Posted 4 May 2015 @ 11:34pm

ACMI will screen Jazz on Film later this year. 


Presented as part of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, ACMI will screen an inspiring compilation of films exploring the multiple facets of jazz and its soulful artists, from uncompromising mentors and brutal teachers, to steadfast political activists and hardened outlaws. Jazz on Film will feature six films including...

Posted 1 May 2015 @ 11:24am

The film that embodies what is possibly the world's worst orgy, The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence), is coming to Melbourne. 


Australia’s premier cult film festival Monster Fest will be presenting a national theatrical tour of the third and final installment of The Human Centipede franchise.  

Fans will have the rare chance of seeing the film on the big screen...

Posted 29 Apr 2015 @ 2:55pm

St Kilda Film Festival has unveiled which films will roll on the big screen when it opens for its 32nd year this May. 


One of Australia's longest-standing and publicly owned short film festivals, this year's event will feature 100 of the country's top short films, music videos, archival screenings, youth programs and more.
Some of the highlights include grandpa-...

Posted 28 Apr 2015 @ 5:40pm

Elaine Constantine has one of the most chipper voices you're likely to hear first thing in the morning (it doesn't hurt that she has a particularly colourful Lancashire accent). Having established herself as a much-lauded photographer during the '90s – known for her rejection of supermodels in favour of everyday youth – she has now plunged into another kind of eidetic art altogether with her...

Posted 28 Apr 2015 @ 1:15pm

ACMI will celebrate acclaimed cult director Lukas Moodysson with a special spotlight season next month. 


The season will feature four films from the Swedish director, beginning with his smash-hit, We Are the Best!, which follows a trio of teens as they endure the trials of adolescence in the '80s. Other films include dark fable Lilya 4-Ever, comedy Together and 1999's teen...

Posted 15 Apr 2015 @ 11:49am

Big hair and shoulderpads will reign supreme when Purple Rain screens at ACMI later this month. 


The 1984 cult classic features Prince as young rock musician The Kid, as he battles against an emerging all-girl group at a Minneapolis nightclub. Winner of a Grammy and Academy Award (and Razzie nominee), the film grossed more than $80 million at the box office.  

Posted 8 Apr 2015 @ 3:24pm

31 feature films, 18 shorts, 15 forums and five exhibitions will take centre stage when the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival returns this year.


This year's films will include the Melbourne premiere of Australian documentary I Will Not Be Silenced on opening night and will close with the premiere of The Beekeeper. Other highlights include Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story,...

Posted 4 Apr 2015 @ 3:02am

Palace Cinemas have chimed in at the eleventh hour and reached a deal that will save the future of Melbourne's historic Astor Theatre. 


While the theatre will close this Sunday April 5, after it undergoes essential maintenance and repairs it will re-open on Sunday June 7, with a gala event to follow on Thursday June 25.
George Florence, proprietor since 1982, said...

Posted 31 Mar 2015 @ 11:49am

As he approaches the final screening at The Astor Theatre, George Florence, owner and proprietor of The Astor, remains passionate about the iconic cinema that he’s run for over 30 years. “I basically put my soul into this cinema,” Florence says. “All along that’s been my philosophy – if I put my soul into it, then the audience will come along and they’ll get it. And if you read the...

Posted 24 Mar 2015 @ 3:59pm

The Spanish Film Festival have revealed the full program for their 2015 incarnation. 


Opening with Spanish Affair and closing with Wild Tales, the 2015 festival will feature 38 films. Other highlights include Get Married If You Can, Instructions Not Included and Sorry If I Call You Love. 

Posted 17 Mar 2015 @ 2:49pm

Australia’s longest-standing and publicly owned short film festival, the St Kilda Film Festival, is now an Academy Award qualifier for the Documentary Awards and Short Film Awards. 


Celebrating its 32nd anniversary, the 2015 St Kilda Film Festival’s program will be hosted at the St Kilda Town Hall for the first time. The new venue will offer a unique cinematic experience...

Posted 10 Mar 2015 @ 11:56am

A new black comedy is set to screen at the ACMI next month.


Listen Up Phillip, directed by Alex Ross Perry, tells the story of misanthropic novelist Phillip (Jason Schwartzman) who decides to boycott the publicity tour for his second novel after receiving a bad review in the New York Times. Phillip then decides to spend the summer writing at the country house of his literary...

Posted 4 Mar 2015 @ 12:37pm

Now in it's eighth year, the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival (HRAFF) has announced the highlights of their 2015 event.


The national festival, which kicks off in Melbourne in May, will seek to drive the conversation on human rights through its engaging program of films, arts and forums. This year's festival includes documentaries Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case and Ivory Tower,...

Posted 25 Feb 2015 @ 3:18pm

ACMI have announced the world premiere of Oscar nominee Anthony Lucas' hybrid theatre production for kids, A Moon Safari by Steam Bicycle, these April school holidays.


Combining live puppetry and miniatures with multimedia sets, animation, music and live footage, A Moon Safari by Steam Bicycle treats the audience to both behind-the-scenes filmmaking and a live theatre...

Posted 20 Feb 2015 @ 2:53pm

Celebrating the legacy of award-winning Chinese director Zhang Yimuo and his cinematic muse Gong Li, Epic Intimacy: The Cinema of Zhang Yimuo & Gong Li will screen at ACMI in March, as part of their China Up Close program.


The program features a number of Yimuo and Gong's films, including their debut film Red Sorghum, Tang dynasty epic The Curse of the Golden Flower,...

