Rev a cinematic feast

A DOCUMENTARY about a chimpanzee TV star from the 1960s is just one of the quirky films on at this year’s Revelation Perth International Film Festival.

Other Aussie movie festivals are happy to promote the latest franchise fodder, but Revelation ignores red carpet extravagance to deliver a diverse, cinematic feast.

While there’s international films like Framing John DeLorean (Alec Baldwin) and the submarine disaster Kursk (Colin Firth), there’s also 49 Australian movies including several local shorts.

“We love the opportunity in promoting local work were we can, but we also feel it’s crucial to include them without fear or favour against the international competition we see in the call for entries,” festival director Richard Sawarder says.

“For local filmmakers and local audiences to see these works screening prior to some of the most acclaimed international features from around the world–well it’s a testament to the integrity of the local industry and undoubtedly a major confidence boost for local screen artists.”

This year’s special guest is Australian filmmaker Heath Davis, who will present his new film Locusts, a brooding outback thriller about a tech-entrepreneur who gets entangled in a world of blackmail and crime after returning to his hometown for his dad’s funeral.

“I’m so excited to be heading back to Perth,” says Davis, who was recently in town to promote his critically-acclaimed Book Week.

“Perth has a real community spirit with a strong appetite for independent films which we don’t have on the
East Coast.

“I’m super proud to have Locusts on the bill. It’s a big screen experience and I’m looking forward to sharing it with everyone.”

Director Donna McRae will return to the festival following last year’s screening of her psychological horror, Lost Gully Road.

McRae will present her new documentary Cobby: The Other Side of Cute, which tells the story of a chimpanzee TV star from the 1960s, and reflects on the treatment of animals in the entertainment industry.

“The film has its sad moments but also plenty of heartwarming and funny moments,” McRae told the Herald.

“For us it was a four-year labour of love, so we are hoping that Perth audiences will enjoy the film and embrace its message.”

By MATTHEW EELES

The Revelation Perth International Film Festival runs from July 4-17.
The full program can be found at http://www.revelationfilmfest.org

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