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Opening Night (Your Sister’s Sister) Crispin Glover The Georges Méliès Project Golden Slumbers Animation Showcase 1 Animation Showcase 2 Jeff Keen Retrospective Get Your Shorts On Revel 8 Noko Sydney Underground Shorts ECU Student Program
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The 25th Reich Archeo The Caretaker The Color Wheel Livid Love My Brothers Rampart Those Who Kill: Shadows of the Past The Trouble With Bliss Whisperer in the Darkness Yakuza Weapon
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Bad Brains: A Band In DC Battle for Brooklyn Beauty Is Embarassing Buff Eames: The Architect and Painter The Imposter The Interrupters Last Days of the Arctic Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present Mongolian Bling Paul Williams Still Alive The Sheik & I Shock Head Soul The Substance Surviving Progress Undefeated Vigilante Vigilante: The Battle for Expression Way of the Morris Wonder Women
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Contrary to many contemporary marketing schemes film isn’t only about schtick and blockbusters. Cinema is about, to put it simply, movies. This year we turn the clock back to the early days to celebrate Méliès, as beautiful and magical now as it ever was. We dance through 8mm experimental legends and avant-garde video. Importantly, and through no deliberate design, this year sees a number of documentaries. Movies which suggest that cinema isn’t just about spectacle but also powerful narratives and good storytelling. The sheer number of documentaries – as well as low budget features – that informs this instalment of Revelation is a testament to the ongoing, ever growing, importance of personal films. Of course, we also have explosions, vampires and zombies too. Film – despite the urge for bigger and louder – is still a unique creative medium, come celebrate it with us.
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In programming an event like Revelation, we’re totally at the mercy of the creative mood of the international film community. This year is perhaps one of the most fascinating we’ve seen. Not only has there been a quantum shift in the digital nature of film exhibition but the documentary world has produced what we believe to be the best crop of films of the form for more than a decade. Obviously born out of the critical and urgent times we’re living in, the international offer is of the highest order. We’re proud to bring the best of these – including Oscar nominated and Oscar winning - to the table for Perth audiences. There are things brewing, and we’re excited to be part of it. This year also sees our greatest number of Australian premieres and deeply welcome the first in what we hope will be many Australian Patrons - Ms Judith Lucy.
Dr Kim Hames DEPUTY PREMIER MINISTER FOR TOURISM
I would like to welcome you to the Revelation Perth International Film Festival. As one of Western Australia’s major annual film festivals, Revelation plays an important role in showcasing new, ground-breaking national and international films. In addition, the festival adds vibrancy to our extraordinary city, attracting around 10,000 people, including national and international guests. Eventscorp has been a proud supporter of Revelation since 2009, and its investment has helped support the screening of many new international, short, animated feature and documentary films. I am pleased that this support will continue for the next three years and look forward to seeing the festival grow from strength to strength.
John Day MINISTER FOR CULTURE AND THE ARTS
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to Revelation Perth International Film Festival 2012. The Festival is one of the key events in Western Australia’s cultural calendar and provides critical links between our strong arts culture and vibrant screen industry. The Festival brings together international films, filmmakers and lovers of film for ten days in July to celebrate the wonders of cinema in all its forms. Arts and innovation play an important role in ensuring Western Australia continues to thrive, not only as a resource State, but as a State that develops and nurtures unique local talent and stories. To all the 2012 festival goers and guests, I hope you enjoy and embrace all the wonderful offerings of this year’s program.
I would like to congratulate the event organisers for their hard work and dedication for what promises to be another successful festival.
I love this country but sometimes I wish I was a footballer because I’d be married to a really hot chick and it’s easier than trying to make a living in the arts here. That’s why it’s great when something like Revelation Perth International Film Festival comes along because it encourages originality, creativity and new ideas without the wank.
Judith Lucy 2012 Patron
As a funny lady who’s had a crack at well, any medium that would have me, including film, I am tickled pink to be able to support something that brings different people together and that gives us a chance to look at the world a little differently as well. I’ve also been told that there’s a lot of free drinks in this for me.
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Dir: Lynn Shelton USA/2011/90mins
Thu 5th July 7.30pm Sat 7th July 8:00pm M - Recommended for Mature Audiences Special prices apply
Your Sister’s Sister
Multi award-winning director and screenwriter Lynn (Humpday, My Effortless Brilliance) Shelton’s forth feature is a comedy/drama that focuses on the relationships between a trio of friends staying at a remote cabin. Jack (the always great Mark Duplass, familiar from last year’s Mars) is adrift in the shadow of his dead brother when he’s offered the chance to spend a weekend alone at a cottage owned by the family of his best friend Iris (Emily Blunt). Little do they realise that Hannah (Rosemarie DeWitt), Iris’s sister, is also staying at the cottage following the collapse of her relationship. And then Iris makes a surprise visit. What follows is an honest, simple and warm character driven movie that Twitchfilm described as “one of the great highlights of Tribeca 2012.” The performances are great throughout - as expected from such a first-class cast - and Shelton’s script and direction have a genuine sense of human authenticity and emotional depth. Most importantly the comic elements are never allowed to become fluff at the expense of the story. Your Sister’s Sister, an impressive three-hander in every respect, is destined for great things and is a great achievement for Shelton.
Following the first screening the Opening Night Party swings into action with crew and special guests inside the Astor Theatre.
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Crispin Hellion Glover: It Is Fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE / What Is It? + Crispin Hellion Glover’s The Big Slide Show (parts 1 & 2) Mon July 9th 8:15pm Crispin Hellion Glover’s Big Slide Show Part 2 + It Is Fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE Tues July 10th 8:15pm Crispin Hellion Glover’s Big Slide Show Part 1 + What Is It? Special prices apply: $25/Rev Members free
Revelation is pleased to welcome a legend of contemporary cinema, Crispin Glover. Crispin Glover has appeared in some of the most important independent and Hollywood movies of the last three decades. For the last seven years, alongside his acting career, he has toured the world presenting in person screenings of his feature films It Is Fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE and What Is It? Truly visionary works, these films can only be screened with the director in attendance making the screenings utterly unique experiences. It Is Fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE (2007) is a fantastical, psychosexual autobiography of actor-writer Steven Stewart who lived with cerebral palsy and died shortly after the film was completed. What Is It? (2005) has been described as “The adventures of a young man whose principal interests are snails, salt, a pipe, and how to get home,” and has seen the director compared to the likes of Bunuel, Fellini and Herzog, but such descriptions belie its utterly unique vision.”Possibly the most bizarre, uncompromising movie ever made by a major Hollywood name.” - Gilbert Garcia, Phoenix New Times In addition these feature film screenings will be accompanied by The Big Slide Show (part 2 & 1 respectively) in which Mr Glover performs a one hour dramatic narration of eight different profusely illustrated books. The images from the books are projected behind Crispin Glover during his performance. Following each evening Crispin will answer audience questions and sign copies of his lavish books. What Diane Arbus was to photography, Crispin Hellion Glover is swiftly achieving as a filmmaker. Training his sardonic eyes on the strange and afflicted he achieves a mad dark poetry on celluloid. Dennis Dermody, Paper magazine SPECIAL EVENTS | 9
Dir: George Méliès Music by Phillip Johnson FRANCE/1902-/60 mins
Sun July 8th 3:15pm & 7:00pm Unclassified All Ages Special price: $25/$20, Family (2 adults/2 children): $50
The George Méliès Project A true visionary and pioneer of early cinema George Méliès directed some of the most beautiful movies ever conceived. Considered the original pioneer of visual effects, a lover of fantasy and believer in the magic of cinema, Méliès was an early master of stop frame animation and special effects, as well as a true storyteller. Most recently celebrated in Martin Scorsese’s multi-Oscar winning feature Hugo (2011), which opened up the director’s work to a younger audience and emphasised that Méliès work is as beautiful, visually lavish and spectacular today as it ever was. Revelation is proud to present The George Méliès Project, featuring seven films by the French cinema pioneer accompanied by a live performance of original scores by American composer Phillip Johnson. Phillip Johnson has previously scored and performed live soundtracks to Tod Browning’s The Unknown (1927), Teinosuke Kinugasa’s Page of Madness (1926) and Murnau’s Faust (1926). He has scored numerous contemporary film and theatre productions. He has performed in Fast ’N’ Bulbous: the Captain Beefheart Project and has led The Microscopic Septet. After premiering in New York at the Lincoln Centre, The Georges Méliès Project has toured the world, wowing international audiences, and now it’s Perth’s turn!
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Dir: Davy Chou France/Cambodia/2011/96mins
Fri July 6th 8:35pm Sat July 7th 3:35pm Intro + Q&A with both sessions Festival guest Davy Chou will join Richard Kuipers in conversation following the screening.
Official Selection: Berlin
Golden Slumbers (Le sommeil d’or) Almost non-existent until 1960, Cambodia’s film industry emerged virtually overnight and produced more than 400 feature films in 15 years before the Khmer Rouge commenced its genocidal regime in 1975. By the time of the Khmer Rouge’s downfall in 1979 almost every film had been destroyed and most of Cambodia’s creative community had been executed. Golden Slumbers director Davy Chou, grandson of Vann Chan, one of the most prolific producers of the era, weaves rare archival footage and priceless remnants of Cambodia’s rich cinematic history around the illuminating and frequently heartbreaking testimony of surviving industry figures. Cambodia’s first screen goddess and still an active performer and teacher, Dy Saveth (The Snake King’s Wife, 1969), gives a marvelous account of her experiences as the star of around 100 movies. Ly Bun Yim, a wonderfully entertaining raconteur and self-taught filmmaker, discusses his string of hits including the legendary fantasy epic 12 Sisters (1968). With poignant footage of what remains of Phnom Penh’s picture palaces and film studios, and a superb soundtrack of classic Khmer pop music, Golden Slumbers is a beautifully assembled tribute to the artists who flourished during Cambodia’s brief golden age of independence and optimism. The final images are pure cinematic poetry.
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11 x Short Films
Fri July 6th 6:30pm
Animation Showcase Our annual roundup of some of the best animation out there, showcasing both exciting new talent and more established artists. From the strange adventure of a diver in Beneath to Innocent Andrew which tells of a book cover lost in a bookshop, via robots, pirates and much, much more. Plus the multi-award winning The Missing Key. Beneath Dir: Keith Crawford Aus/2012/3:30mins
Gap Dir: Viktor Stickel Germany/2011/4:20mins
Innocent Andrew Dir: Neale Crawford Aus/2012/5:30mins
The Hunter Dir: Marieka Walsh Aus/2011/7mins
Jenefer Loved Swimming Dir: Derek Winchester Aus/2012/8:34mins
Cedric & Hope Dir: Pierce Davison Aus/2012/15mins
Devil & The Deep Blue Sea Dir: Stephen Banham Aus/2012/4:34mins Robots of Brixton Dir: Kibwe Tavares UK/2011/5:26mins Pirate Pals Dir: Marius Fietzek Germany/2011/2:45mins 12 | SPECIAL EVENTS
Being Bradford Dillman Dir: Emma Burch UK/2011/10:20mins The Missing Key Dir: Jonathan Nix Aus/2011/29:55mins
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Experimental Animation Showcase
Sat July 7th 12:15pm Please note: some of these films contain exceptionally hi-frequency sounds and flashing images.
