Apr 012015

Slow West

It’s hard to believe it but the first Sydney Film Festival announcement of 2015 is here!

The 62nd Sydney Film Festival today announced 27 new films to be featured in this year’s June (3-14) event, plus an Ingmar Bergman retrospective curated by film critic and former co-host of ‘At the Movies’, David Stratton.

Among the first titles announced today are:

Australian-Irish thriller Strangerland, starring Nicole Kidman,Joseph Fiennes and Hugo Weaving

Slow West, a new twist on the classic western starring Michael Fassbender, with Australians Kodi Smit-McPhee and Ben MendelsohnWinner of the Sundance World Cinema Grand Jury Prize

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief  from veteran documentarian Alex Gibney

Peter Strickland’s The Duke of Burgundy, a stylish erotic melodrama about a lesbian S&M relationship

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, from Swedish director Roy Andersson. Winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.

The Look of Silence, the highly anticipated follow-up to Joshua Oppenheimer’s powerful The Act of Killing

99 Homes, a thriller about the 2008 global financial crisis starring Michael Shannon and Andrew Garfield

Love & Mercy, the Brian Wilson/Beach Boys biopic starring John Cusack and Paul Dano


Selected by David Stratton, the Bergman retrospective includes The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, Persona, Cries and Whispers and Fanny and Alexander.  Another retrospective is 54: The Director’s Cut. The painstakingly restored version of 54, the controversial 1998 melodrama about New York’s hedonistic disco heyday reintroduces the homoerotic into a film that had been subject to reshoots and cuts on its original release.

In 2015 the Festival extends its reach even further to include Sydney’s Inner West, bringing around 20 screenings, including highlights of the popular Freak Me Out program of horror and midnight fare, to Dendy Newtown. Also announced today is a newly enhanced program of family and kids’ films, including the Academy Award-nominated Irish animated feature Song of the Sea.


The full Sydney Film Festival programme will be announced on May 6. Flexipasses and subscriptions to are on sale now at http://www.sff.org.au

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