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ICYMI: The hottest SXSW films, Lindsay’s silly new flick and protesters interrupt Jeremy Strong

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SXSW previews your next month of cinema

Don’t discount South by Southwest (SXSW). Ever since Everything Everywhere All at Once premiered there in 2022 and then swept the Oscars, the Austin arts festival/conference has been perceived as a serious awards trendsetter.

Dev Patel’s directorial debut Monkey Man had chins wagging after its SXSW debut last week. The star of Slumdog Millionaire, Lion and The Green Knight appeared to be tearing up after his action thriller received a multi-minute standing ovation. The film, which has been Patel’s passion project for a couple of years, was picked up by Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions for a theatrical release. It’ll land in Aussie cinemas on April 4.

There are two more buzzy films coming out of SXSW with an Australian connection. First up is The Fall Guy, featuring Ryan “I’m just Ken” Gosling and directed by former stuntman David Leitch. The high-octane movie was filmed around Sydney, shutting down the Harbour Bridge for a few hours last January so Gosling could nail some car-based stunts. Look out for it in cinemas April 24.

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Late Night with the Devil was not only shot in Melbourne, but also written and directed by local siblings Colin and Cameron Cairnes. Starring David Dastmalchian, the found-footage horror film follows a disastrous attempt to up ratings on a special Halloween episode of a late-night talk show. It’ll be in cinemas on April 11.

For better or for worse, this last movie will have people talking in the next few months — Alex Garland’s Civil War. The British writer-director is behind films including Ex Machina, Men and 28 Days Later, and now he’s taking on US political unrest. Civil War takes place in a near future where some US states have seceded from the rest of the country, which leads to, you guessed it, a civil war. It will also land in Australian cinemas on April 11.

— Velvet Winter

And while we’re on the topic of SXSW …. dozens of acts boycotted the festival over its ‘super sponsor’

The Texas festival doesn’t just show films: It hosts hundreds of music and speaking performances over its run. But as of last Wednesday, more than 80 planned speakers and performers had pulled out of the festival, to protest the Israel-Gaza war.

Artists were protesting the inclusion of the US Army as one of the festival’s six major “super sponsors”, as well as the involvement of several weapons companies and agencies — as detailed by protest organisers Austin 4 Palestine.

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