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NZ’s first multi-million dollar hip-hop film Born to Dance has today announced it will have its world premiere at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival this September.
Born to Dance will premiere as part of the festival’s Discovery section and be followed by a series of public screenings as part of the wider film festival. Actor Stan Walker and choreographer Parris Goebel are confirmed to be attending the film’s premiere alongside the film’s director and producers.
Born to Dance is the debut feature film from director Tammy Davis. Davis pays tribute to the cast and crew for getting this film to its international premiere.
I am just over the moon that Born to Dance has been selected to screen at TIFF. The fact that we have made to this A list festival is a real tribute to all the hard work put in by the cast and crew. I am excited that the first screening of the film will be with an international audience and I hope they love it as much as I do. #veryproud #nervousmuch #aotearoainthehouse – Tammy Davis
Born To Dance producer and general manager of the film’s NZ distribution company, Vendetta Films, Jill Macnab, is excited about the chance to screen the film to North American audiences.
Toronto is renowned as a festival for real film fans, with the most enthusiastic audiences of any A-list film festival, which is why it’s the perfect place to launch Born To Dance internationally. All the movie studios and film buyers from other countries will be there and on the lookout for new films, so it’s a fantastic opportunity for the film to be acquired for release in different countries. There will also be a spotlight on the film from both NZ and international media, which helps raise the profile of Born To Dance around the world – Jill Macnab
Born to Dance joins Kiwi features, A Flickering Truth and 25 April previously announced to be part of the festival.
NZFC CEO, Dave Gibson, said “Born to Dance’s selection to screen at TIFF is a wonderful opportunity for North American audiences to see New Zealand’s first dance film and experience Polyswagg, a New Zealand-born style of hip hop originating from the shores of Auckland, New Zealand and made famous by the films chorographer Parris Goebel. Last year, we introduced the world to Maori martial arts, Mau Rakau – this year it is Polyswagg.”
Born to Dance will open to Kiwi audiences nationwide on September 24th.
This week we discuss iOS 9 and Ad blocking, Mako Networks receivership, EzyFlix shutdown, flexible e-ink touch screen tech, Network for Learning, Samsung NZ Springboard, Windows 95 anniversary, a TPP tech update and an autonomous bus service in the Netherlands.
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The Griswald Family is back and once again on a cross country car road trip to Wally World Amusement Park. The son ‘Rusty’ from the original 1983 National Lampoon VACATION, is all grown up with his own messed up family, needing a journey of bonding. What could go wrong? The storyline is sweet at heart, though the portrayal in this rehash misses the mark of the originals charm and wit.
National Lampoons VACATION (2015) should probably stayed as a distant memory, and stayed as the Nostalgic classic, that was once a popular funny movie in1983 starring Chevy Chase. The new VACATION, drives the same formulaic storyline cross country car road trip, sign posting with its crass, disgusting, politically incorrect, delinquent low brow comedy, even with dick jokes after dick jokes. There are laughs to be had, if be infrequent, but more than often there are uncomfortable moments of silence as you not sure what your reaction is meant to be. Surprising moments that have rather violent and disturbing outcomes, that are punching you for laughs.
The scenes with Chevy Chase, is sadly flat, humour feels mis-timed, his comedic flair feels it belongs to a nostalgic place in time. He just comes across as odd, not the iconic character he created in the original. National Lampoons VACATION 2015, is not all that bad a comedy film, it just doesn’t float above its own effluent sewage. Enjoy with risk.
This episode the boys go Elvis theme and catch up with the legend Johnny Angel (Polynesian Elvis) aka The Samoan Stallion & top Elvis tribute artist in the studio talking about Cliff Curtis’s new Fear The Walking Dead TV show, Simon Griggs new OMC How Bizarre book and Jake Gyllenhaal boxing movie Southpaw – it’s a blast
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David heads to Hampton Downs to drive the Volvo S60 Polestar, Damien brings up his American trip again to talk about driving the new Mustang in San Francisco and Richard Bosselman (Yahoo Autos) helps us argue over the best and worst looking cars on sale in NZ.
