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By Sarah Ward
July 12, 2020
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Couched Online Film Festival

Perth's Revelation International Film Festival has gone virtual — and national.
By Sarah Ward
July 12, 2020
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In the film festival space, it's one of 2020 big trends: forgoing a physical event this year and hosting online screenings instead. It's also a move that comes with an added benefit, opening up local events to a broader national audience.

Sydney Film Festival has already done all of the above, and the Melbourne International Film Festival will do so come August —and, in the middle, it's Revelation Perth International Film Festival's turn. Without investing in a plane ticket and taking a trip across the country, east coast dwellers don't normally get to enjoy the west coast festival's distinctive lineup and vibe; however, thanks to its new Couched Online Film Festival, that's changing this year.

Running virtually until Sunday, July 19, Couched is jam-packed with the types of titles that always make Revelation, in its in-person guise, stand out — aka the types of movies that don't often pop up elsewhere. Featuring more than 25 features, documentaries and shorts collections, the online fest's program is streaming on demand, on a pay-per-view basis, so you can pick and choose what you'd like to catch. You can also nab a pass and watch your way through everything.

On the bill: Willem Dafoe grappling with existence at a the snowy bar in the out-there (and divisive at Berlinale) Siberia, the VHS-shot 80s-set throwback comedy VHYes, and magical-realist adventure Precarious. If you like films about films, look out for documentaries about Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky, Czech filmmaker Milos Forman and the camp status held by 1985 horror sequel Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge. Or you can watch a housewife step into making her own erotic movies in Aussie doco Morgana, explore the wild true tale of Cold Case Hammarskjöld, revel in the sounds of The Rise of the Synths, check out a few new local features and work your way through a four-film 'Black Voices that Matter' retrospective.

And, if you like what Couched serves up and you're eager for a WA holiday (and the border situation around the country changes in the next few months), Revelation is actually still planning to run as normal later in the year, from December 2–13.

Couched Online Film Festival runs until Sunday, July 19, with films available to view online.

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