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A wonderful new Aussie comedy from acclaimed director Ted Emery (Kath & Kim, Fast Forward). Wally Norman, a rural battler, is the foreman of a failing meat­packing plant. He is suddenly and reluctantly thrust into public office when a couple of corrupt local politicians devise a way to deflect ... Read more
“This is a marvellous film, strong in narrative, imagery, argument and character.” - Inside Story ... Seasoned filmmaker Tom Zubrycki (Molly & Mobarak, MIFF 2003; The Diplomat, MIFF 2000) shows the very human face of climate change with this urgent documentary. ... In his latest work, Zubrycki ... Read more
Screening with Dolphin Glide is The Makng of Dolphin Glide, a privileged look behind the scenes, at the methods and means employed by Greenough as he captures his amazing footage. ... Read more
During WWII the residents of five-year-old Alex Kurzem's village were rounded up to be shot. The spirited kid ran off, living for two months in nearby woods. Scrounging food (he had determined that strawberries grew in close proximity to the corpses of fallen soldiers), braving weather and dodging ... Read more
Antonio Bolivar (Richard Dreyfuss) has spent most of his life as a recluse living deep within the Amazonian jungle and passing his days reading pulp romances. His tentative affair with the young Josefina and humourous verbal sparring with a swaggering, itinerant dentist (Hugo Weaving) are put on ... Read more
A lyrical underwater sequence lures us into this enchanting tale of a vivacious and headstrong woman who was fearlessly ahead of her time.The achievements of Australian pioneer Annette Kellerman—swimmer, diver, vaudeville entertainer, silent movie star and lifestyle guru—are inspiring ... Read more
Like the Maysles brothers Grey Gardens (1976), The Producers: A Documentary is a poignant and excruciat­ingly honest film portrait of two old friends. Graeme and John, the original odd couple. We follow them around Sydney for a year, sharing their history of failed mar­riages, lost family ... Read more
Placid (Ben Lee) is an awkward, troubled teen. His school life was marred by bullying and the embarrassing eccentricities of his aging flower-power parents (Miranda Richardson, Blackadder and Garry McDonald, Mother and Son). Free of the bonds of high school, he takes a job at an insurance ... Read more
Inspired by a remarkable true story, The Sapphires tells the feel-good story of Australia's answer to The Supremes. ... An adaptation of Tony Briggs' successful stage musical of the same name, The Sapphires is set in the late 60s when the McCrae girls - four talented young singers from a remote ... Read more
Before her acclaimed feature debut [Look Both Ways] (screening in MIFF this year), Sarah Watt made a name for herself as one of Australia's leading and most distinctive short-film makers. Predominantly bright, painterly animations, her short films uniquely capture the drama and extraordinary ... Read more
Emerging from Sydney's northern beaches in the 60's as sidewalk surfing and advancing to the urban anarchy of today, the underground evolution of Australian skating has been one ot most fascinating progressions in living history. Since those humble beginnings, the monster that is Australian ... Read more
Japan has always had fantasy women hidden away in the secret zones of its cities. Tokyo Bound gains unique access to the dungeons, homes and lives of a select coterie who lead Japan's S&M scene. Sexy. rebellious and sophisticated, these women are calling the shots with their sexuality. ... MaxX, a ... Read more
Tom White AustraliaLife for Tom White (Colin Friels) isn't going too well. Signs of a physical breakdown are evident; his hands begin to shake and he cannot remember being fired from a project in the architecture firm where he works. 'Perhaps it is time for a vacation', his superiors suggest. Going ... Read more
In the desolate reaches of an Aboriginal community, is the life of a ten year old already spent? ... Amidst the physically, emotionally and spiritually empty spaces of Toomelah, one of Australia's most impoverished Aboriginal communities, ten-year-old Daniel's life is sliding toward oblivion. All ... Read more
From the director of Mabo—Life of an Island Man, the producer of Picnic at langing Rock and based on the famous opera by Puccini, Tosca: A Tale of Love and Torture is a documentary like no other. It is 1999 and Opera Australia need a hit at the box office. They decide to stage Puccini's ... Read more
Adelaide, 1971. Leanne (Pia Miranda), 21, has left adolescence behind and is teetering on the edge of adulthood, yet yearns for a life that she can only see through the lens of her camera. Her sister, Bronwyn (Sacha Horler), is stuck in a dead-end marriage, and feels the world closing in around ... Read more
Troubled Minds: The Lithium Revolution Australia In a backyard shed in the 1940s, a Melbourne doctor discovered an astonishing psychiatric treatment that would change the way we think about mental illness and neuroscience. It would mark the beginning of psychopharmacology'The use of drugs to manage ... Read more
Peaceful, rustic Berkeley is a charming fishing village peopled by friendly folk, and flesh devounng zombies! When a spectacular meteor shower brings an horrific alien virus to this country hamlet, the undead rise and begin their slow, unstoppable march in search of living brains. A lone, enigmatic ... Read more
“I'd always been told that I was born before my time. Oh, surely to God, the times can just catch up.” - Florence Broadhurst In this spirited and highly original documentary, acclaimed director Gillian Armstrong fleshes out the many lives of flamboyant Australian design pioneer Florence ... Read more
When Hanoi was under threat of massive US bombing in 1965, students and teachers from the Conservatorium of Music fled to the countryside. There they re-established their school by building an entire campus underground, including a 500-seat auditorium and 40 special caverns for the pianos ... Read more
Winner of two prizes at the 2002 Berlin Film Festival (including the Teddy for Best Feature) and also selected for the Hong Kong Film Festival, Walking on Water is a refreshingly unsentimental, and even surprisingly humourous, film about people dealing with loss and grief. ... Charlie (Vince ... Read more
What goes on in a high school classroom at Manly Community College for two hours on Wednesday nights represents a fascinating microcosm of how white Australians are dealing (or not dealing) with the coun­try's indigenous past and present. Four times a year a group of between ten and fifteen ... Read more
The Widower Australia Having its World Premiere at MIFF, The Widower is a music-drama structured around a collection of quintessential Les Murray poems that tell the story of two Australian men'a father and a son'who have lost the most treasured woman in their lives. Exploring the themes of love ... Read more
Olegas Truchanas and Peter Dombrovskis were two of Australia's greatest wilderness photographers. Their work became synonymous with campaigns to protect Tasmania's natural heritage, campaigns that changed Australia's awareness of its environment forever. This insightful documentary is a wonderful ... Read more
Australia has made a name for itself since the 1960s for mysterious disappearances on its remote stretches of bitumen. And backpackers have often been at the centre of these chilling episodes. Based on a true story, [Wolf Creek] is the well-crafted debut feature of Greg McLean, which tracks the ... Read more
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