Richard Sowada, Revelation Film Festival: ‘Anything can happen’

'We're going to celebrate by focusing on the future,' says the Festival Director ahead of the silver jubilee edition of the WA festival.

The Revelation Perth International Film Festival kicks off on 7 July for its silver jubilee. Established in 1997 in the basement of Perth’s Greenwich Club, it now shows more than 200 international films at cinemas and bars annually across Perth and Fremantle, runs its own streaming service, produces film and art, and collaborates with institutes such as the Fremantle Arts Centre. Its founder Richard Sowada has overseen this evolution and, as Festival Director, has plenty to look forward to this year.

Hi Richard. How are you marking the 25-year anniversary?

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Paul Dalgarno is author of the novels A Country of Eternal Light (2023) and Poly (2020); the memoir And You May Find Yourself (2015); and the creative non-fiction book Prudish Nation (2023). He was formerly Deputy Editor of The Conversation and joined ScreenHub as Managing Editor in 2022. X: @pauldalgarno. Insta: @dalgarnowrites