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MAD MAX MOVIES, THE MAD MAX MOVIES, THE
No other Australian films have influenced world cinema and popular culture as widely and lastingly as George Miller’s Mad Max movies, says award winning film critic Adrian Martin in his new book, The Mad Max Movies; from trashy Italian exploitation films to rock videos, Luc Besson and the hip homage by the Coen brothers. What will Miller do fourth time out, he asks.
  MAD MAX: FURY ROAD - JOHN SEALE ON THE SET
It's not a bad way to sign off: Oscar winning cinematographer John Seale is not going to top Mad Max: Fury Road, the futuristic blockbuster that follows in the wake of a low budget action thriller called Mad Max, which made George Miller an international icon of filmmaking. We pay tribute to John with this pictorial, on the May 2015 global release of the film.
MAGIC PUDDING, THE MAGIC PUDDING, THE
With the help of an insider, Animation Director Robbert Smit, we go behind the scenes in bringing The Magic Pudding, a famous Australian children’s classic created by Norman Lindsay – he had an animator’s soul - to the screen, illustrated by some of the original drawings that helped create the film.
  MAGNIFICENT OBSESSIONS: HOLLYWOOD DAMES FROM SCREWBALL TO SIRK
From madcap 1930s and 1940s screwball comediennes chasing romance to the fated, impassioned lovers of Douglas Sirk's provocative 1950s melodramas, this program celebrates the luminous screen sirens that embodied Hollywood's grand narratives of love, according to the ACMI statement. And how sweet it promises to be. Andrew L. Urban reports.
  MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, THE (2016)
“They fought for the future / to wipe away their past” goes a line in the lyrics of the theme song from John Sturges’ 1960 original of The Magnificent Seven, telling us about the seven none-too innocent men (led by Yul Brynner’s Chris Adams) who redeem themselves defending an oppressed Mexican village from a gang of 40 bandits. Now, Antoine Fuqua has remade the film through the prism of our times. Andrew L. Urban reports.
  MAKE OUR MYTHS: DR KAREN PEARLMAN
The purpose of Australian feature film production, argues Dr Karen Pearlman*, is not to tell our own stories. The purpose of our feature film industry is to make our myths.
  MAKE US YOUR START UP PAGE
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MAKING OF: 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU MAKING OF: 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU
Two young American office girls write a script; it’s a ripper and a young Aussie actor is cast as the male lead; the film is directed by a man who has never directed a film before; the film is a hit. ANDREW L. URBAN reports
MAKING OF: ANGEL BABY (1995) MAKING OF: ANGEL BABY (1995)
FIRST IN A NEW SERIES-4/6/98 The Making Of … is a unique and historic series of articles on a selection of Australian films – such as this one – that were made BI (Before Internet), or at least before Urban Cinefile was launched
MAKING OF: BIG STEAL, THE (1990) MAKING OF: BIG STEAL, THE (1990)
The Big Steal was Nadia Tass's third feature as director - and her third comedy. ANDREW L. URBAN REPORTS
MAKING OF: BLACK ROBE (1990) MAKING OF: BLACK ROBE (1990)
The $14 million film, Black Robe, was shot chronologically at the end of 1990, as the harsh north Canadian winter closed in; not surprisingly, few journalists went on set, but Andrew L. Urban was foolish enough to leave a Sydney summer and see how Bruce Beresford worked on ice.
MAKING OF: BLOOD OATH (1989) MAKING OF: BLOOD OATH (1989)
Ambon – an innocuous word, it seems, but for many Australian soldiers in World War II, it was a word that came to mean horror; it is the name of a small island where they were prisoners of war. Blood Oath tells the true story. By ANDREW L. URBAN.
MAKING OF: CAPPUCCINO (1989) MAKING OF: CAPPUCCINO (1989)
This month (July 1998) writer and director Antony Bowman is coming to the tail end of post production on his second feature film, the romantic comedy Paperback Hero, which is set to open in December 1998 – exactly nine years after his first film, Cappuccino, opened in Sydney. This is ANDREW L. URBAN’s 1989 report on the Making Of . . . Cappuccino
MAKING OF: CUSTODIAN, THE (1993) MAKING OF: CUSTODIAN, THE (1993)
The senior police officer carried a number of items from the burgled store and stacked them in the boot of his car; as he slammed the lid down, he turned to the young new cop, saying "Welcome to plain clothes." This is the corrupt ‘mateship’ culture that John Dingwall explores in his timely debut feature, The Custodian. ANDREW L. URBAN reports.
MAKING OF: DATING THE ENEMY (1996) MAKING OF: DATING THE ENEMY (1996)
Guy Pearce stars with Claudia Karvan in the Australian romantic comedy, Dating the Enemy - and the enemy is/are him/her/self/ves. As the shoot wrapped, he/she (and Claudia) talked to Andrew L. Urban.
