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THE NAKED CITY – THE SEARCH FOR MIGUELITO

You don’t have to be a cinephile to observe that Sydney is awash with film festivals - from the landmark Sydney Film Festival, through Tropfest and Flickerfest to the Sydney Underground and numerous ethnically based events – to mention just a few. It almost seems there’s a new festival every week and if that’s the […]

Greek Film Festival

The 26th Greek Film Festival comes to Sydney with a program which boasts 15 feature films, three documentaries, and one Australian short film. Australian film director Alkinos Tsilimidos, who has had films previously screened at this festival, is thrilled that his black comedy The Taverna will close the festival. “The plot of this film is […]

Telling Her-Story

By Rita Bratovich The recent documentary film, Be Natural: The Untold Story Of Alice Guy-Blache, details the forgotten achievements of a French female filmmaker who was at the forefront of the burgeoning industry in Europe. Celebrated at the time as a creative pioneer and entrepreneur, Guy-Blache was effectively written out of the history books and […]

GOD EXISTS, HER NAME IS PETRUNYA

Stringent cultural traditions are challenged in this award-winning feminist satire from Macedonia, which is based on true events and in official competition at the Sydney Film Festival (SFF). When highly educated but vastly unattractive Petrunya (Zorica Nusheva) participates in a men-only competitive religious ritual and wins the community is divided. Is she a hero or […]

Make It Australian

By Mark Morellini The prestigious Sydney Film Festival (SFF), which is regarded as one of the most prominent and diverse in the world amongst filmmakers and festival attendees alike, celebrates its 66th presentation and audiences should be mesmerised by the alluring program showcasing 307 films from 55 countries. This year there has been a resurgence […]

NAKED CITY – FESTIVAL FATIGUE!

Wow, when it comes to ‘festivals’, Sydney is right up there with the leading cities in the world for the sheer number of such events that we stage. There have been endless music and film festivals, food festivals, art festivals, community festivals, multicultural festivals and even a ‘Festival Of Light’ – although the latter was in […]

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 […]

America’s Looming War on China

BY DANIEL JARAMILLO The widespread availability of feature length documentaries on platforms such as Youtube and Netflix has resulted in a resurgence of the genre on both the silver screen and broadcast television. One such upcoming film is This Coming War On China by the award winning journalist and filmmaker, John Pilger. Pilger is an […]

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 […]

SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL 2016

This prestigious film festival, which is regarded as one of the most prominent in the world amongst filmmakers, celebrates its 63rd presentation and audiences should be mesmerised by the alluring program showcasing 244 films from 60 countries. This culturally diverse film festival boasts 25 world premieres (of which five are Australian), 139 Australian premieres and three […]