May 16, 2013 · 6:57 pm
Even though we’re already neck deep in the summer movie season, there’s always the time and often the desire to take a break from superheroes and blockbusters, and this weekend, Pauline Chan’s “33 Postcards” could be that source of relief.
The film stars newcomer Zhu Lin as Mei Mei, a Chinese orphan who’s been sponsored by an Australian man (Guy Pearce) for years. When Mei Mei finally gets the opportunity to travel to Australia she’s determined to meet him, dreaming that he might make her part of his family, but is shocked to discover that he isn’t really the man he wrote about in his postcards.
A script from the Tribeca Film Institute’s All Access program, the second ever China-Australia co-production, and a lead actress who didn’t speak a lick of English when she was cast; “33 Postcards” is an exceptional production for a variety of reasons. In honor of the film’s May 17th limited theatrical release, Chan took the time to run through all her feats from finding and working with Lin to securing financing, ensuring “33 Postcards” is a standout film, and more.
Check out all the details in the interview below and catch “33 Postcards” on VOD now or in theaters this weekend.
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February 25, 2012 · 6:17 pm
Review: Tomorrow, When the War Began
The Red Dawn remake is lucky the adaptation of John Marsden’s Tomorrow, When the War Began isn’t getting a wide release here in the states. It’d have some solid teens-band-together-to-fight-invaders competition. Tomorrow, When the War Began certainly suffers from some technical and acting issues, but the piece is so exciting and engaging overall you’ll undoubtedly be hoping for a sequel when the credits roll.
Caitlin Stasey stars as Ellie Linton, a teen living in a small Australian town looking to take a little vacation with her friends before heading back to school. After assembling the optimal group of campers, she loads up her parent’s Land Rover and heads off to Hell, a lush secluded paradise deep in the woods. The trip is as magical as they hoped it’d be, but eventually, the time comes to pack up and head home.
Upon arriving back at Ellie’s place, they find her home abandoned. While it doesn’t seem right, it isn’t until they find that all of their families are gone that they realize they really missed something while they were away. Turns out, their country is being invaded, their friends and family are imprisoned and now they’re the only ones left who can do anything about it.
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