Category: Film Festivals

The 24th annual Revelation Perth International Film Festival returns from 1 – 11 July presenting a curated program celebrating independent filmmakers and boundary pushing storytellers.

The theme of Distant but Connected is reflected not only through the epic program featuring content from 21 countries, but also through the Festival’s specially commissioned artwork from acclaimed Augmented Reality artist Marc-o-Matic.
 
“It may be a long time before we see international screen artists physically again, but at the very least in the interim, Rev can provide a vibrant conduit to global conversations and relationships,” says Festival Director, Richard Sowada.
 
“After commissioning 4 short VR works last year and mounting a VR games conference with XR:WA, the commissioning of this artwork continues to embed this convergence and experimentation into every fibre of our Festival,” Sowada continues.
 
The full line-up of over 35 feature films and documentaries, plus a comprehensive selection of shorts, is online and on sale now at www.revelationfilmfestival.org.
 
The Festival opens with FRESHMAN YEAR (USA), Grand Jury Prize Winner at the 2020 SXSW (virtual) Film Festival. Produced by Jay Duplass, this romantic comedy announces a bright new star of American indie drama in writer, director and lead actor, 24-year-old Cooper Raiff, who plays Alex, a lonely Texas freshman studying in LA having difficulty navigating college life.
 
Other standout offerings from our mates in the States include the compelling and intense relationship drama, THE KILLING OF TWO LOVERS, which follows a middle-aged man who is desperately trying to keep his family of six together during a separation from his wife; and SOME KIND OF HEAVEN, where first-time feature director Lance Oppenheim takes us inside the manicured façade of The Villages – America’s largest retirement community, dubbed the Disneyworld for retirees.
 
Closer to home, our friends across the ditch give us THE JUSTICE OF BUNNY KING (NZ), a female-led drama starring Essie Davis (The BabadookMiss Fisher & The Crypt of Tears) as a mother-of-two with a sketchy past and the world against her; and from our very own back yard we have the theatrical version Warwick Thornton’s NITV series, THE BEACH (AUS); WOMEN OF STEEL (AUS), a documentary about a group of women from Wollongong who took on mining giant BHP; THE LAST HORNS OF AFRICA (S.AF/AU), which takes us inside a hidden rhino orphanage and on a journey alongside those who are putting their lives at risk to protect this endangered species; and WE’RE NOT HERE TO F**K SPIDERS (AUS), a tense, claustrophobic drama created from surveillance footage.
 
There’s even a film chronicling a very special relationship between an amusement park employee and an actual amusement park ride – JUMBO (FRA/BEL/LUX); and a 4-K restored version of Dennis Hopper’s 80’s masterpiece, OUT OF THE BLUE (CAN), which premiered 40 years ago at the Cannes film festival.
 
Design enthusiasts will revel in AALTO (FIN), a documentary on the life and work of one of the greatest modern architects, Alvar Aalto; and KENNY SCHARF: WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE (USA), which provides an in-depth insight into the visionary and brilliant American painter and iconic street artist.
 
Street art is also a central theme in THE BEST BATTLE (CHIL); a documentary exploring Santiago’s political street art during the 2019/2020 estallido social (social blast) that marked the remembrance of the 1973 coup. And you can go inside the movement that has come to be known as the alt-right with WHITE NOISE (USA) or experience the private rituals and celebrations of Australians recreating Pagan traditions for the southern hemisphere with UNDER A PAGAN SKY (AUS).
 
Dive into the history of the underground lesbian scene that emerged in the 80s in London with the documentary REBEL DYKES (UK), produced by founding member of the British/Irish girl group Bananarama, Siobhan Fahey; enjoy a cinematic portrait into the legendary musical innovator DELIA DERBYSHIRE (UK), the English musician, composer and pioneer of electronic music who created the music to iconic science-fiction TV series Doctor Who; or take in the story of Karl Marx’s youngest daughter, Eleanor, via feature film MISS MARX (ITAL/BEL).
 
