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The Global Phenomenon Comes to Life Like Never Before
Disney’s “The Lion King”
Releases on Digital 4K Ultra HD™ and Movies Anywhere Oct. 11
and on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray™ Oct. 22
With over an hour of bonus extras that showcase the cutting-edge technology behind the stunning savanna and a special look at the music of The Lion King
BURBANK, Calif. (Sept. 16, 2019) — Be prepared: Disney’s “The Lion King,” the worldwide phenomenon that brought the Pride Lands’ iconic characters to life in a whole new way, arrives on Digital in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ and Movies Anywhere Oct.11 and physically on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD Oct. 22. Directed by Jon Favreau, the summer blockbuster, which reigned supreme with audiences worldwide — earning over $1 billion at the global box office and an A CinemaScore — journeys home with all-new bonus features, music videos and an exclusive extra for Digital consumers.
In-home audiences will feel the love as they trek behind the scenes and to the African savanna through “The Journey to ‘The Lion King,’” a three-part documentary that explores the film’s creation. It features visits to the Playa Vista production facility where talent, including Donald Glover (voice of Simba) honor and elevate the animated classic’s iconic music; discussions with Favreau and team who used cutting-edge technology to create photorealistic animals and environments; and filmmaker and cast reflections on the timeless tale that has moved generations. Extras also include “More to Be Scene,” layer-by-layer progressions of some of the film’s most iconic moments; lyric video for “Never Too Late” by Elton John and music video for “Spirit” by Beyoncé; sing-alongs to the film’s unforgettable songs; and a feature on the “Protect the Pride” campaign, which focuses on protecting and revitalizing the lion population.
Consumers who pre-purchase digitally, “The Lion King” will gain access to “Perfecting the Pride,” a feature highlighting the filmmakers’ research trip to Africa.
The digital version includes an extra that playfully conveys the importance of the dung beetle both in the film and the African savanna.
In “The Lion King,” pioneering filmmaking techniques bring treasured characters to life in a whole new way. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother — and former heir to the throne — has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his. The all-star cast includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and Billy Eichner as Timon.
“The Lion King” will be packaged and released in several different formats, ensuring each member of your family can view the film on a variety of different devices with no worries. Viewers can watch the film in Digital 4K Ultra HD, HD and SD, and bring home a physical copy of the film which will be released as an Ultimate Collector’s Edition (4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and Digital Code), a Multi-Screen Edition (Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Code) and a single DVD.
Bonus features include*:
- Perfecting the Pride – Join the filmmakers on their research trip to Africa as they immerse themselves in the real world of “The Lion King.” From the animals in the pride, to the smallest of insects and the grasslands in the savanna, experience the attention to detail that brought the film to life.
- Pride Lands Pedia --Dung beetle shares the importance of his “roll” in the African Savanna in a fun, bug’s eye view of the land its inhabitants.
- The Journey to “The Lion King” -
- The Music - Go inside the studio with the cast and crew as they work to honor and elevate The Lion King’s beloved music.
- The Magic - Discover how the filmmakers blended the traditional filmmaking techniques with virtual reality technology to create amazing movie magic.
- The Timeless Tale - Filmmakers and cast reflect on the story that has moved generations and share how this Lion King carries a proud legacy forward.
- More to Be Scene - Recording studio and layer-by-layer progressions of some of most iconic moments in “The Lion King.”
- “Circle of Life” – Peel back the layers of effects and go behind the scenes of this iconic musical moment from the film
- “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” – See all the effects, talent and fun that went into creating this vibrant version of “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” for the movie
- “Hakuna Matata” – Join Donald Glover (Simba), Seth Rogen (Pumbaa) and Billy Eichner (Timon) in the studio for the making of this memorable scene.
- Music Videos
- “Never Too Late” (lyric video) by Elton John
- “Spirit”performed by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter
- Filmmaker Introduction
- Audio Commentary – By Director Jon Favreau.
- Song Selection
- “Circle of Life”
- “I Just Can’t Wait to be King”
- “Be Prepared”
- “Hakuna Matata”
- “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”
- “Never Too Late”
- Protect the Pride –Director Jon Favreau, the Lion Recovery Fund and conservationists highlight efforts to protect the majestic lions and their home.
BLU-RAY & DIGITAL BONUS:
Product SKUs: 4K Ultra HD (4K UHD+Blu-ray+Digital Code),
Multi-screen Edition (Blu-ray+DVD+Digital Code),
DVD, Digital 4K UHD, HD, SD and On-Demand
Feature Run Time: Approximately 118 minutes
Rating: PG in U.S. (bonus material not rated), PG in CE, G in CF
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Audio: UHD Blu-ray = English Dolby Atmos; English 2.0 Descriptive Audio; Spanish, German, Italian and French 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus
Blu-ray = English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital
DVD = English, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio
UHD Digital = English Dolby Atmos (some platforms); English, Spanish and French 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital; English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital (some platforms)
HD Digital = English, Spanish and French 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital; English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital (some platforms)
SD Digital = English, Spanish and French 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital; English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital (some platforms)
Languages/Subtitles: UHD Blu-ray = English SDH, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish and Spanish
Blu-ray = English SDH, French and Spanish
DVD = English SDH, French and Spanish
Digital = English SDH, French and Spanish
Closed Captions: English (DVD and Digital)
“THE LION KING” CAST AND CREW:
“The Lion King” stars Donald Glover (“Atlanta,” “Solo: A Star Wars Story”) as future king Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter (“Dreamgirls,” “Lemonade” visual album) as Simba’s friend-turned-love-interest Nala, and James Earl Jones (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “Field of Dreams”) as Simba’s wise and loving father, Mufasa, reprising his iconic performance from Disney’s 1994 animated classic. Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years a Slave,” Marvel Studios’ “Doctor Strange”) portrays Simba’s villainous uncle Scar, and Alfre Woodard (“Juanita,” Marvel’s “Luke Cage”) plays Simba’s no-nonsense mother, Sarabi. JD McCrary (OWN’s “Tyler Perry’s The Paynes,” Apple’s “Vital Signs”) voices Young Simba, a confident cub who can’t wait to be king, and Shahadi Wright Joseph (NBC’s “Hairspray Live!” Broadway’s “The Lion King”) brings tough cub Young Nala to life.
John Kani (Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther,” “Coriolanus,” Marvel Studios’ “Captain America: Civil War”) is the wise baboon Rafiki, and John Oliver (HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”) was tapped as hornbill Zazu, Mufasa’s loyal confidant. Seth Rogen (“Sausage Party,” “Neighbors”) lends his comedic chops to naive warthog Pumbaa, and Billy Eichner (“Billy on the Street,” FX’s “American Horror Story”) delivers the know-it-all meerkat Timon. Scar’s hyena allies include Florence Kasumba (Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther”) as Shenzi, Eric André (Adult Swim’s “The Eric André Show,” FXX’s “Man Seeking Woman”) as Azizi, and Keegan-Michael Key (“Predator,” Netflix’s “Friends from College”) as Kamari.
“The Lion King” is directed by Jon Favreau (“The Jungle Book,” Marvel Studios’ “Iron Man”) and produced by Jon Favreau, Jeffrey Silver (“Beauty and the Beast,” “Edge of Tomorrow”) and Karen Gilchrist (“The Jungle Book,” “Chef”). Jeff Nathanson (“Catch Me If You Can,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”) penned the screenplay based on the 1994 screenplay by Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts and Linda Woolverton. Tom Peitzman (co-producer “Kong: Skull Island,” “Alice in Wonderland”), Julie Taymor (director “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Broadway’s “The Lion King”) and Thomas Schumacher (“The Lion King,” “Beauty and the Beast”) are executive producers, and John Bartnicki (“The Jungle Book,” “Chef”) is co-producer. The award-winning team of artists tapped to bring the African savanna and its animal inhabitants to life includes visual effects supervisor Robert Legato, who conceived the virtual production on “Avatar,” won Academy Awards for his work on “The Jungle Book,” “Hugo” and “Titanic,” and was nominated for an Oscar for his work on “Apollo 13,” and Oscar-winning animation supervisor Andrew R. Jones (“The Jungle Book,” “Avatar,” “World War Z”). MPC Film’s VFX supervisors are Adam Valdez (“The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers”), who won an Oscar for his work on “The Jungle Book,” and Elliot Newman (“The Jungle Book,” “Fast & Furious: Supercharged”). MPC Film was instrumental in bringing each character to life and building the movie’s full CG environments, as well as working with filmmakers to develop the virtual production technology.
