The weather may be warming up in Sydney, but there are plenty of good reasons to stay inside in Spring. Travel the world, experience local filmmaking and its best, and broaden your views on life & love. Here’s our quick guide to 6 film festivals playing in Sydney this Spring.
Indie Gems Film Festival (September 11 -13)
Where: Riverside Theatre Parramatta.
What: 3 days of diverse and exciting Australian and international feature films, shorts, documentaries, workshops and film networking events.
Highlights: Australian doco Gayby Baby, a living, moving portrait of same-sex families; Freedom starring Cuba Gooding Jnr, followed by a Q&A with director Peter Cousens.
Lavazza Italian Film Festival (September 15 – October 11)
Where: Palace Norton St, Palace Verona, Chauvel Cinema
What: The 16th edition of the annual celebration of Italian cinema and culture, this year with 32 feature films.
Highlights: Cannes official competition title Mia Madre; a new digital restoration of Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Conformist (1970); Matteo Garrone’s first English language feature, Tale of Tales.
Sydney Underground Film Festival (September 17 – 20)
Where: The Factory Theatre, Marrickville.
What: A festival dedicated to nurturing an alternative film culture through the promotion of independent and experimental films. In other words, 4 days of the weird and the wonderful.
Highlights: Gasper Noe’s Love in all of its 3D glory; One of the most buzzed about midnight movies at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, Hellions; Call Me Lucky, the story of Barry Crimmins, the funniest comedian that you’ve never heard.
Queer Screen Film Festival (September 22 – 26)
Where: Event Cinemas George Street.
What: 12 of the latest the latest GLBTIQ films.
Highlights: Peter Sollett’s Freehold starring Ellen Page and Julianne Moore (screening here before it’s US release); Cut Snake from Australian director Tony Ayres; Robin William’s last dramatic role in Boulevard.
Antenna Documentary Film Festival (October 13 – 18)
Where: Chauvel Cinema.
What: The very best in non-fiction films from Australia and around the world.
Highlights: Pervert Park a film which is set to challenge viewers on a topic which is usually taboo or unspoken; Finders Keepers, what would you do if you found a human calf and foot inside a BBQ you bought at auction; The Visit, which will reassure you that plenty of people are preparing for the eventual arrival of aliens.
Japanese Film Festival (November 5 – 15)
Where: Event Cinemas George St.
What: a showcase featuring a vast variety of cinematic delights from classics to newly released films currently screening in Japan.
Highlights: The Japanese Film Festival programme is yet to be announced. Check the festival’s social media channels for updates.