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The 69th Sydney Film Festival program was officially launched today by Sydney Film Festival Director Nashen Moodley, and there’s a stack of new Australian films featured in the program.
“What a joy it is to return to the Festival’s traditional June dates, bringing with it the return of international filmmakers to present their films, in person parties, talks, the Festival Hub and a range of activities in and outside of the cinema” said Sydney Film Festival Director Nashen Moodley. “As ever, our 2022 program brings together films from all over the world, engaging with the most pertinent issues in challenging and entertaining ways.”
The 2022 Festival opens with the World Premiere of We Are Still Here, a multi-genre First Nations collaboration interweaving eight stories by 10 directors from Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand and the South Pacific.
We Are Still Here is told through the eyes of eight heroic protagonists, traversing over 1000 years, showing the strength of love and hope required to overcome shared traumas that Indigenous people from these regions continue to face.
Filmmakers behind the eight stories include Australian directors Beck Cole, Danielle MacLean, Tracey Rigney, Dena Curtis; New Zealand directors: Tim Worrall, Richard Curtis, Renae Maihi, Miki Magasiva, Chantelle Burgoyne and Mario Gaoa.
The film features talented First Nations actors such as Clarence Ryan, Tioreore Ngatai-Melbourne, Leonie Whyman and Calvin Tuteao; and producers Mitchell Stanley, Toni Stowers, and Mia Henry-Teirney.
The Closing Night Gala will host the awards ceremony at the State Theatre, honouring the winners of the Sydney Film Prize, the Documentary Australia Award, the Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films, the Sustainable Future Award, the Deutsche Bank Fellowship for First Nations Film Creatives, the Sydney UNESCO City of Film Award and the inaugural AFTRS Craft Award.
Closing the Festival will be the Australian Premiere of a buzzy new title – soon to be announced!
Here’s your complete list of Australian feature films and documentaries featured in the program so far.
Directed by Macario De Souza
Written by Macario De Souza, Sean Nash and Lou Sanz
Produced by Jade Van der Lei, Michael Wrenn and Shannon Wilson-McClinton
Starring Rasmus King, Yasmin Honeychurch and Rory Potter
Three teen besties go to extremes to attend six music festivals in an uplifting film by Macario De Souza (Bra Boys) featuring some of Australia’s hottest acts performing live.
Directed by Penelope McDonald
Written by Penelope McDonald and Dylan River
Produced by Penelope McDonald, Rachel Clements and Trisha Morton-Thomas
Filmed over 10 years, the story of a Warlpiri woman, Audrey, and her journey with her Sicilian partner Santo to keep the children they’ve been bringing up together, despite the many challenges they face.
Directed by Del Kathryn Barton
Written by Del Kathryn Barton and Huna Amweero
Produced by Samantha Jennings
Starring Julia Savage, Simon Baker and Yael Stone
Acclaimed Australian artist Del Kathryn Barton makes her stunning feature debut, combining live action, puppetry and animation and starring Simon Baker, Yael Stone and Julia Savage.
Directed by Jason van Genderen
Produced by Roslyn Walker, Olivia Olley and Jason van Genderen
Filmmaker Jason van Genderen is obsessed with making home videos about his mother, accidentally turning her into an online celebrity.
Evicted! A Modern Romance
Directed by Rowan Devereux
Written by Rowan Devereux
Produced by Sophie Saville
Starring Amanda Maple-Brown, William Suen, Rose Haining and Clare Cavanagh
Four spuriously employed housemates on the verge of eviction trawl Sydney’s fraught rental market in search of a new place to call home in this irreverent Aussie comedy.
Directed by Brodie Poole
Written by Brodie Poole and Matthew Bate
Produced by Ruby Schmidt
Against the backdrop of the mayoral elections in gold-rich Kalgoorlie-Boulder unravels a portrait of a man, a town and a country sent mad by exploitation, racism and greed.
Directed by Luke Cornish
Written by Luke Cornish and Philip Busfield
Produced by Philip Busfield
Two remarkable female performers train for Australia’s biggest street dance competition in this tale of love, obsession and the transformative power of performance.
