Movie reviews, news and interviews from the 2015 Sydney Film Festival.
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3 Jun 2015 - 11:14 AM  UPDATED 17 Jun 2015 - 4:08 PM

Interviews

Tangerine - Sean Baker interview
In Sydney for the Australian premiere of Tangerine, director Sean Baker talks about his love of collaborating on subjects unfamiliar to him, such as his story of L.A. transgender sex workers.

Women He's Undressed: Gillian Armstrong on her quest to take the dust covers off a legend
A forgotten giant of Old Hollywood fashion design gets his dues, again, in the director's new doco.

The Lost Aviator - Andrew Lancaster interview
Director Andrew Lancaster talks about opening up old family woulds by investigating his aviator uncle's murder trial.

Going Clear - Alex Gibney interview
Director Alex Gibney talks about his documentary "Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief" during the Sydney Film Festival 2015.

 

Movie Reviews

Victoria movie review

Sebastian Schipper'sthriller 'Victoria' is a wild-ride across the Berlin city streets at night, shot all in one take.

The Tribe movie review

A new student at a school for the hearing impaired works his way up in the organised crime and prositution ring he finds himself in.

Black Souls movie review

Three brothers from Calabria's mafia, the 'Ndrangheta, are on the brink of a crisis in this Francesco Munzi crime melodrama.

The Look of Silence movie review

The companion piece to Joshua Oppenheimer's Oscar-nominated The Act of Killing about the Indonesian communist purge of the 1960s.

Tales movie review

Rakshan Bani-Etemad's commentary on life in Tehran follows the different yet connecting lives of people living at the margins.

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence movie review

The final film in Roy Andersson's 'The Living Trilogy' is a series of absurdist vignettes on the human condition.

Tehran Taxi movie review

In the third film he has made in secret, banned filmmaker Jafar Panahi drives a taxi and encounters everyday Iranians' opinions about their society.

99 Homes movie review

During America's 2008 housing crisis, a young father faces an excruciating dilemma: In order to work to buy back his foreclosed home, he is compelled to work for the ruthless real estate broker who evicted him from the house in the first place. 

 

Editor's note: We reviewed 99 Homes at the 2015 Sydney Film Festival.  SBS has subsequently entered a deal to co-distribute the movie in Australian cinemas, in partnership with Madman Films. 

Pasolini movie review

The last day in the life of the great Italian poet and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini.

Grandma movie review

A hard-living, broke, jilted lesbian embarks on a fractious hunt for cash with her granddaughter.

Sunrise movie review

A psychological thriller set in Mumbai, in which a police inspector enters the seedy world of child trafficking, in search of his kidnapped daughter.

Ruben Guthrie movie review

An adman's attempts to stay sober in Sydney.

Sydney Film Festival: Strangerland review
We review the new Oz movie that has Nic searching for her missing kids in the outback.

Sydney Film Festival: Slow West review
Michael Fassbender and Kodi Smit-McPhee star in this romantic, revisionist Western.

The Hunting Ground movie review

Screening at the 2015 Melbourne International Film Festival: An expose of the epidemic of campus rape in North America.

Love & Mercy movie review

Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson (Paul Dano) grapples with his inner demons during the 1960s creation of the now-classic “Pet Sounds” album.

 

Guides & Tips

2015 Sydney Film Festival Diary: In closing
Should we choose our festival schedules carefully to avoid a pile-up of horror?

2015 Sydney Film Festival Diary: Beyond the red carpet
Digging a little deeper into the program pays off.

Hidden gems in this year’s Sydney Film Festival
Don't be shy, catch these films while you have the chance.

10 Docs to see at the Sydney Film Festival
Our resident documentary expert has scanned the Sydney Film Festival program to settle on 10 factual films you can't afford to miss.

Here's your guide to the 2015 Sydney Film Festival competition films
Find out more about the 12 films competing for the Sydney Film Festival's prestigious Sydney Film Prize.

 

Movie News & Interviews

'Arabian Nights' wins Sydney Film Festival top prize
The Sydney Film Festival has wrapped up by awarding the Sydney Film Prize to Miguel Gomes' six-hour epic 'Arabian Nights'.

54 Bombed in 1998. Now It's Been Resurrected as a Cult Gay Classic
The fascinating story of how a bootleg VHS tape changed the fortunes of the Ryan Phillippe / Mike Myers disco dud.

Cannes hit 'The Assassin' set to slay Sydney Film Festival audiences
The much talked-about Taiwanese martial arts costume drama is a late addition to the Sydney Film Fetival lineup.

Ruben Guthrie to open the Sydney Film Festival