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Patrick Brzeski

Asia Bureau Chief

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Australian TV Veterans Launch Production Banner Sam Content

Australian TV veterans Sally Aitken (Playing With Sharks) and Aline Jacques (Lindy Chamberlain: The True Story) have partnered up to launch Sam Content, a new production banner that will operate out of Sydney.  The partners, who plan to serve as joint founders and co-CEOs, say the new outfit will develop and produce all genres of unscripted and scripted […]

Netflix Releases Previously Unseen ‘Squid Game’ Clip, Plus Teasers for New Seasons of ‘Hellbound,’ ‘Money Heist: Korea’

Netflix’s Tudum global fan event is taking place across the streamer’s many YouTube channels this weekend, and there are plenty of goodies for the world’s K-drama fans. Among the many sneak peaks shared by the streamer are exclusive first looks at returning Korean hit series like Hellbound, Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area and […]

Well Go USA Acquires Japanese Crime Thriller ‘Bad City’

Well Go USA has acquired all North American rights to Japanese director Kensuke Sonomura’s heavy-hitting crime thriller Bad City.  A follow-up to the genre director’s assassin thriller Hydra from last year, Bad City will screen at Austin’s Fantastic Fest on Friday, followed by an in-competition slot at Sitges in October.  Well Go will first release the […]

Study: Netflix Retains Strong Subscriber Lead in Australia, But Emphasis Shifting Towards Profitability

Netflix has maintained a significant subscriber lead over rivals Disney+ and Amazon Prime Video in Australia, Asia-Pacific’s most mature online video market. Increasingly, though, all platforms down under are pivoting towards the new top metric of profitability rather than simple subscriber growth.  A new report from regional consultancy Media Partners Asia found that Australia had 22.1 […]

Luang Prabang Film Festival to Make Post-COVID Comeback in December

Southeast Asia’s pioneering Luang Prabang Film Festival, held annually amidst the ancient Buddhist temples of Laos’ UNESCO World Heritage town, is set to hold its first post-COVID edition in December.  The event pivoted to a virtual format in 2020 as the pandemic swept the globe, but further budget cuts the following year forced a full cancelation. The […]

Tokyo Film Festival Names Julie Taymor as Jury President

The 35th Tokyo International Film Festival has named acclaimed stage and film director Julie Taymor as the president of its main competition jury. Taymor will be the festival’s third consecutive female jury chief, following French screen icon Isabelle Huppert in 2021 and Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi in 2019 (the festival didn’t hold a competition in 2020 due to […]

Suriname Government Threatens Legal Action Against Netflix Over Korean Series ‘Narco-Saints’

The government of Suriname is considering taking legal action against the producers of Netflix’s new Korean original series Narco-Saints over the way the country is portrayed in the show. Released globally last week, Narco-Saints is loosely based on real-life events from the early 2000s. The show, titled Suriname in Korea, tells the story of an […]

Venice: World Premiere of Andrew Dominik’s ‘Blonde’ Generates Rapturous (and Stunned) Reaction

Andrew Dominik’s long-gestating Marilyn Monroe biopic Blonde received a reception Thursday night at its Venice world premiere that somehow managed to be both rapturous and stunned. The contradictory nature of that response reflects the divisiveness that will most likely follow the harrowing NC-17 movie into awards season.  The Venice audience responded with rousing applause and a […]

Venice: Ana de Armas on Becoming Marilyn Monroe for Andrew Dominik’s ‘Blonde’: “This Movie Changed My Life”

Just as the uncommonly strong and scandal-filled 79th edition of the Venice Film Festival was beginning to wind down, Andrew Dominik’s wildly ambitious Marilyn Monroe biopic Blonde arrived on the scene Thursday to reignite discussion. The director and his cast — including star Ana de Armas — spoke about the NC-17-rated film’s creation shortly after its […]

Venice: Alice Diop Discusses Her Stunning Fictional Film Debut ‘Saint Omer’

[The following story contains spoilers from Saint Omer.] Acclaimed French documentarian Alice Diop makes a strong transition to the narrative feature with Saint Omer, her first fictional film, premiering this week in the Venice Film Festival’s main competition.  The film follows Rama (Kayije Kagame), a pregnant young novelist who attends the trial of Laurence Coly (Guslagie Malanda), […]

Venice: Crowds Dismiss ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Scandal as Olivia Wilde, Harry Styles and Florence Pugh Get Enthusiastic Reception

Olivia Wilde’s psychological thriller Don’t Worry Darling received an enthusiastic reception at its world premiere Monday night in Venice despite the whiff of slow-burn scandal that has been engulfing the film for weeks.  The Venice audience responded with hearty applause and some hooting as the curtain closed on the feminist-themed Warner Bros. Pictures movie, with the crowd […]

Venice: Olivia Wilde Declines to Address “Noise” About Florence Pugh in ‘Don’t Worry Darling,’ Festival Shuts Down Question About Shia LaBeouf

Olivia Wilde did her best to dodge questions about the scandals surrounding her feature Don’t Worry Darling during a Venice Film Festival press event Monday, with some significant help from the festival itself. In what felt at times like a carefully stage-managed media meet that sought to ignore several elephants in the room, many journalists […]