The interview was done by Malti Elliott with the festival director Richard Soweda .


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Ten years plus in the making, writer/director Mat de Koning’s Meal Tickets is far more than a rock doco.  One of the rare films centred on Perth, it’s more a journey into adulthood of a group of mates who happened to take a musical path.

The five guys who were Screwtop Detonators (in 2004) were teenaged lads, full of ambition. They were in the mould of the Sex Pistols and Iggy Pop but had an image all their own and, as expected, were loud, provocatively vulgar, expressed themselves with an over-dependence on the ‘f’ word and bursting with raw energy.

The film splinters into two strands when their road manager, Will Stoker, breaks away to form his own band and meets with some success.  Meanwhile, the boys left behind, begin to wonder if they will ever make it.  After an (unmemorable) tour of the U.S. they finally release an album – 3-2-1 I’m Done – which is also largely ignored.

With the internet and streaming sites, making an impression was much harder. They look with envy at guys of their age, earning money, buying cars and settling into family life.  One member ruefully remarks that here he is, in his mid-twenties and with nothing to show for it.  It seemed like the band was out of time and, inevitably, in 2009 they break up.

With hand-held camera work that ranges from almost steady to out of control, and with rapid-fire editing, there is a visceral power to the film, even if its disjointedness, at time, makes it hard to follow.  But when they express their thoughts about success, about growing up and finding elements of value in their lives, Meal Tickets gains some depth beneath the ear-shattering noise and raucous antics.

Phil. 16.06.17.

(Meal Tickets will screen, as part of the Revelation Film Festival, at Luna Leederville on Saturday July 8th at 6.30pm and again at Luna Leederville on Tuesday July 18th at 2.30pm.  Please note that Will Stoker and the Embers will play at Babushkas, following the July 8th screening.  Tickets can be purchased at eventbrite or at the door).



Dir: John Ruane
Year: 1990
Duration: 109min

This month’s Australian Revelations celebrates the late, great John Clark in the classic piece of Australian cinema, Death In Brunswick.

Sam Neill and Zoe Carides stars alongside Clark in this story where the road to love is never smooth and where a strange trip down cemetery lane gives us one of Australia’s most memorable film sequences. Romance, crime and dry comedy abound in as Director John Ruane also sharply mixes more than a pinch of social commentary around multi-culturalism in Australia.

Neill plays Carl a one-step-away alcoholic, loser and cook – that is until he meets Sophie (Carides) a barmaid in the shady joint in which he works. The two find a serious spark but family and friends have other ideas. After an untimely death of a kitchen hand things rapidly spiral well out of control for all as the star-crossed lovers need to deal with family expectations and an unexpected all-out gang war. Along the way Carl is notably assisted by Dave (Clark) in a turn described by The Guardian as “a scene-stealing sidekick powered by a boisterously entertaining performance”

Always enormous fun to watch for the first time or revisit for the second or third, Death In Brunswick is a film that rarely makes its way to the big screen but always maintains a notable place in Australian cinema now and in the period.

Event to be held at the following time, date and location:

Monday, 29 May 2017 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm (AWST)

The Backlot Perth
21 Simpson Street
West Perth, WA 6005


One of the great Australian films, Peter Weir’s Gallipoli is a sprawling story of mate-ship, loyalty and national identity. It also marks a very special time in Australian cinema where scale, scope and ambition were the order of the day.

GallipoliEveryone and everything about this film works and its considerable strength makes Gallipoli profound and moving viewing still today. Even better of course is the ability to see the film on the big screen – something that takes place all too rarely with this wonderfully composed work.

It’s the kind of film you need to see several times just to re-affirm that it is actually as good as you remember it to be.

After the screening, Mark Lee (Archy Hamilton) will join us for a Q+A via skype. An unmissable opportunity to speak to the actor behind an iconic character.

