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65 Seconds with David Stubbs

65 Seconds with David Stubbs

July 22nd 2016 | MIFF 2016 Festival Guests 65th MIFF

This year MIFF welcomes over 100 guests to the festival to participate in Q&As, panel discussions, special events and to showcase their films. For the 65h MIFF we sat down for 65 seconds with some of the faces you'll be seeing over the 18 days.

Your name: David Stubbs

Your film: Belief: The Possession of Janet Moses

Where are you from: Wellington, New Zealand

How long have you been making fi

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65 Seconds With Fran Strine

65 Seconds With Fran Strine

July 22nd 2016 | MIFF 2016 Festival Guests 65th MIFF

This year MIFF welcomes over 100 guests to the festival to participate in Q&As, panel discussions, special events and to showcase their films. For the 65h MIFF we sat down for 65 seconds with some of the faces you'll be seeing over the 18 days.

Name: Fran Strine

Your film: Hired Gun

Where are you from: San Francisco, California.

How long have you been making films: 12 years.

Without using t

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Programming Next Gen

Programming Next Gen

July 20th 2016 |

Posted by Thomas Caldwell, Shorts & Next Gen Programmer for MIFF.

One of the joys of selecting films for the Next Gen program is seeing how adolescence is depicted in different parts of the world. More often than not, it's the similarities across countries and cultures that stands out. Obviously different kids in different parts of the world face different difficulties and challenges based on where

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Jerry Lewis: The Total Filmmaker Retrospective

Jerry Lewis: The Total Filmmaker Retrospective

July 20th 2016 | Reviews MIFF 2016 65th MIFF

To celebrate the MIFF 2016 Jerry Lewis program, the Melbourne-based online film journal Senses of Cinema has published a specially commissioned dossier on all things Jerry, called Deconstructing Jerry: Lewis as Director, exploring the 12 feature films he directed, all screening at MIFF. Here, Senses of Cinema Co-editor Daniel Fairfax offers a primer on the charms of this unique comedian / performe

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Meet Dave Thomas, MIFF's Technical Manager | Part 2

Meet Dave Thomas, MIFF's Technical Manager | Part 2

July 19th 2016 | MIFF 2016 Behind the Curtain 65th MIFF

Posted by Michelle Carey, MIFF Artistic Director

David Thomas is MIFF’s Technical Manager and Freight Handler. Dave celebrates 30 years at the Melbourne Film Festival this year, so we thought it was time you got to know him a bit; so I interviewed him – last week we ran part 1 of that epic interview. Read on for the conclusion.

Michelle: You’ve travelled to film festivals internationally. Do y

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Meet Dave Thomas, MIFF's Technical Manager | Part 1

Meet Dave Thomas, MIFF's Technical Manager | Part 1

July 19th 2016 | Behind the Curtain 65th MIFF

Posted by Michelle Carey, MIFF Artistic Director

I’ve always had a fascination with and deep appreciation for film technicians and projectionists. The better they are at their job, the more the audience doesn’t realise they’re there. But it’s a huge responsibility.

David Thomas is MIFF’s Technical Manager and Freight Handler. I’ve been working with Dave for a long time and admire his ability to

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Bad Girl | Q&A with Director Fin Edquist

Bad Girl | Q&A with Director Fin Edquist

July 19th 2016 | MIFF Premiere Fund MIFF 2016 Australian Films

One of six MIFF Premiere Fund films for 2016, Bad Girl will have its world premiere at this year's festival. Written and directed by Blinky Bill: The Movie and House Husbands screenwriter Fin Edquist, the film – a pulse-pounding thriller – stars Samara Weaving (Mystery Road, MIFF 2013) and Sara West (The Daughter, MIFF 2015) and features a moody score from long-time Nick Cave collaborator Warren

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Why I Cannot Wait for The Death and Life of Otto Bloom

Why I Cannot Wait for The Death and Life of Otto Bloom

July 18th 2016 |

Posted by Lee Zachariah

It’s unusual to be champing at the bit to see a director’s first ever film. Usually it’s that first film that gets you excited about their next film, but Cris Jones has already established an impressive filmography of shorts that should have everyone keyed up about his feature debut.

Jones has written and directed the MIFF opening night film The Death and Life of Otto Blo

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Introducing MIFF Ambassador Gyton Grantley

Introducing MIFF Ambassador Gyton Grantley

July 15th 2016 | MIFF 2016 Australian Films 65th MIFF MIFF Ambassadors

This year, in addition to our long-serving, loyal and beloved patron Geoffrey Rush, we welcome a new wave of talent to the fold as MIFF Ambassadors.

So that you can get to know them and their love for MIFF a little more, we asked them to sit down and talk about all things cinema, MIFF and what they are looking forward to for 2016.

Gyton Grantley



What role has MIFF played in your life so far?

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Behind the Curtain with MIFF: The Comedy Theatre

Behind the Curtain with MIFF: The Comedy Theatre

July 15th 2016 | MIFF 2016 MIFF 2015 Headliners Behind the Curtain

Putting on a film festival the size of MIFF is like an immense 3D jigsaw puzzle, but the pieces are alive and not just constantly changing shape but also playing hide and seek with one another! To give you a peek at how it all comes together, we’ll be running an occasional series paying attention to the man – or, rather, men and women and mechanics! – behind the curtains. First up, wherefore The C

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