Promotions

BEST BIRTHDAY EVER : A NEW FAMILY MOVIE : TEN FAMILY PASSES

BEST BIRTHDAY EVER is a family animated feature about a small rabbit who lives with his parents and is about to celebrate his 5th birthday. Every child loves their birthday and an adventure!

Based on the best-selling book series by Rotraut Susanne Berner and featuring the voices of Jennifer Saunders and Adrian Edmondson, BEST BIRTHDAY EVER tells the story of Little Charlie, a small rabbit who lives with his loving family and pets in a house at the edge of town.

Like many five-year olds, Little Charlie goes to a kindergarten and plays with his friends in the neighbourhood. He is used to having his parents’ full attention – but all of that changes when his baby sister Clara is born, leading to an unexpected adventure with his best friend Monica.

BEST BIRTHDAY EVER is screening only in cinemas from the 11th August 2022. The film is screening mainly at Event cinemas around Sydney and independent cinemas Randwick Ritz, Limelight Tuggeranong, GUO Shellharbour and GUO Morley.

CINEMA TRAILER LINK

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVK4-XyJ3ZM

Courtesy of Rialto Distribution, Sydney Arts Guide is pleased to offer 10 family passes  to give away. editor.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com with BEST BIRTHDAY EVER PROMOTION in the subject heading and your postal address in the body of your email. Winners  will be advised by email.

ELIZABETH : A PORTRAIT IN PARTS : FIVE DOUBLE PASSES

 

MPRF68 Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh on their coronation day, Buckingham Palace, 1953. Artist: Unknown. Image shot 1953. Exact date unknown.

From the famed director of Notting Hill and Tea with the Dames Roger Michell  comes ELIZABETH. A nostalgic,  uplifting and modern documentary about Queen Elizabeth II – the greatest British monarch of all  time and longest serving female head of state in history.

For the last nine decades Queen Elizabeth II  has been entrenched in our collective consciousness: instantly recognisable, yet elusively and  perpetually unknowable. Until now. With extraordinary access to rare footage from the Royal  Archives, ELIZABETH is a truly cinematic celebration of an icon that reveals a unique glimpse of the  woman behind the legend.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qz1ZjpcaVkU

ELIZABETH : A PORTRAIT IN PARTS  will open in cinemas on Thursday 21st April, 2022.

Courtesy of Madman Entertainment, Sydney Arts Guide has five in season double passes to give away.

Email editor.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com with ELIZABETH : A PORTRAIT IN PARTS in the subject heading and your  postal address in the body of your email. Winners will be advised by email.

CIRCA’S TWO UPCOMING SHOWS @ THEATRE ROYAL : DOUBLE PASSES

Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Adventure. Pic Daniel Evans
Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Adventure. Pic Dylan Evans
Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Adventure. Pic Dylan Evans
Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Adventure. Pic Dylan Evans
Circa’s ‘Peepshow’. pic Prudence Upton
Circa’s ‘Peepshow’Pic Prudence Upton
Circa’s ‘Peepshow’ Pic Prudence Upton
Circa’s ‘Peepshow’ Pic Prudence Upton

Circa, in an exciting new partnership with GWB Entertainment and Trafalgar Entertainment are thrilled to announce its premiere season at Theatre Royal Sydney 20-24 April. 

The internationally successful contemporary circus company based in Brisbane will present two of its incredible shows during the strictly limited season in Sydney. The masterful Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Circus will entertain our youngest circus fans during the day as they enjoy school holidays, whilst Circa’s Peepshow will bring the intensity to the evening when the sun goes down. 

“I love that we are presenting two complimentary but different visions of Circa’s work in the same  week. Peepshow is hot, sweaty, sexy and tough. Moving from cabaret to nightclub it is full of high  energy acts and muscular acrobatics for adults who want to laugh, gasp and feel the burn. Wolfgang’s  Magical Musical Circus is a chocolate coated Brussel sprout of a show – an hour of Mozart’s music  children love to experience. It’s a hilarious madcap ride crammed with acrobatics and skills and lots  of surprises.” said Yaron Lifschitz, Circa Artistic Director  Continue reading CIRCA’S TWO UPCOMING SHOWS @ THEATRE ROYAL : DOUBLE PASSES

THE GOOD BOSS : A SPARKLING SPANISH COMEDY : 5 DOUBLE PASSES

 

The brilliant new Spanish comedy starring Academy Award winner Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men), THE GOOD BOSS, is coming to cinemas on April 7 courtesy of  Sharmill Films.

