Melbourne International Film Festival

MIFF Review: Elle (France, 2016) is sensationally subversive

August 8, 2016

Elle, the latest from Dutch provocateur Paul Verhoeven, is sensationally subversive. Part unnerving psychosexual thriller, part searing familial comedy, the film commences disturbingly with the sounds of the violent rape of the film’s protagonist, Michèle LeBlanc (Isabelle Huppert), in her Parisian home. We do not witness the crime, only the immediate aftermath: masked assailant having […]

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MIFF Review: Chevalier (Greece, 2015) is a hilarious critique of the male-ego

August 6, 2016

It’s been said that being at sea tests the limits of friendship and one’s own character. Add a touch of boredom mixed with an abundance of male-ego and you have yourself a manhood-measuring-contest that walks the thin line of manners, morality, and absolute absurdity. Chevalier is a funny and insightful exposé of the masculinity and […]

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MIFF Review: Kim A. Snyder’s documentary Newtown (USA, 2016) is a marvel

August 4, 2016

In December of 2014, a lone gunman walked into an Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and shot and killed 20 children and 6 staff members. While most peoples instant response was to condemn the shooter (who killed himself at the scene), many could be forgiven for not instantly considering the parents who lost their sons […]

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MIFF Review: Toni Erdmann (Germany, 2016) is a meandering delight

August 1, 2016

Written and directed by Maren Ede, Toni Erdmann is a meandering delight. By turns hilarious and poignant, it concerns the ageing Winfried Conradi’s frequently maladroit attempts to re-establish some sort of a meaningful relationship with his adult daughter, Ines, in the course of a spontaneous trip to visit her in Bucharest, the Romanian capital. Unkempt, […]

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ACMI to host exclusive limited season of political documentary Weiner

July 21, 2016

World politics is a joke right now considering what we see on television. It’s become a routine to roll our eyes on every Australian Politician and Donald Trump’s idiocy of banning immigrants to the U.S borders. Good news for those who love watching political documentaries as ACMI in Melbourne will be showcasing Weiner to the […]

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The 65th Melbourne International Film Festival announces its guest line-up

July 15, 2016

Now in its 65th year, the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) has revealed the line-up of special guests set to grace Melbourne later this month (and well into August). Melbourne director Cris Jones and cast members Xavier Samuel, Matilda Brown and Rachel Ward will hit the blue carpet for the festival’s glittering Opening Night celebrations, […]

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Seven films not to miss at the 2016 Melbourne International Film Festival

July 11, 2016

Later this month, the 65th annual Melbourne International Film Festival will kick off an incredible season of over 345 films*, spanning 22 venues across the Melbourne CBD, from 28 July to 14 August. It’s near impossible to narrow down the list, but today, with tickets to all screenings currently on sale, we’re going to do our best, bringing you […]

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Bad Girl wins Best Film at the 28th Annual Western Australia Screen Awards

July 6, 2016

The Australian independent feature film Bad Girl is celebrating today after  taking home two awards last night at the 28th Annual Western Australia Screen Awards. Directed by Fin Edquist, the film stars Samara Weaving (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Mystery Road) and Sara West (Ash vs Evil Dead, The Daughter). It’s a thriller that sees a rebellious daughter returning […]

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Melbourne International Film Festival announces Down Under for Centrepiece Gala

June 3, 2016

It was announced on Tuesday by Melbourne International Film Festival that filmmaker Abe Forsythe’s second feature film, Down Under, will screen as the prestigious Centrepiece Gala at the 2016 edition of the festival. Down Under is a black comedy set during the aftermath of the Cronulla riots. It’s been described as a “hilarious yet poignant story […]

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Australian Feature Film Pawno hits theatres April 21!

