Jul 112012


Australia’s biggest annual film event, the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) has launched it’s 61st programme, with an amazing array of films ranging from home-grown Australian gems, to Cannes award winners.

From the official website:

The Melbourne International Film Festival launched its 61st program last night, announcing P.J. Hogan’s Mental will close the Festival on Saturday 18 August.

“How wonderful that we are able to book-end the 2012 MIFF with what will surely be two of the biggest Australian films of the year, in The Sapphires and Mental. Featuring an incredible ensemble cast, P.J. Hogan’s new film is as outrageously fun as it is smart and moving,” said Artistic Director Michelle Carey

After the jump, check out more details on the films and tickets.


MIFF will be showing over 35 titles from the Cannes Film Festival including:

*Leos Carax’s Holy Motors, arguably the most talked about film at Cannes, and a film which blew my mind.

* Palm d’Or winning Amour from celebrated director Michael Haneke

*Camera d’Or winner Beasts of the Southern Wild, with the director Benh Zeitlin confirmed to attend MIFF in support of his film.

Other high-profile titles include: For Love’s Sake (Takashi Miike), The Taste of Money (Im Sang-soo), The Hunt (Thomas Vinterberg), In The Fog (Sergei Loznitsa), and The Angel’s Share (Ken Loach).

More details about the Cannes titles can be found here.

With films from over 50 countries, there is bound to be something here to entertain and surprise everyone. As well as new and acclaimed films, the festival will also be shining the spotlight on 70s New Hollywood Comedy, and the work of director Leos Carax.

The full programme can be viewed here.

Tickets are on sale for MIFF members now, while members of the public will be able to buy tickets from 11am Friday July 13.
Sadly I will only be able to attend 3 days (Fri 17 – Sun 19) of the festival, but I’m excited about what I’m hoping to be able to check out. Next week I’ll post my schedule, and take a closer look at the programme, providing links to the films which I’ve already been lucky enough to see.