I spent the last two weeks juggling work with my first proper Sydney Film Festival experience. My highlight was probably getting to see two Xavier Dolan films on the big screen (the incredible Mommy was one of five films ‘fast-tracked’ from Cannes Film Festival to Sydney) but I also enjoyed hearing the festival audience roar with laughter during Dead Snow: Red vs Dead as well as Desiree Akhavan’s witty Appropriate Behaviour, the latter which I watched during my queer film night at the festival alongside Swedish film Something Must Break.
Mike Scott (@walypala) June 13, 2014
Siddharth was a pleasant surprise, which continually plucked at my heart-strings and provided some beautiful montages.
#SydFilmFest Siddharth. Powerful. Compassionate. Beautiful. This is a film that will stay with me.—
Peter Meredith (@CroppyBoy68) June 14, 2014
My participation in the Freak Me Out section of SFF was twofold, first with the Dead Snow: Red vs Dead which was my second film of the festival and Killers, my last film, and a brutal one at that, with many a gasp coming out of the audience. Killers was a last-minute change after I had to pull out of one of my other choices due to another commitment, but it paid off nicely.
KILLERS was relentless. I usually have a high tolerance for these kind of films but this left me shaken. Absolutely loved it. #sydfilmfest—
Jesue Valle (@jesuevalle) June 14, 2014
I think my Festival film choices were very well-rounded out, and there are a few extra films I have added to my watch list in anticipation of a future cinema/digital release. I really enjoyed immersing myself in the Festival this year, to the point where I would wander over to the Hub for a wine and unwind after a film session.
A special mention to my brief twitter encounter with Mr. Dolan after I questioned whether I had missed any Home Alone references in Mommy.
@itsa_Mario only two :)))—
Xavier Dolan (@XDolan) June 13, 2014