MIFF 1988

Tait Brady

Festival Program
90 feature films and 110 short films were screened from 16 June to 26 June
Full Program

Program in Focus
The 37th Melbourne Film Festival, under the new direction of Tait Brady, originated feature documentaries as a major program stream, and turned attention to cinema of our region with the Asian Cinema Showcase. Retrospectives continued to feature, including a German shorts retrospective and a special screening of the recently restored The Adventures of Algy (Beaumont Smith, 1925).

Filmmakers in Focus
Alexander Askoldov, John Sayles & Maggie Renzi, Lezli-An Barrett, Mady Saks, Jiang Wen, Kay Armatage, Karola Gramann, David Leland, Jerzy Domaradzki, Atom Egoyan, Jahnu Barua, Pieter Verhoeff, Helmut Berger were guests of the festival.

Opening Night Film
A Hungarian Fairy Tale (Gyula Gazdag)


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MIFF 1988

From the Festival Files

Making the Festival

The Melbourne Film Festival began as the idea of a few passionate individuals. A sub-committee, formed from delegates to the 1951 Australian Council of Film Societies film weekend, suggested that a small festival of films in the tourist town of Olinda should be held in 1952. The resulting festival was a testament to the do-it-yourself initiative of the Olinda festival committee. As some 800 festiv …

On Screen and in the Cinema

The magic of the festival is reached through its screens. These are places and spaces that captivate our attention, providing windows where films come to life before our eyes. As portals to the world, the festival’s screens allow us to travel the globe, move through time, and see through another’s eyes. … Yet these screens also remind us of home. They are fixed in place, in our memories and in o …