Equitainment Newsletter - 19 February 2014
19 Feb 2014
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I have just watched a preview of a new movie, A FINE STEP, and it's a ripper ... I'm so pleased to see some quality horse movies coming through for a change!It's an American movie starring the wonderful Luke Perry (star of the rodeo movie 8 SECONDS) plus our very own true blue Aussie, Cameron Daddo. I spent a fair bit of time socialising with Cameron back in his Perfect Match years, so it brought back some great memories.
I also learnt a lot from this movie too. It's based around the show-ring world of a breed of horses I had never heard of before, the Paso Fino. OK, I admit it. I roared laughing when I first saw the gait, and made lots of irreverant comments on what dressage judges must be thinking, but all jokes aside, the horses were magnificent. They also explain a bit about the origins of the breed and how the horses are judged throughout the movie too, so we aren't left entirely in the dark. It just goes to show, you never finish learning when it comes to horses.
There are the usual equine related glitches and bloopers that we've all come to expect in horse movies, but they aren't too offensive. EXCEPT that no one ever wears a crash hat throughout the entire movie. Not good enough movie makers ... you should be setting a better role model for young (and old) viewers.
A FINE STEP - DUE EARLY APRIL 2014
Great news that Season 6 is finally heading for it's Australian release date, but I really wish the distributors would be a lot quicker. By the time we get to see the complete seasons released here in Australia, the rest of the world is two seasons ahead of us. And of course by that time, we've been hit with all the spoilers in the world.Never mind though. At least it is on it's way with Season 6 Part 1 due for release on the 2nd April, and the following Part 2 due later on in June. Not too long to wait now.
HEARTLAND SEASON 6 PART ONE - DVD - DUE 2ND APRIL 2014
I never really was a Martin Clunes fan until he started producing his brilliant documentaries. I began with the British Islands one, then discovered the wonderful dog one, fell in love with Horse Power and am now bursting a boiler to see this latest edition. My only criticism is that it's not long enough. More episodes please Mr Clunes.Fifty years ago, it seemed that the great age of the working horse was over but today, in locations all over the world, these wonderful creatures are proving their value all over again.
Martin Clunes (Doc Martin) travels the globe to look at the important role of working horses and he begins training his own adored Clydesdales to work on his Dorset farm.
MARTIN CLUNE'S HEAVY HORSE POWER - DVD - DUE EARLY MARCH 2014
MARTIN CLUNE'S HORSE POWER - DVD
MARTIN CLUNE'S A MAN AND HIS DOGS - DVD
I'm so thrilled to see this movie FINALLY make it to DVD. And even better ... the copy has been completely digitally re-mastered, so it's a lovely, clear copy! And there's more good news too. Throughout this year many more of the CHARLES CHAUVEL movies will be gradually released on DVD. YIPPEEEEEEEE!In case you aren't familiar with Chauvel's work, he was a pioneer of the Australian Film Industry who gained international acclaim as both an actor and director, and introduced us all to acting legends such as Chips Rafferty. His movies all had a very distinctive Aussie flavour with JEDDA, his final movie, breaking new ground by both casting two Aboriginal actors in the lead roles, and also by being the first Australian movie shot in colour.
I often field enquiries for various James Chauvel films, so I know there are going to be a lot of people very happy to see they are finally being released.
THE FULL COLLECTION
1920 Robbery Under Arms (Actor)
1920 The Shadow of Lightning Ridge (Actor)
1920 The Jackeroo of Coolabong (Actor)
1922 Captain Fly-By-Night (Actor)
1922 The Man from the Desert (Actor)
1923 Strangers of the Night (Actor)
1926 The Moth of Moonbi (Actor)
1926 Greenhide (Actor)
1933 In the Wake of the Bounty (Actor)
1935 Heritage (Actor)
1936 Uncivilised (Actor)
1936 Rangle River (Actor)
1937 Screen Test (Actor)
1940 Forty Thousand Horsemen (Director)
1942 Soldiers Without Uniform (Director)
1942 Power to Win (Director)
1943 A Mountain Goes to Sea (Director)
1943 While There is Still Time (Director)
1943 Russia Aflame (Director)
1944 The Rats of Tobruk (Director)
1949 Sons of Matthew (Director)
1955 Jedda (Director)
40,000 HORSEMEN - AUSTRALIAN CLASSIC MOVIE - DUE EARLY APRIL 2014