albeit briefly) x #TheDressmaker #marieclaire #screening” Karishma Sarkari via Twitter (plus next pic)

“Cast/creators of The Dressmaker at the Syd premiere w publisher @Jackie_frank & editor @NickyBriger @UniversalPicsAU” Marie Claire via Twitter

Hugo Weaving at the 20 Oct Sydney premiere of The Dressmaker. Photo (plus next three) Brandom Voight/Splash News

“Fantastic girls night out #thedressmaker #sydney premiere. Q&A #hugoweaving #judydavis #sarahsnook” Julia via Instagram

“#thedressmaker #ourcoolevent @universalpicsau @marieclaireau #sarahsnook #hugoweaving” Events Department ia Instagram

Photo (plus next three): Don Arnold/WireImage

Photo (Plus next one): El Pics/Getty Images

Photo: The Dressmaker Facebook (plus next three)

Sydney Premiere Q&A with Sarah Snook, Judy Davis and Hugo Weaving

Photo: Richard Milns/Demotix (plus next two)

Photo (plus next five)  MediaServices AP

Sydney Hayden Orpheum Screening Q&A Featuring Hugo Weaving and Jocelyn Moorhouse

Hugo and director Jocelyn Moorhouse also attended a preview screening of The Dressmaker at Sydney’s Hayden Orpheum on 21 October; here are some fan photos of that event.

“Some photos of Hugo Weaving tonight at “The Dressmaker” Q&A. He’s stunning and witty. Movie is great!” Siena W via Twitter (plus next three)

“oh Hugo you #hugoweaving #haydenorpheum #thedressmaker #film #cinema #theatre” amyohisson via Instagram

“#TheDressmaker. Amazing piece of Australian cinema. Hugo thanks for bringing good beard game. ” Brittany Vigee via Twitter

Melbourne Premiere 18 Oct New Photos

Hugo Weaving at the Melbourne premiere of The Dressmaker. Photo: Mal Fairclough/AAP

Hugo Weaving, Sarah Snook and Liam Hemsworth in Melbourne   Photo: Mal Fairclough/AAP

“Bit of a selfie at my first red carpet #thedressmaker”  (Incl Hugo Weaving, Sarah Snook)” Sage Barreda/Instagram

“Hugo and the surprisingly large lighter” Sage Barreda/Instagram

“#HugoWeaving, #SarahSnook & @liamhemsworth at the Melbourne Premiere of #TheDressmaker.” MovieJuiceTV via Instagram

This photo plus next one: Universal Pictures Australia via Twitter

Photo: L’Officiel Australia (plus next one)

Dressmaker Promotional Photos and Appearances

Hugo Weaving at a Dressmaker promo interview   Photo: Corporate Cameras via Twitter

Hugo with ABC Radio Melbourne’s Raf Epstein  Photo: ABC Radio Melbourne via Twitter

“Hugo Weaving – what a charming man & a pleasure to interview for #movie  #TheDessmaker @UniversalPicsAU @2GB” Janette Lakiss vua Twitter

“This is me, LITERALLY standing in the shadow of the acting giant that is #HugoWeaving @UniversalPicsAU #TheBeard” Yahoo7’s Jess Clark via Twitter

“He plays a cross-dressing cop in @DressmakerMovie Would Hugo Weaving ever play Mr Darcy? #OnePlusOne 10am @ABCTV”  ABC’s Jane Hutcheon via Twitter

Seven lovely promo portraits of Hugo Weaving and Sarah Snook by David Crosling/AAP; there are five more of Hugo solo here that I hope to share soon.

David Crosling/AAP (plus next six)

Note: I do have additional photos, particularly of the Melbourne premiere, that I’m still sorting and working on (in some cases cleaning up) for optimal presentation here and on my Twitter feed. So stay tuned; for more frequent updates and earliest posting of new material, check out my Twitter feed.

Hugo Cast In Hacksaw Ridge

Some would accuse me of burying the lead by noting this story at the end of my post, and certainly the mainstream media outside of Australia talks far more about this project than The Dressmaker or any of Hugo’s other recent projects. But frankly I’m lukewarm at best about this film, mostly because I’ve never respected Mel Gibson as a director OR as a human being, and am leery of Hugo and so many other talented actors being used to burnish or rehab his image. Hugo’s son Harry Greenwood was cast in the film about a month ago; I retweeted news about it then but didn’t dwell on the subject.