A selection of avant-garde, visionary and experimental works that use and subvert animation, re-imaging memory, mind and cinema itself. From the surreal gothic to an imaginary high school yearbook, jump-cut rituals, abstracted forms and sonic / visual experimentations. A collection of subversive mind-expanding movies designed to stimulate the retina and poke a finger into the mindâ€™s eye. Night Hunter Dir: Stacey Steers USA/2012/15:30mins
Blood and Fire Dir: Carey Burtt USA/2011/9:30mins
Once It Started It Could Not End Otherwise Dir: Kelly Sears USA/2011/7:30
14.7 PSI Dir: Jeanette Bonds USA/2011/14:15mins
HyperLightness ad absurdum Dir: Margarida Sardinha Portugal/2011/25mins
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Dir: Jeff Keen UK/196--2000/83mins
Sat July 14th 12:00pm
Jeff Keen Retrospective Jeff Keen is a legend of avant-garde cinema and fine art. He started filmmaking in the post-war Britain of the late 1950s and continues to work nearly sixty-years later. Keen’s movies emerge from a unique visionary sensibility. An interest in comic books, pop culture, Hollywood ephemera, westerns, melodramas, science fiction and everyday art placed him as a contemporary of the Pop Artists but his filmmaking defies ready categorisation. Mixing rapid-fire animation, live action, home movies and occasional performance interventions, Keen’s movies offer a visually rich, rapid paced, often loud and lurid, celebration of all that is cinema! This retrospective comes direct from acclaimed London, Paris and New York screenings and features the key Keen titles: Wail (5 mins) 1960, Flik Flak (3 mins) 1964-65, Marvo Movie (5 mins) 1967, White Dust (33 mins) 1972, The Dreams and Past Crimes of the Archduke (7 mins) 1979-84, Omozap + Omozap 2 (1 min each) 1991, Artwar (6 mins) 1993, Plasticator (2 mins) 1990s, Joy Thru Film (20 mins) 2000. This special program introduced by Keen’s daughter Stella Starr who appeared in many of his movies and grew-up in the bohemian world of the avant-garde cinema.
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Get Your Shorts On!
Get Your Shorts On! is back in fabulous form with a fantastic line up of short films celebrating the unique and vibrant storytelling talents from WA’s emerging filmmakers. This year’s program packs a punch with a diverse range of shorts including animation, documentary, drama and genre driven films to excite all sorts of cinema-lovers. Included in this year’s mix is the delightful animation, What a Debacle Freddy Farkle! narrated by Barry Humphries, thought-provoking documentary, Walk Tall, Stand Strong from Mad Bastards’ Dean Daley-Jones, and the apocalyptic zombie thriller, Perished which screened at the prestigious South by Southwest (SXSW) festival and will close the program. Be sure to get your ticket early as Get Your Shorts On! usually sells out. Thu July 12th 7:00pm
Get Your Shorts On! films have received funding support from ScreenWest, Lotterywest and/or the Film & Television Institute (FTI).
What a Debacle Freddy Farkle! Producer: Bridget Curran Director: Jesse Emmerson Writer: Natalie Manning Wadumbah Producer: Kelrick Martin Writer/director: James T. Webb Crosshairs Producer: Dan Wood Director: Mike Hoath Writer: Peter Templeman
Walk Tall, Stand Strong Producer: Kelrick Martin Writer/director: Dean Daley-Jones Polarised Producers: Emma Vickery and Steve Fleming Director: Steve Fleming Writer: Emma Vickery Perished Writer/director/producers: Aaron McCann and Stefan A. Radanovich
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Revel8 Fri July 13th 9:00pm Revel-8 is presented by Keith Smith, Co-ordinator Film and Video, Edith Cowan University with thanks to Lindsay Vickery and the talented music composition students at the WA Academy of Performing Arts.
Australia’s favourite Super 8 film fest is back with all the fruit as filmmakers and composers get creative over our juiciest theme ever, “An Apple a Day...”. Forget Mum’s apple pie; grab a seat in Perth’s coolest cinema as we crank up the projector for our 6th big comp! Filmmaker challenge: Shoot one reel of silent Super 8 film in-camera lasting just 3½ minutes. Composer challenge: Compose and record a music soundtrack without even meeting the director. Audience challenge: Cheer for your favourite film as you sit side-by-side with anxious filmmakers who haven’t seen or heard their films, and nervous composers who want to know if they’ve got it right! Revel-8 is part of a global Super 8 culture, which celebrates indie DIY spirit, and the magic of celluloid’s smallest gauge on the big screen. Get right amongst the action as the Super 8 projector bursts into life from the cinema floor. Anything could happen; you won’t want to miss it! Prizes to be awarded on the night include Best Film, Best Music Soundtrack, Best Super 8 Cinematography and Audience Choice Award.
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Sun July 15th 2:15pm
Performed: Adelaide Fringe Festival Sydney Biennale Equinox Festival London
Noko For more than a decade Noko have been exploring the links between projected images, experimental music and magic. Comprised of the fine artist Barry William Hale, sonic artist Scott Barnes and video artist Michael Strumm, Noko work in the tradition of magical filmmakers such as Harry Smith and Derek Jarmen, and avant-garde musical groups such as Coil and Clock DVA. Live performances by Noko are rare special events which visually draw on remixing real-time image capture, found footage, visual manipulation and digital animation, while the sound design creates an endlessly shifting sonic palette. Equally at home working with images from folk traditions and digital art, Noko are a prime example of the best in contemporary hybrid creative practice. Since 2010 the group have performed at the Sydney Biennale, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Equinox Festival London and Esoteric Book Fair Seattle, Noko now premiere their work for Perth audiences. Drawing on the language of the angels that informed the esoteric background to John Deeâ€™s magical practice for Queen Elizabeth I, this work sees Noko use this language as the basis for a series of multi-media performances. Noko and Barry Haleâ€™s art is also exhibited at Buratti Fine Art, 222 Queen Victoria St, North Fremantle, as part of Windows to the Sacred, opening13th July.
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SUFF: Downright Deplorable!
Intro with Stefan Popescu & Katherine Berger
Downright deplorable films from the Sydney Underground Film Festival! Come on a wild cinematic trip with SUFF screening festival favourites from past years. These films are guaranteed to shock, violate, invigorate and amuse you!
Wed July 11th 6:30pm
Dir: Kelly Ann Benz Canada/2009/ 7mins A dinner party conversation takes an unexpected turn in this study of social decorum.
Dir: Joseph Ernst UK-Netherlands/2009/4mins We want it. We buy it. We eat it. We swallow it down whole. But what does our body see when we stick it in our mouth?
Dir: Brian Lye Canada/2010/7mins A male and a female bird meet and fall in love. An egg is produced and all is happy in the nest until their love is tested and fate comes knocking.
Hansel and Gretel
Dir: Graeme Robertson Aus/2010/6:26mins A couple on a first date are kidnapped and instead of trying to get out of the situation, they continue to have the date.
Dir: Emma Varker Aus/2011/6mins Siblings Hansel and Gretel find the sickly sweet offerings of a ruined arcadia are not quite to their taste.
Dir: David Quinn Aus/2010/4:30mins Martial Arts Extraordinaire Terry takes on his latest class of clueless pupils trying to learn the ways of the mystic arts as only someone of Terry’s skill can teach them.
Dir: Nicole Brending USA/9mins The Director won’t stop until she gives the right performance.
Heart of the Matter
Dir: Tom Lenk USA/2008/6:41mins This satirical short film mocks a rediscovered marriage counselling VHS tape from the late 1980s. ‘Terry’ and ‘Sheila’ demonstrate how to strengthen marital vows and sexual intimacy, while noticeably in complete denial of their own sexual qualms.
Blood and Cinnamon
Dir: Jess Mott & Steve Reinke USA/2010/5:26mins Creatures discuss existential crises as they flip and rotate and disappear from view.
Seeking Wellness Part Two: Daddy’s Time Dir: Daniel Schneidkraut USA/2007/23mins He spent a lot of time at our house when I was a kid, especially around the holidays
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FAV @ REV
DURATION: 90 MINUTES
Sun July 8th 8:30pm
The School of Communications and Arts at ECU is proud to present a collection of drama shorts to celebrate our long-term association with REV. Covering a wide range of topics from human trafficking to pet ‘re-animation’, this selection from the film and video (FAV) program showcases our commitment to exploring ideas and developing strong authorial style. There isn’t something for everyone, but there again, REV audiences aren’t just anyone! Spike and Harold Dir: Lauren Cleary Aus/2010/6 mins
Dissolutio Dir: Kristine Meling Enoksen Aus/2010/9 mins
I Hate and I Love Dir: James Simmons Aus/2009/2 mins
Fate Dir: Hamish Meiklejohn Aus/2009/2 mins
The Offertory Dir: Ruben Pracas Aus/2011/17 mins
Blindspot Dir: Tamara Britza Aus/2011/16mins
Edlar was a Scientist Dir: Adam Scott Aus/2009/4 mins
I am Gustav Dir: Uthayan Selvaraj, Andreas Martinsen Aus/2010/9 mins
Features of Habit Dir: Paddy Madden, Choreographer: Storm Helmore Aus/2011/7 mins
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WESTERN AUSTRALIA EVENTS 2011–12 Perth Busselton
Dir: Stephen Amis Aus/2012/80mins
Fri July 6th 10:45pm Sat July 7th 9:45pm Intro and Q&A with Stephen Amis (both sessions) hosted by Michael Helms Screens with Hail Satan! Intro by actress/producer Denesa Chan
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The 25th Reich It’s 1943 and five tough American soldiers are sent into the outback searching for a pair of missing pumas in order to stave off an imminent PR disaster. There’s more gritty voices and growling macho dialogue in the first ten-minutes of this action movie than in 99% of the war movies released, as the hard-assed soldiers set out on their journey. But what is the mysterious machine they are carrying? Is it really a puma attraction device? Something isn’t as it seems, and before you can say Nazi-killing-time-travelling-B-movie-excitement our heroes are facing giant marsupial lions, swarms of giant blood sucking insects and of course the evil of the Nazis. The 25th Reich is a truly ambitious Australian picture and its impressive effects and thundering sound belie its budget constraints. Wearing its 1950s roots on its sleeve, The 25th Reich also harks back to the guts and glory days of high octane 70s and 80s Australian films. It’s a real surprise package and rollicking good fun.
