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A 4 DAY CINEMATIC ADVENTURE WITH 100+ FILMS, MUSIC AND MASTERCLASSES.


PROGRAM AT A GLANCE THURSDAY 15 SEPT DOORS OPEN 6.00pm OPENING NIGHT Doors Open 6.00pm

FEATURE FILM:

OPENING NIGHT WIENER-DOG Dir. Todd Solondz | USA | 2016 FILM AND PARTY

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FRIDAY 16 SEPT DOORS OPEN 6.00pm CINEMA 1

SESSION ONE 6.30pm 8.00pm

SESSION TWO 8.30pm 10.00pm

SESSION THREE 10.30pm 12.00am

DE PALMA page 33

CINEMA 2 THE MIND'S EYE page 23

CINEMA 3 OZPLOIT! page 54

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HOOLIGAN SPARROW

LOVE/SICK

THE VIRGIN PSYCHICS

WE ARE THE FLESH

ROOM FULL OF SPOONS

ANTIBIRTH

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CINEMA 4 THE SAD AND BEAUTIFUL WORLD OF SPARKLEHORSE page 47

CINEMA 5 RICHARD TUOHY 16MM FILMS page 61

TONY CONRAD: COMPLETELY IN THE PRESENT page 49

A CRACKUP AT THE RACE RIOTS page 14

SATURDAY 17 SEPT DOORS OPEN 9.00am CINEMA 1

SESSION ONE 9.30am 11.30am

SESSION TWO 12.00pm 1.30pm

SESSION THREE 2.00pm 3.30pm

SESSION FOUR 4.00pm 5.30pm

ALL-YOU-CANEAT-CEREAL CARTOON PARTY page 62 EAT THAT QUESTION: FRANK ZAPPA IN HIS OWN WORDS page 37

I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER page 20

RICHARD LINKLATER: DREAM IS DESTINY page 41

CINEMA 2 RE:CINEMA SCREENING AND SYMPOSIUM (STARTS AT 10AM) page 60

DON'T BLINK - ROBERT FRANK page 36

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CINEMA 5 GORDY HOFFMAN: SCREEN WRITING MASTERCLASS page 63

THE SPACE IN BETWEEN: MARINA ABRAMOVIC AND BRAZIL page 48

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SNOW MONKEY page 43

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AAAAAAAAH! DESERT AGE page 15

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57 LAWSON page 30

ROSS GRAYSON BELL: CONCEPT IS KING MASTERCLASS page 64 DIY FILMMAKING PANEL page 64 GEORGE GITTOES AND HELLEN ROSE MASTERCLASS page 64


PROGRAM AT A GLANCE SATURDAY 17 SEPT [CONTINUED] CINEMA 1

SESSION FIVE 6.00pm 7.30pm

SESSION SIX 8.00pm 9.30pm

SESSION SEVEN 10.00pm 11.30pm

ENTERTAINMENT page 19

DE PALMA page 33

CARRIE page 18

CINEMA 2 TRASH FIRE page 25

CINEMA 3

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DEAD HANDS DIG DEEP page 34

CINEMA 5 BEN FERRIS: HYBRID DOCODRAMA MASTERCLASS page 65

SUFF SHORTS 2007-2015 page 57

NAKED LUNCH

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LEFT ON PURPOSE

VIXEN VELVET'S ZOMBIE MASSACRE

ROOM FULL OF SPOONS

THE BLACKOUT EXPERIMENTS

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SUNDAY 18 SEPT DOORS OPEN 12.30PM CINEMA 1

SESSION ONE 1.00pm 2.30pm

SESSION TWO 3.00pm 4.30pm

SESSION THREE 5.00pm 7.00pm

BEWARE THE SLENDERMAN page 32

THE VIRGIN PSYCHICS page 24

THE LOVE WITCH page 22

CINEMA 2

CINEMA 3

ART OF THE PRANK

TEMPEST STORM

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THE OTHER SIDE

CINEMA 5

HELP US FIND SUNIL TRIPATHI

DRONE CINEMATOGRAPHY WORKSHOP page 65

WTF!

FREE

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BASKIN page 17

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RICHARD LINKLATER: DREAM IS DESTINY

CINEMA 4

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16MM RETRO FILM WORKSHOP ANTIBIRTH page 16

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HOOLIGAN SPARROW page 39

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SUNDAY 18 SEPT 7.30pm CLOSING NIGHT

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MULTIPLE MANIACS

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CONTENTS Venue Information.........................................6 How to Buy Tickets....................................... 7

OPENING & CLOSING NIGHT SPECIAL EVENTS Opening Night Film and Party....................8 Wiener-Dog by Todd Solondz....................9 Closing Night Film and Party.................... 10 Multiple Maniacs by John Waters............ 11

FEATURE FILMS A Crackup at the Race Riots | Leo Gabin.....................................................14 Aaaaaaaah! | Steve Oram.......................... 15 Antibirth | Danny Perez.............................. 16 Baskin | Can Evrenol....................................17 Carrie | Brian De Palma.............................. 18 Entertainment | Rick Alverson.................. 19 I Am Not A Serial Killer | Billy O’Brien.... 20 Naked Lunch | David Cronenberg.......... 21 The Love Witch | Anna Biller.................... 22 The Mind’s Eye | Joe Begos.....................23 The Virgin Psychics | Sion Sono..............24 Trash Fire | Richard Bates Jr.................... 25 Vixen Velvet’s Zombie Massacre | Stefan Popescu.......................................... 26 We Are the Flesh | Emiliano Rocha Minter.............................27

DOCUMENTARIES 57 Lawson | Ben Ferris.............................. 30 Art of the Prank | Andrea Marini...............31 Beware the Slenderman | Irene Taylor Brodsky..........................................................32 De Palma | Noah Baumbach.....................33 Dead Hands Dig Deep | Jai Love............34 Desert Age: A Rock & Roll Scene History | Jason Pine & Jason Georgiades.............35 Don’t Blink - Robert Frank | Laura Israel...36 Eat that Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words | Thorsten Schütte................37

Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi | Neal Broffman............................................38 Hooligan Sparrow | Nanfu Wang.............39 Left on Purpose | Justin Schein & David Mehlman........... 40 Richard Linklater: Dream is Destiny | Louis Black & Karen Bernstein................41 Room Full of Spoons | Rick Harper.........42 Snow Monkey | George Gittoes...............43 Tempest Storm | Nimisha Mukerji............44 The Blackout Experiments | Rich Fox.....45 The Other Side | Roberto Minervini........46 The Sad and Beautiful World of Sparklehorse | A.Crowton & B.Dass.......47 The Space in Between: Marina Abramovic and Brazil | Marco Del Fiol.......................48 Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present | Tyler Hubby.................................................49

SHORT FILMS Love/Sick...................................................... 52 LSD Factory..................................................53 Ozploit!...........................................................54 Reality Bites................................................. 55 WTF! Shorts.................................................. 56 SUFF Shorts 2007-2015............................57

SPECIAL EVENTS Re:Cinema.................................................... 60 Richard Tuohy.............................................. 61 Saturday Morning All-You-Can-Eat Cereal Cartoon Party................................. 62

MASTERCLASSES Screenwriting Masterclass........................63 Concept is King: Masterclas.....................64 DIY Filmmaking Panel................................64 George Gittoes & Hellen Rose.................64 Hybrid Doco-Drama Masterclass........... 65 Drone Cinematography Workshop........ 65 Free 16mm Retro Film Workshop........... 65


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HOW TO BUY TICKETS Buying tickets to the 2016 Sydney Underground Film Festival is easy whether to a single session, or any combination of passes listed below.

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• Ticket prices include GST and booking fees. • A transaction fee may apply per transaction for bookings made over the phone only. • Seating is limited, therefore early purchases are always recommended. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the session starts. • Concessions are available to fulltime students, pensioners, seniors, health care card and companion card holders. Concession cards must be shown. • All sessions are 18+ unless otherwise noted. • All passes exclude Masterclass and the Saturday Morning All-You-Can-Eat Cereal Party sessions.

Buying tickets to the 2016 Sydney Underground Film Festival is easy whether to a single session, or any combination of passes listed below. Buy online and find all the info at:

WWW.SUFF.COM.AU/TICKETS There may be a limited number of tickets and passes available for purchase at the door, if not sold out prior.

CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS TICKET PRICES (ADULT / CONCESSION) • Festival pass (includes opening and closing night) .............................. $145 / 131 • Opening night (includes food and drink)...................................... $53 / 48 • Closing night film and party............... $22 / 17 • Friday all-day pass............................... $33 / 30 • Saturday all-day pass........................... $57 / 51 • Sunday all-day pass............................. $43 / 39 • Individual session tickets......................$16 / 14 • 4-film pass (excludes opening & closing night, and masterclass) ........ $47 / 43 • Masterclasses (Excl. Screenwriting) .... $16 / 14 • Screenwriting Masterclass.................$26 / 24

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OPENING NIGHT FILM & PARTY Marking our tenth year in the most memorable way possible, SUFF is completely psyched to announce the 2016 opening night film: WIENER-DOG! The latest feature from Happiness and Welcome to the Dollhouse director Todd Solondz promises to kick off this milestone festival with laughs and just the right amount of darkness — and the complimentary Coopers beer, Chain of Fire wines and pizza by Manoosh Pizzeria’s new Marrickville store included in the ticket price will help. Plus, all guests can enjoy a DipityPop ice cream by Serendipity and boutique batched popcorn by The Wholesome Food Company to go along with the flick. And the fun doesn’t end with the movie, courtesy of live music and sideshow performances by Porcelain Alice and Diesel Darling. Book early to avoid disappointment!

DOORS OPEN 6.00PM FILM STARTS 7.30PM TICKETS $53 ($48 concession)

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WIENER-DOG For Opening Night 2016, SUFF Welcomes you to the Doghouse! You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll wince, and you’ll sigh - such is the genius of Wiener-Dog a cutthroat comedy brimming with brilliantly caustic and truthful observations about the human condition. Reviving his beloved character Dawn Wiener, the geeky kid who won our hearts in Welcome to the Dollhouse, auteur and agitator extraordinaire Todd Solondz crafts a nihilistic portmanteau of stories linked solely by changing ownership of an adorable dachshund. Elegantly shot by Todd Haynes’ go-to-cinematographer Edward Lachman (Carol, Far From Heaven) and playing like Au Hazard Balthazar in the burbs or a twisted version of Lassie for misanthropes, Wiener-Dog combines a brilliant mix of surrealism with searing deadpan humor. The film follows Dawn Wiener (Greta Gerwig), now a veterinary technician who adopts the eponymous pup.

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Everything goes awry when Brandon McCarthy (Kieran Culkin), Dawn’s old boyfriend comes back into her life - all hooked on heroin. The hound soon goes on to play the straight mutt to the tragicomic lives of a young cancer-survivor stuck between squabbling parents (Julie Delpy and Tracy Letts), a failed film professor who stands in for Solondz himself (Danny DeVito) and an embittered senior who suffers visions warning of the road less travelled (Ellen Burstyn). Growing increasingly dark as the film progresses, Wiener-Dog is a blisteringly funny, wondrously warped look at the absurdity of life and death from one of contemporary cinema’s most fearless and distinctive voices.

