Reel Life: WA Film Industry News January 2024

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

Happy new year! As we roll into 2024, and a year of new film and moving image culture, a Rev programme that is gestating, and an event slowly taking shape, it's time for a reminder: the submission deadline is looming.

So, for anybody thinking of submitting and ready to roll, the clock is ticking!

Our very own WA-based streaming service – RevStream – is proving to be enormously successful locally, nationally and internationally and we’re adding titles every month. With more than 2,000 viewers since the beginning of the year, RevStream contains 500 plus international short, feature and documentary titles, most of which we’ve screened in the fest over the last 26 years.

Cinema happenings in Perth

Revenge: Our Dad The Nazi Killer
70 years after a body is found floating in a Sydney river, a middle-aged Jewish doctor learns his father, a Holocaust survivor, is responsible for the unsolved murder of an alleged Nazi. He sets out on a quest to find the truth. A thrilling documentary that deals with deep questions of morality and dares to ask whether we ever really know our parents. The Backlot Perth – Thursday 11 January 6.30pm – tickets from Eventbrite.

The Holders Cocktail Evening
A curmudgeonly instructor at a New England prep school is forced to remain on campus during Christmas break to babysit the handful of students with nowhere to go. Eventually, he forms an unlikely bond with one of them — a damaged, brainy troublemaker. Enjoy a tasting session of summer cocktails, including a Sparkling Pina Colada, Watermelon Collins, and – wait for it – a decadent White Choc Pornstar Martini! Luna Outdoor Leederville – Thursday 11 January 8.15pm – tickets from Luna Palace.

Winner of two WA Screen Culture Awards, independent local film, 'Violett' follows a series of strange child disappearances plaguing a small town and the fear a mother feels that an unspeakable evil will snatch her child. The Backlot Perth – 10-11 January and 11 February – tickets from Eventbrite.

Dreadful Frights – The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini
A recently deceased man, discovers that he has only one day to enact a good deed in order to avoid eternal damnation. Stars Boris Karloff. The Backlot Perth – Friday 19 January 7pm – tickets from Eventbrite.

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'The Right Stuff'

The Little Grey Film
Free The Hounds invites dog lovers to catch a documentary about greyhound racing, 'The Little Grey Film'. 100 per cent of ticket sales support Free The Hounds and greyhounds will be available for cuddles. The Backlot Perth – Saturday 20 January 5.30pm – tickets from Eventbrite.

The Vault – The Pope of Greenwich
The 40th anniversary of Stuart Rosenberg’s film about two cousins who plot to back a racehorse but land themselves in trouble with the mafia. Stars Eric Roberts, Mickey Rourke and Daryl Hannah. The Backlot Perth – Sunday 21 January 2pm – tickets from Eventbrite.

The Room
No Perth Summer is complete without a screening of 'The Room'. This is basically a love triangle set in a San Francisco apartment building, filled with subplots that go nowhere, dodgy green-screen skylines, lots of un-sexy sex scenes and acting that wouldn't pass muster on a soft-focus soapie. Dress as your favourite character, wear tuxedos, throw spoons, bring roses, toss footballs, eat metaphoric apples and yell insulting comments about the quality of the film, as well as lines from the film itself. Luna Outdoor Leederville – Sunday 28 January 8.15pm – tickets from Luna Palace.

Riceboy Sleeps
Rev brought you the premiere of this Korean/Canadian film in July and now’s your chance to catch the one of the festival faves you may have missed. Set in the '90s, a Korean single mother raises her young son in the suburbs of Canada determined to provide a better life for him than the one she left behind. Luna Outdoor Leederville – Thursday 1 February 8.15pm – tickets from Luna Palace.

The Vault – The Right Stuff
Despite being a box office bomb, 'The Right Stuff' was nominated for eight Academy Awards and now this epic historical drama is considered as culturally, historically and aesthetically significant by the Library of Congress. The story of the test pilots who were involved in aeronautical research at Edwards Air Force Base USA. The Backlot Perth – Sunday 11 February 2pm – tickets from Eventbrite.

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