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Berlinale 2018 Festival Report

Berlinale 2018 Festival Report

March 7th 2018 | Film Festivals

The general consensus about the ten-day 68th Berlin International Film Festival was that the real highlights were not necessarily the more prominent films that stood out at first glance. Instead, the true gems were to be found not just among the more prominent titles in the Competition section, but also in the more art-house inclined Panorama section and the more experimental Forum section. This w

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Sundance wrap-up, with MIFF's Al Cossar

Sundance wrap-up, with MIFF's Al Cossar

February 6th 2018 | Film Festivals

40+ films seen, minimal sleep and maximum amounts of questionable-grade quesadillas (at altitude, thanks!) all congeal into an alpine fever-dream of film-scouting at the Sundance Film Festival - an annual highlight and a regular worldwide stop for MIFF’s team in building the foundation of our 340+ film program each year.

I’ve been attending Sundance for eight years now, and it’s a setting which c

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MIFF Talks Podcast: Dystopia on Film

MIFF Talks Podcast: Dystopia on Film

December 4th 2017 | Talking Pictures Sci Fi podcast MIFF Talks MIFF 2017 Film Criticism 66th MIFF

Fill the Handmaid's Tale-sized hole in your life with this panel discussion.

Drawing on MIFF’s Sci-Fi Retrospective and other dystopian works, including Ben C Lucas' OtherLife, filmmakers, film critics and authors invite you to join them in talking all things dystopian and post-apocalyptic, and just how plausible a Gileadean future (or present!) may be.

Panellists include Alexandra Heller-Nichol

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MIFF 2017 Critics Campus Best Essay Winner

MIFF 2017 Critics Campus Best Essay Winner

November 6th 2017 |

Congratulations to Keva York - the winner of the MIFF Critics Campus Best Essay Prize!

Her piece - 'The Pet Politics in Rat Film and The Challenge' - was originally published in the Monthly, and can be read here.

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MIFF Talks Podcast: Jungle

MIFF Talks Podcast: Jungle

November 3rd 2017 |

Opening this year’s festival, the MIFF Premiere Fund-supported Jungle tells the gloriously tense, real-life survival story of Yossi Ghinsberg (played by Daniel Radcliffe), who at 22 joined two friends on what was supposed to be the adventure of a lifetime. But their dream trip into the uncharted Amazon soon turned into a wilderness nightmare from which not all of the men returned.

The real Yossi

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MIFF Talks Podcast: Three Summers

MIFF Talks Podcast: Three Summers

October 3rd 2017 |

Acclaimed comedian, writer and director Ben Elton discusses his first Australian film, Three Summers, which screened as MIFF's Centrepiece Gala, with Natalie Bailey - the UK's go-to comedy director (The Thick of It) - about this hilarious multi-story comedy set over three years at a fictional folk-music festival. Ben and Natalie are joined by cast members Michael Caton. Magda Szubanski, Kelton Pel

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MIFF Talks Podcast: Pioneering Women

MIFF Talks Podcast: Pioneering Women

September 5th 2017 | Women Filmmakers MIFF Talks MIFF 2017 Festival Guests Australian Films 66th MIFF

Co-presented with the Australian Directors’ Guild, the MIFF Talks Pioneering Women panel brought together influential Australian female directors and actors Gillian ArmstrongClaudia KarvanNadia TassAna Kokkinos and Clara Law. Moderated by Sam Lang, this is an absolute must-listen (or watch!) if you missed it during the festival. Recorded on Saturday 12 August 2017 at The Wheeler Centre. Watc

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A Soft Film About Tough Punk Men: An Interview with Sami Saif

A Soft Film About Tough Punk Men: An Interview with Sami Saif

August 24th 2017 |
MIFF 2017 Critics Campus participant Keva York interviews The Allins’ director Sam Saif about the family GG Allin left behind.
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Top of the Lake: China Girl – An Interview with Ariel Kleiman

Top of the Lake: China Girl – An Interview with Ariel Kleiman

August 19th 2017 | Talking Pictures MIFF 2017 Critics Campus Australian Films 66th MIFF
Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake: China Girl co-director Ariel Kleiman talks about the project with MIFF 2017 Critics Campus participant Blythe Worthy
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On Character and the Feeling of a City: An Interview With Peter Mackie-Burns

On Character and the Feeling of a City: An Interview With Peter Mackie-Burns

August 18th 2017 | MIFF 2017 Critics Campus 66th MIFF
Filmmaker Peter Mackie Burns talks to 2017 Critics Campus participant Phoebe Chen about his movie Daphne, his influences and filming London.
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