MAKING OF: DEADLY (1990) MAKING OF: DEADLY (1990)
It's tough but fair, say the makers of Deadly, a film set against the backdrop of an Aborigine’s death in custody. This is the report from the location.
MAKING OF: GHOSTS OF THE CIVIL DEAD (1988) MAKING OF: GHOSTS OF THE CIVIL DEAD (1988)
On it’s 10th anniversary, Ghosts … Of the Civil Dead remains one of the most powerful and disturbing film to emerge from Australian filmmakers; director John Hillcoat talks about his debut feature in our continuing series, Making Of..
MAKING OF: HERCULES RETURNS MAKING OF: HERCULES RETURNS
ANDREW L. URBAN goes to the Palais theatre in Melbourne, not to see a play, but to watch a film crew at play, sending up a movie that was made decades ago, with a new one made like instant mash potatoes – instantly. Just add water… (you’ll have to see the film to get the joke)
MAKING OF: MAP OF THE HUMAN HEART (1992) MAKING OF: MAP OF THE HUMAN HEART (1992)
His latest film, the groundbreaking What Dreams May Come, has just opened around Australia, and like his previous films, it is an epic and romantic journey. His last film, Map of the Human Heart, made over five years ago, was as expansive in time and place as his last - but its concerns were just as intimate and close to the heart.   ANDREW L. URBAN reports.
MAKING OF: MURIEL'S WEDDING (1994) MAKING OF: MURIEL'S WEDDING (1994)
P.J. Hogan explains how being unemployed and unappreciated prompted him to create Muriel. By Andrew L. Urban
MAKING OF: PROOF (1991) MAKING OF: PROOF (1991)
Jocelyn Moorhouse’s debut feature, Proof, was made the same year as Green Card, Flirting and Death in Brunswick – and a year before Strictly Ballroom. Andrew L. Urban reported this story at Cannes, in Moving Pictures International, coinciding with the film’s world premiere.
MAKING OF: ROMPER STOMPER (1992) MAKING OF: ROMPER STOMPER (1992)
Romper Stomper is a film that makes a mess on the living room carpet of Australian society: it is neither polite nor quiet, and it talks about unpleasant things. It is the sort of film that dares to do more than wag a tale.  ANDREW L. URBAN reports.
MAKING OF: STRICTLY BALLROOM (1992) MAKING OF: STRICTLY BALLROOM (1992)
Dance, any dance, releases our passions and fantasies, makes our hearts beat and our sweat break out; but what if it's illegal? Naughty? Passionate? Wonderful! Untamed, dance can lead to....revolution. By ANDREW L. URBAN.
MAKING OF: THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT (1994) MAKING OF: THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT (1994)
It should have been a gritty doco; it turned out to be sweet and funny, much to filmmaker Stephan Elliott’s surprise. ANDREW L. URBAN reports.
MAKING OF: THE PIANO (1993) MAKING OF: THE PIANO (1993)
How a French construction company helped build Jane Campion’s career by financing her Palme d’Or winning The Piano, one of the seminal films of the 90s. Campion explains the keys to ANDREW L. URBAN.
  MAKING OF: THE SUM OF US (1993)
Broken City is Russell Crowe’s latest film, releasing next week (March 7, 2013). It’s 20 years since Crowe’s last Australian movie – The Sum of Us - before his Hollywood debut; he co-stars with the great Jack Thompson in a film that was to make an indelible mark on Australian cinema. Andrew L. Urban went on set for this report.
  MAKING THE STORY OF FILM: AN ODYSSEY
Mark Cousins, the Irish film critic who wrote the book and directed the film that tells the history of cinema, reveals how the 900 minute movie came about and how it was made.
MAKING: CONTACT MAKING: CONTACT
Producer and director Robert Zemeckis says Contact is special because "It's not about aliens, it's about us and what happens to us when the very foundation of what we believe about our existence is shaken." (Jodie Foster, pictured)
MAKING: THE MUMMY MAKING: THE MUMMY
In between blowing up barges and watching an ancient city sink back into the sand, writer/director STEPHEN SOMMERS explains why he had always wanted to make a modern version of Universal’s classic horror movie, The Mummy
MAN IN THE IRON MASK MAN IN THE IRON MASK
People keep telling him it has the best cast they’ve ever heard of. But Randall Wallace (who wrote Braveheart) was so passionate about The Man in the Iron Mask that he had no problem attracting Leonardo DiCaprio, Jeremy Irons, Gérard Depardieu, John Malkovich and Gabriel Byrne to star in his directorial debut, reports RICK ADAMS.
