FILM FESTIVAL: 2015 Melbourne International Film Festival preview

The Melbourne International Film Festival, ‘MIFF’, kicks off tomorrow night with a massive program of films and events running over the next 19 days from the 30th July 2015 to 16th August 2015.

This year’s festival features programming streams covering International Panorama: best of global cinema, Next Generation: cinema for all ages, Australian Showcase: home grown films, Accent on Asia: cinema from our closest neighbours, and Night Shift: subversive cinema. The documentary stream of the festival has a broad collection including specific themes – This Sporting Life, Witness to the Fact: True Crime on Film and Backbeat. The retrospectives feature David Gulphilil, Josh & Benny Safdie and Sebastian Silva, along with a collections of programs simply know as Psychedelic, Masters & Restorations and Culinary cinema

The special events include Talking Pictures sessions, Vertical Cinema and the Festival Lounge & Wine bar takes up its a familiar residence at the Forum Theatre.

For those in the industry MIFF also runs the well respected, but invitation only 37º South Market & Accelerator programs with only a couple of the events with public access you’ll need to dig deep into the program or check out the website to find those select events.

If you are over whelmed by choice, I recommend you check out one of the films from my top ten picks of the festival

Result – mumble-core aficionado Andrew Bujalski returns with professional actors including Melbourne’s own Guy Pearce in this highly enjoyable romantic comedy.
The Witch – the incredibly dark, haunting, gothic tale of witchcraft in New England in the 1630’s and spoken in old world english.
Tangerine – Sean Baker’s energetic, vibrant tale about transgender street workers in LA which was shot on the iPhone 5S will certainly delight with it’s refreshing style.

The Diary of a Teenage Girl – is a whimsical, naughty adventure of a teenage girls angst with moving into the world of adulthood set in the sexually charged freedoms of the 70’s.
The Wolfpack – Crystal Moselle introduces us to a family whose children were rarely permitted to leave their NYC apartment, instead using their passion for cinema to discover the world.
Being Evel – Evel Knievel, the 70’s iconic daredevil finally gets a backstory and we learn just what happened to this larger than life character.
Welcome to Leith – an enthralling documentary detailing the fight by a small community against the arrival of their newest resident, a white supremacist, Craig Cobb.
Tales of Grim Sleeper – Nick Broomfields familiar documentary style is on show when he delves into the horrific serial killing murders of African American women in Los Angeles over a  twenty year period.
My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn – Liv Corfixen documents her husbands journey during the production of ‘Only God Forgives’.
Dead Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon – a very enjoyable and funny trip down memory lane detailing the founding of one of the most significant comedy troops in the modern era.

If you find yourself in Melbourne during the festival, pick up a program from one of the venues or visit the official website for information and screening times.

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