This piercingly clever comedy from Spain, featuring Javier at the top of his game, had a record breaking 20 nominations at the Goya Film Awards and was Spain’s Oscars entry for Best International Feature!

In THE GOOD BOSS, Blanco (Bardem), the charismatic owner of a family-run factory, is under pressure as he covets a local award for business excellence. Everything needs to be perfect! But the veneer of the perfect company cracks as Blanco has to deal with a vengeful fired worker, a depressed supervisor and an infatuated ambitious intern. To win the competition, the manipulative “good boss” shamelessly meddles in his employees’ private lives and crosses every line imaginable, unknowingly starting an explosive chain reaction with wild consequences. You can watch the trailer here.

Courtesy of Sharmill Films Sydney Arts Guide has five double passes to the preview screening of THE GOOD BOSS on Tuesday 5 April at 6.30pm at Randwick Ritz cinema, 45 St Paul Street, Randwick. Email editor.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com with  THE GOOD BOSS PROMOTION in the subject heading.  Winners will be advised by email.

Featured image : Javier Bardem, the  shining star of the new Spanish comedy ‘The Good Boss’

 

NOBODY HAS TO KNOW : FIVE DOUBLE PASSES

 

Memories tell us the story of who we are. If those memories vanish, whose stories will take their  place? Phil (Bouli Lanners), a middle-aged farmhand working on a remote Scottish island suffers  amnesia following a stroke. A lonely local woman, Millie (Game of Thrones’ Michelle Fairley) helps  him acclimate back to his life and claims they were once in a relationship before his accident. This is  a fragile lie that Millie must protect to keep their burgeoning romance alive, but at what cost? 

WRITER/DIRECTOR: Bouli Lanners 

CAST: Michelle Fairley, Bouli Lanners, Andrew Still, Cal Macaninch, Clovis Cornilla and Julian Glover CLASSIFICATION: M – coarse language 

RUNNING TIME: 99 mins 

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE DATE: April 7, 2022

Courtesy of Maslow Entertainment, Sydney Arts Guide has five in season double passes to give away to see ‘Nobody Has To Know’. Email editor.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com with NOBODY HAS TO KNOW PROMOTION in the subject heading and your postal address in the body of your email. Winners will be notified by email. 

5 DOUBLE PASSES TO LAST WEEK OF JIFF 2022

Sydney Arts Guide has five double passes to give away to the closing week of the Jewish International Film Festival 2022.

Some of the films screening in the last week include :

I AM HERE

I-Am-Here

I AM HERE is a documentary about  a 98 year old South African holocaust survivor who talks about her astonishing life journey.

SIMONE VEIL, A WOMAN OF THE CENTURY

Simone Veil Woman of the Century

The extraordinary life of French feminist icon Simone veil is brought to the silver screen in this moving bio pic from director Olivier Dahan (La Vie en rose).

DIRTY TRICKS

Dirty Tricks

Dirty Tricks takes us into the world of competitive bridge and the world’s best player Israeli Lotan Fisher.

HALLELUJAH : LEONARD COHEN, A JOURNEY, A SONG

This is a charming and insightful documentary about the late, great Jewish Canadian singer songwriter, poet and novelist Leonard Cohen.

To browse session times and films http://www.jiff.com.au

Email the editor on editor.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com with JIFF PROMOTION in the subject heading. Winners will be advised by email and digital tickets forwarded to them

 

 

 

MEMORIA STARRING TILDA SWINTON : FIVE DOUBLE PASSES

MEMORIA is the latest film by the extraordinary mind of Palme D’or winning director Apichatpong Weerasethakul, and starring Academy Award® winner Tilda Swinton, comes a drama about a Scottish woman, who, after hearing a loud ‘bang’ at daybreak, begins experiencing mysterious sensory syndrome while traversing the jungles of Colombia.

