SFF @ Art Gallery of NSW

The Art Gallery of New South Wales is the leading museum of art in NSW and Sydney, and one of Australia's foremost cultural institutions. Here you will see Sydney Film Festival’s Retrospective program, which is projected using original film prints.


Desperate Living

In the sacred year of 1977 the ‘Pope of Trash’ John Waters served up this deliriously demented punk rock fairytale set in the garbage dump kingdom of Mortville.

Feminism & Film: Disruption & Deconstruction

Films that wilfully subvert the language of cinema and experiment with narrative form to extort filmic spaces for women's stories and voices.

The Filth and the Fury

The Sex Pistols tell their own story in Julien Temple's inspired reply to his own film, The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle, made 20 years previously.

The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle

Julien Temple's classic 1980 fictional documentary presents the spectacular rise and disintegration of the Sex Pistols as an elaborate swindle orchestrated by manager Malcolm McLaren.

High and Low

An Ed McBain thriller (King's Ransom) is transformed into an epic moral tale in which a man is faced with a terrible dilemma when his son is kidnapped.

The Hidden Fortress

The widescreen adventure that inspired Star Wars features a princess on the run from her enemies and the brave warrior who comes to her aid.

Ian McPherson Memorial Lecture 2017: David Wenham

David Stratton, former director of the Sydney Film Festival (1966 – 1983), film critic and author, is in conversation with one of Australia’s most respected actors - David Wenham.


A middle-aged bureaucrat discovers he has terminal cancer and determines to do something useful with the remainder of his life. Kurosawa's most humanistic and ironic film.

Red Beard

A young doctor becomes intern at a public clinic and learns life lessons from the title character, a man who believes in personal sacrifice for the common good.

Seven Samurai

Farmers from a remote village, who are regularly attacked and robbed by bandits, seek help from seven warriors in this celebrated action epic.

Suffragette City: Sydney, Feminism & Film

Women filmmakers from the three Feminism & Film programs talk with curator Susan Charlton about Sydney in the 1970s and ’80s; philosophy, pleasure and politics; collectives, collaborations and film co-ops; feminism/s and filmmaking – then and now.

The Throne of Blood

'Macbeth' is brilliantly re-invented with elements of Noh theatre incorporated into the drama. A great screen adaptation of Shakespeare - beautiful and ominous.


Toshiro Mifune is the fastest sword in the East in an exciting and entertaining film that inspired Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars.