SFF @ Hayden Orpheum Cremorne

Sydney Film Festival returned to Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace Cremorne for a fourth year, continuing to delight locals and visitors alike with screenings across all 12 days of the Festival.


Angry Indian Goddesses

Dubbed India's answer to Bridesmaids, this female buddy movie from acclaimed director Pan Nalin (Samsara) presents a refreshingly frank portrait of women in India today.

Blood Father

Father and daughter are on the run from a violent drug cartel in this gritty and darkly comic thriller, fresh from Cannes, providing a made-to-measure role for Mel Gibson.

Captain Fantastic

In this touching and funny feature, fresh from Sundance and Cannes, Viggo Mortensen gives one of his best performances as a father raising his children far from the modern world.

Certain Women

An evocative and poetic character study of three Montana women, the new film by Kelly Reichardt (Meek's Cutoff, Wendy and Lucy) stars Laura Dern, Michelle Williams and Kristen Stewart.

The Commune

Trine Dyrholm won the Best Actress award at the Berlinale for her terrific performance in this new '70s-set drama by acclaimed Danish director Thomas Vinterberg (The Celebration).


Jake Gyllenhaal shines alongside Naomi Watts in Jean-Marc Vallée's darkly comic drama about a man attempting to rebuild his life after the devastating loss of his wife.

Elvis & Nixon

Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey shine in this comedy based on the real-life meeting between Elvis Presley and President Nixon, when the King made a most unusual proposition.


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.


After his love letter to the Hermitage Museum in Russian Ark (2002), the master Sokurov turns his gaze to the Louvre and the astonishing collaboration that preserved its treasures.

Short Film

Frida and Diego – The Australian Years

Fleeing New York after an artistic scandal, Frida Kahlo (Maria Humphreys) and Diego Rivera (Tiriel Mora) seek sanctuary with the Australian people... of today.


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.

I Saw the Light

Tom Hiddleston (also starring in High-Rise, SFF 2016) is in terrific form as singer-songwriter Hank Williams – the first superstar of country music – in this good-lookin' biopic.

Short Film

Judgment Tavern

On a stormy night, a young girl and her disembodied father take shelter in a tavern, where they encounter a retired witch-hunter.


Straight from its Cannes Competition berth, Pedro Almodóvar's new film is a dramatic, emotional story of a woman's loves and regrets told in the master's distinctive style.

Short Film

The King

A poetic portrait of sweet-voiced Andy – scrap metal merchant by day, a performer at night – and his equally charming family.

Land of Mine

Based on true events, this multi-award winning audience favourite is an edgy thriller about young German prisoners of war forced to disarm unexploded mines in the aftermath of WWII.

Love & Friendship

A strong cast and a deft touch by director Whit Stillman bring the romantic entanglements of an early Jane Austen novella to vibrant life in this jubilant modern comedy of manners.

Maggie's Plan

Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke and Julianne Moore star in this witty comedy about modern relationships from writer-director Rebecca Miller (The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, SFF 2009).


From the director of Once Were Warriors, a stirring drama about the enduring rivalry between two Maori sheep-shearing families and the brave young man who finds a way forward.

The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble

A music documentary gem from Oscar-winning director Morgan Neville about the legendary cellist and a diverse group of dedicated musicians.


Winner of a Cannes Directors' Fortnight prize, four Césars and an Oscar nomination, this Turkish gem is a powerful portrait of sisterhood.

The Olive Tree

A Spanish film about a woman determined to retrieve her family's recently uprooted ancient olive tree, this beautifully brings together environmental themes and youthful activism.

Saint Amour

Gérard Depardieu, Benoît Poelvoorde and Vincent Lacoste embark on a road trip through beautiful French wine country in this irreverent and joyously chaotic comedy.

Shepherds and Butchers

Steve Coogan excels in a rare dramatic role as a determined lawyer, in this engrossing courtroom drama inspired by true events, from South African director Oliver Schmitz.

Short Film

So Good to See You

In this darkly comic take on the complications of friendship, a dinner party goes painfully sour.

Short Film

Spice Sisters

A former Bollywood star is bored and restless with her life. When a popular reality cooking show announces a call for contestants, she decides it's now or never to make a change.


A stunning addition to the gangster genre, Suburra is a stylish and scandalous Italian thriller delving into connections between the Mafia, politics and the church.

Sunset Song

Legendary British director Terence Davies offers a richly cinematic take on a classic of Scottish literature, starring model turned actress Agyness Deyn and Peter Mullan.

A War

Director Tobias Lindholm and actor Pilou Asbæk reunite following their collaboration on A Hijacking (SFF 2013) in this riveting and complex exploration of Denmark's role in the Afghan war.

Wednesday, May 9

A mysterious donation sparks a series of murky moral dilemmas in this tense Iranian drama, which was a hit at Venice and stars the great actress Niki Karimi.