The film is a vivid journey of architecture, archaeology, dreaming and memory. The result is an immersive and a mesmerising addition to the body of work of one of the most original filmmakers working today.

MEMORIA opens in cinemas on Thursday 7th April 2022

Trailer:    https://youtu.be/msM5N6Rf_FQ
Rating: PG – Mild themes and infrequent coarse language
Runtime: 136 minutes
Language: English / Spanish
Country: Colombia
Social media: #Memoria,  @madmanfilms

Courtesy of Madman Films, Sydney Arts Guide has five in season double passes to give away to see the film. Email editor.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com with MEMORIA PROMOTION in the subject heading and your postal address in the body of your email. Winners will be advised by email.

 

 

 

 

WE ARE HERE COMPANY : RADICAL TRANSPARENCY : TWO DOUBLE PASSES

FORM Dance Projects and Riverside Theatres present Dance Bites 2022 a new rollicking one of a kind work by the WE ARE HERE Company exploring the intersection between honesty and artifice, wild and tame, light and dark, process and performance, raw and manufactured, and how on earth in this day and age we are going to present new dance work that is sustainable, wild, buoyant and afloat while it feels like everything is sinking.

The WE ARE HERE Company holds artistry, performative range and collaboration in its work, contributing and redefining the current look, approach and style of Australian contemporary dance. It is a breakthrough contemporary dance company like no other, comprising powerful performers (aged 20-30 yrs) who are open minded, able to dance with ‘heart’ and exhibit performative and choreographic potential.

This work was supported by March Dance, The City of Sydney and the Kier Foundation. Emma Saunders @ WE ARE HERE are the recipients of a Bursary from Critical Path, which contributed to this work. as part of March Dance supported by The City of Sydney and the Keir Foundation.

We Are Here Company’s performance of RADICAL TRANSPARENCY will play the Lennox Theatre at Riverside Theatres Parramatta on Friday 18th March and Saturday 19th March 2022 at 8pm. There will be a digital livestream performance on Saturday 19 March at 8pm which you can book for through the Riverside’s website www.riversideparramatta.com.au.

Sydney Arts Guide has two double passes to give away to the We Are Here Company’s performance of RADICAL TRANSPARENCY on Friday 18 March, 2022 at 8pm.

Email editor.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com with RADICAL TRANSPARENCY PROMOTION in the subject heading and your mobile contact phone number in the body of your email.

Winners will be advised by email.

 

 

 

Q AND A SCREENINGS RETURN TO THE DENDY : TWO DOUBLE PASSES

After a two-year break, live Q&As are finally back at Dendy Newtown! We are thrilled to announce five  upcoming screenings of new Australian movies, which will all be followed by intimate, in-person Q&A sessions with the incredible  talent involved with each film. 

Direct from the Sydney Film Festival, the witty, absurdist Australian black comedy Friends and Strangers will be screened on March 12 followed by a Q&A with writer/director James Vaughn. On Tuesday, March  15, join us for a special event Q&A screening of Wash My Soul in the River’s Flow in conversation with  director Philippa Bateman, hosted by Channel 10’s Narelda Jacobs. The film  celebrates the love, lives, and creative collaboration of iconic Indigenous artists Archie Roach and Ruby  Hunter. 

To celebrate the release of the new Australian sci-fi film Loveland, we’re holding a special screening on  Saturday, March 19 followed by a Q&A with writer/director Ivan Sen and screen legend Hugo Weaving.  On Thursday, March 31, we will host a screening of The Desert Said Dance, which captures the intensity of the longest non-stop offroad race in the world, The Baja 1000. The screening will be followed by a Q&A  with director Lincoln Caplice Continue reading Q AND A SCREENINGS RETURN TO THE DENDY : TWO DOUBLE PASSES

BERGMAN ISLAND: DESTINATION WITH DESTINY : FIVE DOUBLE PASSSES

Scenes from a marriage played out on symbolic turf, BERGMAN ISLAND is more than a mere tribute film to Ingmar Bergman. It’s a little masterpiece in its own right.

Providing further proof that Vicky Krieps is one of the world’s most exciting actors, Mia Hansen-Løve’s beautifully poised film of memory and creation chronicles a couple’s visit to the famed director’s place of residence, a sort of busman’s holiday for the pair.