Five-time Oscar nominee Caleb Deschanel, ASC (“Jack Reacher,” “The Patriot”), is director of photography, and James Chinlund (“War for the Planet of the Apes,” Marvel’s “The Avengers”) serves as the production designer. Oscar winner Ben Grossman (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Hugo,” “Star Trek Into Darkness”) is virtual production supervisor, and Mark Livolsi, ACE (“The Jungle Book,” “Saving Mr. Banks,” “The Blind Side”), and Adam Gerstel (“Transformers: The Last Knight,” “The Jungle Book”) edited the film.
This film features unforgettable music by an award-winning team, including Oscar- and GRAMMY®-winning superstar Elton John and Oscar- and GRAMMY-winning lyricist Tim Rice, score by Oscar- and GRAMMY-winning composer Hans Zimmer, plus African vocal and choir arrangements by GRAMMY-winning South African producer and composer Lebo M (“Rhythm of the Pride Lands”). Oscar-nominated and GRAMMY-winning singer, songwriter and producer Pharrell Williams (“Hidden Figures”/producer, “Happy”), produced five songs on the soundtrack.
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IN THEATERS APRIL 5, 2019
Directed by: Shawn Seet
Produced by: Matthew Street & Michael Boughen
Screenplay by: Justin Monjo
Starring: Jai Courtney, Geoffrey Rush, Finn Little, Trevor Jamison, Morgana Davies, Erik Thompson
Theatrical Release Date: April 5, 2019
US Distributor: Good Deed Entertainment
Run Time: 98Minutes
Synopsis: A beautiful and contemporary retelling of Colin Thiele's classic Australian tale. 'Storm Boy' has grown up to be Michael Kingley, a successful retired businessman and grandfather. When Kingley starts to see images from his past that he can't explain, he is forced to remember his long-forgotten childhood, growing up on an isolated coastline with his father. He recounts to his grand-daughter the story of how, as a boy, he rescued and raised an extraordinary orphaned pelican, Mr Percival. Their remarkable adventures and very special bond has a profound effect on all their lives. Based on the beloved book, Storm Boy is a timeless story of an unusual and unconditional friendship.
A beautiful and contemporary retelling of Colin Thiele's classic Australian tale. 'Storm Boy' has grown up to be Michael Kingley, a successful retired businessman and grandfather. When Kingley starts to see images from his past that he can't explain, he is forced to remember his long-forgotten childhood, growing up on an isolated coastline with his father. He recounts to his grand-daughter the story of how, as a boy, he rescued and raised an extraordinary orphaned pelican, Mr Percival. Their remarkable adventures and very special bond has a profound effect on all their lives. Based on the beloved book, Storm Boy is a timeless story of an unusual and unconditional friendship.
A NEW TELLING OF A CLASSIC TALE
Colin Thiele’s novella Storm Boy, which tells the story of a young boy and his extraordinary friendship with an orphaned pelican on South Australia’s remote Coorong National Park, has enchanted and moved Australians for over half a century.
Sydney based producer MATTHEW STREET (TOMORROW, WHEN THE WAR BEGAN, THE BANK JOB, W, THE MESSENGER) had studied the book in primary school, as many Australian school children still do, a memory that drew him in 2013 to take notice of a new stage adaptation.
“The Barking Gecko Theatre Company from Western Australia was staging the play in partnership with the Sydney Theatre Company,” recalls Street. “I tried to book tickets for myself and my 11-year-old son, but it was sold out. I returned to the Ambience Entertainment office and told my producing partner MICHAEL BOUGHEN.”
Boughen (TOMORROW, WHEN THE WAR BEGAN, THE LOVED ONES, KILLER ELITE) continues: “I said to Matthew, ‘I didn’t know it was a play’ and he said, ‘Yes, and the season is fully booked out’. That started me thinking about the Storm Boy phenomenon. I started to explore the possibilities, spoke to the publishers and within about a month Ambience had secured the film adaptation rights.”
Street and Boughen had both seen the 1976 film adaptation and strongly recalled the emotional connection they had with it.
“I was probably the age of Storm Boy at the time, maybe a little younger,” says Street, “and the film was dealing with life issues that were relatable to me, as a kid, but to adults as well.”
The producers recognised that the themes of Thiele’s 1963 book are just as relevant, and in some ways more so, today.
“The themes are universal,” says Boughen. “The story deals with friendship, with love, with family, loss and hope. It also deals with ecological issues. It's not overplayed, but there is a message in it that we need to look after what we hold dear, for ourselves and for future generations.”
From the outset, the producers wanted to ensure that the new film would have at its centre the spirit of what makes people want to read Thiele’s book more than 50 years after its first publication.
However, STORM BOY would not be a remake of the 1976 film. As such, Boughen and Street decided to remain true to Thiele’s original setting; the late 1950s. Additionally, Storm Boy’s tale would be set within a contemporary framework, an additional layer that would give the story and its lessons a new resonance and relevance. This new storyline would imagine Storm Boy as a grandfather and extend the exploration of issues around land and the conservation of the environment.
Screenwriter JUSTIN MONJO (THE SECRET DAUGHTER, SPEAR) was brought in to work on the adaptation, a process that would continue through the next several years.
“Our STORM BOY is a complex story in many ways,” says Michael Boughen. “We spent the next three years writing the script, physically engaging with it, working out the nuances, understanding the journey of each character.”
With an early draft script in hand, the producers began looking at possible directors, wanting to find someone who was passionate about the story and who would be able to draw out the delicate emotional nuances required of the performances and the storytelling.
SHAWN SEET (TWO FISTS ONE HEART; DEEP WATER; THE CODE) came up early in discussions because of his body of work and his ability to work with actors to create complex performances.
“From the day I met Shawn, my thoughts and Matthew Street’s thoughts never changed; he was the right person,” recalls Boughen. “The film charts a difficult emotional journey, which would feature a child in the lead, as well as animals, but Shawn understands performers and what they need. He was someone whom we knew could blend all the complex elements together and maintain the focus of the story. From day one, we shared the same vision and never strayed from that vision.”
The producers were particularly taken with Seet’s deep and long-standing connection with the story. “When Michael Boughen asked me to come into the office and told me what the project was, it hit me like lightning,” says Seet.
“I was born in Australia but grew up in Malaysia and came back when I was 12 to live with my mother’s family. My uncle educated me by taking me to see Australian films and one of the first he took me to was Storm Boy. It was the era of the film renaissance in Australia, and there was a great optimism and pride in local films. I still have the film poster at home, so when Michael told me he wanted to make this film, I felt it was meant to be.”
On reading the book again, as well as the draft screenplay, Seet was struck by the ways in which the story allows for a very intimate and individual experience.
“A lot of what resonated for me was the simplicity of their life, the respect for nature and the father and son story,” says Seet. “Moving back to a simpler life are issues and themes that resonate now. We are in a hurly burly world of phones and computers and I think there’s a great desire in people to return to a greater harmony with nature. That’s something I really wanted to capture in this telling of the story.”
