Sadly we were unable to attend the MUFF events at Howler on the Wednesday night. The line up conflicted with our own screening at The Backlot... and so we would like to thank Gregory Pakis (no stranger to MUFF) for take notes on the night and providing us with the follow coverage. Muchas gracias amigo!! - Glenn.
MUFF 16 Night 6 began at a handsome bar/restaurant converted from an old wool shed, hidden back off a main road in Brunswick now called Howler Bar. Actually, the night began with a free beer from sponsor Pistonhead, before we were herded into the stylish back screening room to watch NORTH CIRCULAR ROAD, an Irish suspense thriller about a haunted house that resembled “The Sixth Sense” (1999) with more than just the big twist at the end.
After another free Pistonhead beer, we were flown to Bali, in local film maker Jamie Wilson’sCOME BACK MR BULE; a documentary which laments why less Australians are visiting the warm hospitable Bali, and that the general perception generated by Australian media reports that Bali is unsafe, is mostly untrue. “Come Back Mr Bule” works best as a love letter to Bali from Wilson, who has visited the city several times before making the documentary.
After quickly gulping another Pistonhead beer, we were back in the screening room to see I AM EVENGELINE by another Australian film maker, Christine Rogers. Set in a mythological city, “I am Evangeline” echoed Blade Runner with its central protagonist, a runaway clone, which tries to extend the length of her own existence. The night ended with more Pistonhead lagers passed around as patrons mingled with the filmmakers. I was also lucky enough to be shouted a burger and chips by the formidable MUFF festival director, Richard Wolstencroft!
- Gregory Pakis.