The Melbourne International Film Festival is here once again to stimulate your mind with something other than law. Head on down to any of the venues scattered throughout the CBD for an extraordinary night at the movies. The festival runs until August 17th.
The festival, which will host films by renowned Australian and international directors and actors, is set for its biggest year yet. Just to mention a few, Zach Braff is back again with Wish I Was Here, Studio Ghibli features their latest anime, The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, and Tony Ayres’ Australian crime thriller Cut Snake is this year’s feature at the centrepiece gala. Also of note is UK offering Boyhood, filmed over twelve years in an extremely accurate portrayal of the ageing process. The acclaimed New Zealand vampire comedy, What We Do in the Shadows is also on show, and will also be playing at Cinema Nova after the festival. You can also journey through the streets of Jakarta with three buskers in Jalanan, witness the beginning of a canine apocalypse in Budapest in White God and so much more. With over one hundred films from all over the world to choose from, you are sure to find something which sparks your interest.
Make sure you book tickets early as sessions are selling out fast. If you see that the session you want to attend is on ‘standby’ go to the venue at least half an hour before the screening to join the standby queue and there is a pretty good chance you will get a ticket (of course there are no guarantees)! Make sure you also check online again at 5pm on the day before the screening as this is when the last release of tickets occurs.
Happy MIFF everyone!