Tuesday, November 2, 2010

WINNER OF A DOUBLE PASS THE PREMIERE!

Yes we are announcing the winner half an hour before the RACE that STOPS the NATION For those of you who live outside AUSTRALIA its a horse race! If you're into horse racing then its a very exciting event, and if you're not ( like me) I love the great effort that everyone makes to look their best!

So, drum roll..... please.... the WINNER of our great race called the BELLADONNA Premiere is Sumitra Phoenix! Congratulations Sumitra!! See you at CINEMA COMO on the night.

If you are interested in our great bash! tickets are selling fast and Kate Kendall will be going on the TV show THE CIRCLE next week so don't leave it to the last moment or you could miss out. For more information and to purchase tickets go to
http://www.palacecinemas.com.au/movies/belladonna/
or www.belladonnathemovie.com

Warmest Wishes ANNIKA

Monday, September 20, 2010

BELLADONNA release in AUSTRALIA

Hello Everyone!! Yes finally it is happening!! We are releasing BELLADONNA in Australia starting in MELBOURNE in NOVEMBER. Our PREMIERE GALA night will be on the 10th of NOVEMBER at Cinema Como followed by a release commencing the 18th of NOVEMBER at KINO and COMO cinema. At the beginning of October we will be revealing out new BELLADONNA poster and website where you''ll able to purchase tickets to the PREMIERE. Its going to be a fantastic night with live performances by BOBBY FLYNN and LAMPLIGHT as well as champagne, cast crew and the works. Stay tuned and see you there!
ANNIKA

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

BELLADONNA: Behind the scenes HOT HOT HOT

Where or where have we been? yes well!! would you believe POLAND ohh yes... An amazing opportunity came up for us to cross the continents and shoot another feature film by the title BUNNY. It was an extraordinary experience and now we are back to release BELLADONNA here in Australia HOORAY!! We have had meetings with PR people and are gathering a super team of humans!! Now here is EPISODE number 5. It really should be named WHO IS CRAZY ENOUGH TO SHOOT A FILM IN JANUARY IN AUSTRALIA? Hope you enjoy it! Create and be happy
ANNIKA

Sunday, March 28, 2010

EPISODE 4. So you think driving in movies is easy?

Bonjour!!

Here is our Episode 4 from behind the scenes of BELLADONNA as we get closer to the Australian release.... its all about driving.... how to do it without shutting the whole city down... ie Steve Spielberg style!!

Enjoy!!


Monday, March 1, 2010

BELLADONNA US Interview

Hello Bonjour and Dziendobry!!

Yes we have become a little international! ouu la la...
I did an interview with a wonderful man called Brian Mercer from THE AUTHOR MAGAZINE in the US about the whole process of writing and making of BELLADONNA as we prepare for its unveiling this year!!!... he had seen the film prior to the interview and wanted to talk about particular scenes which stayed with him...
A great interviewer with an enthusiastic filmmaker.

I hope you enjoy it and stay tuned in for details of then release... the first one in POLAND

http://www.authormagazine.org/interviews/interview_page_glac.htm

Warm Wishes

ANNIKA


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

2010 BELLADONNA comes of age!

Seasons Greetings from Marcus and I at the BELLADONNA land!
2009 WOW what a year, and her we go 2010!

Firstly thank you so much for supporting us, it has been very special and it means alot to us, and here we are, the first entry of 2010. So lets begin!
Some of you may have read some doom and gloom stories about the film industry and I guess the world, and yes things are somewhat crumbling as the 'old set up patterns' become unstable yet as things crumble new things grow. So here we have been growing BELLADONNA
(not literally the plant, although that is a great idea) but rather the lightness of vision and the independent ways of achievement and success! it may take longer but we are in it for the long run.SO many wonderful opportunities have come our way, and few tricky decisions along the way (which some industry people would have questioned) usually about the interface between the 'old and the new' I see the picture of the dinosaurs dying out, while the little creature are moving with ease... creating new worlds, independently with other little creatures!! 2009 saw the completion of our festival circuit at the INDIAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL in Goa which was just amazing (some photos below)
So what now? well now we are preparing for the release here in AUSTRALIA and the US with the assistant of our US Sales Agent.

