MIFF 2016: ‘The Death and Life of Otto Bloom’ to open Melbourne International Film Festival

The Death and Life of Otto Bloom

Melbourne International Film Festival has announced that THE DEATH AND LIFE OF OTTO BLOOM will have its world premiere at MIFF 2016 on 28 July 2016. The film, the debut feature of writer and director Cris Jones, it stars Xavier Samuel, Matilda Brown and Rachel Ward.

The film is about an extraordinary man who experiences time in reverse – passing backwards through the years while remembering the future. it was supported by the MIFF Premiere Fund, with Jones also a graduate of the 2004 MIFF Accelerator emerging director workshop which he participated in with his VCA graduate film Excursion and won the MIFF Shorts Award for Best Emerging Australian Filmmaker.

“We knew as soon as we saw The Death and Life of Otto Bloom that it was the perfect way to launch our 65th edition of MIFF. Not only does it signal the arrival of an exciting new filmmaking talent in Cris Jones, it speaks to so many of the themes that will run throughout the entire program this year”, said MIFF Artistic Director Michelle Carey.

The 2016 Melbourne International Film Festival runs 28 July – 14 August. The full program will be announced on Tuesday 5 July with public tickets on sale Friday 8 July. MIFF members already have access to opening night tickets, so snaffle these up as this looks to be a big premiere for both Melbourne and the Australian film scene. For more information visit miff.com.au