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Films Screened In 2011

Once you've created indelible characters, what do you do with them? This seminar focuses on creating a believable and organic character arc which is connected fully both to the character and the structure of your script. The key is to show a subtle, one step forward, two steps back change in your ... Read more
Creating unique and memorable character voices is one of the best ways to get a script noticed and one powerful way to approach dialogue writing is to consider it in terms of genre. If you know what each genre requires in terms of tone, type of characters, crucial structural moments, etc. it's much ... Read more
"Possesses a sharp wit and a generous spirit... a master class in offbeat comic brilliance." - New York Times ... Paul Giamatti plays Mike Flaherty, a middle-aged lawyer-cum-high school wrestling coach struggling to succeed at either task, whose fraught existence is provided some relief when he ... Read more
A mischievous spirit torments a soldier lost in the woods, in this visual poem filled with mythology, folklore and magic. ... D/S Rok Predin P Richard Barnett WS Trunk Animation L no dialogue TD digibeta/2011 ... Read more
"Already a poet and novelist, Li Hongqi is also a talented filmmaker, here managing to dot an ultra-minimalist slice of life with speckles of wry deadpan humour." - Time Out London ... The monotony of life gets the absurdist comedy treatment in Winter Vacation, a stark presentation of life in a ... Read more
A touching story about a young girl determined to track down her biological father. ... Eleven-year-old Kattaka is celebrating Christmas with her parents when an unexpected phone call turns her world upside down. The shocking news: her dad isn't really her dad. Her biological father is a stranger ... Read more
A jaded call-girl. A fledgling hooker. The night from hell. ... The seedy underbelly of Sydney's red-light district becomes a violently dangerous place in filmmaker Jon Hewitt's X, the much-awaited follow-up to his dark 2008 serial killer romp, Acolytes. ... When high-class call-girl Holly (Viva ... Read more
"[You Are Here] offers a series of episodes that slide over one another like a palimpsest... That tingle in your frontal lobe means that it's working." - Cinema Scope ... When a reclusive woman (the late Tracy Wright) discovers a mysterious recording, she begins unpicking an impossibly complex ... Read more
You can read more about this film in Senses of Cinema. ... Read more
"A serious dash of Miike weirdness... One of the most memorable closing shots ever." - Twitch Film ... In 2004, MIFF favourite Takashi Miike (see 13 Assassins, also in this year's program) directed a deranged superhero parody about a geeky teacher who dons striped tights to crush crime as Zebraman ... Read more
Mouldy, decaying foods long forgotten in the depths of the refrigerator rise up against the fresh ingredients, their skirmishes soon escalating into total war. Foodstuffs morph, march, disintegrate, dance and explode in extravagant displays of color and form, culminating in a grand finale sequence ... Read more
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