Les Misérables Australian Premiere
Pitt Street Mall is the second most expensive street for retail rents in the world second to only New York City’s Fifth Avenue, so what better place to stage a red carpet for one of 2012’s most anticipated movies: Les Misérables!
The two main characters walked the longest red carpet ever to have been laid out in Australia, stretching from King Street all the way through Pitt Street Mall to the State Theatre.
Hugh Jackman (Jean Valjean), Russell Crowe (Javert), Academy Award-winning director Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) and Sir Cameron Mackintosh, producer of the much loved theatrical production and film, along with producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner came to Sydney to promote the film.
The Qantas Choir was singing songs from the musical as well as some Christmas carols anticipating the stars on the red carpets. Hundreds of Christmas shoppers and fans lined the red carpet to see Hugh and Russell.
Although the idea of 95% of the dialogue in the film being sung wasn’t too appealing to me, it really didn’t bother me and I really loved the film. The cast did an amazing job with all the songs which were all sung live and felt genuine. Sasha Baron Cohen (Thénardier) got some good laughs together with Helena Bonham Carter (Madame Thénardier). Hopefully this film will snap up a few golden statues!
Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, director Tom Hooper and producers Sir Cameron Mackintosh, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. Local guests included politicians Barry O’Farrell, Malcolm Turnbull, Simon Crean and Bronwyn Bishop, Kate Ritchie, Jacki Weaver, Rupert Murdoch, Jack Thompson, Jessica Tovey and more.
Les Misérables is the motion-picture adaptation of the beloved global stage sensation seen by more than 60 million people in 42 countries and in 21 languages around the globe and still breaking box-office records everywhere in its 27th year.
Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Miserables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever.
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Les Misérables is in Australian cinemas now.