What do you do when a group of 17 actors, choreographers, screenwriters, and circus performers want to take a turn at directing? Let them all do it at once, of course!
The Turning, an adaption of Australian author Tim Tinton's eponymous novel, is an interconnected collection of 17 short storie,s starring Australian actors Hugo Weaving, Rose Byrne, and Miranda Otto. Many of the storylines are interweaved to create a central plot-line relationship surrounding a young woman and her abusive husband living in a trailer park, although the trailer seems to hint at much more than that.
Keeping with the Down Under theme, mate, Australian actresses Cate Blanchett and Mia Wasikowska make their directiorial debuts with the film, joining a team of 15 other Australian directors: David Wenham, Benedict Andrews, Jonathan auf der Heide, Tony Ayres, Shaun Gladwell, Rhys Graham, Justin Kurzel, Ian Meadows, Yaron Lifschitz, Claire McCarthy, Ashlee Page and Stephen Page.
In an interview with SBS Film, producer Robert Connolly revealed that some of the directors will tell their story in a traditional way, while others will take an experimental approach. He also disclosed that a few of the directors wrote their own scripts. Huh... why does this remind me so much of a school project?
Wrapping up production on The Turning, which will premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival in late July, Blanchett and Wasikowska will work together again as lovers in the upcoming drama Carol. Take a look at the powerful teaser trailer and see if you can make sense of the plot (because we can't).
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Holy crap, Mark Wahlberg is all over HBO. The man has his hands in four current shows on the channel: Entourage (based on his life), How To Make It In America, In Treatment, and Boardwalk Empire. Boardwalk was the biggest surprise for me because apparently I don’t watch the show and his name comes up at the end. Guess I should start watching it. Not that I’ll watch everything of Marky Mark’s. Nothing will get me to watch Entourage. Not even Sasha Grey and I’ve seen like a million other things... she’s been... in. I should probably stop talking about that.
Anyway, Mark Wahlberg is teaming up with Malcolm Gladwell to bring a CIA drama to HBO. The show will take place in Cold War Berlin and follows a missionary who becomes wrapped up with the CIA. Other key players in the project are Charles Randolph (who wrote The Interpreter) and Stephen Levinson (a producing partner of Wahlberg's). Randolph will write the script though Gladwell will contribute as they are friends (awww).
How Malcolm Gladwell will fair is still up in the air. He’s a great writer. If he does present some semi-common knowledge ideas, at least he writes them in an entertaining way. How many seasons does it take to accumulate 10,000 hours of practice for a television show? Perhaps this show will reach a core group of people who will spread the word and it will reach a tipping point! Did Mark Wahlberg instantly recognize the potential of this show and jump on board? Another snarky reference to one of his books.