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Closing night film - 11/8/2007
This is England
Second last day - 11/8/2007
On the home stretch - 9/8/2007
By this time in the festival I am usually very tired, but it seems having scheduled all my films in the first week has paid off. Saw the excellent Rock'n'Roll Outlaw and supporting short Blood Ballad.
The late show - 4/8/2007
Having a late supper is something I look forward to during the festival even more than some of the films. After watching Aachi & Ssipak I ended up walking around the city for almost an hour looking for a restaurant I thought was open, but when I couldn't find it I went for the old standby on Russel St (King of Kings) and had BBQ Pork on rice at 1.45am in the morning.
RRRRR! Hulk Smash! - 3/8/2007
I turned up to see the Dirty Three documentary and what I thought would be an easy enough line up, only to find there was no record of me of being booked and I had to get my ticket receipt printed out with the film listing before they would let me in. Even if it said another session, I definitely wanted to book this session and I shouldn't have to argue the point while I am waiting in line.
Cheering for choctops - 1/8/2007
Thanks to the Declan & Chris from the Art of the City in Beat magazine for printing the Black Sheep Q&A I sent them, although it might get me into trouble later (too late now!) Went to see Day Watch and didn't get home until late.
Ivan & the conspiracy - 30/7/2007
Black Snake Blues - 29/7/2007
Choc-tops mystery revealed! - 28/7/2007
As it turns out, some of the venues this year don't have freezers in the snack bar so they only get a delivery of choc-tops 1/2 an hour before the screening, which are promptly devoured by hungry cinephiles. With that out of the way Black Sheep was great as was the Q&A with the director afterwards.
Choco Churros - 27/7/2007
I had noticed Choco Churros place at Flinders St a couple of weeks ago, but hadn't had the chance to go. I needn't have bothered as the ones they gave me were cold and too greasy - bleurgh! Bunny Chow was good though.
It's an outrage! - 26/7/2007
Not the giant cocks and punk-rock bloodbath of Ex-Drummer, more the fact that they didn't have any choc-tops for sale at the Forum before the movie. Pah and double pah!
Mini Pass Acquired - 16/7/2007
The powers that be have finally decided to do away with that poxy box office at the corner of the Forum which has caused so much problems in the past (pre-sales upstairs, festival tickets inside.) What took so long with that anyway?
Great news for foodies want something to eat before a film, but don't want to pay the exorbitant prices at the festival club, I found this Spanish Tapas Bar in the alley beside the Forum (They do Churros! Woohoo!) and also a Nandos has opened a couple of doors down. The old Duke of Wellington pub across the road from the Forum is now closed unfortunately.
Also, I haven't confirmed it as yet, but it seems like there is not going to be a outside broadcast for Film Buff's forecast from the festival club this year which is strange. More details later.
Almost forgot! I am seeing these films so far:
First Entry - 14/7/2007
MIFF snuck up on me this year as I have been working and busy with other things. I still intend to buy a mini-pass, but I won't be able to take advantage of the bonus +3 as I can't take any time off this year.
I will also try and see some other movies here and there if I have the opportunity as I have the money to do so this year and don't have to be restricted as much in my viewing habits.
From last year I definitely know that the festival director will read this blog at some point and I look forward to buying Richard Moore a drink when I see him at the festival club at some point or another over the festival.
Films that look interesting from my first run through the program:
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