SMALL CUTS

A Rezo Productions and Axiom Films co-production with France 2 Cinema and Rhone-Alpes Cinema in association with Sofica Sofinergie 5, France Television Images 2 and Rezo Films with the participation of the Rhone-Alpes region, Centre National de la Cinematographie and Canal+

Starring Kristen Scott Thomas and Daniel Auteuil, and selected for Competition at Berlin Film Festival 2003, SMALL CUTS (PETITES COUPURES) tells the story of Bruno, a communist newspaper journalist suffering a mid-life crisis.

Torn between his wife Gaëlle (Emmanuel Devos) and his young girlfriend Nathalie (Ludivine Sagnier), his political beliefs battered by the wind of history, Bruno seems to have lost his bearings. After responding to a call for help from his uncle (Jean Yanne), who is fighting a losing battle for re-election as the communist mayor of a small town near Grenoble, Bruno gets lost in a dark forest.

There he meets Béatrice (Kristin Scott Thomas), who does nothing to stop him getting even more lost...

Director: Pascal Bonitzer
Writers: Pascal Bonitzer, Emmanuel Salinger
Starring: Kristin Scott Thomas, Daniel Auteuil, Pascale Bussieres, Ludivine Sagnier
Producers: Philippe Liégeois, Jean-Michel Rey
Co-Producer: Douglas Cummins
Country: France, UK
Language: French
Genre: Drama
Year of Production: 2003
In Cinemas: 2003


* Credits not contractual.

BENEATH CLOUDS

Australian Film Finance Corporation presents in association with The New South Wales Film and Television Office, Axiom Films and SBS Independent an Autumn Films production

Official Selection at Berlin Film Festival and winner of the Best Debut Film and Best Young Actress in a Leading Role awards at Berlin, BENEATH CLOUDS is a modern day love story and a journey of hope, friendship and the search for a place to belong.

Lena is a fair skinned girl with a dark skinned mother, who lives in an isolated town in the Australian countryside. Rejecting the Indigenous family that surrounds her, she longs for the love of her absent Irish father.

Vaughan is a dark skinned teenage boy, who lives in an isolated prison camp. He is angry at the White world that surrounds him and lashes out when provoked. Incarceration has made him old before his time and has separated him from the love of his family.

In this beautiful and poignant road movie from writer/director Ivan Sen, these two hardened young souls escape from their worlds and hitchhike together towards Sydney in a struggle for purpose, identity and love.

Director: Ivan Sen
Writer: Ivan Sen
Starring: Dannielle Hall, Damian Pitt
Producer: Teresa-Jayne Hanlon
Executive Producer: Douglas Cummins
Country: Australia
Language: English
Genre: Drama
Year of Production: 2001
In Cinemas: 2002


* Credits not contractual.

TOSCA

A co-production by Euripide Productions, Integral Film GMBH, Veradia Film, Seven Stars Systems, Axiom Films, France 3 Cinema, WDR Arte, TELE+ with the participation of CANAL+ of the Sofica France Television Images, Filmforderunganstalt, The Centre National de la Cinematographie and the French-German Coproductions Fund with the support of Eurimages and Filmstiftung NRW

Official Selection Venice Film Festival 2002, TOSCA, Benoît Jacquot’s acclaimed film of Puccini’s opera, stars Angela Gheorghiu in the title role with Roberto Alagna, Ruggero Raimondi and the Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, under Sir Antonio Pappano.

Acte I - The painter Mario Cavaradossi, who is working in Sant'Andrea della Valle Church, helps a political prisoner who has taken refuge there. He conceals the fact to Tosca a famous prima donna and his jealous mistress, who has come to meet him. Then he takes the prisoner to his villa just before the arrival of the head-policeman Scarpia. The latter, suspicious about Mario, makes Tosca believe that her lover is unfaithful, and Tosca is followed when she rushes to Mario's villa.

Acte II - Scarpia has dinner at Palazzo Farnese, where there is a celebration in which Tosca sings. Spoletta, Scarpia's right-hand man, arrives with Mario who has been arrested. The latter is tortured. Tosca, summoned by Scarpia, can't stand the torturing and reveals where the fugitive is hidden. Mario has deserved the death sentence, but Scarpia promises Tosca his life will be spared (his execution will only be simulated) provided she gives herself to him. Tosca pretends to consent but, when Scarpia comes near her, she stabs him.

Acte III - At down, Mario is waiting for his execution on the terrace-roof of Castel Sant'Angelo. Tosca arrives and tells him she killed Scarpia. His execution will be shammed, but he'll have to simulate death as best he can. The firing squad arrives and shoots at him, Mario falls down, the squad withdraws. Tosca runs to her lover: she realizes in horror he has been actually shot death! Spoletta comes up to arrest her, and Tosca hurls herself into empty space.

Director: Benoit Jacquot
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Libretto: Luigi Illica, Giuseppe Giacosa
Play: Victorien Sardou
Starring: Angela Gheorghiu, Roberto Alagna, Ruggero Raimondi
Producer: Daniel Toscan du Plantier
Co-Producers: Douglas Cummins, Alfred Hurmer, Dagmar Jacobsen, Frederic Sichler, Alessandro Verdecchi
Line Producer: Patrizia Tallarico
Associate Producer: Levon Sayan
Executive Producer: Jean-Pierre Saire
Country: Italy, France, UK, Germany
Language: Italian
Genre: Opera
Year of Production: 2001
In Cinemas: 2002


* Credits not contractual.

THE BOYS

An Arenafilm production in association with Australian Film Commission, Premium Movie Partnership for Showtime Australia, SBS Independent, Axiom Films, Screen Partners and New South Wales Film and Television Office

Based on the Australian writer Gordon Graham's highly acclaimed award-winning play, THE BOYS is set in the suburbs of Sydney and follows the life of Brett Sprague as he returns to his family after twelve months in prison.

Things have changed while Brett has been away – his brother Glenn has moved out with his girlfriend Jackie, younger brother Stevie’s pregnant girlfriend Nola now lives with the family and his mother Sandra has taken a shine to a Maori drifter. Having lost the hold he once had over his family, Brett can no longer keep his anger and frustration at bay. Intent on restoring order and dominance, Brett soon wields his power in a most terrifying way.

This unforgettable drama features an outstanding ensemble cast including Toni Collette (The Sixth Sense), David Wenham (The Lord of the Rings) and John Polson (Mission Impossible II). Nominated for the Golden Bear Award, 1998 Berlin International Film Festival.

Director: Rowan Woods
Screenplay by: Stephen Sewell
Based upon the original play: "The Boys" by Gordon Graham
Starring: David Wenham, Toni Collette, Lynette Curran, John Polson, Jeanette Cronin, Anthony Hayes, Anna Lise, Pete Smith
Producers: Robert Connolly, John Maynard
Associate Producer: David Wenham
Executive Producer: Douglas Cummins
Country: Australia
Language: English
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Year of Production: 1998
In Cinemas: 1998


* Credits not contractual.