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Program 2016


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6 x 9: AN IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE OF SOLITARY CONFINEMENT (UK, 2016) Past Event
Created by The Guardian newspaper, 6 x 9: An Immersive Experience of Solitary Confinement places users in a virtual cell that replicates those currently housing more than 80,000 US inmates. Offering a... Read More
VR 30 mins Virtual Reality
11 MINUTES (Poland, Ireland, 2015) Past Event
"In his unorthodox answer to Hollywood action movies, Jerzy Skolimowski has made a film that is more than what it seems … An astonishing game of mirages, where time expands and contracts giddily." – C... Read More
Feature 81 mins International Panorama
1001 Nights in Fairfield (Australia, 2015) Past Event
Documentary, storytelling and song from Sydney's Iraqi community tell a story of survival. ... Read More
Short 18 mins Pre Feature Short
A BALL AT THE ANJO HOUSE (Japan, 1947) Past Event
Setsuko Hara gives a performance of great empathy as an aristocratic daughter struggling to adjust within the fallout of postwar Japan. ... Named best film of 1947 by Japan's esteemed Kinema Junpo, Ki... Read More
Feature 95 mins Setsuko Hara
A BEAUTIFUL PLANET 3D (USA, 2016) Past Event
"Short of putting Emmanuel Lubezki through astronaut training, it's difficult to imagine more rapturously beautiful images of the Earth from orbit than those supplied by A Beautiful Planet." – Variety... Read More
Feature Special Event 47 mins Special Events
ACCELERATOR 1 Past Event
A program of exhilarating shorts by emerging filmmakers from Australia and New Zealand. See the work of tomorrow's hottest directors today. All Accelerator filmmakers are guests of the festival. ... Read More
Shorts Package 115 mins Package Short
ACCELERATOR 2 Past Event
A program of exhilarating shorts by emerging filmmakers from Australia and New Zealand. See the work of tomorrow's hottest directors today. All Accelerator filmmakers are guests of the festival. ... Read More
Shorts Package 112 mins Package Short
ACTEON (Spain, 1967) Past Event
An expressionist reimagining of the classic Greek myth involving Acteón and Diana, transposed to Spain's Costa Brava by a future auteur of horror cinema. ... Based on the myth from Ovid's Metamorphose... Read More
Feature 75 mins Escuela de Barcelona
ADAMA (France, 2015) Past Event
"The kind of inspired, no-compromise filmmaking that happens all too rarely in animation." – Cartoon Brew ... When Adama's older brother leaves their West African village in the middle of the night, t... Read More
Feature 82 mins Next Gen
A DRAGON ARRIVES! (Iran, 2016) Past Event
"A meta-cinematic detective story set in 1960s Iran, shot through with counter-culture references and magical realism … never less than fascinating." – Screen Daily ... A political prisoner's apparent... Read More
Feature 108 mins International Panorama
A FLICKERING TRUTH (New Zealand, Afghanistan, 2015) Past Event
"An historical journey, a love letter to Afghanistan, its cinema and people." – CineVue ... When the Taliban came to power, it marked the end of the Afghan film industry. They considered cinema to be ... Read More
Feature 91 mins Documentaries
AFTER THE STORM (Japan, 2016) Past Event
"A gentle respect for human fallibility shines throughout After the Storm … [Kore-eda] remains one of the best filmmakers the world has." – The Village Voice ... A once-successful novelist is trapped ... Read More
Feature 117 mins Accent on Asia
A GOOD WIFE (Serbia, 2016) Past Event
A dutiful woman is struck with the dilemma of a lifetime when she uncovers a devastating secret from her husband's past. ... Middle-aged Milena (Mirjana Karanovic) is a devoted wife and mother living ... Read More
Feature 94 mins International Panorama
A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING (France, Germany, USA, UK, 2016) Past Event
"Strange and ambling and sad and whimsical … A beautiful and eccentric waking dream about a modern-day Willy Loman played to subtle perfection by America's most beloved and accomplished leading man." ... Read More
Feature 98 mins International Panorama
ALBÜM (France, Turkey, Romania, 2016) Past Event
"[An] impressively composed comedy of forged family history … walks an often surprisingly fine line between bitter realism and deadpan absurdism." – Variety ... In Turkey, where infertility is still s... Read More
Feature 104 mins International Panorama
A LULLABY TO THE SORROWFUL MYSTERY (Philippines, 2016) Past Event
"A visually sumptuous modernist monument whose beauty is at times of an unexpectedly Eisensteinian inspiration, Diaz's film is a work of utmost urgency." – Film Comment ... At the end of the 19th cent... Read More
Feature 480 mins Accent on Asia
A MAGICAL SUBSTANCE FLOWS INTO ME (Germany, UK, Palestine, 2015) Past Event
"A beautifully poignant film that explores how musical customs create identity and overcome cultural suppression. Here, the power of music truly transcends politics." – Time Out UK ... In the 1930s, i... Read More
Feature 68 mins Backbeat
A MONSTER WITH A THOUSAND HEADS (Mexico, 2015) Past Event
"Rodrigo Plá's short, taut woman-against-the-system thriller takes the medical insurance industry grippingly to task." – Variety ... Awoken in the middle of the night by the collapsing Guillermo, Soni... Read More
Feature 75 mins International Panorama
A Man Returned (UK, Denmark, Netherlands, Lebanon, 2016) Past Event
Reda lives in a Lebanese refugee camp, is addicted to heroin and is preparing to get married. Mahdi Fleifel (Xenos, MIFF 2014; A World Not Ours, MIFF 2013) returns with yet another stunning and pertin... Read More
Short 30 mins Pre Feature Short
A NEW LEAF (USA, 1971) Past Event
"Madam, I have seen many examples of perversion in my time, but your erotic obsession with your carpet is probably the most grotesque and certainly the most boring I have ever encountered." ... Henry ... Read More
Feature 102 mins Gaining Ground: Take Notice
ANIMATION SHORTS Past Event
Diverse new animated shorts from around the world, and closer to home. ... Read More
Shorts Package 100 mins Package Short
ANTS ON A SHRIMP: NOMA IN TOKYO (Netherlands, 2016) Past Event
Deep-fried fish sperm with a side of snapping turtle, anyone? ... In January 2015, René Redzepi, the chef behind four-time World's Best Restaurant winner Noma, temporarily shut down his operation in C... Read More
Feature 88 mins Culinary
AOOM (Spain, 1970) Past Event
"A true treasure of delirium and outrageousness." – International Film Festival Rotterdam ... Its title a variant on the meditation chant of "om", Gonzalo Suárez's comedic fantasy mixes the ennui of s... Read More
Feature 72 mins Escuela de Barcelona
APPRENTICE (France, Germany, Qatar, Singapore, Hong Kong, 2016) Past Event
"There’s no question that this [film’s] directorial flair and thematic complexity – this is not your run-of-the-mill penal drama or anti-capital punishment pamphlet – should help further consolidate B... Read More
Feature 96 mins Accent on Asia
AQUARIUS (France, Brazil, 2016) Past Event
"At once an up-to-the-minute study of Brazil's class and economic tensions; a sensuous memory piece about the meanings we invest in places, objects, and music; and a lovingly tailored vehicle for the ... Read More
Feature 142 mins International Panorama
ARTIST OF FASTING (Japan, South Korea, 2015) Past Event
A provocative re-interpretation of Kafka from one of Japan's most forceful and controversial filmmakers. ... In an unremarkable outdoor shopping mall, an unnamed, silent man sits down and commences a ... Read More
Feature 104 mins Accent on Asia
AS I OPEN MY EYES (France, Belgium, Tunisia, 2015) Past Event
"By far the best fictional film yet about the Arab Spring." – Indiewire ... Farah is like many 18 year olds. She's graduated with top marks and her parents couldn't be happier; they dream she'll study... Read More
Feature 102 mins International Panorama
A SYRIAN LOVE STORY (UK, 2015) Past Event
"Sean McAllister's documentary about a family of Syrian refugees in Europe would be compelling at any time. Now it is unmissable. Five Stars." – The Guardian ... Love can blossom in many places. For R... Read More
Feature 76 mins Seeking Refuge
A Terrible Beauty (Australia, 2016) Past Event
Olivia is creator of the the lifelike Shinjoi (Soulmate) robots, but after the destruction of a prototype she begins to question the nature of love and loss. By Sarah-Jane Woulahan (Acts of God, MIFF ... Read More
Short 12 mins Package Short
AUDRIE & DAISY (USA, 2016) Past Event
"Infuriating, heartbreaking and vital, Audrie & Daisy is required viewing." – The Guardian ... In 2012, 15-year-old Audrie Pott and 14-year-old Daisy Coleman were sexually assaulted in unrelated but a... Read More
Feature 95 mins Documentaries
AUSTRALIAN SHORTS Past Event
Australia's finest short films, featuring new works by MIFF Accelerator alumni. ... Read More
Shorts Package 104 mins Package Short
A WAR (Denmark, 2015) Past Event
"Perhaps the best film yet set against the mess of the ongoing Middle Eastern wars, Tobias Lindholm's latest is a scrupulous, unglamorized examination of battlefield decision-making, and its potential... Read More
Feature 116 mins International Panorama
Ackroyd (DJ set) Past Event
Ackroyd strolls his way through the dependent relationship between film and music, with some wonderful sounds and soundtrack highlights. Smooth cuts from every angle. ... Read More
0 mins Blackhearts
Acting Masterclass: David Field Past Event
Fresh from his role in the MIFF 2016 Centrepiece Gala Down Under, David Field explores the unique relationship and dynamics between an actor and director in this MIFF Accelerator session. A veteran of... Read More
Talks and Masterclasses 80 mins
Albrecht La'brooy Around Piano Past Event
Melbourne’s Sean La’Brooy and Alex Albrecht approach the classic jazz format with an entirely modern take. Acoustic instruments are sampled, glitched and pasted, alongside audio from film scenes, into... Read More
0 mins Blackhearts
Anna (Israel, 2015) Past Event
Unexpectedly alone one morning, Anna finds herself lost over how to fill her day. She puts on a tight dress and heads out to find a man. First Prize winner at the 2016 Cannes Cinéfondation. ... Read More
Short 24 mins Package Short
Annaliese Redlich (DJ Set) Past Event
  ... Soundtracking Friday nights on 3RRR FM's Neon Sunset for several years, Annaliese Redlich spins luminous treats for musical freaks: familiar, foreign and fringe. Eclectic is the word. ... Read More
0 mins Blackhearts
Arnie (Philippines, Taiwan, 2016) Past Event
While away at sea, a Filipino fisherman receives some devastating news from back home. ... Read More
Short 24 mins Package Short
BAD GIRL (Australia, 2016) Past Event
Secrets and lies will change lives in this pulse-pounding psychological thriller. ... Sullen, defiant and on probation following her release from juvenile detention, 16-year-old foster child Amy Ander... Read More
Feature 87 mins Australian Showcase Premiere Fund Film
BANANA (France, Italy, Belgium, 2015) Past Event
All Banana wants in this world is a soccer career, a girlfriend and the secret to happiness. Is that too much to ask? ... Banana is blessed with more self-belief than talent, and is missing goals both... Read More
Feature 85 mins Next Gen
BARISTA (USA, 2015) Past Event
"It's like Best in Show but for coffee." – barista Eden-Marie Abramowicz ... It's a subject dear to the hearts of many Melburnians: Coffee. Documentary filmmaker Rock Baijnauth takes audiences inside ... Read More
Feature 103 mins Culinary
BASKIN (Turkey, 2015) Past Event
"It puts an exclamation stamp next to Can Evrenol's name as one of the futures of horror." – Bloody Disgusting ... Can Evrenol bursts onto the scene as a new auteur of horror with this astonishingly g... Read More
Feature 97 mins Night Shift
BEHEMOTH (France, China, 2015) Past Event
"Remarkable, powerful ... Drawing as much on music and poetry as cinema, Behemoth works like a symphony." – Screen Daily ... In remote regions of Inner Mongolia, vast coal mines and iron factories mar... Read More
Feature 90 mins Documentaries
BEING 17 (France, 2016) Past Event
"An ultra-naturalistic slice of rocky adolescent life that combines violence and sensuality, wrenching loss and tender discovery." – Hollywood Reporter ... Damien and Thomas are classmates who ostensi... Read More
Feature 116 mins International Panorama
BELIEF: THE POSSESSION OF JANET MOSES (New Zealand, 2015) Past Event
"I was unable to turn away ... a powerful documentary that sensitively communicates its story." – Critic.co.nz ... In October 2007, 22-year-old Janet Moses' whanau (family) formed a circle around her ... Read More
Feature 89 mins Documentary/Drama
BEST MIFF SHORTS Past Event
A collection of the best short films of the festival, as chosen by the MIFF Shorts Awards judges and MIFF programmers. ... Congratulations to all the winners of the 55th MIFF Shorts Awards: ... Nightl... Read More
Shorts Package 120 mins Package Short
BEWARE THE SLENDERMAN (USA, 2015) Past Event
"A truly terrifying look at the influence the internet can have on today's youth." – Bloody Disgusting ... The true-crime obsession sparked by Making a Murderer and The Jinx continues in knuckle-bitin... Read More
Feature 114 mins Documentaries
BLEAK STREET (Spain, Mexico, 2015) Past Event
"Bleak Street brims with incident, atmosphere, and character … [its] insistent humour, oneiric slippage, and stylistic mischief all recall Buñuel." – Cinema Scope ... Little Death and Little AK work a... Read More
Feature 100 mins International Panorama
BLOOD OF MY BLOOD (France, Italy, Switzerland, 2015) Past Event
"[An] unclassifiable, almost reality-defying mix of religious drama, supernatural fantasy and whimsical comedy." – Slant ... In 1600s Italy, a priest's suicide leads a nun to be accused of communicati... Read More
Feature 106 mins International Panorama
BORIS WITHOUT BEATRICE (Canada, 2016) Past Event
The life of a self-absorbed Quebecois man begins to unravel after a visit from a mysterious stranger. ... Screened in competition at Berlin, the visually crisp, pointed tragicomedy of Boris Without Bé... Read More
Feature 93 mins International Panorama
BORN IN FLAMES (USA, 1983) Past Event
"Bold and daring in 1983, and nearly as radical in 2016, Born in Flames broke new ground in the world of feminist filmmaking—and beyond. Critics and audiences would be well advised to see where at lea... Read More
Feature 85 mins Gaining Ground: Take Notice
BORN TO BE BLUE (UK, Canada, 2015) Past Event
"Ethan Hawke is at his very best in Born to be Blue, a deeply felt and profoundly moving depiction of the relationship between art and addiction." – We Got This Covered ... In what critics are hailing... Read More
Feature 97 mins Backbeat
BUGS (Denmark, 2016) Past Event
By 2050, there will be an around 9 billion people living on Earth. According to the UN, this will require a 70% increase in food production … so what are we going to eat? ... Scientists and agribusine... Read More
Feature 76 mins Culinary
Balcony (UK, 2015) Past Event
Among the racial tension of the neighbourhood where they live, a bond forms between two girls from different backgrounds. Winner of the Generation 14plus – Best Short Film Crystal Bear at the 2016 Ber... Read More
Short 17 mins Package Short
Batrachian's Ballad (Portugal, 2016) Past Event
The experiences of the Romani in present-day Portugal are explored through images, mythology and relics of the past. Winner of the Golden Bear for Best Short Film at the 2016 Berlin International Film... Read More
Short 11 mins Package Short
Belladonna (Croatia, 2015) Past Event
A patient at an eye clinic has an unexpected moment of empathy when she overhears an older woman describing a tragic experience. Winner of the Orizzonti Award for Best Short Film at the 2015 Venice Fi... Read More
Short 18 mins Package Short
Big City (Australia, 2016) Past Event
A lonely taxi driver working the late shift is befriended by one of his passengers. ... Read More
Short 9 mins Package Short
Bird Flu (Estonia, 2016) Past Event
An expulsion-from-paradise tale featuring disease, a serpent, disappearing birds and an alcoholic penguin. ... Read More