Dir: Jan Cvitkovic Slovenia /2011/72mins
Sat July 7th 2:20pm Thu July 12th 9:15pm Screens with Scenes From a Farmhouse
Archeo (Archeu) This award winning evocatively lensed, experimental narrative feature locates three individuals who gradually come together in an empty, strangely uncanny landscape. As philosopher Slavoj Žižek writes: “Archeo is throughout a film of our historical moment: it is a film of substraction, reduction to the minimum, to the most elementary coordinates of the family TODAY, in the time of its disintegration. The myth that the film presents is not old-fashioned, but our own. The film offers some kind of a transcendental genesis of the basic family unit (father – mother – child) today: what has to be there in the background, present in dusky phantasms, for this unit to take shape. This is a story about forgotten violence, anxiety and insecurity.” Directed and written by multi-award winning filmmaker Jan Cvitkovic whose previous works include writing the script for Bread and Milk (Venice 2001, Lion of the Future Award) and directing Gravehopping (San Sebastian 2005, Best New Director Award) Archeo is a classic example of the power and strength of truly evocative cinema.
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Dir: Tom Conyers Aus/2012/98mins
Sat July 14th 11:10pm Intro and Q&A with director Tom Conyers and producer Mark White and actors Anna Kate Burgess and Clint Dowdell. Screens with Quinkin
winner best feature film DCIFF 2012 winner best narrative feature Seattle TIFF 2012
The Caretaker A plague of vampirism is unleashed on the world. But in an outback farmhouse a group of humans have developed a unique tactic to ensure their ongoing survival. They have a vampire who will protect them at night from other marauding vampires, on the condition that in the day they will protect him. Invariably things don’t go quite as intended and the situation inside the farmhouse deteriorates into waring factions. What follows is a fascinating re-working of vampire mythology as the two sides square-off in a struggle for survival as both compete for the upper hand in this tense, unnerving horror thriller. There’s no hair gel, no supermodel bloodsuckers and no sexy vampires in The Caretaker, these are fanged beasts who want to devour humans. The Caretaker remembers when vampires were scary, dark, creatures of the night who fed on blood. Here people are often inept and corrupt, and survival may not be an option. The Caretaker has the online horror community buzzing and it is a dark testament to the power of home grown horror movies.
The latest proof that vampires are immortal in art. It explores the infuriating tragedy of what makes us human, while delivering a viscerally raw experience in finely calibrated doses. I can’t wait to see where Tom Conyers takes me next Jorge Saralegui - executive producer Independence Day, Queen of the Damned, Alien Resurrection & Speed
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Dir: Alex Ross Perry USA/2011/83mins
Sat July 7th 6:00pm Mon July 9th 6:40pm Sat July 14th 10:45pm Screens with Peekaboo #1 undistributed movie of 2011: Village Voice #1 undistributed movie of 2011: Indiewire. Best Narrative Feature at the Chicago Underground
The Color Wheel Wannabe news anchor JR (Carlen Altman) rarely sees her family, but now she needs her brother Colin (Alex Perry), or at least his car, to help her retrieve her belongings from her professor turned-lover’s apartment. What follows is a darkly comic road trip as the mismatched siblings squabble, fight and alienate almost everybody they meet, both too self-absorbed to see how obnoxious they may actually be. As the trip progresses the duo gradually come to confront each other and themselves. Director and co-writer Alex Ross Perry’s second feature is a cinematically literate, post-Jarmusch, post-mumblecore journey into families, relationships and coming to terms with a life perhaps more ordinary than hoped. Co-scripted by comedian and actress Carlen Altman, The Color Wheel is low budget, genuinely indie-filmmaking at its best. With Indiewire describing Perry’s performance as a “subversive Michael Cera, but his sub-literary persona suggests Woody Allen trapped in a nightmarish midnight movie” this is a future cult movie in the making.
In his second outing, DIY filmmaker Alex Ross Perry (Impolex) constructs a road trip about stagnation, fueled by anger and post-mumblecore irony but also an unexpected vulnerability. There’s a method to Perry’s deadpan madness in this serious comedy, and where there’s smirk there’s fire. Hollywood Reporter
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Dir: Julien Maury & Alexandre Bustillo France/2011/88mins
Sat July 7th 10:45pm Screens with two shorts: Dorothy & Thirst
On her first-day as a nursing aide for the sick and elderly Lucie is taken to a rural mansion. Here she is â€˜introducedâ€™ to one of her future clients; an old lady in a coma. Discovering that the elderly woman has a hidden treasure secreted somewhere in the building, Lucie and her friends return to the house that evening. What follows slips from the dark gothic to abject horror. Shot through with beautiful surreal imagery, Livid evokes a supernatural mood that recalls the likes of director Guillermo del Toro and Dario Argento, as well as the horror stories of Clive Barker. Directing team Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (who previously directed Inside) have crafted a visually impressive exceptionally well-paced tale of haunting menace that slowly unravels as the film progresses. Already and invariably heading for the obligatory English language remake, Livid is essential viewing for any horror fan.
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Dir: William Eubank USA/2011/86mins
Fri July 6th 4:15pm Mon 9th July 8:30pm Sun 15th July 6:45 M - Recomended for Mature Audiences Screens with Payload
Best Director: Athens International Film Festival Special Mention: Fantasia Festival
Love (aka Angels & Airwaveâ€™s Love) Opening in the middle of the American Civil War, as a soldier is asked to head west to see something extraordinary that has been discovered, Love rapidly shifts its action into the future. Itâ€™s the mid 21st century and on the abandoned International Space Station astronaut Lee Miller is stranded high above the blue planet. As the vessel slowly orbits the Earth, Miller is stuck in the vastness of space and wondering what is transpiring below that has made communications die. As time passes so the astronaut starts to explore his new home where he chances upon a mysterious package. Produced and scored by alternative rock band Angels & Airwaves (whose recent tour was highly acclaimed) this movie has rightly drawn comparisons with contemplative arthouse science fiction classics such as Moon, Solaris and 2001. Simultaneously a meditation on communication, tenderness, belonging and the nature of human existence, the multi-award winning Love is an exceptionally ambitious movie that luxuriates in spectacular imagery making it a wholly unique cinema experience. Ultimately Love is an astonishingly accomplished debut feature from William Eubank.
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Dir: Paul Fraser Eire/2010/90mins
Wed July 11th 8:30pm Sat July 14th 6:45pm Sun July 15th 12:00pm Intro and Q&A with director Paul Fraser Screens with Attach Boat to Motor Persons under 15 admitted if accompanied by a parent or adult guardian Official Selection: Tribeca Supported by
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My Brothers With their father dying, three brothers set out on a quest to replace a digital watch he won years before at a small seaside town. Driving across rural Ireland in a van that can barely run, seventeen-year old Noel is wracked with both fury and guilt at the predicament his father’s imminent death places the family in. Middle brother Paudie is witty and vulgar, while the youngest sibling, Scwally, carries a lightsaber with him constantly although he has never seen Star Wars. What follows is a film that is intensely moving, deeply poignant and funny, a bitter sweet evocation of youth, desperation, memory and the undying love for family, even, annoying siblings. Directed by Paul Fraser, whose credits including scripting Shane Meadow’s A Room For Romeo Brass, Once Upon A Time in the Midlands and Somers Town and Damien O’Donnell’s Heartlands. My Brothers is yet another testament to the genuine power of cinema. This is a unique discovery and, as Richard states, “a really good film”
Dir: Oren Moverman USA/2011/108mins
Sat July 7th 8:30pm Fri July 13th 9:30pm Sun July 15th 5:15pm Screens with Spine Official Selection: London Official Selection: Toronto Official Selection: San Sebastian Supported by
Rampart Woody Harrelson delivers a bravura performance as the corruptas-hell cop David Brown in this taught thriller that worms its way into the audience’s psyche and never lets up. Perfectly paced and well styled, this film paints a gritty picture of the last of the corrupt cops in an LA of authentic, sunburned streets. Directed and co-written by Oren Moverman (writer of the brilliant I’m Not There and director of the Oscar nominated The Messenger) Rampart delivers on all levels. Featuring the likes of Cynthia Nixon, Ice Cube, Ned Beatty, Steve Buscemi and Sigourney Weaver, all offer powerful performances. From a script co-written by the stone cold undisputed master of modern LA noir James Ellroy (LA Confidential) Rampart is as sharply written as it is cast. It’s safe to say that Rampart will become the standard by which police thrillers will be measured in the future.
If you’re hankering for a new version of Bad Lieutenant anchored by a performance that will no doubt rank among the high-water marks of Woody Harrelson’s career, Rampart is a must-see. Film Journal International
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Dir: Birger Larsen Denmark/2011/90mins
Those Who Kill: Shadows of the Past
Sun July 8th 3:30pm Sat July 14th 2:30pm Screens with Inferno
(Fortidens skygge - Den som dræber)
Opening with a late-night mass shooting on a bus, this tense film has that Danish feel Rev loves. An unnerving exploration of psychopathology, personal history and individual accountability, Those Who Kill is a tight, lean and urgent thriller. Detective Katrine Ries Jensen and legal psychiatrist Thomas Schaeffer form a special unit at the Copenhagen Police, investigating serial killings. As a case from Schaeffer’s past crops up they’re thrust into an intense race against time as the killings continue and the case becomes increasingly personal. Great on the big screen Those Who Kill captures a sense of “in the moment and on the scene”. Filled with gripping action and unexpected narrative turns it’s easy to see why Director Birger Larsen was Oscar nominated for his 1998 short Sweethearts. The palpable tension is delivered by an ensemble cast with taught naturalism that eschews glamour in favour of a real truth thanks to cinematographer Eric Kress whose works include The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Lars Von Trier’s Kingdom 2.
