With 200+ screenings, 185 films, 17 bands, free screenings, exhibitions and talks, the Revelation Perth International Film Festival has a lot of variety and entertainment to offer. From July 5 – 18 various areas of Perth and Fremantle will become host to the spectacle. With so much on offer X-Press has a few suggestions you won’t want to miss.


We’ve said this before and we’ll say this again, this is certainly one to look out for. A political revenge fantasy told in 3 acts, this is a deconstruction of the Australian cinema and social landscape in a way that we’ve never seen before.

Free family feature films

Free screenings of the best of Studio Ghibli’s animated feature films for families every weekday morning from July 9-13. That’s Arriety, My Neighbour Totoro and Ponyo playing at both the Luna and the Luna SX for free. Just check the program for session times and book a ticket at the box office beforehand.


Never heard of District Unknown (DU)? Then you have never heard Afghanistan’s only heavy metal group. Director Travis Beard and producer Brooke Silcox (Meal Tickets) bring us an insight into playing forbidden music in a fractured place.

Hal Ashby retrospective.

Not only do we have a documentary about the idiosyncratic American director (Hal), but we also have a chance to see some of his iconic work on the big screen again. The Last Detail, Shampoo, and Being There are all screening as part of the festival.

Relation Music Days

From July 6-15th, the Rosemount Hotel, Mojos Bar and The Backlot will play host to 15 outfits who’ll provide WA audiences the opportunity to experience some of the best live music on offer.

This year’s line-up includes German multi-media sound artists Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten) and Danielle Picciotto (Crime and the City Solution) direct from Dark Mofo, Eastern States headliners Amyl and the Sniffers (Melb) on a shredding double bill with the all-girl rockers Rackett (Syd) alongside Tape/Off (Bris), Shoeb Amad (ACT) and 12 local outfits including local favourites FOAM, Hussy, Candy Guts, Pat Chow and more.

Talk: The Women of Rock

On Saturday July 14 as part of the Revelation Music Days a special panel of industry insiders will discuss women’s involvement in the arts and their representation in the music industry. Hear from women navigating the scene at the coalface as they discuss the triumphs and pitfalls of working as a woman in this ever-demanding and rapidly shifting local, national and international environment. With Amyl Taylor (Amyl and the Snifters) and Bec Callender (Rackett).

Lost Gully Road

A slow burn Australian haunted house tale, with something more to say at its core – as all good horror should.

All the shorts

With NEXT GEN Webfest, Long Shorts, Get Your Shorts On!, Life in Pictures Short Film Competition, both the Experimental Showcases, and short films screening before a few films, the Revelation Film Festival offers audiences a rare opportunity to see a number of bite size pieces of cinema on the big screen.


A silent movie with live music by Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten) and Danielle de Picciotto (Crime and the City Solution). Having given up their home in Berlin in 2010, the pair have lived as nomadic artists travelling the world. This is a film about that pilgrimage and experience directed by de Piccotto and scored live.

Betty Davis: They Say I’m Different

Not the actor, but rather the funk singer once married to music icon Miles Davis. A music star in her own right, with such sheer gravity she may have been the pivoting point that shifted the jazz trumpet maestro into something more.

Let The Corpse Tan

An homage to 70s Euro crime thrillers, that’s already on its way to becoming a cult film. Sun, sex, violence, greed and a touch of the surreal – sure sounds like a recipe for a must see film.

The Revelation Perth International Film Festival is from July 5-18. Tickets are on sale now.