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Parasite by Bong Joon-Ho takes home the Sydney Film Festival $60,000 prize

The closing ceremony of the 66th Sydney Film Festival culminated in an award to Korean Director, Bond Joon-Ho whose prevailed over twelve other competition films.

 

Parasite has an outrageous disregard for genre conventions – it is tender and brutal; beautiful and harsh; funny and tragic and a masterwork in its exploration of class.” describes Jury President, John Maynard as he announced the winner at the Closing Gala at the State Theatre.

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Lifting the sheets on Australia’s sexiest towns! So where are they?

Specialised retailer, Lovehoney,  shows us the power of data and that there’s no escape to the digital imprints of who we are and what we like no matter how we try to hide what goes on in the bedroom.

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By combining product searches with analytical data on  discovery and session times, an interactive hotmap of love has been created by Love Honey with some very intimate secrets about what goes on around the country!

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In Fabric: Weirdest film ever, Avant Garde at its best?

Media Screening
Feature Film (United Kingdom)
Duration: 110 minutes
Sydney Scoop

A demented symphony of cartoonish fear tactics, eccentric two dimensional characters and a bizarre plotline revolving around a dress possessed by the murdered soul of its original owner and the disasters that comes to anyone in possession of it.

The style of storytelling is unique to say the least and requires you to release any logic and rationale as its awkwardness plays out. 

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Mabuhay Nights: A pop-up series featuring Filipino food with a new host restaurant each month

The Filipino Food Movement Australia enjoyed success at its inaugural event last month and is back again.  It’s an organisations of foodies, business owners and local area community members championing the culture and cuisine from the islands of the Philippines.   It’s an opportunity to explore the rich tapestry of cuisine in the great dining landscape of Sydney focusing on the underdog of asian cuisine through discovery, connection and affiliation.

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“Mabuhay” is a filipino expression used in a number of ways used to welcome someone, say hello or praise life.  Mabuhay Nights is a series of pop-ups hosted at one of the Filipino restaurants who will show off their kitchen prowess in standalone degustations that will focus on a particular region or ingredient of the Philippines.   Taking provincial ideas from the Filipino culinary ancestry, the Chefs will modernise them, reflecting today’s modern Filipino community, 250,000 who now call Australia home.

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From Twilight to High Life: A man’s shield against desire (Interview)

Deep space. Monte and his daughter Willow live together aboard a spacecraft, in complete isolation.  A man whose strict self-discipline is a shield against desire, Monte fathered her against his will. His sperm was used to inseminate the young woman who gave birth to her. They were members of a crew of prisoners – death row inmates. Guinea pigs sent on a mission. Now only Monte and Willow remain.  Through his daughter, he experiences the birth of an all-powerful love. Together, father and daughter approach their destination – the black hole in which time and space cease to exist.

 

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Wellama: The 32 square metre video installation at Barangaroo

‘To Come Back” is the meaning for the new feature at Barangaroo, WELLAMA, a Cadigal word, its an  invitation to experience the spirit of EORA country through art.

Created by artists Alison Page and Nik Lachajczak, Wellama is a celebration of ritual, ceremony and story practised on Country since time immemorial. It welcomes visitors to Gadigal Country and pays respect to the Traditional Custodians of this land. The work is not intended to ever to replace the traditional welcome by elders, but to strengthen the meaning of that ceremony and enhance people’s understanding of its importance among all Australians.

It is a 10 minute audio visual art loop that plays continuously and welcomes visitors to land, sea and sky country at Barangaroo. The work captures the essence of the ‘Welcome to Country’ by creating a visceral, and emotional experience that is a celebration of the continuity of culture through ceremony and the cycles of nature.

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Skin: The white supremacist who developed a conscience (Interview)

Media Screening (Maven Pictures)
Duration: 110 minutes

Having not been familiar with the story or having any preconceptions, as a viewer a vexatious undertone of sympathy toward the character pays off as we’re taken on a journey to understand how Bryon’s extreme views and violent hate has come to be.   The closing credit’s of the film at the State Theatre gave way to a round of applause from the audience.

Inspired by the remarkable true story of Bryon Widner, who endured over a year of painful operations to his face and body to remove the tattoos that tied him to his terrible past.  Skin tells a story of a a destitute young man, raised by racist skinheads and white supremacists, turns his back on hatred and violence to transform his life, with the help of a black activist and the woman he loves.

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