Sydney film festival 2021

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Araatika: Rise Up! review – Larissa Behrendt’s documentary dares to believe in a better Australia
A spirit of optimism pervades this compelling film about trying to create an Indigenous Australian haka

Luke Buckmaster

15, Nov, 2021 @4:30 PM

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Shoestring budgets and disaffected youth: why Australian film is ripe for a mumblecore revival
From Friends and Strangers to Hot Mess, there’s a new wave of self-funded films that celebrate the mundane and tap into ‘a national malaise’

Michael Sun

11, Nov, 2021 @4:30 PM

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John Farrow: the star Australian director who Hollywood forgot
A new documentary examines Mia Farrow’s father, a prolific film-maker from Marrickville with a backstory stranger than fiction

Luke Buckmaster

08, Nov, 2021 @4:30 PM

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The Drover’s Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson review – riveting but heavy-handed outback western
While it doesn’t always hit the mark, Leah Purcell’s Indigenous feminist reimagining of Henry Lawson’s classic is a bullet between the eyes of a whitewashed fable

Debbie Zhou

08, Nov, 2021 @1:59 AM

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Burning review – the searing black summer documentary that Australia deserves
Eva Orner’s bushfire exposé boils your blood and rattles your bones as it addresses the climate crisis head on and rips into the dark heart of modern Australia

Luke Buckmaster

04, Nov, 2021 @4:30 PM

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Here Out West review – western Sydney anthology is tender, but modest
Emerging writers show promise, and performances are strong, in this multi-story feature which feels limited by its own format

Luke Buckmaster

03, Nov, 2021 @4:30 PM

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‘It was strange and seductive’: film director Clara Law on finding home in Australia
The Hong Kong-raised Melbourne film-maker, who has two movies screening at Sydney film festival, reflects on the ‘farcical’ immigrant experience and being a pioneer of Asian Australian cinema

Debbie Zhou

03, Nov, 2021 @4:39 AM

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From Dune to The Power of the Dog: 10 films to see at the 2021 Sydney film festival
New films from Jane Campion, Eva Orner, Wes Anderson and more are all coming to this year’s partly-back-in-cinemas program

Luke Buckmaster

09, Oct, 2021 @7:00 PM

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