• 20
  • JULY


2017 has been our biggest year. With great houses and sell outs throughout we had many "I was there that night" moments for events, films, music, talks and fact we've seen more than 10,000 people come through our doors this year against 2017 which was a great year in itself.

But although the July dates are done we've got events and activities throughout the year including our monthly Australian screening showcase Australian Revelations and a whole series of events in found spaces we're planning as part of our Invigorate Perth partnership with the City of Perth.

We'll also be back with a Fringe World program in February and of course a monster event in July 2018 that'll include a live music program and of course our internationally recognised film program.

We're about to announce several filmmaking initiatives which re-affirms our commitment to the encouragement of a creative and critical WA film and wider community and we're gearing ourselves to staking our place as the most vital and innovative film festival in the country.

Our international call for entries will open September 1st and as usual we just keep rolling in bringing the very best of local and international independent cinema to you year-round.

Our deepest thanks go to all our staff, our 70+ volunteers and supporters in 2017. What an amazing ride. 

  • 19
  • JULY


It was a huge's a list of the sell out houses we saw over our two weeks:

A Dark Song (Fri 14th Leederville) Sold out!

A Date With Mad Mary (Fri 7th SX) Sold out

A Dragon Arrives (Sun 16th Leederville) Sold out!

A Life in Waves (Fri 7th, Leederville) Sold out!

Assholes (Fri 7th Leederville & Sat 15th Leederville)  Sold out!

ATOM Media Education Seminar Sold out!

AWOL (Wed 12th Leederville) Sold out!

Even Lovers Get the Blues (Fri 14th Leederville) Sold out!

Houston We Have a Problem (Sat 15th Leederville) Sold out!

The Key to Dali (Sun 16th Leederville) - Sold out!

Lazybones (Tue 18th Leederville & Tues 18th Leederville) Sold out!

Meal Tickets (Sat 8th Leederville) Sold out!

Neighborhood Food Drive (Tue 11th Leederville) Sold out!

Opening Night: Becoming Bond Sold out!

Orange Sunshine (Mon 17th Leederville) Sold out!

Secrets at Sunrise (Sun 9th Leederville) Sold out!

Spookers (Thur 13th Leederville) Sold out!

The Untamed (Wed 12th Leederville) - Sold out!

Tower (Tues 18th Leederville)Sold out!

WebFest Awards Ceremony (Sun 9th Backlot) Sold out! 

Weirdos (Sat 8th, Leederville) Sold out!

Wiener-Dog (Sat 8th Leederville) Sold out!

Women Who Kill (Sat 8th Leederville) Sold out!

You Never Had It: An Evening with Bukowski - (Fri 14th Leederville) Sold out!

  • 17
  • JULY


For those of you wanting to experience the Picture Palace exhibition you're going to have to wait a bit longer...the building is still being renovated!

The exhibition will now officially open on Aug 10th - so we'll see you then!

  • 10
  • JULY


After months of planning and filmmaking we had out Life in Pictures filmmaking competition award screenings at luna in Leederville. The audience turned out in numbers to experience the community voices looking at ageing - and it was incredibly rewarding.

The lucky winners were:

UNDER  17 Category Finalists
My Hero Dir: Charlie Clark  

18 - 59 Category Finalists
Jim Dir: Binu Jayawardena 

60+ Category Finalists
Janet's New Skills Dir: Ruth Kendall 

Our Ambassador's Choice Awards decided by Jenny Davis were:

UNDER  17 Category Finalists
My Hero Dir: Charlie Clark  

18 - 59 Category Finalists
A Picture Of Me Dir: Helena Cohen-Robertson

60+ Category Finalists
Dog’s Refuge Home Dir: Bree Billington

The complete finalist list is:

Under 17
Charlie Clarke, Melissa Coleman, Jacob Del Casale, Alexander Nguyen (winner) - My Hero
Ashlinn Berry - Moments
Hugo Flavelle - Hugo and Alan
Emma Sami - A Touch of Wisdom 
Trinity College Year 12 Media General - When I Grow Up


Binu Jayawardona (winner) - Jim
Sam Lara - Grantiki
Sara Lara - The Right Treatment
Gina Capes - The Wire
Helena Cohne-Robertson - A Picture of Me


Ruth Kendall (winner) - Janet's New Skills
Ruth Kendall - The Best Medicine
Bree Billington - Dogs' Refuge Home 
Giogia Kuhn - Aging is Good
Caroline Gumede - CALD Elders

You can view all our finalists on the REVonDEMAND platform right here

Congratulations to all! It's been the most fantastic experience and we look forward to seeing everyone there on the night.

