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Posted 21 Jul 2015 @ 3:40pm

20th century Hollywood costume designer Orry-Kelly should need no introduction – the acclaimed New South Welshman won three Academy Awards in his lifetime, which was the most held by any Australian until last year (when Catherine Martin scored her fourth). However, the Kiama-raised designer is today largely unknown in his home country. Women He’s Undressed is the new documentary by director...

Posted 13 Jul 2015 @ 5:48pm

★★★★

 

The zompocalyptic world of Plague, directed by Kosta Ouzas and Nick Kozakis, is a grim one indeed, where humans will violently turn on each other just as readily as the zombie hordes pursuing them – all in the name of survival. Following the story of Evie (played by Melbourne actress Tegan Crowley), the film dives headlong into its exploration of violence born from...

Posted 13 Jul 2015 @ 5:20pm

When it comes to scary movies, zombies just refuse to stay dead.  A staple of the genre ever since they first shambled across the frame in George A. Romero’s iconic fright flick Night of the Living Dead, very few supernatural threats have been as ubiquitous on the silver screen – although vampires could probably give them a run for their money. The latest directors to tackle the undead hordes...

Posted 7 Jul 2015 @ 6:47pm

Boasting 370 films, 17 program strands, 28 world premieres, 163 Australian premieres, 23 Talking Pictures events, over 29 international guests and over 100 local guests, the 64th Melbourne International Film Festival is the largest to date. 

 

After previously announcing their...

Posted 7 Jul 2015 @ 3:12pm

★★★★☆

 

The tragic life of British soul queen Amy Winehouse, who died from alcohol poisoning in 2011 at the age of 27, is the subject of a new documentary by BAFTA-winning Senna director Asif Kapadia and commissioned by Universal Music. Kapadia grew up in the same North London suburb of Camden where Winehouse lived, and felt compelled to tell the story behind the gifted artist...

Posted 3 Jul 2015 @ 1:06pm

The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM), the southern hemisphere's greatest annual celebration of Indian cinema, have announced the program for this year's festival, taking place in August.

 

With equality as its unifying theme, this year’s festival explores the richness of contemporary Indian cinema across seven programme streams, featuring films spanning...

Posted 30 Jun 2015 @ 4:43pm

Psychogenesis, mass responses like fainting or shaking, often thought of as mass hysteria) is much more common than you’d imagine. Beat talks to writer/director Carol Morley about The Falling, her film examining fainting fits amongst teenagers in a girls’ school in the late 60s. “I wanted to celebrate the phenomena of mass psychogenesis, the mass response,” says Morley.  Although inspired by...

Posted 26 Jun 2015 @ 2:19pm

To celebrate the acclaimed exhibition, David Bowie Is, ACMI have announced they will present David Bowie on Film.

 

The season will showcase over four decades of David Bowie as a performer, influencer and consumer of culture. The season will be presented in three parts; David Bowie is feeling Like an Actor, David Bowie is asking you to focus on, and David Bowie is watching you....

Posted 25 Jun 2015 @ 11:30am

There’s been loads of chatter about the slaughtering effect downloading is having on the cinema trade. The general outcry warns us that if less people are leaving the house to go to the cinema, then cinemas will soon cease to exist. Meanwhile, this week the owner of the iconic Cameo Cinemas in Belgrave and the Classic Cinemas in Elsternwick, Eddie Tamir, will launch Lido Cinemas on Glenferrie...

Posted 24 Jun 2015 @ 4:08pm

The Melbourne International Film Festival has announced that this year's festival will open with the Australian premiere of Paul Cox's Force of Destiny. 

 

Inspired by Cox's own battle with cancer, the film tells the story of a sculptor who meets the love of his life just as he's received a cancer diagnosis and is waiting on a transplant list. 
 
As the director of...

Posted 23 Jun 2015 @ 2:14pm

In 2009, the Dutch horror film, The Human Centipede, shocked the world. The twisted idea that involved people being surgically joined mouth to anus, sharing a digestive tract and forming a “human centipede” claimed to be “100% medically accurate”. It spawned parodies in porn and South Park. It divided prominent film critics, some of who refused to give it any stars. But primarily, it achieved...

Posted 18 Jun 2015 @ 11:25am

David Stratton will bring some of the finest British films Down Under when he hosts the inaugural Great Britain Retro Film Festival this August.

 

The festival will screen 19 classic British films in cinemas across Melbourne, Sydney and Perth. The Australian premiere of the digitally restored 1951 film, The Tales of Hoffman is amongst the highlights, featuring a six-minutes of...

Posted 16 Jun 2015 @ 2:42pm

Speakeasy Cinema have announced a special screening of Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present.

 

 

The documentary follows the Serbian performance artist as she prepares for a retrospective and the presentation of her 2010 work at MoMA in New York: The Artist is Present.

 

In The Artist is Present Abramović sat in the museum’s atrium, gazing straight...

Posted 3 Jun 2015 @ 3:03pm

Along with mulled wine, apple cider, ramen burgers and roving entertainers, the Queen Victoria Winter Night Market will now also play host to a stellar selection of shorts with the introduction of the Night Market Cinema. 

 

The new addition for 2015 will show a selection of short films programmed by a special guest presenter each week. Blow Up Cinema will take on tonight's...

Posted 1 Jun 2015 @ 6:55pm

★★☆

 

In the pursuit of truth and justice, Woman In Gold fails to deliver where so many others have torn out our hearts and broken our tear ducts. It feels as though director Simon Curtis was shooting for the determination and righteousness of such classics as To Kill A Mockingbird, Mr. Smith Goes To Washington and A Time To Kill, but was wrangled back by a Hollywood safety net....

