The Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF) presents a tantalising first glimpse into its 2023 programme.
The first films to be unveiled are all Queensland premieres: ‘Uproar’, ’Anatomy Of A Fall’, ‘The Ending Goes Forever: The Screamfeeder Story’, ‘Tiger Stripes’, and ‘Monster’.
BIFF will take place at selected Dendy, Reading and Five Star Cinema locations across Brisbane, promising to deliver on the momentum of the last two years.
The red carpet will roll out at Reading Newmarket for Opening Night, celebrating ‘Uproar’ – an inspirational story based on true events and starring Julian Dennison. It takes audiences back to 1981 in Dunedin, New Zealand, where the rugby-obsessed nation grapples with the arrival of the South African Springboks team, sparking nationwide protests.
Next up is winner the Cannes Palme d’Or, ‘Anatomy Of A Fall’. It follows a woman who discovers her husband’s lifeless body at the base of their chalet, unravelling a web of mysteries and secrets.
Then, direct from Cannes 2023, BIFF will present the Queensland premieres of ‘Monster’ and ‘Tiger Stripes’. ‘Monster’ from acclaimed director Kore-eda Hirokazu tells the story of friendship and the complexities of families. ’Tiger Stripes’ explores the peace of a rural Malaysian town getting disrupted when a carefree 11-year-old girl starts to go through unnatural physical changes.
It’s a step back in time with ‘The Ending Goes Forever: The Screamfeeder Story’ – a feature-length documentary chronicling the rise of the now iconic band, which emerged during the cultural explosion of the 1990s in Brisbane.
Just in time for Halloween comes ‘Late Night With The Devil’, a horror film set on Halloween night. It’s written and directed by Cameron Cairnes and Colin Cairnes and sees a banned episode of a popular late night talk show resurface, resulting in a ‘70s-set horror treat with satirical bite.
“The first six films represent a sneak peek of the diverse and entertaining broader programme,” BIFF Head Of Programming Sasha Close says.
“BIFF is proud to be presenting award-winning and highly anticipated feature films in this first release including the riveting ‘Anatomy Of A Fall’, the unique debut drama ‘Tiger Stripes’ and the glorious ‘Monster’ along with announcing the opening night gala, the delightful, heartwarming New Zealand film ‘Uproar’.”
“The world premiere of the feature documentary on the iconic Brisbane band ‘Screamfeeder’ is an exciting addition to the programme and BIFF’s music gala for 2023. ‘Late Night With The Devil’ rounds out the first look release, an exceptionally-crafted Australian indie horror film not to be missed and headlining on Halloween night.”
Tickets are on sale now.
Brisbane International Film Festival 2023 is on from 26 October-5 November.