A special thanks to everyone who entered.

Click here to get some background on the competition. 

The Life in Pictures short film competition is a creative collaboration between the Department of Communities, Revelation Perth International Film Festival and Screenwest




  • 1
  • JULY


We've got reviews coming in this and fast for some of the films on offer for 2017 so if you're having trouble making up your mind as to what to see, perhaps let someone else do it for your you. Take a look a here...

Perth Cool Nights gives a great overview of some of their hit-picks including the great feature film Watch the Sunset. Read it right here.

XPress puts the amazing Dave Made a Maze among their top film picks of the year no less! Read it here.

AB Film Reviews takes a really interesting look at local documentary Meal Tickets. Read the review here.

Roly Skender gets to air his ideas on our special commission at St George's Cathedral Suspended Voices. Read what he's got to say here in the Community News.

AB Film Reviews also gives Dave Made a Maze a look here.

Community News interviews the star of Patti Cake$ Danielle McDonald. You can read that here.

AccessReel takes a look at the lovely My Life as a Zucchini. It's all here.

Cult Projections give a great overview of some of their faves including Are We Not Cats, Watch the Sunset, You Never Had It, Safari and Orange Sunshine. Read it here.

Scenestr has a cool overview of the entire event here.

Filmink has a great interview with Raoul Peck on the making of I Am Not Your Negro. Read it here.

  • 22
  • JUNE


If you love Rev and love international independent cinema you must take a look at our very own streaming server - REVonDEMAND.

The catalogue is made up of over 250 feature films, feature documentaries and short films from previous Rev events. It represents one of the the best collections of independent cinema anywhere on the planet and many titles are unavailable on any portal anywhere.

We work directly with filmmakers around the globe in getting these works online and most are available for rent and purchase in Australia and internationally.

It's a truly unique initiative and we're very proud of it. New titles are being added all the time but for this month we're highlighting some of out favourites from the last 20 years.

There's no subscription fee, no harvesting of information and no adding you to a massive database.

Click here for the full catalogue or scroll down to see some of our highlights...

  • 10
  • JUNE

2017 program IS NOW online & tickets on sale

The headline says it all and we're over the moon that we're finally able to reveal the full 2017 slate!

It's our biggest program to date with that includes some major new initiatives. For 2017 we present:

We're very proud of it.

Want a taste? Take a look at our festival trailer here.

The full online program is here.

Find a downloadable program PDF here.

A PDF of just the schedule is here. 

Tickets to all Luna Leederville and Luna SX sessions are right here.

  • 6
  • June

Screenwest unveils "Get Your Shorts On!' LOCAL SHORT FILM PROGRAM

Screenwest has announced this year's Get Your Shorts On! program, showcasinginspiring short films created by some of Western Australia's most talented emerging filmmakers.

Screening as part of the Revelation Perth International Film Festival, this year's Get Your Shorts On! features short films that explore how we look at identity, grief, responsibility, self-expression and relationships.

Screenwest Chief Executive Ian Booth said this year's program demonstrated the maturity of Western Australia's creative talent. 

"WA's emerging sector continues to grow and push forward" Booth said.

"Every year, WA's emerging sector grows and pushes themselves, honing their craft on short films whilst working towards their goals for features and television. 

"Short films are a unique medium that can make a story feel even greater and more impactful because of the restrictions of time.

"Shorts allow the filmmakers to experiment and provide a voice that otherwise may not be heard."

Get Your Shorts On! will commence with a portrait of local street artist Steve Browne and the trials of staging a solo exhibition in Monsters As Friends, followed by the whimsical comedy I Said Nothing, the spirited search for identity in Nobody's Child, the neighbourhood politics of Crumbs, the heart wrenching sorrow of Watchdog before concluding with a quirky twist in Adult School.

You'll laugh and maybe shed a tear, and you'll certainly walk away excited about what is in store next for these very talented Western Australian filmmakers" Booth said.

