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Sydney Film Festival reveals seven sinister films for their “Freak Me Out” program

Fans of the dark, weird and macabre side of cinema are once again in for a treat as Freak Me Out returns to the 65th annual Sydney Film Festival. As one of the event’s most popular programs, the collection has once again been carefully stitched together with a far-reaching, open-minded sense of curation from guest programmer Richard Kuipers, who has compiled a list of zingy punk rock slashers, Brazilian werewolf dramas, and two of the most buzzed about horror anthologies in years.... Continue Reading

Sydney Film Festival showcases Indigenous films from around the world with First Nations: A Celebration program

Sydney Film Festival in conjunction with Screen Australia will be marking Screen Australia’s Indigenous Department’s 25th anniversary with a very special program titled First Nations: A Celebration. This will also be featured alongside a program retrospective of short films funded by the Indigenous Department, From Little Things Big Things Grow. ... Continue Reading

Sydney Film Festival reveals a diverse and progressive program for its 65th year

As if you would expect anything less, the Sydney Film Festival has once again come through with an exciting, diverse and progressive program for its 65th iteration. Set for 6th to 17th June, the lauded festival is looking to be as immersive and thought-provoking as ever with a program that reaches far beyond the Official Competition and includes everything from the always anticipated Freak Me Out program, to International Documentaries and an expanded virtual-reality program. All in all, the program spans 326 films from 65 countries, including 21 world premieres.... Continue Reading

Film Review: Ghost Stories (UK, 2018) is a refreshing and original horror anthology

With high replay value and some clever pacing, Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson have transposed their West End play Ghost Stories to the big screen with a refreshing eye for originality, spinning a grand three-part horror anthology into one thoroughly entertaining and unpredictable film that never stops subtly building towards its tremendous finale. And that’s ultimately where the genius in what Nyman and Dyson’s project lies, building an engaging central narrative that wraps around these individually fascinating and genuinely terrifying ghost stories; it works both as a horror anthology – a rarity these days, but with homage to classics like Dead of Night and Tales from the Crypt – and as a cohesive film.... Continue Reading

Film Review: I Am Not Your Negro (USA/France, 2016) is a powerful and evocative look at the Civil Rights Movement

America has long been a country divided, afflicted by the separation between white and black men and it still continues to this day. I Am Not Your Negro is a unique documentary that is an analysis of the civil rights movements of the 50’s and 60’s right through to the current Black Lives Matter movement. But also an insight into the very personal dealings of African American essayist, playwright and social critic James Baldwin with his friends and civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. ... Continue Reading