Special Presentation at the State

The ultimate Sydney Film Festival experience is to lose yourself in a movie at the magnificent State Theatre with this selection of premieres and award-winning films.

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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.


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.

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.

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.

Everybody Wants Some!!

Richard Linklater's follow-up to Boyhood (SFF 2014) is an infectiously funny ‘spiritual sequel' to his cult classic Dazed and Confused about college kids in the early '80s.

Gimme Danger

Direct from this year's Cannes Film Festival, American filmmaker Jim Jarmusch's documentary love letter to punk icons Iggy Pop and his band the Stooges.

A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers

The inspiring story of the Bangladeshi policewomen on peacekeeping, by two-time Oscar-winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Geeta Gandbhir.


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.

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.

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.

Sing Street

John Carney's latest is a beguiling portrait of '80s Dublin, complete with stone-washed denim, wild haircuts and a soundtrack by The Cure, Duran Duran and The Police.


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.

War on Everyone

From the director of SFF favourites The Guard and Calvary, this pitch-black satirical homage to buddy-cop movies is about two renegade police wreaking havoc in New Mexico.