"Screenwest is committed to supporting the emerging sector through the Elevate Short Form Initiative and other programs that nurture the future of the Western Australian screen industry."

All Get Your Shorts On! films received funding support from either Screenwest, Lotterywest and the Film and Television Institute (FTI) and all were filmed in Western Australia.

 Get Your Shorts On! screens Wednesday, 19 July at the Luna Palace Cinema in Leederville at 7pm.

Tickets are $19.00 ($15.50 concession).

Further information about the selected films can be downloaded here 

For all enquiries, please contact:

Suzanne Worner at Rev (0407 384 917) or

Tamara Bardas at ScreenWest (08 6169 2109)

  • 29
  • MAY



One of our favourite Rev events is the Revel-8 Super-8 filmmaking competition. With nothing like it in Australia (that we know of) and one of the few Super-8 competitions in the world, Revel-8 is a collision of filmmaking and music composition using the most analogue of film formats as the medium.

Join the Analogue Renaissance and let Revel-8 help you enjoy the retro-splendour and tactile pleasures of grassroots celluloid filmmaking on cool Super 8 cameras.

“It’s a bit of a new era for film” says Revel-8 Director Keith Smith, “The recent excitement around celluloid in the Oscar nominations has got a lot of creatives thinking more widely about film as an artistic pallette. Super 8 is a great way to have the film experience, and Revel-8 is here to make that happen!”

We make the Super 8 journey easy by providing a film cartridge as part of the registration fee and providing advice and support.

Use the theme ‘Magic’ as a catalyst to tell your story ‘in-camera’ on a single 3.5 minute cartridge of Super-8 film, and the talented music composition students at the WA Academy of Performing Arts will create a music soundtrack for you.

Revel-8 films will premiere to their makers for the first time at Revelation Perth International Film Festival on Sunday 16th July 2017. Awards to be presented include Best Film, Best Music Soundtrack, Best Cinematography, Audience Choice and more!

Event and entry information can be found at here or email here for more information. Keep clicking here if you want to see the conditions of entry and click here for a Super 8 Help Guide.

A maximum of 25 entries can be accepted. Entries close Monday 5th June, 2017. Click here for all the details.

Subscribe to Revel-8’s YouTube channel here.

And join the Revel8 Super8 Film Fest Facebook group to keep up with the latest!

Proudly supported by


  • 28
  • May


At Rev we're committed to all things moving image and for 2017 we're continuing to extend our commitment to experimental gallery based art forms with the especially commissioned exhibition  Warp.

On now at the Fremantle Arts Centre and curated by nationally recognised moving image art curator Amy Marjoram, Warp is a unique collaboration between 8 WA and Victorian screen artists that explores the way our increasingly screen-dominated lives are affecting our perception of reality and the way we interact and connect with others. Shifting ideas around intimacy and isolation, the performative instincts within our online exchanges and the threats and promises of a digitised personal history are some of the themes explored in this thought provoking and sometimes challenging series of works.

The exhibition features new works from: 

Taking place until Sun July 16 at the Fremantle Arts Centre it's something we're really proud of some something you'll be seeing a lot more of from us. Entry is free!

Read more here.

Take a look at the shots from the opening night in our gallery right here.

Warp is proudly supported by the Department of Culture and the Arts, the Fremantle Arts Centre and the City of Fremantle and you through our recent crowd funding campaign.


  • 24
  • MAY


Becoming a Rev member give you not just access pretty well all areas during Rev but year-round discounts at Luna Palace cinemas, gold pass entry to Rev, complimentary access to REVonDEMAND titles and a ton more.

It's also a great way of supporting the event, showing your love and being part of the special family that is Rev!

C''s our 20th know you want to do it! 

Click here for the list of benefits and registration.

  • 15
  • MAY


We're over the moon to be again partnering with the Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) in the one-day media education seminar taking place as part of the 2017 edition of Rev.

We're committed to developing audiences and critical approaches so this day-long seminar will address all manner of subjects pertinent to contemporary areas of media study. Join some of Australia's and the world's most respected and well known film academics, curators and and practitioners in this rare opportunity to explore the deep recesses of their craft.

Taking place on Wed July 12th it'll cover subjects as diverse as propaganda, independent documentary filmmaking, independent film distribution, gender, infographics, animation and more.

Click here for the program as it stands.

Click here to register and purchase your pass.