The Scandi’s deliver (as always) with MEANWHILE ON EARTH (SWE/DEN/EST), a documentary about the funeral industry; END OF THE LINE: THE WOMEN OF STANDING ROCK (US/FIN), where a group of indigenous women risk their lives to stop the Dakota Access oil pipeline construction that desecrated ancient burial and prayer sites; OH, IT HERTZ (NOR), where musician Laurie Amat takes a journey into the ways in which sound affects us. Spurred on by a conspiracy theory involving Joseph Goebbels and the Nazi’s – where, during an international conference in 1939, the Nazi’s changed the music tuning globally by changing the tone of the tuning fork for all musicians worldwide. They did this because they thought it would make the masses aggressive and more easy to manipulate and this is the pitch we listen to today; and feature film NIMBY (FIN), which stands for Not In My Back Yard and follows a lesbian couple living in Helsinki who are considering coming out of the closet.
 
Perth’s international party icon TOMAS FORD asks you to HAVE A BATH WITH ME? on Saturday 3 July in a night that promises to deliver an immersive cinema experience full of hyper colour musical adventure.
 
GET YOUR SHORTS ON! and the City of Vincent Film Project provides the opportunity to support some of WA’s talented emerging filmmakers on Wednesday 7 July and Revelation’s WESTRALIA DAY on Saturday 10 July at The Backlot continues to shine a spotlight on locally-produced short films and long form content.
 
WIFT AUSTRALIA presents WIFT V-FEST on Sunday 11 July, showcasing the work of women in the film industry both in-front and behind the lens; and Rev’s unique creative experiment BLIND DATE falls on this same day, and is bound to be something special as we bring together musicians and filmmakers.
 
Amongst all of this, Rev continues to present a selection of panels, discussions and industry workshops – more details available at www.revelationfilmfestival.org.
                     
And Rev’s online streaming platform RevStream (formerly REVonDEMAND) showcases first class films in the comfort of your own home year round. 
 
These are just some of the highlights of the 2021 Revelation Perth International Film Festival program which continues to redefine what a film festival can be, even during the most challenging of cultural times.

Revelation is supported by the Australian and West Australian governments through ScreenwestLotterywestScreen Australia and the City of Vincent.

Australia’s national museum of screen culture, ACMI, has today unveiled the internationally acclaimed exhibition Disney: The Magic of Animation, celebrating nearly 100 years of the iconic studio’s creations. Shown for the first time in the Southern Hemisphere as part of the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series, a Victorian Government initiative delivered through Visit Victoria.

Curated from a staggering 65 million original artworks housed at the Walt Disney Animation Research Library in Los Angeles, 500 carefully selected pieces – including sketches, drawings, paintings and concept art – comprise this once-in-a-lifetime exposition, which pulls back the curtain on the magic that goes into making some of the world’s most iconic films.

These rarely seen works highlight the detailed development of Disney’s most beloved animations – from Mickey Mouse’s first talkie Steamboat Willie (1928), through to the groundbreaking Fantasia (1940) and the universally celebrated Frozen (2013) – while highlighting the extraordinary evolution of animation techniques which the studio pioneered. The Melbourne iteration will also debut never-before-exhibited artwork from the Studio’s newest release Raya and the Last Dragon (2021).

“We’re delighted to open Disney: The Magic of Animation – our first major exhibition since reopening our transformed museum,” said ACMI Director CEO, Katrina Sedgwick OAM. “Disney has enchanted audiences across the world, with the universal fondness for beloved classics just as strong as the enthusiasm for modern masterpieces. It’s so special to be able to bring an exhibition to Australia that will resonate so strongly with audiences of all ages and all cultures and will be a source of joy for so many.”

“Part of The Walt Disney Company’s local and loved strategy is to create new opportunities to share our unique and global stories with local audiences. This is at the heart of everything we do to entertain, connect and inspire. We are incredibly excited to share the Disney: The Magic of Animation exhibition with the people of Melbourne at the iconic ACMI museum, in the centre of the city. Bringing this exhibition to Australian shores invites guests to connect with the depth and breadth of our stories, and beloved characters in a more relevant, and meaningful way. We hope that those who attend will be delighted and inspired by the artistry showcased, bringing to life our Disney stories and its magic, here in Australia,” said Kylie Watson-Wheeler, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, The Walt Disney Company Australia & New Zealand.

