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Lotterywest Festival Films
Film buffs, get excited: Perth International Arts Festival film program manager Tom Vincent says he’s thrilled to bring the
world’s top new films to “two of the best cinemas anywhere on the planet”.
His highlights of the 2015-16 schedule include British feature Dark Horse, about a racehorse from a poor Welsh
village taking on the ‘sport of kings’; Italian master director Nanni Moretti’s Mia Madre, starring John Turturro of The Big
Lebowski fame; and French thriller Dheepan, winner of the Palme D’Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.
Tom says the program will be split into two parts, with the second featuring further diverse films from around
the world, and launching on Monday January 18. “We’ll also be screening a number of Australian short films prior to
features, which will showcase the diverse beauty of Australian storytelling,” he says. “I encourage everyone to look out
for the new program at venues all around the city, and check the website for updates.”
Lotterywest Festival Films at Joondalup Pines and Somerville Auditorium. Details at perthfestival.com.au.
Another favourite of the summer film season, Luna
Outdoor promises a varied lineup to be enjoyed
under the stars – from documentaries and foreign
films, to independent dramas and new blockbusters
including Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Here are five
picks from the program ahead.
THE WRECKING CREW
Recording with stars such as The Beach Boys, Frank
and Nancy Sinatra, and Dean Martin, LA session
musicians The Wrecking Crew experienced some
major moments in music history. This documentary
provides insights from those who were there.
Paolo Sorrentino’s second English language film –
led by British icon Michael Caine – is about two old
friends vacationing at a prestigious Swiss Alps hotel,
musing on those around them. Youth was nominated
for the Palme d’Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.
Inspired by a true story, this film stars Leonardo
DiCaprio as an injured hunter left to die in the
wilderness by a treacherous member of his own
team (Tom Hardy). He must face a violent winter and
warring tribes to survive and seek revenge.
Winning the Venice Film Festival Grand Jury
Prize, Anomoalisa is the latest tale from the
brilliant mind of Charlie Kaufman (Eternal
Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). This fable uses
stop-motion animation to convey themes of love,
creation and the human connection.
Based on the best-selling novel by Emma
O’Donoghue, Room traces the journey of a young
woman and her five-year old son as they adjust to
the world after years of captivity.
Luna Outdoor, Leederville, Dec 3-Feb 11.
THIS IS ROCK! WE ARE TWISTED F*CKING SISTER
This music documentary is way, way more than a history of famed glam rockers, Twisted Sister.
What we see throughout this engrossing and hilarious piece is the determination it takes to get where
you want. Spiced with great live footage and great interviews, it’s one of best rock docs of recent years.
The Backlot, Feb 11, 13 & 20.
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