7.30pm

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Director Todd Solondz Year 2016 Country USA Time 90 mins

AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE Todd Solondz doesn’t care about the audience’s comfort and his films have a ruthless, unblinking stare, almost refreshing in their uncompromising attitude (especially in comparison with the industry’s pathological desire for happy endings). SHEILIA O’MALLEY, ROGEREBERT.COM.

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SUN18 7.30pm

CINEMA 1

CLOSING NIGHT FILM & PARTY

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When we heard that John Water’s rare masterpiece MULTIPLE MANIACS was finally getting remastered, restored and re-released, we knew it would be the perfect SUFF-worthy film to end on. Join us for the ultimate trashfest, while you enjoy your complimentary Serendipity icecream and then stick around for the after-party with complimentary Coopers beer and Chain of Fire wine and we can all create our own ‘Calvacade of Perversions’!

TICKETS $22 ($17 concession) SUFF “Dead Oscar” awards will be presented at the closing night film.

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OPENING NIGHT

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(Sydney-based Glass Artist) for creating the coveted SUFF Dead Oscar awards!


MULTIPLE MANIACS You have never, and I mean never, seen any movie remotely like Multiple Maniacs.” Its jet black humor goes beyond anything ever put on film. It is skillfully made, devastating, low down and raunchy and frighteningly relevant to today. THE LOS ANGELES FREE PRESS

“Restored! Reviled! Revolting!” That’s Multiple Maniacs. Step right up to witness the tale of Lady Divine’s travelling sideshow ‘The Cavalcade of Perversions,’ a free exhibit of extreme perversions that includes the puke eater, the two men tonguing, the armpit slurper, the heroin addict going cold turkey and so much more! Turns out this exposé of the obscene is just a front for a group of psychotic criminals, who start killing their audiences rather than simply shocking them every night. With nowhere to go but down, the film follows Lady Divine on her debauched descent into full-blown mania leading to a climax involving a horny fifteenfoot lobster. From the High

AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE Priest of smut, John Waters, comes this immaculate restoration of a rarely seen cinematic masterpiece. The film emerged from Waters already-established desire to make the most offensive movies he could think of, glorifying carnage and mayhem for laughs whilst also reflecting his bafflement at the ‘60s hippy movement. A thematic and tonal precursor to his fiendish Pink Flamingoes but a vastly superior film, Multiple Maniacs is gloriously grotesque and makes its way to SUFF at long last, replete with all manner of depravity.

Director John Waters Year 1970 Country USA Time 91 mins If you liked Hairspray and Serial Mom, be prepared for something a whole lot rougher and intentionally less palatable, but something that very much shares their rebellious spirit. This is Waters at his rawest and most ebullient.. JENNIE KERMONDE, EYE FOR FILM.

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SPECIAL EVENT


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FEATURES A CRACKUP AT THE RACE RIOTS LEO GABIN AAAAAAAAH! STEVE ORAM ANTIBIRTH DANNY PEREZ BASKIN CAN EVRENOL CARRIE BRIAN DE PALMA ENTERTAINMENT RICK ALVERSON I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER BILLY O'BRIEN

NAKED LUNCH DAVID CRONENBERG THE LOVE WITCH ANNA BILLER THE MIND'S EYE JOE BEGOS THE VIRGIN PSYCHICS SION SONO TRASH FIRE RICHARD BATES JR. VIXEN VELVET'S ZOMBIE MASSACRE STEFAN POPESCU WE ARE THE FLESH EMILIANO ROCHA MINTER

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SYDNEY PREMIERE

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10.30pm

CINEMA 4 Director Leo Gabin Year 2015 Country USA Time 56 mins OFFICIAL SELECTION

ROTTERDAM

INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2015 OFFICIAL SELECTION

REVELATION FILM FESTIVAL 2016

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CPH:DOX 2016

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A CRACKUP AT THE RACE RIOTS Inspired by Harmony Korine’s experimental novel, the groundbreaking A Crackup at the Race Riots is solely comprised of clips from previously made YouTube videos. Relying on an innovative method of collage, the film presents a scathing condemnation of the modern American dream, eschewing plot, linear narrative, character development and scene setting in favour of halfremembered scenarios, jokes and ruminations. Capturing the fragmented moments of American life — observed through the demented lens of social media, TV, and pop culture obsession — A Crackup at the Race Riots not only retains but also develops the novel’s hypnotic sense of anarchy, impending chaos and weird wonder. Weaved together by the

Belgian collective Leo Gabin (the nom de guerre deployed by a triumvirate of youngish Belgian-based multi-media artists: Lieven Deconinck, Gaëtan Begerem and Robin De Vooght) that previously contributed to Korine’s Spring Breakers, it’s tailor-made for the YouTube generation. At once a renegotiation of the function of cinema and role of narrative, the film is a remarkable, essential work, showing only on the big screen at SUFF! 

PLUS SHORT FILM

OUR LEGACY DIR. JONATHAN VINEL | GERMANY | 2016 | 24 MINS | AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE Lucas is the son of the famous pornographer Pierre Woodman. This is his story.


SYDNEY PREMIERE

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AAAAAAAAH! Imagine a Britain populated by depraved beasts that look like humans on the surface but think, act and communicate like monkeys. These days, that’s probably not so hard, right? This is the world of Aaaaaaaah!, the new comedy-horror directed by Sightseers and The World’s End actor Steve Oram that observes a South London family who come under fire from a pair of menacing strangers. Barbaric, disturbing and riotously funny, the film is a blistering satire about gender and class relations as well as a deft examination of loss, displacement and the human condition in 21st century Britain. Starring Australia’s own Lucy Honigman, plus an all-star cast of British comedians

including Toyah Willcox, Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding (from The Mighty Boosh), it also features a belting score by the seminal guitarist Robert Fripp. Add a quarter cup of Mike Leigh, a shake of Luis Buñuel and a sprinkle Yorgos Lanthimos, then beat the living shit out of it with a hammer and you might end up with something that resembles the masterpiece that is Aaaaaaaah! Steve Oram’s directorial debut Aaaaaaaah! comes on like a collaboration between Dogme ‘95 and Chris Morris. It’s hard to think of another film closely like it in British cinema. It really is that out-there and singular. MARTYN CONTERIO, CINE-VUE.COM

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CINEMA 2 Director Steve Oram Year 2015 Country UK Time 79 mins OFFICIAL SELECTION

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VANCOUVER

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AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE

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CINEMA 1 CINEMA 3 Director Danny Perez Year 2016 Country USA Time 94 mins OFFICIAL SELECTION

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DEAD BY DAWN HORROR FILM FESTIVAL 2016

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Lou (Natasha Lyonne) and Sadie (Chloë Sevigny) know how to party. Fuck, they put Andrew WK to shame. Stuck in a downward spiral, Lou awakens with no memory of the night before and showing symptoms of a pregnancy that seems to double in size everyday. That’s a bit bizarre, particularly given she’s been going through a dry-spell for the last eight months. Unfazed, Lou continues to live awash in booze and pot smoke until she meets Lorna (Meg Tilly), a conspiracy nut who suspects the

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pregnancy might be related to an alien arrival and secret military medical experiments. Building up to a climactic sequence that needs to be seen to be believed, director Danny Perez (who previously helmed music videos for the likes of Animal Collective, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Black Dice) cements himself as a as a bona-fide purveyor of demented visuals and unrelenting madness. Garnering favorable comparisons to Cronenberg, Lynch and Polanski, Antibirth is a hallucinatory body horror and a cult classic for the modern age.

What if the Dude from The Big Lebowski somehow ended up in David Cronenberg’s The Brood? That’s what my summary would be if I was ripping epic bong hits on my scuzzy couch and describing this epically fucked-up thing I just saw. JORDAN HOFFMAN, THE GUARDIAN.


SYDNEY PREMIERE

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BASKIN Attention all gore hounds: pull up your seat and feast upon the blood-drenched dish of red meat that is Can Evrenol’s Baskin. Starting out as a campy police thriller before swiftly taking a sharp turn to balls-to-the-wall horror, Baskin tells the story of a team of police officers whose macho roughhousing is interrupted by a distress call from another, nearby unit.  They soon track the call to an abandoned building, which appears to be deserted from the outside. Upon entering, the men become trapped in an inescapable orgy of ritualistic violence,

SUN18 cannibalism and sadistic sexual torture, led by the enigmatically nefarious ‘Father’ (a character with a disturbing resemblance to Pluto from The Hills Have Eyes).’ With this searing feature debut, Evrenol has been labeled Turkey’s answer to Rob Zombie and his film has drawn well-deserved comparisons to Clive Baker’s Hellraiser and the work of Lucio Fulci. Fans of pitch-black midnight movie madness won’t want to miss this phantasmagorical trip headfirst into the bowels of hell.

Baskin is one of the best genre offerings to come along in quite some time. It’s strange, savage and genuinely creepy; this is a hellish fever dream captured on film, and truly unmissable. This is the horror movie fans of the genre wish would happen more often, and Can Evrenol is the future. KIERAN FISHER, FLICKERING MYTH.

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CINEMA 3 Director Can Evrenol Year 2016 Country Turkey Time 96 mins WINNER BEST FILM

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CARRIE

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There’ll be streamers, balloons and buckets of blood as SUFF celebrates Carrie’s 40th birthday with a screening of Brian De Palma’s digitally re-mastered horror classic. Based on Stephen King’s debut novel, the film follows Carrie White (Sissy Spacek), a young girl raised in isolation by her psychotically domineering mother (Piper Laurie). After a series of embarrassing incidents, the shy and awkward Carrie is ruthlessly teased at the hands of sadistic high school bullies. Little do they know the vengeful Carrie possesses the telekinetic ability to manipulate objects with her mind. Ratcheting up the tension, the film builds to one of the most captivating and fiendishly twisted climaxes in the history of cinema, in which

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DIGITALLY REMASTERED Carrie’s stunning powers are unleashed during a delectably deranged school prom. Carrie also features a young John Travolta and impressive art design by Jack Fisk (who worked on David Lynch’s Eraserhead and Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life). An early example of De Palma’s distinctive style, Carrie blends romance, dark humor and eerie frights. Be sure to also check out Noah Baumbach’s De Palma, screening at this year’s festival, a remarkable insight into the making of Carrie and the rest of De Palma’s oeuvre. The reason Carrie is still held in such high regard as a horror classic is very simple: it’s all in the sheer directorial bravado. De Palma at the top of his game. ANDREW COLLINS, EMPIRE


