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Felony to close MIFF 2014, Cut Snake to world premiere as Centrepiece Gala

Tuesday, July 08, 2014 7:45 PM | Anonymous

The 63rd Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) launched its full program last night, consisting of 341 films, 17 program strands, 28 world premieres, 168 Australian Premieres, 19 Talking Pictures events, 24 international guests, and more than 71 local guests.

“With new venues and a broader footprint over our wonderful CBD, 2014 sees a new MIFF with more sessions giving the ravenous film-goer greater choice than ever.To close it off in style, we are thrilled to present the Australian Premiere of FELONY, directed by Melbourne filmmaker Matthew Saville, written by and starring Australian acting icon Joel Edgerton alongside Melissa George, Tom Wilkinson and Jai Courtney,” said Artistic Director Michelle Carey.

Three detectives become embroiled in a tense struggle after a tragic accident that leaves a child in a critical condition. One is guilty of a crime, one will try to cover it up, and the other attempts to expose it. FELONY is the story of how far these men will go to disguise and unravel the truth.

Opening MIFF with the already announced Predestination, a stylish thriller from Australian filmmaking duo the Spierig Brothers, this year’s festival marks its half-way point with the world premiere Centrepiece Gala screening of Cut Snake, a crime thriller from director Tony Ayres (Home Song Stories, MIFF 07). Demonstrating how one man’s biggest enemy in moving forward can be himself, the MIFF Premiere Fund-supported film stars Sullivan Stapleton (300: Rise of an Empire), Alex Russell (Bait, Chronicle) and Jessica De Gouw (These Final Hours, MIFF 13).

Home-grown talent takes centre stage in the Australian Showcase section with three more Premiere Fund films receiving a world premiere at MIFF this year: Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films, a feature documentary from Mark Hartley (Not Quite Hollywood, MIFF 08); The Legend Maker, a dramatic thriller from Ian Pringle, in which an aging criminal needs all his cunning to survive; and My Mistress, a love story starring Emmanuelle Béart (A Heart in Winter) and Harrison Gilbertson (Blessed, MIFF 09), from director Stephen Lance.

Other Australian offerings include Still Our Country – Reflections on a Culture, a companion piece to Rolf de Heer’s Cannes-winning Charlie’s Country; Fell, a film about two very different men linked by grief and remorse, from award-winning short filmmaker and MIFF Accelerator alumnus Kasimir Burgess; and Ukraine is not a Brothel, a documentary from Melbourne’s Kitty Green, who captures the passions and many paradoxes of the Ukrainian feminist group FEMEN.

This year MIFF also presents a Melbourne Stories mini-program, turning the spotlight back on our hometown to look at the people and places that make it unique. Screenings include Don’t Throw Stones, a documentary based on rock ‘n’ roll icon Stephen Cummings’ tell-all memoir Will It Be Funny Tomorrow, Billy?; and Curtain Call, the story of Terry and Carole Ann Gill, the couple behind one of Australia’s most beloved pantomime theatres, the Tivoli.

A new program strand, I Dream of Genius: Science & Technology on Screen showcases the practical, philosophical and potential facets of science and technology in our daily lives. Web Junkie is an engrossing look inside one of China’s prison-like rehabilitation camps for internet-addicted teens; Happiness, winner of Sundance’s World Cinema: Documentary Award for Cinematography, follows the introduction of television into a remote Bhutan village; and the Sheffield Doc/Fest Audience Award winner, Particle Fever, tells the story of the Large Hadron Collider’s discovery of the Higgs boson “God particle”.

The Closing Night screening of FELONY takes place 16 August at Hoyts Cinemas, Melbourne Central.

The MIFF program will be online at and in The Age on 11 July.

All single session tickets go on sale to the public 11 July.

e-Mini Passes, Passports and Opening Night tickets are on sale now at
Melbourne International Film Festival runs 31 July – 17 August 2014.

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