Australian Showcase

Winner of the 1974 AFI Best Film award, 27A is an electrifying film experience, led by a remarkable performance from Robert McDarra. This Australian classic, which has never before screened at MIFF, wtll be presented as a newly restored print. ... BiII Donald (McDarra) ts a middle-aged alcoholic, sentenced to six weeks in prison for a minor offence. While there he undergoes psychiatric treatment f... Read more
A contemporary, ensemble drama telling the complex tale of six high school students whose lives are interwoven with situations that so many of today's youth are faced with. The story takes place during a normal school day. At precisely 2:37 a tragedy will occur, affecting the lives of a group of students and their teachers. As the story unfolds, the individual stories of the six teenagers are reve... Read more
An inter-continental journey with a little girl lost and an adult looking to be found. ... For Mei Mei (Zhu Lin), escaping her orphan upbringing and becoming part of a real family is a dream that has forever seemed impossibly out of reach. When her orphanage travels to Australia to take part in the Australian Choir Festival, Mei Mei's one chance at happiness lies in the hands of her sponsor Dean (... Read more
When Bobby and Tia meet by accident, the last thing they want is a relationship. Bobby is hell-bent on self-destruction and, in Tia, he finds a willing companion.They embark on a brutal and damaging tryst fuelled by sex, alcohol and deceit. ... Tia's only emotional refuge is her childhood friend Phaedra, a trusting and optimistic confidant. Tia's tragic denial of her present life begins to infect ... Read more
In the midst of war-ravaged Palestine, the everyday experiences of a hopeful newlywed couple takes on particular resonance. In July 2000, while Arafat is in America talking peace, Bassam - a telephone repairman in Cleveland - returns to his home in Palestine in search of a bride. Soon after his wedding to Mariam, he returns to America while Mariam waits patiently for her visa, huddled under blanke... Read more
FRIDAY 4 AUGUST 9PM - SOLD OUT ... From humble beginnings in 1991 as little more than a friends' party in rural Victoria, the Meredith Music Festival has grown into one of the most distinctive music events in the world. With performers running the musical gamut from rock to jazz to hip-hop, Meredith serves up a much-loved annual treat for Australian music lovers. ... Drawing on a range of archival... Read more
It's part fact, part hysteria - totally enthralling. Alien Big Cats takes to the Australian bush with spot-light in one hand, conspiracy theory in the other - all in search of a wild (and decidely non-native) species of big cat. Local filmmakers Christopher Gogos and Alkinos Tsilimidos track down the people supporting the genuine cat stories, including the legend that American servicemen stationed... Read more
With Amy, Nadia Tass demonstrates the breadth of her talent as both director and producer. The quirky comic elements of her previous successes, including Malcolm and The Big Steal, are retained in Amy, but there is much more in store. Amy was struck deaf-mute after witnessing the death, on stage, of her muso father, Will (Oz rocker Nick Barker). Her only form of communication is through song. In t... Read more
This youthful Australian comedy sparkles with the wit of the Y generation—too old to be Generation X but still not game enough to quit their jobs at the video library. And that's where Dan finds himself a King's Cross share house with aspiring stand-up comic Ian (day job: porno bookstore) and Jade, an aspiring stoner (day job: stoner). During dull days at the video library, Dan diligently taps out... Read more
Anthem Australia From the plight of asylum seekers in Australia to the desperate situation of refugees on the frontlines of Afghanistan, Anthem is a powerful new documentary from Tahir Cambis (Exile in Sarajavo, MIFF 1997) and Helen Newman that chronicles the human rights struggles of our times.Cambis, a filmmaker of Bosnian Muslim parentage, and Newman, counsellor to victims of sexual abuse and o... Read more
The remarkable story of a likable Aussie bloke and just how he became the woman of her dreams. Paul is a farmer from Bathurst, an avowed V8 fan, petrol head and one-time member of his brother's pit crew. Single, straight, 37 and now working in Sydney as a bus driver, Paul has chosen to undergo sexual reassignment surgery. An unflinching and moving documentary with a keen sense of irony and humour,... Read more
“Though this debut feature from New Zealand director/writer Miro Bilbrough is a self-confessed ‘love letter to Sydney' it comes with… something of a European sensibility.” - Screen Daily ... Venice (Alice McConnell) is having trouble with the men in her life. On the night her ex-hippy dad Arthur (Garry McDonald) arrives in Sydney to stay on the sofa of her tiny apartment for a week, she is dumped ... Read more
In an early moment of Better Than Sex hilarity, David Wenham feigns chewing his own arm off. Broaching the subject of sneaking off before the previous night's drunken conquest wakes, Wenham imbues this hoary old gag with renewed vigour. Writer/director Jonathan Teplitzky pulls off this feat regularly throughout this fresh romantic comedy; he manages to take very familiar situations and give them a... Read more
Only two generations ago, India was divided into hundteds of feudal kingdoms ruled by princes. Even under British rule they had the power of life and death over their subjects. Upon India's independence, however, their lives changed dramatically. Beyond the Royal Veil takes us into the lives of two Indian princes who, faced with the immense financial cost of maintaining their ancient palaces, are ... Read more
Dan Vardy-Cobb lives at home with his parents, but he has a dream. Dan wants to abandon the restrictions of his suburban world and let his abundant musical creativity run free in the high risk, high energy world of his hero, Tina Arena. When Dan packs up to relocate to the big smoke, he has no idea of the trials and tribulations facing a solo performer in the dog-eat-dog world of Melbourne shoppin... Read more
Black Chicks Talking is an engaging documentary that filters the politics and issues of Black Australia through the lives of five contemporary Aboriginal women of disparate backgrounds. The feature comes direct to MIFF after inclusion as the only non-US documentary in the inaugural Tribeca Film Festival. Held in downtown Manhattan in May, Tribeca was organised by Robert De Niro and backed by Meryl... Read more
Love can be difficult at the best of times, and the remarkable Blacktown is a disarmingly honest tale of love-against-the-odds. Office secretary Nikki (Niki Owen) is disillusioned with her fraught, 'sometime' relationship with married boyfriend, Peter. Emotionally scarred by the dysfunctional relationship, she all but gives up on the possibility of finding anything more meaningful. But in the wake... Read more
SATURDAY 29 JUL, 9.15PM - SOLD OUT ... WORLD PREMIERE ... Part mystery, part thriller, erotic and dream-like, this uncompromising work from filmmaker Ana Kokkinos is, in the director's own words, “not easily categorised and defined”. ... A dancer at the peak of his powers is mysteriously abducted by three women, abused then thrown back into the world 12 days later. A broken spirit, he then struggl... Read more
City of Dreams tells the fascinating story of an unconventional couple—Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahoney Griffin; visionary American architects, whose imaginative engagement with Australia spanned a twenty-year period. On the eve of WW1, Walter and Marion travelled to Australia to oversee the construction of their winning design entry for Canberra. Little did they realise they would be draw... Read more
More than 80 years after the brutal slaughter of 100 or more Aboriginal people in Central Australia, survivors and their descendants tell their story in Coniston. Known as “the Coniston Massacres”, the punitive expeditions that set out in August 1928 mowed down innocent people across the traditional lands of the Warlpiri people and their neighbours. The motive was to avenge the killing of dingo tr... Read more
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