|Born||Richard David Wolstencroft|
23 April 1969
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
|Education||La Trobe University|
|Notable work||Pearls Before Swine|
Richard Wolstencroft (born 23 April 1969, also known as Richard Masters) is an Australian filmmaker and film festival director. He is the founder of the Melbourne Underground Film Festival (MUFF). He apologized publicly and stepped down as director of MUFF on 20 November 2017 after making alleged anti-homosexual comments. He has since reversed his decision and "unresigned".
Wolstencroft worked at Beat magazine around 1991, and ran Melbourne kink nightclub The Hellfire Club until 2002.
He founded the Melbourne Underground Film Festival (MUFF) in 2000. And has run it for close to 20 years.
MUFF and Wolstencroft gained attention when a film was scheduled for screening by a noted holocaust denier, David Irving, in 2003. The festival was taken to Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and was accused of violating the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001 the film was not screened after the venue owner canceled.
In August 2010, Wolstencroft organized a "free speech" screening of a film banned in Australia called L.A. Zombie by Bruce LaBruce, a gay Canadian filmmkaer. In November 2010, Victoria Police raided his house, looking for copies of the film, and a police spokeswoman confirmed that he would face court.
He 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.
In November 2017, following the affirmative result in the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey, Wolstencroft posted remarks on social media linking homosexuality to Mainstream Bourgeois Elite Media, child abuse and a globalist conspiracy. After complaints and a boycott campaign from the Australian arts community, he apologized on his Facebook page and resigned as director of MUFF. He has since returned as director.
He is an active Independent Filmmaker - and full filmography can be found at Bill Mousoulis Innersense website Richard Wolstencroft that documents Australian Indy Filmmakers
His feature work is here:
Bloodlust (1990, 89 mins) co-writer/director w Jon Hewitt
The Intruder (1991) (uncompleted) director
Pearls Before Swine (1999, 96 mins) writer/director
The Beautiful and Damned (2008, 100 mins) writer/director
The Last Days of Joe Blow (2012, 90 mins) writer/director Out on DVD from Monster Pictures, Feb 2016.
The Second Coming Volume One (2015, 85 mins) writer/director Based on Yeats and starring Michael Tierney, Boyd Rice, Gene Gregorits, Jerome Alexandr, William Margold, Kim Fowley and Pete Doherty
The Second Coming Volume Two (2015, 80 mins) writer/director starring Jim Goad, Michael Parle, Bruce LaBruce, Terry McMahon, Mark Savage, Frank Howson, and Kristen Condon
The Debt Collector (2018, currently in post-production) with John Brumpton, Roger Ward, Jack Ellis, Kristen Condon, Mal Kennard and Andy McPhee
In 2015 and 2017, he directed the films The Second Coming and The Second Coming Vol. 2.
His upcoming film is called The Debt Collector, and is about an ex-IRA member played by John Brumpton, who fights with the neo-Nazi Alt-right – one of whom is an acolyte of an Ulster fascist called Jimmie O'Hare, played by Roger Ward.
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- "VCAT Transcript" (PDF). Archived from the original on 12 March 2014.
- Stokes, Jenny (2005). "Religious Vilification laws in Victoria - Background to the law and cases" (PDF). Salt Shakers.
- Mike Everleth (20 June 2011). "2011 Bloodfest Fantastique: Award Winners". Underground Film Journal. Underground Film Journal. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
- Parkin, Alanah (16 Nov 2017). "IMPORTANT - FILM FRIENDS PLS READ". Twitter: @AlanahParkin. Retrieved 2017-11-22.
- M.U.F.F. info Festival Director, Curator and Founder: Richard Wolstencroft
- Wolstencroft, Richard, The Debt Collector, Roger Ward, Andy McPhee, John Brumpton, retrieved 2017-12-04
- "Q&A with Richard Wolstencroft, director of Melbourne Underground Film Festival". Cult Projections. Retrieved 2017-12-04.
- "The 17th Melbourne Underground Film Festival". Beat Magazine. Retrieved 2017-12-04.
- "Richard Wolstencroft". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2017-12-04.
- Richard Wolstencroft on IMDb
- Richard Wolstencroft at the Melbourne independent filmmakers website.
- The 1st MUFF Manifesto written by Wolstencroft in May/June 2005
- The Last Days of Joe Blow Directed by Wolstencroft