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Hugo Weaving 2014 Calendar; Oranges & Sunshine Press Kit With Cast Interviews

No hot breaking news items to report, I’m afraid; it being year’s end and still the post-Christmas Holiday Season, everyone (including myself) has been more focused on family/friends time, taking a break and, when that is impossible, getting the deadline year’s-end projects taken care of. 😉 So far there’s been no official word on an international tour for STC’s Waiting For Godot but I’ll keep you posted. Hugo Weaving’s films Mystery Road and The Turning have made appearances in several Best of 2013 compilation lists in the Australian media, as has Godot.

2014 will feature the filming of Strangerland and, possibly, One Foot Wrong, and the release of Healing, The Mule and the final installment of The Hobbit trilogy, There and Back Again. There should also be wider international releases for Tim Winton’s The Turning (which will be featured in next February’s Berlinale) and Mystery Road. Hugo will return to STC this spring (well, technically, autumn in Australia) to play Macbeth. He might make his first public appearances of the new year at January’s AACTA Awards, where he’s up for Best Actor (The Turning) or the Sydney Theatre Awards, where the full cast of Godot is nominated– but then again, he might just as easily not, as he hates competing against other actors, and walking red carpets. We’ll have to see if his instinct to avoid celebrity hoopla– or his instinct to help promote local industries he loves– wins out.

I’m posting right now to ensure my 2014 Hugo Weaving calendar is up before the new year technically begins. This time around I didn’t really have a theme and used a very simple template. The photos are some of my favorites from the past year, including stills from Mystery Road and The Turning, photos from Waiting For Godot and Hugo’s appearances at film festivals. I was limited to horizontal images by the template, but that was still a very easy requirement to fill. It’s all under the cut; I do print these out and use them as a real wall calendar each year.  But you should free to do whatever you like.

Though I’m still awaiting some packages which include articles for my Archive, I did recently receive the Production Notes for the 2011 US release of Oranges and Sunshine, which I’ve scanned and posted beginning here. (Note: click the LEFT arrow to scroll through subsequent pages. Also, each page is available in several sizes: right-click for full range.) The full set of notes is 19 pages long and features interviews with the three lead actors (Emily Watson, Hugo Weaving and David Wenham), director Jim Loach and most of the creative team. I’ll post the Hugo Weaving and David Wenham interviews below, but if you enjoyed the film, the full set is worth a look. I’ve been happy to note Oranges and Sunshine gradually building an audience outside of Australia and the UK (though there too, obviously) via cable TV screenings and DVD/streaming. Starz/Encore has the US cable rights and continues to schedule the film periodically; it’s also widely available on DVD, though subtitled versions remain a problem in some countries. (The US and UK issues don’t even feature subtitles in English for the hearing impaired, though you can get captioning if you watch the film on cable.)

That’s all for the moment. My thanks to all my readers, and best wishes for a peaceful and creatively fulfilling 2014. 🙂

Hugo Weaving US DVD/On Demand Releases; Cloud Atlas

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.

I updated my previous entry to reflect a few updates on Last Ride’s US release, but thought I repeat this new info for anyone who missed it, and take the opportunity to mention a few other Hugo Weaving films finally out on US DVD:

As I mentioned last week, Music Box Films has acquired the US distribution rights for Hugo Weaving’s visceral, memorable 2009 film Last Ride, costarring Tom Russell and directed by Glendyn Ivins. The film will debut on June 29 at the Music Box Theater in Chicago, with a simultaneous video-on-demand release, followed by theatrical screenings in select US cities. (Twitch Films reports that Last Ride will screen in New York starting July 6; more cities and venue details as I find them.) No details on the eventual DVD release yet, but watch this space. 😉 Again, you can request that the film play in your city by visiting Music Box Films’ Last Ride page and entering your zip code.

Hugo Weaving in Last Ride

American fans who missed Hugo’s guest role on pal Richard Roxburgh’s darkly comic series Rake can now buy the full first season on DVD from BFS Entertainment; Amazon is already selling copies, but as always, do shop around. You can read more details on SeanAx.com. Rachel Griffiths, Sam Neill and Lisa McCune also have guest roles as Roxburgh’s appalling clientele. 😉

Finally, Oranges and Sunshine, which won Hugo the AACTA Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of a former child migrant, arrives on US DVD and Blu-Ray June 26. The film costars Emily Watson and David Wenham, and was directed by Jim Loach. It will also be available at Netflix, Blockbuster and at other rental outlets. New Video Group is handling the US DVD distribution; bonus features on this edition appear to be similar to the UK DVD, but it will feature the US poster for its cover art.