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ENTERTAINMENT What do you get when you cross Sir Elton John with a saber-toothed tiger? I don’t know, but you better keep it away from your ass. Such is the shtick of Entertainment’s star Neil Hamburger. Bringing his infamous stand-up character to the big screen, Australianborn Gregg Turkington turns in the performance of his career, taking his squirm-worthy cues from Andy Kaufman in his creation of this off-kilter comedian, he of the delirious, watered-down comb-over, dated tuxedo and awkward, nasal delivery. Playing dumps and dive bars across the Mojave Desert, Neil is living a miserable life and delivering performances to match. Between gigs, he tries in vain to contact his daughter, visits local sites of interest and spends time with increasingly

SAT17 insane characters played by the likes of Tye Sheridan, John C. Reilly and a positively deranged Michael Cera. What starts off as a somewhat realistic encapsulation of the depressions and banalities of life on the road rapidly mutates into angry surrealism best described as Blue Velvet by way of Paris, Texas. Directed with aplomb by Rick Alverson (The Comedian) and cowritten by Turkington and Tim Heidecker (The Tim & Eric Awesome Show). The film is without question one of the most artistically and morally radical works to come out of American indie cinema. In a word, it is destined to become a cult classic for the ages. JULIEN FONFRÈDE

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CINEMA 1 Director Rick Alverson Year 2015 Country USA Time 103 mins OFFICIAL SELECTION

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O’Brien doesn’t just create an engrossing, perturbing, and oddly cheery character study. He proves that there is a way to cinematically adapt the new wave of literary horror... breathtakingly innovative, delightfully ghoulish, and insightfully unconventional. AUSTIN CHRONICLE

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CINEMA 1 Director Billy O’Brien Year 2016 Country IRELAND/UK Time 104 mins OFFICIAL SELECTION

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I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER If David Cronenberg dropped acid while directing a Dexter prequel with a supernatural twist, it would probably look a little something like I Am Not a Serial Killer. Starring Max Records (all grown up from his appearance in Where the Wild Things Are) and a brilliant turn by Back to the Future’s Christopher Lloyd, the film is a darkly heartfelt, astonishingly foreboding, and imaginatively sinister tale of a teenager battling to repress his violent, psychopathic urges. Raised in a mortuary, John’s own nascent urge to murder makes him a perfect amateur sleuth when an organ-harvesting serial killer strikes his folksy Mid-Western town. Directed by BAFTAnominated filmmaker Billy O’Brien (Isolation) and shot on grainy 16mm by Robbie Ryan

(hot off lensing Ken Loach’s Palme d’Or winner I, Daniel Blake and Andrea Arnold’s Jury prize winner American Honey), I Am Not A Serial Killer is resplendent with the DP’s trademark naturalism, turning the snow-covered town into a character all of its own, engulfing the characters and evoking a pathos and horror that lands a one-two knockout combination!


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NAKED LUNCH Adapted from the classic, once-considered-unfilmable novel by William S. Burroughs’s, Naked Lunch follows Bill Lee (Peter Weller) an exterminator who develops an addiction to the gnarly substance he uses to kill bugs and plunges into the nightmarish Interzone. More mental state than actual place, it’s a netherworld of sinister cabals and giant talking bugs. Under the hallucinatory influence of the drug, Lee’s grasp of reality disintegrates as he uses a talking insect typewriter to publish obscure reports for his new bug overlords. Directed by body horror master David Cronenberg, Naked Lunch is humorous, grotesque and always surreal. Mingling Burroughs’s novel with his own drug-induced writing processes, the result is an

25TH ANNIVERSARY evocative, paranoid trip and a self-reflexive investigation into the mysteries of creativity. Hazy, substance-addled and gleefully confused, the cult classic is replete with high doses of the cerebral alienation and biomorphic special effects fans of Cronenberg have come to expect. So supremely fucked up, the film’s imagery oozes a surreal syrup that, once ingested, will stick to your eyeballs and intestines like literary goop. One of the most penetrating examinations of a writer’s processes ever made. Certainly it’s one of the strangest and most disturbing… There’s a synergistic overlap here between Cronenberg’s own particular brand of weirdness and Burroughs’s; they’re both twisted in ways that complement each other nicely. HAL HINSON, THE WASHINGTON POST

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THE LOVE WITCH Shot on glorious 35mm and offering a visual dalliance between Hitchcock, Meyer and Sirk, The Love Witch is a stunning homage to ‘60s technicolour camp, melodrama and exploitation flicks. The film follows Elaine, a voluptuous Wiccan, determined to find the love of her life. From her gothic Victorian apartment she concocts potions to aid seduction but when her spells work too well, she ends up with a string of hapless victims instead of the man of her dreams. Addicted to love, Elaine keeps searching and bodies keep piling up, but who could blame her? She simply loves men to death! Lusciously coloured to complement the film’s striking costume and production design, Anne Biller presents a work of total vision and control,

with the filmmaker serving as director, writer, producer, editor and production designer. Deftly tackling both the fear of female sexuality and contemporary feminist ideals, the film does more than emulate. It thoroughly subverts, shifts, ridicules and questions the oftensexist gender dynamics of the cinema it is referencing, concocting out of it a potion as fresh and as necessary as it is potent. This spellbinding ode to exploitation films of the 1960s and 70s is impressive not only for its mockTechnicolor hues and period mise-en-scène but also for what lies beneath: a creepy and cunning examination of female fantasy. CHICAGO READER


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THE MIND'S EYE On a snowy back road in New England, Zack is searching for the love of his life, Rachel. When he’s unwittingly assailed by two cops looking to pick a fight, he uses his telekinetic powers to send them hurtling through the air. Clearly, they’ve picked the wrong hombre to fuck with. After being restrained by the police, his special abilities attract the interest of Dr. Slovack, the head of an institute for individuals with telekinetic powers. He convinces Zack to visit his clinic but three months into his “treatment”, Zack comes to realize that Slovak isn’t out to help those with powers but rather to use them to serve himself. Struggling to overcome the effects of the drugs he’s been administered, Zack must summon the strength to stand

FRI16 up to Slovack and his band telekinetic assassins in what makes for one hell bloody final showdown. Moving at a fast pace and ticking off a scorecard of brain-melting kills, The Mind’s Eye is at once a smartly crafted contemporary thriller and a gloriously giddy throwback to films like Scanners and Carrie that never wavers from its true DIY indie spirit. The Mind’s Eye delivers the goods, and the Midnight Madness crowd may appreciate the red meat tossed in its direction. The practical effects, coordinated by John Ruggieri, are resolutely old-school, a feast of headsplitting (and head-rolling) gore and squishy detonations of flesh. The make-up, too, is a Fangoria pictorial of popping veins, infected pustules, and evolving facial decay. SCOTT TOBIAS, VARIETY

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THE VIRGIN PSYCHICS

After exploding heads at SUFF 2014 with his Why Don’t You Play in Hell, Japanese cinema’s supreme shockmeister returns with his most bawdy film to date. Sion Sono released five films in the last year and even starred in his own documentary, but he has saved his best for SUFF: The Virgin Psychics. After the occurrence of a strange cosmic event, a group of aroused teen virgins awaken to discover that they have special powers. We follow Yoshiro, who is now able to read people’s minds; Terumitsu, who has the power of telekinesis (which he mostly uses to levitate sex toys); and Yosuke, who can teleport (but only while completely naked). When Tokyo becomes

a hotbed of erotic psychic terrorists, this unwitting group must band together to save the day. Think The Avengers meets John Waters at his filthiest, with The Virgin Psychics proving unrepentantly prurient, replete with flesh, boners, upskirts and all manner of sex toys. Yes, it’s the raucous blend of lowbrow humour and the madcap lunacy that Sono is known for. This cheerfully gutterminded supernatural farce is Sono’s fifth feature to emerge this year, and it more than compensates for whatever the earlier movies may have lacked in Japanese schoolgirl fetishism, perspiring cleavage, levitating sex toys and slap-you-in-the-face erection gags. JUSTIN CHANG, VARIETY


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TRASH FIRE From horror maestro Richard Bates Jr. (a SUFF alumni whose Suburban Gothic, screened in 2014) comes Trash Fire, a comedy-horror so pitchblack it’s paralleled only by the colour of Donald Trump’s wretched heart. Owen is one miserable prick — though his life did get off to a bad start when a fire killed his parents and left his sister Pearl morbidly disfigured. Now plagued by alcoholism and seizures, his maladies take a back seat only to his noxious personality. His girlfriend-ofthree-years, Isabel, has had enough and has learned to dole out the insults as well as she gets them. When Isabel announces she is pregnant, however, it sparks a desire to meet Owen’s family. The pair visit Pearl, who now lives with Owen’s grandmother Violet, a terse authoritarian

SAT17 whose indifference to Owen’s contrition and blatant disdain for Isabel is not masked in the slightest. Their short stay quickly devolves from an uncomfortable visit to a ballistic house of horrors in this well-acted, gorgeously shot exercise in psychological cruelty that will have you squirming in your seat right up until the film’s punishing conclusion. The dialogue is so acerbic, it’s practically corrosive, aided by fantastic performances by Angela Trimbur and Adrian Grenier at his career best (you won’t think of Vincent Chase once). The talent on display here builds the tension right up until the gut-punch of a finale. This is a Trash Fire from which it is impossible to turn away. KEVIN MONAHAN

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VIXEN VELVET'S ZOMBIE MASSACRE A low-fi underground sex-andhorror comedy about unlikely porn star Vixen Velvet as she makes her latest movie. Frustrated by the limitations of working exclusively in erotic entertainment, Vixen hijacks the film and vows to turn the low budget ‘zombie porn’ picture into a more ‘respectable’ zombie masterpiece. Events take a turn for the weird following an outbreak of a mysterious disease that threatens the inhabitants of the small town in which the cast and crew are shooting, but Vixen will stop at nothing to finish her film and launch the next phase of her career. Soon to be released under Monster Pictures’ Fatal Visions label.

Vixen Velvet’s Zombie Massacre is a jolly, rib splitting romp through debauchery and zombies! TEAMCHARMREVIEWS.COM

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Emiliano Rocha Minter smashes the stylings of Michel Gondry and Lars Von Trier together in a NFSW (not safe for anywhere, really) apocalyptic orgy….Minter makes a play for “Most Polarizing Filmmaker of 2016,” and he’s got a damn good shot at taking that title unanimously. Sit back, unlock your mind and get ready for one hell of a mindfuck.

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WE ARE THE FLESH In a festival choc-full of extreme cinema, We Are The Flesh might be the most grisly, beautiful and off-itshead bonkers. Offering a rare mix of unrelenting violence and raw beauty – the film is a visual tone poem, an utterly wild and ravaging feast for the senses. Set in a post-apocalyptic Mexico, brother and sister, Lucio and Fauna wander a city of ruins in search of food and shelter. They soon meet a man (legendary Mexican actor Noe Hernandez, who delivers a larger-than-life performance sizzling with rage), claiming to be an immortal sorcerer and offering salvation. Coopting them to transform his

apartment into a womb-like sanctuary in a quest for transcendence, this sadistic beast pushes them to explore the darkest of taboos: S&M, incest, cannibalism, nothing is off limits. Filmed largely in a single apartment space, with three primary actors Emiliano Rocha Minter’s film is a miracle, crafting one of the year’s most visceral cinematic experiences from nothing. Produced by Carlos Reygadas and praised by Mexican heavyweights Alejandro González Iñárritu and Alfonso Cuaron as a work of pure genius, We Are the Flesh is an utterly distinctive, visually kaleidoscopic, hell of a feature debut.

