Cinema greats including acclaimed director Rolf de Heer and sound designer James Currie present the Inside Cinema event on Thursday evening, offering their perspective into the making of iconic films such as Ten Canoes and Charlie’s Country. Their collaborative work on Ten Canoes resulted in the film winning over 14 awards, including Un Certain Regard’s Special Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival. Festival president, Campbell Corfe says this year’s program delivers another international event to Noosa and the Sunshine Coast. “NIFF celebrates its second-year Opening Night on Friday. Some of the legends of Australian film will join us including our Founding Patron, Oscar-winning cinematographer John Seale. “We’re also honoured to welcome to Noosa both the director and sound man for monumental movies like Ten Canoes, Rolf de Heere and James Currie. This is now a festival with real gravitas!”
NIFF’s premier opening night is an event not to miss with the screening of Australia’s new release thriller, Jungle and an opportunity to rub shoulders with cinema legends. Jungle is a true story of survival against all odds, based on the international best-selling memoir by Yossi Ghinsberg. World cinema feature films continue to screen at the BCC Cinemas on Saturday and Sunday. Screening is the world’s first fully painted feature film, Loving Vincent from Poland and French romance, Souvenir, starring Isabelle Huppert.
Oscar-winning cinematographer John Seale will present a remastered version of the 1996 cinema classic, The English Patient with audience Q&A. I Am Not Your Negro, directed by Roul Peck received an Oscar Nomination for the documentary that brings powerful clarity to how the image and reality of Blacks in America today are portrayed. Continuing with the international program are the short films with sessions screening all day Saturday and Sunday at The J and Noosa Arts Theatres. Short films came in from 31 countries and offer a diverse selection of topics. “It was wonderful to see so many Australian entries of such a high calibre, particularly from our young filmmakers,” says short film judge, Holly Pittman. The festival received an overwhelming response from Australian filmmakers followed by Iran and the United States.
This year the Noosa International Film Festival includes a music on film program with two performances by local bands. Band of Frequencies will delight filmgoers at the surfing documentary, Men of Wood & Foam with a jazzy set of original works and parts of the film’s soundtrack.
HoneyBird will perform an original music score to the 1927 sci-fi classic, Metropolis with a full throttle rock opera including string quartet and full band. The Noosa International Film Festival runs from Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 October.