All posts tagged: film

Antenna Documentary Festival 2013

For the first time since its inception in Sydney three years ago, the Antenna Documentary Festival will this year come to Melbourne. The Melbourne tour will showcase twelve international feature-length documentaries, to be screened at ACMI in Federation Square from tomorrow (the 19th) until Monday. Among the collection are the critically well-received After Tiller by Martha Shane and Lana Wilson, and Fire in the Blood by Dylan Mohan Gray (see the trailer below).     Tickets are $17 full / $15 concession, or you can buy a five- or three-session pass. Check the ACMI website for ticketing, times and booking info.   Antenna Documentary Festival 2013 Dates: 17–20 October 2013 Venue: ACMI, Federation Square, Melbourne Damage: $17 full / $15 concession / $14 ACMI members   Advertisements

event: long, clear view — tim winton’s the turning

    Recently I mentioned that the new Australian adaptation of Tim Winton’s novel The Turning would be showing at this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival. Well, here’s another event for all you film buffs and literature lovers out there. MIFF is partnering with The Wheeler Centre to host a panel discussion with author Tim Winton plus 13 of the film’s 17 directors: Robert Connolly, Mia Wasikowska, Warwick Thornton, Shaun Gladwell, Tony Ayres, Rhys Graham, Jub Clerc, Ashlee Page, Simon Stone, Jonathan auf der Heide, Marieka Walsh, Claire McCarthy and Ian Meadows. The discussion will be moderated by journalist Sandy George. The event will be held in the wonderful Forum Theatre and all tickets for this hour-and-a-half session are $25. Book quickly because this event will probably sell out fast.   Long, clear view: Tim Winton’s The Turning Date: 4 August 2013 Time: 1.30pm–3pm Venue: Forum Theatre, 154 Flinders St, Melbourne Damage: $25  

event: MIFF 2013

    Cinephiles should be well aware that the Melbourne International Film Festival kicks off tomorrow, but here’s a quick heads up for the rest of you. Over 300 films will play over the 17-day festival, including new Australian releases. One that I’m particularly curious to see is the new film adaptation of Australian author Tim Winton’s short story anthology The Turning (watch the official teaser above). The 17 stories are steered by 17 different directors, including Warwick Thornton (Samson & Delilah) and Robert Connolly (Balibo), with directorial debuts from actors Cate Blanchett, David Wenham and Mia Wasikowska. The impressive cast includes Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Rose Byrne and Miranda Otto. The program also includes a collection of rarely seen films from North Korea, new Arabic films and a series of new wave independent films from the USA. You can peruse the 2013 MIFF program here and book tickets here. The festival ends on 11 August.   Melbourne International Film Festival Date: 25 July — 11 August 2013 Venues: see below

event: fred schepisi in conversation

    Film lovers, you’re in for a treat. This week’s Friday on My Mind event at ACMI will feature multi-award-winning director Fred Schepisi in conversation with Sandra Sdraulig. Schepsisi’s credits include the iconic 1978 Australian feature The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith, the 1987 comedy Roxanne starring Steve Martin, the 1988 drama Evil Angels (or A Cry in the Dark) starring Meryl Streep, the 2001 drama Last Orders starring Michael Caine and Helen Mirren, and the 2005 HBO miniseries Empire Falls starring Ed Harris, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Helen Hunt and Paul Newman. His latest film, Words and Pictures, stars Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche and is due for release in 2014. Free tickets to Friday on My Mind are released at 10am on the morning of the event. Places are limited and demand will be high for this particular session, so get in early.   Friday on My Mind: Fred Schepisi Date: 14 June 2013 Time: 5pm Venue: Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Federation Square, Melbourne Damage: free  

free event: ‘more than honey’ film screening

Multi-award-winning documentary More Than Honey will show on the big screen in Federation Square on Thursday 18 April. Directed by Markus Imhoof, the film looks into the plight of honey bees in California, Switzerland, China and Australia. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Professor Boris Baer and his wife Dr Barbara Baer-Imhoof (who is also the director’s daughter), both from the University of Western Australia–based Centre for Integrative Bee Research (CIBER). There will also be a short talk by Vanessa Kwiatkowski and Mat Lumalasi, founders of ‘Melbourne City Rooftop Honey’. More Than Honey Date: 18 April 2013 Time: 6pm–8pm Venue: Big screen, Federation Square, Melbourne Tel: 9864 8923

get miffed

           Just in case you’re not already onto it, here’s a gentle reminder that the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is running 2–19 August (yep, that’s right now).    The program includes a selection of current cinema releases plus tributes, retrospectives and ‘Talking Pictures’ discussion events. You can check out the festival program and book tickets at the MIFF website.         

