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Five films from the Pacific & New Zealand to watch at the Sydney Film Festival 2019

Five films from the Pacific & New Zealand to watch at the Sydney Film Festival 2019

The full program for the Sydney Film Festival 2019 has officially been released and the line-up is more exciting than ever.

The festival will present 307 films from over 55 countries including 33 World Premieres, bringing together hundreds of international and local stories. There are 112 feature films, including prize-winners from prestigious festivals around the world; and 79 documentaries tackling crucial contemporary issues, from established and upcoming documentarians.

From June 5-16, cinemas across Sydney will showcase the best films the world has to offer, with the Harbour City playing host to an array of special guests as part of the program.

In anticipation of the upcoming Festival, we’ve shortlisted five of the films out of Latin America that we absolutely can’t wait to drop!

Bellbird (NZ)

This quietly powerful feature debut, told with warm humour, takes us into the heart of a small rural town in New Zealand, where a community comes together after a tragic death. Set over four seasons on a humble dairy farm, the film follows a taciturn old farmer who finds what he’s looking for where he least expects it.

Where and when to catch it?
Tuesday June 11, 2019 6:30pm – State Theatre
Wednesday June 12, 2019 1:55pm – State Theatre

 

The Chills: The Triumph & Tragedy of Martin Phillipps (NZ)

The Chills: The Triumph & Tragedy of Martin Phillipps showcases the ups and many downs of one of New Zealand’s most beloved bands, as seen through their eccentric bandleader and his personal struggles. Packed with bracing archive footage of the glory years, it’s an invigorating, emotional tribute to a great band.

Where and when to catch it?
Friday June 14, 2019 9pm – Dendy Newtown
Sunday June 16, 2019 2pm – Event Cinemas George Street Cinemas 5

More information HERE

 

Daffodils (NZ)

Daffodils is a stirring musical romance brimming with decades of New Zealand hits from Crowded House to Bic Runga; and a box office hit at home. It’s a movie filled with nostalgia for New Zealand life in the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, Daffodils is a quintessential Kiwi love story, and a powerhouse of iconic tunes.

Where and when to catch it?
Wednesday June 12, 2019 8:45pm – Event Cinemas George Street Cinema 4
Friday June 14, 2019 8:30pm – Hayden Orpheum Cremorne

More information HERE

 

Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen

A fascinating portrait of trailblazing Māori filmmaker, Merata Mita (reportedly the first Indigenous woman to direct a feature), crafted with love by her youngest son. Director Heperi Meri, also the son of the late Merate Mita, tells his mother’s dynamic story with clips of her work, interviews with family, and also his own touching commentary.

Where and when to catch it?
Thursday June 13, 2019 3:55pm – State Theatre
Saturday June 15, 2019 2pm – Event Cinemas George Street Cinema 5

More information HERE

 

Vai (Pacific & NZ)

Fabulously rich storytelling from the South Pacific: the imaginary figure Vai is every woman of every age. A beautifully crafted portmanteau feature by nine women filmmakers. This beautiful-looking anthology was shot in seven different Pacific countries – Fiji, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Kuki Airani (Cook Islands), Samoa, Niue and Aotearoa (New Zealand).

Where and when to catch it?
Friday June 14, 2019 8:30pm – Dendy Opera Quays Cinema 1
Saturday June 15, 2019 7:30pm – Casula Powerhouse
Sunday June 16, 2019 2:30pm – Dendy Opera Quays Cinema 1

More information HERE


Anisha Mistry

As the Editor of CulturalPulse, Anisha is passionate about listening to, writing and sharing stories of Australia's multicultural achievement. Got a story to tell? Get in touch: editor@culturalpulse.com.au