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27A (Esben Storm, 1974)
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, … Read more

2:37 (, 2005)
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 duri… Read more

33 POSTCARDS (M) (Pauline Chan, 2011)
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… Read more

A COLD SUMMER (Paul Middleditch, 2002)
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 … Read more

A WEDDING IN RAMALLAH (Sherine Salama, 2002)
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 telephon… Read more

A WEEKEND IN THE COUNTRY: A HISTORY OF THE MEREDITH MUSIC FESTIVAL (Robert McCafferty, 2006)
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 … Read more

ALIEN BIG CATS (Christopher Gogos, Alkinos Tsilimidos, 1998)
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 no… Read more

AMY (Nadia Tass, 1998)
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 Am… Read more

ANGST (Daniel Nettheim, 2000)
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 find… Read more

ANTHEM (Tahir Cambis, 2004)
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 … Read more

BECOMING JULIA (Ruth Cullen, 2003)
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 c… Read more

BEING VENICE (Miro Bilbrough, 2011)
“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… Read more

BETTER THAN SEX (Jonathan Teplitzky, 2000)
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 th… Read more

BEYOND THE ROYAL VEIL (Catherine Marciniak, Sarina Singh, 2002)
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 independe… Read more

BIGGER THAN TINA (Neil Foley, 1998)
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 … Read more

BLACK CHICKS TALKING (Leah Purcell, 2002)
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 c… Read more

BLACKTOWN (Kriv Stenders, )
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, '… Read more

BOOK OF REVELATION, THE (Ana Kokkinos, 2006)
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, “… Read more

CITY OF DREAMS (Belinda Mason, 2000)
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 Austral… Read more

CONISTON (David Batty, Francis Jupurrurlla Kelly, 2012)
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… Read more

CROKER ISLAND EXODUS (Steven McGregor, 2012)
A remarkable true story of courage and survival in the Australian outback during World War II. ... In 1941, all the white women and children were evacuated from Darwin ahead of the anticipated Japane… Read more

DANCE ME TO MY SONG (Rolf De Heer, 1998)
Rolf de Heer's latest film, in the Official Selection at Cannes this year, submerges its audience into the intricate world of a woman with severe physical disabilities. Heather Rose, herself disabled… Read more

DEAD EUROPE (, 2012)
Some secrets and superstitions are best left alone. ... After the stunning short Jewboy (MIFF 05) and stirring documentary The Tall Man, Australian director Tony Krawitz makes his full-length fiction… Read more

DEAD LETTER OFFICE (John Ruane, 1998)
The Dead Letter Office: a limbo for lost mail and lost souls. Having been abandoned by her father as a child, Alice (Miranda Otto) continued to write him letters, not realising that he never received… Read more

DELINQUENT ANGEL (David Blackall, 2000)
Australian painter John Perceval is renowned for protecting his privacy. This documentary is a rare look at his life and work seen through the cinema vérité camera of David Blackwell (father of one… Read more

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