Sydney Film Festival – Day 4


Today was a five film day. Coincidentally, I was working off five hours of sleep too. It’s always good to keep everything in the theme of the festival. As a result my brain is mush. Who am I? Purple Monkey Dishwasher.

Here’s a quick wrap up of the line up:

‘Cutie and the Boxer’ – Moving documentary about the struggles of an artistic couple who express their feelings for each other and the world around them through their art. My first solid cry of the festival.

‘Borgman’ – A home invasion flick of sorts with light supernatural themes, but your guess is as good as mine when it comes to deciphering this vague and methodical film. One of the weaker sessions of the festival so far.

‘Shopping’ – New Zealand was the setting for this film about a young guy looking for an identity in a teenage wasteland. Brutal in parts with sparks of hope. Features a group of very talented young actors.

‘Downloaded’ – Documentary about the music sharing website Napster. Simple but effective. Fascinating to witness the beginning of a digital revolution.

Frances Ha – Greta Gerwig carries this brilliant film about a twenty-something living in New York City and bumbling her way through life with an infectious enthusiasm. Hilarious and charming with a refreshing amount of optimism for a generation-Y themed movie about a pre-mid-life crisis.

Tomorrow is another five film day with ‘The Attack’, ‘Stories We Tell’, ‘Lovelace’, ‘Pluto’ and ‘Only God Forgives’.

Time to get the appropriate amount of sleep to match the number of screenings.

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