Short 9 mins Package Short
Black Chook (Australia, 2016) Past Event
Brendan Cowell stars as a man searching for answers about the past, but it's a past filled with bloodshed that nobody wants to remember or acknowledge. ... Read More
Short 11 mins Package Short
Bring Me The Head Of Tim Horton (Canada, 2015) Past Event
Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson and Galen Johnson direct a behind-the-scenes featurette of the Canadian war film Hyena Road. The results are far more subversive, psychedelic and satirical than the average ma... Read More
Short 31 mins Pre Feature Short
Bruce Milne DJ Set Past Event
Bruce Milne’s encyclopedic knowledge for counter culture and music is only matched by his enthusiasm. From his years as proprietor of The Tote Hotel, as founder of AuGoGo record label and store, as 3R... Read More
0 mins Blackhearts
CAMERAPERSON (USA, 2016) Past Event
"Unlike anything I've seen and unlike anything we're going to see at any point in the future because it's wholly unique." – Film Comment ... Kirsten Johnson is one of documentary filmmaking's most pro... Read More
Feature 102 mins Documentaries
CAPTAIN FANTASTIC (USA, 2016) Past Event
"One of the most inspiring, invigorating, and intelligent films I've ever seen… It's brilliant, it's uplifting, it's encouraging, it's warm, it's touching, it's funny, it's endearing." – First Showing... Read More
Feature 119 mins International Panorama
CENTREPIECE GALA - DOWN UNDER (Australia, 2016) Past Event
"There is nothing more satisfying than getting people to laugh at something they feel they shouldn’t be laughing at." – director Abe ForsytheA black comedy set during the aftermath of the Cronulla rio... Read More
Feature Special Event 94 mins Centrepiece Special Events
CERTAIN WOMEN (USA, 2015) Past Event
"It's hard to imagine a more touching, enriching, human film ... this year than the latest from Kelly Reichardt ... reafirms [her] position as a master American director who understands the human expe... Read More
Feature 107 mins Headliners
CHEVALIER (Greece, 2015) Past Event
"An inspired, gorgeously photographed work of deadpan lunacy that asserts itself as a spit-take on masculine rivalries." – The Village Voice ... Greek new wave star Athina Rachel Tsangari (The Capsule... Read More
Feature 105 mins International Panorama
CHRISTINE (USA, 2016) Past Event
"A thrumming, heartsore, sometimes viciously funny character study, sensitive both to the singularities of [Christine] Chubbuck's psychological collapse and the indignities weathered by any woman in a... Read More
Feature 115 mins International Panorama
CLASH (France, Germany, Egypt, 2016) Past Event
"Powerful and very disturbing … [a] darkly frightening vision of the lawlessness and chaos into which [Egypt] has descended." – Hollywood Reporter ... It's two years after the Egyptian Revolution and ... Read More
Feature 97 mins International Panorama
CLOSING NIGHT GALA - HELL OR HIGH WATER (USA, 2016) Past Event
"Anti-glam pseudo-gangster crime film with a western vibe, Hell or High Water has it all. Sarcastic and pleasingly wild, [it] gives the well-trodden genre of heist flicks a surprising social dimension... Read More
Feature Special Event 102 mins Special Events
CONTEMPORARY COLOR (USA, 2016) Past Event
"Joyous and masterful no matter what angle one looks at it from … a mesmerizing blend of music and motion, captured in a unique fashion." – RogerEbert.com ... Often called the sport of the arts, colou... Read More
Feature 96 mins Dance on Film
COSMOS (France, Portugal, 2015) Past Event
"It's often hilarious, confounding and downright strange … delivers a demented philosophical puzzle that's fun to scrutinize in all of its baffling uncertainties." – Indiewire ... A triumphant return ... Read More
Feature 103 mins International Panorama
Cinematography: Realising Vision Past Event
Presented by MIFF Accelerator, award-winning Director of Photography Andrew Commis ACS explores the craft of cinematography. Commis, who most recently lensed MIFF 2016's Girl Asleep (pictured), has wo... Read More
Talks and Masterclasses 60 mins
Clio Renner Past Event
  ... Multi-Instrumentalist and songwriter Clio Renner has been lighting up the small screens with her regular House Band gig on SBS’s Rockwiz. From winning awards at The Victorian College of The Arts... Read More
120 mins Blackhearts
Composing: Setting The Score Past Event
The intricacies of film score composing are explored in this MIFF Accelerator masterclass with acclaimed composer Cezary Skubiszewski. Recognized globally as one of Australia’s most distinguished comp... Read More
Talks and Masterclasses 70 mins
Creswick (Australia, 2016) Past Event
While a young woman helps her father pack up his house, they are both increasingly aware of the presence that they always knew was there. ... Read More
Short 10 mins Package Short
Crystal Lake (USA, 2016) Past Event
A girl going through a tough time in a new city finds a skate park where she can belong. A film by Jennifer Reeder (Blood Below the Skin, MIFF 2015; A Million Miles Away, MIFF 2014). ... Read More
20 mins Pre Feature Short
Cured (USA, 2016) Past Event
Cult actor Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes) stars as a physician performing a very grisly and strange procedure on a troubled soul. ... Read More
Short 10 mins Package Short
Curmudgeons (USA, 2016) Past Event
Danny DeVito directs, produces and co-stars alongside David Margulies in this endearing comedy about a foul-mouthed senior citizen who is about to receive a big surprise. ... Read More
Short 17 mins Package Short
Curve (Australia, 2015) Past Event
A woman awakens to find herself perched on the edge of a strange curved precipice, with nothing but a pitch-black abyss below. ... Read More
Short 10 mins Package Short
Cycle (USA, ) Past Event
Time-lapse photography reveals the majesty of our planet's natural environments in this subtle meditation on how a small shift in our perception of time can heighten our awareness of the intricate eco... Read More
Short 7 mins Package Short
DANTE NO ES UNICAMENTE SEVERO (Spain, 1967) Past Event
"Dante deliberately lays bare its own mechanics, deploys characters devoid of psychology, and uses digression and fragmentation as narrative models. We enter a space in which dream and reality become ... Read More
Feature 75 mins Escuela de Barcelona
DEATH IN SARAJEVO (France, Bosnia Herzegovina, 2016) Past Event
"An expertly modulated choral drama that is also one of the most clear-cut and boldly stated summations of Bosnia's paralysing discord." – Variety ... It's the most important night of Omer's life. A h... Read More
Feature 85 mins International Panorama
DESDE ALLÁ (Mexico, Venezuela, 2015) Past Event
"A startling debut … as probing, subtle and affecting as any psychological drama could wish to be." – Hollywood Reporter ... Winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, Desde Allá is the ri... Read More
Feature 93 mins International Panorama
DESPITE THE NIGHT (France, 2016) Past Event
"Philippe Grandrieux's latest undulating nightscape of extreme behaviour is part raw poetry and sublime atmosphere and part swaggering nihilism and violent shock." – AnOther Magazine ... One of cinema... Read More
Feature 155 mins International Panorama
DESTINATION ARNOLD (Australia, 2016) Past Event
"Bodybuilding is hidden and so quiet in Australia because the dominating sports are NRL and AFL and the bloody cricket … I want to shine a light on this sport where the people train just as hard as an... Read More
Feature 70 mins Australian Showcase
DIAMOND ISLAND (France, Germany, Thailand, Qatar, Cambodia, 2016) Past Event
"Diamond Island is a tender, street-level look at the young generation of Cambodians and a glimpse of the future they wish to carve out for themselves in a country that’s changing fast." – Bangkok Pos... Read More
Feature 103 mins Accent on Asia
DJ Eliana Schoulal Past Event
From her Saturday nights presented Hellzapoppin’ on 3RRR FM, Eliana Schoulal plays big and obscure sounds from the 1940s, 50s and 60s: R&B, Blues, Jazz, Swing, Doo-Wop, Rock ’n’ Roll, Exotica and Loun... Read More
0 mins Blackhearts
DJ Ginger Light Past Event
Ginger Light will play out her vinyl collection of bangers from 50s and 60s blues, RnB, soul, rock 'n' roll to girl groups and French classics. From DJ sets at Soul A Go Go, Slow Grind Fever and Dr Mo... Read More
0 mins Blackhearts
DOC's Aperitivo Past Event
In Italian ‘aperitivo’ is a little something to wet your whistle. Before the screening of Italian film-noir Suburra, DOC Gastronomia, Melbourne’s masters of the ‘aperitivo’ get your juices flowing wit... Read More
0 mins Blackhearts
DOCUMENTARY SHORTS Past Event
An eclectic mix of documentary shorts from around the globe. ... Read More
Shorts Package 101 mins Package Short
DON'T BLINK: ROBERT FRANK (USA, Canada, 2015) Past Event
"Openhearted and surprisingly funny … Frank is delightful company, as emotionally transparent and offhandedly insightful in person as he is as his art." – Slant ... An artist always one step ahead of ... Read More
Feature 82 mins Documentaries
DON'T BREATHE (USA, 2016) Past Event
"The best American horror film of the past twenty years." – Filmmaker Magazine ... Rocky, Money and Alex are a trio of down-on-their-luck Detroit teens who rob wealthy homes to get by. When they hear ... Read More
Feature 88 mins Night Shift
DON'T CALL ME SON (Brazil, 2016) Past Event
"Poignant and energetic … turns a potentially bleak subject into a warmhearted study of genetics, gender and the true meaning of home." – Hollywood Reporter ... Seventeen-year-old Pierre lives with hi... Read More
Feature 82 mins International Panorama
DON JUAN (Finland, Sweden, 2015) Past Event
"Unusual, perceptive, slightly off-beat… [a] sensitive piece of documentary film-making … thanks to Jerzy Sladkowski's kind camera and Oleg's generosity and shy, open heart." – Screen Daily... Read More
Feature 92 mins Documentaries
DOWN UNDER: CAPTIONED SCREENING (Australia, 2016) Past Event
"There is nothing more satisfying than getting people to laugh at something they feel they shouldn't be laughing at." – director Abe Forsythe ... A black comedy set during the aftermath of the Cronull... Read More
Feature 94 mins Centrepiece
Dan Luscombe (Piano) Past Event
Guitarist for beloved rock non-conformists The Drones, Dan Luscombe allows his considerable piano skills to take pole position for MIFF. A committed agnostic, Dan takes piano inspiration from Matthew ... Read More
0 mins Blackhearts
Decorado (France, Spain, 2016) Past Event
A teddy bear struggles to tell the difference between dreams and reality in the new film by Alberto Vázquez (Unicorn Blood, MIFF 2013). ... Read More
Short 11 mins Package Short
Deer Flower (USA, South Korea, 2016) Past Event
A boy's parents bring him to a deer farm, hoping to give him a treatment that will strengthen his body. ... Read More
Short 8 mins Package Short
Detail (Australia, 2015) Past Event
Hanna Chetwin (Watercourse, MIFF 2015) controls and confuses our attention via a dual 16mm projection of spotlights glimpsing into other scenes. ... Read More
Short 12 mins Package Short
Dolfun (USA, 2016) Past Event
Nasty Baby writer/director and MIFF 2015 guest Sebastián Silva has an existential crisis while fulfilling a lifelong dream. ... Read More
Short 8 mins Package Short
Dragstrip (USA, 2015) Past Event
Drivers, mechanics and fans gathered at the dragstrip wait for the race to begin. ... Read More
Short 4 mins Package Short
Dream Baby (Australia, 2015) Past Event
Elvis wants to break free of her life living in a remote caravan park with her mum, so comes up with an entrepreneurial plan. ... Read More
Short 15 mins Package Short
Dror Erez on Piano Past Event
Behind the scenes Dror Erez has shaped countless Melbourne nights, from the city's first acid house club ‘Joy’, to operating The Prince Bandroom and dance music megalith One Love / Totem. A talented m... Read More
0 mins Blackhearts
Dusty Millers around the Piano with DJ Fraser A Gorman Past Event
Three family members, three beloved Melbourne performers – singer/songwriter Lisa Miller, soul queen Tracey Miller and Jazz Party’s Loretta Miller – join forces for a special one-off MIFF performance ... Read More
0 mins Blackhearts
EACH TIME THAT... (Spain, 1967) Past Event
"With its title quoting Brigitte Bardot … and a Belmondoesque male lead, [Each Time That…] co-opts the most populist signifiers of French film culture into a political aesthetic." – Senses of Cinema... Read More
Feature 85 mins Escuela de Barcelona
EARLY SUMMER (Japan, 1951) Past Event
"The spectrum of thematic and emotional strains which Ozu gently coaxes from this ensemble yields some of his loveliest moments … The emotional kinesis of these moments, and so many others, shows Ozu'... Read More
Feature 124 mins Setsuko Hara
EASTER RISING: VOICE OF A REBEL (UK, Australia, 2016) Past Event
In the 100th anniversary year of the watershed moment that changed Irish history forever, Easter Rising: Voice of a Rebel lets you travel back in time to experience for yourself the Easter Rising of 1... Read More
VR 45 mins Virtual Reality
EAT THAT QUESTION: FRANK ZAPPA IN HIS OWN WORDS (France, Germany, 2016) Past Event
"A fascinating run-through of Zappa's greatest – and weirdest – moments." – The Guardian ... Selected for the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and winner of the Asbury Park Music Foundation Award, Eat That... Read More
Feature 90 mins Backbeat
ELLA (Australia, 2016) Past Event
The personal journey of The Australian Ballet's first Indigenous dancer. ... Ella Havelka made history in 2013 by becoming the first Indigenous dancer at the 50-year-old Australian Ballet. In this eng... Read More
Feature 86 mins Dance on Film Premiere Fund Film
ELLE (France, Germany, Belgium, 2016) Past Event
"For a filmmaker who so often leaves little to the imagination, Verhoeven has not only left the door open to interpretation, he's turned ambiguity into a weapon all its own." – Reverse Shot ... When t... Read More
Feature 130 mins International Panorama
EMO THE MUSICAL (Australia, 2016) Past Event
What happens when a brooding, moody high-school emo falls for a happy, God-loving Christian believer? ... Having been kicked out of his old school, Ethan just wants to start afresh. And after being ac... Read More
Feature 94 mins Australian Showcase Premiere Fund Film
EVERYONE ELSE (Germany, 2009) Past Event
"Maren Ade's trenchant, funny and sensitive Everyone Else cuts deeper than an Oscar season's worth of emotional turmoil." – The Village Voice ... Young couple Gitti (Birgit Minichmayr) and Chris (Lars... Read More
Feature 119 mins International Panorama
EVERYTHING IS COPY (USA, 2015) Past Event
"Jacob Bernstein's lovingly critical examination of his mother, Nora Ephron … the film and publishing roster assembled to salute her accomplishments—book by book, film by film, husband by husband—coul... Read More
Feature 92 mins Documentaries
EVOLUTION (France, Belgium, Spain, 2015) Past Event
"If you like your sci-fi cerebral and your mind blown then this nightmarish masterpiece will be the highlight of the entire festival programme." – Irish Times ... Nicolas lives with his mother on a re... Read More
Feature 81 mins International Panorama
EXPERIMENTAL SHORTS Past Event
Films that experiment with form, content and style. ... Read More
Shorts Package 106 mins Package Short
Eaglehawk (Australia, 2016) Past Event
Tilda Cobham-Hervey (Girl Asleep, MIFF 2016) stars as Eve, an aspiring actor who portrays a yowie, for tourists eager to have an encounter with the mythical Australian creature. ... Read More
Short 22 mins Package Short
Editing Masterclass: Simon Njoo Past Event
Presented by MIFF Accelerator in association with the Australian Screen Editors, the art and secrets of film editing are explored in this masterclass with editor Simon Njoo who edited MIFF Premiere Fu... Read More
Talks and Masterclasses 80 mins
Emily (Australia, 2016) Past Event
When a recent widow discovers that a mysterious woman had been a significant part of her husband's life, she is determined to find out the truth. ... Read More
Short 14 mins Package Short
