Celebrating Up and Coming Movies : and the writing that made them.

Life of Pi (opens 1 Jan 2013)

Variety Review

Gold Rush Review

Based on one of the best books EVER. Directed in 3D by Ang Lee. Stars Suraj Sharma. “An inspiring and visually stunning tale of faith, hope and discovery” (R. Perez). Excellent previews.

Les Miserables (opens 26 Dec 2012)

Official movie site 

Directed by Tom Hooper (The King’s speech). Stars Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, Russell Crowe as Javert, Anne Hathaway as Fantine, Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter as the innkeepers. All songs were recorded live on set.

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption–a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette (Seyfried), their lives change foreverWikipedia on Le Mis

The Hobbitt : an unexpected journey 

Trailer    

                

Directed by Peter Jackson, in 3 parts.   Stars Martin Freeman as Bilbo.  Includes Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug, Stephen Fry as an unsavoury town leader , Billy Connolly as a dwarf warrior and Dame Edna as the Great Goblin.

Part 1: An unexpected journey (2012)   Pt 2: The desolation of Smaug (Dec 2013)    Pt 3: There and back again (mid 2014).

The Great Gatsby (now due to open mid 2013)

The Celebrated 1st Edition Cover :  ‘The cover of The Great Gatsby is among the most celebrated pieces of jacket art in American literature.[A little-known artist named Fracis Cuget was commissioned to illustrate the book while Fitzgerald was in the midst of writing it. The cover was completed before the novel, with Fitzgerald so enamored of it that he told his publisher he had “written it into” the novel.‘ from Wikipediahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_Gatsby

Directed by Baz Luhrmann. Stars Leonardo Di Caprio. Rumour says it will have an ultra-modern soundtrack, a bit of Luhrmann’s signature style – possibilities include Lady Gaga, Prince, Kanye West, Jay-Z…

Superstars go gaga for Gatsby

Trailer

On the road (out now)

1st edition cover.

Directed by Walter Salles (The motorcycle diaries). Stars Sam Riley and Kristen Stewart. Based on the book by Jack Kerouac (his manuscript was typed on a 120 foot roll of paper). For senior students studying American literature and the postwar Beat Generation.

Redfern Now (ABC 1 Nov at 8.30pm; 6 x 60 min.)

Stars Deborah Mailman, Wayne Blair (director of The Sapphires), Jimi Bani (Mabo), Leah Purcell. A rich and diverse series of 6 stories about 6 indigenous families living in Redfern, Sydney, whose lives are changed by extraordinary events. Directors include Rachel Perkins, Wayne Blair, Leah Purcell. This is the first drama project developed by the ABC Indigenous Dept, with more programs to come from indigenous writers, filmmakers and actors.

Better man (SBS 2013)

Written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Khoa Do (brother of Anh Do). 4 part mini-series about 25 year Vietnamese-Australian Van Nguyen, who was convicted of drug trafficking and executed in Singapore in 2005 after a 3 year legal battle. The series has been described as compelling, inspiring and thought-provoking.

Ender’s game (end 2013)

Directed by Gavin Hood. Based on the scifi books Ender’s game and Ender’s shadow by Orson Scott Card. Stars Asa Butterfied (from Hugo) Abigail Breslin, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley. An unusually gifted youth is sent to a military space school to prepare for an alien invasion 

Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

A Teaser Poster

Directed in 3D by Sam Raimi. Stars James Franco, Michelle Williams and Mila Kunis. Prequel to The Wizard of Oz. A small-time conniving Kansas circus magician gets blown to Oz (yes by a twister), where he meets several witches, gets involved in the problems of Oz and transforms himself into a better man.

Madam Bovary (2014)

Based on the book by Gustave Flaubert. Directed by Sophie Barthes. Stars Mia Wasikowska.

More superheroes!

Coming up soon: Iron Man 3 (2013), Thor: the dark world (2013), Man of Steel (2013) (a misunderstood Superman), Captain America 2 (2014), 300: rise of an empire (2014) (prequel to 300, Xerxes and Themistocles battle it out; based on the graphic novel by Frank Miller). Watch this space…

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Art, Audio and Writing from the Junior School 2

Story, pastel artwork and audio by Lily

Lily Reads Her Story

One morning Dad and I were sitting at the breakfast table eating toast and then suddenly out of the blue I asked Dad why do jellyfish sting people? Well Charlotte sit down on the couch and I’ll tell you.

Way back and I mean way back, there was a man named Bob and Bob was a very funny man.

But one day Bob went out to seas going jelly fishing. The day that Bob was meant to come back he didn’t and so all of his family just thought that Bob was just a day late. 

