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What a great week THE CHILDHOOD OF A LEADER: I’m not going to do a review update of Scott Walker’s album, mainly because I just didn’t have the time, but Pitchfork’s review is pretty much what people are saying. The Barbican Centre also spoke to Brady Corbet – you can listen to their podcast here. Japan unleashed their subtitled trailer. The US has given us a release date for the DVD. I know I’m clicking preorder from Amazon since attempts at finding an Australia distributor are fruitless for me at the moment. I’ve updated the reviews a few times. It’s safe to say I will do that whenever it’s released in a different territory. Great article from Indiewire on how summer blockbustres failed and how the studios should take note from the Indie world. Thanks to Sally we know that Italy now has a distributor. Japan has given us another theatrical poster – love their creativity. I also found their official website and social media – as I said in the post – Happy Days! QUEEN OF THE DESERT: India is finally getting the DVD. I’ve added preorder links for Spain and Poland finally has a release date, as does South Africa. THE LOST CITY OF Z: Show times for NYFF now available. Can’t believe I’m going to miss the premiere by a month. DAMSEL: Set stalkers be damned. Oh well. Anyway I’ve posted one not so spoilerish pic and a link to spoilers on the set in Oregon. The film has also now wrapped and it seems there’s a chance we shall see it in early 2017. I live in hope especially since 2017 is shaping up to bring us a lot of Rob on the big screen with several films completed. IN OTHER NEWS: Michelle keeping us up to date with FOXTEL screenings of Robert’s film. Posh spoiling us with UHQs and HQs of previous photos like TIFF Portraits from Maps to the Stars and L’Uomo Vogue shots. The Guardian UK included The Childhood of a Leader as No. 2 of 5 Films You Need to See. Harmony Korine did a Q&A at Miami Cinematheque and Indiewire mentioned “and he is next expected to shoot another Florida-set feature, followed possibly by his long-gestating “The Trap.” Time will tell I guess, but as I tweeted, I’m not holding my breath. I tweeted a Cedric-Robert article and the second part of Aidan Monaghan’s interview (he’s the stills photographer for LCoZ) – fascinating. Coming up next week – Sydneysiders can watch Queen of the Desert at Sutherland Shire Movie Day on Wednesday and if you’re in England you can watch The Childhood of a Leader at Bernie Arts Centre. Looking forward to see what next week brings … see you then.
I knew Japan would put together a fabulous website and social media with the upcoming release of The Childhood of a Leader in November. We still don’t have a specific date, but it may well be clarified in a few days. We posted the new official poster here last night, and now we have it in HQ.
Japan previously shared their theatrical poster for Robert Pattinson “The Childhood of a Leader”, but now they have unleashed a different version. Japan always does great promotions. Hmmm wonder where their website is.
Also this little tidbit from the Utah Film Commission teases us with the possibility of an early 2017 premiere:
The Western era comedy, Damsel, wrapped up filming last week and is scheduled to premiere early next year. Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska co-star in this comedy about a man trying to marry the woman of his dreams.
Since Twilight, Pattinson has found a new niche in the art-house world with films like Cosmopoli [sic]and The Rover. The Zellner Brothers’ new project, Damsel, fits the bill of art-house, but should be more lighthearted than the former…
Early 2017? Well the Zellner Bros’s Kumiko was at Sundance Film Festival (January 2014), Berlin International Film Festival (February 2014) and South by Southwest Film Festival (March 2014), not to mention a myriad of others including Sydney Film Festival in June 2014. They also wrapped filming in October 2013 and managed to have the film complete in time for Sundance. So let the waiting game begin – where will we see this film. Selfishly I have my fingers crossed that David Zellner comes back to Sydney like he did in 2014. That was an incredibly auspicious year for the SFF *winks*.
Updated: Confirmation from David Zellner that Damsel has indeed wrapped
IndieWire posted a great article on 9 Lessons Studios should learn from the Indie world this Summer. No 8 mentioned The Childhood of a Leader. I have to admit that I rarely see studio blockbustres, I’m just not a fan, which is why I love Robert working on indie films – even when he’s only in them for 15 minutes or so. Take a look at what Indiewire said:
Despite being drab and lifeless, many of this summer’s blockbusters trafficked in extreme violence that leveled metropolises: the mystical gods of “Suicide Squad” terrorized Midway City, Krang tried to level NYC in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows,” and the aliens of “Independence Day: Resurgence” sent the London Bridge falling down. But none of it resonated, given that all of these sequences boiled down to screeching CGI madness. What really succeeded were indies which valued quiet scenes over mayhem, so when violent moments broke out, they packed a true punch. Brady Corbet’s meditative “The Childhood of a Leader” took the relatively radical step of…introducing characters and letting them talk to each other. By the time a handful of stones in a child’s hand pulled the rug from under us, our voyeurism was shattered. And although David Mackenzie’s “Hell or High Water” was a bank robbery tale, gunshots burned because they upset the rest of the film’s shaggy calm. Texas never looked so lovely as the night before our central characters’ biggest heist, as they’re drinking beer, wrestling, laughing and bullshitting. By creating quiet moments between characters you root for and empathize with, these films hit so much harder than thousands of faceless citizens fleeing extraterrestrial doom. – William Earl [My emphasis]
Great read, so click on the link above to see their other opinions.