BIFF 2018: A diverse program for all audiences now on sale


Tickets are now on sale for the 2018 Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF), presented by QAGOMA with screenings at the Australian Cinémathèque, GOMA and venues across Brisbane from 11 to 21 October. The diverse program of more than 100 Australian and international feature, documentary and short films will be complemented by 24 thought-provoking events including conversations, panel discussions, workshops, live music with film and more.

Be part of BIFF 2018 at QAGOMA — the new home of Brisbane’s flagship film festival.


BIFF 2018 will launch on Thursday 11 October at GOMA with the Queensland premiere of Celeste, a compelling love story by Brisbane-born film director Ben Hackworth set in the tropical splendour of Far North Queensland starring Radha Mitchell, Nadine Garner and Thomas Cocquerel. Celeste will also be shown accompanied by a dinner in the two-hatted GOMA Restaurant on Saturday 20 October featuring produce inspired by the film’s Far North Queensland setting.

In conversations

One of the many highlights of BIFF 2018, Festival Patrons, Academy Award-nominated director Bruce Beresford and Chauvel Award-winning producer Sue Milliken AO, will discuss their latest collaboration Ladies in Black 2018 on Sunday 14 October, and Beresford will also be joined in conversation by internationally acclaimed dancer and Queensland Ballet Artistic Director Li Cunxin to talk about Mao’s Last Dancer 2009 on Saturday 13 October, his adaptation of the acclaimed dancer’s autobiography, chaired by fellow BIFF 2018 Patron Milliken.

Julia Ormond as Magda Szombatheli / Production still from Ladies in Black 2018 / Director: Bruce Beresford / Image courtesy: Sony Pictures Releasing

Bruce Beresford

Sue Milliken

Australian premieres

BIFF 2018 also includes the Australian premieres of award winning Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo’s Hotel by the River, Danish provocateur Lars Von Trier’s The House That Jack Built and, as the closing night film, the Queensland premiere of Leave No Trace by Oscar-nominated American director Debra Granik.

Production still from The House That Jack Built 2018 / Director: Lars von Trier / Image courtesy: TrustNordisk
Production still from Leave No Trace 2018 / Director: Debra Granik / Image courtesy: Sony Pictures Releasing

Wik vs Queensland

A documentary about Australia’s most prominent land rights case, Wik vs Queensland, about the High Court’s landmark 1996 decision to grant native title co-existence to the Wik people of Far North Queensland, will be accompanied by a free panel discussion on Sunday 14 October with activists and lawyers including Noel Pearson and filmmaker Dean Gibson, chaired by Walkley-winning journalist Kerry O’Brien.

Production still from Wik vs Queensland 2018 / Director: Dean Gibson / Image courtesy: Bacon Factory Films, Bent3land Productions, Freshwater Pictures


BIFF 2018 also includes a unique combination of virtual reality and live performance in the thriller Frogman 2018. Frogman is focused on the fragility of childhood imagination presented by UK theatre company curious directive and offers audiences a unique virtual reality and performance experience.

Production still from Frogman 2018 / Director: curious directive / Image courtesy: curious directive

Highlights include

Miranda Tapsell and Rosemary Blight

Australian film star Miranda Tapsell and producer Rosemary Blight will discuss The Sapphires 2012 and Top End Wedding 2018 (currently in post-production) on Saturday 13 October.

Bruce Beresford’s top five

Bruce Beresford’s top five directed films and top five favourite films in the BIFF 2018 program strands: ‘Bruce Beresford Directs’ and ‘Bruce Beresford Selects’, the latter including The Passion of Joan of Arc heralded as one of the greatest films ever made, this transfixing silent feature will screen with live music performed by Brisbane post-rock band, hazards of swimming naked on Thursday 18 October.

Members from hazards of swimming naked, accompanying silent film: The Passion of Joan of Arc 1928 / Photograph: Mark Sherwood © QAGOMA

Teiji Ito: Music for Film

The world premiere live performance of Teiji Ito: Music for Film on Friday 12 October, presents the film soundtracks of the late composer Teiji Ito (1935–1982) who collaborated with legendary experimental filmmakers Maya Deren and Marie Menken. Films include Deren’s Meshes of the Afternoon 1943 and The Very Eye of Night 1958 and Menken’s Dwightiana

Production still from Deren’s Meshes of the Afternoon 1943 / Director: Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid / Image courtesy: The National Film and Sound Archive, Canberra.

The Cameraman with a new live score on the Gallery’s 1929 Wurlitzer

Ninety years young, The Cameraman 1928 remains one of Buster Keaton’s finest films, a towering achievement of action choreography and silent comedy. The film screens on Saturday 20 October with a new live score on the Gallery’s 1929 Wurlitzer organ by David Bailey, who brings his jazz sensibilities to this remarkable film.

The Wurlitzer console at the Gallery of Modern Art / Photograph: Joe Ruckli © QAGOMA

The Picture Show Men

The Australian premiere of The Picture Show Men 2018, is a documentary about the James C. Sourris AM and family, who over three generations have made a significant contribution to the presentation of cinema in Queensland and New South Wales.

Production still from The Picture Show Men 2018 / Director: John Hosking / Image courtesy: Cahoots

Acute Misfortune

The Queensland premiere of Acute Misfortune 2018, theatre director Thomas M Wright’s debut feature film is about the troubled life of the late contemporary Australian artist Adam Cullen.

Production still from Acute Misfortune 2018 / Director: Thomas M Wright / Image courtesy: Arena Media

YouTube Creator Day

Free YouTube Creator Day for Filmmakers is hosted by online video experts Changer Studios on Monday 15 October, a workshop tailored to teach filmmakers tips and tricks for understanding YouTube. Presented by BIFF and Create Queensland.

Queensland Emerging Screen Talent Conference

Free Queensland Emerging Screen Talent Conference on Tuesday 16 October, is a day of industry roundtables, seminars and workshops presented by the Brisbane International Film Festival and Griffith Film School.

Explore the Australian Cinémathèque’s ongoing program of film and video / Delve into our past programs

Artistic Director for BIFF 2018 is Amanda Slack-Smith, Curatorial Manager of QAGOMA’s Australian Cinémathèque.

The festival is supported by the Queensland Government through Screen Queensland in association with the Australian Federal Government through Screen Australia.

Feature image: Production still from Celeste 2018 / Director: Ben Hackworth / Image courtesy: Curious Film



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