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Sarah Watt has a considerable reputation for her award-winning animated shorts. But Watt's astonishing debut feature, [Look Both Ways], marks this talented director's effortless transition to feature filmmaking. ... This beguiling and skilfully executed film turns on the idea that we all could be ... Read more
This aptly named profile of Sydney musician and collector of psychotronic films, Jamie Leonarder, explores the intriguing and little known world of 'outsider' culture. A diversional therapist, who formed a band with the patients, Leonarder likens the institutional world of nursing to a painting by ... Read more
A decade in the making, Lovestruck is the love child of film critic and former The Movie Show co-presenter Megan Spencer. After a chance meeting with wrestling fanatic Sue Chuter in a CD store, Megan put forward her own money to bring Sue's unique story to the screen. What you see is the ... Read more
The true story of Melbourne's most iconic street, as told by the men and women who made it. ... After the disaster of World War II, a wave of Italian immigrants found their way to Melbourne – a strange place, suspicious of outsiders and completely devoid of a good cup of espresso ... Read more
Mademoiselle and the DoctorAustraliaIn an outback shed in the Northern Territory, Dr Philip Nitschke builds his prototype death machine, the Co-Gen. The euthanasia campaigner and former physicist is determined to devise a peaceful 'do-it-yourself' way to die. In Perth, feisty 79-year-old ... Read more
[The Magician] is the tale of Melbourne hit man Ray Shoesmith. As Ray goes about his daily business, he's trailed by a young documentary filmmaker with a camera on his shoulder. He's keeping a record of events in case anything should happen to Ray, a la Pauline Hanson's famous video. ... Ray is a ... Read more
The world premiere of a film about love, war, sex, politics… and chickpeas. ... Could a regional love of hummus be the recipe for peace in the Middle East? This was the question on director Trevor Graham's mind when he set out to film the MIFF Premiere Fund-supported Make Hummus Not War, a ... Read more
Jason and Julian, a couple of naïve Sydneysiders, decide that their future lies in filmmaking. They beg, borrow and max out their credit cards to scrape together a $100,000 budget. One million dollars and five years later they discover that its a cut-throat business they've entered into with ... Read more
The Man Who Stole My Mother's FaceAustralia The Man Who Stole My Mother's Face was a prize-winner at the recent Tribeca Film Festival. It was described by one of the judges, actress Glenn Close, as 'a tremendously important movie for anyone who cares about violence against women and anyone who ... Read more
[The Marey Project] is the third video artwork by renowned Melbourne artist James Clayden to feature in MIFF over recent years. Clayden's [HAMLET X] (MIFF 04) and [The Ghost Paintings] (MIFF 03) have just screened internationally, including at Rotterdam and Buenos Aries film festivals. The Marey ... Read more
15-year-old Martha lives in a small, inland, rural town with her mother and younger sister Elsie. Things are bleak in the town; shops are closing down, people are leaving in droves and there is nothing for teenagers to do, except hang around the local park, drinking, ... It's Martha's birthday, but ... Read more
Brian McKenzie has fashioned a deeply personal docu­mentary about Noel Mason, a Melbourne man trying to earn a meagre living as a children's entertainer. Noel is clown/magician 'Mister Biscuit', a character who brings a combination of sleight of hand, slapstick and gags to pre­schoolers but ... Read more
Tom Zubrycki's documentary The Diplomat (MIFF 2000) focused on the struggle for independence in East Timor and its impact both politically and personally. In Molly and Mobarak, Zubrycki turns his knowing eye on a group of asylum seekers in a small, rural NSW town, focusing on various relationships ... Read more
Molokai: The Story of 'Father Damien' is the inspirational saga of idealistic Belgian priest Father Damien who gave his compassion, seemingly limitless energy and, ultimately, his life to an isolated Hawaiian community of lepers. Paul Cox combines his acute eye for breathtaking scenery (evident in ... Read more
Mr Patterns AustraliaMr Patterns tells the story of Geoff Bardon, an art teacher posted to a government settlement in Australia's Western Desert in the early 1970s. In Papunya, Bardon found more than 1,000 Aboriginal people living in a state of dislocation, their culture being systematically wiped ... Read more
Who really wrote Shakespeare? Even the director of London's Globe theatre has his doubts. Melbourne-born filmmaker Michael Rubbo probes experts from London to Seattle, arriving at a film essay of incredible wit and charm. Starting with American eccentric scholar Calvin Hoffman - who claimed that ... Read more
Music and Murder follows the story of three ostensibly ordinary men who, we discover, have been incarcerated for horrific murders. Whilst in prison, they have each become accomplished musicians. As they reveal themselves through their life stories and in song, the film examines their musical ... Read more
A powerful portrait of a remarkable woman described as an Earth Mother who will break bread with the devil to get what she wants'. My Khmer Heart charts the life and work of Australian nurse Geraldine Cox, 'mother' to orphan children in the ever-shifting political landscape of Cambodia. Cox's story ... Read more
Frances Regina Aileen Nano Kennedy or, more simply, Frank, is a cantankerous, eccentric and sharp-tongued widow in her 50s. A rebellious Catholic, Frank keeps a watchful eye on her 18-year-old son David (Matthew Newton, Looking for Alibrandi). To Frank, this is just being a concerned parent, to ... Read more
My Mother India begins by telling a love story. A young, middle-class Australian woman falls in love with a young intellectual Indian whilst at university during the 1950's. They eventually marry and the Australian woman leaves her country to begin a new life in India as a wife and mother. My ... Read more
An accomplished Australian thriller that deftly fuses genres – contemporary western meets small-town detective drama – to produce an outback murder mystery with a wry, comic undertow. ... Detective Jay Swan (Aaron Pedersen) returns to the remote outback town in which he grew ... Read more
Documentarian David Bradbury brings us an affectionate portrait of the life and work of venerated Australian director Paul Cox. ... Arguably one of the most important filmmakers to come out of this country, and certainly one of the most prolific, director Paul Cox (Salvation, MIFF 2008; Human ... Read more
Screening in association with Lawrence Johnston's Fallout and to mark the centenary of Stanley Kramer's birth, MIFF presents On the Beach on the big screen. ... "The war started when people accepted the idiotic principle that peace could be maintained by arranging to defend themselves with weapons ... Read more
This is a drifting, hypnotic meditation on movement. Director, composer, sound and video artist Julian Knowles has an extensive background in Australian underground music, including his stint with experimental sound art ensemble Social Interiors. He has used the raw elements of this work to sculpt ... Read more
In 1932 a child went missing in outback NSW. Entranced by a beaming full moon, the little girl left her bed and wandered into the night, vanishing mysteriously. This musical drama features sublime music and performances by Paul Kelly and Kaarm Fairfax together with an extraordinary supporting cast ... Read more
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