Category: Short Films

Four movies with Cate Blanchett at the Melbourne International Film Festival

Four movies with Cate Blanchett at the Melbourne International Film Festival

Yes people, the title is correct! Four movies featuring Cate Blanchett are going to be screen at the next Melbourne International Film Festival (August 3-20 2017).
Starting with Song To Song on August 8, moving to RED and Manifesto the next day, and ending with a great revival: The Man Who Cried (2000) on August 10.

What are you waiting for, book a ticket!

RED to open in two more Australian art galleries

RED to open in two more Australian art galleries

Good evening folks! RED, the short film by Del Kathryn Barton, starring Cate Blanchett as Mother, in an intense performance of the mating rituals of the Australian Red Back Spider, will tour in two more art galleries, Australia only.

At the Walkway Gallery in Bordertown from September 1 to October 2;
at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (as we previously announced) for Del Kathryn Barton: The Highway is a Disco from November 17, 2017 to March 12, 2018




Hi everybody! Great news about REFUGEE, a short documentary narrated by Cate Blanchett, following the work of five acclaimed photographers reporting the refugees crisis. The ehxibition will open in Houston (Texas), for Fotofest International from May 12 to July 15, 2017.

The documentary it’s also available on Netflix now. Enjoy!

RED arrives in the United States in June

RED arrives in the United States in June

Hello fans!!RED is coming to America, at the Albertz Benda Art Gallery, New York! The short film is part of r u bunny?, Del Kathryn Barton’s first solo exhibition in the United States. The short movie can be watched from June 1 to July 14, 2017.

RED will come back to Australia at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne later in the year. (Source)

RED: The Soundtrack of Cate Blanchett Starring Short has been released

RED: The Soundtrack of Cate Blanchett Starring Short has been released

Hey everyone!

On April 7, Lakeshore Records released a soundtrack album to Del Kathryn Barton’s live action short film, RED, starring two-time Academy Award® Winner Cate Blanchett, Alex Russell, Arella Plater, and the Sydney Dance Company’s Charmene Yap.
The album features original score composed by Tom Schutzinger and is currently available exclusively on Bandcamp but it will be released through all major digital retailers on April 14. Visit Amazon or Itunes to pre-order the album.

Here’s the album track list*:

1. Mother
2. Bed
3. Dead
4. Road
5. Red

Check out a free track on youtube:

Here’s the album cover:

*Bandicamp’s album version includes an extra compilation track entitled Album preview, unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
11 Page Digital Booklet featuring artwork and stills from the film. (BUY Here)

Booklet sample

The Art Gallery of South Australia also announced some weeks ago that its shop was selling the soundtrack and the poster of the exhibition.

RED opened earlier this year at the Art Gallery of South Australia (screening through April 30), as part of the 2017 Adelaide Festival and will be shown in New York (open June 1st at NYC’s Albertz Benda Gallery) , and later in 2017 at the National Gallery of Victoria.

About Tom Schutzinger:
Tom Schutzinger has worked in the film industry for over 13 years and has been a touring musician for more than two decades, Tom founded the band Decoder Ring. Tom’s films include SOMERSAULT, JEWBOY, YOLK, LUCKY COUNTRY, CAUGHT INSIDE and THE PACK.

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New footage from RED starring Cate Blanchett

New footage from RED starring Cate Blanchett

Hi everyone!

This week on The Mix, an ABC News 24’s new weekly arts, entertainment and culture program, RED’s director Del Kathryn Barton talked about the short film and Cate Blanchett’s latest role – as a redback spider. There’s also some new footage of Cate’s perfomance. Enjoy the full interview below (starts at 24 min) and we have added some screen captures to our gallery.

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via The Mix

RED – New stills and first reviews

RED – New stills and first reviews

Good morning!

RED opened yesterday at the Art Gallery of South Australia, as part of 2017 Adelaide Festival, until April 30th; in June it’s set to open in New York. Here are the first reviews, one interview with director Del Kathryn Barton and two new images. Enjoy!

Cate Blanchett is ‘fierce, sexy and scary’ as redback spider in Del Kathryn Barton’s ‘genre-busting’ RED

RED, a surreal, savage tale of female power, is the creation of Archibald Prize winner and now filmmaker Del Kathryn Barton.