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Dir: Michael Knowles USA/2011/93mins
Sat July 14th 9:00pm Sun July 15th 2:30pm Rated: PG Screens with A Tale of Obsession
The Trouble With Bliss Morris Bliss’ life is stuck in a dead end. The 35-year-old slacker is broke and living with his silently frustrated father (a deadpan Peter Fonda), but dreams of travelling to places he has only ever read about in books by Orwell and Bowles. Bliss’ problem is simple; he’s just waiting for something – for his life - to happen. And then there’s Stephanie the precocious 18-year-old who seduces him and who happens to be the daughter of an old school friend and Andrea (Lucy Liu) his bored neighbour. What little order Bliss has in his life slowly starts to unwind, because sometimes decisions have to be made. Flawlessly cast with Michael (Dexter, 6 Feet Under) C. Hall as the titular Bliss, a character far removed from Dexter and Brie (21 Jump Street, Rampart and United States of Tara) Larson as Stephanie, the cast are top-notch, deftly handling a script adapted from Douglas Light’s award winning novel. The Trouble With Bliss uses its New York East Village location well, a space once familiar from indie movies, and a marker to this film’s influences.
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Dir: Sean Branney USA/2011/104mins
Sun July 8th 8:00pm Thurs July 12th 5:00pm Screens with The Tell Tale Heart Persons under 15 admitted if accompanied by a parent or adult guardian
Audience Award for Best Director: SFF Film Festival Best Horror: WorldCon Official Selection: Fantasia Official Selection: Seattle
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The Whisperer in Darkness H P Lovecraft’s short story The Whisperer In Darkness is generally considered to be one of the author’s best realised works. It combines elements of haunting New England gothic, cryptoscience fiction and the sense of a vast utterly alien intelligence at play in the darkness. Now – after eight years in the making – the H P Lovecraft Society has produced an epic feature based on the story, loyal to the original source material. The film is a slowly unwinding tale of uncanny suspense and creeping terror. The H P Lovecraft Society’s previous film The Call of Cthulhu was shot in the style of a 1920s silent movie and garnered international attention from genre fans and Lovecraft enthusiasts who took it to their hearts, now The Whisperer In Darkness is set to do the same. Shot in glorious Mythoscope – which, the filmmaker’s state, combines modern and vintage techniques - the movie recalls the great thirties horror films such as Dracula, King Kong and Frankenstein as well as the classic fifties sci-fi shockers like It Came From Outer Space and The Thing. One of the best adaptations of Lovecraft to grace the screen, this multi-award winning feature will have everybody wondering exactly what lurks in the darkened Vermont countryside…
Dir: Tak Sakaguchi, Yûdai Yamaguchi Japan/2011/105mins
Fri July 13th 11:00pm Introduced by Neil Foley, Monster Pictures
Yakuza Weapon (Gokudô heiki) Every now and again a film comes along that is so wildly entertaining that it simply demands to be screened. Yakuza Weapon is that movie. Based on the manga Gokudō Heiki by Ken Ishikawa, Yakuza Weapon mixes a plot involving gangsters, a sinister government agency, a quest for revenge and, just in case that wasn’t enough, some post-human science fiction action, which takes this movie to the next level. Explosions, gore splattered violence, insane quantities of blood, beautifully choreographed martial arts, helicopter attacks, gun fights and a lot of edgy, jittering mayhem that by the film’s insane climax seems to verge on some kind of hyperactive post-computer game splutterings that pretty much defy conventional description. None of this is surprising when you consider this movie was shot over twelve days and stars cult actor Tak Sakaguchi (Versus, Mutant Girl Squad).
It doesn’t take but a few minutes of watching to realise Yakuza Weapon belongs to the recent genre of Japanese cinema that sprouted from the worldwide success of The Machine Girl... low budget, loaded with effects both practical and CGI, unconcerned with acting skills, and wonderfully perverted. Film School Rejects
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THE BANDS THE INDUSTRY THE LOCALS THE ENCORES THE DJS THE GIGS THE PRODUCERS THE CLUBS THE REMIXES THE ARTISTS THE FESTIVALS THE GROUPIES THE ALBUMS THE TOURS THE FANS
Dir: Mandy Stein & Ben Logan USA/2012/104mins
Sun July 8th 6:00pm Sun July 15th 8:45pm
Official Selection: sxsw Official Selection: seattle
Bad Brains: A Band in DC Bad Brains were already unique when they formed in 1977, gaining an immediate fan base in their native Washington DC for their blistering hardcore punk shows. But Bad Brains had already cut their musical teeth playing jazz fusion under the name Mind Power, and their version of punk was already pushing in different directions. While inspiring the likes of youngsters Henry Rollins (Black Flag) and Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat and Fugazi) and countless others, Bad Brains were already a step ahead of their contemporaries and embraced reggae, further adding to their musical palette. The group would go on to influence the likes of Living Colour, Faith No More and Fishbone. Following the band’s career through ups and numerous, often painful, downs, this absorbing documentary from director Mandy Stein (Burning Down the House: the Story of CBGB and Too Tough To Die: A Tribute to Johnny Ramone) and Ben Logan combines scorching live footage with interviews with all the major players and the band, as well as charting their comeback tour and the group’s often-fraught internal relationships.
The film is kinetic, frenetic… and well paced with lots to love for any Bad Brains, punk or music fans. Their tribute is long overdue and we should be thankful that a film recognizing their musical genius, originality and influence exists at all. IndieWire
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Dir: Michael Galinsky & Suki Hawley USA/2011/93mins
Sat July 7th 1:45pm Fri July 13th 6:00pm 4 stars - Daily News 4 stars - Time Out Official Selection: HotDocs Official Selection: Chicago Underground
Battle For Brooklyn Battle For Brooklyn focuses on the large-scale redevelopment planned for downtown Brooklyn. The plan â€“ the largest in New York City history - is simple: build a sports arena and a new neighbourhood. Except for one problem - thereâ€™s already a neighbourhood there, complete with elderly residents, generations of families and local businesses. As we soon discover though itâ€™s too bad for this vibrant community as their homes become subject to compulsory acquisition and are scheduled for demolition. Enter local resident Daniel Goldstein who decides to fight the development and joins forces with other local activists to stake a claim for their community, their homes and in some cases their jobs. Filmed over nearly a decade of struggle, the activists are drawn into numerous community protests, media campaigns, confrontations on the steps of City Hall and endless legal battles. Battle For Brooklyn is not just a classic David versus Goliath tale about property developers, big business and government, it also tells a story of a community coming together to defend themselves. By turns motivational and moving, inspirational and emotional, Battle For Brooklyn tells a common universal story of people struggling in the face of adversity.
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Dir: Neil Berkeley USA/2011/88mins
Fri July 6th 8:45pm Sat July 14th 4:30pm Screens with Ten Quintillion Persons under 15 admitted if accompanied by a parent or adult guardian
Official Selection: SxSW Supported by
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Beauty Is Embarrassing Every year one or two films come along that are utterly inspirational, Neil Berkeley’s debut feature Beauty Is Embarrassing is one of those movies, at once joyously, irreverent and simultaneously essential viewing. Telling the story of artist, designer and free-thinker Wayne White, the film traces his career from his childhood in rural Chattanooga through to his groundbreaking work with Pee Wee Herman’s legendary television programme in the ‘80s. Beauty Is Embarrassing follows White on a career that includes puppetry, fine art, sculpture and the kind of rush of ideas that can only be described as a genuinely creative explosion. Shifting rapidly through his career, taking in everything from outsider art to Hollywood and with appearances from the likes of The Simpsons’ Matt Groening, Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh, Paul ‘Pee Wee Herman’ Reubens, artist Gary Panter and many others, Beauty Is Embarrassing will make you look at the very nature of creativity in a new way.
Dir: Gavin Bond/Ian Abercromby Aus/2012/62mins
Sun July 15th 9:15pm Screens with Bonny Doon Persons under 15 admitted if accompanied by a parent or adult guardian
Buff Shot in Perth in 2011, Buff directors Gavin Bond and Ian Abercromby â€“ the people behind 400 episodes of the cable show Flicktease - turn the camera on fandom. Examining favorite films and the ongoing passion for the silver screen through interviews with the great and good of Perth and Australiaâ€™s film communities. Alongside David and Margaret you can see Mark Naglazas, Anita Krsnik, Madeline Bates, Jimmy Jack, Stephen Sunderland, Danielle Marsland, Rob Denham and Claire Munday and many others, as well as our own Richard and Jack, and vox-pops from local audiences and movie fans. By turns funny and illuminating, Buff is a pure celebration of cinema!
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Dir: Jason Cohn & Bill Jersey USA/2011/84mins
Tue July 10th 6:30pm Sat July 14th 2:45pm M - Recommended for Mature Audiences
Eames: The Architect and Painter James Franco narrates this beautiful portrait of the visionary husband and wife team Charles and Ray Eames, who, between them designed the second-half of the twentieth century. The couple left their iconic mark on America, from furniture to photography, fine art to architecture, interior design to film and even the visionary 1971 exhibition called A Computer Perspective. The Eamesâ€™ creativity alongside that emerging from the team at the Eames Office created a modernist renaissance. Contemporary interviews and archive footage are deftly edited, constructing a vibrant portrait of the couple, as well as the Eames Office, that mirrors the creativity for which they were famous. â€Śan extraordinary and enjoyable history of how two people influenced so much of our thinking and surroundings today. Seattle Times
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Dir: Bart Layton UK/2011/95mins
Sat July 7th 6:20pm Sun July 8th 4:45pm Thu July 12th 3:45pm Screens with The Wilding
Official Selection: Sundance
The Imposter If any film exemplifies the notion that “truth is stranger than fiction” it’s The Imposter. This award winning dramatic and suspenseful documentary is a dynamic and fluid mix of film noir and Hitchcock that’s made for the big screen. Through a combination of interviews and dramatised recreations Bart Layton’s Sundance nominated documentary tells the story of a thirteen-year-old Nicholas Barclay who went missing in Texas in 1994 but then re-appeared in Spain years later. As the film develops it becomes clear that the boy - now a young man - has changed, not least in his acquisition of a French accent, but neither the police or his family seem to have noticed. What unfolds is a strange, mysterious tale of identity that exceeds anything imagined by a Hollywood scriptwriter. With a background in television documentary Layton has the gift of a natural storyteller, he knows how to deliver and here he offers a unique documentary that recalls the early work of the great Errol Morris (The Thin Blue Line has been evoked by some critics) and the all absorbing power of the documentary medium as envisioned in works like Touching The Void.
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Dir: Steve James USA/2011/125mins
Fri July 6th 6:30pm Wed July 11th 4:00pm Fri July 13th 6:30pm
Shot over a year, The Interrupters tells the story of three “violence interrupters” working for CeaseFire, an organisation dedicated to breaking the ongoing cycles of street violence that mar the streets of Chicago’s South Side. Through a combination of fly on the wall observations and interviews, the film paints an absorbing, human and ultimately moving picture of a community drowning in a sea of violence and three of the people dedicated to ending it.
