Richard Wolstencroft

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Richard Wolstencroft
Born Richard David Wolstencroft
(1969-04-23) 23 April 1969 (age 48)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Nationality Australian
Education La Trobe University,
Ivanhoe Grammar School
Notable work 'Pearls Before Swine'

Richard Wolstencroft (born 23 April 1969, a.k.a. Richard Masters) is an Australian filmmaker and film festival director. He is the founder and director of the Melbourne Underground Film Festival (MUFF).[1]

Wolstencroft co-directed his first feature Bloodlust with collaborator Jon Hewitt in 1990.

In 1996 Wolstencroft began work on his second feature film Pearls Before Swine, a project completed over three years and starring Boyd Rice.

His fourth feature was The Beautiful and Damned, based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The film is a modern adaptation, and stars Ross Ditcham, Kristen Condon, Norman Yemm, John Brumpton, Paul Moder, Peter Christopherson and Frank Howson, among others. The film was previewed at the 10th Melbourne Underground Film Festival and played at The Australian Film Festival in 2010. The US premiere of The Beautiful and Damned was held at the 10th F. Scott Fitzgerald Festival in Baltimore, US in October 2009.

In 2017 following the affirmative result in the Australian Marriage Survey, Wolstencroft posted remarks to social media of a homophobic nature, making reference to a media and globalist conspiracy, and linking child abuse to homosexuality. As a result members of the Australian arts community distanced themselves from him, with acclaimed actor Lachy Hulme returning his MUFF award.[2]

Film festivals[edit]

He is the founder and director of the Melbourne Underground Film Festival (MUFF).

In addition to MUFF, Wolstencroft also ran the Bloodfest Fantastique film festival, a one-off event dedicated to horror and science fiction cinema. The festival opened at a venue in St Kilda, Melbourne, Australia on 10 June 2011.[3]


  1. ^ Avrille Bylok Collard (9 August 2013). "Melbourne Underground Film Festival Announces Dates". Beat. Furst Media Pty Ltd. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Twitter  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Mike Everleth (20 June 2011). "2011 Bloodfest Fantastique: Award Winners". Underground Film Journal. Underground Film Journal. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 

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