MIFF has delivered a slice of its 2017 line-up and already you can catch not one but seven Madman titles screening across the course of the festival. MIFF’s First Glance selection boasts an impressive array of films fresh off the international festival circuit as well as some Aussie and NZ national treasures. We’re thrilled to have a selection of world class films in the mix including some ground-breaking documentaries, discerning indies and a Muslim rom-com and British comedy thrown in for good measure.
Avoid any FOMO from July 14 when tickets officially go on sale for this monumental month. Read more on Madman’s titles below.
You’d be hard pressed to find a more heart-warming film than Ali’s Wedding this MIFF. Directed by Australian TV phenom Jeffrey Walker (Dance Academy: The Movie, Modern Family, Rake), Ali’s Wedding is a true story, unfortunately. Inspired by Osamah Sami’s award-winning memoir Good Muslim Boy, this is an Australian comedy of very Muslim manners that shines with wit, humanity and crowd-pleasing charisma.
Also appearing in the Australian film category is Jennifer Peedom’s epic-ally scaled documentary Mountain. Following up from her 2015 critically acclaimed film Sherpa, Mountain is a collaboration of giant proportions unifying the cinematic talent of Peedom and the musical prowess of the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Also narrated by William Defoe, this feature documentary explores the troubled and triumphant history of our timeless fascination with mountains.
Australian audiences need not wait anymore to see Raoul Peck’s highly anticipated documentary I Am Not Your Negro. This Oscar nominated doc is told entirely in the words of civil rights icon James Baldwin. Peck has created a powerful film that depicts an astonishing, challenging and contemporary examination as to how the image and reality of Blacks in America today is fabricated and enforced.
In this family, scaring is caring.
Forming as part of the 2017 Hot Docs Official Selection, Spookers surrounds a diverse group of amateur performers who unite to terrify punters at the southern hemisphere’s largest scream park. From the quirky mind of New Zealand documentary filmmaker Florian Habicht, Spookers reveals the transformative and paradoxically lifesaving power of belonging to a community that celebrates fear.
The Party forms as Sally Potter’s eighth theatrical feature and unites a stellar cast to join in on one hell of a dinner gathering. Patricia Clarkson, Emily Mortimer, Cillian Murphy, Kristin Scott Thomas and Timothy Spall all team up to deliver a witty comedy turned tragedy with sharp tongued dialogue set to unpack political convictions, love, friendships and more!
Directors Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman bring to life the paintings of Vincent van Gogh in this remarkable story and world’s first fully painted feature film. Every one of the 65,000 frames of the film is an oil-painting hand-painted by professional oil-painters who travelled from all across Europe to the Loving Vincent studios in Poland and Greece to be a part of this astounding production.
Don’t miss this 2017 Sundance darling that took out the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for screenwriting at the festival this year. Spotlighted by CNN’s “Ones to Watch”, Kirsten Tan’s debut feature film Pop Aye centres on the chance encounter of a disenchanted architect who bumps into his long-lost elephant in the streets of Bangkok. The odd couple take a journey across Thailand in search of the farm where they grew up together and it’s bound to make you teary.