Scandinavian Film Festival 2018: Go North with powerful Scandi films

From 19 July to 1 August, Cinema Paradiso will exclusively host 2018’s Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival, showcasing the very best of Nordic cinema.

The festival, which has quickly become one of the most anticipated in Australia following its launch in 2014, moves beyond the traditional noir genre the region was once known for, exploring powerful contemporary dramas, documentaries and comedies from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden that are filled with mystery, dark humour and breathtaking scenery.

This year’s line-up features 21 fabulous films – and here are my top picks.

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On love, loss and grief

I’ve been grumpy as hell this week and ready to cry at the drop of a hat. And this afternoon I finally realised why. It’s this post.

I started it about a week ago, convinced that I needed to write something profound and enlightening, but also to share this experience before I get back to regular posting on the blog. But the thing is, I just don’t really have anything profound to say. Still, it’s half written already and I’m going to get it finished. So here we go.

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Fringe World 2018: Hot Brown Honey review

Hot Brown Honey is a phenomenal, empowering celebration, using humour, dance, inspired music and incredible showmanship to tackle issues of racism and sexism through an explosion of colour and controversy.

Check your privilege at the door and get ready for a pumping, powerful hour of red-hot genre-defying entertainment that you’ll never forget.

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Fringe World 2018: Briefs – Close Encounters review

The world’s hottest all-male boylesque group are back with Perth with a brand new mashup of circus, drag, burlesque and comedy.

Having glitter-bombed the globe with their iconic and hilarious circus and variety stylings, Brisbane’s Briefs boys are back from an exploration of the third dimension with sci-fi and space themed debauchery, here to reassure us that everything will be OK in the future after a global shitstorm of a year.

Hitting out with glorious punk rock swagger, Briefs: Close Encounters is irreverently naughty, perverted-and-subversive fun, that will make you think, and feel.

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Fringe World 2018: The Candy Box review

Imogen Kelly’s The Candy Box is a sweet choose-your-own-adventure style exploration of innovative and humorous burlesque, bringing together the impressive creativity of Australia’s Queen of Burlesque and World Queen of Burlesque 2012 with a talented cast of national performers for a highly entertaining night.

Known her creativity, impressive costumes and sexy-fun style, Imogen Kelly is burlesque royalty and it was an absolute treat to see her perform at Fringe World. Together with MC Christa Hughes – Australian singer (Machine Gun Felatio), circus performer and comedian – Imogen takes you on a glorious ride through some of her most spectacular, and most deranged, acts. Throw in special guests and cabaret stars, and you have a mixed Candy Box of fine confections.

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Fringe World 2018: No Way Rosé review

Melbourne comedian Rose Callaghan is well known across the radio circuit after appearing on triple j, Double J, ABC and Nova, and is making a name for herself as one of the country’s best up-and-coming comics after selling-out her debut show in 2016.

A self-described poor man’s Zoey Deschanel, Rose debuted No Way Rosé in Perth, letting us know up front that this was our chance to see brand new material that might never be seen again. Rose promised nothing schmaltzy or poignant, just stupid, silly stories about the best and worst things she’s done while drinking, and about why rosé is known as ‘cougar juice.

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