“It’s got everything, and has been enormously enjoyable to bring together at every turn,” Revelation Perth International Film Festival director Richard Sowada says of this year’s online programme. “To be working with films and filmmakers of this calibre, alongside brilliant discoveries from our international call is a great pleasure and honour. What is most gratifying though, is seeing a complete shift in the way the industry is working with each other to get these important films and voices out in a way they haven’t for a very long time…. there’s a different sense of what the business actually is.”
That sense of community has borne fruit for viewers too, with a whole host of must-sees set to stream from July 9-19. Narrative features include Abel Ferrara’s Siberia (pictured above), starring Willem Dafoe; the psychedelic German freakout, 1000 Kings; the poetically disturbing Ukrainian art piece Atlantis; the Indian sci-fi flick, Cargo; the US small town sex scandal of Frances Ferguson; and VHYes, a retro mix-tape of 1980s nostalgia. Docos include Cold Case Hammarskjöld, a labyrinthine examination of an unsolved mystery; Forman Vs Forman, a portrait of the revered director, Milos Forman; and the John Carpenter-narrated The Rise Of The Synths, which tracks the thriving “synthwave” movement. Australian content includes the brave portrait piece, Morgana; the genre mash-up, An Ideal Host; Andrew Ryan’s deadpan US co-production comedy starring and produced by Rebecca Murphy, The Florist; and Aussie director Shaun Katz’s absorbing, enlightening and often hilarious Underground Inc: The Rise & Fall of Alternative Rock, which looks at the fallout from the success of 90s grunge and alternative music.
“I think we have a great selection of titles here, from some strong, familiar indie voices to first time filmmakers,” says programme director, Jack Sargent. “Revelation has always been about finding new ways to share works that we think are important, and Couched extends that across the country, and in some cases the world. I’m proud of what we’ve done here.”
Films will be available for rent for a 24-hour period through the festival and passes are on sale now through Revelation’s official website.