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February 25th 2011
2011 Magnetic Island Film Festival

Starting on Friday March 11 is this year's Magnetic Island Film Festival. Organised by the Magnetic Island Film Society, at the 'all seasons' Hotel on Mandalay Ave in Nelly Bay, the MIFF promises some very rich film experiences including the superb New Zealand tragicomedy 'Boy' and the shocking insight into America's corporate food industry, 'Food Inc'.

Following are the details for each film:

8pm Friday 11 March

2010, 87 mins, rated M, colour
Comedy/drama from New Zealand
Director: Taika Waititi
Starring: James Rolleston, Te Aho Aho Eketone-Whitu, Ei Kura Albert and Maakariini Butler, Taika Waititi

"The year is 1984, and on the rural East Coast of New Zealand “Thriller” is changing kids’ lives. Inspired by the Oscar nominated Two Cars, One Night, Boy is the hilarious and heartfelt coming-of-age tale about heroes, magic and Michael Jackson.

"BOY is a dreamer who loves Michael Jackson. He lives with his brother ROCKY, a tribe of deserted cousins and his Nan.

"Boy’s other hero, his father, ALAMEIN, is the subject of Boy’s fantasies, and he imagines him as a deep sea diver, war hero and a close relation of Michael Jackson (he can even dance like him). In reality Alamein is an inept, wannabe gangster who has been in jail for robbery. 

"When Alamein returns home after seven years away, Boy is forced to confront the man he thought he remembered, find his own potential and learn to get along without the hero he had been hoping for." (from ABC TV's At the Movies - Margaret: 4 stars David: 4 stars)

3pm Saturday March 12

Food Inc.

2009 (Aust release) 94 mins, Colour
Documentary, rated PG, English USA
Director: Robert Kenner
Writers: Robert Kenner, Elise Pearlstein
Stars: Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser and Gary Hirshberg

An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry.

Review by Margaret Pomeranz, (ABC TV's At the Movies):
"The way we eat has changed more in the past 50 years than it did in the previous 10,000 years; that's the opening claim of this powerfully didactic documentary FOOD, INC. which looks beyond the supermarket shelves to see how the food Americans eat is prepared.

"It's a shocking indictment of an industry which has been taken over by greedy, litigious, multi-national corporations who not only want to put small farmers and food suppliers out of business, they want to keep quiet about the dangerous practices they use in the slaughtering of animals for food and other farming practices."
Margaret: 5 stars David: 4 stars

8.00pm Saturday 12 Mar 2011

The Secret in Their Eyes

2010 (Aust release) 129 mins Colour
Crime Drama Mystery Romance Rated MA
Spanish Argentina - 2010 Oscar Winner
Director: Juan Jose Campanella
Lead actor: Ricardo Darin
Cast: Soledad Villamil, Carla Quevedo, Pablo Rago, Javier Godino, Carla Quevedo

Review by Margaret Pomeranz, (ABC TV's At the Movies):
"A court investigator looks back on an investigation he was reluctantly responsible for prosecuting. Twenty five years later, in retirement, he's thinking of writing a novel about the Morales case in which a twenty three year old teacher was raped and murdered.... the case takes hold of Esposito... he can't let it go, in the past or in the present. Esposito spots a potential culprit from a photograph of the victim's past life, but believing is one thing, making an arrest is another...
Margaret: 4 stars David: 4 stars

David Stratton: "It's a very considerable thriller, because it's not just a thriller. I think it's also about, in a very oblique kind of way, what was happening in Argentina in the second half of the seventies, because it starts in 1974."

3.00pm Sunday 13 March 2011

The Hedgehog (Le Hérisson)

2010 (Aust release) 100 mins, Colour
Comedy Drama Rated M
France Italy French Japanese
Director: Mona Achache
Cast: Josiane Balasko, Garance Le Guillermic, Togo Igawa, Anne Brochet, Ariane Ascarides, Wladimir Yordanoff, Sarah Lepicard, Samuel Achache

Review by Jason Di Rosso (Movietime ABC Radio):
"The opening scene of The Hedgehog is about a film within a film. We see 11-year-old Paloma, a blond, bespectacled girl with a video camera, looking down the lens and delivering her director's statement, 'Life is absurd', she says, and in protest, she will commit suicide by her twelfth birthday. As a final gesture, she will make a film documenting her reality, her family and her neighbours, that will prove the meaninglessness of life.

