Dark Mofo Films 2017

Dark Mofo Films 2017

Dark Mofo Films

These are the worlds that we have made.

The Boys, directed by Rowan Woods

This year, we lose ourselves in the dark heart of incendiary new cinema with a selection of films inspired by Rowan Woods’ seminal Australian classic, The Boys (1998), set to burn its way into the psyche of a new generation.

From the ennui and seething discontent of the Australian heartland, we venture into the Southern Hemisphere’s largest scream-park in New Zealand, an explosive riot in the wake of the Egyptian revolution, and a tale of devastating, unspeakable love. We also celebrate the meditative, experimental new work by one of our favourite Australian filmmakers, Amiel Courtin-Wilson.

—James Hewison and Nick Batzias, Dark Mofo Films curators

 

Friday 2–Sunday 18 June

State Cinema + Cinemona

$19.50/$17.50

Season pass for 5 sessions $80 - available at the Box Office only

Dark Mofo Films - Killing Ground

  • Director
  • Damien Power
  • Synopsis
  • When Ian and Sam arrive at an isolated campsite, they discover an abandoned tent and a bloody child, wandering alone in the bush.

    Official Selection Sundance Film Festival 2017 and Melbourne International Film Festival 2016.

    Friday 2 June, 6pm: Intro and post-film Q&A by filmmaker Damien Power, facilitated by Sean Byrne (The Devil's Candy)
    Saturday 10 June, 9pm: Intro by Dark Mofo Films curators and filmmaker Damien Power

  • Classification
  • MA15+, 85 mins
  • Consumer Advice
  • Strong themes, violence and coarse language
  • Genre
  • Festivals
  • Running Time
  • 85 minutes

Dark Mofo Films - The Boys

  • Director
  • Rowan Woods
  • Synopsis
  • Brett Sprague (David Wenham) returns home after a stint in jail, intent on restoring order to his family. This incendiary classic of Australian film stars Toni Collette, Lynette Curran and Anthony Hayes, and features a soundtrack by The Necks.

    The Boys won a suite of Australian Film Institute awards, and director Rowan Woods (who also directed The Kettering Incident, which premiered at Dark Mofo 2015) was nominated for the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival 1998.

    Sunday 11 June, 3.30pm: Intro and post-film Q&A by filmmaker Rowan Woods, facilitated by Dark Mofo Films curators
  • Classification
  • MA15+, 86 mins
  • Consumer Advice
  • Strong themes, Coarse language
  • Genre
  • Festivals
  • Running Time
  • 86 minutes

Dark Mofo Films - The Silent Eye

  • Director
  • Amiel Courtin-Wilson
  • Synopsis
  • A meditative documentary about American jazz legend Cecil Taylor and Japanese dancer/choreographer Min Tanaka, shot over three days.

    Official Selection International Film Festival Rotterdam 2017. Premiered at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2016.

    Sunday 4 June, 3.30pm: Intro and post-film Q&A by filmmaker Amiel Courtin-Wilson, facilitated by Brian Ritchie
  • Classification
  • E, 70 mins
  • Genre
  • Festivals
  • Running Time
  • 70 minutes

Dark Mofo Films - Clash

  • Director
  • Mohamed Diab
  • Synopsis
  • Cairo, 2013: a high-stakes thriller set in a police riot van, two years after the Egyptian revolution and in the aftermath of president Mohamed Morsi’s downfall.

    Official Selection Cannes Film Festival 2016 and Melbourne International Film Festival 2016.

  • Classification
  • M, 98 mins
  • Consumer Advice
  • Mature themes, violence and coarse language
  • Genre
  • Festivals
  • Running Time
  • 98 minutes

Dark Mofo Films - Hounds of Love

  • Director
  • Ben Young
  • Synopsis
  • Perth, 1987: young Vicki Maloney is abducted by serial killer couple John and Evelyn White, and quickly realises that she must drive a wedge between her captors if she is to survive. Inspired by true events and starring Ashleigh Cummings, Emma Booth and Stephen Curry.

    Official Selection South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival 2017 and Venice International Film Festival 2016.

  • Classification
  • MA15+, 104 mins
  • Consumer Advice
  • Strong themes and violence
  • Genre
  • Festivals
  • Running Time
  • 104 minutes

Dark Mofo Films - Boys In The Trees

  • Director
  • Nicholas Verso
  • Synopsis
  • Halloween, 1997: two estranged teenagers, Corey and Jonah, walk home together through night-time suburbia and tell each other stories of their fears and dreams.

    Official Selection Venice International Film Festival 2016 and Toronto International Film Festival 2016.
  • Classification
  • M, 108 mins
  • Consumer Advice
  • Mature themes, violence, coarse language, sexual references and drug use
  • Genre
  • Festivals
  • Running Time
  • 108 minutes

Dark Mofo Films - Spookers

  • Director
  • Florian Habicht
  • Synopsis
  • As the sun sets, a community of seemingly ordinary folk become zombies, freaks and chainsaw-wielding clowns in this documentary about the Southern Hemisphere’s largest scream park, located in New Zealand.

    Sunday 11 June, 6pm: Intro and post-film Q&A by Spookers producer and Dark Mofo Films Curator, Nick Batzias (Madman Films)
  • Classification
  • M, 83 mins
  • Consumer Advice
  • Mature Themes
  • Genre
  • Festivals
  • Running Time
  • 83 minutes

Dark Mofo Films - Dead Hands Dig Deep

  • Director
  • Jai Love
  • Synopsis
  • A shock-rock musician reflects on his destructive past, alone in the desert of southern California. Features the music of Kettle Cadaver.

    Official Selection Slamdance Film Festival 2016 and San Diego Underground Film Festival 2016.

    Sunday 18 June, 6pm: Intro and post-film Q&A by filmmaker Jai Love, facilitated by David Lohan (Permafog)
  • Classification
  • E18+, 75 mins
  • Genre
  • Festivals
  • Running Time
  • 75 minutes

Dark Mofo Films - Una

  • Director
  • Benedict Andrews
  • Synopsis
  • When a young woman unexpectedly arrives at an older man’s workplace, looking for answers, the secrets of the past threaten to unravel his new life. Their confrontation uncovers buried memories and unspeakable desires. Una gazes into the heart of a devastating form of love and asks if redemption is possible. Starring Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn, and based on David Harrower’s Olivier Award-winning play Blackbird (2005).

    Official Selection Toronto International Film Festival 2016 and Telluride Film Festival 2016.
  • Classification
  • E15+, 94 mins
  • Genre
  • Festivals
  • Running Time
  • 94 minutes

Dark Mofo Films - Lady Macbeth

  • Director
  • William Oldroyd
  • Synopsis
  • A gothic tale of a young woman trapped in a marriage of convenience in nineteenth-century England, whose passionate affair unleashes murder and mayhem on a country estate. Based on Nikolai Leskov’s Russian novella of 1865.

    Official Selection Toronto International Film Festival 2016 and San Sebastián Film Festival
    2016.
  • Classification
  • CTC, 89 mins
  • Genre
  • Festivals
  • Running Time
  • 89 minutes

 

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