The Sydney Film Festival

Sydney Film Festival—Part 3: Some naturalistic and mostly credible depictions

By Richard Phillips, 10 August 2012

Noteworthy features screened at the festival included Just the Wind, The Angels’ Share and Captive.

Sydney Film Festival 2011—Part 6: Douglas Sirk’s elegant imitations of life

By Richard Phillips, 4 August 2011

Sirk’s best work reveals an exceptional artist and one whose visually-rich and socially-incisive observations still have a timeless quality.

Sydney Film Festival 2011—Part 5: A classic novel intelligently reworked, a light comedy and some less impressive efforts

By Richard Phillips, 1 August 2011

A new version of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre and three other features looking for a niche somewhere between commercial and independent cinema.

Sydney Film Festival 2011—Part 4: A conversation with Shelly Kraicer about Chinese independent cinema

By Richard Phillips, 30 July 2011

Beijing resident and film festival programmer Shelly Kraicer discusses developments in the Chinese independent cinema.

Sydney Film Festival 2011—Part 3: Global warming, village life, and other documentaries

By Richard Phillips, 28 July 2011

A diverse range of subjects were examined in the more than thirty documentaries screened at this year’s festival.

Sydney Film Festival 2011—Part 2: An eclectic selection with a few valuable moments

By Richard Phillips, 26 July 2011

Festival competition movies varied widely in their range of cinematic styles and artistic sensitivity.

Sydney Film Festival: Filmmaker Ivan Sen speaks to WSWS

By Richard Phillips, 26 July 2011

Writer/director Ivan Sen spoke with the World Socialist Web Site about Toomelah, his latest feature, during the Sydney film festival.

Sydney Film Festival 2010—Part 1: Increased attendances but no real signs of a revitalised cinema

By Richard Phillips, 5 July 2010

Buoyed by additional state funding and increased ticket receipts, Sydney Film Festival organisers plan to expand the event’s “geographic footprint”. However, the artistic problems remain.

55th Sydney Film Festival—Part 6

Deborah Kerr: an actor with genuine subtlety and integrity

By Richard Phillips, 23 September 2008

This is the last in a series of articles on the 2008 Sydney Film Festival. Part 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 appeared on September 16, 17, 18, 19 and 22 respectively.

55th Sydney Film Festival—Part 5

Yung Chang speaks with WSWS about Up the Yangtze

By Richard Phillips, 22 September 2008

This is the fifth in a series of articles on the 2008 Sydney Film Festival. Part 1, 2, 3 and 4 appeared on September 16, 17, 18 and 19 respectively.

55th Sydney Film Festival—Part 4

Contemporary dramas from Israel, Australia and South Africa

Jerusalema

By Mile Klindo, 19 September 2008

This is the fourth in a series of articles on the 2008 Sydney Film Festival. Part 1, 2 and 3 appeared on September 16, 17 and 18 respectively.

55th Sydney Film Festival—Part 3

Noteworthy documentaries—from Australia and Canada

By Richard Philips and Ismet Redzovic, 18 September 2008

This is the third in a series of articles on the 2008 Sydney Film Festival. Part 1 appeared on Tuesday September 16 and Part 2 on Wednesday September 17.

55th Sydney Film Festival—Part 2

Socially meaningful, but limited

Rain of the Children

By Richard Phillips and Ismet Redzovic, 17 September 2008

This is the second in a series of articles on the 2008 Sydney Film Festival. Part 1 was posted on September 16.

55th Sydney Film Festival—Part 1

A few intelligent movies, but lost in an increasingly industry-oriented event

Serious work

By Richard Phillips and Ismet Redzovic, 16 September 2008

This year’s Sydney Film Festival from June 4-22 screened 55 documentaries, 117 feature films, and 45 short films, one of the largest programs mounted by the 55-year-old event. It also inaugurated a new “best film” competition, with a $60,000 prize made possible by grants from the Hunter Hall investment company and the New South Wales state government.

Pennebaker and Hegedus: seminal figures in American documentary film

By Richard Phillips, 12 August 1998

This is the last in the series of articles on the 45th Sydney Film Festival.