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Backbeat

In the tradition of Twenty Feet From Stardom (MIFF 2013), Hired Gun gives voice to some of the greatest players in the world: the session musos who back up the famous faces behind your favourite chart-topping hits. Among them, original Ghostbusters theme singer/songwriter Ray Parker Jr (pictured), who will join the film's director Fran Strine for a Q&A at the 30 July screening! And, just confirmed, Ray will also do a FREE DJ set for The Blackhearts Club Grand Opening, spinning songs he's performed on and written, including the Ghostbusters theme song!

Photo: Angela George

Headliners

Director Terence Davies will introduce the Friday 29 July screening of his ravishingly beautiful film Sunset Song, featuring a star-making performance from former model Agyness Deyn. He'll also be there for a post-screening Q&A!

 

Closing Night Gala

See out MIFF 2016 with the bracingly smart and darkly funny Hell or High Water, "a gripping and exceedingly entertaining neo-western that delivers an ensemble of stellar performances, gritty action and dark humour” (We Got This Covered).

Where to Find the MIFF Program Guide

Looking for the printed program guide? You can pick one up at the MIFF Box Office, hosted by ACMI, Federation Square, or find copies throughout Melbourne: click here for a list of hot spots where you can grab it. Alternatively, view the digital copy.

Culinary Cinema

It's a subject dear to the hearts of many Melburnians: Coffee. Barista is an enlightening glimpse into the art and artisan obsession of producing a flawless cup of coffee.

Jerry Lewis: The Total Filmmaker

Jerry Lewis' best-known and most influential comedy, The Nutty Professor screens at MIFF as a co-presentation with Jerry's House, a program designed to teach sick and disadvantaged children around the world the important connection between laughter and healing. The 30 July session will feature an introduction from Lochie Graham, the 13-year-old inspiration and ambassador for Jerry's House.

Seeking Refuge

Harrowing and life-affirming in equal measure, The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe is a remarkable portrait of four women finally being given the power to voice the tremendous violence done to them, and to transform their trauma into something cleansing, forceful and awe-inspiring.

MIFF Premiere Fund

Demand for the MIFF Premiere Find-supported documentary The Family – an incendiary, heartbreaking investigation into one of Australia's most notorious cults – has been so high that we've added a new session at 4pm on Monday 1 August, in The Forum. Get in quick!

MIFF Shorts

A girl going through a tough time in a new city finds a skate park where she can belong in Crystal Lake, a film by MIFF regular Jennifer Reeder, that will screen in front of the feature Short Stay.

Accent on Asia

"The genre-hopping Hong Kong master Johnnie To takes his first step into the world of musicals in a predictably idiosyncratic fashion with Office … one of the most rewarding films of the year." – 4:3

Setsuko Hara

“A great influence on many great directors of the last half century … [Tokyo Story] remains one of the most approachable and moving of all cinema’s masterpieces.” – Time Out

Escuela de Barcelona

"Astoundingly evocative ... [Schizo] is cleverly pitched as a combination of cutting edge scientific reportage and speculative near-sci-fi related to the relativity of perception of space and time." – MUBI Notebook

Documentary/Drama

The Land of the Enlightened is "an astonishing mythical docudrama of Afghan history … full of striking visual metaphors, breathtaking landscapes and narrative sequences that seem to take place entirely outside of historical time." – Nonfics

Night Shift

"The film pulsates with furious creative energy throughout, sparking excitement and giddy amazement that it even exists. Amid its freewheeling aesthetic twists and intellectual provocations, the astounding humor of The Love Witch often ascends to intentional hysteria." – The New Yorker

Animation

"Suggests Waltz With Bashir by way of Errol Morris … Tower is a fascinating blend of suspense and journalistic inquiry." – Indiewire

Next Gen Family Films

Winner of the Best of the Fest Award and the The Liv Ullmann Peace Prize at the 2015 Chicago International Children's Film Festival, Adama is an emotional, exciting and strikingly animated film inspired by real-life stories of West African men recruited to fight for French forces.

