2008 MIFF features docs, Ozploitation


SYDNEY -- The 2008 edition of the Melbourne International Film Festival will premiere five new feature documentaries that have been financed through the inaugural Premiere Film Fund, organizers said Tuesday.

The films, all from Victorian filmmakers include, Mark Hartley's "Not Quite Hollywood," a look at Ozploitation films, Rhian Skirving's "Rock & Roll Nerd," Tim Jolley and Kirsty De Garis' "Celebrity - Tales Of Dominic Dunne," Amiel Courtin-Wilson's "Bastardy," about local
personality Jack Charles; and Scott Millwood's investigative documentary "Whatever Happened To Brenda Hean?"

The docus are amongst 40 films and several new sidebars unveiled as "a tiny taste of the festival's deep and varied line-up," said festival director Richard Moore. The full program will be launched on June 17, and the festival this year will run from July 25 to August 10.

Several new program stands this year will include a focus on Ozploitation films -- the term coined for Australian films of the 1970s and 80s that featured lashings of gratuitous sex, violence and fuel-injected muscle cars; a country focus on Romanian film; a sidebar on contemporary independent American cinema and a tribute to 40 years of the Cannes Film Festival's Directors Fortnight.

They'll join existing programs Late Night Cut and International Showcase, which this year will include Peter Greenaway's "Nightwatching," Brian De Palma's "Redacted," and Eric Rohmer's "The Romance of Astrea and Celadon."

Neighbourhood Watch, featuring new Asian films and Next Gen with films aimed at younger audiences, will also return as part of the festival this year.