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SWITCHCast Episode 54: Melbourne International Film Festival 2021 Program and 'Mental as Everything' Interview
Charlie and Joel present a special episode of SWITCHCast, as they check out two of the biggest events in Australia's cinematic calendar! To celebrate the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival's full program announcement, we chat to the team behind the line-up, as well as one filmmaker whose film is showing at this year's Melbourne Documentary Film Festival.
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Some Kind of Heaven - A bizarre lens into a Floridian retirement village
SOME KIND OF HEAVEN
A bizarre lens into a Floridian retirement village
However bizarre The Village is, it's the characters that hold this film together. The pursuit of their desires can be uncomfortable and even sad at times, but their journeys are fascinating.
Fanny Lye Deliver'd - Feminist folk horror
FANNY LYE DELIVER'D
Feminist folk horror
Written, directed, edited, and scored by Thomas Clay, 'Fanny Lye Deliver'd' is a marvel of historical accuracy. It isn't a happy film, but it is certainly an empowering one.
Jungle Cruise - Sailing into a new Disney classic adventure
JUNGLE CRUISE
Sailing into a new Disney classic adventure
It succeeds due to the sheer amount of fun this adventure is. While it is sometimes lacking and could be a little tighter in its narrative, it's a return to the action-adventure genre that many have been craving.
Shiva Baby - A comedy of discomfort
SHIVA BABY
A comedy of discomfort
While it may play out like a psychological thriller at times, it's a witty and fun film that may lack originality, but has plenty of energy and memorable moments that make for a confident debut.
Dating Amber - Gay coming-of-age film shines with a unique spin on a familiar trope
DATING AMBER
Gay coming-of-age film shines with a unique spin on a familiar trope
While playing on familiar tropes, it's a delight to watch. The cast, comedy and setting combine into a beautiful coming-of-age story for audiences to delight in.
In The Heights - A dazzling screen adaptation of the modern musical classic
IN THE HEIGHTS
A dazzling screen adaptation of the modern musical classic
A special kind of film musical miracle, dazzling and bright and life-affirming, an adaptation that digs under your skin and sends bolts of electricity through your heart every time you think about it.
The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard - An enjoyable yet mediocre bash
THE HITMAN'S WIFE'S BODYGUARD
An enjoyable yet mediocre bash
While it has more to offer than the first instalment, that still isn't much; it's not bad, just passable. It seems to fit into that era of 'RED' and 'The Expendables', but here in 2021, it doesn't offer much.
Buckley's Chance - Not worth a chance
BUCKLEY'S CHANCE
Not worth a chance
It's a filler movie these winter school holidays that will bore the kids and oldies alike. It's just nothing we haven't seen before and doesn't try to hold your attention in any way.
A Family - A unique and intriguing premise that never finds its feet
A FAMILY
A unique and intriguing premise that never finds its feet
There's a tremendous amount of promise in the film from Jayden Stevens, and while it's certainly an ambitious undertaking, never comes together in the end.
Martin Eden - A frustratingly dull portrait of an artist as a young man
MARTIN EDEN
A frustratingly dull portrait of an artist as a young man
This find will leave you exhausted from trying to do the work the film seemed disinclined to do itself, to imbue itself with the same life and passion and fury of its protagonist.
My Zoe - Can't handle the splice
MY ZOE
Can't handle the splice
'My Zoe' can't escape how confused it is when looking beyond. For all the moral questions it asks of what could happen in the future, it is almost without a pulse when removed from the present.
Heroic Losers - Enjoyable working-class heist hijinks from Argentina
HEROIC LOSERS
Enjoyable working-class heist hijinks from Argentina
While it isn't flashy or a reinvention of the genre, it has all the trappings of a heist movie - plot twists, backstabbing, funny one-liners, that one big set piece.
Lapsis - A witty look at the techno-feudalism of the gig economy
LAPSIS
A witty look at the techno-feudalism of the gig economy
The number of real-world people coping with the same unenviable situation depicted on screen in 'Lapsis' continues to grow, and they get a sympathetic surrogate in the film's protagonist, Ray.
Breaking Bread - Why not <i>not</i> eat pigs together
BREAKING BREAD
Why not not eat pigs together
All the ingredients are there, all the tools are in place, and 'Breaking Bread' proves that with the right combinations and platforms, anything is achievable.
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It - The devil made this the least scary entry in the main 'Conjuring' series
THE CONJURING: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT
The devil made this the least scary entry in the main 'Conjuring' series
While, especially after 'The Conjuring 2', it's a letdown, this film is still leaps and bounds better than not only the 'Annabelle' films, but a lot of other horror out there.