  MAN OF THE YEAR – INSIDER BRIEFING
The people are sick of posturing party politics and politicians who are clowns, have no heart, no humanity, so when a tv comedian runs for President of the US …. Not a bad idea! And veteran filmmaker Barry Levinson shows how it could just happen, while giving us a good laugh. (Remember the hanging chad)
MAN ON THE MOON - COME TO THE PREMIERE! MAN ON THE MOON - COME TO THE PREMIERE!
The tickets that money can't buy have been won: a double pass to the Australian premieres in each State (except Tasmania) of the amazing story, Man on The Moon, starring Jim Carrey as legendary eccentric comic, Andy Kaufman.
MAN WHO WASN'T THERE, THE MAN WHO WASN'T THERE, THE
At first glance, The Man Who Wasn't There might seem to bring Joel and Ethan Coen back to the genre that they first explored on-screen, in their debut film Blood Simple (1984). But this film takes a different tack in that it is steeped in one particular area of that genre: what the Coen brothers describe as "the world of James M. Cain."
  MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE, THE – HIDDEN POWERS
Desperately struggling to hold onto his sanity, Denzel Washington’s character in The Manchurian Candidate slowly begins to realise that reality is worse than anything in his recurring nightmares. Eleanor Singer looks at an up-date of the classic 1962 thriller.
MANLY SCREENWORKS 2001 MANLY SCREENWORKS 2001
Refreshing as a theme and yet almost nostalgic as a concept, this year’s mantra for entries in the Manly ScreenWorks short film festival is Protest! – and the exclamation mark is official. Andrew L. Urban – who is also the Festival’s Patron - previews this year’s event.
  MARCELLO MASTROIANNI RETROSPECTIVE
A retrospective of seven films will celebrate the late & great Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni (1924 – 1996), on the 20th anniversary of his death, presented by Andrew L. Urban, hosted by the Italian Cultural Institute in Sydney (Feb 18 – May 26, 2016). The program will feature the brilliant roles interpreted by Mastroianni in the decade which saw the flourishing of the so-called commedia all’italiana (comedy Italian Style).
MARDI GRAS FILM FESTIVAL - 1999 MARDI GRAS FILM FESTIVAL - 1999
The Mardi Gras Film Festival has often been the centrepiece of Sydney's month-long Gay arts celebration, and this year's Festival, debuting at the Pitt Centre on Thursday 11, and moving on to the Roxy Parramatta from the 19th, is destined to be one of the most eclectic and enthralling for years, says PAUL FISCHER. (High Art, pic)
  MARGARET LOUISE KELLER - THE SINGER
She was 16 when Margaret Louise auditioned for TV talent quest Showcase (the 60s version of Idol) as a singer. As a result she was invited to join Channel 6 as hostess/vocalist on their Children’s Programme, while still at school. She went on to appear on Showcase, where she received the highest popular audience vote in the show’s history, before reaching the Grand Final.
  MARIE ANTOINETTE
Sofia Coppola’s biographical work, Marie Antoinette, was selected for Competition at Cannes (2006). It’s first screening was at 8.30 am on on Wednesday May 24, in the stylish and enormous Grand Salon Lumiere cinema of the Palais des Festivals, packed with expectant attendees and some media – including editor Andrew L. Urban. Why were there boos at the end of the film? Urban has a theory/
  MARRAKECH FILM FESTIVAL 2012
Here is a colour piece (mostly red, as in carpet) on this year’s Marrakech film festival (Nov 30 – December 8, 2012) from our man in Marrakech, Nick Roddick, who sees Catherine Deneuve fuming and Shahrukh Khan high fiving. And how the heavy rain separated the wannabes from the real celebs ...
MASK OF ZORRO MASK OF ZORRO
In the tradition of a golden past Hollywood adventure romance, The Mask of Zorro is a full bodied movie made of betrayal, revenge, romance, swordfights – and a terrific sense of humour. It also stars Anthony Hopkins, Antonia Banderas and the drop dead goregous Catherine Zeta-Jones.
  MASTER AND COMMANDER – IN THE KEY OF CROWE
If you think violins are for sissies, try telling Russell Crowe, who found it the hardest thing he’s ever had to master for a role, in his latest film Master and Commander, in which he plays a tough naval Captain whose sense of duty collides with his sense of friendship. And music is, in some ways, the key to the character, reports Andrew L. Urban.
  MASTER, THE – PATCHWORK POSTWAR FAMILY 
The new kind of American families – from the porn industry to The Cause – are fascinating playgrounds for iconoclastic filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson. Background notes to The Master offer us this in-depth Insider Briefing.
