Australian Films

MIFF is one of the world’s biggest supporters of homegrown talent, with more than 60 local films screening this year, across shorts, features and VR. This true-blue film fare tells the Australian story through documentary, drama, thriller, comedy, innovative Indigenous filmmaking and award-winning queer cinema, with almost 30 world premieres – including our illuminating Opening Night Gala film The Australian Dream and our delightfully fun Family Gala film H is for Happiness.

Alice

Alice

Josephine Mackerras’s SXSW Grand Jury Prize winner is an intimate story of one woman’s empowerment that also destigmatises common ideas about sex work.

Angel of Mine

Angel of Mine

Noomi Rapace, Luke Evans, Yvonne Strahovski and Richard Roxburgh star in the Melbourne-shot-and-set second feature from Strangerland’s Kim Farrant, as scripted by Oscar-nominated Lion screenwriter Luke Davies.

Animals

Animals

Alia Shawkat and Holliday Grainger give a beautiful authenticity to Australian director Sophie Hyde’s adaptation of the acclaimed novel that Caitlin Moran described as "Withnail & I for girls".

The Australian Dream

The Australian Dream

For years, Adam Goodes was a beloved hero of the game of AFL. Then the two-time Brownlow Medallist and former Australian of the Year began to call out racism, and his Australian dream turned into a nightmare.

Australian Shorts

Australian Shorts

Australia’s finest short films, including new works by MIFF Accelerator alumni.

Below

Below

Starring Ryan Corr and Anthony LaPaglia, Below is a pitch-black comedy with a unique, and uniquely provocative, take on Australia’s controversial asylum-seeker detention system.

Cerulean Blue

Cerulean Blue

Mismatched travelling companions reveal long-held secrets, broken hearts and unexpected connections during an eye-opening drive to Melbourne in this understated drama – an independent debut feature from local director Adrian Ortega.

Collingwood: From the Inside Out

Collingwood: From the Inside Out

From Marcus Cobbledick, co-director of the MIFF 2017 Audience Award-winning documentary All For One, and Josh Cable comes this insightful, intimate look at Collingwood Football Club as it rebuilds itself and aims for glory over the course of the 2018 season.

Dark Place

Dark Place

Outback zombies, supernatural housing projects, female revenge, sleep deprivation and Gothic spookiness electrify this twisted horror anthology from five up-and-coming Indigenous filmmakers.

Emu Runner

Emu Runner

An intimate and uplifting coming-of-age drama, this Indigenous tale of community, culture and coping with tragedy is the result of a 15-year collaboration between first-time Australian director Imogen Thomas and the people of Brewarrina in New South Wales.

A Family

A Family

Deadpan to its core, A Family is an offbeat comedy that takes us into the home of a lonely man who hires actors to play his parents, brother and sister.

Hearts and Bones

Hearts and Bones

Hugo Weaving plays a war photojournalist grappling with his profession, personal life and a refugee affected by one of his photographs in the fiction debut of Australian filmmaker Ben Lawrence.

H is for Happiness

H is for Happiness

Miriam Margolyes, Emma Booth, Richard Roxburgh, Deborah Mailman and Joel Jackson star in this delightful adaptation of the award-winning YA novel My Life as an Alphabet.

In My Blood It Runs

In My Blood It Runs

Four years after Gayby Baby (MIFF 2015), Maya Newell crafts another powerful, essential portrait of Australian youth, putting the plight of the Northern Territory’s Indigenous children in the spotlight.

Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks

Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks

From Hong Kong to Hollywood, the Shaw Brothers to The Matrix, iron fists and kung fu kicks have been busting box offices and breaking barriers since the 1960s. This is the wild untold story of how the way of the dragon became a global phenomenon.

Judy & Punch

Judy & Punch

Mia Wasikowska and Damon Herriman star in this delightfully offbeat feminist update of Punch and Judy from Mirrah Foulkes, making the leap from award-winning shorts to critically acclaimed feature filmmaking.

Kairos

Kairos

One of the breakout stars of Down Under (MIFF 2016) and Little Monsters (MIFF 2019), Chris Bunton packs a formidable punch in this trailblazing Australian drama – a rare local film that places both a performer and a character with Down Syndrome at its centre.

The Leunig Fragments

The Leunig Fragments

For more than five decades, Michael Leunig has opined on the state of the nation, one distinctive drawing at a time. In this lively documentary directed by MIFF Accelerator alumnus Kasimir Burgess (Fell, MIFF 2014), the cartoonist puts down his pen and shares his own story.

Little Monsters

Little Monsters

Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o shines bright as a ukulele-playing, zombie-slaying kindergarten teacher in Abe Forsythe’s sweetly hilarious zom-com Little Monsters.

Martha: A Picture Story

Martha: A Picture Story

Winner of the Sydney Film Festival Documentary Audience Award, Martha: A Picture Story is Australian filmmaker Selina Miles’s illuminating look at a remarkable figure: intrepid American photojournalist Martha Cooper, known for her trailblazing documentation of street art and graffiti culture.

