Our favourite film festival of the year is about to kick off, and tickets are on sale as of right freaking now. There’s some gosh-darn good flicks to catch at St Kilda Film Fest, but obvs you won’t have time to see them all. We’ve done the hard yards (and a LOT of screen time) narrowing down the list to pick eight absolute must-sees. You’re welcome.
The Eleven O’Clock
One of our absolute favourites from the festival, The Eleven O’Clock is entirely centred around a patient meeting with his psychiatrist. Here’s the twist: the patient believes that HE is the psychiatrist, so the two attempt to treat each other. The ensuing scene is top-notch sketch comedy as the viewer’s left grappling with who is the patient and who is the doctor. The talented cast includes Josh Lawson (The Little Death, Anchorman 2), and is well worth a watch.
The St Kilda Film Festival will be the Victorian premier of Pillars—an emotional story that touches on several Big Themes. When one of the main characters commits suicide, those affected must choose how they move forward and whether or not they’re going to allow the small-town cycle to get the better of them. With excellent casting, a moving storyline and some great scenery, you should pop Pillars on your list of ‘must sees’.
An acclaimed film from Tokyo Short Shorts, Sociopaths is a story about a girl who discovers an android on the street. The young girl finds something strange about the experience and decides to follow the android to give it a "message": that kindness in meaningless in our society. It’s a film that makes you question the way we interact with the people around us. Surprisingly gripping—not to be missed.
Making its world premiere at St Kilda Film Festival, Banana Boy is the story of Omid, a young refugee who, following Cyclone Larry, sets out alone and on foot, heading for the promise of a banana utopia: the Big Banana. The film follows Omid as he hitch-hikes with some fairly unsavoury characters, and it’s interspersed with flashbacks to Omid’s life with his parents in the Middle East. As for whether or not he reaches the Big Banana? You’ll just have to watch to find out.
Fish With legs
Fish With Legs is an animation film that surprisingly touches on some big world questions. Starring Frank Woodley and Barry Otto as voice actors, when all the fish in a school wake up one morning to find that they’ve grown legs, they’re forced to question whether it’s a result of evolution or a curse from god. Under-the-sea animation just got deep.
If you’re a conspiracy theorist, a mythical believer or a real life yowie watcher, Eaglehawk isn’t for you. Or maybe it is. Set in a remote forest, and aspiring actress dresses up as a yowie on a daily basis to frighten visiting thrill-seekers as well as give hope to (misguided) believers. With a female director and an underlying love story, it’s a weirdly enjoyable watch.
Sonya, a woman with an intellectual disability (and some serious swag) forms an unlikely friendship with a Sudanese refugee who also works at the laundry where she’s employed. The two bond over their mutual love of KRUMP, but the friendship has some unexpected flow-on effects. Kill Off seriously feel-good flick!
Thrilling, dramatic and impeccably composed into a short 13 minutes, Blight is the story of a young female Aboriginal Tracker. Wholly unprepared and alone against a seemingly unstoppable foe, she will have to use all of her skill and the environment to outwit the band of enemies. The talented principle cast includes Tasia Zalar, Peter Docker and Clarence Ryan and is directed by Perun Bonser.
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