MATRIX RELOADED, THE: DIGITAL POWER REVEALED MATRIX RELOADED, THE: DIGITAL POWER REVEALED
Ideas and words drive the creative force of digital power that makes The Matrix Reloaded something special, even exceeding the new limits set by The Matrix, reports Andrew L. Urban. How was it done.
MAVERICK DIRECTORS COLLECTION MAVERICK DIRECTORS COLLECTION
RICHARD KUIPERS takes a guided tour around some of the films from a handful of modern maverick directors in this collection on video, and picks Performance (pic), starring Mick Jagger and James Fox, as the must-buy. But several others are also worth considering.
ME MYSELF AND IRENE ME MYSELF AND IRENE
In Me, Myself & Irene - the latest movie from the Farrelly Brothers - you get two Jim Carreys for the price of one. And both of them fall in love with the same girl. So it’s kind of a romantic comedy? Well yes, but there’s still plenty of the gross-out humour that we all know and love. DICK NIRO reports.
ME, MYSELF & IRENE - THE 'SANE' DEBATE ME, MYSELF & IRENE - THE 'SANE' DEBATE
How seriously should we - or will we - take the presentation of mental illness in the Farrelly brothers' new film, Me Myself & Irene? That's the crux of a debate ignited by SANE, the Australian organisation that helps people affected by mental illness, concerned about the depiction of Jim Carrey's character as a schizophrenia sufferer. ANDREW L. URBAN reports.
  MECHANIC, THE
Their fathers produced the original The Mechanic (as well as Rocky) and now their sons are re-producing it, starring today’s Charles Bronson, Jason Statham. Andrew L. Urban checks out the family tree.
MEDIA MANIPULATION: READERS' RESPONSES MEDIA MANIPULATION: READERS' RESPONSES
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MELBOURNE FILM FESTIVAL - CAPSULE REVIEWS MELBOURNE FILM FESTIVAL – CAPSULE REVIEWS
JAKE WILSON comments on some of the memorable films he saw at the 1998 festival; from monomaniacal heroes to other people’s fantasies that engulf an animated character.
MELBOURNE FILM FESTIVAL 1998 MELBOURNE FILM FESTIVAL 1998
Funny, thrilling, extraordinary - and puzzling . . . but in good shape, reports JAKE WILSON on the festival that showcased films from around the world.
  MELBOURNE FILM FESTIVAL 2002 – PREVIEW
With a dozen films from this year’s Cannes fest under his arm, James Hewison is reaching across the globe to Korea for an up to date retrospective of the works of iconoclastic director Kim Ki-Duk, whose latest film, Bad Guy (pic) was the talking point of the competition at this year’s Berlin film festival.
  MELBOURNE FILM FESTIVAL 2004 – WRAPPED
The best MIFF in years, reports Jake Wilson from Melbourne, and for all the new talents, his favourite film, Story of Marie and Julien, comes from a 76 year old veteran of the art – Jacques Rivette; “I have no idea what I saw, I only know that I left the theatre walking six feet above the ground...”
  MELBOURNE FILM FESTIVAL 2005 – WRAP
The Melbourne International Film Festival’s extensive movie menu offered patrons everything from pain to pleasure, from local to distant filmmakers, from strikingly relevant social issues to the gentle explorations of character, and from elation to disappointment. This year, MIFF summarized much of contemporary independent filmmaking in 18 crowded days of programming. Andrew L. Urban reports. (Pic. A Hole in My Heart)
  MELBOURNE FILM FESTIVAL 2007 – PREVIEW
Between Sicko and This Is England, incoming director Richard Moore has built a festival program with some elements that are exploratory, edgy and energetic, reports Andrew L. Urban. (Pic. Exterminating Angels)
  MELBOURNE FILM FESTIVAL 2007 – SNEAK PREVIEW
Films from Africa, Israel, Mongolia, Paraguay - and about the Next Gen are some of the new strands in this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival, marking the debut of new Executive Director Richard Moore.
MELBOURNE INT. FILM FEST 1999: A PREVIEW MELBOURNE INT. FILM FEST 1999: A PREVIEW
The Melbourne International Film Festival wants to be interesting for not just the congoscenti but a broad audience, reports JAN EPSTEIN in this preview of the 1999 edition. (Pic, Siam Sunset, opening night film)
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2000: PREVIEW MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2000: PREVIEW
Our man in Melbourne, JAKE WILSON, pores over the program for this year's Melbourne International Film Festival, picking his favourites and lamenting some omissions. And below, ANDREW L. URBAN has a further word about the Australian features and talks to festival director Sandra Sdraulig, who leaves the post after four years.
