Ellie Taggart | 02 October 2019

The Brisbane International Film Festival is opening on Thursday October 3 and we couldn’t be more excited! We’re planning on seeing as many films, panels and shorts that will be screening at the Brisbane International Film Festival however sometimes you don’t get time to see everything or you can miss a really good, but underrated film. We’ve curated a list of 8 festival must-sees for you to expand on your usual taste and see something you might not have usually watched on the big screen.

1. Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound

Some documentaries must be seen to believed and in the case, it also needs to be heard. Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound, conveys the importance of sound to film, answering questions such as how so many of your favourite film sounds came to be and when a piece of music became weaved into a project. This 94 -minute documentary is being screened on Friday October 4 at 10:30am (Australian Cinémathèque GOMA) and Saturday October 12 at 1pm (Dendy Cinemas Coorparoo) for those wanting to hear the thoughts of Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and David Lynch on how sound changed their films

2. Dark Place

Spanning 75 minutes, Dark Place is a collection of short films from Australian Indigenous filmmakers that are defining the horror genre. Featuring films such as Kodie Bedford’s Scout which follows the story of two-kidnapped women on a trail of vengeance and Perun Bonser’s The Shore, the story of a young girl and her father protecting the outside world from her by keeping her in the woods, the anthology features a multitude of diverse stories from some of Australia’s finest writers. Other titles Liam Phillip’s Foe, Rob Braslin’s Vale Light and Bjorn Stewart’s Killer Native round out the collection for a session not to be missed. To see Dark Place, head to the Australian Cinémathèque GOMA on Friday October 4 at 7:45pm and the Elizabeth Picture Theatre on Saturday October 5 at 2pm.

3. Tito and the Birds

Brazilian animation, Tito and the Birds is a modern-day fable for ages 8+ but this film really is for everyone. The animation follows the protagonist as Fear breaks out across the world and his scientist father plans to listen to the world’s pigeons for the answer. After his father’s experiments go wrong, Tito must enlist the help of his two friends, Sarah and Buiú, to save the world from Fear and protect his father’s reputation. Tito and the Birds takes the passion of oil paintings and the beauty of digital drawings in a combination that works seamlessly. Catch this animation on Sunday October 6 at 10:30am (Dendy Cinemas Coorparoo) and Saturday October 12 at 11am (Reading Cinemas Newmarket).

4. Talking About Trees

Having an Australian film industry is such a privilege and Talking About Trees aims to spread light on this. The documentary follows a group of film directors from Sudan who are trying to rebuild their film industry despite the oppression of filmmakers by the government. This documentary was the winner of the 2019 Berlin Film Festival’s Documentary and Audience Awards and uncovers the history of past Sudanese filmmakers to create a new chapter in the Sudanese film industry. This film will be screening at 2pm on Sunday October 6 (New Farm Six Cinemas) and at 11am on Friday October 11 (Australian Cinémathèque GOMA).

5. Don’t Be Nice

The Manhattan Bowery Poetry Club has been accepted for the National Poetry Slam however working up to the event is a big process. The documentary, Don’t Be Nice, provides an insight into the world of slam poetry through the eyes of a group of Black, Afro- Latino and queer poets and their creative processes. Behind their confident performances is the vulnerability they must show to reach a final product that says something from the heart and the fear of engaging a crowd. This documentary will be screened at 4pm on Saturday October 5 (Dendy Cinemas Coorparoo) and at 12:15pm on Sunday October 13 (Australian Cinémathèque GOMA). After the Sunday October 13 screening, there will be a free panel titled ‘Finding Your Creative Process’ that draws inspiration from Don’t Be Nice.

6. Supa Modo

Likarion Wainaina’s heart-warming tale, Supa Modo is a 74-minute story that tells more than a thousand words in that time. Young Jo, (Stycie Waweru) has a dream of becoming a superhero and her terminal illness diagnosis will not stop sister Mwix from making her dreams come true. Wainaina weaves a tapestry of imagination, loss, and community to create a wonderful film in which a Kenyan village rallies together around one courageous young girl. Supa Modo will be screening at 4pm on Sunday October 6 (New Farm Six Cinemas) and 6:30pm on Friday October 11 (Elizabeth Picture Theatre) so make sure you see this film.

7. Mono

Lord of the Flies is one of those books that stays with you. It’s impactful and explores what remains after authority is removed. Mono is no different. Taking inspiration from the book, Mono is a fresh perspective on this tale from Colombian director, Alejandro Landes, as it explores a group of young guerrilla fighters set with overseeing an American prisoner. The story turns to chaos that ensues when they must venture into the jungle and their individual desires for power begin to close in. Mono will be showcased on Thursday October 10 at 8:15pm (Reading Cinemas Newmarket) and Friday October 11 at 9:15pm (Australian Cinémathèque GOMA).

8. Little Monsters

The long-awaited zombie comedy Little Monsters is finally bounding into Australian theatres after premiering at 2019’s Sundance Film Festival. The school’s principal, Miss Caroline (played by Academy Award-winner, Lupita Nyong’o) and failed musician- now chaperone, Dave (played by Alien: Covenant and Offspring star, Alexander England) must protect the kids from harm’s way in this story of a school trip gone wrong. Throw in kids show personality, Teddy McGiggle played by the wonderful Josh Gad and you’ve got the memorable zombie flick, Little Monsters. Director, Abe Forsythe takes all the best bits of being a kid and sets them against a backdrop of gore and horror. This will definitely be one to see! The film will be screened across two dates: Friday October 11 at 9:30pm (New Farm Six Cinemas) and Saturday October 12 at 12:45pm (Australian Cinémathèque GOMA). There is a free panel titled ‘The Walking Dead Have Brains!!!’ after the Saturday October 12 screening for you to celebrate why the zombie genre is still a fan-favourite.

More information on the Brisbane International Film Festival is available here.

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A lover of 80s films, pun enthusiast and a proud owner of too many books, Ellie Taggart loves to find a good story wherever she can. She spends her time consuming film, television and all things pop culture and has a weakness for Linda McCartney’s Cheese and Leek Plaits. She knows the Dangerfield catalogue off by heart and has one too many silly anecdotes about her life. And once you get her started on them who knows where you’ll end up.

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