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Matilda - Revolting children for 25 years
MATILDA
Revolting children for 25 years
It brings to life how a lot of kids view the world around them. Add fantastical elements like Matilda's powers and the message of believing in yourself and it's clear why it still resonates with kids.
The Princess Diaries - 20 years since Genovia found its princess
THE PRINCESS DIARIES
20 years since Genovia found its princess
The film stands the test of time as one of those teen movies that, since its release, has become almost a rite of passage. It's comforting and something we all crawl back to - it's a royal delight.
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh - Our first feature-length outing with that silly old bear
THE MANY ADVENTURES OF WINNIE THE POOH
Our first feature-length outing with that silly old bear
It's one of the simplest films in Disney Animation Studios' 50+ film line-up, but there is a reason children view it more than 40 years on and are still comforted by that silly old bear.
The killer twists of M. Night Shyamalan - Ranking the meditative and menacing films of a blockbuster auteur
THE KILLER TWISTS OF M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN
Ranking the meditative and menacing films of a blockbuster auteur
M. Night Shyamalan knows that what makes for lousy metaphysics can make for powerful metaphor, and he can create a deeply, surprisingly affecting film out of a little bit of smoke and brimstone.
Melbourne Documentary Film Festival 2021 - The reviews
MELBOURNE DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL 2021
The reviews
The SWITCH team have put together their favourite reviews from the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival 2021, so check out our highlights from this year's line-up.
Revelation Perth International Film Festival 2021 - The reviews
REVELATION PERTH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2021
The reviews
The Revelation Perth International Film Festival is back - so checked out some of the best films from the festival!
Point Break - Still 100% pure adrenaline 20 years on
POINT BREAK
Still 100% pure adrenaline 20 years on
It's is one of the greatest action films of all time. It's fun, sexy, takes itself seriously when it needs to and not too seriously when it needs to.
The State of Texas vs Melissa - Yet another American miscarriage of justice
THE STATE OF TEXAS vs MELISSA
Yet another American miscarriage of justice
As a piece of filmmaking, this isn't going to change anyone's life or get people fired up. It's just another on a long list of racially and politically motivated injustices within the American system.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 - 10 years since the boy who lived came to die
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 2
10 years since the boy who lived came to die
It's one of the most successful finale films in history. The way it manages to send off all these beloved characters is a beautiful tribute; you can't help being swept up in the emotion.
White Noise - Behind the scenes with the alt-right
WHITE NOISE
Behind the scenes with the alt-right
Though it might be accused of giving another platform to this movement of hate, and isn't the fiery indictment of white supremacy you might expect, it shows how deeply racism is embedded into society.
The Killing of Two Lovers - Heartbreak warfare
THE KILLING OF TWO LOVERS
Heartbreak warfare
A richly told and deeply vulnerable film. A transfixing tale of love's ability to consume you, the dark things it can make you say and the even darker things it can make you consider.
The Last Horns of Africa - The danger, the heartache and the importance of saving the Rhinos
THE LAST HORNS OF AFRICA
The danger, the heartache and the importance of saving the Rhinos
While the rhino horn trade is vitally important and is a story worth telling, there are ways to do it. This is sadly not that film.
The Fox and the Hound - Celebrating 40 years since Disney's saddest tail
THE FOX AND THE HOUND
Celebrating 40 years since Disney's saddest tail
This is one Disney film that is often forgotten about and rarely brought up, but it's a film that utilises its sadness to bring hope and beauty to its world.
Space Jam - 25 years of jamming with this 90s basketball time capsule
SPACE JAM
25 years of jamming with this 90s basketball time capsule
It's a fascinating beast, and its relevancy to this day is astonishing. It's a time capsule film that perfectly epitomises the 90s. Dust off your old Air Jordans, and jam for this 25th anniversary.
TOPOWA! Never Give Up - Uganda is alive with the sound of music
TOPOWA! NEVER GIVE UP
Uganda is alive with the sound of music
It's said Africa taught the rest of the world rhythm, and 'TOPOWA!' certainly shows plenty of that. Radiating with positive energy, viewers will be forgiven for jumping out of their seats and leaning into the beat.
BOX OFFICE week ending 4 August 2021
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JUNGLE CRUISE
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SPACE JAM: A NEW LEGACY
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BLACK WIDOW
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OLD
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SNAKE EYES: GI JOE ORIGINS
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FAST AND FURIOUS 9
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THE MISFITS
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NINE DAYS
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IN THE HEIGHTS
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THE HITMAN'S WIFE'S BODYGUARD
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