MIFF 2017: Greg McLean’s ‘Jungle’ opens 66th Melbourne International Film Festival

Jungle - Daniel Radcliffe

Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF 2017) has announced that it will open its 66th year with the world premiere of Greg McLean’s JUNGLE, starring Daniel Radcliffe. The gala opening night kicks off the festival on 3 August.

“We couldn’t be more delighted to have JUNGLE opening this year’s MIFF,” said Artistic Director Michelle Carey.  “Greg McLean’s new film is bold, hugely entertaining and a thrilling ride! It’s an impressive showcase of Australian and international talent behind and in front of the camera.”

The Wolf Creek director McLean adds: “Having this amazing story about survival and the power of the human spirit launched in Melbourne is just as much of an honour. I truly can’t wait to share this film with audiences.”

Adapting Yossi Ghinsberg’s memoir, JUNGLE is set in the early 1980s. 22-year-old Israeli backpacker Ghinsberg and two friends – Swiss teacher Marcus Stamm and American photographer Kevin Gale – set off from the Bolivian city of La Paz on what was supposed to be the adventure of a lifetime. Leading the way into the uncharted Amazon was an Austrian expat named Karl Ruprechter, who had met the friends just days before and claimed to be familiar with the region. But their dream trip soon turned into a wilderness nightmare from which not all of the men returned.

Tickets for MIFF Opening Night Gala are now on sale via miff.com.au/openingnight2017
Film & Gala After party: MIFF Members $130 | Full $150 | Concession $140
Film & Pre-show drink: MIFF Members $39 | Full $49 | Concession $44

The 2017 Melbourne International Film Festival runs 3 – 20 August
The full program will be launched 11 July 2017
General public individual session tickets on sale 14 July 2017