Monolith (2022) © Black Cat White Cat Productions
Monolith (2022) © Black Cat White Cat Productions
Monolith (2022) © Black Cat White Cat Productions

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Featuring a Q&A with director Matt Vesely

Matt Vesely | Australia | 2022 | M

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Fri 20 Oct 2023

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In this claustrophobic sci-fi thriller, a disgraced journalist is confronted with an unexplained artefact that may not be of this world, but is about to become the centre of hers.

Cast out and eager to salvage her reputation, an unnamed journalist retreats to her parents’ house to work on a podcast about the paranormal and the unexplained. While researching, she learns about a retiree’s encounter with a puzzling black brick, which appeared seemingly out of nowhere. A raft of similar anecdotes involving other black bricks then leads her down shadowy paths and to a desperate fixation on the truth behind the mysterious objects – until, one day, a sinister brick of her own appears.

Blending science fiction and thriller in his gripping feature debut, Matt Vesely (My Best Friend Is Stuck on the Ceiling, MIFF 2016) astutely crafts dramatic tension through constraint. Literalising the notion of confinement – evident here not just in the single setting but also in the fanatics’ blinkered mindsets – the camera barely leaves the only onscreen character, played with expressive intensity by Lily Sullivan (Evil Dead Rise; Jungle, MIFF Premiere Fund 2017) in what is effectively a one-hander. Ramped up with Benjamin Speed’s unsettling score, Monolith drip-feeds in ominous fashion before delivering its disturbing conclusion.

This screening is followed by a Q&A with director Matt Vesely.

Format: DCP
Language: English
Source: Bonsai Films
Courtesy: Bonsai Films
Runtime: 98 mins

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MIFF (the Melbourne International Film Festival) is the world’s largest showcase of exceptional Australian filmmaking. This year's monumental 71st edition showcased premieres, buzz-worthy international features and special anniversary events.

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Monolith is co-presented by ACMI and the Melbourne International Film Festival

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