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57 LAWSON Set in a social housing estate in central Sydney, 57 Lawson preserves the disparate voices of the tenants at a time when these communities are becoming increasingly marginalised by the city around them. A patient observation of the daily lives of the area’s inhabitants over the course of one evening, 57 Lawson is a hybrid dramadocumentary film about a specific place at a specific time.

This film is an act of preservation. It is an archive of a city - of structures, traces, faces, bodies, sounds and images of a Sydney that I have almost forgotten. Almost like a dream. It was a film made with the deepest sense of love. With a deep love and respect for those who let us into their lives. DIRECTOR, BEN FERRIS.

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ART OF THE PRANK Joey Skaggs is the world’s greatest media prankster. Long before social media, shows like Punk’d and Jackass, and culture-jamming activist groups like The Yes Men, Skaggs had already perfected the media hoax as an art form. Famed for such fictions as The Celebrity Sperm Bank, Cathouse for Dogs, Fat Squad and Portofess, Skaggs is known for turning a critical lens on the media, showing just how easily they can be fooled into thinking the absurd might be real (with his outrageous pranks reported as fact by prestigious outlets such as The Village Voice, The Huffington Post and CNN). In Skaggs’ mind, if the media can so manipulate us then he’s set to manipulate them, one prank at a time. Filmed over the course of two years, Art of the

Prank offers unprecedented access into Joey’s inner circle of co-conspirators, chronicling his most famous pranks, and focusing on his most recent and complex hoax to date, which involves the very medium of film itself. Art of the Prank is an equal parts hilarious and emotive journey, tracking the evolution of its star a fierce proponent of critical thought and unwavering social rebellion hero.

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SLAMDANCE If you don’t know who Joey Skaggs is, know this: he is a fucking national treasure! One of the best pranksters in history, Skaggs has consistently exposed the chronic gullibility of the American news media. We see him provide comical and sometimes biting commentary on our society in Art of the Prank, all carried out with deadpan precision… ALECE OXENDINE, FANDOR

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In 2014, twelve-year-olds Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier lured their best friend into the woods, stabbed her 19 times and left her to die. Asked why, they pointed to the gangly, faceless spectre known Slenderman, a fictional boogeyman originating from darkest recesses of the net. Rumour has it that once you lock eyes with the Slenderman, it is impossible to escape his mesmerizing spell. For these girls, this rumour was compelling enough for them to worship at his altar, performing a ritual that would plunge their community into turmoil. Directed by Academy Award® nominee Irene Brodsky, Beware the Slenderman is a gripping true-crime documentary that weaves together unbelievable footage from the police

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interrogations of the two girls, interviews with their parents, testimony from psychological experts and an array of Slenderman art and ephemera. Uniquely powerful and deeply disturbing, the film is one part Making a Murder, one part In Cold Blood for the modern age. Here, Brodsky poses myriad questions regarding online culture, horror tropes and accountability, at a time when society’s most impressionable minds are only a few clicks away from consuming irrevocably harmful content.

[This] chilling film explores the malleability of adolescence, coupled with mental illness and the impact of finding things in the deepest, darkest parts of the Internet. SAMANTHA MURPHY, MASHABLE


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DE PALMA Coming up as part of the American New Wave of filmmakers alongside Scorsese, Coppola, Spielberg and Lucas, Brian De Palma has delivered some of the most stylish guilty pleasures committed to celluloid since the 1970s. While he never garnered the huge fan bases of many of his contemporaries and has never been nominated for a best director Oscar, he is revered by his peers, with Quentin Tarantino hailing him as the greatest American filmmaker alive today. In De Palma, directors Noah Baumbach (Frances Ha) and Jake Paltrow (Boardwalk Empire) allow De Palma to speak candidly about his career, exploring his singular approach to the craft of filmmaking and his remarkable experiences navigating the Hollywood system. De Palma offers

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compelling insights into all of his movies, from his debut Carrie (which is also screening as part of SUFF 2016) through to Scarface, The Untouchables, Blow Out and beyond. The film is also bursting great clips: from Hitchcock, Antonioni, Godard and Truffaut, but mostly, of course, De Palma’s own features, making this illuminating and unexpectedly moving documentary required viewing for cinephiles of all ages.

When it comes to aesthetic insights from one of Hollywood’s most cerebral masters of technique, De Palma is a bluechip masterclass that will be required viewing for film students and cinephiles. JONATHAN ROMNEY, SCREEN DAILY

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DIRECTOR JAI LOVE IN ATTENDANCE WITH POST SCREENING Q&A

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DEAD HANDS DIG DEEP Back in the ‘90s when handwringing mothers the world over were writing op-eds about how Marilyn Manson and Trent Reznor were making music that would lead to the end of the world as we knew it, Edwin Borsheim was quietly building a reputation as the most depraved frontman in rock. Borsheim of the Southern Californian metal band Kettle Cadaver was once infamous for his combination of talent, bizarre stage antics and brutal selfmutilation. A cross between Charles Manson and GG Allin, the masochistic Borsheim would repulse fans with his flagrant acts of debauchery: stapling his mouth shut during performances, nailing his balls to a board and performing with it dangling on stage — and once even fornicating with a coyote carcass in front of a

live audience. Now, years after the band’s demise, Borsheim has fallen into complete seclusion on his acre of land, and become a captive of the many of the horrible things he has created. In his beautifully rendered documentary, 19-year-old Sydney-based wunderkind Jai Love not only interrogates those closest to Borsheim to dissect his mental complexes, but also confronts Borsheim directly as he spirals further into a void of drug abuse and self-destruction, forcing him to reflect on his own troubled past.

The truth is [DEAD HANDS DIG DEEP] would be deeply unsettling if it were a horror film. As a documentary, it is terrifying. J.B. SPINS


[In Desert Age] Pine aims to give fans of the scene what many of them have long awaited – an honest, accurate look back at the making of the scene which has now become legendary. BEN HUGHES, DT REPORTS.

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DESERT AGE: A ROCK & ROLL SCENE HISTORY Desert rock, or stoner rock as it’s more affectionately known, has been quietly lighting up the California desert since the ‘70s. This dust-swept landscape harvested a rich culture of late nights, big crowds and loud music that soon became the stuff of legend. Two years in the making, Jason Pine’s first feature-length documentary attempts to decipher the rich and often complex musical history of California’s desert rock music scene. Avoiding a revisionist perspective, the film takes place moment to moment, focusing on the legendary and mythological stories told by the purveyors themselves. Desert Age features first-hand, neverbefore-seen interviews, archival footage and personal histories from the likes of Dave Grohl (Nirvana, The Foo Fighters),

Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), Nick Oliveri (Mondo Generator), Brant Bjork (Kyuss), Jesse Hughes (Eagles of Death Metal), the members of Fu Man Chu and many more icons of the scene. Replete with kick-ass live footage and a thumping soundtrack to boot, these legends of rock candidly reveal the significance of California’s desert age, cementing its place as one of the most important sites in rock n’ roll history.

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and rock doc Cocksucker Blues, a film commissioned by the Rolling Stones. Shot largely in a sumptuous blackand-white palette matching Frank’s own images, the documentary also features a rollicking soundtrack, including Tom Waits, The Velvet Underground and Patti Smith that perfectly reflects Frank’s mood of fervent creativity. Don’t Blink: Robert Frank is at once a survey of Frank’s work and insight into his creative genius as a fame-shy pioneer, a skeptic of authority and a man stridently sympathetic with anyone who struggled against the rules. The end result is an unapologetically enthusiastic, excited, and earthy celebration of artistic creation and the life that makes it inevitable. JACOB OLLER, THE FILM STAGE


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EAT THAT QUESTION: FRANK ZAPPA IN HIS OWN WORDS

For a guy who hates interviews, Zappa sure has a lot to say. Researched and constructed over the course of eight years, Eat That Question is a unique documentary comprised solely from footage of archival interviews and musical performances spanning Frank Zappa’s 30-year career. Spanning his first taste of fame playing the bicycle to cacophonic effect on The Steve Allen Show, the production of his cult classic 200 Motels, his battle in the senate against Tipper Gore’s Parents Music Resource Center and late-career switch from guitar virtuoso to Synclavier composer-extraordinaire, it offers a comprehensive insight into Zappa’s transformative journey as an artist. Sharply assembled by German veteran documentarian Thorsten

Schütte, the film also presents a jubilant celebration of Zappa through his public persona, giving us stunning insight into the man behind the music. Audacious and uncompromising in his creativity, Eat That Question honors Zappa as a serious artist, a genre-bending musical sophisticate, a social subversive and brilliant avant-gardist whose life-long mission to free his listener from conformity is as pertinent today as ever before. Be sure to catch Frank at his most candid; spittin’ hard, like only he can at SUFF 2016. Obviously Eat That Question is a slam-dunk for extant Zappa fans, but it’s bound to mint a few fresh converts as well. A fascinating look at an important artist, this is an essential piece of cinema. FILMINK

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How would you respond if someone you loved was viciously accused of a crime that they didn’t commit? In the throes of severe depression, Brown University student Sunil Tripathi walked out of his apartment and disappeared without a trace. His family quickly launched a social media campaign to find him, with no luck. Shortly afterward, a very different and much larger online hunt swept the country: the search for the terrorists responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing. In the space of a few hours, amateur online investigators posted baseless accusations against Sunil, with blurry images supposedly placing him at the centre of the crime. His family was threatened, accused of being terrorists and of protecting an infidel. In the aftermath of this revelation, Sunil’s family, already reeling from the loss of their son,

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were harassed relentlessly by the mainstream media. Even more shockingly, these accusations would go on to derail the police’s investigation into apprehending the true culprits of the attack. Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi presents a masterful examination of two unrelated events that become tragically intertwined through a dangerous cocktail of online vigilantism and a mainstream press willing to push the boundaries of journalistic ethics in order to satisfy the constant demand for breaking news. Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi demands audiences to separate what is trending from what is true, and this compelling doc is an urgent reminder to see the human face behind the hashtag. You’ll want to hug your loved ones after seeing it. PATRICK MULLEN, POINT OF VIEW MAGAZINE


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HOOLIGAN SPARROW When she offered to work for free at one of China’s brothels, Chinese activist Ye Haiyan brought widespread attention to exploitation in a sex industry that officials claim does not exist. A collaborator of the legendary Ai Weiwei, Haiyan is famously known in China as ‘Hooligan Sparrow,’ a champion of human rights adept at unveiling cases of corruption and abuse across the country. The film follows Sparrow as she learns of a case involving six elementary school girls who have been sexually abused by their principal. When the government reacts intensely, marking the girls as enemies of the state, Sparrow teams with first-time filmmaker Nanfu Wang to seek retribution. This edgeof-your-seat documentary plays like a human rights thriller with Sparrow and Wang risking their own physical and political safety to document this grave injustice.

