Sydney Film Festival – Day 2


Nothing says “get into the theatre and indulge in cinema you film geekling” like heavy rain. Umbrellas were out in force for my second day of the Sydney Film Festival, and most of them were left behind in venues, bars and bathrooms. If you have shares in black market brollies, prepare to head to boom-town.

For Those in Peril film still

‘For Those In Peril’ was my first film of the day, the début feature film from director, Paul Wright. It’s a visceral tale of grief that tells the story of the sole survivor (George MacKay) of a boating accident who is readjusting to life in a small Scottish village. Based on a this film, Wright is a name to watch. It’s a powerful film that blends seafaring folklore with the raw emotions of losing a loved one.

After ‘For Those In Peril’ I had to eat a few emotions that came to the surface. Only nachos could tame this beast and it was the sustenance needed to prepare me for dessert that was Michel Gondry’s ‘Mood Indigo’.


Gondry holds nothing back in ‘Mood Indigo’ and it’s a creative delight with all his trademark quirks and filmmaking ingenuity. Sometimes it’s so clever it hurts, but going gaga on planet Gondry is always a pleasure.

During the day I dropped by the Sydney Film Festival Hub at lower Town Hall for a ‘meet the filmmaker’ session with Paul Wright and Australian filmmaker, Cate Shortland. It was fantastic hearing both directors speak passionately and honestly about their work and Shortland continues to impress me with her candour and love for the craft. If you haven’t seen Shortland’s ‘Lore’ I strongly suggest seeking it out as soon as possible.

Next on the schedule is ‘Oh Boy’, ‘Prince Avalanche’ and ‘You’re Next’. Also, as a Sydney Film Festival sidebar I’ll be seeing ‘Mud’ which has a limited release in Australia.

A great day overall with a two-from-two strike rate. I hope this trend continues. Now, where’s my umbrella?

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