Ready to revisit some SWIFF’21 highlights?

We’ve hunted down some of the most adored flicks from the festival past – rewind as we prepare a ’22 program filled with your next favourite films.

It seems like only yesterday that we were dancing in the aisles for American Utopia and peeking through our fingers in Saint Maud. Here’s the details on where to find 7 SWIFF’21 favourites on streaming – or head to your local video store for a high def. treat!

David Byrne’s American Utopia

We even had to add an encore session during SWIFF’21 for David Byrne’s dancealong, singalong, part Talking Heads throwback, part future rallying cry. Find it to rent or buy, or stream on Binge or Amazon Prime.

Firestarter: The Story of Bangarra

Sticking with the dance film theme, Firestarter took out the number one audience award spot at SWIFF’22. If you missed the encore session at JMT, Find it to rent or buy, or stream on ABC iView.

The Furnace

Stay in Australia for this next one – our Opening Night film of the fest saw director Rodd Rathjen and producer Tim White join us to start the festival – audiences were delighted to see the two reunite with Rathjen finally presenting White with the award the film collected at Venice. Find it to rent or buy, or stream on Binge.

The Furnace

Another Round

Another film we bestowed as a special event to follow – Thomas Vinterberg and Mads Mikkelsen’s incredible, moving ode to Danish drinking culture with it’s highs and lows. Find it to rent or buy, or stream on SBS on Demand.


Linking this film to the last is their status as nominee’s at the 2021 Oscars. Nomadland went on to take out best film, and SWIFF audiences agreed, filling every session at the fest. Find it to rent or buy, or stream on Disney+.



Another peak into an alternative lifestyle now, albeit one in a very different tone. Miranda July’s offbeat comedy drama shone a spotlight on the importance of controlling your own narrative, a rallying cry delivered in the deadpan tones of an exceptional Evan Rachel Wood. Find it to rent or buy, or stream on Amazon Prime or Binge.

Saint Maud

Alright, we’re struggling to link these two, but seeing as all four SWIFF Team members had this one on their list of top 6 SWIFF’21 films, it had to be shared. Don’t skip what festival director Kate Howat called the most exciting genre film in years. Find it to rent or buy.

If that’s got you ready to discover your next festival favourite – don’t miss out on your festival pass at a presale price.

Scroll to Top