Sitting alongside Storm Boy and his father Hideaway Tom is the character of Fingerbone Bill, a Ngarrindjeri man. The participation and involvement of the Ngarrindjeri would be vital, as the film is set on their land, and represents their heritage and culture. The pelican (Nori) is a totem of the Ngarrindjeri.
“The film touches on land rights issues and that’s incredibly relevant today, when I think we’ve still got a long way to go in terms of our relationship with Indigenous people,” says Seet. “We wanted to make the Indigenous aspects in the film absolutely accurate. It’s a sacred place to the Ngarrindjeri and the story has come out of that. To tell a story about unconditional love and living in harmony with the land and with nature could not be told without their help.”
Street continues: “It was very important to us to connect with the Ngarrindjeri people and for them to be actively involved and grant permission for us to film on the Coorong. I think they knew that we would be very respectful to their ways and beliefs.”
“The Ngarrindjeri people assisted us, consulted with us on script, on language and on custom,” adds Boughen. “We wove all of that in to create a more fully formed and truthful story, beyond what was already a great script by Justin Monjo.”
In Thiele’s book and in the 1959 narrative in STORM BOY, the environmental issue explored concerns whether a Coorong bird nesting area will continue to be designated as a hunting ground, or transformed into a conservation sanctuary. In the film’s contemporary narrative, the film touches on the issue of mining and its impact on the environment.
Producer Matthew Street says: “It’s about finding a balance, a balance between human society and not over-exploiting nature and natural resources. That's what was explored, I think, in Thiele’s work, and hopefully we’ve done that justice in our telling of the story.”
To portray Michael Kingley — Storm Boy as an adult — in the present day scenes, Shawn Seet and the producers had one person in mind: Academy Award® winner GEOFFREY RUSH (SHINE, THE KING’S SPEECH, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN). They approached the actor during development, in order to allow Rush to be involved in the process of refining the script.
Producer Michael Boughen says: “We were extremely lucky that Geoffrey Rush connected with the project. Geoffrey would bring gravitas to the film and to the role, but for him, as it was for us, the script had to explore the story in a way that was really worth the retelling.”
Rush, who also came onto the film as an Executive Producer, says: “I got involved because Shawn Seet, Michael Boughen, Matthew Street and Justin Monjo explained to me the nature of the reinvention of the story for a contemporary audience, of trying to find a door that we could open from 2017 to look back on the story that Colin Thiele set in the 1950s. I hadn’t done an Australian film for a couple of years, and sometimes roles come up that you think, ‘Wow, this sounds fantastic’.”
Geoffrey Rush had never seen the 1976 film, as he was studying in Paris when it was released and chose not to watch the film once he was on board.
“I looked at the trailer of the 1976 film because I wanted to see how it played,” recalls Rush, “and then I read the short story, after reading the screenplay. Colin Thiele awakens your imagination. It’s very interesting to look at how minimalist it is. I think it's only 50 pages of writing and it's a fable, so the idea for the film of Storm Boy in his late 60s telling his granddaughter what his experiences were as he was moving from childhood into adulthood; him telling it as a fable is wonderful because it connects as personal memory rather than ‘and then I did this, and then I did that’.”
The key was to craft a script in which the transitions between the two periods were handled with deftness and purpose.
“It had to have a poetic ease to it, so that no one thinks they’re going to watch a film about somebody narrating it,” says Rush. “Justin Monjo very skilfully echoed the simplicity of the childhood story into the contemporary story, taking some of Thiele’s very sensitive language and incorporating that into the screenplay. It was so visual to read. There were heart stopping moments; it's thrilling storytelling, and very emotive to see a young child being awakened into such a love of the natural world.”
The producers and director Seet wanted to shoot the film in South Australia, which would require support from the South Australian Government through the South Australian Film Corporation, as well as from Screen Australia.
“Both organisations were incredibly supportive, both financially and in our early days of working through the difficulties of financing a film,” says Michael Boughen. “Financing a film is no easy feat, and particularly one that we wanted to make with an international cast and international appeal. Audiences outside Australia generally don’t know Storm Boy as a book or a story, so the international appeal is the relationship between a boy and his best friend; a theme that we believe will resonate with audiences around the world.”
The producers were proud of the way the film was developed, produced, and the messages it will convey to Australian and international audiences, which remain true to the spirit of Thiele’s story. “If Colin Thiele was alive today,” says Matthew Street, “I hope he would give the film his blessing.”
Michael Boughen adds: “A wonderful script was the starting point, then having Shawn on board, then Geoffrey, and the rest of the incredible cast and crew. There wasn't a day that I didn't enjoy filming, in watching scenes come together. I'm incredibly excited and very, very proud of what we achieved.”
About the Cast
Multi-talented Jai Courtney has starred in many international feature films, making his international debut as Charlie in the action film Jack Reacher. He then went on to star in A Good Day to Die Hard, Divergent and Suicide Squad. He is currently appearing on stage in Melbourne Australia, starring in Shakespeare's Macbeth.
Courtney has been cast as Hideaway Tom, a protective father who removes himself and his son from society and chooses to live on the remote coastline of the Coorong.
Finn Little is an 11-year-old Australian actor born and raised in Brisbane, Queensland. Awarded the Outstanding Drama Performance in his age group for his character piece at the Brisbane Eisteddfod, Finn is making his feature film debut with STORM BOY.
Geoffrey is among only 22 people internationally who have been awarded the Triple Crown of Acting – an Oscar, an Emmy and a Tony. He has received four Oscar nominations (The King’s Speech 2011; Quills 2001; Shakespeare In Love 1999 and Shine for which he won Best Actor in 1997).
In 2005 his portrayal of the title role in HBO’s The Life And Death Of Peter Sellers earned him an Emmy, a Golden Globe and a SAG Award. In 2007 he starred in Ionesco’s Exit The King at the Malthouse in Melbourne and Belvoir Theatre in Sydney. After a triumphant season in New York in 2009, Geoffrey received a Tony Award as Best Actor for his Broadway debut.
He has won 3 BAFTAS, 2 Golden Globes, four SAG awards,
2 AFI Awards, and two Helpmann awards for recent work in Australian theatre.
Since 2003 he has played the swashbuckling Captain Barbossa in Jerry Bruckheimer’s Pirates Of The Caribbean series. Other international films include Gods of Egypt, The Book Thief, The Best Offer, Munich, Intolerable Cruelty, Frida, The Banger Sisters, Elizabeth, The Tailor Of Panama, Mystery Men and Les Miserables (1998).
Australian film credits include The Daughter, The Eye Of The Storm, Bran Nue Dae, Candy, Lantana, Swimming Upstream, Ned Kelly, and Children Of The Revolution
He currently serves as President of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts. In 2012 he was named as Australian Of The Year for his contribution to the arts, and was honoured as a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2014.
Erik Thomson is one of Australia's most respected actors across film, television and theatre.
He will next be seen in the third season of the highly popular series 800 Words for Network Seven. His other recent credits include Wayne Hope's feature Now Add Honey, the AACTA Award winning first series of The Code, and Rowan Wood's mini-series The Broken Shore adapted from the Peter Temple novel.
Erik's film credits include Scott Hicks' The Boys Are Back opposite Clive Owen, Cate Shortland's Somersault with Sam Worthington, The Black Balloon opposite Toni Collette, Accidents Happen with Geena David, Beautiful and We're Here To Help.
For his outstanding performance in Somersault, Erik was awarded the Australian Film Institute (AFI) Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2004 and was nominated for a Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. In 2008, Erik was again nominated for an AFI Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the multi-award winning film The Black Balloon. Erik was also nominated for Best Actor in a Feature Film for We're Here To Help, and Best Actor in a TV Drama for The Million Dollar Conman at the 2008 NZ Film Awards.