Here are just a few of the places we have been this year

The warmest of wishes the coolest of people. May your year be filled with splendour!
ANNIKA

1. Medine and Ronaldo Bertubin another filmmaker with a film in the competition!!
2. Radio
Interview in India aired nationally the next day.
3. INDIAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Medine and I at of of the many extraordinary parties and just after the PREMIERE to 900 people at the KALA Cinema in GOA.






4..FESTIVAL DE ANTIPODESin St TROPEZ BELLADONNA was one of the 6 films in Competition KASIA MAZUREK (who plays the role of Jadwiga) was invited and attended the festival with TOMASZ BORKOWSKI in St Tropez
5..Bernard Bories the artistic Director of the festival, Anthony La Paglia one of the Jury members.



Belladonna was the opening Australian film at the Shanghai International Film festival 2009




CANNES FILM FESTIVAL and the MARKET where we found our Sales Agent
POLAND with the Polish Producer Malgosia Corvalan and Pawel Smagala who plays Pawel in BELLADONNA
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at the Premiere Off Camera film festival in Krakow Poland





Thursday, November 19, 2009

BECOME A FACEBOOK FAN!

Hello dear BELLADONIANS!!
With only 5 days until I depart for INDIA as BELLADONNA is in the INDIAN INTERNATIONAL FILM COMPETITION you might want to join us on facebook by becoming a fan and have a sneak peak of news and photos straight from the festival!

See you there

Hooray ANNIKA



Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Second BELLADONNA past life film competition winner!!

There are many ways to express the same idea!! I'd like to really thank Marcella McMahon from the US who has made a film for our BELLADONNA competition!! Congratulations!! and deep thanks.. I hope you all enjoy it.

ANNIKA


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Monday, October 5, 2009

First BELLADONNA past life film competition winner!!

Dear Belladonnians

We have had a wonderful response to the "who were you in a past life" Competition. And we have chosen two very different films.. So the first winning entry comes form Julie Wougn from Canada..CONGRATULATIONS JULIE!!!!
Thank you to everyone who sent in their entries and tomorrow we will announce winning entry number 2.
There is lots of news happening here so stay tuned!!

Cherio ANNIKA



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Thursday, September 3, 2009

BELLADONNA COMPETITION NEW DEADLINE!


Greeting!! We have had requests from some wonderful creative people asking to extend the deadline which we have to the
20th of September!

Cherio ANNIKA

P.S For all the details see the below entry.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

WIN actual film frames from BELLADONNA


Hello everyone!!
I have been somewhat busy, as we are = closer to BELLADONNAS World Wide introduction. We have just signed a deal with a US based SALES Agent (they are great) which gives us the opportunity to focus our efforts in Australia and Poland!!
I wanted to mark the week of BELLADONNA'S exciting deal,with something very unique -especially for you. A COMPETITION! yes can you believe it? We have sections of a 35mm film print of BELLADONNA, which we would like to give away as prizes,they are precious 'one off' hand selected strips of 11 frames, before the official release of the film! (I have a frame of 'Singing in the Rain' hanging on my window which I really love)
HOW DO YOU WIN ONE? well all you have to do is make a 1 minute video, (as straight to camera or artistic as you like) sharing any feeling or thoughts as to who you 'may' have been in a past life?.... and the most inspirational.. funny.. committed wins! and gets posted on the BELLADONNA the movie website and FACEBOOK page ( only if you like to )
So please e-mail me your wonderful creations to info@glasskingdom.com.au. I can't wait to watch them, and thank you for your wonderful wishes ANNIKA

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

BELLADONNA at the SHANGHAI FILM FESTIVAL





Wow what a thrill and a breath of fresh air!!

