Bringing in the Easter lamb….. :-)
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Brothers Nash and Joel Edgerton don’t look particularly alike at first glance, but catch them at the right angle and those matching Edgerton cheekbones and expressions immediately pop out…. :-)
“It feels nice that it’s never been a profit thing and you know, we’ve had a few really disorganized club house meetings over the years where we’ll all get together, usually over a Thai meal, and there’s always been this spirit of not formalizing things too much because it works just perfectly the way it is and nobody wants it to end.”
— Joel Edgerton describing the ethos of the band of mates who comprise Blue-Tongue Films.
Photos: top from left to right: Spencer Susser, Joel Edgerton, Nash Edgerton; bottom from left to right: Spencer Susser, David Michôd, Nash Edgerton. Blue-Tongue members not pictured: Kieran Darcy-Smith, Luke Doolan, and Mirrah Foulkes.
Listen as Joel narrates a cool promotional video for a new big wave event scheduled to take place this year on one of the most terrifying breaks in the world, “Ours” in Botany Bay. Organized by legendary big wave surfer Mark Mathews, the 1-day invitational event will occur between mid-April and August 1, and will feature 14 of the world’s best ‘slab’ riding specialists competing in a unique ‘battle format.’
Although he jokes that “I may be one of the worst surfers in the world,” Joel is an avid surfer and is keen to promote the Australian surfing community. His support for the Cape Fear event follows up on his narration of the multi-award-winning surf/MMA documentary “Fighting Fear” which details the struggles Mark and his best friend Richie Vaculik waged against injuries, social expectations, and their own inner demons to achieve sporting success and a bit of personal redemption.
Joel is well known for his ability to play loving fathers on screen, but let’s not forget good ol’ Vince from “Whisper.” That was one guy who most emphatically did not like kids… :-)
Congratulations to David Michôd and Blue-Tongue Films! It was announced today that David’s new film “The Rover” has been selected to premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. :-)
Based on a story created by Joel, David wrote the final script and directed the film which stars Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson, alongside several Blue-Tongue stalwarts including Anthony Hayes and Nash, with Tony Lynch as stunt coordinator.
Although David has been receiving many new filmmaking opportunities after the success of “Animal Kingdom,” (including signing on as the writer/director of Brad Pitt’s new film, “The Operators’), he still touts the value of working with his small, home-grown group of mates at Blue-Tongue Films:
"The beauty of that little gang of friends is that we just know each other very well. We know what each other’s sensibilities are. We have some sense of what our varied strengths and weaknesses are. So much of making something or writing something is being able to bounce it off of other people. What’s most challenging in doing that is being able to filter feedback, being able to listen to it and interpret it and glean from it what you need. Being able to do that with people who you know very well and with whom you work very closely makes that an easier process. What I love about our little gang is that it started back when we were very young and had no idea what we were doing really. We had some sense of what we were doing and where we wanted to go, but we didn’t know whether or not it was achievable and we just wanted to support each other."
The official full-length trailer for David Michôd’s “The Rover” has just been released and it looks brilliant! David is a master at creating a frightening sense of foreboding in his films, and this one is no exception. It’s a Michôdian film all the way, with heaps of those insanely reckless Blue-Tongue car chases executed by Nash and Tony Lynch. :-)
Based on a story created by Joel, “The Rover” will open 12 June in Australia, 13 June in LA and NY, and 20 June in the rest of the US.
“Showing remarkable range and nuance, Edgerton takes risks left and right, including in his iconic ‘Stelllaaa!’ moment. This Stella doesn’t return to the husband who has just beaten her due to his sexual magnetism — though Edgerton offers plenty of that — or his howling anguish. Edgerton’s Stanley crumbles like a small, broken boy, and it’s his naked vulnerability that does the trick”
— “Backstage” review of “A Streetcar Named Desire”
Photo: Joel in rehearsal for the 2009 Sydney Theatre Company production of “A Streetcar Named Desire”
Joel and Baz Luhrmann celebrating the successful opening of Baz’s new stage show “Strictly Ballroom The Musical” Saturday night at the highly festive after-party at Star Centre. Photo credit: JD Morgan
Loyal friends and great admirers of each other’s work, Joel and Baz form a bit of a mutual admiration society. Recognising that some reviewers have never appreciated Baz’s exuberant style, Joel sticks up for his mate:
"I don’t know if Baz has ever been praised for everything. People like to cut a swathe into him. They like to whip him in the shins and that’s because he dreams so big.” With mock fierceness, he declares, "It’d be funny to do a line-up of all these critics," and "Tom [Buchanan] would come and beat them in the pants!”
For his part, Baz lavishes equal praise on Joel:
“He’s truly a remarkable actor and he stole the role of Tom Buchanan from many an established player who wanted the part….[He’s] at that wonderful moment in his career when he’s blossomed into his full potential as an actor. He’s magic to work with because he approaches things with a director’s mind – he thinks about the whole film, not only himself.”