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FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL AUSTRALIA 2020

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By Charlie David Page
21st February 2020

Dystopian zombie mutants, reality-bending psychological terror, dreamlike animations, and a healthy dose of gore - the inaugural Fantastic Film Festival Australia (20th February - 4th March 2020) has announced its full program of strange and surreal, boundary-pushing and bizarre cinema screening at Lido Cinemas, Hawthorn (VIC) and Ritz Cinemas, Randwick (NSW).

Offering up its own distinct perspective on genre and alternative cinema, FFFA marries (un)guilty pictorial pleasures with subversive storytelling that hacks away at conventions, unearthing core truths that are typically shied away from: from hard-hitting sociocultural commentary, to unique perspectives on what's widely taken for granted.

The SWITCH team have delved into this year's line-up, so check out our reviews below, and check back throughout the festival as we add more.

Chained for Life - The aesthetics of acting
CHAINED FOR LIFE
The aesthetics of acting
An amusing, cunningly structured meta-commentary on filmmaking and cinematic ideals of beauty, the film is also an inside joke with a generosity of heart and humour.
Away - A minimalist and evocative animated adventure
AWAY
A minimalist and evocative animated adventure
With such an impressive and often stunning debut, I can't wait to see what Gints Zilbalodis produces nex - this Latvian animator is certainly one to watch.
S He - A stop-motion animation with sole
S HE
A stop-motion animation with sole
It's imaginative, it's vivid, it's creative, and it's unbelievably bonkers. If you can look past the shoes, there are lessons being taught by a visionary director who's willing to take risks.
Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror - Essential for genre fans and film buffs
HORROR NOIRE: A HISTORY OF BLACK HORROR
Essential for genre fans and film buffs
There's been a growing interest in black-led horror films since 'Get Out' shattered minds and expectations. If you're a fan of horror or film history, you'll get a lot from this documentary.
The Golden Glove - Repellent and pointless
THE GOLDEN GLOVE
Repellent and pointless
The film's settings, the events that occur and the way that everything plays out will fill you with the urge to bleach your eyeballs.
Zombi Child - A subtle riff on the zombie genre
ZOMBI CHILD
A subtle riff on the zombie genre
An absorbing, often perplexing story in which a religion with a healthy respect for death crosses paths with a lovesick French schoolgirl.
A Serial Killer's Guide to Life - A gory and funny road trip of self-discovery
A SERIAL KILLER'S GUIDE TO LIFE
A gory and funny road trip of self-discovery
Contrary to its small budget, the gore and violence are at the forefront, and the quirky characters we meet along the way are fun.
The Mute - A violent look at faith and religion
THE MUTE
A violent look at faith and religion
A magnificently filmed and subtly political view of the conflict between church and state, good and evil, hate and love.
Saint Maud - Religious fervour and psychological horror
SAINT MAUD
Religious fervour and psychological horror
An insight into a very modern, very lonely existence that is sadly only too recognisable. Rose Glass delivers on so many levels as a writer/director that it's hard to believe this is her debut.
Jallikattu - Visually stunning and absurdly funny sociopolitical critique
JALLIKATTU
Visually stunning and absurdly funny sociopolitical critique
A clever, handsomely shot and frequently laugh-aloud sociopolitical critique that asks whether humanity has really evolved. Are humans still basically Neanderthal hunter-gatherers?
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