Australian Showcase

"Wide awake to the wonder, terror and giddy confusion of being a 14-year-old adolescent in 1970s Australia, Rosemary Myers' Girl Asleep is a strange, savvy, big-hearted teen adventure … unquestionably unique." – Variety ... Winner of the Adelaide Film Festival Audience Award for Most Popular Feature, and the Seattle Film Festival's Grand Prix, Girl Asleep is the sparkling filmmaking debut of Windm... Read more
[Girl in a Mirror] is a riveting portrait of the extraordinary Carol Jerrems, a photographer of phenomenal talent, who documented counter-culture in Australia during the 1970s. Precocious and irreverent, Jerrems mixed with filmmakers, musicians and fellow photographers in Melbourne and Sydney, making lovers of many and recording her relationships with a raw and affecting frankness. Famously, the p... Read more
Written, directed and animated by Oscar-winning filmmaker and cartoonist Bruce Petty, Global Haywire is a documentary fable, threading live action and animation with stunning dynamism and originality to tell a tale of how East and West has reached the present crisis point. Referred to (rather too humbly) as “a cartoonist's inquiry” into what now seems to be a kind of brilliant but frightening worl... Read more
On its 1982 release, [Goodbye Paradise] earned the AFI Award for Best Actor and Best Screenplay. Ray Barrett plays Michael Stacey, a disgraced former Queensland assistant police commissioner, in a film that never received the recognition it deserved due to the sensitivity of the time. (It was released prior to the Fitzgerald Inquiry into police corruption in Queensland.) Stacey, recently kicked ou... Read more
On recently finishing his lead role in The Tracker (MIFF Opening Night film), David Gulpilil returned to the Yolgnu clan in Arnhem Land in Northern Australia, where his tribal status necessitates social obligations. Charting Guipilil's life between these two very different worlds, this fascinating documentary follows Guipilil's offstage life, punctuated by interviews with numerous colleagues and m... Read more
An ambitious experimental docudrama, Hail draws from the life experiences of its star: ex-criminal and jail-cell philosopher Danny Jones. ... Both epic love story and autobiography, the audacious Hail is the culmination of six years of collaboration between director Amiel Courtin-Wilson (Bastardy, MIFF 2008; Ben Lee: Catch My Disease, MIFF 2011) and Danny Jones, a 50-year-old former prisoner with ... Read more
Hamlet X AustraliaJames Clayden, described by Adrian Martin at this year's Rotterdam Film Festival as 'one of Australia's best kept artistic secrets', returns to MIFF following the screening of his highly acclaimed Ghost Paintings series in 2003. His latest audiovisual collage is a meditation in image and sound on Shakespeare's Hamlet. Employing a symphonic structure, this latest UFO (Unidentified... Read more
Nineteen year-old Ari (Alex Dimitriades) is obsessed with sex, drugs, his little sister's Lebanese boyfriend and his best friend's transvestite tendencies. Spread over an intense and eventful day, Head On packs a king hit of ethnic, sexual and drug-related tensions. ... Those familiar with Christos Tsiolkas's contemporary post-grunge novel, Loaded, will recognise the same tightness of the book in ... Read more
Curtis Levy's documentary traces the public and private life of Hephzibah Menuhin, celebrated equally as a concert pianist and human rights worker. When her brother, internationally acclaimed violinist Yehudi Menuhin, married Australian heiress Nola Nicholas, Hephzibah soon after wed Nola's brother, Lindsay. Hephzibah and Lindsay moved to the Nicholas family property, a remote sheep station in wes... Read more
*IMPORTANT* ... Due to circumstances beyond MIFF's control, *_High or Dry_* will not be screening at the festival. See daily schedule changes for replacement films. ... [High or Dry], depicting middle-class heroin-user Mark, is one of the best and most arresting documentary debuts seen in this country in decades. ... Mark is a magnetic, all-consuming presence who affects everyone around him, but, ... Read more
Helen Barrow's penetrating documentary takes us behind the scenes at the offices of Australia's leading newspapers and into the studios of the country's leading political cartoonists. Combining fly on the wall observation and probing interviews, the film delves into the minds of the cartoonists dissecting current events, lambasting celebrity, prodding the powerful and, most frequently, tearing str... Read more
Australian director Ben Lewin's fascination and obsession with jewellery was spawned during the production of his film The Favour, The Watch, and the Very Big Fish. It all started with a watch that Jeff Goldblum's character wore, and from then Lewin graduated to 'celebrity watch consultant' status. ... Hollywood Gold is a strange and alluring tour of the Beverly Hills celebrity jewellery system. I... Read more
Biblical tours are big business. Suzi Rosedale moved from Australia to an Arab outer suburb of Jerusalem in 1984. Since then she has run a highly successful company chaperoning devout pilgrims around the ancient sites of the Holy Land. Mormons, Catholics, Jews and Muslims all line up for a glimpse of relics, ruins and reduced price souvenirs of a supposedly sacred past. ... Suzi makes no secret of... Read more
Human Touch Australia From Paul Cox (Innocence, MIFF 2000), one of Australia's most celebrated filmmakers, comes the World Premiere of the erotically charged drama Human Touch. Features an atmospheric score by Paul Grabowsky and strong performances from a talented cast, including Jacqueline McKenzie, Chris Haywood, Aaron Blabey, Rebecca Frith and Aden Young.Anna (McKenzie) is in her early 30s'she ... Read more
A dark and dangerous episode in Australia's cinema history is vibrantly reanimated and reinterpreted through Hunt Angels. Using innovative digital composite techniques never before utilised in an Australian feature film, director Alec Morgan and visual effects specialist Rose Draper blend 1930s Australia with the cinematic fantasy worlds of their imaginative main characters in what is a valentine ... Read more
A great example of Australian documentary making, as progressive as it is poetic."—Megan Spencer, JJJ ... Hurt is an Australian docudrama like no other. 250 young Australians, from rural areas and small towns, have been given the opportunity to tell their own stories, with their images, in their own words. Challenging, haunting and ultimately uplifting, Hurt recounts episodes in the lives of these... Read more
A global glimpse into the tumultuous, evolving experience of being 11 years old. ... Filmmaker Genevieve Bailey spent four years travelling the world talking to 11-year-olds to compose this gentle, funny and often affecting documentary portrait of cross-cultural childhood. From an orphanage in India to a single-parent household in inner-city Melbourne, I Am Eleven explores the lives and thoughts o... Read more
"We don't have a plan, so nothing can go wrong", the most famous comic of our times once declared. ... [I Told You I was Ill: The Life and Legacy of Spike Milligan] is an intimate portrait of comic genius and manic-depressive Spike Milligan, told largely through his three daughters, his brother and his third wife. Together they present a picture of a complex, visionary and loving man, who changed ... Read more
James Bogle's Mad Bomber in Love was voted Best of the Fest at MIFF in 1993. The following year the film was invited to screen at the Santa Monica Film Festival, and Bogle was quickly heralded as the new director of promise in Australia. In the Winter Dark is a captivating rural thriller, based on Tim Winton's novella. The film relates the story of four people who live in a remote but beautiful va... Read more
Roger Ebert at Cannes: "So far my favourite is innocence, a touching work by the Australian master Paul Cox, about a couple who were each other's first true loves, and meet again after 50 years. Julia Blake and Charles Tingwell, actors who are both 70-ish, bring a heart-stopping passion and risk to their renewed love affair. This is not a formula film with phony setbacks and a happy ending, but a ... Read more
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