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Here we are with another (probably my last) Sydney Film Festival critic and fan poll. I asked a number of friends, acquaintances, film critics and film buffs, to send me a list of every film they saw at this year’ Sydney Film Festival with a 1-5 star rating. I tallied up the results and have laid them out below. Thanks to everyone who took the time to participate.

In addition to what Sam, Shaun and I put together here on An Online Universe, there was a lot more fantastic coverage of this year’s festival. Here are some other sites to check out – 4:3 Film (Conor Bateman + many other contributors), Screen-Space (Simon Foster), The Cue Dot Confessions (Mike Scott), The Limerick Review (Lisa Malouf), Trespass Magazine (Alex Doneau), ccpopculture (Dave Crewe) and Graffiti With Punctuation (Blake Howard).

While there weren’t that many five star grades given this year (Tehran Taxi with 4 and Me & Earl & the Dying Girl with 3, topped that list), the quality of the festival is clear in that many films scored a 3.5+ average. In the table after the jump I have only included films with four or more grades, but first I have included a list of those with three or less (votes/ave).

600 Miles (1/3.00), Aferim! (3/3.50), Among the Believers (3/2.67), Beats of the Antonov (3/4.00), Being Evel (3/2.83), The Bolivian Case (3/3.00), Brand: A Second Coming (1/3.00), Breaking a Monster (1/3.50), The Chinese Mayor (3/3.33), Court (2/4.75), The Crow’s Egg (3/3.33), Deathgasm (3/3.33), Democrats (2/3.00), Dreamcatcher (1/3.50), The Emperor’s New Clothes (2/3.25), The Face of Ukraine (1/4.00), Foodies (3/3.33), German Angst (1/3.5), God Told Me To (1/3.5), Good Things Await (1/4.00), How To Change The World (1/3.50), Max and Lenny (1/3.00), Meet the Patels (2/4.00), Metamorphoses (3/3.00), Murder in Pacot (1/3.50), Necktie Youth (2/3.50), Only the Dead (1/3.00), On the Rim of the Sky (1/4.00), People, Places, Things (3/3.83), Project of the Century (2/2.50), Red Rose (3/3.00), Second Coming (2/2.75), Second Mother (1/3.50)  Sembene! (1/3.00),  The Smell of Us (3/2.83), Song of Lahore (1/3.50), Station to Station (3/3.00), Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine (2/3.50),  Sworn Virgin (3/3.00), These are the Rules (3/2.67), Tigers (3/2.83), Ulrich Seidl: Director at Work (3/3.50), Villa Touma (3/3.33), The Volcano (2/3.50)

Features with an average grade of >3.60

Documentaries with an average grade of >3.60

The highest rated Official Competition entries were Tehran Taxi and Victoria, while Tehran Taxi and Sherpa equated to best rated feature and documentary respectively after taking into account the number of grades.

Title (A-Z) Grades Ave /5
54: Director’s Cut 9 3.39
99 Homes 17 3.65
Amy 8 3.50
Arabian Nights: Volume 1 14 3.39
Arabian Nights: Volume 2 11 3.82
Arabian Nights: Volume 3 11 3.23
Assassin, The 13 3.50
Best of Enemies 5 4.10
Black Souls 10 2.90
Cartel Land 6 3.50
Cemetery of Splendour 14 3.82
Club, The 7 3.14
Corn Island 8 3.88
Daughter, The 8 3.56
Dearest 4 3.50
Diary of a Teenage Girl 12 3.29
Dope 16 3.50
Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon 9 3.22
Duke of Burgundy, The 17 3.65
Eisenstein in Guanajuatro 12 3.29
Far From the Madding Crowd 8 3.38
Forbidden Room, The 6 3.83
From What is Before 4 4.00
Gayby Baby 8 3.56
Going Clear: Scientology and Prison of Belief 14 3.68
Goob, The 6 2.83
Goodnight Mommy 7 3.07
Grandma 7 3.57
Haemoo 7 3.36
Hill of Freedom 4 3.38
Holding the Man 10 3.45
Hunting Ground, The 13 3.81
In the Basement 8 3.44
Invitation, The 6 3.08
Iris 7 3.71
Kabuchiko Love Hotel 5 3.30
Last Cab to Darwin 7 3.50
Listen to Me Marlon 4 4.00
Look of Silence, The 9 3.94
Love & Mercy 11 3.86
Me & Earl & the Dying Girl 19 3.37
Mr Holmes 7 3.00
My Love, Don’t Cross That River 8 4.06
My Skinny Sister 5 3.80
Nasty Baby 11 3.14
Our Little Sister 5 4.00
Palio 4 3.75
Pasolini 9 3.22
Pearl Button, The 6 3.50
Phoenix 9 3.50
Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, A 22 3.55
Postman’s White Nights, The 4 2.50
Price of Fame, The 4 3.00
Results 11 3.36
Riz 5 2.50
Ruben Guthrie 6 2.83
Russian Woodpecker, The 13 3.81
Second Chance, A 8 2.63
Seymour: An Introduction 6 3.58
She’s Funny That Way 7 2.93
Sherpa 17 4.00
Slow West 21 3.29
Some Kind of Love 4 2.38
Song of the Sea, The 8 4.31
Spring 6 3.67
Strangerland 15 2.43
Summer of Sangaile, The 7 2.57
Sunrise 9 3.50
Tales 13 3.31
Tangerine 27 3.35
Tehran Taxi 15 4.23
Tea Time 5 3.20
Theeb 4 3.63
Tribe, The 16 3.72
Turbo Kid 6 2.58
Tyke Elephant Outlaw 4 3.88
Unexpected 8 3.13
Victoria 14 4.07
Vincent 13 3.08
We are Still Here 6 2.33
Welcome to Leith 8 4.00
Wide Open Sky 4 3.00
Wolfpack, The 13 3.31
Women He’s Undressed 8 3.44

 

  One Response to “2015 Sydney Film Festival Poll”

  1. Good work, Andy.

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