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!

Apr 062016
 

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The 63rd Sydney Film Festival today announced 26 new films to be featured in this year’s 8-19 June event. These films are in addition to the Scorsese retrospective which was already announced.

Highlights from the 26 films announced are:

Demolition (Jean-Marc Vallée) – TIFF 2015 opening night film starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a Wall Street financier whose wife dies in a car accident. He’s left to pick up the pieces – or in this case, tear them apart. Also stars Naomi Watts and Chris Cooper.

Sunset Song (Terrance Davies) – An adaptation of the classic Scottish novel of the same name, Sunset Song centers around a Scottish farm worker (Agyness Deyn) who sees family trauma merge into global catastrophe as the first world war devastates her village.

From Afar (Lorenzo Vigas) – This début feature from writer-director Lorenzo Vigas won the 2015 Golden Lion (the highest prize) at the 2015 Venice Film Festival. Armando, a 50-year-old man, seeks young men in Caracas and pays them just for company. One day he meets Elder, a 17-year-old boy and that meeting changes their lives forever.

Morris From America (Chad Hartigan) – Follows an African-American teenager adjusting uneasily to his new life in Heidelberg, Germany. This has been on our watch list since the reactions from Sundance, where it won the Special Jury Prize & Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award.

No Home Movie (Chantal Akerman) – The late avant-garde Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman moving portrait of her relationship with her mother, a Polish immigrant and Auschwitz survivor. Akerman passed away last year.

A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers (Geeta Gandbhir, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy) -Follows a predominantly Muslim unit of 160 women police officers sent to post-earthquake Haiti as UN Peacekeepers for one year. Both directors will be attending the festival, with co-director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s Oscar-winning short A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness also screening.

Weiner (Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg) – Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2016, the documentary follows former congressman Anthony Weiner in his attempt to overcome a sexting scandal and run for mayor of New York City – only to be felled, by another sexting scandal.
 
Full list of films announced

Features: Demolition, Maggie’s Plan, Everybody Wants Some!!, Sing Street, Sunset Song, The Commune, A Copy of My Mind, Angry Indian Goddesses, From Afar, Francofonia, A War, Mustang, Tharlo, The Devil’s Candy, Magallanes, Morris From America, Under the Shadow.

Documentaries: Weiner, A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers, A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness (short), Sonita, Heart of a Dog, Janis: Little Girl Blue, Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected, Mr Gaga, No Home Movie.

Scorsese retrospective: Mean Streets, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, Taxi Driver, New York, New York, Raging Bull, The King Of Comedy, Goodfellas, The Age Of Innocence, Casino, The Aviator

Full programme announced Wednesday 11 May.

Mar 312016
 

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Sydney Film Festival, Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) announce that David Stratton will present a program of 10 essential films directed by Martin Scorsese. 

The curated films will screen as the retrospective program during the 63rd Sydney Film Festival (8-19 June) and in Melbourne at ACMI (27 May-12 June) and at the NFSA in Canberra (123 July) after Sydney Film Festival’s screenings.

The retrospective program of 10 specially imported 35mm prints, curated by David Stratton, entitled Essential Scorsese: Selected by David Stratton, features works by one of the most influential directors of our time.

David Stratton says: “Scorsese talks in a rapid-fire style as though he doesn’t have enough time to describe everything he knows. He’s like a character in a 1930s movie. His films are passionate too. His best are explosive in their impact, crammed with information and detail. On the one hand, his Catholic upbringing leads him to tackle religious subjects (The Last Temptation of Christ, Kundun) while the Saturday matinee kid in him revels in the trashy gore of his gangster films.”

The 10 films in the program are:

Mean Streets (1973)
Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974)
Taxi Driver (1976)
New York, New York (1977)
Raging Bull (1980)
The King Of Comedy (1982)
Goodfellas (1990)
The Age of Innocence (1993)
Casino (1995)
The Aviator (2004)
Tickets for Sydney Film Festival screenings are now on sale – head over to the festival website for more information.

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