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16 NT NEWS. Tuesday, July 20, 2010. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 0 -J U L -2 0 1 0 P A G E : 1 6 C O L O R : C M Y K e r0 4 0 2 0 1 / 1 0 Entertainment WHATS ON REVIEWS MUSIC Leonardo DiCaprio in a scene from Inception Great start for thriller LOS ANGELES: Leonardo DiCaprio and Christopher Nolans Inception is anything but a sleeper as the thriller opened big with $US60.4 million ($A68.33 million) and a No. 1 finish at the weekend box office, studio officials yesterday anticipated. The WarnerBros. action tale about a team that sneaks into peoples dreams is DiCaprios biggest opening weekend, topping his previous best of $A50 million for last winters Shutter Island. Inception falls far short of director Christopher Nolans best, though. Nolan is the man who directed the Batman blockbuster, The Dark Knight, which opened over the same weekend two years ago with a record $A172 million. Warner Bros. has carved out a niche with this particular mid-July weekend. The studio followed The Dark Knight with a $A90 million opening for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince over the same weekend last year. We like this spot. Not to sound superstitious, but stay away from this weekend.Iownit, saidDanFellman, head of distribution for Warner Bros. A shining light on beauty of solitude By KATELYN CATANZARITI in Sydney Actor Miranda Otto in a scene from her new lighthouse epic South Solitary SLASHING the budget of Australian lighthouse epic South Solitary was the best thing that could have ever happened to the film, writer and director Shirley Barrett says. The move took away the pressure to attach big name internationalstarstothefilm, and meant Barrett was free to cast local actors like Australians Miranda and Barry Otto and Kiwi Marton Csokas. Because I wanted to shoot on this remote Tasmanian island the budget was really steep so we said wed have to go for an international cast, Barrett said. That prompted a lot of stuffing around, being stuffed around by international casting agents. We spent a long time pursuingMaggie Gyllenhaal and at one point Paul Bettany was interested for a minute, until he found out it was in Australia. It became a process of more and more unlikely people being mooted for the roles and you suddenly realise why bad casting decisions can be made theres so much pressure to get a name, whatever name, and shoehorn them into the role. When the shoot relocated to mainland Victoria, the budget was downsized from $19 million to about $6.5m. It would have angered most directors, but Barrett was thrilled with the news. Its very much an Austral ian story its based on true stories about Australian lighthouse islands so it did seem a real shame (to go with a foreign cast). Im much, much, much happier with the way we ended up doing it. South Solitary tells the story of Meredith (Miranda Otto), unmarried and 35, who arrivesat aremotelighthouse island in 1927 to assist her un cle Wadsworth (Barry Otto), in his newly appointed position as head lighthouse keeper. There she meets the withdrawn and battlescarred assistant keeper Fleet (Csokas) who makes an unlikely companion. Having both the Ottos on set, there was minimum chat or fuss, Barrett says. I think they were kind of amused at the idea of playing these characters, she says. I think Barry quite en joyed playing the fusty old head light keeper. In preparation for the film, Miranda Otto and Barrett looked up old 1927 home journals and wrote long letters to each other, in character. We created a history for her and I was her friend Myra and wed write to each other, Barrett says. The story of South Solitary was inspired by true stories of isolation and distress from remote lighthouse stations. They really did have those terrifying haulage ways and messenger pigeons, the body being preserved in the bath tub is a true story that happened on Deal Island ... its horrifying, Barrett says. South Solitary opens nationally on July 29. 1.6mwatchHawkemovie Richard Roxburgh as Bob Hawke in the telemovie Hawke SYDNEY: More than 1.6 million viewers tuned in to watch the dramatised booze-fuelled, womanising rise and fall of one of Australias most popular prime ministers, Bob Hawke. Network Tens much heralded 95-minute telemovie Hawke details the private struggles of Australias longest serving Labor prime minister, set against the most public battle of his life with his treasurer and would-be replacement, Paul Keating. The program at 8.30pm on Sunday night attracted more than 1.6 million viewers with the numbers peaking at closer to two million. About 813,000 of those viewers hung around to watch Hawke: The Interview, which aired after the biopic. Hawke enjoyed a helpful lead-in by MasterChef Australias biggest audience of the year. More than 2.19 million viewers watched MasterChef making it Sundays most watched program.
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