The Special Broadcasting Service is a hybrid-funded Australian public broadcasting radio and television network. Australia’s multicultural and multilingual broadcaster. Includes news, sport, entertainment, documentary, film, food, radio and television schedule with program. They just did a write up about CANNES and the movies and directors that will be competing includng Robs two movies The Rover and Maps To The Stars. Hers is what they had to say. The full article can be read here. Thanks to Kaz in Australia for the information.

Musings on the Cannes 2014 competition lineup – and why it’s not such a bad thing that the usual suspects are all there.
Lisa Nesselson
Each year, in the hours and days after the Cannes Film Festival’s official line-up is announced (the programmers were up until 1 a.m. on April 17th making final choices for a Paris press conference 10 hours later)  two themes get paraphrased an awful lot. One goes like this: “Cannes ALWAYS shows films by the same directors – David Cronenberg, Mike Leigh, Ken Loach, the Dardenne Bros, etc.”  Its companion complaint is the ever-popular, “Uh, who ARE these directors? I’ve never heard of them!”
That said, I have a sneaky suspicion that Cronenberg’s take on the movie biz “Maps to the Stars” – which features Robert Pattinson and the ongoing decline of Western civilisation and that Fremaux likened to a variation on Robert Altman’s outstanding romp “The Player” – will be both smart and fun.

Part of me wants to make up stuff concerning the films nobody has seen yet except the programmers.  Would I be doing you a favour, dear reader? All I care to know about two of the films is that there’s one by Rolf de Heer (“Charlie’s Country” with David Gulpilil) and there’s one about the end of the world by David “Animal Kingdom ” Michod (“The Rover.”)  Save me a seat.

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