Revelation Film Festival: Feature Film Highlights

Revelation Film Festival: Feature Film Highlights

Last Updated: 02 Jul 2024
Madeline Frayne

At this year’s Revelation Film Festival you get to choose from 100 special events, feature films and short films being shown at the Revelation Perth International Film Festival.

Movies are showing every day from Wednesday July 3 until Sunday July 14, starting as early as 11am and running past midnight. Most of the movies are showing at Luna in Leederville and Fremantle and the Backlot in Perth, but special events are also being held at the Scitech Planetarium, the WA Museum Boola Bardip, the State Library and other venues around town.

We have selected ten feature films and special event highlights. You can see all the feature films and trailers and documentaries on Localista.

For the full calendar and daily list of films and events by the day, visit the Revelation Film Festival website.


1. Kid Snow

Luna Leederville & Luna SX

Revelation kicks off with a special screening of Paul Goldman’s new outback drama Kid Snow. Filmed on site at Fremantle and Kalgoorlie and starring Billy Howle, Tom Bateman and Pheobe Tonkin. Set in the gritty tent-boxing scene of the 1970s, the story involves a washed-up Irish boxer named Kid Snow (Billy Howle), who is offered a rematch against the man he fought ten years ago.

Schedule

Luna SX: Thursday Jul 11 at 6.30pm

Luna Leederville: Saturday Jul 13 at 6.30pm

Get tickets here.


2. 2001: Space Odyssey

WA Musuem Boola Bardip

This special screening of Stanley Kubrick’s monumental sci-fi 2001: Space Odyssey takes place in the WA Museum beneath a seven-metre replica of the moon, the centrepiece of the currently running ‘To the Moon’ exhibition. Even without an immersive venue, the film’s visual impact and enigmatic storytelling has left audiences entranced since its release in 1968. The plot considers the evolution that has led to the development of man and further evolution that man might undergo in the future by following an expedition to the moon, Jupiter and beyond, after a mysterious artefact is discovered beneath the lunar surface.

Schedule:

WA Museum Boola Bardip: Saturday Jul 13, 5.30pm

Get tickets here.


3. Kinds of Kindness

Luna Leederville & Luna SX

Starring Emma Stone, Margaret Qualley, Joe Alwyn and Jesse Plemons Kinds of Kindness is an absurdist black comedy anthology film following three stories loosely connected by their surreal cruelty. The stories revolve around a man trying to take control of his life, a policeman whose wife returns from sea, behaving like a different person and a woman determined to find someone destined to become a prodigious spiritual leader.

Schedule

Luna SX: Thursday Jul 4 at 6.30pm

Luna Leederville: Sunday Jul 7 at 5.30pm

Luna Leederville: Tuesday Jul 9 at 6.20pm

Get tickets here.


4. Lake Mungo

Luna Leederville

Regarded as one of Australia’s best psychological horror movies, Lake Mungo is a story of a missing girl who was presumed to have drowned in Lake Mungo, but her grieving family are then subjected to all forms of paranormal activity, including hauntings and apparitions which lead them back to the lake. Presented stylistically as a documentary report mixed with home movies, Lake Mungo is not so much a focus on direct, traditional horror, but a slow-burning story of pain, loss and a terrible reality with overtones of doom and the imminence of death.

Schedule

Luna Leederville: Sunday Jul 7 at 5.45pm + Intro + Q&A with RTFM’s Movie Squad, Actress Rosie Traynor and Cinematographer John Brawley

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5. Kids

Luna Leederville

Written by 18-year-old Harmony Korine and the directorial debut of Larry Clark, Kids is a groundbreaking controversial time capsule about the skater scene of mid-90s NYC, featuring a cast of teenaged non-actors. In a quasi-doco style, the story follows 24-hours in the life of 17-year-old Telly and his circle of friends, including his former conquest Jennie, who has contracted HIV and knows it could only have come from him.

Schedule

Luna Leederville: Friday Jul 12 at 9pm

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6. Birdeater

Luna Leederville

Winner of the Audience Award for Best Australian Narrative Feature at the 2023 Sydney Film Festival, Birdeater is psychological drama which takes a trip into the grim manifestation of masculinity. The story follows a bride-to-be, who has been invited to join her own fiancé’s bachelor party on a remote property in the Australian outback. But as the festivities spiral into beer-soaked chaos, uncomfortable details about their relationship are exposed, and the celebration soon snowballs into a full-blown horror.

Schedule

Luna Leederville: Wednesday Jul 10 at 7.10pm

Luna Leederville: Sunday Jul 14 at 5pm

Get tickets here.


7. Hundreds of Beavers

Luna Leederville

Winning awards at numerous festivals including Fantasia 2023, Phoenix Film Festival 2023, MidWest Weird Fest 2023 and several more, Hundreds of Beavers is one of the funniest, most bizarre and visually imaginative films of recent memory. The entire movie plays like a demented live-action cartoon, presented by actors in anthropomorphic fur-plush costumes celebrating the gleeful pleasures of ‘looney-tunes’ slapstick comedy.

Schedule

Luna Leederville: Sunday Jul 7 at 8:45pm

Luna Leederville: Saturday Jul 13 at 9.30pm

Get tickets here.


8. Hesitation Wound

Luna Leederville

Screening tomorrow, Hesitation Wound is a gripping moral and legal thriller anchored by a monumental performance from Turkish actress Tulin Ozen. The story follows a criminal lawyer who must make a moral choice that will affect the lives of both her ailing mother and her murder suspect client, whose defence is turning in his favour.

Schedule

Luna Leederville: Wednesday Jul 3 at 9pm

Luna Leederville: Monday Jul 8 at 6.30pm

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9. Head South

Luna Leederville

Head South opened Rotterdam Film Festival, where it won audience approval, and it’s easy to see why. This vivid and nostalgic comedy is a semi-autobiographical coming of age story set in the 70s post-punk era, making enthusiastic use of the era’s scrappy, hand-made aesthetic and featuring a killer soundtrack. The story follows a Christchurch teenager hanging out in the local record shop, dreaming of starting a punk band called the Daleks to impress an unattainably sexy girl.

Schedule

Luna Leederville: Saturday Jul 6 at 5pm

Luna Leederville: Thursday Jul 11 at 7.15pm

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10. The Lies We Tell Ourselves

Luna Leederville

Part mockumentary, part experimental film, The Lies We Tell Ourselves follows an eccentric director as she tries to create her latest art house film, encountering many entertaining hurdles before realising her vision. It explores the process of filmmaking as an independent director, acting as a smart and self-aware meta commentary on the film industry.

Schedule

Luna Leederville: Friday Jul 5, 9.30pm + Intro + Q&A with director Saara Lamberg

Luna Leederville: Wednesday Jul 10, 7pm + Intro + Q&A with director Saara Lamberg

Get tickets here.


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