on the big screen

      Nowadays, what with the high value of the Australian dollar compared with many major world currencies, Australia is one of the more expensive countries in which to live and travel. For some reason, cinema tickets are particularly pricey in this country; you’ll pay around $18 for a standard adult ticket and up around $22–$25 for 3D films. But where there’s a will, there’s always a way. Most cinemas have a ‘cheap-arse’ day, always at the beginning of the week, when ticket prices are slashed. Here’s a run-down of inner-city Melbourne’s cheap-arse cinema days and times for your cheap-arse viewing pleasure…   Cinema Nova Address: 380 Lygon St, Carlton Cheap arse: Mondays Tickets: $6 before 4pm, $9 after 4pm   Kino Cinemas Address: 45 Collins St, Melbourne Cheap arse: Mondays Tickets: $7 all day   Sun Theatre Address: 8 Ballarat St, Yarraville Cheap arse: Mondays and Tuesdays Tickets: $10 ($3 extra for 3D)   Astor Theatre Address: 1 Chapel St, St Kilda  Cheap arse: Wednesdays Tickets: $10   Hoyts Cinemas Address: Various Cheap arse: Tuesdays Tickets: $11.50   Village Cinemas Address: Various Cheap arse: …

at the movies

    Aah, Margaret and David. For many Australian film lovers, these two little names carry a whole lot of weight. They conjure up memories of heated debates, squealing laughter, a delicious clash of personalities. They speak of a decades-long professional relationship between two of Australia’s most respected film critics, Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton — that fantastically idiosyncratic pair who currently preside over the TV show ‘At the Movies‘ on ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation channel). I can’t remember a time before Margaret and David. The first incarnation of ‘At the Movies’ was an SBS (Special Broadcasting Service) program called ‘The Movie Show’, which the duo founded back in 1986. In 2004, they decided to move to the ABC, where their show was given a slight facelift, although the format has remained essentially the same: Each week Margaret and David review upcoming film releases, occasionally including interviews with filmmakers and actors. These days, they also review one classic film every week — a great addition for anyone interested in the history and evolution of film. …

the tents

– This coming Wednesday the State Library of Victoria’s free Outside-In Cinema will be screening The Tents, a documentary that tells the story of the rise of New York Fashion Week. Directed by James Belzer, the film features interviews with designers and editors. You can check out the trailer on the film’s website. As usual, the film will be screened in the State Library’s Experimedia room, and you can bring along food and non-alcoholic drinks. – Outside-In Cinema Film: The Tents Address: 328 Swanston St, Melbourne Vic 3000 Date: 23 May 2012 Time: 6.30pm—8pm Damage: Free Click here to book your seat online. –

outside-in cinema

– I love the State Library of Victoria. Not only is it beautiful, with its glorious books and artworks and soaring architecture, but it also features exhibitions and events throughout the year, most of which are free to attend. One of these is the Outside-In Cinema. I only stumbled across this recently, but judging by the line-up of films screening over the next few months, it looks like a great find. The cinema shows contemporary documentaries and animated features in the Experimedia room every second Wednesday from 6.30pm. This coming Wednesday (9 May) showcases the film Crossing The Bridge, a documentary about Turkish music directed by Fatih Akin. You can bring food and non-alcoholic drinks along, and entry is free, although you will need to book a seat online. A few of the other films due to be screened over the next couple months include Babies, Being Elmo and Page One: A Year Inside The New York Times. I’ll try to give you heads up when the screening dates approach. – Outside-In Cinema Film: Crossing The Bridge Address: 328 Swanston …