Special Jury Prize: Sheffield Doc Fest Special Jury Prize: Full Frame Film Festival Official Selection: Sundance
What makes this trio so unique is their previous lives as underworld royalty which has seen them embedded in the world they now fight against - their voices and actions carrying a power in the streets that few others can command. What follows is not merely a tale of social problems but of the inherent possibilities of hope and redemption. Produced by best selling, award winning author Alex Kotlowitz (There Are No Children Here – selected as one of the 150 most important books of the century by the New York Public Library) and directed by Steve James, best known for the award-winning Hoop Dreams (1994). Controversially not nominated for an Oscar (just like Hoop Dreams) The Interrupters is an example of the power of James’ longitudinal verite style and it’s unsurprising that emerging from such a pedigree the film has won numerous awards, including the 2012 Independent Spirit Award. An outstanding documentary by any standard. It tears at your heart with its depiction of the intractability of the problem. But it simultaneously insists, and makes you believe, that change is possible one person at a time. LA Times
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Dir: Magnús V. Sigurðsson Iceland/2011/90mins
Sun July 8th 1:45pm Mon July 9th 5:00pm Persons under 15 admitted if accompanied by a parent or adult guardian
Last Days of the Arctic Icelandic photographer Ragnar Axelsson has been documenting the people and ever-changing / never-changing landscapes of the Arctic for more than three-decades. His work has appeared in Iceland’s largest newspaper Morgunbladid as well as National Geographic, Time, Stern and Life. Last Days of the Arctic follows the photographer and adventurer as he traces and retraces journeys both familiar and new through the beautiful wildernesses of Iceland and Greenland, documenting all he sees of the fragile environments and those who make their living from them. Under the ever-present spectre of climate change these fragile landscapes are changing and Axelsson’s work pays witness to the geographic, environmental and personal effects of these changes. The film’s lavish cinematography captures the hauntingly beautiful landscapes of the frozen north and the people who inhabit them, living and surviving in the vast wilderness. Director Magnús V. Sigurðsson and cinematographer Arnar Þór Þórisson create a visual poetry that mirrors Axelsson’s evocative work and the stories that it tells.
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Dir: Matthew Akers co-director: Jeff Dupre USA/2012/106mins
Sun July 8th 12:00pm Tue July 10th 6:45pm Screens with The Nature Theatre of Oklahoma Panorama Audience Award: Berlin Official Selection: Sundance
Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present One of the world’s most acclaimed performance artists the Serbian born, New York based, Marina Abramovic has been creating groundbreaking works for four decades. Now, at the age of 63, she is embarking on a major retrospective at the New York Museum of Modern Art, simultaneously using the opportunity the exhibition provides to unveil what may be her most powerful and evocative work to date. Exploring Abramovic’s creative processes, her career and her personal life (itself entwined, almost invariably, with her work), Matthew Akers’ documentary offers an unique portrait of the artist and a rare opportunity to witness the processes that inform her creative practice. The final scenes, in which the film documents her three month long performance, offer a fascinating insight, not just into the artist’s work but into the way in which audiences engage with it and the effect it has on both the artist and those who experience the work. Acclaimed by many critics for making performance art accessible to the uninitiated while also containing enough to satisfy the legions of Abramovic fans from the art world, Aker’s film makes for powerful, compulsive viewing, and it is unsurprising it won the audience award at Berlin.
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Dir: Benj Binks Aus/2012/89mins
Fri July 13th 7:45pm Sun July 15th 3:30pm Intro and Q@A with director Benj Binks
Mongolian Bling Hip Hop has become one of the most distinctive and universally recognised forms of music, and this documentary explores the genre’s impact in Mongolia and, more importantly, the impact of Mongolia on hip hop. Taking their cameras through the thriving music community of the country’s capital Ulaanbaatar and exploring all aspects of the local scene, the filmmakers take an absorbing journey into the Mongolia’s hip hop culture as well as the country’s wider musical heritage. While some stars are rapping about the familiar themes of western hip hop, there are others who are more interested in combining the beats of hip hop with their own local musical traditions and songs about their own concerns. Offering a distinctive and personal view of the local scene Mongolian Bling is a film that finds the unique in the familiar, and makes you pause and think again about the sounds you dance too. Forget about nomads and monks! It’s hip hop that’s making Mongolia move in the 21st century!
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Dir: Stephen Kessler USA & Philippines /2011/87mins
Mon July 9th 6:00pm Sat July 14th 8:45pm Q&A with director Stephen Kessler
Official Selection: SxSW Official Selection: TORONTO
Paul Williams Still Alive Oscar winning composer, songwriter, performer and actor Paul Williams wrote such timeless classics as The Carpenters’ We’ve Only Just Begun and the Muppets’ Rainbow Connection. His song Evergreen was the theme from A Star Is Born and became a number one hit for Barbra Streisand. He scored and appeared in the classic movie Phantom of Paradise and wrote the songs for Bugsy Malone. He was a regular on television throughout the seventies appearing in The Muppets, The Fall Guy, The Love Boat and many others. For director Stephen Kessler, Paul Williams defined the seventies and his own youth, now an adult Kessler has resolved to explore the life and career of his idol. What follows is a celebration of seventies pop culture - the decade of Kermit the Frog, John Travolta, the Carpenters and Burt Reynolds - and the unique talents of Paul Williams. Shot through with both Williams’ own wry humor and the director’s increasing awareness that he really wants to hang out with his idol, the film never descends into kitsch and simultaneously defines exactly what was great about seventies pop and schlock culture.
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Dir: Caveh Zahedi USA/2010/108mins
Tue July 10th 9:00pm Sun July 15th 4:30pm
Official Selection: SxSW Official Selection: San Francisco
The Sheik and I Caveh Zahedi – director of I Am A Sex Addict (Rev 2006) – is invited to a Middle Eastern Biennial and offered the opportunity to make a new movie on the theme of ‘art as a subversive act’ to screen at the event. Free to do whatever they want to, except make fun of the Sheik, Caveh and his small crew / family travel to the Middle East to make the film. Seeing exactly how far he can go in exploring the theme he turns his camera on all around him. What follows is astonishing, as the director explores subversion and expectation. The increasingly disturbed Biennale staff try to respond to the challenges Caveh’s project raises for them. As if making the film wasn’t hard enough, submitting the finished movie to the Biennale has the potential to become a major international incident. Not for the faint hearted or politically correct, this is by turns hilarious and terrifying as The Sheik & I in equal parts and interestingly challenges and reinforces sterotypes and preconceptions on the Middle Eastern veil.
It’s a daring work made with reckless abandon - in other words, both irresponsible and necessary. Indiewire.
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Dir: Simon Pummell Netherlands & UK/2011/86mins
Wed July 11th 8:45pm Sun July 15th 12:00pm Screens with You & I, Brigitte
Official Selection: Venice Official Selection: Rotterdam
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Shock Head Soul Judge Daniel Paul Schreber’s 1903 book Memoirs of My Mental Illness, detailed the author’s fall into ‘madness’. An experience that saw him imagining a writing machine with which he could communicate with God. Confined to an asylum for nine years and tormented by visions, his memoir offers an astonishing account of his experiences of ‘madness’ as well as becoming a classic of outsider art. In the hands of visionary director Simon Pummell (whose previous credits include the BAFTA award winning Bodysong) the fascinating material becomes transformed into an absorbing, rich, visual feast, in which Schreber’s experiences are articulated via a fascinating and stylish combination of documentary and drama. With its gloriously lavish design, combining occasionally unsettling CGI images and a meticulous attention to detail the film has been compared by Screen Daily to “the best of Peter Greenaway” while Variety stated: “its treatment at the turn of the 20th century, has all the weirdness, cerebral depth and envelope-pushing style that David Cronenberg’s otherwise estimable Jung-Freud faceoff, A Dangerous Method, lacks.”
Dir: Martin Witz Switzerland /2011/89mins
Sat July 7th 12:30pm Sat July 14th 4:45pm
The Substance: Albert Hofmann’s LSD The substance in question is LSD, which forms the basis for this absorbing documentary that explores the drug that transformed the users’ sense of space and time and ‘opened the door of perception.’ Examining LSD’s psychological, historical and cultural effects, psychologists, scientists and users - of all types - offer insights, experiences and various interpretations of LSD and the psychedelic experience. With some astonishing archive footage (much of it never previously viewed) and revealing interviews with the likes of Ralph Metzner, Carolyn Garcia and Hofmann himself, this film offers the commentary and biographical study that LSD has always merited. Taking in everything from Hofmann’s first experience in 1943, through to Millbrook, the military, medicine, psychology and of course the counter culture, The Substance is a truly fascinating documentary not just about LSD but implicitly the later half of the twentieth century.
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Dir: Mathieu Roy & Harold Crooks Canada/20111/85mins
Wed July 11th 6:15pm Sat July 14th 12:30pm Screens with Greenland Year Zero (Grønland Ar Nul)
Official Selection: IDFA Supported by
Surviving Progress From the makers of the award-winning documentary The Corporation, and with Martin Scorsese as Executive Producer, comes Surviving Progress. Inspired by Ronald Wright’s best-selling book A Short History Of Progress, this film questions the speed of our evolution and the risks of such uncontrolled development that’s still running on 50,000 year-old psychological hardware. From this starting point and with fascinating commentary from bankers, economists, scientists, and philosophers the film effortlessly glides across landscapes as diverse as the international banking system, the rainforests of Central America, genomic technology and primate research. This wonderfully cinematic – almost symphonic – experience that explores the nuances of the “capitalist experiment” is matched with some of the most eloquent social commentators of our generation offering a far-reaching international perspective on the issues. Surviving Progress is an example of truly powerful cinema that unfolds with great restraint, passionate argument and a sense of scale that is beautiful to watch. Like The Corporation it’s gripping and epic stuff.
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Dir: Daniel Lindsay & T J Martin USA/2011/113mins
Sat July 7th 4:20pm Tue July 10th 4:30pm
2012 Oscar Winner: Best Documentary Supported by
Undefeated Directors Daniel Lindsay and T J Martin’s Oscar winning documentary Undefeated is the tale of what may well be the ultimate underdog high school football team – the Manassas Tigers from North Memphis. The team with their scrappy playing field and old equipment, have never done well, they haven’t won a game in a decade - in fact they haven’t won a playoff in 110years. But in 2004 Bill Courtney, local businessman and a former high school football coach, offered to help. Devoting his energies not just to the processes associated with physical coaching but also to emotional support for the players, Courtney hopes to turn the team around. But, as the film reveals, for some of the team there’s more at stake than winning games. Edited from 500 hours of footage shot over the course of the 2009 season, the filmmakers create an absorbing and insightful documentary that goes far beyond the familiar story of college football. More than sport (but never forgetting the game) Undefeated offers human stories, looking into the lives and dreams, failures and successes of this handful of athletes from the wrong side of the tracks and the coach who tells his team that football does not build character, it reveals it.
