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Sydney Film Festival Cancelled – Interview With CEO Leigh Small

The leaders of the Sydney Film Festival had been contemplating drastic measures for weeks in the face of the worsening COVID-19 pandemic. But that didn’t make the final decision any easier.  On Wednesday afternoon the group made the call: They would cancel their 2020 program. In the announcement SFF stated, "It is with deep regret […]

Creative space hard to find

By Laura Neill ‘Out-of-date and ludicrous’ red tape is strangling Sydney’s creative sectors, according to a new report authored by Sydney Fringe Festival (SFF) director and chief executive Kerri Glasscock. Titled ‘An Anthology of Space’, the report proposes solutions to overcome the financial and regulatory restrictions hindering artists from utilizing industrial and retail spaces. “If […]

Screenability at Sydney Film Festival

The 64th Sydney Film Festival is more than just whirlwind premieres, red-carpet openings and international guests for Sydneysiders to indulge in. There is also an incredibly important and enlightening program of films showcasing the works of filmmakers with a disability. “Screenability is an international program showcasing films by filmmakers with a disability from France, New […]

Kiki

Paris is Still Burning. In 1990 the indie doco known as Paris is Burning, directed by Jennie Livingston, premiered. It chronicles the ballroom dance culture and the Latino, African-American, trans and sex work sub-cultures and communities that were later commercialised in Madonna’s song, 'Vogue'. Drag, cross-dressing and raunchy dressing up, were presented as a complex […]

LAST CAB TO DARWIN

This low-budget Australian road-trip film surrounds a dying cab-driver called Rex who drives 3,000 km from Broken Hill to Darwin, hoping to take advantage of new euthanasia laws. But whilst on this incredible journey, he meets people who force him to re-evaluate his life and ultimately realizes that before he dies he must live life […]

The 61st Sydney Film Festival

The Sydney Film Festival promises to be bigger and better this year, screening 183 films, shorts and documentaries from 47 countries, of which 122 are Australian premieres. With attendances steadily climbing in recent years, this festival’s longevity resonates its popularity. This year the SFF will screen in even more venues including the Skyline Drive-in Blacktown, […]

Eastern Boys

Eastern Boys is a controversial new film from France which will intimidate and unnerve audiences. When middle-age Daniel (Olivier Rabourdin) invites a young male prostitute named Marek (Kirill Emelyanov) into his apartment for a discreet meeting, he inadvertently falls into a trap and has a gang of illegal immigrants to contend with. This is the […]

Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter is a drama which explores the ideal that obsession can lead to disillusionment and a slow path to self destruction. Kumiko (Rinko Kikuchi) lives a lonely and mundane life in Tokyo. Upon viewing a discarded copy of the American film Fargo, she obsesses the hidden fortune is real and embarks on […]

Sydney Film Festival makes the most of its local roots

by Samantha Jonscher Sydney Film Festival (SFF) director Nashen Moodley believes that there is something transformative about sitting in a darkened room with 500 strangers to communally share in the emotional ups and downs of a good film. "Film festivals allow you to have a very different experience than just going to the local multiplex," […]

THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMS

This fascinating documentary is about an Australian drug and alcohol counsellor called Ronan who, along with three others who’ve finished their rehabilitation program, undertake an incredible 800 km pilgrimage walk across Northern Spain known as “The Camino de Santiago”. Ronan believes this medieval Camino (walk) is therapeutic for the mind, where partakers will ultimately face […]