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South Australian screen creatives behind comedy hit Leo Grande

29 August 2022
Emma Thompson and Daryl McCormack in Good Luck to You, Leo Grande, image supplied

Critics and audiences alike are raving about Good Luck to You, Leo Grande from South Australian director Sophie Hyde and cinematographer and editor Bryan Mason of Adelaide based Closer Productions – in cinemas now!

This amusing and irresistible take on navigating life after loss stars Emma Thompson as Nancy Stokes, a 55 year-old widow who is yearning for some human connection and an adventure like no other. When Leo Grande (Daryl McCormack) begins to awaken a part of Nancy that she thought was lost, the pair grow to find a bond neither thought was possible.

It’s the latest feature film from award-winning South Australian director Hyde, whose impressive list of SAFC supported credits includes SBS hit series The Hunting, feature films Animals and 52 Tuesdays, and ABC series F*%#ing Adelaide, while Mason has been cinematographer and editor on a string of SAFC supported productions including Aftertaste, documentary features In My Blood it Runs and Embrace, forthcoming documentary Fighting for Hakeem and more.

Leo Grande premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim including four stars from The Guardian which described it as “an amusing, compassionate and humane drama acted and directed with terrific panache”, and raves from Time Magazine “terrific, and beautifully shot”, The Spectator “a riveting and important film“, Vanity Fair, Entertainment Weekly and NPR.

The film has now opened in Australia to equally positive reviews with the Sydney Morning Herald calling it “poignant and deftly directed”, and the ABC calling it “frank, fun and endearing“, and has won the Critics’ Choice Seal of Distinction from the Critics’ Choice Association.

Sophie Hyde, photo by Jack Fenby

Filmed in the UK and mixed at Adelaide Studios, with post production by Artisan Post Group, Leo Grande features the work of many talented South Australian creatives including Dialogue Editor + re-recording mixer Pete Smith, sound effects editor and re-recording mixer Adrian Medhurst, with titles and credits by Raynor Pettge. Tamara Hardman was Director’s Assistant and Cleland Jones was Assembly Editor. Marty Pepper was the Colour Pipeline Consultant, and Yvonne Murray and Victor Ivchenko were mix assistants.

Catch Good Luck to You Leo Grande in cinemas now!

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