Wednesday, 11 July 2012


Acclaimed Director Benh Zeitlin is confirmed to attend this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival in August in support of his debut feature, the Cannes and Sundance award winning BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD. Zeitlin will also travel to Sydney to promote the film’s release in cinemas across Australia on September 13.

The critically acclaimed BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD has not only garnered top honours on the festival circuit this year, winning the Grand Jury Prize (US Dramatic) at Sundance and the Camera d’Or and FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes – but it has also enjoyed enormous success in the US, including an opening week screen average of $55,228.

Zeitlin’s credits on the film not only include Director, but also Co-Writer and Composer. Zeitlin has created a truly original story and wondrous world, one which Rolling Stone has called “A spellbinding movie not to be missed... BEASTS is some kind of miracle.”

BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD tells the story of Hushpuppy, a six-year-old girl living at the edge of the world, who faced with her father's fading health and environmental changes that signal the unravelling of the universe, goes in search of her lost mother, and is forced to comprehend her place in the mysterious world around her.

Featuring amazing performances from non-actors, Quvenzhan√© Wallis (as Hushpuppy) and Dwight Henry (as Wink), Icon Film Distribution will release BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD in cinemas nationally on September 13.

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Lennard Promotions & CMC Present Emmylou Harris and her Red Dirt Boys Australian Tour November 2012

Already celebrated as a discoverer and interpreter of other artists’ songs, 12-time Grammy Award winner Emmylou Harris has, in the last decade, gained admiration as much for her eloquently straightforward songwriting as for her incomparably expressive singing. On Hard Bargain, her third Nonesuch disc, she offers 11 original songs—three of them co-written with Grammy– and Oscar–winning composer Will Jennings—that touch on the autobiographical while reaching for the universal. 

Few in pop or country music have achieved such honesty or revealed such maturity in their writing. Forty years into her career, Harris shares the hard-earned wisdom that—hopefully if not inevitably—comes with getting older, though she’s never stopped looking ahead. 

Harris called her album and tour Hard Bargain because it just seemed to tie everything together. “The people in your life, and the joy of life, will always bring you back no matter what, and I think that’s echoed in every song in a way. I may be stretching things a little bit but if you had to, ‘Hard Bargain’ would sum up this particular song cycle.”

 The overarching message of Hard Bargain is that music, like life, will go on.

 A 12-time Grammy winner and Billboard Century Award recipient, Emmylou Harris’ contribution as a singer and songwriter spans 40 years. She has recorded more than 25 albums and has lent her talents to countless fellow artists’ recordings. In recognition of her remarkable career, Harris was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008. 


DATE                                       VENUE                                     TICKETS                                                PRESALE                                 GP ONSALE
Tue 6 November                  Perth Concert Hall                 BOCS    9484 1133                            Thursday 28 June                 Thursday 5 July
Thu 8 November                  Adel-Thebarton Theatre      Venuetix
8225 8888                         Thursday 28 June                 Thursday 5 July
Sat 10 November                 Melb-Palais Theatre              Ticketmaster 136 100                       Thursday 28 June                 Thursday 5 July
Mon 12 November              Canberra Theatre                  Canberraticketing  6275 2700        Mon 25 June                         Mon 2 July
Thu 15 November                Syd-State Theatre                 Ticketmaster 136 100                       Thursday 28 June                 Thursday 5 July
Fri 16 November                  Gold Coast-Jupiters Casino  Ticketmaster 136 100                       Thursday 28 June                 Thursday 5 July


Movie classics are back on the big screen, looking better than ever and audiences are returning to the cinema to see them.

Sydney’s most iconic cinema, The Hayden Orpheum is pleased to announce the launch of their program, “Cinema Classics In Digital” composed of some of the most spectacular films of the 20th century from Spielberg blockbusters to the classic musicals, there is something for everyone.

Built in 1935 and restored and reopened in 1987, The Hayden Orpheum is the perfect place to experience the resurgence of film going as an art form. “For anyone who remembers the glorious days of 70mm these are reasons to rejoice”, says Paul Dravet, General Manager of Hayden Orpheum. “Repertory cinemas around the world that were closing in droves at the outset of video and then DVD are back in vogue as people of all ages get back together in the communal atmosphere of cinemas to enjoy movie titles in their rightful place”.

All the titles in the program including classics such as Singin’ in the Rain and South Pacific have been restored and digitally remastered in high definition with surround sound to bring the films’ quality in line with today’s cinematic experience while still conserving the original presentations with overtures and intervals.
Cinema Classics in Digital runs from August to October at The Hayden Orpheum and commences this weekend with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic ‘South Pacific’ screening on July 15th and July 16th.

The Sydney 2012 season of CINEMA CLASSICS IN DIGITAL at Cremorne Orpheum includes:
SOUTH PACIFIC (July 15/16) THE SOUND OF MUSIC (July 29/30) OKLAHOMA! (Aug 12/13) JAWS & JURASSIC PARK (Aug 19) LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (Sept 13-19) LABYRINTH (Sept 22) BEN-HUR (Oct 14/15) 2001 A SPACE ODYSSEY. (Nov 8-14) SINGIN IN THE RAIN (Dec 2)