Movie reviews, news and interviews from the 2015 Melbourne International Film Festival.
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30 Jul 2015 - 5:04 PM  UPDATED 21 Aug 2015 - 4:47 PM

Watch Online

Watch 'Dark Age' online
See David Gulpilil, Burnum Burnum and John Jarratt square off against a 25m saltwater crocodile. If you missed this cult croc classic at MIFF, it's now available to watch online thanks to NITV.


Movie Reviews

*NEW* Downriver movie review
‘Downriver’ is excellent at asking questions and portraying the ripple effects of juvenile trauma.

*NEW* Sucker movie review
Lawrence Leung's 'Sucker' is colourful and undemanding, with knowing nods to some of cinema’s classic con-artist dramas.

*NEW* Our Little Sister movie review
‘Our Little Sister’ is elegant, quiet, beautifully composed and unashamedly sentimental.

*NEW* The Daughter movie review
It's raves all round for this new Australian movie, currently screening at MIFF.

*NEW* The Assassin movie review
Like Hou’s cinema, taking a life of someone you loved is not something to be considered idly.

*NEW* Corn Island movie review
The powerful message sneaks up on you in this understated gem, about a fertile estuary that borders strife-probe Georgia.

*NEW* Force of Destiny movie review
Paul Cox tackles a story of mortality as only Paul Cox can.

Victoria movie review

Sebastian Schipper'sthriller 'Victoria' is a wild-ride across the Berlin city streets at night, shot all in one take.

The Look of Silence movie review

The companion piece to Joshua Oppenheimer's Oscar-nominated The Act of Killing about the Indonesian communist purge of the 1960s.

Tales movie review

Rakshan Bani-Etemad's commentary on life in Tehran follows the different yet connecting lives of people living at the margins.

Tehran Taxi movie review

In the third film he has made in secret, banned filmmaker Jafar Panahi drives a taxi and encounters everyday Iranians' opinions about their society.

99 Homes movie review

During America's 2008 housing crisis, a young father faces an excruciating dilemma: In order to work to buy back his foreclosed home, he is compelled to work for the ruthless real estate broker who evicted him from the house in the first place. 


Editor's note: We reviewed 99 Homes at the 2015 Sydney Film Festival.  SBS has subsequently entered a deal to co-distribute the movie in Australian cinemas, in partnership with Madman Films. 

Pasolini movie review

The last day in the life of the great Italian poet and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini.

Sunrise movie review

A psychological thriller set in Mumbai, in which a police inspector enters the seedy world of child trafficking, in search of his kidnapped daughter.

The Hunting Ground movie review

Screening at the 2015 Melbourne International Film Festival: An expose of the epidemic of campus rape in North America.

Charlie's Country movie review
David Gulpilil gives a career-best performance as an Indigenous warrior disillusioned with the changes in his community

Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon movie review
A look at the bold and bawdy history of the American comedy publication and production company, National Lampoon, from its beginning in the 1970s to 2010, featuring rare and never-before-seen footage.

Best of Enemies movie review

A documentary about the legendary series of nationally televised debates in 1968 between two great public intellectuals, the liberal Gore Vidal and the conservative William F. Buckley Jr. 



Sherpa - Jennifer Peedom interview
Jen Peedom talks about her desire to shine a light on the enormous risks taken by Nepal's Sherpas.

Tangerine - Sean Baker interview
In Sydney for the Australian premiere of Tangerine, director Sean Baker talks about his love of collaborating on subjects unfamiliar to him, such as his story of L.A. transgender sex workers.


MIFF-related Movie News & Interviews

Comment: 'My Life Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn' offers strained insight into the Danish director's life
The documentary captures the creative pressure and mounting doubt following the unexpected success of his most commercially viable film, 'Drive'.

'Control freak' Joel Edgerton talks writing/directing/acting in 'The Gift'
Joel Edgerton speaks about moving to the US and his directorial debut 'The Gift'.

Explicit drama 'Love' shocks with 3D sex and nudity
Gaspar Noe's new movie 'pushes the envelope even further than Nymphomaniac'.

Rabbit-Proof Fence: Cheat Sheet
We revisit the film that renewed community interest in the Stolen Generations. Explore the story of this vital film.

The Rewriting of David Foster Wallace
The new, controversial bromantic biopic 'The End of the Tour' stars Jason Segel as Wallace and Jesse Eisenberg as the Rolling Stone journalist trying to profile the author.

Melbourne Film Festival to open with Paul Cox's 'Force of Destiny'
This opening night film at this year's Melbourne Film Festival has been announced.