Lights, Camera, Action… The Melbourne International Film Festival has rolled into town.
After being overseas for two months, coming back to a bleak Melbourne Winter was unappealing. However, in Melbourne, the months of July and August bring something other than cold, wet, frizzy hair days. They bring the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF).
As an industry partner, the U1 team is lucky enough to not only work with the fantastic team at MIFF but to also have the opportunity to attend the festival. This year Sean and Tony went along to the sponsor’s lunch to get a preview of what would be screening this year. Sean and Tony not only came back with some interesting movie suggestions, but also a Melbourne Football Club footy (Tony was the only Melbourne supporter on the table and was lucky enough to walk away with it).
Next up was the opening night gala. Jo, Pete, Chris and I attended. We watched the headline movie, ‘The Death and Life of Otto Bloom’, which was captivating and a good choice for an opening night movie. Afterwards, there was a round of celebrity spotting (Geoffrey Rush and Jimmy from the Channel 10 show Offspring). And in case you were wondering, yes Jo and I acted like school kids and took lots of sneaky photos. As the night progressed, there were some very questionable moves pulled out on the dance floor as well as a few laughs.
Working with MIFF, U1 is also lucky enough to see a movie as a team. This definitely got us all talking about what to see. We picked ‘High Rise’, which had been rated very highly and looked interesting. We loaded up at Mrs. Parma’s for dinner beforehand before getting VIP treatment at the film, including perfect seats!
The final piece of our MIFF experience will be attendance at the closing night gala. Our whole Melbourne team and partners will brush off our party attire and pull out some wicked dance moves (Sean and Shefik are guaranteed to be best on ground based on previous performances) and celebrate the festival with the team at MIFF. Stay tuned for pics!
The film festival is a wonderful event to attend with so many movies, documentaries, shorts, talks and masterclasses, you will be sure to find something you like.
Don’t forget to use the MIFF Discovery Tool to help decide what programs to see.