Tag Archives: Sydney Film Festival Reviews

May 14

The Broken Circle Breakdown – Felix Van Groeningen and the attraction of opposites. (Sydney Film Festival Film Review)

This is a review I did for the Sydney Film Festival twelve months ago, but seeing as it is about to open in Sydney, I’ll bring the review forward to here.   The Broken Circle Breakdown is Felix Van Groeningen’s fourth film.  It is in competition at the Sydney Film festival this year and you […]

July 03

Midnight’s Children – Deepa Mehta squashes generations into two hours. (SFF film review)

Most of what matters in our life, takes place in our absence. (Salman Rushdie from Midnight’s Children) It’s difficult to put your finger on what is “wrong” with Midnight’s Children, because all the ingredients are there for the making of a very brilliant film, and I can see decades into my own future, still no […]

June 18

Sydney Film Festival Round up – 60 film filled years!

At the suggestion of my good friend Chris over at moviesandsongs365, I thought I’d give a small closing post regarding my Sydney Film Festival experience. I still have reviews to post – a few feature films, the Paradise trilogy, and I’d like to say something about the high quality short films that I saw – […]

June 15

Upstream Color – Shane Carruth asks who are we when “it” takes over? (Sydney FF Film Review)

Upstream Color is currently showing at the Sydney Film Festival. You can get your tickets here. I haven’t seen Shane Carruth’s Primer as yet, but its high on my must see list after watching Upstream Color. This is a film right up my alley – challenging, complex, obtuse and arty. Carruth is a fiercely intelligent […]

June 15

The Bling Ring – Sophia Coppola and the cult of celebrity. (SFF Film Review)

“At her lawyer’s office, a week before her arraignment, Neiers denied any involvement in the burglaries. “I’m a firm believer in Karma,” she said, “and I think this situation was attracted into my life because it was supposed to be a huge learning lesson for me to grow and expand as a spiritual human being. […]

June 13

Frances Ha – Noah Baumback grows a heart and cires “Look at my girlfriend!” (Sydney Film Festival Film Review)

Frances Ha is now showing at the Sydney Film Festival.  You can get your tickets here. Frances Ha is a film that is loved, loved and then loved, most of all for Gerwig’s performance, which is spellbinding.  This is probably the best film to show off her talents to date – and she did write […]

June 12

Oh Boy – Jan Ole Gerster tells us to say goodbye to a certain type of Berlin. (Sydney Film Festival Film Review)

Oh Boy is showing at the Sydney Film Festival. You can get your tickets here. There is an amazing combination – Tom Schillings face, Jan Ole Gerster‘s love of Berlin, the music of the Major Minors and the dotted cameos of famous German actors – that goes into making Oh Boy more than just another […]

June 11

Final Cut Ladies and Gentlemen – György Pálfi and the film of 500 films. (Sydney FF Film Review)

Final Cut Ladies and Gentlemen is showing at the Sydney Film Festival.  There is a new film nerd heaven.   It is the product of three years in the editing room and the chopped up scenes of five hundred passionately loved films.  It is the film that crowns György Pálfi as the ultimate film nerd, but […]

June 10

The Search for Emak Bakia – Oskar Alegria and the search for the clown within. (SFF Film Review)

The Search for Emak Bakir is currently showing at the Sydney Film Festival. You can get your tickets here. “This creation is offered by one individual to another, to you, who are here.”  Man Ray “Personally, I have always preferred inspiration to information.” Man Ray You don’t have to see Man Ray’s surrealist existential masterpiece […]

June 09

This Ain’t no Mouse Music – Chris Simon and Maureen Gosling remind us things need to be captured or they will be lost. (Sydney FF Film Review)

This Ain’t no Mouse Music was shown at the Sydney Film Festival but has now completed its run there. There are those who consider the “capturing” of art to be a bourgeois form of colonization.  Music, stories, art works and even to a lesser extent film and photography, are deeply personal creative responses that belong […]