Krieps plays Chris, who is working on a screenplay. She has accompanied her husband, Tony, a lauded film director who is on the island to introduce a festival of his films. In between dutifully attending panels about the picture making process and a bit of site seeing, he too is working on a script.

He keeps his writing private, fairly secretive about subject, whereas she wants to share her struggles with the screenplay, air the problems and difficulties she is facing.

In doing so, BERGMAN ISLAND morphs into the framework of her scenario and so we see the screenplay she has been working on, about a younger couple’s stormy relationship, fleshed out.

And so we get two stories, intertwined by imagination and experience, both beautifully realised and seamlessly executed. The tiny tensions that can make tears in the texture of a relationship are are wonderfully observed and the gender dynamics examined in both facets – the real and the created worlds.

Interestingly, in the real world, Chris and Tony’s billet on the island is where Bergman shot Scenes From a Marriage, a film responsible for “millions of divorces” their caretaker ominously announces.

Krieps is beautifully matched by Tim Roth as Tony, taciturn yet tactile, a tunnel visioned professional yet sensitive, mostly, to his wife’s ambitions.

The film within the film stars Mia Wasikowska and Anders Danielsen Lie as the lovers, again two finely matched and calibrated performances.

Where Bergman’s films were pigeon-holed as pervasively pessimistic, BERGMAN ISLAND is the opposite – persuasively optimistic- anguish assuaged with hope and joy. More Smiles of a Summer Night than Persona.

All this with a soundtrack that features Abba’s Winner Takes It All. Magic!

Review by Richard Cotter

BERGMAN ISLAND opens in cinemas on Thursday March 10. Courtesy of Maslow Entertainment, Sydney Arts Guide has five in season double passes to give away. Email the Editor on editor.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com with BERGMAN ISLAND PROMOTION in the subject heading and your postal address in the body of your email, Winners will be advised by email.

BOOK OF LOVE : A WARM ROMANTIC COMEDY : 10 DOUBLE PASSES

 

BOOK OF LOVE follows Henry, an uptight English writer (Claflin) whose novel is a total failure. One bright spot is that the book is hit in Mexico but when he is invited to the country to promote it, he soon discovers why — the Spanish translator, Maria, played by Echegui, has rewritten his dull book as an erotic novel. The writer is furious, and even more so when his publisher pairs him and the translator on a book tour across Mexico. Opposites attract and, of course, sparks fly in this romantic comedy.

BOOK OF LOVE

Release Date: March 10
Director: Analeine Cal y Mayor
Writers: Analeine Cal y Mayor, David Quantick
Cast:Sam Claflin, Veronica Echequi, Horacio Garcia Rojas

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pJ394c64UI

Sydney Arts Guide has ten doubles to give away to the preview screening of BOOK OF LOVE on Wednesday 9th March at 6.30pm at Event Cinemas George Street. editor.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com  with BOOK OF LOVE PROMOTION in the subject heading and in the body of your email request to win a double pass to the preview screening. Winners will be advised by email.

 

EXHIBITION ON SCREEN : THE GREAT MEXICAN ARTIST FRIDA KAHLO : TWO DOUBLE PASSES

The Broken Column, 1944 (oil on masonite) by Kahlo, Frida (1907-54); 33×43 cm; Museo Dolores Olmedo Patino, Mexico City, Mexico; ¬© Selva/Leemage; Mexican, in copyright.
The Two Fridas, 1939 (oil on canvas) by Kahlo, Frida (1907-54); 173.5×173 cm; Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, Mexico; (add.info.: Las dos Fridas.
One is wearing a white European-style Victorian dress while the other is wearing a traditional Tehuana dress.); De Agostini Picture Library / G. Dagli Orti; Mexican, in copyright.

Exhibition on Screen have announced an encore Australian release of their stunning art film, Frida Kahlo as International  Women’s Day on Tuesday March 8, 2022

Filmed extensively on location in Mexico City, including at Kahlo’s home ‘The Blue House’, this personal and intimate documentary, from Exhibition on Screen’s world-leading team of art film specialists, offers a unique journey into the life and art of one of the most celebrated and influential female artists of the past century.

