Mustard Creative Agency’s MIFF Film Recommendations

Content, Culture
August 11, 2016

Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is upon us. For those non-movie buffs, MIFF is the glorious time of year where us local folk are blessed with the best in creative independent and experimental films and documentaries from around. With over 300 films the program can be a little overwhelming so the Mustard team has gotten together to focus the frame on the 5 we’re most looking forward to.

Louis Theroux – My Scientology Movie

Let’s face it; we <3 Louis. In many ways, his slightly geeky, incredibly informed and adorably awkward investigative journalism makes him the spirit animal of our entire generation. The Scientology movie comes with an extra layer of intrigue; that is, how do you take a topic that has been explored so much, over such a long time, still interesting?

Theroux’s commitment to a story and his willingness to go in without answers is how. He takes the time to explore to find the most interesting angle without expectations, setting this film apart from the Today Tonight and 60 Minutes investigations that we are used to when it comes to Scientology.

Everything is Copy

Everything is Copy is a documentary about the life of journalist and filmmaker Nora Ephron. If you’re unfamiliar, Nora is responsible for some of the most iconic films in recent history, like Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally.

Nora’s son compiled the film using candid home movie footage and interviews with friends and family.

The title ‘Everything is Copy’ comes from a quote that was allegedly said by her mother, which went on to define her writing ethos. It is a film that is likely to raise some fascinating questions about the boundaries between the personal and the private and the importance of blurring them for great creative work.


It may be very Melbourne, very hipster and oh so cliché, but who doesn’t love a caffeine kick-start? Barista is a behind the scenes look at the 2013 world barista championship, following the finalists as they strive for ultimate frothfection (yes, I really did that). The film looks to capture their creativity and obsession to give people an insight into the very serious pressure cooker that goes into brewing the world’s best beans.

Anything at Space @ Collins

Space @ Collins is home to a whopping nine Occulus Rift virtual reality movies. The shorts are sure to be a fascinating insight into the technology and the way that VR can be used for storytelling in the future. If this is something you’re into get in quick; tickets are selling fast.

Olympic Nick – A donutumentary

If you’re a Melbourne local then hopefully you would have had the pleasure of having a doughnut from the icon that is Olympic doughnuts in Footscray. Ever since Nick Tsiligiris started the stand in 1979, it’s been the one staple in the ever-evolving Footscray landscape. From Nick’s friendly demeanor to the super kitsch (and somewhat mysterious) dolphin-shaped jam pump, everything about Olympic is a labour of love. The 9 minute short documentary will provide an intriguing look at the man behind the jam and the changes he’s seen almost 40 years behind the van.

WTF Shorts

WTF Shorts is like hitting shuffle on your super cool hip friends playlist; you’re never quite sure what to expect. Some of the shorts may go straight over your head, some might not appeal to your taste at all, but your more than likely to find something you didn’t know you needed in your life until you saw it. At just over 90 minutes long, it’s always a great gamble to sit through a tasting platter of the brilliant, the terrible and the just plain weird offerings of MIFF.

What are your MIFF picks? Let us know in the comments below!


Mustard Creative Tip

If you get stuck looking for a good idea try throwing it in reverse.
Imagine the worst idea possible for the brief. Purging bad ideas also sets up a subconscious framework that can be great for inspiring creative gold.
Mustard is a Melbourne based creative agency who’s team are always willing to get think outside the box.