March 11, 2016

It has been confirmed that indie Australian comic drama Pawno will be screening in Australian cinemas on April 21. This is director Paul Ireland’s film debut,  which made its world premiere at Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) last year and it was the festival’s fastest selling event. The film also had European and Asian film premieres. Pawno features a […]

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SBS On Demand teams up with MIFF for the ‘Feast on Film’ festival – celebrating a passion for food

March 2, 2016

An online foodie film festival, ‘Feast on Film’  began streaming on demand yesterday and is running all month, as part of the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF). SBS On Demand, in partnership with MIFF, are dishing out the many flavours of the international food scene with ten award-winning feature documentaries, three Michel Roux Jr Programs, and a MIFF […]

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SBS On Demand teams up with MIFF for the ‘Feast on Film’ festival

March 2, 2016

An online foodie film festival, ‘Feast on Film’  began streaming on demand yesterday and is running all month, as part of the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF). SBS On Demand, in partnership with MIFF, are dishing out the many flavours of the international food scene with ten award-winning feature documentaries, three Michel Roux Jr Programs, and a MIFF […]

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Melbourne International Film Festival: Ernie Biscuit (Australia, 2015)

August 18, 2015

From the maker of Oscar Winning Harvie Krumpet (2003) and Mary and Max (2009), claymation pioneer Adam Elliot brings to screen his next installation of the little blobs of clay which he has so strongly attached himself and his career to. Running for 21mins Ernie Biscuit tells the tale of a how deaf Parisian Taxidermist, […]

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Melbourne International Film Festival: Stories I Want To Tell You In Person (Australia, 2015)

August 18, 2015

Originally a play by the same name, Stories I Want To Tell You In Person was funded by the ABC to make a version for the screen. Intended to be a play about the GFC and commissioned by the Sydney Belvoir Theatre, playwright Lally Katz Stories I Want To Tell You In Person is the […]

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Melbourne International Film Festival: Magic Magic (Chile/USA, 2013)

August 16, 2015

As part of their Retrospective program, MIFF has re released Chilean director Sebastian Silva’s 2013 psychological horror Magic Magic. The film has a classic horror premise: a group of young people road trip out to some far off island location with no reception and relatively detached from the world. Cue chaos. But even though this […]

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Melbourne International Film Festival Review: She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry (USA, 2014)

August 14, 2015

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry is a little documentary with a big, important message. It chronicles the second wave of feminism in the United States from 1966-1971. It was a tumultuous time that saw some radical changes. This film is an illuminating one that tackles one key part of a complex social movement. This documentary […]

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Melbourne International Film Festival Review: 808 (UK, 2015)

August 14, 2015

Alexander Dunn’s expositional documentary 808 takes its name from the Roland TR-808, one of the first programmable drum machines. Originally manufactured in early 1980 for studio musicians to record demos, the 808 was criticized for its unrealistic drum sound and was likened to the sound of marching ants. However, the snappy, tinny sound of the […]

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Melbourne International Film Festival Review: Colin Hay: Waiting For My Life To Begin (USA, 2015)

August 12, 2015

Who can it be now? The documentary, Colin Hay: Waiting For My Life To Begin is about the affable Men At Work front man-turned-solo troubadour who is now known for his appearances on the TV show, Scrubs. The film is a fascinating and honest one that is a little in-cohesive at times but still manages to […]

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Melbourne International Film Festival Review: Mississippi Grind (USA, 2015)

August 11, 2015

Mississippi Grind commences with a fixed camera shot of a pastoral landscape, a glorious rainbow stretches across the horizon in the background. Yet, when Ben Mendelsohn’s Gerry remarks on the spectacle with wonder around a local casino poker table later that evening, he is seemingly the only player to have witnessed it. At least, he […]

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Melbourne International Film Festival Review: The Diary of a Teenage Girl (USA, 2015)

August 11, 2015

We open in San Francisco in 1976. Minnie Goetz (Bel Powley) has just had sex for the first time. With Monroe (Alexander Skarsgård), her mother’s (Kistin Wiig) boyfriend. Based on Goets’ graphic novel memoir of the same name, The Diary of a Teenage Girl charts a dark and disturbing journey of a young woman, going […]

