July 30 – August 16, 2015
What’s It All About?
One of Australia’s oldest film festivals, the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) showcases the best in current cinema from around the world as well as retrospectives, tributes and discussion programmes. The festival is dedicated to local films and also hosts several world premieres of local films.
The 2015 edition is said to be the largest programme the festival has ever seen, comprising 370 films, 17 programme strands, 28 world premieres, 163 Australian premieres, 23 talking pictures, over 29 international guests and 100 local guests.
Watch Out For!
Opening Night Film
Force of Destiny
Shot in Melbourne and India, the film is an autobiographical love story featuring David Wenham as Robert and Indian actress Shahana Goswami as Maya. Directed by Paul Cox, the plot revolves around Robert, who is a sculptor and is reeling from a cancer diagnosis. Hope arises when he is placed on the transplant waiting list, where he meets the love of his life Maya, another patient.
Holding The Man
Timothy Conigrave’s bestselling memoir Holding The Man has been adapted for the big screen by Neil Armfield. The film features Ryan Corr as Conigrave, Craig Stott as John, with Sarah Snook, Guy Pearce Anthony LaPaglia and Kerry Fox. It’s a memoir of a gay love affair that began at school. Conigrave and John fell in love while teenagers at their all-boys high school. John was captain of the football team, Tim an aspiring actor playing a minor part in Romeo And Juliet. Their romance endured for 15 years to laugh in the face of everything life threw at it until the only problem that love can’t solve, tried to destroy them.
Accent On Asia
Ruined Heart: Another Love Story Between A Criminal And A Whore
Our Little Sister
Mountains May Depart
Journey To The Shore
Flapping In The Middle Of Nowhere
A Young Patriot
Toto And His Sisters
Those Who Feel The Fire Burning
Thank You For Playing
Steve Jobs: The Man In The Machine
She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry
Best Of Enemies
Bikes Vs. Cars
City of Gold
3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets
7 Chinese Brothers
Angels Of Revolution
Closing Night Film
Directed by Noah Baumbach, this is a comic delight featuring Greta Gerwig and Lola Kirke. The plot is filtered through an ‘80s lens via Howard Hawks and Whit Stillman. It is the story of a college freshman (Lola Kirke) who cures her disappointment and loneliness by allowing herself to be pulled into the wacky schemes of her future stepsister (Greta Gerwig).
Awards and Nominations
MIFF has two categories of awards each year: MIFF Shorts Awards and the People’s Choice Awards for most popular narrative feature and documentary, as voted by the audience.