“We are so excited to be opening our exhibition at ACMI and sharing these treasures from the Walt Disney Animation Research Library collection with Australian audiences. The exhibition features behind the scenes production artworks which were created during the development of our Disney animated films. Guests will have a rare opportunity to see how the film makers and artists develop our stories and work through different ideas and concepts along the way to creating the films we know so well. The artworks are inspiring and touching and show the diversity of artistic talents that go into the making of our films. We hand selected these artworks from our collection of over 65 million works, to give guests the special experience of going behind the scenes at the Walt Disney Animation Studios,” added Kristen McCormick, Art Exhibitions & Conservation Manager of Walt Disney Animation Research Library.

“From Mickey Mouse to The Lion King, no matter your age – the wonderful world of Disney has reached us all, I encourage Victorians to visit this Australian-first exhibition at ACMI this winter. Disney: The Magic of Animation is set to be a blockbuster – not only will we see Victorians filing in to see it, it will also attract visitors from around the country which is exactly what we need as Victoria continues its recovery,” said Minister for Creative Industries Danny Pearson.

Lauded across the globe, from Paris to Tokyo, Seoul to Singapore, Disney: The Magic of Animation is a remarkable compilation of artworks by the creative team of artists and film makers at the Walt Disney Animation Studios. It will spark joy, curiosity and nostalgia in visitors young and old.

The opening of Disney: The Magic of Animation is the first time a major exhibition has taken place since the museum’s $40 million redevelopment, backed by the Victorian Government.

Disney: The Magic of Animation opens at ACMI today. Tickets can be purchased online at acmi.net.au

Presented by Palace, the German Film Festival’s full 2021 programme has been revealed, which boasts a spectacular selection of 30 films, the best and latest in German cinema, a number of which are screening for the first time outside Germany.

The Festival, in collaboration with German Films, opens with the eagerly anticipated feature debut of actor Daniel Brühl (Good Bye Lenin!), who directs and stars in NEXT DOOR (Nebenan) fresh from its world premiere at the Berlinale. In this darkly comic skewering of celebrity and privilege, Brühl plays a famous actor whose day gets completely railroaded by a stranger with ulterior motives.

The multi award-winning Closing Night film, BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ is a slick new adaptation of Alfred Döblin’s influential 1929 novel of the same name and follows an undocumented immigrant from West Africa on a dark odyssey through Berlin.

Berlin Alexanderplatz was previously adapted by filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and Fassbinder is the focus of this year’s Festival spotlight with a glorious 4K restoration of LOLA for its 40th anniversary. Lola follows a seductive cabaret singer in her outrageous quest to elevate herself in a world where everything-and everyone-is for sale. The film will feature special introductions at selected sessions throughout the Festival.

Plus the Cannes Film Festival selected ENFANT TERRIBLE, aprovocative and uncompromising biopic that looks at the intense short life and excesses of the iconic New German Cinema auteur, featuring a brilliant performance from Oliver Masucci as Fassbinder. 

The city of Berlin features prominently in this year’s festival. Documentary BERLIN BOUNCER tells the story of Berlin – from a divided city to the party metropolis of today – through the eyes of its most legendary doormen. Stars Berghain bouncer Sven Marquardt.

THE KANGAROO CHRONICLES (Die Känguru-Chroniken) is ahilarious adaptation of the bestselling book series by Marc-Uwe Kling and revolves around a mediocre musician and a communist Kangaroo who must team up to fight a right-wing politician. Directed by Dani Levy.

Sandra Hüller (Toni Erdmann) stars in EXILE (Exil) where cultural and psychological tensions, claustrophobically observed in the workplace and at home, come to a head in Visar Morina’s enthralling thriller about one man’s identity crisis as a foreigner in Germany.

FREE COUNTRY (Freies Land)is set in a recently reunified Germany as two detectives investigate the disappearance of teen sisters in a remote town, where it seems like everyone has something to hide.

Family relationships are at the fore in GOD, YOU’RE SUCH A PRICK (Gott, du kannst ein Arsch sein). 