Engram of Returning (Canada, 2015) Past Event
An imagined landscape of colour and texture, in this abstract travelogue in 35mm CinemaScope. ... Read More
Short 19 mins Package Short
FAMILY FILM (France, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Slovakia, 2015) Past Event
"[An] elegant, darkly unpredictable fusion of ashen black comedy and urgent domestic drama … Don't hold your breath for a Disney remake." – Variety ... When well-to-do Igor and Irena take off on an In... Read More
Feature 95 mins International Panorama
FAR FROM THE TREES (Spain, 1970) Past Event
"[An] impressionistic travelogue that shows a Spain far from the beaten paths of the tourist resorts … a perfect successor to Luis Buñuel's Land Without Bread." – Letterboxd ... A documentary on the c... Read More
Feature 103 mins Escuela de Barcelona
FATA MORGANA (Spain, 1965) Past Event
"Probably the most enduring of the Barcelona School films. Influenced by science fiction and the new consumer society, Fata Morgana is a formal tour de force, and the enigma of its futurist dystopia s... Read More
Feature 84 mins Escuela de Barcelona
FEAR ITSELF (UK, 2015) Past Event
"Fear is such a powerful cinematic tool: in the moment it occurs, there's nothing rational about it." – Filmmaker Charlie Lyne ... Do horror movies know us better than we know ourselves? Filmmaker and... Read More
Feature 89 mins Documentaries
FIRE AT SEA (France, Italy, 2016) Past Event
Winner of the Golden Bear for Best Film, the Amnesty International Film Prize and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the Berlin Film Festival. ... On the picturesque Sicilian island of Lampedusa – po... Read More
Feature 108 mins Seeking Refuge
FRANCOFONIA (France, Germany, Netherlands, 2015) Past Event
"What is France without the Louvre? Who would we be without museums?" – director Alexander Sokurov ... In 1940, Nazi forces invaded Paris, intent on looting the city of its artistic treasures. Their d... Read More
Feature 87 mins International Panorama
FRANK & LOLA (USA, 2016) Past Event
"Surprising and compulsively watchable … a haunting examination of male obsession and domination, that also serves as a weird sort of love story." – The Guardian, ... When Frank (Michael Shannon), a c... Read More
Feature 88 mins International Panorama
FREE IN DEED (USA, New Zealand, 2015) Past Event
"An unforgettable collision of hope, faith and desperation … at once pensive and visceral." – Hollywood Reporter ... In the crumbling backwaters of Memphis, forgotten by business and government alike,... Read More
Feature 98 mins International Panorama
FULLDOME SHOWCASE 1 Past Event
Always immensely popular, MIFF's annual program of jaw-dropping fulldome screenings at the Melbourne Planetarium is back. Don't miss this rare opportunity to take in a truly unique cinematic experienc... Read More
Special Event 67 mins Special Events
FULLDOME SHOWCASE 2 Past Event
Always immensely popular, MIFF's annual program of jaw-dropping fulldome screenings at the Melbourne Planetarium is back. Don't miss this rare opportunity to take in a truly unique cinematic experienc... Read More
Special Event 80 mins Special Events
Fairy Tales (China, USA, 2015) Past Event
After sharing her clothing designs on social media, working-class country girl Fairy Wang becomes an internet sensation. She soon discovers that fame isn't always a good thing. ... Read More
Short 29 mins Package Short
Following Diana (Indonesia, 2015) Past Event
When Diana's husband presents her with a chart revealing his plan to take on a second wife, she finds herself having to build a new life of her own. The new film by Kamila Andini (The Mirror Never Lie... Read More
Short 40 mins Package Short
GARY NUMAN: ANDROID IN LA LA LAND (UK, 2016) Past Event
"The Osbournes with Asperger's." – Mojo magazine ... Best known for his 1979 smash hit Cars, Gary Numan was one of the spearheads of the 80s synthpop phenomenon. The strange humanoid made industrial m... Read More
Feature 85 mins Backbeat
GIMME DANGER (USA, 2016) Past Event
"An exciting testament to the survival power of The Stooges' music." – Screen Daily ... American auteur Jim Jarmusch (Paterson, MIFF 2016) is likely the only director who could deliver a documentary t... Read More
Feature 108 mins Backbeat
GIRL ASLEEP (Australia, 2015) Past Event
"Wide awake to the wonder, terror and giddy confusion of being a 14-year-old adolescent in 1970s Australia, Rosemary Myers' Girl Asleep is a strange, savvy, big-hearted teen adventure … unquestionably... Read More
Feature 77 mins Australian Showcase
GIRL ASLEEP - The Age Critics' Award Screening (Australia, 2015) Past Event
"Wide awake to the wonder, terror and giddy confusion of being a 14-year-old adolescent in 1970s Australia, Rosemary Myers' Girl Asleep is a strange, savvy, big-hearted teen adventure … unquestionably... Read More
Feature 77 mins Australian Showcase
GIRLFRIENDS (USA, 1978) Past Event
"[Girlfriends] feels like my oldest influence ... From the first shot, I was transfixed. By the complex relationships, the subtlety, the odd comedy that was awkward long before awkward was cool." – Le... Read More
Feature 86 mins Gaining Ground: Take Notice
GLEASON (USA, 2016) Past Event
"Gleason is a remarkable feat. This doc by Clay Tweel, the director of last year's hilarious oddity Finders Keepers … is ultimately a moving tale of heroism and selfless love." – POV magazine... Read More
Feature 110 mins Documentaries
GOAT (USA, 2016) Past Event
"A pointed, astute and unflinching look at unbridled machismo and its consequences … [director Andrew] Neel has taken college drama tropes and made them nastier, darker and much more interesting." – T... Read More
Feature 102 mins International Panorama
GRADUATION (France, Belgium, Romania, 2016) Past Event
"If any additional evidence was required to confirm Cristian Mungiu as one of the leading European filmmakers of the day, here comes Graduation, his most mature film to date." – Screen Daily ... Palme... Read More
Feature 128 mins International Panorama
Genovese Presents: Barista Smackdown Past Event
Genovese is proud to present the screening of Barista, a documentary that follows the story of five top baristas who find themselves pushing the limits of coffee perfection to win the National Barista... Read More
60 mins Blackhearts
Grand Opening - Celebrate MIFF's 65th Birthday Past Event
Blackhearts & Sparrows, Melbourne’s favourite wine store, is thrilled to invite you to join them at The Blackhearts Club, the official bar of the 65th Melbourne International Film Festival, located in... Read More
0 mins Blackhearts
Greener Grass (USA, 2016) Past Event
Two soccer moms and their perfect children, perfect husbands and perfect teeth – suburbia through the looking glass. ... Read More
Short 15 mins Package Short
HACKSAW RIDGE Past Event
Hacksaw Ridge is the extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He was the only American soldier in WW... Read More
131 mins
HAPPY HOUR (Japan, 2015) Past Event
"A strange film that calls to mind both Out 1 [MIFF 2014] and Sex and the City … Happy Hour is a fascinating anomaly." – Cinema Scope ... As 30-something friends Jun, Akari, Sakurako and Fumi attempt ... Read More
Feature 317 mins Accent on Asia
HARDLY WORKING (USA, 1980) Past Event
"The candor of this movie as self-portrait is at times almost terrifying … it may be his most revealing [film]." – Jonathan Rosenbaum (Chicago Reader) ... After 10 years in the wilderness, Jerry Lewis... Read More
Feature 91 mins Jerry Lewis: The Total Filmmaker
HARMONIUM (France, Japan, 2016) Past Event
"Deeply involving and uncannily affecting … this nuclear family story is actually a nuclear explosion." – The Playlist ... MIFF regular Tadanobu Asano (Ruined Heart: Another Love Story Between a Crimi... Read More
Feature 118 mins Accent on Asia
HEART OF A DOG (USA, 2015) Past Event
"Highly intellectually engaging and provocative and also emotionally wrecking … one feels sad experiencing it, but it's so wonderful one simply can't be sad that it's in the world." – RogerEbert.com... Read More
Feature 75 mins Headliners
HEDI (France, Belgium, Qatar, Tunisia, 2016) Past Event
"[A] bittersweet Tunisian love story … offers further evidence that the rebirth of Tunisian cinema is underway." – Hollywood Reporter ... Feckless and painfully shy, car salesman Hedi is burrowing hea... Read More
Feature 89 mins International Panorama
HELL OR HIGH WATER: CAPTIONED SCREENING (USA, 2016) Past Event
"Anti-glam pseudo-gangster crime film with a western vibe, Hell or High Water has it all. Sarcastic and pleasingly wild, [it] gives the well-trodden genre of heist flicks a surprising social dimension... Read More
Feature 102 mins Special Events
HELMUT BERGER, ACTOR (Austria, 2015) Past Event
"As brash, divisive and shocking as its star." – Vox Magazine ... Helmut Berger used to be a beloved screen icon. But the one-time muse of Luchino Visconti and star of The Damned and Ludwig is now a s... Read More
Feature 90 mins Documentaries
HIGH-RISE (UK, 2015) Past Event
"Seizing on the delightfully oxymoronic possibilities of an apocalyptic period film … this is Wheatly unleashed." – Cinema Scope ... An adaptation of JG Ballard's brutally subversive 1975 classic, Hig... Read More
Feature 119 mins Headliners
HIRED GUN (USA, 2016) Past Event
At the edge of the limelight is a rocky roll call of veteran musos who share the stage but not the spoils. ... Not every band can be John, Paul, George and Ringo. In the tradition of Twenty Feet From ... Read More
Feature 90 mins Backbeat
HOW HEAVY THIS HAMMER (Canada, 2015) Past Event
"An intimate film about at a bear-like man, father and husband, clumsily maneuvering his way through a midlife crisis." – Filmmaker ... Middle-aged Erwin is firmly stuck in a rut of his own making. Di... Read More
Feature 74 mins International Panorama
Homebodies (Australia, 2016) Past Event
The final part of Yianni Warnock's darkly funny Despair Trilogy (Man on Earth, MIFF 2013; Playpals, MIFF 2012) about loneliness, isolation and banality. ... Read More
Short 13 mins Package Short
Hospitality (Australia, 2016) Past Event
An ambitious young chef becomes a reluctant host when her grandmother pays an unexpected visit from China. ... Read More
Short 18 mins Package Short
I, OLGA HEPNAROVA (France, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, 2016) Past Event
"Teases out the psychological roots of a stunning crime … intelligently dodges sensationalism throughout." – Variety ... Olga Hepnarova – lesbian, loner, mass murderer – was the last woman executed in... Read More
Feature 105 mins International Panorama
I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER (UK, Ireland, 2016) Past Event
"Morphs comfortably from teen fiction to a murder mystery to a cagey thriller, all with a wry sense of humor." – Twitch ... Adapting the first in a series of novels by Dan Wells, filmmaker Billy O'Bri... Read More
Feature 104 mins Night Shift
INDIGNATION (USA, 2016) Past Event
"Anchored by an exquisitely crafted script and fine-tuned aesthetics, Indignation offers a compelling twist on the coming-of-age genre with intelligence and wit to spare." – Collider ... Leaving his s... Read More
Feature 111 mins International Panorama
IN JACKSON HEIGHTS (USA, 2015) Past Event
"A thrilling, transporting love letter from Frederick Wiseman to New York and its multi-everything glory." – New York Times ... Jackson Heights, Queens, might just be the most culturally diverse neigh... Read More
Feature 190 mins Documentaries
INNOCENCE (Australia, 2000) Past Event
"A touching work by the Australian master Paul Cox … this is not a formula film with phony setbacks and a happy ending, but a truthful, philosophical film about what love means, what time means, and h... Read More
Feature 95 mins Australian Showcase
INNOCENCE OF MEMORIES (Italy, UK, Ireland, 2015) Past Event
"A beguiling, meditative study of the indelible link between memory and identity and the transformative power of love." – The List ... After an affair with his younger cousin ends in tragedy, a man bu... Read More
Feature 97 mins Documentary/Drama
INTERNATIONAL SHORTS 1 Past Event
A program of internationally acclaimed and awarded short films. ... Read More
Shorts Package 99 mins Package Short
INTERNATIONAL SHORTS 2 Past Event
A program of internationally acclaimed and awarded short films. ... Read More
Shorts Package 100 mins Package Short
IN THE LAST DAYS OF THE CITY (Egypt, 2016) Past Event
"A melancholic love-hate poem to Cairo and the role of filmmakers in any city in pain … [a film] of profound weight and intricate sadness, grappling with loss in myriad forms through separation, death... Read More
Feature 118 mins International Panorama
INVASION! (USA, 2016) Past Event
"Aside from the gorgeous art and cuddly star, Invasion! is a great entry point for people new to VR." – Tom's Guide ... From Eric Darnell, the writer and director of the Madagascar films and director ... Read More
VR 30 mins Virtual Reality
INVISIBLE (UK, 2016) Past Event
Invisible takes audiences on an immersive journey into the confronting reality of the UK's immigration system. ... Concealed behind prison walls, thousands of people are being held with no time limit.... Read More
VR 45 mins Virtual Reality
Iggy & The Stooges 'Gimme Danger' After Party Past Event
A Gimme Danger afterparty featuring DJ sets springboarding from Jim Jarmusch’s film about punk’s most enduring and influential forefathers: The Stooges. DJ sets by Woody McDonald and friends. ... Read More
0 mins Blackhearts
Imago (Philippines, 2016) Past Event
A middle-aged woman living in the slums of Manila goes to work every night, performing her unusual duties with the pragmatism of anybody who is just trying to get by. ... Read More
Short 15 mins Package Short
In The Year of Monkey (Indonesia, 2016) Past Event
A woman who urgently needs to raise money presents her co-worker with an unconventional proposition. ... Read More
Short 12 mins Package Short
In the Distance (Germany, 2015) Past Event
Living in a tower high above the clouds, a man goes on with his life, despite the chaos lurking in the distance. ... Read More
Short 7 mins Package Short
JAFRI (Australia, 2016) Past Event
Every Friday afternoon, an African-Australian man can be found in the middle of Melbourne's busiest intersection, standing silently, and challenging the beliefs of each of us passing by. Jafri is a VR... Read More
VR 30 mins Virtual Reality
JANIS: LITTLE GIRL BLUE (USA, 2015) Past Event
"Some of the most fiery rock 'n' roll performances ever captured on film." – The AV Club ... With a big mouth, brash style and passionate pipes, Janis Joplin was the iconic blues mama of the 60s. This... Read More
Feature 103 mins Backbeat
J A Z Z P A R T Y Past Event
Seven members and a heady brew of sweltering rhythm, Darcy McNulty’s Jazz Party bring two fired-up evenings of unbridled good times, like a gospel revival gone wild in a speakeasy. ... J A Z Z P A R T... Read More
0 mins Blackhearts
J A Z Z P A R T Y (DJ Set) Past Event
Seven members and a heady brew of sweltering rhythm, Darcy McNulty’s Jazz Party bring two fired-up evenings of unbridled good times; like a gospel revival gone wild in a speakeasy. Jazz Party perform ... Read More
0 mins Blackhearts
JOE CINQUE'S CONSOLATION (Australia, 2016) Past Event
"How many recent Australian drama films strike us as evocatively moody, eerily disquieting, rigorously intelligent, and fluently cinematic? Sotiris Dounoukos achieves all this in Joe Cinque's Consolat... Read More
Feature 102 mins Australian Showcase
JULIETA (Spain, 2016) Past Event
"This is classic Almodóvar … all the visual elements which have made [his] work so consistently enticing are boldly represented in Julieta." – Screen Daily ... Years have passed since Julieta's teenag... Read More
Feature 99 mins International Panorama
Jane Clifton's Don't Get Lost – A Musical Nod To Chet Baker Past Event
As actress, singer and writer, Jane Clifton’s turned over many successful stones in her multifaceted career. From the small screen (Prisoner Cell Block H) to big screen (Monkey Grip) and alongside her... Read More
0 mins Blackhearts
Jules Verne Voyages (Germany, ) Past Event