Directed by Craig Boreham
Written by Craig Boreham
Produced by Craig Boreham, Ben Ferris, Dean Francis and Ulysses Oliver
Starring Josh Lavery, Daniel Gabriel, Anni Finsterer
Craig Boreham’s follow up to Teenage Kicks (SFF 2016) explores desire, sexuality and isolation as two very different young men form an unlikely and surprising connection.
The Longest Weekend
Directed by Molly Haddon
Produced by Molly Haddon, Jorrden Daley and Rebecca Yates
Starring Mia Artemis, Elly Hiraani-Clapin and Adam Golledge
A true indie from Sydney’s Inner West in which three siblings reunite, feud and reunite. The impressive ensemble cast includes screen veterans Tammy MacIntosh and John Batchelor.
We Are Still Here
Directed by Beck Cole, Danielle MacLean, Dena Curtis, Tim Worrall, Richard Curtis, Miki Magasiva, Mario Gaoa, Chantelle Burgoyne, Tracey Rigney and Renae Maihi
Written by Danielle MacLean, Dena Curtis, Tim Worrall, Richard Curtis, Miki Magasiva, Mario Gaoa, Tiraroa Reweti, Chantelle Burgoyne, Tracey Rigney, Renae Maihi and Samuel Nuggin-Paynter
Produced by Mitchell Stanley, Toni Stowers and Mia Henry-Teirney
Starring Clarence Ryan, Tioreore Ngatai-Melbourne and Leonie Whyman
Hurtling through space and time, We Are Still Here is an unparalleled First Nations celebration, interweaving eight stories by 10 directors from Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.
Directed by David Easteal
Produced by David Easteal
Written by David Easteal
Starring Andrew Rakowski, David Easteal and Cheri LeCornu
Documentary and fiction converge in this intimate portrait of a middle-aged Australian driving home from work over the course of a year. In competition, Rotterdam.
Directed by Gracie Otto
Written by Krew Boylan
Produced by Jessica Carrera, Robyn Kershaw, Timothy White and Sonia Borella
Starring Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale and Krew Boyland
A vivacious, misguided redhead (Krew Boylan) trades her 9-to-5 to become a Dolly Parton impersonator in Gracie Otto’s utterly enjoyable Australian comedy. A hit at SXSW 2022.
Directed by Bruce Gladwin
Written by Bruce Gladwin, Sarah Mainwaring, Simon Laherty, Scott Price, Mark Deans, Michael Chan and Sonia Teuben
Produced by Alice Fleming and Meret Hassanen
Starring Simon Laherty, Sarah Mainwaring and Scott Price
In its provocative film debut, Geelong’s Back to Back Theatre states “There is nowhere darker than the future.” Winner, SXSW.
Directed by Hannah Barlow and Kane Senes
Written by Hannah Barlow and Kane Senes
Produced by Lisa Shaunessy, Bec Janek, John De Margheriti, Jason Taylor
Starring Aisha Dee, Daniel Monks, Emily De Margheriti
An SXSW success, this devilishly clever Aussie horror sees an influencer encounter her childhood tormentor on a hen’s weekend. Revenge is a dish best shared on Instagram.
Directed by Baz Luhrmann
Written by Baz Luhrmann, Craig Pearce and Andrew Bovell
Produced by Trustram Miall
Starring Paul Mercurio, Tara Morice and Bill Hunter
Baz Luhrmann’s sensational debut is one of the most beloved Australian films of all time. Revisit the glittering Pan-Pacific Grand Prix Championship in newly restored 4K.
You Won’t Be Alone
Directed by Goran Stolevski
Written by Goran Stolevski
Produced by Kristina Ceyton and Sam Jennings
Starring Noomi Rapace, Anamaria Marinca and Alice Englert
Goran Stolevski’s astonishing debut, starring Noomi Rapace, is a visually spectacular supernatural tale about a young shape-shifting witch trying to understand what it means to be human.
Discover more about the Sydney Film Festival here.