Women at Melbourne International Film Festival – Alexandra Heller-Nicholas reports

As the film festival world increasingly shifts to the domestic small screen as the most responsible way forward in the face of COVID-19, Melbourne International Film Festival has tackled the challenge head on. While still featuring an impressive 112 films – including 12 world premieres, 83 Australian premieres and 44 short films – MIFF has shifted its exhibition model by releasing the 2020 program not as the festival’s 69th edition, but under the more humble banner of MIFF 68½.

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WENDY – Review by Brandy McDonnell

But Zeitlin’s sophomore cinematic effort fails to take flight, as an unshakeable sense of having seen this story grounds an interesting film that boasts some indelible moments. Surprisingly, that “been there, done that” feeling doesn’t stem from Zeitlin’s retelling “Peter Pan” as much as from the sense that he has rebooted his memorable 2012 breakout “Beasts of the Southern Wild” with Barrie’s familiar mythology as a framework.

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