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Movies these final hours
22nd May

VARIETY – Well Go USA Entertainment has bought U.S. rights to apocalyptic adventure “These Final Hours,” which is being screened at Cannes in Directors Fortnight, for release later this year.

First-time Australian director Zak Hilditch also wrote the film. Celluloid Nightmares is selling the international rights.

“These Final Hours” centers on a self-obsessed man, played by Nathan Phillips, who’s on his way to a party on the last day on Earth and winds up saving the life of a little girl searching for her father. It was filmed over five weeks in Western Australia.

Paradigm handled North American sales on behalf of Roadshow.

Hilditch won the Critics’ Award for best Australian feature at the Melbourne Film Festival last year. Phillips’ credits include “Snakes on a Plane” and “Wolf Creek.”

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20th May

Movies these final hours
22nd Apr

‘These Final Hours’ will be screening as “Feature Competition” during the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar at the 67th Cannes Film Festival. Congratulations to the cast and crew! The festinal runs from May 14 to May 25.

Movies these final hours
19th Feb

In Cinemas June 12!
Filmed over five weeks in Western Australia, the apocalyptic thriller won the coveted The Age Critic’s award for best Australian Feature at the 2013 Melbourne International Film Festival.

The film asks the hard hitting question “What would you do on the last day on Earth?”

THESE FINAL HOURS tells the story of a self-obsessed young man (Nathan Phillips) as he makes his way to the party-to-end-all-parties on the last day on Earth and stars an ensemble of rising Australian acting talent. Zak Hilditch, who wrote and directed the project, is one of Australia’s foremost up and coming talents. His short film Transmission which was made as a companion piece for THESE FINAL HOURS was nominated for Best Film at the 2013 AACTA Awards and won Best Screenplay.

THESE FINAL HOURS was developed through Screen Australia’s Springboard program and with the assistance of ScreenWest.

It’s the last day on Earth, twelve hours before a cataclysmic event will end life as we know it. A troubled young man named James makes his way across a lawless and chaotic city to the party to end all parties. However, along the way he ends up saving the life of a little girl named Rose, desperately searching for her father. Stuck with the unexpected burden of resonsibility, James is forced to come to terms with what really matters in life and helps Rose find her father which ultimately leads him on a path to redemption.

cut snake Interviews Movies
08th Feb

THE LOWDOWNUNDER – It’s the last day of shooting on Melbourne-based director Tony Ayres’ taut crime drama Cut Snake and there’s a crackle of electricity on set as the cast and crew of around 80 folks ready themselves to say goodbye.

It’s been a full-on six weeks of 12-hour shooting days, but Sullivan Stapleton, the upcoming star of 300: Rise of an Empire perhaps best known for his disturbing turn as the aggressive Craig Cody in David Michôd’s Animal Kingdom, is in a playful mood as he sits in the passenger seat of a ‘70s car parked in front of a green screen in a South Melbourne studio.

A big guy rotates a strip light on a helicopter stand to recreate streetlights passing overhead, while another crewmember sprays the dashboard with some magic solution to dull the reflection.

As Ayres leans in to direct Stapleton and his co-stars Jessica De Gouw (These Final Hours, Arrow, Dracula) and Alex Russell (Carrie), Stapleton lunges in and chomps on his elbow, prompting uproarious laughter that breaks the spell of what has been a tense scene.

“Sullivan hasn’t worked in Australia for a while, but he knows all the crew, so he brings a level of comfort and fun to the shoot,” Ayres says later.

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27th Nov

Jessica De Gouw has no permanent home but that’s hardly a sign of an actor who’s out of work.

In July last year De Gouw moved to Los Angeles and quickly landed a recurring role in Arrow, the US TV series based on the DC Comics character Green Arrow, shot in Vancouver.

She then spent seven months in Budapest working on Dracula, NBC’s series that stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers as the title character, who poses as an American entrepreneur while he seeks revenge on those who cursed him.

In between those series she flew to Perth to play a supporting role in Apocalyptic thriller These Final Hours, the debut feature from writer-director Zak Hilditch. Now she is in country Victoria shooting Matchbox Pictures’ crime thriller Cut Snake, opposite Sullivan Stapleton and Alex Russell.

“I am a gypsy. I have no base; my life fits into two suitcases,” Jessica tells IF during a break in shooting. “One day I hope Sydney will be home again.”

The actor has worked virtually non-stop since she graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts (Communication and Cultural Studies – Performance Studies) from Curtin University in Perth. Her credits include Kath & Kimderella, Underbelly Razor, Crownies, Tricky Business and The Mystery of a Hansom Cab.

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