Jun 092014
 

Locke

In what is possibly his best performance to date, Tom Hardy stars in Locke, an almost painfully intimate tale of a man having what is most likely the worst day of his life. But was this a hell of his own making, or is he merely a victim of his ironclad, yet idiosyncratic sense of duty? My review of Locke after the jump.

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Jun 062014
 

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French-Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan has proven that knows how to create incredibly stylish films which drip with sophistication and emotion. He takes a different direction with Tom at the Farm, a psychological thriller as unnerving as it is clever. My review after the jump.

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Jun 042014
 

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Sydney Film Festival is screening more that 50 documentaries this year. From musical icons, to cultural institutions, to human rights, there a huge variety of topics, locations, people and emotions covered. After the jump I preview 6 documentaries for your consideration. At Berkeley, The Great Museum, Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?, Life Itself, National Gallery and The Possibilities are Endless.

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Jun 032014
 

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Here’s my 2014 Sydney Film Festival schedule. I figured posting it here was the easiest way for you to see where I would be so we can hopefully catch up and chat films. Sydney Film Festival is always great (and this year the team have exceeded themselves with getting Cannes films), but it’s the meeting up with people which makes it a truly special event. Tweet me, I’d love to meet you/catch up!

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May 132014
 

Fish and CatLooking to fill your flexi 10? Have a few gaps in your schedule? I have combed the 180+ titles in the 2014 Sydney Film Festival programme and have selected 10 films which I believe are worth your time. Think of this as a carefully curated selection of 10 films which offers both variety and a clash-free schedule.

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May 082014
 

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The 61st Sydney Film Festival programme consists of 183 titles from 47 countries and includes 15 World Premieres (including 6 World Premiere short films), 122 Australian Premieres (including 14 Australian Premiere short films) and 6 International Premieres (including 1 International Premiere short film). The full programme is now live at www.sff.org.au.

The Opening Night Gala features the Australian Premiere of 20,000 Days on Earth, an innovative film about international cultural icon Nick Cave directed by visual artists Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard, who will be in attendance. Cinematographer Erik Wilson (The Imposter, The Double) is the reason I’m excited about this film – his work is fresh and interesting and I can’t wait to see more of his work.

The Closing Night Gala features the Australian Premiere of the vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows, the new film from Taika Waititi (Boy, which won the Audience Award at SFF 2010) and Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords). I can’t think of a better way to close the festival than a sold out crowd cackling along to some choice Kiwi comedy. This is going to be a fun night.

SFF Festival Director Nashen Moodley on the festival experience. “SFF not only presents the best films from across the country and around the world, but we also open up dialogue between the creators and audiences and curators and critics alike, in every direction and combination. Together in a crowded theatre, comedies are funnier, horror films are scarier and tender moments bring tears more readily; everything we feel is amplified by the power of the shared experience.”

After the jump I delve into the programme in more detail.
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