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Dir: Max Good USA/2011/86mins
Thu July 12th 9:00pm Sat July 14th 6:30pm Q&A with Producer Nate Wollman
Vigilante Vigilante: The Battle For Expression Graffiti has long decorated the urban landscape, but it has new adversaries in the figures of self-appointed anti-graffiti vigilantes. These lone individuals are dedicated to keeping the environment free of all street art, posters, tags and graffiti. Their own activities may not be part of the solution they imagine, as these vigilantes slop grey paint over luminescent art, rip-down posters, tear down stickers and worse. Following these wannabe guardians of urban space, verite documentarians Max Good and Nathan Wollman examine all aspects of street art, and – via interviews from numerous artists and others – they overtly and covertly explore not just the visual contributions that it gives to cities but the various ways in which we all engage with the urban environment. What’s at stake may be nothing less than the right to free expression. Director Good never preaches, even though his views are apparent, but lets his subjects – even those he clearly disapproves of – speak for themselves. Taking his pace and energy from the speed of the street, what follows is a surprising and rapid-fire exploration of the need for creative freedom.
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Dir: Rob Curry & Tim Plester UK/2011/64mins
Sun July 8th 12:15pm Fri July 13th 5:00pm Screens with The Globe Collector Persons under 15 admitted if accompanied by a parent or adult guardian
Way of the Morris Morris dancing is quintessentially British; to some it is the perfect accompaniment to a beer on a weekend afternoon, while to others there is something vaguely comic if not absurd about it. As this film illustrates the dance is part of a wider tradition with ancient roots that stretch from old Albion through to the 21st century. Filmmaker Tim Plester comes from a family of dancers and in Way of the Morris he explores the tradition, tracing it the through autobiography, biography and fraternity. These explorations are set against the community of the Oxfordshire village of Adderbury and the local dancers. What follows is an evocative and occasionally poignant journey that traces not just Morris Dancing but village life, folk music, culture and history. Contributors to this docu-ballad include Fairport Conventionâ€™s Chris Leslie and an erudite Billy Bragg who offer further insights into the Morris and the lively culture it represents.
An undeniably charming film about Morris Dancing that, despite its jokey title, turns out to be a very personal essaymeditation on identity and tradition. The Guardian â€Śelegiac. rhapsodic. and beautifully-made. Wire Magazine
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Dir: Kristy Guevara-FLANAGAN USA/2011/79mins
Thu July 12th 7:15pm Sun July 15th 7:30pm Intro + Q&A with Producer Kelsey Edwards hosted by Judith Lucy Persons under 15 admitted if accompanied by a parent or adult guardian
Wonder Women: The Untold Story of American Superheroines There are a lot of superheroes and a lot of superhero movies, but there are also superpowered women, and this movie sets out to tell us their stories. Starting with the original iconographic image of Wonder Woman, this movie explores the development and role of the superheroine from the earliest days of Cat Girl through to figures such as Sarah Connor of Terminator 2: Judgment Day. But this film does more than just celebrate these heroines; it traces the cultural influence of these legendary figures, exploring and celebrating the empowerment they offered – and continue to offer – to generations of comic book reading girls and women. With contributions from the likes of Kathleen Hanna, Gloria Steinem, Shelby Knox and Lynda Carter, as well as comic artists, writers and fans, Wonder Women! is a politically sharp affirmation of the female heroine and all the possibilities she can and should represent.
5 Stars. It’s the personal stories that really got to me. I’m a tough nut to crack in terms of crying at a movie, but when the little girls started talking about what Wonder Woman means to them and how their moms are the real heroes, it was Niagara-fucking-Falls. If you have a daughter, it is a moral imperative that you show her this film as soon as possible.
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A Tale of Obsession
Attach Boat to Motor
Dir: Dave Wade, Aus/2011/13mins
Dir: Nathan Lewis, Aus/2011/15mins
Ash wants to lose weight with one target in mind: to seduce Devon Cole. With some truly outrageous and sharp dialogue this short dances gleefully along the edge of offense. You’ve been warned.
An evocative depiction of the endless summer and immanence of youth. Told in a lovely laconic tone it captures a great sense of impulse and in the moment.
Screens with The Trouble With Bliss Sat July 14th 9:00pm Sun July 15th 2:30pm
Screens with My Brothers Wed July 11th 8:30pm Sat July 14th 6:45pm Sun July 15th 12:00pm
Dir: Matthew Saville, Aus/2011/6mins
Dir: Eros Romero, Aus/2011/14mins
Stephen Curry and Dave Lawson take a road trip and discuss Stephen’s acting career. Told with supreme dryness, is it documentary or is it about the most irritating road trip you could endure?
Boo the clown is the funniest clown anybody has ever seen. But there’s some things that are even scarier than clowns… the multi- award winning Dorothy is Australian gothic at its best.
Screens with Buff Sun July 15th 9:15pm
Screens with Livid Sat July 7th 10:45pm
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The Globe Collector Dir: Summer DeRoche, Aus/2012/7mins A study of globes – colloquially known as light bulbs – and the man who collects them. As lovers of micro-docs, there’s no going past this gentle and dare we say, enlightening, short. Screens with Way of the Morris Sun July 8th 12:15pm Fri July 13th 5:00pm
Greenland Year Zero (Grønland Ar Nul)
Dir: Anders Graver & Niels Bjørn Denmark-Greenland/2011/26mins With political independence from Denmark, the effects of climate change and newly discovered oil, this experimental documentary explores the changing possibilities of Greenland through the everyday lives of the country’s youth. Screens with Surviving Progress Wed July 11th 6:15pm Sat July 14th 12:30pm
Dir: John Michael Elfers, USA/2011/6mins
Dir: Stephen McCallum, Aus/2012/17mins
A group of surban Satanists are preparing for an arcane ritual, but something is amiss…
A tale of cold desperation, sin and guilt set in a colonial prison that sees a group of convicts struggling with a terrifying decision. With great art direction and photography, it’s clear to see why Australian short film is going through somewhat of a renaissance.
A rare horror comedy that is actually funny and packs a lot of smart ideas into its 6 minutes Screens with The 25th Reich Fri July 6th 9:45pm Sat July 7th 10:45pm
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Dir: Bernie Roddy, USA/2011/12mins
Payload delivers a dystopian science fiction world in 18-minutes. A family surviving at the margins have to enter the city. Here the father is forced to make a choice about the survival of his children. High concept and high quality.
An experimental film by performance artist and experimental filmmaker Bernard Roddy. Shot with great depth and beautifully composed, finds a calm amid the chaos.
Dir: Stuart Willis, Aus/2011/18mins
Screens with Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present Sun July 8th 12:00pm Tue July 10th 6:45pm
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Dir: Damien Power, Aus/2011/10mins
Dir: Michael Wannenmacher, Aus/2011/15mins
The multi-award winning Peekaboo tells a nervewracking story of a lost child. If you’re a parent you’ll find this short both true and excruciating. If not, you’re in for a very tense ride.
In the future, in the heat of the desert, twomen and a wheelbarrow are hunting, and arguing. But the day is getting later and the shadows are getting longer. Another demonstration of the great strength of Australian cinematographers who are producing some faultless work.
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Screens with The Caretaker Sat July 14th 11:10pm
Scenes From a Farmhouse
Dir: Miska Mandic, Aus/2012/10mins
Cramming more tension into ten-minutes than most features, Spine is a chilling tale of vulnerability and filled with nail-biting surprises.
Ana and her family live in a remote farmhouse near a wood. In a world already rich in symbols, Ana is haunted by dark omens, and flees into the woods. A lavishly realised short film and a great calling card.
Dir: Sophie Miller, Aus/2011/11mins
Screens with Archeo Sat July 7th 2:20pm Thu July 12th 9:15pm
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The Tell Tale Heart
Dir: Claude Gonzales, Aus/2011/15 min
Dir: Romilly Spiers, Aus/2012/9mins
A man is haunted by the eye of an old man. The eyeâ€™s vulture like stare drives him towards murder and madness.
The everyday struggle for survival in a garden is brought to life by excellent micro-photography. An excellent idea combined with great sound and with what was obviously a very long time in the shoot makes this a great piece on the big screen.
Screens with The Whisperer In Darkness Sun July 8th 8:00pm Thurs July 12th 5:00pm
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Thirst Dir: Erin Coates, Aus/2011/5mins A beautifully shot depiction of Zombies slowly, slowly taking over. It has to be the first experimental zombie film that’s crossed our desks. Very, very clever. Screens with Livid Sat July 7th 10:45pm
You & I, Brigitte
Dir: Grant Scicluna, Aus/2011/15mins
Dir: Jessica Barclay Lawton, Aus/2012/13mins
Set in a juvenile detention centre this powerful, raw short follows the love between inmates Malcolm and Tye. There’s a feature film brewing in this one.
Haunted by memory even as her life slips beyond her control, Brigitte’s perceptions of reality begin to change and a limbo of delusion begins to take over.
Screens with The Imposter Sat July 7th 6:20pm Sun July 8th 4:45pm Thu July 12th 3:45pm
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REVCON Industry Sundowner
In conversation with Paul Fraser
Now in its second year, our industry sundowner gives local screen artists the opportunity to meet Rev guests and vice-versa. There’s heaps of great conversation in the relaxed surrounds of the Astor Theatre bar.
Paul Fraser, director of My Brothers and writer of A Room For Romero Brass, Once Upon A Time in the Midlands, Dead Man’s Shoes and Somers Town (all directed by Shane Meadows), discusses writing for feature films.
