If you're a movie buff and are in Sydney from 15-18 September, make a date to grab your popcorn for the Sydney Underground Film Festival. From indie, unique, film noir, black comedy and pure creativity, the program line up will provide mind bending movies. Alongside the films are sessions including live guests, Q&A's, the obviously hyped opening and closing parties, special events and bringing together fabulous non-blockbusters in big screen unity.
Taking place at the Factory Theater, Marrickville, tickets are now on sale form $16 for individual movies, to $53 for the opening night extravaganza, bulk films at $47, closing night and select day tickets...alongside concession prices. You can also pay $16 for a master class program, or screenwriting class at $26.
The master class takes place on the Saturday and Sunday, hosted by Sydney Film School. This is the second annual class event of its type and will give you the tools to guide you towards that (one day) Oscar nod. There are various session classes including screenwriting with Gordy Hoffman, a conceptualization technique class, DIY film making, and drone cinematography. The two days are jam packed so bring your tablet and get ready to make notes. maybe you'll start building up that inner Cohen brothers script? It's also a great way to network with novice and experienced film makers and hey, you may end up partnering with a few. By the time 2017 rolls around, that treatment may be ready for submitting to major studios!
Starting with the opening movie 'Wiener-Dog' at 6.00 pm on the 15th, Todd Solondz brings back the beloved character Dawn Wiener, a geeky kid from the Welcome to Dollhouse film. If you're a fan of canines and observational humor, then this is a movie you've got to see.
With nearly 60 films playing, and John Waters closing flick 'Multiple maniacs,' its a series of original and artistic line ups, back to back. Most movies are around 90 minutes but the marathon Saturday 'seriously, buy the supersized popcorn' schedule includes Snow Monkey, lasting a walloping 148 minutes. The movies on this all-day-and-nighter kick off at 9.30 am and the curtain closes at around 11.30 pm, give or take standing ovation time.
It'll take you an hour by public transport from the festival to Cremorne Point but the scenic ferry ride over the Harbour will absolutely be worth it. And if you want to see a short film (1.30 minutes) we put together, check this link to our stunning Five Star Cremorne Point Manor Penthouse. And the award for best cinematographer goes to...