International films

Sydney Film Festival 2015

June 13, 2015
The Tribe (2014)

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
Ellar Coltrane in 'Boyhood' (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
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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