Tag Archives: Sydney Underground Film Festival

SUFF Review: Trash Fire (USA, 2016) is more fire than trash

Richard Bates Jr. is a film-maker that I’ve admired ever since I saw his first film, the wonderfully acidic and biting Excision. It successfully melded horror elements with a heavy dollop of dark comedy set within a grounded story.  Add in a wonderfully talented cast with career-best performances from Traci Lords and AnnaLynne McCord, and Excision was one of the best films I saw in 2012.... Continue Reading

SUFF Review: The Love Witch (USA, 2016) is an entertaining tribute to cinema of the 60’s & 70’s

Ooo-ooo, witchy woman! Sorry, got the song in my head. After my viewing of Blair Witch, it’s only fitting that my next review will be about The Love Witch. Hearing the incredibly positive buzz from many festivals around the world, especially from the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF), I was so excited to see this film appear as part of this year’s Sydney Underground Film Festival. Also considering the fact that it hearkens back to the erotic melodramas of the 60’s and the occult films of the 70’s in terms of every facet of film-making, my eyes were watering. So was the film worth the buzz that it achieved?... Continue Reading

SUFF Review: Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi (USA, 2015) an emotional, thoughtful and important documentary

Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi is an excellent documentary and cautionary tale. It tells the story of a Brown University student who went missing in 2013 and how he was wrongly accused of being one of the Boston Marathon bombers. The film is a sensitive one about an amazing character and a sad indictment of social media and how a vocal few could turn into digital vigilantes and participate in a crazy witch-hunt.... Continue Reading

Sydney Underground Film Festival Director Stefan Popescu talks 10 years of SUFF

Starting this Friday the Sydney Underground Film Festival will make its return to celebrate 10 years of being one of the most interesting, thoughtful, and provocative events of its kind in Australia. Throughout the years, SUFF has been a controversial program for cinephiles in Sydney, regularly engaging the local film community to showcase some of the world’s most unique and inventive (or just downright disturbing) works, always encouraging an open-minded approach to a variety of genres and forms with an infectious enthusiasm for underground art and the agitators who keep it thriving.... Continue Reading

SUFF Review: I Am Not A Serial Killer (Ireland, 2016) leaves an impression

I Am Not A Serial Killer is very much a tale of two sociopaths. On one hand you’ve got the young John Wayne Cleaver (Max Records)  and on the other you’ve got the looming murderer (Christopher Lloyd) on the loose in the small midwestern purgatory of Clayton. It’s as much a coming of age story as it is a bloody thriller and while it doesn’t stick the landing on all fronts, it definitely leaves an impression.... Continue Reading

Sydney Underground Film Festival Review: Dude Bro Party Massacre III (USA, 2015)

When the red band trailer for Dude Bro Party Massacre III was first released it struck me, and it struck me extremely hard; I hadn’t laughed that loudly since my eighteenth re-watch of Tommy Wiseau’s The Room. Perhaps it isn’t a coincidence then, that Mark from the classic 2003 “disasterpiece” (AKA Greg Sestero) is in this 5-Second Films production. After countless loops of the trailer I immediately took to google to try and track down Dude Bro Party Massacre and Dude Bro Party Massacre II, thinking how in the hell I let this franchise slip past me. Neither film exists, of course. Dude Bro Party Massacre III is our first introduction to this bizarre world that the exceedingly creative 5SF have come up with, and it is one devilishly entertaining watch.... Continue Reading

Sydney Underground Film Festival: Reality (France, 2014)

If Quentin Dupieux can make Rubber, a film about a tyre work, then I figured that this one that is about a person was bound to be gold. People are way more interesting than tyres! He really did make a film about a tyre (I’m not being weird… he is) and I’ve been told it’s great. But I can’t bring myself to watch it because it sounds as dull as watching a tyre. Like it really shouldn’t work. It sounds designed not to work. It’s like your dad was a jerk and gave you a tyre for Christmas because the family got a flat. But you showed him by turning the tyre into a swing and having the best holidays ever! It’s my fucking tyre dad I can do what ever I want with it! So I’m glad that Dupieux finally got real toys to play with.... Continue Reading

Sydney Underground Film Festival: One on One (South Korea, 2015)

Oh you like Korean cinema? Me too! You like violent Korean cinema? Yes please, me too! Have you seen any of Kim Ki-Duk‘s films? Me neither. When I read that he had directed 20 features and had received the Cannes Lion a couple of years back, I felt like I might be missing out on something good. Some of my favourite films from Korea have already been adapted so they’re hardly the avant garde. I was hoping for the new new thing, or an old new thing that I missed when it was a new new thing. It was great to pick this one out of the program guide not knowing anything about it. Thank you SUFF – the pleasure I got flicking through the program gave me those feels that I once got in comic book shops and record stores. Continue reading Sydney Underground Film Festival: One on One (South Korea, 2015)

Sydney Underground Film Festival Review: He Never Died (USA, 2015)

Staring music and spoken word legend Henry Rollins, He Never Died is exactly the kind of Grindhouse trash you want to see at an underground film festival. It’s like reading a comic book that was self published in the days where that meant a photocopier and a guillotine. There’s something old school about this whole endeavour, Rollins, b-movie plot, DIY production company.... Continue Reading