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Sydney 2015 Review: Under The WIDE OPEN SKY, Children Pursue Their Love Of Music

Every autumn, Australian conductor Michelle Leonard drives 4,000 kms across the outback of New South Wales in order to audition over 2,000 children for her Moorambilla Voices choir. Wide Open Sky is a documentary by director Lisa Nicol that chronicles...

Sydney 2015 Review: ON THE RIM OF THE SKY, The New Challenges The Old

In the Chinese province of Sichuan, one of the mountains is so high that it's literally "on the rim of the sky"; and in that mountain, there is an isolated village called Gulu. The villagers' children received their education at...

Sydney 2015 Review: Witness Undying Love In MY LOVE, DON'T CROSS THAT RIVER

He was 98. She was 89. They were married for 76 years, had 12 children, six of whom died during their childhood. That is the story of Jo Byeong-man and Kang Gye Yeol, as told in director Jin Mo-young's My...

Sydney Film Festival 2015: Pen-ek, Aihara Hiromi Join Competition Jury

The 2015 Sydney Film Festival has announced the jury in charge of judging the 12 titles in the Official Competition, which "recognises courageous, audacious and cutting-edge film." The winner will take home the Sydney Film Prize and A$60,000 cash.This year's...

Sydney Film Festival 2015: The Top 15 Picks

The 62nd Sydney Film Festival's program has been unveiled. This year, the Festival will screen 251 films from 68 countries, with 33 World Premieres (including 22 World Premiere short films), 135 Australian Premieres (including 18 Australian Premiere short films) and...

World Premiere Of Australian Film RUBEN GUTHRIE To Open Sydney Film Festival 2015

Ruben Guthrie, an Australian film about a hard-partying Sydney ad man who seeks to start a new chapter in his life, has been announced as the Opening Night Film at this year's Sydney Film Festival. It is the directorial debut...

2015 Sydney Film Festival Announces First Titles

The Sydney Film Festival announced earlier today the first 27 new titles from its 200+ film program, plus an Ingmar Bergman retrospective curated by Australia's top film critic and former SFF Director David Stratton. Other announcements include Dendy Newtown as...

THE CROSSING and THE ROCKET Win Sydney 2013 Audience Awards

Earlier this week we heard the Jury picks for the 60th Sydney Film Festival; Refn and Gosling's Only God Forgives won the Official Competition prize and Buckskin won the Foxtel Documentary Prize. Now comes the Audience Awards.Two Australian films won both prizes....

BUCKSKIN Wins Sydney 2013 Documentary Prize, PERCEPTION Wins the Dendys

Yesterday Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives won the whopping $60,000 Jury Prize at the 60th Sydney Film Festival. This was the second time Refn had won the award in its short history - Bronson also won in 2009, the year after...

ONLY GOD FORGIVES Wins Official Competition At 60th Sydney Film Festival

Today is the last day of the 60th Sydney Film Festival, and Festival Director Nashen Moodley and Official Competition Jury President Hugo Weaving have just announced Only God Forgives as the winner of this year's Official Competition $60,000 cash prize."After...

Sydney 2013 Review: AN EPISODE IN THE LIFE OF AN IRON PICKER Tells A Story Of Shocking Social Injustice

Danis Tanovic, director of the Oscar-winning No Man's Land (2001), brings a shocking real story to the big screen with his latest film, An Episode In The Life Of An Iron Picker. The film was a great success at the...

Sydney 2013 Review: COMRADE KIM GOES FLYING Doesn't Soar But Still Reaches Pretty High

Co-directed by Nicholas Bonner (UK), Anja Daelemans (Belgium) and Kim Gwang-hun (North Korea), Comrade Kim Goes Flying is the first North Korean feature made with Western production partners in over 30 years. It was the first ever North Korean movie...

Sydney 2013 Review: THE LAND OF HOPE Is One Of Sono Sion's Best

Breathtaking is perhaps the best word to describe Love Exposure director Sono Sion's latest, The Land Of Hope. It is a film that takes audiences on a long and draining but ultimately very rewarding journey, with two families torn apart...

Sydney Film Festival 2013 Opens Tomorrow With Indigenous Thriller MYSTERY ROAD

It's finally here - the much anticipated 60th Sydney Film Festival will be opening tomorrow! The Opening Night Film is talented Aussie filmmaker Ivan Sen's Mystery Road, "a suspenseful and intelligent mystery that uses the conventions of the Western and the...

Interview: Sydney Film Festival Director Nashen Moodley

The 60th Sydney Film Festival is opening next week, and I have had the opportunity to talk to the Festival Director, Mr Nashen Moodley. Twitch: Mr Moodley, congratulations on your second year acting as the Festival Director of the Sydney Film...

Sydney Film Festival 2013 Preview: Documentaries

"In this age of digital video - in which there are cheap cameras, editing software, and funding to be had (if rarely big money to be earned) - the cool kids are making docs. The form is not just good...

Sydney 2013 Preview: Opening and Closing Films Plus Official Competition Picks

As the 60th Sydney Film Festival approaches, feelings of excitement and eager anticipation are shared by all of the city's film lovers. Why? Well, the recently unveiled festival program features a truly spectacular line-up, and there is really something for...

Full Program for the 60th Sydney Film Festival Announced!

The much anticipated full program for this year's Sydney Film Festival, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary, has just been announced. The 190-film program looks filled with wonderful treasures for all film lovers. At first glance, some highlights, besides the...

Hugo's Picks From the 2013 Sydney Film Festival

The Sydney Film Festival is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, and the good news is that it will be here in just over a month's time! As a Sydneysider, I am particularly proud of the Sydney Film Festival because it...

Sydney Film Festival 2012 - Wrap Up

The Sydney Film Festival has been and gone for another year. A total of 157 films from 51 countries were shown in 225 sessions over 12 days. The weather was unusually cold and wet, but that did nothing to dampen...