The fantastic adventures of Jules Verne have fascinated generations ever since they were written. So it was time to bring his world of inventions and science fiction to the dome! ... Inspired by the n... Read More
Feature 50 mins Package Short
Justin Bieber "Sorry" Dance Class With Amrita Hepi and All Ages Dance Party with DJ Baby Bonus. Past Event
Amrita Hepi is a professional dancer, dance maker, writer and activist. Her work and practice sits between pop culture and contemporary dance. Having performed the world over, she also teaches pop-cul... Read More
0 mins Blackhearts
KAILI BLUES (China, 2015) Past Event
Poetic and dreamlike, the beguiling debut from one of China's most innovative young directors explores the mysteries of time and memory. ... Hailed as Best Emerging Director at Locarno, 26-year-old Ch... Read More
Feature 110 mins Accent on Asia
KATE PLAYS CHRISTINE (USA, 2016) Past Event
"The story of how an actor prepares—and how that preparation becomes a performance in itself." – The New Yorker ... In 1974, television reporter Christine Chubbuck took her own life during a live news... Read More
Feature 112 mins Documentary/Drama
KEDI (Germany, USA, Turkey, 2016) Past Event
"In Istanbul, the cat is more than just a cat. The cat embodies the indescribable chaos, the culture and the uniqueness that is Istanbul." ... In the ancient city of Istanbul, cats have roamed the cit... Read More
Feature 79 mins Documentaries
KIDS GALA: KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS 3D (USA, 2016) Past Event
"Your magic is growing stronger. But when we grow stronger, the world grows more dangerous." ... Kubo is the son of a legendary samurai warrior, but is himself a humble, clever boy who lives to tell s... Read More
Feature Special Event 98 mins Next Gen Special Events
KIKI (USA, Sweden, 2016) Past Event
"Bursting with the pulse of the emphatic, high-energy dance scene that it documents, Kiki is also alive with the attitudes of the bold, outspoken people of color it profiles." – Film Comment ... Over ... Read More
Feature 94 mins Dance on Film
KILLING GROUND (Australia, 2016) Past Event
A remote campsite. An abandoned tent. A romantic getaway to die for. ... When young urbanites Ian and Sam decide to go camping, they arrive at their isolated destination to discover another tent alrea... Read More
Feature 88 mins Night Shift
Kwassa Kwassa (Denmark, 2015) Past Event
The construction of a boat on the island of Anjouan, used to transport migrants over 70km to the island of Mayotte – the outermost region of the European Union. ... Read More
Short 19 mins Pre Feature Short
LATE SPRING (Japan, 1948) Past Event
"The first masterpiece of Yasujirô Ozu's iconic late period … deeply poignant and ultimately mysterious." – AV Club ... Satisfied with her unmarried status, Noriko devotes her days to caring for her w... Read More
Feature 108 mins Setsuko Hara
LE FILS DE JOSEPH (France, Belgium, 2016) Past Event
A playful modern-day riff on The Nativity via baroque French formalism, as exuberantly funny as it is richly intellectual. ... Teaming up with producers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Franco-American a... Read More
Feature 115 mins International Panorama
LIFE, ANIMATED (France, USA, 2016) Past Event
"A radiant, uplifting story of an autistic boy who transcends his condition by transferring life's challenges into the format of a Disney animated movie, the film is a documentary gem." – Hollywood Re... Read More
Feature 91 mins Documentaries Animation
LIFE AFTER LIFE (China, 2016) Past Event
"Life After Life channels Albert Camus' spirit from start to finish … a slow, heavily stylized yet incredibly poised deadpan drama." – Hollywood Reporter ... In this exquisitely austere, dreamlike fil... Read More
Feature 80 mins Accent on Asia
LILY LANE (Hungary, 2016) Past Event
"The modern metamorphosed child of the Brothers Grimm. The story itself is dark, but darker still is the telling." – desistfilm ... Diving deep into darkest fairytale, Berlinale award-winning director... Read More
Feature 91 mins International Panorama
LITTLE FROM THE FISH SHOP (Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, 2015) Past Event
Stop-motion puppet animation doesn't get much more impressive than Jan Balej's Little from the Fish Shop – a more faithful and far blacker adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid th... Read More
Feature 72 mins Animation
LITTLE MEN (USA, 2016) Past Event
"Ira Sachs is gradually becoming the quintessential auteur of today's New York … luminous characterizations and big-hearted filmmaking." – Vulture ... When shy but creative 13-year-olds Jake and Tony ... Read More
Feature 85 mins International Panorama
LO AND BEHOLD, REVERIES OF THE CONNECTED WORLD (USA, 2016) Past Event
"[The internet] is not a cloud. It is servers and routers, which can be very easy to control and very easy to destroy … give me a bazooka, and I'll do it." – director Werner Herzog ... Celebrated film... Read More
Feature 98 mins Headliners
LONG WAY NORTH (France, Denmark, 2015) Past Event
"Beautifully told … visually stunning … a story that leaves a palpable impression." – Screen Daily ... There are many expectations put upon Sasha, a 15-year-old aristocrat living in the Russian court ... Read More
Feature 81 mins Next Gen
LOSING GROUND (USA, 1982) Past Event
"A nearly lost masterwork … Had it screened widely in its time, it would have marked film history." – The New Yorker ... Blending dashes of Bergman, Cassavetes and Rohmer into an intellectually comple... Read More
Feature 86 mins Gaining Ground: Take Notice
LOST AND BEAUTIFUL (Italy, 2015) Past Event
"In its meandering, melancholic and lovely portrait of the Campania region of Italy, Lost and Beautiful swims against the current of mainstream cinema." – Senses of Cinema ... In the southern Italian ... Read More
Feature 87 mins Documentary/Drama
LOUIS THEROUX: MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE (USA, UK, 2015) Past Event
"A documentary about what happens when you try to make a documentary about Scientology." – Huffington Post ... When inimitable British broadcaster Louis Theroux wanted to know what life was really lik... Read More
Feature 99 mins Documentaries
LOVE (France, Hungary, 2016) Past Event
Moments of love – in all manifestations of the word – influenced by planets in a distant solar system. The new film by Réka Bucsi (Symphony no. 42, MIFF 2014). ... Read More
Short 15 mins Package Short
LOVESONG (USA, 2016) Past Event
"A wise and wistful movie, one that recognizes humans as complicated, changing, contradictory creatures, and time as a force that can heal, but also harden and close doors." – Hollywood Reporter... Read More
Feature 85 mins International Panorama
LOVETRUE (USA, 2016) Past Event
"If particular films each have an equivalent genre in literature, Alma Har'el's documentary LoveTrue comes closest to poetry." – The Playlist ... True love is a topic singers croon about, writers muse... Read More
Feature 82 mins Documentary/Drama
Loco Dyna Morphics (Germany, 2014) Past Event
An audio-visually spatial-animated musical play on the physical unfolding of the dimensions of space, time and form. ... Loco-Dyna-Morphics is a musical fulldome show from Jan Zehn and Stefan Berke. T... Read More
Feature 50 mins Package Short
Luke Howard Past Event
From classical piano as a youngster through to Honours from the Victorian College of the Arts, Luke Howard’s music has been described as "absolutely heavenly" (BBC 6’s Mary Anne Hobbs), and "cinematic... Read More
0 mins Blackhearts
MA (USA, 2015) Past Event
"A truly unique film … the combination of surreal tone, strange characters, sun-drenched cinematography, and entirely visual movement-based language creates a heady and spellbinding cinematic experien... Read More
Feature 80 mins Dance on Film
MADLY (Japan, USA, UK, Australia, Argentina, India, 2016) Past Event
"Something far more complicated than boy-meets-girl." – Flavorwire ... Love bewitches, bewilders, baffles and binds in these six short films united by the power of passion. Hopping between continents,... Read More
Feature 105 mins International Panorama
MAHANA (New Zealand, 2016) Past Event
Once Were Warriors director Lee Tamahori returns to New Zealand after 20 years to direct this emotive and picturesque family drama based on a novel by Witi Ihimaera, the author of Whale Rider. ... It'... Read More
Feature 103 mins International Panorama
MAMMAL (Luxembourg, Ireland, 2016) Past Event
"Intense … The raw vulnerability of the two performances creates a rock solid centre to this delicately handled immersion in love and grief." – Screen Daily ... Margaret (Rachel Griffiths) drifts thro... Read More
Feature 99 mins International Panorama
MARA AND THE FIREBRINGER (Germany, 2015) Past Event
When you're 15 years old, every day feels like the end of the world. If Mara doesn't use her magical gifts, it actually could be. ... Like any other 15-year-old, Mara just wants to fit in with her pee... Read More
Feature 94 mins Next Gen
MEAL TICKETS (USA, Australia, 2016) Past Event
"The closest you will ever get to going on a rock'n'roll tour, without actually being there." – director Mat de Koning ... A documentary filmed over 10 years, Meal Tickets is a cautionary tale of life... Read More
Feature 93 mins Backbeat
MEN & CHICKEN (Denmark, 2015) Past Event
"If Franz Kafka had ever devised a film for the Three Stooges, it might look something like Men & Chicken … a joyously eccentric, darkly comic fairytale." – Screen Daily ... Upon learning that their r... Read More
Feature 100 mins Night Shift
MERCENARY (France, 2016) Past Event
"Imagine if Jacques Audiard had tried to make an inspirational sports movie, and you'll get an idea of what it's like to watch Mercenary ... an impressively fierce debut feature." – Hollywood Reporter... Read More
Feature 103 mins International Panorama
MIFF TRAVELLING FILM FESTIVAL - ELLA (BAIRNSDALE) (Australia, 2016) Past Event
The personal journey of The Australian Ballet's first Indigenous dancer. ... Ella Havelka made history in 2013 by becoming the first Indigenous dancer at the 50-year-old Australian Ballet. In this eng... Read More
Feature 86 mins Travelling
MIFF TRAVELLING FILM FESTIVAL - ELLA (BALLARAT) (Australia, 2016) Past Event
The personal journey of The Australian Ballet's first Indigenous dancer. ... Ella Havelka made history in 2013 by becoming the first Indigenous dancer at the 50-year-old Australian Ballet. In this eng... Read More
Feature 86 mins Travelling
MIFF TRAVELLING FILM FESTIVAL - ELLA (BELGRAVE) (Australia, 2016) Past Event
The personal journey of The Australian Ballet's first Indigenous dancer. ... Ella Havelka made history in 2013 by becoming the first Indigenous dancer at the 50-year-old Australian Ballet. In this eng... Read More
Feature 86 mins Travelling
MIFF TRAVELLING FILM FESTIVAL - ELLA (BENDIGO) (Australia, 2016) Past Event
The personal journey of The Australian Ballet's first Indigenous dancer. ... Ella Havelka made history in 2013 by becoming the first Indigenous dancer at the 50-year-old Australian Ballet. In this eng... Read More
Feature 86 mins Travelling
MIFF TRAVELLING FILM FESTIVAL - ELLA (GEELONG) (Australia, 2016) Past Event
The personal journey of The Australian Ballet's first Indigenous dancer. ... Ella Havelka made history in 2013 by becoming the first Indigenous dancer at the 50-year-old Australian Ballet. In this eng... Read More
Feature 86 mins Travelling
MIFF TRAVELLING FILM FESTIVAL - ELLA (MANSFIELD) (Australia, 2016) Past Event
The personal journey of The Australian Ballet's first Indigenous dancer. ... Ella Havelka made history in 2013 by becoming the first Indigenous dancer at the 50-year-old Australian Ballet. In this eng... Read More
Feature 86 mins Travelling
MIFF TRAVELLING FILM FESTIVAL - ELLA (MILDURA) (Australia, 2016) Past Event
The personal journey of The Australian Ballet's first Indigenous dancer. ... Ella Havelka made history in 2013 by becoming the first Indigenous dancer at the 50-year-old Australian Ballet. In this eng... Read More
Feature 86 mins Travelling
MIFF TRAVELLING FILM FESTIVAL - ELLA (WANGARATTA) (Australia, 2016) Past Event
The personal journey of The Australian Ballet's first Indigenous dancer. ... Ella Havelka made history in 2013 by becoming the first Indigenous dancer at the 50-year-old Australian Ballet. In this eng... Read More
Feature 86 mins Travelling
MIFF TRAVELLING FILM FESTIVAL - LONG WAY NORTH (BAIRNSDALE) (France, Denmark, 2015) Past Event
"Beautifully told … visually stunning … a story that leaves a palpable impression." – Screen Daily ... There are many expectations put upon Sasha, a 15-year-old aristocrat living in the Russian court ... Read More
Feature 81 mins Travelling
MIFF TRAVELLING FILM FESTIVAL - LONG WAY NORTH (BALLARAT) (France, Denmark, 2015) Past Event
"Beautifully told … visually stunning … a story that leaves a palpable impression." – Screen Daily ... There are many expectations put upon Sasha, a 15-year-old aristocrat living in the Russian court ... Read More
Feature 81 mins Travelling
MIFF TRAVELLING FILM FESTIVAL - LONG WAY NORTH (BELGRAVE) (France, Denmark, 2015) Past Event
"Beautifully told … visually stunning … a story that leaves a palpable impression." – Screen Daily ... There are many expectations put upon Sasha, a 15-year-old aristocrat living in the Russian court ... Read More
Feature 81 mins Travelling
MIFF TRAVELLING FILM FESTIVAL - LONG WAY NORTH (BENDIGO) (France, Denmark, 2015) Past Event
"Beautifully told … visually stunning … a story that leaves a palpable impression." – Screen Daily ... There are many expectations put upon Sasha, a 15-year-old aristocrat living in the Russian court ... Read More
Feature 81 mins Travelling
MIFF TRAVELLING FILM FESTIVAL - LONG WAY NORTH (GEELONG) (France, Denmark, 2015) Past Event
"Beautifully told … visually stunning … a story that leaves a palpable impression." – Screen Daily ... There are many expectations put upon Sasha, a 15-year-old aristocrat living in the Russian court ... Read More
Feature 81 mins Travelling
MIFF TRAVELLING FILM FESTIVAL - LONG WAY NORTH (MANSFIELD) (France, Denmark, 2015) Past Event
"Beautifully told … visually stunning … a story that leaves a palpable impression." – Screen Daily ... There are many expectations put upon Sasha, a 15-year-old aristocrat living in the Russian court ... Read More
Feature 81 mins Travelling
MIFF TRAVELLING FILM FESTIVAL - LONG WAY NORTH (MILDURA) (France, Denmark, 2015) Past Event
"Beautifully told … visually stunning … a story that leaves a palpable impression." – Screen Daily ... There are many expectations put upon Sasha, a 15-year-old aristocrat living in the Russian court ... Read More
Feature 81 mins Travelling
MIFF TRAVELLING FILM FESTIVAL - LONG WAY NORTH (WANGARATTA) (France, Denmark, 2015) Past Event
"Beautifully told … visually stunning … a story that leaves a palpable impression." – Screen Daily ... There are many expectations put upon Sasha, a 15-year-old aristocrat living in the Russian court ... Read More
Feature 81 mins Travelling
MIFF TRAVELLING FILM FESTIVAL - THE DEATH AND LIFE OF OTTO BLOOM (BAIRNSDALE) (Australia, 2016) Past Event
Otto Bloom is experiencing his life in reverse, passing through time backwards while remembering the future. Is he a psychic, a time traveller, a madman or living proof of Einstein's theory of relativ... Read More
Feature 84 mins Travelling
MIFF TRAVELLING FILM FESTIVAL - THE DEATH AND LIFE OF OTTO BLOOM (BALLARAT) (Australia, 2016) Past Event
Otto Bloom is experiencing his life in reverse, passing through time backwards while remembering the future. Is he a psychic, a time traveller, a madman or living proof of Einstein's theory of relativ... Read More
Feature 84 mins Travelling
MIFF TRAVELLING FILM FESTIVAL - THE DEATH AND LIFE OF OTTO BLOOM (BELGRAVE) (Australia, 2016) Past Event
Otto Bloom is experiencing his life in reverse, passing through time backwards while remembering the future. Is he a psychic, a time traveller, a madman or living proof of Einstein's theory of relativ... Read More
Feature 84 mins Travelling
MIFF TRAVELLING FILM FESTIVAL - THE DEATH AND LIFE OF OTTO BLOOM (BENDIGO) (Australia, 2016) Past Event
