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Sundance Review: The Nest Meticulously Unpacks the Futility of Wealth with Impeccable Craft

One of Sundance’s most stunning break-outs in the past decade was Martha Marcy May Marlene, Sean Durkin’s remarkably crafted, psychologically deft exploration of an upstate New York cult starring Elizabeth Olsen. After nearly a decade, the director finally returns to the festival with his feature follow-up The Nest, another exquisitely mounted drama that revels in letting minute character details slowly become elucidated as Durkin puts trust into his audience to pick up the pieces along the way. In peeling back the layers of a fractured family and the soulless drive for wealth, the emptiness underneath is patently revealed, so much so that it backs itself into a heavy-handed corner.

Set in 1986, the O’Hara family seemingly enjoy their nice life in a New York suburb. Rory (Jude Law) and Allison (Carrie Coon) raise their children Benjamin (Charlie Shotwell) and Samantha (Oona Roche)–Allison’s daughter from a previous
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China box office: Aamir Khan's 'Secret Superstar' goes top

China box office: Aamir Khan's 'Secret Superstar' goes top
Maze Runner: The Death Cure wins weekend; Forever Young passes $100m.

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Secret Superstar

Secret Superstar shot to the top of the Chinese box office in the week of Jan 22-28, while Maze Runner: The Death Cure narrowly won the weekend and Forever Young hit $100m.

Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan’s Secret Superstar stole the weekly crown with $40.4m for $69.6m after 10 days. The coming-of-age story about a young girl who dreams of becoming a famous singer reunites Khan with his Dangal co-star Zaira Wasim. Already China’s second highest grossing Indian film after its first weekend, it’s now one of the top grossing non-Hollywood foreign films although it’s still a long way off from Dangal.

Former champion Forever Young, featuring an A-list cast toplined by Zhang Ziyi, dropped to the second place but still held well with $28.2m for $101.2m after 17 days.

Fox’s young adult adventure Maze Runner: The Death Cure came in third
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China box office: Aamir Khan's 'Secret Superstar' makes strong debut

China box office: Aamir Khan's 'Secret Superstar' makes strong debut
Indian singing drama wins weekend but Zhang Ziyi’s Forever Young tops week.

Source: Aamir Khan Productions

Secret Superstar

Zhang Ziyi’s Forever Young fended off five new titles and climbed to the top of the chart in the week of Jan 15-21, but Indian singing drama Secret Superstar captured the hearts of Chinese audiences over the weekend.

Local drama Forever Young gained stronger traction in its second week with $49.6m for $72.8m after 10 days. It moved to the No.1 spot from Tuesday, overtaking Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle, until Secret Superstar pushed it to second place on Friday.

With an ensemble cast of Zhang Ziyi, Huang Xiaoming, Chen Chusheng, Chang Chen and Wang Leehom, the film covers four generations of Tsinghua University students over a century. It’s originally planned for the 100th anniversary of Beijing’s Tsinghua University in 2011.

Following the mega-success of last year’s Dangal, Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan returns to China with much fanfare
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Arclight launches China-Australia development initiative

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Successful applicants will be invited to participate in a script development lab.

Arclight Films has launched a development initiative, Chinalight, designed to support official Australian-Chinese co-productions.

The new initiative, which started taking submissions today (August 2), is supported by Screen Australia’s Enterprise program. It is seeking proposals from Australian talent – including writers, producers and directors – for feature film projects that can qualify as official co-productions.

Successful applicants will be invited to take part in a script development lab, where they will receive input from Chinese and Australian production partners on how to produce movies with international appeal.

Arclight managing director Gary Hamilton said: “Chinese studios have never been more willing to engage with the West both creatively and commercially, and Australia’s entertainment industry stands to reap huge gains, spearheading a new era of storytelling for global audiences.”

Hamilton, Ying Ye and Mark Lazarus recently produced Sino-Australian co-production Guardians Of The Tomb [pictured], starring Li Bingbing, Kellan Lutz and [link
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Chinese-Australian co-pro ‘At Last’ to shoot in Queensland

Australia-China co-pro 'Guardians of the Tomb' (formerly 'Nest') stars Chinese mega-star Li Bingbing..

