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The Long & Winding Road: Abbas Kiarostami Retrospective

The Sydney Film Festival (SFF) and Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) will present a program of eight essential features and three short films from trailblazing Iranian filmmaker, Abbas Kiarostami. Audiences can view the full retrospective as part of the 68th Sydney Film Festival and a selection at ACMI in September. Abbas Kiarostami films serve […]

Sydney Film Festival Implements Further COVIDsafe Measures

The Sydney Film Festival is scheduled to return in August and the SFF Director Nashen Moodley wants to assure all readers that it will be safe to attend in spite of the recent lockdown in Sydney. “We will reduce the amount of screenings at the festival because of COVID-19 restrictions, for the need to clean […]

Sydney Film Festival 2021 Teaser

Anticipation for this year’s Sydney Film Festival (SFF) should exceed expectations owing to the absence of last year’s live festival, which was replaced by a viral edition owing to COVID-19. This year the festival will be smaller in terms of the program owing to COVID-19 restrictions. Approximately 80% of the program has been selected, and […]

67th Sydney Film Festival

By Mark Morellini Many film festivals around the world have unfortunately been cancelled owing to the COVID-19 lockdowns, but the 67th Sydney Film Festival returns as a virtual event screening a concise program of 33 films. There will be seven feature films, 13 documentaries, and 13 shorts collectively in four sections, which will all be […]

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 […]

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 […]