Category: Film Festivals

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.

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Lavazza Italian Film Festival

The 2016 Lavazza Italian Film Festival screens at Palace Cinemas around Australia from September 13. The opening night film is Perfect Strangers, while closing night sees a screening of a restored print of William Wyler’s 1953 romantic comedy Roman Holiday, starring Audrey Hepburn in her Oscar winning role and Gregory Peck. Greg spoke to festival director Elyssa Zeccola to find out more about this year’s program.

You can listen to or download our Elyssa Zeccola interview right here.

AICE Israeli Film Festival

The 13th AICE Israeli Film Festival begins screening from September 14 at Melbourne’s Cinema Nova and from September 15 at Sydney’s Ritz Theatre. The opening night film is Firebirds. This year the festival has undergone some small changes. Greg spoke to festival director Richard Moore to find out more about the Israeli Film Festival Competition and the films screening.

You can listen to or download our Richard Moore interview right here

Monster Fest 2016

Monster Fest, Australia’s premier genre festival, returns to the Lido Cinema in Melbourne from Nov 24-27, 2016, for four days of premieres, special guests, repertory sidebars, short films, presentations and more.

In conjunction with the festival, Monster also announces the return of the Monster Academy –  now dubbed The Swinburne University Media and Communication Monster Academy – a two-day industry conference that takes place Nov 23 and 24th, running up to the festival itself.

We are pleased to announce that veteran director Ted Kotcheff will appear in person to present the film that many critics regard as the greatest Australian film ever made, his 1971 outback classic WAKE IN FRIGHT, as well as screenings of FIRST BLOOD (1982), WEEKEND AT BERNIE’S (1989) and SPLIT IMAGE (1982), the latter as part of our previously announced all-night Cult of Monster marathon.

Kotcheff will also be the keynote speaker at the Swinburne University Media and Communication Monster Academy with a three-hour masterclass on Thursday Nov 24thA limited number of tickets are now on sale for the masterclass HERE: >>

We’re also excited to announce that Sundance WTF sensation THE GREASY STRANGLER will be our Closing Film followed by a GREASY GALA with the two stars of the film, special guests Sky Elobar (Big Brayden) and Michael St. Michaels (Big Ronnie – the Greasy Strangler himself) in person! The premiere of the film The Guardian called “a playful oasis of filth and depravity” andEmpire called “one of the best movies of 2016” will be accompanied by a nationwide tour with the stars in attendance for special event screenings, “Greasy Disco”, themed drinks, “Hootie Tootie Disco Cutie” contests and various oily hijinx.  Grease is the word!

Weekend passes to Monster Fest are on sale now for $199 AUD. This includes access to all screenings and events at Lido Cinemas from Nov 24-27, including the Opening and Closing Parties and the all-night Cult of Monster Marathon. Individual Day Passes are also available for $65 AUD. Passes are available now on the Lido website HERE:

2016 MIFFEmo The Musical

Emo The Musical is the debut feature film for Neil Triffett, and is an extension of his 15 minute short film from 2014. As part of our MIFF coverage, Greg spoke to Neil about adapting the short film for this feature length version and about all things emo and musical.
Emo The Musical screens at Melbourne International Film Festival Thurs Aug 12 at 6.30pm @ Forum, Sat Aug 13 at 1.30pm @ Comedy, and Sun Aug 14 at 4pm @ Kino. Neil will be attendance at all sessions for Q&As following the film.

You can listen to or download our Neil Triffett interview right here.

2016 MIFF

Newtown is a documentary that looks at the raw emotional aftermath of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012. As part of our extensive MIFF 2016 coverage, Greg spoke to filmmaker Kim A Snyder about the movie and the complicated and topical issue of gun control in America.
Newtown screens at Melbourne International Film Festival – Sun July 31 at 9.15pm @ Kino, and Mon Aug 1 at 6.45pm @ Hoyts Melbourne Central.

You can listen to or download our Kim A Snyder interview right here.


2016 MIFFTickled


New Zealand journalist David Farrier explores the weird and wonderful world of competitive endurance tickling in the entertaining documentary that slowly evolves into a thriller and a look at the darker underbelly of the internet. As part of our MIFF coverage, Greg spoke to David to find out more about the challenges of shooting this documentary.
Tickled screens at Melbourne International Film Festival Sun July 31 at 4pm @ Comedy and Wed Aug 3 at 6.30pm @ Hoyts Melbourne Central. David will be in attendance for a Q&A following the screenings. Tickled hits local cinemas on Aug 18 for a limited season.

You can listen to or download our David Farrier interview right here.

2016 MIFFDown Under

Down Under is a black comedy set in the aftermath of the Cronulla Riots, and it looks at some themes that are quite topical given recent events in Australia. This is writer/director Abe Forsythe’s first feature film since 2003’s Ned. Greg spoke to Abe to find out more about the film.
Down Under screens as MIFF’s Centrepiece Gala on Saturday August 6 at the Comedy Theatre.

You can listen to or download our Abe Forsythe interview right here.

2016 MIFF

On Richard’s Side is the third film in Andrew Wiseman’s moving trilogy following the challenges facing Richard Croft, who was born with a severe intellectual disability.

His father has recently died and now his mother Deidre is trying to find long term accommodation for him. The film gives us some insights into what it means to live with a disability. Greg spoke to Andrew about the film and his experiences of filming Richard over a thirty year period.

On Richard’s Side screens at Melbourne International Film Festival – Sun July 31 at 4pm @Kino, Tues Aug 2 at 4pm @ Kino, and Thurs Aug 4 at 6.30pm @ Kino. Andrew will be attending the screenings to participate in Q&A sessions.

You can listen to or download our Andrew Wiseman interview right here.