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by Emma Brown (subscribe)
I'm a freelance journalist and public relations consultant specialising in arts and entertainment.
From toys in anarchy, Alfred Hitchcock Downunder, a filmmakers Intersex journey and a doco revealing who is to blame for the US Great Recession you will find the latest and best in world cinema at the Brisbane International Film Festival.

The premier Queensland film event offers a mix of local and international films, retrospectives, tributes and events including a short film competition.

A Town Called Panic features figurines and models that come alive in a world of collective anarchy in the stop-motion animation feature, directed and voiced by Stephane Aubier and Vincent Patar.

The documentary Inside Job attempts to make sense of the global financial crisis narrated by Matt Damon. The director Charles Ferguson, according to the website: "builds a compelling case against the financial services industry, declaring them to be one enormous criminal enterprise."

You can watch the trailer here.

Sofia Coppola's Venice film Festival Golden Lion award winning film Somewhere will have its Australian premiere at the festival.

The film focuses on the life of celebrated actor Johnny Marco (played by Stephen Doff).

Sofia Coppola has produced a meditation on what it takes to be a parent and on the world of celebrity."

Orchids: My Intersex Adventure explores the intersex condition (also known as a 'hermaphrodite') of Queensland filmmaker Ms Phoebe Hart.

According to the website: "The film is a world first in many ways," says Hart. "This is a long form film about intersex by someone who has intersex. It's personal and confronting but, at the same time, a very funny expose of what it's like to have this body."

Under Capricorn by iconic director Alfred Hitchcock is set in 1830s Sydney.

The psychological drama tells the tale of a former convict haunted by the misdeeds of the past. "His wife (Ingrid Bergman) has descended into alcoholism, and the intervention of an ambitious young man (Michael Wilding) from the motherland exposes a web of intrigue that will unravel the household."

The festival will pay tribute to Australian cinematographer Jack Cardiff by screening a documentary that celebrates his life and work.
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Why? Enjoy the best of the world's cinema.
When: Thursday Nov 4 - Sunday Nov 14
Where: Tribal Theatre - 346 George Street, Brisbane; Palace Centro Cinemas - 39 James Street, Fortitude Valley and Palace Barracks Cinema - 61 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane.
Cost: Adult: $15.00, Concession: $13.50 and Under 18's: $10.00
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