The Sydney Film Festival 2014

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The Sydney Film Festival starts in just over two weeks time and the buzz has well and truly started – particularly seeing as the great man himself stars in one of the festival highlights – and I’m talking about Nick Cave here, not Robert Pattinson.

So far the festival lineup is interesting with highlights such as Richard Linklaters Boyhood, the Nick Cave documentary 20,000 Days on Earth, Golden Bear Berlinarle winner Black Coal, Thin Ice, The Kidnapping of Michael Houellebcq, Fell, the celebrated Iranian film Fish and Cat, Kumiko the Treasure Hunter, Locke, David Michod’s follow-up to Animal Kingdom, The Rover, Boon Joon-Ho’s Snowpiercer, and the latest Dardenne Brothers film Two Days, One Night all in official Competition.

Given it’s the contemporary concern of film making at the moment, its good to see the festival have twenty-five films by female directors (out of over 185 films in total) including the great Catherine Breillat’s Abuse of Weakness starring Isabelle Huppert, Louise Archambault’s heralded Gabrielle, Kelly Reichardt’s Night Moves, Gia Coppola’s intriguing film Palo Alto based on short stories by James Franco, Anne Odell’s The Reunion although utterly bizarrely, none of these films  – nor any directed by females – have been included in competition. There is no rational reason why David Michod would be included over someone like Catherine Breillat or Louise Archambault, so one can assume whatever misogynistic hysteria grips the film industry, it has a firm hold in Australia also. There is a talk on Saturday June 7 entitled ‘Women in Film’ that includes Julie Byrne (Touch), screenwriter Natasha Pincus (Fell), filmmaker Tessa Rex (passthebechdeltest.com), film critic CJ Johnson and Sophia Turkiewicz (Once My Mother), and my lovely readers can be very sure I will attend this, report back and keep us all up to date on how the films at the 2014 Sydney Film Festival pass The Bechdel Test. 

The festival officially begins on Wednesday 4 June and it ends on Sunday 15 June.

I’ll be seeing and reviewing as much as I can before hand as well as during the festival, so watch this space for more info as it all comes to hand.

You can purchase tickets to the festival here.

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