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A mix between Citizenfour and Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, Hooligan Sparrow was shot guerrilla-style over the course of three months, using hidden cameras and recording devices. Raw, energetic and a true act of cinematic bravery, the film stands as a courageous testament to the liberating potential of journalistic freedom. Hooligan Sparrow is politically engaged cinema at its finest, and a searing indictment of government oppression in China. A remarkable piece… It demonstrates Wang’s enormous potential as a filmmaker and expresses the power of documentation as a weapon against oppression. KATIE WALSH, INDIEWIRE

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LEFT ON PURPOSE

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In the 1960s, along with Abbie Hoffman, Mayer Vishner was a key member of The Yippies, legendary pranksters who levitated The Pentagon to protest the Vietnam War, disrupted the Democratic National Convention in 1968 and always employed outright absurdity to fight for revolution and social change. Fascinated by Vishner’s legacy, director Justin Schein followed the man for 4 straight years, finding a subject both brilliant and debonair and yet doomed by clinical depression - an alcoholic living along with his cats, lost to the modern world. Midway through the filming, Vishner declares that his last political act will be to commit suicide - an act he wants Schein to capture on camera. Dragged into the middle of his own film, Schein questions his

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responsibilities as a filmmaker, friend, and human being. Left on Purpose is a riveting and controversial film that provides a rare cinematic look at what it means to be a friend to someone in pain. While the film remains a celebration of Mayer and a life dedicated to fighting for positive social change, the ethical and emotional complexities of choosing to end your own life are also given cogent and thorough examination. This is not a film that you will easily forget and perhaps that is precisely what Mayer Vishner wanted. By the time Left on Purpose reaches its conclusion, it has delivered a powerful examination of the debilitating effect of clinical depression and raised disturbing questions about the right to take one’s own life. FRANK SCHECK, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER


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RICHARD LINKLATER: DREAM IS DESTINY Quintessential viewing for aspiring filmmakers and cinephiles alike, Dream is Destiny presents a loving tribute to the life and work of indie legend Richard Linklater. Emerging from Austin, Texas in the early 1990s, Linklater would go on his influence whole generation of DIY filmmakers looking to carve out a career off the mainstream grid. Charting the course of his career from his groundbreaking film, Slacker in 1991, right up to his the awardwinning experiment Boyhood in 2014, the film even includes behind the scenes footage from his most recent work: The doc Linklater’s one-ofa-kind career deserves. JOHN DEFORE, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

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Everybody Wants Some. Directors Louis Black and Karen Bernstein artfully weave together illuminating discussions with Linklater himself amongst testimonies from faithful colleagues and peers including Kevin Smith, Matthew McConaughey, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Jack Black and many more. Offering an intimate look at Linklater’s fiercely independent and innovative style, the film offers a joyous celebration of a rare cinematic talent.

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The fullest, deepest picture yet of the ethereal filmmaking talent. NICK ALLEN, ROGEREBERT.COM

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ROOM FULL OF SPOONS

Wiseau, you’re tearing me apaaaaaart! Often referred to as “The Citizen Kane of bad movies,” The Room is a certified classic of trashy cinema and the best-worst film ever made. Making a measly $1900 in its initial theatrical run, this disastrous trainwreck of a movie would go on to find a new life on the midnight movie circuit. The Room now plays weekly to audiences around the world, making it one of the most adored films of all time.  But why is this the case? Why does an effort that almost systematically overlooks every fundamental rule of filmmaking warrant such appreciation? Featuring tell-all interviews from the entire cast and crew as well as the film’s most die-hard fans,

Room Full of Spoons offers the definitive behind-the-scenes look at the schlockiest feature ever made. When Wiseau himself becomes involved in the project, his presence brings another level of oddball drama to the proceedings. What begins as a loving paean to The Room quickly morphs into something weirder and even more beguiling as Harper begins to dig deeper into film’s enigmatic director. If you’re a fan of The Room, this is required viewing. It’s certainly enhanced my appreciation of the film, so much so that, though I’ve felt kinda burnt out on it for the last couple years, I now can’t wait to rewatch it. Hell, I might even throw some plastic spoons at my TV. CODY CLARKE, SMUG FILM


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SNOW MONKEY In 2011, George Gittoes (documentarian, war photographer, humanitarian and winner of Sydney’s 2015 Peace Prize) set up his Yellow House Art Collective in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. In this compound, music, creativity and play are on show for the local youths in an attempt to drown out to sound of explosions and bullet-fire that dominate the nearby city centre. Gittoes’ film focuses specifically on three child gangs: the Snow Monkeys, who sell ice-creams from handcarts; the Ghostbusters, who wave smoke into cars to exorcise spirits and extract small tips; and a posse of thugs headed by razor-wielding, larger-than-life 10-year-old Steel. Injecting himself into the documentary, Gittoes gives these kids cameras and empowers to make their own

SAT17 vibrant, colourful, Pashto-style film infused with the violence they experience on a daily basis. Snow Monkey presents an insider’s view of a city often described as one of the most dangerous in the world, where brutality is ubiquitous and has the power to corrupt even its youngest citizens. The end result remains an unsettling depiction of the atrocities that occur daily in Jalalabad, and yet ultimately doubles an optimistic treatise on the regenerative power of art. Raw and moving, this film is not just a piece of art, or activism, but a complex intertwining of the two. Snow Monkey is Gittoes’ antidote to the erasure of Afghanistan from Australian cultural memory: one that sticks you like one of Steel’s razor blades – long and hard. ELOISE GRILLS, MIFF CRITICS CAMPUS

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Tempest Storm’ is a portrait of a taboobreaker, a woman who has always walked her own path. Her journey is entertaining but her message is profound.” RICHARD CROUSE, CTV NEWS

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TEMPEST STORM

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A mistress to both Elvis and JFK, close friend of Bettie Page, and the woman Russ Meyer and Hugh Hefner agreed to be one of the sexiest women of all time — hell, she even recorded an album with Jack White! Tempest Storm is the undisputed Queen of Burlesque and one of America’s greatest ever sex icons. This revealing documentary tells the controversial life story of a performer, who continues to titillate at 87 years old, inspiring a new generation of burlesque dancers who idolise her. The film follows Tempest preparing for her final and most important act: to repair her broken relationship with her daughter Patricia, who she abandoned over fifty years ago. Exploring her dramatic rise to fame and her swift fall from grace, the documentary bears all,

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SINNER SURVIVOR SEX ICON presenting never - before-seen footage and interviews that seamlessly merge her dramatic past with an emotional cinéma vérité story unfolding in present time. Though her performances often involved physical exposure, her personal life has been very private in contrast. Tempest has now chosen to tell her story for the first time, guaranteeing this film will be her most revealing effort yet.


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THE BLACKOUT EXPERIMENTS You have been selected. You arrive at a secret location at a precise time. Once inside, you begin to have disturbing visions. Unspeakable acts befall you – you are restrained, stripped naked, physically and verbally abused, choked and even waterboarded – acts tailored to provoke all your deepest and darkest fears. When it’s all over, you are forever changed, abandoned and left alone to confront the darkness sprung forth from inside you. In 2004, Josh Randall and Kristjan Thor launched Blackout, an immersive theatre production held regularly across the US that stages interactive happenings like those described above. The disorienting experience is never repeated verbatim and often has its participants

coming back again and again — but why? While many find the practice reckless unsafe and call for the events to be banned, The Blackout Experiments follows a number of willing participants through their personal journeys. The film offers a fascinating mix of compelling interviews and actual footage of their sessions, while showcasing our traumatising, therapeutic and addictive conflict with the dark side of human nature.

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Here I am still talking about it [The Blackout Experiments], still thinking about it and now recommending it – to everyone from all backgrounds. Challenge yourself. Watch the film and enter the debate. MICHAEL KLUG, HORROR FREAK NEWS

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Another entertaining mix of agitpop, pranksterism and autobiography. VARIETY.

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THE OTHER SIDE (LOUISIANA)

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The Other Side hits hard, as if Gummo was shot by Terrence Malick. Roberto Minervini’s doc-fiction hybrid is a harrowing-yet-poignant portrait of rural Louisiana that drops viewers into the lives of backwoods inhabitants who seem to have stepped right off the set of Deliverance. The film focuses on drug dealer Mark Kelley and his girlfriend Lisa Allen, who. spend their time shooting up, shooting their mouths off and just plain shooting. Minervini mines the unexpected poetry and comedy of their lives as well as documenting the political ramifications of their downtrodden, hedonistic libertarianism. The Other Side gradually shifts its attention to a group of local militia who are convinced that the feds are on the verge of declaring

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martial law stripping their freedoms. Enter a heavily pregnant stripper who shoots up crystal meth before taking to the stage and a Granny who pops Xanax while dancing, then lapses into pill-addled incoherence. By turns tender and disturbing, Minervini paints a portrait of people America wishes to forget and refuses to help. In an election year of divisive, inflammatory rhetoric, it’s hard to imagine a more topical or essential film, shedding light into the dark abyss that’s slowly engulfing contemporary US society. A poetic but hermetic journey into a debauched and dangerous Deep South.... Minervini captures [his subject’s] ongoing breakdown with plenty of compassion and a flair for naturalistic beauty. PETER DEBRUGE, VARIETY


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The best documentaries make you feel as though you are experiencing a certain thing and not merely being taught about that thing. With this film, we become intimate with the man behind Sparklehorse—we’re given just enough light to see the cracks and fissures that marked his time on this earth. And through [the film], his music continues to inspire and will hopefully reach the larger audience that it so assuredly deserves. JOSHUA PICKARD, NOOGA.COM

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THE SAD AND BEAUTIFUL WORLD OF SPARKLEHORSE By those in the know, Mark Linkous (aka Sparklehorse) is regarded as a musical genius. His work has championed by David Lynch, Tom Waits, Thom Yorke and PJ Harvey, and yet he is still relatively unknown outside the industry. A troubled, complex character, Linkous was a sonic maverick who revolutionised the alternative music scene throughout the ‘90s and ’00s. At once gentle and softly-spoken but with a self-destructive streak to match, Linkous was a recovering addict who battled with debilitating depression, substance abuse, paralysis and severe mental illness that would eventually result in his suicide. Creating a poetic journey of Linkous’ life from

birth to death, filmmakers Crowton and Dass navigate the highs and lows of his art in an attempt to unravel the reasons why he was as troubled as he was brilliant. Featuring interviews with indie music luminaries Jonathon Donahue and Grasshopper (Mercury Rev), Jason Lytle (Grandaddy), David Lowery (Camper Van Beethoven), Emily Haines (Metric), Adrian Utley (Portishead) and members of Stars of the Lid, the film also pays loving tribute to Sparklehorse’s, beautiful, surreal, off-kilter pop contrasted with dark, distorted ballads and discordant punkrock, taking the viewer on a defiantly surrealist melodic odyssey.

