Jun 152015


The Sydney Film Festival is over for another year, and a big congratulations to Nashen Moodley and the SFF team for another cracking festival. I feel like this is the strongest one I have attended in my five years. There have only been a few disappointments along the way, but I am very much in the minority on them. The documentary program has been especially strong. As I saw more documentaries this year than ever before, it has been quite difficult to put together my annual SFF awards. As a result, I have added in a few more awards for documentary.

You can find all of my awards after the jump, along with my final film rankings:

Best Feature: Victoria

Runner/s up: Corn Island, Tehran Taxi

Best Documentary: Welcome to Leith

Runner/s up: The Russian Woodpecker, The Look of Silence

Best Actor: Elmer Back, Eisenstein in Guanajuatro

Runner/s up: Frederick Lau, Victoria and Guy Pearce, Results

Best Actress: Laia Costa, Victoria

Runner/s up: Nina Hoss, Phoenix and Carey Mulligan, Far From the Madding Crowd

Best Supporting Actress: Elizabeth Banks, Love & Mercy

Runner/s up: Luisa Cruz, Arabian Nights: Volume 2 (the centre of the trilogy’s best segment, but judging in terms of screen time)

Best Supporting Actor: Kevin Corrigan, Results

Runner/s up: Tony Revolori, Dope

Best Director (feature): George Ovashili, Corn Island

Runner/s up: Sebastian Schipper, Victoria and Ramin Bahrani, 99 Homes

Best Director (documentary): Michael Beach Nichols and Christopher K. Walker, Welcome to Leith

Runner/s up: Matthew Heineman, Cartel Land and Joshua Oppenheimer, The Look of Silence

Best Screenplay: Tehran Taxi

Runner/s up: Love & Mercy and Spring

Best Cinematography (feature): Victoria

Runner/s up: Corn Island and The Assassin

Best Cinematography (documentary): Palio

Runner/s up: Cartel Land and The Hunting Ground

Best Editing: Corn Island

Runner/s up: Love & Mercy and The Russian Woodpecker

Best Use of Sound: Love & Mercy

Runner/s up: The Duke of Burgundy, The Club

Best Score: Victoria

Runner/s Up: 99 Homes

Best Soundtrack: Dope

Runner/s Up: Results and Arabian Nights (Vol 1-3)

Final Rankings – Note: 31 films have a 3.5/5 rating or more

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Still to come:

My diary coverage from days 9-12 including reviews of Phoenix, Cemetery of Splendour, Arabian Nights (Vol 1-3), Seymour: An Introduction and Me & Earl & The Dying Girl. I am just replenishing some energy before tackling it.

Also, next weekend I will posting the 2015 Sydney Film Festival Public Poll – a collaboration of the star ratings assigned each film by a number of participating acquaintances that attended the festival – critics and film fans alike.

By Andrew Buckle