Sunday, June 8, 2014


3-13 JULY 2014

Yesterday, I attended the launch of the Revelation Film Festival at Luna Cinemas.  We were treated to a sneak peak of a fascinating, powerful, and dramatic film from the U.K., Locke. With this quality of film, my recommendation is to not miss the festival. I'll use my favourite cliche: there is something for everyone, especially with their expanded program for this year.

After a record breaking 2013, Revelation Perth International Film Festival has announced its expanded 2014 program.

Revelation is acclaimed as Western Australia’s leading international film festival and annual screen culture event and firmly established as Australia’s filmmakers’ festival. It is dedicated to presenting independent cinema from around the globe in a context that explores film’s great traditions, its contemporary movements and its future directions.

Curated once again by Jack Sargeant, the Revelation Perth International Film Festival sees a diverse selection of films drawn from across the world. Boasting Revelation's commitment to signature works, independent cinema, genre film, world cinema, and unique breathtaking movies, this year is no exception with a program drawn from Australia, Iceland, Israel, France, Taiwan, Mexico and all points in between. Featuring award-winning movies, world, international and local premieres, new Australian works and live performances, Revelation is a celebration of the strength of all aspects of film culture.

Expanding across the city and wider community, Revelation plays a central role not just in the Perth calendar but also nationally and internationally. Featuring dedicated programs from the Iranian Film Festival, Revel8 and ScreenWest, once again Revelation will entertain and inspire audiences, while RevCon will feature some of the festival's many guests exploring key aspects of the industry at dedicated panels and workshops. Meanwhile Revelation Academic sees scholars - both those from academic institutions and independent researchers - delivering papers and exploring cinema and visual culture, in the second instalment of this critical platform that remains utterly unique to any Australian film festival.

According to Program Director, Jack Sargeant "at this point Revelation seems uniquely positioned. As a festival we have a lot of Australian premieres, whether the larger budget indie movies or low budget works – these are films that come to Perth before screening elsewhere. This year’s selection ranges from comedies to genre movies, from animations to documentaries, experimental works to cult movies to world cinema. I hope that, as ever, Revelation continues to satisfy all of those who demand something more from cinema.”

"The expanded program exhibits extraordinary diversity and is at point on reflecting the current creative mood internationally" says festival founder and Chairman Richard Sowada. “As a community we should all be proud of being part of the lives of these films as they break”.

Highlights of Revelation 2014 will also include industry guests and speakers, seminars and masterclasses; Under The Skin - a breathtaking sci-fi film featuring Scarlett Johansson; Sight/Unseen – a live musical and visual arts performance by Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo and Leah Singer; ScreenWest’s annual showcase of emerging WA filmmaking talent in Get Your Shorts On!; the return of hugely popular Iranian Film Festival; the Revel-8 super 8 short film festival and the WA Screen Awards.

Attracting audiences of over 10,000 people annually, Revelation continues to grow and has become the “go-to” event for independent filmmakers, distributors and discerning audiences. 2014 will feature 116 films, 8 world and international premieres and 35 Australian premieres.
Revelation is proudly supported by the Australian and West Australian governments through ScreenWest, Eventscorp and Screen Australia.

The complete program is now online and tickets are on sale now from the Revelation website at