Brisbane International Film Festival

Aftersun is an exercise is subtly playing with our emotions and expectations: Brisbane International Film Festival Review

November 5, 2022

The plot for Aftersun is one that we have seen countless times before in one form or another: Adult reflects on a childhood trip with a parent that was often laced with memorable experiences.  It’s how writer/director Charlotte Wells chooses to frame such a story though – almost like a faded memory – that transforms […]

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Call Jane softens its serious subject matter with an entertaining enthusiasm: Brisbane International Film Festival Review

November 2, 2022

There’s a scene in the first third of Call Jane that I can only imagine would infuriate the female audiences in attendance.  Abortion is not a subject I have any real right to comment on – I am pro choice, for what it’s worth – but, in 2022, it’s almost insulting that sequences taking place […]

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Triangle of Sadness is a wicked and subtlety-free satire that takes aim at the wealthy: Brisbane International Film Festival Review

October 31, 2022

The rich eat, but then suffer mercilessly in Ruben Östlund’s Triangle of Sadness, a wicked, at-times horrifically and humorously gross, satire that takes aim at the wealthy in a manner that is deliciously void of any subtlety. Divided into three chapters – all linked by a young, glamorous couple – the film promises one observation […]

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Resurrection; Rebecca Hall grounds grim examination of motherhood: Brisbane International Film Festival Review

October 31, 2022

Whilst Resurrection never deviates from its grim examination of motherhood, Andrew Semans‘ gripping, ultimately bonkers thriller refuses to stay on the course you expect it to. Portraying very much the type of Rebecca Hall-encapsulated character that Rebecca Hall effortlessly portrays, the actress here, strong-willed and properly presented, is Margaret, a pharmaceutical company representative who offsets […]

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Incredible But True manages a grounding logic to its inexplicable nature: Brisbane International Film Festival Review

October 30, 2022

The type of filmmaker who’s able to create stories so bombastically silly that they are somewhat brilliant, Quentin Dupieux once again expresses straight-faced frivolity in Incredible But True, a tightly-paced (a lean 74 minutes) twilight-zoned comedy that, somehow, is one of his more level-headed features in spite of its ludicrous plot. Said ludicrous plot revolves around Alain (Alain […]

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Mass is an agonising drama that asks punishing questions and reveals troubled answers: Brisbane International Film Festival Review

October 30, 2022

An agonising drama if ever there was one, Mass details the type of conversation that instantly makes you feel sickeningly uncomfortable.  And then to watch it unfold in a suffocating location for 110 minutes is a test of endurance that audiences may be unprepared for. The tragedy at the centre of the conversation is one […]

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Armageddon Time expresses both a defiance and a pretentiousness in its storytelling: Brisbane International Film Festival Review

October 30, 2022

Turning the lens on himself to explore his own childhood in both a nostalgic and informative manner to almost act as a type of assessment on how he came to be where he is today, James Gray‘s Armageddon Time is a reflective, personal drama that immediately announces its almost hostile personality through its title alone. […]

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Interview: Krew Boylan and Daniel Webber on opening the Brisbane International Film Festival with Seriously Red

October 28, 2022

After wowing audiences at South By Southwest earlier in the year, before spreading some serious joy in her homeland, writer/actress Krew Boylan got all dolled up for her, appropriately enough, Dolly Parton-inspired comedy Seriously Red, a film about taking chances, following your dreams, and channelling your inner Dolly. As Krew and her co-star Daniel Webber […]

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The Banshees of Inisherin is a beautiful, desolate film, and the best you’ll see this year: Brisbane International Film Festival Review

October 28, 2022

Though he certainly didn’t lose any of his sense of comfort by travelling across the Atlantic for his last film – 2017’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – there’s a sense of grandeur in writer/director Martin McDonagh returning to his homeland for The Banshees of Inisherin, an impossibly funny and, at times, heartbreakingly bleak dramedy […]

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The 28th annual Brisbane International Film Festival unveils World and Australian Premieres

September 27, 2022

Celebrating its 28th year, Queensland’s brightest celebration of film, the Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF), announces its eagerly awaited program and new festival hub, lighting up screens over 11 days from October 27 to November 6, 2022.  This year BIFF will delight audiences with a diverse selection of Award-Winning films, anticipated releases from acclaimed directors, […]

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The Card Counter is unsure of which narrative hand it wants to play: Brisbane International Film Festival review

October 25, 2021

Kenny Rogers so famously told us “You gotta know when to fold ’em”, and in The Card Counter writer/director Paul Schrader seems unsure as to which hand he wants to confidently play.  It’s not that this film is poorly made, nor is his commitment to the representation of desolation anything other than pure, but it’s […]

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Swan Song proves an absolute joy to behold due to Udo Kier’s beautiful, vanity-free performance: Brisbane International Film Festival review

October 25, 2021

German character actor Udo Kier is so synonymous with villainy that his role in Swan Song appears all the more revelatory.  But given the actor’s own queer identification and penchant for theatrical performances, a character like his at the centre of Todd Stephens‘s gentle dramedy feels quite in tune with the actor’s aesthetic. Based on […]

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Blue Bayou is an intimate drama detailing an invaluable message about the state of immigration: Brisbane International Film Festival review

