Revelation Perth International Film Festival 2017

Revelation Perth International Film Festival 2017

Revelation Perth International Film Festival has to be the best time for a film-lover in Perth to be alive. And who doesn’t love film? And who doesn’t like winning? (scroll to end for giveaway!)

Running now til 19 July, Festival Director Richard Sowada said Revelation had established itself as an international film festival like no other with its thoughtful and provocative program, adding “Revelation 2017 boasts over 200 film screenings with 41 Australian premieres and 15 World premieres, making it fertile ground for independent filmmakers, distributors and discerning audiences.”

Highlights of Revelation 2017 include industry guests and speakers, seminars and exhibitions; Suspended Voices – an audio visual installation at St Georges Cathedral;Mini Rev – free screenings for families at the State Library of WA; Picture Palaces – a celebration of the history of cinema in Western Australia at the Museum of Perth; Screenwest’s annual showcase of emerging WA filmmaking talent in Get Your Shorts On!; the return of the hugely popular Iranian Film Festival; the world premiere of Australia’s first feature film shot in one take Watch The Sunset; and the Revel-8 Super-8 short film festival.

So in other words, if you’re not out and about catching a zillion of these films (program here) in the next two weeks, then we’re not sure we can be friends. Especially if they’re not some of the musical variety…

Luckily Revelation has a STACK of films focusing on music;


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 Exhibition: Suspended Voices

Commissioned by Revelation with support from the City of Perth
Location: St George’s Cathedral, 38 St Georges Terrace, Perth

Duration: 15min loop Times: July 6th – 8th, 10th & 11th: 9am-11am & 2pm-4pm
9th July: 1pm-3.30pm

Free but gold coin donations at the Cathedral for Perth homeless most welcome.

Suspended Voices is a video projection artwork literally ‘suspended’ within Perth’s historic St George’s Cathedral.  It’s an audiovisual requiem for voices and didgeridoo created by audiovisual artist / musician Roly Skender.

Unlike anything that has been presented in the Cathedral before, Suspended Voices draws from the space it inhabits, including vocal performers from the St George’s Cathedral Consort and the deep didgeridoo of Noongar man Olman Walley.

Screen Shot 2017-07-07 at 2.05.33 pmNight of the Living Dead Re-Composed

New live score and FX by local outfit Genrefonix. This is not the complete film – just the juiciest bits! Perth zombie lovers and movie buffs are invited to a musical celebration of arguably the most influential zombie movie of all time. The Night of the Living Dead!

George A. Romero’s 1968 classic will never sound so good, with experimental arts/music collective Genrefonix unleashing a rockin’ set of original horror music and soundscapes sync’d to a mash up of the best movie scenes and zombie action.
Sat 15th, 11pm, Luna Leederville – Selling fast


Screen Shot 2017-07-07 at 2.33.53 pmMeal Tickets

Filmmakers in attendance for Q&A in both sessions

Official Selection: Melbourne International Film Festival
Official Selection: Sydney Independent Film Festival

You can almost feel the sticky carpet and smell the motel rooms in this most excellent longitudinal documentary about the ups, downs, ins and outs and roundabouts of life in a rock band.

In what was dangerously close to becoming a life’s work for director Mat de Koning, Meal Tickets centres on the supped-up rise of Perth rock band Screwtop Detonators on the local scene then to Melbourne then on tour in the US. Along the way relationships splinter, new friendships and careers are formed and teenage dreams and expectations are stared right in the eye.

Sat 8th, 6.30pm, Luna Leederville – tickets selling fast Live performance by Will Stoker and the Embers following the Perth premiere of Meal Tickets

Tues 18th, 2.30pm, Luna Leederville

Screen Shot 2017-07-07 at 2.38.54 pmPatti Cake$

One of the buzz films from this year’s Sundance Film Festival is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser through and through.

Patti Cake$ a.k.a Killer P a.k.a a lot of other names – real name Patricia Dombrowski – dreams of making it as a rapper but things are stacked against her. She’s on the wrong side of the tracks. Her mother is a boozy barfly whose past career as a rock star still haunts her and Patti is doing everything she can to keep the debt collecting foreclosing wolves from the door.

Patti Cake$ is a genuinely honest film with finely drawn characters each of whom audiences are utterly happy to follow, cry with, love with, cheer with and fight with.

Fri 7th, 6.30pm, Luna Leederville
Sat 15th, 8.45pm, Luna SX

Screen Shot 2017-07-07 at 2.43.54 pmA Life in Waves

Studying classical music at Wellesley College and music composition at the University of California, Suzanne Ciani was introduced to the modular synthesiser at the start of the seventies.

Working with music and sound effects on the synthesiser, her groundbreaking work appeared on adverts, video games, and films. In 1977 she provided effects for Meco’s disco version of the Star Wars theme and worked with the Starlight Vocal Band on Afternoon Delight.

