News and Events » Cinema Thu, 01 Sep 2016 15:43:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mad Max and the Oscar 2016 nomination by Colin Gibson Mon, 08 Feb 2016 15:34:23 +0000 On the morning of the Oscar nominations, a small miracle happened. Mad Max: Fury Road,  the film that had been written off before release, only to become the best reviewed blockbuster hit of the year, notched 10 nods, bested only by the 12-score of The Revenant. It was enormous vindication for director George Miller and his crew, who literally toiled in the baking heat of the Namibian desert, and over a decade of development, to realize his epic picture. Not that it wasn’t a good deal of fun, says production designer Colin Gibson, who’s amongst the film’s nominees. For months, Gibson and his team created the dystopic landscapes and far-out vehicles of the Mad Max universe. Here, he explains how he did it.


Mad Max: Fury Road was percolating in development for a very long time. Where did the conversations begin between yourself and George Miller?

Unfortunately, it would occasionally hit a granite strata and stop percolating for quite sometime until the granite eroded, but it was a conversation, and it was great that it started when it did. George introduced me to the Mad Maxboardroom, which was his office, but it had been pretty much taken over—it was wall-to-wall storyboards. I said, “I’d love to read anything,” and he went, “There’s nothing to read.” He said, “You can start over there in the corner and just work your way around the room, and tell me what you think.”

It was an honor even to start the conversation, but the best thing about it was that it was a different process. It was great fun to begin the conversation at a level where George had already been thinking about it for so long, but then we got to start putting the anthropology, the philosophy, and the history layering over the chase, and that was some of the best fun a man can have without his wife.

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There’s a tremendous amount of world building going on in this film, and the level of thought that went into it is very clear.

Absolutely. I think the key thing for me was that George had a line right at the very beginning of the non-script, that basically said that this was a story told by the history man—even though it’s set in a dystopian future, it’s being looked back at by someone in an even further future, which does two things. It means that we survived to look back, but also that we were still in mythomania. We were still telling a legend and a story, because we were looking back and trying to learn from what happened then. The anthropology was then to go through and divide up who the characters are and where they came from. Storyboard-wise, there was Gas Town, the Bullet Farm, The Citadel, The Buzzards, and The Vuvalini. But then to sit down and give them a raison d’être, a rationale, a place that they came from, a texture, a color, an idea, and a god (and all of them had different gods… That basically turned everything.

There’s an extraordinary attention to detail. What was the philosophy behind the vehicles?

George helped define a series of rules. To justify its existence, something had to be four or five things. It had to have a personal resonance. It had to have more than one use, because just one use is useless. I think I wrote it as “three-fifths of fuck-all posing as a Swiss Army Knife.” Also, it had fit into the new sociopolitics, the new religion. If it was something that was worth saving, then it would’ve been fetishized. And the last thing, I guess, is that it had to have an inherent beauty. That gave us the justification to choose things that deserved to be loved and brought us back to one of George’s main tenets, which is that you never lose the desire for beauty.
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I’d imagine you had a great deal of fun with the research process for the film.

What was great was the storyboards and the fact that George was so on top of what he actually needed. We had done the same process ten years earlier, looking for vehicles. You find what you find. You bother to drag back what strikes a chord in your heart. You repurpose it to war. You fetishize it, because it’s more important than you are, and then you build it, stick a cup holder on it, and head out into the wasteland.


A lot of credit has been given, in this case, to all the practical work that was done by craftsmen on set, but there are thousands of extraordinary visual effects shots in Mad Max, too. What was that collaboration like?

The visual effects coordinator, Andrew Jackson, comes from physical effects, in terms of engineering and manufacturing. He used to build fantastic props, and he was the sort of guy who would sit down and work out how to do something for real. My original backup against visual effects, of course, was that it always ends up being deferred to, because it’s the easiest thing to do, and as budgets get bigger, schedules get longer, your response from a production end always has to be, “Well, we might go out there.” We were lucky that the visual effects coordinator on this was someone who really embraced, and still does, the idea of capturing reality the best way you can, and then using the visual effects to finesse.

You still need to get the hair up on the back of people’s necks. You still need real physics. It used to be when I was a kid, you pull a rabbit out of a hat, everybody goes, “Oh,” and their nipples get hard. And now you could pull Sylvester Stallone out of your hat and nobody would give a rat’s ass because you can do anything you like in post.

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What’s wonderful about the film is how far it has surpassed the expectations of those who had written it off a long time ago.

 The success of the film is largely due to George—it was George’s dream, George’s idea, and the way that he worked it, and the way that he and Margy edited it and put it together, so that it was this incredible, visceral experience, I’m not surprised at that resonance. It grabs you by the balls, and if you don’t have any balls, it grabs you somewhere else, and it really does hold on until you get there. It may have been just as scary to put a large billboard of Donald Trump’s head somewhere, but this was much more fun.


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10 MUST WATCH FILMS FROM CANNES 2015 Wed, 20 May 2015 16:46:43 +0000 Cannes Film Festival is an cinema movies event held in Cannes, France, which it’s main goal is to really present new films anf of all genres, including documentaries (most of the, timeless) from around the world.

The Palm D’Or, the prize for the best films in Cannes, began in 1946, it is one of the most prestigious and publicised film festivals in the world, for many reasons actually. One of them is, of course the heavy names that normaly are associated to each film –  from actors to directors.

Cannes film festival is held annually (usually in May) at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès and the moment surrounding this show is always marvellous.

AMY – Director: Asif Kapadia


Asif Kapadia’s documentary about the late singer Amy Winehouse, simply titled Amy, has already found itself at the centre of some controversy.

Made with the assistance of the Winehouse family using old tapes and footage of the singer, who died in 2011 aged 27, Winehouse’s father Mitch has now distanced himself from the film, suggesting its is misleading.

