Celebrating Australian Cinema At Cannes! “The Rover has been given a prestigious midnight screening slot”

ROV_Award_release_LRFans of Australian cinema have much to be proud of with the Cannes Film Festival. Charlie’s Country joins The Rover as a pair of Australian films making a splash on the Croisette this May. In articles celebrating the honor for both films, The Rover producer, Liz Watts, had some great things to say about the debut of a David Michôd film at Cannes.

Excerpt from The Hollywood Reporter:

David Michod will makes his Cannes debut in a special midnight screening of his post-apocalyptic thriller, The Rover.

Michod’s The Rover, starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson, has been given a prestigious midnight screening slot.

Producer Liz Watts said, “David and everyone involved with The Rover are thrilled by its world premiere at the highly prestigious Cannes Film Festival – it’s truly an honor to screen there, and a wonderful start to the movie’s journey to audiences all over the world.”

The Rover is set ten years after the downfall of the western economic system, when society is in decline, the rule of law has disintegrated and life is cheap. Eric (Pearce) is a cold and angry drifter who has left everything and everyone behind. When his car is stolen by a gang of desperate desert hustlers, Eric embarks on a ruthless mission to track them down. Along the way he is forced into an unlikely relationship with Rey (Pattinson), a naive and injured gang member.

Following its world premiere at Cannes, The Rover will be released in Australia through Roadshow Films on June 12. FilmNation Entertainment is handling international sales.

Both films were made with funding from national agency Screen Australia.

Screen Australia CEO Graeme Mason said, “This is an honor for two remarkable Australian filmmakers – a veteran and a tremendous next generation storyteller. It is wonderful to see both being celebrated by one of the leading film festivals of the world, Cannes, and well-deserved recognition to both.”

Excerpt from Newsmaker.com.au:

Writer, producer, and director David Michôd will be joined by The Rover lead cast including Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson, along with producers Liz Watts and David Linde.


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ROUNDUP: Media outlets report on ‘The Rover’ trailer – “Incredible” “Damn good” “Gripping” “Shivers”

UPDATED2: More added from the bottom up!

It’s only a been a couple of hours but the feedback on the trailer for David Michôd’s The Rover is goooood. What a great birthday gift along with his Cannes status! We’ll keep updating this post as the day goes by. If you haven’t seen the trailer yet (WHY NOT??) click HERE to view.


The following are excerpts from media outlets reporting on The Rover trailer:

First Showing:

Wow – this is indeed a must watch….they show even more of the story without giving away anything, and damn, it looks incredible. From the emotion in Pearce’s eyes, to the bleakness of the world, this is one of my most anticipated to see this summer.


And zowie! Does this trailer impress. Such intensity and style. We would expect nothing less from the director of the acclaimed Animal Kingdom….This looks like your next dose of intensity this summer.

The Playlist:

Yes, it looks pretty damn good…And the story, conceived by Michod and Joel Edgerton, looks like one packed with a grim sense of place and a palpable atmosphere of a post-apocalyptic world.


Michôd is back with another film, The Rover, and it looks like it may be one of the most gripping films of the year…The Rover looks like a beautifully photographed, intense tale of one man who decides to say screw it all and chase down the men who took the one thing he had left. And if you’re the type who instantly dismisses Pattinson because of his Twilight days, this is further evidence as to why he shouldn’t simply be ignored.

Cinema Blend:

The shot of Pearce failing to look up as a car crashes outside his window gives me shivers, for some reason. There’s something so disconnected about it.

The Film Stage:

Considering this one is part of the Midnight Screenings section at Cannes, we imagine things will be getting fairly dark and that sort of dread is on full display here.

Short List:

Director David Michôd’s breakout hit is one of the finest films of the past decade and anything he now does, we will be inevitably excited about. It also helps that a rather fantastic new trailer has just dropped for his follow-up film.


Back in January, we brought you a teaser trailer for ‘The Rover‘, the follow-up film from ‘Animal Kingdom’ director David Michod. It looked great. Today, we’re back with the full trailer and news that, yes, it still looks great. So good, in fact, that it’s an official selection of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival….another impressive right turn from Pattinson, who continues to show he can do solid work that doesn’t involve playing an angst vampire.


Michod comes to Cannes’ slim midnight section this year with “The Rover,” a wild-looking neo-western co-written by fellow Aussie filmmaker Joel Edgerton and starring Guy Pearce—alongside Robert Pattison, who might just become something of a Cannes regular if he keeps this up.


This new trailer that A24 Pictures just released looks absolutely incredible….The tone and feel of this trailer is pitch perfect for this style and this subject matter. Everything is grim, dirty, dusty, and bleak beyond imagination. I love the overall aesthetic of The Rover, which is austere and forbidding; quiet, but punctuated with sharp explosions of extreme brutality. This has the countenance of a gritty western, and is certainly not going to be for the faint of heart. That shot of Pearce just sitting there, totally calm, as the car goes skidding past the window upside down is nothing short of fantastic….the makings of one hell of a cast….I can’t wait.


[Guy's] an interesting screen presence, though, and seems quite at home in his latest part. The same could be said for Robert Pattinson, whose appearance and role is a far cry from the sparkly vampire of Twilight. Together, they could be a very interesting duo. The trailer, at least, makes the whole set up most intriguing.


This looks like it’s going to be a great film. I’m definitely putting it on my must watch list.

The Wrap:

An unlikely bromance forms in post-apocalyptic Australia…The film looks like a slow burner, bubbling with stoic machismo…

Screen Rant:

Frankly, the movie looks downright apocalyptic, though it’s not clear whether the narrative unfolds on a future Earth in the wake of some world-changing catastrophe, or if Michôd’s setting is just barren by nature…The Rover premieres at Cannes this year, so expect to hear word of mouth on it soon. The rest of us, meanwhile, have to wait for June to see it ourselves, but it looks like it’ll be worth the wait.


