Sydney Film Festival
7 June 2017 to 18 June 2017
Hear that Sydney? That faint din in the distance? That's us, finally crossing the border this month and hitting the Harbour. And how lucky for us that as we have, we've stumbled on one of the biggest and best Film Festivals of the year.
Yes, that's right, we've got the run down on the Sydney Film Festival. Now in it's 64th year, the festival is going to dominate screens in Sydney throughout the month with 288 films from 59 countries, including 37 world premieres!
We'll be at a couple of the screenings, including Song to Song, Okja and A Ghost Story, to get your first scoop. But there are SO many movies playing at this festival it would be nearly impossible to catch them all.
There's some notable Aussie talent on display, with Una playing to undoubtedly packed theatres with it's stocked cast of local talent Mendo, Rooney Mara (who proved last year in Lion that she can nail an Australian accent) and Riz Ahmed. The film marks the filmmaking debut of Australian theatre director Benedict Andrews, so we're expecting something wonderful in the emergence of a new homegrown filmmaking talent.
Those looking for familiar faces can catch Michael Fassbender, Ryan Gosling, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman and Mara (again) in Terrence Malick's Austin music scene-set love story Song to Song. Early reviews have been mixed, but even Malick's recent experimentations with storytelling and style can't change the fact that this will be a beautiful and original movie.
If you, like us, found yourself wistfully staring at Instagram stories of people in Cannes last month, you've now got your chance to catch up on the Mediterranean insta-famous party goers, as Sydney Film Festival brings you the very best in critically acclaimed films. Sophia Coppola's The Beguiled was incredibly well-reviewed at the eponymous French festival; so much so that she won Best Director for it! And now you'll get to catch it on home turf. You'll also get the opportunity to view Geoffrey Rush in Final Portrait, Michael Haneke's new movie Happy End, Samuel L. Jackson narrated I Am Not Your Negro, best actress at Cannes winning and Dianne Kruger starring movie In The Fade, and the incredible looking Lady Macbeth.
We're also super excited for Oscar nominee My Life As A Zucchini, Cate Blanchett masterpiece Manifesto (where she plays 13 characters), and the intriguing and mesmerising Casey Affleck/Rooney Mara starrer A Ghost Story.
Don't be surprised if you run into a couple of celebs while you're there as well. The great folks at Sydney Film Festival have lined up a who's who of Australian and International cinema. Whether it's Bong Joon-Ho, director of Snowpiercer and Netflix upcoming release Okja, giving a live talk before he presents his controversy stirring, fresh from Cannes film, or Aussie megastar Ben Mendehlson, who you might know as Director Krennic from Rogue One, presenting a FREE discussion at The Hub, you'll be hard pressed not to run into someone you're going to be bragging to your friends about later. Vanessa Redgrave and David Wenham will also be making headline appearances!
There's also a bunch of short films playing during the festival. Our pick? Adele is a heart-wrenching and, frankly, shocking Aussie movie that will have you thinking about it well after it ends. We caught it at the West End Film Festival recently, and it really took us by surprise - so if you get the chance to catch this one, please do so.
Sitting their with your mouth watering at the idea of so much great film this month? Us too. But as if that wasn't enough, Sydney Film Festival brings us something new and innovative with Gourmet Cinema - a screening of Australian filmmakers Matthew Salleh and Rose Tucker's globetrotting food adventure Barbecue, complete with a six-course international sample menu featuring signature dishes from the Middle East, Japan, South Africa, USA, Argentina, plus dessert from The Meat & Wine Co.
Phew. That was a mouthful. But, to be honest, it doesn't even scratch the surface of the Sydney Film Festival's massive program. If you're even remotely interested in film, this movie program is worth your time and effort to explore.
For more details about the festival be sure to check out SFF!