Monday 24 April at The Backlot Perth from 6.30pm, tickets at

We have also launched our crowdfunding campaign  #Rev20for20


chasing asylum1CHASING ASYLUM exposes the real impact of Australia’s offshore detention policies and explores how ‘The Lucky Country’ became a country where leaders choose detention over compassion and governments deprive the desperate of their basic human rights.

The film features never before seen footage from inside Australia’s offshore detention camps, revealing the personal impact of sending those in search of a safe home to languish in limbo.

CHASING ASYLUM explores the mental, physical and fiscal consequences of Australia’s decision to lock away families in unsanitary conditions hidden from media scrutiny, destroying their lives under the pretext of saving them.Chasing asylum2

“Chasing Asylum” confronts Australia’s hardline policy of detaining asylum seekers in offshore processing centers, offering a powerfully crafted plea for human rights will move many viewers to tears. Richard Kuipers, Variety

Monday 27 March at The Backlot Perth from 6.30pm, tickets at

Preceding Chasing Asylum will be Djarliny, a music video and behind the scenes documentary that asks us all to listen to our Aboriginal Elders when they are telling us about their land and culture. This amazing film is the result of a partnership between Community Arts Network and Narrogin Senior High school, delivering a program with Noongar teenagers to promote resilience through language, dance, music, film and cultural traditions.

Djarliny by The Burdiya Mob

Djarliny means ‘listen’ in Noongar, the traditional language of South West WA.

Australian Revelations is Revelation Perth International Film Festival’s program of monthly screenings of Australian films from the past, present and future. 

Djarliny by The Burdiya Mob

Djarliny. Listen.

Saving asylumCommunity Arts Network partnered with Narrogin Senior High school to deliver a program with Noongar teenagers to promote resilience through language, dance, music, film and cultural traditions.

The result is Djarliny, a music video and behind the scenes documentary that asks us all to listen to our Aboriginal Elders when they are telling us about their land and culture.

Djarliny means ‘listen’ in Noongar, the traditional language of South West WA.

Proudly produced by CAN and under the direction of Poppy van Oorde-Grainger and assisted by an incredible team of creative artists from Western Australia, these Noongar teenagers from Narrogin have produced a powerful cinematic tribute to their traditional culture and contemporary lifestyle.

Event to be held at the following time, date and location:
Monday, 27 March 2017 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm (AWST)
The Backlot Perth
21 Simpson Street
West Perth, WA 6005



Wednesday 9 November – Revelation Special Screening of Tickled

A journalist stumbles upon a mysterious tickling competition online. As he delves deeper he comes up against fierce resistance, but that doesn’t stop him getting to the bottom of a story stranger than fiction.

The Backlot Perth – 6.30pm

lake_mungo_official_posterMonday 28 November – Australian Revelations

Australia has consistently produced genre films of an extraordinarily high quality – Wolf Creek, Road Games, Mad Max and more recently Boys in the Trees. Nestled right there in the middle is Joel Anderson’s excellent and spooky tale Lake Mungo.

The Backlot Perth – doors open 6.30pm, film from 7pm




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Tickets for the 13th annual Russian Resurrection Film Festival, to be held Cinema Paradiso from 10 – 16 November, are now on sale.

The 2016 program features quality Russian cinema – old and new. The highlights include:
The recent Cannes Film Festival hit, The Student, from award-winning director Kirill Serebrennikov.
The wonderful examination of the fractures between love and ambition in Moscow Never Sleeps from Russian-speaking Irish filmmaker Johnny O’Reilly.
Two huge blockbusters: Flight Crew – the number one film at the 2016 Russian Box Office, and Icebreaker – the eagerly awaited action adventure tale which is yet to be released in Russia.
Alexei Mizgirevs’ historical thriller The Duelist features some of Russia’s biggest film stars and will be sure to captivate audiences.
A romantic comedy All That Jam, starring Australian actor, Martin Dingle Wall.
The Perth season of the Festival will be opened by The Good Boy, another romantic comedy which won this year’s audience award at Kinotavr Film Festival.

