MIFF comes to Castlemaine

Castlemaine-based film editor Bergen O'Brien edited one of the films headed to Castlemaine as part of Melbourne International Film Festival. Photo: Eve Lamb

Eve Lamb

Castlemaine’s historic Theatre Royal is getting set to host some remarkable new films as part of this month’s Melbourne International Film Festival.
Enhancing the Castlemaine connection, this year’s MIFF will include the Australian premiere of documentary film Hating Peter Tatchell co-produced by Sir Elton John, co-starring Stephen Fry and Ian McKellen – and edited in Castlemaine by locally-based film editor Bergen O’Brien.
The Theatre Royal’s Tim Heath says a further element of interest for Castlemaine audiences will be the theatre’s later (October) hosting of a live performance by renegade country music artist, Wanita – as featured in the film I’m Wanita which is an inclusion on the MIFF program screenings locked in for Theatre Royal.
“We’re extremely excited to be part of the regional program,” Tim says.
“MIFF is an internationally recognised film festival.
“We chose the films (screening at Theatre Royal) in conjunction with MIFF and we’re really pleased to present a program that we think will be in keeping with the diversity here in Castlemaine.
“We feel like there will be something for everyone.”
Celebrating its 69th running, MIFF’s newly revealed 2021 program boasts 283 international and Aussie films including 199 feature films, 84 shorts, 40 world premieres and 154 Australian premieres.
“In Castlemaine the screenings at the Theatre Royal will include Off CountryAnonymous Club, James and Isey (New Zealand), Hating Peter TatchellChef Antonio’s Recipes for RevolutionI’m Wanita and Little Tornado,” MIFF programmer Kate Fitzpatrick told the Mail.
“It’s a great line-up.
“I’d encourage people to get along and support their local theatre and come and see some great films, and I’d also encourage people to jump on the MIFF website.”
MIFF will deliver in-cinema screenings in Melbourne city, suburbs and eight regional Victorian towns, and will also be going nationwide via its online platform enabling film lovers the chance to immerse themselves in new world-class film wherever they may be in Australia.
A total 62 films will be available on MIFF Play, the festival’s online screening platform.
The festival’s two overlapping programs (in-cinema and online) will encompass 18 days with the in-cinema experiences running August 5–15, and MIFF Play expanding into homes online August 14–22.

Eve Lamb
Journalist and photographer Eve Lamb has a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) degree from Deakin University and a Master of Arts (Professional Writing) from Deakin University. She has worked for many regional newspapers including the Hamilton Spectator and the Warrnambool Standard, and has also worked for metro daily, The Hobart Mercury, and The Sunday Tasmanian. Eve has also contributed to various magazines including Australian Cyclist.