To back up a bit, Hacksaw Ridge is a World War II drama about a conscientious objector (to be played by Andrew Garfield) who refuses to carry a gun but nontheless enlists as a medic and is later awarded the Medal of Honor after heroics at the Battle of Okinawa. Though the material might be worthy in another director’s hands, I’m leery of Gibson somehow turning it into another right-wing pro-war apologia with the sort of creepy religious overtones that have marked his most famous efforts as a director. Though Gibson’s anti-Semitic and sexist rants haven’t made the news in several years, I don’t recall Gibson formally apologizing for them apart from excusing one incident as a side-effect of alcoholism. Even if he has shown contrition over these episodes and no longer holds the fundamentalist views he did in the past, his efforts as a director were heavy-handed exercises in battlefield torture-porn which also had racist and anti-gay overtones at times. Gibson didn’t write the screenplay for this film, but it still sounds like yet another jingoistic Hollywood WWII movie at best. So it’s not something I’d even consider seeing if Hugo wasn’t involved, and he’s going to really have to sell me on this before I consider paying money to see it in a theatre. I’ll cover it here when Hugo is specifically involved in updates, but am skeptical at this point. I don’t know why Hugo signed on, though he seemed more eager to talk about Harry’s participation than his own role (see the Today interview, above), so it might be the opportunity to be on the same project as his son, though Hugo says they aren’t sharing any scenes, There also might be a better-than-expectef script, or Hugo might want to support the local industry by working on an Australian-made large-scale “prestige” film sure to garner international attention.   (The lead characters are American.)

At any rate, Hugo plays the father of Andrew Garfield’s lead character, Desmond T Doss. The film is already in production, but Hugo will be working on Jasper Jones before reporting to the set of this one. For additional details on the film, see Inside Film, Deadline, The Wrap and Variety… most sources repeat essentially the same information. Props to most sites for at least using a somewhat recent photo of Hugo this time. 😉  Again, if anyone can sell me on this, it would be Hugo, so I’m trying not to assume the worst, but I have avoided some of his films in the past and reserve the right to do so again… I would think he’d appreciate thoughtful fans who think for themselves over fawners who treat every project with equal reverence and have no objectivity.  Hugo himself freely calls some of his past films “rubbish”.  Including a few I personally happen to like. 😉

Hugo Weaving Attends The Dressmaker’s Australian Premiere in Melbourne

Hugo Weaving walks the red carpet at The Dressmaker’s Melbourne premiere last night. Photo: Zak Kaczmarek/Getty Images

After a few months of minimal Hugo Weaving news, we’re suddenly awash in new pics (and some video and interviews) again as The Dressmaker opened in Melbourne last night. I’m going to start posting images without further ado because there are sure to be more at the film’s Sydney premiere in two days.  Liam Hemsworth has grabbed the lion’s share of media attention in the Australian coverage (and his “family reunion” with brother Chris at the premiere yielded more headlines than the movie itself) but Hugo was probably happy to support the film without being the center of attention. Kate Winslet was absent, as she was promoting that other move of hers in London. 😉

Though Hugo hasn’t yet given an in-depth interview about The Dressmaker, he’s seen in three news videos about the premiere, two of which feature his comments, and he’s been quoted in text coverage as well. I’ll start with the videos then move to his excerpts from print interviews… then that new tidal wave of photos. ; There will also be more Melbourne premiere pics in days to come, but those need a bit of fixing up before they can be shared.

Screen Australia lavishly covered the premiere, and gave Hugo the most screentime of the red-carpet videos.

via Screen Australia/The Screen Blog
Hugo Weaving also comments in The West Australian’s video coverage
…And he’s seen but not heard from in Yahoo7‘s red carpet footage

(Note: Second two videos embedded directly in the LJ version of this post.)

Hugo is quoted briefly in The Screen Blog, The Age and The Daily Mail:

“[The Dressmaker is]  a radically different piece of cinema…In the way that something like Inglourious Basterds is a hybird of styles and works, I think this is a similar sort of hybrid style. It’s a western… it’s Sergio Leone, it’s got a dark underbelly to it, it’s a serious revenge film, but it’s quite exuberant, very stylish (and) visually bold. [I chose to take the role primarily because director] Joss was responsible for the first film I really wanted to do. I was like four years out of drama school and I’d read a lot of rubbish really and Proof was a great script. It was Joss’ first film and she really gave me the opportunity to do something I was really proud of.” — The Screen Blog

“It’s fabulously bold. A very Australian-style Western with a dark, revenge tone to it. It’s an unusual hybrid film that will please a lot of people. It’s pretty cool.” [For some reason, they also asked him about Cate Blanchett’s moving plans:] “‘They’ve had many different plans. Every five minutes a different plan – to go to England, Scotland, the States, New Zealand, Vanuatu (they’ve got a place in Vanuatu)…But I don’t actually know what they’re settling on at this stage.”– The Age

“It’s a stylistically complex piece, so we were required at one point to be quite naturalistic and the next point be quite exuberant…There’s quite a few grotesque characters. They still need to in some way be human. The biggest challenge for all of us was to feel like we were all in the same film.”– The Daily Mail.

