Melbourne International Film Festival At A Glance

These Final Hours
Our eclectic team of writers from around Australia – and a couple beyond – with decades of combined experience and interest in all fields.

For anyone who just couldn't find the time to make it to Sundance, Toronto, Rotterdam, or Berlinale, Melbourne International Film Festival returns this year with a spectacular sample of their highlights.


Now in its 62nd year, MIFF once again brings a showcase of award-winning films direct from the world's most notable film festivals.

A sneak peak of the program and guest-list, which is officially launched on July 2 and available online from July 5, reveals an intriguing selection of genres and stories to suit romantics to horror fans.

Catch the world premiere of Tim Winton's The Turning, which sees a strong contingent of Aussie directors, actors, and screenwriters working together to deliver Winton's acclaimed 17 short stories of the trials and triumphs of a seaside community.

Be moved by close-to-home apocalyptic drama These Final Hours (picture), writer/director Zak Hilditch's take on the last day of the world.

Tremble at Stoker, a psychological thriller starring Aussies Nicole Kidman, Jackie Weaver, and Mia Wasikowska, or let romantic drama The Best Offer, with Geoffrey Rush and Donald Sutherland, tug at your heartstrings.

If action is your thing, you won't want to miss Japanese actor and director Takeshi Kitano's crime flick Outrage Beyond, particularly if you happened to catch its predecessor Outrage at MIFF 2010.

Lovers of horror and gore will rejoice at US flick You're Next, which thrilled at Toronto International Film Festival and South by Southwest.

Also on the bill are indie darling Prince Avalanche (with Emile Hirsch and Paul Rudd), Greta Gerwig-fronted and co-written Frances Ha, acclaimed custody drama What Maisie Knew, and Lynn-Maree Milburn's documentary In Bob We Trust, starring the one and only Father Bob Maguire.

Younger film buffs can also enjoy short films and cinema to suit younger tastes, with MIFF's Next Gen program.

Melbourne International Film Festival's full program available from July 5 at miff.com.au. Check out all the film trailers at www.youtube.com/user/MIFF.

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