Tag Archives: Beamafilm

  • Beamafilm

    beamafilm-2You've heard of Netflix, you've heard of Stan, but have you heard of Beamafilm? Continue reading

  • What's On?!


    Did you know that libraries do more than just loan out books and DVDs? They also hold wonderful events throughout the year that help bring together, educate and entertain the community. We’ve put together a short list of some libraries across Australia and the events they have coming up. If you’d like to know more simply head over to their website, or even pop in and visit your local library and see what you find! Continue reading

  • e-Resource Review: Beamafilm


    e-Resource Review is a new series where Digitales staff road-test various e-Resources and sum up their findings in a Digitales Fast Five. Today it’s Lukas, V and Rod at the driver’s seat, and they’re taking a look at… Continue reading

  • MIFFed

    Initiated. Thanks to Digital Education Services, I have had my first full experience of the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF). Sixteen films with a maximum of two per day and a panel discussion in sixteen mind-bending days.  Now I finally get why long, winding, mid-winter queues of film goers looking like Telly Tubbies in their thick winter jackets, scarves and beanies, withstand the winds and chill air on the footpath outside city cinemas.


    • Ken Loach’s documentary Spirit of ’45 is inspiring.
    • Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell, another documentary was unexpected, moving, funny, sad and intimate.
    • Gloria, a triumphant Chilean movie celebrating the older woman.
    • Tenderness, a Belgian road movie about a long divorced couple thrown together on a nine hour car trip to the French Alps where their son has been badly hurt in a skiing accident. Lots of great snow and gentle humour.
    • Blancanieves, a very Spanish version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves and tribute to the old black and white silent movies.
    • Noha Baumbach’s ‘Frances Ha’ is madcap and delightful.
    • Sally Potter’s Ginger and Rosa is a deeply moving story about a father’s betrayal of his daughter.

    There were oh so many.

    Although it was great to be physically among the action at MIFF the richness of content reminded me of my online Beamafilm viewing.  More next month.

    On MIFF

    For sixteen wonderful days I was inside the heads of others via films from around the world. Friendly chats with strangers in the street, on the stairs,  or inside the Australian Centre for Moving Image, the old Forum Theatre and diverse cinemas, left me with my head spinning and determined to do it all again next year.

    The Lowdown

    A mind boggling range of films of all genres; Australian and International.  An e-minipass gets you ten films plus three freebies viewed before 5.00pm. So, I noted the first ten that caught my interest (they all did!), some extras to cover time clashes, and booked whatever fitted.  High on the adrenaline hit of seeing five great movies in the first three days, I promised myself one or two extras to try and catch some that others were enthusing over.

    The Broken Circle Breakdown

    For a taste of more reviews to come, here’s the first one. A remarkable film. It was the Belgian film The Broken Circle Breakdown that left me reeling. With its powerful story of love and loss and the redemptive powers of the best of America (the best of), it is a celebration of life fully lived, gorgeous tattoos and fabulous Blue Grass music. With mesmerising performances the film presents us with two people leading unreservedly authentic, three-dimensional lives, with all the passion, grief, fun, laughter, such lives can bring.  It is also an impassioned plea to be guided by the rational. The Broken Circle Breakdown is a remarkable film based loosely on a very successful, long-running play of the same name.
    Posted by Kathie Farn

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