The Worst Person in the World is a compelling film that defies the tropes of the romantic comedy genre: Sydney Film Festival review

November 8, 2021

As much as The Worst Person in the World adheres to many of the standard ingredients of the “romantic comedy”, to refer to Joachim Trier‘s as one would be doing it a massive disservice. Detailed over 12 chapters (and both a prologue and epilogue), the film gives us a look into a certain period of […]

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Blue Bayou is a deliberately heartbreaking drama about the intricacies of immigration: Sydney Film Festival review

November 5, 2021

Immigration is a topic that’s quite intensely debated across the world, particularly in the United States.  And in Blue Bayou, a spotlight is shone on a specific group of immigrants, those that come to a country as infants with little to no recollection of their homeland and, quite often, had no other choice. Such is […]

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The Beta Test is a twisted, pitch black comedic thriller: Sydney Film Festival Review

November 4, 2021

On the surface you’d be forgiven for assuming The Beta Test is just another film industry picture, spending its minutes somehow justifying its existence as it hones in on the obnoxious and obnoxiously wealthy Hollywood players who wrongfully assume they’re untouchable in their town.  The film has that air about it, but this satirical-cum-unnerving thriller […]

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Pleasure is a cold, calculating film detailing the politics of the sex industry: Sydney Film Festival Review

November 4, 2021

After introducing itself as a film that promises there’ll be no sugarcoating its subject matter – the first thing we hear are the audible moans and verbal berating from a pornographic film, and the first thing we see is the extremely graphic imagery of a young girl’s privates in the shower – Ninja Thyberg‘s confronting […]

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Titane is an auto-erotic body horror oddity focused on the specifics of sexual identity: Sydney Film Festival Review

November 4, 2021

Similar to how Jordan Peele, Robert Eggers, Jennifer Kent, and Ari Aster all secured their place in the annals of genre cinema with their debut offerings, Julia Docournau‘s bold cannibalistic horror effort Raw cemented the French filmmaker as a name to pay consistent attention to.  And just as those aforementioned auteurs all swung big with […]

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The Card Counter is a bleak and repetitive effort mildly saved by the presence of Oscar Isaac: Sydney Film Festival Review

November 3, 2021

Kenny Rogers so famously told us “You gotta know when to fold ’em”, and in The Card Counter writer/director Paul Schrader seems unsure as to which hand he wants to confidently play.  It’s not that this film is poorly made, nor is his commitment to the representation of desolation anything other than pure, but it’s […]

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Sydney Film Festival postponed until November 2021

August 3, 2021

In light of the Sydney lockdown extension announced by the NSW Government on 28 July, Sydney Film Festival will postpone the 68th edition of the Festival until 3rd-14th November, 2021. “Sydney Film Festival looks forward to returning to cinemas for a COVID-safe event in November, when we’ll come together to celebrate the films we love, […]

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Sydney Film Festival announces teaser art films for 2021

June 23, 2021

As the Sydney Film Festival prepares to return to theatres for its 2021 season, running from the 18th-29th August, it has teased a line-up of art titles ahead of its official program launch. Set to screen alongside such already announced titles as Mads Mikkelsen‘s crime comedy Riders of Justice and The Kids, a revisit with […]

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Sydney Film Festival moves to August for 2021 season only

February 18, 2021

After a successful Summer Season at the State Theatre and a sold-out Wong Kar Wai retrospective, Sydney Film Festival is excited to announce the 68th edition will take place 18-29 August 2021. The shift will allow the Festival to continue to include films from major international festivals (in addition to Australia’s best new feature films […]

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Sydney Film Festival Review: The Chills: The Triumph & Tragedy of Martin Phillipps is a love letter to a brave, post-punk poet

June 19, 2019

Martin Phillipps is a brave, post-punk poet. The leader of the New Zealand band, The Chills has had a long and varied career writing heavenly pop tunes that are filled with dark undercurrents. The Chills: The Triumph and Tragedy of Martin Phillipps is a revealing look at an eccentric protagonist in his own tragicomic story. […]

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Sydney Film Festival Review: XY Chelsea is barely the first chapter in Manning’s story

June 17, 2019

You get the sense that the stage was set for a great documentary about Chelsea Manning. It was May 2017 when the former US army soldier and intelligence analyst had her sentence commuted by President Barack Obama. She also granted a documentary film crew unfettered access to her life. And yet what follows is a […]

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Sydney Film Festival Review: The Amazing Johnathan Documentary is like a film directed by Puff the Magic Dragon

June 7, 2019

Most documentaries are good at providing observations about a subject. They are often unobtrusive and just like a fly-on-the-wall. But what do you do when you’ve chosen to chronicle an individual who is an illusionist and expert prankster by day? TV director, Ben Berman grapples with this as well as the notion of the truth […]

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Sydney Film Festival announces 28 films, the first guest and a new location for 2017

April 6, 2017

The 64th Sydney Film Festival has unveiled itself today as it divulged a plethora of juicy details, including 28 prominent new films to be featured and the first of over 150 Festival guests. First though, the event has announced a brand new location for the festival. The SFF will now take place in Randwick’s iconic […]

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Third round of screenings at Palace Cinemas for 10 films from Sydney Film Festival

June 10, 2015

By Popular Demand, Sydney Film Festival (SFF) are thrilled to release a third round of screenings at Palace Cinemas for 10 films fast approaching second screening capacity. Eight features and two documentaries make up the selection at the Palace Verona and Norton Street cinemas. This extended partnership beyond the end of the festival is a […]

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Sydney Film Festival releases teasers for upcoming films

April 13, 2015

The Sydney Film Festival is coming up in June, and to satiate us until then, the powers that be have released teasers for four new films that are set to screen at the festival. Deathgasm is directed by Jason Lei Howden, who previously worked on visual effects for The Hobbit trilogy and The Avengers. This New […]

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The 2015 Spanish Film Festival Set To Pack A Saucy Punch

March 24, 2015

The 2015 Spanish Film Festival has launched its full program, and its becoming clear that you’re a film aficionado of the Mediterranean kind you’ll be in for a real treat. Taking place exclusively at Palace Cinemas across Australia, the festival will feature 38 feature films and runs from April 21 until May 20. Highlights include special guest Elena […]

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Spend a terrifying Friday the 13th at Sydney Film Festival

June 12, 2014

The 61st Sydney Film Festival comes to a close this Sunday, but you still have a chance to see some incredible films before the festival ends. Particularly exciting is the terrifying program that the Festival has in store for tomorrow, which just happens to be Friday the 13th! The Festival presents a packed program of […]

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A look at the music films screening at the upcoming Sydney Film Festival

May 14, 2014

The 61st Sydney Film Festival is coming up next month (June 4th to 15th), and the full program announced last week boasts an incredible array of exciting films. Included in the program is a great selection of music films, both documentaries and features. Below is a rundown of the music films screening at the Festival. […]

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Complete program announced for the 61st Sydney Film Festival

May 7, 2014

The program for the 61st Sydney Film Festival was officially launched today by Tony Grant, the NSW Minister for the Arts. The Festival will run from the 4th to the 15th of June and will showcase a wide and exciting range of incredible films. This year the Festival consists of 183 titles from 47 countries, including 15 World Premieres (including 6 World Premiere short […]

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