The Japanese Film Festival will showcase 30 features and one fascinating documentary across Canberra (17 – 21 Oct.), Brisbane (24 – 28 Oct.), Perth (31 Oct. – 4 Nov.), Adelaide (9 – 11 Nov.), Sydney (15 – 25 Nov.) and Melbourne (22 Nov. – 2 Dec.). Each city features carefully curated programming by The Japan Foundation, Sydney, from star-studded drama Yakiniku Dragon and tear-jerking true story The 8 Year Engagement, to viral genre-bender One Cut of the Dead, and one of the latest works from master filmmakers including Hirokazu Kore-eda (Shoplifters – winner of the Cannes Palme d’Or in 2018). The Festival in Sydney and Melbourne will open with viral microbudget genre-bender One Cut of the Dead. Direct from sold-out screenings across Japan, this action-packed spectacle is a brilliantly-disguised low-budget, high-concept take on the zombie comedy genre. Flowing seamlessly from monster mayhem, to hilarious satire, into a family comedy-drama, Shinichiro Ueda’s debut follows a film crew shooting a zombie flick, during which they are attacked by real zombies. Read more about the event here. Your chance …
Do you know what fear does? As a Federal Marshal you’re required to step out of the light into the untouched dark. You ask the questions no one else wants to. Walk the path of the condemned. Face the hidden insanity. Strive for the unspeakable truth. Because when you see a monster you must stop it… In its ninth year, Underground Cinema returns to Melbourne in May with their unique, secret, live, film screening experiences. Using actors, detailed sets and costumes, they’ve immersed you in over 40 secret worlds; from the fast paced world of Wall Street to training at Quantico for Silence of the Lambs, they’ve ensured your survival during the zombie apocalypse in 28 Days Later and helped you seek safe passage in World War 2, Casablanca. Now, get ready to enter a thrilling new world as you step back in time to a sinister 1950s with an unforgettable, interactive, immersive experience unlike any other. Welcome to Underground Cinema DELIRIUM. *Please note: All sessions are 4+ hours including the live experience and film. …
-COMPETITION NOW CLOSED- Are you ready for some real Aussie BBQ? We are excited to announce an upcoming Australian comedy film THE BBQ, starring Shane Jacobson, Magda Szubanski, Julia Zemiro and Manu Feildel! The movie THE BBQ is a heartwarming Aussie comedy about family, food and fulfilling potential. Laid-back suburban everyman Darren “Dazza” Cook loves to entertain his friends and neighbours with his weekly backyard barbecues. Dazza has also inherited a dubious family history linked to explorer Captain James Cook. While his 12-year-old son, Jayden, is challenged to prove this ancestral link, Dazza takes his passion for barbecue out of the backyard and into the International arena in a heartwarming, gentle fable about family, food and fulfilling potential. Watch the trailer here. Get a chance to win a double pass on us. Enter via the links below, competition closes on, 19th February 2018. Click here to enter via Instagram or here via Facebook and a chance to win your double pass to THE BBQ.
COMPETITION NOW CLOSED The British Film Festival is returning for its fifth year and we have got 10 double passes to give away! Simply have a read of our top picks of The BFF and fill out the form below to get a chance to win one of the double passes. Competition closes on 23 October 2017 at 11:59 pm EST Terms & Conditions here. When: 26 Oct – 15 Nov 2017 Where: Check the participating cinemas here. More information: Check their website.
