Opening Night Gala - Memoir of a Snail
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Opening Night Gala - Memoir of a Snail

Opening Night Gala - Memoir of a Snail

Thu 8 Aug 6:15 PM

Hoyts Cinema 6
Code 25009
Allocated Seating
94 Mins

Opening Night Gala: Thursday 8 August – on sale now!

*Please stay tuned for announcements about extra sessions.

MIFF 2024 commences with a celebration befitting the sheer brilliance of the highly anticipated Australian premiere of Adam Elliot’s Memoir of a Snail, joined by the talented creatives who contributed to its making.

Rub shoulders with the brightest stars on the red carpet with a drink on arrival, to be followed by the film screening with special guest introductions.

MIFF is taking over Hoyts Melbourne Central for the night! Audiences can choose to enjoy the atmosphere of the red carpet and the screening with a film-only ticket – or, following the screening, step across the street for a legendary afterparty ’til late at the gorgeous State Library Victoria with a film-and-party ticket.

Sarah Snook lends her voice alongside Kodi Smit-McPhee, Magda Szubanski, Eric Bana and Jacki Weaver in the stunning second claymation feature from Oscar winner Adam Elliot, which won Annecy’s Cristal Award for Best Feature Film.

Her life may be a mess, but Grace Pudel (Snook, Succession; Predestination, MIFF 2014) does derive pleasure from three things: her snail collection, romance novels and her guinea pigs. As children, she and twin brother Gilbert (Smit-McPhee, The Power of the Dog; Slow West) eked out a modest existence with their paraplegic father, a has-been performer gripped by alcoholism and grief after their mother’s death. When he, too, passes away, the siblings are split up by child services: Grace is sent to Canberra, and Gilbert, to Perth. Isolated and depressed, Grace retreats behind a carapace – much like her snails – and fills her emotional void through compulsive hoarding. That is, until she finds a fourth source of joy: a friendship with outrageous octogenarian Pinky (Weaver, Animal Kingdom; Silver Linings Playbook).

This exquisitely hand-crafted stop-motion wonder from the auteur behind the multi-awarded feature Mary and Max, Oscar-winning short Harvie Krumpet (MIFF 2003) and AFI-lauded short Ernie Biscuit (MIFF 2015) is an affecting coming-of-age tale like no other. As it traces one downtrodden young woman’s journey to overcome loss and embrace herself, this bittersweet yet uplifting film also unfolds as a family saga across 1970s Australia on an intimate scale. Supported by the MIFF Premiere Fund, Memoir of a Snail is an indelible reminder that while the turmoil of life may force us into our shells, all it takes is a little bravery to break free.

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Please note: 

  • Cinema 7 (6.45pm) and Cinema 3 (7pm) will host film-and-party sessions.

  • Cinema 6 (6.15pm) will host the film-only session.

  • Cinema 5 (6.30pm) will screen with Open Captions, and an Auslan interpreter will be present for speeches and introductions.

Hoyts Cinema 6

Level 3, Melbourne Central Shopping Centre Melbourne, VIC, 3000