The Brisbane International Film Festival opens today!
Presented by The Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), through its Australian Cinémathèque, BIFF celebrates contemporary international and Australian screen culture with new-release features, documentaries, short films and curated strands. Many of the events are accompanied by live music, conversations & panel discussions. Here are some of our highlights we’re keen to see!
Opening Night sees the Australian premiere of High Ground, a film that tells the story of World War One army sniper-turned-policeman Travis (Simon Baker)as he loses control of his team during a confrontation in Northern Australia, leading to the massacre of an Indigenous tribe. You’ve got six opportunities to catch it throughout the festival.
We Don’t Deserve Dogs
This documentary explores the deep connection people share with their oldest companion-dogs. We Don’t Deserve Dogs illuminates the profound loyalty between humans and their beloved pets. There are two showings across the festival, you can book your tickets here.
Panel Discussion: Film Festivals in the time of Covid-19
On the first Saturday of the festival, join a panel of industry professionals including Lucy Fisher, Festival Director and CEO at the Gold Coast Film Festival, Jenny Neighbour, Head of Programs & Documentary Programmer at the Sydney Film Festival and Al Cossar, Artistic Director of the Melbourne International Film Festival as they discuss the challenges they have faced in 2020 and where they believe festivals will head from here.
Join audiences for the Australian premiere of Bloody Hell, an Australian black-comedy/horror filmed on the Gold Coast but set across Idaho and Finland. It tells the story of Rex Coen (Ben O’Toole), who finds infamy when a video of his actions during a bank robbery go viral. He escapes the country but finds himself in a darker situation – one much harder to escape. Check it out in either week of the festival, book your tickets here!
There is a smorgasbord of work to check out over BIFF and it’s not just limited to movies! To check out the full schedule including films, live music, conversations and panels, click here: