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Sydney Film Festival’s Top 10 essential films directed by pioneering women filmmakers

Essential Australian Women Directors is a specially curated selection of films by renowned critic, broadcaster and former director of Sydney Film Festival, David Stratton, it’s presented in association with the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA).  Screening at the Art Gallery of New South Wales from the 5-10 June and NFSA’s Arc Cinema Canberra from 28 June-7 July. 

The 10 films being showcased each mark a great milestone in Australian film history which have been all directed by some of the industry’s most prominent women.  “This retrospective pays tribute to not only these pioneering filmmakers, who tirelessly forged their own path forward, but to all the talented women who have crafted important and enduring films in this country.” says Stratton,  “In the era of the #MeToo movement, the barriers that once faced women filmmakers are perhaps crumbling at a quicker pace – in the meantime, let’s celebrate the titanic achievements of our women filmmakers, and these landmark works that have irrevocably shifted the industry landscape forever.”

The 10 films in the program are:

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All Night Cine-Love in movie marathon: 10pm-7.30am at Dendy Newtown, 8-9 June

Dendy Newtown will host ‘All Night Cine-Love In’, a late night marathon of movies that have been especially curated as part of Sydney Film Festival.    Screening from 10pm to through to 7.30am from 8-9 June, it’s been curated by Festival Program Manager,  Jenny Neighbour, who celebrates her 30th Festival with 4 weird and wonderful films that changed her cinematic world view.  “These films hark back to my time as an arts student in London in the early ’80s and discovering the capital’s legendary Scala Cinema – a true movie treasure trove, from the days when films weren’t accessible online or even in stores. It’s there I discovered that films could be provocative, trashy, surreal, troubling, and not always in English,” she says.

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8 must see movies at Sydney Film Festival

The 66th Sydney Film Festival today announced a sneak peek of 25 new films to be featured in this year’s 5-16 June event.  

“This sneak peek of the 2019 program invites us to come together and hear from a wonderful kaleidoscope of voices, like the inspiringly sensational powerhouse talent of gospel queen Aretha Franklin, or Adam Goodes courageously standing up against racism and facing severe repercussions as a consequence,” Sydney Film Festival Director Nashen Moodley said.  “These first 25 films are a mere taster of the incredible program in store, from the devastating human impact on the world around us, to captivating stories from unique communities, and spotlights on the most accomplished artists of our generation.”

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