Melbourne Premiere Photos:

Note: High-res versions of several photos are also available, and I’ll include links to those next to the more-manageable blog versions. WordPress readers should right click and open images in a new tab for full-sized versions of photos in the blog.

Hugo, Sarah Snook and Liam Hemsworth. Photo: Zak Zak Kaczmarek/Getty Images (plus next six)

Hugo, Sarah Snook. Liam Hemsworth, producer Sue Maslin and director Jocelyn Moorhouse

…plus author Rosalie Ham to the far right

(High res version here)

(High res version here)

Hugo Weaving, Sarah Snook and Liam Hemsworth. This and next three photos: Universal Pictures Australia via Twitter

“The stars are arriving for the #TheDressmakerPremiere in Melbourne! Here is the lovely Hemsworth family and Hugo Weaving…” Sydney Film Blogger/Instagram

“”Sometimes cool people drop by my work movie_cameradizzy” Kathleen Ashby/Instagram

“And #hugoweaving #crown #melbourne #australia” Jared Hunter Mason/Instagram

“”The man is brilliance #thedressmaker #hugoweaving” Donna Demaio via Twitter/Instagram

This plus next two photos: Mirre Jennings via Hush Hush Biz (their coverage here)

“So much all the hangover after the @DressmakerMovie premiere. I regret nothing. See the film. SUPPORT OUR INDUSTRY! ” Eleanor Howlett via Twitter

“Meeting the cast and director #australianpremiere #thedressmaker #australianpremierethedressmaker” Sue Murphy/Twitter

“#TheDressmaker stars Hugo Weaving, Sarah Snook and @LiamHemsworth sparkling on the red carpet. #tvweekmag” TV Week via Twitter

“”Agent Smith ..wherever I see him I think ‘hello Mr Anderson’. #thematrix #hugoweaving #thedressmakerpremiere” Sham1000 via Instagram

“#TheDressmaker stars strike a pose at the Oz #premiere with director Jocelyn Moorhouse & producer Sue Maslin” Screen Australia via Twitter

“@LiamHemsworth #HugoWeaving #SarahSnook having a good time on the #DressmakerPremiere Red Carpet @y7entertainment ” Sarah Marie Duffy via Twitter

“Such laughs #friends #family #laughs #liamhemsworth #hugoweaving #dressmaker” Montiga/Instagram

“Stella Cast Director and Producers acknowledge the importance of @FilmVictoria in backing #thedressmaker #springst” Martin Foley via Twitter

“Live from the red carpet, attended by Hugo Weaving, Liam Hemsworth and Sarah Snook, for the Melbourne premiere of The Dressmaker.” L’Ofiicial Australia Facebook (plus next photo)

“All the stars at #TheDressmaker Premiere. Hugo Weaving, Sarah Snook and @LiamHemsworth. #SoSydney #KIIS1065” KIIS 1065 via Twitter

Photo (plus next one) David Fanner/Screen Australia

“#photographing the #redcarpet #mediawall #redcarpetarrivals for #thedressmaker #filmpremiere in Melbourne” Brett Robson/Twitter

“My #photograph of #hugoweaving from … #Melbourne #filmpremiere of #thedressmaker ” Brett Robson/Twitter/Instagram

Photo: plus next 8): Brett Robson/Splash News

Hugo giving red carpet interviews  Photo: (plus next 12) Splash News

“What…. MORE!?” 😉

“That’s it! I’m outta here!” 😉

Photo: The Age

As I mentioned, there are still more photos that will be shared as soon as I can prep them, and I’ll be back soon with coverage of The Dressmaker’s Sydney premiere.

Also: A brief item in The Sydney Morning Herald covered Hugo’s casting in Jasper Jones. Oddly, Hugo hasn’t discussed the project yet in these interviews, though a castmate mentioned it.