The program also features a retrospective of Russian classics including digitally re-mastered prints of Alexander Nevsky (1938) by Sergei Eisentein and Dmitri Vasilyev, about one of the greatest Princes in Russian history and King Lear (1971) by Grigori Kozintsev.

“With over 85,000 people having attended the event since we started in 2004, it seems Australians really do appreciate what the Russian film industry has to offer. Particularly in 2016, which has officially been announced as the year of Russian cinema, I can’t wait for them to see the terrific selection of films we have programed for this year.”
– Festival Director, Nicholas Maksymow.

The Russian Resurrection Film Festival receives the support of the Russian Ministry of Culture.

To book tickets and to view the full festival program, visit:

For screeners, interviews or promotional opportunities please contact:
Suzanne Worner
0407 384 917
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REVELATION PERTH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2016 PROGRAM Revelation Perth International Film Festival has announced its expanded 2016 program. Curated once again by Jack Sargeant, the Revelation Perth International Film Festival sees a diverse selection of films drawn from across the world. Boasting Revelation’s commitment to signature works, independent cinema, genre film, world cinema, and unique breathtaking movies, this year is no exception with a program drawn from Australia, Iceland, Canada, France, Paraguay, Ukraine, Japan and all points in between. Featuring award-winning movies, world, international and local premieres, new Australian works and live performances, Revelation is a celebration of the strength of all aspects of film culture.
Festival Director Richard Sowada said the 2016 program has surprises at every turn.
“Through the expanded range of films, events and exhibitions we’ve tried our best to explore as many corners of the world as we can,” said Richard.
“I think the event is our best ever showcase of the transformative power of the big screen and in so doing brings to WA new cinematic ideas and vital and energetic new perspectives.
“It’s impressive and is filled with depth, texture, strength and challenge.” Expanding across the city and wider community, Revelation plays a central role not just in the Perth calendar but also nationally and internationally. Featuring dedicated programs from the Iranian Film Festival, Cine Vivo Latina Film Festival, the Revel-8 Super-8 short film festival and ScreenWest, once again Revelation will entertain and inspire audiences, while RevCon will feature some of the festival’s guests exploring key aspects of the industry at dedicated panels and workshops. Revelation Academic meanwhile sees scholars – from academic institutions and independent researchers – delivering papers and exploring cinema and visual culture, in the fifth instalment of this critical platform that remains utterly unique to any Australian film festival. 2016 sees the biggest Revelation program to date with Program Director Jack Sargeant calling it a mammoth task.
“It truly encompasses everything from children’s movies to video art, poignant dramas to gore
horror movies, contemplative documentaries and laugh out loud films. There’s a sense, from
looking over the programme, of the true potential for cinema, an ability to communicate to
audiences, to engage viewers and to inspire something in all. I hope people find something special
in the event.”
Revelation is acclaimed as Western Australia’s leading international film festival and annual
screen culture event and is firmly established as Australia’s filmmakers’ festival. It is dedicated to
presenting independent cinema from around the globe in a context that explores film’s great
traditions, its contemporary movements and its future directions.
Highlights of Revelation 2016 will also include:
 Muppets, Music & Magic: The Jim Henson Legacy – a retrospective of the works of Jim
 debut of Mini Rev with free children’s screenings at the State Library of WA;
 Mike Kelley Mobile Homestead – a three part video work at PICA;
 Mapplethorpe: Look At The Pictures – the life and groundbreaking work of photographer
Robert Mapplethorpe;
 Swiss Army Man – the highly anticipated film featuring Daniel Radcliffe as a corpse;
 ScreenWest’s annual showcase of emerging WA filmmaking talent in Get Your Shorts On!
 WA Screen Awards.
As well as industry guests and speakers, seminars and masterclasses.
Attracting audiences of over 11,000 people annually, Revelation continues to grow and has
become the ‘go-to’ event for independent filmmakers, distributors and discerning audiences.
2016 will feature 143 films, 14 world premieres and 42 Australian premieres.
Revelation is proudly supported by the Australian and Western Australian governments through
ScreenWest and Screen Australia.
The complete program is now online and tickets are on sale now from the Revelation website
at and from Luna Palace Cinemas at
7-17 JULY 2016
For all media enquiries or a copy of the press kit, please contact:
Suzanne Worner
General Manager and Communications Director
+61 (0) 407 384 917


New Australian film Observance will have its Western Australian premiere at Australian Revelations on Monday 30 May.

