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

How Swede it is

How Sweden hit its 50:50 gender target for film production in record time

Ingrid Bergman was the face of the Cannes Film Festival.

Paul Byrnes Cannes Film Festival featured only two films by women in competition this year. It could never happen in Sweden, which has revolutionised its industry in just four years.

Kurzels set for laughs

Cannes 2015: After Snowtown and Macbeth, Kurzel brothers to make sports comedy

Jed Kurzel.

Ed Gibbs Justin Kurzel has made his mark with bloody dramas, and his brother Jed with moody scores. Now they plan to turn their hand to a sports comedy, with Jed directing and Justin producing.

To diet for

Cannes 2015: How Colin Farrell packed on the weight for surreal fable The Lobster

Irish actor Colin Farrell poses during a photocall for <i>The Lobster</i> at the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, May 2015.

Stephanie Bunbury The famously fit Colin Farrell bulked up on a diet of treats for his lead in the much-fancied surrealist tale The Lobster, and he didn't enjoy it one bit.

To hell with the heel

Cannes Film Festival's 'high-heels only' red carpet policy draws ire from stars

'I think that everyone should wear flats, to be honest' ... Emily Blunt is not impressed
with Cannes' high-heels only rule, and her <i>Sicario</i> co-star Benicio Del Toro says he may start wearing them in solidarity.

Stephanie Bunbury After years of rumbling discontent, a rebellion against the Cannes Film Festival's insistence that female guests must totter up the red carpet on high heels may finally be about to erupt.

Female equality

Cannes 2015: Salma Hayek demands female equality during Variety forum

Salma Hayek.

Paul Byrnes 'The only kind of movie where women make more than men is the porno industry,' cried Salma Hayek, raising the battle cry at Cannes.

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Moment to treasure

Cannes Film Festival: Peter Costello amongst the cinematic set as many ponder why

Now showing: Former Treasurer Peter Costello appeared at a retail trade event at Cannes.

Stephanie Bunbury In one of the less predictable red-carpet moments, former Treasurer Peter Costello has popped up at Cannes.

Palme D'Or frontrunner

Cannes 2015: Cate Blanchett's lesbian movie Carol is Palme d'Or front runner

Cate Blanchett says the acceptance of homosexuality remains an issue beyond the 1950s tale of <i>Carol</i>.

Stephanie Bunbury The Cannes crowd is used to titillation and far too sophisticated to be shocked by a lesbian love scene. But that doesn't mean they're not curious.

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Canned at Cannes

Naomi Watts, Matthew McConaughey film booed at Cannes

naomi watts

Cannes Confidential The stars of Gus Van Sant's Sea of Trees have brushed off criticism of the film, which was booed at a Cannes press screening.

Inside knoweldge

What really happens at the Cannes Film Festival

Nicole Kidman delivers the wow factor.

Paul Byrnes Cannes might like to pretend it's all about the art, but it's really a massive marketplace whose dealmakers determine what you'll see at your cinema.

Cannes student comp

Melburnian Qiu Yang takes his short film all the way to Cannes

Writer and director Qiu Yang, who has a short film showing at the Cannes Film Festival.

Stephanie Bunbury Chinese-born Australian student filmmaker Qiu Yang has a shot at the big time with his VCA film in comeptition at Cannes. 

Mel Content

Mel Gibson gives thumbs-up to new Mad Max

Mel Gibson has given his seal of approval to the latest <i>Mad Max</i> film.

Ed Gibbs The troubled actor-director watched the latest film in the series that made him a star and liked what he saw, director George Miller has revealed.

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Max at Cannes

George Miller the star as Mad Max: Fury Road premieres at Cannes

George Miller, Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy on the red carpet at Cannes for the screening of <i>Mad Max: Fury Road</i>.

Stephanie Bunbury Cannes has witnessed the triumphant return of the creator of Max's mad post-apocalyptic world, George Miller, to the world stage.

Shane Danielsen

Cannes Film Festival: Australian filmmaker Shane Danielsen first time lucky with debut film The Guests

Shane Danielsen, director of short film <i>The Guests</i>.

Stephanie Bunbury Film journalist Shane Danielsen took a big risk in putting his money where his mouth was by making a film of his own, but with a competition slot in Cannes, it's already paid off.

Cannes preview

Cannes Film Festival 2015: Justin Kurzel's Macbeth is must-see of festival

Michael Fassbender in Justin Kurzel's <i>Macbeth</i>.

Stephanie Bunbury The eagerly anticipated adaptation of Macbeth from Snowtown director Justin Kurzel is just one of the opportunities Australian talent will have to shine at the world's most famous film festival this...

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.