Our stars blaze a trail from Munich to the mountains

Publié le par David CASTEL

25jan06 CONTROVERSY and two of the nation's hottest actors on the Hollywood A-list are the orders of Australia Day at cinemas.

After storms of debate and publicity, Eric Bana in terrorism timebomb Munich and Heath Ledger in gay cowboy drama Brokeback Mountain will go head-to-head on January 26.

While he laughingly admits that the movie showdown is just a coincidence, Bana says he has a lot to talk about with Ledger.

"I haven't met Heath but I really look forward to a good beer and a sit-down because I'm sure we could compare a bunch of notes after this experience," said Bana, who attended the Australian premiere of Munich in Melbourne earlier this week.

Assisted by paparazzi incidents and U.S. cinema bans, Ledger has shot into the spotlight with his Brokeback Mountain performance, which is threatening Oscar contention. Bana has been involved in a more heated public debate, director Steven Spielberg's Munich being praised and attacked for wading into the Israel and Palestinian conflict.

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A fictional thriller based on real events, Munich follows the lethal aftermath of the murder of 11 Israeli athletes by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

Meanwhile, Australian films nearly doubled their box office gross in 2005, compared with the previous year. The 32 local films released took $23.1 million, show figures yesterday from the Australian Film Commission.

The top five Australian films were Wolf Creek ($5.8m), Little Fish, ($3.7m), Look Both Ways ($2.8m), Oyster Farmer ($2.4m) and The Proposition ($2.2m).

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