Observance is the story of a grieving father returning to work as a private investigator and embarking on an unusual assignment to observe a woman from an abandoned apartment.

Selected for screening at the BFI London Film Festival and FanTasia International Film Festivals, this will be the film’s first screening in Western Australia.

Billed as ‘one of the most chilling experiences’ by The Hollywood Reporter and as ‘sheer ambient dread’ by Indiewire, Observance is fast garnering a reputation as one of the best—and most unique—works of horror.

The film’s writer-director Joseph Sims-Dennett said he was honoured to have his film screening at Australian Revelations.

“Revelation has been leading Australia in discovering the next wave of international local independent films for almost 20 years now,” Joseph said.

Revelation Director Richard Sowada said Observance was a very slick film with great respect for the language and traditions of cinema.

“It walks a very tense line between drama, thriller and horror,” Richard said. “You’re never really sure what’s going to happen next and from what direction.”

Revelation Perth International Film Festival, in association with Cinema Australia, presents Australian Revelations as a celebration of Australian film via monthly screenings.

Australian Revelations also screens a WA-made short film before each main feature, giving local filmmakers an opportunity to showcase their films on a big screen. Preceding Observance will be the locally made short film Harvey’s Dream.

Observance will screen at The Backlot Perth on Monday 30 May from 6.30pm with a post-screening ‘Q&A’ with writer/director Joseph Sims-Dennett.

All tickets $20 and available from

For all enquiries, please contact:

Suzanne Worner
0407 384 917



Here’s a brand new Australian film that is only scheduled for one screening in WA.

It’s a fabulous film about an alcohol and gambling addicted former sports star fallen from grace.  This is not a football film but a dramatic story of a guy’s struggle to get back on his feet.  It has great writing and wonderful turns from veteran Max Cullen, Steve Le Marquand and Claire van der Boom.

This is champagne viewing which will move and inspire you.

Also, it’s a wonderful opportunity to acquaint yourself with the delights of the amazing  which I guarantee you’ll love.

See you in the dark.  Phil.



 Though fictitious, former NRL star, Ben Kelly (Steve Le Marquand) the central character in writer/director Heath Davis’ debut feature film, is an all-too-familiar figure of a disgraced sporting hero (an abundant source of fodder for the Aussie tabloids) whose life, after the game, spirals out of control.

Voted best film at the Kiwi International Film Festival and Las Vegas Independent Film Festival, Broke is set in the industrial town of Gladstone, on the central coast of Queensland and begins with Kelly having squandered his career earnings and now with an addiction to alcohol and gambling.

The cause of Kelly’s fall from grace is never specified (although a match-fixing scandal is mentioned) but his demise has made him the pariah of the local community who once thrilled to his on-field skills.  It’s left to the aging Cec (Max Cullen) an average Aussie battler of limited means, to take the destitute Kelly into his modest home where his single-mum daughter, Terri (Claire van der Boom) can’t believe that her former sporting idol is under their roof.  However, perceptions sour overnight as Kelly repays his hosts by stealing their goods, including even the urn containing the ashes of Cec’s wife.

Why would Cec, after being so abused, continue to offer Kelly support when most guys would have had him banged up in the local lock-up?  Heath Davis is a fine writer with a keen, observant eye and he’s not guilty of implausible narrative development – he’s got the character right.  As the lynch-pin of this hard-hitting drama and, in a role brim-full of human compassion, Cec (as Davis reveals) has the best reason in the world to help the fallen star.

