Posted 5 May 2016 @ 12:53pm

Part of the program for this year's Sydney Film Festival will include a unique dual film and restaurant pairing event.


Set to take place exclusively on Tuesday June 14 and Wednesday June 15, festivalgoers can now purchase tickets to a premiere film screening followed by a delectable meal at the 2016 Restaurant of the Year as chosen by the Sydney Morning Herald's Gourmet Food...

Posted 5 May 2016 @ 12:01am

The future of film is upon us, and Sydney Film Festival is ready to embrace it.


As part of this year's SFF program, the Festival Hub at the Lower Town Hall will host a series of immersive 'Beyond Cinema' experiences covering virtual reality, 360-degree 3D cinema and art installations - and it's all for free.


Sydneysiders will stream into Town Hall next month to...

Posted 4 May 2016 @ 2:07pm

Courses on offer:


Advanced Diplomas in Acting for Stage and Screen; Music Theatre;

Screenwriting, Directing and Producing; Cinematography; and Stage Management.


What makes us different: 

No other acting or film school provides more opportunities for graduates. This industry only cares about two things: your portfolio (what have you done?) and your...

Posted 3 May 2016 @ 3:07pm

All trailers must go! Dear readers, your beloved TL;DR will be taking a month-long sabbatical over the course of May, but fret not! Do you really think I'd leave you bereft of any access to trailers, release info and snappily-worded if unsolicited opinions for a whole month? I'm not a monster, you guys.


So here for your delectation and delight is every flipping movie coming out...

Posted 27 Apr 2016 @ 3:31pm

Courses on offer:


SFS offers two diploma courses: a Diploma and Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media. The courses offer a two-year program designed to provide the best prospects of employment success in the industry. The Diploma provides you with a working knowledge of all the fundamental disciplines of filmmaking. The Advanced Diploma takes that knowledge and allows you to...

Posted 27 Apr 2016 @ 12:02pm

The World Of Women's (WOW) Film Festival is set to light up screens and conversation across various venues in Sydney. An initiative of Women In Film & Television NSW, the festival will highlight the contribution and dynamic work of women in film through screenings, forums and competitions. 


Now in its 21st year, the festival has been working to celebrate and recognise women...

Posted 26 Apr 2016 @ 3:53pm



The Man Who Knew Infinity is at times so familiar, yet so removed from any biography that has come before it. 


It follows in the footsteps of A Beautiful Mind and The Imitation Game, bearing the marks of the mathematical genius bio genre with its arrogantly brilliant protagonist. However, it strays from the lot with its unique formula of an underdog migrant...

Posted 26 Apr 2016 @ 3:24pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. It's the last mammoth week of April, and Marvel is calling DC's all-in. The combined universes are here, ladies and gents, and here to stay.


Unlike me - I'll be jetting off for the next month and TL;DR will be taking a sabbatical. Fear not, dear readers, for I shall soon gift thee...

Posted 21 Apr 2016 @ 3:40pm

Nine years after his last screen outing, Jason Bourne is back.


Matt Damon's (nearly) bulletproof action star returns for a fourth instalment this July, again directed by Paul Greengrass, and the first full trailer for the new film has arrived.


Simply titled Jason Bourne, the flick looks to follow more closely than before the relationship between a now self-aware...

Posted 20 Apr 2016 @ 6:22pm

After a staggered start to the day (“Nothing has quite gone as planned this morning,” Damian Hill wryly admits following communication gremlins and overlapping schedules), our conversation about new Australian feature Pawno seems to have been weirdly presaged.


An ensemble drama centred around a pawn shop in the Melbourne suburb of Footscray, the film sees an assortment of lives...

Posted 19 Apr 2016 @ 1:00pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. As the mid-year releases tend to come in uneven spurts, I've decided to let a couple of next week's premieres sneak in early and get a mention today.


This week's newcomers...

Posted 18 Apr 2016 @ 9:00am

Palace Cinemas will premiere a collection of US independent films over a two-week festival.


The screenings, collectively bannered Essential Independents: American Cinema, Now, will showcase 32 films across the documentary and narrative forms, strung together by curator Richard Sowda to highlight thematic links of urgency and contemporary issues.


The festival is...

Posted 12 Apr 2016 @ 2:31pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. Sadly, we can't say this will be the last week we'll ever have to mention the Divergent series, because distribution models for young adult sagas are effing stupid.


Never fear...

Posted 6 Apr 2016 @ 12:11pm

Viva España! The Spanish Film Festival is back for 2016, bringing a healthy slice of Spanish culture to cinemas across Australia. 


The program has plenty to offer this year, with award-winning Spanish director Daniel Guzmán visiting our shores with his first long feature, Nothing In Return. The full schedule also includes films from Argentina, Chile and Mexico, and to help us...

Posted 6 Apr 2016 @ 8:45am

Sydney Film Festival is returning for its 63rd year in 2016, and organisers have now revealed the first 26 films on the program as a teaser for what's to come.


The full program will feature more than 250 films screening across 12 days in the Sydney CBD and suburban centres, but the teaser announcement offers plenty for cinephiles to enjoy already.


Following last...

