Melbourne 2015: Program Guide Reveals An Electric Array Of Cinematic Gold
An ad played showing people's facial muscles being zapped by an 'emotion simulator' representing happy, sad, excited, angry and scared. To everyone's surprise after the ad concluded a curtain was drawn revealing a man in the experimental chair and a doctor experimenting on him. It was a surreal way to cap off a pretty spectacular evening, but then the coup de grâce arrived in the form of the guides themselves.
The focus has certainly changed in 2015; from protecting film as a medium, highlighting its patient essence and mediating on time, to forward thinking new and innovative technologies; film shot on iPhone, the Vertical Cinema experience, a focus on the psychedelic, true-crime that has popularized the Zeitgeist and the television medium and many more.
Here is my twelve hour synopsis of the pick of the litter for ten of the program arenas from this glorious guide. Stay tuned to ScreenAnarchy for plenty of MIFF reviews.