Fri July 6th 5-6pm, Astor upstairs bar
Sat July 14th 10:30am
All attending industry guild member wil receive complimentary entry into the Animation Showcase 6:15pm
Vectors in Film Distribution and Exhibition In 12 months, the days of 35mm as a viable screening format have gone, the role of the territory based distributor has changed equally as fast and some filmmakers are finding great success in the capability of controlling the means of production, distribution and exhibition. But what are some of the enormous impacts on filmmakers and the industry as a whole? Thomas Mai (distributor), Katheleen Drumm (Screen Australia), Stuart Menzies (controller ABC 2) and others analyse the directions and implications. Sat July 8th 10:00am The 25th Reich and BIG Effects on a Shoestring Director Stephen Amis will discuss The 25th Reich, special effects on a shoestring budget and the making of one of the best no-holds barred and ambitious Australian genre movies of the last 30 years! Hosted by Michael Helms, author of the legendary film ‘zine Fatal Visions, now published in book form and available at this session! Sun July 8th 10:30am Film Distribution Strategies 2.0 The rules of financing, marketing & distribution are changing fast. While the traditional methods we once relied upon are becoming less dependable, social media and on-demand technology is empowering filmmakers, providing opportunities to interact directly with one’s audience. In a full day workshop, Thomas Mai will present screen content creators with the secrets to running successful crowd funding, marketing and distribution campaigns in a digital world full of possibilities. Sun July 8th, 10am-5:00pm State library of WA $40, registrations essential
State of Independents Our ongoing State of Independents panel. Increasingly essential, Revelation presents its annual round-up of all the filmmakers we can wrangle in one room, debating and discussing exactly what the current landscape is like for filmmakers at all levels of the industry. Sun July 15th 11:30am Revcon Academic This year Revelation launches an academic component, with two-days of talks dedicated to exploring, discussing and celebrating all aspects of film, from indie-cinema to genre, Australian cinema to Hollywood, from filmmaking and movie culture to music and sound design. With both international and national conference delegates attending, Revcon Academic promises to stimulate minds and conversations. Thu July 12th and Friday July 13th 10:00am – 4:00pm (approx) Tickets $100 includes access to all panels, light lunch, and a six-film mini-pass. Plus a very special screening of Kathryn Millard’s Random 8 (Australia, 2012).
Registration and booking: www.revlationfilmfest.org/go/conference
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guests Stephen Amis is a graduate of the Swinburne Film and Television School in Melbourne. After graduating he established, Revolution Pictures, and wrote, produced and directed his first micro-budget feature, the social-realist drama, See Jack Run. Stephen’s concern for the environment saw him write, produce and direct a second micro-budget feature, the enviro-comedy, The Alive Tribe. He co-wrote, produced and directed the romantic comedy, The Real Thing and Virus. In 2009, Stephen was selected as one of three producers from Australia to attend Cinemart, the Rotterdam Film Festival co-production market. He has acted as a cinematographer on more than forty short films, high-end television commercials, network documentaries and several innovative TV series. Scott Barnes is a sound designer and composer. He has developed sound design and music through experimentation and live performance, this involves creating self patterning computational environments, the use of indeterminant sources as modulation and techniques of aggregate composition. Alongside Noko, he has scored Sophie Boord’s BFI award nominated short film Fur (which screened at Revelation in 2010).
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Kath Berger has codirected the Sydney Underground Film Festival and shared curator responsibilities since the festival’s inception in 2007. For the festival, Katherine has also co-curated a festival compilation DVD, programmed films from SUFF for other institutes and film festival events and also for a half hour television show on TVS called ‘XFilm’. Katherine has also produced three feature films (Rosebery 7470, Nude Study and Zombie Massacre III). Benj Binks Having travelled the world for the last 10 years, Benj has expanded on his passion for relating stories through photography, writing, and more recently film. Since 2006, Benj has worked on various film assignments as cameraman, director, and editor whilst pursuing his own projects. He conceived Mongolian Bling in 2007 and is the main creative force in bringing it to life. Benj’s passion and energy are infectious, his communication skills have ensured that the team remained on track, and his culinary prowess meant that no one was hungry on those cold Mongolian nights. Anna Kate Burgess obtained a Bachelor of Contemporary Arts (Drama/ Dance) at Deakin University. She continued her acting training at The National Theatre, The Victorian College of the Arts, and at the Lee Strasberg Institute of Film and Television in New York. She has appeared in
many musical productions, including Sweet Charity, 42nd Street and Mel Brooks’ The Producers, as well as Macbeth and Rigoletto for Opera Australia. Tom Conyers has made many short films, including Shining the Ball and Window Shopper, and is the author of the novel ‘Morse Code for Cats’. The Caretaker is his first feature. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts at Melbourne University, Australia (majors: English Literature and Philosophy) and a Graduate Diploma in Film and Television at the Victorian College of the Arts, 2000. Denesa Chan (actressproducer) started conservatorylevel acting training at the LA County High School for the Arts at age 13. By 15 she was the youngest person invited to study at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She joined her first regional touring company when she was 17 and has toured worldwide receiving critical acclaim. Chan has been on networks such as ABC Family, CBS and MTV as well as national and worldwide commercials. She just completed production on Virgin Forest. She is also slated to star in and co-produce Deadlines, a psychological horror feature based on the novel by best-selling author Craig Spector. Chan recently created Fierce Pixie Films, whose first picture, Hail Satan! premiered at the Mann’s Chinese theater and went on to win the Independent Spirit Award at A Night of Horror/ Fantastic Planet Int’l Film Festival.
Davy Chou is a FrenchCambodian filmmaker, born in 1983. His grandfather Van Chann was one of the major film producers in Cambodia during the 1960s and 1970s. In 2009, Davy Chou founded the French film production company Vycky Films, with Jacky Goldberg and Sylvain Decouvelaere. In October 2009, Davy Chou curated Golden Reawakening, an exhibition about the golden age of Cambodian cinema in the 1960s and the 1970s, and founded Kon Khmer Koun Khmer, a collective of young Cambodian students and artists. His first feature length documentary film, Golden Slumbers, was shown at Busan International Film Festival 2011 and at the Berlinale Forum 2012. Brendan Clarke 2001 winner of the national jazz award for bass, Brendan is one of the most in-demand bass players in Australia. He has performed with Kirk Lightsey, Jim McNeely, Wycliffe Gorden, Barbara Morrison, Don Rader, Dale Barlow, Vince Jones, James Morrison, Roger Manins, Bobby Gebert, John Harkins and Bernie McGann. Clint Dowdell obtained a Bachelor of Contemporary Arts (Drama/ Dance) at Deakin University. He went on to create many physical-theatre shows with the installation/performance company Red Cabbage. In 2006 he travelled to Bangkok with Thai Company B Floor to co-host the Physical-Theatre Festival. He regularly appears on the TV show The Circle as one of their favourite presenters. He has appeared in two of Tom Conyers’ short films, Window Shopper (2002) and Shining The Ball (2005).
Kathleen Drumm helms Screen Australia’s diverse marketing activities across theatrical and innovative distribution, business facilitation, professional development, online and offline promotion and screen culture. She is responsible for the organisation’s strategic positioning and activities at key international markets and festivals. Kathleen maintains close relationships with local distributors, international distributors, festival directors and international film executives. Previously Kathleen was Head of Sales and Marketing at NZ Film where she was responsible for the international sales and marketing of New Zealand features, including creating an international presence and increasing the focus on domestic audiences. Prior to 2001, Kathleen was the NZ Film Commission’s Short Film Sales and Marketing Manager. Kelcey Edwards is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has screened at numerous top-ranking film festivals. In 2008 she teamed up with director Kristy GuevaraFlanagan to produce Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines which recently had its world premiere at SxSW. Kelcey is also the coproducer of Words of Witness, a documentary feature by director Mai Iskander and an official selection of Berlinale 2012. Kelcey holds an MFA in Documentary Film & Video from Stanford University and lives in New York City where she works as a filmmaker, producer and arts educator.
Paul Fraser is a prolific and exceptional screenwriter who, in collaboration with director Shane Meadows, embarked on an extraordinary trilogy of films about life in their East Midlands hometown producing Twenty Four Seven (1998) A Room for Romeo Brass (1999) and Once Upon a Time in the Midlands (2001). Since then Paul has written Heartlands (2002) directed by Damian O’Donnell and has himself directed Streetlife (2004), and Barney Has The Blues (2005). Other writing credits include My Father the Liar, and Tube Tales (2000) directed by Bob Hoskins, Dead Man’s Shoes (2003) and a children’s cartoon series, Sheep (1999, 2000). He wrote Somers Town (2008), his fifth collaboration with Shane. Paul directed his first feature My Brothers (2011). He is currently developing scripts with Warp films, a book adaptation called Numbers. Barry Hale is a Sydney based painter, author and performance artist whose work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. His work was a feature of the 17th Sydney Biennale, and the Adelaide Fringe Festival. He will be performing with the artistic collaboration Noko with Scott Barnes and Michael Strum an audio-visual live performance for the Revelation Perth International Film Festival. He is also be a major contributor to the ‘Windows to the Sacred’ exhibition which will open on July 13th at Buratti Fine Arts Gallery in Fremantle.
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Michael Helms is a long-term film-head. He’s been dedicated to documenting horror cinema for the best part of the last 30 years. He’s appeared in places like Fatal Visions, Fangoria, Crimson Celluloid, and Sci-Fi Teen. His favourite designation is ‘Weird Film Expert’ from a short stint in People Magazine. He’s written about more Australian horror films than you’ve heard of and seen too many more. The collected edition of the legendary Fatal Visions will be celebrating its publication and available at Rev. He lives in Melbourne with a family & two cats. Phillip Johnson A saxophonist, composer and arranger of jazz and new music, Phillip has been a significant figure in the underground music scene of New York’s downtown since the 1980s. He has composed extensively for film, most recently Stolen Life by Peter Rasmussen & Jackie Turnure (which won a New York Machinima Award for Best Music Score) & Noise by Henry Bean. He has also written for silent film, including Tod Browning’s The Unknown, The George Méliès Project, Teinosuke Kinugasa’s Page Of Madness and F.W. Murnau’s Faust which premiered at the New York Film Festival. Stephen Kessler was born in New York City and educated in NYC public schools and at Stanford University, where he majored in Victorian Literature. He has directed the feature films: Paul Williams Still Alive (2012) Vegas Vacation (1997) and The Independent (2000) and the shorts: Birch Street Gym - which was nominated for an Academy Award. Other awards: DGA Nominee Best Achievement in Commercials (1991), director of Emmy nominated short for The Jimmy Kimmel Show, “The Late Night Wars” (2010).
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Richard Kuipers is a film critic for the international trade paper Variety and a curator and historian for the National Film and Sound Archive website Australian Screen Online. He produced The Movie Show on national broadcaster SBS TV between 1992 and 2000 and has produced and directed documentaries including Stone Forever (1999). Specialising in weird cinema, Richard programmed and presented Future Shocks (1999), Immortal Seduction: The Vampire Movie (2010) and Freak Me Out (2011, 2012) for the Sydney Film Festival and Grindhouse Horrors for Revelation 2011. Judith Lucy is one of Australia’s most popular comedians. A best-selling author, her work in radio, television and film and her sell-out national live tours have made her a household name. A standup comedian for over 20 years, she sprang to national prominence in 1993 when she joined the cast of ABC TV’s The Late Show. Her television appearances since then have been many and varied, but amazingly, ABC TV’s 2011 season of Judith Lucy’s Spiritual Journey represents her first solo TV project. In feature films, she has appeared alongside Mick Molloy and Bill Hunter in both Crackerjack, and in Bad Eggs, written and directed by her old Late Show buddy Tony Martin and also featuring Bob Franklin, Shaun Micallef, Robyn Nevin and Alan Brough.
