Magazine article Screen International

Melbourne Film Festival Platforms Several New Local Releases

Magazine article Screen International

Melbourne Film Festival Platforms Several New Local Releases

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61st edition runs August 2-19.

PJ Hogan's Australian comedy Mental [pictured] will close the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) on August 18, two months before Universal releases it in Australian cinemas on October 4.

Like Hogan's debut film Muriel's Wedding, made 17 years ago, it stars Toni Collette and features a bunch of eccentric characters. Anthony LaPaglia is also in the cast.

MIFF let it be known some time ago that another homegrown picture, The Sapphires, would be opening the festival on August 2, a week before Hopscotch releases the musical, which received aspecial midnight screening at Cannes.

MIFF will also act as a platform for another new Australian theatrical release, Boyd Hicklin's cricket comedy Save Your Legs! which was partly filmed in India.

Madman has a January release planned and this will be the world premiere for the film which was supported by MIFF's Premiere Fund. Several documentaries in the program were also part financed by this fund.

This year's 61st MIFF will celebrate European filmmaking with a program put together in conjunction with Festival Scope. The 12 titles are Best Intentions, Futures Market, Oslow, 31. August, L, The Legend of Kaspar Hauser, Shock Head Soul, Our Children, Palaces of Pity, The Red And The Black, Two Years At Sea, Whores' Gallery and Silver Bear winner from Berlin, Just The Wind. …

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