The director of Not Quite Hollywood turns his attention to the countless sex-n'-violence epics produced in the Marcos-era Phillippines. This neglected corner of the film industry is given some additional light as the film plays at the Australian Film Festival.
Although ostensibly a Mexican film, Australian writer/director/producer Michael Rowe's controversial debut feature is screening as part of the Australian Film Festival. Winner of the Caméra d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival last year, it is brutal and confronting.
The Australian Film Festival launched in Sydney last night, with the New South Wales premiere of Amanda Jane's romantic comedy, The Wedding Party. Bringing out the director and cast, including Steve Bisley, it kicks of 12 days of festival fun.
The Australian Film Festival launches its second annual selection of unseen and retrospective Australian films at the Randwick Ritz in Sydney next week. Complete with Q & A sessions, workshops, guest appearances and short films, it is become a ritzier event every year.