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  DAGS WILL INHERIT THE EARTH
DAGS: WILL THEY INHERIT THE EARTH? DAGS: WILL THEY INHERIT THE EARTH?
It was shot in 10 days between Christmas and New Year with cast and crew surviving on Coke and Domino pizzas, so it is fitting that Murray Fahey’s fourth feature film celebrates the genuine Australian suburban dag. Andrew L Urban does Dags. . .
DALKEITH DALKEITH
You haven’t even heard of it, but Dalkeith, a new Australian film, is about to enter the history books on several counts; it’s made not by new young filmmakers, but new, old filmmakers, reports Andrew L. Urban.
  DALLAS BUYERS CLUB – UPCOMING
The story of Texas electrician Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) and his battle with the medical establishment and pharmaceutical companies after being diagnosed as HIV-positive in 1986, and his search for alternative treatments that helped established a way in which fellow HIV-positive people could join a ‘club’ to access his supplies.
DANCE ME TO MY SONG: This Aint No Waltz DANCE ME TO MY SONG: This Aint No Waltz
Leave all your preconceptions at home when you go to see Rolf de Heer’s Dance Me To My Song, a film that will wrench your heart and confront your head, says ANDREW L. URBAN in this story on the powerful film that was in Competition at the 1998 Cannes film festival.
DARK CITY - WELCOME TO MY NIGHTMARE DARK CITY – WELCOME TO MY NIGHTMARE
The filmmaker of his generation who is perhaps least recognised as an Australian, Alex Proyas, is consciously not making ‘Australian’ films in Australia: in 1994 he made The Crow, and his latest fantasy, Dark City is set in a nightmare. During production, ANDREW L. URBAN ventured into the dark . . .
DARK CITY: DFX RECORD DARK CITY: DFX RECORD
Australian digital design capability, in technical as well as creative terms, has never been better tested than with Dark City, which required a record 300 digital effect shots.
DARK CITY: ON SET OF DARK CITY DARK CITY: ON SET OF DARK CITY
Alex Proyas’ long awaited film-noir-come sci-fi thriller is finally hitting Australian screens (Aug. 6, 1998), after its midnight screening at the Cannes Film Festival in May.  ANDREW L. URBAN visited Proyas both on set and in his offices for this interview.
  DARK FLOORS
The Finnish Eurovision Song Contest 2006 winner, monster hard rock group Lordi, stars in Dark Floors, a $6 million horror movie, from Finland's No 1 producer, Solar Film's Markus Selin. Fortified by the local firewater, intrepid correspondent Jorn Rossing Jensen visited the filming location in Oulu, Finland.
  DASSIN, JULES - OBITUARY
Jules Dassin made a string of classic films noir, peaking with the French heist drama, Rififi, as well as a handful of underwhelming films later in his career, writes Geoff Gardner of the filmmaker’s substantial legacy.
  DAVID & MARGARET LIVE AT THE ORPHEUM: A CINEMATIC LIFE
It will be unique: Margaret Pomeranz talking on stage about a film with her co-critic for the past 25 + years, David Stratton, in it . . . not only in it but the subject of it. The special Q&A will be held prior to the screening of David Stratton: A Cinematic Life at the Orpheum Picture Palace in Cremorne, Sydney, on Tuesday, February 28, from 6.30pm (tix $25).
  DAVID CAESAR: AN UNDERAPPRECIATED AUSSIE GEM?
DAY, MATT: MUGGERS DAY, MATT: MUGGERS
Matt Day has the looks and the talent to be a young romantic lead - but in his latest film, Muggers, he has opted for comedy.  Matt joined Andrew L. Urban for a live chat on Monday May 29.
  DE GROOT, CHRISTOPHER - SORORAL’S HORRORBLE SCORE
The nice looking young man smiling shyly at the camera, Christopher de Groot, has composed a truly (and suitably) creepy score for Sororal, Sam Barrett’s creepy new, low budget horror movie; de Groot is one of the nominees for Best Feature Film Score at this year’s Screen Music Awards (Nov. 12, Sydney City Recital Hal ) and newest signing by Sweden’s Screamworks Records. Andrew L. Urban reports.