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It was good to see the Hellyeah boys getting into the social media with some snapshots of Vinnie Paul taken around Auckland City added to band’s hype of being in New Zealand, Paul fits the tourist part to a tee however even in cold wintery Auckland he’d soon be instantly recognised
Auckland’s studio is home to some gigs in the past (and some I couldn’t care less to mention) but tonight it was the boys from Texas turn to turn up the volume and incite some good ol’ fun I the mosh pit on the anniversary of Dimebag Darrells birthday
As the boys took to the stage the crowds attention turned front of stage as the familiar cacophony of Soul Killer breathed life into the venue, its monster guitar riffing & frantic drumming setting the crowd alight as bassist Kyle Sanders spewed fake blood onto lead vocalist Chad Gray as he encouraged the crowd ‘I wanna see some fuckin’ moshing going on up here’ before the crowd started chanting Blood For Blood
Gray recognisably mohawked and animated was on song tonight, his trademark scream shows why he’s one of the best metal vocalists around, it’s almost like a high register hiss as the band romped through their playlist, while older track War got the live treatment the band took a hiatus as Gray took to the stage connecting to Kiwi fans, almost like a rock n roll evangelist, his message simple: “One truth that I have since I fucking found it, that hasn’t turned its back is Heavy Metal music”
Radio hit Moth, Cross to Bier & Say When current faves off the latest album rounding out the set nicely before Vinnie Paul called everyone together for a wee drink to his brother toasting. ‘He gave you every fucking thing he had day & night, and I want to thank you for keeping his legacy alive’
It’s a show that the band gave 100%, you could feel the connection with the group while the audience the conduit for the bands energy equally gave back. Hush, Cowboy, Wouldn’t Know continued the workout onstage and down below in the pit, guitarist Tom Maxwell with head quietly bowed was furious on the riffs, his interaction with animated bassist Kyle Sanders & Christian Brady didn’t let up all night, before crowd chant favourite Hellyeah took the band out on a high. Not many bands have the energy and balls to rock an audience this hard, as Chad Gray says they came ‘to bring the noise’ and bring it they did
NZ Tech Podcast 244: Hands on Samsung Note 5 & Galaxy S6 Edge+, Morepork, TomTom Bandit, TPP, Netflix Tax
This episode we discuss experiences with the Samsung Note 5 & Galaxy S6 Edge+, Spark’s Morepork smarthome security, TomTom Bandit (GoPro competitor), TPP Agreement, the so called Netflix tax and CodeBlue’s acquisition by Australia’s CSG.
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After Jake Gyllenhaal’s dark seminal performance as seedy Lou in Nightcrawler, this was going to be quite the follow up. Looking ripped as hell and ready for business, Gyllenhaal looks and breathes the part of Billy Hope the light heavyweight boxing champ. Hope loses everything to get what he really wants, it’s a formulated ride but one that keeps the viewer engaged from start to finish with some solid acting thrown in.
What I like about Gyllenhaal is the passion he brings to the role, I don’t think anyone else could’ve pulled it off like he has done. Director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) has captured the blood sweat & tears of the gym and boxing ring with some street savy – yeah the film looks a million bucks the editing fast paced but you feel as if drawn in to its kaleidoscopic world.
If boxing’s not your thing, then you’ll be best to try something a little less brutal, think of all the boxing movies you’ve ever seen then go see this one. It is however a little Hollywood overcooked but with acting stalwarts Forest Whitaker, Rachel McAdams and pint sized wunderkind Oona Laurence (13 years old) they steer the film on track and well Gyllenhaal? He’s the man
Quite a gripping start to what I would have to say was a entertaining boxing movie. Sure the story is based around the life of the current light weight boxing champion of the world that has everything going for him, from beautiful wife, multi-million dollar house and cut kid who never loses sight of the dream.
Jake Gyllenhaal, as always, puts in a very masterful performance as the great boxing southpaw boxer who must surely be on the radar of the Academy for best actor in a drama. Maybe not for this role, because of the script and not his performance. And if I am honest, this movie does follow the formula of most Hollywood boxing movies aka a good guy down on his luck finally makes good at the end because, ‘the good guy always wins in American movies’. Oh by the way, that’s a spoiler alert!!! Hey come on… we kind of know that’s going to happen…right? Okay all I can say is, ‘Job’. And I mean the book of Job not Job as in work.
After all is said and done, no matter what I say and think, this is still a good movie. It has everything that a good Boxing or any kind of sporting movie should have. The successes and the lows, the struggles and defeats, the fall downs and the fight backs. There are even times that you may feel the need, the need for a hanky. No hanky needed for me this time but I did notice others around me with a tear or two.
A good watch that packs a punch!