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Hugo Weaving is “very passionate” about “Last Ride”

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It’s been three years in the making, but Hugo Weaving‘s 2009 Australian indie “Last Ride” has finally made its way to American shores.

Even though he’s made many movies since like “Cloud Atlas,” both parts of “The Hobbit” and “The Wolfman,” it’s clear that “Last Ride” is a project that stuck close to Weaving’s heart. He easily could have passed up the opportunity to talk about the project with journalists when he learned that Music Box Films would be distributing it in the US, but instead he opted to conduct phone interviews from his home with an array of outlets including IFC in order to promote interest in the small project.

“I’m very pleased to be talking about it,” he said. “It’s great that it’s getting a release in the States. There aren’t many films that you do that you feel very passionate about and strongly about, but this is certainly one of them, so it’s nice to know that it’s getting a release even if it’s two and a half, three years later than it was here.”

“Last Ride” follows Weaving as the fugitive father Kev who goes on the run with his 10-year-old son Chook (played by Tom Russell) after committing a terrible crime. Instead of focusing on the chase, “Last Ride” tells its story through the eyes of those being chased. Kev realizes the weight of what he’s done wrong long before Chook even realizes they’re being followed, and Chook’s reaction to the realization of his father’s crime forever changes both of their lives.

On US shores, Weaving is best known for his collaborations with the Wachowskis in projects like “The Matrix” and “V for Vendetta,” and with Peter Jackson on his five “Lord of the Rings” films. Needless to say, his performance in “Last Ride” is a bit of a departure from all of those projects. But it’s these little-known Australian movies that Weaving finds himself feeling the closest to.

“Most of the films I’ve done have been small, Australian films, a lot of which haven’t seen too much light of day. A little bit here and there,” he said. “But it’s always very hard for Australian films, because of the nature of the world in which we live in, the dominance of the American film industry even you know as far away as Australia. It’s quite hard for an Australian film to get much of a look even in Australia, let alone in the rest of the world.”

Weaving gives a powerful performance in “Last Ride” and critics have responded to that, nominating him for awards from both the Australian Film Institute and Film Critics Circle of Australia. But it’s Russell, his young costar, who really lays on the wow factor. “Last Ride” deals with seemingly every dark topic imaginable, from murder to child molestation to suicide, and Russell seemed to have taken it all in stride. It’s all the more impressive knowing that it was the first feature film he starred in.

Russell was 10 at the time he filmed “Last Ride,” and Weaving acknowledged that it was hard at times to shoot those scenes with someone who wasn’t as seasoned an actor as he was.

“It was difficult in some ways. Difficult because he wasn’t used to the film set, wasn’t used to working,” Weaving said. “But with Tom, he’s so present and he’s so there … And he’s a delightful boy, a lot of fun, and just a kid, you know? Just a kid who you point the camera at him and whatever he’s doing is interesting.”

He continued, “But yeah, it did mean that there were some other scenes that were quite –particularly some intensely dramatic scenes — there were a couple where he was not in that mood to be intensely dramatic and you think well, he’s a 10-year-old kid, and you’ve got to try to find that in him in another way. No, he’s great. He’s absolutely wonderful. It was a real treat to work with him.”

“Last Ride” came out in New York and on VOD on June 29.

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Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…