SFF @ Dendy Newtown

For the second year, SFF had another diverse program of great Sydney Film Festival films at Dendy Cinemas on King Street Newtown, with special emphasis on the Sounds on Screen, European Cinema: 10 Women Filmmakers to Watch and Freak Me Out programs.

American Epic Parts 1 and 2

Jack White, T Bone Burnett and friends take an epic journey to the roots of American pop music, to reveal the untold story of how it was first recorded.

The American Epic Sessions

Jack White, T Bone Burnett and friends take an epic journey to the roots of American pop music, to reveal the untold story of how it was first recorded.

Animation After Dark Showcase

A crazed cavalcade of instant anti-classics! This year expect rivers of snot, naked baking, the scabrous dismantling of fairy tales and smoking! This program's not for the faint of heart!

Short Film

Behind the Mirror

Julius wakes up and finds a spider in front of his eyes. A new nightmare is beginning.

Contemporary Color

David Byrne celebrates the unlikely art of color guard with music from St. Vincent, Nelly Furtado, and Devonté Hynes, in this Tribeca Film Festival award-winner.

Short Film

Count

In the casino resort town of Atlantic City, a troubled, out-of-work performer obsessively delves into his onstage persona, at the risk of his sanity.

The Devil's Candy

Heavy metal music, dark forces and a dream home with a hefty hidden cost are the elements of this red-hot horror by Australian writer-director Sean Byrne (The Loved Ones, SFF 2010).

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.

Evolution

Cult French filmmaker Lucile Hadžihalilovic's dream-like world, inhabited by women and young boys only, is filled with social, sexual and metaphysical mysteries.

The Eyes of My Mother

This elegant monochrome nightmare enters the fractured mind of a lonely young woman. Set in a timeless American rural nowhere, this is a beautifully horrifying danse macabre.

Goat

Selected for Sundance and the Berlinale, this powerful exposé of the dangerous ‘hazing' rituals of campus fraternities across the US features a great dramatic turn from Nick Jonas.

Janis: Little Girl Blue

Uncompromising rocker Janis Joplin, as you've never known her before: an eye-opening documentary featuring unseen footage, private letters and interviews with band members.

Kiki

The winner of this year's Teddy Award at Berlinale: a walk through New York City's voguing ballroom scene, led with swagger by gatekeeper Twiggy Pucci Garçon.

The Lure

This unique Polish romance-horror-mermaid-musical defies classification and deservedly won the Special Jury Award for Unique Vision and Design at Sundance 2016.

The Man From Mo'Wax

The highs and lows of a teenage DJ prodigy turned Mo'Wax label owner are laid bare in this warts-and-all portrait of tastemaker and UNKLE founder James Lavelle.

Short Film

Manoman

When Glen attends a primal scream class, he releases something from deep within that knows no limits.

National Bird

The US drone program, as seen from the point of view of three whistle-blowing former Air Force analysts: more chilling and sensational than anything Hollywood could imagine.

Patchwork

This fabulously funny Frankenstein variation about three women who are dissected and sewn back together in one body has been knocking 'em dead at film festivals everywhere.

Presenting Princess Shaw

An unlikely viral sensation is born when YouTube mash-up artist Kutiman encounters a troubled New Orleans singer, in this uplifting documentary from Israeli director Ido Haar.

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.

Strike a Pose

25 years after the controversial documentary In Bed with Madonna, the 'Blond Ambition' dancers – now out of the celebrity spotlight – are re-united and re-exposed.

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.

Short Film

Thunder Road

Officer Arnaud (a fabulous turn from director Jim Cummings) loved his mum. Winner of the Short Film Grand Jury Prize, Sundance 2016.

Tickled

A jaw-dropping documentary on the surprisingly sinister world of competitive endurance tickling, from New Zealand co-directors Dylan Reeve and journalist David Farrier.

Under the Shadow

In war-torn Tehran, an evil entity invades the apartment of a mother and her young daughter. Babak Anvari's debut combines supernatural suspense and potent cultural commentary.

Wild

In this provocative and daring German drama, a lonely young woman forms an uncomfortably close relationship with a wolf she discovers in the woods.

Zero Days

The new documentary from Oscar winner Alex Gibney (Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, SFF 2015) is an urgent and frightening exploration of cyberwarfare now.