A visionary composer and musician, A Life In Waves charts Ciani’s career, her music, and her on-going influence, as well as her key role as a pioneering electronic musician.

Fri 7th, 6.30pm, Luna Leederville
Sun 16th, 5:20pm, Luna SX


Screen Shot 2017-07-07 at 2.46.08 pmChasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary

Director John Scheinfeld (best known for The US vs John Lennon and Who Is Harry Nilsson…?) turns his attention to the life and music of the legendary saxophonist John Coltrane. Combining archive footage with contributions from the likes of Sonny Rollins, Jimmy Heath, McCoy Tyner, John Densmore, Bill Clinton, Wynton Marsalis, Cornel West, Common, Ravi Coltrane, Antonia Andrews, Lewis Porter, and Ben Ratliff, Chasing Trane offers a fascinating and compelling portrait of the musician and the man.

Sat 8th, 4.20pm, Luna SX
Sun 16th, 5pm, Luna Leederville

Screen Shot 2017-07-07 at 2.47.59 pmDas Wassup

Australian Premiere, Best Documentary Feature: Manchester International Film Festival

Forming in Tampa, Florida, Yo! Majesty consists of three powerful female vocalists. In 2008 the group were described as one of the “25 Most Exciting Bands in America” by the NME. Das Wassup follows the hip hop/electro/rap group as their music takes them from Florida through to Europe.

This is a film that’s shot from the hip, it’s an edgy, lo-fi documentary that captures the excitement and power of Yo! Majesty in full swing, with some great live footage, as well as fly-on-the-wall style documentation of events unfolding behind the scenes.

Thurs 13th, 9pm, Luna Leederville
Mon 17th, 8.45pm, Luna Leederville

Screen Shot 2017-07-07 at 2.49.58 pmDead Hands Dig Deep

Official Selection: Slamdance Film festival, Official Selection: Sydney Underground Film Festival

Edwin Borsheim lives in isolation, save for his guard dogs, on a remote block of land in small town California, his home looking like a set from a horror movie. Once the front man of legendary metal/death-rock band Kettle Cadaver, rated by some as one of the most extreme bands to see live, Borsheim was known for powerful and unique performances that were often shocking and brutal. In Dead Hands Dig Deep nineteen-year-old filmmaker Jai Love turns his camera on the singer and through a series of interviews with the performer and his associates, paints a portrait of Borsheim and the demons that drive both his art and his life.

Fri 14th, 10.15pm, Luna Leederville

Screen Shot 2017-07-07 at 2.52.37 pmDescent into the Maelstrom

Telling the story of Radio Birdman – one of the key protopunk rock bands to emerge in the mid-seventies – Descent Into The Maelstrom is a documentary that offers a journey deep into the underbelly of Australian music. Mixing thundering power-pop with the bite of 70s Detroit punk Birdman burst onto the music scene in so doing creating a whole new Australian rock sound.

Taking their swaggering-rock through a nightscape of bars and confronting unsuspecting audiences with their volume and power Radio Birdman changed the face of rock music, influenced a generation of sneering youths and recorded a string of great songs including the classic LP Radios Appear. Talking head interviews and archive combine to offer a vivid portrait of the band, the world they inhabited, and their role in Australian independent music.

Wed 12th, 9pm, Luna Leederville
Sun 16th, 8.45pm, Luna SX

Screen Shot 2017-07-07 at 2.56.53 pmThe Go Betweens: Right Here

The Go-Betweens are an Australian legend. Emerging from the conservative streets of Brisbane during the punk explosion of the seventies, the duo of Robert Forster and Grant McLennan rapidly defined their own unique musical sound. Joined by drummer Lindy Morrison the band became unstoppable.

Using archive, interviews with band members, fellow musicians, and associates, the film tells the story of one of the best loved and visionary of Australian bands.

Sat 15th, 8.45pm, Luna Leederville – Selling fast
Wed 19th, 8.40pm, Luna SX


Screen Shot 2017-07-07 at 3.00.12 pmForum: Vision For Beats: Perth Music Forum

Vision for Beats will showcase music videos from a selection of WA’s talented filmmakers with networking opportunities to connect and discuss local productions.

The music video screening will highlight a vast collection of work, followed by Q&As with key crew representatives of each video such as the director, cinematographer, art director, editor, digital creators et cetera.

These Q&As will delve into the filmmakers work, walking the audience though how it was made and the trends that are being explored in music video production today.

Followed by networking drinks, the screen will be available for guests to show their own music videos as well as other filmclips that have inspired their work.

This event is proudly supported by The Australian Cinematographers Society (WA branch) and Johnny Ma Studios.

When: Friday 14 July
Where: Johnny Ma Studios  – 305A Railway Parade, Maylands WA 6051
Time: 6:30 – midnight
Register here


We have a DOUBLE PASS to every one of these ticketed events and screenings, with the winner getting to feast their eyes and ears on all the music relation Revelation delicacies.

Head to WAM’s Facebook to enter!