All posts by Connor Dalton

Darren Aronofsky reveals frightful horrors in first full-length trailer for mother!

Paramount Pictures has officially released the first full-length trailer for mother!, the latest film from visionary director Darren Aronofsky, and boy is it pleasing. Starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem, details about the film have been scarce, we know it is a horror film about a couple whose idyllic lifestyle is overrun with the mania of uninvited house guests. And with clever marketing, this trailer emphasises the dread and discomfort of our protagonist up to eleven. Making mother! one of the most eagerly anticipated film’s for the rest of the year.... Continue Reading

Ioan Gruffudd crime series Harrow begins production in Brisbane

Announced recently by the ABC, crime series Harrow which will be led by Amazing Grace actor Ioan Gruffudd has commenced filming in South East Queensland. And as the production rolls out on the ten-part series, details regarding the extended cast and the production schedule have surfaced. Promising a gritty and dramatic program imbued by endless talent.... Continue Reading

Screen Australia announces investments in fifteen documentaries

In local news, Screen Australia has recently announced that they plan to invested up to $4.15 million in production funding across fifteen documentaries. Through the guise of the Documentary Producer and Commissioned programs, the module set in place is certain to stretch and explore a plethora of various subject matters from creative voices. With some of the renowned names benefiting from the announcement including Sam Neill, Todd Sampson and David Gulpilil. With focus on subjects including Captain Cook, Bob Hawke and Midnight Oil.... Continue Reading

AFI and AACTA announce the fourth year of #SocialShorts

Throughout the last week, the Australian Film Institute and Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AFI | AACTA) have been making waves with their online short film competition #SocialShorts. In its fourth year, the competition is aimed at given unknown filmmakers exposure within the wider Australian film industry. And with 65 film competing it has provided no expense at opportunity and enjoyment for those in the filmic community.... Continue Reading

The five biggest and best trailer reveals from San Diego Comic-Con

Another Comic-Con, another year of rumours, superstars and a whole lot of trailers. Over the last handful of years, Comic-Con has summated itself as the prestige event when it comes to inviting us to unchartered blockbuster worlds. This year has proved no different, with a plethora of trailers to salivate over with a slew of upcoming releases. And with over seventeen trailers released covering both film and television, here at The Iris we are going to run down the five best trailer reveals in the domain of film, beginning with number five.... Continue Reading

Film Review: Paris Can Wait (USA, 2016) proves a dull exercise of endurance

When it comes to names in the film industry, none are more venerable than that of the Coppola’s. Illustriously crafting some of the greatest films in history, from Francis exalting works such as Apocalypse Now to The Godfather and more recently with his daughter’s Sofia success at Cannes with The Beguiled, the name brings an expectation of success. And perhaps it is unfair that that imminent conjecture is present in the directorial debut of Eleanor Coppola with Paris Can Wait. Which in itself is frustratingly blasé. Illuminated by it’s sparse screenplay that plays like a watered down Woody Allen impersonation, Paris Can Wait is a romance drama that severely lacks chemistry and minimal story progression. Making for a highly underwhelming debut.... Continue Reading

Robert Braiden sci-fi thriller 1 enters production in Queensland; Dan Ewing joins cast

With an eye locked on a 2018 release, the latest project from Australian director Robert Braiden, a science-fiction thriller entitled 1, has commenced principal photography. The film has been acquired by Truant Productions, and now as filming commences in South East Queensland, further details regarding cast and story have now surfaced.... Continue Reading

Film Review: Spider-Man: Homecoming (USA, 2017) is a triumphant return to form

By the conclusion of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the character and lore behind it had lost all sense of vigour on screen. The film was tired, painful and offensively deplorable, so much so it managed to master what many would consider near impossible — it made the promise of future instalments as something to dread rather than anticipate. Who could imagine that could be the state of a property as beloved as Spider-Man. So perhaps due to the disappointment of previous outings does Spider-Man: Homecoming feel like such a crowning achievement. Ebullient and refreshing, Homecoming differs from previous iterations by positioning Peter Parker as a high school student who adores his alter ego rather than loathe his inner duality. It is a coming of age drama masquerading as a superhero film, and Homecoming proves as effervescent as the titular protagonist himself.... Continue Reading

Hugh Jackman is P.T. Barnum in first trailer for The Greatest Showman

With the immense success of La La Land, Hollywood appears primed to revel in the renewed popularity of the musical, and one can look no further than with The Greatest Showman. The long-gestating biopic-turned-musical has released its debut trailer and it comes stacked with an avalanche of talent and a likely aim for the award season. The film is based on the life of P.T. Barnum, who orchestrated one of the first and most renowned travelling circuses. Led by Hugh Jackman as Barnum, the film’s cast also includes the likes of Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson and Zendaya.... Continue Reading

Emma Stone and Steve Carell face off in new trailer for Battle of the Sexes

Fox Searchlight has unveiled an international trailer for their highly anticipated tennis drama Battle of the Sexes. Led by Steve Carell as chauvinistic ex-tennis champion Bobby Riggs and Emma Stone portraying feminist icon Billie Jean King, the film centres on the real-life showdown between the pair in the historical 1973 tennis match. As well as highlighting the rivalry, explosiveness, and attention the match sparked into the wider issue of gender equality.... Continue Reading