  • 14
  • MAY


Our monthly series of new and archival Australian films is powering along with sell-out houses and filmmaker Q&As. For May the late, great John Clark along with Zoe Carides and Sam Neill will star in John Ruane's fantastic romance/comedy/crime film Death in Brunswick - but sorry to say it's sold out!

Neill plays Carl a one-step-away alcoholic, loser and cook – that is until he meets Sophie (Carides) a barmaid in the shady joint in which he works. The two find a serious spark but family and friends have other ideas. After an untimely death of a kitchen hand things rapidly spiral well out of control for all as the star-crossed lovers need to deal with family expectations and an unexpected all-out gang war. Along the way Carl is notably assisted by Dave (Clark) in a turn described by The Guardian as “a scene-stealing sidekick powered by a boisterously entertaining performance”

The show always sells out so get in early. Tickets also include complimentary wine and nibbles supplied by Gourmet Trader.

Read more here

Sold out!

Date: Monday May 29th
Place: Backlot Studios, 22 Simpson St, West Perth
Time: 6.30pm

  • 1
  • May


We're proud to announce a new partnership with Madman Entertainment and their online documentary-only On Demand portal DocPlay. Over the next three months we'll be rolling out 16 Madman titles we've previously screened in our own REVonDEMAND platform and encouraging lovers of the form to take a look at what Madman have set up with DocPlay.

For May though we're super please to announce the inclusion of a fantastic documentary program for REVonDEMAND with a series of films that have been amongst our most popular during the festival.

If you love music you can't miss the special story of The Doors with When You're Strange. If you're up for something a like more quirky you can't go past Do I Sound Gay? and Louis Theroux: My Scientology Movie. If heavy-hitting social justice is your thing then you'll be right at home with the searing and gripping and multi-award winning examinations of politics in The Hunting Ground and Joshua Oppenheimer's The Look of Silence.

REVonDEMAND is not a subscription based format, rather you buy or rent per film. It represents a unique portal for independent filmmakers internationally and contains more than 250 individual films drawn from around the globe - all having been programmed as part of Rev.

  • 28
  • APR

REV $20k for 20years crowdfunding campaign & OUR HUGE PROGRAM

We must extend a hearty "thank you" to everyone who supported our recent crowdfunding funding campaign to assist us delivering our most ambitious program to date for our 20th year.

Our target was $20k and we made it $16,261 which assists us in delivering:

  • 2 weeks of free kids screenings in Perth, Fremantle & Leederville
  • A 2-month free moving image art exhibition at the Fremantle Arts Centre involving Victorian and WA artists
  • A free special week-long architectural projection at one of Perth's loveliest buildings

We couldn't have been bringing these free activities to town without your help so deep and sincere thanks to everyone who supported us and independent screen culture in Western Australia.

  • 17
  • APR


If you're wanting to submit work for consideration for our July edition it's too late! 

Entries have closed for the main program but we are accepting films in our Revel-8 Super 8  and Life in Pictures filmmaking competitions.

There's lots of great prizes to be won and lots of fun to be had.

Click here for Revel-8 details.

Click here for Life in Pictures details

  • 12
  • MAR


We're out hunting for films and part of our program team is on the ground in Austin at SxSW to bring some of the brightest and best new US independent cinema to you hot out of the lab.

It's a fantastic program with a good contingent of Australian's including the great local number Hounds of Love.

We're big fans of this laid back but super busy event and can't wait to hit Perth audiences with some of that special and unique Austin style...

  • 18
  • Feb


Our Director is at it again blogging about the current state of affairs in the international distribution and exhibition sector. Netflix, Amazon, sales agents,'s all on.

Read his observations and predictions in this ongoing series.

Read his Cinema Wars blog here

  • 17
  • FEB


After a great start to the year for us with our sold-out Fringe World screenings we're prepping ourselves for our monthly Australian Revelations series...and to kick it off we're very pleased to announce our March screening - Chasing Asylum.

One of the most awarded, popular and widely seen Australian documentaries of recent years, Chasing Asylum is a blistering look at at the issue of asylum seekers, Australia's treatment of them and the inevitable enormous personal, mental and financial cost.

Directed by Oscar winner Eva Orner it's such an important issue and such an important film.

