Rotunda’s Top Picks: Revelation Film Festival

Reviewed by: Finnian Williamson

It’s Australia’s “best kept secret” according to the critic icon Margaret Pomeranz.

You’d better get ready, then, for the Revelation Perth International Film Festival to take over your local cinema, gallery, café or bar from July the 2nd to 12th, as this festival doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.

Since 1997 the festival has provided a huge range of indie, experimental and short films, as well as a healthy dose of documentaries, filmmaking classes and specialist programs. It’s essentially the alternative film scene Perth has always needed. And this year isn’t any different. With over 123 individual titles, 51 Australian films, 4 world premiers and a much-hyped set of short films, it’s going to be a hard choice between the film debut’s you attend and the cult classics you miss out on.


Last Cab To Darwin

The festival’s opening night, WA’s own Jeremy Sims directs Michael Catton and Jackie Weaver in a “uniquely Australian road movie that will undoubtedly become a classic”. Bold words, but the feel-good story of cab driver Rex driving across the Northern Territory to accept his final moments is sure to bring in the crowds. Sims and Catton will be attending the premiere on July the 2nd, 7.30pm, Luna Leederville.


What Lola Wants

“A cult film in the making”, this film takes the classic love on the run road movie and gives it an edgy twist, with the trailer suggesting a hint of Tarantino thrown in for good measure. Australian favourite Sophie Lowe and Dale Wickey (True Blood) hold the fort in this adrenalin-fuelled romance. This five-star favourite of the LA Film Fest is an Australian premiere, so be there for when it all kicks off on Friday the 3rd, 10.20pm at Luna Leederville.


The Tribe

Critics have been going crazy over this astoundingly unique Ukrainian drama. Going by the tagline “For Love and Hatred, you don’t need translation”, the film is set in a deaf-boarding school and only uses sign language. With no voice over or subtitles, it may appear pretentious. But one look at the trailer shows a film that’ll test the possibilities of cinema with its mind-boggling approach. This is an innovative silent film for modern audiences.

Do I Sound Gay?


In his early forties and recently dumped by his boyfriend, director David Thorpe turns the camera on himself and the community around him with the question: “do I sound gay?”. Raising debate about how homosexuality is presented in the media and asking a wide array of icons such as George Takei and Dan Savage, Thorpe’s journey to answer his question is done in both a humorous and serious manner. A documentary highlight of the festival.


Get Your Shorts On!

One of the most popular sessions each year, this program is a great snapshot of upcoming filmmakers and where they’re going. With 6 short films under 15 minutes ranging from romantic relationships in disabled toilets to spiritual coming-of-age stories, Get Your Shorts On! always has it’s eye on future talents. But it’s on for one night only, so get in before it sells out on Thursday the 9h of July, 6.30pm.

The Revelation Perth Film Festival runs from the 2nd to 12th of July. Check out the website for the entire program.