The annual Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) has officially lifted the lid on its 2015 program, unveiling a fun and fabulous bunch of flicks covering all themes and genres.
Featuring over 250 feature films – plus a shorts – the 64th edition of the much loved festival dropped its program earlier this week (with the physical version of the guide to be found in tomorrow’s The Age newspaper).
The festival sports 12 venues that include the usual ACMI, Forum Theatre, and Kino cinema, along with newer entries like Hoyts and the Treasury Theatre. Debutting their hosting duties at this year’s event will be the Comedy Theatre, Grey Gardens (no, not the movie) in Fitzroy, and the Deakin Edge in Fed Square.
Film wise, the line-up includes some internationally acclaimed entries. Me & Earl & the Dying Girl, the David Foster Wallace biopic The End of the Tour, the Pharrell Williams scored hip-hop coming-of-age flick Dope, the Alison Brie and Jason Sudeikis-starring Sleeping With Other People, and the controversial sex comedy The Overnight.
Outside of America, there’s Louder Than Bombs – an English language debut from Norwegian director Joachim Trier which stars Jesse Eisenberg, the Larry Clark directed The Smell of Us, an insane looking New Zealand horror/comedy parody entitled Deathgasm, and the graphics masterpiece in the Gillian Anderson-starring Robot Overlords from the Britain.
As per usual, there’s also a huge range of documentaries on offer too, from moving cancer video game creation of Thank You For Playing, to the stark and confronting look at the prevalence of sexual assault at US college campuses in The Hunting Ground.
Australian music lovers can get there fix with the biopic Colin Hay: Waiting On My Real Life, (obviously focusing on the legendary Men at Work frontman) and Danny Says, which takes a look at the influential manager, journalist, and industry figurehead behind acts such as The Ramones, Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper and The Doors. There’s even a special screening of the Beatles’ cult-classic cartoon Yellow Submarine thrown in for good measure!
There’s more, but I’ve ran out of room!
MIFF runs from July 30th until August 16th this year.
The full program including special screenings, seminars and events can be found at miff.com.au