Category: Film Festivals

Made In Melbourne Film Festival2016

Filmmaker Saara Lamberg has two films screening at this year’s Made In Melbourne Film Festival. Her short film ‘Half’ will premiere at the festival on the 9th December at the QV Outdoor Cinema. Her feature film ‘Innuendo’ always screens on the 8th December.

Subculture’s Dave Griffiths caught up with Saara to chat about both ‘Half’ and ‘Innuendo’ and of course the festival in general.

You can listen to or download our Saara Lamberg interview right here.

Monster Fest 2016

The Mad Monk (watch the trailer below) has declared that we are on the cusp of Monster Fest 2016. Now this year’s festival is packed full of so many goodies that the best thing to do is to go and grab yourself a full festival pass so you can walk around the entire festival with a special lanyard that gets you access to whatever you want whenever the hell you want. But, I hear the peasants cry, what if I can’t to part with the necessary jewels to gain myself a pass of such entitlement, so now I will take a look at the five things that are absolute must dos at Monster Fest 2016.

1. Go To Opening Or Closing Night –

While most serious film festival buffs will tell you that they like to explore every single session and pour over every film, but if you’re just a casual festival goer then you might just want to check out the Opening and Closing night films. For Monster Fest 2016 there are two gems opening and closing the festival this year.

Opening night sees the film that had the whole of Cannes talking during Critic’s week this year finally hit Australian shores. Director Julia Ducournau will be here in person to present Raw to the audience and a free drink is included with your ticket.

This year’s Closing Night film at Monster Fest will be another film that leaves people talking. The Greasy Strangler was one of the surprise hits at Sundance WTF this year and is a film that I can only describe as horrors answer to Napoleon Dynamite. It’s a weird film but one that will be loved by those who love their films a little left of centre. Closing Night will also give you a chance to run shoulders with two stars of the film Sky Elobar and Michael St. Michaels. There will also be Disco inspired drinks and a “Hootie Tootie Disco Cutie” contest (that will make a lot more sense after you watch the film).

 

2. Explore The Classics –

Often film festivals show classic movies as part of their program and if you a causal film goer (or part of the younger generation) it often gives you a chance to go and view classics that every film nerd talks about that perhaps you haven’t had a chance to see… Monster Fest 2016 is no different. Classics showing at this year’s Monster Fest include First Blood starring Sylvester Stallone in one of his most iconic roles – Rambo. Director Ted Kotcheff will also be at the screening. Kotcheff will also be presenting one of the world’s funniest comedies at this year’s festival – Weekend At Bernies. For those wanting to explore a local classic Monster Fest 2016 will be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Aussie cult classic Romper Stomper starring the one and only Russell Crowe with not only a screening but with Festival Head Neil Foley conducting a special Q&A with Geoffrey Wright and Daniel Scharf.

 

3. Big Star Hunt –

If you’re worried about spending your hard earned cash on films that you may or may not enjoy why not take some of the risk out of it and take a chance on movies with bigger name stars attached to them. This year at Monster Fest you could do this by going and seeing Patrick Wilson in The Hollow Point or watching Pierce Brosnan’s son Sean make his directional debut with My Father Die. Then there is also Dog Eat Dog starring Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe as well as Safe Neighborhood starring Olivia DeJone, Levi Miller and Patrick Warburton (you know Mr. Big from Sex And The City).

 

4. Do The Fun Stuff –

One of the best things about Monster Fest every you is it always great , fun things to do and this year two of the best things to do will probably take you back to your childhood. The first is the Nightmare VHS Boardgame Party. Remember that scary board game from 1991, the one that had the freaky VHS with it that you remember your parents pulling you away from in Kmart? Well for seven teams to play Monster Fest will holding a special party.

If your childhood was a little more innocent this year Monster Fest will also be holding an All-You-Can-Eat-Cereal Cartoon Party that will be fun for ages. Cartoons will be classics ranging from the 1940s right through to the 1980s and there will be a chance for you to win a free pass to go Go-Karting as well.

The other fun event at this year’s Monster Fest is the now traditional Kooks And Spooks Trivia which will see teams competing in a fun trivia event for a number of various prizes.

 

5. Do The Marathon –

If you want to do something that sees absolute value for your buck then attempt to make it through The Cult Of Monster All-Night Marathon. This year the marathon includes the Australian Premiere of Sympathy For The Devil, the 50th Anniversary screening of Eye Of The Devl (starring the legendary Sharon Tate), the Australian Premiere of Interchange, a special screening of Guyana: Cult Of The Damned and then Ted Kotcheff hits the stage to present Split Image with a special Q&A to follow.

