Australian Showcase

"Life in Movement has become much more than a biography or even a tribute to Liedtke's unique character and talent… this film is a moment of triumph." - Advertiser ... In 2007, the prestigious Sydney Dance Company made a surprising announcement: their new artistic director, a job at the forefront of Australia dance, would be 29 year old Tanja Liedtke. Despite her age, Liedtke had already proved he... Read more
A taut psychological thriller, Like Minds was originally conceived as a documentary before turning into a fictional drama, stemming from filmmaker Gregory J. Read's fascination into what makes serial killers tick - what were they like when they were kids? Seventeen-year-old Alex Forbes is young, privileged and charged with the death of his schoolmate, Nigel Corby. With no tangible evidence, the de... Read more
"I swim, I work, I sleep." - Tracy Heart ... How do you learn to love again when the pain of the past won't let you go' When you're 32 with a troubled history and a doubtful future, it's a question that isn't so easy to answer. And for Tracy Heart (Cate Blanchett) it's a question she can no longer ignore. ... After four years of treading water and redeeming herself in the eyes of her family, she h... Read more
Sarah Watt has a considerable reputation for her award-winning animated shorts. But Watt's astonishing debut feature, [Look Both Ways], marks this talented director's effortless transition to feature filmmaking. ... This beguiling and skilfully executed film turns on the idea that we all could be but a heartbeat from calamity. Set over a sweltering weekend, [Look Both Ways] portrays some very huma... Read more
This aptly named profile of Sydney musician and collector of psychotronic films, Jamie Leonarder, explores the intriguing and little known world of 'outsider' culture. A diversional therapist, who formed a band with the patients, Leonarder likens the institutional world of nursing to a painting by Hieronymous Bosch. He has fused compassion for the marginalised with his fascination for music and ar... Read more
A decade in the making, Lovestruck is the love child of film critic and former The Movie Show co-presenter Megan Spencer. After a chance meeting with wrestling fanatic Sue Chuter in a CD store, Megan put forward her own money to bring Sue's unique story to the screen. What you see is the culmination of a financial and personal commitment by both women. Sue is truly wrestling's number one fan, havi... Read more
The true story of Melbourne's most iconic street, as told by the men and women who made it. ... After the disaster of World War II, a wave of Italian immigrants found their way to Melbourne – a strange place, suspicious of outsiders and completely devoid of a good cup of espresso. Congregating in a then run-down stretch of Carlton known as Lygon Street, these irrepressible restaurateurs, entrepren... Read more
Mademoiselle and the DoctorAustraliaIn an outback shed in the Northern Territory, Dr Philip Nitschke builds his prototype death machine, the Co-Gen. The euthanasia campaigner and former physicist is determined to devise a peaceful 'do-it-yourself' way to die. In Perth, feisty 79-year-old Mademoiselle Lisette Nigot plans her suicide. Perfectly healthy, the French-born academic does not want to endu... Read more
[The Magician] is the tale of Melbourne hit man Ray Shoesmith. As Ray goes about his daily business, he's trailed by a young documentary filmmaker with a camera on his shoulder. He's keeping a record of events in case anything should happen to Ray, a la Pauline Hanson's famous video. ... Ray is a professional who takes great pride in his work, whether it's stand-over tactics, kidnappings or straig... Read more
The world premiere of a film about love, war, sex, politics… and chickpeas. ... Could a regional love of hummus be the recipe for peace in the Middle East? This was the question on director Trevor Graham's mind when he set out to film the MIFF Premiere Fund-supported Make Hummus Not War, a documentary about the Middle Eastern conflict you don't see on the nightly news. ... One of the oldest-known ... Read more
Jason and Julian, a couple of naïve Sydneysiders, decide that their future lies in filmmaking. They beg, borrow and max out their credit cards to scrape together a $100,000 budget. One million dollars and five years later they discover that its a cut-throat business they've entered into with their eyes wide shut. Their film The Venus Factory changed its name to Starring Duncan Wiley and then to Th... Read more
The Man Who Stole My Mother's FaceAustralia The Man Who Stole My Mother's Face was a prize-winner at the recent Tribeca Film Festival. It was described by one of the judges, actress Glenn Close, as 'a tremendously important movie for anyone who cares about violence against women and anyone who cares about the viability of a family, and healing as opposed to just hopeless destruction.' Sydney filmm... Read more
[The Marey Project] is the third video artwork by renowned Melbourne artist James Clayden to feature in MIFF over recent years. Clayden's [HAMLET X] (MIFF 04) and [The Ghost Paintings] (MIFF 03) have just screened internationally, including at Rotterdam and Buenos Aries film festivals. The Marey Project is a challenging new work inspired by the photographic and chronophotographic experiments of 19... Read more
15-year-old Martha lives in a small, inland, rural town with her mother and younger sister Elsie. Things are bleak in the town; shops are closing down, people are leaving in droves and there is nothing for teenagers to do, except hang around the local park, drinking, ... It's Martha's birthday, but it doesn't turn out to be the day of celebration that she'd hoped for; a girl at school wants to bea... Read more
Brian McKenzie has fashioned a deeply personal docu­mentary about Noel Mason, a Melbourne man trying to earn a meagre living as a children's entertainer. Noel is clown/magician 'Mister Biscuit', a character who brings a combination of sleight of hand, slapstick and gags to pre­schoolers but struggles to keep financially above water. When he is duped by a small-time conman into joining a bogus ente... Read more
Tom Zubrycki's documentary The Diplomat (MIFF 2000) focused on the struggle for independence in East Timor and its impact both politically and personally. In Molly and Mobarak, Zubrycki turns his knowing eye on a group of asylum seekers in a small, rural NSW town, focusing on various relationships between the townsfolk and refugees, and the surprising repercussions.The observational narrative is f... Read more
Molokai: The Story of 'Father Damien' is the inspirational saga of idealistic Belgian priest Father Damien who gave his compassion, seemingly limitless energy and, ultimately, his life to an isolated Hawaiian community of lepers. Paul Cox combines his acute eye for breathtaking scenery (evident in island) with the humanity of Man of Flowers and Golden Braid in this biographical tour de force. A st... Read more
Mr Patterns AustraliaMr Patterns tells the story of Geoff Bardon, an art teacher posted to a government settlement in Australia's Western Desert in the early 1970s. In Papunya, Bardon found more than 1,000 Aboriginal people living in a state of dislocation, their culture being systematically wiped out through assimilation.Bardon encouraged the people to paint their traditional designs using Wester... Read more
Who really wrote Shakespeare? Even the director of London's Globe theatre has his doubts. Melbourne-born filmmaker Michael Rubbo probes experts from London to Seattle, arriving at a film essay of incredible wit and charm. Starting with American eccentric scholar Calvin Hoffman - who claimed that Christopher Marlowe faked his own death and wrote the great works of Shakespeare in Italy - Rubbo augme... Read more
Music and Murder follows the story of three ostensibly ordinary men who, we discover, have been incarcerated for horrific murders. Whilst in prison, they have each become accomplished musicians. As they reveal themselves through their life stories and in song, the film examines their musical expression as a crucial component of their re-socialisation process. ... With incredible access to its thre... Read more
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