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Melbourne International Film Festival Review: How To Dance In Ohio (USA, 2015)

August 8, 2015

How To Dance In Ohio is an intimate documentary that allows viewers to see the world through the eyes of a young person on the autistic spectrum. It’s an uplifting film that shows three young women who are coming-of-age and the challenges and triumphs they experience. The story is a gentle, subtle and uplifting one […]

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Melbourne International Film Festival Review: B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West-Berlin 1979-1989 (Germany, 2015)

August 7, 2015

B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West-Berlin 1979-1989 is a historically-oriented documentary that takes you through the unique underground music scene of the titular city that emerged during the 80s. Though clumsily-titled, it’s a fascinating portrait of a lost world of almost-surreal parties, rampant counter-culture and uninhibited artistic potential. Structurally, B-Movie follows the gradual immersion of […]

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Melbourne International Film Festival Review: A Poem Is A Naked Person (USA, 1974)

August 6, 2015

A Poem is a Naked Person was completed back in 1974 and has only found wide release in this year. That has to do with legal issues, or creative differences, or some other things, all of which means little to you and what you intend to watch. Suffice it to say that you can very […]

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Melbourne International Film Festival Review: 7 Chinese Brothers (USA, 2015)

August 6, 2015

Larry (Jason Schwartzman) is on the road to nowhere in notoriously chillaxed Austin. He’s just lost his job for a string of misdemeanours, and his only friends appear to be his very beloved French Bulldog Arrow (Schwatrzman’s pet in real life), a prescription medication dealer and aged carer, Norwood, and his grandmother (Olimpia Dukakis), a […]

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Full Force of Destiny screening schedule unveiled; watch exclusive behind the scenes featurette!

July 31, 2015

    Paul Cox‘s new film Force of Destiny made its Australian premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival this week (a sold out event), officially opening the festival for 2015, well establishing itself as a certain  highlight of the diverse and entertaining film roster. Starring David Wenham and Shahana Goswami, Force of Destiny details the course of the relationship of […]

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The Iris’ Weekly Film and TV News Round Up! (31st July 2015)

July 31, 2015

Happy birthday to Bugs Bunny, who turned 75 on 28 July. You haven’t aged a day! In movie news, The Bourne Identity franchise is returning with Matt Damon and Tommy Lee Jones in Bourne. No plot details have been released as yet, but it is scheduled to hit cinemas in July 2016. In TV, sadly Key & […]

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Melbourne International Film Festival Review: Finders Keepers (USA, 2015)

July 30, 2015

Funded by Kickstarter and produced by the filmmakers behind The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, Finders Keepers is a documentary that tackles the bizarre story of a legal dispute between a man who lost his severed leg in a plane crash and the man who found the appendage inside his barbecue.

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The Iris’ 10 Films not to miss at the Melbourne International Film Festival!

July 30, 2015

Tonight the 2015 Melbourne International Film Festival kicks off with the anticipated world premiere of the Australian film Force of Destiny in an opening night gala. Running until 16th August, the festival will bring us hundreds of screenings over the next two or so weeks, and it’s quite hard to decide which films to see! So, we […]

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Lally Katz stars in film adaptation of Stories I Want to Tell You in Person

July 8, 2015

Making her screen debut at at the Melbourne International Film Festival and on ABC Television, Lally Katz will be starring in the film adaptation of her one-woman show, Stories I Want to Tell You in Person. The film adaptation of her play will be screening this August. The production of the play follows a modern-day woman’s quest of having […]

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New Trailer released for Dope

July 8, 2015

A hit with both audiences and critics at film festival’s such as Sundance, Cannes, and most recently Sydney Film Festival, the very in-demand Dope will be released through Sony in cinemas around Australia on August 20th. In Dope, Malcolm (Shameik Moore) is carefully surviving life in a tough neighbourhood in Los Angeles while juggling college […]

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