16-year-old Steffi who has been diagnosed with cancer decides to enjoy the time she has left by embarking on a road-trip while her parents (played by Heike Makatsch and Til Schweiger) chase her. Charming comedy GRANDPARENTING 101 (Enkel für Anfänger) stars Heiner Lauterbach, Barbara Sukowa and Maren Kroymann as grandparents for hire who plunge their lives into chaos to escape their monotonous retirement. Lauterbach also stars in IT’S FOR YOUR OWN GOOD (Es ist zu deinem Besten) alongside Jürgen Vogel and Hilmi Sözer in this feel-good comedy as three fathers who make a pact to save their daughters from their boyfriends.

A beguiling fusion of modern romance and futurism, Maria Schrader’s romantic comedy I’M YOUR MAN (Ich bin dein Mensch) questions what it means to be human, as a scientist agrees to live with a humanoid robot in an extraordinary experiment. Maren Eggert’s performance as scientist Alma earned her the Silver Bear Award at the Berlinale this year. Also stars Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey).  

Told without dialogue but full of poetry, THE BRA (Vom Lokführer, der die Liebe suchte) is an unconventional Cinderella story set in scenic Azerbaijan where a lovable train driver stumbles upon not a crystal slipper but a blue bra.

In THE PERFECT SECRET (Das perfekte Geheimnis), an evening amongst friends escalates when all phones are put on the table at dinner and secrets cannot be hidden in this biting German box office hit featuring a unique all-star ensemble.

Based on a bestselling novel, epistolary cyber romance THE SPACE BETWEEN THE LINES (Gut gegen Nordwind) is a thoughtful look at the nature of human relationships, starring Nora Tschirner and Alexander Fehling.

Thrilling drama THE COLLINI CASE (Der Fall Collini) starsElyas M’Barek as a young defence lawyer who unearths a vast conspiracy while investigating a brutal murder case. M’Barek also stars opposite Palina Rojinski in NIGHTLIFE, which follows one man’s romantic encounter with the woman of his dreams that turns into a crazy chase through the Berlin night in this wild comedy. 

Austrian cinema also features with OSKAR & LILLI. WHERE NO ONE KNOWS US (Ein bisschen bleiben wir noch), a timely bittersweet odyssey about the many ways of perceiving the world in order to survive. Two Chechen refugee children – separated from their mother – try to avert their looming fate of deportation from Austria with poetic and unusual means.

BACKSTAGE VIENNA STATE OPERA (Backstage Wiener Staatsoper), a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at cultural institution the Vienna State Opera, portrays the variety of often invisible work that enables the world-renowned singers, conductors and musicians to delight their audience.

Music is also at the heart of THE AUDITION (Das Vorspiel).A meticulously arranged visual concerto from acclaimed German actor-director Ina Weisse, this gripping drama stars Nina Hoss as a woman trapped in the pursuit of success. Each session will be followed by a pre-recorded Q&A with star Nina Hoss.

Previously announced, the Festival Centrepiece feature is FABIAN: GOING TO THE DOGS (Fabian oder Der Gang vor die Hunde).  Direct from its world premiere at the 2021 Berlinale, Dominik Graf’sadaptation of Erich Kästner’s iconic 1930s Berlin set novel, sees a dashing idealist played by Tom Schilling find love amidst the twilight hedonism of pre-Nazi Germany. Special event screenings will feature an introduction and intermission with specialty cocktails served.

Also screening: ELECTRIC GIRL, a high energy blend of animation and psychological study in which a slam poet begins to embody the Japanese anime superheroine that she voices.While in HOW I TAUGHT MYSELF TO BE A CHILD (Wie ich lernte, bei mir selbst Kind zu sein)the youngest son of an old Austrian dynasty of confectionery millionaires discovers the power of love, humour and his own extraordinary ability to shape his realities in conservative 1950s Vienna.

The Goethe-Institut presents the popular sidebar “Kino for Kids”, films especially curated for children and teens. This year’s programme includes: 

A VOLUNTARY YEAR (Das freiwillige Jahr) – Adomestic coming-of-age story, a father and daughter fight over travel plans as recent high-school graduate Jette is about to head to Central America for a year of volunteering.

DEAR MR. FÜHRER (Das Glaszimmer) – After fleeing Munich with his mother shortly before the end of the war, Felix befriends the son of a loyal National Socialist in this war drama about growing up and fitting in.

