Rejoice, Sydney-based cinephiles - the Sydney Film Festival is back.
But if you’ve already picked your selections for this year, or simply don’t want to brave the wet weather and Vivid crowds, why not settle in and enjoy a highlight from a previous year.
To save you the hassle we’ve rounded up some of our fave eOne titles showcased in previous SFFs. Get watching!
The Sydney Film Festival program is often filled to the brim with fantastic documentary features, and 2014 was no exception. All This Mayhem is a remarkably frank recount of the dramatic rise and drug-fuelled fall of Australian skateboarding champion siblings Tas and Ben Pappas.
Nope, it’s not a superhero movie. But it does include a powerful performance from Viggo Mortensen as an idealistic father who chooses to raise his six children off-the-grid, with an alternative curriculum of critical thinking, philosophy, and survival skills. All is well for the brood. That is until they’re forced to reengage with society, leading the family to rethink their choices.
Written and directed by homegrown talent Josh Lawson, The Little Death is a risqué comedy about what goes on behind closed doors in suburban Sydney, full of twists and turns (or kinks, if you will). It’s also perhaps the best movie to be named after a euphemism.
At face value this is a simple concert doco about the final gig of legendary Britpop band Pulp and its enigmatic front man Jarvis Cocker. But from early on, this off-beat film proves it’s as much interested in the common people of Sheffield, from where the band hailed.
The Broken Circle Breakdown is a powerful, melancholic and at times outright sorrowful story about a couple’s past and future romance, their mutual love of bluegrass music, and their daughter’s declining health. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, it’s accompanied by a mournful soundtrack, and a compelling non-linear structure.
The Kids Are All Right
Closing the festival in 2010, The Kids Are All Right is a witty comedy-drama about a lesbian couple and their late adolescent kids’ meeting with their sperm donor father. Annette Bening, Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo deliver some of the best performances of their respective careers, as do a young Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson.
Recognising her as one of the most important vocalists and songwriters of her generation but simultaneously unafraid to highlight her all-too-public battle with mental health issues, drugs and alcohol, director Asif Kapadia combines home footage and interviews to paint an intimate portrait of the troubled star in this Academy Award winning doco.
The 65th Sydney Film Festival will run from 6–17 June.