A look Inside Cinema a must see for screen fans at NIFF

Jill Bilcock

If you are contemplating a career from behind the camera or are interested to know more about how films are made, then the Inside Cinema program at this year’s Noosa International Film Festival (NIFF) is an absolute must for your calendar.


An exciting series of film screenings, industry workshops, networking and panel discussions kicks off the third NIFF in style at Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas on Thursday 25 and Friday 26 October.

When you think of Muriel’s Wedding, Strictly Ballroom, Moulin Rouge, Red Dog, The Dressmaker,you probably aren’t thinking about the production. Yet the woman behind each of these films, award winning editor Jill Bilcock has enriched Australian screens for many decades since her career kicked off in the early 80’s.

All these films bear Jill’s visual inventiveness, but it was her brave choices on Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet that inspired one Hollywood Critic to dub her editing style as that of a “Russian serial killer on crack!”

“Hearing what Jill has to say about shaping so many incredible Australian films will be amazing. Romeo + Juliet has to be one of my all-time favourite films and Jill made it all happen,” said Holly Pittman, festival president.

Documenting Jill’s incredible success, and detailing a back story as colourful and surprising as her films, Dancing the Invisible screens at Peppers Noosa at 3.30pm on NIFF’s first day.

The feature documentary has been hailed as an “open celebration of one of the hidden treasures of Australian cinema,” (Herald Sun Rotten Tomatoes review) and presents the viewer with a mesmerizing insight into the artistry of film editing.

Jill’s refreshing, no nonsense approach is one key to her success.

“Just cut it out if it doesn’t work,” is Jill’s mantra, coupled with a passion for difference. “I want wild, I want innovative, unusual and visually extraordinary,” Jill explains.

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In Dancing the Invisible the industry comes together to celebrate Jill’s incredible career, with commentary from notables like Baz Luhrmann, Jocelyn Moorhouse, Rachel Griffiths and Phil Noyce.

Queen of the screen Cate Blanchett describes Jill as “So full of life, so irreverent but incredibly respectful of other people’s voices”.

Entertaining, illuminating and inspirational, this feature length film is followed by a Q&A with Jill in conversation with Noosa’s own David Williamson.

Also part of NIFF’s Inside Cinema program are a series of industry workshops including technical colour grading, to virtual reality and creative funding.

The Marketing for Creatives workshop will be a must attend interactive discussion-based workshop working through film financing and pre-sales with two of the best in the business.

Expert presenter Jim Henry will share his experiences of pre-sales on numerous cinema feature films and TV series, joined by award-winning filmmaker, teacher and journalist, Heath Davis (Book Week).

Heath will explain how following his instincts and moving away from traditional sources resulted in successful financing for his two most recent films, including NIFF’s opening night film, Book Week, with no loss of creative freedom.

“Heath’s enthusiasm for film making is infectious. Having both Heath and Jill here at NIFF will make this year a stand-out for me,” said Ms Pittman.

For all the details of the NIFF program and tickets, visit www.niff.com.au.

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