The official co-production treaty between China and Australia entered into force in 2008. Since then, despite growing interest in working with the burgeoning film power, only a handful of official co-productions have been made. They include The Dragon Pearl, 33 Postcards.and The Children of the Silk Road (made under a Mou prior to the signing of the treaty)..

However in the past 18 months, things have started to shift. The biggest co-pro to date, Kimble Rendall.s Guardians of the Tomb (formerly Nest), shot on the Gold Coast early last year, and gangster film Dog Fight shot in Victoria last September. Both films are now in post..

Two other projects, Pauline Chan.s My Extraordinary Wedding and Nadia Tass and David Parker.s Tying the Knot,.have been issued provisional approval but are yet to enter production.
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Working with China: a field guide for Aussie producers

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The extraordinary growth of the Chinese film industry has seen it emerge as a global player. The Chinese industry is looking abroad to futher its filmmaking expertise and help bring its films to an international audience. In If's first China Report, Jackie Keast examines what this means for Australia. As Hollywood and film industries across the world enthusiastically court the Chinese market, can we compete?

The film industry in China is booming. Within just a few years, China has become the world.s second largest market, predicted to eclipse the Us in less than five years..

By 2015, annual ticket sales had reached 44 billion yuan, or $USD6.78 billion — a growth of 48.7 per cent from 2014..

While 2016 saw a slowdown, annual receipts nevertheless tallied 45.7 billion yuan by year.s end.

In 2016, 27 new screens opened across China each day, bringing the country.s total close to 40,000..

Chinese real estate and entertainment conglomerate Wanda
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'A Few Less Men' rolls into Berlin

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Exclusive: Mark Lamprell’s sequel to A Few Best Men is being introduced at Efm.

Arclight Films is showing first footage to Berlin buyers on A Few Less Men, the comedy sequel to its hit A Few Best Men [pictured].

Executive producer Gary Hamilton and his team have already struck deals in Australia and New Zealand (StudioCanal), Italy (Lucky Red), pan-Eastern Europe (Modus Vivendi), pan-Middle East (Italia Films), Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Columbia (Eastwood Holdings), and Vietnam (Galaxy).

Producers Laurence Malkin, Tania Chambers, Share Stallings, and Gorean Films Limited produce the story based on a screenplay by Dean Craig about two friends who must transport their friend’s coffin to London after they are stranded in the Australian bush.

Mark Lamprell directed A Few Less Men and Xavier Samuel, Kris Marshall, and Kevin Bishop reprise their roles.

Arclight Films’ Efm sales slate includes psychedelic thriller Happy Birthday featuring an appearance by Aerosmith frontman Steve Tyler, and 3-D horror
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Filming wraps on the largest ever Chinese-Australian co-pro starring Li Bingbing

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Li Bingbing stars in Nest.

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Filming has wrapped on the largest ever Chinese-Australian co-production at Village Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast.

The 3-D Movie, Nest, stars Chinese megastar Li Bingbing, Kellan Lutz (The Twilight Saga, Expendables 3), Kelsey Grammer (Transformers), Stef Dawson (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay), Chinese popstar and actor Wu Chun and Shane Jacobson (The Dressmaker, Oddball, Kenny).

Li Bingbing.s most recent film, Zhongkui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal, on which Arclight Films holds the worldwide sales rights, earned $80 million in China last year.

She is best known internatiionally for her work in Transformers: Age of Extinction, Resident Evil: Retribution and Detective Dee: Mystery of the Phantom Flame.

Nest is the largest Chinese-Australian co-production to date, with investment funding from Screen Australia and Screen Queensland, and features an award-winning team both in front of and behind the camera..

