Category Archives: Sydney Film Festival

Piranhas: Innocence Lost – successors of Naples’ mafia families

Media Screening
Feautre Film (Italy)
Duration: 110 minutes

The story charts the controversial rise of a gang of Neapolitan youngsters – known as the paranza – who were originally recruited to act as hitmen by the Camorra.   Fifteen years old fearless boys with innocent nicknames, branded shoes, normal families, names of girlfriends tattooed on their skin, no trust in school or institutions.   Teenagers with no tomorrow, no hope, not afraid of jail nor death.   Their only chance is to bet on everything they possess right now.  If they want money, they need to go out and get it. They go off on their scooters, take over the drug market, shoot satellite antennas, defy the godfathers of Naples, spread terror and fear in the city’s streets.
These power-hungry adolescents are as trigger happy with a real AK-47 as they are on their PlayStations.  Paranza is a term that belongs to the sea: fishing boats with lights tricking small fishes with no hope to survive. This is a tale of kids darting through life, through adolescences  “tricked by light” as a paranza.
Saviano enters relentlessly in this reality of today, opening and shading light over it with a wonderful tale of innocence and subjugation.

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IGTV Film Festival Awards Night (See all 5 finalist’s movies here)

Tuesday 11 June marked the celebration of Instagram’s inaugural IGTV Film Festival in collaboration with VICE and Sydney Film Festival.

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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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Yesterday to close the season

Yesterday, everyone knew The Beatles. Today, only Jack remembers their songs.  He’s about to become a very big deal.  From Academy Award®-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting, 28 Days Later) and Richard Curties, the Oscar®-nominated screenwriter of Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually and Notting Hill, comes a rock ’n’ roll comedy about music, dreams, friendship, and the long and winding road that leads to the love of your life. 

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In Fabric: Weirdest film ever or 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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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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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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