UPDATE: Warner Bros. has officially moved the US release date for Cloud Atlas up to October 26, which will give Hugo fans some welcome breathing room between this hugely ambitious project and his hugely other ambitious project, The Hobbit, which opens in early December. You can read the full press release (which doesn’t really add any new details about the film, apart from broad hints about changes to Tom Hanks’ set of characters) on Collider, and additional info and speculation at Hollywood Reporter and IndieWire (the latter includes Susan Sarandon’s reaction to some early footage from the project). The October release date also remains squarely in the Oscar Contention zone without being part of the glut of films typically released simultaneously near the end of every year.

The Latest Liaisons Reviews and Photos; Hugo Wins Film Critics’ Circle Award

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.

Before I haul out the latest Les Liaisons Dangereuses pics, links and excerpts, let me congratulate Hugo Weaving on his latest Best Supporting Actor prize for his role in Oranges and Sunshine, this one from the Film Critics’ Circle of Australia. The awards were announced and live-tweeted a few hours ago.

Les Liaisons Dangereuses continues to draw mostly rave reviews, apart from a few cranks from the Daily Telegraph who won’t shut up. 😉 As I mentioned in the last entry, even other reviewers from the same paper disagree with their Tall Poppy snideness; The Sunday Telegraph praised the play and Hugo’s performance lavishly. I linked to the online version of their review in the previous entry, but will include the print review because it includes a new photo of Hugo and Pamela Rabe. The Australian’s print review is also included under the cut, so those of you stymied by their subscriber’s only restrictions online can finally have a look.

All photos: Brett Boardman
Here’s the new photo by itself, for those of you with glitchy browsers. 😉

STC also added this striking new panorama image of the cast to its Facebook page; it’s a bit spoilery, but shows off the impressive staging:

The latest online reviews include:

Stage Noise by Diana Simmonds: “…There is no visible blood, but the heedless cruelty and beauty of the Vicomte and Marquise are shocking….Even more shocking is how funny it is. It’s partly the rarified and subtle comic skills of Pamela Rabe, who squeezes more out of a raised eyebrow than most can find in a carefully scripted comedy routine; and partly her foil – Hugo Weaving’s ennui-sodden libertine is both excruciating and droll….Altogether, this production is a triumph of substance over style; and there’s plenty of style too…. The arc of the drama is clearly defined, however, and by the end it is heart-rending to witness the inevitable. Wonderful theatre – a triumph for all, particularly the lucky audiences.”

Australian Stage Online: “Hugo Weaving and Pamela Rabe absolutely inhabit their roles. It was a privilege to watch two such charismatic performers ply their craft. The great, destructive love between Valmont and Merteuil is ultimately the driver of the plot, but what is perhaps more important is their friendship, full of witty, clever repartee, and Weaving and Rabe got the balance between the two just right. Justine Clarke provided an excellent counterpoint as the moral Presidente de Tourvel….What results is an incredible piece of theatre from a group of masterful theatremakers. It is suspenseful, sexy, dark, and provocative. Easily one of the best shows of the year to date.”

Curtain Call: “…One is constantly in admiration, awe and envious of the sheer excellence, sophistication and biting wit of Hampton’s construction, in which he deploys words and phrases like rapiers and scythes. Weaving and Rabe, particularly, make the very most of it, with accompanying looks and gestures that imbue a further touch of malevolence. They are dressed in modern garb; a good decision, backed eloquently by the artistic directors, in their programme notes, where they’re upfront in saying ‘Sam has dispensed with the frills, laces and powdered faces, as much to draw the line straight to today as to allow the play, situation and characters to sing, unencumbered’.”

Curiously, given the multiple interviews by the cast and director discussing their interpretive choices, a few critics are getting hung up on the fact that Hugo isn’t playing Valmont as a dandified clotheshorse… Hugo has explained in interviews, as has Mark Strong, that this version of Valmont has become so bored with his life and image as a serial seducer that he’s no longer bothering to keep up appearances. Thus the “cheap suit and shoes” aren’t an oversight or inconsistency, but a deliberate character trait. Diana Simmonds is the one critic who seems to get this: “…  Given that nothing on a stage is there by chance, the range and choice of shoes is fascinating. The Marquise’s footwear is sumptuous and elegant, Cecile’s sensible beige lace-ups signal that they were chosen by her mother and are intended to protect her virginity just as long as possible; Madame de Rosemonde’s shoes are as luxe as the Marquise’s but, she is an older woman, and she has graduated to comfort and flats. Most curious of all are Valmont’s black slip-ons: at first glance they are merely chic and informal, but they’re soon revealed as a little the worse for wear, verging on seedy– rather like Valmont himself.”

Audience reviews (on Twitter, Facebook, etc) continue to be ecstatic.

