Welcome to The Curb’s first Shout Outs from the Soapbox, a rundown of the reviews, interviews, and news that have taken our interest over the past fortnight.
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2024 has kicked off with a crazy rush that’s left us in a daze asking ‘Are we still saying “Happy New Year” or has that been replaced with “It’s February already?”’ Time is irrelevant and with its continual stomp into the future comes a flurry of film festivals to keep us busy and to pique our excitement for what’s to come in 2024.
No sooner had Nadine Whitney and myself recovered from voting in the 2023 Golden Globes awards that we were thrown head first into the world of the Sundance Film Festival. (A warm congratulations to all of the Golden Globes winners. If you haven’t seen this video of the Osage Nation reacting to Lily Gladstone’s historical win for Killers of the Flower Moon, then I urge you to head on over and give it a watch.) Coverage so far comes in the form of an in-depth spoiler-free interview with The Moogai cinematographer Sean Ryan who provided insight into the difficulties of shooting the fiery climax, I gave a recount of how I nearly vomited while watching Skywalkers: A Love Story, and was gratefully soothed by Nocturnes and its moth ASMR. More coverage will be on its way shortly.
Looking ahead we’ve got a truck load of festival news to fill your calendar up with.
The WA Made Film Festival celebrates its mammoth five-year anniversary from 23 February to 3 March with a festival that celebrates Western Australian made short films with events like the Get Smart! Presented by Buy West Eat Best smartphone filmmaking competition, Celebrating Shorts, and the return of Left of Centre. These events sell out quickly, so make sure to pick up your tickets early. Other notable events include Hassibullah Kushkakis’s I Hope This Will Fix Me, Dylan Randall and Jules Burton’s Sweet Rhythm, and workshops by local legend Myles Pollard, and one by the powerhouse team of Jess Parker and David Vincent Smith. Find out more here.
The Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) was announced, running in Melbourne/Naarm from 3-6 March, then the online-only marketplace runs from 7-8 March. I caught up with CEO and Creative Director Natasha Gadd to chat about the conferences theme of Frontlineshere. Notable events include a Spotlight Session with Australian legend Rachel Perkins, Marungka tjalatjunu (Dipped in Black) creators Derik Lynch and Matthew Thorne will be on hand for a spotlight session, and the filmmakers behind Academy Award nominated films Four Daughters and 20 Days in Mariupol will provide panel discussions about their work.
Keeping with the vibe of documentaries is the Antenna Documentary Film Festivalwhich runs from 9-19 February in Sydney / Warrane. The festival features an array of Australian Premiere’s, including the Tribeca Film Festival winner The Gullspång Miracle, while the Sydney Opera House will showcase the Australian Premiere of Ryuici Sakamoto | Opus. Other notable titles include Knit’s Island, Kokomo City, and Abebe – Butterfly Song.
Queer Screen’s 31st Mardi Gras Film Festivalkicks off in Sydney / Warrane from 15 to 29 February. It has a mighty line-up of films, including the truly superb Monica. I had a chat with screen legend Patricia Clarkson about her work on the film, and what it means to support queer voices on screen. Give it a listen here.
Indianna Bell and Josiah Allen’s nail-biting thriller You’ll Never Find Me has received a trailer ahead of its national release on 14 March. Read the interview with Indianna and Josiah here.
The trailer the upcoming ANZAC war epic Before Dawn has been released ahead of its national release on 4 April:
Screenwest and Screen Australia have commenced production on Zoe Pepper’s debut feature Birthright, starring Travis Jeffery as Cory and Maria Angelico as Jasmine. Shot in the Perth Hills, Birthright tells the story of a couple who move back in with Cory’s retired parents (Linda Cropper and Michael Hurst) to assist with the arrival of their baby.
Nick Kozakis’ unsettling exorcism flick Godless: The Eastfield Exorcism arrives on Shudder on Feb 12. Listen to Nick chat about the film here.
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