Erik was awarded the Silver Logie in 2016 for his performance as 'George Turner' in 800 Word and in 2003 for his performance as 'Dr Mitch Stevens' in the television drama series All Saints. He has been nominated a further seven times for the silver logie for Most Popular Actor Award and in 2011 he was also nominated for the Silver Logie for Most Outstanding Actor. Erik is well known for his role as the head of the Rafter family in Australia's top rating TV drama Packed To The Rafters and his other television credits include; The Alice, Blackjack, Dead Memory, MDA, Through My Eyes, The Million Dollar Conman, Wildside, 13 Gantry Road, Pacific Drive, Hercules and Xena: Warrior Princess.
Erik's theatre credits include the sold out season of The Speechmaker for the Melbourne Theatre Company; The Splinter, Julius Caesar, Twelve Angry Men, All My Sons, Angels In America, School For Scandal, Hamlet, and Gypsy.
Born in Subiaco, Western Australia, Trevor Jamieson is an incredibly multi-talented artist. An award winning actor across theatre, film and TV, he is also a didgeridoo player, guitarist, singer, dancer and storyteller.
First seen on the screen in 1994 in the TV mini-series Heartland with Cate Blanchett, Trevor went on to star in Phillip Noyce’s Golden Globe nominated Rabbit-Proof Fence and Rachel Perkins’ Bran Nue Dae. Consistently working across both TV and film, he has also starred in the AACTA Award winning series Cleverman and the AACTA and Logie award winning series’ The Secret River and Lockie Leonard.
Starring in over 30 theatre productions, in 2008 Trevor won the Sydney Theatre Awards best actor gong for his acclaimed production Napartji Napartji – a personal, multilingual, family story that he conceived and developed with Scott Rankin and Alex Kelly. He was also nominated in 2010 for Namatjira, which Trevor also performed at Southbank, London in 2013.
In 2013, Trevor starred in the stage adaption of Storm Boy as Fingerbone Bill, in both Sydney and Perth as well as The Secret River. Most recently he was seen on stage in The Season, as part of the 2017 Sydney Festival.
About the Crew
Shawn Seet / Director
Award winning director, Shawn Seet saw the original Storm Boy after he moved to Australia as a boy of 12. The feature film, based on the celebrated classic novel by Colin Thiele has stayed with Shawn as a memorable and moving piece of cinema.
Shawn's debut feature Two Fists, One Heart received critical acclaim and a Best Feature Film Direction nomination from the ADG. He has been awarded by the ADG for Drama Direction for Underbelly- A Tale of Two Cities and by AACTA for Best Direction Television Drama for The Code. The telemovie Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door for Shine and the Seven Network has garnered Shawn both AACTA and AWG wins for Best Director.
Shawn's television credits include: The Secret Life of Us, Underbelly- A Tale of Two Cities, Business as Usual, Underbelly-Razor, Underbelly- Squizzy, My Place, Slide, The Mystery of a Hansom Cab, Camp, Love Child, The Code, Hiding, Deep Water and the Olivia Newton-John Telemovie.
Matthew Street – Producer
Matthew Street is Managing Director of Omnilab Media, Australia's privately owned, integrated media and entertainment company and Ambience Entertainment. Matthew's project credits include: KILLER ELITE (Robert De Niro, Clive Owen and Jason Statham); TOMORROW WHEN THE WAR BEGAN; THE LOVED ONES, DYING BREED; DYLAN DOG; DEAD OF NIGHT; Academy Award nominated THE MESSENGER; W and THE BANK JOB.
Michael Boughen – Producer
Michael Boughen has worked as a writer and producer in the entertainment industry in the UK, New Zealand and Australia in his 35 year career. He has written stage plays, TV drama and films. He wrote and produced DYING BREED then produced THE LOVED ONES, TOMORROW WHEN THE WAR BEGAN and KILLER ELITE. He recently produced the 6 x 1 hour TV series TOMORROW, WHEN THE WAR BEGAN for the ABC.
Justin Monjo – Writer
Justin is an award winning playwright and screenwriter. He has won four Australian Writer’s Guild Awards, a Green Room award and several overseas awards. His play “Cloudstreet” (with Nick Enright) was a National and International hit (playing in London twice, Dublin, NYC and Washington DC).
Justin Co-Executive produced the most successful Australian/US television show ever, “Farscape” (winner of two Saturn awards), and his latest mini-series “INXS - Never Tear Us Apart” was the highest rating mini-series in Australia in 2014. In 2015 Justin had his mini-series “Peter Allen - Not The Boy Next Door” filmed along with the feature film directed by Stephen Page called “Spear”. Justin’s 2016 television credits include “Tomorrow, When the War Began” for the ABC, “The Secret Daughter” and the movie “Brock”.
Directed By: SHAWN SEET
Produced By: MATTHEW STREET, MICHAEL BOUGHEN
Screenplay By: JUSTIN MONJO
Based on the original Novella: STORM BOY, BY COLIN THIELE
Executive Producers: ROBERT SLAVIERO, GEOFFREY RUSH, CHRISTOPHER FIGG,
ROBERT WHITEHOUSE, JUSTIN DEIMEN, SHERMAN NG
Casting: ANN ROBINSON, MULLINARS CONSULTANTS
Costume Designer : LOUISE MCCARTHY
Production Designer: MELINDA DORING
Director Of Photography: BRUCE YOUNG ACS
Editor: DENISE HARATZIS ASE
Composer: Alan John
Co-Producer: PAUL RANFORD
Associate Producer: KYLIE MASCORD
Makeup & Hair Designer: TRACY PHILLPOT
1st Assistant Director: CHRIS WEBB
Line Producer: PAUL RANFORD
Co-Executive Producers: CHAN GIN KAI, TERENCE KONG, JEREMY SIM
Storm Boy: FINN LITTLE
Hideaway Tom: JAI COURTNEY
Michael Kingley: GEOFFREY RUSH
Malcom Downer: ERIK THOMSON
Jasper Davies: BRAD WILLIAMS
Susan Franklin: NATASHA WANGANEEN
Reporter #1: NICK LAUNCHBURY
Reporter #2: EMMA BARGERY
Fingerbone Bill: TREVOR JAMIESON
Madeline Downer: MORGANA DAVIES
Mrs Marks: MICHELLE NIGHTINGALE
Mildew: MIRAEDE BHATIA-WILLIAMS
School Girl #1: LUCA SARDELIS
School Girl #2: GEORGINA GIESSAUF
Cal Evans: PAUL BLACKWELL
Julie Sims: CHANTAL CONTOURI
Mining Company Lawyer: ALIRIO ZAVARCE
Murujuga Lawyer: SIMONE ANNAN
Young Storm Boy: EDWARD BOEHM
Jenny: ANNA BAMPTON
Belle: LUCY COWAN