MADISON: A FAST FRIENDSHIP (Madison) – When the cycling-obsessed 13-year-old Madison has to unwillingly swap her racing bike for a mountain bike in the Alps, things go haywire in this sporting adventure.

MAX AND THE WILD BUNCH (Max und die wilde 7) – When nine-year-old Max moves to a senior residence with his mother, he is caught up in an exciting investigation, together with the three nursing home residents of Table No. 7.

THE PEPPERCORNS AND THE SECRET OF THE DEEP SEA (Die Pfefferkörner und der Schatz der Tiefsee) – An exciting adventure with a strong environmental message, five young sleuths become embroiled in an eco-conspiracy in their search for a missing oceanographer.

TOO FAR AWAY (Zu weit weg) – Athis new school, an 11-year-old boy bonds over soccer with another newcomer, a 12-year-old Syrian refugee in this sensitive drama of competition and friendship.

Tickets are now on sale at www.germanfilmfestival.com.au

The German Film Festival will take place nationally from 25 May to 20 June in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Brisbane and Byron Bay. 

LISTING DETAILS:

Sydney: 25 May – 13 June, Palace Norton, Chauvel Cinemas, Palace Central

Canberra: 26 May – 13 June, Palace Electric

Melbourne: 27 May – 13 June,Palace Balwyn, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Cinema Como, The Kino, Pentridge Cinema and The Astor Theatre (selected sessions)

Brisbane: 1 – 20 June,Palace James StPalace Barracks

Adelaide: 2 – 20 June,Palace Nova Eastend CinemasPalace Nova Prospect Cinemas

Perth: 3 – 20 June, Luna Leederville, Luna on SX & Palace Raine Square

Byron Bay: 4 – 20 June, Palace Byron Bay

MONSTER FEST celebrates its 10th Anniversary from November 25th-28th in SydneyBrisbanePerth & Adelaide with four days of the latest and greatest genre and cult cinema programming from around the world.

Once again in partnership with Event Cinemas, MONSTER FEST will return to Event Cinemas George St (Sydney), Event Cinema Myer Centre (Brisbane), Event Cinemas Innaloo (Perth) & Event Cinemas Marion (Adelaide).

MONSTER FEST Festival Director Grant Hardie remarked “as this year marks the 10th anniversary since we launched Monster Fest to genre fans around Australia, it’s particularly satisfying to be announcing the 2021 events after successfully meeting the challenges we all faced in 2020. We are really excited to see what’s on offer this year and showcase these films to audiences around the country.

Tickets & Passes will go on sale in July when the first wave of programming is revealed.

WHEN:
Thursday 25th of November – Sunday 28th of November 2021

WHERE:

NSW
Event Cinemas George St
505/525 George St
Sydney NSW

QLD
Event Cinema Myer Centre
Level 3, The Myer Centre, 91 Queen St
Brisbane City QLD

WA
Event Cinemas Innaloo
57 Liege St
Innaloo WA

SA
Event Cinemas Marion
Level 3, Westfield, 297 Diagonal Rd
Oaklands Park SA

Website: http://www.monsterfest.com.au/

MONSTER FEST will celebrate its 10th Anniversary from November 4th-11th at Cinema Nova with seven days of the latest and greatest genre and cult cinema programming from around the world.

Along with World & Australian Premiere screenings, Monster Fest are pleased to reveal the return of Filmmaker Q&As, Panel Discussions and the infamous All-Night Marathon to the Melbourne festival also.

Festival Director Grant Hardie remarked “after a challenging 12 months for us all, we are honoured to be celebrating our tenth anniversary this year, and we are especially looking forward to doing so with all of the Monster Fest fans who’ve made the last 10 years possible.

A limited release of VIP Passes & 5 Film Passes are now available and the first twenty VIP Passes sold will include a complimentary Monster Fest 2021 festival t-shirt.

Entries are now open for Short and Feature Film submissions via FilmFreeway with the first deadline, being the Early Bird Deadline, closing on May 29th.

