SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL 2009

Promising to push, fire up, freak out, kiss and tickle you, this year’s Sydney Film Festival isn’t skimpy on variety. Here’s a short-list of our … Read more

WAKE IN FRIGHT

It’s the Australian classic that no-one’s seen. And probably never would have, bar a staggering stroke of luck. Wake in Fright made a big splash … Read more

LUCKY COUNTRY

Lucky Country is a convincing psychological thriller that generally strikes gold. It’s 1902, and a series of dark events unfold following the arrival of three soldiers to the remote homestead of father Nat (Aden Young), daughter Sarah (Hanna Mangan-Lawrence) and son Tom (Toby Wallace). (AB)

QUIET CHAOS (CAOS CALMO)

Can a movie about grief be charming? In this case, it can, as it follows newly widowed father Pietro (Nanni Moretti) and his daughter Claudia (Blu Yoshimi). They’re both dealing with the irreversibility of death, but this is not a clear-cut tale of tragedy. (AB)

DANCE CLASS: WRONG PROM

Wrong Prom is sort of like saying the same thing twice, right? These one-off dance events based on choreo-tastic cult classics of the 70s and … Read more

THEATRE: BEYOND THE NECK

Beyond The Neck attempts to tell an untellable story. And succeeds, considering the difficulty. Playwright Tom Holloway was 17 when the Port Arthur massacre shook … Read more

THE ESCAPIST

Frank (Brian Cox), a lifer, is the ringleader of a jailbreak after discovering that his estranged daughter is on the brink of death in this taught, emotionally-rich tale from first-time director Rupert Wyatt. (AB)

LESBIAN VAMPIRE KILLERS

Vampire Queen Carmilla (who has a taste for the vagine) gets her head chopped off in the 17th century and henceforth curses all the ladies in the village to become raging filly-fanciers. Until hapless duo Jimmy and Fletch turn up … (AB)

GOMORRAH

Based on the megaselling non-fiction novel by Roberto Saviano, who has been in police protection as a result since 2006, and directed by Matteo Garrone, Gomorrah surprises with its subtlety and nuanced, multilayered stories, all circling around the organised crime rings of Naples and Caserta. (AB)

X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE

From the instant his claws come out to gore his murderous father in the Canadian woods of 1845, to the final cold dish he serves to brother Sabretooth, Wolverine’s tale is a classic one; revenge. Join him for some ferocious good fun, sans any meaty character development. (AB)