The Adelaide Film Festival hits hard with 130 features, documentaries, animation, shorts, VR, installation and moving image works from 10-21 October 2018. Of these, there are 17 World Premieres, 30 Australian Premieres, and 75 South Australian Premieres. Pretty impressive in a short amount of time. A long-time champ of Australian cinema, the #YOUMUSTSEE program is curated to delight you cinematically, where 44% of the films are Australian and 22 were created in South Australia
Check the full program online, and secure your tickets via each movie page or directly from participating cinemas. If you're a die-hard movie buff, you might consider a MultiPass for cost-effectiveness which you can purchase online or at the box office. Buy a 5 (1 bonus) or 10 (3 bonuses) Screening MultiPass and you'll get a bonus session or more on the house. If your habits are hard-core, then you might want to grab an unlimited standard session Gold Pass. You can keep adding tickets to your pass by logging into your account first with your active pass, then add tickets to your cart
The Festival opens with the Gala screening of Anthony Maras' Hotel Mumbai, and stars Armie Hamer, Dev Patel and Adelaide's own Tilda Cobham-Hervey. An after-party follows at Queens Theatre, with a complimentary drink on arrival from 9.30pm to late. This session cannot be purchased using a pass.
Closing night gives you a double whammy with a choice between two powerful women and a joint after-party at the West Oak Hotel. Can You Ever Forgive Me? and Bad Reputation takes you on a journey with a forger and a rock icon. The first is a portrait of real-life writer-turned forger Lee Israel, played by Melissa McCarthy, who in a stroke of wicked genius, hits on the idea of forging letters by deceased actors and writers that brings the cash rolling in
On the other hand, Joan Jett fans will be entertained by a documentary from Kevin Kerslake, about a young girl from Wynnewood, Pennsylvania who wanted to make noise and would let nothing stop her. Told at 13, girls don't play rock 'n roll, Jett plugged in her electric guitar and hasn't looked back since. With a string of hits behind her, Jett was not just a rock icon, but a feminist heroine and passionate supporter of causes beyond the music world. With a to-die-for gallery of guests, this doco is raucous and intimate and packed with fantastic archival footage!
Sandwiched in between Opening and Closing Night are a plethora of films; some you may have never heard of, a lot of which won't be released, so this is your one opportunity to see something new on the big screen. Whether you run through a VR journey of indigenous Australian Song and Dance, celebrate the powerful voices of female filmmakers from the Arab world or go 'It's Wild Out There' with a program of four films that'll take you to extreme locations for tales of human endurance, family ties and coming to terms with the savage beauty of nature, there's a goldmine of films to choose from.