Cullen is simply superb as Cec, the grizzled, white-haired face of redemption. But there isn’t a weak link in the film’s minimal cast.  Steve Le Marquand plays Kelly with unerring conviction and all the conflict and weakness of a broken man trying to get back up.  It’s a moving performance that’s sad and pitiable with door after door being slammed in his face and, all the while, his demons continuing to snap at his heels. Regaining lost status isn’t as straightforward as finding the misplaced car keys and Davis doesn’t insult his audience by suggesting that it is.

The one potential source of real support is the attractive and wholly decent Terri for it is clear, from the start, that she and Kelly share a mutual attraction.  But she is also damaged and carries the emotional bruises from her own failed marriage.  Claire van der Boom generates moments of great tenderness but also plays the young mum with just the right degree of tentative affection.

While featuring a washed up rugby player and, in spite of some judicious insertion of archival game footage, perhaps Davis’ greatest achievement is that Broke is not a football film.  Kelly could be a fallen star in any sport or, in fact, no sport at all.  It’s a harsh and hardened tale of shattered dreams which only the healing power of compassion and forgiveness can put to rights.  Ultimately, it’s a message of hope – and that’s inspirational for anybody.

Phil.  01.04.16.

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New Australian film Broke will have its Western Australian première at
Australian Revelations on 26 April.

Gambling, footy and the sometimes lonely environments of the suburbs form the backdrop of this terrific new Australian dramatic feature. Selected for screening at multiple festivals around the world – including Manchester, Ankara, Cardiff, Singapore, Los Angeles and Uruguay – this will be the film’s first, and likely only, screening in Western Australia.

Featuring a top-notch cast of including Steve Le Marquand, Steve Bastoni, Brendan Powell, Claire Van Der Boom and veteran Max Cullen, the film was crowdfunded on
a shoestring budget.

According to actor Max Cullen, the people who made this film were – literally – broke.
“It was ‘crowdfunded’ on a very small budget, only a handful of cast and crew were paid
at all,” Max said.

“It was a miracle that the end product was so extraordinary. Everyone involved worked hard and, well, a lot of love went into making Broke – and it shows.”

Revelation Director Richard Sowada said Broke is a film having enormous local
and international success.
“It’s a great privilege to be part of building its Australian reputation,” Richard said.

Preceding Broke will be William Paul Hansen, a short film from FTI’s Indigenous Community Stories program. William Paul Hansen is the story of an indigenous former Army serviceman who served in Vietnam, and his story of survival.

Broke will screen at The Backlot Perth on Tuesday 26 April from 6.30pm with a post-screening Q+A with writer/director Heath Davis.
All tickets $20 and available from


Australian Revelations is a celebration of Australian film via monthly screenings and it is with enormous pleasure that we present a screening of the Australian classic

The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith.

One of Australia’s great big screen films, The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith never seems to date and the performances only seem to get better.

Would a film like this be able to be made in Australia today? Who knows but either way Tommy Lewis is electric in the role of Jimmie. With a flashing smile (which he still has) and that fire in his eyes (which he still has) Lewis leads a top notch cast that through a story based on Thomas Keneally’s 1972 Booker Prize nominated book.

Jimmie is a young aboriginal man who through hard work and marriage to a white woman is doing everything he can to keep his head down, make his own way through life and live and let live. However hard he tries though, Jimmie is confronted by obstacle after obstacle and is torn constantly between the two worlds of the life he’s striving for and the life he’s pulled toward.

Ultimately his fate is decided by accident despite the designs he has in place and from there a series of events unfold and spiral more and more out of anyone’s control.

The film won a swag of AFI awards including Best Original Music Score, Best Actress in a Lead Role (Angela Punch McGregor) and Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Ray Barrett). It was also nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 1978 Cannes Film Festival.

A classic Australian film and essential viewing by anyone’s standards.

