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2011 Melbourne Underground Film Festival: Official Lineup

Destroy All Movies! That’s the cheeky theme to the 12th annual Melbourne Underground Film Festival, which will run on August 19-28.

Festival director Richard Wolstencroft lays out his philosophy for this year’s Muff in an excellent Director’s Statement, which is published in the fest’s program guide. He explains his provocative statement as thus:

“Destroy All Movies” can be taken as a query, a question and even a complaint about cinema itself. Most of us love movies. I still do, of course. I am obsessed by them as ever. Making, watching and showing them. But how often do we question our passion in this kind of ontological sense?

In that regard, Muff is a much more focused and scaled back event this year with less films screening, but with a tighter consideration of local talent, as well as a larger, more provocative stance as ever.

Muff has
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It's the Little Things that Count

It's the Little Things that Count
Boy meets girl. Girl loves boy. Boy realises girl has power to control other people's destinies simply by moving pieces of furniture around the house... Wait, what? Neil McGregor's The Little Things certainly doesn't adhere to the format of the typical cinematic love story.   The director describes his feature debut as a deconstruction of the superhero genre in the style of an indie-love story. "With so many films that have jumped on the superhero franchise bandwagon over the last decade, this was a story that hadn't been told in this way before. That's what attracted me, along with these characters who, in some way, had their own lives partly controlled by a greater force.
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