Re­ward­ing rev­e­la­tions

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Film - By JU­LIAN WRIGHT

YOU know how you guys feel about AFL sea­son? That’s how I feel about film fes­ti­val sea­son.

While you in­spect the fix­tures upon re­lease and an­tic­i­pate your favourite or most hated teams go­ing head to head, I get amped up over film fes­ti­val pro­grams.

Rev­e­la­tion Perth In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val launched its pro­gram of 123 films, four world and in­ter­na­tional pre­mieres and 38 Aus­tralian pre­mieres on June 6.

I have de­vel­oped a soft spot for Rev Fest, as it is known by those too lazy to say the whole ti­tle, with my top films for the last three con­sec­u­tive years hav­ing screened here. I was blown away by you-have-to-see-it-to-be­lieveit doc­u­men­tary The Im­poster 2012, my first year at Rev Fest.

Then in 2013 I was stunned by James Franco’s fas­ci­nat­ing ex­per­i­men­tal mock­u­men­tary In­te­rior. Leather Bar.

While I caught Un­der The Skin in Syd­ney last year, it later screened in Perth as part of the fes­ti­val and ended up my favourite film of 2014.

And those are just ones that se­cured the top spot; there were sev­eral from the pro­grams of weird and won­der­ful con­tent that found a place in my top 10 or stood out at the end of the year.

This year’s fea­ture films The Tribe, about a group of deaf youths who com­mu­ni­cate in only sign lan­guage, Ira­nian direc­tor Ja­far Panahi’s filmed in se­cret

in Tehran Taxi and Aus­tralian apoc­a­lyp­tic zom­bie sur­vival Plague, had me leap­ing from my chair cheer­ing in an­tic­i­pa­tion like peo­ple do at the derby.

The fes­ti­val could be kick­ing more goals this year with a solid line-up of doc­u­men­taries such as Dark Star: HR Giger’s Welt, about the Alien designer’s art­work, The Hunt­ing Ground on sex­ual as­sault vic­tims and direc­tor David Thorpe’s per­sonal Do I Sound Gay?

To some there is noth­ing bet­ter than get­ting out to the sta­di­ums to see ath­letes give it their best shot, for oth­ers there is noth­ing bet­ter than sit­ting in a dark room im­mersed in art.

Rev­e­la­tion Perth In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val is from July 2 to 12. Go to www.rev­e­la­tion­film­

The Tribe

screens as part of Rev­e­la­tion Perth In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val.

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