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SFF Summer Watchlist: Staff Picks for summer viewing!
Community December 19 2022 by Sydney Film Festival Staff
Seeking some summer viewing recommendations? Our staff offer their picks for that perfect watch whilst you've got your feet up.

Triangle of Sadness
Pick by Nashen Moodley, Festival Director

“The State Theatre erupted when it screened at SFF in June this year – it’s a movie made to bring people back to the cinema. Go watch it with a crowd, and you’ll have a great time.”

Where to watch: In cinemas December 26.

Head On
Pick by Frances Wallace, CEO

“Excellent to be back home and thinking of all the Australian cinema that had such an impact on my former life here – here’s one of the most impactful”

Where to watch: Steam on Netflix, Amazon Prime. Rent on Apple TV.

A Brighter Summer Day
Pick by Janette Chen, Digital Marketing Manager

“For the Summer of it all!”

Where to watch: Kanopy, The Criterion Collection

Barb and Star Go To Vista Del Mar
Pick by Justin Martyniuk, Program Coordinator & Advisor

“Take a holiday with Kristen Wiig, Annie Mumolo and Jamie Dornan in this Summer-y, silly, side-splitting film about friendship before boys. It leaves you in stitches and feeling rejuvenated.”

Where to watch: Rent on Apple TV or Amazon

Pick by Georgia Shepherd, Head of Philanthropy and Partnerships

“One of my all-time favourite Tim Winton books which I used to read to my kids, albeit through teary eyes. It’s a beautiful story about valuing the extraordinary natural world we are a part of.”

Where to watch: In cinemas January 1

If Beale Street Could Talk
Pick by Joshua Forward, Head of Marketing

“How can a film be so heartbreaking but so uplifting at the same time? Barry Jenkins finds a way.”

Where to watch: Rent on Apple TV

La Piscine
Pick by Joshua Taylor, Grants and Special Projects Manager

“Alain Delon sizzles in this sexy poolside ménage à quatre psycho-thriller”

Where to watch: The Criterion Collection

The Fabelmans
Pick by Lisa Kitching, Industry and Guest Manager

“A coming-of-age memoir loosely based on Steven Spielberg’s own formative years. A fantastic cast and one that has moments of pure joy and real tears.”

Where to watch: In cinemas January 5

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Pick by Kate Dunn, Festival Administrator

“The Enterprise crew voyage back in time to rescue a whale… but maybe the real voyage was the friends they made along the way.”

Where to watch: Stream on Binge, Stan or Paramount+. Rent on Apple TV.

The Great Beauty
Pick by Judy Gilfeather-Zhu, Partnerships Manager

“A beautifully captured love letter to the city of Rome, for when you need a little escapism to Italy, Aperol Spritz in hand!”

Where to watch: Stream on Binge. Rent on Apple TV.

Muriel’s Wedding
Pick by Emily Windsor, Queen of Tickets

“Because Summer Breaks are as good as an Abba Song!”

Where to watch: Stream on Binge or Netflix. Rent on Apple TV.

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