I arrived to the second night of the festival with plenty of time to sink a couple of beverages. The barman gave me a free shot of bourbon (the bottle was down to dregs), and so I was sufficiently boozed up (which is completely uncharacteristic for me). Director Travis Bain flew down from Cairns (QLD) for the screening of his creature-feature THROWBACK. This was one of my favourite Australian indie-films of last year. In fact FakeShemp.Net awarded the film the 'Glenn Award' as part of our inaugural FakeShemp.Net Awards.
The lights dimmed and the audience was treated to Travis's latest short film LITTLE NIPPERS, a quirky story of karma, featuring killer lobsters. The audience response was good, and then unexpectedly we were shown a teaser concept trailer for his upcoming feature film STARSPAWN. Using stock footage, the trailer pieced together an ambiguous narrative and presented a tone and atmosphere that we should expect from the project. It was certainly an attention grabber.
And then there was THROWBACK. I needn't say much about the film itself. Lord knows we have covered it extensively at FakeShemp.Net over the last twelve months. Needless to say that I LOVE the film and recommend it to anyone who loves genre. It's a perfectly structured film and shot gloriously with limitless affection for schlock cinema. It's available on DVD and BLU-RAY (uk) and I would urge all lovers of indie cinema to support Travis by purchasing a copy.
Jarret and I made a mad-dash for the toilets before quickly hitting the bar up for another drink. We then made our way back into the cinema for the Melbourne premier of Richard Wolstencroft's latest feature film THE SECOND COMING VOL 1.
Richard addressed the audience and prepared them for a sensory overload. His film promised (threatened) to be a kinetic mind-fuck... and that's precisely what it was. Based on a collection of works from W.B. Yeates the film is presented as a mash-up of ideas and concepts, each presented as separate narratives but are woven together thematically. It's an experimental and existential film that proved to be a truly captivating and thought provoking experience. Best described as a psychotic marriage of David Lynch and Richard Stanley, it's also a film that demands contemplation. It cannot be watched and judged immediately. I know that I certainly need to process it more before I can fully comprehend it. Stay tuned for my review of the film....
Richard followed the film with an extensive Q&A session and discussed how the film originated and the process he went through to film it. He was joined on stage by his editor Mark Bakaitis and actress Kristen Condon and they gave the audience an impassioned background narrative of the project and what things lay ahead.
And as soon as it all began, night number two of the festival was done and dusted. It was a brilliant night of cinema, attended by a dedicated audience of movie lovers. What a bunch of folk they are too. MUFF16 reigns supreme!