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2001 MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2001
His first innings as director of Australia’s oldest film festival is marked by the explosion of A class Asian films, incoming director James Hewison tells Andrew L. Urban, as MIFF celebrates 50 years of movie loving.
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2003 - THE WRAP MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2003 – THE WRAP
At Melbourne’s film festival this year, Iran’s master filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami cuts a lone figure but his (unerotic) films attract crowds, while themes of eroticism and sexuality unite the rest of the festival program, reports Jake Wilson.
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2003: PREVIEW MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2003: PREVIEW
A snapshot of Iran today with master filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami and uncompromising new French films are some of the highlights of this year’s extensive and eclectic Melbourne International Film Festival (July 23-Aug 10), says director James Hewison. But the bookends of the festival are Australian films, reports Andrew L. Urban.
  MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2004: PREVIEW
For creative and political reasons, the 2004 Melbourne International Film Festival (July 21 – August 8) is highlighting films from the Middle East; not only are the films fascinating and/or confronting says the festival’s executive director, James Hewison, the region is the world’s socio-political hot spot. This is perhaps a chance to build bridges to compassion and understanding through cinema, writes Andrew L. Urban.
  MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2005 – PREVIEW
From Lukas Moodysson’s provocative A Hole in My Heart to Ilya Khrzhanovsky’s confronting 4, this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival explores edgy European cinema, as well as films direct from Cannes, and takes a look at Chinese cinema, with a focus on the revealing and entertaining director, Fruit Chan – among many other things, as Executive Director James Hewison unveils the 2005 edition. Andrew L. Urban reports.
  MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2006 - WRAP
Characterised by supreme confidence, this year’s Melbourne Film Festival was programmed as if no film is too startling or offensive to be seen, yet departing director James Hewison could have gone further still, says Lesley Chow as she reports on the films that engaged, entertained, irritated or impressed her, like Funny Ha Ha (pic).
  MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2009 – OPENER/CLOSER
Coinciding with the 10 year anniversary celebrations of East Timor's Independence, MIFF 2009 will open on Friday July 24 with Balibo, the political thriller about Australian journalists killed in East Timor in 1975 - and director Rachel Perkins’ all singing all dancing music spectacular Bran Nue Dae will close the festival with a Gala event on Saturday August 8.
  MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2011 – PREVIEW
From the whimsy of Opening Night’s The Fairy to Takeshi Kitano’s Yakuza themed Outrage, MIFF (July 21 – August 7) is about to biff it to you with over 300 films in its 60th year.
  MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2014: FIRST GLANCE
The 63rd Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) has revealed an enticing First Glance of the program, some of this year’s key venues and the 2014 festival artwork, a collaboration with leading Melbourne artist, Beci Orpin.
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, 1998 - A PREVIEW MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, 1998 – A PREVIEW
In her preview of this year’s festival, Jan Epstein flicks through an impressive line up. (Palme D'Or winner, The Eel, pic)
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, 2001 WRAPS MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, 2001 WRAPS
Jake Wilson is a bit flummoxed by the film that generated the longest queue at this year’s Melbourne Film Festival (the 50th); but it helps prove there is an audience out there for serious cinema.
MELBOURNE UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL 2001 MELBOURNE UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL 2001
Is the 2nd MUFF the stuff of revolution – or a repository of otherwise neglected films and marginal cinema, asks Jake Wilson.
MELBOURNE UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL 2003 -UNWOUND MELBOURNE UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL 2003 -UNWOUND
In this exclusive extract from his personal diary, our young Melbourne based film critic and all round film lover, Jake Wilson, reveals how he was seduced to be a MUFF juror this year (2003) and how Nazi apologist David Irving stole the limelight.
  MELBOURNE UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL 2009 -WRAP
The Melbourne International Film Festival has become one of the top drawer cinematic events for film lovers in this city. If MIFF is the well respected older sibling, then the MUFF is its rebellious, black sheep younger brother, reports Ernesto Zelaya*.
  MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA – THE SUBLIME ART
The mysterious Geisha of old (and contemporary) Japan were in reality artists who sublimated their own desires for their art – the art of entertaining men, not sexually, but literally. This is a strange notion for Westerners, yet it was a Westerner, a male at that, who wrote all about it in Memoirs of a Geisha. Now it’s a movie made in Hollywood, directed by Rob Reiner and starring famous Chinese actresses. Here’s a background briefing...
MEN IN BLACK II MEN IN BLACK II
Will Smith on what MIB explains about some life forms on earth; Tommy Lee Jones uses ‘stand by your man’ technique for comedy; what have Tommy and Will done with their rolls? Andrew L. Urban brings you things you may not otherwise know, from the official Columbia TriStar production notes for Men in Black II. 
