Press Releases

4 August 2011


Thursday August 4, 2011 – Accent Film is pleased to announce the acquisition and launch of 1 A MINUTE, a powerful new documentary incorporating tales of survival and personal testimonies from people whose lives have been affected by cancer. Named for the alarming mortality rate in which one woman around the world loses their battle with breast cancer every 69 seconds, 1 A MINUTE tackles this frightening epidemic head-on by providing a uniquely compassionate and heartfelt insight into the various approaches we can use when dealing with diagnosis in order to, ultimately, combat this disease. In Australia 14,000 women and 100 men are diagnosed with breast cancer
each year.

Not before has a documentary been mounted on this scale by which it proactively engages at once with patients and medical practitioners in order to raise awareness to a significant health issue that confronts and afflicts many of us. Directed by Namrata Singh Gujral, herself a cancer survivor, 1 A MINUTE brings together myriad survivors united here in an unprecedented stance. The collective objective: let’s stop the clock.

1 A MINUTE will be available to buy and rent September 23. Accent Film will be supporting the release with a national marketing campaign in the lead up to National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. The strategic campaign encompasses various online and print media partners, retail outlets, women’s national health clinics and cancer centres, institutes and select sponsorship partners. Counterstands have been specifically designed for participating retail partners.

The Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre will provide patients with a world-class facility that brings together all aspects of a person’s cancer care under one roof. Patients will have access to outstanding clinical care, the latest in cancer clinical trials as well as a range of complementary wellness programs designed to support patients in every stage of their cancer journey.

Narrated by Kelly McGillis, the documentary also features Olivia Newton-John, Jaclyn Smith, William and Daniel Baldwin, Deepak Chopra, Diahann Carroll and Melissa Etheridge who said of the film, “1 A MINUTE is a must watch for all women. It is a powerful and important film that is as inspirational as it is thought provoking.” She adds, “I am proud to be a part of it.”

“ We are proud to release this moving documentary on breast cancer survivors,” said Accent General Manager George Papadopoulos, “as well as supporting the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre by donating a portion of the proceeds.”

Olivia Newton-John, Melissa Etheridge and Namrata Singh Gujral will be available for limited interviews. To make an enquiry please contact George Papadopoulos:


9 June 2009


In a show of community spirit amidst these uncertain economic times, independent film distributor, Accent Film Entertainment will donate $1.00 from every sale, both rental and retail, of their latest DVD movie release, THE GIRL NEXT DOOR, to the Australian Childhood Foundation.

Based on the best-selling novel by Jack Ketchum, which in turn was inspired by the real-life torture and murder of Indiana teenager Sylvia Likens in 1965 America, THE GIRL NEXT DOOR tells the shocking story of a young girl whose mental and physical abuse at the hands of her aunt, cousins and several neighbourhood children, resulted in her eventual death. During the resultant trial, the prosecutor called the case "the most terrible crime ever committed in the state of Indiana."

“Any initiative that helps highlight the issue of child abuse is critical to community understanding,” stated CEO of the Australian Childhood Foundation, Dr Joe Tucci. “Child abuse is a very difficult subject for the community to face and more often than not, people understandably prefer to switch off. Art, however, can explore the issue in greater depth and still engage an audience. We would like to thank Accent Film Entertainment for donating some of the proceeds of THE GIRL NEXT DOOR to support our work helping abused children to recover from the impact of the trauma they have experienced.”

Disturbingly, as THE GIRL NEXT DOOR illustrates, child abuse can take place anywhere, regardless of socio-economic factors or benign suburban facades. During its US release, the film excited much debate, prompting renowned author Stephen King to describe it as, "The first authentically shocking American film I've seen since HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER over 20 years ago.” King went on to say, “If you are easily disturbed, you should not watch this movie. If, on the other hand, you are prepared for a long look into hell, suburban style, THE GIRL NEXT DOOR will not disappoint. This is the dark-side-of-the-moon version of STAND BY ME.”

Starring Blanche Baker, William Atherton and Grant Show, with an astounding central performance by young actor Blythe Auffarth, THE GIRL NEXT DOOR will be available for rental at DVD stores from 28 July, with a retail release slated for 29 September. The international website is located at:

For more information on the Australian Childhood Foundation, please visit their official website at

George Papadopoulos
General Manager
Accent Film Entertainment
T: 03 9690 9997 E: W:


8 August 2007

Accent Underground


Independent film distributor, Accent Film Entertainment, is proud to announce the launch of their bold new label, Accent Underground, in conjunction with Melbourne Underground Film Festival (MUFF). The label will draw upon the talent showcased within MUFF as well as transgressive films from local and international filmmakers in defiance of the current commercialisation of independent cinema.

Accent Underground will release truly independent films by talented filmmakers whose ingenuity and creativity far exceeds the budgets at their disposal. Many such features are made without conventional funding and imposed restrictions. As a result, they tend to be more dynamic and daring genre-driven films exhibiting raw production vitality which their conventional counterparts avoid.

The main focus of Accent Underground will be to discover, nurture and showcase independent Australian filmmakers to ensure they receive a theatrical and/or a DVD release and to help them exploit newly evolving digital media opportunities both in Australia and overseas in an increasingly competitive and crowded marketplace.

With a plethora of recently acquired titles due for release in coming months under the new label, Accent Underground will be launched at MUFF in late September 2007 with the following three titles slated for release on DVD in early November 2007:

Demons Among Us
Local filmmaker, Stuart Simpson’s stunning debut is a creepy gore-fest set in rural Victoria that is best described as “EVIL DEAD…as if directed by David Lynch!” This brilliant debut re-affirms the wealth of talented horror filmmakers in our midst and is a worthy successor to SAW and WOLF CREEK.

Punishment Park
Although made in 1971, renowned underground filmmaker, Peter Watkins’ classic, Punishment Park is especially relevant today, in light of the US (and Australian!) government’s attempts to curb civil liberties and basic human rights all in the name of “homeland security” and “protection against terrorism.” Punishment Park is eerily prescient of the recent events at Guantanamo Bay and delivers a knockout punch, even though nearly forty years have passed since its controversial debut.

The Actress
A terrific, locally made feature by Perth filmmaker, Zak Hilditch, The Actress is an astute, observational piece that deals with the typical grievances and tensions that arise when sex-starved 20-somethings find themselves sharing a house. A cleverly timed black comedy with definite cult potential, The Actress is a brilliant debut for Zak Hilditch.


22 August 2005


Following its successful theatrical release on May 12, Michael Winterbottom’s intimate love story 9 SONGS faces further controversy with news that The South Australian Classification Council has declared that it be classified X -18+, thereby effectively banning the film in South Australia.

This decision means that 9 SONGS can no longer be sold or shown in South Australia, as it is illegal to show or sell films rated X18+ in that state. Under s38 of the SA classification act 1995, the penalty for selling an X18+ film is a $10,000 fine. Selling includes 'hiring' or 'offering' for sale.

The ruling was made on August 11, 2005 following two complaints to the council - one from an individual, and the other from the Festival of Light. Both complaints focused on the sexuality shown in the film.

"This decision is nothing short of ludicrous," stated Accent's Marketing and Acquisitions Manger. "We have a situation where a state power is acting solely in the interest of the two parties that made the complaint, thereby totally disregarding the freedom and opinion of the majority of South Australia’s population. Such a verdict is an affront to freedom of artistic expression, and potentially a huge step backwards for every Australian, particularly as it recalls the 1980’s when many films faced a ban in Queensland."

The South Australian ban on 9 SONGS follows its DVD release on August 3.



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