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What's On - local indies and comedies about making films.

David Tiley

Look carefully and you will find some powerful Australian indy films staking out a strictly limited release. And others that are hanging in.
What's On - local indies and comedies about making films.

Image: Bad Girl

Tucked into the busy schedule of tentpoles and interesting indy films running at the moment, Bad Girl is beginning to pop up on Australian screens. 

It is an elegant genre piece, beautifully shot by Gavin Head with Samara Weaving and Felicity Price as the young good/evil protagonists, and written and directed by Finn Edquist, who is known mostly as an actor. 

Produced by Tenille Kennedy, Bruno Charlesworth and Stephen Kearney, it was also shot in WA and ran in competition at Cinefest Oz so it is no surprise that it will have a Q&A screening at the Luna Leederville in Perth on Friday 28 April at 6.30.

Melbourne's Lido Cinema in Hawthorn will do the same on Sunday 30 April at 4pm. 

It runs at the Chauvel in Sydney from 27 April; the Facebook page also lists Glenelg's GU Filmhouse, Newcastle's Tower Cinemas, Griffith's Capitol Cinemas Manuka, Cronulla's Event Cinemas, and Queensland's Schonell Theatre. 

 

Berlin Syndrome, directed by Cate Shortland, written by Shaun Grant from a novel by Melanie Joosten, produced by Polly Staniford through Acquarius Films and Photoplay Films, shot by Germain McMicking, starring Teresa Palmer, is also on release right now. Again a stylish film, though here genre is the springboard rather than the full bottle. 

It ran at Sundance and Berlin, and reaches Germany on May 25, North America a day later, and the UK on June 9. 

   

On Friday 29 April Emo the Musical has a Q&A screening at the Nova in Melbourne. That is reprised on Sat 13 May at The Astor, which is really the home cinema for the whole project. 

It is in cinemas from May 4 in the ordinary way.

The Death and Life of Otto Bloom may still be findable, clinging at least to the Nova in Melbourne. Cinema on Demand? It has just run at the Cleveland Film Festival, which is nice but not cut-through. But the gang is currently at the Beijing International Film Festival where it is in competition, one of only two English language films.

The Family is still out and about. With at least one Q&A due in Melbourne on April 23. This one truly is a standout.

Richard Sowada's American Essentials Festival will be rolled out by Palace in May, and tickets are already available.

The smart money in Melbourne and Sydney is on getting the Kurosawa tickets early. ACMI and the Sydney Film Festival. Astute Melbourne patrons will notice that a membership to ACMI can be had for as little as $30 and reduces the price of a whole season very significantly.

As always we like to promote iView and SBS Connect for your viewing pleasure right in front of your schmick home theatre screen. Or computer. 

The Warriors is available, the John Clarke tribute is a must see and Testing Teachers on SBS is doing well for audiences. 

In the cinemas, for screen creators, Colossal turns out to be an instructive hoot. There's a bunch of naturalistic French movies which are middle aged and may be soppy but the management of actors is a humbling thing to see. 

The Spanish Film Festival is running at Palace venues around Australia. Always fun. The Queen of Spain is about making a Hollywood film in Madrid in the 1950's.

 

And Their Finest is an affectionate tribute to propaganda, nascent feminism, WW2 sentimentality and a swelling sound track. 

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David Tiley is the editor of Screen Hub.

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