Jane Campion is among the guests for the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF), which will present a whopping 251 features, 88 shorts and 17 Virtual Reality experiences. It’s not clear where Campion’s Top of the Lake: China Girl fits into that count but the festival is – like many others recently – keen to jump on TV bandwagon.
Nic Gorman’s Human Traces (pictured, top) is the sole narrative feature selected for MIFF from NZ. It’s accompanied on its trip across the Tasman by four doco features and four shorts.
Annie Goldson’s Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web, Gaylene Preston’s My Year with Helen, Slavko Martinov’s Pecking Order, and Florian Habicht’s Spookers are the four docos named, with shorts Rachel Ross’ Have you tried, maybe, not worrying?, Roseanne Liang’s Do No Harm, Dave Whitehead’s Possum and Zoe McIntosh’s The World In Your Window.
With the exception of the already-released Pecking Order, all of the NZ titles will play here in the NZIFF, which opens its doors in Auckland later this week.
Goldson, Habicht and Martinov are among the filmmakers attending the Melbourne festival to present their films. Also attending – albeit from Denmark rather than NZ – is expat director Daniel Borgman with his latest feature, Loving Pia (also selected for the NZIFF).
The Melbourne International Film Festival runs 3 – 20 August.