Day four of the festival was the busiest day yet. Our foyers were packed full of stalls and patrons chatting about courses, funding, international festivals and all things film. We also had Paul Harris and the wonderful team at 3RRR broadcasting Melbourne’s premier film focused radio show Film Buff’s Forecast live from our upstairs foyer and a plasma TV station where you could put on a set of headphones and watch the shorts in whatever order you chose.
Australia’s Top 100 Competition Shorts continued with six more sessions; Session 11 being so popular we even had to open our stalls as the dress circle was positively full of filmmakers, their friends, family and fans. Afterglow, Nadine Garner’s directorial debut was greeted with a great reception and the Dutch Shorts also proved to be quite the festival highlight.
Beyond the short films we had a visit from beyond the grave as Deadly Earnest resurrected himself to wish us all a hateful evening in earnest. Amidst a cloud of smoke he read the audience a poem before the hilarity and gore of Drive-in Delirium’s Horrorpalooza got under way. Not just a gorefest, Horrorpalooza! also brought us Trog (1970), The Green Slime (1968) – and coming up on our next calendar as part of Cinema Fiasco’s new line-up (Friday July 01)! and, of course, an insane number of half-naked women. The prize for best (and by which we mean most convoluted) title goes to The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave (1971) and the best marketing ploy we’ve seen in a long time goes out to Corruption (1968) – watch the trailer below and you’ll see why!
The last of the Competition sessions are already underway for today and there’s still time to get your tickets for Coffee: Between Reality and Imagination (the Israeli/Palestinian shorts programme at 4.30pm this afternoon) as well as the Closing Night Awards.
And finally, for anyone wondering where Marzipan is – I’m afraid she left us for a few days as of last night. She has a very important appointment with the vet on Tuesday and wanted to get some rest away from the ruckus first.
Day 3 of the festival gave everyone a little lie in as the first session of the day started with a free session: Park Saints at 5pm. Finishing up with a choir onstage and a hoard of happy attendees, the atmosphere for the evening was positively brimming. Our foyers were full for the Irish Films at 7.30pm and the die-hard film fans stayed on for the comedy shorts session at 10.30pm which included Pop, starring Angus Sampson (recently pictured with Melbourne’s most infamous cat Marzipan in the Herald Sun - although she denies all claims that they’re “an item”, saying their relationship is strictly professional, which is good news because she’s a cat).
Today the festival continues with its fullest day yet. So come along any time from 11.30am to get your tickets if you haven’t already done so as we’ve got Paul Harris and the Film Buff’s team broadcasting live from the venue for 3RRR (if you can’t make it down, be sure to listen in at 102.7FM or stream online). There will also be a bunch of stalls set up upstairs for the Industry Open Day, a Dutch Shorts programme at 4.30pm, six more Australian Top 100 Competition Shorts sessions (including one that stars our very own FOH staff member!) and tonight, Drive-In Delirium’s Horrorpalooza! which showcases a bevvy of gory and insane exploitation and horror trailers. It’s going to be a fantastically full day so make sure you get down here.
Last night (Day 2 of the festival) something rather scientific took place inside our grand old theatre walls, and I’m not even referring to the strange phenomenon of people leaving whilst there was still a free bar going on inside the auditorium next to a live DJ onstage playing stupendous tunes to the backdrop of Black Orpheus (1959)! Nope, the strange scientific discovery I’m referring to is the empirical evidence that proved to us once and for all that it is possible for Melburnians of the North to cross the city and spend a night Southside. And no, not one of them turned into a pumpkin (although that might go some way to explaining why so many of them abandoned boxes of free pizza and glasses of free booze just before midnight…)
But on a serious note, Day 2 saw a very touching memorial slide show tribute screened just prior to the 6pm session in memory of Bill Hunter, accompanied by some brief but fitting words from festival director, Paul Harris. It also saw sessions 2 & 3 of Australia’s Top 100 Competition Shorts get under way and it did present some pretty innovative music videos; some of which won awards. The award for Best Music Video went to Beautiful Trash by Lanu featuring Megan Washington. Beautiful Trash was directed and produced by Lucy Dyson who just so happens to be part of an exhibition on now at the Jenny Port Gallery until May 28. To check out all the winners head on over to the St Kilda Film Festival official website, but before you do, take a minute to watch this clip by the The Bedroom Philosopher who won the Best Independent Award for Northcote (So Hungover).
Thanks SoundKILDA for the crumple bags given to audience members with the most rock’n'roll contents in their own bags and for finally proving that even the most Northcotey of Northerners aren’t restricted to just the 86 tram.
The festival continues tonight with a free screening of Park Saints at 5pm. Tonight’s programme also includes some Irish Shorts & three more of Australia’s Top 100 – Competition Sessions.
This year the St Kilda Film Festival is hanging out round our gaff and so far it’s all kinds of awesome.
After Opening Night at the Palais and with many filmy types recovering from the afterparty at the Town Hall (catered by ACC and with some outstanding tunes playing into the wee hours), we opened our Marzipan silhouette-postered doors to welcome the first of the week’s screenings. Kicking off with some filmmakers milling about the place and with Paul Harris introducing the fantastic St Kilda Film Fest team, our first evening was off to a pretty good start. Last night also saw the competition shorts begin (and yes, you do get to vote for the films in these sessions when you come along!) as well as the first international programme: German Shorts from interfilm Berlin Short Film Festival.
To find out more about what’s happened at the theatre today you’ll need either to turn up and get involved (go on, SoundKILDA is happening at 9pm!) or check back in with us tomorrow to see what you missed!
For more info on purchasing tickets for individual sessions or for Closing Night please head on over to the St Kilda Film Festival website.