International films

Sydney Film Festival 2015

June 13, 2015

A first glance the program for the annual Sydney Film Festival is like dipping into a voluminous menu written in a foreign language. You know there are lots of good things in there but it’s not easy to identify them. Experience dictates that films which sound like non-events may turn out to be masterpieces, and … More


Sydney Film Festival 2014

June 14, 2014

Sydney’s passion for cinema is beyond dispute, but the annual Sydney Film Festival is as close as this hedonistic city gets to a religious experience. For two weeks diehards will submit themselves to four, possibly five films a day. It’s a luxury for those who don’t have to turn up at the office on Monday … More


Jewish International Film Festival 2012

November 3, 2012

There may be a limit to the number of culturally specific films one should watch in quick succession. After spending most evenings last week previewing movies from the Jewish International Film Festival, when I answer the phone now I feel like saying “Shalom!” For the 23rd year of the Jewish Film Festival in Australia, time, … More