Film frenzy well underway in Melbourne

August 13, 2012 by  

The Melbourne International Film Festival is lighting up screens across the city this month, with more than 300 films on offer. The festival runs until Sunday, August 19.

First held in 1952, the Melbourne International Film Festival offers movie-lovers an array of local productions and the best of international cinema. As well as showcasing current films, the festival also offers chances to catch some movies from other eras, such as this year’s focus on comedies from the New Hollywood era of the 1970s, including the classic ‘Harold and Maude’.

Poster printing has long been associated with the movies, whether it is the big posters advertising the films outside the cinema or pictures of leading actors and characters hanging in a teenager’s bedroom. No doubt there will be plenty of posters around Melbourne advertising the films in this year’s festival, making it easy for film fans from Abbotsford, and across Victoria, to find something to suit their taste.

This year, the selections include the winner of the 2012 Palme d’Or award at Cannes, a group of new Swedish films and a series of films from Latin America. The festival will close with a screening of Australian director PJ Hogan’s latest film ‘Mental’, starring Muriel’s Wedding actress Toni Collette.

Alongside the films, the festival will be hosting a number of other events, including a series of talks focusing on Charles Dickens and the film adaptations of his novels, along with a number of discussions with leading industry figures.

The festival’s website has further info for those planning to get a taste of the event.