Posted 16 Feb 2015 @ 9:50am

The Flickerfest short film festival, Licensed to Thrill, is about to tour the country, visiting 50 towns and venues around Australia. “It’s a lot of work for a very small team,” says Bronwyn Kidd, the Director of Flickerfest. Kidd says Australian shorts are creating ‘an innovative fresh and creative world.’ 


“It’s important to us, to be providing that platform.” Over 2,300...

Posted 11 Feb 2015 @ 10:37am

A special doggy movie night will take place at ACCA later this month. 


  The night is co-presented by ACCA alongside Farnsworth’s Republic for Dogs, an off-leash world for Melbourne’s much-loved four-legged friends created by acclaimed artist Anastasia Klose.   Screening on the night will be one of the most batshit films ever made, the crazy canine cult film DOGGIE-WOGGIEZ...
Posted 9 Feb 2015 @ 2:22pm

For those looking for a way to extend their summer a little further, The Ocean Film Festival will tour Australia in March.


The festival will feature seven ocean-themed short films – with five Australian premieres and two world premieres. Films cover all things ocean related – from adrenaline-fuelled surfing adventures and divers swimming with sharks to underwater footage of...

Posted 30 Jan 2015 @ 5:26pm

The Salvation by Danish director Kristian Levring is thrilling fans of the classic Western everywhere. Even audiences at Cannes. “I never imagined that Cannes would take it,” says Levring, speaking to Beat from London. “I never thought it was that kind of film, to get into that festival. The reception there was overwhelming, very touching. Cannes can be so rude!” Levring’s film features a lone...

Posted 30 Jan 2015 @ 12:14pm

The Transitions Film Festival has unveiled yet another huge program of cutting edge documentaries for its 2015 incarnation.


The festival kicks off of Friday February 13 with an open air screening of Inside Out: The People's Art Project at Testing Grounds and will run until the first week of March.
This year's program includes a series of Projector Bike shorts...

Posted 21 Jan 2015 @ 2:04pm

Thought the program for the world's only outdoor cinema inside a convent couldn't get any bigger? Think again.


The Shadow Electric has just revealed a slew of additions to this year's cinema program. New films include Talking Heads-Stop Making Sense, Ukraine Is Not A Brothel, Birdman, Kingsmen: The Secret Service and Wild.
They'll join the likes of already...

Posted 21 Jan 2015 @ 12:05pm

In the lead up to the 2015 Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF), ACMI will present a season of fashion-focused films.


Fashion on Film will offer a unique look at the evolution of fashion – from the house of Balmain, to the streets of Naples and the trends of the '90s. The season will kick off in February with the Australian premiere of And Then There is Naples,...

Posted 15 Jan 2015 @ 1:08pm

Throughout December and January, Moonlight Cinema has entertained crowds across Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth. The action, drama and laughs are set to continue with a number of exclusive and advanced screenings, dress-up nights, cult films, kid’s nights and doggie nights, this February.


The exclusive, advanced screenings kick off on Sunday February 1 with a...

Posted 14 Jan 2015 @ 11:05am

Rooftop Cinema have revealed the second run of films that will light up the skies for the next few months.


Launching on Sunday February 1 with an encore screening of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, highlights of the second part of their program include Oscar contenders The Theory of Everything, The Imitation Game, St Vincent and Nightcrawler (the latter of which plays back...

Posted 5 Jan 2015 @ 10:21am

Melbourne’s west was waiting for its own film festival.  After living in the area for about 14 years, Anna Bourozikas decided one was needed and so she set out to make it happen. Last year saw the inaugural Setting Sun Short Film Festival which screened 45 films over four days, mostly at Yarraville’s much loved Sun Theatre. The second festival will take place in April 2015 and the call for...

Posted 16 Dec 2014 @ 3:28pm

Danish director Kristian Levring's latest film The Salvation will screen at ACMI next year.


The Salvation is a gripping western, which follows Danish brothers Jon (Mads Mikkelsen) and Peter (Mikael Persbrandt) as they make the journey from Europe to the New World in the 1870s. Any hopes for a bright future however are quickly dashed when Jon's family are brutally attacked. What...

Posted 10 Dec 2014 @ 2:48pm

Hobson's Bay will present a free openair cinema series, Movies By The Bay, this summer.


This year's program features five family-friendly films at two locations, including Rio, Planes: Fire Rescue, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Guardians of the Galaxy and How To Train Your Dragon 2.

Posted 9 Dec 2014 @ 2:34pm

Melbourne Underground Film Festival (MUFF) will return in 2015 for its sweet 16th year.


The festival – which supports independent and guerilla local and international cinema – is now calling for entries for the 2015 event. Filmmakers are welcome to submit both shorts and features from all film styles, including narrative, genre, animation, documentary and experimental.

Posted 8 Dec 2014 @ 1:37pm

Super Duper Alice Cooper is coming to ACMI this December and January.


Born Vincent Furnier, the son of a preacher, Alice Cooper emerged from the Detroit scene of the '70s in a flurry of long hair and sequins to restore rock with a sense of showmanship, while simultaneously striking fear into the very core of Middle America with the chicken-slaughtering, dead-baby-eating...

Posted 5 Dec 2014 @ 11:31am

The Astor have announced the films that will see out the theatre's final season, ahead of the last screening on Sunday April 5. 


Built in 1936, The Astor is Melbourne's last single-screen cinema of its kind, famous for its delivery of classics, cult favourites, select new releases and double features. The final season will kick off on Sunday December 21 with Labyrinth and...