The next day at 2.10 his family started to worry and then most of them said

“We’re going to look for him”. About 10 minutes later the men got in their little rowboats and began to row towards where Bob was meant to be. Their location was The Great Barrier Reef. Once they got close they could see big grey clouds!

After 1 minutes worth of looking they found Bob’s boat and so they went to look in it. When they got to the boat they found Bob lying there with a jellyfish stuck to his arm. The men quickly pulled him into one of their boats and headed back.

Once they got back they pulled the jellyfish off and hoped for the best. A few days later Bob’s brother had found that the sting came from their tentacles. When Bob’s brother Fred was over he said I have great news.

The jellyfish survive.

“WHAT! WHAT!” I said. Jellyfish sting people for them to survive and so that’s why the jellyfish stung you. But how do you know that? It’s a very long story. 

Bob never got better, but at least he was found.  

Art, Audio and Writing from the Junior School

Story, pastel artwork and audio by Nicole

Nicole : reads her story

‘…the black creatures were under the boat.’

James and His dad were out fishing at Pirates cove when James suddenly asked his dad the strangest question, “Hey Dad, why do Killer Whales have white spots?”  “Well,” said James’s dad, “it starts off right here in Cape town at Pirates Cove.  A long, long time ago all the pirates would have a yearly meeting in one of the caves near Table Mountain. They would sail their ships down the coast line and into the bay.”

“Then late one stormy summer’s night the waves were high and the wind was strong. The ships were coming into dock and there were black figures darting under the pirate ships.” “Were they the Killer Whales,” asked James who was suddenly filled with excitement. “Yes, they were.”

“So, where were we up to? Oh yes, now I remember, I was up to the part where the boats were coming in and the black creatures were going under the boat.  They circled the ships playfully as they went on their way.”

At the lighthouse the oldest of all the pirates that lived around Cape Town was having a bit of trouble because the candle wouldn’t light with all the wetness.  He tried and tried but try as he could it would not light.

The waves were getting bigger……………….” “Daaad! Get on with the point now.” “Listen James I am just telling the story as it was. So back to the story then. The waves were getting bigger and the Pirates were getting agitated. Why wasn’t the light working? Should they continue or should they anchor till dawn?”

“Then……James! Are you even listening?” “Yes Dad.” “Okay then back to the story. A giant wave came and took the biggest ship crashing into the rocks. Now, I know you are thinking to yourself ‘What has that got to do with everything’ but you see James this boat had nearly a ton of Condensed milk on it.”

 “The Condensed milk fell overboard and into the ocean. It spilt all over those slimy black creatures and it never came off. And that is how the Orca got its white spots James!”

That James, is how the Orca got his white spots.

Write a Book in a Day : Eden’s Curse shortlisted.

Congratulations Everyone!

Eden’s Curse Shortlisted : Look out for Nov. 1st when winners will be announced.

WA’s  Jo-ann Whalley judged the VIC, Qld, SA, TAS, NT Best Book shortlist Upper School Category

Winning ARTISTS will also be announced on November 1st.

What a great effort for all the teams, and Mr. Grubert.

If you want to read Eden’ s Curse here it is  on the Team 4 link, while you’re there take a look at the other books

I Became A Billionaire Writing Competition – 10 – 13 year olds

Writing Competition for 10 – 13 year olds.

Richard Newsome’s award winning Billionaire series.
Gerald Wilkins (13 years) inherits 20 billion pounds.
That’s when the trouble starts…

Write an imaginative story of up to 500 words about what would happen if you inherited billions of dollars,

and you could win a huge prize for your school and your own bookshelf.

 The winner and runner-up will also receive books 1 to 4 in the Billionaire series,

and author Richard Newsome will read the stories out on the internet!

Entries Close Friday 9th November.

For more details Text Publishing or contact kcreeley@lcgs.tas.edu.au for an entry form.

Welcome back!

New Graphica in the Learning Hub

BY James Patterson & Svetlana Chmakova

Witch & Wizard- Wake up to a world changed beyond recognition. Whit and his sister Wisty face a dozen armed police and are accused of being a witch and a wizard. It’s politics, a new order, – they will have to fight for survival and use the new powers that burn within them!

Visit James Patterson’s website and read excerpts from the novel – link to the prologue

Visit Svetlania Chmakova

Svetlana has drawn for how-to-draw-manga books, RPG manuals, toy designs, animation, book covers and online comics.

She claims to be an accomplished flake with no attention span and bios are challenging to write!

‘Dawing comics is just something I always did, it was a compulsion.  In my family we used to keep a log of notes to each other—little messages about the dog needing to be walked, what needed to be bought at the store, what was in the fridge for dinner, etc.  They were in this notebook and I’d draw little comic interpretations of the notes, sometimes even with dialogue.  I think we still have that thing somewhere!’  http://www.svetlania.com/comics.shtml