Long time readers will recall the affection I hold for my hometown film festival. We lost BIFF for a little while there 2014-2016 and I planned to write of my fond memories of it when it suddenly came back last year thanks in no small part to Palace Cinemas. Now having gone out to tender, it is back this year with a new home base at the Gallery of Modern Art and a new Artistic Director in Amanda Slack-Smith but we will always owe a debt to the Zeccolas for their part in bringing BIFF back in 2017. Palace Cinemas are not venue partners for BIFF this year instead a wide range of cinemas are involved including New Farm cinemas which held the first Brisbane Film Festival back in the 1960s.
Karen won tickets through local rag and BIFF Sponsor The Courier Mail to attend a special preview screening at GOMA the day before opening night. We were welcomed by the Artistic Director to watch Woman At War from Iceland. The whole event had that air of being let in on a little secret and getting a sneak peek of what was to come. The atmosphere was warm and friendly and full of mutual love for cinema. A perfect way to kick off the film festival before “kicking off” the film festival, whoever came up with the idea should pat themselves on the back.
You can read more of my thoughts here https://www.weekendnotes.com/woman-at-war-film-review-brisbane-international-film-festival-2018/ with a review I have had published with a new sixth publication Weekend Notes.
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6 thoughts on “THE BIFF IS BACK – BIFF 2018 PART I – SPECIAL PREVIEW SCREENING OF ‘WOMAN AT WAR’ REVIEW AVAILABLE ON WEEKEND NOTES”
I enjoyed the review and the trailer, Lloyd. It seems to follow the Icelandic tradition of quirky films with a message, and looks like a film I would enjoy too.
Best wishes, Pete.
I think it maybe my first Icelandic film and I quite enjoyed it and hope you do too. If not just remember I steered you to Deadpool. 🙂 I’m so glad to have BIFF back for another year, we’re heading into the final weekend of it. Lots more posts to come with a Chinese crime drama, another gem shot in Iceland, two Aussie flicks and a Buster Keaton classic. Look forward to sharing with you all but especially my buddy Pete who champions foreign films. Best wishes Pete.
Check out this list, I have seen a few of them. 🙂
I tell you what Pete, just about all of them look great. Hope to see some. An earlier film of Woman At War features on the list I think.
What a unique premise. I’d be game to watch ‘Woman at War’. Nice review, Lloyd.
Thanks Cindy, i really dug the vibe of the preview screening and enjoyed the movie.