M.A.C DOES MIFF
Melbourne International Film Festival is mere moments away and we are set and ready to rock into the big smoke and watch some stuff.
Not sure what to see? too much choice? forgot all about it? (surely not)
We've put a list together of the MAC contributors choices to help you get your movie party on.
As a special treat we have enlisted the help of multi-talented Greta Parry to run through her top 5. By day Greta is the Editor of Screen Education Magazine, all other times Greta is a Photographer, M.A.C Feature Artist, Launch Exhibition Contributor and now M.A.C guest Writer, take it away G-Paz!
Greta Parry, Guest Writer
Definitely one of the most outrageous offerings this year, German film Wetlands promises haemorrhoids, tampons, masturbation and anal shaving. Admittedly that’s all I really need to know – I love seeing shit like this on screen – but the thing that really appeals is its non-judgemental, almost celebratory approach to an 18-year-old girl obsessed with all the gloriously grotesque aspects of her body (an approach that’s hard to imagine existing in Western cinema). For those playing at home, it’s adapted from a novel by Charlotte Roche (I haven’t read it) and it’s directed by David Wnendt (I don’t know who that is), but just watch the trailer and tell me this doesn’t look like wild cinema.
This has three things going for it which, combined, make this unmissable for me. One: it’s shot on film. This is apparently so rare that this year, for the first time, MIFF includes a program devoted to films on celluloid. I’m not sure it’s that unusual (even the Dark Knight trilogy was shot on film, ffs) but as a stubbornly devoted analogue photographer I’m a sucker for anyone creating things the classic way. Two: it’s an American indie. And we all love those, right? Three: this surely has the most nostalgic aesthetic of anything at the festival. The lo-fi cinematography, the fluoro titles, the dated (hip-again?) clothing… even the soundtrack is available on cassette for god’s sake. The trailer also reeks of the entitled-rich-kid hedonism that put Bret Easton Ellis on the literary map almost three decades ago. Let’s hope L for Leisure is more than the sum of its uber-trendy parts.
Um, have you seen this trailer? Do you know anything about this movie? Here’s all you need to know: Tom Hardy alone in a car for 85 minutes. Let that sink in.
But wait, there’s more! Writer/director Steven Knight previously wrote the excellent Dirty Pretty Things and Eastern Promises. Hardy, complete with Welsh accent, is reportedly in career-best form (remember how amazing he was in Bronson? So his performance is apparently better than that. I know.). And it’s a thriller – and by all reports, an extremely effective one. Honestly, what’s not to love?
This Cambodian-Australian film by Michael Cody and Amiel Courtin-Wilson is hard to compare to anything else. Even Courtin-Wilson’s 2011 film Hail, which itself defies any kind of easy categorisation, isn’t a neat comparison. But it’s precisely this ambiguity that makes it so intriguing: the filmmakers call it an ‘impressionistic fable’; it’s set in Cambodia and stars local actors speaking Khmer; it won the Special Jury Prize at Venice; it employs extensive improvisation and was shot ‘almost at random’; Stephanie Bunbury called it ‘elliptical, full of sumptuous images that can be read as dreams or symbols more easily than as a real-world narrative’. The images alone look stunning enough to get me to the cinema (‘visual poetry’ is really the best way I can think to describe it, though I generally hate poetry so that’s not even doing it justice), but more than that, Australian filmmakers creating such unique, boundary-pushing work is always something to support and celebrate.
Nan Goldin is an incredibly important photographer whose seminal documentation of the world she lived in in late 70s/early 80s New York – one filled with post-punk, sex, drugs and violence – is still crucially relevant. In this German documentary, Goldin takes us on a journey into her past, reconnecting with old friends and recounting her incredible life. I’ve always been fascinated by her and her work, so this is a no-brainer for me. But whether you’re into photography, modern history, documentaries or just wildly fascinating people, this is a definite winner.
MELBOURNE ARTS CLUB PICKS
J Forsyth, Creative Director
Ok I get super stressed, so many films, so little time, too many decisions. My favourite thing to do it wait until I have a gap in my schedule and book something there and then. This is not for everyone because a - you are at work or b - things sellout, but being Da'Boss means I can go to the movies during the day and pretend I will catch up on work at night (I probably won't).
I figure the most popular films don't need my attention, I don't love to que and I get to see some really interesting films I probably won't pick otherwise. If mid-week doesn't work, try Saturday and Sunday morning, who doesn't want to go to the movies hungover?
Be spontaneous and if you don't hear from me over the next few weeks, I'm at the movies!
Just quietly, the one film I have booked is I AM BIG BIRD
Also, also, also from listen to Thomas Caldwell (the nicest man in film) ON 3RRR talk so excitedly about the Short Film program at MIFF, I've booked AUSTRALIAN SHORTS, DOCUMENTARY SHORTS, & EXPERIMENTAL SHORTS. He was just that convincing! Follow Thomas @cinemaautopsy for more enthusiasm.
Julia Howland, Editor/Hustler
Kate Forsyth, Feature Writer
Jerram Wurlod, Visual Arts/Screen Writer
Stay tuned for an interview with ROR Film-maker Natalie Cunningham.
Melissa Forsyth, Fashion Writer
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