MIFF 2013 Films with a Literary Flavour

MIFF Membership Coordinator, Hayley Inch takes a look at upcoming MIFF films inspired by, or drawn from, literature.

The First Glance for the Melbourne International Film Festival was released on May 28, featuring thirty films that will appear in the upcoming July festival. Books and films have a rather linear relationship, with the former often acting as the inspiration for the latter, so to introduce First Glance here’s a selection of films that began life on a bookshelf.

turningTim Winton’s The Turning presents a unique prospect in Australian filmmaking: a compilation of films based on the best-selling short story collection written by Winton and directed by some of this country’s greatest film talents, including Warwick Thornton, Robert Connolly, David Wenham, Mia Wasikowska and many more.

Building the story of a Western Australian community over three decades and seventeen interconnected stories, The Turning promises to be an astonishing moment in Australian cinema.

Also to be of interest to those of a bookish persuasion is Blancanieves, a silent, Spanish retelling of the Snow White fairytale (think The Artist with a lot more bullfighting); What Maisie Knew, a modern adaptation of the Henry James novel starring Julianne Moore, Steve Coogan and Alexander Skarsgård; and the newest academic broadside from Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek, The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology.

MIFF also announced the entirety of its Next Gen program, a selection of films that always contains thought-provoking cinema suitable for all ages. A Next Gen film to take particular note of is Approved for Adoption, an animation/documentary hybrid adaptation of Jung Henin’s autobiographical graphic novel.


Adopted as a child from South Korea and raised in Belgium, Jung’s journey back to the country of his birth is interspersed with honey-hued animated sequences that charts the cultural dissonance of his formative years.

But this is really only the merest dip into the First Glance pool. Head to the MIFF website to explore the full library of filmic delights.

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