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Rolling The DiCE In Melbourne

By Mike Everleth ⋅ September 22, 2010

Camera with DiCE logo on lens

There’s a new screening series starting up in Melbourne, Australia that’s hoping to connect filmmakers directly with local audiences. It’s called Digital Independent Cinema Exhibition — DiCE, for short — and its first screening is all set to take place on Oct. 6 at 1000 £ Bend with the feature film Braille.

DiCE was founded by Mark Lipkin as an effort to help promote and strengthen the film industry in Melbourne. Screenings will take place once a month where an independent digital Australian feature film will be shown followed by a Q&A session with the filmmakers.

This will give the community the opportunity to come out to see the faces and hear the voices of those making interesting and intriguing local, independently-produced films. It will also give audiences the opportunity to learn about and understand the actual nuts and bolts about the entire filmmaking process.

Braille, DiCE’s first film to be screened, is the debut feature film by Matthew Chuang. It’s an ambitious heist film about an older blind man who hires three thieves to recover a diamond he himself tried to steal 15 years earlier.

Chuang decided to make this film after receiving words of encouragement from none other than Phillip Noyce who saw one of Chuang’s short films in a competition he was judging. As for filmmaking style, Chuang has been inspired by Michael Mann’s recent work with digital filmmaking, such as in the film Miami Vice, as well as classic crime films like Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le cercle rouge. Read more about the film on its official website.

You can watch a trailer for the film below, which is preceded by a little promo spot for DiCE.

Future films that will be screened by DiCE will be announced later. Tickets for the inaugural DiCE event can be bought either at the door or on the official DiCE website. Here’s the screening details for Braille:

Oct. 6
7:30 p.m.
1000 £ Bend
361 Lt. Lonsdale Street
Melbourne Vic 3000
Ticket Price: $10

Watch the trailer:

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