Sydney Film Festival 2017 Line-Up and where to find #FilmTwitter

Sydney Film Festival 2017 Line-Up and where to find #FilmTwitter

In a recent sit down with Sydney Film Festival Director Nashen Moodley I revealed that I felt somewhat cheated by my last festival experience. I felt that I’d seen all the films that I had to see from the buzz created by international critical voices from the primary ‘feeder’ festivals for Sydney; Cannes, Berlin Film Festival and Sundance.

We shared the following exchange:

Nashen Moodley: “I always say that if you see 20 films or 25, How many do you see?”

Blake Howard: “About 25-30.”

NM: “If you like every film then one of us has made a mistake.”

Nashen described the necessary balance by outlining: “I don’t want the selection to be completely safe. I want some things to challenge; I want you to argue with people about them after wards - so that’s for me ideal. I don’t want you to hate everything either. I want people to take chances on things that they wouldn’t ordinarily see. Not just from the directors they like but to go see a film from Macedonia because when else would you ever get a chance to see a film from Macedonia on the big screen, it’s not easy.”

You’re going to find #filmtwitter, those shameful “vulgar auteurists" (myself included) in the five following films:

1. Terence Malick’s “Song to Song”: The latest Malick film seems to be the most universally derided of his recent flurry of films; but that’s not going to stop us from taking his disorientating lens to the music business.

2. Sofia Coppola’s “The Beguiled”: Coppola’s latest was just awarded the top directing honours, only the second woman ever to be awarded the honours.

3. Bong Joon-ho’s “OKJA”: From the maker of “Snowpiercer” who is currently embroiled in the Cannes vs Netflix smackdown.

5. "Call Me By Your Name" is Luca Guadagnino’s follow up to “A Bigger Splash” and it’s currently the highest rated 2017 film this year on Metacritic.

But to ensure that you’re truly going to see some things that you’re just not going to be able to see on a big screen check out the following:

1. “Nowhere to Hide”: An award winning documentary about  Nori Sharif, a male nurse living in Iraq’s ‘triangle of death.’ The quote that hooked me was from the International Documentary Film Awards Jury; “There are those films which are wonderful to see and there are films that the world needs to see. Nowhere to Hide is both of these things.”  


2. “The Forest of Lost Souls”; the log line for this Portuguese writer/director José Pedro Lopes ‘arthouse meets grindhouse in a tale of two strangers who meet in a forest where people go to commit suicide - but one of them has no intention of dying.’ Sounds bent and disturbing.

3. “By The Time It Gets Dark” is Thai experimental filmmaker Anocha Suwichakornpong's second feature. It’s a film that examines the truth from the perspective of a fictional filmmaker that  Michael Atkinson from The New York Times calls “a gorgeous [film] of glances and ephemera and delicate metaphors.”

4. “Rage”; a Japanese film directed by  Lee Sang-il that’s both an impressive whodunit (by all accounts) and according to Dennis Harvey in Variety: “it's a drama about the universal thirst for connection and trust.”


5. “The Little Hours”: Foul mouthed and sex crazed 14th century nuns played by Aubrey Plaza, Alison Brie and Kate Micucci. Enough said!

Have a listen to our Sydney Film Festival 2017 podcast here & read more from Festival director Nashen Moodley here

Blake Howard is a writer, a podcaster, the editor-in-chief & co-founder of Australian film blog Graffiti With Punctuation. Beginning his criticism APPRENTICESHIP as co-host of That Movie Show 2UE, Blake is now a member of the prestigious Online Film Critic Society, sways the Tomato Meter with Rotten Tomatoes approved reviews. See his articulated words and shrieks (mostly) here at and with & 2SER Sydney weekly on Gaggle of Geeks.