The Sydney Film Festival (SFF) has skipped the cinemas and gone virtual this year—with the full program available to watch on-demand from tonight.
You can expect a huge online movie vault packed with 33 films, documentaries and shorts to sink your teeth into, and tickets are just $14 per movie, granting you access for the full fortnight of the festival. There are discounted movie bundles too, in case you just want to view new Aussie documentaries or bonus material filmed exclusively for SFF, with money made through ticket sales to be distributed among filmmakers.
"In changing and challenging times, when connection is more vital than ever, this year’s virtual festival presents... new films by storytellers from a variety of backgrounds, for us to see, share and discuss," Sydney Film Festival Director Nashen Moodley said in a statement.
“Through these films and the Festival’s program of special events, we hear from filmmakers presenting unique perspectives about diversity and inclusion. We hope this first nation-wide Sydney Film Festival will generate debate and encourage shared understanding in living rooms across the country."
As for what's to watch, on our list is The Skin of Others—which tells the tale of Douglas Grant, a First Nations WWI soldier, journalist, intellectual and all-around extraordinary figure. We're also keen to see The Leadership, a story of female scientists in Antarctica and Our Law, a documentary about Australia's first indigenous-run police station.
We also love the short films The Fall, in which a young Syrian mother (Taj Aldeeb), who recently arrived in Australia as a refugee, faces unforeseen tragedy; and Mukbang, where a high school outsider’s obsession with internet culture mutates into a sexual awakening.
Plus, you can even dial-up your at-home movie night with snacks from Bottlerocket’s awesome virtual snack cart. We have our eyes on the Brix Distillery Australian Trail Mix combo, loaded with Brix rum and raisin old fashioned made with native spice, a serve of sea salt popcorn and chocolate-coated fruit and nuts. Or, go all out with an Opening Night Combo, stacked with Brix, Seedlip, Handpicked Wines, Mountain Goat Beer, popcorn, choco mixed nuts and a nostalgic Jaffa bag.
For more details, you can head over here.
And here's how you can book a private screening for you and nine mates at an underground cinema.
Image credit: Our Law