6.30pm, Monday March 27th
Backlot Studios
21 Simpson St, West Perth

Buy tickets here

Read about the film here

  • 13
  • FEB


We were super happy to be again part of the amazing Fringe World celebrations for 2017 with our presentation of the newly restored 70's David bowie/Nicholas Roeg classic The Man Who fell to Earth.

With a limited 3-session run and two sell-out houses in that, the film was also accompanied by a Bowie mini-photographic exhibition of portraits taken at the time - some even on set - of Bowie himself. These were incredible...the contrast and resolution were really something to behold! Very beautiful and very famous.

The event was so successful that we've nominated for a film and Multi-Media Award in the Fringe World Awards - for the second year running we might add.

If you want to take a look at some of the comings and goings, take a peek at our Gallery right here.

Read about the film here.

  • 3
  • Feb


Our Festival Director Richard Sowada has taken it on himself to start a film comment blog examining all elements of the sector with a special focus on distribution and exhibition. If you're a filmmaker you may be interested in his thoughts of how to make the film festival floor work in part 2 of his Film Festival Survival Guide.

There's all manner of tips and observations - one of which is bound to stick.

Read the blog here

  • 1
  • Feb


Our very own On Demand platform - REVonDEMAND - is really building a head of steam with excellent titles being added every month and for February we've got five and have lined up another 12 for March and April!

If you love documentary portraits, activism, cinema, conspiracy, music, gender and protest we've got them all! Take a look at these beauties:

We've also added a new category - Portraits & Biographies - that includes some really excellent and unique work.

Many of the titles available are only available through REVonDEMAND which we believe to one of the only portals for independent cinema like it anywhere in the world. 

We also believe REVonDEMAND represents one of the most accessible and comprehensive research portals for students and filmmakers internationally who may be wanting to explore films made that cover politics, conspiracy and counter culture, art, literature and cinema, gender and sexuality, music, horror and sic-fi and nearly 200 international short films.

Click here for the full catalogue.

  • 25
  • Jan


In collaboration with the Dept of Local Government and Communities and ScreenWest, we're proud to announce a new local filmmaking competition - Life in Pictures.

Rev's Mission Statement is "To make a difference" and through this collaboration we and you can!

Life in Pictures is centered on stimulating discussion about ageing, celebrating achievements of those who are ageing and diving into cultures who each have a different perspective on what it is to age. 

Relevance in the workforce, finances, living in a cashless society, sex and sexuality, relationships to family and community, housing, health care, vulnerability to elder abuse and myriad other forces come into play. Like-wise the contribution people who are now seniors make and have made in building the communities we inhabit globally and locally are not always acknowledged or recognised. Their stories of triumph, achievement and of course struggle are forces that surround them and inform us...and we want those stories and perspectives.

We'll be looking for 2-minute films shot on any format by any age in 3 categories - under 17, 18+ and 60+ with one winner in each. Our competition Ambassador - Perth theatre pioneer and 2016 Juniper WA Seniors Champion of the Year Jenny Davis - will also be making her own Ambassador's selection from each category. Six potential winners, a pool of prizes up to $20,000 value, winners screening during the 2017 Rev program and a very real contribution to the critical and creative health of our community...what could be better?

We also welcome papers in our academic component that deal with age and ageing in cinema.

Entries will open on February 28th and close May 31st - but you can start thinking about it now.

Click here for more information.

Click here to receive entry information as it comes to hand.

OR you can call Richard on 0448 007 233 if you want to talk specifics.


The Life in Pictures short film competition is a creative collaboration between the Department of Local Government and Communities, Revelation Perth International Film Festival and Screenwest



  • 5
  • Jan


For filmmakers the festival world may be filled with mystery, surprises, pitfalls and elements that confound logic. 

Rev's own Director and founder Richard Sowada has taken it upon himself to examine this world in a two part Film Festival Survival Guide blog. Part 1 looks at how you can best prepare yourself and tip things in your favour in the selection process. Part 2 looks at how to maximise your festival opportunity once you're in.

Take a look at Film Festival Survival Guide Pt 1: Know Your Festival right here.

  • 1
  • Jan


We've got a ton of titles arriving for our very own on demand platform REVonDEMAND and we're getting an amazing response internationally from what's available and it's unique approach.