Measure For Measure

Measure For Measure

Following the critically acclaimed Pawno, director Paul Ireland moves from Footscray to Prahran’s commission flats for this contemporary re-interpretation of Shakespeare, with Hugo Weaving leading a powerful, multicultural cast.

MIFF Family Gala - H is for Happiness

MIFF Family Gala - H is for Happiness

Miriam Margolyes, Emma Booth, Richard Roxburgh, Deborah Mailman and Joel Jackson star in this delightful adaptation of the award-winning YA novel My Life as an Alphabet.

Morgana

Morgana

In her late forties, Morgana Muses was an unhappy housewife in Albury. By 50, she was a feminist pornography icon. It has been quite the ride, with Melbourne filmmakers Isabel Peppard and Josie Hess journeying from rural Victoria to Berlin’s BDSM scene to tell this unique and empowering story.

NFSA Restores: Black Robe

NFSA Restores: Black Robe

“An absorbing intellectual epic … it is hard to shake the memory of Black Robe.” – LA Times

The Nightingale

The Nightingale

A dual award winner at the 2018 Venice Film Festival, Jennifer Kent’s follow-up to The Babadook pulls no punches in its brutal depiction of life in colonial Tasmania – especially for women and Indigenous Australians.

No Time for Quiet

No Time for Quiet

Featuring appearances from rock sensation Courtney Barnett, local punk trio Cable Ties and Sikh-Australian slam poet Sukhjit Khalsa, No Time for Quiet joins a group of girls and gender-fluid youths as they discover the empowering strength of music through a GIRLS ROCK! camp in Melbourne.

Return Home

Return Home

Ben Mendelsohn plays a headstrong mechanic in this astutely observed snapshot of suburban Australia, starring opposite Dennis Coard (Predestination, MIFF 2014) and Frankie J Holden – the restored print of which world premieres at MIFF.

Sequin in a Blue Room

Sequin in a Blue Room

High school and hook-up apps go hand-in-hand in this provocative debut queer feature, an adventurous exploration of technology and young sexuality, and winner of the Sydney Film Festival Audience Award.

Slam

Slam

After the psychological thrills of Mumbai-set drama Sunrise (MIFF 2015), Partho Sen-Gupta returns with a raw look at racial divisions in Sydney’s western suburbs

Smoke Between Trees

Smoke Between Trees

Starring Tiriel Mora, Smoke Between Trees is the sensitive and emotionally rich story of a broken man whose life is forever changed when he’s reunited with his grandson.

Suzi Q

Suzi Q

After more than five decades in the music industry, rock-star Suzi Quatro looks back on her pioneering career.

Travelling Film Showcase - A Family

Travelling Film Showcase - A Family

Deadpan to its core, A Family is an offbeat comedy that takes us into the home of a lonely man who hires actors to play his parents, brother and sister.

Travelling Film Showcase - Below

Travelling Film Showcase - Below

Starring Ryan Corr and Anthony LaPaglia, Below is a pitch-black comedy with a unique, and uniquely provocative, take on Australia’s controversial asylum-seeker detention system.

Travelling Film Showcase - H is for Happiness

Travelling Film Showcase - H is for Happiness

Miriam Margolyes, Emma Booth, Richard Roxburgh, Deborah Mailman and Joel Jackson star in this delightful adaptation of the award-winning YA novel My Life as an Alphabet.

Travelling Film Showcase - In My Blood It Runs

Travelling Film Showcase - In My Blood It Runs

Four years after Gayby Baby (MIFF 2015), Maya Newell crafts another powerful, essential portrait of Australian youth, putting the plight of the Northern Territory’s Indigenous children in the spotlight.

Travelling Film Showcase - Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks

Travelling Film Showcase - Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks

From Hong Kong to Hollywood, the Shaw Brothers to The Matrix, iron fists and kung fu kicks have been busting box offices and breaking barriers since the 1960s. This is the wild untold story of how the way of the dragon became a global phenomenon.

Travelling Film Showcase - Measure For Measure

Travelling Film Showcase - Measure For Measure

Following the critically acclaimed Pawno, director Paul Ireland moves from Footscray to Prahran’s commission flats for this contemporary re-interpretation of Shakespeare, with Hugo Weaving leading a powerful, multicultural cast.

Travelling Film Showcase - No Time for Quiet

Travelling Film Showcase - No Time for Quiet

Featuring appearances from rock sensation Courtney Barnett, local punk trio Cable Ties and Sikh-Australian slam poet Sukhjit Khalsa, No Time for Quiet joins a group of girls and gender-fluid youths as they discover the empowering strength of music through a GIRLS ROCK! camp in Melbourne.

White Light

White Light

Fearless Australian artist, activist and documentary maker George Gittoes reports from the epicentre of America’s gun violence catastrophe: Southside Chicago.

Words And Silk: The Imaginary and Real Worlds of Gerald Murnane

Words And Silk: The Imaginary and Real Worlds of Gerald Murnane

Australian fiction writer Gerald Murnane is tipped to win this year's Nobel Prize for Literature. There’s no better time to watch Philip Tyndall’s little-seen 1989 film about Murnane, Words And Silk: The Imaginary and Real Worlds of Gerald Murnane, which will screen at MIFF in celebration of its 30th anniversary.