Fantastic Film Festival Australia

As well as a nude screening of 'The Naked Gun', this year's festival includes a Ryan Corr-starring monster movie and a 15th-anniversary session of 'Enter the Void'.
Sarah Ward
Published on March 15, 2024


2024 marks four years since Melbourne welcomed a new film festival devoted to the weirder side of cinema. That event: Fantastic Film Festival Australia, which pops up in the first half of each year to showcase boundary-pushing flicks both new and old. It also features an annual nude screening, challenging what hitting the pictures means not just on the screen, but as an audience experience.

For its fourth season, FFFA is going with an "if it ain't broke" approach. The festival's setup has worked a treat in 2021, 2022 and 2023 — and this is the type of event where a new batch of movies should always be the star of the show. In 2024, then, get ready for a Ryan Corr-starring monster movie, a 4K restoration of The Raid and a 15th-anniversary session of Enter the Void for starters.

Sting, which is helmed by Australian director Kiah Roache-Turner (Wyrmwood: Apocalypse), and sees Corr (In Limbo) joined by Alyla Browne (The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart), Noni Hazelhurst (One Night), Penelope Mitchell (What You Wish For) and Silvia Colloca (Wellmania) — plus some eight-legged creatures — is opening Fantastic Film Festival Australia 2024. The fest will run in Melbourne from Thursday, April 18–Thursday, May 9 at Lido Cinemas in Hawthorn, plus from Thursday, April 25–Tuesday, April 30 at Thornbury Picture House.

Fans of Gareth Evans' (Gangs of London) epic Indonesian action effort The Raid will scope out the shiny restoration for the first time in Australia during the festival. Also in the throwback category throughout the event: Australia's own Melbourne-set thriller Metal Skin from 1994. And Gaspar Noé's (Vortex) Enter the Void has the closing-night slot, with Sydney-based electronic artist Corin providing a new original live score.

If catching a movie in the buff has been one of your big FFFA highlights previously, you'll be able to strip off again this year. If you haven't made it along in the past, you're getting another chance to redress that while undressing. The film you'll be watching: comedy classic The Naked Gun. Clearly it has the right title for it.

From there, there's no shortage of other must-sees on a program that covers 24 features alongside 14 shorts. Luc Besson's (Anna) DogMan stars Caleb Landry Jones (Nitram), Steven Soderbergh (Full Circle)-produced thriller Divinity gets another Down Under run after playing SXSW Sydney 2023, and Cannibal Mukbang from first-time director Aimee Kuge combines romance and gore. Or, there's Krazy House with Shaun of the Dead favourite Nick Frost and Clueless great Alicia Silverstone — and also gothic horror The Vourdalak, which hails from the pages of AK Tolstoy's novel.

From South Korea, The Childe follows an amateur boxer and an assassin. France's The Deep Dark gets trapped with cave miners a thousand metres below the earth's surface — and, also representing Gallic cinema, Hood Witch stars Golshifteh Farahani (Invasion) and Denis Lavant (Holy Motors), Mars Express heads into the future and off the planet in animation, Vincent Must Die sees random strangers attack its namesake and Pandemonium follows folks who suddenly find themselves on a remote mountain road.

Or, there's Japan's One Percenter, which is a love letter to action cinema; a travelling knife salesman crossing paths with robbers in The Last Stop to Yuma County; and Mami Wata, which was Nigeria's Oscar entry — the nation's third ever.


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