Down Under, Maeby? Arrested Development star Alia Shawkat set to attend 2018 Melbourne International Film Festival

American actor Alia Shawkat, best known for her role in cult TV comedy series Arrested Development is set to attend this years’ Melbourne International Film Festival, for the screening of biopic Blaze directed by Ethan Hawke (Training Day), in which she stars.

The accomplished actor will also participate in a special In Conversation event at the Comedy Theatre on August 18th, in which she will discuss her life and career while sharing the inspiration behind her creative choices, as a talented jazz singer, pianist, painter and illustrator.

Since finishing the first iteration of Arrested Development back in 2006, Alia has also appeared in the more recent Netflix reprisal. In between that, she also starred as Dory in the cult hit Search Party as well as executive producing, co-writing and starring in the independent psychodrama Duck Butter,

The conversation will be Shawkat’s only Australian appearance, a not-to-be-missed event for both fans of the actress and pop-culture alike.

For tickets to the in conversation event, head HERE. You’ll also be able to catch her at the premiere screening of Blaze, with those details still to come. Read our review of that film from its SXSW screening earlier this year HERE.


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Matthew Arcari

Matthew Arcari is the games and technology editor at The AU Review. You can find him on Twitter at @sirchunkee, or at the Dagobah System, chilling with Luke and Yoda.

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