SFF 2017: What to Want to Watch

The wonderful Sydney Film Festival is on it’s way back into Sydney’s cinemas and to kick off the journey towards said festival, the full program has been revealed.

Here are the films playing which have sparked my interest. I seriously doubt I’ll have the time to catch every single one (although that would be nice) but I would recommend giving these a look-see on the SFF site here if you want to read more.



A feature-length documentary analysing the famous shower sequence from Psycho.

If that made your eyes widen, you should check it out.

I think this one will be aimed towards film students and aficionados. If you see yourself as a casual filmgoer who doesn’t care too much for behind the scenes, this one might not interest you.

An American Werewolf in London


I’ve never actually seen this 80’s horror-comedy so I don’t know whether or not to recommend it, but what I do know is that the SFF are screening it outdoors with a full moon glaring above.

Brigsby Bear


This film sounds so silly and yet IMDb classifies it as a drama.

Here’s IMDb’s synopsis;

Brigsby Bear Adventures is a children’s TV show produced for an audience of one: James. When the show abruptly ends, James’s life changes forever, and he sets out to finish the story himself.

The Forest of Lost Souls


The SFF program says The Forest of Lost Souls is a mix of arthouse and grindhouse. I don’t need to know the rest, that odd genre mash-up alone has me interested.

A Ghost Story


Casey Affleck dies and he haunts Rooney Mara. Sounds like a pitch originally given to Adam Sandler but it well and truly is a drama flick being salted with praise from critics, however not so much from regular viewers. Still has me interested though.

I Am Not Your Negro


Easily one of the most hyped films of this year’s festival, I Am Not Your Negro explores the history of racism in America, while Samuel L. Jackson narrates the whole thing.

It was also nominated at the Oscars for best documentary. Need I say more.

Ingrid Goes West


Aubrey Plaza plays Ingrid Thorburn, a girl obsessed with (fictional) social media icon Taylor Sloane. When Ingrid decides to move to L.A. and befriend Taylor, things start getting creepy.

The Little Hours


A nun-based comedy.

That’s all you really need.



Too often, you see great films from around the world get remade in Hollywood or England but for the first time (as far as I know), it’s going the other way around.

Maliglutit is an Arctic remake of John Ford’s The Searchers. That’s right; an Arctic remake.



This SXSW premiering film is apparently a mix of apocalyptic virus thriller and corporate satire; each genre alone colours me interested so I see no reason in missing this combination.


My Life as a Zucchini


My Life as a Zucchini was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Oscars and that’s not even what has me intrigued. I’m just keen thanks to the title.



If this wasn’t going up on Netflix after the festival, it would be at the top of my list.

Okja is the latest monster thriller coming from Bong Joon-ho, the director of the fantastic Snowpiercer and monster film The Host. It’s also a Netflix original, meaning that (if you have a Netflix subscription,) you’ll be able to catch this one for free. But seeing that it’s coming from a director with a nearly flawless filmography, catching it on the big screen might be worth the ticket.



In 2014, filmmaker Michael Glawogger set out to make a film about his experiences. He didn’t have a specific vision in mind, all he knew was that he wanted to observe, listen and experience his journey through the Balkans, Italy, Northwest and West Africa.

He sadly passed away before completing his project but editor Monika Willi attempts to do so in this intriguing aptly-titled project.


The Wall


This war-thriller from the director of Edge of Tomorrow centers on two American soldiers pinned down by a mystery sniper, with a small wall acting as the barrier between life and death.

If that doesn’t interest you; John Cena’s in it.

Interested now?

Wind River


Hell or High Water presented the cinema world with a writer capable of brilliance. Wind River is that writer’s directorial debut. And it has Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen. I mean, what else do you want?

Right, there’s my hopeful watchlist for this year’s SFF. What films have you pumped? Were you expecting the more famous titles for this list?

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