Australian Cinema

TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG

SWIFF’20 CLOSING NIGHT – TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG

Following on from his brutal and uncompromising feature debut Snowtown, Justin Kurzel has cemented himself as an auteur director, bringing Peter Carey’s Booker Prize-winning novel True History of the Kelly Gang to the screen in a raw, unfiltered telling of the rise of Ned Kelly from young petty thief to fearsome outlaw bushranger. A young …

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Slam

SLAM

“A powerful punch to the solar plexus … notices things that others would rather just skim over, like the kind of racism that blends right in with everyday life, so well that you hardly notice it anymore.” – Cineuropa. Armeena Bakri (Danielle Horvat) delivers a powerful, cutting monologue into the microphone. Her gaze holds her …

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HEARTS AND BONES

HEARTS AND BONES

In 2018 director Ben Lawrence delivered the multi-award winning documentary, Ghosthunter (SWIFF’19), where long hidden family secrets convergered with true crime. In 2019 Lawrence peers into troubled hearts and minds with a tense, intelligent dramatic debut feature, following war photographer Daniel Fischer (Hugo Weaving in a career-best performance), grappling with a perspective shift on his …

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The Nightingale

THE NIGHTINGALE

Winner · Special Jury Prize · Venice Film Festival. Following her massively successful directorial debut The Babadook, Australian powerhouse Jennifer Kent turns her attention to colonial Australia with the feminist revisionist Western, The Nightingale, a tale of violence and retribution set against a wildly untameable backdrop of gothic Tasmania. 1820s Tasmania, young Irish convict, Clare …

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Smoke Between Trees

SMOKE BETWEEN TREES

Some life events are so powerful they are defined by “then” and “now”. For Mathew (Tyriel Mora, The Castle, Book Week SWIFF’19), a sensitive near-retiring real estate caring for his mentally incapacitated wife, it’s the car crash that killed his daughter Sarah (Georgia Adamson) and Indigenous son-in-law Jayden (Damion Hunter). The crash spared his grandson, …

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Monks of the Sacred Valley

MONKS OF THE SACRED VALLEY

WORLD PREMIERE. SWIFF provides audiences a rare opportunity to see inside the filmmaking process, presenting a WIP (work-in-progress) screening of local Bellingen filmmaker Ryan Jasper’s directorial debut feature documentary, Monks of the Sacred Valley. A breathtaking, cinematic portrait of a hidden world of Tibetan Buddhism that has survived and thrived inside modern China – until …

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Buoyancy

BUOYANCY

Winner · Panorama Jury Award · Berlinale Film Festival. Tired of toiling in the rice fields, 14-year-old Chakra (a magnetic Sarm Heng) leaves Cambodia in search of a Bangkok factory job. After paying smugglers to ferry him over the border, Chakra is instead traded to a violent seafood trawler, captive at sea, under the watch …

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ALICE

ALICE

Winner · Grand Jury Prize · SXSW Film Festival. “The opening minutes of Alice make the case for Emilie Piponnier to be a movie star, and the rest of the movie keeps it up … [she] dominates every frame, with a mesmerizing screen presence” – Indiewire. Alice (breakout star Emilie Piponnier) has what seems like …

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Life After The Oasis

LIFE AFTER THE OASIS

In 2008, raw, observational documentary The Oasis spotlighted the lives of a group of vulnerable teens living in a Sydney youth refuge – starting a nationwide conversation around youth homelessness. There were televised forums and nationwide media coverage, with the film distributed to every high school in Australia. Then prime minister Kevin Rudd pledged to …

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