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CINEMA 3 Director Marco Del Fiol & Gustavo Almeida Year 2016 Country BRAZIL Time 86 mins OFFICIAL SELECTION

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THE SPACE IN BETWEEN: MARINA ABRAMOVIC AND BRAZIL

Bear witness to legendary Serbian artist Marina Abramovic’s latest and most challenging performance piece to date, The Space in Between. Part Herzogian narrative; part spiritual thriller, the film follows Abramovic, recently divorced and broken-hearted as she travels across Brazil in a quest for personal healing and artistic inspiration. Fascinated by the connections between ritual and performance and possibility of transcendence that can occur in the space in between, Abramovic visits with the Brazil’s most esoteric healers, sages, shamans, and sects. She is bathed in earth and is washed clean by a plant healer, fitted with quartz shoes to travel mentally, and she even takes ayahuasca twice, first in what essentially becomes a nightmarish trip and the second offering Abramovic a

more revelatory psychedelic experience. In some of the film’s most remarkable sequences she spends time with John of God, a shaman who practices lobotomies and eye surgeries, gaze averted and the phlegmatic 110-year-old mystic Mae Filhinha. A mustsee for lovers of art, spirituality and the documentary form, the film offers a rare insight into the unprecedented creative approach of one of the most important artists of our time. The artist’s presence is a gift, and nonfiction aficionados will be as pleased as her fans with the chance to witness it. Ruminative and filled with stunning widescreen landscapes, the film stands several aesthetic rungs above HBO’s 2012 doc, The Artist Is Present. SHAUN MALLIN, THE AUSTIN CHRONICLE.


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TONY CONRAD: COMPLETELY IN THE PRESENT Vale the great Tony Conrad. Back in April, the world lost a truly visionary soul. He was one of America’s great artists yet, to the world at large, he remains criminally under appreciated. A musician, filmmaker and visual artist, Conrad has been an inimitable, central figure in the US avant-garde since the 1960s. Making art that was challenging often inaccessible but always complex and interesting, Conrad was true iconoclast. A virtuoso of the violin, he played with the likes of John Cale, La Monte Young, and Faust, and is often credited as the founder Just Intonation and Minimalism. Conrad is also famed for directing the groundbreaking experimental film Flicker and worked on the soundtrack for the underground movie Flaming Creatures. Tony

Conrad: Completely in the Present mirrors Conrad’s own playfully radical approach to art-making. Off kilter narration, deafening drones, Pythagorean schematics and non-linear structure artfully combine to reflect the core themes of Tony’s life work. Filmmaker Tyler Hubby who has also followed Conrad camera in hand since the 90s, combines archival footage and interviews from the likes of Moby and Jim O’Rourke to offer a fascinating portrait of the inspirational artist, completed just before he sadly passed away. It’s hard to imagine a better tribute to Tony Conrad than Tyler Hubby’s film...Conrad had an infectious sense of mischief and a disdain for any kind of authority. JASON COFFMAN, DAILY GRINDHOUSE

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The Chain of Fire is a chain of ancient, weathered, extinct volcanoes running from Queensland through Mudgee in the Central Ranges of New South Wales down to Victoria. Formed over thirty million years ago, its rich volcanic soils create ideal conditions for the growth of high quality grapes. Vulcan, the Roman God of Volcanoes is often depicted as a Blacksmith.


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LOVE/SICK LSD FACTORY OZPLOIT! REALITY BITES WTF! SUFF BLAST FROM THE PAST


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LOVE/SICK A SHORT FILM SESSION Kinky is to use the feather, perverted is to use the whole chicken.

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DOG BOWL A REASONABLE REQUEST

DIR. ANDREW LAURICH | USA | 2015 | 8 MINS | AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE

DIR. GORDY HOFFMAN | USA | 2015 | 19 MINS | AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE A heartbroken girl spiraling through her life stumbles upon the true nature of her existence after stealing the vest off of a service dog.

GWILLIAM

Push becomes shove, fucking becomes sucking, tongues become penises, and mouths become other orifices.

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When Miranda makes bad decisions about her love life, a possessed tampon slips in to take care of business.

DIR. BRIAN LONANO | USA | 2015 | 6 MINS | AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE

CELLULAR ACTIVITY: BEDTIME STORY

DIR. NEIL NEEDLEMAN | USA | 2015 | 6 MINS | AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE

TAMPOON

DIR. JEANNE JO | USA/ TURKEY | 2015 | 7 MINS | AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE

A desperate son reconnects with his estranged father over an absurd request.

AUDITION

A recently released criminal is looking for a good time. He can forget his sins but he can never forget… Gwilliam.

DIR. LOVISA SIRÉN | SWEDEN | 2015 | 15 MINS | AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE Mika is auditioning male actors for her first feature, and they are all well-established alpha dogs in the film business. The situation turns more sour as their confidence in her reaches new lows.

THE COLLECTOR

DIR. JASON P. WILLIAMS | USA | 2015 | 10 MINS | AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE

WESTERN WOMEN

DIR. ALEXANDER YAN | USA | 2016 | 14 MINS | AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE A young man orders an unusual sex toy.

It gives life. In some amounts, it takes life. Harold Jackson shows the world his most unusual collection…with messy results.


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Who needs drugs when you have the LSD Factory. Be afraid, these shorts will mess with your shit!

LSDA SHORT FACTORY FILM SESSION OVER&OVER

A 35mm found-footage hand-manipulated collage film focusing on the depiction of fear and revenge seen in commercial cinema.

STALKER A LONG WAY FROM HOME NIGHT DIR. NEW MEDIA LTD. | DIR. JAY ROSENBLATT | USA | 2015 | 3 MINS | AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE

A hand-processed celluloid invocation of Jesus’ last hours that hints at the relationship between the spirit and the flesh.

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DIR. MICHAEL FLEMING | THE NETHERLANDS | 2016 | 8 MINS | AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE

2.00pm THE CHICKENING

All pork and no chicken makes Jack a dull boy. Luckily, Jack gets a new job as night manager at Charbay’s Chicken World; however, things quickly get very clucked up.

DISSOLVED

USA | 2016 | 10 MINS | AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE A young woman and her karaoke date are poisoned by haunted takeout food and sucked to an alternate dimension.

DIR. L STEFANIE WEBERHOFER | AUSTRIA | 2015 | 4 MINS | AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE

TRUTHFUL INNARDS

DIR. MARGARET POLIZINE | USA | 2016 | 4 MINS | AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE

FUCKKKYOUUU

DIR. EDDIE ALCAZAR | USA | 2016 | 8 MINS | AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE With the ability to travel in time, a lonely girl finds love and comfort by connecting with her past self.

PORTAL TO HELL!!!

DIR. VIVIENO CALDINELLI | CANADA | 2015 | 12 MINS | AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE A crusty superintendent is thrown into the ultimate fight against evil when a couple of cultists open a portal to R’lyeh in his building, awakening a slumbering god.

A multi-media experimental animation that highlights the effects of harm done to the human body by a malicious Other, and the process the body must undergo to reverse those effects.

A COAT MADE DARK

DIR. DAMIEN BYRNE | IRELAND | 2016 | 10 MINS

MUTE

DIR. A COLOR GREEN | DENMARK | 2016 | 5 MINS | AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE Mute Man, a tongue-chopping madman, chases three kids as they stumble into his neck of the woods.

A LOVE STORY

DIR. ANUSHKA KUSHANI NAANAYAKKARA | UK | 2016 | 7 MINS | AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE A powerful tale of love faced with darkness.

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DIR. NICK DENBOER, DAVY FORCE | USA | 2016 | 5 MINS | AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE

Two burglars strike it rich after breaking into a house and stealing a coat with pockets containing an impossible fortune.

A 16mm color film that documented chemical processes through a microscope has to experience these processes itself. Dissolved is a dyadic study showing change as film and video as constant. Change is constant.

METUBE II- AUGUST SINGS CARMINA BURANA

DIR. DANIEL MOSHEL | AUSTRIA | 2016 | 6 MINS | AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE An odd pair venture onto the street to present the biggest, boldest, and sexiest operatic flash mob the internet has ever witnessed!

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OZPLOIT! A SHORT FILM SESSION

An outrageously diverse session of short films by Aussie filmmakers!

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DIR. YIANNI WARNOCK | AUSTRALIA | 2016 | 13 MINS | SYDNEY PREMIERE

CURVE

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DIR. VITTORIA DENTICE | AUSTRALIA | 2016 | 6 MINS | AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE Do you remember the first time you came? The feeling of letting yourself completely go? Being free of culture, your past and insecurity. What stopped you all those other times before? Do you wish someone told you, taught you how to let go?

DIR. EMMA VARKER | AUSTRALIA | 2016 | 4 MINS | AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE

FEMME ENFANT

Kim and Kanye rediscover love for each other through a series of ritualistic actions.

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THREE30

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HAPPY WITH BEAR

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MRS. METRO

A homeless guy accidentally leaves his bag on a train. The other passengers then realise that there is a human baby inside the bag. The baby cries and the passengers don’t like it, neither does the lady who makes the announcements.

A creature has to fight his way out of a dark world.

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GLORY HOLES

Frida, a barren artist, experiences the joys and fears of pregnancy through her surrealistic paintings.

DIR. AGGELOS PAPANTONIOU | AUSTRALIA | 2015 | 4 MINS | SYDNEY PREMIERE

DIR. FERNANDO SILVA DEL LA CRUZ | AUSTRALIA | 2016 | 3 MINS | AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE

Shannon cooks dinner whilst speaking to a perverted stranger online. Andrew takes a bath wrapped in seared Christmas lights. What could possibly shock this estranged couple from their malaise?

DIR. TIM EGAN | AUSTRALIA | 2016 | 10 MINS | SYDNEY PREMIERE Clinging to a smooth, curved surface high above a sentient abyss, a girl tries to cover the few feet back to safety without losing purchase and falling to her death.

ANIMA RADIX

At a lonely highway petrol station, David Walder struggles with his perception of reality, caught in a time-loop he cannot escape. Confronted by his past, he is faced with a grim revelation.

A Singaporean exchange student struggles with her inner turmoil by vicariously living through her online persona.

KINGDOM

DIR. SEBASTIAN ULRIKSON | AUSTRALIA | 2016 | 5 MINS | WORLD PREMIERE All humans believe that we are the dominant species because of our intelligence, but what do we know of dominance. Nothing compared to that of a predatory animal, nothing compared to that of the power of the Alpha.

VOID OUT OF THE MOLD

DIR. MICHAEL MOON | AUSTRALIA | 2015 | 12 MINS | AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE The crumbling of a couple’s relationship manifests in mold growing in their bathroom.

DIR. CAMILLA TURNBULL | AUSTRALIA | 2015 | 6 MINS | WORLD PREMIERE An experimental documentary exploring the desire to selfdestruct. A young woman recounts the resounding effects of a relationship breakdown, and how she developed a compulsive skinpicking habit.


