With the Melbourne International Film Festival just around the corner, now’s your big chance to see a whole bunch of the kind of films usually only seen inside tiny YouTube windows. With the flood of film festivals these days – if you can name a corner of the world, chances are they’ve got their own film festival – MIFF isn’t quite as all-encompassing as it once was.
While it may seem like festival season doesn’t kick in until the warmer months, there’s something about winter that seems so fitting for bunkering down, grabbing a glass of wine and listening to blues music.
The thing I like the most about winter is when it ends. However, we are almost half way through the dreaded season and our local farmers have plenty to smile about with bucketloads of rain to replenish their crops. At least it pleases some of us.
If you ask around it seems like nobody likes sequels. “Where are the new ideas?”, movie-goers cry. And fair enough too, as pretty much every blockbuster this year (and every other year) is a remake or a reboot. And yet audiences keep on turning out for sequels and remakes. Everyone says the Ghostbusters remake looks iffy; yet everyone’s still planning to check it out at some stage.
A few years ago Melbourne blues man Greg Dodd, came up with “Blues for Lost Souls.” This was a gig to raise money for the homeless, and it started from a raising few hundred dollars to being so successful that last year they raised enough money to buy a van for Father Bob’s operation.
Well hey there, gang! I hope you’re all enjoying yourselves on this fine, wintery week – I’ve just emerged from what I can only describe as a whirlwind of illness, exam study and sleep deprivation, capped off with a casual 14 hour crash day in which I spent 95% of the day in bed. It’s a tough life, being a student, I tells ya.
Well it damn well snowed up here a couple of weeks ago. Even my little hometown of Meredith had some of the fluffy white stuff falling from the sky. So as you could imagine, the great outdoors are not really being embraced at the moment…. other than the odd group of mad cyclists whizzing by wearing more thermal than lycra.
Surf films have been an important part for surf culture for over 60 years. Every summer it was a tradition amongst surfers to head down to their local hall, surf club or pub to watch the world’s best surfers on the big screen while the film maker sat up the back making sure everything stayed in focus.