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Revelation Perth International Film Festival – White Reindeer review

By Simon Miraudo July 8, 2013 The holidays are hard, and writer-director Zach Clark only makes them harder on his Christmas-loving heroine in White Reindeer. The spectacularly affecting Anna Margaret Hollyman stars in the black (despite what the title might imply) comedy as Suzanne, a professional, thirty-something real estate agent looking forward to moving to Hawaii […]

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Revelation Perth International Film Festival – The Fifth Season review

By Simon Miraudo July 8, 2013 The Fifth Season will be a sobering experience for anyone who has long denied the possibility of Earth’s ecosystem collapsing upon itself, and a terrifying one for those who sulk if the tap water doesn’t get hot enough for a shave (I, shamefully, belong to the latter group). It […]

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Revelation Perth International Film Festival – Pictures of Superheroes review

By Simon Miraudo July 5, 2013 With his debut feature film, Pictures of Superheroes, writer-director Don Swaynos emerges with a fully formed comedic voice, if not a fully formed screenplay. Ably assisted by a winning cast, he inspires a great number of laughs over the flick’s swift 70 minute running time. Though, for a movie […]

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Revelation Perth International Film Festival – The Act of Killing review

By Simon Miraudo July 5, 2013 Joshua Oppenheimer‘s The Act of Killing is, at the very least, unlike anything we’ve seen before. Gruelling, harrowing, and weirdly funny, it follows the real-life Indonesian gangsters who were tasked by militia in the 1960s to execute communists, intellectuals, and the Chinese. Many of these subjects are seemingly untroubled […]

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F is for Frédéric – The Imposter review

The Imposter – Directed by Bart Layton. By Simon Miraudo. The Imposter plays the Revelation Perth International Film Festival on July 12 and 14, 2012. A child goes missing, and, three years later, returns with a different accent, eye-colour, and complexion. If the kid was yours, and you had endured the trauma of losing your […]

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She’s got the look – Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present ­review

Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present ­- Starring Marina Abramović. Directed by Matthew Akers and Jeff Dupre. By Simon Miraudo. Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present plays the Revelation Perth International Film Festival on July 10, 2012. It does not yet have an Australian release date. If you have been looking for the natural meeting […]

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Keep it in the family – The Colour Wheel review

The Colour Wheel – Starring Alex Ross Perry, Carlen Altman and Bob Byington. Directed by Alex Ross Perry. By Simon Miraudo. The Colour Wheel plays the Revelation Perth International Film Festival on July 9 and 14, 2012. It does not yet have an Australian release date. I suspect The Colour Wheel is not in black-and-white because of […]

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They share everything – Your Sister’s Sister review

Your Sister’s Sister – Starring Mark Duplass, Emily Blunt, and Rosemarie DeWitt. Directed by Lynn Shelton. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. Your Sister’s Sister played the Revelation Perth International Film Festival. It hits Australian cinemas September 6, 2012. With just a handful of credits to her name, Lynn Shelton has rocketed to the top of my […]

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Interview: Crispin Glover

Interview: Crispin Glover. By Simon Miraudo. You may recognise Crispin Glover as George McFly from Back to the Future, and you may even recognise him from Back to the Future Part 2 (though it isn’t him in the second instance, and he’ll tell you all about the lawsuit he filed against the makers for unlawfully […]

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Do the right thing – The Interrupters review

The Interrupters – Directed by Steve James. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. The Interrupters plays the Revelation Perth International Film Festival on July 6, 11, and 13, 2012. It does not yet have an Australian release date. Steve James‘ documentary The Interrupters arrives eighteen years after his Oscar-nominated Hoop Dreams, and it acts as a […]

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Bleary eyes, full heart – Undefeated review

Undefeated – Directed by Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Martin. By Simon Miraudo. Undefeated plays the Revelation Perth International Film Festival on July 7 and 10, 2012. It does not yet have an Australian release date. There’s only room in one’s life for a certain number of passions. Hopefully family and friends take up the first […]

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Crispin Glover headed to 15th Revelation Perth International Film Festival

The Sydney Film Festival is officially in full swing, and the Melbourne International Film Festival just recently announced its first batch of flicks. But cast your eyes to the west coast of Australia and take note of the sprightly young fest vying for – and deserving – your attention; the dark horse/strange cousin of Australia’s […]

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Revelation Perth International Film Festival – William S Burroughs: A Man Within

William S Burroughs: A Man Within – Directed by Yony Leyser. By Danielle Marsland. William S. Burroughs: A Man Within plays the Revelation Perth International Film Festival on Sunday July 24. This documentary is not so much focused on the celebrity of William S. Burroughs, or his role as one of the key leaders of […]

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Revelation Perth International Film Festival – Meek’s Cutoff review

Meek’s Cutoff – Starring Michelle Williams, Bruce Greenwood and Will Patton. Directed by Kelly Reichardt. By Simon Miraudo. Meek’s Cutoff plays the Revelation Perth International Film Festival on Saturday 16 July and Friday 22 July. Some are saying that ‘nothing happens’ in Kelly Reichardt’s Meek’s Cutoff, a slow burn drama about a group of wannabe-settlers […]

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Revelation Perth International Film Festival – Tyrannosaur review

Tyrannosaur – Starring Peter Mullan, Olivia Colman and Eddie Marsan. Directed by Paddy Considine. By Simon Miraudo. Tyrannosaur plays the Revelation Perth International Film Festival on Saturday July 16 and Monday July 18. Directorial debuts are rarely as brutal or furious as Paddy Considine’s Tyrannosaur. The reasoning behind that title becomes apparent late in the […]

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The 2011 Revelation Perth International Film Festival lineup revealed!