Posted 5 Apr 2016 @ 12:20pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. Frankly, given the horrendously massive turnout to the horrendously horrendous Batman v Superman, it's about time we broadened the horizons and looked for something brighter.


Still, there's...

Posted 5 Apr 2016 @ 11:22am



Biting at the mention of remakes is a truly Sisyphean act: producers are, after all, investors and want products that will guarantee returns. But in the medium of film, the return for an audience member should be something new and previously unseen in the story.


Getting Iron Man director Jon Favreau on board was the wisest move Disney could make in mounting...

Posted 31 Mar 2016 @ 12:08pm

Punks For West Papua deals with the ongoing West Papuan genocide. Can you give a brief rundown of the conflict for those who might not be aware of the tragedy?


After WWII, Indonesia and Papua, or the Dutch East Indies as it was known, was still a colony of the Netherlands. Indonesia officially claimed independence in 1949 after declaring war on the Dutch colonisers. President...

Posted 31 Mar 2016 @ 10:35am

David Stratton is curating a restrospective program of films directed by the one and only Martin Scorsese during this year's Sydney Film Festival.


The Sydney Film Festival will present 'Essential Scorsese: Selected By David Stratton'. The program will contain ten specially imported 35mm prints of Scorsese films. Stratton, who held the position of festival director from 1966 to...

Posted 29 Mar 2016 @ 11:36am



It’s the biggest superhero showdown of the year – at least until Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War is released – and while it shows progress for director Zack Snyder’s abilities, Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice shows little forward momentum for the DC universe and remarkably little invention.


When Metropolis is destroyed during the events of Man Of Steel...

Posted 24 Mar 2016 @ 12:09pm

21 finalists are in the running for what is now Australia's largest cash fellowship for short film.


The Sydney Film Festival today announced the 21 filmmakers that have been shortlisted as finalists for the Australian Short Film Fellowship by producers at The Weinstein Company.


The finalists were chosen from over 355 entrants, and are now in the running for four...

Posted 23 Mar 2016 @ 3:30pm

In 2010, a film called I Am Love arrived in cinemas, and immediately stood out in an arthouse cinema landscape rife with so many films marked by a certain stylistic austerity.


Here was something that owed more to the plush, decadent style of Luchino Visconti than, say, the austere social realism of the Dardenne brothers. 


After a long filmmaking hiatus, I Am...

Posted 23 Mar 2016 @ 10:31am

It's not only an in-yer-face exploration of punk culture, it's also a well overdue exploration of an oft-ignored tragedy.


Punks For West Papua, a powerful new documentary, is scheduled to screen during a special one-off event at Wayward Brewery. The film aims to highlight the ongoing tragedy in West Papua, a region afflicted by violence and oppression, and the punk bands...

Posted 22 Mar 2016 @ 11:35am

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. The folks over at DC are pooling the heroes of their expanded universe for one big all-in brawl, even if it comes rather late - Marvel are already teasing their third.


But hey, maybe you find Marvel's happy-go-lucky scamps...

Posted 17 Mar 2016 @ 7:20pm

Every artist – musician, director, performer, sculptor – is serious about their work.


How their respective art might be received by the public is largely out of their hands, but the intent behind each creation arrives after sincere and sometimes exhaustive effort. As such, it is no surprise that Simon Stone is passionate about his debut feature film, The Daughter, based on...

Posted 15 Mar 2016 @ 2:24pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. One of my most anticipated films of the year is upon us, for those with the stomach for it, as well as a shiny new offering from Disney's animation studio.


The Witch is far from being the only supersititious tale on offer, however - this week, storytellers looking for outside...

Posted 15 Mar 2016 @ 12:00am



The Witch is an evil film. It’s a haunted strip of celluloid, the kind of movie the conservative far-right is terrified will have teenagers trying to summon the devil in their garage – a sick, sadistic experience helmed by a director both disgusted by and fascinated with the human race and its frailty. It’s also a masterpiece and one of the most singularly impressive...

Posted 14 Mar 2016 @ 7:47pm



The answer to the obvious question is: no, this is not a sequel to Cloverfield. 


If you left that movie thinking, ‘What the hell just happened, I need explanations’, 10 Cloverfield Lane will not provide them. If you’re looking for answers, you’ll be disappointed. If you’re looking for a neat little thriller that keeps you in a chokehold for the full hour...

Posted 14 Mar 2016 @ 5:28pm



Has it really been a decade since Sacha Baron Cohen gave us Borat Sagdiyev – the mankini-clad Kazakh journalist and inspiration for a thousand ill-advised fancy dress costumes? The comedian returns to our screens this time as protagonist Norman ‘Nobby’ Butcher in the James Bond spoof, Grimsby.


Nobby is your average lager-swilling football yob who lives on a...

Posted 10 Mar 2016 @ 12:34pm

The second edition of Sydney's Irish Film Festival will run across four huge days and nights at the Chauvel Cinema in Paddington.


Providing a window into contemporary Irish culture, the 2016 Irish Film Festival will play host to eight specialty films across four dates in April. Starting with the Opening Gala on Thursday April 7, the festival shines light on contemporary Ireland...