Sonia: KSENJA LOGOS
Murray: RORY WALKER
Pearl: MARTHA LOTT
Hunter #1: BRENDAN ROCK
Hunter #2: JAMES SMITH
Angela: CAROLINE MIGNONE
Special appearance as Fingerbone Bill's Dad: DAVID GULPILIL
Hideaway Tom Stunt Double: BEN SMITH-PETERSEN
Storm Boy Double: COLT BULLEN
Art Director: JANIE PARKER
Set Decorator: GLEN W JOHNSON
Props Master: PETER MALATESTA
Production Coordinator: MEGAN HUITEMA
Production Accountant: SANDI ARCHER
Location Manager: MARK EVANS
Second Assistant Director: JOSHUA WATKINS
Script Supervisor: SUSIE STRUTH
Script Editor: MICHAEL BOUGHEN
Assistant Location Manager: SARAH ABBEY
Assistant Production Coordinators: SAMANTHA MAREE BARKER, ANGELA RODGER
Production Secretary: TIM HODGSON
Third Assistant Director: JAMES DUBAY
Assistant to Producers: NIKKI YEN
Support Casting: ANGELA & LOUISE HEESOM
Extra Casting: HEESOM CASTING
Casting Associate: HANNAH CHARLTON
A Camera Operator: BRUCE YOUNG ACS
B Camera/Steadicam: ANDREW 'AJ' JOHNSON
1st Assistant Camera A: PIM KULK
1st Assistant Camera B: JULES WURM
2nd Assistant Camera A: MIRA SOULIO
2nd Assistant Camera B: SAM STEINLE
Videosplit Operators: ADRIAN PINTO, MIK GOJIC
Videosplit Attachment: CHRIS DANIELS
1st Assistant Editor: KAREN MCKAY
Assistant Editor: KRYSTLE PENHALL
Digital Image Technician: BEN HUNT
Gaffer: ANDY ROBERTSON
Best Boy Electrics: JOHN O'DONOGHUE
Electrics: CHRIS WALSINGHAM, MAX GERSBACH, JOSH KOSTER
Key Grip: MATT RICHARDSON
Best Boy Grip: MARCUS BOSISTO
Grip Assistants: DJANGO NOU, MATAN TATARKO, CHRIS LEVER
Sound Recordist: DES KENNEALLY
Boom Operator: NICK STEELE
2nd Boom Operator: LEIGH KENYON
Costume Supervisor: ANITA SEILER
Costume Cutter/Dresser: TRACEY RICHARDSON
Key Costume Standby: BRONWYN CAMERON
Assistant Costume Standby: SAMANTHA VAN GYEN
Art Finisher: JOLYON AURI
Costume Maker: RON MORRISON
Costume Sewer: DENISE STRAWHAN
Key Makeup & Hair Artist: JEN ROSSITER
Hair & Make Up Assistant: KAREN GOWER
Art Department Coordinator: DAVID OCKENDEN
Set Designer: PRUE PARSONS
Senior Buyer Dresser: BEN CRABTREE
Set Decorator Attachment/Buyer Dresser: JONATHON HYDE NEARY
Set Decoration Buyer: CASSIE SIBBIN
Greens Supervisor: GLENN JOHNSON
Props Maker: GREG SWEENEY
Standby Props: JAMES COX
Standby Props Assistant: YURI POETZL
Graphic Designer: BOWEN ELLAMES
Art Department Runner: TOM HEALEY
Production Designer Attachment/Graphic Designer: ALEXANDRA HICKMOTT
Art Director Attachment: KAIIT MOSBY
Construction Manger: MATT LANDRETH
Foreman: ERIC GITTINS
Carpenters: SCOTT PENTLAND, LINSAY BERGE
Trade Assistant: LYALL ADONIS
Scenic Artist: MICHAEL WOLFF
Set Finisher: PETER ANDREWS
Sign Writer: BRIAN ROBERTSON
Animal Supervision: ZELIE AND CRAIG BULLEN, ANIMALS ALL AROUND
Pelican Trainers: CRAIG BULLEN, PAUL MANDER
Assistant Pelican Trainer: JULIA BUREY
Animal Supervisors Assistant: RENAE KNOWLES
Pelican Biological Consultant: ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR GREG JOHNSTON
DEWNR Consultant: FIONA FUHLBOHM
Veterinarian: IAN SMITH, ADELAIDE ZOO, DIANNE HAKOF
SFX Supervisor: PETER STUBBS
SFX OHS/Senior Technician: GARRY MARTIN
Senior SFX Technicians: TIM O'BRIEN, JEFF LITTLE
Unit Manager: RICHIE YOUNG
Assistant Unit Manager: TOBY MOORE
Unit Assistants: ADAM LEWIS, IAN LOVERING, CLAY DUNN, HARRY GRAY
Safety Supervisor/Unit Nurse: JEN BICHARD
Safety Assistant: KEITH BICHARD
Stunt Coordinator: LAWRENCE WOODWARD
Accounts Assistant: LAUREN SMEATON
Production Runners: AMY GODDARD, JAMES RUSH
Assistant Director/Cast Assistant: JOEL BROWN
Cast Assistant: CLAIRE FROMM
1st Assistant Director Attachment: STEPHANIE KEMP
Tutor: JUSTIN STONE
First Peoples Consultants: SUSAN MOYLAN-COOMBS, LEE-ANN BUCKSKIN
Ngarrindjeri Cultural Consultant: MAJOR 'MOOGY' SUMNER
Kaurna Cultural Consultant: CECIL GRAHAM
Ngarrindjeri Langage Consultants: RITA LINDSAY, PHYLLIS WILLIAMS
Marine Transport Coordinator: GRAHAM DAY
Picture Boat Coordinator: ALAN EDWARDS, GOOLWAY SLIPWAY
Skippers: DANIEL EASTON, LIZ LIVINGSTON, RODERICK 'DINGLES' DENNIS
Vehicle Wrangler: BRAD HALSTEAD
Picture Vehicle Sourcing: GARY BAXTER
Armoury: EXPLOSIVE EFFECTS
Art Casual Swing: SCOTT HEGARTY
Helicopter Pilot: BEN FULLICK, HELISTAR
Limousine Driver: ADAM LITCHFIELD
Pelican Stuffy Build: PAUL TREFRY, CREATURE NFX WORKSHOP
Pelican Sculptor/Fabricator: BELINDA VILLANI
Stuffy Handler: DAN CARLISLE
Screen Graphics: DAVID IVERSEN
Title Graphics: MARCH FACCHIN
Art Department Stills: MATT NETTHEIM
Additional Art Stills: MARCUS BOSISTO
Art Department Clearances: ANNA McEWAN
Art Department Intern: LOTTE SWEENEY
Caterer: SONY MARSHALL, DIRECTORS CUT
Catering Assistants: PHIL PIKE, MARK HARDING
Unit Publicists: FIONA NIX
Communications Director: COURTNEY MAYHEW
Stills Photographer: MATT NETTHEIM
EPK Producer: BELINDA MACKEY
EPK Director: DAVID MACKEY
B Roll Camera: DANIEL PALMER
Remote Aerial Cinematography: HELIGUY
UAV Pilot: GUY ALEXANDER
UAV Technicians: EWAN DONNACHIE, ALASTAIR SMITH, ANTHONY DRIVER
UAV Assistant: DAVOR BREZNIK
Underwater Camera Operator: RICK RIFICI
Additional Camera Operator: ROD BOLTON
Additional 1st Assistant Camera: JOHN FOSTER
Additional 2nd Assistant Camera: SARAH MACDONALD
Post Production Facility: KOJO
Post Production Supervisor: ELENE PEPPER
Post Production Assistant: GEORGINA CUNNINGHAM
Colourist: MARTY PEPPER
Conform Editor: JADE ROBINSON
Credit Layout: ROB LAWRY
Online Editor: MARTY PEPPER
Data Management: SCOTT HEYSEN
Visual Effect By: RESIN
Visual Effects Producers: LINCOLN WOGAN & GRANT LOVERING
Visual Effects Supervisor: GRANT LOVERING
CG Supervisor: STEVE SEXTON
Visual Effects Artists: JOE APAZA, GRANT LOVERING, THOMAS MAHER, DANTE NOU,
EUGENE SANSO, BEN SAKOVITS, STEVE SEXTON, MICHAEL TAMITS
Research and VFX Editorial Assistance: ALISTAIR JAMIESON
Additional Visual Effect By: KOJO
VFX Producer: BREE WHITFORD SMITH
VFX Supervisor: MARTY PEPPER
Compositors: MARK HARMON, MARK EVANS, BRYN BAYLISS
VFX Consultants: RISING SUN PICTURES
VFX Research & Development: MIRAGE
Sound Post Facility: BEST FX
Dialogue Editor/Re-recording Mixer: PETE BEST
Dialogue/Effects Assistant Editor: BELINDA TRIMBOLI
Atmosphere Editor: DUNCAN CAMPBELL
