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Congratulations to director Zak Hilditch and all involved!
The Sunnyboy director Kaye Harrison will be in attendance at the film's screening on Saturday at 4pm. Kaye reflects on the documentary process filming The Sunnyboys' enigmatic frontman Jeremy Oxley tracing the band's origins, breakthrough success and Jeremy's subsequent 30-year battle with schizophrenia.
Australian documentarian Kim Mordaunt shot The Rocket, his first feature film, in war-ravaged Laos, and went on to win three awards at the Berlin Film Festival. He spoke to MIFF about Laos's secret war, directing in a foreign language, the Laotian love of karaoke and more.
Comrade Kim Goes Flying co-director Nicholas Bonner will be in attendance at the film's screnings, on Thursday and Friday.
Before seeing the film, read his thoughts on making the first DPRK movie stripped of overt political messages, working with "the George Clooney of North Korea", and giving ordinary North Koreans the opportunity to dream about following their own passions – into the circus or otherwise!
After the successful first screening last night of Miss Nikki and The Tiger Girls – with many viewers calling it their favourite film of the festival so far – director Juliet Lamont answered a few questions about filming in Myanmar, Burma's first girl band and more.
As promised last week, we're announcing a second round of surprise screenings!
All these new surprise screenings will be on Saturday 10 August. They are all repeat screenings of films for which there has been intense demand, and they are as follows:
Greater Union Cinema 5
Screening at 6.30pm will be Gloria
Screening at 9pm will be Mood Indigo
Greater Union Cinema 4
Screening at 6.30pm will be The Punk Singer
Screening at 9pm will be The Pervert's Guide to Ideology
Tickets for all these new sessions, as well as the previously announced surprise screenings, are on sale now. Get in quick before they're gone.
Last night we announced the winners of the 52nd MIFF Shorts Awards, one of the most highly regarded short-film competitions in the Southern Hemisphere.
The City of Melbourne Grand Prix for Best Short Film award went to the darkly funny satire Pandas, while the Film Victoria Erwin Rado Award for Best Australian Short Film went to the poetic Tau Seru. Meanwhile, James Vaughan won the Swinburne Award for Emerging Australian Filmmaker with You Like It, I Love It.
Best Fiction Short Film was won by Just Before Losing Everything while Irish Folk Furniture took home the Best Animation Short award. Recollections won Best Documentary Short and Crystal World the Best Experimental Short. A Jury Special Mention prize went to Iyeza.
See the full details here.
Ahead of tonight's 6.30pm screening of I Used to be Darker, director Matt Porterfield tells MIFF about why music is so intertwined into the film, how he made scripted scenes seem so naturally improvised and more.
Read the interview.
Did you catch Twisted Trunk, Big Fat Body? Do you want some further insight into the film and its back story? We conducted a quick Q&A with director Punarvasu Naik.
We put some questions to guest of the festival Nathaniel Kohn, producer of the fascinating Backbeat documentary Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker. Just who was this lost jazz great? Described by Dr John as "The best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced", find out more ahead of the screening at 9pm on Thursday 8 August (STANDBY).