REVELATION PERTH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2017 At First Glance

2017 marks the 20th year of the Revelation Perth International Film Festival. With Rev poised to unleash its biggest year yet, we took a look at the program which launched over the weekend. More a novella than a pamphlet, the program is packed with more than 200 films, short films, events, art installations, and workshops that will take place between July 6-19. There will also be a number of special guests of the festival, the most notable of which is Australia’s own James Bond, George Lazenby.

With so much on offer, it’s easy to be overwhelmed. Here’s a few quick recommendations from us.

Becoming Bond: A documentary on George Lazenby, his early career, and his turn at playing the renowned secret agent. Also keep an eye out for a screening of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, and Q&A by Lazenby.

Suspended Voices (Installation): A video installation artwork suspended in St George’s Cathedral by audiovisual artist/musician Roy Skender.

Night Of The Living Dead (Re-Composed): The classic George A Romero zombie film, with a soundtrack provided by experimental arts/ music collective Genrefonix.

Club Rev @ Babushka: A collection of paid and free events at Babushka during the run of Rev, involving 16mm film, panels, and live music.

Mini Rev: Revelation is not just for the adults, but a number of films and workshops are being pitched to the kids, just in time for holidays.

The Girl With All The Gifts: A horror/ Young Adult genre mash-up set in a near future England over-run by the zombie apocalypse.

Lazybones: a low-budget Australian comedy drama about a twenty-something aspiring stand-up comedian that deftly nails both genres.

My Life As A Zucchini: The Oscar nominated animated film tells the story of the nine year old orphaned Courgette (Zucchini).

Patty Cake$: A girl from the wrong side of the tracks dreams of being a rapper. As she joins with a group of fellow outsiders, this film promises to twist between drama and raucous comedy.

Top Knot Detective: The greatest cult show that never was, Top Knot Detective is an amazing comedy and a great insight into Australia’s fascination with Asian cult TV. Come experience the joy of “Deductive Reasoning!!!!”

78/52: A deep delve documentary into Hitchcock’s famous Psycho shower scene (78 shots in 52 seconds).

Meal Tickets: 10 years in the making. The near rise of the Perth band The Screwtop Detonators, and the tale of Will Stoker, all in one documentary.

The Last Laugh: What is the role of humour when looking at The Holocaust? From Mel Brooks to Jerry Lewis’ The Day The Clown Died, this is a documentary that looks at how comedians have used humour to examine the horrific.

Dave Made A Maze: A thirty-something unemployed artist builds a maze out of cardboard in his apartment, and becomes trapped when it takes on a life of its own. Think Labyrinth via Clerks covered by the doco team from Poltergeist, and you’re very close to the mark.

So there’s a sample of what perks our interest, but with a whole gamut on offer, it’s worth picking up a program and seeing for yourself.

DAVID O’CONNELL

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