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Posted 21 Jul 2014 @ 4:00pm

ACMI will present a season of Fell, an enigmatic drama directed by emerging Australian director Kasimir Burgess.

 

The film explores themes of grief, vengeance and redemption and features Matt Nable (Riddick, The Final Winter) and Daniel Henshall (Snowtown, The Babadook) in the leading roles. After Thomas (played by Nable) witnesses the traumatic death of his only daughter in a...

Posted 21 Jul 2014 @ 3:53pm

The 11th annual Bayside Film Festival will come to Melbourne next month.

 

Opening with the Victorian premiere of the US thriller Cold in July, other highlights of the program include the Australian premieres of Elsa and Fred and A Promise, plus the Victorian premieres of Blood Brother and Mystery Of Happiness.

Posted 14 Jul 2014 @ 4:59pm

Want to be a part of Australia’s fastest growing genre film festival?

 

 

Monster Fest, which began in 2011, has doubled in size each subsequent year. For the first time, in 2014 the festival will be open to short and feature film submissions from Australia and across the world. 

 

Taking place in November at Cinema Nova, this year will also see the...

Posted 8 Jul 2014 @ 12:13pm

tilde, Melbourne's first international transgender and gender diverse film festival is coming to town this November and they want you to get involved.

 

Partnering with the Sydney Transgender International Film Festival, tilde will mark Melbourne's first international film festival created to showcase the work of trans and gender diverse filmmakers as well as films containing...

Posted 4 Jul 2014 @ 1:39pm

More venues have jumped on board to be a part of the 2014 Melbourne International Film Festival.

 

RMIT Capitol Theatre, Melbourne IMAX and the Planetarium have all announced that they are joining year's cinema lineup. They join the likes of the previously announced Forum Theatre, ACMI and more.
 
It's also been announced that the MIFF Premiere Fund co-financed film...

Posted 16 Jun 2014 @ 8:19pm

Torn apart by the violent sectarian divide known as The Troubles, Belfast in the 1970s was the last place you would have expected to see a musical revolution. Enter Terri Hooley: founder of the Good Vibrations record store and label, which helped kick-start the bomb-ravaged city's punk scene. The film of the same name tells the story of Hooley's life and the bands his determination inspired,...

Posted 13 Jun 2014 @ 1:50pm

MIFF have just announced what is sure to be one of the biggest highlights of their 2014 program.

 

For the first time ever in Melbourne, MIFF will present a screening of the 1971 Jacques Rivette magnum opus Out 1: Noli me tangere. At an impressive 12+ hours in length, the film is mostly improvised and set in the studios, cafés and streets of Paris, and functions as a time capsule...

Posted 26 May 2014 @ 6:57pm

ACMI have announced that they will present the Australian premiere of Rhymes for Young Ghouls from celebrated short filmmaker, Jeff Barnaby.

 

Rhymes for Young Ghouls was Barnaby's debut feature. Set in 1976, the film revolves around Alia (Kawennahere Devery Jacobs), a teenager deeply immersed in her family's drug business who uses her earning to keep both the corrupt Indian...

Posted 22 May 2014 @ 5:05pm

ACMI will present Watermark by documentary filmmaker, Jennifer Baichwal and environmental photographer, Edward Burtynsky.

 

Premiering at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival, Watermark is a thought-provoking exploration into humanity’s inextricable relationship to water. The film pays witness to spiritual gatherings on the mighty Ganges, the untouched majesty of Northern British...

Posted 21 May 2014 @ 4:52pm

“Embarrassingly, I’m in one of the films,” says Paul Harris, Artistic Director of St Kilda Film Festival. Harris had a small part in a zombie film made in Adelaide nearly 30 years ago, something which is coming back to fatally bite him on the bum this year: the film appears in the archival Zombiethon program of his 2014 festival. Was Harris a zombie himself in the film? “A necrophiliac zombie...

Posted 21 May 2014 @ 2:52pm

The Melbourne International Film Festival has revealed the Next Gen program for its 2014 incarnation. 

 

As a program of cinema selected for younger audiences, Next Gen offers schools the opportunity to screen films during the day as well as several family-friendly times on the weekends.
 
Clara & The Secret of the Bears, Patema Inverted, The Good Life, We Are Mari...

Posted 21 May 2014 @ 1:08pm

Days of Future Past is arguably the most audacious instalment in the X-Men film series thus far. Based on Marvel's 1981 Uncanny X-Men comic storyline of the same name (written by Chris Claremont and John Byrne), it sees Brian Singer (X-Men and X2) return to the director's chair alongside a reprised cast of Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Anna...

Posted 19 May 2014 @ 10:23am

The Melbourne Underground Film Festival, or MUFF as it's affectionately known, is heading into its 15th year and they're now looking for the next batch of indie filmmakers.

 

The Melbourne Underground Film Festival was founded by independent Australian film director Richard Wolstencroft after one of his films was rejected by the Melbourne International Film Festival. Since then...

Posted 13 May 2014 @ 4:05pm

The 63rd Melbourne International Film Festival will open with the Australian premiere of the Spierig Brothers’ new feature Predestination.

 

Based on Robert A Heinlein’s All You Zombies and starring Ethan Hawke, Noah Taylor and Sarah Snook, Predestination is the story of a temporal agent on the trail of a terrorist, in an intricate web of twists and secrets. 
 
“We...

Posted 13 May 2014 @ 1:57pm

ACMI and the Victorian Government have joined forces to create Hothouse the ultimate training program for emerging talent in the field of animation and are looking for young people to take part.

 

Hothouse is a week-long intensive program for Victorian students in Years 10 to 12, aimed at nurturing creativity and moving image skills. Ten students will be dropped into a fast-paced...

