Simon de Bruyn
Contributing Writer; Melbourne, Australia

Simon de Bruyn has been covering Antipodean films for Twitch for four years. He's also the Australian & New Zealand acquisitions executive for XYZ Films.

XLerator Media Picks Up Fantastic Fest Hit THE CONSPIRACY For Late Summer 2013 Release

Ever since its premiere at Fantastic Fest last year The Conspiracy has been pretty close to the top of my must-see list. The is-or-isn't it real assembled footage story of two documentary filmmakers who track down a crazed conspiracy theorist... More »

It's Organic Blood And Bone In The 100 BLOODY ACRES Trailer

Coming to cinemas and VOD in North America from June 28 is 100 Bloody Acres, the fantastic comedy horror debut from Colin and Cameron Cairnes. Like the Leyland brothers and Spierigs before them, the Cairnes brothers are carving out a... More »

HBO Reveals First Look at Stephen Merchant's HELLO LADIES

Ah, Smerch. Otherwise known as Stephen Merchant, co-creator of The Office, Extras, An Idiot Abroad and many other projects with Ricky Gervais, Karl Pilkington, Warwick Davis and other collaborators. He's also known as the voice of Wheatley in Portal 2, a... More »

Fukk THE INTERNSHIP, Watch Max Barry's SYRUP Instead This Weekend

What a delicious irony. The same weekend the shameless product placement vehicle The Internship hits North American cinemas, discerning audiences will also be able to seek out Syrup, an adaptation of the brilliantly satirical Max Barry novel of the same... More »

Well Go USA Picks Up MYSTERY ROAD For North America As Director Ivan Sen Prepares His Chinese Sci-fi LOVELAND

Ivan Sen's modern Western Mystery Road opened the Sydney Film Festival this week to early critical acclaim, and following the premiere came news that Well Go USA has picked up North American rights for an early 2014 release. Starring Aaron Pedersen,... More »

New MAN OF STEEL Trailer Wants To Show You Its CG Muscles

What's better than real muscles? CG muscles! This is the message that comes across loud and clear in the new trailer for Man of Steel, released as a tie-in with a mobile phone company. Of course I'm not literally talking... More »

Dreamworks To Make Australian Animated Musical With Tim Minchin

In a move as bizarre and unexpected Michel Gondry directing The Green Hornet, Dreamworks Animation has hired quirky Australian indie performer Tim Minchin to write and compose it's first animated musical. And to top it off, they're setting it in... More »

St Kilda 2013 Awards: JOEY, EXPLOSIONS, TIDIEST TOWN 2002 Get Gongs

We've written about the SoundKilda awards already, and here are the results of the St Kilda Film Festival awards, which may sound similar but are a very different series of gongs given at the same festival to reward the 100... More »

J.C. Chandor Gives Javier Bardem A MOST VIOLENT YEAR

Ben Wheatley constantly amazes us at Twitch with his speed at churning out cinematic masterpieces starting with his debut Down Terrace in 2009. Over the moat in America, J.C. Chandor is fast catching up, already readying his third feature since... More »

Sundance's TWO MOTHERS Becomes ADORATION, Because 'A' Titles Are More Visible In VOD Menus

Sundance 2013 adult drama Two Mothers (as it was titled then) has had an identity crisis since it was first announced as The Grandmothers before filming began. The Grandmothers is the title of the Doris Lessing novel the film is based... More »

SoundKilda 2013 Awards: Darcy and Shanks Take Everything

It's nice to back a winner, and it's even nicer to back two. Last week at the SoundKilda music video competition as part of the 2013 St Kilda Film Festival, directors Darcy Prendergast and Michael Shanks -- whom Twitch has... More »

DRONE Trailer Explores The Psychological Impact Of Armchair Killing

Remote warfare is a terrifying proposition. With death-dealing taking place at the press of a button in rooms far removed from the killing field it's no wonder filmmakers are starting to examine what happens when the human psyche is put... More »

Watch The Increasingly Angry Morgan Brothers Tell You To Buy Australian

I'm loving this 100 Bloody Acres secondary marketing campaign. Directing brothers Colin and Cameron Cairnes have applied their considerable talents to putting together a series of fake ads that brilliantly parody the terrible Australian TV ads made by well-meaning but... More »

Adopt A Child Called MABANTU

This sketch aired on bizarre Australian comedy show The Gentlemen's Guide to Knife Fighting recently and made me cry with laughter. Starring Patrick Brammall, Phil Lloyd, Adele Vuko and Damon Herriman (who has proven with this show and 100 Bloody... More »

Watch the Trailer For 19th Century New Zealand Mystery WHITE LIES

Acclaimed Māori author Witi Ihimaera wrote the original novel that the hugely successful film Whale Rider was based on, and now another of his stories has been adapted for the screen by the same producers. Set in 19th century New Zealand, White... More »

Cool Cats Don't Look At Explosions in Roadgeek's TOWARDS THE SUN

Aussie composer, musician, producer, director, writer and VFX wiz Michael Shanks has unveiled the latest music video for his band Roadgeek, for which he sings and plays all the instruments, natch -- like Dave Grohl on that first great Foo... More »

Lars von Trier Creates A New Film Genre, Unveils NYMPHOMANIAC Chapter Titles

Uncle Lars never gets dull that's for sure. In an announcement delivered to the trades, Danish auteur and provocateur Lars von Trier has revealed that for his new film Nymphomaniac, he wants to introduce a new genre called Digressionism, ie. to... More »

Sam Neill and Bryan Brown Team Up For OLD SCHOOL

This is not your father's Old School, and by that I mean you Magnus Paulin Ferrell. Nope, Sam Neill and Bryan Brown aren't teaming up for an remake of the US cult comedy, but are just taking the name and old... More »

Watch Matthew Chuang's Brilliant Fantasia Award-Winning Short MATHILDA

At last year's Fantasia International Film Festival one of the short films to make a big impression was Matthew Chuang's Mathilda, which took out the Silver Audience Award. Twitch is now proud to present the short which just launched online.Featuring a... More »

St Kilda 2013 Preview: 13 Essential Shorts

The St Kilda Short Film Festival is turning 30 this year, and to celebrate it is running an extended 10 day program that includes 100 Australian short films, a special program of music videos and retrospective screenings, industry open days... More »
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