Jun 122016
 

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When we join Afghani teenager Sonita Alizadeh, she has spent the last 10 years of her life as an undocumented refugee Iran. She’s working part-time at a Refugee Centre in Tehran, the same place where she receives her schooling. While she may find herself in a dire situation, economically, politically, and socially, she still has dreams – dreams of music and making it big.

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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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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.