Otto Bloom is experiencing his life in reverse, passing through time backwards while remembering the future. Is he a psychic, a time traveller, a madman or living proof of Einstein's theory of relativ... Read More
Feature 84 mins Travelling
MIFF TRAVELLING FILM FESTIVAL - THE DEATH AND LIFE OF OTTO BLOOM (GEELONG) (Australia, 2016) Past Event
Otto Bloom is experiencing his life in reverse, passing through time backwards while remembering the future. Is he a psychic, a time traveller, a madman or living proof of Einstein's theory of relativ... Read More
Feature 84 mins Travelling
MIFF TRAVELLING FILM FESTIVAL - THE DEATH AND LIFE OF OTTO BLOOM (MANSFIELD) (Australia, 2016) Past Event
Otto Bloom is experiencing his life in reverse, passing through time backwards while remembering the future. Is he a psychic, a time traveller, a madman or living proof of Einstein's theory of relativ... Read More
Feature 84 mins Travelling
MIFF TRAVELLING FILM FESTIVAL - THE DEATH AND LIFE OF OTTO BLOOM (MILDURA) (Australia, 2016) Past Event
Otto Bloom is experiencing his life in reverse, passing through time backwards while remembering the future. Is he a psychic, a time traveller, a madman or living proof of Einstein's theory of relativ... Read More
Feature 84 mins Travelling
MIFF TRAVELLING FILM FESTIVAL - THE DEATH AND LIFE OF OTTO BLOOM (WANGARATTA) (Australia, 2016) Past Event
Otto Bloom is experiencing his life in reverse, passing through time backwards while remembering the future. Is he a psychic, a time traveller, a madman or living proof of Einstein's theory of relativ... Read More
Feature 84 mins Travelling
MIFF TRAVELLING FILM FESTIVAL - THE FAMILY (BAIRNSDALE) (Australia, 2016) Past Event
An incendiary, heartbreaking investigation into one of Australia's most notorious cults, and the scars its victims still bear today. ... Anne Hamilton-Byrne was beautiful, charismatic, delusional and ... Read More
Feature 98 mins Travelling
MIFF TRAVELLING FILM FESTIVAL - THE FAMILY (BALLARAT) (Australia, 2016) Past Event
An incendiary, heartbreaking investigation into one of Australia's most notorious cults, and the scars its victims still bear today. ... Anne Hamilton-Byrne was beautiful, charismatic, delusional and ... Read More
Feature 98 mins Travelling
MIFF TRAVELLING FILM FESTIVAL - THE FAMILY (BELGRAVE) (Australia, 2016) Past Event
An incendiary, heartbreaking investigation into one of Australia's most notorious cults, and the scars its victims still bear today. ... Anne Hamilton-Byrne was beautiful, charismatic, delusional and ... Read More
Feature 98 mins Travelling
MIFF TRAVELLING FILM FESTIVAL - THE FAMILY (BENDIGO) (Australia, 2016) Past Event
An incendiary, heartbreaking investigation into one of Australia's most notorious cults, and the scars its victims still bear today. ... Anne Hamilton-Byrne was beautiful, charismatic, delusional and ... Read More
Feature 98 mins Travelling
MIFF TRAVELLING FILM FESTIVAL - THE FAMILY (GEELONG) (Australia, 2016) Past Event
An incendiary, heartbreaking investigation into one of Australia's most notorious cults, and the scars its victims still bear today. ... Anne Hamilton-Byrne was beautiful, charismatic, delusional and ... Read More
Feature 98 mins Travelling
MIFF TRAVELLING FILM FESTIVAL - THE FAMILY (MANSFIELD) (Australia, 2016) Past Event
An incendiary, heartbreaking investigation into one of Australia's most notorious cults, and the scars its victims still bear today. ... Anne Hamilton-Byrne was beautiful, charismatic, delusional and ... Read More
Feature 98 mins Travelling
MIFF TRAVELLING FILM FESTIVAL - THE FAMILY (MILDURA) (Australia, 2016) Past Event
An incendiary, heartbreaking investigation into one of Australia's most notorious cults, and the scars its victims still bear today. ... Anne Hamilton-Byrne was beautiful, charismatic, delusional and ... Read More
Feature 98 mins Travelling
MIFF TRAVELLING FILM FESTIVAL - THE FAMILY (WANGARATTA) (Australia, 2016) Past Event
An incendiary, heartbreaking investigation into one of Australia's most notorious cults, and the scars its victims still bear today. ... Anne Hamilton-Byrne was beautiful, charismatic, delusional and ... Read More
Feature 98 mins Travelling
MIMOSAS (France, Spain, Qatar, Morocco, 2016) Past Event
"Adventurous viewers are invited to take the road less travelled, and then some, in [this] enigmatic mountain odyssey." – Screen Daily ... Somewhere in time a caravan of travellers treks through the H... Read More
Feature 93 mins International Panorama
MISS IMPOSSIBLE (France, 2016) Past Event
Boys, parents, school, siblings: these are the ordinary obsessions of an ordinary teen. But like all teens, Aurore is extraordinary. ... Her parents and teachers think she's a pain; the feeling is mut... Read More
Feature 90 mins Next Gen
MISS SHARON JONES! (USA, 2015) Past Event
Double Academy Award-winning director Barbara Kopple gives the people what they want with this rousing look at how cancer couldn't stop the soul queen and her Dap-Kings. ... The latest release from th... Read More
Feature 94 mins Backbeat
MONSIEUR MAYONNAISE (Australia, 2016) Past Event
An incredible true tale of mayonnaise sandwiches, Nazis and a hand-painted comic book! ... Artist and filmmaker Philippe Mora (Mad Dog Morgan, MIFF 2015; Swastika, MIFF 1973) is producing a graphic no... Read More
Feature 95 mins Australian Showcase Premiere Fund Film
MUITO ROMÂNTICO (Germany, Brazil, 2016) Past Event
In this charming experimental feature, the life of young Brazilian couple new to Berlin takes on a strange dimension when a cosmic portal opens up in their apartment. ... Drawing upon John Cassavetes'... Read More
Feature 72 mins International Panorama
MUNE: GUARDIAN OF THE MOON (France, 2015) Past Event
"One of Europe's most anticipated toon features … highly-polished with an animation style and an aesthetic reminiscent of Disney or Studio Ghibli." – Variety ... In a fantastical universe where the Su... Read More
Feature 86 mins Next Gen
MY LIFE AS A COURGETTE (France, Switzerland, 2016) Past Event
"A compact triumph of stop-motion animation in the service of a bittersweet tale, My Life as a Courgette is as delightful as it is affecting." – Screen Daily ... Courgette may only be nine years old, ... Read More
Feature 65 mins Animation
Madam Black (New Zealand, 2015) Past Event
After accidentally killing a child's pet, a glamour photographer goes to questionable lengths to cover up his actions. ... Read More
Short 11 mins Package Short
Mamie (France, Canada, 2016) Past Event
Through hand-painted watercolours, filmmaker Janice Nadaeu tries to understand the lack of affection her grandmother had for her and her other grandchildren. ... Read More
Short 6 mins Package Short
Millú DJ Set Past Event
DJ Millú skips from jazz to new wave and post-punk, with an ear for obscure rhythms and leftfield grooves. She appears regularly on 3RRR FM. ... Read More
0 mins Blackhearts
Mobilize (Canada, 2015) Past Event
A journey from the natural to the urban, alongside Canada's Indigenous people who have had to adapt to the rapidly changing times. ... Read More
Short 3 mins Package Short
Moving (New Zealand, 2016) Past Event
The end of a relationship means the end of a group house. One person moves out and another moves in, and everybody feels awkward. ... Read More
Short 12 mins Package Short
Mrs. Metro (Australia, 2016) Past Event
Nobody likes a crying baby on board a train, least of all the lady who makes the announcements. ... Read More
Short 4 mins Package Short
My Best Friend is Stuck on the Ceiling (Australia, 2015) Past Event
Connor is secretly in love with his best friend Rach and has a present for her that will knock her off her feet. ... Read More
Short 10 mins Package Short
My Last Film (USA, 2015) Past Event
Two vignettes that take a savage and satirical look at the American independent film scene, featuring Lola Kirke (Mistress America, MIFF 2015) and Rosanna Arquette (Lovesong, MIFF 2016). ... Read More
Short 9 mins Package Short
NATIONAL BIRD (USA, 2016) Past Event
"A chilling exposé [that] highlights the morally murky waters into which ongoing conflicts and advanced technology have led us." – Hollywood Reporter ... In Afghanistan, a shadow war is being waged bo... Read More
Feature 92 mins Documentaries
NEON BULL (Brazil, Netherlands, 2015) Past Event
A wild ride into the colourful world of traditional Brazilian rodeo, rendered with astonishing visuals and pulsing sexual energy. ... Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival and B... Read More
Feature 101 mins International Panorama
NEWTOWN (USA, 2016) Past Event
"This film is an important historical record, and an important reminder of an event in American history that could have changed everything, that should have changed everything. There's no reason why i... Read More
Feature 83 mins Documentaries
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS Past Event
Our final MIFF Members' screening for October comes from writer/director Tom Ford straight from the Venice Film Festival where it won the Grand Jury prize and recieved rave reviews. ... Nocturnal Anim... Read More
117 mins
NO HOME MOVIE (France, Belgium, 2015) Past Event
"It is as if Chantal Akerman, perhaps for the first time in her career, has revealed the core of her work and her wounds in the most naked of ways." – Cinema Scope ... One of cinema's most innovative ... Read More
Feature 115 mins Documentaries
NO REGRETS FOR OUR YOUTH (Japan, 1946) Past Event
"[Hara's] rejection of the class and gender roles assigned to her and her transformation from genteel, middle-class young girl to uninhibited woman are at the heart of this remarkable film." – Village... Read More
Feature 110 mins Setsuko Hara
NOTES ON BLINDNESS (UK, 2016) Past Event
"The most extraordinary, precise, deep and beautiful account of blindness I have ever read. It is to my mind a masterpiece." – Neurologist and author Oliver Sacks ... In 1983, facing complete blindnes... Read More
Feature 90 mins Documentary/Drama
NOTES ON BLINDNESS INTO DARKNESS (France, UK, 2016) Past Event
"An absorbing look at one man's journey away from the visual world and one of the best arguments yet for virtual reality as a serious filmmaking medium." – Alphr ... Accompanying the feature-length fi... Read More
VR 30 mins Virtual Reality
NUTS! (USA, 2016) Past Event
"Bright and batty … a wildly entertaining piece of animated nonfiction." – Nonfics ... In 1918, Kansas businessmen John Romulus Brinkley developed a foolproof cure for impotence: transplant the testic... Read More
Feature 79 mins Animation
Nasty (UK, 2015) Past Event
It's 1982 and the only clue 12-year-old Doug has to his father's disappearance is a trunk of VHS horror tapes. ... Read More
Short 15 mins Package Short
New Australian (Australia, 2016) Past Event
The new film by Dirk de Bruyn, which manipulates found footage to explore the term ‘New Australian', an expression coined after World War II to describe migrants to Australia. ... Read More
Short 8 mins Package Short
Nightlife (Germany, USA, 2015) Past Event
Multidisciplinary artist Cyprien Gaillard blends Cleveland, Los Angeles and Berlin to create a 3D nocturnal wonderland of wild winds and exploding fireworks. ... Read More
Short 15 mins Package Short
OFFICE 3D (China, Hong Kong, 2015) Past Event
"The genre-hopping Hong Kong master Johnnie To takes his first step into the world of musicals in a predictably idiosyncratic fashion with Office … one of the most rewarding films of the year." – 4:3... Read More
Feature 123 mins Accent on Asia
OLD STONE (China, 2016) Past Event
"In China, life is cheap but compassion is expensive … a remarkably mature debut, exposing with stunning clarity the infuriating red tape and flawed logic of China's system." – Variety ... China's dri... Read More
Feature 80 mins Accent on Asia
ONE-EYED JACKS (USA, 1961) Past Event
"One-Eyed Jacks is one of my favorite westerns and it was more than a privilege to be on the team that restored it for audiences around the world to rediscover or fall under its spell for the first ti... Read More
Feature 141 mins International Panorama
ONE MORE TIME (USA, 1970) Past Event
A late Rat Pack comedy gets the distinctive Jerry Lewis treatment. ... In this sequel to crime caper spoof Salt & Pepper, Sammy Davis Jr and Peter Lawford reprise their roles as the eponymous Soho nig... Read More
Feature 92 mins Jerry Lewis: The Total Filmmaker
ON RICHARD'S SIDE (Australia, 2016) Past Event
"To care for someone means to care for life." – Deirdre Croft ... 35-year-old Richard Rook, who has lived with a severe intellectual disability since birth, has always relied on the care and love of h... Read More
Feature 97 mins Australian Showcase
OPERATION AVALANCHE (USA, 2016) Past Event
1967. Two CIA agents posing as documentary filmmakers infiltrate NASA to weed out a Russian spy, but what they uncover is a conspiracy that could shake the space program to its very core. ... Followin... Read More
Feature 94 mins International Panorama
OUR HUFF AND PUFF JOURNEY (Japan, 2015) Past Event
Four friends. 800 kilometres. One unmissable concert. Get your bikes ready. ... On a whim, tight-knit teenage foursome Chie, Sattsun, Ichinose and Fumiko decide they absolutely have to attend a gig fe... Read More
Feature 91 mins Next Gen
Of Shadows and Wings… (France, Switzerland, 2015) Past Event
Two birds living in an oppressive colony find the strength to stand up for themselves and each other. ... Read More
Short 13 mins Package Short
Olympic Nick: A Donutumentary (Australia, 2016) Past Event
The story of Melbourne icon Nick Tsiligiris and the hot jam doughnuts he makes at Footscray train station. ... Read More
Short 9 mins Pre Feature Short
Omnia (UAE, 2015) Past Event
A young woman explores the physical and psychological effects of the genital mutilation she experienced as a child. ... Read More
Short 9 mins Package Short
On the Invention of the Wheel (Australia, 2015) Past Event
Richard Tuohy's new film loops a 16mm sequence of a turning bicycle wheel to blend humanity with machinery. ... Read More
Short 15 mins Package Short
PARIS 05:59 (France, 2016) Past Event
"Its biggest talking point will be the 18-minute hardcore gay orgy at the start, yet the film, conceived in real time, is above all a story about what happens when that bolt of lightning called love s... Read More
Feature 97 mins International Panorama
PATERSON (USA, 2016) Past Event
"This is a wondrously tender, witty and delicate chronicle of a week in the mostly unremarkable life." – Sight & Sound ... In the New Jersey town of Paterson, a man by the name of Paterson (Adam Drive... Read More
Feature 113 mins Headliners
PATHS OF THE SOUL (China, 2015) Past Event
"There's never been a road movie quite like Paths of the Soul, an extraordinary chronicle of ordinary Tibetan citizens undertaking a 1200-mile pilgrimage … a stirring study in faith and spirituality t... Read More
Feature 117 mins Accent on Asia
PERSONAL SHOPPER (France, 2016) Past Event
"An unexpected, beguiling … cinematic experience. Kristen Stewart['s] remarkable performance [is] at once forcefully headstrong and unexpectedly fragile." – MUBI Notebook ... Co-winner of the Cannes B... Read More
Feature 105 mins Headliners
PETER AND THE FARM (USA, 2016) Past Event
"Consistently lively and surprising … Peter and the Farm is a powerfully sad movie. But it's very funny, too. And poetic, and stomach-turning, and legitimately informative about farming … [a] near-mas... Read More
Feature 92 mins Documentaries
PHANTASM: REMASTERED (USA, 20161979) Past Event
"Unequalled by anything we've seen before … I cannot think of a better way to experience this film now than with the remastered version. If you get a chance to see it on a big screen this year, I woul... Read More
Feature 88 mins Night Shift
POP (Australia, 2016) Past Event
In a psychedelic desert landscape, an old man's ghost jumps from body to body in an attempt to escape the physical realm. ... Read More
Short 5 mins Package Short
PROOF (Australia, 1991) Past Event
"[A] quietly compelling black comedy … Proof profits from excellent performances." – Washington Post ... Martin, a visually impaired man, lives an emotionally isolated life. Holding a deep-seated mist... Read More