Hugo Wins AACTA Award For Oranges and Sunshine

This is breaking news, so I’ll continue updating as any further reports or pics come in, but Hugo Weaving has won his fourth AFI/AACTA Award, for Best Supporting Actor, for his heart-wrenching performance in Oranges and Sunshine. No word yet on whether Hugo attended the ceremony; he hasn’t appeared in any Red Carpet pics from the event, but might have simply avoided the public entrance. (He’s always said that element of the business made him uncomfortable, but he’s collected each of his prior AFI Awards– For Proof, The Interview and Little Fish– in person. He has been in Sydney in recent weeks, but I don’t know if he’s there at the moment.) More news at The Sydney Morning Herald… and if you’re a fan of Geoffrey Rush, Cate Blanchett, Richard Roxburgh, David Wenham or Jacki Weaver, they were all in attendance and well represented in early photographs.

In Lieu of any new pics of Hugo, I’ll post a few old ones; the Daily Telegraph and AACTA websites both posted galleries of past winners, and included some great shots of Hugo at past ceremonies:

Hugo, Russell Crowe, Jocelyn Moorhouse and Lynda House celebrate Proof’s multiple AFIs in 1991

Hugo walk the red carpet in 1998

… and wins Best Actor for the Interview

Hugo attends the 2005 AFI Awards…

…he won for Little Fish that year

Congrats to Hugo on a well-earned accolade… and fans who haven’t yet seen Oranges and Sunshine should do so at their earliest opportunity. It demonstrates once and for all that there’s much more to this magnificent actor than his genre baddie roles. 🙂

More updates as they become available…

UPDATE: According to multiple reports via Twitter, Hugo was apparently not in attendence to collect his AACTA. The edited telecast didn’t even show his award being presented… I’m certain if Hugo had been there, they wouldn’t have edited it out. No explanations have been given, but those ignoramuses who suggest Hugo “doesn’t respect” the award should look at the above photos and shut up, already. 😉

Cloud Atlas Wraps Production, Hobbit Location Filming, New Hugo Scans

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Here’s my Odds and Ends Christmas Entry… though we don’t have any new news about or photos of Hugo Weaving specifically, some important items about his two big 2012 films have come out in recent days, so I’ll share those without further ado.

First, Cloud Atlas recently wrapped primary photography at Babelsberg studios in Berlin, so the cast have presumably dispersed to their homes around the world for the holidays. Though no stills or behind the scenes pics of the actors have emerged recently, the filmmakers did share this group photo of the directors (including the elusive Wachowskis) and producers with a tantalizing array of props symbolizing each of the story’s six sequences. I won’t divulge their significance here, as many readers haven’t read the novel, but you can learn more at Empire Online, Collider, IndieWire and BoomTron. The photo was originally posted at Empire, but has since made its way to pretty much every other movie blog. 😉

Pictured are (far back) executive producer Uwe Schott, novelist David Mitchell executive producer Philip Lee. Front row:  producer Stefan Arndt, director/writers Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski and Andy Wachowski and producer Grant Hill.

Will Hugo be using any of these props? Too soon to tell, though if the film follows the novel closely, he’ll be consigning one of them into a large body of water. 😉 Somehow I doubt he’ll be playing Papa Song, though, if the balloon likenesses are a match.

Next up: Peter Jackson’s released another lovely Production Video (#5 to be precise) just in time for the holidays, with the promise of another to follow early next year. Since this segment is primarily about location filming, there are no glimpses of Hugo or of Cate Blanchett, as their scenes were completed on a sound stage earlier this year. (Some day it’d be nice to see Elrond someplace other than Rivendell, wouldn’t it… I guess that’ll have to wait for an adaptation of The Silmarillion.) 😉 But I defy you not to get misty at Elijah Wood’s set tour of the new Hobbiton. Wood recently got a bit testy with the British chat show host Graham Norton when the latter blithely suggested Hobbiton “isn’t real”; this clip will give you some insight into Wood’s deep feelings about the issue if you don’t already share them. I’ll also embed the trailer in case anyone’s been in a deep coma for the past week and missed it. 😉 I think both are sublime, and reassure me that the film(s) will be very much worth the long wait

Peter Jackson, via YouTube

Finally, I have a batch of new Hugo-related scans posted to my Flickr Archive, including the full press kit for Proof’s 1992 North American release– including a lot of photos– an Oranges and Sunshine preview from FilmInk (featuring extensive comments from Hugo, including his mother’s reaction to some of his work) ;), and a vintage 1988 preview of The Dirtwater Dynasty featuring photos and a funny little blurb about Barlow & Chambers (aka Dadah is Death, aka A Long Way From Home.)

Proof Press Kit Photo 1
Photo 1 closeup
Photo 2
Photo 2 closeup
Photo 3
Photo 3 closeup
Color Slide 1
Color Slide 2
Color Slide 3
Color Slide 4
Proof Press Kit CoverPage 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8

Dirtwater Dynasty Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4

Oranges and Sunshine Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Review

Oh! And here’s a new article from the Adelaide Advertiser about next month’s AACTA Awards. This critic likes Hugo’s chances. 😉

The vet waiting room scene in Proof (1991), from the film’s press kit

Happy Holidays everyone! Next year should be particularly exciting for Hugo fans.