Posted 30 Apr 2014 @ 1:03pm

Now in its 31st year, the St Kilda Film Festival has revealed the program for its 2014 incarnation.

 

Held at the Palais and Astor Theatres, the 10 day event will feature Australia's Top 100 short films, music videos, archival screenings, youth programs, filmmaker development forums as well as an international showcase. 
 
Some of the highlights from this year's Top...

Posted 21 Apr 2014 @ 4:59pm

Almost a decade in the making, The Crossing is an epic by all accounts. In 2005, Chris Bray and Clark Carter brazenly set out into the icy Arctic wilderness. Two attempts, two homemade kayaks and 100 hours of footage later, the pair became the first to cross the 1000-kilometre-wide Victoria Island. Having already picked up the Audience Award for Best Documentary at last year’s Sydney Film...

Posted 15 Apr 2014 @ 1:33pm

Documentary maker Anna Broinowski was given a book by a friend. This book was the Dear Leader Kim Il Jong’s guide to film making: Manifesto The Cinema and Directing. “I’d had no idea the Dear Leader was a cineaste,” says Broinowski. “I was blown away by how powerfully he used cinema to maintain the country. North Korea has no internet, it’s the last place on earth without advertising or...

Posted 9 Apr 2014 @ 9:32am

The seventh Humans Rights Arts & Film Festival have announced their 2014 program of films, art and forums.

 

Hosted over two weeks across Melbourne, the HRAFF will open with The Square, a documentary feature that takes audiences straight to the epicentre of the Egyptian Revolution. The film received a nomination at this year’s Oscars for the Best Documentary Feature.
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Posted 8 Apr 2014 @ 2:21pm

In 1949, a small Danish toy company called LEGO – which translates to ‘play well’ – began producing little interconnecting bricks that would change the world of toys and create an empire that captured the hearts, minds and imaginations of children everywhere. Now, everybody’s favourite childhood toy is hitting the big screen...and it’s breathtaking.

 

The LEGO Movie lands this...

Posted 1 Apr 2014 @ 1:40pm

The southern hemisphere's greatest annual celebration of Indian cinema, the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne, will return this May for 11 days of Bollywood madness.

 

IFFM will open with the Australian premiere of Sholay 3D, a restoration of the 1975 spaghetti western classic that is cherished by Indian-cinema lovers worldwide. Sholay 3D will be followed by a by a Q&A with...

Posted 31 Mar 2014 @ 11:35am

The Australian Centre for Moving Images has announced that it will screen renowned Indian director Pan Nalin's new film Faith Connections as a special feature of its Autumn program.

 

The 115-minute film tells the stories of a handful of residents at the 100 million Hindi follower strong Kumbh Mela festival. An abandoned baby who is believed to be the incarnation of Lord Vishnu,...

Posted 12 Mar 2014 @ 12:58pm

As part of the world premiere of DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition, ACMI’s Designing Dreams Studio will provide Australia’s up-and-coming animators with an unparalleled opportunity to learn from some of the best in the business.

 

ACMI and DreamWorks Animation will select a small group of talented animators to go behind the screen in a once-in-a-lifetime hands-on journey of...

Posted 11 Mar 2014 @ 2:38pm

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It’s taken almost a decade since his first appearance, but we’re now seeing a concerted effort from co-writer/director to elevate outback serial killer Mick Taylor (John Jarratt) from chilling once-off menace to genuine, Freddy/Jason-level horror icon. 2014 sees not only the release of Wolf Creek 2, but also a couple of prequel novels that flesh out the back-story of the...

Posted 26 Feb 2014 @ 3:57pm

Matt Smith and his Doctor Who comrades Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill are no longer visiting Australia.

 

The news came via a statement from Smith, stating that a family emergency has forced him to cancel the tour, which was scheduled to kick off next week. It reads: "I am deeply saddened to have to advise that I will not be able to come to Australia for the Hub Productions'...

Posted 25 Feb 2014 @ 9:34am

Earlier this year, a nationwide opinion poll showed that 60 per cent of Australians wanted the Abbott government to “increase the severity of the treatment of asylum seekers”. Presumably they didn’t mean ‘increase to a violent bloodbath’ such as that on Manus Island last week, which saw 23-year-old Reza Berati killed, possibly “by out-of-control guards who stomped his skull as he lay...

Posted 25 Feb 2014 @ 9:17am

The Melbourne Queer Film Festival has announced its full program.

 

Hosted over 11 days, MIQF will celebrate all things lesbian, homosexual, bisexual and transsexual (and all things sexual, to be honest). Opening this year’s festival will be Travis Fine’s (The Space Between) newest work, Any Day Now, starring Alan Cumming (The Good Wife, X-Men) and Garret Dillahunt (12 Years a...

Posted 19 Feb 2014 @ 3:55pm

Featuring a five days of live music and visual artist showcases, the Melbourne Music Video Festival has unveiled the program for its 2014 incarnation.

 

Aiming to present events which are both sonically and visually engaging, the festival's program features a wide array of activities, including music from the likes of Friendships, Audego, Indian Red, Tincture and more.

Posted 17 Feb 2014 @ 2:00pm

Head over to the Rooftop Cinema tonight for Rooftop Transmissions, a presentation of 22 of Melbourne’s best film shorts.

 

Co-presented alongside Channels Festival, Speakeasy Cinema and the National Gallery of Victoria for their Melbourne Now program, Rooftop Transmissions features works from Arie Rain Glorie, Bindi Cole...

Posted 11 Feb 2014 @ 1:55pm

Want to know how to impress a film festival director? Be yourself. “Stay true to your passion,” says Bronwyn Kidd, director of Flickerfest, the festival of short film. “Don't replicate what others have done. Tell the stories that are individual to you, tell the story you want to tell. Don't try to be the next Quentin Tarantino.”

 

This year's Flickerfest...

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