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Melbourne 2016 Review: OUR HUFF AND PUFF JOURNEY, Cathartic Kawaii

Daigo Matsui’s latest bubble gum pop nightmare is thankfully a more restrained but no less creative effort from the director with a music video background. Comparable to the loose Wonderful World End, this relatively linear road-trip narrative is brought to...

Melbourne 2016 Review: 11 MINUTES Stylishly and Confidently Embraces its Concept

A new film from Polish master Jerzy Skolimowski, this 78 year old auteur shows no signs that he has slowed down in his latest thrilling venture. It is nearing 5:00 p.m. on an austere but sunny day in Warsaw, Poland...

Melbourne 2016 Review: WHAT'S IN THE DARKNESS Reveals Deeply Ambiguous Nostalgia

What's in the Darkness is a murder mystery, a coming-of-age film and a directorial debut for Wang Yichun. Unfortunately, its poor direction and muddled plot uses far too many metaphors for what is really going on. This deeply nostalgic film is...

Melbourne 2016: Centrepiece Australian Black Comedy DOWN UNDER Announced at MIFF

The Melbourne International Film Festival has just announced an exciting addition to its lineup, continuing the genre fun, the Centrepiece gala film will be Down Under; a controversial pick that tackles the Cronulla riots; a racist conflict that broke out...

Melbourne 2016: World Premiere THE DEATH AND LIFE OF OTTO BLOOM To Open MIFF

The Melbourne International Film Festival is weeks away, but the excitement is already growing for this year's event. Hopefully to set the tone, MIFF have announced key sponsor Grey Goose Vodka as well as some information on the fun genre-blender...

Melbourne 2016: WHAT'S IN THE DARKNESS And More Next Gen Gems Announced For MIFF

The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is nearly upon us, no wonder it is starting to feel cold already. The festival takes place in winter and while we are a few weeks away yet, the films for Next Gen's programming...

Melbourne 2015 Review: DOWNRIVER Needs A Paddle

Downriver, the Australian feature debut from Grant Scicluna, certainly showed signs of promise: a dour but intensely quiet rumination of redemption set in a murky bush town filled with questionable characters. It certainly has the ingredients for an intriguing, mystery-fuelled thriller....

Melbourne 2015 Review: Sebastian Silva Proves He's The NASTY BABY

Based on a true story (very loosely), Silva's latest film Nasty Baby is a completely misdirected comedy drama about a gay hipster couple, artist Freddy (Silva himself) and Mo (Tunde Adebimpe) who reside in Brooklyn and are trying to...

Melbourne 2015 Review: HOLDING THE MAN Explores Doomed Love Delicately

From Neil Armfield, the director of doomed addict romance Candy, comes his latest, also doomed romance Holding The Man. Another adaptation, this time based on the life memoirs of Timothy Conigrave and his epic love for partner John Caleo....

Melbourne 2015 Review: SPEED SISTERS, A Slick And Slight Delight

Speed Sisters is a slick and entertaining documentary about a group of obsessed and undermined women who compete professionally in the West Bank rally race circuit. Providing a point of view that is strictly and politically feminine, the film surprisingly...

Melbourne 2015: Program Guide Reveals An Electric Array Of Cinematic Gold

The Melbourne International Film Festival media and MIFF members program guide launch happened last night, and it happened big with easily the best launch event of its kind since the current artistic director took curator-ship. The wait for the printed...

Melbourne 2015: Opening Night Avoids Genre For Intensely Personal Australian Drama

The opening night film for the Melbourne International Film Festival has just been announced, finally eschewing the fun genre trappings of its previous two years to embrace a deeply personal tale of cancer from Melbournian writer/director Paul Cox.The film is...

Melbourne 2015: A Relief But No Surprises; MIFF's Cannes Line-Up

The Melbourne International Film Festival Cannes line-up was announced recently. It has become a tradition now that the films MIFF has acquired from La Croisette are announced a month before the full line-up is unveiled.The list contains many films we...

Melbourne 2015: First Glance Posits New York And The U.S As Central Narratives

First Glace has arrived. Not a program section per-say but a taster of things to come across the broad spectrum of nigh 300 films that comprise MIFF. The spill of new program reveals highlight more information about the Premiere Fund...

Melbourne 2015: Next Gen Program Offers Thoughtful, Hopeful And Diverse Learning Experiences

Details have emerged regarding the full slate of films from the Melbourne International Film Festival's progressive Next Gen program. This film selection is aimed at varying youth groups and encourages teacher participation and curriculum. Each film has specific learning objectives about...

Melbourne 2015: Premiere Fund Renewed, Plus: World Debut Titles

An exciting development has emerged from this year's upcoming Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF). In an era of arts funding being cut to ribbons, it is a huge relief that the always excellent Premiere Fund has been renewed! According to an...

Melbourne 2014 Review: LIFE AFTER BETH, A Tame Zom-Com

The ever sardonic Aubrey Plaza stars as Beth, alongside Dane DeHaan's Zach, in this frequently odd but half-cooked zombie comedy from the writer of the excellent I Heart Huckabees. Director Jeff Baena only lends some of his brain to...

Melbourne 2014 Review: GOD HELP THE GIRL, A Twee Little Mess

Coming from Belle & Sebastian front-man Stuart Murdoch, God Help The Girl is a directorial debut disaster. The film is stung by lashes of awkward editing, a sloppy screenplay, and a cloying suffocation of artificial, twee characters.Our 'girl' in this modern...

Melbourne 2014 Review: In TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT, The Dardennes Eschew Nothing

Why did Two Days, One Night work so well for me? It's not easy to explain. This is especially the case, considering this is my first experience watching a film by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, and the fact I know nothing about...

Melbourne 2014 Review: HAPPY CHRISTMAS Boosted By Its Characters

Joe Swanberg directs and stars in an 'indie' family drama that is as equally generic as the non-descript title suggests. The free-formed plot involves a couple with a child; Jeff (Swanberg) and author Kelly (Melanie Lynskey) and the slight stress...