Melbourne 2014 Giveaway: Win 1 Of 3 Double Passes!

Twitch is excited about all things MIFF (Melbourne International Film Festival) and we want you to be too!Having perused the program, I can honestly state it is one of the strongest line-ups in years, and certainly something for everyone, no... More »

Melbourne 2014: The Full Program Reveals A Full-Bodied Selection of Cinema

The Melbourne International Film Festival is now in full swing having revealed its program mid-week. Tickets have opened for members and media alike. The program itself is one of the more exciting and well-rounded ones in MIFF history. It consists... More »

Melbourne 2014 Announces The Most Ambitious Screening Yet

I am quite conflicted about this one. The Melbourne International Film Festival has announced it will be screening obscure French production Out 1 Noli Me Tangere in its twelve-and-a-half hour entirety. This dystopic serial directed by Jacques Rivette was commissioned then... More »

Melbourne 2014 Reveals Educational & Enlightening Next Gen Program

The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) has announced the line-up for their very youth-centric all-ages program dubbed Next-Gen. Running since 2007, this terrific and diverse range of films seek to capture the imagination of young minds and inspire a new... More »

Melbourne 2014 Opens Strong With Aussie Sci-fi Noir PREDESTINATION

The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) brings the cinematic delights to the winter-chilled city of Melbourne Australia year after year, and after a fantastic array of festivals across the globe it is refreshing to see that the opening night film... More »

Melbourne 2013 Wrap: Audience Choice Films

The 62nd Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) ended on August 11 after 17 days, screening 320 films over 453 sessions from 63 countries in 45 different languages, including 23 world premieres and 52 Australian films."2013 has been a very successful... More »

Melbourne 2013: THE TURNING Gala Showcases Directors to Watch

For the past two weeks the Melbourne International Film Festival has taken over the city and Twitch (both myself and prolific reviewer Kwenton Bellette) have been everywhere, attending as many films and events as our eyes and livers can handle.... More »
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Melbourne 2013: I'M SO EXCITED! Proves An Amiable Party Starter

Ah, MIFF, at last you grace Melbourne, Australia with your proliferating presence; more than 300 films in just under two weeks? I will be covering a heck of a lot on Twitch, so let's get started, shall we?Opening night kicked... More »

LYGON STREET: SI PARLA ITALIANO Showcases the Post-World War II Migrant Experience

For a country built so much on recent immigration, there are remarkably few stories of the immigrant experience told in Australia, especially those from those who came here after the Second World War. I know, I've looked. As a second... More »
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Melbourne 2013: The Program Guide Reveals Plenty Of Australian Premieres For World Fest Faves

The Melbourne International Film Festival program guide was unveiled yesterday to the media and to lucky MIFF members alike who are booking tickets as you read this (sales open to non-members on Friday).Besides the already exciting First Glance and Cannes... More »

Melbourne 2013: Strong Asian Lineup from Cannes Acquisitions And More!

The timing of the Melbourne International Film Festival is magical. Positioned soon after Cannes, the programmers have done a stellar job of sourcing the best films from the Croisette. This is a relief. After last year's poorer effort at representing New Wave... More »

Melbourne 2013: MIFF Gets SO EXCITED For Opening Night

The opening night Australian premiere has just been revealed for the Melbourne International Film Festival (25th July - 11th August) and rather than an Aussie film we can all get behind (or feel alienated by) it is instead a renowned... More »

Melbourne International Film Festival 2013 Reveals Its First Glance

Melbourne International Film Festival has unveiled its First Glance, a snapshot of the documentary, narrative fiction, shorts and the Next-Gen program that will be playing at the 2013 festival.Of course it's not a full line-up and there are a lot of... More »

Melbourne International Film Festival 2013 Reveals A Provocative Next-Gen Program

The Next-Gen program, a suite of scheduled films that tackle cultural and social issues in a way that is accessible to a younger audience, is as strong as ever this year, and the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) has just... More »

Watch Ben Lee Through The Looking Glass In CATCH MY DISEASE Trailer

Director Amiel Courtin-Wilson is on a roll. His latest feature, Hail, is currently taking Australia by storm, and before that he built up an exciting array of observational documentaries, including Bastardy, a complex portrait of a complex man Jack Charles,... More »
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Sorry Nick Cave, Gotye, Joe Dolce, and whoever else is jostling over the crown, but Paul Kelly is Australia's greatest singer-songwriter. Now comes Paul Kelly: Stories Of Me, a new documentary about the iconic and massively influential singer, which distributor Madman... More »
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SAVE YOUR LEGS Trailer Knocks It Out Of The Park

We've come a long way since Bodyline. While this staid period miniseries was a huge success for George Miller and Australian television, it didn't exactly launch cricket as a genre we started seeing more on screens - whether as a backdrop... More »
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THE SAPPHIRES Wows Australian Box Office

I don't normally write box office reports, for good reason. Analyzing and comparing numbers for a story that replicates so many other better articles out there is a grueling and unrewarding task. However every so often there is a film that's worth the focus. The Sapphires is one such... More »
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100 BLOODY ACRES Shreds Key Art

One of the highlights at the just-finished Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) this year was undoubtedly Colin and Cameron Cairnes' unhinged horror comedy 100 Bloody Acres. A perfect festival experience and one to see in a big midnight crowd, the... More »
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Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) 2012 Wrap-up

MIFF 2012 ended last night, well technically the night before was closing night but to allow punters their much needed rest, Saturday was the closing night party, but the sessions continued into Sunday. It has been nearly three weeks of... More »
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