An actor on the best films at the Melbourne International Film Festival

The magic of cinema from Australia and elsewhere.

As a self-proclaimed lover of objectively terrible movies, the prospect of attending a film festival is a bit daunting. I love the corny factor of a circa 2001 cheerleader movie; I love the simplicity of an Adam Sandler comedy. But after years — two, to be precise — of numbing my peacock brain with some of the worst cinema in the world, I’m ready to take it up a notch (or seven).

The Melbourne Film Festival (MIFF) is back for its first live season in three years, delivering a new program of local and international films screened around the city and beyond. It’s a comprehensive program with something for everyone, including premiere showcases, award-winning features, industry talks, and special anniversary features.

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And who better to turn to for recommendations than an actor? Thom Green is honored this year in of an age, a queer coming-of-age story directed by Goran Stolevski. To celebrate this month’s MIFF festivities, Thom breaks down his top picks in the schedule below.

Gourmet Feeddirected by Peter Strickland

This was at the top of my list for this year’s MIFF. I watched Fabric about six months ago and sat quietly for 30 minutes afterwards because I wasn’t sure what had just happened. [It’s] just crazy shitty cinema (in a good way). I’m currently working on Peter’s earlier films, with Duke of Burgundy to my schedule tonight – so Gourmet Feed is obvious.

Vortexdirected by Gaspar Noé

In fact, I only saw this playing two days ago, so I bought my ticket immediately. I haven’t seen all of his films yet (I won’t name the ones I haven’t seen so as not to offend any moviegoers reading this) but Climax gave me a good dose of anxiety and I really enjoyed it To like.

You won’t be alonedirected by Goran Stolevsky

Yes, I am biased. I say. But I need to see this because Goran, Matthew Chuang, Bethany Ryan, Kristina Ceyton and Sam Jennings from Causeway Films are freaks…

Rodeodirected by Lola Quivoron

This was one of the first MIFF posters I saw on the program and I immediately watched the trailer and loved what I saw. I could be way off here, cause I haven’t seen it yet – but it felt like a mix of American honey and Jacques Audiard a prophet. Really want to grab this one.

pure shitdirected by Bert Deling

I probably lived under a rock because I had never heard of pure shit until i flip through the MIFF program…it looks crazy so i’d be stupid if i didn’t catch it.

Flambédirected by Del Kathryn Barton

Look, again, I know what you’re thinking: biased as hell because it’s another Causeway movie but I really need to see it. This movie looks incredibly original, especially when it comes to dealing with themes like trauma and childhood. Plus, the reviews I’ve read are glowing.

Decision to leavedirected by Park Chan-Wook

I loved The servant and Old boyso it should be interesting!

El Gran Movement directed by Kiro Russo

I only came across this trailer today and it’s going on my list. I don’t know exactly what to expect…it kinda reminds me Memory but even more trippy.

Discover the full MIFF program here.

Darcy J. Skinner