The Melbourne International Film Festival has unveiled the first lineup of films that will be making their way to silver screens across the city.
This year’s program will feature three world premieres, including that of much-anticipated documentary, The Australian Dream. The film is written by ABC journalist Stan Grant and explores race and belonging from the perspective of former AFL footballer Adam Goodes.
Other familiar faces starring in MIFF films include Us‘ Lupita Nyong’o, Game of Thrones‘ Gwendoline Christie, Deborah Mailman, Miriam Margolyes, Keira Knightley and Jesse Eisenberg. MIFF has already announced the newly refurbished Capitol Theatre will be one of the venues used this year. New MIFF venues include Plenary at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Arts House, Sofitel Melbourne on Collins Auditorium and Cinema Nova in Carlton.
Two music events have already been revealed, an in-conversation and concert by Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore and a performance by Sampa The Great.
Check out the first lineup of films announced below:
Angel of Mine (Australia)
H is for Happiness (Australia)
The Australian Dream (Australia / UK)
Cold Case Hammarskjöld (Denmark)
La Flor (Argentina)
Little Monsters (Australia)
Mr Jones (UK / Poland / Ukraine)
Official Secrets (USA / UK)
The Art Of Self-Defense (USA)
The Rest (Germany)
We Are Little Zombies (Japan)
What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire? (Italy/USA/France)
Working Woman (Israel)
A Dog Called Money (Ireland / UK)
Animals (UK / Ireland / Australia)
Aquarela (Denmark / Germany / UK)
Come To Daddy (New Zealand / Canada / Ireland / USA)
In Fabric (UK)
In My Blood It Runs (Australia)
Judy & Punch (Australia)
Monos (Colombia / Argentina / Netherlands / Germany/ Sweden / Uruguay)
Ray & Liz (UK)
Sátántangó (Hungary / Germany / Switzerland)
The Souvenir (UK)
The Waiting Room (Australia)
Your Face (Taiwan)
The 2019 Melbourne International Film Festival takes place between Thursday August 1 and Saturday August 18. For more information, head to the MIFF website.