The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith will screen at The Backlot Perth 
on Monday 21 March from 6.30pm.
All tickets $20 and available from

For all enquiries, please contact:

Suzanne Worner
0407 384 917


Storm Boy

Australian Revelations is a celebration of Australian film via monthly screenings and it is with enormous pleasure that we present a special family screening of the all-time Australian classic, Storm Boy. Very much part of Australia’s film renaissance of the 1970s, Storm Boy tells the story of Mike who lives on the isolated South Australian coast with his reclusive father. After a pelican is shot, Mike rears the bird’s chicks and a friendship develops between him and one special bird, Mr Percival. Famous for its stunning photography, this is a perennial family favourite and will be presented as a beautifully restored version made for the film’s 40th year celebrations. Storm Boy will screen at The Backlot Perth on Monday 18 January from 2pm. All tickets $15 and available from

Revelation Film Festival joins Fringe World

Revelation Perth International Film Festival will present THIS IS ROCK! at Perth’s 2016 Fringe World Festival from 21 January – 22 February.

Joining the incredibly successful multi-arts Fringe World event for the first time, Revelation is proud to present a program of seven music documentaries that chart a course from the roots to the renaissance of punk, hair and heavy rock.
With all films regarded internationally as bona-fide music and film classics plus some new surprises. The program includes:
Lech Kowalski’s definitive look at the 70s punk rock movement D.O.A: A Rite of Passage which includes some of the most famous Sex Pistols footage and interviews ever shot
Penelope Spheeris’ epic rock trilogy The Decline of Western Civilization Pt 1, 2 & 3 recently restored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
The guaranteed crowd-pleaser and brand new fest hit We Are Twisted Fucking Sister
Jeff Krulik’s legendary short documentary shot in the carpark of a Judas Priest concert Heavy Metal Parking Lot
And last but not least the locally produced documentary Fridey At The Hydey looking at a slice of Perth music subculture.
“These fantastic works are as fresh today as the day they were made” says Revelation Director Richard Sowada. “They mark genuinely important moments in popular culture in both their form and what they capture and are in every way just brilliant to watch unfold. Everything about them and everything in them is sheer guts and glory – we like that.”
THIS IS ROCK! will screen mostly at The Backlot Perth in West Perth with one night at the Rooftop Movies venue in Northbridge.
Tickets are available through the Fringe World website at and further programming information can be downloaded here.
For all enquiries, please contact:
Suzanne Worner
0407 384 917



Revelation Perth International Film Festival will present a celebration of Australian film – past present and future – through a year-round, ongoing series of screenings commencing in November.

Revelation was designed to showcase a range of unique and progressive short, feature, documentary, archival and animated works which were at the forefront of contemporary underground film making, at the same time contextualising these works through a variety of curated archival programs highlighting pivotal points in independent film making.frontlin1_

Revelation’s Australian Revelations series will present monthly screenings that celebrate Australia’s rich and diverse film culture. Revelation Festival Director Richard Sowada said Australian Revelations would bring the focus back on to the basics. “Australia has always has always had a rich and surprising film industry – and does today – but sometimes it’s not always on the surface”

Revelation will look into both the past and the future of Australian film and provide some new perspectives on film making in this country,” Richard said “And everything’s on the table, from landmark Australian classics to forgotten titles and movements.”

Each feature screening will be accompanied by a Western Australian made short film, providing opportunities for local film makers to have their work seen by new audiences. “In that regard, Australian Revelations will show Perth audiences where Australian film has been, where it is and hopefully, where it’s going,” Richard said. “Most importantly, Australian Revelations will celebrate Australian film in its many forms.”

“OveFrontliner and above that, it’s a new step for the Revelation Perth International Film Festival, taking the annual, ten-day festival in July and adding to that a year-round series of events for film lovers, film makers and film students.”

Australian Revelations will screen at the new The Backlot Perth facility in West Perth.

Listen to an interview with  Suzanne warner – the communications director of Revelations by Malti Elliott