Jonothan Welch's TheChoir singing Hymn to St Kilda image © Raija Reissenberger

Review – OZ INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Alex Theatre, St Kilda, 23 November – 1 December 2018

Review by Flora Georgiou, photos by Raija Reissenberger

‘Hymn For St Kilda’ a heartfelt song rings in the inaugural OZ International Film Festival. ‘The Choir’ a forty piece ensemble conducted by Jonathon Welch brings to life a nostalgic celebration of a landmark suburb. Music composed by Warren Wills with lyrics by Frank Howson, included an historical to present day slide show of our beloved St Kilda.

OZ International Film Festival offers a smorgasbord of films that not only celebrates international diversity also promotes local talented artists, Australia wide. It is currently running until the 1st of December at the Alex Theatre on Fitzroy St. It is an adventurous and challenging slant on the generic film festival.

The festival director, Frank Howson has collated an exciting film program, that is non specific and covers a broad range of styles and themes, that includes shorts, animation, documentaries and feature length films.

Howson, a true blue local St Kilda identity has been working in the music and film industries for almost his entire life. In the late eighties he and his colleagues established Boulevard Films and went on to make thirteen feature films. He spent numerous years working in Hollywood and now back on his home turf felt the need to create a film festival with a difference.

He and his co producer Barry Porter-Robinson want to take on the world and screen films by artists, whether young or old, that hopefully might catch the attention of financiers and potentially catapult them into lucrative positions in the global film industry.

Frank Howson with film makers Jason Turley & Gary Robertson

Frank Howson with film makers Jason Turley & Gary Robertson