DEAD HEART - ON LOCATION DEAD HEART – ON LOCATION
Bryan Brown is producer as well as star of Dead Heart, a tough and controversial story about the conflict between black and white justice in Australia’s hot centre. Andrew L. Urban visits the set.
DEAD LETTER OFFICE: LOST LETTERS, LOVE FOUND DEAD LETTER OFFICE: LOST LETTERS, LOVE FOUND
A pigeon and two lonely people end up at the Dead Letter Office, a new Australian romantic comedy shot in Melbourne during the winter of 1997. Andrew L. Urban visited the set but failed to get an interview with the bird.
DEAR CLAUDIA: On Location DEAR CLAUDIA: On Location
Andrew L. Urban flies, drives and treks up and down steep tracks to reach an exotic, deserted beach on Brampton Island to report on the making of Dear Claudia, starring Bryan Brown and Aleksandra Vujcic.
DEAUVILLE FESTIVAL 2001 DEAUVILLE FESTIVAL 2001
Australians really are everywhere – even at Deauville, the town in Normandy where each year the Americans launch their French cinematic invasion, reports Helen Barlow. This year, Hugh Jackman and Heath Ledger (pic) led for Australia.
  DEEPWATER HORIZON – DISASTER EPIC FROM REAL LIFE
DENDY SHORT FILMS AWARDS, 1998 DENDY SHORT FILMS AWARDS, 1998
winners have been selected for this year’s Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films, from a record number of 170 entries submitted.
DESTINY OF HER OWN DESTINY OF HER OWN
We go behind the scenes of the fact-based drama, A Destiny of Her Own, starring Catherine McCormack, Rufus Sewell and Jacqueline Bisset, who talk about the characters being so contemporary, despite the 16th century Venetian setting.
DIE ANOTHER DAY: ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER SUPRISE DIE ANOTHER DAY: ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER SUPRISE
It’s not often that a major studio will bring a script writer to Sydney for a media tour, but having Robert Wade as one of the five celebs at the Sydney press conference was just one of the surprises of the Die Another Day event also attended by stars Pierce Brosnan, Rosamund Pike, Rick Yune and director Lee Tamahori: 2) it was held at the Opera House, and 3) it was moderated by a journalist – Andrew L. Urban. He filed this report. (Photo courtesy David Morgan)
DINNER GAME - YOU'RE INVITED! DINNER GAME - YOU'RE INVITED!
Just send a stamped addressed envelope to reserve your seat: Urban Cinefile invites you to laugh yourself silly at the year's most rib-tickling film: The Dinner Game, from French director Francis Veber (the man who gave us La Cage aux Folles).
DINO & BAZ IN SYNC FOR ALEXANDER DINO & BAZ IN SYNC FOR ALEXANDER
27/6/2003: Veteran producer Dino de Laurentiis, a small grizzly bear of a man with beard and bravado to spare, may seem an incongruous partner for the Australian cinematic wunderkind Baz Luhrmann, but he’s adamant "it was love at first meeting". And ever since they’ve met and joined forces to make the epic movie about the ancient but youthful hero Alexander The Great, they’ve been "in sync 100 per cent," he adds. Andrew L. Urban reports.
  DINO RISI – OBITUARY
The death of Dino Risi on 7 June passed unnoticed, at least in the mainstream English language press. His was a name that had largely fallen off the radar in recent years. Yet at his peak he directed a number of the most popular Italian films ever made, worked with some of Italy’s finest actors and had at least one of Hollywood’s accolades accorded to him, a remake of one of his greatest successes, write Geoff Gardner.
