After an unforgettable Melbourne movie experience? From the Melbourne International Film Festival to celebrations of indie, anime, queer and documentary films, there's a festival for every type of movie buff. Check out the festivals coming soon to Melbourne below. While you're at it, check out Melbourne's best film events and screenings and our latest film reviews.
Upcoming Melbourne film festivals
Have you seen the 2014 Australian comedy The Little Death? No? Pity. Josh Lawson’s film is a daring, adult sex comedy exploring what happens when various suburban Aussies start to act on their fetishes. Back then, Time Out wrote that the film “deftly weaves together surreal scenarios into a constantly surprising package”. But moviegoers stayed at home – most likely because the words “erotic” and “Australian comedy” just don’t sit comfortably in the same sentence together. So it’s no shock to us that the movie has been remade, very successfully, in Spain. Director Paco Léon has worked out the kinks, so to speak, of Lawson’s film and with Kiki, Love to Love managed to unseat Batman vs Superman from the top of the Spanish box office. The film has garnered comparison to the work of Pedro Almodóvar, and will be the opening night film of the 20th Spanish Film Festival. The film’s star, Natalia de Molina (Living is Easy with Eyes Closed), will be visiting Australia as festival guest. Closing night film, meanwhile, will be The Trip to Spain – the third ‘trip’ movie, in which Steve Coogan and Rob Bryden play themselves on assignment, driving through Spain, eating at its best restaurants and exchanging improvised banter. Iberian superstar Penélope Cruz stars in The Queen of Spain. The sequel to 1998’s The Girl of Your Dreams, it’s a comedic drama about a 1950s Hollywood star who returns to her native Spain to shoot a film. Thriller fans will go for The Fury of a Patient Man. The deb
Powerful human stories are promised at the tenth Human Rights Arts and Film Festival. There will be 15 days of screenings and events in venues across Melbourne: ACMI, No Vacancy, Footscray Community Arts Centre, the Immigration Museum, Fitzroy Library, Newport Substation, and Koorie Heritage Trust. Opening night's film promises to be a highly publicised and controversial documentary. Highlights from the program already anounced include the world premiere of Happyland by director Marti Salva. It's set in Manila’s slum communities of Baseco and Happyland (from a local word ‘hapilan’ for dumpsite) where most residents live in makeshift homes built with scavenged waste. In 2016, street artists Cheeseagle and Kaff-eine decided to change this with an art installation and housing project. They raised money and installed 30 large art tarpaulins, featuring Kaff-eine's portraits of local residents. Raving Iran spotlights the music of Iranian DJ's Blade & Bear whose music is deemed illegal in their country. Susanne Regina Meurs followed the DJs for a year, during a crucial phase in their lives. From the Netherlands comes Radio Kobanî. When liberation came to the Syrian border town of Kobanî, 20-year-old Kurdish reporter Dilovan started a radio station. She and her friend Biter report on refugee camps, talk to survivors and interview fighters and musicians. Filmed over ten years, Australian feature documentary Constance on the Edge by director Belinda Mason is a portrayal of
A US documentary about Australia’s James Bond is among the highlights of the American Essentials Film Festival, which brings the best of American independent cinema to Australia. Twenty movies are having their local premieres at the festival, and there’s additionally an exciting program of retro greats including Annie Hall, Andy Warhol’s Bad, Barfly, The Graduate and the adaptation of Carrie Fisher's memoir Postcards from the Edge. Opening night film is 20th Century Women from director Mike Mills (Beginners), starring Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig and Elle Fanning. It’s about a single mother raising her teenage son in the late 1970s with the help of two other women. Its screenplay was nominated for an Oscar this year. Are We Not Cats is an oddball comedy romance that veers into body horror territory, while American Pastoral is an adaptation of Philip Roth’s novel about a Jewish businessman whose life goes awry amid the turmoil of the 1960s. It’s also the directorial debut of Ewan McGregor. Australia’s one-shot Bond, George Lazenby (On Her Majesty's Secret Service), is the subject of documentary Becoming Bond. Played for laughs, the film features Lazenby telling his own lamentable story, as well as Josh Lawson playing Lazenby in dramatised sections. Another doco, G-Funk, tackles West Coast hip hop and features interviews with Snoop Dogg, Dr Dre, Warren G, the late Nate Dogg, and Ice Cube. And with Twin Peaks returning, David Lynch: The Art of Life, which features more th
St Kilda Film Festival launches on Thursday May 18 with a gala event at the newly renovated Palais Theatre. Seven of the best films from across the ten-day program will screen including animation 'Fish with Legs' and comedy 'The Eleven O'Clock', starring and written by Josh Lawson. The festival features the top 100 films submitted by Australian filmmakers, plus music videos (SoundKILDA), international content and special events. The festival has partnered with Virtual Reality (VR) Cinema by offering a novel viewing experience for audience members. Patrons will be able to watch a selection of short films and music videos for free while wearing VR headsets. St Kilda Film Festival is now an Academy Awards qualifying event, meaning that prize winners are eligible for consideration for the Academy Awards for short films, animations and documentaries.