There is plenty on offer for film buffs across Brisbane in the weeks ahead with several festivals and curated film programs from which to choose. Here’s a snapshot of what’s in store:
The Great Detective
Starting tonight at the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) Cinemateque is The Great Detective, a program that celebrates the detective genre and brings together a selection of films from the silent era to present day. Classic literary adaptations featuring iconic characters such as Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot feature on the schedule, along with various other celluloid crime-solvers, both amateur and professional. The program includes an eclectic mix of classic, contemporary and comical incarnations of the whodunit oeuvre, along with a selection of gritty dramas and suspenseful thrillers that revolve around an investigation of some kind.
From such fare as The Lady Vanishes (1938), The Maltese Falcon (1941) Rear Window (1954) and 12 Angry Men (1957) (and too many more golden oldies to list) to the likes of 1971’s Dirty Harry and much more recent offerings such as Seven (1995), Erin Brockovich (2000), The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2009) and the 2015 Oscar-winning Spotlight.
There are over 60 sessions scheduled, with screenings every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the GoMA Cinemateque until September 2. Tickets are $10 and the full program schedule is available here.
Queensland Film Festival
Four years since its arrival on the Brisbane arts calendar, the Queensland Film Festival continues to grow and this year’s program features a line-up of some 50+ features, documentaries and short films across 11 days from July 19 to 29, including restorations, retrospectives and much-anticipated new works such as Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here starring Joaquin Phoenix.
The 2018 QFF will showcase French filmmakers Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani, who will have three films screening, including their latest Let the Corpses Tan for which they will be in attendance in addition to delivering an editing masterclass in conjunction with AFTRS.
The festival will kick off on Thursday, July 19 with a Q&A screening of Terror Nullius, a satirical remix of Australian national mythology and popular culture courtesy of New York-based Australian art collective Soda-Jerk.
Other events include discussion panels and Ah humanity!, an installation at the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) from July 20 to 29 that “reflects on the fragility and folly of humanity in the Anthropocene”
The 2018 Queensland Film Festival runs from July 19 to 29 at New Farm Cinemas, Elizabeth Picture Theatre, the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA)and the Institute of Modern Art (IMA). To view the full program head to the festival website.
Scandinavian Film Festival
Also getting underway on July 19 is the 2018 Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival at the Palace Barracks cinema complex. The SFF will feature over 20 films from Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Finland and Sweden, along with special events, showcase presentations and festival guests.
Opening night celebrations will feature Under the Tree, a black comedy-drama from director Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson that is Iceland’s official entry in the 2018 Academy Awards. The screening will be followed by an after-party and live entertainment celebrating all things Nordic. The festival will also present the Australian premiere screening of Amateurs, the winner of Best Nordic Film at the 2018 Göteborg Film Festival.
Other highlights on the schedule include coming-of-age drama The Swan, Joachim Trier’s thriller Thelma and Winter Brothers, the debut feature for director Hlynur Pálmason that scooped the pool at the Danish Academy Awards, winning nine awards including Best Picture.
For ticketing information, session times and information about all of the films, visit the Volvo SFF website.