Film Festival

German Film Festival Interview: I’m Your Man writer/director Maria Schrader on subverting the expected narrative

June 8, 2021

With the German Film Festival currently underway across all major Australian cities (even Melbourne is getting an extended season), our own Peter Gray was fortunate enough to sit in on a roundtable event with writer/director Maria Schrader about her comedic and contemplative feature I’m Your Man (read our review here), where she discussed the unique […]

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German Film Festival Review: I’m Your Man provides comedy and contemplation in equal measure

May 26, 2021

Given both our fascination and reliance on the support of technology, it only makes sense that the relationship between man and machine is one oft explored throughout the annals of cinema.  From John Connor’s correlation with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator to Joaquin Phoenix’s obsession with Scarlett Johansson’s voiced AI in Her, so often are these links […]

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German Film Festival Review: The Audition presents a wavering narrative grounded by revelatory performances

May 25, 2021

If there’s one thing that’s concrete in the rather contradictory personality of The Audition‘s focal character – Nina Hoss‘s Anna – it’s that music is her only unwavering interest. Scenes of her championing a young musical student – a mentality that soon graduates to near chastising – showcase her evident passion for the art of […]

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SXSW Film Review: The Feast delights in both metaphorical and mythical terror

March 18, 2021

One of those films that has a log line that feels all too familiar, Lee Haven Jones‘s The Feast presents itself as a supernaturally inclined horror film on the surface, only to gradually morph into an allegory of sorts that runs deeper than the film’s initial mentality would have you believe. Set in a secluded, […]

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Melbourne International Film Festival Review: Black Bear is a chaotic, relentless experience grounded by a mesmerising Aubrey Plaza

August 12, 2020

There are some films you just can’t quite pick. As much as Lawrence Michael Levine‘s Black Bear stays relatively true to its basic plot logline – “A filmmaker at a creative impasse seeks solace from her tumultuous past at a rural retreat, only to find that the woods summon her inner demons in intense and […]

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Melbourne International Film Festival launch their 2020 program – MIFF 68 ½

July 16, 2020

In a bid to maintain the state of cinema and reimagine the festival mind-frame, the Melbourne International Film Festival has launch MIFF 68½, an online curated program that’ll allow home-bound Melburnians the chance to experience the festival’s intended 2020 line-up. Running from the 6th-23rd August 2020, MIFF 68½ will showcase 113 films across its schedule – […]

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MIFF introduce Digital Film Festival 68½

May 7, 2020

In the face of the global disruption to the entertainment market, the film industry is finding new and innovative ways to keep cinema enthusiasts connected, and today the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) announced MIFF 68½ – a reimagined celebration of film online. Following the festival’s cancellation, MIFF Artistic Director Al Cossar and his team […]

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The Third American Essentials Film Festival announces its packed program

April 17, 2018

The American Essentials Film Festival will celebrate its third outing from 8 May across Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra, exclusively at Palace Cinemas. The festival will look to present twenty-two of the best contemporary American independent films in honour of L.A. The festival will be presented by Discover Los Angeles in association with American Airlines. The […]

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Tropfest has been resurrected and will return in 2016

December 8, 2015

The world’s largest short film festival, Tropfest, was set for this week, but was cancelled earlier in November because of mishandling of funds. But now, after aid from CGU insurance, the festival will return for its 24th year on Sunday 14th of February 2016, in Centennial Parklands, Sydney. John Polson, founder and festival director of […]

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Queensland Film Festival Announced

April 28, 2015

July 2015 is set to be a big month for film aficionados in Brisbane, with the inaugural Queensland Film Festival (QFF) set to run at the New Farm Six Cinemas from July 24 to 26. An annual international film festival championing excellence and variety in cinema, QFF will screen a dozen feature films and supporting […]

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Human Rights Arts & Film Festival Announces Highlights for 2015 Program!

March 2, 2015

The 8th Human Rights Arts and Film Festival (HRAFF) has just announced a selection of highlights for its 2015 program. The highlights form part of an innovative program that seeks to inform, engage, inspire and drive conversation on human rights issues through its creative choice of films, arts, and forums. And given that it’s in […]

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SXSW Announce Feature Film Lineup for 2015 Festival

February 4, 2015

South By Southwest (SXSW) have finally announced their film lineup for 2015 – something that all cinephiles have been awaiting anxiously. The festival – which is held in Austin, Texas from March 13 – 21 – is to show 145 features from emerging directors, master filmmakers, and unknown auteurs of our present day. “SXSW is […]

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Australia to receive a Pixar Film Festival in 2015

November 13, 2014

Do you hold Toy Story close to your heart? Did Finding Nemo make you realise the importance of family? In February 2015, Disney Pixar presents its first ever Disney Pixar Film Festival, exclusive to Event Cinemas, Greater Union, Birch Caroll & Coyle and Village cinemas. The film festival will be running over 5 consecutive weekends from […]

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9th Possible Worlds US & Canadian Film Festival program announced

July 4, 2014

The Possible Worlds Film Festival is coming back in 2014, and this year’s program looks better than ever! Celebrating its ninth year, the Festival presents an incredible selection of the best new independent films from the US and Canada. The Festival is presented by Cosmos Tours and run by non-profit The Festivalists. This year’s Festival […]

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Film Review: Rurouni Kenshin, 16th Japanese Film Festival – Event Cinemas George Street

November 26, 2012

The live action adaptation of popular manga series Rurouni Kenshin (aka Samurai X) has proven itself a box office hit in Japan and it seems news travels fast, with original and encore sessions at the 16th Japanese Film Festival screenings selling out. A 45 minute delay caused by technical issues did little to deter an eager crowd, who lined […]

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