Feature 90 mins Australian Showcase
PS. JERUSALEM (Canada, Israel, 2015) Past Event
"Jerusalem has been – and for many, still is – a metaphor for the destruction and vengeance of an offended God. She is the city where believers have killed unbelievers to give life to faith." – Amos E... Read More
Feature 87 mins Documentaries
Pianist-In-Residence Mark Fitzgibbon Past Event
From Shanghai to Morocco, Melbourne pianist Mark Fitzgibbon has rung in the cocktail hour in Jazz clubs and piano bars the world over. ... Son of well known Australian entertainer, jazzman and restaur... Read More
0 mins Blackhearts
Prelude to the General (Thailand, 2016) Past Event
Through empty rooms – some false, some real – the warning of danger hangs in the air. A new short film by Pimpaka Towira (The Island Funeral, MIFF 2016). ... Read More
Short 11 mins Package Short
Problem Play (Australia, 2015) Past Event
A young woman rehearsing for a production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night is not only coming to terms with her character, but also her own identity. ... Read More
27 mins Pre Feature Short
Production Design: Creating Worlds Past Event
Fresh from working on the MIFF Premiere Fund-supported MIFF 2016 Opening Film The Death and Life of Otto Bloom (pictured), production designer Ben Morieson (Oddball, MIFF Premiere-Fund supported Galor... Read More
Talks and Masterclasses 60 mins
Quincy Anton Eccles Mackay on Piano Past Event
Join Quincy as he takes The Blackhearts Club through a continuous jazz piano performance, melding his classical leanings with improvisation, creating an atmospheric and ever-flowing piece. ... Read More
0 mins Blackhearts
RADIO DREAMS (USA, Iran, 2016) Past Event
A chaotic day in the life of a Farsi-language San Francisco radio station waiting on a visit from Metallica. ... Hamid Royani has a special event booked for the little Persian radio station he program... Read More
Feature 91 mins International Panorama
RESET (France, 2016) Past Event
"A deeply focused, no-nonsense look at the creative process … This is artistry at the highest levels of skill. Reset documents in fascinating detail the work, pain, tension, fear and pressure it takes... Read More
Feature 110 mins Dance on Film
RIGHT NOW, WRONG THEN (South Korea, 2015) Past Event
Boy meets girl – twice – in MIFF regular Hong Sang-soo's 17th feature film. ... A filmmaker, Ham Cheon-soo (Jung Jae-young of Hong's Our Sunhi, MIFF 2013), is visiting Suwon, south of Seoul, for a sma... Read More
Feature 121 mins Accent on Asia
Regolith (Australia, 2016) Past Event
A story about a woman, told by her younger brother as a travelogue filmed on a 16mm movie camera. ... Read More
Short 10 mins Pre Feature Short
Richie 1250 (DJ Set) Past Event
Crate crawler Richie 1250 is known for his Stone Love radio program on PBS FM, as well his monthly Slow Grind Fever slow dance parties and their attendant compilation LPs. Specialising in atmospheric ... Read More
0 mins Blackhearts
Roast Battle (USA, 2016) Past Event
Jason Reitman's documentary throws us into a night at LA's Comedy Store where comedians exchange insults as brutal as they are hilarious. ... Read More
Short 14 mins Package Short
SAND STORM Past Event
It is high noon in a desert village in Southern Israel. Jalila is hosting an awkward celebration, the marriage of her husband to a second, much younger wife,while her daughter Layla frets about her re... Read More
87 mins
SANDY POWELL: COSTUME DESIGN MASTERCLASS Past Event
Co-presented with ACMI ... Powell, who has won the Academy Award for Costume Design three times – for Shakespeare in Love (1998), The Aviator (2004) and The Young Victoria (2009) – and has been nomina... Read More
Special Event 60 mins Special Events
SCHIZO (Spain, 1970) Past Event
"[Schizo] is cleverly pitched, in astoundingly evocative opening and closing title cards, as a combination of cutting edge scientific reportage and speculative near-sci-fi related to the relativity of... Read More
Feature 74 mins Escuela de Barcelona
SEOUL STATION (South Korea, 2016) Past Event
Cannibalistic undead collide with strident social criticism in this powerful and engrossing zombie feature from one of South Korea's most acclaimed animators. ... Adolescent Hae-sun has run away to Se... Read More
Feature 92 mins Animation
SERVANT OR SLAVE (Australia, 2016) Past Event
Herein lies the secret history of slavery in Australia. ... During the time of the Stolen Generations, thousands upon thousands of Aboriginal girls were taken from their families and pressed into dome... Read More
Feature 57 mins Australian Showcase
SHORTS AWARDS Past Event
MIFF features one of the most highly regarded short-film competitions in the southern hemisphere. This year the eligible short films are competing for a total cash prize pool of $42,000: ... City of M... Read More
Shorts Package 120 mins Package Short
SHORT STAY (USA, 2016) Past Event
"Slacker cinema for people who can't even be bothered to light a joint – in its own strange way a marvelous thing." – The Village Voice ... Droll tragicomedy and sublime inertia meet in this debut fea... Read More
Feature 61 mins International Panorama
SIERANEVADA (France, Romania, 2016) Past Event
"[Puiu's] expert orchestration of themes, moods and tones is as subtle and resonant as his virtuoso choreography." – Sight & Sound ... In the latest drama by Romanian New Wave pioneer Cristi Puiu (The... Read More
Feature 173 mins International Panorama
SLACK BAY (France, Germany, 2016) Past Event
"Bruno Dumont mixes grotesque class comedy with far-out human behaviour in this bizarre coastal farce." – Time Out London ... Juliette Binoche, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and Fabrice Luchini mix it up for... Read More
Feature 122 mins Headliners
SLEEPWALK (USA, 1986) Past Event
"Sleepwalk has the illogical sense of a dream, backed by the texture of everyday life. In her first feature, Ms. Driver blithely absorbs influences – from chiaroscuro to Surrealism to performance art ... Read More
Feature 78 mins Gaining Ground: Take Notice
SMITHEREENS (USA, 1982) Past Event
A snapshot of young lust, ciggy butts, poor choices and torn clothes in New York's 80s punk scene. ... Decades on from punk's grubby birth, the aesthetic lives on. Now fans of the gutter scuzzballs an... Read More
Feature 89 mins Gaining Ground: Take Notice
SMORGASBORD (USA, 1983) Past Event
"Serenely avant-garde … the culmination of the development of Lewis' cinematic language." – Cinepassion.org ... After several unsuccessful suicide attempts, a hapless misfit seeks out psychiatric assi... Read More
Feature 89 mins Jerry Lewis: The Total Filmmaker
SNOWDEN Past Event
When Edward Snowden tore the veil from the NSA’s secret global surveillance programs, he simultaneously opened the eyes of the world and closed the doors of his own future—giving up his career, his lo... Read More
134 mins
SONITA (Germany, Switzerland, Iran, 2015) Past Event
"Endlessly surprising … filmmaker Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami discovered a goldmine when she came across Sonita. Five Stars." – The Guardian ... Winner of the Grand Jury Prize (World Cinema – Documentary) ... Read More
Feature 91 mins Seeking Refuge
SOUND OF THE MOUNTAIN (Japan, 1954) Past Event
"Hara, the most delicate member of the repertory company of actors gracing the works of the Japanese classicists, is here faced with slow marital suffocation, depicted with typical lucidity by directo... Read More
Feature 95 mins Setsuko Hara
SOUR GRAPES (France, UK, 2016) Past Event
"The F for Fake of the wine community ... uncorks a number of fascinating questions about what ultimately determines the true value of art." – Indiewire ... With notable good humour, Jerry Rothwell (H... Read More
Feature 86 mins Culinary
SOUTHEAST ASIAN SHORTS Past Event
Acclaimed shorts from some of Australia's closest neighbours. ... Read More
Shorts Package 102 mins Package Short
SOY NERO (France, Germany, Mexico, 2016) Past Event
"Some sort of political version of a Beckett play … suggests something like a minimalist remake of The Hurt Locker, perhaps directed by Jon Jost." – Film Comment ... Taking viewers from the USA/Mexica... Read More
Feature 120 mins International Panorama
STARLESS DREAMS (Iran, 2016) Past Event
"Mehrdad Oskouei's extraordinarily empathetic documentary has the conceptual rigor and emotional directness of the best Iranian cinema." – Variety ... Incarceration isn't the biggest fear some Iranian... Read More
Feature 76 mins Documentaries
STAYING VERTICAL (France, 2016) Past Event
"A topsy-turvy recasting of gender roles, an essay on the volatile nature of human sexuality, and an impressively sustained exercise in dream logic." – Los Angeles Times ... In a remote district of ru... Read More
Feature 100 mins International Panorama
SUBURRA (Italy, 2015) Past Event
"An atmospheric, fast-paced thriller, which draws on an earlier Italian genre tradition that went missing in action somewhere in the mid 70s." – Screen Daily ... A gangster known as "Samurai" wants to... Read More
Feature 135 mins International Panorama
SUNSET SONG (UK, Luxembourg, 2015) Past Event
"[The] emotionally resonant Sunset Song breathes life into Lewis Grassic Gibbons' epic Scottish novel." – Hollywood Reporter ... Sunset Song is a long-awaited passion project of director Terence Davie... Read More
Feature 135 mins Headliners
SUNTAN (Greece, 2016) Past Event
"An absorbing, discomfiting drama … What starts as a keenly observed, almost Chekhovian account of a country doctor turns into a dark, almost excruciatingly unblinking depiction of violent male obsess... Read More
Feature 104 mins International Panorama
SUPERSONIC Past Event
From the Academy Award-winning producers of Amy, Supersonic charts the phenomenal three-year meteoric rise that saw Manchester rock band Oasis release their first single in 1994 and then hit a career ... Read More
122 mins
SUZY AND THE SIMPLE MAN (Australia, 2016) Past Event
Strong and independent, Suzy is a black belt in karate who built her own house in her early 20s. Her husband Jon has climbed Mt Everest, explored the North and South Poles and walked unassisted across... Read More
Feature 91 mins Australian Showcase
Samskara (USA, Thailand, ) Past Event
"This is like being inside one of my paintings. You're not looking through the window at a painting: it's like you become a part of it; you're the main character in it as it is happening all around yo... Read More
Short 17 mins Package Short
Scrumped (USA, South Korea, 2016) Past Event
Focus, sound and editing are used to convey the intensity and serenity of Buddhist meditation and ritual. ... Read More
Short 17 mins Package Short
Sea Child (UK, 2015) Past Event
Awoken by nightmares, Sora goes into the city in search of her mother. ... Read More
Short 7 mins Package Short
Seide (Kyrgyzstan, 2015) Past Event
Living in a secluded village in the Kyrgyzstan mountains, Seide's closest companion is her horse. When the life of her horse is threatened by tradition, Seide is faced with the realities of her own fa... Read More
Short 14 mins Package Short
Shaky Memorial aka Mary Mihelakos (DJ Set) Past Event
  ... Melbourne music scene fixture Mary Mihelakos will spin tunes from her personal collection of more than 500 soundtrack albums. As Cherry Bars’s resident Saturday DJ, she’s also gigged regularly a... Read More
0 mins Blackhearts
Slapper (Australia, 2016) Past Event
Taylah is broke, angry and on a mission to get an urgently needed morning-after pill. ... Read More
Short 15 mins Package Short
Slug (Australia, 2016) Past Event
A broken-hearted man is hiding something, but his sisters have come to help. ... Read More
Short 10 mins Package Short
Something Between Us (USA, 2016) Past Event
A dance of light and colour created by the choreographed motion of costume jewellery and the natural world. ... Read More
Short 10 mins Package Short
Something Horizontal (USA, Canada, 2015) Past Event
As familiar objects, expressionist shadows and geometric shapes flash before our eyes in 3D, the physical world is made impressionistic and abstract. ... Read More
Short 10 mins Package Short
Spring Jam (New Zealand, 2016) Past Event
With the littlest of antlers, a young stag struggles to get any birds to help him make music. But birds aren't the only ones who can sing. ... Read More
Short 6 mins Package Short
St Elmo (Australia, 2016) Past Event
A man suffering a devastating loss is emotionally unavailable when his son needs him the most. ... Read More
Short 18 mins Package Short
TA'ANG (France, Hong Kong, 2016) Past Event
"[Wang's] camera seems to melt away, as, paradoxically, his subjects become accustomed to his intimately distanced presence." – Cinema Scope ... As armed conflict rages in Myanmar's north-east, tens o... Read More
Feature 147 mins Seeking Refuge
TASTE OF CHERRY (Iran, 1997) Past Event
"Kiarostami [is] one of the great filmmakers of our time … this masterpiece radiates with wonder and euphoria." – Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader ... Cinema lost one of its most important and respe... Read More
Feature 98 mins International Panorama
THARLO (China, 2015) Past Event
"Intensely moving … [expresses] the anxious, virtually unsustainable dilemma of being a Tibetan in China today." – Keyframe ... A Tibetan shepherd, sporting a distinctive ponytail and an ability to re... Read More
Feature 123 mins Accent on Asia
THE ACADEMY OF MUSES (Spain, 2015) Past Event
"A vibrant portrait of academic unrest that changes, against seemingly impossible odds, into an experimental romantic comedy." – Indiewire ... At the University of Barcelona, a real-life philology pro... Read More
Feature 92 mins International Panorama
THE AMERICAN EPIC SESSIONS (USA, UK, 2016) Past Event
"A truly one-of-a-kind music documentary. Littered with incredibly unique and unforgettable performances throughout. A viewing experience like no other and should be sought out by music fans of all ta... Read More
Feature 122 mins Backbeat
THE ARK (USA, Netherlands, Kenya, 2016) Past Event
"If scientific efforts to save the rhino aren't successful, we hope The Ark can give future generations a way to experience what it was like to be in the presence of these animals." – director Kel O'N... Read More
VR 30 mins Virtual Reality
THE BACCHUS LADY (South Korea, 2016) Past Event
"A tour de force from the grand dame of Korean cinema … Youn has delivered a nuanced, dignified turn worthy of attention and awards aplenty." – Hollywood Reporter ... In the star outing of an already ... Read More
Feature 110 mins Accent on Asia
THE BAULKHAM HILLS AFRICAN LADIES TROUPE (Australia, 2016) Past Event
"A remarkable and unforgettable piece. It did that rare thing ... transcended its immediate subject matter. Illuminating deeper truths." – George Miller AO on seeing The Baulkham Hills African Ladies ... Read More
Feature 81 mins Seeking Refuge
THE BELLBOY (USA, 1960) Past Event
Lewis' directorial debut is an ingenious, nonlinear confection that riffs on silent era comedy and his own movie stardom. ... Written in just eight days at the Miami hotel that would become its settin... Read More
Feature 70 mins Jerry Lewis: The Total Filmmaker
THE BIG MOUTH (USA, 1967) Past Event
"If Thomas Pynchon were a filmmaker instead of a novelist and had directed only The Big Mouth, he might have understandably left it at that. A visionary splintered-society satire cutting through delus... Read More
Feature 109 mins Jerry Lewis: The Total Filmmaker
THE BLACK HEN (Nepal, 2015) Past Event
"[Director] Min Bahadur Bham films with a neorealist touch, reminiscent of the best Abbas Kiarostami." – El Antepenúltimo Mohicano ... A shaky, temporary ceasefire exists in a small town in war-torn N... Read More
Feature 90 mins Accent on Asia
THE BOYS (Australia, 1998) Past Event
"A chilling, corrosive depiction of the banality of evil, Rowan Woods' powerful debut film [boasts] extraordinary performances, and an intensity that is at times almost unbearable." – David Stratton... Read More
Feature 86 mins Australian Showcase
THE CHILDHOOD OF A LEADER (France, UK, Hungary, 2015) Past Event
