Our very own On Demand platform REVonDEMAND adds two more titles for the New Year and both are from internally acclaimed documentary filmmaker Phil Grabsky. Both extraordinary portraits they're finely crafted and deeply moving.
The Boy Who Plays on the Buddhas of Bamiyan and its companion piece The Boy Mir are made for lovers of documentary and social justice and are films of the highest order...we can't recommend them highly enough.
You don't need to sign up or subscribe, we don't harvest your information and it's about as simple as you can get with categories that cross music, art and literature, biography, subculture, gender and sexuality and plenty more.
Take a look right here...or scroll down to the bottom of the page to see this month's featured trailers and our January featured short film.
For 2018 the City of Vincent Film Project received a record number of entries and the selection panel has announced the three recipients for 2018.
Revelation Perth International Film Festival partnered with the City of Vincent for the Film Project which offered an opportunity for filmmakers to tell stories in and about the City of Vincent, with $15,000 being allocated to fund three short documentaries.
Rev Director Richard Sowada said the grass-roots project has been enormously rewarding.
“It’s about having a real creative impact at a community level and brings many of these emerging filmmakers into the international fold,” said Richard.
The winning films are:
The buzz around local Beeman, Carl Maxwell, isn’t for nothing - he’s the best in the business - and that’s because he can communicate with the local honeybee population. The Beeman follows one man’s crusade to save the honeybees, one hive at a time.
Producer Cody Greenwood, Directors Samantha Marlowe and Frances Elliott
Neon signs are everywhere in cities around the world. They liven the sky and streets with colour and atmosphere. In Perth, WA neon bending is a dying art. But one young man is taking on an apprenticeship that could change that.
Producer Rachael Karotkin, Director Matt Sav
Ghosts Of Vincent
An expository-participatory documentary that looks at historical people and venues within the area of the City of Vincent. The film investigates the legend of ‘Kanga’ the ghost who haunts the newly renovated Leederville hotel, but also focuses on other venues and locations of interest in the Vincent area.
Producer Paul Vanleigh Shout, Director Kimberly McGivern
Project Coordinator Ashleigh Nicolau said that the films were as eclectic as the City of Vincent itself.
“A mixed bag of environmental, artistic and supernatural stories, I can't wait to see these short documentaries take off!,” Ashleigh said.
“The City is also keen to work closely with the filmmakers to create events surrounding the film subjects such as art exhibitions and ghost tours.”
The record number of submissions received were considered by a panel of industry professionals, and representatives of the City of Vincent and the Revelation Perth International Film Festival.
Successful applicants will commence production in January, and the three completed films will screen as part of the 2018 Revelation Perth International Film Festival in July. In an added bonus for filmmakers, their works be available to international audiences through REVonDEMAND – Revelation’s own on-demand platform.
And here are the lucky filmmakers:
We're thrilled to announce that acclaimed actor Trevor Jamieson has joined the Revelation team as a permanent ambassador.
Soon to be seen in the upcoming remake of the classic Australian film Storm Boy playing the iconic character Fingerbone Bill, made famous by David Gulpilil, Trevor’s other screen credits include Natamjira Project, Rabbit-Proof Fence, Cleverman and The Secret River as well as regularly treading the theatre boards in Australia and overseas.
As ambassador to the Rev, Trevor will become one Revelation’s most prominent supporters, lending his profile and his passion to promote the festival regarded by media, industry and audiences alike as the most individual and innovative screen culture events in the country.
Rev director Richard Sowada says it’s a terrific collaboration.
“Trevor is proudly West Australian with an international outlook, just like Rev,” said Richard.
“We can’t think of a better person to help spread the word about what we do and what we are all about.
“As an actor he’s of course deeply involved in the screen business, but he also brings a message of the place of the arts in our broader culture.”
Trevor Jamieson says he’s humbled at the opportunity.
“As someone who grew up in the arts industry and spent most of my life in Western Australia, I’ve gained witness to skills of strength and weakness within our state that have always given me experiences to share of stories and places, nationwide and internationally,” Trevor said.
