The Iris News Weekly: 17th October 2013

In this issue: A release date for Static, upcoming programming on MAX and World Movies, BIFF and GFF are coming to town, while Big Sky Documentary Film Festival is heading to Missoula while Neil Finn and Paul Kelly are in cahoots with their new doco

Static available on DVD now

New film from director Todd Levin, Static 3D, is now available on DVD. The film follows the story of an acclaimed novelist and his wife, still grieving for the death of their child and hoping to heal their long since disintegrated marriage. They answer the door to a distressed young woman who claims she has been followed outside by masked men. Not before long she begins probing the author about his life and it becomes clear something sinister is afoot.

Described as a pioneering work of filmmaking, Static 3D was one of the first low-budget features to be shot in full 3D.

Check out the trailer here:

The Artist’s Story: Tina Arena

Be watching MAX Thursday, November 21 at 9pm for a celebration of one of Australia’s most cherished artists, Tina Arena. With a career spanning almost 40 years, she has amassed an awe-inspiring collection of achievements; from album sales upward of eight million (making her one of this country’s highest-selling female artists), numerous Awards from here and overseas, to being honoured with an Order of State in France.

MAX The Artist’s Story: Tina Arena is a documentary exploring Tina Arena’s relentless determination, strength and career that saw her propelled onto the global stage. With archival footage as well as recent interviews, follow this Australian icon through her illustrious career.

Passion or Perverse on World Movies

The movies that blur the lines, that ignite the most controversy have been put in the spotlight for World Movies’ Passion or Perverse. Tune in this October for the finest films that lure you into the darkest corners of cinema and challenge your outlook on romanticism. With such gems as widely controversial Donkey Punch and Room in Rome, watch out for these on World Movies this October.

Head to www.worldmovies.com.au/highlights/wm-adult-passion-or-perverse/ for more info.

BIFF 2013 is coming to town

Brisbane International Film Festival is back again. This year, they’ve announced they’ll be partnering with the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA). The partnership will see them showcase multi-award winning films and co-curate special film presentations at GOMA’s state-of-the-art Australian Cinèmathèque in the Cultural Precinct at South Bank.

Highlights include a a special retrospective of Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky who has been described as one of the great film directors of all time.

Also at BIFF, their festival for young people GenNext, also presented in partnership with GOMA has a line-up of series specifically tailored to children under 18.

The main festival launches November 13 throught to November 24. Now in its 22nd year, BIFF showcases the best films from around the world, crafted by a cross-section of filmmakers, from highly acclaimed film auteurs to up-and-coming talents.

For more information about BIFF, check out their site at www.biff.com.au

Neil Finn and Paul Kelly are Goin’ Your Way

In early 2013, Neil Finn and Paul Kelly – two of the best songwriters of their generation –– put together a concert tour that was in every sense the highlight of 2013. Now, on November 8 2013, they will be releasing Goin’ Your Way on DVD, Blu-Ray and 2CD on a limited edition deluxe format. Recorded at the Sydney Opera House, ‘Goin’ Your Way’ is a sublime meeting of talents, a once-in-a-lifetime reimagining of Australia’s favourite songs.

Have a look at the trailer here:

Goin’ Your Way – out on DVD, Blu-Ray, 2CD and Limited Edition Deluxe – November 8th.

Pre-order at www.goinyourway.com.au

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Missoula announces major prize

The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Missoula is apparently quite a big deal out in the American West. Their signature accolade, the Big Sky Award, this year delivers a $1000 cash prize for the winner at the 2014 festival. The region lends itself to a very special brand of stories, and with this award, allows filmmakers to keep on telling their stories of the West.

Held in the mountain town of Missoula, Montana, the 10-day Big Sky Documentary Film Festival has grown into the largest documentary film festival in the American West, the largest cinema event in the state, and a must-see destination for filmmakers and documentary devotees the world over. The 11th annual event will be held February 14-23, 2014.

Entries are open now.

Head to www.bigskyfilmfest.org for more information.

Program launch for Delphi Bank Greek Film Festival

The Delphi Bank Greek Film Festival have announced their program for this year. Get ready for over the best in Greek film with festivities kicking off in Brisbane on Thursday 31 October at Palace Centro, followed by Sydney on Wednesday 6 November, in Melbourne on Thursday 7 November, continuing to Adelaide (14 – 17 November at Palace Nova Eastend) and Canberra (29 November – 14 December at Palace Electric). Opening the festival, will be Greek smash hit What If… which examines the precarious nature of life in a Sliding Doors style of storytelling.

To close the festival, the captivating financial thriller Capital(Le Capital) will take centre stage, with it’s persuasively-detailed tale of boardroom politics, remorseless backstabbing and the evils of capitalism.

For the full program, highlights and further details, head to www.greekfilmfestival.com.au