Australian

Love, lies and Qu'ranic scripture collide on the streets of Melbourne in Osamah Sami's sweet, funny and (unfortunately) true tale of the lengths one man will go to find love – and avoid disappointing his very religious dad. ... Ali is just trying to do the right thing. The son of a Muslim cleric who immigrated from Iraq, he's taken to the Melbourne lifestyle in a way that his father simply hasn't.... Read more
Love, lies and Qu'ranic scripture collide on the streets of Melbourne in Osamah Sami's sweet, funny and (unfortunately) true tale of the lengths one man will go to find love – and avoid disappointing his very religious dad. ... Ali is just trying to do the right thing. The son of a Muslim cleric who immigrated from Iraq, he's taken to the Melbourne lifestyle in a way that his father simply hasn't.... Read more
Dan Jones (Detour de France, MIFF 2006) and Marcus Cobbledick (Fairless, MIFF 2015) team up to bring us the the story of GreenEDGE, Australia's first ProTour cycling team. ... In 2011, as world tour cycling was still reeling from the Lance Armstrong doping saga that cast a long shadow over the whole sport, Australia's first professional team emerged. GreenEDGE stood out for their unshakable cultur... Read more
Kriv Stenders directs a powerhouse ensemble cast in this excoriating, illuminating take on our country's most fraught debate. ... As a sweltering Australia Day dawns over Brisbane, three seemingly unconnected figures – a farmer (Bryan Brown), an Indigenous policewoman (Shari Sebbens) and an illegal Chinese immigrant (Jenny Wu) – are thrown together by chance and misfortune. As their stories arc an... Read more
Ephraim Bani journeys from the Torres Strait Islands to the great museums of Europe, where his plundered heritage is on display. He carries the hope of all Islanders to see the turtleshell masks made by his ancestors, and stolen by the Cambridge Anthropological Expe­dition more than a century ago. ... Restitution of these artifacts proves anything but straightforward. The objects themselves have u... Read more
Chris Kennedy juggles comedy, drama and sentiment with aplomb in his third feature; Ralph, a sweet natured, and exceptionally naive young man from the bush is determined to make his mark on the Nashville Country & West­ern scene, but instead winds up in prison because he fell for a girl called Patsy. ... Leaving his parents' out back property and hitching a ride to Sydney, Ralph falls foul of the ... Read more
Acclaimed actor David Wenham makes his feature directorial debut with a Before Sunrise-style, Sydney-shot romance set to the distinctive sounds of Megan Washington. ... After jumping behind the camera to helm a segment of Tim Winton's The Turning (MIFF 2013), Wenham once again turns filmmaker to chronicle a night of chance meetings, colourful characters and unexpected adventures. ... Executive pro... Read more
Multiculturalism under siege. Exile In Sarajevo is a passionate and persona! account of the siege of Sarajevo, from the viewpoint of Bosnian-Australian Tahir Cambis and Sarajevan, Alma Sahbaz. ... The directors encapsulate wider tragedies within two unfolding narratives. Nirvana, a talent­ed young dancer, dies after a shelling attack. Her family, unable to come to terms with their loss, are forced... Read more
In mid 1996 a group of 14 women - mainly mid­dle aged - rode motorbikes all the way around Australia to promote breast cancer awareness. Sydney based documentary maker Pat Fiske has produced a road movie with a difference - a record of the journey, punctuated by portraits of the women, and the information sessions, morn­ing and afternoon teas and roadside chats at which they spread the word. Vigne... Read more
In advance of the highly anticipated second series premiere on ABC TV, MIFF offers an exclusive preview of the first two episodes. ... Glitch introduced audiences to country cop James Hayes (Patrick Brammall), a sergeant in the fictional Victorian town of Yoorana where, one night, seven dead residents crawled out of their graves, in perfect health, bar their memories. But things turned deeply pers... Read more
A high-energy road movie that keeps career­ing off in unexpected directions. Heaven's Burning is the most ambitious film yet by Ade­laide-based director, Craig Lahiff. Working for the first time with a generous budget, Lahiff struts his stuff with vigour aided by a Louis Nowra screenplay that makes a point of keeping the audience off-balance. ... Honeymooning Japanese bride Midori disap­pears from... Read more
Australia's foremost documentary portraitist, Tom Zubrycki, follows refugee Zacharia Machiek from Sydney to Sudan as he dedicates his life to building a school in the village he left behind. ... Zacharia Machiek was one of Sudan's 'lost boys', the generation of child soldiers forced to fight in one of the 20th century's most savage civil wars. Finally making it to Australia in 2003, Machiek is ins... Read more
Kiss or Kill breathes fresh life into the young-couple-on-the-run genre. Nikki has more reason to hate men than most; as a little girl, she is forced to watch as her mother is set alight and burned to death by an intruder. In partnership with boyfriend Al, she picks up lonely men in bars, slips a sedative into their drinks and robs them while they're asleep. ... Events turn nasty when one of Nikki... Read more
Trevor Graham's biography of Eddie Koiki Mabo belongs to a fine tradition in Aus­tralian documentary filmmaking. Astutely balanc­ing the 'personal' and the 'social', Graham presents a concise history of Eddie Mabo's life and enduring legacy, together with the filmmak­er's friendship and role in the life of his subject. ... Mabo was born on Murray Island, but spent most of his life on mainland Aust... Read more
Sally Ingleton's documentary charts the for­tunes of best friends Sun Jian and Guo Pei, as they prepare to stage their first designer col­lection in Shanghai's annual Fashion Week. ... Their timing could not be more auspicious. Maoist austerity, the 'iron rice bowl' and blue or grey tunics are out; for those too young to remember the Cultural Revolution, workers' demonstrations have given way to m... Read more
Sherpa director Jennifer Peedom returns to the mountains that so captivate her to explore that very captivation, hers and humanity's, in a unique cinematic and musical collaboration with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. ... The seemingly very human desire to seek out the top of the world, often at considerable cost to limb or even life, is only a few hundred years old. But from the moment the mou... Read more
This intriguing character study of a woman liv­ing in inner-city Melbourne, follows filmmak­er Jane Friedman (played by Marie-Louise Walker) over the course of six days, illuminating her thoughts and feelings by making use of a voice-over that corresponds with her diary entries. Over these six days she experiences var­ious highs and lows, in both her personal and vocational lives. ... This film ha... Read more
An extraordinary firsthand account of the international battle to reclaim the artwork and heritage of one of Australia's most important Indigenous figures: Albert Namatjira. ... Albert Namatjira was one of those rare artists who actually changed the course of history. The founder of the Indigenous art movement, he became an international icon and was the first Indigenous person to be granted Austr... Read more
Expanding possibilities or trapping minds? Welcome to the future of virtual reality. Welcome to Australian sci-fi thriller OtherLife. ... Inventing a revolutionary new drug, software engineer Ren Amari (Jessica de Gouw, MIFF 2014’s Cut Snake) changes the way that humanity experiences time. One dose, and seconds feel like hours inside the user’s head. She designed it to save her comatose brother, b... Read more
One woman – played by an award-winning Deborra-lee Furness – turns the tables on a country town's system of entrenched male violence in this rip-roaring Australian action flick. ... Asta, a hard-edged, motorbike-riding barrister, arrives in an outback town terrorised by predatory young men who attack any woman they can get their hands on. Discovering that a teenage girl has been brutally assaulted... Read more
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