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.revelationfilmfest.org.
screens as part of Revelation Perth International Film Festival.