Tag Archives: Down Under

Film Review: Down Under (Australia, 2016) is unapologetic and bold

Unapologetic, bold Australian “black comedy” Down Under had its world premiere earlier this year the 63rd annual Sydney Film Festival, the only logical platform for Writer/Director Abe Forsythe to debut his second feature film seeing as it concerns one of the most talked about and shameful moments in the city’s history. This inevitably controversial film is a fictional recount surrounding the immediate aftermath of the 2005 ‘Cronulla Riots’, an embarrassing and ugly situation which was packed full of enough irony that adapting it into a comedy seems completely fair.... Continue Reading

The Iris’ Sydney Film Festival Awards: Naming the Best of the 2016 Screenings

With a mammoth lineup of over 240 films, this year’s Sydney Film Festival was one of the best efforts yet. From the return of Mel Gibson in Blood Father to the crude-but-evocative absurdism of Swiss Army Man, there was a lot on offer. We’ve compiled our picks for the best of the festival below:... Continue Reading

Sydney Film Festival Review: Down Under (Australia, 2016)

Unapologetic, bold Australian “black comedy” Down Under had its world premiere this past week at the 63rd annual Sydney Film Festival, the only logical platform for Writer/Director Abe Forsythe to debut his second feature film seeing as it concerns one of the most talked about and shameful moments in the city’s history. This inevitably controversial film is a fictional recount surrounding the immediate aftermath of the 2005 ‘Cronulla Riots’, an embarrassing and ugly situation which was packed full of enough irony that adapting it into a comedy seems completely fair.... Continue Reading

Cannes begone, The sixty-third Sydney Film Festival has officially launched its full program

NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant, besides festival director Nashen Moodley today announced the full program for the Sydney International Film Festival, declaring that the festival would present a staggering 244 films from 60 countries, including 25 World Premieres. This includes 139 Australian premieres (including 13 Australian premiere short films) and three international premieres.... Continue Reading