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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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MIFF Set to Showcase 16 Virtual Reality Films This Year

July 17, 2019

Arts House and the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) have announced a new partnership which will aid the production of various films based around untold stories and new technologies, supporting artists, filmmakers and VR experts alike at this year’s festival. While MIFF VR has featured at each festival since 2016, the virtual-reality landscape has never […]

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Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood headlines the 2019 Melbourne International Film Fest

July 9, 2019

Now in its 68th year, the Melbourne International Film Festival has announced an astonishing line-up for its 2019 season, boasting 259 feature films, 123 shorts and 16 virtual reality experiences, MIFF 2019 will include 31 world premieres and 160 Australian premieres all taking place over just 18 days. It’s artistic director’s Al Cossar‘s first year […]

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MIFF Review: Mandy (USA, 2018) stars Nicolas Cage on a rage-filled revenge quest

August 20, 2018

Mandy is a crazy two-hour LSD trip led by a totally unhinged Nicolas Cage performance. The film follows Red (Cage) and Mandy (Andrea Riseborough) who live a peaceful life in the Pacific Northwest, that is until a religious cult barge in and rob Red of the love of his life, sending the man on a […]

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MIFF to screen record number of films direct from the Cannes Film Festival

July 9, 2018

The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) will include a whopping 43 feature films and special shorts hand picked from this year’s Cannes Film Festival. For many of these films, this will be their first screening outside of Cannes. Ahead of the full program announcement on 10 July, the Cannes line-up will feature festival award winners […]

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Nicolas Cage-a-thon to hit the 2018 Melbourne International Film Festival

June 18, 2018

With the huge success of last year’s all night Sci-Fi Marathon, the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) are set to bring the ultimate marathon to this years outing at The Astor Theatre; 12 hours of uninterrupted Nicolas Cage (Con-Air, Face-Off) awesomeness on 10th August. Perhaps he most meme-able actor of his generation, actor Ethan Hawke (Training Day) has […]

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2018 Melbourne International Film Festival to open with Australian premiere of Wildlife

June 4, 2018

The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) will soon be upon us once again, running from 2-9 August, 2018. The 67th outing of the Festival will also mark the premiere of actor Paul Dano’s (Swiss Army Man) directorial debut Wildlife, starring Carey Mulligan (Collateral), Jake Gyllenhaal (Southpaw) and Australia’s Ed Oxenbould (The Visit). The First Glance selection, comprising of32 films demonstrating MIFF’s […]

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Melbourne International Film Festival Review: The Killing of a Sacred Deer (USA/UK, 2017) is the product of skilful filmmaking

August 22, 2017

It’s not often that an art-house thriller comes together so perfectly to create an unsettling horror capable of antagonising your thoughts even after you’ve walked out the cinema doors. But that is exactly what The Killing of a Sacred Deer does, the fifth feature film of Greek auteur Yorgos Lanthimos. As a darkly comic rendition […]

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Melbourne International Film Festival Review: Orlando (UK, 1992) is a meandering look at gender studies in history

August 14, 2017

Blur may have sung about “girls who are boys who like boys to be girls,” but it was writer, Virginia Woolf who got there first. Her short novel, Orlando is about a young, aristocratic man who wakes up one day and discovers he’s become a woman. It was a novel that was written by Woolf […]

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Melbourne International Film Festival Review: Namatjira Project (Australia, 2017) continues the story of Australia’s most prolific Aboriginal artist

August 11, 2017

Albert Namatjira remains one of Australia’s most revered artists. At the time of his death, his collection exceeded two thousand individual paintings, a perceptive catalogue of the landscapes that form the barren heart of Australia’s central regions. Yet his significance far extends his body of work. In 1957 Albert became the first Aboriginal person to […]

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Melbourne International Film Festival Review: Something Quite Peculiar (AUS/UK, 2017) is a rich and tantalising portrait about the one and only Steve Kilbey

August 5, 2017

You get the feeling that the story of The Church has enough in it to fill up several movies. But the documentary, Something Quite Peculiar doesn’t try to be a definitive guide to the band. Instead, it lays its focus squarely on front man, Steve Kilbey and adapts his 2014 memoir of the same name. […]

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MIFF partners up with Powershop for a new short film competition with a $3,000 prize

June 19, 2017

Powershop and the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) are inviting filmmakers, and anyone in the filmmaking spirit, to create a short film for the inaugural Powershorts Film Comp in Australia. To enter, contestants must shoot a film using only their smartphones, keep it anywhere between 10 sec and 3 mins and it must include the […]

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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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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Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) announces first glance selection for 2015!

June 2, 2015

Get excited Melburnites, for the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) has unleashed the First Glance selection for its 64th year, which includes an exciting program of experimental film and audiovisual artistry in Vertical Cinema; the Centrepiece Gala screening of Holding the Man; a David Gulpilil retrospective; and a new principal partnership with Metro Trains Melbourne. […]

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Melbourne International Film Festival Review: Woody (Australia, 2013)

September 2, 2013

Film-makers who operate in the area of short films have the unenviable task of captivating their audience in a very short period of time. There’s no time for the film to find its feet or grow on the audience; it must make its impression quickly and precisely. It is particularly impressive when a short film […]

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Melbourne International Film Festival Review: It Felt Like Love (2013 USA – CTC)

July 29, 2013

A quietly devastating meditation on female adolescence, It Felt Like Love is the feature debut of director Eliza Pittman made on a tiny budget, and shot over 18 days in August 2012. The film opens with an awkward teenaged Lila (Gina Piersanti), childishly smeared in sunscreen at the beach. It’s this yardstick from which Lila’s character arc moves over the […]

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Melbourne International Film Festival Review: Gebo and the Shadow (Portugal/France, 2012)

July 19, 2013

Gebo and the Shadow is film that prides style over pace. It tells an old tale about money, sacrifice and family. Michael Lonsdale (Munich, Moonraker) is possibly the most recognizable cast member from this French/Portuguese film. It is based on the play of the same name by playwright, Raul Brandao. The director Manoel de Oliveira makes […]

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