Jun 122016
 

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In Jackson Heights is the 42nd film from 85 year-old veteran American documentarian, Frederick Wiseman. Filmed over 9 weeks in 2014, the film paints a portrait of a vibrant, diverse community in flux. Gentrification is lapping at the doors of the largely immigrant neighbourhood, and big business is squeezing out the small.

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Jun 112016
 

Tickled

When New Zealand journalist David Farrier came across a Facebook page advertising “competitive endurance tickling”, he thought he’d stumbled across an amusing story, so he reached out to the company behind it (Jane O’Brien Media) for an interview. Little did Farrier know, this was the beginning of an exceedingly bizarre journey.

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Jun 102016
 

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In December 1970, Elvis Presley turned up unannounced at the Northwest gate to the White House with a letter he wanted delivered to the president. See, Elvis was mighty worried about youth drug culture and he wanted to personally offer his assistance to the president. The letter requested a meeting with Nixon, and Elvis wasn’t going to take no for an answer.

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Jun 092016
 

Mustang

In the breathtaking and bracing French/Turkish feminist drama Mustang the performances from co-writer and director Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s striking and fiercely resilient young female cast are inarguably tremendous, and possess extraordinary range, but, for me, it is the assertive direction that is the film’s most exciting trait. You don’t often find a female-directed début film collect accolades as diverse as the Cannes Director’s Fortnight Prize, the Best First Feature Cesar Award, and an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. You can be sure, it deserves them. This film will floor you.

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Jun 092016
 

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This adaptation of Arezki Mellal’s acclaimed novel ‘Now Let Them Come’ by Mellal and director Salem Brahimi is set during Algeria’s ‘black decade’, and tells the story of a family that must defend itself amidst an onslaught of violence between government forces and radical Islamists. It depicts, in confronting authenticity, the impact of a devastating war, and tells a story of love during troubled times.

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May 152016
 

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With 244 films screening, picking which films to see at the 2016 Sydney Film Festival can be an overwhelming experience. We’ve combed through the impressive programme and have selected 12 films we think are must-sees at this year’s festival. The films we have picked included Afghani cinefiles, a vampire-mermaid, an escape into virtual reality, and Daniel Radcliffe’s farting corpse.

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May 122016
 

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The 2016 Sydney Film Festival programme has been announced and tickets are now on sale at the festival’s website.

In 2016 the Festival will present 244 films from 60 countries including 25 World Premieres. The festival has secured some titles direct from Cannes, including It’s Only The End Of The World, Aquarius and Psycho Raman. This year there is a focus on Ireland, a look at Korea, and a showcase of European Women filmmakers.

There is so much to digest! Check back in a couple of days for our picks for you must-sees at this year’s festival. Happy scheduling everyone!

May 102016
 

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The 2016 addition of the Cannes Film Festival, arguably the World’s most prestigious festival, is about to kick off in France. This year there is an unusually high 21 films competing for the Palm d’Or, after Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman was a late addition to the official competition. Outside of the official competition, films also screen in the Un Certain Regard section, as well as at a number of out of competition and special screenings.

With so much on, what is there to look out for? Well, we’ll be paying close attention to the reactions to the films listed after the jump.

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