Revered in her home country for her attention to Mexican and indigenous culture, and by feminists around the globe for her depiction of the female experience and form; Kahlo is best known for her uncompromising self-portraits, which laid bare both her pain and her passion.

Having suffered polio as a child, Kahlo almost died in a bus accident in her teens, suffering multiple injuries to her spine, shoulder, collarbone, ribs, pelvis and legs. Although she lived a full life, these injuries and related complications permeated Kahlo’s her 47 years, during which she endured 30 operations.

Of Frida Kahlo’s 143 paintings, 55 are self-portraits. Continue reading EXHIBITION ON SCREEN : THE GREAT MEXICAN ARTIST FRIDA KAHLO : TWO DOUBLE PASSES

SIMA’S OPENING NIGHT OF SUMMER JAZZ FESTIVAL : TWO DOUBLE PASSES

This Thursday night February 17 between  7:00 pm and 10:00 pm the Double Bill of Claire Cross: Into Light and COAST will play Mary’s Underground, Reiby Place, Circular Quay to kickstart this year’s SIMA jazz festival.

Claire Cross has forged an impressive emerging career as a session bassist, performing alongside some of Australia’s most iconic artists as part of concerts including Her Sound, Her Story (2016, Melbourne Music Week), Stand By Your Woman (2017 & 2018, Hamer Hall) and SPIRE Ensemble at various festivals. She has also performed and toured with groups including The Outdoor Type, Oh Pep! and Phia.

Melbourne’s Claire Cross presents her latest project “Into Light” – an immersive, electro-acoustic suite that swells with lush textures and delicate melodies. Commissioned by the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, the all-Melbourne project features outstanding young saxophonist Flora Carbo.

http://www.clairecross.com.au/about

Continue reading SIMA’S OPENING NIGHT OF SUMMER JAZZ FESTIVAL : TWO DOUBLE PASSES

A DOUBLE BILL OF JEWISH THEATRE : FIVE DOUBLE PASSES

Through the development of new ideas and scripts, received from the community, Moira Blumenthal Productions have continued to expand the momentum of Jewish theatre in Sydney by bringing to the  stage dramatised readings of new plays in various stages of script and/or production development. 

LETTERS FROM A TROUBLED PAST IN 2 ACTS: Torn Apart by War by Vic Alhadeff and Letters of Loss And Refuge will be presented at ARA Darling Quarter Theatre from Thursday 17 to Saturday 19 March. 

LETTERS FROM A TROUBLED PAST IN 2 ACTS 

TORN APART BY WAR by Vic Alhadeff  

TORN APART BY WAR is the compelling true story of two people whose lives were  turned upside-down by war and misunderstanding. If things had gone according to  plan, everything would have been so different. Vic Alhadeff’s father thought his  fiancée had been murdered at Auschwitz; she thought he had perished. The  drama takes place during World War II against the backdrop of the Greek island of  Rhodes.  Continue reading A DOUBLE BILL OF JEWISH THEATRE : FIVE DOUBLE PASSES

BLIND AMBITION : SPECIAL PREVIEW SCREENING : FIVE DOUBLE PASSES

Having escaped starvation and tyranny in their homeland of Zimbabwe, four refugees have conquered the odds to become South Africa’s top sommeliers. Driven by relentless optimism, a passion for their craft and unshakeable national pride, they form Zimbabwe’s first ever wine tasting team and set their sights on the coveted title of ‘World Wine Tasting Champions’.

From the moment they arrive in France to compete, this team of mavericks turns an establishment of privilege and tradition on its head. A truly uplifting documentary that celebrates just how irrepressible the human spirit can be. An uplifting story of hope,
courage and determination, BLIND AMBITION is the “Cool Runnings” of the wine world.

BLIND AMBITION will start in cinemas on Thursday March 3, 2022.

Courtesy of Madman Entertainment, Sydney Arts Guide has five double passes to the preview screening of  BLIND AMBITION on February 21 at 6.30pm at the Dendy cinema 261-263 King Street, Newtown. 

Email editor.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com with  BLIND AMBITION PROMOTION in the subject heading. Winners will be advised by email.

