Posted by Federica Caso | October 6, 2021 | Film, live! | 0 |

On Friday October 1st, the Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF) kicked off its 2021 program, celebrating the 27th anniversary of BIFF. The festival will take place in six venues from October 21st to 31st: New Farm Cinemas, Reading Cinema Newmarket, Dendy Coorparoo, Palace James Street, Australian Cinematique and Elizabeth Picture Theater.

BIFF will open on Thursday October 21st, opened with the film The Drover’s Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson, directed by Aboriginal director, actress, and writer Leah Purcell. The film is inspired by the iconic story of Henry Lawson and tells the story of Molly Johnson who takes care of her four children while her husband drove cattle. Despite being heavily pregnant, Molly keeps various threats from nature and other humans at bay. But when Yadaka (Rob Collins), an Aboriginal man on the run from white law enforcement, intrudes into the sanctuary she has created, the brutal hardships and secrets that have accompanied them both throughout their lives are faced.

The program can be found on the BIFF website It is easy to search as it is divided into themes, genres, and venues. It offers a wide range of feature-length and short films, including a number of Australian highlights. For guests who can’t have enough, there is a multi-pass ticket option.

The BIFF also offers a number of special events such as a panel discussion on “Women in Film”, a session on “Turning in Queensland ”to discuss funding models and entry options, and the screening of the 2021 Grand Jury Prize winner, Memoria, in Cannes on the final night on October 31st.

Federica Caso is a political analyst and writer. She recently completed her PhD in International Politics from the University of Queensland. Her research focuses on the politics of aesthetics and art. She is interested in how art and culture are co-opted in systems of power and rule and used as instruments of political resistance. She wrote, moderated events, and moderated discussions on the politics of aesthetics. She is a board member of House Conspiracy, an arts center in the West End, Brisbane


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