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2019 Ticketed Events



Presented by MIFF 37ºSouth Market & Accelerator Lab, Adrian Wootton OBE returns exclusively to Melbourne for another series of his acclaimed Illustrated Film Talks this year focusing on Musical Movie Legends Sammy Davis Jr, Barbra Streisand, David Bowie and Marilyn Monroe recounting these unique stars’ enthralling life stories and career highs, accompanied by swathes of film clips and images from their personal and professional histories. 

A former Director of the London Film Festival, British Film Institute and the UK’s National Film Theatre, Wootton is CEO of Film London & The British Film Commission, Director of the Crime Scene Festival, and a program advisor to the Venice Film Festival, London Film Festival and Italy’s Noir Fest. Wootton has also contributed to the GuardianSight & Sound, BBC Radio, and received an Honorary Doctorate by The University of East Anglia.

Each lecture is $15

SAMMY DAVIS JR: Breaking Barriers

BARBRA STREISAND: Diva & Activist 

DAVID BOWIE: Iconoclastic Genius

MARILYN MONROE: Enduring Pop-Icon


MIFF 37ºSouth Market & Accelerator Lab presents Hollywood-based story and script consultant Bobette Buster’s What’s the Story?, a five-part seminar series revealing the factors, in scriptwriting, screen craft and our own senses, that help Take Your Storytelling to the Next Level and Learn What Makes a Great Story Well Told.

Buster lectures and consults globally, including with the likes of Pixar, Disney, Sony, Fox, the BBC, Denmark’s North by Northwest, Screen Training Ireland, and Spain’s MEGA Business Program. She is also Boston Northeastern University’s Professor of Digital Storytelling Practice, has written two books (Do Story: How to Tell Your Story So the World Listens - which is in its 10th printing and has been translated into five languages – and Do Listen: Understand What’s Really Being Said, Find A New Way Forwards) and the Tribeca-and-Cannes-selected feature documentary Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound, which she also produced.

Buster, who has worked as a creative story executive for Hollywood greats Tony Scott (The Good Wife), Ray Stark (Steel Magnolias) and Larry Gelbart (Tootsie), holds a BS Speech from Northwestern University and an MFA from the University of Southern California’s Peter Stark Producing Program where she was Adjunct Professor from 1992 - 2015.

Tell Your Story So the World Listens: 10 Proven Concepts

Deconstructing Master Filmmakers Telling Great Story: Jordan Peele's Get Out

Cinema’s Invisible Partners: How Sound and the Senses Tell Your Story

The Uses of Wonder: Ask the Right Questions of Your Story

Listen-Up: How Really Listening Enhances Story



Peek behind the curtain and uncover the secrets of film production with key creative talents from this year's MIFF Premiere Fund-supported films.


SCREEN DIVERSITY: Breaking Barriers & Building Bridges

EDITING: Johanna Scott

ACTING: Emma Booth & Daisy Axon

PRODUCTION & COSTUME DESIGN: Bethany Ryan & Zohie Castellano



Praised by actor Nicole Kidman as “intuitive, unique, amazing” and by director Peter Jackson as “at the top of her field”, acclaimed acting coach Miranda Harcourt has coached many Oscar, Golden Globe, Emmy and BAFTA award-nominated-and-winning screen performances, including actors Juliette Binoche, Dev Patel and Saoirse Ronan, while also working with such directors as Jane Campion, Morten Tyldum, Gaylene Preston and Garth Davis. Recent Australia/NZ films Harcourt has worked on include Judy & Punch, Dirt Music, Vai and the MIFF Premiere Fund-supported Buoyancy; recent international titles include films The Aftermath, Leave No TraceThis Country, and TV series Defending the GuiltyBig Little Lies and The Undoing.

Details here.



For the first time, MIFF 37ºSouth Market presents a live script-reading of a local project seeking financing at the market. 

Details here.