Ahead of the launch of its full program on September 12, we’ve released a sneak peek of the 2022 Festival, announcing the first five films that have been selected to screen from the 19th to the 30th of October.
My Policeman, with Harry Styles in his first major film role, will have its Australian premiere in Adelaide, fresh from its award winning spell at the Toronto International Film Festival. Co-starring Emma Corrin, Linus Roache and Rupert Everett, this queer romantic drama, directed by Michael Grandage, is based on the novel of the same name by Bethan Roberts. The cast was the recipient of the Toronto International Film Festival Tribute Award for Performance – the first time the award has gone to an ensemble instead of an individual actor.
The directorial debut of acclaimed South Australian film editor Sean Lahiff, Carnifex is an environmental horror/thriller with a cast that features Alexandra Park, Sisi Stringer and Harry Greenwood.
As Australia recovers from unprecedented bushfires, Carnifex follows Bailey (Park), an aspiring documentary maker, who joins conservationists Grace (Stringer) and Ben (Greenwood), as they travel deep into the Australian outback to track and record the animals left displaced and devastated by the fires. As night falls, the trio discover a terrifying new creature, but quickly become the ones being tracked.
Triangle of Sadness
Triangle of Sadness, winner of the Palme d’Or prize for best film at this year’s Cannes International Film Festival, will be screening at AFF22! Director Ruben Östlund’s latest film, a hilarious satire of the wealthy, set on a luxury cruise, which capsizes, leaving the mega-rich passengers to fight for their survival.
Woody Harrelson stars, alongside Harris Dickinson, and international model Charlbi Dean, making her big-screen debut.
The Last Daughter
In The Last Daughter, an AFF Investment Fund film, Brenda Matthews, a proud Wiradjuri woman, who directs with Nathaniel Schmidt, is on a mission to unearth the truth about her past, and to reconcile the two sides of her family. Brenda’s first memories were of growing up in a loving white foster family, before she was suddenly taken away and returned to her Indigenous family. Decades later, she feels a sense of disconnection, and to reconcile her different upbringings, she embarks on a exploration of her identity, uncovering government lies and a deeper connection.
Aftersun, the breakout hit of this year’s Cannes International Film Festival, has been critically described as a ‘revelation’. Deeply moving and profound, this heart-breaking debut from Scottish director Charlotte Wells, will be impossible to forget. Frankie Corio, in her debut as the 11 year old daughter of Paul Mescal’s Calum, delivers a performance well beyond her years that has garnered significant critical acclaim.
AFF CEO and Creative Director Mat Kesting said: “As AFF prepares for its first annual program in 2022, it’s with great excitement that we announce that these five films. This selection of international festival hits and home-grown cinema are five films for cinema lovers not to miss and are a taste of the incredible full program we will announce on September 12.”
Minister for the Arts, The Hon Andrea Michaels MP, said: “This sneak peek of the 2022 Adelaide Film Festival is amazing and I know the full release of the program will be extremely well received. Congratulations to the AFF team for all the work they have put into making the first of an annualised festival such a fantastic event. The South Australian Government’s additional $2 million investment to annualise the AFF will give a major boost to the contribution already made by the AFF to the local creative sector for almost 20 years.”
Festival Multipasses are now available! Passes can be purchased with the choice of a 3, 7 or 10 MultiPass. The true AFF fanatic can indulge in a full festival experience with a Gold or Platinum pass to squeeze in as many films as possible into their schedule. Follow the link below to see all the benefits of an AFF Membership including priority access at the Festival and a sneak peek at the full AFF 2022 Program with an invitation to the launch in September.
The Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund (AFFIF) was the first of its kind in Australia and remains one of the few in the world. The more than 100 projects funded to date have won major awards at all of the world’s leading film festivals. AFFIF, a cornerstone of the Festival, provides equity investment in Australian screen production for the big and small screen. Since its inception in 2003, AFFIF has redefined the role of film festivals to be an active contributor in creating new work. AFFIF is a major force for encouraging and showcasing bold new Australian screen works.
The Adelaide Film Festival acknowledges the support of the Government of South Australia through the Department for Industry, Innovation and Science and the support of the Australian federal government through Screen Australia.Back