REVonDEMAND is made up of as many films we've previously screened as we can possibly get hold of, many of them exclusive to this platform internationally. In sourcing the catalogue we deal directly with the directors, producers, sales agents and distributors and in may cases we're uncovering and making available films that haven't been seen for more than a decade. For many films that are already online we're linking to them in an effort to support the filmmakers but either way it's a truly excellent line-up.

For the festival and WA film industry REVonDEMAND also represents a unique locally based but international distribution and exhibition platform representing one of the best online collections of international independent cinema to be found anywhere.

January sees the addition of four documentary titles:

  • From internationally regarded filmmaker Kim Longinotto comes the great exploration of Japanese women's wrestling with Gaea Girls (main banner picture).
  • For lovers of pop-culture you can't miss with Ron Mann's fab look at the life and times of 'Big Daddy' Ed Roth Tales of the Rat Fink.
  • For lovers of film itself is the definitive portrait of legendary experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage in the film Brakhage.
  • And for lovers of music comes Kevin Barker's great look at life on the road with The Family Jams.

Click right here to see the full catalogue.

  • 12
  • Dec


Our Academic component is one of the fastest growing elements of the event embracing delegates from around the country and around the world so it's with enormous pleasure we welcome Murdoch University on board as 2017 Revelation Academic presenting partner.

Rev is Australia's only international film festival to host and encourage academic discussion alongside its screening program and an important platform in film discussion and analysis in this country.

In association with Murdoch this year's conference is scheduled for Monday 10 & Tuesday 11 July (All day events). If you'd like to register your interest in presenting a paper click right here. You don't have to a student or academic to present so if you'd just like to talk about and present your ideas you're more than welcome.

As a very special addition to celebrate our 20th anniversary, RevAcademic participants are invited to attend an Industry Soiree post conference on 11 July followed by a complimentary film screening in the evening. We would love you to join us! Details to come...

Revelation Academic presented in association with Murdoch University

  • 1
  • Dec

5 new rev on demand titles arrive for december

REVonDEMAND is the only tailor-made portal to international independent cinema associated with a film festival you'll find in the country - and it just keeps growing.

We're over the moon to announce the inclusion of 5 new titles for December that embrace documentary, comedy, sic-fi, fantasy, Nazis, robots, sex and sexuality, screen history, semiotics and subversive politics. Straight off the bat we have Caveh Zahedi's two film fest hits I Am a Sex Addict and The Sheik and I, Beth B's no-holds-barred look at burlesque in Exposed, the fantastic analysis of contemporary cinema in The Pervert's Guide to Ideology and the always surprising Aussie sci-fi/fantasy The 25th Reich.

The REVonDEMAND catalogue features 250+ short, feature, documentary, animation and experimental works with more than 60 exclusive to this site. All titles have previously appeared in the Rev program including a sizeable number of locally produced works. It represents an utterly unique initiative associated with any film festival on the planet and a great resource for filmmakers, students, academics and film lovers of all sorts.

  • 3
  • Nov


Our very own On Demand platform REVonDEMAND is getting bigger by the month and November is no exception.

While we're about to announce a ton more titles in the coming months we're overjoyed to announce the inclusion of two Australian and two international features this month.

Appearing exclusively on REVonDEMAND are A Day at the Oasis (WA made!) and from Newcastle comes the most excellent Streetsweeper. Our international titles are the hugely popular USA underground rock apocalypse from 2008 Altamont Now and one of our surprise hits from a couple of years back the excellent Western Echoes of War.

The REVonDEMAND catalogue features 250+ short, feature, documentary, animation and experimental works with more than 60 exclusive to this site. All titles have previously appeared in the Rev program including a sizeable number of locally produced works. It represents an utterly unique initiative associated with any film festival on the planet and a great resource for filmmakers, students, academics and film lovers of all sorts.

  • 1
  • Nov

november australian revelations: LAKE MUNGO

Our monthly Australian Revelations screenings have been selling out - and it's no surprise why with the great quality of films, locally made shorts, Q&A's and complimentary drinks and nibbles that accompany every screening - and for November we present the internationally acclaimed but rarely seen Lake Mungo.

Australia has consistently produced genre films of an extraordinarily high quality - Wolf Creek, Road Games, Mad Max, The Babadook and more recently Boys in the Trees. Nestled right there in the middle is Joel Anderson's excellent and spooky tale Lake Mungo. Criminally neglected, it's a great pleasure for us to bring this picture to local audiences for Australian Revelations. 

