It will be available next Tuesday, the 18th. Will you be getting it?
IAR: To begin with, after appearing in so many American movies, was it nice to return to Australia and make Wish You Were Here?
Teresa Palmer: Yeah! I obviously started doing Australian films and it was nice for me to go back to Australia and get back into doing these great Aussie dramas. They film my favorite movies in the world. I loved Animal Kingdom. That largely inspired me to get involved and do this movie. Our director Kieran Darcy-Smith was involved with Animal Kingdom so I was excited when I got the script. I read it, it was great and gritty and suspenseful and kept me on the edge of the seat. I was so happy they wanted me to do this role.
You mentioned Animal Kingdom and there have been a lot of great movies that have come out of Australia in the last few years. What do you think are some of the major differences between Australian and American cinema?
Palmer: I guess it really depends on the filmmaker, but the Australian dramas that I’ve been gravitating towards recently have been really raw and pushing the boundaries in terms of the sorts of things that they’re showing the audience. Animal Kingdom was such an original idea and it was not like anything I’d ever seen before, and so is Wish You Were Here. Everything just feels really real and grounded in reality. These stories are so different from anything that we’ve experienced before. Australian cinema, it just goes there and it pushes the boundaries in that way.
Paul Middleditch’s horror comedy Rapture-Palooza, hits limited theaters and VOD platforms on Friday June 7 from Lionsgate. Along with some other journalists I recently had a chance to sit down with star Rob Corddry (Warm Bodies). We discussed the fear of being found out, the perks of being an Anti-Christ, and his willingness to do Warm Bodies 2.
Anna Kendrick, John Francis Daley, Craig Robinsin, Rob Huebel and Ken Jeong also star in this new end of the world comedy from Lionsgate.
“When the Apocalypse actually happens and a billion people are raptured up to heaven, Lindsey (Anna Kendrick, Pitch Perfect) and her boyfriend Ben (John Francis Daley, TV’s “Bones”) are left behind in suburban Seattle. The young couple tries their best to lead a normal life surrounded by talking locusts, blood rain showers and pot-smoking wraiths. But when The Beast (Craig Robinson, TV’s “The Office”) makes his home base in their neighborhood, Lindsey finds herself the object of his affection. With the help of her family, friends and a lawn-mowing zombie neighbor (Tom Lennon, TV’s “Reno 911”), the young couple set off to stop the Anti-Christ from taking her as his bride…and just maybe, saving the world in the process.”
You play kind of a sell-out in this movie. What’s your access point for that?
Oh yeah! Well it’s that whole thing of I could never really have fun playing a character I totally hate. You find the place where you’re, if not relating to him, sympathetic. And it’s that scene at the pool where I’m mistaken for a pool contractor by the Anti-Christ. And I think that’s something everyone can relate to, being found out in front of people that matter. We’re all afraid that we’re going to be found out.
How was it working with Craig Robinson again after Hot Tub Time Machine?
What a drag. What a drag! Craig Robinson again in Vancouver, he’s like the mayor of that town. No, there’s nothing that’s not insanely fun about doing anything with Craig.
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On the sun-kissed coast of Cambodia, four young Australians party, explore and kick back and relax, soaking up the sun during the day, and sweating it out at night. But this idyllic backdrop holds something far more sinister in store and when only three of the four return home, so begins a mystery crossing national borders, and poised to fundamentally change the lives of everyone involved. So begins “Wish You Were Here,” a lean thriller from director Kieran-Darcy Smith, from a script he co-wrote with one of the film’s stars (and his wife), Felicity Price, in a picture that features two of Australia’s hottest exports at the moment, Joel Edgerton and Teresa Palmer.
And it’s the actress we caught up with on the phone last week to talk about the movie, made under the Blue Tongue Films banner, a production house of like-minded collaborators that has put its stamp on movies like “Animal Kingdom,” “The Square” and “Hesher.” And while we did touch upon her work on Terrence Malick’s “Knight Of Cups” (read out that here) as well as some of her upcoming projects (which we’ll get to), the thriller was at the center of attention, and what caught Palmer’s eye in the first place, was just the chance to work with the Blue Tongue clan.
“I read the script and I immediately signed on because I loved the story, I loved the idea of shooting back in Australia again, playing this complex character, and just being involved in this film. I loved the Blue Tongue guys, I think they’ve produced some great quality movies, and I wanted to be a part of one of them,” she explained.
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