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About Hello Darkness

The Hello Darkness Horror Film Festival was established as a non-profit organisation in 2009 with a strong strategic vision from the outset - to challenge peoples perceptions of horror through representing the best that the genre has to offer. The festival prides itself on selecting titles that are first and foremost excellent films, but that also fall into the horror category.

Hello Darkness is Melbourne’s first horror and thriller film festival, exploring the darker side of cinema.   The festival aims to shed light on an often misunderstood genre by screening a selection of sharp and well crafted stories, representing the best in Australian and international horror.   With special guest lectures, open forums, exhibitions and performances, Hello Darkness is a culturally inclusive festival, educating and entertaining a wide audience and involving likeminded community groups.

2010 Press Release


 Hello Darkness Film Festival

presented by FAT and Jamesons

Following a successful 2009 debut, Hello Darkness returns this November with a host of premier titles, an expanded program, and a hunger for the horrific. 

Exploring the darker side of cinema, the Melbourne born festival aims to challenge people’s perceptions of horror, showing that the genre can be much more than gratuitous blood, gore and the grotesque. 

“We feel strongly that horror is a misunderstood genre, “ enthuses Festival Director Rachael Cotra. “Too many amazing films that are a little on the dark side are being overlooked because of a perception that horror cinema is incredibly formulaic and predictable, when it comes to plot, aesthetics and the devices used.” 

“This couldn’t be further from the truth. So the program has been designed to redefine the idea of the genre and the audience to which it appeals. There’s so much variation within and we want to shine a light on this.”

The first release of titles for the Hello Darkness 2010 program includes several Australian premieres.

Opening night feature, Evil Things, is a tale of a weekend gone wrong for a group of NYC students, while Ti West’s House of the Devil seamlessly transports the audience back to the early 80s and is a real treat for fans of classic suspense.

 Colm McCarthy’s outstanding debut feature, Outcast, is an artistic, melancholy and decidedly human tale. Exploring ancient Celtic mythology, set against the harsh backdrop of a modern British housing estate, this modest, raggedly beautiful little film punches well above its weight.

 Bruno Forzani’s Amer meanwhile is an impeccably crafted gem of a film paying homage to Dario Argento and other Italian giallo film makers of the 1970s. Despite its clear reference points this remains a truly unique cinematic experience – one not to be missed.

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