A Separation, Senna top MIFF audience polls

The people have spoken! Quake in fear at their almighty decision-making ability! The team at the Melbourne International Film Festival has unveiled the results of their audience polls, with Iranian drama A Separation topping the list of fiction films and F1 flick Senna proving to be the most popular documentary.

Aussie productions proved to be quite popular with MIFF audiences; Face to Face, Red Dog, Toomelah, The Eye of the Storm, X and TV show The Slap all cracked the top 20 features.

A Separation has been one of the biggest hits of the 2011 festival circuit. It was similarly named Best Film of the official competition at the Sydney Film Festival, and topped the unofficial critic polls of both SFF and MIFF.

Check out the full lists below:

Top 20 Features:

1. A Separation
2. Face to Face
3. Our Idiot Brother
4. Red Dog
5. Troll Hunter
6. Beginners
7. Melancholia
8. Le Havre
9. The Slap
10. Submarine
11. The Kid with a Bike
12. Toomelah
13. The Eye of the Storm
14. Falling for Sahara
15. Tiny Furniture
16. The Future
17. Good Bye
18. Essential Killing
19. X
20. 13 Assassins

Top 20 Documentary Films:

1. Senna
2. Autoluminescent: Rowland S. Howard
3. I Am Eleven
4. Life in Movement
5. Fire in Babylon
6. Page One: Inside the New York Times
7. Life in a Day
8. Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest
9. Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold
10. The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975
11. The Bengali Detective
12. Magic Trip: Ken Kesey’s Search for a Kool Place
13. Bobby Fischer Against the World
14. Cave of Forgotten Dreams
15. Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure
16. El Bulli: Cooking in Progress
17. Into Eternity
18. Persecution Blues: The Battle for the Tote
19. Tabloid
20. Detroit Wild City

And, if you’re interested, here was our own Best of the Fest wrap-up…

Simon’s Top 20 Features:

1. Melancholia
2. A Separation
3. Submarine
4. Drive
5. Beginners
6. Kill List
7. Win Win
8. The Guard
9. The Kid With A Bike
10. Tiny Furniture
11. The Innkeepers
12. Cold Fish
13. Jane Eyre
14. Natural Selection
15. Finisterrae
16. 13 Assassins
17. Take Shelter
18. Our Idiot Brother
19. Another Earth
20. Outside Satan

Simon’s Top 10 Documentary Films:

1. Senna
2. The Hollywood Complex
3. Bobby Fischer Against The World
4. Beats, Rhymes and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest
5. Project Nim
6. Page One: Inside The New York Times
7. Give Up Tomorrow
8. Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer
9. Being Elmo
10. Buck

Discuss: Any glaring omissions from the audience poll? I’m personally astounded the crowd-pleaser The Guard didn’t get a mention.

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