“I’m excited to celebrate the most simple viewpoints that can reveal great strengths within the awareness of our mindset for independent works and allowing for amazing
collaboratives between national and international themes to understand the human common aspects of social justice.
“Plus I’m looking forward to being back home again and becoming involved with a lot of well known and emerging artists.”
Since its inception in 1997, Revelation has dedicated itself to signposting Australia and Western Australia as a centre for creative, critical and business excellence. Trevor Jamieson’s appointment will help achieve this goal.
We're the gift that never stops giving and to provide it we're proud to present a line-up of 2 programs of brand new international animations presented on the big screen and free for the entire family.
In collaboration with the City of Perth, the State library of WA and curated by the melbourne International Animation Festival, these two great programs come from the four corners of the globe and present audiences with a fresh look at what is happening in the world of animation.
Programmed for kids of all ages they're guaranteed to enchant and surprise and will have your kids talking all day about them.
The sessions are free but we highly recommend you reserve your place in advance...they're mighty popular.
Week 1 Monday 8 January - Friday 12 JanuaryProgram 1: Corky & Co. 10am Daily (50mins)Program 2: Dry Fish & Friends. 2pm Daily (50mins)
Week 2Monday 15 January - Friday 19 JanuaryProgram 1: Corky & Co. 10am Daily (50mins)Program 2: Dry Fish & Friends. 2pm Daily (50mins)
Read more hereReserve your seats here
Read more about our Invigorate Perth programs right here...we've got something happening every day until September 2018!
Our next public art installation as part of our Invigorate Perth initiative with the City of Perth is the Virtual Busker.
The Virtual Busker is waiting… She wants to play for you, only requiring a small donation in her hat to perform. Don’t worry, there’s no need to part with your own money. Pick up a penny from the bowl and place it in the hat. You may be surprised.
The Virtual Busker is an interactive audiovisual artwork by Roly Skender, co-produced with Revelation Film Festival and the City of Perth, featuring violin performances by musician Elisa Siipola. It draws on themes of social interaction, performance and the perceived threat of automation in a rapidly moving society.
The Virtual Busker aims to create musical moments in public spaces, using nothing but digital machines and human curiosity.
December 5-9, 12-16, 18-24, Commonwealth Bank Building wall, Murray St Mall
Always wanted to become a Rev member but your student lifestyle just doesn't let you get there? Craving for that little bit of Rev loving but it's just out of reach?
We hear ya and so we've introduced a student-level memberships which allows you to access some great Rev benefits during the festival and throughout the year.
Click here to sign up and find out more!
For a measly $125 Rev student members provides:
Another sold out Australian Revelations sessions - which goes to prove you've gotta get in fast for these screenings.
Of any Australian documentary in recent memory that has changed a cultural course it's the Namatjira Project.
A film festival hit nationally the film traces the life and times of renowned indigenous artist Albert Namatjira, his family and the struggle for the ownership of his famous works.
Despite his work being so iconic - reproduced commercially on prints, tea towels and hanging on living room walls around the world – his family today fight for survival, justice and crucially, have only weeks ago regained the copyright to their grandfather’s work.
Namatjira Project traces this family’s quest. They team up with art & social justice organisation – Big hART - to tour a theatre production about Albert’s life, raising awareness, calling for support, and for a return of the copyright.
In demonstrating our commitment to local filmmaking all Australian Revelations screenings also include a WA produced short film.
Monday November 27thDrinks and nibbles from 6:30pm - film at 7pmThe Backlot Perth: 21 Simpson St, West PerthRead more here
If you missed the 2017 Rev vibe - shame on you! If you want to see what you missed take a look at our 2017 highlights trailer right here. It captures a certain something I think.
If you want to take a look at some of the other activity why not mosey over to our gallery and see what was happening all over town including live music, exhibitions, screenings, Q&As, Club Rev and all manner of comings and goings.
We never sleep though and Rev's literally got something on every day of the week from now until September 2018 including:
- Free kids holidays screenings made up brand-spanking new international short animations - our next one's scheduled for January. Here was our last one in October.
- Our monthly Australian Revelations screenings (which always sell out)
- Three free public Fringe World programs to be announced
- A new free interactive public projection coming for Christmas in the City of Perth as part of our Invigorate Perth initiative (we're shooting that now so details to come...)
- Our current Ghost Cities installation as part of our Accidental Cinema series in the Piccadilly Arcade...hey - that's also free!
...and a new Ghost City installation coming in January in collaboration with the City of Perth and the National Film & Sound Archive.
...and of course don't forget our very own On Demand platform REVonDEMAND which give you access to more than 300 titles including 200+ shorts that have screened at Rev since 1997!
Forget about the same old same old. If you want to explore the outer reaches of independent cinema and some of the most interesting and hard to get films you can't miss with our own On Demand platform - REVonDEMAND.
REVonDEMAND includes as many titles from previous year's programs as we can possibly find and in getting them to you we're negotiating directly with the filmmakers themselves and providing them in what is sometimes their only point of sale.
For this month we're proud to present:
We've also added three classic new free documentaries looking at electronic music, art and culture:
You can't go wrong with any selection - we promise!
Take a look right here...or scroll down to the bottom of the page to see this month's featured trailers and our November featured short film.
We're proud to partner with DocPlay on a number of titles.
Our October Australian Revelations screening - Bad Boy Bubby - is sold out!...and if there's any more emphatic demonstration that you need to get in early for these monthly screenings, there it is!
One of Australia's most unusual films from one of Australia's most idiosyncratic filmmakers is our next Australian revelations cab off the rank. Yes...it's Bad Boy Bubby!
In what is an utterly unique vision from director Rolf de Heer, Bubby is a 30 year-old man-child whose been imprisoned by his mother who’s fooled him into thinking the world outside is a toxic and uninhabitable wasteland. As a result Bubby is completely unaware of the world that actually exists outside his grubby prison room – but Bubby isn’t going to be a prisoner his entire life.
It's an amazing and always surprising work - in fact it really feels like two films in one and we can't wait to see it on the big screen.
As an aside you may want to take our Festival Director Richard Sowada aside and ask him about his experiences in working with Rolf de Heer in the film Dingo which was partially shot up Meekatharra way.
Monday October 30th Drinks and nibbles from 6:30pm - film at 7pmThe Backlot Perth: 21 Simpson Street, West PerthRead more here
Back for its 7th year Revelation Academic has launched its annual call for papers. Revelation Academic is Australia's only academic conference conference associated with a film festival and as such it's a great marriage of critical analysis and moving image.
Revelation Academic is a supportive environment where you can platform your ideas and discuss cinema in a very different way to a very different audience. Even if you're not an academic but just a very serious lover of cinema we suggest you come down and hear what critical thinkers from around Australia are thinking...or better still come and present something yourself!
Abstracts (no more than 200 words please) and proposals for panels (no more than 300 words) can be submitted here by the end of April 2018.
The conference will run on Monday 9 and Tuesday 10 July as part of the Revelation Perth International Film Festival, in Perth, Australia.
Click here for more information
Just when you thought Rev can't possibly be any better, we're buzzed to be able to announce a new partnership between ourselves and two of our esteemed event partners!
The Otherside Brewing Co and Luna Cinemas will bank part profits from all Otherside Brewing Co beer sales at Luna venues across town to provide a $5,000 grant for an emerging filmmaker (or group there-of) to produce a short work for presentation at the 2018 edition of the Revelation event.
Eligibility details will be released early 2018 but for us it represents yet another plank in our commitment to the creative and critical development of the WA screen industry and in providing a voice for new and emerging filmmakers.
As part of out Invigorate Perth collaboration with the City of Perth we're very proud to announce the appearance of the first in our series of moving image commissions in our Accidental Cinema series.
Over the next 8 months or so Accidental Cinema will be colonising vacant shopfronts around the city seeking to open a doorway into Perth's past through these unique installations commissioned in collaboration with Rev, the City of Perth and the National Film & Sound Archive.
Our first installation is now on at the Hay St end of the Piccadilly Arcade - no stranger to cinema and the moving image history in Perth!
