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The Fantastic Film Fest


The Fantastic Film Fest

Lucy Brewer

The 2018 Adelaide Film Festival has been extended for a couple of days to make sure local film-goers get their full cultural dosage.

With a balmy Wednesday evening launch party at the Samstag Museum of Art, the fest kicked off in style. Film lovers and those keen for a West Oak brew gathered to get a glimpse of what was in store as well an exclusive look at the Samstag’s current exhibition, STARSTRUCK: Australian Movie Portraits (top tip – Liam Hemsworth’s gorgeous face features heavily).  

The Adelaide Film Festival is a two-week celebration of Australian and international screen culture, with an emphasis on the bold and innovative and the wild and creative. This year we were in for a true treat with the Australian premiere of SA-made Hotel Mumbai and a visit from its a-list stars including the lovely Dev Patel, the renowned Armie Hammer, and our local leading lady Tilda Cobham-Hervey. Star-centric launches such as this one garner worldwide media attention for our little artsy Adelaide. We have a lot to offer in terms of culture and artistic talent and it’s nice that events such as the film festival emphasise this.

The annual awards were announced towards the close of the fest. Winners include Kamila Andini’s Bali-set feature film The Seen and Unseen, Gabrielle Brady’s gorgeous documentary about Christmas Island’s famous migrating crabs, Island of the Hungry Ghosts, and real time interactive VR project by Michael Beets, The Unknown Patient. 

The fest set itself up for success this year with a fascinating, boldly brilliant program, and recently announced last chance #YOUMUSTSEE sessions.

Titles include:

Tuesday 23rd – 6pm World Shorts Package
Tuesday 23rd – 8pm Free Solo
Wednesday 24th – 6pm Beautiful Boy
Wednesday 24th – 8.10pm ROMA

Needless to say, we’re hungry for festivals galore. Bring on Mad March!