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Empire Australasia

Empire Australasia August 2020

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this month at empire

AS I WRITE this editorial it feels as if Australia is teetering once more on the brink of the unknown. Trying to second-guess whether cinemas will still be up and running by the time we go on sale is only making my hair turn prematurely grey (and because I haven’t been to a barber in six months, I can’t hide it either). With that said, our UK sister publication’s decision to run a 2020 preview special in the middle of this pandemic seemed a bit… optimistic. And wouldn’t you know it? That proved to be the case. While working on the giant feature (which begins on p45), we saw film release dates change, including one so major that it forced us to drop that particular preview entirely. Headaches, headaches and…

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‘BEING’ NOT THERE I’m gobsmacked that Being John Malkovich wasn’t in the top three of 1999 (“The Ranking”, Nov. 2019), didn’t make the top ten and, worse, wasn’t even discussed! Also not discussed were Girl, Interrupted and Dogma. Sorry to complain but us old folk like movies as well. SIMON, ROCKINGHAM, WA The absence of those three fine films just goes to show the depth of quality movies produced in 1999. CRIKEY, COBBER! I LOVED July’s list of Top 50 Heroes, but where was Aussie icon Barry McKenzie? Not only did Bazza travel to England to show the Brits how to drink beer properly, but he also defeated a nasty nest of vampires in Transylvania! Deadset legend! DIGGER, AYR, QLD Stone the flamin’ crows, mate! We feel like a pack of drongos for forgetting Bazza! May our…

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letter of the month

1987 WAS MOVIE HEAVEN! I’m an avid reader and collector of your fantastic magazine. I particularly like what you come up with each month for “The Ranking” section. I enjoyed the rankings of 1989 (June 2020) and 1999 (November 2019), but feel the movies of 1987 are crying out to be ranked. Here’s a partial list: Lethal Weapon, Evil Dead 2, Predator, The Princess Bride, The Running Man, Full Metal Jacket, Wall Street, The Lost Boys, Fatal Attraction, Hellraiser. They are cultural milestones of outright fun. JAMES, PARK HOLME, SA You make a fair point, James. What do other readers think? Should we tackle ’87?…

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no./1 black lives matter: what happens next?

LAST YEAR’S ACCLAIMED romantic drama Queen & Slim , which dealt head-on with police brutality and racism, has taken on profound relevance in the wake of worldwide protests following the killing of unarmed African American George Floyd. Its searing and thoughtful take on race and intersectionality is typical of its screenwriter Lena Waithe; since she first emerged a decade ago, she’s been both a groundbreaking writer (as well as Queen & Slim , she won an Emmy for her work on comedy-drama Master Of None ) and in-demand actor (with roles in Ready Player One and Westworld ). Empire caught up with her to discuss her reaction to the Black Lives Matter movement sweeping the globe, and how she hopes it could lead to real change in Hollywood. How have you…

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no./2 meet the future of movie musicals

AT THE GENESIS of generation-defining musical Hamilton , director Thomas Kail was, as they say, in the room where it happened — a small New York City theatre in 2011, where Lin-Manuel Miranda, after debuting mixtape track Alexander Hamilton at a White House poetry jam, performed new cut My Shot for a live audience. “In that moment I knew there was a live version of the show,” says Kail. Four years later, the fully formed Hamilton hit Broadway, astonishing audiences with its hip-hop retelling of America’s no-longerundersung founding father, complete with an intentionally diverse cast, and Kail as its director. Before the original cast — including breakout stars Daveed Diggs and Anthony Ramos — faced their final curtain call, Kail directed the filmed version of Hamilton , now streaming on Disney+,…

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no./3 bursting out of the gate

Unhinged moved its release forward to July 30 — one of the first major films to release post-lockdown. Why? We were getting the film ready for our September release date — and then I got a call from the head of the studio, asking what I thought about going for a more aggressive release date. It was bold! My concern was obviously whether it would be safe for people to go to the movie theatre. Was this film always meant to be seen on a big screen? Absolutely. [The studio] always planned to go wide theatrically. That absolutely influenced the way that we approached everything. I saw it in a test screening with 450 people, and it’s such an immersive theatrical experience. You could feel the tension in the room. How does it feel…