 

Well there we have it, they are just some of the special things that you can do at this year’s Monster Fest. Of course you can also check out an array of other films any day during the festival, and don’t forget the short films either.

If you want to make sure that you don’t miss any of these events then book your tickets right now, this very second… right here.

A Night Of Horror

One new horror film that is creating quite a bit of buzz right around the world at the moment is Seve Schelenz’s Peelers. The film has now been selected to open the A Night Of Horror Film Festival in Sydney next week so Subculture Entertainment’s Dave Griffiths chatted to Seve about what it has been like to have his film accepted right around the world in this way and what he is looking forward to doing as part of his visit to Sydney.

You can listen to or download our Seve Schelenz interview right here.

You can purchase tickets to the screening of Peelers at A Night Of Horror here.

Flight Crew

Russian actor Danila Kozlovsky (Vampire Academy, etc) is in town as a guest of the Russian Resurrection Film Festival. He is here to introduce the screenings of his film Flight Crew, a big budget disaster movie and remake of the 1979 film of the same name, which was one of the first disaster movies produced by the Russian film industry. Greg chatted with Danila about his career and his movies.

You can listen to or download our Danila Kozlovsky interview right here.

A Night Of Horror

One of the films screening at this year’s A Night Of Horror Film Festival is Hiroshi Katgiri’s Gehenna: Where Death Lives. Subculture Entertainment’s Dave Griffiths chatted to Hiroshi about how he came with the concept of this film and what his career has been like getting to work with people including Steven Spielberg.

You can listen to or download our Hiroshi Katgiri interview right here.

You can purchase tickets to the screening of Gehenna: Where Death Lives at A Night Of Horror here.

A Night Of Horror

One of the films screening at this year’s A Night Of Horror Film Festival is Scott Schirmer’s Plank Face. Subculture Entertainment’s Dave Griffiths chatted to Scott about what it is like to make such a confronting film and how he feels about the film screening at the festival.

You can listen to or download our Scott Schirmer interview right here.

You can purchase tickets to the screening of A Night Of Horror here.

2016 Monster Fest

In a fitting complement to this most sinister season, Australia’s premier genre festival Monster Fest has unveiled its final wave of films for the 2016 festival, which is set to take place November 24-27 at the Lido Cinemas in Melbourne.

The team of features programmers – which includes festival director Kier-La Janisse, Monster Pictures co-founder Neil Foley, Boston Underground Film Festival Director of Programming Nicole McControversy and writer/programmer/punk legend Chris D. – vetted over 600 features in selecting the 2016 Monster Fest lineup, which includes new crime films Dog Eat Dog and The Hollow Point from Paul Schrader and Gonzalo López-Gallego respectively, gory slasher throwback The Windmill Massacre, the hometown premiere of epic period western The Legend Of Ben Hall with cast in person and acclaimed TIFF selections Prevenge and Interchange alongside Fantastic Fest faves such as the Aussie-made yuletide thriller Safe Neighbourhood and the devastating – and polarizing – Playground. Brief descriptions of all films in the final wave follow below.

Select panels for the Swinburne University Media and Communication Monster Academy – Monster Fest’s two-day industry component running Nov 23 + 24 – have also been announced, including a panel with director Geoffrey Wright and producer Daniel Scharf about the making of Aussie cult sensation Romper Stomper, a panel on the Golden Age of Ozploitation featuring producer Antony I. Ginnane (Patrick, Turkey Shoot) and cinematographer Vincent Monton (Road Games, Long Weekend), a case study panel on ‘The Westbury Faery’ as an example of international multi-platform storytelling, panels on festival strategy, the opportunities and obstacles facing women working in the genre space, and more to be added. The full lineup for Monster Academy will be announced in the coming weeks.

See the Final Wave of Monster Fest 2016 Films listed below:

A DARK SONG 
Director: Liam Gavin | Ireland 2016 | 100 mins | Australian Premiere

Driven by an all-consuming desire to make contact with her murdered child, Sophia hires an occultist named Solomon (Steve Oram) to conduct a black magic ritual that would grant her wish. As they delve deeper into the tedious, trying ritual, Sophia and Solomon find their bond of trust and sense of sanity pushed to the very limit as a sinister presence makes itself known.

AUTOHEAD 
Director: Rohit Mittal | India 2016 | 97 mins | Australian Premiere

This Man Bites Dog take on a Mumbai Taxi Driver follows a documentary crew as they shadow an auto-rickshaw driver named Narayan. The slice of life angle soon skews into dodgy voyeuristic complicity as the film crew documents the unraveling of a man’s humanity, culminating in a chilling, bloody climax.