Visual FX will be created by Cutting Edge and the world renowned,
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First Look: Kellan Lutz, Kelsey Grammar, and Chinese Superstar Li Bingbing Fight Man-Eating Spiders in 'Nest'

Darclight, the genre-driven label of Arclight films, is handling worldwide sales of the Chinese-Australian co-production, with an international cast that also includes Stef Dawson ("The Hunger Games: Mockingjay"), Chinese pop star Wu Chun, and Shane Jacobson ("The Dressmaker"). The film has already been sold in several territories in South and Southeast Asia, as well as Australia and New Zealand. "Nest," from director Kimble Rendall ("Bait 3D"), follows a team of scientists who lose their colleague in an ancient labyrinth, and must battle a swarm of deadly, man-eating funnel web spiders — discovering the secret behind the arachnids’ power and intelligence in the process. The largest Chinese-Australian co-production to date, with investment funding from Screen Australia and Screen Queensland, the film's visual effects will be created by Cutting Edge and Oscar-winning CG concern Rising Sun Pictures ("X-Men: Days of Future Past,"...
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Stef Dawson, Wu Zun, Shane Jacobson join 'Nest'

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Stef Dawson, Wu Zun, Shane Jacobson join 'Nest'
The Chinese-Australian co-pro is currently shooting in Australia.

Stef Dawson, Chinese pop star Wu Zun and Australia’s Shane Jacobson have joined the cast of 3D Chinese-Australian co-production Nest, which is currently shooting at Village Roadshow Studios in Australia.

Directed by Kimble Rendall (Bait 3D), the film also stars Li Bingbing, Kellan Lutz and Kelsey Grammer. The story revolves around a team of scientists battling a swarm of man-eating funnel web spiders to discover the secret behind their power and intelligence.

Billed as the largest Chinese-Australian co-production to date, the film has backing from Screen Australia and Screen Queensland and Beijing-based Loongs United Investment Company.

Visual effects on the film are being handled by Cutting Edge and Rising Sun Pictures (X-Men: Days Of Future Past). Arclight Films’ Darclight label is handling worldwide sales.
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Nest snares Twilight star

Twilight.s Kellan Lutz must like working in Australia as he has just joined the cast of Nest, writer-director Kimble Rendall.s 3D sci-fi thriller which will start production in Queensland this month.

That.s his second Australian gig: last month he starred in Shane Abbess. futuristic sci-fi thriller SFv1 as a drifter who teams up with military contractor Kane (Daniel MacPherson), to rescue Kane.s daughter (Teagan Croft) amid an impending global crisis.

Lutz and Kelsey Grammer (Cheers, Frasier) join the previously announced Li Bingbing in the Chinese/Australian co-production which centres on a group of scientists who discover a well-preserved mummified Emperor from 200 BC China. The plot follows the scientists as they encounter a swarm of man-eating funnel web spiders in an ancient labyrinth and strive to discover the secret behind the insects. power and intelligence.

Kellan plays Ridley, an international first responder and guide on their mission,
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Bingbing Li Enters The Nest

Bingbing Li Enters The Nest
Re-teaming with Darclight, the company behind her most recent movie Zhongkui: Snow Girl And The Dark Crystal, Bingbing Li will next head for The Nest. She's producing and will star in the arachnophobic sci-fi thriller. Kimble Rendall (Second-Unit on the Matrix sequels, I, Robot and Killer Elite) is directing.The plot involves a team of scientists who, in order to get to the "discovery of the century", must negotiate a labyrinth of carnivorous spiders. There's always bloody something, isn't there?It's a Chinese-Australian co-production: the fourth to come about through an arrangement between Screen Australia and the China Film Co-Production Corporation since 2006. It's being touted as the biggest-budget project to come out of that deal so far, although the number isn't being specified. Given that the previous three co-productions - Children Of The Silk Road, The Dragon Pearl and 33 Postcards - amount to a combined total budget of about $60m,
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Screen Aus funds three projects

Kimble Rendall.s 3D action adventure The Nest, a sequel to A Few Best Men and a TV drama starring Rebecca Gibney are being co-funded by Screen Australia.

The agency is investing $3.19 million in the three projects, a remarkable economic multiplier as the combined budgets are $38.4 million.

An official Australian/Chinese co-production, The Nest tells of the discovery of a well-preserved mummified Emperor from 200 BC China, which unleashes a 2,000 year-old nightmare.

Arclight Films, which produced Rendall.s Chinese hit Bait 3D, is producing through Gary Hamilton, Ying Ye and Mark Lazarus with a Chinese partner yet to be identified.

Shooting in Australia and China is due to start in the fourth quarter with an international cast. Tait Brady.s Label is the Australian distributor.

Rendall has been developing the script since he finished Bait. "I was researching Chinese history," he tells If today on the line from Beijing.. "The Nest
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