In place until December this three-screen artwork has at its core the earliest moving image material shot of Perth. Drawn from the wonderfully restored Corrick collection within the National Film & Sound Archive it's a rare glimpse into the past with a playful reflection on contemporary passers by.
Stay tuned for more across town!
As part of our collaboration with the City of Perth through the Invigorate Perth initiative we'll be presenting two free (yes free!) kids animation programs. Together with Awesome these two great 50minute programs are made of Perth premiere international animations of the highest order.
This program is specially curated by Malcolm Turner, director of the Melbourne International Animation Festival and is bursting at the seams with animations the like of which you've never seen.
It's a wonderful program for all ages and for animation fans but you need to reserve a place!
Times: Saturday 30 September to Sunday 1 October: 11.30am & 1pmMonday 2 October: 1pm & 3pmTuesday 3 October to Monday 9 October: 11.30am & 1pm
Place:Saturday 30 September to Friday 6 October: State Library TheatreSaturday 7 October: Seagull Tent, Perth Cultural CentreSunday 8 October & Monday 9 October: Great Southern Room, State Library of WA
Click here to look at the programs.
Click here to reserve a place.
We've over the moon to announce a filmmaking partnership between Revelation and the City of Vincent with the City of Vincent Film Project.
We're seeking submissions to fund three documentary films to be made in the City of Vincent about the City of Vincent and we're going to give the three selected ideas $5,000 each to produce it. The three films will screen during the July 2018 Rev event and join our list of notable films on our REVonDEMAND platform.
Submissions close November 1st so get those creative juices flowing.
We're looking forward to seeing the works and hearing the stories.
Deadline November 1st.
Click here to go to the entry page and see the guidelines.
Have you no mercy? We guess not as we open our international call for entries.
Each year we received hundreds of films from the 4-corners of the globe from features, to documentaries, to experimental films, to animations to narrative shorts..and we'd love to receive yours!
Entry couldn't be easier with a range of online portals to service your needs.
You can submit your entries via:
Our entry fee is $40.
Just finally unless you're from Iran where international banking is very difficult, please don't ask for a fee waiver.
Entry Deadline April 13th, 2018
Our monthly screening program continues to sell out and it's now become a staple on the film-lover's calendar. This month we present the great Aussie drama from 1998 Head On.
Based on the novel Loaded written by Christos Tsiolkas it tells the story of Ari (Alex Dimitriades), a young Greek man in Melbourne, in conflict with his background, his sexuality, unable to come to terms with his future, and unable to express the turmoil within his passionate heart, or his individual head.
His only mode of self expression is in excess: excess in sex, in drugs, in anti-social and anti-authority behaviour, rejecting his parents but also rejecting his need of them.
Date: Monday Sept 25thPlace: Backlot Studios, 21 Simpson St, West PerthTime: 6.30pmCost: $20 (includes drinks and nibbles)Read more here.Buy tickets here.
It's the gift that just keeps on giving! For this month we've added four new titles to our very own OnDemand platform REVonDEMAND!
Before we let you know what they are though we have to say the great Australian indie Alvin's Harmonious World of Opposites is absolutely going nuts!
Anyway...for September we've added The fantastic documentary thriller The Imposter...it's great! We also have the Oscar winning documentary Undefeated, the cult classic doc Shut Up Little Man and the Allen Ginsberg biopic starring James Franco - Howl.
You don't need to sign up, we don't harvest your information and it's about as simple as you can get with categories that cross music, art and literature, biography, subculture, gender and sexuality and plenty more.
Take a look right here...or scroll down to the bottom of the page to see this month's featured trailers and our September featured short film.
Rev 2017 may be over but if you love independent cinema you can explore some of our favourite films since we started in 1997 with our very own On Demand platform REVonDEMAND.
Including over 300 individual titles including shorts it's just about the best archive of international independent cinema you'll find anywhere and they're available for rent or purchase.
This month we're proud to add the great Australian indie Alvin's Harmonious World of Opposites and three titles we're releasing in collaboration with DocPlay - one of the best online documentary portals around.
