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Steven Soderbergh’s improvised Australian film now titled THE LAST TIME I SAW MICHAEL GREGG

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
April 5th, 2010

Of all the filmmakers working today, there isn't one that creates more films at a higher quality, than Steven Soderbergh.  Ranging from the biggest of budget projects like the OCEANS trilogy, to small, microbudget films like BUBBLE, not many filmmakers can turn out as many fantastic films as Soderbergh.

Now, thanks to the Sydney Morning Herald (via The Playlist), we have more information about one of the lesser known projects that Soderbergh's had in his sight; our new project from Soderbergh is an improvised film that was shot while he was directing Tot Mom for the Sydney Theatre Company.

The film is called THE LAST TIME I SAW MICHAEL GREGG, and will follow a theater owning couple (played by Essie Davis and Rhys Muldoon) who are working on adapting a Chekhov play.  It’s been talked about as an “entertaining comedy” with moments that are “laugh out loud funny.”  This film joins Soderbergh's Spalding Gray documentary, KNOCKOUT (a spy action film hitting theaters this year), CONTAGION, a Liberace biopic, and his rock musical CLEO, as films that are just a ways off from hitting theaters.

No filmmaker is currently pushing out high quality projects at a higher clip, and honestly, I think we are all better off for it.  He’s a truly fantastic filmmaker, who can seemingly go from big budget projects to the cheapest of indies without much trouble.  The only problem with this, according to The Playlist's report,  is that Soderbergh has no intention of screening the film, and meant it as a gift to the actors.  Hopefully that's not a completely true statement, but it looks like we may not get a chance to actually see the film.  I'm hoping that's not true.

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