Festival�s view to the past
Festival�s view to the past

Everything old is new again through the stereoscopic sights of a classic View-Master at this year's Revelation Perth International Film Festival.

As movies race into the digital future, the festival is celebrating the analogue past in several strands of the program, which opens tonight.

The popular View-Master toy from the dawn of the Kodachrome age in the mid-20th century is given a new lease of life in the interactive Vladmaster screening.

Cinemagoers are given View-Masters to point at the blank illuminated screen as the light source and are prompted to click their way slide-by-slide through a storyline prompted by cues on a soundtrack.

Festival general manager Suzanne Worner said the Vladmaster sessions paid homage to the "lo-fi" past.

Revelation's celebration of the pre-digital celluloid era includes a 40th anniversary screening of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and retrospectives of analogue 16mm movies, old super-8 footage and a documentary on 8-track music tapes.

Revelation highlights include the Scarlett Johansson film Under the Skin, the Tom Hardy film Locke and a sound-art performance from Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo.

The festival runs until July 13 at Luna Leederville, Luna on SX and Cinema Paradiso.

The West Australian

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