The movies from Britain to watch at the Sydney Film Festival 2019

The movies from Britain 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 exciting program.

With a number of films from the UK at the Sydney Film Festival 2019, here is our selection of five films you have to watch this year.

Blinded by the Light

In Bend it Like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha’s joyful celebration of Bruce Springsteen’s music, discovering The Boss radically changes one British-Pakistani teenager’s life. Based on The Guardian journalist Sarfraz Manzoor’s memoir, Greetings from Bury Park – and made with Springsteen’s blessing and full access to his catalogue (richly represented here with a number of iconic hits) – Blinded by the Light is an uplifting testament to the power of art to change lives.

Where and when to catch it?
Saturday June 8, 2019 9pm – State Theatre
Sunday June 9, 2019 8:20pm – Hayden Orpheum Cremorne
Saturday June 15, 2019 6:35pm – The Ritz Cinema Randwick

More information HERE



Mark Jenkin’s stunningly handcrafted debut feature centres on Martin, a Cornish fisherman who’s fallen on hard times. His resentment of change and rich Londoners reaches boiling point. Martin’s brooding anger speaks for those who feel ignored and powerless in the face of unstoppable social and economic change. Official selection, Berlinale Forum.

Where and when to catch it?
Wednesday June 5, 2019 6pm – Dendy Opera Quays Cinema 1
Thursday June 6, 2019 4:30pm – State Theatre

More information HERE


Dirty God

Sacha Polak (Hemel, SFF 2012) paints an intimate portrait of a young mother from East London left scarred after an acid attack in this compelling tale of courage and self-acceptance. After an acid attack by her ex, young mother Jade from East London is left physically and emotionally scarred. But Jade is no passive victim; she makes her own choices – good or bad – and deals with the consequences.

Where and when to catch it?
Wednesday June 12, 2019 6:30pm – State Theatre
Thursday June 13, 2019 11:40am – State Theatre
Saturday June 15, 2019 2pm – The Ritz Cinema Randwick

More information HERE


A Dog Called Money

British rock star PJ Harvey’s restless, probing creative genius shines in this beautifully impressionistic documentary that combines travelogue and multimedia performance art. A Dog Called Money documents the unusual process behind the recording of Harvey’s 2016 album The Hope Six Demolition Project. Director and Irish war reporter Seamus Murphy, who previously collaborated with Harvey on her award-winning 2011 album Let England Shake, accompanies her on a tour of forsaken places: Afghanistan, Kosovo and a disadvantaged neighbourhood in Washington, DC.

Where and when to catch it?
Wednesday June 5, 2019 8:30pm – Dendy Newtown
Monday June 10, 2019 4pm – Dendy Newtown
Friday June 14, 2019 8:30pm – Event Cinemas George St 4

More information HERE


The Wedding Guest

Dev Patel (LionSlumdog Millionaire) is a mysterious and compelling presence in Michael Winterbottom’s thrilling, modern film noir about a wedding guest with ulterior motives. British man Jay (Patel) travels to Pakistan ostensibly to attend a wedding, but his multiple passports and proficiency with weapons suggest that he has something very different in mind.

Where and when to catch it?
Wednesday June 5, 2019 6:30pm – Event Cinemas George St 4
Friday June 7, 2019 6:30pm – The Ritz Cinema Randwick

More information HERE

Anisha Mistry

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