Melbourne 2013 Review: THE TURNING Mines Deep Australiana, Unearths Some Gems

Curator, producer and director Robert Connolly knows how to convey a good story. He has been intimately involved with some great Australian productions over the years; from Balibo to These Final Hours. He has the skills necessary to bring together... More »
  

Melbourne 2013 Wrap: Audience Choice Films

The 62nd Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) ended on August 11 after 17 days, screening 320 films over 453 sessions from 63 countries in 45 different languages, including 23 world premieres and 52 Australian films."2013 has been a very successful... More »
  

Melbourne 2013 Review: THESE FINAL HOURS, The Genre Film Australia Needs

In 2005, actor Nathan Phillips starred in backpacker shocker Wolf Creek. The film was a revitalization of sorts to pure genre cinema without pretension in Australia. Flash forward to today and that same actor has front and centered another firecracker of... More »
  

Melbourne 2013 Review: JIMMY P, A Psychoanalytical Slog

Director Arnaud Desplechin is a labelled auteur and no stranger to cognitive dissonance. His latest feature, direct from Cannes continues, his inquiry into the mind, but given the previous efforts, it is inexcusable how utterly dull Jimmy P is. The... More »
  

Melbourne 2013 Review: ILO ILO, A Genuine Gem

Ilo Ilo is the debut feature from Singaporean director Anthony Chen, who is now based in London. It is, however, handled with such a deft hand and filled with so much obsessive detail that one would be forgiven for thinking... More »
  

Melbourne 2013 Review: AIM HIGH IN CREATION Respects And Engages Gleefully With The DPRK

Director Anna Broinowski is no stranger to confrontation; kicking off her documentary career with Hell Bento, a film that exposed subsections of the Japanese underworld. More recently she directed a startling fib-filled terror tale about Muslim romance called Forbidden Lie$.... More »
  

Melbourne 2013: THE TURNING Gala Showcases Directors to Watch

For the past two weeks the Melbourne International Film Festival has taken over the city and Twitch (both myself and prolific reviewer Kwenton Bellette) have been everywhere, attending as many films and events as our eyes and livers can handle.... More »
By Simon de Bruyn   
  

Melbourne 2013 Review: PATRICK Offers Safe Chills And Tame Thrills

Our midnight screening of Patrick, the passionate horror remake from Ozploitation devotee Mark Hartley (Not Quite Hollywood), began with an honest and slightly disconcerting preamble from the director: Patrick is an old fashioned Gothic chiller, with little time awarded for rehearsals... More »
  

Melbourne 2013 Review: THE LAST TIME I SAW MACAO Is A Stunted Visual Essay

The Last Time I Saw Macao is a quasi neo-noir cum documentary that centers on Portugal's historical occupation in a city with the highest density on Earth. It has been likened to Marker's Sans Soleil and, on its own merits,... More »
  

Melbourne 2013 Dispatch, Day 6: Mistakes, Accidents And Incidents

Welcome to my coverage of the Melbourne International Film Festival. I aim to bring you daily updates over the next 17 days of the definitive films that certainly got my attention, as well as links to past Twitch reviews to... More »
  

Melbourne 2013 Dispatch, Day 5: Presenting Hirokazu Kore-eda's LIKE FATHER LIKE SON

Welcome to my coverage of the Melbourne International Film Festival. I aim to bring you daily updates over the next 17 days of the definitive films that certainly got my attention, as well as links to past Twitch reviews to... More »
  

Melbourne 2013 Dispatch, Day 4: Metaphors, Bittersweet Romance And Thrilling Violence

Welcome to my coverage of the Melbourne International Film Festival. I aim to bring you daily updates over the next 17 days of the definitive three or four films that certainly got my attention, as well as links to past... More »
  

Melbourne 2013 Dispatch, Day 3: Kurdish Cowboys, Restricted Rebellion And Traumatic Horrors

Welcome to my coverage of the Melbourne International Film Festival. I aim to bring you daily updates over the next 17 days of the definitive three or four films that certainly got my attention, as well as links to past... More »
  

Melbourne 2013 Dispatch, Day 2: Experimentation And Failure

Welcome to my daily coverage of the Melbourne International Film Festival! I aim to bring you daily updates over the next 17 days of the definitive three or four films that certainly got my attention, as well as links to... More »
  

Melbourne 2013: I'M SO EXCITED! Proves An Amiable Party Starter

Ah, MIFF, at last you grace Melbourne, Australia with your proliferating presence; more than 300 films in just under two weeks? I will be covering a heck of a lot on Twitch, so let's get started, shall we?Opening night kicked... More »
  

Melbourne 2013 Review: MYSTERY ROAD Is A Beautiful, Repetitive Procedural

Mystery Road, the new Australian film by Ivan Sen that opened the Sydney Film Festival makes the most of its location and recalls films such as No Country For Old Men with its bare-bones harsh reality set against the backdrop of a... More »
  

LYGON STREET: SI PARLA ITALIANO Showcases the Post-World War II Migrant Experience

For a country built so much on recent immigration, there are remarkably few stories of the immigrant experience told in Australia, especially those from those who came here after the Second World War. I know, I've looked. As a second... More »
By Simon de Bruyn   
  

Melbourne 2013: The Program Guide Reveals Plenty Of Australian Premieres For World Fest Faves

The Melbourne International Film Festival program guide was unveiled yesterday to the media and to lucky MIFF members alike who are booking tickets as you read this (sales open to non-members on Friday).Besides the already exciting First Glance and Cannes... More »
  

Melbourne 2013: Strong Asian Lineup from Cannes Acquisitions And More!

The timing of the Melbourne International Film Festival is magical. Positioned soon after Cannes, the programmers have done a stellar job of sourcing the best films from the Croisette. This is a relief. After last year's poorer effort at representing New Wave... More »
  

Melbourne 2013: MIFF Gets SO EXCITED For Opening Night

The opening night Australian premiere has just been revealed for the Melbourne International Film Festival (25th July - 11th August) and rather than an Aussie film we can all get behind (or feel alienated by) it is instead a renowned... More »
  
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