Australians Feature in the First Wave of Fantastic Fest Programming

August 9, 2017
SBS mockumentary Top Knot Detective and These Final Hours director Zak Hilditch's 1922 are headed to Austin.

Fantastic Fest, the Austin, Texas-based celebration of genre cinema, have today announced the first slate of films programmed for their 13th go-round, and Australia has done well with two features by Antipodean creators announced.

Firstly, Stephen King adaptation 1922, by These Final Hours director Zak Hilditch, is making its world premiere. Starring Thomas Jane, Molly Parker, and Neal McDonough, the film “…is told from from the perspective of Wilfred James, the story’s unreliable narrator who admits to killing his wife, Arlette, in Nebraska. But after he buries her body, he finds himself terrorized by rats and, as his life begins to unravel, he becomes convinced his wife is haunting him.This marks Hilditch’s first work outside of Australia.

Also, making its North American debut is the surreal, hilarious, and strangely heartfelt mockumentary Top Knot Detective, from WA-based filmmakers Aaron McCann and Dominic Pearce, a look at the eponymous Japanese television show of the ’90s and the fall of its inept and egomaniacal mastermind, Takashi Tawagoto.*

The two will be part of an staggeringly impressive line up that includes Yorgos Lanthimos’ (The Lobster) The Killing of a Sacred Deer, S. Craig Zahler’s (Bone Tomahawk) Brawl in Cell Block 99, Takashi Miike’s Blade of the Immortal (screening at MIFF and reviewed here), and many more.

Fantastic Fest runs from September 21 – 28 in Austin, Texas. For more info head over here.

*Full disclosure: I’m in that one.

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