Friday, July 24, 2009
Alright! It's winter and it's cold here in Melbourne and we all know that nothing warms you up quite like a nice cosy movie...enter MIFF.
The 2009 Melbourne International Film Festival kicks off tonight with it's opening night, showcasing the Australian made blockbuster Balibo. A powerful and moving political thriller about the true events surrounding the execution of five journalists during Indonesia’s invasion of East Timor in 1975.
It's great to see some significant parts of modern Australian History - good or bad - be covered in more mainstream forms of media and social consciousness as we, Aussies, start to get a grasp on our own identity (which , believe it or not, is more than a shrimp on the barbie!)
But, of course, there's more to MIFF than opening night, running from July 24 to August 9 with all sorts of fantastic pieces of film.
That's what's great about MIFF, it combines big budget with no budget, non fiction with fantasy, commentary with comedy...it's just everything! There's something for everyone and everyone'e a critic!
Our picks for the festival include:
Balibo: Showing tonight as mentioned. The first feature film to be made in East Timor and documenting some important Australian history.
Deathbowl to Downtown: Filmmaker Coan Nichols' 30 year history of the New York skateboard culture, coming from obscurity to acceptance. We've always found some really interesting and unique design and style - the cool grungy stuff - growing out of this culture, so it's sure to be a cool doco.
Van Gogh: Brush With Genius: Showing at Imax, this French made film tracks the life and art of Vincent Van Gogh throughout his brief but prolific career, beginning in the Netherlands and advancing through Auvers-sur-Oise, Arles, Saint-Rémy and finally Paris. Did we mention it's at IMAX - what a canvas for all the unique and engaging chromatisms of Van Gogh's work! Oh, and it's at IMAX!
Lights, Camera, Tracktion: Just like blogs are sometimes better than novels, short films are sometimes better than features and this collection put together with the help of Yarra Trams is a great example of that. We've all (well, Melburnians at least) had a taste of Tram culture, so get along and celebrate the icon of our fair city!
So much to do! So much to see! Check out the program guide, the trailers page, get along and see something interesting at MIFF. You could fill a diary!