SSAFF Review – ‘Fiela Se Kind’

In Brett Michael Innes‘ adaptation of Dalene Matthee‘s classic novel, a coloured woman living in the dried up valley, Karoo, takes in a lost white child and raises him as her own. Nine years later, the boy is removed and forced to live in the Knysna Forest with a family of woodcutters who claim that […]

Sydney South African Film Festival goes national with virtual 2020 program

Tickets on sale now! The Sydney South African Film Festival (SSAFF) is one of Australia’s first festivals to go online in 2020. The Festival will screen nationwide from 16 to 26 May, with four feature films, four documentaries and one short. Q&A-sessions and interviews with the directors are planned to run in conjunction with the films. All […]

Mardi Gras Film Festival Review – ‘Top 3’

Swedish animated film Top 3, part of this this year’s Mardi Gras Film Festival program, is straightforward and tells its story in a very unique way. In this funny, bittersweet romantic comedy, perpetual list-maker Anton (Eric Ernerstedt) falls in love with David (Jonas Jonsson), but things start to go awry when Anton realises that his […]

Fantastic Film Festival Australia Unveils Full Program

STRANGE, SUBVERSIVE AND SURREAL Dystopian zombie mutants, reality-bending psychological terror, dreamlike animations, and a healthy dose of gore – the inaugural Fantastic Film Festival Australia (20 Feb – 4 March) has announced its full program of strange and surreal, boundary-pushing and bizarre cinema screening at Lido Cinemas, Hawthorn (VIC) and Ritz Cinemas, Randwick (NSW). Offering up its own distinct perspective on […]

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 […]

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 […]