WHEN:
Thursday 4th of November – Thursday 11th of November 2021

WHERE:CINEMA NOVA
380 Lygon St, Carlton VIC 3053

PASSES:

VIP Passes $220
Mini-Pass (5 Films*) $75

VIP PASS – all access to every screening and event from Thursday 4 November to Thursday 11 November and complimentary Monster Fest 2021 t-shirt for first 20 VIP Passes sold.

*5 FILM PASS – access to 5 films in the program from Thursday 4 November to Thursday 11 November with the exclusion of any programming marked ‘Special Event’.

Website: http://www.monsterfest.com.au/

The Adelaide Film Festival kicks off 2021 with what promises to be a legendary opening weekend – the World Premiere of the Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund film THIS IS PORT ADELAIDE.

Rescheduled from November due to Covid restrictions, there will be several screenings over three celebratory days (Friday February 5 – Sunday February 7) at the Odeon Cinema, Semaphore, with Port Adelaide past and present heroes in attendance, as well as director/producer Nicole Miller and producers James Moody and Paul Ryan.
 
The weekend kicks off with a Gala red carpet event on Friday February 5 at 6.45pm. Special guests include:Matthew Richardson  (PAFC CEO)John Cahill (Premiership Player and past Coach)Brett Duncanson (Ex PAFC President)Dan Smith (Hilltop Hoods)Gavin Wanganeen (two time premiership player & Brownlow medallist)Anton Andreacchio and Mat KestingGreg Boulton (Ex PAFC President)Brian Cunningham (SANFL premiership captain and inaugural Port Adelaide AFL CEO)Andrew Day, Kevin Osborn and Jamie Restas – Current PAFC Board membersKeith Thomas and Daniel NortonStephen Williams (Premiership Player)
There are a further 12 screenings over the weekend, culminating in a Special Legends Screening at 6.45pm on Sunday February 7.  Tim Ginever (seven-time premiership player) will host an introductory Q&A at the screening with Port Adelaide legends including Brian Cunningham (SANFL premiership captain and inaugural Port Adelaide AFL CEO), Warren Tredrea (AFL premiership captain) and Greg Phillips (eight-time premiership player and Australian Football Hall of Fame inductee).
 
Port Adelaide Football Club, one of the world’s oldest and most successful sporting clubs, celebrated 150 years in 2020. Love it or hate it, the club has become an integral part of the history of Adelaide. The film shares passionate first-hand accounts from players and one-eyed supporters who bleed for the club.
 
Adelaide director Nicole Miller (who has been mentored by Justin Kurzel, the director Snowtown and The True History of the Kelly Gang) became immersed in the world of footy and the Port Adelaide Football Club when she directed the recent series The AFL Show, which explains the sport to a Chinese audience.
 
Adelaide Film Festival CEO & Creative Director Mat Kesting says: “More than simply a football game, This is Port Adelaide is a universal story about what it means to belong.

2020 is a year that has brought unprecedented challenges for us all, but Port always rises to a challenge. The film celebrates the undying connection of the Port Adelaide community, passed down to each new generation, that underpins the resilience that the club needs to adapt and survive. What a truly Adelaide way to conclude our 2020 Festival program!”
 
Daniel Norton, Port Adelaide Football Club GM – Media and Executive Producer of This is Port Adelaide says the Port Adelaide Football Club story is 150 years in the making and it is a story that needs to be told and shared with generations to come.
 
“Port Adelaide is Australia’s most successful league football club. It is a remarkable story of highs and lows, underpinned by a shared football club and a surrounding community mantra of never, ever giving up,” Mr Norton said.
 
“It is a story of unparalleled success that needed to be celebrated and captured in a feature length film. It’s one of the great stories in Australian sport, the community football club who grew out of humble beginnings and became the only non-Victorian club to be elevated into the AFL.
 
“As we know the success of the club is not just because of its on-field deeds. We have an extraordinary community of support that has driven this great club forward since its inception as a social club back in 1870.
 
“And it’s the club’s loyal supporters and volunteers who are the true heroes of this film.
 
“This film is a celebration of a club, a community and an irresistible united force like you’ve never seen before.
 
“On behalf of the club, I thank our production partner 57 Films for their tireless contribution to this production and investment partner the Adelaide Film Festival for their generous support of this film.”
 
Tickets are available here:  https://adelaidefilmfestival.org