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Sydney Film Festival 2013
Which films to see at the Sydney Film Festival?
What films to see at the Sydney Film Festival? What are the top films that everybody is talking about?
The Sydney Film Festival is on from Wednesday, 5th June to Sunday, 16th June
The Sydney Film Festival (SFF) is one of the longest running film festivals in the world. The SFF focuses on the best new films around including short films, Australian films, documentaries and archive titles. As well as top quality movies the festival hosts red carpet galas, talks and forums.
Which films to see at the Sydney Film Festival?
What films to see at the Sydney Film Festival? Which films to see at the Sydney Film Festival is a tricky decision. The festival selects from a large range of entries, so in theory at least, it should all be worth seeing. The trick is to read through the program and pick out the ones that sound interesting. Be aware that the festival aims to push the boundaries, so hold on to your seat. There is supposed to be a fair amount of sex in this year's festival, but there is generally a fair amount of sex in most movies, so you might not even notice.
The first 'biggie' in this year's Sydney Film Festival is the world premiere of the Australian film 'Mystery Road', a murder mystery set in the Australian Outback with Jack Thompson and Hugo Weaving.
Stoker - Starring Nicole Kidman
The SFF has claimed the Australian premiere of Stoker, a "neo-Gothic thriller" starring Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska and Jacki Weaver. India's (Ms Wasikowska) dad is killed in a car accident and she ends up with an uncle she doesn't know and her crazy mum Evie (played by our Nicole). From there events take a violent turn for the worse.
The Act of Killing and Prince Avalanche
So if that sounds like fun, and there's more including 'The Act of Killing', winner of the 2013 Berlinale Audience Award and 'Prince Avalanche', winner of a 2013 Berlinale Silver Bear.
Only God Forgives
Following on from the not nice theme there is 'Only God Forgives' directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. Set in the Thailand this film brutally shows that despite the deepest anger and greatest of crimes, redemption is always possible.
The 'Before' Trilogy
Changing the mood a little we have a romantic Saturday in store with Richard Linklater's 'Before Sunrise', 'Before Sunset' and 'Before Midnight'.
The 'Paradise' Trilogy
'Paradise Love', 'Paradise Hope' and 'Paradise Faith" are stories of the search for friendship, sex and love against a tide of fear and religious fanaticism.
My Generation and Rear WindowThe fun-to-be doesn't stop with the world premiere of an Australian documentary 'William Yang: My Generation' which gives a 'sneak peek' into Sydney's party scene in the 70s and 80s and a retrospective screening of Alfred Hitchcock's 'Rear Window'.
Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer
'Pussy Riot - A Punk Prayer' is a documentary about the famous Russian punk group Pussy Riot. They were arrested after protesting against the Putin regime in a cathedral, sparking an international campaign. Punk turns out to be good thing after all?
Approved for Adoption
This wonderful, and well deserved, award-winning animated film tells the childhood story of cartoonist and co-director Jung, who was born in Korea but raised in Belgium by adoptive parents.
Blackfish supplies an emotional workout for all who see it. This movie was a big hit at the Sundance Film Festival. Blackfish follows the sad, and ultimately devastating, consequences of keeping killer whales in a tank.
The Australian Premiere of 'Red Obsession' is a documentary about the red stuff narrated by Russell Crowe no less.
The first, possibly last and rather obscure
What's the point of a film festival if it doesn't come up with a few movies you probably wouldn't see anywhere else? The 60 year old Sydney Film Festival has some firsts from countries not featured before. We have a film from North Korea no less with 'Comrade Kim Goes Flying' and 'Death Metal Angola', not surprisingly, from Angola.
Sydney Film Festival Trailers
If you like the sound of any of the movies above you should have a look at the trailer.
The other big news is the Hub venue at Lower Town Hall is back and one our favourite cinemas, the Hayden Cremorne Orpheum, is taking part in the festival for the first time, in a long time.
Where can you see a Sydney Film Festival movie?
Sydney Film Festival Hub at Lower Town Hall
Sydney Film Festival Hub at Lower Town Hall is providing free entry to a whole range of events as long as you are over 18. There will be something happening almost every day of the SFF. Expected events and happenings include talks "by experts" and "program gurus", parties, free live music, performances, DJs and film screenings in the Mitsubishi Theatrette. The Hub will even have its own bar. So what you save on tickets (see below) you can spend on having a drink.
The Hub Ticketing Bar - $10 tickets
Another reason to go is the Hub Ticketing Bar. The Ticketing Bar is the only place you will find $10 tickets (with no booking fee) to selected next day film screenings (open daily 5pm to 8:30pm).
Top things to do in Sydney during the Sydney Film Festival
It is probably not possible to spend all 12 days, and all 12 nights, watching movies. Probably...so you may want to do something else as well. We suggest you visit the list of the Top things to do in Sydney, and/or check out What's on in Sydney, and there may be other Festivals on in Sydney to consider.
Sydney Film Festival Competition(s)
The SFF hosts a number of awards to encourage the making of great movies including the FOXTEL Doco Awards, the Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films (which makes them eligible for an Academy Award) and, of course, the Official Sydney Film Festival Competition.
Who will win the Sydney Film Festival Competition?
The Official Competition has been established to reward new directions in film. The SFF is looking for films that are "cutting edge and courageous" with "emotional power and resonance". The comp comprises of 12 films. If you feel any of these movies is taking you "beyond the usual treatment of a subject matter" you could be watching the winner.
SFF Audience Award?
The SFF used to want you, the filmgoer, to be involved through its Audience Award. Unfortunately it seems to have been dropped this year, but that could just be an oversight. If it is still happening, you will be asked to rate the competition films from a scale of 1 to 5. The results are added up and announced at the end of the festival.
Who will be at Sydney Film Festival?
The festival has an appeal for dedicated film buffs to busy film fans eager to catch the latest movie before its Australian release, but most people just go to watch some decent movies. The festival also attracts international film stars and celebrities. If you are really keen you can look forward to a number of free talks and forums.
Warning - Unclassified films mean you have to be at least 18 years of age
The festival is for everyone over 18. Unfortunately, most films at the festival are unclassified and are restricted to adults aged 18 years and over. If you 17 or younger please check the classification of films before you purchase your ticket.
Sydney Festival Opening Night, Wednesday 5th June
The Opening Night of the 60th Sydney Film Festival is all red-carpet and glamour at the magnificent State Theatre. There is even an after party to celebrate the kick-off of SFF 2013 in style. Tickets are limited, see link below.
How do I purchase tickets to the Sydney Film Festival?
Tickets can be purchased through the SFF's online ticketing system (see link at the end of this page) or at the venue's box office during the festival.
What types of tickets are available?
Subscriptions have just gone on sale and, for some reason best known to the organisers; they are limiting the number to 70. You can also buy flexi passes.
A FlexiPass allows you to see a variety of films at any of the festival's venues (excluding gala events). A FlexiPass allows you to purchase a group of tickets in advance (10 for $140, 20 for $260 or 30 for $350). A maximum of 4 tickets can be redeemed against one film per pass.
Single ticket prices for the 2013 festival depend upon what movie you intend to see and where you intend to see it. There are also special prices for movie combinations like the Trilogy series of movies.
Ticket Transaction or Booking Fee
For all of the above you must pay the dreaded booking fee of $2.50 to $7.00!
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