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Show Me The Magic - The Adventures of Don McAlpine

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Date: 13 - 15 Feb 2013

Show me the Magic
The Adventures of Don McAlpine
Show me the Magic takes us on an enthralling journey into the life and work of legendary Australian cinematographer Don McAlpine. The filmmaker secured rare access to the usually closed behind-the-scenes world that Don inhabits during his 50th film, X-Men Origins: Wolverine with Gavin Hood and Hugh Jackman, and on the set of Mental, directed by P.J. Hogan, (Peter Pan). This is Donís 53rd film and his first digital feature. His career includes such seminal films as Patriot Games, Predator, Peter Pan, Mrs Doubtfire, Romeo+Juliet, Moulin Rouge! and The Chronicles of Nania: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Show me the Magic tells the story of Don's journey from a one-horse town in outback NSW to the heights of Hollywood, weaving historical archive with Don's own personal collection and behind the scenes footage. Directors Bruce Beresford and Gillian Armstrong recall highlights from Donís remarkable Australian career including the iconic Breaker Morant and My Brilliant Career. We meet Paul Mazursky who gave him his big break in Hollywood with Tempest and Down and Out in Beverley Hills. Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin take us behind the scenes of their two iconic films with Don, Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge!
Show me the Magic will engage and delight anyone who has ever been touched by the magic of movies.
Directed By Cathy Henkel
Produced by Cathy Henkel and Trish Lake
Virgo Productions and Freshwater Pictures
Produced in association with
Screen Queensland and Screen Australia,
Studio (Australiaís art & entertainment channel),
Deluxe and Panavision.


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