Sydney FF 20 : A YEAR FULL OF DRAMA – Review by Sarah Ward

Marta Pulk’s A Year Full of Drama, documenting a year in a young theater critic’s life, embraces an idea that’s as basic as not judging a book by its cover, but just as often ignored: that, while engaging in art is a universal experience that can evoke shared overall responses, everyone still interacts with everything they consume in an individualistic manner.

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Sydney FF 2020: FORCE OF HABIT- Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Force of Habit is a cartography of sexual abuse and harassment that interweaves several scenarios — a schoolgirl harassed on public transport, an drunken office party, and a vicious, violent rape by a stranger, each helmed by a different female director — into collective whole that is an electrifying reminder that sexual abuse and harassment are everyday phenomena and until that stops being synonymous with “business as usual”, nothing will change.

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Sydney FF 2020: CHARTER – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Charter focuses on Alice, a woman in transition, who is bucking traditions and struggling to find her own place in the world. She’s on the losing side of a nasty custody battle with her ex-husband who is unrestrained in his determination to exclude her from their lives.

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Sydney FF 2020: A PERFECTLY NORMAL FAMILY – Review by Sarah Ward

My Perfectly Normal Family stems from the first-time feature filmmaker’s own upbringing with her transgender father. The film tells a fictional tale, but IS so specific in its rendering of emotions that it could only spring from someone who has been there herself.

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Women Filmmakers @ Sydney Film Festival 2020 – Alexandra Heller-Nicholas reports

Sydney Film Festival has converted to a virtual edition for its 67th edition, running from June 10-21, boastinf a program of 33 films, 16 of which are world premieres. A highlight is the continuing collaboration with Europe! Voices of Women in Film, showcasing ten films with an emphasis not only on national context of the filmmakers, but the kinds of movies they make.

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