Set against a backdrop of intense, pulsating music, the short film stars Cate Blanchett, who re-enacts the spider’s deadly mating ritual, alongside actor Alex Russell and Sydney Dance Company’s Charmene Yap.

Ms Barton said she wanted the film to be “an intensely visceral experience with a lot of intense emotionality that on one level has that core narrative, but can move and shake and be open to interpretation.”
Cate Blanchett’s ‘immense power on set’

Three years in the making, the 15-minute film intercuts human protagonists with close-up footage of the redback mating and then savaging its prey.

The work started as a small studio-based project, but evolved into something much bigger after a funding boost which helped secure a Hollywood star.

“I put my wish list together, I thought who would be the ultimate actor for the role of mother and it was you know of course a no-brainer — Cate Blanchett has immense power in so many ways,” Ms Barton says.

“With someone like Cate Blanchett I was really actually determined to under-direct her.
“You give her the hooks and honestly what she gave to the performances that day, I could have never have asked that of her, she was incredibly generous in that way.”

via ABC Australia

Sex, death and del kathryn barton
A two-time Archibald prizewinner, del kathryn barton continues her fascination with the complex psychology of relationships, sex and fertility in her work RED (now at the Art Gallery of South Australia). This transition into film is as energetic, tumultuous, detailed and beautifully unsettling as her figurative paintings. Perhaps more so.

RED was three years in the making and it’s hard not to marvel at the coincidence of its premiere this week, when female power and outrage has reverberated across the world. RED is a slick and strident feminist work. Although it was not made with deliberate political intent, it has the potential to resonate loud and unapologetic, like a lightening rod for our times.

RED celebrates female creative energy, reaching back to the primordial, evolutionary origins of procreation. Starting out as a modest short piece, it was developed with additional support from the Australian Film, Television and Radio School and the Art Gallery of South Australia.

barton draws on the natural sciences to advance her exploration of the complex psychology of relationships. With RED, she examines mating rituals and the imperative to reproduce as evidenced in redback spiders.

RED is produced and crewed by some of the leaders in Australian film and theatre. Cate Blanchett stars as the protagonist, The Mother.

Choosing to structure the sequence as a set of narrative beats, rather than a traditional script, barton overlays the visuals with a tense and thumping soundtrack. These deep beats pulse through the sequence of jump cuts from intensive macro shots of spiders to the Mother and other human characterisations.

The Mother is at first still and brooding, crouched on a board table floating in a heaving sea, her features stark but for a totemic gash of red lipstick. She wears a classic tuxedo suit, contained and androgynous. And that’s when you notice the scissors.

Those bass beats drum out her fever as she slashes, stabs and sheers through the suit, tearing the fabric from her legs, crotch and torso to reveal a very taut female form beneath, encased in nets. She keeps her patent red shoes on.

Here, as in all her roles, Blanchett totally disappears into her character of the untamed Mother in heat; contorted, sweating and furious with the fundamental compulsion to mate. Pulsing with longing and demand, she signals to her mate with a commanding howl that would have blown Whitman’s “barbaric yawp” out of the water. She is unleashed.

Interspersed between shots of the actors are close ups of redback spiders in the act. The species is known for sexual cannibalism. In most cases, the female begins to eat her mate during or just after copulation. At some point in their evolution, this strategy was found to improve the chances of fertilisation and ensure the survival of the mother and offspring.

The climax is the pinnacle of the male’s existence. If he is selected by the female, he has one shot and that’s it. He has fulfilled his end of the deal and has no future role in parenting. Instead, he volunteers himself as a resource to be consumed by the female for the benefit of the next generation.

Blanchett’s recent work Manifesto (2015-2017) is an interesting contrast to RED: one intellectual and scholarly in its content, the other wild, unscripted and unbound.

Female creative power is an undeniable and vital force of nature. As such it is usually misunderstood, traditionally feared and difficult to restrain. Like barton’s RED, however, it demands respect and deserves to be celebrated.

via The Conversation

The interview with Del Kathryn Barton

via Audioboom