DINOSAUR DINOSAUR
Dinosaur is big - and it comes with a payload intended to blast the film into animated movie history, chewing up records, rumbling the box office earth and shaking the lucre trees . . . ANDREW L. URBAN pieces together some of the background to Disney's latest . . . er, cartoon.
DISCulture - THE FIRST DISC DISCulture – THE FIRST DISC
Thousands of aspiring filmmakers are churning out live action, animated and digital shorts (and other pieces of work), but where do they find an audience? Is DVD the answer, asks Jake Wilson, as the first DISCulture DVD hits the streets.
DISH, THE: GETTING IT READY DISH, THE: GETTING IT READY
The Dish is based on the true story of how the Parkes telescope, in a small Australian outback community, played a part in the greatest science show on earth, when man put his foot on the Moon. Andrew L. Urban spoke to two of the Working Dog team who made the film: Rob Sitch and Santo Cilauro.
  DISNEY VAULT RECALLS THREE CLASSICS & RELEASES ONE
The Disney Vault is the repository of the company’s classics where the films take 7-year sleeps before being re-released. Disney historian Lella Smith came to Australia to explain the needs for the Vault and what the Animation Research Library does. Andrew L. Urban reports.
  DISTRICT 9 – BLOOD BROTHERS?
A fresh new filmmaking talent, Neill Blomkamp, emerges in the sci-fi/horror genre, District 9 – shepherded by Peter Jackson, once a fresh new talent himself, making his debut in the splatter genre.
  DOCO DOLLAR, THE
The teacher and some of the parents at a French school portrayed in the documentary, To Be and to Have (Etre et Avoir) are suing the filmmakers to try and get some of the profits from the film’s unexpected box office success. They’re not alone, and spurred by high profile successes like Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11, Capturing the Friedmans and Super Size Me, other doco subjects (eg President Bush, McDonalds, serial killers) could soon ask for their doco dollar. Don’t go there, warns Andrew L. Urban.
DOGMA DOGMA
Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Linda Fiorentino, Salma Hayek, Jason Lee, Jason Mewes and Alan Rickman are just some of the stars in Kevin Smith's Dogma. Why? In this edited extract of the film's production notes, we find out - "They have been in Wisconsin for thousands of years and they're ready to go back to heaven" is Ben Affleck's reason. . .
  DOGVILLE: TEASING AMERICA
Lars von Trier opens up his heart and soul in this personal deconstruction of his controversial and confronting film, Dogville, explaining why he no longer throws rocks at US embassies but teases America instead – and why Nicole Kidman impressed him.
  DOING DUNGOG : THE DOCUMENTARY – MAKING OF A FESTIVAL
Filmmakers and audiences rubbed shoulders, swapped yarns and clinked glasses at the 2008 Dungog Film Festival, only the second edition of the event, but which had already become the world’s biggest showcase* of Australian films. In the 50 minute doco, Doing Dungog, Urban Cinefile’s Andrew L. Urban recorded the festival for posterity. Doing Dungog first airs on TV Sydney on Sunday April 26, 6.30pm, and simultaneously on the Channel’s website at www.tvs.org.au
  DOMINO – STORMING THROUGH DOORS
Domino Harvey had told filmmaker Tony Scott that “storming through doors with a shotgun in her hand was the biggest adrenaline rush she’d ever had and it helped to quell the voices in her head” Scott has made a film based on that sensibility, dedicated to her memory. (Pic, Tony Scott with Jacqueline Bisset at the LA premiere; Photo by Michael Caulfield, WireImage)
  DON'T BE BLUE, GET THE BLUES
  DOWNFALL – OF THE PAST, FOR THE FUTURE
Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Oscar nominated drama about the final days of Adolf Hitler, Downfall, will sit on the special shelves of the cinematic future which contain those films that can and do affect individuals, and hence change our world, writes Andrew L. Urban; it is a film of great consequence.
