Women Directors

Sydney Film Festival presents the powerful voices of women from all corners of the globe, including Sofia Coppola’s seducitve thriller The Beguiled, and the World Premiere of Madame starring Toni Collette.

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Adele

14-year-old Adele is torn between high school and her African family tradition, imposed on her in Australia.

Ama-San

A lyrical introduction to the traditional world of Japan’s free-diving fisherwomen. A multiple award-winning documentary from Portuguese director Cláudia Varejão.

Angry Inuk

The anti-sealing movement’s adverse impact on Inuit communities is exposed in this Hot Docs Audience Award winner from First Nations director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril.

Axolotl Overkill

A wild ride though the hedonistic Berlin party scene, based on director Helene Hegemann’s controversial novel written at 17. Winner of the Sundance cinematography award.

The Beguiled

Fresh from its Cannes Competition berth, Sofia Coppola's new film is a seductive thriller set in the Civil War era starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning.

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Beyond the Bubble

Three flat-sharing friends priced out of Sydney and are forced to consider the unthinkable—moving to the western suburbs!

Blue

The world premiere of an invigorating Australian documentary: a beautifully crafted wake up call to the state of the earth’s oceans, dedicated to creating awareness and change.

Chavela

The uncompromising life story of openly lesbian Latin American singer Chavela Vargas - an inspiration for director Pedro Almodóvar and others - is revealed for the first time.

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Connection

Cuba got Wi-Fi routers installed in 18 public parks in 2016. For many Cubans, this meant going online for the first time.

The Decline of Western Civilization

A legendary documentary which dives headlong into the pulsating energy and chaos of the LA punk rock scene, circa 1980, and features Black Flag, X, Circle Jerks and Germs.

Defiant Lives

The history of the disability rights movement, featuring a litany of impressive activists determined to create a world where everyone, regardless of impairment, is valued and can participate fully.

The Divine Order

Women of a small Swiss village band together to campaign for the women's right to vote, ahead of the crucial 1971 ballot, in this rousing, inspirational film.

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Do No Harm

You’ve never seen a doctor observe the Hippocratic Oath like this before.

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Drumming is Like Thunder

You can take away Duncan Armstrong’s drum kit, but you can’t take away his desire to make music and perform.

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Family Happiness

A story about small cruelties, bullying and the power of a brother's unconditional love for his complex little sister.

The Farthest

A passionate documentary on the science project of the 20th century, NASA's Voyager space program, and the far-reaching probes launched 40 years ago.

Fun Mom Dinner

Toni Collette and Molly Shannon share an intoxicated wild night out full of wine and sex-talk in this hilarious, bawdy feature debut by Tropfest winner Alethea Jones.

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Great Muy Bien

Citizens of all ages enrol at a makeshift English school in Havana, preparing for a future of normalised Cuba-USA relations.

The Grown-Ups

Adults, but seldom treated as such: that's the dilemma facing this group of friends with Down syndrome, in this warm and compassionate documentary.

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How the Light Gets In

A single mum lives on the fringes of society with her young daughters. One night she awakes with a light shining from within that starts at her fingertips and spreads quickly.

In My Own Words

The raw, heartfelt and often funny journey of adult Aboriginal students and their teachers as they discover the transformative power of reading and writing for the first time.

The Last Goldfish

A daughter's search for her lost family stretches from Australia to Trinidad and WWII Germany. Rich with archival images, Su Goldfish's autobiographical documentary echoes through all those touched by forced migration.

The Levelling

Ellie Kendrick (Game of Thrones' Meera Reed) stars in this emotional drama set on a Somerset dairy farm beset with troubles.

Madame

World Premiere: Toni Collette, Harvey Keitel, Rossy de Palma and Michael Smiley star in this romantic comedy about an unexpected love affair that starts at dinner and spreads to the Paris streets.

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Marrimarrigun

‘Marrimarrigun’ is the story of Marrimarri, the giant spirit man who protects the ancestors of the Yawuru people.