  METROPOLITAN OPERA, NEW YORK 2008 – 2009: ON SCREEN IN AUSTRALIA
With the extraordinary success of the 2007/08 season of The Metropolitan Opera productions captured live in HD for participating Australian cinemas, audiences have cried out for more. The groundbreaking series (in cinemas around the world) expands in its third season to 10 operas in 2008/09, up from eight. And it’s supported by Toll Brothers – a US building company. Andrew L. Urban reports.
  MEXICAN FILM FESTIVAL 2007 - PREVIEW
Back in Australia for it’s second year, the Hola Mexico Film Festival will extend to Perth and Brisbane as well as screening in Sydney and Melbourne (November 15 – December 5), with 10 features in the main program, including Mexican Film Festival Audience Award winner, Calling and Angel.
  MEXICAN FILM FESTIVAL 2010 - PREVIEW
The centenary of the Mexican revolution which led to its independence is celebrated this year, and the Mexican film festival touring Australia has put together a revolutionary program of films to inform, shock and entertain audiences.
MIB: HOW DVD IS CHANGING MOVIES MIB: HOW DVD IS CHANGING MOVIES
A movie on DVD is not just another form of video: it offers the filmmakers unprecedented opportunities to use everything they shot and more - and talk directly to their audience. Men in Black - released worldwide on September 5, 2000 – comes in two versions, including a Limited Edition with 13 hours of entertainment on the DVD and will impact on filmmaking and alter our consumption of movies, says ANDREW L. URBAN.
MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
Director Michael Hoffman and his stars Kevin Kline and Michelle Pfeiffer, reveal the ideas that reshaped Shakespeare classic play into a 19th century fantasy in Tuscany. On bycicles.
MILESTONES OF WORLD CINEMA MILESTONES OF WORLD CINEMA
In a unique presentation not seen on pay tv before, World Movies has curated six months of Saturday night movie programming devoted to milestone movies from some of the revolutionaries of modern European cinema, playing them only once each on Saturday nights (with encore screening early on Sunday evenings). Already hosting the Sunday night tv premieres, Andrew L. Urban jumped at the chance to introduce these classic films to an audience of existing fans - and those who are about to discover them.
MILLION DOLLAR HOTEL MILLION DOLLAR HOTEL
A Los Angeles roof top and a hotel name that sounds like a movie waiting to be made were the key inspirations that made Bono take a leap of faith and propel The Million Dollar Hotel into existence – with Mel Gibson as star and producer, and Wim Wenders at the helm.
  MILLION DOLLAR MERMAID
A spectacular costume from the Hollywood biopic, Million Dollar Mermaid, in which Esther Williams portrays Australia’s amazing Annette Kellerman, is part of an exhibition at Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum (from August 10, 2016), which also includes footage from the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia’s collection, showing Kellerman performing an underwater adagio ballet in 1939.
MIRACULOUS MICROCOSMOS MIRACULOUS MICROCOSMOS
Less is more . . .this extraordinary film takes us into the smallest universe on our planet, the realm of the insects in a French field. It won't bug you, we promise. This special feature explores the making of the film.
  MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III - THE HERO AS A REAL CHARACTER
What sets this third Mission Impossible film apart from its predecessors is the irony of going back to the basics of the original concept as developed for television, and the considerable expansion of the central character as a three dimensional human being – facing a worthy villain. Writer/director J.J Abrams explains why and how this emotional element was so important to his team.
MISSISSIPPI BURNING MISSISSIPPI BURNING
Extracts from Alan Parker's personal diary, made during the shooting of Mississippi Burning (pictured), edited by Andrew L. Urban.
MONROE, MARILYN: THE DIAMOND COLLECTION MONROE, MARILYN: THE DIAMOND COLLECTION
A dozen Marilyn Monroe films make up the spectacular Diamond Collection, out this month on video - and more importantly, on DVD for the first time. The greatest, loveliest and saddest sex goddess that ever graced a screen, Marilyn (born Norma Jean Mortenson) has become an eternal symbol of what Hollywood stardom means, at its best and at its worst. Andrew L. Urban, who was exactly one year and one month old when she signed her contract with Twentieth Century Fox, looks at Marilyn the actress. (You can look up the date yourself!
  MOONLIGHT CINEMA: ADELAIDE PROGRAMME
  MOONLIGHT CINEMA: MELBOURNE PROGRAMME
  MOONLIGHT CINEMA: SYDNEY PROGRAMME
  MORGAN, DAVID - OBITUARY AND TRIBUTE
David Morgan, a respected, admired, and loved celebrity photographer, died in his sleep last Thursday, November 20, 2008, at just 53. Two days earlier, we had waved at each other across the crowded floor of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney during the press conference for Baz Luhrmann’s Australia. Andrew L. Urban pays tribute to a professional colleague and friend.
