Earlier this year GOMA confirmed it had taken over the curatory reins of Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF). Now the program is here, bringing you more than 100 films during October, plus a range of special events.
BIFF is about to step into new territory under the creative direction of Amanda Slack-Smith, Curatorial Manager of QAGOMA’s Australian Cinémathèque.
Slack-Smith was the curator of GOMA’s biggest-ever exhibition, Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe, so she’s well versed in staging ambitious events. And with more than 100 films set to screen over just 11 days at BIFF, she’s set her sights high for this instalment of our city's major film festival.
Highlights on the program include Palme d’Or–winning film Shoplifters by Japanese auteur Hirokazu Koreeda, Secret Cinema (a secret film showing in a secret location) and a screening of silent 1928 film The Cameraman with a new jazz score played live.
Australian director Bruce Beresford has joined the festival as a patron and will appear with fellow festival patron Sue Milliken AO to discuss Ladies in Black. Li Cunxin will also join Beresford on stage to discuss the challenges of making the autobiographical film, Mao’s Last Dancer.
Other in-conversation events include Miranda Tapsell and producer Rosemary Blight on The Sapphires and Top End Wedding (currently in post-production), plus director Benjamin Gilmour, actor Sam Smith and producer John Maynard discussing their film Jirga – the story of a former Australian soldier who sets off on a journey across Afghanistan in search of forgiveness.
Want to watch a film and skip the chat? There's plenty of that too. Films of note include opening night love story Celeste by Brisbane-born director Ben Hackworth, as well as the Australian premiere of The Picture Show Men – a documentary about the local Sourris family, who over three generations has brought us New Farm Cinemas, The Elizabeth Picture Theatre and the forthcoming Red Hill Cinemas.
And for those who remember Rihanna’s yellow gown at the 2015 Met Gala, the documentary Yellow is Forbidden charts the story of its designer, Guo Pei.
It all wraps up with the Queensland premiere of Leave No Trace by Oscar-nominated American director Debra Granik as the closing night film.
Brisbane International Film Festival 2018
11–21 October at various cinemas across Brisbane
Pictured: Production still from Jirga, image courtesy of Footprint Films
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