The Revelation Perth International Film Festival is back for another round with some fantastic events and acclaimed movies to choose from. With over 400 films shown since it began, the festival organisers are also celebrating its 20th Anniversary.
A favourite among film lovers, Revelations is ideal for those wanting to participate in workshops, discussions and experience a variety of independent films from around the world on the big screen.
The opening night on the 6th at Luna Leederville will be launched by none other than the Aussie Bond himself, George Lazenby. He will be here to introduce the documentary “Becoming Bond” which tells the story of how he went from working as a mechanic to becoming the only Australian Bond. If you’ve seen our 2015 interview with him then you’ll know the attendees will be in for a treat at this event.
For the first time ever, another opening night will be held on Friday the 7th at Luna SX in Fremantle. Guest will get to see the award winning Irish movie “A Date for Mad Mary” – a story about a woman who is desperate to find a date for her best friend’s wedding after a number of disastrous attempts. This is one to watch out for as it has been wowing audiences around the world.
If you rather watch multiple stories about identity, grief, responsibility, self-expression and relationships, while showcasing great WA talent then popular event like “Get Your Shorts On” is perfect for you.
There are multiple free screenings happening at the Luna cinemas and the State Library WA theater aimed at children and families. Mini Rev will screen award winning animations such as “The Secret of the Kells” about Celtic culture and Irish mythology. There are plenty of other free events and screenings for adults as well, such as those taking place at Babushka, Exhibition: “Picture Palaces” and “Life in Pictures” involving multiple 2 minute short stories aimed to increase awareness of challenges and rewards of ageing.
Lovers of horror and cult classics can look forward to George A. Romero’s 1968 classic “Night of the Living Dead – Re-composed”. While the screening won’t be the full feature film but rather highlights, it’s still a night not to be missed for fans. Or if you want to watch Zombie burlesque dancers. Another horror which sure to bring joy to audiences is “A Dark Song” which follows a young woman and an occultists who undertake a demanding magic ritual which ends up haunting them both. Not limited by its small budget, “A Dark Song” has been described as “spellbinding” by many.
On the controversial side, a feature film called “Assholes” explores what happens when two “self-important assholes” fall in love. By all accounts this movie is not for the faint-hearted.
Festival regular and favourite, Ben Wheatley is back with “Free Fire“, starring Brie Larson, in what is described as a crime action with a healthy touch of dark comedy about two criminal gangs. This is sure to be one of the popular screenings this year.
On a lighter note, “Dave Made a Maze” (review of this coming soon) will have you simultaneously laugh out loud while wondering what you’re witnessing on screen. “Patti Cake$”, a story of a white girl who seeks fame by trying to become a gangster rapper, is another critically acclaimed feature to watch if you are after some humour.
Overall, this year’s Revelation Festival offers a large, diverse, and impressive lineup – there is something for everyone. For more information, including lists of events and films, make sure to check out their official page.
Revelation Perth International Film Festival begins on the 6th of July and ends on the 19th.