Jun 202013

The Rocket Film

After 12 days of amazing films the 60th edition of the Sydney Film Festival closed on Sunday night with a screening of the uplifting and incredibly entertaining documentary Twenty Feet from Stardom (review to come). With close to 200 films screened over the 12 day period, it was an incredibly rich and varied festival.

The Sydney Film Festival Prize was awarded to Nicholas Winding-Refn’s Only God Forgives (review here), which despite receiving a decidedly mixed response from the audience, was praised by the jury (headed by Hugo Weaving) for it’s audacious and cutting-edge film- making. The Audience Award for Narrative Feature Film was won by Kim Mordaunt’s The Rocket, with the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, Wadjda, directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour the runner-up. The Audience Award for Documentary film was awarded to Australian documentary The Crossing, with Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell taking the runner-up spot.

For me personally, the highlight was the incredibly shocking and well-made documentary Dirty Wars (review here). My favourite feature film was Michel Gondry’s Mood Indigo (the film that had the most walkouts). It was also a huge buzz to be in the same room as legendary Korean director Park Chan-wook; and to meet a director I think is at the start of an amazing career, Scottish film-maker Paul Wright.

Of course watching films with amazing people (not matter how bad the film), late night chats and awesome Film Clubs at the Festival Hub were also highlights. It’s the people that make the festival something truly special.

You can read all of our Sydney Film Festival reviews here – there will be more added over the coming week as we get some sleep!

We hope you enjoyed our coverage. It was a heck of a lot of fun.

After the jump I’ve posted a picture of my top 15 films from the festival.



By Sam McCosh

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Jun 182013


A teen coming of age story set in small town, beach side America, where a 14 year-old boy learns about love, life and that crazy notion of adults not having all the answers. Seen that film before? Would you want to see it again despite knowing the revelations the protagonist will probably have? What if Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell, Toni Colette starred in it and the show was run by Jim Rash and Nat Faxton, who won an Oscar for The Descendants? Could they do anything different with the familiar formula? My review of The Way Way Back after the jump.

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Jun 172013

The trailer for Martin Scorse’s The Wolf of Wall Street has dropped, and it’s a strange beast. Starring Leonardo Dicaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Jonah Hill, Kyle Chandler and more, the film is based on Jordan Belfort’s best-selling memoir, about his rise, and subsequent fall as a stockbroker on Wall Street. Dicaprio stars as Belfort, who refused to cooperate in a large securities fraud case involving corruption on Wall Street, the corporate banking world and mob infiltration.
The film has a November 15 release date in the US. There is no Australian release date at present.
Please share your thoughts! Is anyone else getting some [unfortunate] Gatsby vibes from this trailer, or is it just me..?

By Sam McCosh

Jun 142013

The Bling Ring

The internet is a goldmine and the Bling Ring mined it to achieve the lifestyle they so lusted over. Why imitate a celebrity when you can simply break into their homes and take what is theirs? Their lifestyle is now your lifestyle. Review of Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring after the jump.
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Jun 122013

The sole survivor of a fishing accident which took the life of five young men (including the survivor’s only brother) struggles to deal with both the grief and finality of death and the attitude of the village-folk who don’t understand why he walks among them, while others are dead. Review of Scottish director Paul Wright’s début feature film, For Those in Peril after the jump.
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Jun 092013

ginger and rosa 2013

In the early 1960s much of the world are on edge. The threat of nuclear war hangs heavy in the air, and nothing feels certain. What a time to grow up and mould your identity as an adult. Two friends, both young and naïve, but with very different ideals forge their way through 1962 in Ginger & Rosa. Review after the jump.

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