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Melbourne International Film Festival 2021 Program Launch and Mental as Everything Filmmaker Damon Smith Interview

July 12, 2021

Charlie and Joel present a special episode of SWITCHCast, as they check out two of the biggest events in Australia's cinematic calendar! To celebrate the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival's full program announcement, we chat to the team behind the line-up, as well as one filmmaker whose film is showing at this year's Melbourne Documentary Film Festival.

Melbourne International Film Festival 2021
The 2021 Melbourne International Film Festival is back for its 69th year, bigger and better than ever! With a record 40 world premieres from 283 films both online and in cinemas, it’s exactly the kind of creative event Melbourne has been crying out for. With today’s program announcement, Joel is privileged to speak to MIFF programmer Kate Fitzpatrick.

The Melbourne International Film Festival runs from the 5th to the 22nd August 2021. To check out the full program and to secure passes, head to www.miff.com.au.

Melbourne Documentary Film Festival 2021
The annual Melbourne Documentary Film Festival is currently underway. It’s available Australia-wide online all July, and will be hitting Melbourne’s cinemas from the 21st to the 31st of July.

The selection of films this year is wide and varied, with a sizeable selection of Australian titles - including ‘Mental as Everything’, a documentary delving into mental illness, while trying to dispel some of the myths surrounding it. Charlie sits down with the film's director and central figure, Damon Smith, to discuss.

If this discussion raises any concerns for you, Lifeline is available 24/7. You can call 13 11 14, or visit www.lifeline.org.au.

Click here to read our reviews from the 2021 Melbourne Documentary Film Festival.
Click here to find out more about 'Mental as Everything'.
To check out the full program and to secure passes, head to www.mdff.com.au.

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