MIFF Travelling Showcase 2017

MIFF TRAVELLING SHOWCASE 2017 

September 1 – September 3


This September we're so excited to welcome Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) back to Belgrave for another season of its Travelling Showcase!

On the program we have JUNGLE, an adventure film starring Daniel Radcliffe, Australian documentary about Aboriginal languages THE SONG KEEPERS, the Queensland-set THE BUTTERFLY TREE, and Swedish coming-of-age drama SAMI BLOOD.

Tickets for this special program are now available via the session times below.

Jungle

  • Cast
  • Daniel Radcliffe, Thomas Kretschmann, Alex Russell
  • Director
  • Greg McLean
  • Synopsis
  • Daniel Radcliffe joins Wolf Creek director Greg McLean in the Bolivian rainforest for a gloriously tense survival thriller based on the bestselling real-life story of adventurer Yossi Ghinsberg.

    In the early 1980s, 22-year-old Israeli backpacker Yossi Ghinsberg and two friends – Swiss teacher Marcus Stamm and American photographer Kevin Gale – set off from the Bolivian city of La Paz on what was supposed to be the adventure of a lifetime. Leading the way into the uncharted Amazon was Austrian expat Karl Ruprechter, who had met the friends just days before and claimed to be familiar with the region. But their dream trip soon turned into a wilderness nightmare from which not all of the men returned.

    Adapting Ghinsberg’s acclaimed memoir, Aussie thriller auteur Greg McLean takes on an altogether different kind of terror in Jungle, all the more potent for being true. Daniel Radcliffe continues pushing his post-Potter career to the extreme, ably supported by Alex Russell, Joel Jackson and Thomas Kretschmann.

    Scripted by Justin Monjo (INXS: Never Tear Us Apart) and supported by the MIFF Premiere Fund, Jungle is a stunningly shot, edge-of-your seat story of survival and self-discovery
  • Classification
  • Not yet rated, 115 mins
  • Genre
  • Action, Adventure, Drama
  • Running Time
  • 115 minutes

The Song Keepers

  • Director
  • Naina Sen
  • Synopsis
  • Central Australia’s answer to The Buena Vista Social Club, The Song Keepers tells the uplifting story of women from the world’s oldest culture preserving some of the world’s oldest sacred songs, connecting Germany to Indigenous history in the process.

    In the central desert region around Hermannsburg, west of Alice Springs, a hidden 140-year musical legacy of ancient Aboriginal languages and German baroque hymns is being preserved by four generations of song women who form the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir. Singing 14th-century Lutheran hymns – brought to the area by missionaries – in their own western Arrarnta and Pitjantjatjara tongues, the choir’s efforts to save these sacred songs are boosted by the arrival from Melbourne of a charismatic conductor who orchestrates a historic tour of Germany to bring the hymns back to their homeland.

    With support from the MIFF Premiere Fund, award-winning filmmaker Naina Sen documented that tour, and its preparations, capturing the highs and lows as these remarkable women share their music and stories of cultural survival, identity and inclusive cross-cultural collaboration with the world.
  • Classification
  • Not yet rated
  • Genre
  • Documentary

The Butterfly Tree

  • Cast
  • Melissa George, Ewen Leslie, Ed Oxenbould
  • Director
  • Priscilla Cameron
  • Synopsis
  • Melissa George returns to Australia to star alongside Ewen Leslie and Ed Oxenbould in a visually sumptuous coming-of-age tale of love and loss tinged with magical realism.

    When 13-year-old Fin meets Evelyn, a florist with a penchant for 1940s fashion and a radiant appetite for life, he is drawn into her spellbinding world of plants and insects: it seems the perfect place to escape his ongoing grief over the death of his mother. But as Fin’s feelings for Evelyn bloom into a confusing mix of teenage desire and misplaced maternal love, it sets the stage for a showdown with his equally struggling father, Al – especially when it become clear that Al is also falling for Evelyn.

    Working from her Australian Writers’ Guild award-winning script and with the support of the MIFF Premiere Fund, first-time filmmaker Priscilla Cameron crafts an intimate, slightly hyper-real story about the sometimes rocky path it takes to learn the true meaning of love, and its intricate connections with loss. Oxenbould shatters any lingering memories of the boy he was in 2014’s MIFF Premiere Fund-supported Paper Planes as he embraces a role of complex emotional flux, subtly underscored by Jason Hargreaves’ resplendently lush cinematography – The Butterfly Tree is a treat on the big screen.
  • Classification
  • Not yet rated, 120 mins
  • Genre
  • Drama
  • Running Time
  • 120 minutes

Sami Blood

  • Cast
  • Lene Cecilia Sparrok, Mia Erika Sparrok, Maj-Doris Rimpi
  • Director
  • Amanda Kernell
  • Synopsis
  • "Just in case Frozen had you thinking the chief concerns of young girls in old Lapland were building snowmen and breaking magic spells, along comes Sami Blood to set the record straight." – Variety

    Making her striking directorial debut (and winning the Best Director of a Debut Film award at the Venice Film Festival for her efforts), Swedish-Sami filmmaker Amanda Kernell delivers a female coming-of-age story set against the little-discussed social prejudices of 1930s Sweden, told with an emotional power that will resonate with audiences universally.

    Reindeer-herding Sami teenager Elle-Marja is sent to a boarding school designed to make its Indigenous students "acceptable" to white Swedish society, where she excels with her fierce intelligence. Newcomer Lene Cecilia Sparrok gives a wonderfully exuberant performance as a teenager torn between her forced desire to assimilate and burgeoning sense of self, while Kernell beautifully articulates adolescent anxiety and the impact of prejudice when one culture seeks to deny another.

    "The lead performance by Lene Cecilia Sparrok is mesmerizing, easily one of the best of the year." – Pop Matters
  • Classification
  • Not yet rated, 110 mins
  • Genre
  • Drama
  • Running Time
  • 110 minutes

 

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