Thanks for your entries! Our competition is now closed The Spanish Film Festival evokes reel inspiración with outstanding films from across Spain, exclusively at Palace Cinemas. Discover a charming array of Spanish films ready to tantalize, amuse and evoke. This year, the festival welcomes Australia’s most beloved Spaniard Miguel Maestre as its newest and cheekiest ambassador, who will be joining audiences for a flamenco sensation at the viewing of Sara Baras, All Her Voices. True spanish lovers can join in the fun, with 10 x Double passes up for grabs, valued at $30.00. Simply fill in your details to enter below. Terms and conditions are available here
One of the most distinctive voices in the Greek New Wave, Athina Rachel Tsangari (Attenberg) brings her latest film Chevalier to ACMI Cinemas from 6 October. Taking out Best Film at the 2015 London FIlm Festival, Tsangari’s newest work is set on a luxury yacht in the Aegean Sea where six men – all friends – embark on a competition to be crowned the ‘Best at Everything’. Receiving kudos for her work in contemporary Greek cinema, Tsangari collaborated closely with director Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster) to produce the films Dogtooth and Alps. The two filmmakers also share common creative ground with screenwriter Efthimis Filippou (The Lobster), who transforms the straightforward premise of Chevalier into a highly amusing tale of morality, class and masculinity. We have three double passes to give away to the the special ACMI screening on Thursday 6 October at 6:10pm. Visit our Facebook page to enter. Where: Federation Square, Flinders St Visit the ACMI website here.
The inaugural Scandinavian Film Festival returns to Melbourne this winter. More than just noir: the Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival will see new dramas, documentaries and laughs on the big screens across the Palace Cinemas. This year’s festival will be it’s third and will present some of the most exciting and fresh movies from Sweden,Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland. Win 1 of 10 double passes – scroll to the bottom of the post. Some of the highlights we’ve picked out include: WELCOME TO NORWAY Director Rune Denstad Langlo brings some welcome levity to the highly topical subject of Europe’s migration crisis in this acerbic and insightful black comedy that pokes fun at the behaviour of Norwegians when pushed outside their comfort zones. Sharp, witty and unpredictable, this is a film that will put a smile on your face in ways you may not expect. SPARROWS A multi award-winning and sophisticated coming-of-age story about 16-year old Ari who has been living with his mother in Reykjavik. When he is suddenly sent to return to his hometown – a remote village in …
ACMI are celebrating the Godfather of all directors, Martin Scorsese at the upcoming Scorsese exhibition this May. From Taxi Driver and Goodfellas to The Age of Innocence and The Wolf of Wall Street, there is no doubt in any film buff’s mind that Martin Scorsese is one of the world’s most influential directors. “Whether it’s wolves, bulls, butchers or taxi drivers, Scorsese’s complicated anti-heroes navigate mean streets of their own morality, torn between rebellion and acceptance, sin and redemption. While his characters spiral out of control, Scorsese captures every frame with masterly control.” The exhibition will feature over 600 objects (including costumes, hand annotated film scripts, film stills plus more) and a selection of footage of his work in film, documentary and is curated by the Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum for Film and Television, Berlin. When: 26 May – 18 September Where: ACMI, Federation Square Visit the website here.
The Rivoli Cinemas turns 75 years old this month and to celebrate they’re holding a weekly classic film series. Take a step back in time and catch old classics like Casablanca, Vertigo and Shawshank Redemption. The art-deco cinemas officially opened its doors on October 11, 1940 and was designed by noted cinema architects, H. Vivian Taylor and Sollieaux. Over the years, Rivoli Cinemas has become a landmark in Victoria, possessing a rich heritage with its stunning art deco opulence, showcasing the latest in contemporary and art-house film offerings. The month-long celebrations will finish with a nostalgia imbued Gala event, including an exclusive screening to the most anticipated film of the year, Carol (2015), starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara! Visit the website here.
If you’re into gaming, fantasy, comics, anime, sci-fi or just a straight movie buff, you’ll want to attend the Australian Movie and Comic Expo. Formerly known as Armageddon Oz, this fan event is run by the fans for the fans with special appearances from both local and international celebrities. There’ll be costuming panels, prop making, laser skirmish, lego displays plus a special display of the Back to the Future’s own DeLorean car and the 1966 Batmobile. And for all the comic nerd there’ll be a huge comic book giveaway over the whole weekend, with more than 1000 comics up for grabs for those who arrive early! So get your costumes out, and get ready to mix with the stars, including voice over celebrities Hal Rayle and Maggie Roswell (The Simpsons) and Melbourne’s own Tristan Jones (current artist on Mad Max Fury Road), plus many more. When: Saturday 17 October – Sunday 18 October. Where: Melbourne Showgrounds Visit the website here.