"Dominated by dread, veering into arthouse horror at points, this compulsively dark story takes no prisoners … an uncompromisingly grown-up, intelligent, allusive cineaste experience." – Screen Daily... Read More
Feature 116 mins International Panorama
THE COMMUNE (Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden, 2015) Past Event
"The Commune is classic Vinterberg, a search for clarity amidst the chaos." – Cinema Scandinavia ... Collaborating again with co-writer Tobias Lindholm (A War, MIFF 2016), Danish director Thomas Vinte... Read More
Feature 111 mins International Panorama
THE DEATH AND LIFE OF OTTO BLOOM Past Event
Otto Bloom is experiencing his life in reverse, passing through time backwards while remembering the future. Is he a psychic, a time traveller, a madman or living proof of Einstein's theory of relativ... Read More
Special Event 84 mins Premiere Fund Film Special Events
THE DEATH OF LOUIS XIV (France, Portugal, Spain, 2016) Past Event
"A ravishing, darkly witty evocation of 18th-century aristocracy … as reminiscent of the historical films of Visconti and Rossellini as the modernist literary adaptations of Rohmer and Oliveira." – Fi... Read More
Feature 115 mins International Panorama
THE DEMONS (Canada, 2015) Past Event
"Fevered imagination and nightmarish reality brush shoulders to disconcerting effect … [in this] daring, exquisite study of agitated child psychology." – Variety ... Philippe Lesage brings his highly ... Read More
Feature 118 mins International Panorama
THE DEVIL'S CANDY (USA, 2015) Past Event
"The Devil's Candy is a masterful slow burn … [and] a beautifully calibrated horror movie in which the themes are as potent as the suspense." – Screen Daily ... Audiences worldwide have waited with ba... Read More
Feature 80 mins Night Shift
THE EAGLE HUNTRESS (USA, UK, Mongolia, 2016) Past Event
"A real-life, profoundly inspiring testament to disregard age-old societal constraints and forge ahead with your passion." – The Film Stage ... In the mountainous Altai region of western Mongolia, the... Read More
Feature 87 mins Documentaries
THE ERRAND BOY (USA, 1961) Past Event
"One of the most unusual and unique portrayals of the Hollywood machine: an anarchic meta-comedy that finds absurdity, melancholy and beauty behind the studio gates." – Little White Lies ... Concerned... Read More
Feature 91 mins Jerry Lewis: The Total Filmmaker
THE EVENT (Belgium, Netherlands, 2015) Past Event
"Loznitsa's editing and choice of material … depicts both the chaos and the raw power of mass demonstration." – Cinema Scope ... August 1991: the Soviet Union is on the verge of collapse. After a deca... Read More
Feature 74 mins Documentaries
THE EYES OF MY MOTHER (USA, 2016) Past Event
"A beautiful Leatherface for the hipster generation." – Rolling Stone ... Backed by Borderline Films (the stable behind MIFF 2016's Christine, MIFF 2015's James White and MIFF 2011's Martha Marcy May ... Read More
Feature 76 mins Night Shift
THE FAMILY (Australia, 2016) Past Event
An incendiary, heartbreaking investigation into one of Australia's most notorious cults, and the scars its victims still bear today. ... Anne Hamilton-Byrne was beautiful, charismatic, delusional and ... Read More
Feature 98 mins Australian Showcase Premiere Fund Film
THE FAMILY FANG (USA, 2016) Past Event
"You think we damaged you? So what? That's what parents do!" – Caleb Fang ... Adult siblings Baxter (Jason Bateman, who also directs) and Annie (Nicole Kidman) are still scarred from a traumatic child... Read More
Feature 105 mins International Panorama
THE FAMILY JEWELS (USA, 1965) Past Event
"Lewis makes the camera a prism to break out the divergent, and even conflicting, strands of his own character." – The New Yorker ... Long before Lewis acolyte Eddie Murphy took to playing multiple ch... Read More
Feature 98 mins Jerry Lewis: The Total Filmmaker
THE FOREST FOR THE TREES (Germany, 2003) Past Event
"This tartly comic tale of teachers on the verge of a nervous breakdown is not only Maren Ade's marvellous first feature, it was her film school graduation piece. For a first film, it's accomplished; ... Read More
Feature 81 mins International Panorama
THE GALAHS (Australia, 2016) Past Event
Watch the premiere screening of Tony Wilson’s The Galahs, the new documentary celebrating the first Australian football world tour, followed by a discussion with Australian football luminaries includi... Read More
Talks and Masterclasses 90 mins Talking Pictures
THE HANDMAIDEN (South Korea, 2016) Past Event
"Exquisitely designed and sexually liberating, [The Handmaiden] is a hugely entertaining thriller." – The Guardian ... Double-crosses fly and identities morph in The Handmaiden, MIFF favourite Park Ch... Read More
Feature 144 mins Headliners
THE HAPPIEST DAY IN THE LIFE OF OLLI MAKI (Germany, Finland, Sweden, 2016) Past Event
"Like Wild Strawberries meets Raging Bull – though the bull isn't so much raging as in love." – CineVue ... In the summer of 1962, up-and-coming boxer Olli Mäki prepares for the biggest bout of his ca... Read More
Feature 92 mins International Panorama
THE ISLAND FUNERAL (Thailand, 2015) Past Event
"Mixes road-movie and mystery-thriller elements with the scent of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness … a quietly gripping tale." – Variety ... A young Muslim woman, her brother and his friend take a ro... Read More
Feature 105 mins Accent on Asia
THE LADIES MAN (USA, 1961) Past Event
"A bizarre, sexually ambiguous, cantankerously sceptical burlesque on the ascent of feminine independence and the resulting commodification of masculinity." – Slant ... Spurned by his college girlfrie... Read More
Feature 95 mins Jerry Lewis: The Total Filmmaker
THE LAND OF THE ENLIGHTENED (Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Ireland, Afghanistan, 2016) Past Event
"An astonishing mythical docudrama of Afghan history … full of striking visual metaphors, breathtaking landscapes and narrative sequences that seem to take place entirely outside of historical time." ... Read More
Feature 87 mins Documentary/Drama
THE LOST ARCADE (USA, 2015) Past Event
"Like any good game, The Lost Arcade is worthy of multiple plays, and worthy of being considered one of the best documentaries of the year." – Alto Riot ... New York in the 70s and 80s was not kid-fri... Read More
Feature 80 mins Documentaries
THE LOVE WITCH (USA, 2016) Past Event
"This spellbinding ode to exploitation films of the 1960s and 70s is impressive not only for its mock-Technicolor hues and period mise-en-scène but also for what lies beneath: a creepy and cunning exa... Read More
Feature 120 mins Night Shift
THE LURE (Poland, 2016) Past Event
"An unabashedly loony genre mash-up of musical, romance and 80s-style horror … nothing short of a stunning feature debut." – Film Comment ... Mermaids Golden and Silver enjoy swimming, and seducing an... Read More
Feature 92 mins Night Shift
THE MAGIC BRUSH (China, 2014) Past Event
When a young boy's drawings become real, they could either bring destruction or salvation. The power of the magic brush is in his hands. ... Young artist Ma Liang lives in the picturesque Baihua (Hund... Read More
Feature 87 mins Next Gen
THE MAN FROM MO'WAX (UK, 2016) Past Event
He was a music maven and millionaire at 21. What could go wrong? Quite possibly everything. ... At 14, British vintage-vinyl fan James Lavelle played his first DJ set. At 18 he launched the pioneering... Read More
Feature 110 mins Backbeat
THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS, YO-YO MA AND THE SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE (USA, 2015) Past Event
"A symphony for the eyes and ears alike." – Point of View Magazine ... Morgan Neville, the Academy Award-winning director of Twenty Feet From Stardom (MIFF 2013) and numerous other films to have scree... Read More
Feature 96 mins Backbeat
THE NEON DEMON (France, USA, Denmark, 2016) Past Event
"Refn's latest and best, The Neon Demon, is the culmination of his decades-long fascination with human nature in its darkest, most destructive form. It is … a gorgeous, grisly work which holds a (vani... Read More
Feature 117 mins Headliners
THE NEW KID (France, 2015) Past Event
"Freaks and Geeks, French style … a film that not only favors the nerds over the jocks but shows how fun it is to be on the lower end of the social totem pole." – Hollywood Reporter ... When shy but l... Read More
Feature 81 mins Next Gen
THE NUTTY PROFESSOR (USA, 1963) Past Event
"Lewis constructed one of his sturdiest scripts in The Nutty Professor, and he wasted scarcely a minute of it." – The Dissolve ... Julius Kelp is a nerdy, klutzy, unpopular chemistry professor who is ... Read More
Feature 107 mins Jerry Lewis: The Total Filmmaker
THE PATSY (USA, 1964) Past Event
"The most conceptual of Lewis' films … [a] masterpiece of a cinema of embarrassment that Lewis made his special domain and to which he alone holds the secrets." – Senses of Cinema ... Originally entit... Read More
Feature 101 mins Jerry Lewis: The Total Filmmaker
THE RED TURTLE (France, Japan, 2016) Past Event
"Incredibly identifiable and beautiful … Through gorgeous visuals, a stirring score, and just the right amount of levity, this animated allegory of life's phases knows exactly what buttons to push to ... Read More
Feature 88 mins Animation
THE REHEARSAL (New Zealand, 2016) Past Event
"It was going to take somebody very particular to tease the drama out of Eleanor Catton’s singular debut novel, The Rehearsal … [luckily] stories of sexual yearning and moral quandaries are [Alison Ma... Read More
Feature 102 mins International Panorama
THE SALESMAN (France, Iran, 2016) Past Event
"Less about a separation than a sundering, about a splinter that opens up a chasm in a marriage, that in turn exposes a gulf in Iranian society … It is as compelling as anything Farhadi has ever made.... Read More
Feature 122 mins Headliners
THE SKY TREMBLES AND THE EARTH IS AFRAID AND THE TWO EYES ARE NOT BROTHERS (UK, 2015) Past Event
"One of cinema's most beautiful achievements of the last handful of years ... with each frame seemingly ripped out of a museum." – Criterion Cast ... Using Paul Bowles' short story A Distant Episode a... Read More
Feature 98 mins International Panorama
THE TURNING FOREST (UK, Australia, 2016) Past Event
"The Turning Forest convinced me VR will radically transform entertainment-based animation … the experience is absolutely exhilarating." – Cartoon Brew ... Inspired by the likes of Where the Wild Thin... Read More
VR 40 mins Virtual Reality
THE UNKNOWN GIRL (France, Belgium, 2016) Past Event
"Poignant … a cinematic universe of micro-portraiture defined by its dramatic restraint and integrity, compassionate insight and psychological credibility." – Hollywood Reporter ... Two-time Cannes aw... Read More
Feature 113 mins Headliners
THINGS TO COME (France, 2016) Past Event
"Life-affirming … Things to Come signals a young filmmaker's ascent to true greatness, although Hansen-Løve's standing as one of France's most naturally gifted filmmakers is confirmed long before the ... Read More
Feature 100 mins Headliners
THITHI (USA, India, 2015) Past Event
"A deep, philosophical and spiritual slice of life film, seen with a good dash of humour." – First Post ... When a person dies in the south of India, a thithi memorial ceremony is held 11 days later. ... Read More
Feature 123 mins Accent on Asia
THOSE WHO JUMP (France, 2016) Past Event
"A riveting form of home movie where home itself is entirely off limits, Those Who Jump offers viewers a raw glimpse into the lives of African migrants hoping to make it into Europe." – Hollywood Repo... Read More
Feature 80 mins Seeking Refuge
THREE (China, Hong Kong, 2016) Past Event
"When it comes to shooting stuff up, there are very few in the world who are better than Johnnie To." – Twitch ... Cornered during a shootout with police, a wanted thug (Wallace Chung) faces a difficu... Read More
Feature 88 mins Accent on Asia
THREE ON A COUCH (USA, 1966) Past Event
"One reason it ends up being one of his most fully satisfying films, is its sweet and sour tendency to find a cosmic relationship between utter chaos and insistent stasis." – Slant ... Sometimes cited... Read More
Feature 109 mins Jerry Lewis: The Total Filmmaker
TICKLED (New Zealand, 2016) Past Event
"Weird, funny, mysterious and controversial ... the further it digs the more surprising and strange it gets." – Film School Rejects ... It seemed like an innocent investigation at first: journalist Da... Read More
Feature 92 mins Documentaries
TOKYO STORY (Japan, 1953) Past Event
"A work of art that still has the power to astonish, disrupt, and shatter hearts … one of the great achievements in cinematic history." – Village Voice ... Boarding a train from their seaside village,... Read More
Feature 136 mins Setsuko Hara
TONI ERDMANN (Germany, Austria, 2015) Past Event
"Brilliantly funny and slyly crushing … this is the finest seesawing ode to fatherhood and filial affection ever to feature a fart cushion. This is Ozu sporting Groucho glasses." – The Playlist... Read More
Feature 162 mins International Panorama
TOWER (USA, 2016) Past Event
"Suggests Waltz With Bashir by way of Errol Morris … Tower is a fascinating blend of suspense and journalistic inquiry." – Indiewire ... On 1 August 1966, engineering student and former US Marine Char... Read More
Feature 96 mins Animation
TRAIN TO BUSAN (South Korea, 2016) Past Event
"A viciously entertaining ride." – SciFiNow ... A high-speed train powers towards Busan, carrying a single father trying to connect with his daughter; a pregnant couple; two elderly sisters; a high-sc... Read More
Feature 118 mins Night Shift
Talking Pictures - 3RRR Live Broadcast Past Event
Triple R’s drive programs go live from the The Blackhearts MIFF Festival Club. ... Catch Maps, Double Bounce, Test Pattern and Breaking and Entering for an entertaining mix of interviews, panel discus... Read More
Talks and Masterclasses 180 mins Talking Pictures Blackhearts
Talking Pictures - Bodies in Motion Past Event
To depict dance on film requires a balance between a meaningful and accurate display of the movement whilst making use of the filmic techniques of the medium. Alice Glenn (No Lights No Lycra) discusse... Read More
Talks and Masterclasses 60 mins Talking Pictures
Talking Pictures - Breaking the Celluloid Ceiling Past Event
Co-presented with Australian Directors Guild ... Meet the women who challenge the notion that men dominate creative leadership in Australian feature film. ... Margaret Pomeranz chats with directors Gi... Read More
Talks and Masterclasses 60 mins Talking Pictures
Talking Pictures - Choose Your Words Wisely: Screenwriting Masterclass Past Event
Co-presented with the Australian Writers’ Guild ... Join the Australian Writers' Guild's Christine Rogers in conversation with the screenwriters of some of this year's most anticipated Australian fest... Read More
Talks and Masterclasses 60 mins Talking Pictures
Talking Pictures - Code in the Cinema Past Event
Why should everyone learn how to code? "Because it teaches you how to think." – Steve Jobs.Presented by General Assembly, Code in the Cinema is about inspiring everyone to learn the basics of coding, ... Read More
Talks and Masterclasses 180 mins Talking Pictures
Talking Pictures - Eric Darnell: Virtual Reality and Storytelling Past Event
In 2016, Virtual Reality is a new frontier in storytelling - a space currently reimagining and reinventing the language of cinema, reconstituting the idea of what a filmmaker is and what an audience i... Read More
VR Talks and Masterclasses 90 mins Virtual Reality Talking Pictures
Talking Pictures - How Will VR Change Your Life? Past Event
Presented in partnership with Victoria Harbour ... Virtual Reality is the new frontier in technology but does it have to the potential to change our lives? Join Martin Brown (AFTRS), Frank Vetere (Uni... Read More
VR Talks and Masterclasses 60 mins Virtual Reality Talking Pictures
Talking Pictures - In Conversation with Jonathan Rosenbaum Past Event
Philippa Hawker speaks with esteemed film scholar/journalist Jonathan Rosenbaum about his writing, film culture and the state of cinema today. ... Philippa Hawker has been writing on film and the arts... Read More
Talks and Masterclasses 60 mins Talking Pictures