Maudie

Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke shine in this true story of gifted, arthritic Canadian folk painter Maud Lewis and her unlikely romance with the reclusive Everett Lewis.

A Modern Man

Young, handsome, immensely rich, a virtuoso violinist and a Hugo Boss model: meet the man who appears to have everything, in this surprisingly charming documentary.

Most Beautiful Island

An edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller, with a complex heroine at its centre, about an undocumented New York immigrant. SXSW Grand Jury Prize winner.

Motherland

A vibrant Sundance award-winning Filipino documentary filmed in the busiest maternity hospital in the world, that reveals an overcrowded, hectic and yet profoundly humane environment.

Mountain

An epic cinematic and musical collaboration between Sherpa filmmaker Jennifer Peedom and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, that explores humankind's fascination with high places.

My Year With Helen

The story of an exceptional woman: New Zealand's first elected female Prime Minister, Helen Clark, and her campaign to become United Nations' first ever-female Secretary-General

The Opposition

A David-and-Goliath battle over a slice of Papua New Guinea paradise, Hollie Fifer's documentary finally reaches our screens following court action in Australia.

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Outbreak Generation

In the midst of a global epidemic, Annie Spence finds herself the sole carer of her 8-year-old nephew, who wants answers. Ones that perhaps only a mother can give?

Paris Can Wait

Eleanor Coppola (Heart of Darkness, SFF 1991) makes her feature film debut at the age of 80 with this delightful France-set rom-com starring Diane Lane and Alec Baldwin.

The Party

Patricia Clarkson, Cillian Murphy, Timothy Spall and Kristin Scott Thomas star in a tasty British black comedy about a fancy dinner party that doesn't go according to plan.

Pop Aye

A downtrodden architect and his long-lost elephant take a road trip across Thailand to find their childhood home in this offbeat and very funny Sundance screenwriting award-winner.

Rip Tide

Disney star Debby Ryan makes her Australian film debut in this perfectly-pitched tween feature about surfing, romance and deciding what to do with your life.

Risk

Filmed over six years, Laura Poitras's follow-up to her Oscar winning Citizenfour, is an arresting portrait of controversial WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Roller Dreams

Venice Beach, CA, 1984, and the birth of a new phenomenon: roller dancing! The beyond-hip talent draws massive crowds, but politics, money and gentrification conspire to end the dream.

RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World

A stomping tribute to Native American musicians, crammed with concert footage, celebrating their weighty yet unheralded contribution to music, from Hendrix to Metallica.

Sami Blood

The moving story of a reindeer-herding Sámi girl who severs ties with her family and her culture. An award-winner and hit at the Toronto, Sundance and Venice Film Festivals.

Sea Sorrow

At the age of 80, Oscar-winning actor and political activist Vanessa Redgrave has directed her first film, a heartfelt response to the refugee crisis. Selected for Cannes 2017.

Step

This uplifting story of a school step dance team on the verge of graduation won director Amanda Lipitz a Special Jury Award for Inspirational Filmmaking at Sundance.

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Struck

On the sand dunes of her local beach a female jogger returns to a traumatic place looking for closure.

The Sun at Midnight

An urban teen encounters a mystical hunter in this charming debut feature shot in Canada's magnificent, remote Northwest Territory.

The Well

Repressed desires surface in this haunting psychological drama with Pamela Rabe and Miranda Otto. This Australian classic deserves rediscovery 20 years after its Cannes premiere.

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White Riot: London

In 1977, immigration divides Britain. What happens when a punk fanzine challenges the status quo?

Window Horses - The Poetic Persian Epiphany Of Rosie Ming

A charming feature from one of Canada's best loved, award winning animators, Ann Marie Fleming, voiced by Sandra Oh, Ellen Page and Don McKellar.

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Wolfe

An intimate confessional from Nick, who learns that the imaginary friend in his head was real, and violent.