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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
Tuesday 24 Feb 2015

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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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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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.


Sunday 15 Jun 2014

We review Richard Linklater's acclaimed story of childhood, shot in real-time. Here's a snippet: "its pleasures are real and deep and I reckon they will last and grow like the best friendships do".

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Saturday 14 Jun 2014

Oscar winner Ross Kauffman (Born into Brothels) reveals how he came to co-direct a documentary with Katy Chevigny (Election Day) about the non-profit organisation Human Rights Watch and their Emergencies Team. The duo spotlights the dangerous work of four staff members from around the world – Russia, Belgium, Norway, USA – as they investigate crimes and collect evidence for possible prosecution.

In Nelson Mandela: The Myth & Me, South African director Khalo Matabane examines the legacy of the late statesman, particularly from the view of the country’s black citizens. Matabane shares his own thoughts with us about Mandela’s impact, and his shortcomings, and why there’s a cost to peace.

Friday 13 Jun 2014

Director/co-writer David Zellner discusses his film about the remarkable true story of a Japanese woman who, after watching Fargo, travelled to Minnesota in the hopes of finding the movie's hidden money – which, of course, didn’t exist. Zellner gives us an insight into the elements he chose to adapt, and what it’s like to make movies with his brother, Nathan, co-writer of Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter. Read our review here.

The co-writers, directors and producers of Ruin, Michael Cody and Amiel Courtin-Wilson, detail the collaborative creative process behind their “impressionistic fable” about a couple on the run. The award-winning Australian-Cambodian co-production embraces a more casual style of acting, according to Cody, and addresses the nature of trauma and how it relates the characters' new romance. Ruin is in competition for the main prize at the 2014 Sydney Film Festival. You can read our review here.