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REALITY BITES A SHORT FILM SESSION

A program of fascinating real-life narratives in short bitesized pieces.

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CINEMA 3 MISS ME: THE ARTFUL VANDAL DIR. MOHAMMAD GORJESTANI | CANADA | 2016 | 4 MINS | AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE

From subliminal to subversive: once a hot shot in the advertising world, MissMe has since found her voice and her bliss as a Montreal street artist.

HI, HOW ARE YOU, DANIEL JOHNSTON?

DIR. GABRIEL SUNDAY | USA | 2016 | 16 MINS | AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE Daniel Johnston stars in this psychedelic short film about an aging musician coming to terms with the dreams of yesteryear.

PICKLE

DIR. AMY NICHOLSON | USA | 2016 | 15 MINS | AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE A couple recounts the various animals they have adopted as pets over the course of their marriage, including a paraplegic possum and a fish that couldn’t swim.

THE LOVER

DIR. DREA COOPER, ZACKARY CANEPANI| USA | 2015 | 8 MINS = | AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE

SOLITARY ACTS #4

DIR. NAZLI DINÇEL | USA/ TURKEY | 2015 | 8 MINS | AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE The filmmaker films herself masturbate the object of debate. She hears others claim her body, her habits: those in her conservative surroundings as a child. She learns how to read.

NOTHING HUMAN

ROAST BATTLE

DIR. TOM ROSENBERG | USA | 2015 | 17 MINS | AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE

DIR. JASON REITMAN | USA | 2016 | 14 MINS | AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE

Recounting his experience reconstructing a mass shooting on a Texas military base, forensic investigator Louis Akin reflects on the nature of violence.

Director Jason Reitman returns to the short film form to observe a wild evening at the Comedy Store’s Roast Battle, where no holds are barred. Like, none...

Matt McMullen is developing a sex robot that uses technology to create the illusion of sentience. But is it enough to generate real emotions in its user?

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WTF SHORTS A SHORT FILM SESSION

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EL GIGANTE

DIR. GIGI SAUL GUERRERO | CANADA | 2015 | 14 MINS | SYDNEY PREMIERE A desperate trek across the US/Mexico border condemns a man to a blood-stained ring of death at the behest of a cannibalistic family of luchador aficionados.

SUMMER'S PULE IS WINTER'S DELIGHT

DIR. SAWAKO KABUKI | JAPAN | 2016 | 3 MINS | AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE Painful events become memories over time. Still, we vomit and eat again. Life is Eco.

THE PROCEDURE

DIR. CALVIN REEDER | USA | 2016 | 4 MINS | SYDNEY PREMIERE A man is captured and forced to endure a strange experiment.

CROW HAND!!!

DIR. BRIAN LONANO | USA | 2015 | 3 MINS | SYDNEY PREMIERE A husband gets more than he bargains for when he picks up a mysterious crow totem off the ground, much to his wife’s chagrin.

MY LAST FILM

DIR. ZIA ANGER | USA | 2016 | 9 MINS | SYDNEY PREMIERE A diptych concerning the unrelated fates of two actresses. An exhilarating whatsit that takes aim at the independent film scene with no-holds-bard ferocity and formal ingenuity.

EAT MY SHIT TACO TERROR

DIR. TYLER RICE | USA | 2016 | 4 MINS | AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE Two dudes watching TV get the munchies for some tacos. It gets weird from there.

DIR. EDUARDO CASANOVA| SPAIN | 2015 | 4 MINS | AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE Samantha has taken a selfie of her face and posted it on Instagram, but it has been censored and deleted for alleged “sexual content”. Samantha did not choose to be born this way. Samantha is sick and tired of people’s laughs.

DOMESTIKIA, CHAPTER 3: LA PETITE MORT

DIR. JENNIFER LINTON | CANADA | 2015 | 5 MINS | AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE Inspired by the surreal animations of Lenica, Borowczyk and Švankmajer, Japanese tentacle erotica, and those strange, middle-of-thenight dreams one has after spicy food.

PUDDING

DIR. RYAN BETSCHART | USA | 2016 | 1 MIN | AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE Summary: Pudding describes through auditory and visual wonder two children exploring their body curiosity through the telling of false memories regarding 1970’s pop icons.

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DIR. GRAHAM PARKES | USA | 2016 | 13 MINS | AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE When Jen’s son disappears in a game of hide-and-seek, she unwittingly embarks on a journey through time in order to find him.

THE CRIPPLER

THE CRIPPLER | DIR. MARK ROEDER | USA | 2016 | 9 MINS | AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE A girl falls out of love with her boyfriend when he accidentally pushes her out a window and cripplers her, so she hires The Crippler to cripple him back.

DEATH METAL

DIR. CHRIS MCINROY | USA | 2016 | 5 MINS | AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE A metalhead gets passed down a satanic guitar that riffs to shreds.

PIRATE COP 3D

DIR. GLEAN HOANG | AUSTRALIA | 2016 | 6 MINS | WORLD PREMIERE Pirate Cop, a half Pirate, half Cop recruits a new sidekick in the form of an unwilling orphan to accompany him on a grand adventure to reunite with his estranged wife and daughter. Through this adventure, the Pirate Cop develops a connection with his new sidekick.


A selection of cinematic genius and idiocy from the past decade.

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SUFF BLAST FROM THE PAST SHORT FILMS 2007-2015 PHONE SEX GRANDMA

MY NAME IS POCHSY: AN INDUSTRIAL FILM

DIR. KAREN HINES | CAN | 2007 | 7 MINS Pochsy works at Mercury Packers ... where she packs mercury. A trans-genre ode to industrial propaganda films from an era gone by and a scathing satire for our times.

AWKWARD

KELLY ANN BENZ | 2009 | CANADA | 7 MINS A dinner party coanversation takes an unexpected turn in this study of social decorum.

DIR. JACK TRUMAN | USA | 2008 | 8:40 This film is a short, shocking film about a 60-something Grandma working a phone sex line in a small ghost town.

WESTERN SPAGHETTI Dir. PES | USA | 2009 | 2 MINS Everyday objects become delicious ingredients as we learn how to cook spaghetti through stop-motion photography.

GIRL ON FIRE

TONY LAWRENCE | 2010 | AUSTRALIA | 2 MINS This found footage of 8mm film has been hauntingly affected by time and localised oxidation.

AFTER THE RAINBOW

SODA_JERK | 2010 | AUSTRALIA | 5 MINS After the Rainbow investigates the temporal dimensions of cinema through a re-imagining of The Wizard of Oz (1939). Here, the twister transports a young, hopeful Judy Garland into the future where she encounters her disillusioned adult self.

SEEKING WELLNESS PART TWO: DADDY'S TIME DIR. DANIEL SCHNEIDKRAUT | USA | 2007 | 23 MINS He spent a lot of time at our house when I was a kid, especially around the holidays.

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I AM NOT

NATALIE BOOKCHIN | 2009 | USA | 2 MINS This fascinating work is made up of fragments from online video diaries of people proclaiming personal details about themselves, particularly about their sexual orientation.

ANAL JUICE

DIR. SAWAKO KABUK | JAPAN | 2013 | 3 MINS A dream mixed with the charged atmosphere of Japan after the great earthquakes and nuclear power issues, as well as my heartbreaking depression after breaking up with my ex-boyfriend.

VERBATIM

BRETT WEINER | USA | 2014 | 7 MINS A jaded lawyer wastes the better part of an afternoon trying to figure out if a dimwitted government employee has ever used a photocopier.

HAND VAGINA

DIR. DANIEL GUREWITCH | COLLEGEHUMOUR USA | 2007 | 2 MINS You got to grow up sometime...

WILLY BUM BUM

DANIEL FOWLER | 2009 | AUSTRALIA | 2 MINS It’s all your fault you smelly old wasp!

OUTTAKE

DIR. NICOLE BRENDING | USA | 2011 | 9 MINS An actress tries to get a scene just right, in order to please a ruthless director.

HEAVY METAL PARKING LOT DIR. LESLIE SUPNET | USA | 2008 | 1:40 An animated tribute to Jeff Krulik and John Heyn’s 1986 video documentary classic, Heavy Metal Parking Lot.

LOVE BIRDS

DEFACED

DIR. BRIAN LYE | CANADA | 2010 | 7 MINS A male and a female bird meet and fall in love. An egg is produced and all is happy in the nest until their love is tested and fate comes knocking.

DIR. WILLIAM MANSFIELD | AUSTRALIA | 2005 | 1 MIN 51 SEC Defaced is an experimental video piece utilising a synthesis of video footage and stop-frame animation. This piece explores the figurative expression of the face.

CATTLE CALL

BAGGIES!

DIR. MATTHEW RANKIN & MIKI MARYNIUK | CAN | 2008 | 3:30 MINS A hyper-speed, abstract, absurd, adrenalizing, animated documentary about the art of cattle auctioneering, structured around the mesmerizing talents of Canadian champion auctioneer, Tim Dowler.

DIR. GREG BENSON / USA / 2008 / 1 MIN 1950’s TV advertising meets modern day truth in advertising.

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AWARDS AND JURY Celebrating films that go the extra mile in transgressing the status quo when it comes to film form and content, the SUFF “Dead Oscar” Awards are presented on closing night. Film prizes also include copies of FINAL DRAFT - the number-one selling screenwriting software in the world.

Thanks to

Mark n spoo Wother

(Sydney-based Glass Artist) for creating the coveted SUFF Dead Oscar awards!

Thanks to our 2016 judges:

Sarah Ward is a Brisbane-based freelance film critic & writer and co-host for a weekly film chat on ABC radio.

Lauren Teiko Bayliss is a Senior Creative Producer ​at ​Engine, producer of over 30 music videos, a documentary filmmaker and a Sydney Film School graduate.

THE AUSTRALIAN AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD The winner will receive a one week Avid editing package at the SPECTRUM FILMS Fox Studios Facility to the value of $3,500 valid one year from date of presentation.

​ artin Thorne M is the Longform Producer at Frame, Set & Match. Originally trained as an editor, he has been working in the field of film and television for over 20 years.

Josh Wheatley is an underground filmmaker, postgraduate researcher and teaching fellow in Film Studies at the University of Sydney.​

THE AUSTRALIAN SHORT FILM AWARD The winner will receive a Short Film Post Production Package, which includes a one day colour grade at Frame, Set & Match and a 2K DCP creation of their short film (up to 15 mins).


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CONTEMPORARY ENGAGEMENTS WITH THE CINEMATIC

Re:cinema is a program of experimental video and film work that examines the notion of the ‘cinematic’ in relation to the contemporary imagescape. Curated by Ryszard Dabek and John Di Stefano Re:cinema, the Richard Tuohy 16mm Screening and the Chromaflex workshop are presented by the Art & the Document research cluster (http://artandthedocument.net), Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney in association with the Workshop For Potential Cinema (workshopforpotentialcinema.org).