DOG EAT DOG
Paul Schrader | USA 2016 | 93 mins | Australian Premiere
Based on a 1995 novel by acclaimed crime writer and ex-con Edward Bunker, the latest from the writer of Taxi Driver and Rolling Thunder and director of Mishima, Hardcore, Cat People and so many other now-canonized films, is a pitch black, uncompromisingly brutal and at times highly theatrical crime thriller about three ex-cons (Nicholas CageWillem Dafoe and Christopher Matthew Cook) who team up for that fateful ‘one last job’ only to have everything go horribly – and hilariously – awry.

GUYANA: CULT OF THE DAMNED 
Director: René Cardona Jr. | Mexico 1979 | 90mins
When over 900 Americans were made to commit mass suicide by drinking cyanide-laced Kool Aid in the middle of the steamy Guyana jungle, exploitation filmmakers couldn’t wait to cash-in on the tragedy, and Mexican filmmaker René Cardona Jr (Tintorera: Tiger Shark) was the first on the scene. Hypnotically sleazy and enjoyably lurid as only Cardona Jr. could make them. Co-presented by the Morbido Film Festival.

THE HOLLOW POINT 
Director: Gonzalo López-Gallego | USA 2016 | 97 mins | Australian Premiere
Patrick Wilson stars as Wallace, the new sheriff of a small town in Gonzalo López-Gallego’s full blooded take on the western genre. Building on the best of B-movie westerns and not skimping out on the gore, Gallego crafts a tale of one man investigating the aftermath of a drug cartel deal gone wrong – cleverly filling all the roles with terrific actors including Ian McShaneJohn LeguziamoJim Belushi and more.

INTERCHANGE
Dain Said | Malaysia  2016 | 102 minutes | Australian Premiere
In this Malaysian ritual thriller and TIFF Midnight Madness selection, a forensics photographer is lured into a world of shamans and mystic creatures while helping his detective friend investigate a series of macabre murders.

THE LEGEND OF BEN HALL
Matthew Holmes | Australia 2016 | 134 mins | Victorian Premiere
In this epic period western based on the true story of one of Australia’s most famous outlaws, Ben Hall is drawn back into bushranging by the reappearance of his old friend John Gilbert. Reforming the gang, they soon become the most wanted men in Australian history.

MAXIE DIABLO AND THE FUNKY FUNKY SEX MURDERS: A LIVE RADIO PLAY BY MYSTERY RADIO THEATRE
From the makers of Man Bites God and the Theatre of the World podcast, Mystery Radio Theatre is a comedy/murder mystery performed in the style of old-timey radio theatre. There will be sound effects. There will be silly voices. There will be live ad-reads. There will be a special musical guest. And there will be blood.

MY FATHER DIE
Sean Brosnan |  USA 2016 | 102 minutes | Australian Premiere

The debut feature from Sean Brosnan (son of Pierce) about the vengeful path of a man left mute since childhood following a family tragedy straddles the border of nihilistic revenge tale and brutalist Southern Gothic redemption with a poetic, even romantic sensibility, recalling at times sleeper hits Winter’s Bone and Cold In July.

PLAYGROUND 
Bartosz M. Kowalski | Poland 2016 | 81 mins | Australian Premiere
Certain to be the most controversial film of the festival, acclaimed documentary director Bartosz Kowalski issues his first narrative feature, the stark tale of two pre-teen budding sociopaths and what they do on the last day of school. A devastating film in the vein of Nothing Bad Can Happen and The Tribe.

PREVENGE
Alice Lowe | UK 2016 | 88 mins. | Australian Premiere

This brilliant first feature from actress/director/writer Alice Lowe (SightseersGarth Marenghi’s Darkplace) channels Lowe’s comedy background to create a completely unique horror comedy about a woman who is seven months pregnant and full of homicidal fury.

PSYCHONAUTS, THE FORGOTTEN CHILDREN 
Director: Alberto Vázquez, Pedro Rivero | Spain 2015 | 80 mins | Victorian Premiere

Based on the graphic novel of the same name, Psychonauts is a gorgeous, haunting animated allegory that follows rebellious teen Dinky and the silent, drug-addicted outcast Birdboy as they attempt to escape life as they know it from an island ravaged by an industrial accident.

SAFE NEIGHBOURHOOD 
Chris Peckover | Australia/USA 2016 | 85 mins | Australian Premiere
On a quiet suburban street tucked within a ‘safe neighborhood’, a babysitter must defend a twelve-year-old boy from strangers breaking into the house, only to discover that this is far from a normal home invasion. A great new yuletide terror film from the director of Undocumented (2010).

