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look both ways (Sarah Watt, 2005)
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… Read more

LOVE AND ANARCHY: THE WILD WILD WORLD OF JAMIE LEONARDER (Brendan Young, 2001)
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 fo… Read more

LOVESTRUCK: Wrestling's No. 1 Fan (Megan Spencer, 2006)
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… Read more

LYGON STREET SI PARLA ITALIANO (Shannon Swan, 2013)
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 –&n… Read more

MADEMOISELLE AND THE DOCTOR (Janine Hosking, 2004)
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 … Read more

magician, the (Scott Ryan, 2005)
[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… Read more

MAKE HUMMUS NOT WAR (Trevor Graham, 2012)
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 Tr… Read more

MAKING VENUS (Gary Doust, 2002)
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 d… Read more

MAN WHO STOLE MY MOTHER's FACE, THE (Cathy Henkel, 2004)
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 '… Read more

marey project, the (James Clayden, )
[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… Read more

MARTHA’S NEW COAT (Rachel Ward, 2002)
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 nothi… Read more

MISTER BISCUIT (Brian McKenzie, 1999)
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', … Read more

MOLLY AND MOBARAK (Tom Zubrycki, 2003)
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 kno… Read more

MOLOKAI: THE STORY OF ‘FATHER DAMIEN’ (Paul Cox, 1999)
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… Read more

MR PATTERNS (Catriona McKenzie, 2004)
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… Read more

MUCH ADO ABOUT SOMETHING (Michael Rubbo, 2002)
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 inc… Read more

MUSIC AND MURDER (Michael Cordell, 2002)
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 t… Read more

MY KHMER HEART (Janine Hosking, 2000)
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 Geraldin… Read more

MY MOTHER FRANK (Mark Lamprell, 2000)
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 Da… Read more

MY MOTHER INDIA (Safina Uberoi, 2001)
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… Read more

MYSTERY ROAD (Ivan Sen, 2013)
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 und… Read more

ON BORROWED TIME (David Bradbury, 2011)
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 c… Read more

ON THE BEACH (Stanley Kramer, 1959)
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 … Read more

One Day (Julian Knowles, 2005)
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 ex… Read more

ONE NIGHT THE MOON (Rachel Perkins, 2001)
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 mu… Read more

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