06-24 November 2019



Pacific Showcase
Kodie Bedford, Bjorn Stewart and Liam Phillips


2018 / 75’ / International Premiere / English
First feature


In the tradition of CREEPSHOW, TALES FROM THE HOOD and TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE, Australian genre cinema takes an exciting leap forward with DARK PLACE, a quintet of tales that approach post-colonial Indigenous history through the lenses of horror and fantasy!
Bjorn Stewart brings outback zombies to the big screen in the rollicking splatter comedy KILLER NATIVE. An insomniac questions her sanity in Liam Phillip's suspenseful FOE. Supernatural forces visit a public housing complex in the gritty VALE NIGHT by Rob Braslin. Gothic horror snakes through the woods in Perun Bonser's atmospheric THE SHORE and female oppression and revenge is front and center in Kodie Bedford's emphatic SCOUT.

Australia’s first Indigenous horror anthology, these five terrifically twisted tales by five Indigenous filmmakers, is part of an emerging trend of diversity in mainstream pop entertainment. HIFF is also presenting BLOOD QUANTUM, another Indigenous tale, but set in the classic zombie genre, but from a First Nations perspective. These two films are very much part of a brethren of genre cinema, where the heroes (or anti-heroes) are not white saviors.

-Anderson Le

Friday 8 19:45 - 21:05Regal Dole Cannery 18
Monday 11 18:30 - 19:50Regal Dole Cannery 15
DirectorKodie Bedford, Bjorn Stewart and Liam Phillips.
CastTasia Zalar, Katherine Beckett, Luka May Glynn-Cole, Leonie Whyman and Clarence Ryan.
ScreenplayKodie Bedford, Bjorn Stewart and Rob Braslin
Rob Braslin Liam Phillips.
CinematographerLaszlo Baranyai.
Production designerOtello Stoflo.
EditorAdrian Powers.
MusicJed Palmer.
SoundNigel Christensen.

Cameron Cairnes ... executive producer
Colin Cairnes ... executive producer
Justin Dix ... executive producer
Cathy Flannery ... line producer
Majhid Heath ... producer
Hayley B Johnson ... producer
Steven McKinnon ... executive producer

Powered by FestiCiné