 

GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY : TWENTY DOUBLES

Girl From The North Country. Pic Daniel Boud
Girl From The North Country. Pic Daniel Boud

This is the second production to take place since the reopening of the Theatre Royal Sydney. The show which has had successful productions on Broadway and the West End was written and directed by Conor McPherson

The story is set in a boarding house in Duluth, Minnesota on the shores of Lake Superior. It’s the winter of 1934 and America is in the grip of the Great Depression. Duluth is the town where Bob Dylan grew up in.

The play features an on stage narrator, the family’s Doctor, Doctor Walker (Terrence Crawford).

The owner of the boarding house is Nick Laine (Peter Kowitz), whose life is slowly unravelling.  He is stressed out trying to meet the mortgage payments on the boarding house. 

His wife Elizabeth (Lisa McCune) has  dementia, his son Gene (James Smith) is an alcoholic and without a job. Continue reading GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY : TWENTY DOUBLES

MATISSE : LIFE AND SPIRIT : ONE DOUBLE PASS

 

Henri Matisse ‘Still life with magnolia (Nature morte au magnolia)’ 1941
oil on canvas, 74 x 101 cm.
Exhibition installation view of Matisse: Life & Spirit Masterpieces from the Centre Pompidou, Paris exhibition on display at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Photo: AGNSW, Mim Stirling

Exclusive to Sydney this summer, discover the major exhibition Matisse: Life & Spirit, Masterpieces from the Centre Pompidou, Paris at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, featuring more than 100 works of brilliant colour and inventiveness by French artist Henri Matisse(1869-1954). 

This monumental exhibition has been developed by the Art Gallery of NSW in collaboration with France’s leading modern art museum, Centre Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne. The exhibition is curated by Centre Pompidou curator of modern collections Dr Aurélie Verdier, with Art Gallery of NSW head curator of international art Justin Paton and special exhibitions curator Jackie Dunn.

Matisse: Life & Spirit is the single greatest exhibition of Matisse works to be seen in Sydney, including the largest display seen in Australia of the artist’s triumphant late ‘cut-outs’. Comprising paintings, drawings and sculptures, the exhibition reveals how Matisse constantly renewed and revitalised his art across six decades. Continue reading MATISSE : LIFE AND SPIRIT : ONE DOUBLE PASS

THE FANTASTICAL LIFE OF DANIEL SOLANDER : TWO DIGITAL PASSES

James Fraser

Who was Daniel Solander? This is a tale that begs to be told, and how better to do it but through music! Solander was a brilliant and much-loved Swedish botanist and linguist, and an almost forgotten member of Cook’s 1770 voyage to Australia. Drawing on their unique background in Swedish folk and art music, Australian colonial music and the diaries of Captain Cook and Joseph Banks, The Marais Project and actor/narrator James Fraser celebrate the fantastical life of Australia’s first Swede.

Since the 2014 launch of their popular ‘Smörgåsbord’ CD of Swedish early music, folk and jazz, Swedish born lutenist, Tommie Andersson, and viola da gambist, Jenny Eriksson, whose grandfather was Swedish, have been national leaders in bringing the joys of their Scandinavian musical heritage to Australian shores.

Originally developed to align with the 250th anniversary of Cook’s voyage in 2020, The Marais Project were booked ‘pre-Covid’ to present ‘The Fantastical Life of Daniel Solander’ across Australia and for the Australian Embassy in Stockholm, but now its premiere will take place live on Australian Digital Concert Hall. Continue reading THE FANTASTICAL LIFE OF DANIEL SOLANDER : TWO DIGITAL PASSES

JEWISH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL : FIVE DOUBLE PASSES

Greener Pastures

From stories of unlikely friendships, strange true life events to the heroes of history, the Jewish International Film Festival (23 Feb – 3 April) makes its sparkling return to Australian cinemas, showcasing the very best of Jewish cinematic gems from around the globe.

Featuring 55 premiere films from 20 countries, the Festival will deliver a vast program; presenting 31 feature films, 25documentaries and episodes from 1 television series, and 6 short films alongside a suite of live arts events to audiences in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Canberra with the exciting new addition of the Gold Coast.