Effects Editor/Additional Atmos: ALICIA SLURSARSKI
Additional Effects Editor: TOM HEUZENROEDER
Re-recording Mixer: GETHIN CREAGH
Foley Studios: FEET 'N' FRAMES
Foley Recordist: LISA SIMPSON
Foley Artist: JOHN SIMPSON
Music Composed and Orchestrated By: ALAN JOHN
Produced and Mixed By: STEVE FRANCIS
Score Performed By: ADELAIDE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA with
Soloists: ALICIA CROSSLEY, RECORDERS MARSHALL MCGUIRE, HARP DARYL PRATT, VIBRAPHONE &
MARIMBA PHIL SLATER, SOLO TRUMPET ALAN JOHN, PIANO, CELESTA & HARMONIUM
Conducted By: BENJAMIN NORTHEY
Recorded at: ABC COLLINSWOOD STUDIOS, ADELAIDE
Recording Engineered By: MICK WORDLEY, TOM HENRY
Vocals Devised and Performed By: TREVOR JAMIESON
Ngarrindjeri Lyrics By: MAJOR 'MOOGY' SUMNER
Music Preparation: JIGSAW MUSIC
Orchestral Realisations By: JESSICA WELLS, CLIFFORD BRADLEY, STEVEN BAKER
'Bapa': Written and Performed by Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu
© SFM Publishing, licensed by Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Australia) Pty Ltd
'Vive y Baila': Written by Max Pizzolante featuring Beto Perez
© Pizzo Music Publishing
Walla Group By: School Students, Amaya Laundy-Best, Elijah DeKoning, Hannah McMillan, Loop Group, Eddie Bannon,
Carolyn Lee, Greta Laundy, Samantha Jackson, Howie Laundy-Best, Tia Hassam, Pete Best
Post Production Accountant: JAMES BRAMLEY
Legal Representation: BRETT OATEN SOLICITORS- ANDREW DAWSON, BRETT OATEN
BLUEPRINT LAW- GARY ROGERS, TED CAWRY, KARINA VASILI
Completion Bond: FILM FINANCES AUSTRALIA- ANNI BROWNING, POPPI PAPPAS, DAN READ, PAULA JENSEN
Insurance: HW WOOD- TONY GIBBS, JOYCE STEELE
Adelaide Studios Studio & Production Manager: ALAN LLOYD
Adelaide Studios IT Project Manager: TONY YOUNG
Travel and Freight: SHOWGROUP FILM
On behalf of Omnilab Media & Ambience Entertainment
Legal and Business Affairs Assistant: SUSANNAH REED
PR/Marketing Ambience Entertainment: BRIANNA STREET
'Lord of the Flies’ Author William Golding
© William Golding, 1954 used with permission courtesy of Publishers Faber & Faber Ltd
Kodak Image used with permission courtesy of Eastman Kodak
THE PRODUCERS WISH TO THANK THE FOLLOWING FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE
Graeme Mason, Shana Levine, Sally Caplan, Kelly Vincent
SOUTH AUSTRALIAN FILM CORPORATION (SAFC)
Annabelle Sheehan, Adam Smith, Michelle Krumm
NEW HOLLAND PUBLISHERS
COORONG NATION PARK DEPT OF ENVIRONMENT WATER AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Ranger: Tim Harman, Parks Licensing Officer: Shez Hobbs
NGARRINDJERI REGIONAL AUTHORITY & NGARRINGJERI HERITAGE COMMITTEE
CEO: Clyde Rigney Jr, Grant Rigney, Chariman NHC: Eunice Aston, Heritage Specialist: Candice Love
Cast and Crew Welcome to Country by Rita Lindsay, Michael Lindsay and the Rritjarukar (Willy Wagtails) Dancers
Acknowledgement of Ngarrindjeri Language Contributions by Miwi-inyeri Pelepi-ambi Aboriginal Corporation (MIPAAC), Phyllis Williams, Mary-Anne Gale, Archie Kartinyeri, Vicky Hartman, Georgie Trevorrow, Sandy Wilson, Kelli Owen, Ashum Owen, Kathy Rigney
THE KAURNA NATION
Special thanks to Jeffrey Newchurch and Colin Darcy
Mayor Keith Parkes, Kelly Robinson, Janet Alexander, Alan Harvey
THE COORONG DISTRICT COUNCIL
Mayor Neville Jaensch
RESIDENTS AND BUSINESS OWNERS OF THE STRAND PORT ELLIOT
Jeannie & Geoff Kirkman, Brent Tamblyn, Patrick Burgess, Carol Nelson & Port Elliot Institute Hall & Port Elliot Hotel
STEAM RANGER HERITAGE RAILWAY (Cockle Train)
Driver: Ian Johnson
CITY OF ONKAPARINGA COUNCIL
Port Noarlunga Surf Life Saving Club
Roch Cheroux, Emma Brown, Sam Pickup, Lisa-Renee Robertson, Titanium Security
SCOTCH COLLEGE ADELAIDE
Katrina Rowbottom, Julie Dolphin
ADELAIDE CITY COUNCIL
Road Events Coordinator: Mark Di Gianni
Catholic Church Endowment Society Inc City of Marion
Andrew & Sandra Elia
CITY OF MITCHAM COUNCIL
Brownhill Creek Recreation Park
Mitcham Cemetery – Anglican Diocese of Adelaide
ADELAIDE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Vincent Ciccarello, Guy Ross, Simon Lord, Karen Frost, Bruce Stewart
Volunteers of Armfield Wooden Boats & Slipway, Goolwa
Coorong Cruises & Spirit of the Coorong
Goolwa Pipico & Hoad Fisheries
Landcare Hindmarsh Island
Goolwa Surf Life Saving Club, Phil ‘Salty’ Ball & Gavin Cousins
Phillip Hunter, HWL Ebsworth Lawyers
Artworks used with permission courtesy of
GagProjects & contributing Artists Ariel Hassan & Paul Hoban
Worth Gallery & contributing Artists John Lacey, Madeline Collopy, Tegan Empson, Maggie Cecchin, Isingyah Temple
Other Artworks contributed by Alaska Young, Tayla Broekman, Cathy McMurray, Kyoko Imazu, Yasmin Grass, Fruszi Kenez
Julia Sant-Mire, Meredith Cain for their contributions to our costume department
Ben Kenny at Film Club
Special thanks to Grahame and Sue Mapp, Christopher Mapp, Penny Mapp, Jon Adams, Tom Hegarty, Tony Winley, Peter D Graves, Ben Smith, Sahben & DC Tour, Darren Dale
THANK YOU TO ALL THE RESIDENTS AND TOWNSPEOPLE OF GOOLWA, HINDMARSH ISLAND AND PORT ELLIOT, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Filmed on location in The Coorong National Park, Goolwa, Port Elliot, Port Noarlunga, Adelaide and at the Adelaide Studios, South Australia
Kathy Morgan International
SCREEN AUSTRALIA AND THE SOUTH AUSTRALIAN FILM CORPORATION PRESENT
In association with ACPI INVESTMENTS LTD
AURORA MEDIA HOLDINGS
SALT MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT
AN AMBIENCE ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCTION
MONDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2018
WHAT: To commemorate NASA’s 60th anniversary on Monday, October 1, 2018, Universal Pictures is treating audiences to free early screenings of FIRST MAN the riveting story behind the first manned mission to the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the decade leading to the historic Apollo 11 flight.
On the heels of their six-time Academy Award®-winning La La Land, Oscar®-winning director Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling reteam for the film.
WHO: You, the fans!
