Year 12 Creative Arts (Film) students, Mr Izzo and Miss Brooks travelled to Melbourne on Wednesday 8 August for the annual Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF). Established in 1952, MIFF is the leading film festival in Australia and one of the world’s oldest festivals, alongside Cannes and Berlin. Presenting an innovative, global program, MIFF is an iconic event for film enthusiasts and global film-makers alike.
Once checked into our accommodation at Melbourne YHA, a short stroll from Southbank, we walked down to Hawkers Lane to immerse ourselves in the bustling Melbourne street art scene. Our first screening at the Forum Theatre was an Indigenous documentary, Undermined: Tales from the Kimberley. The film shed light on the impact of the oil and gas industry on Indigenous communities in the Kimberley Ranges. The drone shots of the Australian outback were spectacular, and the emotional interviews encouraged us to think carefully about the importance of sharing the stories of vulnerable communities.
Our evening screening, The Guilty, a Danish thriller set in one room with one main character, Police Officer Asger Holm, provided students with great insights into building suspense through narratives driven by sound and dialogue.
On day two we visited the ACMI Screening Worlds Exhibition, a must-see for all film enthusiasts. This immersive installation explores the evolution of the moving image and documents the birth of cinema to modern day. The permanent exhibition includes early film-making equipment, interactive installations, gaming consoles and virtual reality films. We then attended the National Gallery of Victoria, before our Melbourne International Shorts screening where the Sundance award-winning French short Fauve presented a haunting depiction of the dangers of ‘the boy who cried wolf’.
The excursion affirmed the importance of film as a creative and inspiring art form. Every screening accommodated 300+ audience members and all screenings were sold out. Students thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity and came back to School enthusiastic and inspired to complete their final Film projects for the year.