Former Aussie Rules footballer and Australian of the Year, Adam Goodes, will be the focus of the MIFF opening night documentary film The Australian Dream.
The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is back for another season in 2019 and the first slate of films to feature at the festival have been announced.
The festival will run from the 1st – 18th of August and feature the world premiere of the documentary The Australian Dream, which was written by award-winning Australian journalist Stan Grant and covers themes of race, identity and belonging as told from the perspective of former AFL footballer and Indigenous rights activist, Adam Goodes.
The film follows Goodes on his journey to stamp out racism in Aussie Rules football while increasing awareness about racism in communities Australia-wide.
The moving documentary is one that sets out to broaden people’s understanding of Australia’s Indigenous heritage, as well as bringing to light the best and worst of Australian culture in response to these themes.
Another highlight of this year’s festival will be Australian director Abe Forsythe’s Little Monsters; a zombie-movie rom-com that will make its debut at the newly refurbished Capitol Theatre as part of the festival’s Centerpiece Gala.
The dark-comedy film stars Lupita Nyong’o, Josh Gad and Kat Stewart and recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to unanimous praise.
The film H is for Happiness rounds out the gala announcement and will be screening as the festival’s 2019 Family Gala film at the iconic Astor Theatre.
The film is an adaptation of Australian author Barry Jonsberg’s acclaimed young adult novel, My Life as an Alphabet and is meant to be funny and heartwarming.
The full MIFF program will be released on 9 July 2019, though we’ve gotten a sneak peek at some of the highlights to screen at the festival, including:
- The psychological thriller Angel of Mine starring Noomi Rapace, Yvonne Strahovski and Luke Evans, which was shot and is set in Melbourne.
- The hilarious-looking black-comedy film The Art of Self Defence starring Jesse Eisenberg.
- Director Peter Stickland’s quirky comedy-horror film about a killer dress, In Fabric.
To secure your tickets to some of these awesome movies and to check out the full list of first-glance films, please visit the official website here!