Darwin International Film Festival – Lucky 13

The 13th Darwin International Film Festival [DIFF] returns with its biggest event yet, featuring a number of new initiatives, with 39 screenings over eleven nights, including Australian and international documentaries, George Miller and a particular focus on First Nations cinema.

“The richness of storytelling comes from telling a range of lived experiences,” says John Schier, President of DIFF Festival. “International dramas, epic nature documentaries and First Nations stories are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the variety of programming we are excited to once again offer at DIFF.

“This year we are celebrating a record level of screen productions from the territory and also expanding how festival-goers can enjoy stories from around the world – including Australian favorites – with our Sundown screen filling lawns across the peninsula. from the waterfront with seating and snacks for the whole family.”

Sundown Screen is a new open-air cinema on the lawns of Darwin’s waterfront peninsula, offering free screening early in the day, celebrating Australian classics such as Muriel’s wedding, Death in Braunschweig and Romeo + Juliet by Baz Luhrmannamong others.

Like the recent Sydney Film Festival, the opening night film is We are always herewhich sees 10 filmmakers from Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific respond to the 250e anniversary of the arrival of James Cook in the region.

Australian highlights include debut feature by artist Del Kathryn Barton Flambéthe escape of Hannah Barlow and Kane Senes sissyMolly Haddon The longest weekend with Mia Artemis and documentaries tiger on the rocks on the mythical Tasmanian tiger, franklin by Kasimir Burgess and NT Filmmaker Penelope McDonald’s Audrey Napanangka. International features include Pan Nalin’s Last movie sessionAmerican indie Emily the Criminal with Aubrey Plaza, Peter Strickland Gourmet Feedarthouse favorite Compartment no. 6 and Park Chan-wook Decision to leavethe anime Where is Anne Frankand explosive documentary fire of love.

by George Miller Three thousand years of nostalgia will be introduced by legendary cinematographer John Seale, while Mad Max Fury Road Black & Chrome will be screened with an original score performed by Tom Thum (beatbox, sound effects, sound FX), Benjamin Walsh (percussion and drums) and Shenzo Gregorio (violin, guitar, synth).

The best of Annecy Kids program features short films for audiences of all ages, CINEMART will see live music and film merge with #Ghostmoderna collaboration between filmmaker Timothy Parish and music producer Kuya James (James Mangohig) and Indo futurist Tutup Mulut with live rap narration by MCs Mista Monk and Australian hip-hop legend Elf Tranzporter.

Alice Springs-shot series true colors and MaveriX will also be screened, alongside a two-day NT Screen Summit, which will bring together local film and visual industry professionals.

DIFF 2022, Monday 5 – 15 September

Darcy J. Skinner