Arts & Entertainment

15th Sydney Underground Film Festival

Several film festivals have been postponed until 2022 owing to the ongoing COVID-19 lockdowns, but the anticipated Sydney Underground Film Festival streams on demand for the second consecutive year.

This unique film festival has mesmerised fans with its outrageously bizarre, quasi experimental, and vastly non-mainstream films and documentaries. Now in its 15th year the program consists of 30 celluloid oddities and there’s sure to be something for everyone who enjoys ludicrously alternative cinema.

Audience reachability has been extended owing to the festival being screened online. All programs are available Australia wide and international audiences can view the shorts films programs. So, what goodies can audiences expect this year at the festival?

“Wild rides – films that start simply but descend into chaos, films with women at the forefront, music docos, films by first time directors, and cool, wacky and absurd comedies. A real mix!” explained Katherine Berger, Film Festival Director.

When asked whether it’s a myth that films screening at this festival are the ‘bad films’ which wouldn’t be distributed into mainstream cinemas, Berger laughed.

“There’s a real art to creating a film that’s so bad it’s so good and we’ve prided ourselves in playing films like that, but it has evolved over the years. We have some really wild stuff, but we also have good independent films with high production values and also, more main streamy titles that should appeal to a wider audience – underground doesn’t mean bad, definitely not at all.”

Sep 9-26. On Demand Viewing. $12-$194+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.suff.com.au

HOT PICKS

SWEETIE YOU WON’T BELIEVE IT – A crazy buddy road trip film. The characters, the soundtrack, and the storyline ensure a fun film experience. Online opening night film not to be missed!

AN IDEAL HOST – A cool fast paced award-winning Australian horror flick with so many twists and turns that it descends into chaos. Expect the unexpected!

ALIEN ON STAGE – An amateur theatre group re-creates the full movie Alien on stage – scene by scene. A fun documentary which will leave audiences grinning ear to ear. On stage nobody can hear you scream! Highly recommended.

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