THE WINDMILL MASSACRE
Nick Jongerius | Netherlands 2016 | 85 mins | Australian Premiere
Windmills, they’re those things you see in storybooks surrounded by daffodils right? Think again! The Windmill Massacre is a freakishly ferocious slasher reboot about unsuspecting tourists who awaken a mysterious evil in the Dutch countryside after their tour bus breaks down, stranding them at an abandoned barn beside a sinister windmill where a miller used to grind the bones of locals.

For a full list of films screening at the festival just go to www.monsterfest.com.au/2016

 

All-access Passes, Day Passes and tickets to Monster Fest 2016 are on sale now here: https://www.lidocinemas.com.au/Promotion/Monster-Fest-2016-At-Lido

All-access passes for Monster Academy are now on sale here: https://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=241013

Monster Fest 2016

Returning this year from November 24-27, Australia’s premier genre film festival, Monster Fest is thrilled to announce the Australian premiere of controversial new French horror film, RAW as its Official Opening Night Film.

RAW made its World Premiere at Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, where it was awarded the coveted FIPRESCI Award and was lauded by critics and fans alike as the genre sensation of the festival.

RAW is the debut feature of French director Julia Ducournau, and tells the story of a young vegetarian who discovers her dark side when she is forced to participate in a carnivorous hazing ritual on her first day at Veterinary school. It’s a coming-of-age tale with a cannibal theme that’ll appeal to genre buffs and cinephiles alike, provided they have strong stomachs!

Earlier this week RAW held its international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and created headlines around the globe when paramedics were called to the cinema to treat three audience members who fainted during its ‘Midnight Madness’ screening.

Monster Pictures is the Australian license holder of RAW and has its release set for March 2017.

Neil Foley, Monster Pictures’ Head of Acquisitions and Executive Producer of Monster Fest, says of RAW “This is absolutely one of the greatest genre films I’ve seen in my time at Monster, it references many of the masters, from Argento to Carpenter to Cronenberg, but remains a completely unique and fresh take on the genre. It’s simultaneously harrowing and beautiful, and is probably our most exciting acquisition to date.”

The critical response to the film thus far has been full of praise, and includes the following:

“…the assured storytelling and direction, including some of the goriest makeup effects this side of Rob Zombie, turn Raw into the kind of crossover film that takes the horror genre into another domain” - Hollywood Reporter

““Raw” is a deliciously fevered stew of nightmare fuel that hangs together with a breezily confident sense of superior craft.” - Variety

“Genre buffs and fests will gobble it up, and this prime cut should be the plat du jour on cult theatrical menus worldwide… All in all, a classily savorous fright tartare.” - Screen Daily

RAW will Open Monster Fest on November 24 and will be followed by the Opening Night Gala. Tickets will go on sale over the coming weeks and will be announced via the Monster Fest website and associated social media.
Monster Fest is also pleased to announce its second themed sidebar, ‘Frequencies’, which is focused on genre narratives made for or about the small screen. The Frequencies section will be headlined by the World Premiere launch of the new Headpress book, ARE YOU IN THE HOUSE ALONE? A TV MOVIE COMPENDIUM 1964-1999, edited by American television scholar Amanda Reyes who will appear at the festival on a clip-and-tell panel about the history of television movies, with the book’s contributors Lee Gambin, John Harrison and stuntwoman Marneen Fields, followed by a screening of Buzz Kulik’s 1974 telefright, BAD RONALD and co-presented by Melbourne film society Cinemaniacs.

The section will also include the Australian Premiere of Jackson Stewart’s BEYOND THE GATES starring Graham Skipper (THE MIND’S EYE) and Chase Williamson (JOHN DIES AT THE END) as two brothers who find that their father’s disappearance may be connected to a sinister VHS board game. The premiere is presented by Umbrella Entertainment and will be accompanied by a NIGHTMARE VHS Board Game Party in association with Toronto’s Black Museum.

This year’s Monster Symposium series of multimedia lectures also expands on this broadcasting theme with presentations including Jodi McAlister’s DIERDRE HALL IS THE DEVIL about occultism on daytime soaps, Andrew Nette on the long-unavailable Australian horror anthology show THE EVIL TOUCH, Alexandra Heller-Nicholas on Stephen Volk’s influential and hysteria-inducing pseudo-doc GHOSTWATCH, Kier-La Janisse on Nigel Kneale’s prescient 1968 teleplay THE YEAR OF THE SEX OLYMPICS and Andrew Nette and Dean Brandum on the beloved Crawford crime show HOMICIDE, preceding a special screening of the 1964 episode “Witch Hunt”.

