MIFF 2018

miff-bannerMelbourne International Film Festival is one of the leading film festivals in Australia and one of the oldest in the world. Running since 1952 MIFF presents a curated program of films showcasing the best in filmmaking from Australia and around the world.

Liam works in Processing here at Digitales and with his interest, experience and knowledge of the film industry he was just the right person to ask for a review of this year's festival. Liam has been attending film festivals for a number of years including MIFF and Sydney Film Festival here in Australia, as well as having the opportunity to attend New York Film Festival last year. He has volunteered at MIFF for 3 years running and interned at the festival last year.

Here's what he has to say about his experience:

MIFF is always an absolute blast to volunteer at: it’s a joy to see everyone in Melbourne get passionate about film for 2 weeks, and helping out to keep the festival running smoothly every year is always a fantastic experience. While volunteering is such a pleasure, the films themselves are what keep me coming back every year - and there are plenty of opportunities for volunteers to catch films for free as well!

This year I’ve seen a number of films fresh from the Cannes Film Festival in May: the Palme D’Or winning Shoplifters, legendary director Jean-Luc Godard’s new film The Image Book, as well as Burning, Knife + Heart, and Arctic. I also enjoyed First Reformed starring Ethan Hawke, and Australian documentary The Eulogy.

My pick of the festival so far is definitely Burning, a Korean drama/thriller that keeps you guessing and fully engrossed for two-and-a-half hours, and features an amazing performance from Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead). Get out and catch this one before the end of the festival if you have a chance, it’s playing on both days of the final weekend.

burningBurning
Director: 
Chang-dong Lee
Language:
Korean
Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Loosely based on the 1992 Murakami story, Lee’s much-anticipated new work evolves from a meet-cute between delivery man Jongu and old friend Haemi, who disappears to Africa only to return with Ben, a rich, enigmatic playboy with a dark and strange hobby.

 

 

However, if you can’t make it to that one, there’s still so much quality film to see over the next few days all across the city, and maybe I’ll be scanning your ticket or showing you to your seat!

Happy Miffing!

- Liam

Let us know what you loved at this year's MIFF, and keep an eye out for these wonderful films when they get released on DVD and show up in your local library!

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