  DUNGOG FILM FESTIVAL 2007 – BIRTH OF AN ALL AUSTRALIAN FILM FRESTIVAL
Film fans, directors, producers, actors, industry professionals, and audiences from all walks of life are expected to descend on idyllic Dungog (Hunter region, NSW) at the end of May for the inaugural Dungog Film Festival, a showcase of exclusively Australian films, ranging from premieres to classics and shorts – all screened in the James Theatre, Australia’s oldest continuously running cinema.
  DUNGOG FILM FESTIVAL 2007 – PREVIEW
There are festivals devoted to Australian films in St Tropez, Hong Kong, London and Shanghai – but until this week, none in Australia. On May 31, the inaugural Dungog Film Festival is launched at Dungog, an idyllic rural setting two hours from Sydney; but don’t let the bucolic environment fool you: it’s more boutique than backwater, with innovative elements and some world premieres, reports Andrew L. Urban.
DUNGOG FILM FESTIVAL 2008 - PREVIEW DUNGOG FILM FESTIVAL 2008 - PREVIEW
With over 80 films – ranging from world premieres of features to the newest shorts and docos – the Dungog Film Festival (May 29 – June 1) has grown in just one year to be possibly the world’s largest single showcase event for Australian production, says Fest director Allanah Zitserman. And a chance for some cool partying …with help from the likes of soul singer Lisa Hunt. Andrew L. Urban reports.
  DUNGOG FILM FESTIVAL 2008 – AD
“We believe high quality film events need not be exclusive to big cities”, says Allanah Zitserman, Festival Director. Last year’s Festival was opened by film critic Margaret Pomeranz, while acclaimed Australian director Bruce Beresford praised the originality and uniqueness of this addition to the Australian film calendar. It is – surprisingly – the first and only film festival devoted entirely to Australian productions, and it’s a non-competitive event.
  DUNGOG FILM FESTIVAL 2008 – WRAP
Born in 2007, the Dungog Film Festival has grown in one year from a baby fest with a dozen films and 1,400 visitors, into an adolescent of 80 films and an estimated 4,000 visitors, doubling the population of Dungog for the duration (May 29 – June 1). Andrew L. Urban reports on the world’s biggest showcase of Australian filmmaking centred on the country’s oldest cinema, The James. His 50 min doco on the festival is on YouTube
  DUNGOG FILM FESTIVAL 2009 – A PRACTICAL GUIDE
A full weekend of Australian films, festival fun and country ambiance has rapidly turned the Dungog Film Festival into a unique event that is not just a giant showcase of Australian cinema but a great example of a regional screen culture initiative with a can-do attitude, reports Andrew L. Urban on the eve of the 3rd edition of the event.
  DUNGOG FILM FESTIVAL 2009 – DR NIKKI WILLIAMS OPENING NIGHT SPEECH
Excerpts from the opening night speech by Dr Nikki Williams, CEO, NSW Minerals Council, Presenting Sponsor of the Festival.
  DUNGOG FILM FESTIVAL 2009 – PREVIEW
With more than 30 programs presented in three venues, the 2009 Dungog Film Festival (May 28 – 31) claims to be the most comprehensive overview of new Australian features, documentaries and short films made in the past year, indeed the biggest showcase of Australian films in the world – centred on The James, Australia’s oldest continuously running cinema.
  DUNGOG FILM FESTIVAL 2009 – WRAP
The 2009 Dungog Film Festival opened with the world premiere of Stone Bros, Richard Frankland’s road movie with belly laughs, an attempt to bridge Australia’s black / white cultural abyss with comedy. It also signals the Festival’s coming of age as a platform to showcase new Australian films, a role that’s the mark of a genuinely valuable festival. Andrew L. Urban reports.
DUNGOG FILM FESTIVAL 2010 - PREVIEW DUNGOG FILM FESTIVAL 2010 – PREVIEW
The four day showcase of Australian film that is the Dungog Film Festival also manages to host three nights of parties and gala events as well as a quirky street parade; over 4,000 people are expected to attend the 2010 event in the Upper Hunter (NSW) to attend the premieres and other Australian films they didn’t yet get to see.