WHERE: Markets that will host the special FIRST MAN screenings on October 1 include Phoenix, AZ; Orange County, CA; Palm Desert, CA; Riverside, CA; Sacramento, CA; San Diego, CA; San Francisco, CA; Simi Valley, CA; Ventura County, CA; Denver, CO; Hartford, CT; Washington, D.C.; Ft. Myers, FL; Miami, FL; Orlando, FL; Tampa, FL; West Palm Beach, FL; Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL; Indianapolis, IN; Baltimore, MD; Boston, MA; Detroit, MI; Minneapolis, MN; Kansas City, MO; St. Louis, MO; Las Vegas, NV; Albuquerque, NM; Buffalo, NY; New York, NY; Charlotte, NC; Raleigh, NC; Cleveland, OH; Cincinnati, OH; Columbus, OH; Oklahoma City, OK; Toronto, ON; Portland, OR; Philadelphia, PA; Pittsburg, PA; Nashville, TN; Austin TX; Dallas, TX; Houston, TX; San Antonio, TX; Salt Lake City, UT; Norfolk, VA; Seattle, WA; and Milwaukee, WI.
For more information and a list of theaters offering the special screenings, please visit Universal Screenings.
WHEN: Monday, October 1, 2018
FIRST MAN arrives in theaters nationwide on October 12, 2018.
This First Live-Action Adaptation of the Nickelodeon Franchise Stars Isabela
Moner and Eugenio Derbez with Muppets Director James Bobin at the Helm
Gold Coast, Australia, August 10, 2018 — Paramount Players announced today that the motion picture adaptation of Nickelodeon’s Peabody Award-winning children’s animated series, Dora the Explorer, began principal photography on location in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, on Monday, August 6, 2018. The production, being directed by 11-time Emmy and four-time BAFTA nominee James Bobin (The Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted, “Flight of the Conchords”) marks the lovable Latina character’s big screen debut (and first live-action adaptation on any platform) after fourteen seasons (2000-2014) and 172 episodes on Viacom’s enduring children’s cable network. The film is a Paramount Players and Nickelodeon production in association withWalden Media. The film is being supported by the Queensland Government via Screenland Queensland. Paramount will release the film on August 2, 2019.
Dora the Explorer stars Isabela Moner (Transformers: The Last Knight, Sicario: Day of the Soldado, Instant Family) in the film’s title role. Having spent most of her life exploring the jungle with her parents nothing could prepare Dora for the most dangerous adventure ever – High School. Always the explorer, Dora quickly finds herself leading Boots (her best friend, a monkey), Diego, and a rag tag group of teens on a live-action adventure to save her parents and solve the impossible mystery behind a lost Inca civilization.
Seventeen-year-old actress Moner is joined in the film by one of Mexico’s biggest stars, Eugenio Derbez (Overboard, Instructions Not Included, How to Be A Latin Lover), who plays Alejandro, a mysterious jungle inhabitant who tries to protect the teenagers from the marauders. The film also features big screen newcomer Micke Moreno (Escobar: Paradise Lost), in the role of cousin Diego; Nicholas Coombe (“Spy Kids: Mission Control,” Midnight Sun) as Randy, a fellow high schooler who develops an immediate crush on Dora; Madeleine Madden (Picnic at Hanging Rock,”“Tidelands”) as the school’s snooty class president, Sammy; and Academy Award® nominee Adriana Barraza (Babel, Amores Perros, Thor, The 33) as Dora’s grandma, Abuelita Valerie. Temuera Morrison (Green Lantern, Moana) will play the role of Powell. Additional key casting announcements are forthcoming.
The film is produced by Christopher Robin producer Kristin Burr, who is joined by longtime Bobin associate, executive producer John G. Scotti (The Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted, Alice Through the Looking Glass) as well as executive producers Julia Pistor (The Spiderwick Chronicles, A Series of Unfortunate Events) and Eugenio Derbez.
Bobin has assembled a talented team behind the camera that also includes reunions with Oscar®-winning production designer Dan Hennah (Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, Alice Through the Looking Glass) and costume designer Rahel Afiley (The Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted, “Flight of the Conchords”). The pair will be joined by six-time Goya Award winning (and BAFTA nominated) cinematographer Javier Aguirresarobe, A.S.C. (Secretos del corazón, The Others, Blue Jasmine, Thor: Ragnarok), film editor Mark Everson (Paddington, Paddington 2) and BAFTA-nominated VFX supervisor Andy Brown (Black Panther, House of Flying Daggers, Moulin Rouge!)
Dora the Explorer will film entirely in Australia’s Gold Coast, in the state of Queensland on the continent’s east coast south of Brisbane. Village Roadshow Studios, where the production will headquarter, has been host to several major Hollywood movies in the last few years, including The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Shallows, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok and, most recently, DC’s Aquaman. In addition to designer Hennah’s stage builds, the production will utilize Queensland’s diverse landscape, notably tropical forests near Tamborine Mountain and Tallebudgera, to portray Dora’s jungle habitat.
Paramount Pictures is a subsidiary of Viacom. Nickelodeonis part of the Viacom Media Network, also a division of Viacom.
Offer Valid in 25 Theaters Across North America on Sunday, May 13
Guests of 10:00 A.M. Screenings of the Beloved Musical Comedy Will Be Among the First to Experience Exclusive New Footage from Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
Universal City, CA, May 9, 2018—In anticipation of its upcoming Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Universal Pictures today announced that free sing-along screenings of the blockbuster musical comedy Mamma Mia! will be available on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13, at 25 theater locations across the U.S. and Canada. Each guest who requests a ticket the day of the screening—at a participating location—will be given one free admission to the 10:00 a.m. showing, up to theater capacity.
Free tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and may only be picked up at the theater box office starting at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 13. This offer is valid for the 10:00 a.m. showing of Mamma Mia! The Movie on May 13, at participating locations only.
“Since its debut as a smash-hit stage musical and evolution into a beloved feature-film adaptation, Mamma Mia! The Movie has brought joy to worldwide audiences,” said Jim Orr, President, Distribution, Universal Pictures. “As the movie is an unabashed celebration of mothers and daughters, we felt that Mother’s Day is the perfect holiday to invite audiences back into the theater to experience the sing-along version…and to share exclusive footage of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.”
Markets that will host the special Mamma Mia! Sing-Along screenings on May 13 include Atlanta, GA; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Denver, CO; Detroit, MI; Houston, TX; Los Angeles, CA; Miami, FL; Minneapolis, MN; New York, NY; Orlando, FL; Philadelphia, PA; Phoenix, AZ; Sacramento, CA; Salt Lake City, UT; San Diego, CA; San Francisco, CA; Seattle, WA; Tampa, FL; Toronto, ON; Vancouver, BC; Washington, D.C.; and West Palm Beach, FL.
For more information and a list of theaters offering the special screenings, please visit www.MammasDaySingAlong.com. Broadcast-quality clips from Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again are available at www.epk.tv, and stills are available at www.image.net.
About Mamma Mia!
Meryl Streep leads an all-star cast in the feature-film adaptation of the beloved musical that has been seen by more than 30 million people in 170 cities and 8 languages around the world. Bringing the timeless lyrics and melodies of iconic super group ABBA to movie audiences, Mamma Mia! originally opened in theaters on July 18, 2008.
The three women who created the worldwide smash stage hit—global producer Judy Craymer, writer Catherine Johnson and director Phyllida Lloyd—repeat their roles in bringing this joyful, musical story to the big screen. The Mamma Mia! film is produced by Judy Craymer and Gary Goetzman.
Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper join Streep in this celebration of a mother, a daughter and three possible dads.
An independent, single mother who owns a small hotel on an idyllic Greek island, Donna (Streep) is about to let go of Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), the spirited daughter she’s raised alone. For Sophie’s wedding, Donna has invited her two lifelong best girlfriends—practical and no-nonsense Rosie (Julie Walters) and wealthy, multi-divorcee Tanya (Christine Baranski)—from her one-time backing band, Donna and the Dynamos. But Sophie has secretly invited three guests of her own.
On a quest to find the identity of her father to walk her down the aisle, she brings back three men from Donna’s past to the Mediterranean paradise they visited 20 years earlier. Over 24 chaotic, magical hours, new love will bloom and old romances will be rekindled on this lush island full of possibilities.
