JIFF Review – ‘What Will Become of Us’

“I have spent my entire life building this company.” – Frank Lowy Oscar-nominated documentarian Steven Cantor brings us a personal behind-the-scenes look into Frank Lowy‘s life. Lowy, the Sydneysider who founded the global shopping mall giant Westfield has been on the top of his game ever since he first opened a store in Blacktown, Australia, […]

Antenna Documentary Film Festival Review – ‘Push’

“Finance will bring itself down.” – Saskia Stassen “The first sign that you’re going to have to leave your neighbourhood? It’s when vintage clothing shops show up.” Great quote to open your documentary with. What follows is more shocking that you’d ever thought possible. The housing crisis is a very serious problem. Not just in […]

Antenna Documentary Film Festival Review – ‘For Sama’

“Even when I close my eyes, I see the colour red.” – Waad Aleppo, July 2016 – Waad al-Kateab, a young Syrian mother has been documenting everything that has been going on in her city, with her handheld camera. Her intimate and uncensored view on the war is as striking as the bombs that go […]

Antenna Documentary Film Festival Review – ‘Hi, A.I.’

What once was thought impossible, seems to be closer than ever – robots. Or as ‘Hi, A.I.‘ likes to address them, Artificial Intelligence. In German filmmaker Isabella Willinger‘s (Away From All Suns), we get to meet different individuals ready to embrace this technology for personal companionship or that of others. Dental students working on a […]

Palestinian Film Festival – Double Short Review – ‘Ambience’ and ‘In Vitro’

Ambience Wisam Aljafari‘s short film ‘Ambience‘ tells the story of two young Palestinians trying to record a demo for a music competition inside a noisy and crowded refugee camp. When their recording fails because of the chaos around them, they discover an innovative way to meet the competition deadline. The stellar short is Cannes Film […]

Japanese Film Festival Review – ‘Kakegurui’

“Bring on the madness!” – Yumeko Jabami Japanese Film Festival is back to tour Australia from October through December 2019. Their line up is more diverse than ever and what a film to start things off with. ‘Kakegurui’ is the live action film, based on the similarly titled Square Enix manga-series, which was distributed in […]

Antenna Documentary Film Festival Review – ‘No Time For Quiet’

“This is my body, my beauty” – Sukhjit Khalsa After its world premiere in Melbourne earlier this year – where ‘No Time For Quiet‘ got nominated for Melbourne Film Festival‘s “People’s Choice Award”, Sydney finally gets the chance to meet the powerful souls that make this documentary a “must watch”. Samantha Dinning and Hylton Shaw‘s […]

WINDA Film Festival Announces its Full Program For 2019

From epic survival thrillers to inspiring true stories and innovative shorts, the WINDA Film Festival returns for its fourth year from 21-24 November 2019 to celebrate trailblazing Indigenous filmmakers and share the universal stories of Indigenous nations The 2019 Festival will screen six brand new full length features, five thought-provoking documentaries, as well as a witty Australian TV series […]

Antenna Documentary Film Festival Review – ‘Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project’

“It’s difficult not to call her a visionary.” – Michael Metelits Antenna Documentary Film Festival is back with a schedule full of cutting-edge and thought-provoking documentaries from around the globe. ‘Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project‘ is just what I needed, to get pulled into this doc-lovers paradise. In ‘Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project‘ we get […]

Antenna Documentary Film Festival Review – ’17 Blocks’

“I believe in hope.” – Cheryl A documentary assembled from 20 years of raw home video footage. The title of the film refers to the neighbourhood this all takes place – just 17 blocks behind the US Capitol building. Through the eyes of nine-year-old Emmanuel, an ambitious soul and promising student, he captures the life […]