The Revelation Film festival enjoys its maverick status and tries to bring films to Perth that are, to grab a convenient cliche, edgy, or challenging. For example what other festival is screening a double bill from the master of sexploitation films – Russ Meyer and at the same time has room in the program for documentaries about street art and those oh so quirky Cat Ladies?
Picking highlights for the festival is really difficult and you shouldn’t just take our word for it. Here are some films and events during the festival that get the big and slightly sloppy Cut & Paste Kiss of Approval…
Good Hair: Apart from being the only Revelation film to ever be featured on Oprah this documentary starring Chris Rock explores the multi-billion dollar black hair industry in the U.S. and shows how even in grooming there are issues of culture and race in play. Apart from being the opening night show this will be screened over the two weekends of the festival.
Stingray Sam: here’s a quote from Rev “Take a wild rocket ride from the darkest, crappiest burlesque bars of run down entertainment planet Mars across the universe to a world run by a genetically engineered supervillain.” – enough said.
Teenage Paparazzo: One night in L.A. Adrian Grenier, star of Entourage, has his photo snapped by a kid who calls himself a Paparrazzo. Disturbed and disbelieving the kid’s assertion Grenier sets out to make a documentary about this self proclaimed Teenage Paparazzo and in the process reveals the strange relationship that people have with celebrities and the pursuit of fame for its own sake.
Get your Shorts On! Cut & Paste has always supported locally made short films and have featured many on our DVDs over the past nine issues so of course we think its a good idea for you to check out the latest selection of Western Australian made shorts.
Bomb it! This is one of the most important street art / graffiti films you’ll see. For everyone who came to our premier of Banksy’s Exit Through the Gift Shop you need to get down and see how this film compares. Made with five years worth of footage from artists working in New York, LA, Tokyo, London, Amsterdam, São Paulo and Cape Town and directed by Jon Reiss you know it’s going to be real, raw and worth it. It gets even better because the screening on July 16 is supported by SixThousand and features a pre-show party with beers and DJs King Jon Ill and Craig Hollywood as well as Q&A with Jon Reiss. Get your tickets early for this one.
Howl: Explores the life of beatnik luminary and American poetry fiend Alan Ginsberg. Unlike other biopics this film blends the live action story of Ginsberg’s personal struggle with an animated realisation of his masterwork Howl.
A Nuts and Bolts Guide to Distributing and Marketing: This is not a film it’s an opportunity for film makers to learn some of the tricks and traps of the business of getting your film seen. The fact that it’s presented by Jon Reiss and includes the chance for you to workshop your film idea should make this essential for all you guys who are trying to make it in the movie biz.
WHAT: Revelation Perth International Film Festival
WHEN: July 8 – 18 with an Opening Night Screening on Thursday, July 7
WHERE: Films screen at The Astor Theatre, Mt Lawley, Jon Reiss Workshop to be held at Art Gallery of Western Australia Theatrette