BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2010 Ė PREVIEW
SPREADING LIKE THE CANE TOAD
Alfred Hitchock, Louise Alston and cane toads (opening night film) sit side by
side and the extensive list of festival sections Ė from animation, local heroes,
music and shock corridor to world cinema Ė all point to the extensive Brisbane
Film Festivalís ambitions to be provocative, comprehensive and relevant, under
its new director Richard Moore and its new spring date of November (4th- 14th).
Andrew L. Urban reports.
ďThere is plenty of spark and flammable political material in this yearís
program, particularly in our new Soapbox programming stream,Ē said Moore. ďIf
you are interested in the Middle East, the documentary Precious Life, direct
from Toronto, will force a rethink of your perceptions of the so called Israel
/Palestinian Ďproblemí. The documentary Gasland has local resonance as
Queensland explores the mining of natural gas and the documentary Restrepo Ė set
right on the front line in Afghanistan Ė couldnít be more timely as Australia
debates its ongoing military presence there.Ē
"the festivalís evolution in 2010"
The Festivalís tag line this year is ďthe plot thickensĒ reflecting the
festivalís evolution in 2010 with new dates, new venues, a new director, a new
website, and a new ticketing system. ďItís the beginning of a new era for the
festival and one that weíre really excited about,Ē said Moore as he anticipated
the Festival back in September. Screen Queensland CEO Maureen Barron said that
while the festival would still feature the distinct flavour people have come to
know and love, it would be revitalised with some exciting and original elements.
One of the Festival components to receive a significant makeover this year is
the Queensland Short Film Competition (QSFC), a program designed to reward and
develop the creative talents of Queensland short filmmakers.
The judges and audience awards of previous years will be maintained and joined
by a new award for best project pitch for a new project and short film.
The new Chauvel Award will attract a development investment of $15,000 from
Screen Queensland. This joins two other awards being the Kinetone Award for Best
Short Film with a cash prize of $2,500 and the Audience Favourite Award, cash
Alfred Hitchock is represented with his second colour film, Under Capricorn
(1949), set in 1830s Australia, starring Joseph Cotton, Ingrid Bergman and
Louise Alston is presenting her second feature, Jucy (2010), following her debut
with All My Friends Are Leaving Brisbane. She describes it as a Ďwomanticí
comedy also set in Brisbane.
"An equally unconventional, funny and disturbing
The Opening Night film, Cane Toads: The Conquest in 3D, sees director Mark
Lewis, granted honorary Queenslander status for the night by St.George Bank
BIFF, revisit the topic of his quirky 1988 documentary, Cane Toads: An Unnatural
History, with an equally unconventional, funny and disturbing film. The film
charts the spread of the toad across Australia whilst profiling the eccentric
characters who have embraced the amphibious invaders, and those who have found a
way to earn a quick buck off the toad's back.
It is a suitably iconic opening film, given that the cane toad has become the
ugly face of Queensland of late.
Published October 28, 2010
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All films will screen at Palace Barracks, Palace Centro and Tribal Theatre (the
old Dendy Cinema in George Street) with the exception of the Opening Night
screening at Myer Centre and a special diveĀ]in screening at Centenary Pool.
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