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Watch: Teaser Trailer For Omnibus 'The Turning' Directed By Cate Blanchett, Mia Wasikowska & More

by Kevin Jagernauth
June 25, 2013 9:18 AM
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For those of you who have been reading us for a while, you might remember that way back in the day, we did a two part feature on omnibus films, and basically it boils down to this: by their very nature, with numerous directors and actors taking part, it's very rare for these kinds of movies to work as a whole. Some segments will be great, while others will miss the mark, but the ambition is always admirable. Which is why we're keeping an eye on "The Turning," a movie we nearly forgot about.

First announced in the spring of 2012, the movie brings together seventeen directors -- Cate BlanchettMia Wasikowska, Justin Kurzel, David Wenham, Benedict Andrews, Jonathan auf der Heide, Tony Ayres, Shaun Gladwell, Rhys Graham, Ian Meadows, Yaron Lifschitz, Claire McCarthy, Ashlee Page and Stephen Page -- in an adaptation of Tim Winton's novel which tells the multi-threaded tale that starts with the relationship between a young woman and her abusive husband, living in a trailer park and spreads out from there.

The picture is now complete, and the teaser trailer certainly points to something pretty evocative and moody, in what looks like a pretty cohesive set of shorts. Will this be the rare film that unifies a bunch of talent for one overarching vision? We'll see, but with the cast being led by Hugo Weaving, Rose Byrne and Miranda Otto, gives us some hope.

"The Turning" premieres at the Melbourne International Film Festival next month, and we presume will hit the circuit stateside this fall. Watch below. 

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  • arnold | June 25, 2013 10:26 PMReply

    Blanchett's name is not listed as one of the directors, unlike Wasikowska, guess she didn't have enough time for directing and opted to act in it instead, which is understandable knowing how busy she's been with Blue Jasmine, Monuments Men, The Hobbit, and the play The Maids in Sydney.

  • JP | June 25, 2013 11:00 AMReply

    Unfortunately there are no plans to release it in the US at this time, which is too bad as I'm looking forward to seeing what MW can do behind the camera.

  • Lynne | June 25, 2013 10:28 AMReply

    Looking forward to this film when it hit the states. The trailer hits the right chord on the mood of these stories.

  • matt l. | June 25, 2013 10:21 AMReply

    From the poster, it looks like Cate Blanchett is in it, but is not one of the directors.

  • Ark | June 25, 2013 1:02 PM

    I heard Cate decided to forego directing and just act in the short instead.

  • Ark | June 25, 2013 1:02 PM

    I heard Cate decided to forego directing and just act in the short instead.

  • Diana | June 25, 2013 10:36 AM

    She directed the segment "Reunion." (at least according to IMDb)

  • MAL | June 25, 2013 9:58 AMReply

    Looks heavily influenced by Malick.

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