Hot on the heels of a bumper 2014, the first Australian home entertainment releases of 2015 hit UK shelves – real and virtual – earlier this week.
Back in early October, the British book trade celebrated a phenomenon known as Super Thursday, their busiest release day of the year, which sees all the big stocking-filler titles – everything from celebrity memoirs to blockbuster novels and sports annuals – hit shops in the lead-up to Christmas. Well, Australian cinema had its own super day (of sorts) this past week, with four excellent titles released for consumption in the comfort of your own home – Felony, Mystery Road, All This Mayhem and The Last Impresario.
It’s a dark, disturbing, grueling exploration of the dark side of the Australian psyche. It also happens to be one of the finest films to ever emerge from that sunburnt country, and following revivals in Australia and the United States, it’s finally about to earn its due in Britain.
Following its extended theatrical run earlier this year, Fred Schepisi’s adaptation of the Patrick White novel The Eye of the Storm is now out on UK DVD, and The Far Paradise have one copy to give away thanks to Munro Film Services.
Britain’s biggest and best festival of horror, cult and genre cinema, Film4 FrightFest returns later this month to Empire Cinemas (Leicester Square, London) for five days and nights of blood and thunder. Australian cinema’s contribution to the latest FrightFest instalment may not be numerically significant, but its outback blend of ‘something old, something new, something bloody, and something blue’ still packs a mean punch!
It’s taken its sweet time making it to the UK (FrightFest All-nighter previews notwithstanding), but Aussie shark-in-a-supermarket-sploitation flick Bait 3D has finally arrived!
A tough-going but intelligent revenge thriller shot in the Perth hills, Blame stars a fistful of up-and-coming Australian talent (including Sophie Lowe and Kestie Morassi) and is the impressive feature debut of writer/director Michael John Henry. The set-up is relatively familiar – a group of friends intent on vengeance travel to a secluded home to carry out ‘the perfect murder’ – but when their seemingly straightforward plan is botched, the group are forced to confront both the victim and their own web of deceit. Made on a shoestring budget, the film is as economical on-screen as it is off.
Following an Australian theatrical release in mid-2011 and festival screenings around the globe, Blame is finally reaching British audiences next week thanks to a DVD release from High Fliers.
In conjunction with this release, the London Australian Film Society present a screening of the film at the Shortwave Cinema in Bermondsey on May 17. For further information, join the LAFS Facebook group or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a seat at the screening. But be quick, seats are filling fast!
In the meantime, visit the official Blame website or check out the trailer below.
Blame is released on DVD through High Fliers on May 14.