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September 4, 2014


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Random Media and Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM) are releasing AROUND THE BLOCK on Theatrical, DVD, VOD and digital platforms in August. AROUND THE BLOCK debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2013 and hit Australian theatres in June 2014. Theatrical opening will be August 1st, followed by VOD, DVD and Digital platforms on August 5th.

From Australian writer/director Sarah Spillane, AROUND THE BLOCK was an Official Selection at the Toronto International Film Festival 2013 and was also featured at the Beijing International Film Festival and the Newport Beach International Film Festival in April 2014, where Sarah Spillane received honors for Outstanding Achievement in Directing. Spillane also won an Australian Directors Guild Award for her screenplay of Around the Block before filming even began. Starring Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominee Christina Ricci, AROUND THE BLOCK is an inspirational drama that explores themes about breaking cycles and building dreams.

Synopsis: American drama teacher Dino Chalmers (Christina Ricci) moves to Sydney's Redfern district to be with her fiancĂ© and is hired by the local school in what may be the school's final term. Dino's passion for Shakespeare drives her vision of producing a school play as part of the Indigenous cultural program, and finds that 16-year-old Aborigine Liam (Hunter Page-Lochard) has a natural gift for performance. But there is a shadow over Liam's life, with his father in jail and his older brother determined to avenge the death of his uncle. With Dino’s encouragement as she faces tough choices in her own life, Liam confronts his past and eventually takes control of his future.

DVD Product Information
Studio: Random Media
Item #: RM4400
UPC: 883476144009
Order Date: 6/24/14
Street Date: 8/5/14
SRP: $19.97
Rating: NR
Screen Format: TBD
Language: English
Subtitles: None
CC: Yes
No. of Discs: 1
Runtime: 104 Minutes
Genre: Drama

Our Review:
This is a story about a teacher trying to help a "at risk" student through encouraging him to perform in the school play. Liam, the student, is living with his mother while his father is serving time in prison. While I  enjoy watching films where young men and women escape the cycle of poverty and hardship, I thought the storyline could be more developed in this film. It was an interesting film about choices, freedom and destiny. 

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