MIFF 2023 - Australia's Open
Films & Screenings

MIFF Summer Screenings: Australia's Open


Fri 2 Feb 2024


7.00 pm - 9.35 pm


2 hours 35 mins



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The Melbourne International Film Festival returns to Bunjil Place to present some of the best from the 2023 festival.

Presented over four nights under the stars, complete with live performances, Q&A with filmmakers, mouthwatering menu and delicious drinks – this is a cinematic experience not to be missed! 

Tickets are $10 and include a complimentary beverage on arrival. 

This film is classified M and is recommended for mature audiences. It is Open Captioned for deaf audiences. 

The event will be moved in doors in the case of bad weather.



  • 7.00 pm: Gates Open & pre-film live performance  
  • 8.00 pm: Feature film - Australia’s Open 
  • 9.35 pm: Event ends 

Australia’s Open 

Director: Ili Baré 
Origin: Australia (2023) 
language: English 

Relive the most thrilling moments of Australia’s beloved tennis tournament in this chronicle of its ascent to top-seed status on the global stage. 

The Australian Open is one of the world’s four tennis Grand Slams, but its early days in 1970s Kooyong were humble – a far cry from its current, cutting-edge home at Melbourne Park. Now the highest-profile sporting event in the country, the Open has hosted innumerable tennis legends and iconic matches, such as Serena and Venus Williams’s finals clash in 2017. Infamous for the larrikinism of its crowd, it has also become both a celebration of greatness and a site for the playing-out of social issues, from Aboriginal and queer representation to border control. 

This heart-pumping documentary from The Leadership (MIFF 2020) director Ili Baré thrusts you back to the stadium roars and down-the-line shots, interweaving archival material with footage from some of the Open’s most legendary games. Featuring interviews with sports journalists (Tracey Holmes, George Megalogenis), industry figures (Paul McNamee, Craig Tiley), and players old and new (Pat Cash, Rennae Stubbs, Liam Broady), it also explores sport’s relationship with patriotic pride, athletes’ duality as heroes and humans, and the controversies courted by this million-dollar business. From the producers of The Australian Dream (MIFF 2019) and supported by the MIFF Premiere Fund, Australia’s Open is a candid account that illuminates just how entwined the stories of the tournament and the nation truly are. 


Leigh Davies

Leigh Davies

With over 20 years of experience performing, Leigh is no stranger to the music scene. This cheerful performer will have you stomping your feet, and singing along with him to infectious tunes. From pub rock to classic pop, he's extremely versatile with a setlist spanning over 100 songs. Not to mention, anyone who has met him can vouch for how well he sets the vibe of the room. You can catch him performing weekly at The General Assembly on Saturdays, and bi-weekly at College Lawn on Fridays. 


Friday 2 February 2024

7.00 pm - 9.35 pm 

The event will be moved in doors in the case of bad weather.

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