On their 13th year of celebrating alternative film, Sydney Underground Film Festival still breaks new ground.
The film festival, hosted at the iconic Factory Theatre in Marrickville, will start with a bang. Beach Bum by Harmony Korine will kick off the opening night party with scented fog, complimentary drinks, and Matthew McConaughey’s dulcet tones. When this doozy of a comedy is finished, there will be DJ’s providing groovy tunes well into the night.
Some highlights from the larger program are:
A psychedelic haze of short films from all around the world, designed to challenge how we think about humanity and cinema.
The Wolf House
A Chilean stop-motion film that deftly utilises elements of traditional fables to express deeper meanings about memory, history, and childhood.
An Aussie comedy about one’s life stalling while your mates’ seem to be getting better every day.
A screening of short films made by Aussie up-and-comers challenged to create their piece in just 48 hours.
An American psychological horror focusing on two best friends who get in over their heads when they stay at their reclusive friend’s mansion.
A homegrown thriller branded an “outback noir”, incited by a man’s return to his remote hometown to attend his father’s funeral.
There will be workshops running throughout the festival, focusing on scriptwriting, composition, directing, and special effects to name a few. If you’re looking to hone your skills or get started in filmmaking, nab a few tickets to these.
And, of course, there will be an epic closing night party. The mood will be set by widely anticipated horror flick The Lodge, which features evangelical cults, cabin fever, and paranoia. Following this, there will be wine and a rocking FBI DJ set to wrap up what’s set to be one of the best film events of the year.