SPECIAL EVENTS AT MIFF 2017
INCLUDES AN IN CONVERSATION WITH DIRECTOR JANE CAMPION
MELBOURNE, 27 JULY 2017 – From live performances in the Festival Lounge and fulldome showcases at the planetarium to in conversations with filmmakers and actors, a Sci-Fi Marathon, masterclasses, seminars and lectures: these are just some of the special events on offer as part of the 66th Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF), running 3 to 20 August 2017.
JUNGLE: IN CONVERSATION
1:30 PM, 5 AUGUST, THE WHEELER CENTRE
Opening this year’s festival, the MIFF Premiere Fund-supported Jungle tells the gloriously tense, real-life survival story of Yossi Ghinsberg (played by Daniel Radcliffe), who at 22 joined two friends – Swiss teacher Marcus Stamm and American photographer Kevin Gale – on what was supposed to be the adventure of a lifetime. But their dream trip into the uncharted Amazon soon turned into a wilderness nightmare from which not all of the men returned.
Join the real Yossi Ghinsberg along with Jungle director Greg McLean and producers Gary Hamilton and Dana Lustig in this unmissable event to hear the jaw-dropping, head-shaking stories behind the film and learn what’s really needed to survive in the jungle.
Moderated by Sandy George.
TOP OF THE LAKE: CHINA GIRL – IN CONVERSATION
12:30 PM, 6 AUGUST, COMEDY THEATRE
In 2013, revered director Jane Campion created the award-winning TV series Top of the Lake, notable for “being one of the first examples of a major filmmaker realizing the full potential of the “peak TV” era…a staggering piece of long-form fiction.” (IndieWire).
In 2017, Top of the Lake: China Girl reacquaints us with the Golden Globe-winning actress Elisabeth Moss as Detective Robin Griffen, adding Gwendoline Christie and Academy Award Winner Nicole Kidman to a crime mystery story that finds Griffin recently returned to Sydney and trying to rebuild her life. When the body of an Asian girl washes up on Bondi Beach, there appears little hope of finding the killer, until Robin discovers ‘China Girl’ didn’t die alone. Robin looks to the investigation to restore herself, but her problems are personal. Haunted by a daughter given up at birth, Robin desperately wants to find her, yet dreads revealing the truth of her conception. But her search to discover ‘China Girl’s’ identity will take her into the city’s darkest recesses and closer than she could have imagined to the secrets of her own heart.
“Top of the Lake is decidedly back in a major way.” (Hollywood Reporter)
After binge watching the entire acclaimed second series of Top of the Lake: China Girl – in its Australian Premiere at MIFF – join the series’ creative collaborators Jane Campion, Gerard Lee and Ariel Kleiman as they talk to crafting one of the most anticipated television events of the year for this very special MIFF Talks event. Presented in association with the Wheeler Centre, BBC First and Foxtel.
Moderated by Sophie Hyde.
PIONEERING WOMEN: IN CONVERSATION
1:30 PM, 12 AUGUST, THE WHEELER CENTRE
An extensive look at influential female directors and actors of the past 30 years in a stellar line-up of guests featuring Gillian Armstrong, Claudia Karvan, Nadia Tass, Ana Kokkinos and Clara Law.
Moderated by Samantha Lang.
THREE SUMMERS: IN CONVERSATION
1:30 PM, 13 AUGUST, THE WHEELER CENTRE
Shooting his first Australian film, acclaimed comedian, writer and director Ben Elton, alongside cast members Robert Sheehan, Rebecca Breeds, Magda Szubanksi, Kelton Pell and Michael Caton from MIFF’s crowd-pleasing Centrepiece Gala Three Summers, will speak with Natalie Bailey – the UK’s go-to comedy director (The Thick of It) – about this hilarious multi-story comedy set over three years at a fictional folk-music festival.
DAVID WENHAM: IN CONVERSATION
6:30 PM, 14 AUGUST, THE WHEELER CENTRE
One of Australia’s favourite actors, David Wenham, will discuss his feature film directorial debut: the delightful romance Ellipsis, about a night of chance meetings, colourful characters and unexpected adventures.
Moderated by Rowan Woods, Head of Directing at the Australian Film Television and Radio School.
DYSTOPIA ON FILM
6:30 PM, 17 AUGUST, THE WHEELER CENTRE
Co-presented with Overland magazine.
Drawing on MIFF’s Sci-Fi retrospective and looking at how cinema harnesses contemporary anxieties to show us where we might be headed, some of the best minds around dissect the darker corners of the future in this panel discussion about Dystopia on Film.
Panellists include Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, Ben C Lucas, Claire Corbett and Jennifer Mills.
Moderated by Adolfo Aranjuez.
Always immensely popular, MIFF’s annual program of jaw-dropping fulldome screenings at the Melbourne Planetarium returns. A truly unique cinematic experience, where audiences lie back and immerse themselves in stereo surround sound and super high-resolution images projected onto a 180º hemispherical dome ‘screen’ above their heads!
FULLDOME SHOWCASE 1
7:00 PM, 5 & 12 AUGUST, MELBOURNE PLANETARIUM
FULLDOME SHOWCASE 2
9:00 PM, 5 & 12 AUGUST, MELBOURNE PLANETARIUM
Organised by MIFF’s Industry Programs Unit, these public-access ticketed events are open to anyone with an interest in film – film or media students; aspiring or existing screenwriters, editors, directors or producers; film aficionados; or just the curious!
