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…

Mella Jaarsma asks: What does it feel like to live in another’s body?

A frog skin is one of the fascinating and surprising items collected by the QAGOMA Research Library, and can be found specifically in the file of Mella Jaarsma, the Netherlands-born artist living in Indonesia. The skin accompanies the preliminary sketches for her ‘The Third Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT3) proposal, Hi inlander 1999,…

Cult Superstars and Maverick Misfits: 5 Cinematic Sensations from Biff 2020

Despite the many unexpected surprises that 2020 has thrown the world’s way, it has remained a fascinating and dynamic year for cinema. From emerging voices to new films from the old guard, there has been a bevy of exciting releases from all corners of the world. Five of my personal favourites from this year’s Brisbane…

‘Room with a visitor’: A poster for social distancing

In welcoming visitors back to the Gallery, we’ve assembled a group of large-scale works of art at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) that reflect on the easing of an unprecedented period of social restrictions. One such work is Australian artist Brian Dunlop’s Room with a visitor, though painted in the 1970s it could act…

Brisbane International Film Festival 2020 now on sale

The full 2020 Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF 2020) program of more than 70 features, documentaries, short films and special events is now on sale. BIFF 2020 launches with the Australian premiere of Stephen Maxwell Johnson’s High Ground 2020 on 1 October and closes 11 days later with the world premiere of Wayne Blair and…