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STEPHANIE BUNBURY, PAUL BYRNES and ED GIBBS report from the world's most famous festival.

Cannes in the can

Paul Byrnes' Cannes film festival round-up, part 2

Robert Pattinson and David Michod on the red carpet in Cannes May 18, 2014.

Paul Byrnes Strange as it may seem to say, the Cannes film festival this year was both a world apart and an accurate reflection of the world at large.

Prize night

Bear hugs at Cannes as Mommy wins jury prize

Jury president Jane Campion hugs director Xavier Dolan during the closing ceremony of the 67th Cannes Film Festival.

Stephanie Bunbury There were hugs all round as a young Canadian filmmaker collected one of Cannes' top prizes from Jane Campion.

Rolf de Heer

From jail to Cannes: film director Rolf de Heer talks about the movie that helped save David Gulpilil

David Gulpilil as Charlie in a scene from Rolf de Heer's 'Charlie's Country'.

Stephanie Bunbury The director talks about how seeing David Gulpilil at his lowest ebb inspired the film that has brought him to perhaps the highest point of his career.

Festival life's a beach

Cannes: it's enough to bring tears to the eyes


Stephanie Bunbury From starlets and tottering heels to teargas canisters shot into the bar, there's rarely a dull moment in Cannes, though many a bewildering one.


Australian actor David Gulpilil wins best actor award at Cannes Film Festival

David Gulpilil as Charlie in a scene from Rolf de Heer's 'Charlie's Country'.

Stephanie Bunbury Indigenous actor David Gulpilil has won a major award in Cannes for his role in Rolf de Heer's feature Charlie's Country.

Macbeth teaser

Cannes film festival diary: Macbeth gets Snowtown director Justin Kurzel's bloody touch

Actor Michael Fassbender.

Stephanie Bunbury Cannes was treated to a small taste of Justin Kurzel's much-anticipated follow-up to Snowtown - a gothic take on Macbeth, starring Michael Fassbender.


Ryan Gosling dismisses critics savaging his directorial debut Lost River

Ryan Gosling

Ed Gibbs Ryan Gosling remains defiant despite his directorial debut managing to top Grace of Monaco as the worst-reviewed film at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

Done deals

Australia remains the perfect place to make films about the end of the world

Robert Pattinson and David Michod on the red carpet in Cannes May 18, 2014.

Stephanie Bunbury Audiences in Cannes have had two accounts of a post-apocalypse Australia, while some other local stories have been snapped up in big-dollar deals.

Real-life drama

Dominique Strauss-Kahn will sue Cannes movie starring Gerard Depardieu as a sex addict

French actor Gerard Depardieu.

Stephanie Bunbury A fictional tale about a French economist in New York who is charged with raping a hotel maid has drawn a furious response from the former IMF chief who found himself in a similar situation in real...

Rover raves

The Rover: David Michod's 'brutal' revenge tale earns positive reception at Cannes

Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson in <i>The Rover</i>.

Stephanie Bunbury The critics' responses to David Michod's follow-up to Animal Kingdom in the trade press following its Cannes debut was generally positive, but with qualifications.

Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger ignite old rivalry at Cannes

Best mates or bitter rivals after 20 years? Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger promoting The Expendables 3 at Cannes.

Ed Gibbs Sly and Arnie inadvertently let slip their bitter rivalry, more than 20 years after their action-hero heydays.

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Sex and violence all the rage at Cannes

Sex sells on the Croisette, where scantily clad actresses such as Frederique Bel clamour for attention.

Paul Byrnes Sex has always been a major selling point at Cannes, but rarely has it been so ugly as in some of this year's offerings.

Waiting for the magic

Worst time of my life? I wouldn't miss it

(L- R) Spandau Ballet band members Martin Kemp, Steve Norman and Tony Hadley.

Stephanie Bunbury It is the best of times. It is the worst of times. It is Cannes, and the next masterpiece could be either miles away or just around the corner.

Room at the top

From camera to Croisette: Cannes women have it all?


Paul Byrnes This year's Cannes jury is headed by Jane Campion, but the festival has a long history of making women play second fiddle.

First look

Cannes review: Grace of Monaco is just a storm in a golden teacup

Nicole Kidman can't save <i>Grace of Monaco</i> from this ivory tower.

Paul Byrnes Not even hometown advantage can save Grace of Monaco from some preposterous plotting and its melodramatic tendencies.

Grace under fire

Nicole Kidman's Grace of Monaco slammed by critics at Cannes

Nicole Kidman sparkled on the Cannes red carpet but her film <i>Grace Of Monaco</i> did not according to critics.

Stephanie Bunbury Nicole Kidman cut a royally glamorous figure at the first night of the Cannes Film Festival.

Australia at Cannes 2014

Some omissions, but Australians still strong at Cannes

Princess Grace  (Nicole Kidman), and Prince Rainier (Tim Roth) in a scene from Grace of Monaco.

Stephanie Bunbury If there is one surprising thing in this year’s Cannes Film Festival line-up, it is a negative one: that there are no Australian short films in competition or in any of the festival sidebars.

Palme D’Or

Lesbian love epic wins Cannes' top prize

Abdellatif Kechiche

Stephanie Bunbury An audacious lesbian love story featuring hardcore sex by French-Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche has won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

Feminism is 'masculinising': Polanski

Director Roman Polanski and his wife and cast member Emmanuelle Seigner pose on the red carpet as they arrive for the screening of the film 'La Venus a la Fourrure' (<em>Venus in Fur</em>) during the 66th Cannes Film Festival.

Stephanie Bunbury This may turn out to be a minority view, but Roman Polanski sees his new film 'Venus in Fur' – a comic take on a sado-masochistic exchange between a director and hopeful actor – as his satire on...

Instant opinions the preferred Cannes currency

Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos

Stephanie Bunbury Three-hour screenings, scoffing pizza in the rain, dodging publicists and ambush marketers - the French Riviera film festival isn't all glamour.