Thomas Mai has been a sales agent for 15 years (Trust Film Sales, Katapult Film Sales and TrustNordisk) and has sold films for Lars von Trier, Susanne Bier, Lone Scherfig, Thomas Vinterberg, Lukas Moodysson and many many others. Thomas has also produced feature films, (two Danish and two American). On arriving in Australia, together with Josh Pomeranz of Spectrum films, Thomas won the Screen Australia grant for Innovative Distribution to help 10 Australian filmmakers use new tools of financing, marketing & distribution over the next two years. Leon Marvell is Associate Professor of Film at Deakin University, Melbourne. He has been involved in most aspects of film production since the late 1970s, concentrating on new media works for the past fifteen years. He is also a writer who regularly contributes theoretical pieces and reviews to Australian arts journals. Alex Munt is a writer/director with a background in design. He has credits in: shorts, music video, film titles and feature film. His debut feature ‘LBF’ which he wrote, directed and produced had its world premiere at SXSW in 2011. Alex is a Senior Lecturer in the Creative Practices academic group at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). His research interests include: screenwriting, adaptation, creative film practice, low-budget and ‘indie’ cinema.
Stefan Popescu is one of the founders/ directors of the Sydney Underground Film Festival and has also written and directed three feature films to date. Stefan’s first feature film, Rosebery 7470, was filmed in a small Tasmanian mining town in 2006 utilising local cast and crew. The film went on be released through Accent Entertainment in 2008. Popescu filmed his second feature film Nude Study in 2008, as an AustralianCanadian co-production. Nude Study has screened at over 20 international festivals and due to be released in late 2012. Popescu’s third feature film is the comical, Zombie Massacre III, which wrapped in early 2010 in Canada and is currently in post-production and due for release in 2013. Daryl Pratt co-leads MATCH Percussion with his wife Allison Pratt as well as the Daryl Pratt Sextet. He is known as a composer and performer in both jazz and contemporary classical music, and he has made numerous solo, chamber and orchestral recordings on labels such as ABC, Lovely, Naxos, CRI, Rufus Records, EFA, VoxAustralis, Fleur de Son Classics, and Tall Poppies. His compositions for percussion are featured on the Tall Poppies CD Pratt’s Alchemy. He has performed with Synergy, The Australia Ensemble and The Australia Chamber Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony, Sydney Symphony and Australia Opera and Ballet orchestras, as well as with Chad Wackerman, Paul Graboski and David Jones. He is head of the percussion department at Sydney Conservatorium.
Alister Spence (piano) is one of Australia’s foremost pianist/ composers. As leader of the Alister Spence Trio he has released 4 CDs including the ARIA award-winning Mercury. Alister has toured Europe, Asia and Canada, and recorded live broadcasts for the ABC, as well as the BBC and WDR (Germany). As a collaborator he has worked with Clarion Fracture Zone, Wanderlust, the Australian Art Orchestra, Paul Capsis, Phil Slater, Ruby Hunter and Archie Roach, Sandy Evans, and many others. He is also well known as a composer of music for film and theatre. Stella Starr Daughter of artist and underground filmmaker Jeff Keen, Stella Starr had a bohemian ‘beatnik’ upbringing, for which she is eternally grateful. A former ‘child star’ of her father’s films, as well as camera person on quite a few of them, she found her love of dressing up and showing off through the magic of cinema – from the Golden Heights of Hollywood to the Glorious Depths of B-Movies! She’s also an animator, designer and comic book artist + enjoyed infamy as a drummer with lo-fi punk popsters SEXLOVEBUSTERBABY! A pioneer of Burlesque in the UK since the early 1990’s, Stella set up the first UK Burlesque show/club night called “Vavavavoom!” in 1997. She manages her father’s art archive, curates his international exhibitions and directs her new Surrealist inspired Cinematic Dance Theatre company called “Theatre of Fur”.
Michael Strum is a multimedia artist, a graduate of the National Art School in painting, and Sydney College of the Arts. He has exhibited internationally and has been included in the Blake Prize for Religious Art. Alongside computer, digital and video work Strum has worked in painting, ceramics and printmakings. Mark White After graduating from the Royal New Zealand School of Dance, Mark toured the world with ‘Limbs Dance Company’ and then with his own outfit, ‘Full of Piranhas’, even giving a number of Command Performances for various members of the British royal family. While touring Australia in the theatrical role of Wes in ‘Ladies Night’, he decided to stay to perform/produce shows for the commercial/club scenes. He is best known as choreographer of the film Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994). The Caretaker is his first role as producer on a film. Nate Wollman is an emerging producer hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area. He has worked on numerous creative projects from narrative film shorts to documentary film projects. Nathan has worked as a production assistant on set for Comedy Central’s Battle Bots series, production coordinator for Italian television with FIAT motor company, and collaborated on various fictional shorts with director and long time colleague Max Good. Nathan has most recently produced his first feature length documentary film, Vigilante Vigilante (2011-2012) which has enjoyed a successful run from film festivals in major cities across the world.
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Beauty is Embarrassing (Pg 40)
The Substance (Pg 51)
Jeff Keen Retrospective (Pg 14)
The Color Wheel (Pg 27)
Love (Pg 29)
The Sheik and I (Pg 49)
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5:00pm 4:15pm 6:30pm 6:30pm 8:35pm 8:45pm 10:45pm
RevCon: New Distribution Vectors (C2) Experimental Animation (C2) The Substance Battle For Brooklyn (C2) Archeo Golden Slumbers + Q&A Undefeated The Color Wheel (C2) The Imposter Your Sister’s Sister (C2) Rampart The 25th Reich + Q&A (C2) Livid
10:00am 12:15pm 12:30pm 1:45pm 2:20pm 3:35pm 4:20pm 6:00pm 6:20pm 8:00pm 8:30pm 9:45pm 10:45pm
RevCon: Special Effects on a Shoestring Marina Ablamovic Way of the Morris (C2) Last Days of the Arctic (C2) George Méliès Project Those Who Kill (C2) The Imposter Bad Brains: A Band in DC (C2) George Méliès Project Whisperer in Darkness (C2) FAV@REV
10:30am 12:00pm 12:15pm 1:45pm 3:15pm 3:30pm 4:45pm 6:00pm 7:00pm 8:00pm 8:30pm
Last Days of the Arctic (C2) Paul Williams: Still Alive + Q&A The Color Wheel (C2) Crispin Glover Love (C2)
5:00pm 6:00pm 6:40pm 8:15pm 8:30pm
Undefeated (C2) Eames Marina Abramovic (C2) Crispin Glover The Sheik and I (C2)
4:30pm 6:30pm 6:45pm 8:15pm 9:00pm
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The Interrupters Surviving Progress Sydney Underground + Intro (C2) My Brothers + Q&A Shock Head Soul (C2)
4:00pm 6:15pm 6:30pm 8:30pm 8:45pm
RevCon: Academic (C2) The Imposter Whisperer In Darkness (C2) Get Your Shorts On Wonder Women + Q&A (C2) Vigilante Vigilante + Q&A Archeo (C2)
10:00am 3:45pm 5:00pm 7:00pm 7:15pm 9:00pm 9:15pm
RevCon: Academic (C2) Way of the Morris Battle for Brooklyn (C2) The Interrupters Mongolian Bling + Q&A (C2) Revel8 Rampart (C2) Yakuza Weapon
10:00am 5:00pm 6:00pm 6:30pm 7:45pm 9:00pm 9:30pm 11:00pm
RevCon: In Conversation With Paul Fraser 10:30am Jeff Keen Retrospective + Q&A (C2) 12:00pm Surviving Progress 12:30pm Those That Kill (C2) 2:30pm Eames 2:45pm Beauty is Embarrassing 4:30pm The Substance (C2) 4:45pm My Brothers + Q&A 6:45pm Vigilante Vigilante + Q&A (C2) 6:30pm Paul Williams Still Alive + Q&A (C2) 8:45pm The Trouble With Bliss 9:00pm The Color Wheel (C2) 10:45pm The Caretaker + Q&A 11:10pm
RevCon: State of Independents 11:00am Shock Head Soul 12:00pm My Brothers (C2) 12:00pm Noko 2:15pm Trouble With Bliss (C2) 2:30pm Mongolian Bling + Q&A 3:30pm The Sheik and I (C2) 4:30pm Rampart 5:15pm Love (C2) 6:45pm Wonder Women + Q&A 7:30pm Bad Brains: A Band in DC (C2) 8:45pm Buff 9:15pm SUN 15
TICKET & VENUE INFORMATION venues
Screenings/RevCon/RevCon Academic: Astor Theatre 659 Beaufort St Mt Lawley Phone: 08 9370 1777
revelationfilmfest.org Follow the links from the film pages
Thomas Mai Masterclass: Great Southern Room Fourth Floor, Alexander Library Building State Library of Western Australia 25 Francis Street PERTH WA 6000
Over the counter
During the Festival: Weekdays 3pm until ½ an hour after the last session. OR at any BOCS outlet.
Single Admission $18 | $15con, $13members Opening Night $40 full | $35 conc Members free
The George Méliès Project $25 full | $20 conc Family (2 adults/2 children) $60 Members free Crispin Hellion Glover $25 / Members free
Passes Are valid for all screenings except Opening Night, The George Méliès Project and Crispin Hellion Glover. Tickets from passes must be redeemed at the venue box office or through any BOCS outlet. Passes do not guarantee entry to sold out sessions.
bocsticketing.com.au BOCS Tickets
Before the Festival: Advance Ticket and Pass Purchases Astor Box Office Mon-Fri 3-7pm OR at any BOCS outlet.
Saturday - Sunday The Astor Box Office will be open from ½ hr before the first session until a ½ hr after the last session.
All Enquiries BOCS Ticketing Mon-Sat: 9am-8pm 08 9484 1133 General Enquiries Ph: 08 9238 1358 E: firstname.lastname@example.org All sessions are classified 18+ unless otherwise indicated. Seating is sometimes limited. Early purchase and arrival is always recommended. Seating in Cinema 2 is limited.
Gold Pass $190 Entry to all films including Opening Night and Special Events Mini 6 Pass $90 Entry to 6 films Not valid for Opening Night, The George Méliès Project or Crispin Glover Connect 4 Pass $60 Entry to 4 films Not valid for Opening Night, The George Méliès Project or Crispin Glover
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