Sydney Film Festival article

My article on the Sydney Film Festival has appeared in the Australian Jewish News on June 1, 2009.  In the article, I discuss the following films: $9.99, which has a production design approximating “Tel Aviv Bauhaus modern” meets “Australian suburban”; The Agony and Ecstasy of Phil Spector; Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired; Religulous; Disgrace (whose main character David Lurie played by John Malkovich  is presumed to be Jewish); Unmistaken Child (which proves yet again that Israel’s film industry has moved well beyond “bourekas” entertainment, north Tel Aviv dramas and stories of angst-filled soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, to look at the wider world); Wake in Fright (directed by Canadian-Jewish Ted Kotcheff, who is coming to Australia for the festival and a subsequent theatrical re-release of this classic 1971 film); and Accidents Happen (starring Geena Davis and set in in 1980s Connecticut, but filmed in St Ives and Pymble on Sydney’s north shore – which provide excellent “stand ins” for New England, USA).  I also mention the new Australian teen thriller which will premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) in July, entitled The Loved Ones, directed and written by Sean Byrne  and produced by Mark Lazarus (Australian Rules).

You can also read the Australian Jewish News website version of the article by clicking here.


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