Hugo Weaving Cast In Jasper Jones; The Dressmaker Approaches Australian Premiere; Autism PSA

First off, I know I’ve been negligent about updating lately and am very sorry for that. Though Hugo has mostly been on a break (and did not attend The Dressmaker’s world premiere in Toronto), there have still been several notable public appearances, including a collaboration with Griffin Film School on an autism awareness public service announcement (which has yet to be released), and an appearance introducing his friend Jenny Morris’s recent profile on Australian Story. He’s also been spotted at various Sydney events, and images from CinefestOZ continue to trickle in. I’ll try to share as much of that as possible

Jasper Jones

But first, an exciting bit of casting news. Around a week ago, the Manjimup Bridgetown Times announced that Hugo Weaving had finally selected his next film project, and had been cast alongside Toni Collette in the film Jasper Jones, based o the popular Australian “coming-of-age mystery novel” by Craig Silvey. While Porchlight Films confirmed Collette’s casting, I couldn’t find any confirmation about Hugo’s casting for several days, though the news was completely plausible. (In addition to being an independent Australian film with a talented cast and strong social message, the film is produced by David Jowsey, who also produced Ivan Sen’s Mystery Road. Porchlight Films previously produced one of Hugo’s favorites of his own films, Little Fish. So I was very optimistic, but decided to await official confirmation. This arrived yesterday via a press release from Porchlight, which announced Hugo would be playing “Mad Jack Lionel, the town recluse with a mysterious past”. Already cast, in addition to Collette, are Susan Prior (who costarred with Hugo in STC’s Riflemind in 2007), Levi Miller as the lead character Charlie Bucktin, Aaron McGrath as the title charcter, Matt Nable, Dan Wyllie, Myles Pollard and Angourie Rice.  The film will be directed by Rachel Perkins (Hugo’s third collaboration in a row with a female director) and will commence filming in Pemberton, in the south west of West Australia on 26 October, right after Hugo puts in time promoting The Dressmaker. You can read additional reports about the film (written both prior to and after Hugo joined the cast) at FilmInk, SBS,, Buzzfeed, and author Silvey’s Facebook page. (He seemed quite pleased at the casting news.) 😉 Fortunately the novel is widely available outside of Australia, for fans too curious to wait. Reviewers have compared it to To Kill A Mockingbird.

Hugo Introduces Jenny Morris on Australian Story

Longtime Hugo fans will recall that Hugo had a hilarious cameo (alongside Bryan Brown and other Australian actors) in singer Jenny Morris’s 2002 video for “Downtime”, and that Morris leads fundraising efforts for the charity group Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy’s annual Art of Music auction, which raises funds for music therapy by auctioning off Australian-themed artworks commissioned for the event. (Hugo is a frequent guest at Art of Music and usually makes a purchase.) Morris was also a singer for the legendary 80s band INXS before embarking on a successful solo career. But the documentary series Australian Story reveals that she’s recently suffered a debilitating medical setback which threatened to end her music career and led her to find fulfillment in other areas of the industry. Hugo Weaving appears at the beginning to introduce the segment, but he’d be the first to tell you to watch the entire episode streaming on The Australian Story’s website, and not just take his brief intro out of context. 😉 I will attempt an embed, but in the event this fails, just follow the links to the external site. Thankfully there ae no international content viewing restrictions this time. The site also includes a full transcript of the program. You can read more about Morris and her condition here, and more about Art of Music here.

[Sorry, no embeds allowed. But do watch it. ]

Here are a few of my screencaps of Hugo:

Hugo Weaving at this year’s Art of Music auction, 16 July. Photo: Art of Music 2015 Flickr gallery

Griffith Film School Autism Awareness PSA

Though the PSA itself hasn’t yet been broadcast or posted online, several photos of Hugo working with Griffith Film School students on the project have been posted online by participants; you can read the full story of the collaboration at Griffith University’s website. According to student/director Cameron March, “My role was to direct Hugo in an awareness video for Autism QLD. When Richard approached me to direct the piece I felt a great deal of responsibility and honour. The opportunity to work with an internationally renowned – yet still humble – actor was an unbelievable experience… To direct a man who has been directed by the likes of Peter Jackson (LOTR), George Miller (Mad Max) and Michael Bay (Transformers) left me feeling very overwhelmed. Despite this, the shoot was a breeze due to Hugo’s kindness and professionalism. We also had the pleasure of working with Hugo’s nephew Ky Greenwood, who did an unbelievable job in assisting us to tell his story… The film we shot is comprised of both live action and animation elements. We are all extremely excited to give back to a great cause like autism awareness in the form of this video and hope Hugo’s participation will boost awareness for Autism Spectrum Disorder. The crew was extremely professional and proficient throughout the shoot, which made my job as the director that much easier. The overall experience was incredible and couldn’t have been possible without LiveLab and Griffith Film School.”