MOTHMAN PROPHECIES, THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES, THE
It’s about events some people might want to describe as supernatural. But The Mothman Prophecies is definitely not a sci-fi movie, insists director Mark Pellington. Eleanor Singer finds out more.
  MOTORCYCLE DIARIES, THE – CHE GUEVARA: THE CULT v THE MAN
Walter Salles’ film about the motorbike journey that changed Ernesto Guevara from a medical student to Che the revolutionary fighting for the rights of the poor and oppressed in Latin America, is taken to task by author Paul Berman. The cult of Che doesn’t match the real Che, whose legacy is the very opposite of what the legend tells us. Andrew L. Urban covers the distance between biopics and reality.
MOULIN ROUGE MOULIN ROUGE
A musical Orpheus in the Down Underworld meets a fantasy Montmartre in Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge, reports Andrew L. Urban.
MOULIN ROUGE - THE INDIAN CONNECTION MOULIN ROUGE - THE INDIAN CONNECTION
If you like the Sad Hindi Diamond Song in Moulin Rouge, you’re not alone: it’s actually Chamma Chamma, a huge hit in India, from the movie China Gate, reports Nyay Bhushan, Editor, CONNECTMAGAZINE.COM, India.
MOVIE CONVENTION 2001 MOVIE CONVENTION 2001
The Gold Coast turned on the sunshine and the movies in equal measure as 750 film industry delegates, a handful of politicians and a dozen media ate & drank the Royal Pines Resort out of house and home* last week at the 56th Movie Convention. Delegates ducked between darkened cinemas and sunlit poolside meals and rubbed shoulders with their clients, friends and competitors in an atmosphere somewhere between showbuzz and show-me-the-money. Andrew L. Urban & Louise Keller report. (Pic, Bryan Brown, Lifetime Achievement Award winner)
MOVIE NETWORK - MARCH 2001 HIGHLIGHTS MOVIE NETWORK - MARCH 2001 HIGHLIGHTS
  MOVIE NETWORK - MARCH 2001 SCREENING TIMES
  Movie-based Slot Machines: Tribute or Humiliation?
Movies have served as an inspiration for the world of gaming since home computers became a widespread medium for gaming. Sometimes things happened the other way around - but that's a topic for another time.
  MOVIES & TECHNOLOGY AFTER AVATAR
Avatar marks a watershed in the use of technology for filmmaking, and in its aftermath, some of the world’s leading exponents of CGI are promising even more. Software giant, Autodesk, is on a whirlwind ‘Blockbuster Tour’ taking in Auckland, Singapore, Hong Kong and Beijing, with a team of leading FX engineers to look into the crystal ball of movie technology. Andrew L. Urban joined the Tour in Sydney to file this report.
MOVIES AND MEDIA: WHO IS MANIPULATING WHOM? MOVIES AND MEDIA: WHO IS MANIPULATING WHOM?
By Andrew L. Urban
MOVIES AT HOME DIRECT FROM HOLLYWOOD MOVIES AT HOME DIRECT FROM HOLLYWOOD
George Lucas, long a proponent of digital movie making and distribution, has infuriated cinema owners and film distributors in Australia (and around the world) with his April 1 announcement that by the end of 2004 technology will be in place to beam movies digitally – with superb sound and image – directly into homes equipped with standard satellite dishes used for pay tv reception. “It’s obscene,” says one exec, as Andrew L. Urban reports.
  MOVIES AT iHAND – THE REVOLUTION IS REAL
The first time I heard a CD after decades of vinyl music, I was an instant convert, ready to go digital. Last week I became an instant convert to mobile movies, after my first experience of movies at hand … on an iPod, which had been sent to me by NBC Universal as a way of introducing me to this platform. A converted Andrew L. Urban reports.
  MOVIES NOW (July 2006) – SEE IT FIRST
Movies Now gives film lovers a chance to see and discuss movies prior to their commercial release, in sessions led by film writer and critic, Andrew L. Urban, under the auspices of the University of Sydney’s Centre for Continuing Education, in the comfort and technical excellence of the Dendy Cinema in Newtown. Winter season begins Wednesday, July 5, 2006, 6.30pm.
  MOVIES NOW (SUMMER 2007) – INSIDERS' GUIDE
A veritable insiders’ guide to movies presented by Andrew L. Urban, Movies Now offers participants a series of previews of upcoming films, followed by a discussion, usually with the filmmaker/s. A choice of two venues are offered for the summer course of Movies Now in 2007 through Sydney University’s Centre for Continuing Education: Dendy Newtown.
