What to Watch at the Melbourne International Film Festival

Exciting news for film buffs across Australia – the full line-up for this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival has now been announced. Hurry up and book your serviced apartments in Melbourne now to enjoy over two weeks of documentaries, shorts and feature films from all over the globe.

 

So What Should I Watch?

The good news is there’s plenty of different options in all sorts of genres across various Melbourne venues. For a look at the full program or to buy a mini pass or passport for the festival, head to MIFF website. But for now, here are some ideas to get you started!

 

Comedy

Watch Aussie star Rose Byrne take to the screen with Chris O’Dowd and Ethan Hawke in the cooky rom-com Juliet, Naked. An adaptation of Nick Hornby’s bestselling novel, this movie explores the unlikely relationship between a musician, his biggest fan and his girlfriend.

 

Documentaries

Our New President is a bizarre telling of how Donald Trump became the 45th president of the United States through the lens of Russian propaganda. Scarily hilarious, this documentary won the Sundance Special Jury Prize and is described by its director as a documentary “without a single true statement in it”.

Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle tells the tale of Julieta Salmerón who wished for lots of kids, a monkey and a castle when she was a child and ended up, aged 80, with exactly that. This heartwarming Spanish documentary was made by Julieta’s son with over 14 years and 400 hours of footage from her life.

 

Inspirational Stories

The iconic 1980 Australian documentary, Witches and Faggots, Dykes and Poofters is restored and screened at this year’s festival to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Exploring the violence of the Mardi Gras’ first night in Sydney and the discrimination that followed, this documentary serves as a reminder of how far the LGBTQIA+ community has come, and how far we still have to go.

 

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