Revelation Perth International Film Festival 2023 First Highlights

'Frank And Frank'
Our eclectic team of writers from around Australia – and a couple beyond – with decades of combined experience and interest in all fields.

The 26th annual Revelation Perth International Film Festival is approaching.

Revelation continues to advocate for Australian screen culture and independent practice. In 2023, the programme is a celebration of independent filmmakers who will challenge and entertain audiences of all ages, with boundary-pushing content not likely to be seen on a big screen anywhere else.

“We’re loving the ability to deliver a more compact and modular event – it’s of the time,” Festival Director Richard Sowada says.

“Compressing the event into five days with the same amount of films as before and following it on with four days of WA’s major VR, games and immersive technology event (XR:WA), builds a phenomenal critical mass across all screen-based media forms.

“It brings together these converging sectors, highlights new career opportunities and, unlike any film fest in the country, opens new ways of thinking about their relationships and what a screen-based festival can be.”

Opening the festival is US crime drama ‘Devil’s Peak’ from Perth Director and Revelation Perth International Film Festival Ambassador Ben Young. The film stars Billy Bob Thornton, Robin Wright, Hopper Penn and Emma Booth and set in North Carolina’s Appalachian Mountains. It follows 18-year-old Jacob McNeely woh is torn between his meth-dealing father and leaving the mountains with the girl he loves.

Rev will also present the WA premiere of Canadian comedy drama ‘I Like Movies’. It’s the debut feature from Chandler Levack, set in the early 2000s and starring Isaiah Lehtinen as a socially-inept movie-obsessed 17-year-old who gets a job in a video store and forms a complicated relationship with his older female manager.

Devils Peak movie 2023
'Devil's Peak'

‘Hello Dankness’ is a sample-based experimental film from New York-based Australians Dan and Dominique Angeloro (Soda Jerk). It’s a political fable disguised as a stoner musical.

Testament to Rev’s long-standing reputation for showcasing cutting-edge must-see documentaries is ‘Manifesto’, a found footage film comprised of often-shocking videos uploaded by Russian teenagers to social media platforms.

Then Rev will celebrate local filmmaking micro-budget triumphs with the world premiere of ‘Frank And Frank’ from Albany Writer/Director Adam Morris.

International Family Animation Explosion will return, showing off a specially curated collection of family-friendly international short animations. Westralia Day shines a light on locally made films, and the festival closes with the annual celebration of WA’s talented emerging filmmakers in Get Your Shorts On! and City Of Vincent Film Project.

The full programme for Revelation Perth International Film Festival will launch in early June.

Revelation Perth International Film Festival is on from 12-16 July.

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