  MOVIES NOW – A SIX-PACK OF HAND PICKED PREVIEWS
Andrew L. Urban will present the 12th season of Movies Now for 6 Wednesdays from October 14 – November 18 (6.30pm – 9pm), screening films before their theatrical release, followed by a discussion and Q&A at Sydney’s Chauvel Cinema in Paddington.
  MOVIES NOW – A SIX-PACK OF HAND PICKED PREVIEWS
Andrew L. Urban will present the 13th season of Movies Now for 6 Wednesdays from February 3 - March 10, 2010 (6.30pm – 9pm), screening films before their theatrical release, followed by a discussion and Q&A at Sydney’s Chauvel Cinema in Paddington
  MOVIES NOW 8th ANNIVERSARY – CHALLENGING & FUN
Robert Rodriguez’s graphic adaptation of Frank Miller’s graphic novel Sin City was the very first movie ‘premiered’- unannounced - at Movies Now on July 6, 2005 at Dendy Newtown, a week prior to its commercial release, inaugurating the then unique new movie appreciation course presented by Andrew L. Urban. On the eve of the 22nd course of 6 ‘secret’ movies, we take a look at this enduring part of Sydney’s screen culture.
  MOVIES NOW SPRING 2009 – WRAP
The 12th course of Movies Now, presented at the Chauvel by Andrew L. Urban for Sydney University’s Centre for Continuing Education, closed last Wednesday with the warmly received premiere of savage English political satire, In the Loop (releasing in Australia January 21, 2009), with a post screening discussion (with guest Peter Castaldi) and wrap drinks.
  MUBI PLUS PLAYSTATION3 - GAME CHANGER
The partnership of international movie download service MUBI and Sony’s Playstation 3 arrives in Australia this month to deliver independent movies downloaded to the TV via the gaming console. This is a game changer for Australian filmmakers and film audiences alike. Andrew L. Urban meets MUBI founder, Efe Çakarel.
  MULLIGAN, ROBERT - OBITUARY
Robert Mulligan, the director of a milestone in American cinema, To Kill A Mockingbird, died late last year – almost unnoticed. Geoff Gardner makes amends.
  MY ANIMATED LIFE – YORAM GROSS
Yoram Gross is a pioneer of animation in Australia – and creative fountain. He has boundless energy and limitless humour, a combo which helped him survive and succeed; now he’s written it all down in his memoir.
MY MOTHER FRANK BERLIN DIARY PART 1 MY MOTHER FRANK BERLIN DIARY PART 1
Forgotten passports, duty free vodka, German beer, stolen Italian sandwiches, shopping without a clue, a postmistress from efficiency hell - and a successful premiere: KLAY LAMPRELL, wife of the director Mark, kept a personal diary of the seven tumultuous days that won't ever be forgotten by the makers of My Mother Frank, when attending the Berlin Film Festival in early 2000.
  MY MOTHER FRANK BERLIN DIARY PART 2
  MY MOTHER FRANK BERLIN DIARY PART 3
  MY MOTHER FRANK BERLIN DIARY PART 4
  MY MOTHER FRANK BERLIN DIARY PART 5
MY MOTHER FRANK FEATURE MY MOTHER FRANK FEATURE
ANDREW L. URBAN explores the making of Mark Lamprell's debut feature, My Mother Frank, starring Sinead Cusack and Sam Neill, in a comedy drama about a 51 year old woman who dares to change her life.
  MY ONE AND ONLY
George Hamilton is the executive producer – and the subject – of My One and Only, the film that tells a story from his teenage years when his mother finally left her womanising and hard drinking band leader husband. But the film is more a funny road trip than a drama, thanks to the wit of the screenplay.
  MYFRENCHFILMFESTIVAL 2011
With films from 10 new film directors [first or second film] represented, MyFrenchFilmFestival.com (Jan 14 – 29) enables viewers around the world to view and vote in this inaugural online film festival under the auspices of UniFrance. Andrew L. Urban of Urban Cinefile will represent Australia on the jury of international critics in Paris who will vote for the International Press Award.
  MYSTERY ROAD – FEATURED PREVIEW
Ivan Sen is one of Australia’s most acclaimed young Aboriginal filmmakers, his latest film, Mystery Road, opened the 2013 Sydney Film Festival, had a gala screening at Margaret River’s CinefestOZ and won the praise of critics.
MYSTERYCLOCK.COM MYSTERYCLOCK.COM
Embracing the internet for the creative challenge it offers filmmakers – and some fun – Australian film director Alex Proyas (The Crow, Dark City) is launching a radical new website (November 2, 2000) with interactive elements. It’s a sign that Australian filmmakers are coming closer to seeing the potential of the internet, reports ANDREW L. URBAN.





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