BIFF 2020 – Top 5 films when taking matters into your own hands


This collection of Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF 2020) films champion the imperative of taking matters into your own hands and how grass roots movements can change the world.

Brazen Hussies 2020 charts the women’s liberation movement which began by having conversations together, BIFF closing night film Firestarter: The Story of Bangarra 2020 and Looky Looky Here Comes Cooky 2020 are both a testament to the power of proudly telling your story, White Riot 2019 showcases how the punk scene dealt with racism and Vivos 2020 directed by artist Ai Weiwei, focuses on the Mexican families standing up to their government and demanding justice. 

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BIFF returns to cinemas from 1 to 11 October with multi-award-winning Australian actor Jack Thompson AM and Academy Award-nominated film editor Jill Bilcock AC as the Festival’s 2020 Patrons. Presented by the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) through its Australian Cinémathèque at GOMA, and in partnership with venues across Brisbane, BIFF 2020 will screen new release features and documentaries, special events, a short film competition and much more.

With over 70 films from 28 countries, we can’t wait to welcome audiences back for BIFF 2020 – 11 exhilarating days of unmissable cinema! 

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1. Brazen Hussies

Production still from Brazen Hussies 2020 / Director: Catherine Dwyer / Image courtesy: Film Art Media

2. Firestarter: The Story of Bangarra

Firestarter: The Story of Bangarra 2020 / Directors: Wayne Blair, Nel Minchin / Image courtesy: Daniel Boud, from Sydney Coliseum Theatre

3. Looky Looky Here Comes Cooky

Production still from Looky Look Here Comes Cooky 2020 / Director: Steven McGregor / Image courtesy: Roar Film and Tamarind Tree Pictures

4. White Riot

Production still from White Riot 2019 / Director: Rubika Shah / Image courtesy: Icon Films

5. Vivos

Vivos 2020 / Director: Ai Weiwei

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Returning to Cinemas
BIFF 2020 is one of the first major film festivals in Australia to welcome audiences back to cinemas, and we’ll be taking extra steps to prioritise the health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff. In addition, when booking, individuals/groups will be distanced in accordance with Queensland Health guidelines.

BIFF 2020 will screen at QAGOMA’s Australian Cinémathèque, and at valued partner venues Dendy Cinemas Coorparoo, The Elizabeth Picture Theatre, New Farm Six Cinemas, Reading Cinemas Newmarket and the State Library of Queensland – all part of a city-wide celebration of film.

QAGOMA is the only Australian art gallery with purpose-built facilities dedicated to film and the moving image. The Australian Cinémathèque at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) provides an ongoing program of film and video art that you’re unlikely to see elsewhere, offering a rich and diverse experience of the moving image, showcasing the work of influential filmmakers and international cinema, rare 35mm prints, recent restorations and silent films with live musical accompaniment on the Gallery’s Wurlitzer organ originally installed in Brisbane’s Regent Theatre in November 1929.

BIFF 2020 is supported by the Queensland Government through Screen Queensland and the Australian Federal Government through Screen Australia.

Artistic Director for BIFF 2020 is Amanda Slack-Smith, Curatorial Manager of QAGOMA’s Australian Cinémathèque.

Featured image: Firestarter: The Story of Bangarra 2020 / Directors: Wayne Blair, Nel Minchin / Image courtesy: Daniel Boud, Sydney Coliseum Theatre

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