Darwin is the lucky territory to get its first physical International Film Festival with DIFF. The Darwin International Film Festival will be screening from 18-27 September 2020, and they do not take it for granted. Taking place at Darwin's glorious outdoor venue, Deckchair Cinema, Jervious Rd, Darwin City NT the Take One Program is made up of 17 films, with 10 curated from the last decade of DIFF, a retrospective of 4 Australian cult classics, and 3 fresh local films from 2020. Each film will be accompanied by DIFF Sunsets which is a lineup of pre-screening entertainment from the likes of DJ Kuya James, Amy Hetherington, Stevie Jean, Eric Avery, and many more!
For each night of the festival, you can enjoy flavours from around the world, from some of the best local chefs, including the legendary Hanuman, classic BBQ grub from Café de la Plage and Organic AG, Middle Eastern flair with Flavours of Damascus, healthy home-style canapes with Dee Bee Catering, and many more. Jump in and get your TICKETS now, so as not to be disappointed! Take advantage of savings with a 4-Film Pass or a Total VIP ticket. Children under 5 go FREE.
Kicking off with Exit Through The Gift Shop on Friday 18 Sep from 6-9.30-pm (tickets), this is an Academy Award-nominated documentary by British street artist Banksy, infamous as the mystery man. Spanning almost a decade and several continents, the film follows the rise of artist Thierry Guetta, as he infiltrates the secretive world of street artists and becomes one of their own. It's an Opening Night of entertainment with lots of fun to be had pre-show, and a colourful surprise in store for audiences. ARIA-nominated producer DJ Kuya James and Emcille will put on a dynamic show before the film, that brought down the house at its debut at the recent Darwin Festival.
Closing Night is the in-cinema premiere of Looky Looky Here Comes Cooky on Sunday 27 Sep from 5.30-10pm (tickets). Brand new and a musical documentary, it's an Indigenous perspective on Captain Cook's arrival on Australian soil. It features a diverse group of Indigenous artists performing original songs that speaks of Australia's past and future and asks if we have a blurred history of Cook in 2020. Head out early for a night of snags, songs and a plate of laughter at BBQ Sessions by Foldback Magazine and don't forget to hang around after the film for a post-screening Q&A with director Steven McGregor (Black Comedy).
You might not want to miss a SPECIAL EVENT night with Mystery Road on Sunday 20 Sep from 5.30-10pm (tickets). Starring Aaron Pederson (Goldstone) and Hugo Weaving (Hearts and Bones), Indigenous cowboy detective Jay Swan comes home to his rural town to investigate the brutal murder of a teenage girl whose body is found under the highway trucking route out of town. Pre-show entertainment comes from BBQ Sessions by Foldback Magazine again, and features Stevie Jean, Dave Garnham and the Reasons to Live, and comedic duo Amy Hetherington and Danielle Andrews.
Mystery Road with Foldback Magazine's BBQ Sessions
For something Fresh and Local, there's Jimmy Shu's Taste of the Territory on Wednesday 23 Sep from 6-9.30pm (tickets). An 8-part series, it'll take you on a culinary journey of Australia's Northern Territory. A multicultural melting pot in cuisine, chef Jimmy Shu hosts the event, folllowed by a Q&A with Shu and director Naina Sen. Three episodes will be screened alongside a preview of the ICTV series, Our Bedtime Stories, Season 2. Enjoy pre-show entertainment from Alice Cotton.
The Kneeling Devil on Fri 25 Sep from 6-8.30pm (tickets) is also Fresh and Local and made entirely by hand on a smart phone. Pre-show entertainment can be expected from the Septentriones, before the film follows a poor girl as she receives an engagement ring from her imaginary lover.
Go back in time for a bit of nostalgia as you go through The Cults - Australians on the Edge (presented by Mad Gnome Film Club). How could one forget a very young Mel Gibson in Mad Max 2, or Sam Neill in Death in Brunswick. The Cults also includes Eric Bana before he full launched on an international level in Chopper, and of course an all-star Australian cast in Animal Kingdom with matriarch Jacki Weaver heading a dysfunctional crime family.
The Illusionist - lives are changed forever when a French illusionist meets a young girl on travelling to Scotland.
On the Road - a road trip with 2 free spirits shakes up the life of a young writer.
Still Our Country - Reflections on Culture - experiential cinema that documents the changing lives of the Yolngu people in Ramingining in Arnhem Land, NT.
The Wolfpack - things change for the 6 Angulo brothers whom have only known life through film, when one of them decides to leave for the outside world
Junction 48 - love and music against the oppression of Israeli society and the repression of 2 Palestinian hip-hop artists
Ramen Shop - discover delicious recipes and family secrets of a young Ramen chef from Japan.
Loving Vincent - the world's first fully-painted feature film hand-drawn in Gogh's own style in an investigation of the artist's mysterious final days.
Monos - a rebel group of teenage commandos are compromised and must head deep into the jungle to survive.
DIFF will return in May 2021 with DIFF 2020: Take Two - a full, curated program of outstanding and award-winning films from around the world, as well as from the Capricornia Film Awards, the NT Screen Summit, and the Darwin Underground Film Festival.