Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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Can’t make it to Utah this month for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival? Here are your options. One – keep it locked right here to Slashfilm.com because myself, Peter Sciretta and David Chen will be on the scene reporting daily. Two – head to one of the cities that’s hosting a Sundance Film Festival USA screening. Or three – just click the On Demand button on your remote and join in to the Direct from the Sundance Film Festival initiative. Five specially selected films – four world premieres and one U.S. premiere – that will be playing at the festival will be available for a limited time on demand in on most major cable systems.

They are Mad Bastards, directed by Brendan Fletcher, Septien, directed by Michael Tully, These Amazing Shadows, directed by Kurt Norton, Uncle Kent, directed by Joe Swanberg and Kaboom, directed by Gregg Araki. Read full descriptions of each film and see stills after the jump. Read More »

Sundance 2011: ‘Mad Bastards’ Trailer


Writer/director Brendan Fletcher debut feature film Mad Bastards is set to premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. The Australian film follows the story of “TJ’s quest to find the son he’s never known.” The journey takes him “across the remote and stunning Kimberley landscape.” Here is the official plot synopsis:

TJ is a mad bastard, and his estranged 13-year-old son Bullet is on the fast track to becoming one, too. After being turned away from his mother’s house, TJ sets off across the country to the Kimberly region of northwestern Australia to make things right with his son. Grandpa Tex has lived a tough life, and now, as a local cop, he wants to change things for the men in his community. Crosscutting between three generations, Mad Bastards is a raw look at the journey to becoming a man and the personal transformation one must make. Developed with local Aboriginal communities and fueled by a local cast, Mad Bastards draws from the rich tradition of storytelling inherent in Indigenous life. Using music from legendary Broome musicians the Pigram Brothers, writer/director Brendan Fletcher poetically fuses the harsh realities of violence, healing, and family.

The movie stars Dean Daley-Jones, Greg Tait, Lucas Yeeda, Ngaire Pigram, John Watson, and Douglas Macale. It’s a great title, and the movie looks like it could be a contender in the World Cinema Dramatic competition. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump, along with some production photos. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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