These three are all internationally acclaimed and as good as you'll see. Chris Rock is hilarious in Good Hair, The Act of Killing is just brilliant and Jesus Camp is quite extraordinary.
Take a look right here...or scroll down to the bottom of the page to see this month's featured trailers and our August featured short film.
After our 2017 main event we're back on deck with our monthly screenings of new and archival films and this month we're featuring the 2001 Aussie classic Lantana.
Lantana marked a new direction for Australian cinema. With a discernable European feel it is layer upon layer of intertwined stories and shoots – just like the plant – and getting to the roots of the growth becomes more and more challenging.
As the film opens a body is discovered in the shrub and as each story branch is removed to find the cause, those involved become more and more entangled in the world that has grown over them.
As complex interrelationships are exposed we are introduced to and all-star cast who turn in laser-guided performances aided by a script that twists and turns up many a garden path. Anthony LaPaglia is Leon, the police officer; Kerry Armstrong is his wife Sonja; Barbara Hershey plays psychiatrist Valerie Somers; Geoffrey Rush is her husband John and the supporting cast features Peter Phelps, Rachael Blake, Vince Colosimo and others.
Despite the density of relationships and suspicions related to the murder and their own fidelity all are strangely alone and disconnected and it’s these explorations against the backdrop of murder that prove utterly engrossing.
Lantana was and is a completely unique Australian film.
These always sell out!
Date: Monday August 28thPlace: Backlot Studios, 21 Simpson St, West PerthTime: 6.30pmCost: $20 (includes drinks and nibbles)Read more here.Buy tickets here.
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 exhibitions...in 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.
In our first program collaboration with the Fremantle Arts Centre we were proud to present the moving image art exhibition Warp.
Curated by nationally recognised moving image art curator Amy Marjoram, Warp was a unique collaboration between 8 WA and Victorian screen artists that explored 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 featured new works from:
Read more here.
Take a look at the shots from the opening night in our gallery right here.
Warp was 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.
It was a huge year...here'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!
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 19th - so we'll see you then!
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 FinalistsMy Hero Dir: Charlie Clark
18 - 59 Category FinalistsJim Dir: Binu Jayawardena
60+ Category FinalistsJanet's New Skills Dir: Ruth Kendall
Our Ambassador's Choice Awards decided by Jenny Davis were:
18 - 59 Category FinalistsA Picture Of Me Dir: Helena Cohen-Robertson
60+ Category FinalistsDog’s Refuge Home Dir: Bree Billington
The complete finalist list is:
Under 17Charlie Clarke, Melissa Coleman, Jacob Del Casale, Alexander Nguyen (winner) - My HeroAshlinn Berry - MomentsHugo Flavelle - Hugo and AlanEmma Sami - A Touch of Wisdom Trinity College Year 12 Media General - When I Grow Up
18-59Binu Jayawardona (winner) - JimSam Lara - GrantikiSara Lara - The Right TreatmentGina Capes - The WireHelena Cohne-Robertson - A Picture of Me
60+Ruth Kendall (winner) - Janet's New Skills Ruth Kendall - The Best MedicineBree Billington - Dogs' Refuge Home Giogia Kuhn - Aging is GoodCaroline 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.
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.
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
Date: Monday May 29thPlace: Backlot Studios, 22 Simpson St, West PerthTime: 6.30pm
Our Director is at it again blogging about the current state of affairs in the international distribution and exhibition sector. Netflix, Amazon, sales agents, markets...it's all on.
Read his observations and predictions in this ongoing series.
Read his Cinema Wars blog here
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 27thBacklot Studios21 Simpson St, West Perth
Buy tickets here
Read about the film here
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.
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
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.
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.
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:
Click right here to see the full catalogue.
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
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.
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.
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 28thDrinks and nibbles from 6:30pm - film at 7pmThe Backlot Perth: 21 Simpson Street, West PerthRead more here
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 concepts...here'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.
“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 Docs, Hotel 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.
Mon Oct 31stDrinks and nibbles from 6:30pm - film at 7pmThe Backlot Perth: 21 Simpson Street, West Perth
Read the Cinema Australia review here.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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 screen...it'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.
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!
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!
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