The full program for the 2011 Revelation Perth International Film Festival has been unveiled, with a number of acclaimed features from overseas mingling with some oddball cult selections (as Revelation audiences have come to expect). Revelation 14 will bring to Perth Kelly Reichardt’s Meek’s Cutoff, Richard Ayoade’s Submarine, Paddy Considine’s Tyrannosaur, Ben Wheatley’s Kill List, […]

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Revelation Film Festival – Day Eleven

Revelation Perth International Film Festival – Day Eleven Nude Study / Closing Night  “Oh Rev. Rev! Where will I go? What will I do?” It was a little hard not to feel like Scarlett O’Hara as the 13th Revelation Perth International Film Festival drew to a close. We had just been treated to eleven days […]

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Revelation Film Festival – Day Ten

Revelation Perth International Film Festival – Day Ten Wheedle’s Groove There was still plenty of action to be found at The Astor on the second last day of the 13th Revelation Perth International Film Festival – but sadly, I was unable to spend the whole day immersed in it. Partly because I’d already seen a […]

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Revelation Film Festival – Day Nine

Revelation Perth International Film Festival – Day Nine Bomb It / The Loved Ones Rev 13 may be speeding towards its (sadly inevitable) conclusion, but it’ll be damned if it finishes without a bang. After eight days of tremendous screenings and wonderful guest appearances, the Revelation crew decided to kick it up a notch for […]

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Interview: Tim Lethbridge, director of A Day at the Oasis

Interview: Tim Lethbridge, director of A Day at the Oasis. By Simon Miraudo. Tim Lethbridge’s directorial debut – A Day at the Oasis – holds the distinct honour of closing this year’s Revelation Perth International Film Festival. And rightly so. The WA-produced feature was written by fellow sandgroper Tim Beckett, and tells the tale of […]

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Interview: Jennifer Maas, director of Wheedle’s Groove and producer of Humpday

Interview: Jennifer Maas, director of Wheedle’s Groove and producer of Humpday. By Simon Miraudo. One of the most exciting films playing at Revelation Perth International Film Festival this year is Wheedle’s Groove, a documentary on Seattle’s hidden history of funk and soul music. Director Jennifer Maas shared with me her inspiration for the doco, how […]

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Revelation Film Festival – Day Seven

Revelation Perth International Film Festival – Day Seven Cropsey Thanks Revelation! I’m looking forward to the weeks of sleepless nights ahead of me following this evening’s screening of the excellent Cropsey, a documentary that has more in common with The Blair Witch Project than anything by Ken Burns. The film begins as an examination of […]

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Interview: Jackie Alixander, star of Nude Study

Interview: Jackie Alixander, star of Nude Study. By Simon Miraudo. What? You didn’t think it would be all zany documentaries and warm, fuzzy comedies, did you? Stefan Popescu’s Nude Study makes its Australian premiere at the Revelation Perth International Film Festival and it is guaranteed to be one of the most talked about films of […]

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Revelation Film Festival – Day Six

Revelation Perth International Film Festival – Day Six Double Take / Bunny and the Bull After taking a day’s break from the Revelation madness, I return with another end-of-day wrap up of the festival proceedings. Seeing as there is rarely anything happening in Perth on a Tuesday night, it took a significant amount of gusto […]

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Revelation Film Festival – Bunny and the Bull review

Bunny and the Bull – Starring Edward Hogg, Simon Farnaby and Veronica Echegui. Directed by Paul King. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. Bunny and the Bull is playing at the Revelation Perth International Film Festival on Tuesday 13 of July and Saturday 17 July. Television directors seem to have a real difficult time making the […]

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Revelation Film Festival – Day Four

Revelation Perth International Film Festival – Day Four We Are The Mods / Le Donk and Scor-Zay-Zee / When You’re Strange / Howl No time for small talk today. The fourth day of Revelations revealed a quartet of films about potentially obscene outsiders and music-lovers. Hey, sounds kinda like the Perth-born patrons attending the festival! […]

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Revelation Film Festival – Day Three

Revelation Perth International Film Festival – Day Three A Town Called Panic  Three days into the festival, and I’ve only managed a measly one film per day. It’s pretty poor form, I’ll admit. I won’t even use the excuse of having watched screeners for several of the features before the festival in preparation for interviews […]

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Revelation Film Festival – Day Two

Revelation Perth International Film Festival – Day Two Dogtooth I never understood how someone could walk out half-way through a movie. I mean, you’ve already paid your money, and there is always the possibility that the film will get better. Sure, we all wanted to jump ship during the first 10 minutes of Juno, but […]

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Revelation Film Festival – Day One

Revelation Perth International Film Festival – Day One Opening Night / Good Hair I’ll admit it. I was excited. And in honour of the opening night film of the 13th Revelation Film Festival, I even had my hair did. So begins our sojourn into the weird and wonderful world of underground and offbeat cinema. Rev […]

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Revelation Film Festival – The House of the Devil review

The House of the Devil – Starring Jocelin Donahue, Greta Gerwig and Tom Noonan. Directed by Ti West. By Simon Miraudo. The House of the Devil is playing at the Revelation Perth International Film Festival on Friday 9th July and Saturday 17th July. We’ve got a limited number of double passes to a late night […]

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