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http://recinema.net

the program reveals the creative, original and often surprising ways that contemporary artists and filmmakers engage the idea of the cinematic in their practice. Directly following this premiere screening

there will be a roundtable symposium addressing the themes and ideas present in the works. This will feature a range of participants including the curators and Melbourne-based artist/ curator Simone Hine.

RICHARD TUOHY | CHROMAFLEX E​XPERIMENTAL COLOUR FILM WORKSHOP

AT SYDNEY COLLEGE OF THE ARTS Participants will work with 16mm film and experimental dark room techniques to explore a new photo-chemical approach. This technique can generate areas of colour negative, colour positive, black and white, as well as areas of clear or black all on the one strip of film or indeed within the one frame. The workshop will run from 10am-5pm, Sunday 18 September 2016 at Sydney College of the Arts. Participants will incur a material fee of $50 ($25 Concession). Please email ryszard.dabek@sydney.edu.au for details and bookings.

Ryszard Dabek, The Other Side, 2016.

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CINEMA 5 GINZA STRIP

DIR. RICHARD TUOHY AND DIANNA BARRIE | 92014 | 9 MINS | 6MM | The Ginza of fable and memory. Finished using Tuohy and Barrie’s ‘chromaflex’ colourdeveloping technique that allows selected areas of the film to be colour positive, colour negative, or black and white.

BLUE LINE CHICAGO

DIR. RICHARD TUOHY AND DIANNA BARRIE | 2014 | 10 MINS | 16MM, Architectural distortions of the second city.

ETIENNE'S HAND

DIR. RICHARD TUOHY | 2011 | 13 MINS | 16MM A movement study of a restless hand. Made from one five-second shot. Sound via an old French folk tune played on a handcranked music box.

LAST TRAIN CROSSING

DIR. RICHARD TUOHY | 2016 | 21 MINS | 16MM Across the sea. Across the street. Cross-processed Super 8 footage of fraught neighbours Korea and Japan in grain-focused enlargement.

DIR. DIANNA BARRIE AND RICHARD TUOHY | 2016 | 12 MINS | 16MM A film made in seven cities, and none. Footage from a trailer for the Indonesian film ‘Kereta Api Terakhir’ (The Last Train) found in Lab Laba Laba’s now-lost archives melts into a soup of chemigrammed perforations.

DOT MATRIX

DIR. RICHARD TUOHY | 2013 | 16 MINS | 2 X 16MM A dual 16mm film involving two almost completely overlapping, strobing, flickering images produced by photogramming sheets of dotty paper directly onto raw 16mm film stock. The drama of the film emerges in the overlap of the two projected images of dots.

HAND AND MACHINE

Once inescapably mechanical, the traditional apparatus of cinema has become obsolete and primitive. Yet the handing over of industrial machinery to anti-industrial users is a creative opportunity for re-appraising and re-interpreting the transforming nature of humanity in the age of machines. Today, machine craft is the new handcraft. With this in mind, this program presents seven recent film works from Australian DIY cine-experimentalists Richard Tuohy and Dianna Barrie.

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THE SATURDAY MORNING ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT CEREAL CARTOON PARTY KIER-LA JANISSE (CURATOR)

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Let’s Yabba dabba do this! In this special event, it’s time for kids and kids-atheart to relive this exciting Saturday morning ritual of times gone by. Feel free to come in your finest jimjams and join us for two hours of non-stop retro toons and all-you-can-eat cereal. The Saturday Morning All-YouCan-Eat Cereal Cartoon Party is a celebration of the weird and wonderful world of yesteryear’s animated antics, curated by film programmer, critic and Monster Pictures very own Kier-La Janisse! While the specific content is

mystery, rest assured there’ll be a plethora of monsters, sci-fi, sleuths, superheroes and all kinds of 2D silliness, plus old favourites and obscurities spanning the ‘40s through the ‘80s, all punctuated with outrageous vintage commercials and PSAs. So get ready for a sugar rush and an explosion of nostalgia all wrapped up in one candy-coated package. Open to all ages, you just bring the family and max-out on as much sugary cereal as you can inhale.


MASTERCLASSES SUFF has partnered with Sydney Film School to host the 2nd annual Masterclass program on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September. With a range of film practitioners, these classes aim to give participants new skills, tools and invaluable insight to help them with future projects. www.sydneyfilmschool.com

MASTERCLASS ON SAT17 SCREENWRITING 9.30am CINEMA 5 WITH GORDY HOFFMAN Why does there appear to be so many rules to writing a screenplay, but all of our most favorite movies ignore them? It might be due to the fact there really is one rule to making a movie. Join Gordy Hoffman as he discusses the one rule you mustn’t break when writing a script, as well as the many roads into telling stories for cinema. Through the blended perspective of a judge of the BlueCat Screenplay Competition and a produced screenwriter, this class will engage in the conversation that persists every day outside theatres: what was the writer thinking?

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'CONCEPT IS KING' WITH ROSS GRAYSON BELL

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CONCEPT IS KING: CONCEPTUALISING YOUR IDEA FOR THE SCREEN

Could the Sixth Sense (1999) have been an Australian film? Could we have shot that film in Melbourne with Toni Collette and Hugh Jackman and a kid who sees dead people? The answer is a resounding, ‘Yes.’ Similarly, could the Hangover (2009) have been an Australian film? Again the answer is, ‘Yes.’ Join us for an evening with the Australian-born producer of Fight Club, Ross Grayson Bell, as we look at: What constitutes a ‘High Concept’ film? / How filmmakers can take an idea from just a concept to a ‘High Concept’ / The history and success of ‘High Concept’ films in Australia and around the world (including UK and the US) / How we can capture an audience’s attention, whether the audience is a financier/ funding body or the public.

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DIY FILMMAKING PANEL

Are you someone who would rather be making films than filling out funding application forms? This Panel is about finding ways to continue to make work without a significant budget, and more over, have an impact on the larger cinematic landscape. Chaired by Ross Grayson Bell, come hear Joseph Sims-Dennett (the director of Observance) and others share their experiences of making a film on their credit card and getting it out to the world.

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GEORGE GITTOES AND HELLEN ROSE MASTERCLASS

A performative interactive seminar with Sydney Peace Prize Winner and Auteur Filmmaker George Gittoes and his partner Music Director and Actor, Hellen Rose. Gittoes and Rose share their unique experiences with plenty of behind the scenes shots and stories. How do you move to a town in a war zone and set up an arts centre where all art is banned? George and Hellen have the answers, including how to serve tea to the Taliban and not break the tea set.

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BEN FERRIS MASTERCLASS: WORKING WITH 'ACTORS' IN A HYBRID DOCUMENTARYDRAMA FILM

Australian director Ben Ferris will reveal his working methodology in shaping “performance” in a hybrid documentary-drama context. Actors and “real people” are seamlessly integrated in fascinating blend of fact and fiction, involving a fresh approach to directing techniques. This workshop will feature a live demonstration and recreation of the working process involved in the shooting of the feature film “57 Lawson”.

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DRONE CINEMATOGRAPHY WORKSHOP

This workshop addresses the latest tool that every filmmaker should have in their cinematographic arsenal - unmanned aerial vehicles. With the advancement of cheaper, smaller and more powerful cameras and drones, filmmakers of all budgets are able to capture shots once only achievable by big Hollywood budgets. This combined technical and creative workshop presented by Jack McGrath, the director of Conceptavision Creative Media and UAV operator, will demonstrate the use and possibilities of UAV cinematography, taking your independent film to the next level.

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SYDNEY FILM SCHOOL RETRO FILM WORKSHOP

FREE

Experiment with film at the Sydney Film School Retro 16mm film installation. Learn to use a traditional Steenbeck editing desk and get tactile with film. With the likes of Tarantino, Nolan, Spielberg and Anderson included as fans, traditional film-stock is still a preference for some modern day filmmakers. Get your hands dirty on one of Australia’s last remaining workable flatbeds and go celluloid! Free drop-in workshop between 3.00pm - 7.00pm

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 2016 SUFF Festival Team: Stefan Popescu (Festival Director / Program Director) Katherine Berger (Festival Director) Karina Libbey (Festival Manager) Nathan Senn (Program Coordinator) Liz Berger (Graphic Designer) Stephanie Gal (Festival Assistant) Michelle Berger (Events) Alvi Jehanzeb (Website) Bonnie Stanway (Masterclass Coordinator) Toni Clancy (Guest Liaison / Festival Assistant)

A huge thank you to Ralph Steadman for creating the 2016 SUFF artwork! Alberto Alvarez Aguilera – Reel Suspects, Andrew Robards, Angus CluniesRoss – Sony Pictures, Angus Hunter, Annaliese Nappa, Belinda Dyer, Ben Crossley-Marra – Janus Films, Ben Ferris – Sydney Film School, Ben Hellwig, Catherine Armstrong - Spectrum Films, Charlie Hoyek – Manoosh, Charlie Stone, Colin Rhodes, Connie Chung – Epic Pictures, David Irvine, David Laub – A24, David Lawson – Snowfort Pictures, Diesel Darling, Elisa Gambino, George Gittoes, Georgie Zuzak, Gordon Andersen, Gordy Hoffman, Graham Fulton – Park Circus, Greg Dolgopolov, Hannah Horner – Doc & Film, Helena & Michael Berger, Hellen Rose, Jack McGrath, Jack Sargeant, Jaimie and Aspasia, Jarrod Booth, Jeffrey Winter – The Film Collaborative, John Di Stefano, Joseph Sims-Dennett, Josh Wheatley, Judy Drosd, Kate Jinx, Kate McEdwards – Oscilliscope, Kier-La Janisse, Kristine Genovese, Lauren Teiko Bayliss Louis Georg – Icon Films, Luke Brawley – Dogwoof Films, Manuel Mota – SFS, Mariana Mantovani – ELO Company, Marissa Giannone, Martin Thorne – FSM, Martina Joison, Meryl Rogers, Michael Talley – Annapurna, Nancy Lanham – Lightning Entertainment, Neil Foley - Monster Pictures, Nerida Olson, Nick Stabback, Nicola Zarimis - Spectrum Films, Nimisha Mukerji, Paris Pompor, Paul Tonta – Madman, Paul Walsh, Porcelain Alice, Ross Grayson Bell, Ryszard Dabek, Samantha Groth, Sarah Mandelson Sarah Ward, Shane Hunter, Shane Smith, Sophie Harris – Vermillion Pictures, Victoria Johnstone - Inner West Council, Weinan Song, Wilfred Brandt, Yuki Oguriyama – Shochiku Films. SUFF Office HQ kindly provided by Sydney College of the Arts – Sydney University.


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2016 Sydney Underground Film Festival  

The 10th annual Sydney Underground Film Festival program. The festival is on from Thursday 15th September until Sunday 18th September at The...

2016 Sydney Underground Film Festival  

The 10th annual Sydney Underground Film Festival program. The festival is on from Thursday 15th September until Sunday 18th September at The...

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