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14 Apr 2014 - 1:40 PM  UPDATED 9 Oct 2014 - 11:25 AM

The 61st Sydney Film Festival is now underway. Stay up to date with all of the news and coverage (including reviews, interviews, and trailers).

  • 183 titles from 47 countries in the 2014 program
  • 20,000 Days on Earth to open the festival on June 4
  • Taika Waititi's We Live In The Shadows to close the festival on June 15
Thursday 25 Mar 2021
Wednesday 16 Oct 2019

Writer/director John Michael McDonagh reveals to us that he came up with Calvary’s lead character while out drinking with actor Brendon Gleeson, who wanted to play a good person for a change, in this case a priest who's soon to be murdered. McDonagh also explains why he doesn’t overanalyse the themes in his stories, and how Calvary differs from his previous hit movie, The Guard.

Airs 12:45AM, Mon 28 Oct on SBS

Ireland, UK, 2014
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: John Michael McDonagh
Starring: Brendan Gleeson, Kelly Reilly, Chris O'Dowd, Marie-Josée Croze, Dylan Moran
What's it about?
Father James Lavelle (Gleeson) is a good-natured priest but finds himself being tormented by members of the local community. One day, when his life is threatened during a confession, the priest decides it's time to fight back against the dark forces around him. From John Michael McDonagh, writer-director of The Guard.

Calvary Review: Caustic and sharply written

Wednesday 29 May 2019
Tobe Hooper's horror masterpiece has lost of none of power since it premiered 40 years ago. We look at why it's the greatest of the genre, how it changed scary movies forever and list the top 10 slasher films of all time.
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Friday 16 Sep 2016
'Two Days, One Night' has beaten 11 other films, including three Australian entries, to take home the Sydney Film Festival's highest honour.
A French-language film starring Oscar winner Marion Cotillard has been awarded the 61st Sydney Film Festival's top prize.Two Days, One Night was announced as the winner of the Sydney Film Prize at the festival's Closing Night Gala on Sunday night,...
Tuesday 24 Feb 2015

The 2014 Sydney Film Festival will open on June 4 with the Australian premiere of the 20,000 Days on Earth, a stylised film about – and narrated by – Australian renaissance man Nick Cave.

20,000 Days on Earth is described as a hybrid of drama and reality, which examines the creative process over a fictitious 24 hours in the life of the musician/artist/author, as he writes and records his album Push The Sky Away. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, and is the first feature-length film by British visual artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard.

Current Sydney Film Festival director Nashen Moodley has maintained a local angle in his selections for opening night; since taking the reins in 2012, the opening night films have been Peter Templeman’s Not Suitable For Children (2012) and Ivan Sen’s Mystery Road (2013). Though not an “Australian film”, 20,000 Days on Earth culminates in a live performance at the Sydney Opera House by Cave and his frequent collaborators, The Bad Seeds.

 “We're blown away to be invited to open the mighty Sydney Film Festival,” said Forsyth and Pollard in a statement. “It’s a total thrill to bring the film not only to Nick’s home country but also back to the city where we shot the climactic live performance at Sydney Opera House that closes 20,000 Days on Earth.”

The Sydney Film Festival will take place at various locations in Sydney between June 4 and 15.  Click here to see our previous story about the early highlights of the 2014 program.


REVIEW: A topical story of same-sex in the city sees John Lithgow and Alfred Molina play newlyweds whose honeymoon is cut abruptly short by the prejudice of former friends and colleagues.

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REVIEW: Three Swedish outcasts and wannabe punks decide to form a band, undeterred by the fact that they have no musical ablility. We saw it in Berlin this year - find out if it's worth catching when it screens in Sydney. 

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The Animal Kingdom writer/director discusses his follow-up effort ahead of its premiere in Cannes.
All eyes will be on David Michôd’s new film The Rover at 10.30pm this Sunday (France time) at the most prestigious film festival on the planet: Cannes.  It is in official selection but not in competition. Most recently, he’s been stationed in...