Reel Life: WA Film Industry News December 2023/January 2024

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

As the year rolls to its end, we’ll be watching films and developing 2024’s festival.

We want to thank everyone who has supported us – from the filmmakers who let us screen their work to the teams at Luna, SX, Backlot, WA Museum and State Library who helped us realise the festival, the sponsors, the funding bodies and everybody else.

And perhaps most importantly, thanks to the audiences who come back year after year to watch films and experience the festival. Thank you on behalf of Team Rev and seasons greetings to all!

Call For Entries You – yes you. Why haven’t you sent us your film yet? I know, it’s tough with Christmas and holidays and now the hot cross buns are out, it’ll be Easter soon enough, so don't make things difficult on yourself and send it through now while we’re still in a good mood. If you’re a film school or prolific filmmaker we can give you a bulk discount, but either way, we’re keen to look at your work. We accept all films of all types and all durations. We back risk and ambition – if that’s you, we want to hear your voice.

Academic Conference The Academic Conference is making a triumphant return in 2021! Hosted by SAE Perth, the call for papers is now open. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or new to conferences and networking, Revelation offers a supportive, friendly space to foster ideas and connections.

RevStream With more than 400 individual film titles available for hire – many internationally – RevStream represents about the best collection of international independent cinema you’ll find anywhere. Born and bred in WA, it’s a unique and pioneering point of access to some of the most highly acclaimed and rarely seen films including 100 plus WA films in our Made in WA category. It’s fair and ethical to the screen artists we work with and a great asset to the local film and creative community.

Made In WA . . . And while we’re on the subject, don't forget if you’re a local filmmaker we can include your work on RevStream in our Made in WA section. It's free and all we need is a digital poster, non-password protected access to a file and synopsis.

Cinema happenings in Perth (and WA)

It’s A Wonderful Life
Spend Christmas Eve with 'It’s A Wonderful Life'. Starring James Stewart as George Bailey, a man who has given up his personal dreams in order to help others in his community and whose thoughts of suicide on Christmas Eve bring about the intervention of his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody who shows George all the lives he touched and what the world would be like if he did not exist. The Backlot Perth – 24 December. Tickets from eventbrite.

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'It's A Wonderful Life'

Frank And Frank
'Frank And Frank' screens on at the magnificent Kookaburra Cinema in Mundaring. Come experience this wonderful local independent film in the magical Perth hills on a balmy night during the Xmas holidays. Friday 29 December and Saturday 30 December.

Trasharama Short Film Festival
'Trasharama' only screens B-grade schlock, horror, video nasties, sick and twisted animations, faux trailers and adverts, demented music clips, science fiction, bad taste disasterpieces and other low-brow cinematic gold. Now celebrating its 26th year of demented fun, Dick will be there in person to host, adding some special extras to the show! Don’t miss the undisputed nastiest film program in Oz! The Backlot Perth – 6 January. Tickets from eventbrite.

In the depraved depths of Murder City comes 'Ribspreader'. A crazed maniac on a bloody crusade hellbent on wiping out smokers. In a city of killers, freaks and perverts, a turf war for victims explodes! The Backlot Perth – 6 January. Tickets from eventbrite.

A series of strange child disappearances have plagued a small rural town. A mother fears the unspeakable evil will soon snatch her daughter. Catch this locally-made feature. A surreal exploration of trauma, abject grief, and destructive self-preservation, constructed like a poetic puzzle. The Backlot Perth – 7,10,13 January. Tickets from eventbrite.

Our Dad The Nazi Killer
Prepare for a gripping exploration into untold family history! Join us for 'Our Dad The Nazi Killer', co-hosted by Rev! Delve into the intriguing journey of three brothers as they unearth the shocking revelation about their Holocaust survivor father's alleged Nazi vendetta in Sydney! The Backlot Perth – 11 January. Tickets from eventbrite.

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