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Memorable above all for breaking one ever-cautionary and cardinal rule of the detective thriller and ...


Kursk doesn’t want you to remember the actual disaster too closely, just some of it’s ...


Let’s get this out of the way first; Booksmart is a good film ...
God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya

God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya

A solid premise matters little when the execution can barely match it ...
Julia Parnell and Martin Phillipps on 'The Chills'

Julia Parnell and Martin Phillipps on ‘The Chills’

“It’s a story about Martin taking a big look at his life after a dire ...
Dirty God

Dirty God

In a Festival beset by unnecessary controversies and ill-considered depictions of violence, Dirty God showed ...
Ant Timpson on new thriller-comedy 'Come To Daddy'

Ant Timpson on new thriller-comedy ‘Come To Daddy’

"As a fan making a film I wanted to make something that I knew would ...
The Unknown Saint

The Unknown Saint

There’s no better place for dry humour than the desert. Couldn’t resist ...
Hail Satan?

Hail Satan?

Possibly the only Sydney Film Festival title ever to feature a question mark ...
Producer Majhid Heath on Indigenous Horror Anthology 'Dark Place' Premiere

Producer Majhid Heath on Indigenous Horror Anthology ‘Dark Place’ Premiere

"Five wickedly twisted tales from the next generation of Aboriginal Writer/Directors all looking at the ...


Hundreds of films screen every year at the Sydney Film Festival and you can’t always ...
Teona Strugar Mitevska on 'God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya'

Teona Strugar Mitevska on ‘God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya’

"It's a story of a woman who defies the rules of the establishment, of the ...
Standing Up For Sonny

Standing Up For Sonny

Everyone involved in this movie wants you to like it, so, so much ...
RJ Mitte on 'Standing Up For Sonny'

RJ Mitte on ‘Standing Up For Sonny’

Standing Up For Sonny is about Travis who is really reluctant to have a life ...
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Calling all queer filmmakers — applications are open for the Queer Screen - Mardi Gras Film Festival Completion Fund! It's an award for finishing funds for a feature or web series, and funded our SFF Audience Award winner this year: SEQUIN IN A BLUE ROOM. Check out all the deets here:
Have you seen a cuter behind-the-scenes shot? THE TRUTH, the new film from Kore-eda Hirokazu (Shoplifters, SFF 2018), premieres tomorrow arvo at Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace. It stars French legends Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche (and also Ethan Hawke), and we're chuffed to presenting the special Q&A screening with Kore-eda himself, together with Palace Films! Final tickets now on sale. This is your last chance:
Good news: I Am No Bird is getting a national release! 🎉 It's a heartfelt documentary that tracks the weddings of four very different women from Australia, India, Mexico, and Turkey — each with a different significance. If you missed it at our festival this year, it's screening at Dendy Cinemas Newtown for a limited time from 14–17 November. Learn more and get tix here:
Lovers of Japanese cinema rejoice! Japanese Film Festival - Australia is back in Sydney next week. See A GIRL MISSING, the latest film from Cannes award-winning director Koji Fukada (Harmonium) and actress Mariko Tsutsui. In a mesmerising performance by Tsutsui, the film delves into the fragiliy of reputation, identity and control. Get tickets now:
Thanks to Transmission Films, we've got a bunch of double passes to an exclusive preview screening of THE REPORT this Thursday, starring Adam Driver as a US Senate staffer who uncovers explosive secrets kept from the American public. To win tickets: 1. Make sure you've liked Sydney Film Festival and Travelling Film Festival on Facebook. 2. Tag a friend in the comments below...and tell us a secret you've been hiding from them 🤫
"Spine-tingling", "sensational", "rousing": just a few of the words used for Aretha Franklin's show-stopping performance in this previously unreleased film of her 1972 concert. Let the smooth sounds of the Queen of Soul wash over you in AMAZING GRACE — filmed over two days to an audience including her father, legendary gospel singers and Mick Jagger himself. See it at Travelling Film Festival at Sea with Princess Cruises from 5–13 December, featuring a curated program from this year's festival and hosted by acclaimed film critic Richard Kuipers. Learn more:
THE DEAD DON'T DIE is coming back...on the high seas. Don't miss sword-wielding Tilda Swinton, smart-talking Bill Murray, zombified Iggy Pop and more in this Jim Jarmusch romp through small-town undead America. See The Dead Don't Die and a program of 10 other hits direct from this year's Festival aboard the Princess Cruises Ruby Princess for the Travelling Film Festival at Sea! 5–13 December, sailing Sydney to the South Pacific. Learn more:
A special Christmas offer from our foodie friends at Platform 818, one of Sydney's newest restaurants: take your team out to Platform 818 and enjoy a memorable Christmas party! Sip on their signature highball cocktail along with a two- or three-course dinner menu, and complimentary parking. Book here:
If you ate at our restaurant partner Bopp & Tone over the festival this year, good news — you've had an award-winning meal! They've just won the Best Bar Group Operator award at the Australian Liquor Industry Awards, as part of their parent company Applejack Hospitality. Congratulations to them, and a hearty cheers from us! 🍸
We're giving away tickets to ARCTIC JUSTICE — guaranteed icy fun for the whole family! It's the cute and cuddly story of a Swifty the Arctic fox who dreams of one day becoming a Top Dog — the Arctic's husky couriers — but not without the help of a few friends to overcome a few sinister plans along the way... Plus, with voice acting from Jeremy Renner, Heidi Klum, John Cleese, James and Franco, and more, it's the all-star cartoon of the year. To win tickets, 1. Make sure you've liked Sydney Film Festival and Travelling Film Festival on Facebook 2. Comment below why you want to see this film!
Iranian Film Festival Australia (IFFA) starts tomorrow! Returning to Sydney for its 9th showing, IFFA this year spotlights first-time filmmakers alongside award-winning films including its Opening Night CASTLE OF DREAMS, from Iranian master Reza Mirkami. It's all going down at Event Cinemas until November 6. See the full program at To WIN a double pass to Iranian Film Festival, tag a friend below who you'd take! Excludes Opening Night.
Be like Bong, and show your film at Sydney Film Festival next year! Film submissions for our 2020 Festival are now OPEN. Feature films, documentaries, and short films can all be submitted to our 66th Festival, which takes place 3–14 June 2020. For all the details on how to submit via FilmFestivalLife, check out our website here:
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