International Panorama

A throwback to the gritty 1970s crime thrillers, Suburra is "an atmospheric, fast-paced thriller, which draws on an earlier Italian genre tradition that went missing in action somewhere in the mid 70s." – Screen Daily

Gaining Ground

"Bold and daring in 1983, and nearly as radical in 2016, Born in Flames broke new ground in the world of feminist filmmaking—and beyond. Critics and audiences would be well advised to see where at least some of today's more envelope-pushing ideas originated." – Film Journal International

Australian Showcase

A stirring character portrait of two powerful but very different women – as well as a fascinating glimpse into the forever strange world of professional bodybuilding – Destination Arnold is an irrepressible feel-good story with a huge heart ... and even huger muscles.

Adrian Wootton Talks Shakespeare

Presented by MIFF 37ºSouth Market & Accelerator, Adrian Wootton returns to Melbourne for another series of his acclaimed Illustrated Film Talks, this year focusing on the rich screen legacy of William Shakespeare, who died 400 years ago and is the most filmed author ever.

Dance on Film

"If the austere, restrained approach of Wiseman's film captured the Paris Opera Ballet before Benjamin Millepied took over … Reset reflects the energetic, assured, occasionally anarchic approach of the new incumbent. It is electrifying viewing." – Screen Daily

Documentaries

The Eagle Huntress is “one of the most beautifully shot movies I have ever seen ... I dare you not to be inspired” – Indiewire

Virtual Reality

MIFF's first ever Virtual Reality program will be a unique opportunity to strap on a VR headset and fully experience the jaw-dropping wonders of total immersive cinema. Next stop: the Holodeck!

The Blackhearts Club at #MIFF2016

Introducing The Blackhearts Club at MIFF 2016. Melbourne’s favourite wine store, Blackhearts & Sparrows will transform the Forum Theatre into a drinking, dining and piano bar, conjuring the old world charm of the Golden Age of Hollywood, and a celebration of the era in which the atmospheric, magnificent theatre itself was built. Grand Opening Friday 29 July. Find out more.

Talking Pictures

Margaret Pomeranz chats with directors Gillian Armstrong, Jocelyn Moorhouse, Sue Brooks and Kitty Green about navigating the highs and lows of being a female director in the Australian film industry in the Talking Pictures panel Breaking the Celluloid Ceiling.

Centrepiece Gala

A black comedy set during the aftermath of the Cronulla riots, Down Under is the story of two carloads of hotheads from both sides of the fight destined to collide. Tickets for the red-carpet gala and exclusive afterparty are on sale now.

Wendall Thomas Talks Scripts

Presented by MIFF 37ºSouth Market & Accelerator, LA-based writer and lecturer Wendall Thomas returns to Melbourne for more of her popular series unlocking the secrets of film writing, this year covering thrillers, romantic comedies and small-screen relationships.

Next Gen School Bookings

Now in its 10th year, MIFF's Next Gen program for schools screens films in the languages most commonly taught in Victorian schools: French, German, Italian, Japanese and Mandarin. These are carefully curated, high-quality and age-appropriate films that are not available online, not available on home entertainment, and not guaranteed a cinema release in Australia. So see them at MIFF or risk missing out! School bookings are now open.

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2016 Festival eMini Passes & Passports

Obviously you're not going to be anywhere else but in the cinema with us between 28 July-14 August 2016. Plan ahead and purchase eMinis and Passports (available exclusively to MIFF members) right now!

MIFF Membership

MIFF members get the red-carpet treatment. In addition to priority access and discounts throughout the festival, MIFF members get year-round benefits – from invitations to complimentary preview screenings of latest film releases to concession entry at our cinema partners. PLUS! From now until August 14, you'll receive a bonus $5 Readings voucher with every MIFF Membership! Find out more and sign up now.

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