Hugo Weaving poses with Griffith University Film School students amid a collaboration on an Autism Awareness film. Photo: Nicholas Billot, Griffith University

Hugo Weaving poses with Griffith University Film School students amid a collaboration on an Autism Awareness film. Photo: Nicholas Billot, Griffith University

Photo: Callum Hartgen via Instagram “”Had the pleasure of working w/ this bloke today on a video for a good cause.  #hugoweaving”

Photo: Genny Kertesz via Instagram “Got to meet the amazing Hugo Weaving today & hear him talk about acting, filmmaking [etc] :)”

The Dressmaker Approaches Australian Premiere

Though Hugo Weaving elected not to travel to Toronto for The Dressmaker’s TIFF premiere (which turned out to be a wise move, given its poorly-handled red-carpet premiere and somewhat snide reception), he will definitely be on hand for the film’s Australian premieres in Sydney (Oct 20) and Melbourne (Oct 18) next week. He hasn’t yet given any press interviews in support of the film, but nearly everyone else connected to the project has. The film had mixed reviews at TIFF, but has received almost unanimous praise from additional screening events and other previews, with most non-professional audience members giving a very positive response, especially in Australia. I’ll post links to the most positive critical and blogger reviews as well; some critics felt the film was tonally uneven and structurally messy, though they’ve been generally positive about the acting. Some also got hung up on the age difference between Winslet’s character and Hemsworth’s. Most casual reviewers on social media have been kinder.

Promotional graphic of Hugo Weaving s Segeant Farrat (via The Dressmaker Facebook, Universal Pictures Australia via Twitter)

You can read interviews with:

Director Jocelyn Moorhouse at: The Saturday Paper, The Australian, The Province, The Hollywood Reporter (also: Kate Winslet & Liam Hemsworth)

Kate Winslet at: Click The City, Vulture, The Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair (video), USA Today, The Daily Mail, NOW Magazine

Liam Hemsworth at: Sunrise on 7 (video of TV interview), Salon (plus Kate Winslet)

Judy Davis at: The AustralianTimes

Sarah Snook at: The Herald Sun, Vanity Fair

Author Rosalie Ham at: The Hepburn Advocate, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Weekly Review, The Herald Sun, MRCC Library (audio interview)

Colorist Trish Cahill at: Inside Film

You can read positive-leaning reviews (or mixed ones with positive comments about the actors) at InDaily, Screen Daily, Hot On The Street, Toronto Verve, ebuzzword, SBS Movies, Express Tribune, The Film Experience, IndieWire, Heartless Girl, Variety.

Hugo Weaving and director Jocelyn Moorhouse at a Sydney preview screening 13 October. Photo: Clare Wimble, via Twitter

According to The Age (in print edition) Hugo Weaving and Judy Davis may be strong contenders in the supporting categories for this year’s AACTA Awards.

CinefestOZ Photos And Other Candids

Here are some fan photos of Hugo take at CinefestOZ in August which have been posted online since my last entry:

“@cinefestoz 2015 honors Australian favorite #HugoWeaving with the Screen Legend Award, to the delight of WA audiences” Cinesurfer via Twitter

“When you meet #HugoWeaving at #Cinefestoz #winningatlife #fanboy #film” Cameron Whiteford via Instagram

Some fan photos of where Hugo actually was on the night of The Dressmaker’s TIFF premiere:

“I think this guy’s following me from #brokenhill to Sydney #hugoweaving #ultimolunch #priscillaqueenofthedesert” Sarah McConnell via Twitter

And here’s a candid of Hugo with Macbeth costar Paula Arundell at the Sydney premiere of Triptych on 4 October.

Article: The Sun Herald

Next update should be much more timely, with the two upcoming Dressmaker premieres Hugo is scheduled to attend; ideally he’ll sit for some interviews as well. Apoogies again for not updating sooner; in addition to three jobs and extra family commitments recently, I’ve been blinded by a new fandom which eats up a lot of my time, but which I’m not quite ready to go public with. Another character actor crush, though not in Hugo’s league. 😉