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The Adelaide Film Festival Program Is Here

RAD LIFE

The Adelaide Film Festival Program Is Here

Bonnie McBride

What do December Boys, Look Both Ways and Picnic at Hanging Rock have in common? They were all filmed in this fair state. That's right, Daniel Radcliffe perfected his (surprisingly accurate) Australian accent by listening to our distinctive twang and "Mirandaaaaaa" was screeched in hearing distance of Rundle Mall. So it will be no surprise that this year's Adelaide Film Festival is gonna be completely off the hook. Want to see a NZ horror film called Deathgasm? Got it. A documentary about that time David Bowie shot a music video Down Under? Got it. Or perhaps you're into slipping on some virtual reality head gear and joining 60,000 protesters on the streets of New York? You know they got it. DO YOU WANT TO ATTEND A QUIZ NIGHT HOSTED BY MARGARET AND DAVID? G-O-T I-T.

The festival will take place over 10 days from October 15-25th and will include the Australian premiere of Carol starring Cate Blanchett, as well as closing with the Australian premiere of Youth starring Michael Caine & Jane Fonda. With over 180 films, 40 of which are Australian premieres and 24 of which are South Australian, it seems like there will be a choc-top shortage by the end of October.

Margaret and David hear quiz-goers pronounce mise-en-scene via The Adelaide Film Festival

Margaret and David hear quiz-goers pronounce mise-en-scene via The Adelaide Film Festival

Here are our top picks for the festival:

Brand: A Second Coming
This documentary follows comedian-turned-activist (and keeper of my heart) Russell Brand from his early days as an innocent heroin addict, through to his rebirth as a modern messiah. I will be watching solely for the evolution of his hairstyle. 

Screening at Palace Nova
Saturday 17th October 7:30pm
Saturday 24th October 10:00pm 

Girl Asleep
This home grown film is premiering at the festival and examines that eternally awkward age: fifteen. It focuses on Greta Driscoll, a girl just on the cusp of turning fifteen and all that goes with it, which produces a healthy dose of nostalgia and repressed memories in us all. 

Screening at Palace Nova
Tuesday 20th October 7:00pm [Gala Sold Out]
Sunday 25th October 12:00pm 

A familiar look from Girl Asleep via The Adelaide Film Festival

A familiar look from Girl Asleep via The Adelaide Film Festival

Made in SA
This special event brings together a bunch of the best short films South Australia has to offer. Sadly, there's not a Fruchoc themed one in the whole lot. Shorts do include My Little Sumo, My Best Friend is Stuck on the Ceiling and Upside Down Feeling. 

Screening at Palace Nova
Monday 19th October 7:00pm

Middleback Theatre, Whyalla
Friday 30th October 7:00pm 

Signature Series with David Stratton
If you've ever wanted to share a wine with David Stratton from At the Movies (who hasn't), this might be your chance. Chilling with his homies at Yalumba Winery, Stratton will present his thoughts on a film that he believes have aged like a fine wine (most likely Ace Ventura: Pet Detective). All this while sipping on Yalumba's The Signature (2012) and snacking on high tea. 

Held at Yalumba Winery
Sunday 25th October 2:00pm

Remembering The Man
If you haven't cried enough from watching Holding the Man, then how about getting even more real with a documentary about the couple that inspired the film. Their 16 year romance has been translated into an autobiography, play and film, all of which have been critically acclaimed by collecting the audience's tears at the end of each screening. Why not add a few more of your own?

Screening at Palace Nova
Sunday 18th October 4:00pm
Thursday 22nd October 7:15pm

Tim Conigrave and John Caleo in Remembering the Man via The Adelaide Film Festival

Tim Conigrave and John Caleo in Remembering the Man via The Adelaide Film Festival

WHEN: October 15-25th

For the full program, head to the Adelaide Film Festival website.

 

Cover image from My Best Friend is Stuck on the Ceiling via the Adelaide Film Festival