"The film's contrast between a girl who has not yet lived and a woman who has, plays out nicely. You might expect a cynically orchestrated comeuppance for the precocious rich kid who dumps scorn on everyone, but what we get is something subtler, and equally powerful. It's apparent from the beginning that Paloma mistakes the restrictions of her middle class childhood as an absolute dead end. Thanks to Renee, she will learn there are choices ahead, and in so doing, she will learn what it is to be alive; ... of course she will."

8.00pm Sunday 13 March 2011

Soul Kitchen
2010 (Aust release) 99 mins, Colour
Comedy Rated M 15+
Germany German Greek
Director: Fatih Akin

Cast: Adam Bousdoukos, Moritz Bleibtreu, Birol Ünel, Pheline Roggan, Lukas Gregorowicz, Dorka Gryllus, Wotan Wilke Möhring, Demir Gokgol, Monica Bleibtreu, Marc Hosemann, Udo Kier

ABC TV's At the Movies reviewer writes: "In SOUL KITCHEN Zinos, played by ADAM BOUSDOUKOS, owns a restaurant located in a warehouse in a working-class part of Hamburg. The food served is pretty basic - hamburgers and chips mostly.

Zinos has a rich girlfriend, Nadine, PHELINE ROGGAN, whose parents disapprove of his lowly status. She's about to leave for China, and at a farewell dinner at a smart restaurant Zinos observes that the temperamental chef, Shayn, BIROL UNEL, gets sacked because he won't prepare hot gazpacho for a fussy customer. Zinos hires Shayn who helps transform Soul Kitchen into the IN place to be...

Meanwhile Zinos' brother, Illias, MORITZ BLEIBTREU, who is serving a prison sentence, is looking for a job so they he can get day release passes more often. Illias falls for waitress Lucia, ANNA BEDERKE...

Director, Fatih Akin's THE EDGE OF HEAVEN, a drama set in Germany and Turkey, was one of the best foreign language films released in this country over the last few years; in comparison his new film, SOUL KITCHEN, represents a less ambitious, more relaxed work.

It's a cheerful comedy about sex and food and music all set in a melting-pot of humanity. Filled with eccentric characters, including tax and health inspectors who keep bugging the resourceful hero, the film's minimal plot - mainly involving one of those evil developer types who want to transform the neighbourhood - is just an excuse for a lot of fun."

Film Festival 2011 details

Screening at ‘all seasons’ Hotel 61 Mandalay Ave Nelly Bay
Refreshments at ‘The Terrace’ Restaurant & Bar
Season Tickets $40 Adults /$30 Members or Conc.
Single Tickets $10.00 / $8.00 Members or Concession
Tickets available from: Marie de Monchaux 4758 1347 & Linda Wootten 4758 1185. Tickets also available at the screening.

Special Offer: Join the MIFS now for March 2011 to April 2012 inclusive (14 months for the price of 12) and purchase festival tickets at members’ rates

Annual membership: $50.00; Concession $40.00
Annual membership includes admission for one calendar year (11 screenings) & discount to the Film Festival. Half-yearly also available.

To add your comment,
or read those of others, see below

2011 Magnetic Island Film Festival
March 14th 2011
i think you should definitely advertise the independent movie fectival better. i'm a big fan, but sadly i only received information now, that the festival has already finished. :(
March 16th 2011
carmen, as a fan of the Magnetic Island Film Festival I think that you should definitely read your email more often. The Film Festival article appeared here on February 25, fully two weeks before the show. It was advertized on a rolling basis on Sunferries' Island services during that time.
For a no-budget operation, I am very impressed with the Film Society's presentation.

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