I think this year’s #SydFilmFest reignited my love for cinema. I think I enjoy movies so much more when I know I’m not writing lengthy reviews afterwards. I deliberately abstained from longform reviews for Festival films this year.
Quick shout out to the @sydfilmfest as well for the equal split of male and female directors included in the official competition.
hooray! PF’s THE HEIRESSES, directed by the wonderful Marcelo Martinessi, has won the 2018 @sydfilmfest prize.
There were 331 films, 21 world premieres & 126 Australian premieres at this year’s @sydfilmfest. There were 230 filmmakers from 66 nations here at the festival. Tonight is closing night & 170,000 people have attended this year. #film#SFF2018
Winner of the 2018 @CreateNSW $10K Sydney-@UNESCO City of Film Award at @sydfilmfest is alumnus Warwick Thornton (BA Cine, 1995)! The award recognises artists who stand for innovation, imagination, and high impact. We couldn't agree more with the decision. goo.gl/15UbEi
Great to be at the opening night of Screenability. This is a remarkable event that showcases filmmakers with disability in a global festival context. 🎞📽📺#SydneyFilmFestival
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A timeless and out-of-time love story about two WWII refugees waiting in Marsielle for safe passage over the ocean. Transit is elegant and intelligent, a real triumph. See it at #sydfilmfestow.ly/yCFi30knBMs
Neil the Noob
American Animals. Aunt Lydia getting tasered and tied up in a library explains her later attitude. 2 illustrated thumbs up #SydFilmFest
I still can't get over CLIMAX last night at #SydFilmFest. Was my first Gaspar Noé film. Won't be my last. I loved it.
THE GREAT BUDDHA+
Quite funny with an unusual use of narration by the director. Its focus on the grim reality of life in Taiwan for many was prominent and I was left with a deep sadness. Wonderful score. The director introduced the film and then hosted a short Q+A #SydFilmFest
#SydFilmFest#TheCleaners From the demeaning title "cleaners/janitors" to identify seemingly unqualified and ill-informed workers, one asks whether they represent the vast majority or just a questionable few. Too complex an issue just to make these simplistic judgments. 4outof5
THE IMAGE BOOK is riveting and infuriating in equal measure and often at the same time. So, typical Godard then. You can’t say you weren’t warned. I enjoyed it’s strange collage collision of scattered image and sound. #sydfilmfest
The Guilty - tense, claustrophobic thriller that masterfully utilises sound to build imagery. Jakob Cedergren is superb as Asger but the vocal performances are also uniformly excellent and ensure the audience is as clueless, stressed and shocked as he is. Brilliant. #SydFilmFest
Yesterday, I saw Of Fathers And Sons first, which was a wonderfully compelling doco about a family of jihadist extremists in northern Syria. It was a compelling companion to The Distant Barking Of Dogs from the day before. #sydfilmfest
#sydfilmfest reviews: #thewife is stunning, staged like a beautiful play and glenn close is mesmerising. raises many timely questions about ‘genius’ men and the power dynamics within relationships. it’s getting a wide release so def see it
TOMORROW at 7:30 come by the hub @sydfilmfest. Networker @debbie_zhou discusses the Filmmaker's Voice of Conscience with filmmaker Shameela Seedat and human rights lawyer Andrea Durbach. FOLLOWED BY SSSN drinks at 8:30. See you there!
Teach a Man To Fish, created by #UTSCommunications alumni Grant Saunders & team, have been nominated for the Documentary Australia Foundation Award. Premiered at @sydfilmfest on Sunday, the idea for the film started about 16 years ago during his #UTSFASS degree.
Missed out on tickets to @sydfilmfest’s most popular films? You’re in luck. Twelve sold out films are Back By Popular Demand after the Festival, with extra screenings between 18-20 June at Dendy Newtown and Dendy Opera Quays.
Don’t miss out again: bit.ly/2LEzUPv
Was not expecting Aga to take me where it did. What appears as ethnographic naturalism builds in dark & even comic ways & ends by outdoing its own amaze landscape cinematography - incl the best drone shot of (my) recent memory that actually communicates something #sydfilmfest
Had my first ever VR experience at @sydfilmfest Unreal. Felt I was taken on a magic carpet to tour Nasa Space Stations and explore space. #SydFilmFest
Then I saw Wajib, which was a funny, warm presentation of the political and social atmosphere of Palestinians living under Israeli rule. #sydfilmfest
'The Breadwinner' introduced at @sydfilmfest this afternoon as appealing to children. I'm pleased that there were many wee kids there, but I expect some parents are being asked a lot tonight re Afghan history & political situation.
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Sad to wave goodbye to an amazing @sydfilmfest for 2018. BUT look how many terrific specialist film festivals are coming to Sydney in the coming months. Woohoo! No wonder @UNESCO named us @SydCityOfFilm
**Taiwan Film Fest announce their inaugural program #tomorrow June 20