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.

Watch the Trailer For Stephen Gaghan's CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS

Yep, you read that right. The Academy Award winning writer of Traffic and director of Syriana Stephen Gaghan has lent his pen to the phenomenally successful Call of Duty game franchise, writing the story (and presumably the screenplay) for the... More »

SPARTACUS Duo Liam McIntyre and Viva Bianca Join TURKEY SHOOT Reboot

With the new trailer for Mark Hartley's remake of Australian cult classic Patrick only launching yesterday, it's time for more news of the highly-specialised 'remake of Aussie exploitation movie that everyone remembers thanks to Not Quite Hollywood' variety. Today's news... More »

Simon Pegg Joins Aussie Thriller KILL ME THREE TIMES

Looks like casting famous Brits in big Aussie movies is the new black. Or rather it was the old black, but once again has become so pronounced as to be worth commenting on. In the past 12 months we've had... More »

Yuen Woo Ping To Direct ZU WARRIORS In 3D For Tsui Hark

It's Yuen Woo Ping this week here at Twitch. Only yesterday we heard news the prolific director and veteran stunt coordinator would direct the sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and not to be outdone, Hong Kong filmmaker Tsui Hark... More »

Michelle Yeoh, Donnie Yen Set For CROUCHING TIGER II, Yuen Woo Ping To Direct

Where there's a will there's The Weinsteins. So goes the old Chinese saying. And their iron will has proven unstoppable once again, with The Weinstein Company powering along in its plans to follow up its 2000 international smash hit Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon... More »

Captain Kirk Joins Post-Apocalyptic Z FOR ZACHARIAH

With their movies currently rolling out into theatres, Chris Pine and Tobey Maguire are back in the news as part of a collaboration to adapt Z For Zachariah, the iconic 1974 young adult novel set in the wake of a... More »

Fox International to Remake Sundance Hit METRO MANILA

Fox International Productions has bought the remake rights to Metro Manila, the Tagalog-language heist thriller directed by Sean Ellis that won the Sundance World Cinema audience award at the 2013 Park City festival.The original story centres on a Filipino farmer... More »

St Kilda 2013 Preview: Why the Annual Music Video Program Rocks

Last year two things completely changed my perspective on watching music videos.First, Natasha Pincus' phenomenally successful video for Gotye's Somebody That I Used to Know was selected to play in SXSW and I helped Natasha with a little freelance... More »


Hell yes, this is exactly what the world needs. A Predator-style movie, set in the harsh Australian colonial landscape - with tough criminals being hunted by a mythological being that has its roots in the oldest Aboriginal stories. And who better to... More »

WOLF CREEK 2 Sales Poster Inspired By EVIL DEAD Reboot

Well if it was good enough for the Evil Dead reboot then it's good enough for relaunching Wolf Creek to the world. So appears to be the thinking behind the new sales poster art leading into the Cannes market for Wolf Creek... More »

St Kilda 2013 Preview: SXSW Sidebar to Showcase the Best of Texas

In this first preview of the St Kilda Film Festival which is held in St Kilda, Melbourne in May, I'm going to highlight the four SXSW sidebars that have been incorporated into the broader program this year. Known by its... More »

RAKE Greenlit As Fox Drama Series

Rake is a TV program I've written about a few times here on Twitch, both in my best of 2012 list and in following the progress of Sony Pictures Television picking up the original Australian series and developing it as... More »

Ewan McGregor Jumps From SON OF A GUN to JANE GOT A GUN

Ewan McGregor has just wrapped filming on Australian crime action-thriller Son of a Gun, and rather than get back home and chill out, he's opted to jump straight onto another project already in production. And it's not just any production... More »

Christopher McQuarrie Boards ICE STATION: ZEBRA Remake

Any idea what Ice Station: Zebra is? Until now I had no idea. However after the fantastically entertaining Jack Reacher, today's news that Christopher McQuarrie has signed on to direct the remake of this icy adventure makes it a must... More »

Aussie Filmmaker Andrew Morgan Uses Indiegogo In Reverse To Distribute Debut Feature

Andrew Morgan is an experimental filmmaker, with his feature debut Yes No Yes Yes Go a sort of documentary-fiction hybrid, so it's fitting that he's also decided to release the film in an experimental way. It's a variation of what... More »

Full St Kilda Film Festival Program Announced For 2013

Australia's best short film festival, the St Kilda Film Festival, is turning 30 this year and in the lead up has unveiled an epic line-up of shorts, music videos, sidebars from SXSW, retrospectives and restored short films. Twitch will dissect... More »

Mr Hyperbole Teases WALKING WITH DINOSAURS 3D In First International Trailer

If you played this teaser without watching the video and just listening to Mr Voice, you'd be forgiven for thinking it's the latest Jaden Smith movie. But open your eyes and you'd see it's a tale about a little dinosaur... More »

Out, Damned Spot! Natalie Portman To Play Lady Macbeth In Justin Kurzel's MACBETH

After news broke yesterday that rising-fast Australian director Justin Kurzel would direct Michael Fassbender as Macbeth for the producers of The King's Speech, we heard the reveal of who would play Lady Macbeth wasn't far away. Well, turns out that... More »

Christiaan Van Vuuren Directs Alternate Party Universes for Dutch

We're big fans of rising director Christiaan Van Vuuren here at Twitch, so it's great to see him unveil a new music video for Sydney hip hop dude Dutch. Made for the song Hank Moody, the video depicts Dutch experiencing... More »

Hey Australia & New Zealand! Win Amiel Courtin-Wilson's Brilliant HAIL On DVD!

Update: Due to an overwhelming response from readers the competition is already closed and all DVD's claimed - with both Australian and New Zealand readers getting copies, which is great.One of the most acclaimed Australian films of last year and... More »
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