9 February

Berlinale – Not just a red carpet

Berlinale – Not just a red carpet

There are 95 film festivals held in Berlin each year, these range from small scale to grandiose events. Naturally, the Down Under Berlin Film Festival it up there with the best of them, but as far as ranking goes, you can’t go past the Berlinale.

11 July

The Hunt for Taika Waititi

The Hunt for Taika Waititi

Internationally acclaimed New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi created films like What we do in the Shadows and Eagle vs Shark. From his academy award nomination for Two Cars, One Night, to having two of New Zealand’s highest grossing films Boy and Hunt For the Wilderpeople. How did he get there?

7 July

The ‘Jackson Effect’ – Boosting New Zealand Film Production

The ‘Jackson Effect’ – Boosting New Zealand Film Production

Author Frank Stark has said, “In the 115-year history of film in this country, more than half of all our feature films were made in just the past 10 years“. From The Lord Of The Rings to the latest internationally successful films as What we do in the shadows and Mahana, how did the ‘Jackson Effect’ finally become the foundation for a rise in national New Zealand film production?

3 February

Down Under @ Berlinale 2016

Down Under @ Berlinale 2016

This year’s Berlin International Film Festival – aka Berlinale – runs from 11 – 21 February 2016 and presents about 400 films from every genre, length, format and country. If you cannot wait until Down Under Berlin returns 14 – 18 September 2016 check out Australian and New Zealand cinema at the Berlinale.

5 February

Terra Australis Berlinale 2015

Terra Australis Berlinale 2015

Amazing, auspicious, Australia! This year’s contribution from Down Under is truly original and diverse. The 65th Berlinale presents six shorts, four feature films, and one documentary from Australia. Pick your favourite!

16 March

Ghost stories and cowboy hats: Australia’s Indigenous directors delve into genre

Ghost stories and cowboy hats: Australia’s Indigenous directors delve into genre

Two major feature films emerged in 2013 from established Indigenous directors: The Darkside – Warwick Thornton’s highly experimental collection of true ghost stories (which screened recently at the Berlin Film Festival); and Mystery Road, Ivan Sen’s moody detective thriller, set in a racially divided outback country town, complete with cowboy hats, corrupt cops and tense shoot-outs.

2 February

Australia storms the Berlinale: An overview of this year’s entries from Down Under

Australia storms the Berlinale: An overview of this year’s entries from Down Under

Well it’s Berlinale time again and this year’s 64th International Film Festival in Berlin has all of us at Down Under Berlin clapping our hands with joy at this year’s Australian selections. Get ready for a deluge of Aussies on the streets of Berlin as the city hosts a number of screenings.