Mine Gursel is a previous contributor to TRC. She attended the Turkish premiere – thanks to Russell. Here are her reports at her Facebook page and photobucket album.
Translation thanks to Mine Gursel –
First minute of the video (above), briefly:
Yılmaz Erdoğan explains how it took 1.5 months for RC to give him the role, Cem jokes about dubbing Y. Erdoğan for his scenes in English in Sydney, Erdoğan jokes saying he continued English lessons on horseback.. then Russell goes “I did all the horses’ voices”
Cem then says Russell told him to pick any role he liked, adding he picked Cemal to let Olga be Ayşe, and that unlike Olga, it would take 4 years not a couple weeks to “transform” himself for the role
Interview with Jai Courtney at The West Australian. Excerpt:
Courtney said he fulfilled a boyhood dream working with Crowe in The Water Diviner, in which he plays a lieutenant-colonel who helps Crowe’s character find the remains of his three sons at Gallipoli.
“Russell has been a hero of mine on the screen for some time. He was picking up all those Academy Award nods right when I was getting passionate about acting. He was the guy for me and my generation and I’ve tracked him pretty closely. So when I read he was making his directorial debut with a film about Gallipoli, it was a no-brainer. I got my hands on a copy of the script and chased the role.”
Yet Courtney was shocked by Crowe’s icy reception.
“Russell is a pretty intimidating character right off the bat. The first thing he said was ‘Do you know how to ride a horse?’ I said ‘Ahh . . .’ and was about to say yes even though I’d only ridden as a kid. He looked me in the eye and said ‘Don’t bulls… me!'”
Luckily, Crowe does all the riding in the film.
“Yeah, he’s a proper cowboy, mate. But it was wonderful to have that dream realised and find myself working alongside him and under his direction.”
Andrew Anastasios on the Turkish premiere
Anzac landing told from fresh perspective in The Water Diviner
From SMH Gatecrasher:
The first time director was easygoing on the red carpet but was quick to acknowledge the sometimes heavy going of filmmaking. “It’s an art form first, but I do respect the fact that it’s the most expensive commercial art form that exists. I love having that pressure – here’s your budget, here’s your available assets, here’s the time frame you have to work in. It’s a relentless pursuit making a feature film.”
What advice do you have for aspiring Australian storytellers? “To be exactly that, be a story teller, don’t get caught up in the ease of how you can finance a genre-based movie. In every person here there would be a feature film . . . a story of loss and grief and love and adventure and that’s what you have to focus on, that kind of human engagement.”
As a Californian I found this kinda cute: Earthquake rocks South Sydney Rabbitohs. Photo at the link. Pish – a 4.7 is a baby quake we sleep through those.