The 25th annual Revelation Perth International Film Festival will return to Luna Cinemas Leederville this July.
The festival will continue to redefine what a film festival can be, even during the most challenging of cultural times.
The programme will once again celebrate independent filmmakers, and boundary-pushing storytellers from around the globe and around the corner – films from Rotterdam, Berlin, SXSW, Venice and Locarno Film Festivals.
Opening the festival is ‘Sissy’, a devilishly clever Aussie horror, recently wowing audiences at SXSW. An influencer encounters her childhood tormentor on a hen’s weekend, claiming that “revenge is a dish best shared on Instagram”.
Proving the festival’s reputation for showcasing cutting-edge documentaries is ‘Navalny’, a staggering portrait of Putin’s extraordinary arch-enemy Alex Navalny. It’s a fly-on-the-wall documentary shot as the story unfolded, with a film crew following the man who survived an assassination attempt.
Groundbreaking Australian feature film ‘Shadow’, made collaboratively by people with disabilities both in front of and behind the camera, is sure to captivate. It’s a story about Artificial Intelligence and disability activism.
‘Neighbours’ star Georgie Stone’s personal short documentary ‘The Dreamlife Of Georgie Stone’ screens from Tribeca as part of ‘Different Voices’ at Revelation. It’s one of three documentaries in this programme and was filmed over ten years, exploring the 21-year-old’s childhood through to adulthood while advocating the agency of transgender children and adolescents in making their own decisions regarding identity.
Local micro-budget filmmaking is celebrated in ‘Bassendream’, a feature shot on a shoestring budget and set in Perth suburbia on the last day of summer school holidays. It’s a meandering and mischievous tale of youth, friendship and family.
Decibel perform a unique music and film commission, featuring 20 two-minute compositions originally created for online delivery. Recorded in and out of lockdown between screen artists and musicians split across Perth and Melbourne.
A special Westralia Day at The Backlot will shine a spotlight on locally-produced short films, and long-form content.
Then, to tie it all up at the end of the festival, things come to a close with a celebration of some of WA’s talented emerging filmmakers with Get Your Shorts On! and the City Of Vincent Film Project special event.
The full Revelation programme will be announced in early June. Some tickets are on sale now. Revelation Perth International Film Festival is on from 7-17 July at Luna Cinemas Leederville, and 18-24 July online.