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Australian talent leads the way in the 63rd year of the Festival, both in front of and behind the camera.

On Opening Night, audiences will be treated to the world premiere of Goldstone, Australian auteur Ivan Sen's follow-up to Mystery Road (SFF 2013). The film also screens in Official Competition and is in the running for the $60,000 cash prize - don't miss it!

As usual, tickets for all the films screening in the Documentary Australia Foundation Awards and the Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films have all but sold out. There are a few tickets remaining to Destination ArnoldEmbraceHotel CoolgardieIn the Shadow of the Hill and On Richard's Side, but they won't last long.

Feature films Down UnderTeenage KicksGirl Asleep and Embedded offer audiences the opportunity to see themselves reflected on screen, while documentaries  Suzy & the Simple Man and Night Parrot Stories offer a glimpse into a different world.

Exquisitely restored titles  Bliss (1985) and The Boys (1998) are required viewing. And horror fans can't go past Red Christmas. Don't miss a single one!


An exciting film from new Australian talents, Sam and Tom McKeith, Beast is the story of a young boxer in Manila who accidentally kills his opponent in a fixed fight.

The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe

Four traumatised refugees perform in a challenging theatre production about their lives: the film debut of theatre director Ros Horin.

Baxter and Me

In this charming documentary, award-winning Sydney director Gillian Leahy (My Life Without Steve) combines her two great passions: dogs and films.


A stunning restoration by Australia's National Film and Sound Archive of Ray Lawrence's wonderfully strange 1985 multi award-winner Bliss, based on the novel by Peter Carey.

The Boys

The world premiere of a brand new restoration of this chilling Australian classic starring David Wenham, Anthony Hayes and John Polson as three murderous suburban brothers.

Constance on the Edge

The challenge of settling in a new country is compounded by memories of the past in this poignant documentary, focusing on a gutsy and big-hearted mother of six living in Wagga Wagga.

Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films

Sydney Film Festival's short film competition, now in its 47th year, has launched the careers of many directors, writers, producers, cinematographers and other film creatives.

Destination Arnold

The moving story of two determined Indigenous women with a dream to make it to the Arnolds – an amateur bodybuilding competition being held in Australia for the first time.

Down Under

A provocative black comedy set during the aftermath of the Cronulla riots, Down Under focuses on two groups of hotheads from both sides of the fight who are destined to collide.


Stephen Sewell's erotic political thriller sees a war correspondent meet an alluring, enigmatic woman at a cocktail party, before a dangerous power play engulfs the two.


When Taryn Brumfitt posted an unconventional before-and-after photograph, millions saw it worldwide. In her documentary debut, Brumfitt explores the global issue of body loathing.

Girl Asleep

A hit at Adelaide and Berlin Film Festivals, this savvy and surreal picture turns being a confused 14-year-old into a unique world of wonder.


Australian auteur Ivan Sen (Mystery Road, SFF 2013) takes us on a thrilling journey in the world premiere of Goldstone, an ambitious and stunning outback noir that is perfectly executed.

Hotel Coolgardie

Two Finnish girls on working visas head to a remote WA mining town for a three-month stint behind the bar of the local pub. Shocking, amusing and unexpectedly moving.

In the Shadow of the Hill

The residents of Rio de Janeiro's largest slum seek justice for a local man they believe has been murdered by the police, a documentary debut from Australian Dan Jackson.

Night Parrot Stories

In his ode to this elusive nocturnal bird, award-winning director Robert Nugent riffs on the myth-like search for its existence in the remote deserts of Australia.

On Richard's Side

Filmed over three decades, this intimate documentary charts the life-story of Richard, a young man with a complex disability since birth.

Opening Night Gala – Goldstone

Experience the red carpet glamour of Opening Night with the world premiere of Ivan Sen’s outback noir Goldstone starring Aaron Pedersen, Jacki Weaver, David Gulpilil and David Wenham.

Red Christmas

Horror legend Dee Wallace (The Howling, E.T.) stars in a rattling good Aussie spooker as the widowed Diane who must defend her family from a demented stranger.

Suzy & the Simple Man

The ‘simple' life is never easy! A love story and a candid portrait, eight years in the making, of Suzy and her adventurer husband Jon Muir living off the land in regional Australia.

Teenage Kicks

In this powerful new queer Australian drama, a 17-year-old boy navigates the many minefields of adolescence and sexuality, in the wake of a family tragedy.

Winter at Westbeth

This delightful documentary about creativity and ageing chronicles a year in the life of the Westbeth building in New York, which was turned into housing for artists in 1970.

Zach's Ceremony

Shot over six years, this is a remarkable portrait of a young man struggling with identity and his father's expectations, as he heads towards adulthood.