Receiving universally excellent reviews on its release, perhaps it's our old mate and one-time SBS (now ABC) reviewer Simon Foster:

"Deceptively simple in its construct and smashingly scary, Joel Anderson’s Lake Mungo is a twisting supernatural mystery of international standing, despite its very-Australian suburban milieu."

"The unfamiliar faces of the cast and the interview-style device via which the story unfolds add immeasurably to the nerve-jangling suspense Anderson creates. His patience as a storyteller and skill in framing the action so as to maximise his spooky intent, announces him as must-watch director in years to come."

Mon Nov 28th
Drinks and nibbles from 6:30pm - film at 7pm
The Backlot Perth: 21 Simpson Street, West Perth
Read more here


  • 16
  • Oct


We've already received a fantastic response to our music meets film call out.

Rev is extending and invitation to WA musicians to come forward with music meets film ideas for possible presentation at the July 2017 event - which is incidentally celebrating its 20th anniversary.

Rev has a long history in presenting high-quality music/film's some from recent memory...

If you have an idea we’d love to hear it - whether it be moving image art based experimentation or composing a score to an existing work, we’re open to anything. We have access to a range of venues across Perth and Fremantle from band spaces, to cabaret styled venues, to jazz rooms to the street via our partnerships with the Cities of Perth, Fremantle and Vincent and of course cinemas. Rev will also be able to assist with various logistics.

Event dates are July 6-19th 2017. Ideas only need to be concept at this stage - there'll be a full 6months after we make decisions to get the nuts and bolts together. So send us a brief concept outline (half page) and the kind of logistic/venue you'd be looking for.

Email us your idea here or call Richard on 0448 007 233 to talk. No idea is off the table and you never know until you give it a crack.

  • 7
  • OCT


“One of the most captivating Australian documentaries in recent memory. It’s humorous, absorbing, uneasy and often disturbing.” - Cinema Australia

After screenings at the Sydney Film Festival and the internationally regarded Canadian documentary festival Hot DocsHotel Coolgardie comes to town with its special perspective on life in an isolated country town.

From Finland come backpackers Lina and Steph looking for a way to make some fast cash to support their travels. An employment agency places them at the Denver City Hotel in the isolated town of Coolgardie - a tough place to adjust to for anyone. This documentary chronicles their time at the hotel, their relationships with the locals and unusual bonds that develop between all.

It's an excellent film by anyone's standards.

Highly recommended.

Mon Oct 31st
Drinks and nibbles from 6:30pm - film at 7pm
The Backlot Perth: 21 Simpson Street, West Perth

Sold Out!

Read more here

Read the Cinema Australia review here.

  • 3
  • OCT


This month is Halloween so we're focussing on some of our horror/sci-fi and fantasy titles. 

As well as quite a number the calibre of Troll Hunter, La Horde, Dead Snow and a ton of others, we've also specially negotiated the rights to present a number of titles you won't see anywhere else on any other platform anywhere on the planet. 

If you're keen for something different, we suggest you take a look at three Aussie low-budgeters: Eye of the Sandman, The Inside Story and The Demonsamongus. If you like something more on the experimental side, take a look at Craig Baldwin's epic extraterrestrial conspiracy works Tribulation 99: Alien Anomalies Under America and Mock Up on Mu and if you're wanting to explore the history of horror/cult we recommend Midnight movies: From the Margins to the Mainstream.

On top of that there's tons of horror themed shorts that take you on a journey from into deep space to the zombie apocalypse. You simply can't miss.

  • 10
  • Sep


There's Hollywood drama or there's actual drama. Want to see what actually happens in the cockpit at the point of life and death by virtue of dramatised black box recordings? 

REVonDEMAND presents Charlie Victor Romeo and for an experimental experience there's dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y

Try them both.

  • 1
  • Sep

NEW SEPTEMBER REV ON DEMAND TITLES - Ready for file purchase or streaming NOW!

We're overjoyed to include four titles for September from one of our great friends and one of the great contemporary subversive filmmakers - Mr Craig Baldwin.

Hailing from San Francisco and being one of the prime movers behind SF's The Other Cinema, Baldwin has been responsible for a dazzling series of found footage epics that examine music, cinema, politics, conspiracy, copyright, religion and pretty well everything in between.

