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 MIFF 2017 Opening Night Gala

Presented by Grey Goose Vodka

The 66th Melbourne International Film Festival kicks off with the World Premiere of Greg McLean's spectacular survival thriller Jungle, starring Daniel Radcliffe. Supported by the MIFF Premiere Fund, Jungle tells the extraordinary true story of Yossi Ghinsberg, who spent three weeks lost in the Amazon in his early 20s.

“From the moment I first read the story I realised what a remarkable and powerful tale this was … Jungle is at once entertaining, absolutely compelling, completely terrifying and deeply moving.” – Greg McLean

Join us and our special guests on the blue carpet for night to remember.

Exclusive Afterparty

Following the film, afterparty ticket holders are invited to descend the grand staircase to the stunning and historic Plaza Ballroom to join VIP festival guests and screen-industry leading lights, and to enjoy beautifully crafted Grey Goose Le Fizz cocktails and canapés. It's bound to be an unforgettable evening of cinema, celebrity and celebration.


Film and Gala Afterparty tickets are currently on standby. Film-only tickets, which include a drink in the cinema, are still available. Subscribe to Widescreen or keep an eye on Twitter and Facebook for updates.


Australia 115 mins


Daniel Radcliffe joins Wolf Creek director Greg McLean in the Bolivian rainforest for a gloriously tense survival thriller based on the bestselling real-life story of adventurer Yossi Ghinsberg.

In the early 1980s, 22-year-old Israeli backpacker Yossi Ghinsberg and two friends – Swiss teacher Marcus Stamm and American photographer Kevin Gale – set off from the Bolivian city of La Paz on what was supposed to be the adventure of a lifetime. Leading the way into the uncharted Amazon was Austrian expat Karl Ruprechter, who had met the friends just days before and claimed to be familiar with the region. But their dream trip soon turned into a wilderness nightmare from which not all of the men returned.

Adapting Ghinsberg’s acclaimed memoir, Aussie thriller auteur Greg McLean takes on an altogether different kind of terror in Jungle, all the more potent for being true. Daniel Radcliffe continues pushing his post-Potter career to the extreme, ably supported by Alex Russell (fellow MIFF Premiere Fund title Cut Snake, MIFF 2014), Joel Jackson (Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door) and Thomas Kretschmann (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Dracula).

Scripted by Justin Monjo (INXS: Never Tear Us Apart) and supported by the MIFF Premiere Fund, Jungle is a stunningly shot, edge-of-your seat story of survival and self-discovery.

World Premiere

Thursday 3 August at 7pm

Blue carpet and screening: The Regent Theatre
Official Afterparty: The Plaza Ballroom

Film & Gala Afterparty
Full $150 | Concession $140 | MIFF Members $130

Film Only (with Pre-Show Drinks)
Full $49 | Concession $44 | MIFF Members $39

Dress: cocktail




Adding to the night's blue carpet glamour, 2017 marks the second year MIFF has partnered with Grey Goose Vodka to curate a luxury experience for the Opening Night Gala, this year to be held at the magnificent Regent Theatre and Plaza Ballroom.

MIFF guests will be welcomed onto the blue carpet as they sip the iconic Grey Goose Le Fizz – a cocktail served at the top award season parties, and enjoyed by celebrities at events such as the Oscars, and the Toronto International Film Festival.