What’s On – Brisbane International Film Festival 2021

October 7, 2021

The 27th annual Brisbane International Film Festival is a celebration of films for audiences seeking new perspectives and memorable experiences. This year’s program will hold something for everyone – be entertained by the vast array of brilliant, unforgettable and diverse films.

From award winners to festival favourites, cult films, classic cinema, entertaining dramas, compelling documentaries and dark comedies – expect to be entertained. A renewed focus on industry and education will promote connection and conversation, through a packed schedule of masterclasses and panel sessions featuring some of our most well-known and successful creatives.

Check out some of what’s to come this year at BIFF!


Drover’s Wife (Opening Night, 21st of October)

Featuring superb performances, a vivid setting, and unforgettable characters; The Drover’s Wife The Legend of Molly Johnson is the debut feature from Leah Purcell and influenced by the iconic story by Henry Lawson. Leah Purcell excels in the lead role and title character: Molly Johnson. In an isolated Snowy Mountains homestead, Molly cares for her four children while her husband is away droving cattle. Despite being heavily pregnant, Molly keeps countless threats, from nature and other people, at bay. But when Yadaka (Rob Collins), an Aboriginal man on the run from law enforcement, the brutal hardships and secrets throughout their lives must be confronted. 

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Strong Female Lead (24th of October, Palace James St Cinema)

One in three Australian women experience discrimination or harassment in the workplace. Australia’s first and only female prime minister, Julia Gillard, was one of them.

Strong Female Lead is a film about Australia’s struggle with the notion of women in power. Using archival footage from Julia Gillard’s  term in office, this film is a portrait of the nation’s response when a woman took the top job.

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Last night in Soho (28th + 29th of October, New Farm and James St)

Direct from Venice, Edgar Wright’s highly anticipated new feature stars Anya Taylor-Joy (The Queen’s Gambit), Matt Smith (The Crown) and rising star Thomasin McKenzie (Jo Jo Rabbit).An aspiring fashion designer mysteriously finds her way into the life of her idol, an Aspiring singer in the 1960s. However, all the glamour is not all it appears to be, and the dreams of the past start to crack and splinter into something far darker.

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Swan Song (23rd, 24th and 29th, Dendy Coorparoo, New Farm and Reading Cinemas)

A bittersweet comedy starring Udo Kier in a career defining role as the magnificent hairdresser on a mission. Swan Song follows retired hairdresser and local bar performer icon Mister Pat Pitsenbarger (Kier) who has given up on life from the confines of his small-town nursing home. But when Pat gets word that a former client’s dying wish was for him to style her final hairdo, he sets out on an epic journey across Sandusky to confront the ghosts of his past – and collect the beauty supplies necessary for the job.

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Juniper (23rd and 30th of October, Coorparoo Dendy and New Farm Cinemas)

Charlotte Rampling (45 Years) stars in this dark comedy about family, relationships, and morality. Juniper is the debut feature from Matthew Saville. Its narrative is about a self-destructive 17-year-old, Sam (George Ferrier)  who has returned home from boarding school to find his wheelchair-bound English grandmother, Ruth (Rampling), has moved in. Ruth is an ex-war photographer with a lust for life and a love of the bottle. Sam soon finds himself profoundly confronted by her alcoholic wit and boldness. 

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Take a look at the full program here!

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