Film in Revolt is a platform for teens who want to talk film, make film and write for/about film. Here are their reviews of films from the 2017 Sydney Film Festival program.
Review: Hotel Salvation - Kena
This film was wonderful, to put it plainly. Framed in the lavish State Theatre (which I was late to, as I’d rocked up to the Capitol Theatre 8 minutes before it was scheduled to start, then had to bulk pretty hard to get to the State Theatre, which google informed me was a 13-minute journey by foot).
Review: Phantom Boy - Bill
From Academy-award nominated animators Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli, Phantom Boy tells the story of Leo (voiced by Gaspard Gagnol), a very sick child stuck in hospital who can send out his “phantom” – a sort of ghost version of himself that no one else can see – to fly around Manhattan while bedridden with his unnamed but serious disease.
Review: Phantom Boy - Kena
J’aime cinema de la France! I apologise to all French people who may be reading this – I have no idea how that is supposed to be spelt or if it’s the correct sentence structure, but after watching this awesome film I couldn’t stop spewing out little phrases of French (e.g. Bonsoir, Maman!), and I hoped to have a striking first sentence ‘I love French cinema!
Response: Seven Samurai - Nick
The theatre’s lights fade. A lady opens her phone on full brightness, only to be shushed and disciplined by those around her. People wonder whether their parking ticket will expire before this film ends. A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.
Review: You Have No Idea How Much I Love You - Tiana
You Have No Idea How Much I Love You is a powerful and emotionally engaging documentary that will leave a mark on anyone who watches it.
Review: Mifune: The Last Samurai - Kena
One of my favourite documentaries so far in this festival has been Mifune: The Last Samurai. It analyses contextual factors that impacted on the career of the Japanese legendary actor Toshiro Mifune, linking in his unbreakable bond with famed director Akira Kurosawa whilst tying it up beautifully in a linear and dynamic narrative of the last samurai’s life.
Review: Ama-San - Bill
Ama-San is a documentary by Claudio Varejão, but it’s unusual in that it doesn’t actually give you any information beyond what you see. Varejão doesn’t appear in the film at all. There is no narration. It’s pure observation: the daily lives of the Ama-San, Japan’s “women of the sea”.
Interview: Claire Sawyer - Sydney Film Festival Youth/Family Programmer - Mischa
Mischa got the lowdown from Clare Sawyer (SFF youth/family programmer) about the under 18 films screening in the youth/family program.
Review: King of the Belgians - Bill
King of the Belgians is a gentle mockumentary from filmmaking duo Jessica Hope Woodworth and Peter Brosens, which follows the story of fictionalised Belgian king, Nicholas III, and his entourage on a incident-filled journey from Turkey to his homeland.
Filmmaker Series: Michael Haneke - Nick
One of the most respected arthouse directors of all time, and a two-time winner of the prestigious Palme D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival; Michael Haneke is a filmmaker that everyone should look into. Thinking of adjectives to describe his films, I can think of: raw, unflinching and pure.
Review: The Year My Voice Broke - Vanessa
Of all the films on these tapes that I obsessively watched as a teenager, there’s one that has followed me into my adult life, its resonances more than the nostalgia of returning to my teenage years. The Year My Voice Broke is an Australian coming of age film released in 1986, and the most well known of director John Duigan.
Sydney Film Festival - Films We Don't Want To Miss
Changes to classification restrictions have made over 50% of the Sydney Film Festival program accessible to audiences 15+ allowing more experiences and discoveries for young film lovers! Film in Revolt will be covering the festival and we asked some of our contributors for their top two picks in the program.
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