Between 5-16 Jun 2019, Sydney Film Festival will bring you more than 250 of the greatest, strangest and most exciting works that cinema has to offer. On Thursday 23 May, Festival Director Nashen Moodley presented his top ten picks at Grosvenor Place. From drama to documentaries, comedies to animations, check out these trailers before you buy the tickets!
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1. Palm Beach (2018)
In Rachel Ward’s funny, uplifting comedy/drama a group of lifelong friends reunite for a party at Sydney’s Palm Beach; but tension mounts when deep secrets emerge.
2. Blinded by the Light (2019)
In Bend it Like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha’s joyful celebration of Bruce Springsteen’s music, discovering The Boss radically changes one British-Pakistani teenager’s life.
3. Parasite (2019)
Straight from Cannes, renowned Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s follow-up to Okja (SFF 2017) is a thrilling, satirical take on income inequality as told through two families.
4. Apollo 11 (2018)
50 years after Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon, the epic story from lift-off to touchdown is told using never-before-seen footage from July 1969.
5. Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019)
The sassy, furry friends of 2016’s animated smash hit return for a Red Carpet Australian Premiere featuring festival guests Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish.
6. Never Look Away (2018)
Inspired – controversially – by the life of German artist Gerhard Richter, this Oscar-nominated epic, from the director of The Lives of Others, recounts a remarkable love story.
7. The Final Quarter (2019)
Cheers turned to boos in the final years of AFL champion footballer Adam Goodes’ career when he publicly called out racism. This impassioned film tracks Australia’s heated response.
8. Bacurau (2019)
Straight from Cannes, Brazilians Kleber Mendonça Filho (Aquarius, SFF 2016) and Juliano Dornelles’ deliver a searing political parable and a magic-realist, explosive genre film.
9. Amazing Grace (2019)
“Spine-tingling”, “sensational”, “rousing”: just a few of the words used for Aretha Franklin’s show-stopping performance in this previously unreleased film of her 1972 concert.
10. The Dead Don’t Die (2019)
Straight from Cannes: Jim Jarmusch’s hilarious, philosophical zombie film stars Bill Murray, Adam Driver and Chloë Sevigny as small-town cops battling the undead.