Talking Pictures - In Conversation with Terence Davies Past Event
Join the conversation with ‘Britain’s greatest living auteur’ Terence Davies as he discusses his new film, Sunset Song, with David Stratton. ... Read More
Talks and Masterclasses 60 mins Talking Pictures
Talking Pictures - In Conversation with the Moras Past Event
Join William Mora and filmmaker Philippe Mora (Mad Dog Morgan, MIFF 2015) as they share their unbelievable family story – the inspiration behind this year’s MIFF film, Monsieur Mayonnaise.... Read More
Talks and Masterclasses 60 mins Talking Pictures
Talking Pictures - Jerry Lewis: The King of Comedy Past Event
An auteur in his own right, Jerry Lewis’ frenzied physicality and comedy of chagrin has been making people laugh and cringe for over six decades. ... Alan Finney chats with Lewis fans Shaun Micallef, ... Read More
Talks and Masterclasses 90 mins Talking Pictures
Talking Pictures - National Bird: In Conversation Past Event
University of Melbourne's Dr Suelette Dreyfus talks with Lisa Ling and Cian Westmoreland, and Melbourne PhD researcher Alex Edney-Browne, about the age of war waged from afar. ... Political leaders cl... Read More
Talks and Masterclasses 60 mins Talking Pictures
Talking Pictures - Speakers' Corner Past Event
Listen to a panel of experts discuss an array of discussion topics stemming from this year’s festival films. We will hear a range of divergent topics from time travel, to gender inequality, to politic... Read More
Talks and Masterclasses 90 mins Talking Pictures
Talking Pictures - The Family: Behind the Cult Past Event
Martin McKenzie-Murray hears the incredible story from some of the survivors of one of Australia’s most notorious cults, The Family; the detective who uncovered their story; and Rosie Jones, the direc... Read More
Talks and Masterclasses 90 mins Talking Pictures
Talking Pictures - Truth is Fiction: Documentary Masterclass Past Event
Co-presented with doco3000 ... In documentary filmmaking, the aim to capture the subject can at times be elusive. How can a filmmaker explore a personality that won’t allow an audience in? ... Genevie... Read More
Talks and Masterclasses 60 mins Talking Pictures
Talking Pictures - VR Masterclass Past Event
Virtual Reality (VR) is redefining the approach of contemporary filmmaking. Learn about the cutting-edge technology, immersive storytelling and the challenges of virtual reality with Australian VR fil... Read More
VR Talks and Masterclasses 90 mins Virtual Reality Talking Pictures
Talking Pictures - We Are Here: Jessica Brillhart on Virtual Reality Past Event
The principal VR filmmaker at Google, Jessica Brillhart has been demonstrating the power of the VR medium through numerous award winning shorts and documentaries. ... Martin Brown (AFTRS) joins her to... Read More
VR Talks and Masterclasses 90 mins Virtual Reality Talking Pictures
Talking Pictures - What's The Score? Past Event
Co-presented with APRA AMCOS ... Since the birth of the talkies, musical accompaniment has played an integral role within film, with the best music emphasising the drama onscreen, intensifying their i... Read More
Talks and Masterclasses 60 mins Talking Pictures
Talking Pictures - What Next, Cinephilia? Past Event
Co-presented with MIFF Critics Campus ... Prestigious film festivals, curated streaming sites, international podcasts – for a new generation of cinephile, the potential for discovery is endless! But i... Read More
Talks and Masterclasses 60 mins Talking Pictures
The Bathtub (Germany, Austria, 2015) Past Event
Three brothers attempt to recreate a childhood photo as a gift to their mother. Special Jury Award at the 2016 Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. ... Read More
Short 13 mins Package Short
The Blackhearts Club Grand Finale Past Event
With the final weekend of MIFF rapidly approaching your time to experience The Blackhearts Club is nearly at an end. This Sunday's Grand Finale sees some new talent and some of our favourite acts retu... Read More
0 mins Blackhearts
The Boyfriend Game (Australia, 2015) Past Event
Two girls imagine their ideal boyfriends, but one girl wants the other's fantasy for herself. ... Read More
Short 7 mins Package Short
The Call (South Africa, 2015) Past Event
An emotionally remote taxi driver confronts his feelings for a sex worker who has big news for him. ... Read More
Short 11 mins Package Short
The Couple (New Zealand, 2016) Past Event
An ageing couple grapple with events that could threaten their marriage, or worse. ... Read More
Short 8 mins Pre Feature Short
The Crossing (Australia, 2016) Past Event
A new stop-motion film by Marieka Walsh (Tim Winton's The Turning, MIFF 2013; The Hunter, MIFF 2012), created out of salt and sand, about a sea captain taking his ship through a violent storm. ... Read More
Short 11 mins Package Short
The Dam (Australia, 2016) Past Event
Two old friends reconnect at the dam that defined their younger years to find that their feelings for each other can no longer be ignored. ... Read More
Short 16 mins Package Short
The Diver (Mexico, 2016) Past Event
An insight into the world of Julio César Cu Cámara, the chief diver for Mexico City's sewerage system, whose job it is to perform repairs and remove rubbish blocking the flow of water. ... Read More
Short 16 mins Package Short
The Empty (France, South Korea, 2016) Past Event
A lonely man grieves the loss of a woman through the domestic objects that have been left behind to gather dust. ... Read More
Short 10 mins Package Short
The Procedure (USA, 2016) Past Event
Being tranquillised and strapped to a table is just the beginning of what must be endured. ... Read More
Short 4 mins Package Short
The Ravens (Australia, 2016) Past Event
Sarah Snook (Holding the Man, MIFF 2015; Predestination, MIFF 2014) features as the mother and wife of a family coping with her husband's PTSD after he returns home from war. ... Read More
Short 22 mins Package Short
The Return of Erkin (Russia, 2015) Past Event
After being released from jail, Erkin returns to his home in Kyrgyzstan to discover there are many who would rather he stay away. A prize winner at the 2015 Cannes Cinéfondation. ... Read More
Short 29 mins Package Short
The Silence (France, Italy, 2016) Past Event
A young Kurdish girl living in Italy as a refugee has to translate the doctor's words to her mother. Instead, she remains silent. Co-directed by Ali Asgari (The Baby, MIFF 2015; More Than Two Hours, M... Read More
Short 15 mins Package Short
The Simple Things (Chile, 2015) Past Event
A civil servant caring for her mother, who has Alzheimer's, comes up with an unconventional plan when she meets a man who has lost his memory. ... Grand Prix winner in the International Competition at... Read More
Short 26 mins Package Short
The Sniper of Kobani (Netherlands, 2015) Past Event
Haron is a Kurdish sniper operating within the Syrian town of Kobani. As he fights the IS occupation, he shares his hopes and fears for the future of his country. ... Read More
Short 13 mins Package Short
The Unknown Between (USA, 2015) Past Event
The final work by students of the Art and Science Immersive Media class at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, The Unknown Between explores the topic of hypnagogia – the moment between wakefu... Read More
Short 23 mins Package Short
There is Land! (France, Brazil, 2016) Past Event
A 16mm cine-poem for Brazil marked by an encounter between past and present, predator and prey, colonialism and nature. ... Read More
Short 13 mins Pre Feature Short
These C*cksucking Tears (USA, 2016) Past Event
Meet Patrick Haggerty – the son of a dairy farmer who, in 1973, released Lavender Country, the first openly gay-themed country music album. ... Read More
Short 16 mins Package Short
Timecode (Spain, 2016) Past Event
Two car-park security guards only see each other during the shift change-overs. Winner of the Palme d'Or for Best Short Film at this year's Cannes Film Festival. ... Read More
Short 15 mins Package Short
Tinseltown (China, Australia, 2016) Past Event
An unemployed young woman living in China finds a new opportunity. ... Read More
Short 10 mins Package Short
Trespass (Australia, 2016) Past Event
A woman walking her dog alone in the bush has a strange encounter. ... Read More
Short 12 mins Package Short
UNDER THE SHADOW (UK, Jordan, Qatar, 2016) Past Event
"The first great horror film of the year." – Indiewire ... Following in the acclaim of Farsi-language hit A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night – and drawing from the DNA of The Babadook – this standout de... Read More
Feature 83 mins Night Shift
UNLOCKING THE CAGE (USA, 2016) Past Event
"A doc that presents difficult legal proceedings in an impressively digestible story that's part animal rights issue film, part character portrait, and in full, a flawless … piece of nonfiction storyt... Read More
Feature 91 mins Documentaries
Upside Down Feeling (Australia, 2015) Past Event
Struggling to comprehend the death of a classmate, a young boy begins to make sense of mortality through classic films and his vivid imagination. ... Read More
Short 10 mins Package Short
VR NOIR: A DAY BEFORE THE NIGHT (Australia, 2016) Past Event
If you've ever wanted to step right into the chiaroscuro frames of your favourite hard-boiled film noir, now's your chance! ... VR Noir: A Day Before the Night is an interactive detective thriller, wh... Read More
VR 45 mins Virtual Reality
WEINER (USA, 2016) Past Event
"A brilliant window into the impact of the contemporary media circus on public life ... [and] the best documentary about a political campaign ever made." – Indiewire ... In 2011, US Democrat Congressm... Read More
Feature 96 mins Documentaries
WHAT'S IN THE DARKNESS (China, 2015) Past Event
"A femme-centric and wholly Chinese take on police ineptitude and authoritarianism." – Variety ... When a shocking series of crimes rock a small town in China in 1991, detective Qu Zhicheng is placed ... Read More
Feature 98 mins Next Gen
WHERE ARE YOU GOING (China, Hong Kong, 2016) Past Event
A road movie and a riveting formal journey through the futuristic cityscapes of Hong Kong, told entirely from the perspective of passengers in a moving vehicle. ... Chinese filmmaker Yang Zhengfan spe... Read More
Feature 130 mins Accent on Asia
WHICH WAY TO THE FRONT? (USA, 1970) Past Event
"Probably the most sustained demonstration of rhythmic brilliance in Jerry's work. Long before Tarantino, this Jewish retribution fantasy updates the old Nazi impersonation shtick to The Dirty Dozen t... Read More
Feature 96 mins Jerry Lewis: The Total Filmmaker
WINE DOWN: A Blackhearts and Sparrows Wine Tasting & Panel Discussion Past Event
WINE DOWN: A BLACKHEARTS AND SPARROWS WINE TASTING & PANEL DISCUSSION  ... Melbourne’s most loved wine store Blackhearts & Sparrows flex their viticultural muscles with Wine Down. Following the 1.30pm... Read More
Special Event 180 mins Blackhearts
WINTER AT WESTBETH (USA, Australia, 2016) Past Event
A year in the life of one of New York's most eclectic and vibrant artists' residences. ... From 1970 onwards, Westbeth Artists Housing in Manhattan's Far West Village became a creative experiment. For... Read More
Feature 81 mins Australian Showcase
WTF SHORTS Past Event
Weird. terrifying. Funny. Or just WTF? This collection of cinematic oddities is difficult to classify any other way. ... Read More
Shorts Package 94 mins Package Short
Wait (New Zealand, 2016) Past Event
The mother of a Chinese migrant family in 1980s New Zealand begins to buckle under the pressure of a reality she has to face. ... Read More
Short 14 mins Package Short
Waiting Far Away (USA, ) Past Event
An explorer of the cosmos has travelled too far. Find out what grand mysteries he has uncovered while journeying deep into intergalactic space, searching for a way home. ... Read More
Short 7 mins Package Short
Wall Dust (China, 2016) Past Event
A surreal blend of erotic, absurd and melancholic imagery by Haiyang Wang (Double Fikret, MIFF 2013). ... Read More
Short 7 mins Package Short
Welcome Home Allen (Australia, 2016) Past Event
A group of soldiers return home from war, in the final part of Andrew Kavanagh's trilogy of shorts about the collision between the past and present (Men of the Earth, MIFF 2012; At the Formal, MIFF 20... Read More
Short 11 mins Package Short
Wendall Thomas Talks Scripts: GENRE: A FINE ROMANCE - The Past & Future of Romantic Comedy Writing Past Event
Romantic comedies, from It Happened One Night, Bringing Up Baby and When Harry Met Sally to Strictly Ballroom, 500 Days of Summer and The Proposal, have always been audience favorites. Romantic comedy... Read More
Talks and Masterclasses 420 mins
Wendall Thomas Talks Scripts: GENRE: IT'S ALL A BIG CONSPIRACY - WRITING 21ST CENTURY THRILERS Past Event
Oscar wins for Argo, The Departed, No Country For Old Men, The Constant Gardener, and Michael Clayton, and nominations for Animal Kingdom, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Sicario all point to a renaissa... Read More
Talks and Masterclasses 420 mins
Wendall Thomas Talks Scripts: STRUCTURE: FOUR WEDDINGS, A HEIST & ALIEN INVASION - Importance of Sequences in Screenwriting Past Event
Imagine The Great Escape without the escape or Muriel’s Wedding without the weddings. From E.T.’s bicycle chase to Little Miss Sunshine’s "pageant sequence" to Six Feet Under’s funerals or Breaking Ba... Read More
Talks and Masterclasses 420 mins
Wendall Thomas Talks Scripts: TV & CHARACTER: UNFORGETTABLE SMALL SCREEN RELATIONSHIPS - From I Love Lucy to The Good Wife Past Event
Relationships are central to TV writing: think I Love Lucy's best friends, Kath & Kim's sparring mother and daughter, Breaking Bad's mismatched drug dealers or The Good Wife's competitive lawyers. It'... Read More
Talks and Masterclasses 420 mins
Wootton Talks Shakespeare: BRANAGH, THE BARD & THE BRITS Past Event
Whilst the earliest-surviving Shakespeare film is an 1899 British effort, and there is a long tradition of translating the Bard of Avon into British film, it was really not until Laurence Olivier made... Read More
Talks and Masterclasses 120 mins
Wootton Talks Shakespeare: FROM SILENT TO SOUND: Shakespeare on Screen Past Event
From Silent to Sound, Western to Musical, British Cinema to Bollywood and everything in between, filmmakers have constantly renewed the populist link between Shakespeare and audiences, making new vers... Read More
Talks and Masterclasses 120 mins
Wootton Talks Shakespeare: LAURENCE OLIVIER: A Life in Shakespeare Past Event
From school productions of Shakespeare, to early success on the London stage (with the likes of a celebrated 1935 production of Romeo & Juliet alongside John Gielgud), to worldwide acclaim with his tr... Read More
Talks and Masterclasses 120 mins
Wootton Talks Shakespeare: SHAKESPEARE: From Globe Theatre to World Cinema Past Event
Shakespeare on film was a global phenomenon of silent cinema, but as the talkies appeared, this production waned until Japanese filmmaking genius Akira Kurosawa delighted with his amazing Throne of Bl... Read More
Talks and Masterclasses 120 mins
Wootton Talks Shakespeare: SHAKESPEARE goes to Hollywood Past Event
Drawing on Shakespeare since the earliest days of silent cinema, America has only occasionally fared well with orthodox screen adaptations of Shakespeare. Instead, Hollywood has succeeded more with Sh... Read More
Talks and Masterclasses 120 mins
You Deserve Everything (Australia, 2016) Past Event
The growing romance between a doctor and a hospital interpreter, and the secrets that threaten their happiness. ... Read More
Short 19 mins Package Short
ZACH'S CEREMONY (Australia, 2015) Past Event
"In Sydney they call me a blackfella, in Doomadgee they call me a whitefella. I don't know who I am." – Zach Doomadgee ... Teetering on the edge of manhood, Zach Doomadgee is torn between two worlds: ... Read More
Feature 92 mins Australian Showcase
ZERO DAYS (USA, 2016) Past Event
"Zero Days is reminiscent of that scene in Skyfall when Q tells 007 that he can do more damage with his laptop before his morning cup of Earl Grey than Bond can do in a year." – BBC ... Academy Award ... Read More
Feature 114 mins Documentaries