BIFF: Best Bits and Must-See Films
Ellee McClymont | On 18, Nov 2013
The Brisbane International Film Festival is well underway, so here are the highlights so far, as well as some must-see films for the week to come.Â
Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams
This documentary is so much more than the over-the-top pop starlet documentaries that have been circulating heavily of late. Why? Well, because Stevie Nicks is a certified rock legend.
Her band Fleetwood Mac has been famous since the â€˜70s, and is also a bonafide performer in her own right, with 8 Grammies under her belt.
In Your Dreams follows Nicks as she creates her first studio album in more than a decade, and contains touching glimpses of her personal life and history.
Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams is no longer screening at BIFF but you can order it on iTunes.
This film is a must-see for the Joseph Gordon-Levitt factor alone â€“ he writes, directs and co-stars in this unusual romantic comedy.
Actress Scarlett Johansson takes the female lead in the film which delves into the romantic tensions between a man, a woman, and a manâ€™s other more … er, tabboo hobbies.
Don Jon screens 20th and 22nd of November â€“ book here!
We all know Paul Rudd as the lovable goof in I Love You Man, and of course as Cherâ€™s cute step-brother/boyfriend (never realised how weird that is until just now).
However, Rudd also claims an extensive list of indie performances, and Prince Avalanche is another quality addition to this list.
The film follows two men as they work together in the wilderness â€“ madness and comedy abounds.
Prince Avalanche screens 21st November â€“ book here!
A Touch Of Sin
Definitely my pick for best Chinese film of the year,Â A Touch of Sin is as cinematically beautiful as it is intensely violent.
Donâ€™t let the subtitles scare you away, A Touch of Sin actually picked up Best Screenplay at Cannes for its exploration of the sin, greed and inhumanity which grows from economic expansion.
A Touch of Sin screens 24th November â€“ book here!
12 Years A Slave â€“ Closing Night Special Feature
For those wishing to shell out the big bucks on a cinematic experience, this is your best bet.
The story spans 12 years in the life of a free man, Solomon Northup, who is kidnapped and sold into Americaâ€™s black slave market during the 19th century.
This incredible true story is helmed by visionary director Steve McQueen, and if his previous films are anything to go by, 12 Years A Slave is set to be a moving cinematic masterpiece.
An added bonus – youâ€™ll be able to brag to your friends about how you saw it weeks before the rest of the country.
12 Years A Slave screens 23rd November â€“ book here!
For more details on the Brisbane International Film Festival, visit their website here.