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All-access Passes to Monster Fest 2016 are on sale now here:https://www.lidocinemas.com.au/Promotion/Monster-Fest-2016-At-Lido
Tickets for the recently announced Ted Kotcheff masterclass at the Swinburne University Media and Communication Monster Academy are available here:http://www.monsterfest.com.au/events/ted-kotcheff-masterclass/
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Founded in 2011, Monster Fest is a mix of Premieres, international festival favourites, challenging new discoveries and curated repertory sidebars alongside industry-focused events such as panels and masterclasses with renowned international guests, and a special emphasis on supporting emerging Australian genre film talent through the festival and beyond. Monster Fest is mounted with the support of Screen Australia and Film Victoria.

2016 Sci Fi Film Festival

Get ready for Australia’s only SF Film Festival! The 2016 SciFi Film Festival tessellates into our continuum at The Ritz, Randwick, this October, premiering the best bleeding-edge science fiction features and short films from around the world over five film-filled days.

Opening Night will see the Australian premiere of Equals, which sees maverick filmmaker Drake Doremus (Like Crazy, Breathe In) take on his first sci-fi, with big screen superstars Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road) and Kristen Stewart (Twilight) falling in love against all odds in an emotionally sterile utopia.

Making its only big-screen appearance in Australia, The Purge: Election Year is the third installment in the cult dystopian franchise whose brilliant central conceit sees a future society where one day a year citizens are allowed to break the law. In the latest film, our hero (Frank Grillo) must protect a Presidential candidate targeted for death on Purge night! Perfectly timed to precede November’s US elections, this screening will allow audiences to live vicariously through the power of cinema.
Rupture puts forth the tried and tested combination of sci-fi and horror, with singular director Steven Shainberg (Secretary, Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus) returning after a ten-year hiatus with this story of a mother (Noomi Rapace) kidnapped by a secret organisation intent on turning her into a monster! This tension-filled nightmare also stars Michael Chiklis, Kerry Bishe, Peter Stormare and Lesley Manville.
For the Love of Spock is a lovingly made access-all-areas documentary about Leonard Nimoy by his son Adam, with all the insight and sensitivity only an offspring could bring to a project. Our special presentation will mark the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, and Trekkies of all ages are invited to celebrate by cosplaying at the screening!
The Similars owes a great debt to Rod Serling’s classic Twilight Zone, but in the hands of Mexico’s most exciting young filmmaker Isaac Ezban (‘the new Guillermo Del Toro’) this story of a rainy night in 1968 and a group of disparate people stuck at a bus depot is all kinds of freaky and enigmatic. The Similars will be presented at a late night session as befits this future cult film, and will be followed by a Skype interview with the filmmaker direct from Mexico!
Another cult film waiting to happen, This Giant Papier Mache Boulder is Actually Really Heavy is not only a contender for the longest film title of all time but it is also a lovingly made New Zealand indie which is taking the sci-fi world by storm, winning Best Comedy at London and Boston Sci-Fi Film Festivals, Best Sci-Fi Film at Gencon and Best Independent Film at Starburst. Appropriate for its tongue-in-cheek story of three lads who are transported to a ‘50s sci-fi movie when they enter a booth at a fan convention, patrons will be encouraged to cosplay at this late night screening. Lead actor, co-writer and director Christian Nicolson will be flying in from New Zealand for the screening and will take part in a post-film Q&A!
These feature presentations will play alongside two sessions of the best short films from Australia and abroad.

Screening the best sci-fi from around the world isn’t the end of it! Saturday, October 22 will see free side events held at the cutting edge facilities at AFTRS in Moore Park, and will include snippets of 3 upcoming Australian sci-fi feature films screened and discussions with the filmmakers, and a workshop with concept illustrator/storyboard artist Tani Kunitake (Star Wars: Episode VIII, The Matrix) who not only provided the image that adorns the festival keyart, but is also in development on the highly ambitious sci-fi project Cerulean, which will form the basis of his presentation with the project’s producer, and actress, dancer and motion capture performer, Australian Dani Swan.

Closing Night and much more to be announced shortly.

Buy Tickets:

A special AAA festival pass is available from here:https://www.ritzcinema.com.au/Shop/Ritz-Cinema-Online-Shop/Sci-fi-Film-Festival-Vip-Pass/2016-Sci-fi-Film-Festival-Vip-Pass