October 24, 2021

Immigration is a topic that’s quite intensely debated across the world, particularly in the United States.  And in Blue Bayou, a spotlight is shone on a specific group of immigrants, those that come to a country as infants with little to no recollection of their homeland and, quite often, had no other choice. Such is […]

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The Drover’s Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson is an ambitious yet shaky filmic adaptation: Brisbane International Film Festival Review

October 21, 2021

Lending an air of femininity to the western genre – one so often entangled with a masculine temperament – without compromising its rooted personality, Leah Purcell‘s The Drover’s Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson is the cinematic incarnation of her penned 2016 stage play and 2019 novel, all inspired by Henry Lawson‘s short story, “The […]

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The Brisbane International Film Festival to “reboot” and return after three year hiatus

June 15, 2017

The Brisbane International Film Festival is ready to return in 2017 with its first screening program in three years, thanks to the support of the Queensland Government through Screen Queensland and the expertise of industry partner Palace Cinemas. The Brisbane International Film Festival will run from August 17th until September 3rd and will be co-directed […]

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BIFF Review – Venus in Fur (France/Poland, 2013)

December 18, 2013

Earlier this year, I was fortunate enough to see the Australian premiere of Venus in Fur in its original form as a production from Queensland Theatre Company. The play easily joined the ranks of my favourite experiences at the theatre, and completely won me over with its winning combination of comedy and drama. So when I heard that Roman […]

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BIFF Review – All Is Lost (USA, 2013)

November 28, 2013

“I’m sorry. I know that means little at this point, but I am. I tried. I think you would all agree that I tried. To be true, to be strong, to be kind, to love, to be right. But I wasn’t.” With these few words, so begins All Is Lost, an incredible film about one man’s struggle […]

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BIFF Review – Only Lovers Left Alive (USA, 2013)

November 27, 2013

Seeing Only Lovers Left Alive at the Brisbane International Film Festival was the best kind of surprise. The title alone had piqued my interest, and the synopsis ensured that this would at least be an unusual film, if anything. But Only Lovers Left Alive completely and utterly stole my heart right from the first frame […]

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BIFF Review – Don Jon (USA, 2013)

November 25, 2013

As BIFF winds down the movies certainly do not. The last screening of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Don Jon graced the Palace Cinemas last night and guests were greeted with champagne and a chance to be photographed. It was a nice touch to bring a little bit of Hollywood to Brisbane. Anticipation for Don Jon  has been brimming […]

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BIFF Film Review – Blue Is The Warmest Colour (France, 2013)

November 23, 2013

As with many European Art films, Blue Is The Warmest Colour requires patience. The film moves at a snail’s pace but this is only to increase the drama and tension at pivotal turning points in the narrative. That being said, Blue Is The Warmest Colour is a beautiful character study that, with its depiction and […]

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BIFF Film Review: Foxfire (France/Canada, 2012)

November 21, 2013

Foxfire screened at Biff Wednesday night at Palace Cinemas. The film runs dangerously close to three hours but thankfully you won’t notice it until you step out of the theatre bleary-eyed onto the busy, buzzing barracks shopping complex. This isn’t the first time Foxfire has entered the minds of girls, women and people everywhere. The […]

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BIFF Film Review – OXV: The Manual (Australia/UK, 2013)

November 20, 2013

OXV: The Manual is unlike any other film you’ve seen, it’s even coined a new genre: the ‘scientific-philosophical romance’. It breaks free from genre conventions to deliver a unique story that presents a new look on fate, determinism and freewill. The film may take a few viewings to fully grasp the rules of writer/director Darren […]

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BIFF Film Review – The Railway Man (UK/Australia, 2013)

November 20, 2013

It’s refreshing to see a war film that doesn’t concentrate on the ‘fighting’ aspect of war. Instead, The Railway Man, which opened the Brisbane International Film Festival, focuses on the effects of war such as post-traumatic stress disorder and its devastating nature for decades to come. Based on the autobiography by Eric Lomax, the film […]

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BIFF Film Review: Six Degrees of Separation (USA, 1993)

November 18, 2013

One of the great things about Brisbane International Film Festival is not only the celebration of new films and innovations but also the celebration of old ones. Six Degrees of Separation is almost incidentally nostalgic of New York, the 90s and the fantasy of socialites. Though there’s been enough time to get informed, it’s obvious […]

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BIFF Film Review: The Act of Killing (Denmark, Norway, UK, 2012)

November 18, 2013

Viewers going in to see this documentary were warned that it was going to be grizzly. But none were prepared for the disturbing images this film produced. Most of which were re-enactments and fantasies, but they were all horrific and true. The Act of Killing focuses on a group of retired gangsters in Indonesia. In […]

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BIFF Film Review: The Congress (Israel/Germany/France, 2013)

November 17, 2013

You know when you watch a film, and when someone asks you to describe what you just watched you’re completely lost for words? Ari Folman’s The Congress is one of those films. It’s a psychedelic rabbit hole that you’ll tumble down with increasing velocity, leaving logic and reason behind for an experience like no other. Robin Wright stars […]

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On The Red Carpet: Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF) Opening Night 2013.

November 15, 2013

It’s that time of the year again when not only the social and cultural Brisbanites band together but people come from all around the world for the Brisbane International Film Festival. A little bit of Hollywood found its way to Brisbane’s renowned Gallery of Modern Art on Wednesday night when the red carpet rolled out, […]

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