CAROL – Director: Todd Haynes

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Based on the novel The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith, Carol is set in 1950s New York, and tells the story of a young female department-store clerk who falls for an older, married woman.

Irrational Man. Director: Woody Allen

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Cannes loves an auteur and it loves Woody Allen. His new film Irrational Man stars Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone as a philosophy professor in an existential crisis and a student who gives him a new lease of life.

The Lobster. Director: Yorgos Lanthimos

Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos has already tasted success with his dark drama Dogtooth which won the prize in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2009 festival. His new film The Lobster is in competition for the main prize this year.

Macbeth. Director: Justin Kurzel

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This is Michael Fassbender’s take on Shakespeare’s doomed Scottish King, co-starring Marion Cotillard, David Thewlis and Paddy Considine.The film is directed by Australian director Justin Kurzel, best known for his 2011 film Snowtown – based on a series of real life murderers.

Mad Max: Fury Road. Director: George Miller

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Mad Max: Fury Road is George Miller’s own reboot of his original Mad Max trilogy, the film which helped make a global star out of Mel Gibson.

The Sea of Trees. Director: Gus Van Sant

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Gus Van Sant’s elegiac The Sea of Trees sees Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey as an American who travels to the “Suicide Forest” at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan to kill himself. There, he encounters the equally suicidal Ken Watanabe.

A Tale of Love and Darkness. Director: Natalie Portman

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Actress Natalie Portman is making her Cannes debut as a director with A Tale of Love and Darkness.

Yakuza Apocalypse. Director: Takashi Miike

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Many critics were left wanting by Miike’s 2013 film Straw Shield, which was screened in competition in 2013. His latest film Yakuza Apocalypse is a tale of vengeance pitting a Japanese gangster against his vampire boss.

Youth. Director: Paolo Sorrentino

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Sorrentino’s heart-breakingly beautiful film The Great Beauty, set in the modern decadence of Rome, was acclaimed when it premiered at Cannes in 2013. It went on to win the Oscar for best foreign language film.

Ready to this new cinema world?

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Ten Antecipated Movies You Must See In 2015 Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:06:37 +0000 The last year was marked by some fabulous competition between great cinema movies. American Hustle brought that classy style to the stage, but Her and Philomena also attempted to go to the top. Dallas Buyers Club took advantage of 2014 best actor Matthew McConaughey and while Gravity tried to grab the Oscar in the space, Captain Phillips went by water. The budget of the richman The Wolf of Wall Street contrasted with the top underdogs Nebraska, also nominated to the best movie. However, it seems Chiwetel Ejiofor was tired of its life of slavery, breakin’ it up to win the the Best Movie Award.

For you to antecipate these cinema movies everyone falls in love with, you must really pay attention to this list. We have for you the top movies that will be launched in 2015, some “must-see” cinema art for you to start booking your cinema tickets.

10. Star Wars: Episode VII

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We start with the return of a great classy movie. Disney‘s Star Wars is back and it promises to be one of a kind again. It is rumoured that it will pick up the story of 30 years, after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi. Luke, Han, and Leia appear as old characters.

9. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

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And if the 10th is classic, this one here is on fashion. The Hunger Games are more alive than never and, as the book readers know, this episode will bring some action no one wants to miss. Critics felt the ending of the Mockingjay book was rushed, so it will be interesting to see how some plot elements act now.

8. The Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Fiction? Classic style again? It could on ly be Marvel. Super heroes are back and, as usual, everyone wants to know which characters will appear on the movie. Scarlet Witch, Ant Man, Wasp and Doctor Strange are rumoured, but something you could count on is on Iron Man, that will be a key on this new Marvel story.

7. Inside Out

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Disney Pixar is also back and now it stakes it all in a movie about a 12 year-old girl. Inside Out is an adventure little Riley will pass through and some adult people are expected to like this movie too. It seems something very special is on our way.

6. Superman vs Batman

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The year of 2015 will bring a clash between comics – DC and Marvel – and between comics’ characters! Who would expect Superman and Batman will fight one against each other?! Everyday new rumours appear on the internet and the producers have to lead with high pressure, because this movie everyone wants to see can’t fail. At the moment, just Wonder Woman is confirmed besides this two guys.

5. Peanuts

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Another coming back! Who would imagine Snoopy will get back on stage, 30 years after Charlie Schulz’s last movie? New 3D technology will revive this famous character; on the other hand, Linus and Lucy will also appear. Will children of nowadays feel what their parents fell on the childhood?

4. Fifty Shades of Grey

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What best attracts people and keep them connected to a movie? Romance and sex scenes. Grey promises to be a very hot movie fans and the newest public won’t want to miss. The first adaptation of the sequel is being spoiled by book readers, but there will be nothing as seeing the movie by yourself. Besides, brands like Boca do Lobo, Koket, Delightfull and Brabbu’s products will appear on the big screen.

3. Fantastic Four

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And… guess what? Marvel again! One of the most famous comics’ teams is also back and, after the good feedback of 2005, Fantastic Four is expected to appear in other Marvel movies. On the opposite way, fans wait to see Spiderman on this one.

2. Jurassic Park

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In this year of returns, who would imagine Disney brings dinossaurs again?! Fans wait to see some brand new ideas, but you can be sure DNA experiments will continue on this one. Maybe the major idea is already known: cientists of the park will try to breed humans with dinossaurs!

1. James Bond 24

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Daniel Craig is again the most famous secret agent of history. The most expected movie of the next year wants to keep the success 007 Skyfall had, even because it let $1 billion at the box office. This one here will be much more realistic and, for that, also more violent, responding to the Bourne of last years. Who will miss this new episode?

From what you read, which of these could be the best for you?

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