WENDALL THOMAS TALKS SCRIPTS
9.30 AM DAILY, 7-10 AUGUST, VILLAGE ROADSHOW THEATRETTE
Wendall Thomas – screenwriter, script editor and consultant to companies including Disney, Warner Brothers, Paramount, Universal, Showtime, PBS, RKO, A&E, NBC and Scottish Screen – returns with her popular series unlocking the secrets of film writing with four stand-alone, all-day seminars:
ADRIAN WOOTTON TALKS FILM FEMMES
5:15 PM DAILY, 7-10 AUGUST, VILLAGE ROADSHOW THEATRETTE
London Film Festival director and enduring film-culture tsar Adrian Wootton returns to Melbourne for a series of stand-alone talks focusing on Hollywood’s Golden Age and four of its legendary actresses:
ACCELERATOR LAB MASTERCLASSES
10-13 AUGUST, ACMI STUDIO 1
Click on links below for individual session times
Australia’s only film festival-based screen director development workshop offers a number of ticketed masterclasses to the public:
9.30 PM, 12 AUGUST, THE ASTOR THEATRE
Commencing 9.30pm and running all night at The Astor, the Sci-Fi Marathon will feature several of the genre’s most venerated, controversial and enduring or under-appreciated fan favourites. A brand new frontier for MIFF, these are the films festival goers are looking for if they want schlock, horror and classic sci-fi curiosities.
Sci-Fi Marathon program:
Timecrimes (92 Mins)
Nothing Lasts Forever (82 Mins)
The Visitor (108 Mins)
A Boy and His Dog (91 Mins)
Tetsuo: The Iron Man (69 Mins)
Existenz (97 Mins)
Dead-End Drive In (92 Mins)
MIFF FESTIVAL LOUNGE
4-20 AUGUST, FORUM MELBOURNE
Once again the (newly renovated) Forum Melbourne throws open its doors and transforms into the MIFF Festival Lounge – the official meeting place for MIFF 2017.
This year the lounge will delight with wines curated by Blackhearts & Sparrows, craft beers from Mornington Peninsula Brewery and the Grey Goose Le Grand Fizz, the official cocktail of the festival.
A crafted menu of food will also be available, as well as Genovese coffee.
The Festival Lounge will feature free performances and activities, with selected highlights including:
9:00 PM, 4 AUGUST, MIFF FESTIVAL LOUNGE
The MIFF Festival Lounge launches in style as festival goers are invited to warm the house ready for days of wine, food and lively film discussion.
DJs Faboo and LASK will provide the tunes and, as the night progresses, there will be dancing and merriment under the starlit sky of the Forum Melbourne.
GO-BETWEENS TRIBUTE WITH GLENN BENNIE
5:00 PM, 6 AUGUST, MIFF FESTIVAL LOUNGE
Glenn Bennie (Underground Lovers) takes audiences on a celebration of the music of The Go-Betweens – a band that is also the subject of the MIFF 2017 documentary The Go-Betweens: Right Here. Bringing in his own vinyl collection, Bennie will share the music of and inspired by this country’s true musical legends.
RRR OUTSIDE BROADCAST
4.00 PM, 7 AUGUST, MIFF FESTIVAL LOUNGE
Triple R goes live from the MIFF Festival Lounge at Forum Melbourne. From 4pm catch Maps with Fee B-Squared for interviews and panel discussions around select Music on Film titles, as well as live performances. Then, from 7–8pm the crew from Plato’s Cave review some of their special picks from the festival. Special guests Steve Kilbey and Director Mike Brook from Something Quite Peculiar: The Life And Times Of Steve Kilbey.
BÄRRA WEST WIND
5.45 PM, 10 AUGUST, MIFF FESTIVAL LOUNGE
Larry Larrtjaŋga Gurruwiwi and Andrew Gäyalaŋa Gurruwiwi – sons of world-renowned custodian of the Yiḏaki (didgeridoo), Master Djalu Gurruwiwi – expertly intertwine the ancient sounds of east Arnhem Land with contemporary music in a mesmerising performance championing the sounds of saltwater reggae. The band features in the Premiere Fund-supported film Westwind: Djalu’s Legacy, which world premieres at MIFF on 9 August with further screenings on 13 and 18 August.
MIFF ART EXHIBITION
7-20 AUGUST, MIFF FESTIVAL LOUNGE
Celebrating the 10th birthday of the MIFF Premiere Fund, the MIFF Art Exhibition will showcase behind-the-scenes images from this year’s Premiere Fund-supported films, with images chosen by the filmmakers to give an insight into the stories behind them.
GREY GOOSE COCKTAIL HOUR WITH ANDY WREN
6:00 PM, 17 AUGUST, MIFF FESTIVAL LOUNGE
Join Australian Grey Goose Ambassador and award winning bartender Andy Wren for a one-off cocktail hour at the MIFF Festival Lounge.
Recently returned from a stint in Europe where he was trained by Grey Goose amongst some world’s best bartenders, Andy is known for his extensive work in top bars both in Melbourne and overseas, particularly from his time at Melbourne bar 1806, where he led the team to take home World’s Best Cocktail List and Victorian Bar of the Year.
Sip on classic Grey Goose cocktails, relax and tap into Andy’s extensive and worldly knowledge about what goes into making the perfect drink.
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The 2017 Melbourne International Film Festival runs 3 – 20 August.
For all MIFF events and film info, visit miff.com.au.