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Fire Island – The Gay Rom-Com We All Need

By Linc Jenkin Having never seen, read, or consumed, in any way, Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice, the basis for the hit new movie Fire Island, I was able to view the film with a virgin eye. While I’m sure Austen aficionados would say that nothing comes close to the original iterations on page or […]

Does ‘Lightyear’ go to infinity & beyond?

When Pixar's latest entry into the Toy Story film franchise was first announced the world immediately began to ponder how exactly Lightyear would fit within this universe. That question is immediately answered in Lightyear when we are given a written intro slate which says, "In 1995 Andy got a toy. The toy was from his […]

SHADOW – Screening In The Screenability Program at SFF

The Sydney Film Festival is currently screening, and audiences have the opportunity of attending the Screenability Program which highlights the incredible work of filmmakers with disabilities. “This program is part of a suite of initiatives designed to boost the participation of underrepresented groups in the screen industry,” explained festival director Nashen Moodley. “The focus of […]


The 2022 iteration of the Sydney Film Festival (SFF) marks its 69th outing. Throughout the course of the 11 day festival Sydneysiders will have the chance to view over 200 films from 64 countries including 27 world premieres. The curation team behind the festival have taken great care to find 101 feature films, many of […]

It Takes Time: 10 Films By Frederick Wiseman

Frederick Wiseman’s award-winning career has spanned over seven decades. He has been described as one of the most important and original filmmakers working today and even a living legend. Whilst many of Wiseman’s documentaries have been selected to screen at the Sydney Film Festival (SFF) over the years Jenny Neighbour who is the SFF Head […]

Rural Australia swept up in ‘Little Tornadoes’

By Renee Lou Dallow Set in Rural Australia in a town named Tocumwal this film is a gentle homage to family life on the land.  Life in the country can be slow. Interminably slow and this film emphasises the fact.  The film begins with Leo, a young factory worker with two kids, driving home from […]

Petite Maman – A Gentle Exploration Of The Mother-Daughter Bond

REVIEWED BY RENEE LOU DALLOW Petite Maman, directed by Celine Sciamma, is a beautiful, slow moving, film which observes rather than comments on character. The story follows a young girl, Nelly, who, following the death of her grandmother and the temporary loss of her mother, needs to find some answers. Wandering through the woods, Nelly, […]

Downton Abbey: A New Era

Reviewed by Ann McClelland Downtown Abbey: A New Era delivers exactly what all the fans want - a period piece (the late 20s) with all of the drama, plot twists and wholesome fun, yet still managing to further the story in a fresh way, without any tiredness. The story unfolds as some members of the […]

Julian Assange Documentary, Ithaka

This documentary ultimately asks, is Australian editor, publisher and activist Julian Assange a hero or villain? And is the ideology that ‘the truth will set you free’ merely that – an ideology that will never see fruition? Assange founded WikiLeaks (a whistle blower website) in 2006 and the world took notice when in 2010 he […]

‘Mother Mountain’ explores Indigenous mother-daughter relationships

Loosely weaving together strands of spiritually, Mother Mountain is a tapestry of mother-daughter relationships, often troubled and sometimes toxic. All under the formidable shadow of Gulaga, Mother Mountain. Deftly incorporating Judaism and Aboriginal beliefs, director Celina Stang’s semi-autobiographical film portrays Selene, mother of pre-teen Shani and little Marco, and husband Dean, as they settle into a […]