Inspired by the storytelling magic of ABBA’s songs from “Dancing Queen” and “S.O.S.” to “Money, Money, Money” and “Take a Chance on Me,” Mamma Mia! is a celebration of mothers and daughters, old friends and new family found.
About Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
Get ready to sing and dance, laugh and love all over again.
Ten years after Mamma Mia! The Movie grossed more than $600 million around the world, you are invited to return to the magical Greek island of Kalokairi in an all-new original musical based on the songs of ABBA. With the film’s original cast returning and new additions including Lily James (Cinderella, Baby Driver), the musical comedy will open on July 20, 2018.
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is produced by Judy Craymer and Gary Goetzman, producers of the original film. Craymer is also the creator and producer of the worldwide smash-hit stage musical.
Ol Parker, writer of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, writes and directs the sequel from a story by Catherine Johnson, Richard Curtis and Parker. Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus return to provide music and lyrics and serve as executive producers. Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Phyllida Lloyd, Richard Curtis and Nicky Kentish Barnes also serve as executive producers.
Reprising their roles from Mamma Mia! The Movie are Academy Award® winner Meryl Streep as Donna, Julie Walters as Rosie and Christine Baranski as Tanya. Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper reunite as Sophie and Sky, while Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgård and Oscar® winner Colin Firth return to play Sophie’s three possible dads: Sam, Bill and Harry.
As the film goes back and forth in time to show how relationships forged in the past resonate in the present, James will play the role of Young Donna. Filling the roles of Young Rosie and Young Tanya are Alexa Davies (A Brilliant Young Mind) and Jessica Keenan Wynn (Broadway’s Beautiful). Young Sam will be played by Jeremy Irvine (War Horse), while Young Bill is Josh Dylan (Allied) and Young Harry is Hugh Skinner (Kill Your Friends). www.MammaMiaMovie.com
About Universal Pictures
Universal Pictures is a division of Universal Studios (www.universalstudios.com). Universal Studios is part of NBCUniversal. NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group and world-renowned theme parks. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.
~ ISLE OF DOGS and Wes Anderson Launch CrowdRise Campaign to Benefit Best Friends Animal Society ~
Click the image above for a special video message from Wes Anderson about the contest
Every day, more than 4,100 dogs and cats are killed in America’s shelters, simply because they don’t have safe places to call home. Best Friends Animal Society is a leading national animal welfare organization dedicated to ending the killing. They believe that by working collaboratively with shelters, rescue groups, other organizations and you, we will end the killing and Save Them All by 2025.
- 6 people will win the full set of 6 figures
- These sets are 6 of only 100 ever made
- They will NOT be sold in any stores
- These figures were designed and hand finished in London by the same puppet makers who created the puppets for the film
- Each set comes with 5 dogs and Atari
- This is your chance to own a piece of Wes Anderson and "Isle of Dogs" history
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On behalf of Fox Searchlight, we're excited to share the below details for the Daily Scraps online experience on behalf of Wes Anderson's ISLE OF DOGS!
The Daily Scraps is an interactive mobile experience that allows Wes Anderson's fans the chance to win real props and promotional items from his latest film Isle of Dogs via a virtual treasure hunt, inspired by the richly detailed Trash Island depicted in the film. Each day, users will have a half-hour window during which they can "dig in" to various virtual trash bags looking for a prized Puppy Snap. There are only a limited number of Puppy Snaps each day, and if users find one, they will receive a prop from the film or a promotional item delivered to their door. The delivery takes place every week day at 3pm PST / 6pm EST @ dailyscraps.dog
Don't miss ISLE OF DOGS now playing in select theaters, expanding to more theaters weekly!
ISLE OF DOGS is NOW PLAYING in limited theaters.
Expanding This Friday, April 6thand
In theaters nationwide Friday, April 13th.
ISLE OF DOGS tells the story of ATARI KOBAYASHI, 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When, by Executive Decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies across the river in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture.
Cast: Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton, Bob Balaban, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Kunicki Nomura, Akira Takayama, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, Akira Ito, Scarlett Johansson, Harvey Keitel, F. Murray Abraham, Yoko Ono, Tilda Swinton, Ken Watanabe, Mari Katsuki, Fisher Stevens, Nijiro Murakami, Liev Schreiber, Courtney B. Vance
Directed by: Wes Anderson
Screenplay by: Wes Anderson
Distributor: Fox Searchlight
Offer Valid at 100 Theaters in 50 Cities Across the U.S. on Wednesday, April 4
Guests of 7:00 P.M. Screenings of the Comedy Will Be Among the First to Experience the South-by-Southwest Sensation
Universal City, CA, March 29, 2018—Universal Pictures, director Kay Cannon and the cast of Blockers, today announced that free “Spring-Fling” screenings of the new comedy will be offered on Wednesday, April 4, at 100 theater locations across 50 cities in the U.S. Guests who go to www.BlockersSpringFling.com and RSVP for a ticket—at participating locations—will be given one free admission to the 7:00 p.m. showing, up to theater capacity.
Free tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and may only be claimed at www.BlockersSpringFling.com. Each guest must present a printed ticket and show a valid ID to receive admission. This offer is valid for the 7:00 p.m. showing of the film on April 4, at participating locations only.
“Ever since our first screening at South-by-Southwest we have been overwhelmed at how audiences have embraced the film,” said Cannon. “In keeping with the spirit of the story and how gratified we are by the response, Universal is spearheading a series of free “Spring-Fling” screenings. On behalf of our entire cast and crew, we hope everyone will love watching this film as much as we loved making it.”
Markets that will playing Blockers on April 4 include ones in Albuquerque, NM; Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Baltimore, MD; Boston, MA; Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL; Cincinnati, OH; Cleveland, OH; Dallas, TX; Denver, CO; Detroit, MI; Fort Myers-Naples, FL; Fresno-Visalia, CA; Greenville-Spartanburg-Asheville, SC; Harlingen-Weslaco-Brownsville-Mcallen, TX; Honolulu, HI; Houston, TX; Indianapolis, IN; Jacksonville, FL; Kansas City, MO; Las Vegas, NV; Los Angeles, CA; Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Milwaukee, WI; Minneapolis, MN; Nashville, TN; New Haven, CT; New Orleans, LA; New York, NY; Norfolk, VA; Oklahoma City, OK; Orlando, FL; Philadelphia, PA; Phoenix, AZ; Pittsburgh, PA; Portland, OR; Raleigh-Durham, NC; Richmond-Petersburg-Hopewell-Colonial Heights, VA; Sacramento, CA; Salt Lake City, UT; San Antonio, TX; San Diego, CA; San Francisco, CA; Seattle, WA; St. Louis, MO; Tampa, FL; Tucson-Nogales, AZ; Washington, DC; West Palm Beach-Fort Pierce, FL. To find out more information, visit www.BlockersSpringFling.com.
For more information and a list of theaters offering the special screenings, please visit www.BlockersSpringFling.com.
When three parents discover their daughters’ pact to lose their virginity at prom, they launch a covert on-night operation to stop the teens from sealing the deal. Leslie Mann (The Other Woman, This Is 40), Ike Barinholtz (Neighbors, Suicide Squad) and John Cena (Trainwreck, Sisters) star in Blockers, the directorial debut of Kay Cannon (writer of the Pitch Perfect series).
The comedy is produced by Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen and James Weaver, under their Point Grey Pictures banner (Neighbors, This Is the End), alongside Jon Hurwitz & Hayden Schlossberg (Harold & Kumar series) and DMG Entertainment’s Chris Fenton (47 Ronin).
Good Universe’s Nathan Kahane and Joseph Drake (Don’t Breathe, Juno) executive produce with Chris Cowles (Collide) of DMG, as well as Josh Fagen, Dave Stassen and Jonathan McCoy. The film is written by brothers Brian & Jim Kehoe. www.blockersmovie.com
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