We've managed to secure four of his mega-works for your viewing pleasure including:

For the full selection of more than 260 films available for file purchase or streaming - many of them only available here - click right here!

  • 1
  • Sep


We've barely wrapped the 2016 event and we're already opening our international call for entries!

Each year we receive hundreds of entries of all genres, all durations and all subjects from the 4-corners of the globe...and if you're a filmmaker we'd love to receive yours!

There's virtually no rules surrounding what types of films you enter but we do like them to be completed after Jan 1 2016...but look...we're wanting to screen the best of what we see so you can beat us down!

So, we'd love you to help us celebrate our 20th year with our biggest event to date.

We can't make it any easier to enter than what we have so for more information, just click here and you're on your way to hitting screens at what is regarded by many as Australia's filmmaker's festival!

We do however recommend entering via our own online portal here. Your entry information is not provided to any database and is contained wholly within the walls of Rev.

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  • Aug


We've got two new titles August with a ton more to come. Fresh to your browser this month we're going back to 1999 with the wonderfully warm and moving portrait of Geraldine Cox - an unsung Australian hero running an orphanage in Cambodia in My Khmer Heart.

From 2002 we also present one of the most acclaimed and unusual documentaries of the year with Monteith McCollum's unique and deeply textured multi-award winning work Hybrid.

Both amazing films and both we're proud to present.

Also on the highlight list for August for your viewing enjoyment we have a selection of fine documentary works available exclusively on REVonDEMAND:

Click here for the complete catalogue of 250+ titles!

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  • July


If you missed Rev, were only around for a bit or were around for the whole lot you can get a sense of what we were up to throughout the event by taking a look at our gallery.

With a packed schedule of workshops, parties, live shows, screenings and all manner of unusual activity there was never a dull moment - check it out here.

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  • July


We always have a great time with Revel8 and it's such a great idea. 

Get bunch of filmmakers making an in-camera Super 8 film, and a bunch of composers both of whom have never met, get the composers to score the film and bring them together for the first time the night they's so much fun.

This year's program was really great with some really well made works and great ideas. Take a look at them here.

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  • July


It was our best year ever with record audiences, an absolutely packed program and industry and community events across town.

But we never sleep so we're already prepping ourselves for the opening of the international call for entries which will happen on September 1.

Don't forget also out monthly Australian showcase Australian Revelations on the last Monday of each month. Our next title will be announced shortly.

Finally we need to thank everybody - cinema staff, Rev staff, volunteers, audiences, guests, partners - everyone - for their support and enthusiasm.

A deep and dude due thanks to you all!

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  • June


We've just cracked the 100 mark in the number of feature film and feature documentary titles available on our very own On Demand platform thanks to the addition of three more titles this month.

They include the great indie feature Monkey Warfare - which was our Opening night film way back in 2007, the lost and forgotten but enormously enjoyable low-budget Aussie horror film The Demonsamongus and from the director of Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst we bring you the gripping look at the conspiracy around the JFK assassination in Oswald's Ghost.

With REVonDEMAND there's no subscription, there's no harvesting your information, it's not part of a giant international company, but we do try and bring you the best in nearly 20 years of international independent cinema. It's a one of a kind initiative and we believe it to be one of the few things like it anywhere in the world associated with an international film festival.

We're very proud of it actually, but we're more proud of the voice it can bring to the films and filmmakers involved.

For July we'll also be bringing you one or two special sidebars to time with main event!

Click here to go to the full REVonDEMAND menu.



Take a journey through nearly two decades of independent cinema with REVonDEMAND. There's more than 250 titles on show  available  that  have been included in Rev since 1997 - many only available internationally here. 

Many of the titles are free (incl all the shorts)  and for July we're highlighting our most recent additions - and all of them are documentary! If you love music you can't miss the special story of The Doors with When You're Strange. If you love politics and social justice you can't miss The Hunting Ground and The Look of Silence. But if pop-culture is more your thing Gonzo: The Life and Death of Dr Hunter S Thompson, Louis Theroux: My Scientology Movie and Do I Sound Gay? are made just for you.  On the left you'll see our featured June short Deeper Than Yesterday.

Viewing is not subscription based, we don't harvest any of your information and you don't need to sign up.