The Iris’ Sydney Film Festival Awards: Naming the Best of the 2016 Screenings

June 21, 2016

With a mammoth lineup of over 240 films, this year’s Sydney Film Festival was one of the best efforts yet. From the return of Mel Gibson in Blood Father to the crude-but-evocative absurdism of Swiss Army Man, there was a lot on offer. We’ve compiled our picks for the best of the festival below: Best Australian film […]

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Sydney Film Festival Review: Goldstone (Australia, 2016)

June 14, 2016

Goldstone was easily my most anticipated film of this year’s Sydney Film Festival, and it’s fair to say it did not disappoint. Written, directed, edited and pretty much everything else by Ivan Sen, it is sure to join the pantheon of great Aussie films – a triumph from start to finish. Seeing the return of […]

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Sydney Film Festival Interview: Director Ivan Sen talks Goldstone, corruption and Indigenous representation

June 10, 2016

Following its premiere as the opening night film of the 63rd annual Sydney Film Festival, The Iris sought to learn more about Goldstone from Director Ivan Sen. Chatting character, corruption, representation and scale, Sen gives us further insight into the follow-up to 2013’s universally acclaimed Mystery Road, as well as discussing how his direction has […]

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Must-see films at this year’s Sydney Film Festival

June 6, 2016

The Sydney Film Festival is kicking off this week and we’ve gathered together a short-list of some of the big films you’ll absolutely want to make space on your flexipass to see. Blood Father Directed by Jean-François Richet and show in the crispy outlands of New Mexico, Blood Father marks Mel Gibson’s return to the action movie. He […]

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Sydney Film Festival’s Travelling Film Festival returns to Newcastle

May 20, 2016

Sydney Film Festival’s 2016 Travelling Film Festival announced its return to Newcastle this coming July, unveiling a program of international cinema direct from their premieres at Sydney Film Festival. Newcastle cinema-goers will be treated to screenings of the Festival’s opening and closing night films: Goldstone and Love & Friendship. Award-winning filmmaker Ivan Sen’s Goldstone, starring […]

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Cannes begone, The sixty-third Sydney Film Festival has officially launched its full program

May 11, 2016

NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant, besides festival director Nashen Moodley today announced the full program for the Sydney International Film Festival, declaring that the festival would present a staggering 244 films from 60 countries, including 25 World Premieres. This includes 139 Australian premieres (including 13 Australian premiere short films) and […]

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World Premiere of Australian outback noir Goldstone to open Sydney Film Festival

April 21, 2016

The Sydney Film festival today announced it will open its 63rd year with the World Premiere of Goldstone. From acclaimed Indigenous writer/director Ivan Sen, Goldstone is a stylish and intelligent outback noir that sees Aaron Pederson reprise his role as troubled Indigenous detective Jay Swan. Pederson first appeared as Jay Swan in Sen’s Mystery Road, which opened […]

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The Top Ten Australian Films to look out for in 2016

March 13, 2016

2015 was a spectacle for Australian films, securing our biggest year ever in the box office, as well as performing in the Oscars at levels not seen since Peter Weir. And the light looks to continue shining through 2016, with a selection of Australian and Australian-associated films determined to prove the worth of Australian cinema […]

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