August 31, 2011
Chosen by jury head Jimmy The Exploder in consultation with The MUFF team.
A Serbian Film (Srdjan Spasojevic)
Michael Dorman (Needle)
BEST ACTRESS (Tie)
Viva Bianca (Holly Rowe ‘X’)
& Hanna Mangan Lawrence (Shay Ryan ‘X’)
Larry Wessel (Iconoclast)
Iconoclast (Larry Wessel)
James Harkness (Birthday)
SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
Needle (John V Soto)
BEST GUERILLA FILM (Tie)
Boronia Backpackers (Timothy Spanos)
& Garth Lives in a Van (Gregory Pakis)
BEST SUPORTING ACTOR (Winner)
Richard Wilson (Birthday)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS (Winner)
Kestie Morassi (Birthday)
BEST SHORT FILM
RUNNER-UP BEST SHORT FILM
Gumby’s New Tit
BEST SHORT FILM DIRECTOR
Michael Adams/Charlotte Squires (Grandma’s Gift)
BEST SHORT FILM ACTOR
Paul Yardley (Don’t Ya Wanna Dance)
BEST SHORT FILM ACTRESS
Deanna Ortuso (A Tale of Obsession)
BEST SHORT SCREENPLAY
Michael Adams/Charlotte Quires (Grandma’s Gift)
Needle (Horror Version)
August 11, 2011
MUFF 12 catalogue in all its brutal and beautiful glory at: http://www.muff.com.au
New MUFF blog by JJ DeCeglie. http://notesfromundergroundmuff2011.tumblr.com/
Opening night a nice little piece of Eastern European Cinema, A Serbian Film.
The MUFF 12 Press Release:
MUFF 12 is here! The most controversial and confronting film festival, even arts event, this fine country has to offer. Yes, all you screen zombies… we are back in 2011 to: Destroy All Movies!
“Destroy All Movies” can be taken as a query, a question and even a complaint about cinema itself. How often do we question our passion in this kind of ontological sense and depth? At MUFF 12 we go there.
Australia’s premiere film festival for anything left (or right!) of centre, Indy or underground is back with a vengeance. In 2010 they tried to shut MUFF and renegade film festival director Richard Wolstencroft down, over LA Zombie, with a MUFF Raid and court trail over our Free Speech advocacy and action. But like the proverbial Phoenix MUFF is back in 2011 to cause more mayhem.
Festival dates are: August 19 to 27. We have two ace venues this year: the amazing re-opened art deco cinema venue St Kilda Memo at 88 Acland st St Kilda (behind the RSL) and it’s sister venue Dog’s Bar Art’s Hub just down the road from Memo at 54 Acland Street.
We have four great sections: MUFF Neu – presenting a range of low budget and Indy underground and genre cinema with highlights like Needle, Iconoclast (on Boyd Rice by Larry Wessell), 2012 and Birthday, MINI MUFF – presenting new short films from Australia and abroad, with highlights The Basher, Hooked, 6ft Hick, Payload and Garth Lives in a Van; our themed retrospective DESTROY ALL MOVIES – featuring the anti-aesthetic of Paul Morrissey, Joe Dellasandro and Andy Warhol, and the MUFF ACADEMY is back! At this year’s academy we have the Billy Marshall Stoneking intensive acting seminar and a screening of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s “Saló” followed by a discussion panel on the film’s merits (or lack thereof) as well as a broader discussion on the sense of censorship.
Plus our notorious gala Opening Night film “A Serbian Film”, one of the most fiendish movies we have ever played at MUFF. And, keeping with our Tribute to Serbia theme for Opening/Closing our Closing Night film is “The Life and Death of a Porno Gang,” followed by the esteemed MUFF 12 awards.
Check out the program online or at any good store or shop in yo’ hood. 24 sessions, over 9 days, all at two venues with a bonus Mystery Screening. What more can you ask? Streamlining is the name of the game. Check it out and join the local cinema screen revolution.
Melbourne Underground Film Festival Director
Full program online now: http://www.muff.com.au/