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C&G's Guide to the Melbourne International Film Festival
We may be more than mid-way through 2019, but thankfully there is much still to look forward to with August bringing us the much-anticipated Melbourne International Film Festival.
MIFF returns for its 68th year, bringing us a diverse array of engaging and enlightening films that will be screened across a range of iconic venues. Kicking off on August 1st with the opening night screening, the festival runs over eighteen days and showcases 259 feature films, 123 shorts and 16 virtual reality experiences. In this C&G blog, we explore the most talked about films and documentaries that will be on show during the 2019 event.
From Director Jim Jarmusch, The Dead Don't Die is a philosophical zombie film starring the likes of Bill Murray, Adam Driver and Chloë Sevigny. Set in the sleepy town of Centerville, a series of unnatural occurrences culminate in the dead rising from their graves, causing widespread panic and hysteria.
Lead by everyone's favorite, Tilda Swinton, The Souvenir explores the dizzying highs and lows of a first love underpinned by the social climate of the 1980’s. Director Joanna Hogg drew inspiration from personal experiences, re-imagining her past to create a powerful and unforgettable narrative.
This theatrical feature documentary unpacks the remarkable and inspiring story of AFL legend Adam Goodes who was subjected to horrific racial abuse at the hands of the players and public during his career. This personal narrative is underpinned by a deep and powerful story about race, identity and belonging.
Starring the engaging Lupita Nyong’o, Little Monsters tells the tale of a washed-up musician who attempts to win the affections of fearless schoolteacher, Miss Caroline (Lupita Nyong’o). His attempts at romance are complicated by a zombie apocalypse and another man competing for Miss Caroline’s affections.
While many of the films are being shown in inner city Melbourne, St Kilda East favorite The Astor Theatre is a great option for those Baysiders looking to stay local. For those willing to venture into the city, find the full list of venues here.