Sometimes a situation becomes clearer by the experience of its opposite. It took 11,000m amongst the clouds of China for me to wake up to the full bodied experience that was CANNES.
Cannes for us was about navigating our way around all the doom gloom panic that underpinned alot the film industry/the market ,I guess a reflection of the world financial situation and a feeling that something is changing in the whole belly of the beast.
Glamorous, traditional ( bordering on conservative) beautiful and sometimes very ugly... intense, sweet...
Paolo Coelho has recently written a book about the Cannes festival called "The winner stands alone" If you'd like to read a free chapter you can go to his website http://www.paulocoelho.com. I was too scared to read the book before Cannes just in case it coloured my experience, now I think I'm too scared to read it just in case it confirms the feeling. For BELLADONNA the whole experience was necessary and positive as it gained International interest and as received exposure which is now leading us into interesting territories.. more on that later.
When I look back on the most talented people I have known who chose not to pursue their creative expression, and I reflect on the reasons why there are so few second time filmmaker (especially in Australia) it would have to relate this very situation.
The mix of money power and glamour is certainly a heady one. It makes humans forget the very essence of their being.It becomes a game of dark magic not light creativity which you either choose to play or not, and thus the exit sign for alot of artist who simply can't see themselves in this environment.
So when the opportunity to have the Asian premiere of BELLADONNA in Shanghai came along I was excited for the film but unsure of what that meant for me.... Well.... it was a gift... and enormous amount of fun. I feel honoured, and my Spirits are restored both for humanity and creativity. I, like many, had reservations about what to expect from China, but our whole experience was met by gentle, open, wise people who were at a turning point in their lives.

After BELLADONNA'S opening, we had the Q & A where the audience asked wonderful, insightful and brave questions about the theme of the movie. "Do you think you can really have images from other lives come through your dreams?"
One of the most poignant moments for me was when our interpreter (a young woman Cici) was telling us how much she enjoyed the film, and her favourite line was ....( pause as she though of it) " That somehow we are all profoundly linked to one another"...

Shanghai is a huge festival and one of the biggest in Asia. The Jury consisted of Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire), Andy MacDowell, Xavier Koller, Jianxin Huang etc
Alots the European countries had huge delegations of Sales Agents, Film Funding representat
ives.Their Embassies throwing impressive occasionsto foster the Chinese and build international relationship (we attended the German who which was impressive to say the least)
There is a feeling, kind of like champagne bubbles where anything is possible... how exciting.
A big thank you to the Australian Consulate especially Tom Conner, Dene Yeaman, and the Australian Trade Commission for throwing a wonderful party for us, and the other filmmakers whose films featured in the festival.
Finally...just as it took us to go to Poland to meet a Producer who lives around the corner from us, it took a trip to Shanghai to meet w fellow independent filmmaker ( who also lives around the corner) Pene Patrick who has made a film called Playing for Charlie
, coming out soon.... Thank you and keep visiting here as it is all unfolding beautifully!! ANNIKA

Thursday, June 11, 2009

BELLADONNA and the wrap from Cannes!!





Hi Everyone!! We have returned from Cannes... yes and almost recovered! what an extravaganza! The Festival and the Market was an event to behold and very good for BELLADONNA. We met some wonderful people had great meetings and are getting very close to the films release! I'll report more on the ins and out of whats happening at Cannes and the state of the Film world a little later for now you will have to enjoy Marcus's starring role in his own movie.. this is what happens on day 8 of the market when things become somewhat delirious!!

Also the very exciting news is that on Saturday we are off to SHANGHAI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL as BELLADONNA is opening the Australian representation! A red carpet affair...we are very excited! as our little film is having its Asian PREMIERE!!

Over and out for now! Annika






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Thursday, May 7, 2009

BELLADONNA Epsiode 3 Casting for Stars

Yes its true!!

We are off to the wonderous place Called Europe.... Antwerp, Germany Paris and Cannes... lots of meetings and great amount of fun!

Here is our 3rd episode of BELLADONNA land I hope you enjoy it!!!

Loads of great wishes
ANNIKA and MARCUS

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

BELLADONNA Episode no 2 Film Secrets


Hello Lovely People!!

Yes we are off on our O/S adventure very very soon!! Cannes here we come!! Lots of people to meet at the market.... no no not the fruit market the FILM MARKET... we will have videos of our adventure so stay tuned!!! I will be on TWITTER with all the up to date details!

So... here is the Second Episode with BOBBY FLYNN the wonderful artist who has contributed some music to the film soundtrack if you want to find out more about him go to www.bobbyflynn.com.

We are a small team here at the BELLADONNA LAND and if you would like to help, these are something you could do!
1. Let other people know about the film...and encourage them to register with us at http://www.belladonnathemovie.com, as there are 'internal goodies on offer'
2. If you are on FACEBOOK invite others to join us there!! and maybe join yourself
3. Be Happy and do what you love to do!!
4. Suggest ways of letting the whole world knowing about the film.

Over and out from the BELLADONNA LAND
Annika