  DUNGOG FILM FESTIVAL 2010 – WRAP
The Dungog Film Festival has established itself as something of a darling of Aussie filmmakers and has become a launch pad of some substance, if not for the biggest Australian films as yet, at least for those which are ready at the right time. The 4th edition offered sophisticated programming and a rich mix of new and classic, established and emerging, reports Andrew L. Urban, our man in Dungog.
  DUNGOG FILM FESTIVAL 2011 – PREVIEW
Award winning screen composers Lisa Gerrard and Michael Yezerski, actress Sigrid Thornton and writer David Williamson, are among the high profile guests who will be presenting their wares at the 5th Dungog Film Festival (May 26 – 29) in the charmingly bucolic surrounds of the Upper Hunter Valley just 3 hours north of Sydney. Andrew L. Urban reports.
  DUNGOG FILM FESTIVAL 2011 – WRAP
Urban Cinefile’s Andrew L. Urban, as attending journalist and a participant, delivers not so much a comprehensive wrap of the milestone 5th Dungog Film Festival (May 26 – 30) as a stream of consciousness backward glance at it, exploring both its many strengths and its weak spots.
  DUNGOG FILM FESTIVAL 2012 – PREVIEW
The pioneering festival of Australian films in the charming Hunter Valley town of Dungog at 6 years old is going back to its roots and moving its dates. In its wake, the town’s James Theatre is getting a new lease of (digital) life. Andrew L. Urban reports.
DUST OFF THE WINGS DUST OFF THE WINGS
Sex drugs and nude surfing go hand in hand with the stag party and hen’s night in Lee Rogers first film, starring his wife, singing star Kate Ceberano. ANDREW L. URBAN meets and greets the new filmmakers. (Lee Rogers, pictured)
DVD AWARDS 2002 DVD AWARDS 2002
Zippy, fun and timely, Australia’s newest publicly voted DVD awards at Sydney’s stately State Theatre delivered Best DVD accolade to The Matrix and Best Film on DVD to Gladiator – both with strong Australian connections, reports Andrew L. Urban.
  DVD AWARDS 2004 – LIST OF DVDs RELEASED IN 2004
This is a list of DVD movie titles released during 2004, compiled by Region 4 Magazine, as a memory jogger for readers wishing to vote in the DVD Awards 2004. To vote, please visit R4 before January 16, 2004.
  DVD AWARDS 2004 – VOTING STARTS
Consumer voting in the 2004 DVD Awards commences this week and closes January 16, 2004, with a massive list of DVD releases for consideration; Region 4 Magazine in association with Urban Cinefile invite readers to register their votes (and be eligible for major prizes) in seven Categories, while technical panels will select nominees and winners in a further six. The awards will be presented at a gala evening at Sydney’s fabulous State Theatre on March 12, 2004.
DVD COMPETITION - THE WINNERS ARE: DVD COMPETITION – THE WINNERS ARE:
A Sony DVD player and a library of movies on disc proved to be much sought-after prizes in our competition which asked entrants to describe their most memorable home entertainment moments.  From all over Australia, hundreds wrote about the Olympics, hundreds more wrote about their first experience of a DVD, yet more hundreds described kissing and cuddling and the start of long relationships . . . and there were dozens of mishaps while watching videos, tv or DVDs. A few were sad, a few were mad and a few were just plain. But the judges judged well into the nights to finally pick the winners. We congratulate all of you who entered, and thank Sony for the player, Columbia Tri-Star for the movies and DVDUsergroup for their co-operation.
  DYING BREED – HISTORICAL HORROR
Aussie horror movie Dying Breed, in cinemas from November 6, 2008, is inspired by the chilling historical record of escaped Tasmanian convict Alexander Pearce, hanged for cannibalism in 1824; The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce, a dramatised documentary about Pearce is also in the wings, first to air on ABC TV early next year, followed by the DVD release.





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