Posted 1 Jun 2015 @ 6:29pm

Melbourne horror fans can put a big black x next to every Friday night in their diaries as starting on June 26th there will be regular Friday screenings of cult horror films. Presented by Monster Fest, Friday Fright Night in Melbourne will take place in Hawthorn at the new Lido cinema complex, Monster Fest’s new home.

 

Beat has a chat to Neil Foley, Festival Director, about this...

Posted 1 Jun 2015 @ 2:58pm

The eight day festival boasts a huge selection of content, including 450 films sourced from 35 countries.

 

Alongside screenings, the festival will feature the two day RENDER Animation Conference, The Centenary of Australian Animation Symposium, Max Hattler Is In The Room, Meet The Filmaker presentations and the free Careers in Animation forum.
 
Curated animations...

Posted 27 May 2015 @ 12:07pm

With just over two months to go until showtime, the Melbourne International Film Festival has revealed the First Glance selection of their program.

 

In its 64th year, MIFF will treat film junkies and Friday night cinema-goers alike to some of the world's most exciting new films, documentaries and shorts. 
 
Neil Armfield's film adaptation of Timothy's Coingrave's...

Posted 27 May 2015 @ 11:49am

You might not know her name but you’ve seen her work. Natasha Pincus is the brains behind the music video of Gotye’s Somebody That I Used to Know. Over 630 million You Tube views and 50 international awards later, Pincus is taking a break from her work in music video and short film to be a judge in SoundKILDA2015, the music video component of the St Kilda Film Festival. “SoundKILDA is the only...

Posted 22 May 2015 @ 4:03pm

ACMI have announced they will screen Carol Morley's 2014 film The Falling this June.

 

The haunting drama, starring Maisie Williams (Arya, Game of Thrones), charts the outbreak of mass hysteria at an all-girls school in 1960s Britain.
 
Williams stars as Lydia, a whip-smart and angst-ridden teenager who lives in a cramped hairdressing salon with her brother Kenneth (...

Posted 21 May 2015 @ 9:10am

Having undergone essential maintenance and repairs, now under the management of Palace Cinemas, Melbourne's most iconic cinema will return in triumphant style next month. 

 

Under Palace’s custodianship The Astor will continue operating as a single-screen, 1,150 seat auditoria, with its well-regarded programming of both new release and classic films intact and showing on 35 and...

Posted 20 May 2015 @ 11:38am

Beat has a chat to Paul Harris, long time Director of the St Kilda Film Festival, about this year’s top 100 short Australian films.  As well as the Australian content and specific programs screening genre films, this year the St Kilda Film Festival partners with Palm Springs International ShortFest to present four programs of films from theirfestival’s last two years of screenings of films...

Posted 20 May 2015 @ 11:26am

In our high-speed digital world, nostalgia is at an all time high. People get nostalgic about what they did a couple of years ago – ‘Remember when we had landline phones?’ or ‘remember when we made mix tapes?’ It’s all a bit cringe-worthy, especially considering these resources are still available. Going to the cinema is another activity that gets spoken like a sepia-toned vestige of...

Posted 19 May 2015 @ 3:10pm

Infini is a tense sci-fi thriller about a specialist search and rescue team sent to retrieve the only survivor of a biological contagion on an off-world mining facility. In this hostile environment, the characters are overwhelmed by their primal instincts and base emotions in what becomes an extreme contest for survival. We spoke to actor Daniel MacPherson about his lead role as Whit...

Posted 14 May 2015 @ 2:06pm

ACMI have announced a retrospective season of works by Swedish master filmmaker Ingmar Bergman, curated by David Stratton. 

 

Essential Bergman: Selected by David Stratton will showcase ten hand picked films by Ingmar Bergman, featuring some of cinemas most important and iconic titles. The screenings will include renowned films such as The Seventh Seal, Persona, Wild Strawberries...

Posted 13 May 2015 @ 3:33pm

ACMI will showcase the graffiti-lined streets of New York when it screens Stations of the Elevated and Nas: Time is Illmatic in a very special double feature.

 

Considered one of the earliest filmed documentaries on graffiti, Stations of the Elevated captures the rhythms and hues of New York soundtracked by the music of Charles Mingus. The film has rarely been viewed outside of...

Posted 8 May 2015 @ 4:04pm

Friday nights in Melbourne will never be the same again.

 

Presented by Monster Fest, Friday Fright Night will showcase the “latest, greatest and rarest cult and horror cinema from Australia and around the globe” weekly. Taking place at Hawthorn's new Lido Cinemas, it will host world and local premieres as well as showing all the classics. Screenings will also feature special...

Posted 7 May 2015 @ 1:12pm

Lovers of French house music are in for a treat. 

 

ACMI have announced that they will they be screening Eden, a new documentary they goes in-depth of the rise of French house music. Spanning two decades, Eden goes back to the halcyon Parisian house party days (where Daft Punk really was playing in the house), to the giddy highs of DJing to packed crowds at MoMA PS1’s legendary...

Posted 6 May 2015 @ 11:12am

Gillian Armstrong’s Women He’s Undressed will receive its Melbourne premiere as part of a gala event to reopen the iconic Astor Theatre.

 

“We are thrilled to start our tenure at the Astor Theatre with a premiere for Women He’s Undressed,” said Palace Cinemas’ CEO Benjamin Zeccola.  “The film features such wonderful footage from the golden age of Hollywood; it made perfect sense...

Posted 5 May 2015 @ 9:09am

The program, entitled Next Gen, brings together eight films designed to enrich the cinematic experience of younger viewers. 

 

The program includes Australian documentary, Gayby Baby, which gives an insight into the politicised lives of same sex couples and their children. It also features films including Being 14, Me Romantic Romani, Spartacus & Cassandra, Partners In Crime...

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