“Adapting to change has been a theme for all of us over the last two years and our selection of films only highlights the challenges that come with adapting to change; a story all too familiar to Jewish people,” said Jewish International Film Festival Artistic Director, Eddie Tamir. “Amongst the cacophony of infinite entertainment choices available to us today, we are privileged to present this wonderfully curated program of incredible stories for the 2022 edition of JIFF, alongside a lively program of events and experiences.” Continue reading JEWISH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL : FIVE DOUBLE PASSES

EUROPA! EUROPA FILM FESTIVAL : TWO DOUBLE PASSES

A still from the movie ‘Europa’

From international film festival favourites to star-studded blockbusters and subversive works helmed by Europe’s most celebrated auteurs, Europa! Europa is set to bring the very best of European cinema to Australian shores for the first time from February 4 – 27 2022.

Featuring 43 films from 42 countries, the Festival brings Europe’s most innovative, audacious and daring films to audiences down under in Sydney and Melbourne.

“I am thrilled to present Europa! Europa’s incredible inaugural program, brimming with bold and daring Australian premieres which encapsulate the unrestrained spirit of European cinema and span the full cultural breadth of the continent.”

“From terrifying Scandi-horror to acclaimed titles direct from Cannes and powerful ruminations on the experiences of refugees in Europe – the Festival gives Australian audiences the opportunity to see Europe’s hottest titles fast tracked to their local cinema,” says Europa! Europa Film Festival Director, Thomas Caldwell. Continue reading EUROPA! EUROPA FILM FESTIVAL : TWO DOUBLE PASSES

BACKLIGHT : STARRING LIAM NEESON : TEN DOUBLE PASSES

In BACKLIGHT a troubled off-the-books fixer for the FBI Travis Block (Liam Neeson), tasked with pulling undercover agents out of dangerous situations, finds himself in the middle of a deadly conspiracy when an undercover agent starts questioning the very people he’s working for. Block, must not only track down the agent, but also find out the truth. A truth that may strain even his questionable moral code.

BACKLIGHT releases in cinema on Thursday 10th February, 2022.

Sydney Arts Guide has ten in season double passes to give away. Email editor.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com with BACKLIGHT PROMOTION in the subject heading and your postal address in the body of your email. Winners will be advised by email.

 

DRIVE MY CAR : TWO DOUBLE PASSES

DRIVE MY CAR (Japanese: ドライブ・マイ・カー, Hepburn: Doraibu mai kā) is a 2021 Japanese road drama film co-written and directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi. It is primarily based on Haruki Murakami’s short story of the same name from his 2014 short story collection Men Without Women while taking inspiration from other stories in it.[ The film follows Yūsuke Kafuku (played by Hidetoshi Nishijima) as he directs a production of Uncle Vanya and grapples with the death of his wife Oto.

Considered one of the best films of 2021,[4][5][6] it was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival where it won three awards including Best Screenplay, and was then picked as the Japanese entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 94th Academy Awards, making the December 2021 shortlist. At the 79th Golden Globe Awards, the film won Best Foreign Language Film. Continue reading DRIVE MY CAR : TWO DOUBLE PASSES

INDIA SWEETS AND SPICES : TEN DOUBLE PASSES

In INDIA SWEETS AND SPICES, summer has arrived in Ruby Hill, New Jersey, a posh suburban oasis of mini-mansions,  backyard swimming pools and luxury cars, but for the first time in her life, Alia Kapur (Sophia Ali)  wonders if this is all there is to life. After a year at UCLA, she is ready to trade in the lavish  Saturday-night dinner parties and gossiping “aunties” of her community for a more authentic,  worthwhile existence — even if she doesn’t quite know what that looks like yet. 

When Alia meets Varun (Rish Shah), the son of local shopkeepers, she impulsively invites  him and his parents to her mother’s upcoming extravagant soiree. In the process, she accidentally  uncovers a pair of family secrets that will have consequences for everyone involved. Her straight laced mother Sheila (Manisha Koirala) has a shared history with Varun’s mom Bhairavi (Deepti  Gupta) that she refuses to discuss with her daughter, while her father Ranjit (Adil Hussain) is  harboring mysteries of a much more recent vintage.   Continue reading INDIA SWEETS AND SPICES : TEN DOUBLE PASSES