We’re looking forward to getting our serious on…so the film’s release can’t come soon enough.


[The Rover] will premiere at the festival in the Midnight Screenings section, and if this stark, moody and decidedly unsettling first trailer is anything to go by, that might be the right place for it….this looks like a most impressive showcase for Guy Pearce, playing a man hunting down the gang who stole his car in the Australian Outback. Michôd doesn’t appear to have lost the brutal command of atmosphere, balancing latent and not-so-latent violence,  that he wielded in his debut — count me very excited for this indeed.

ET Canada:

The producers of Rover have released a new trailer, and it looks exactly like the sort of movie that would do well at Cannes—dark, brooding, minimalistic, and full of enigmatic references to Irish poet William Butler Yeats

The Dissolve:

There’s a promising philosophical tinge to the snippets of conversation between the hero and his reluctant companion, as they debate who’s in charge and whether any kind of authority figure—earthly or otherwise—will judge their actions and give them comfort.

Entertainment Weekly:

I’m never sure whether the Australian countryside will be the best, or the absolute worst, place to hole up come the inevitable apocalypse. And the trailer for the new, Cannes-selected film The Rover only makes the issue murkier.

Huffington Post:

There’s something especially eerie about a manhunt in the Australian Outback. The unreachable horizon and barren plains take on a menacing tone — or perhaps that’s just the vibe they give off in the trailer for ”The Rover”


Robert Pattinson’s shrugged off the Twilight stigma pretty nicely, I think. Hopefully he’ll turn in a good performance here, and I expect we can trust Pearce to pitch his normal game.

Ain’t It Cool:

This is a lovely trailer for a film which looks earnest and well-played.

Empire Online:

If you were after a promo that keeps much of the intense, atmospheric feeling from that teaser, but offered a little more in the way of story, here you go….It’s another fascinating, complex role for Pearce and appears to be another leap for Pattinson, who has thrown himself into working with interesting filmmakers.


Buzziest films heading to Cannes…The Rover…it looks to be just as bleak and unsettling as the arid wilderness of the outback can be.

Den of Geek: 

It’s a promising post-apocalyptic crime thriller starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson…Michod’s sure to bring his own grim quality to The Rover…


A solid amount of Guy Pearce/Robert Pattinson bromance, which is a draw that should not be underestimated.

Total Film:

It looks as gritty, brutal and gripping as we were hoping…If it’s even half as brilliant as Michod’s last film Animal Kingdom, we’re in for a very interesting ride.

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FIRST LOOK: Official trailer for David Michôd’s ‘The Rover’ starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson + MORE


Following the initial teaser trailer earlier this year, A24 Films has now released the full length trailer for David Michôd’s The Rover. Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson take bromance to a riveting and gritty level in this official trailer. The haunted and grim Eric (Pearce) finds his bargaining chip in the southern-American manchild, Rey (Pattinson). The trailer paints a harsh world but one that is disturbingly recognizable. I can’t wait to see this film and what happens to men with nothing to lose.

The film was just announced today as an Official Selection for the Cannes Film Festival. You can see why in this incredible trailer for THE ROVER….


Excerpt poem “The Second Coming” by Yeats: Things fall apart. The center cannot hold. Anarchy is loosed upon the world.

Off camera voice: It’s over for you.

ERIC: I know that. Whatever you think is over for me was over a long time ago.

Man 1: Let’s go! Come on, come on, come on!

HENRY: Turn the car around.

Man 1: We’re not turning around. He’s gone.

HENRY: What do you mean he’s gone. He’s my brother!

Woman 1: That looks good. Is this man your friend?

ERIC: Tell me where your brother is.

REY: He’s going south, gone away from here. I’ll take you to him I promise.

ERIC: Your brother left you to die. He’s abandoned you out here to me. You don’t learn to fight, your death is going to come real soon.

ERIC: You should never stop thinking about a life you’ve taken. That’s the price you pay for taking it.

REY: I’m still in control here.

HENRY: What’s he doing?

Man 1: He ain’t giving up.

ERIC: Start talking to me!

Woman 2: What a thing to get worked up about in this day and age

REY: There’s no harm God wants to see me coming to.

ERIC: God feels nothing for you. The only thing that means anything right now is that I’m here and he’s not.

If you’re like me, you want to download that song in the trailer! It’s called Enter One by Sol Seppy.

Click HERE to view HD screen caps from the trailer and check out the full sized Rey (Robert Pattinson) and Eric (Guy Pearce) official character posters after the cut.

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The Rover opens in LA/NY on June 13 and NATIONWIDE on June 20.

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POSTER: Guy Pearce is ‘The Rover’ in Cannes “Official Selection” poster!

This looks fantastic! Love the mood and color of the poster. Fresh off the announcement for The Rover having a Midnight Screening at the Cannes Film Festival, we now have a look at the poster for The Rover with the Cannes logo front and center and Guy Pearce’s Eric taking one hell of a walk.



Click HERE to read the press release on RP Australia! Click HERE to see the HQ still of Robert Pattinson’s Rey added to the Stills Gallery.

Poster via RPAustralia

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David Michôd’s ‘The Rover’ starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson is heading to Cannes!

The Rover joins classic films Reservoir Dogs, The Usual Suspects, City of God, Trainspotting and more with an Official Selection honor at the Cannes Film Festival this May!

Congratulations to David Michôd for snagging the Midnight Screening on his sophomore feature! We can’t wait to see Michôd, Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson present The Rover on the Croisette. Bring on the promo!


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