Little Screen :: Autumn Sydney Film Guide

April 16th 2015
Parix Texas

Natassja Kinski in Paris, Texas

With the cold, wet months approaching and the temptation to hibernate growing, Little Screen has rounded up some sterling film events that are definitely worth getting the sniffles for this autumn. Enjoy!


The Golden Age Cinema Autumn Part II Program

Directors Kate Jinx and Bob Barton curate one of the most exciting film programs I’ve seen in a while – including Cult Classics Tuesdays (Wim Wenders’ masterpiece Paris, Texas and Coppola’s The Outsiders), Guest Presents Wednesdays (new releases that weren’t released for long enough Listen Up Phillip and A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night), and much, much more.

This is your chance to see some beautiful international and classic films that are really hard to come by in Sydney (and Australia in general), plus treat your belly to a burger from the Nighthawk Diner Food Truck while you’re there. The event kicked off on April 13 and will continue running until the end of May.

You can see the full program here.


Motion Pictures Festival

Based in Western Sydney’s Fairfield, the Motion Pictures Festival is focused on showcasing the ambitious works of emerging filmmakers. This focus, as well as paying homage to Australian film industry pioneer A.J. Beszant, directly confronts the issue of locational favouritism in Sydney by recognising that a passion and desire for the arts exists in all corners of our city.

To celebrate the opening of this festival, there will be an opening pilot event on April 18 that will feature creativity in abundance, from short films by Western Sydney Filmmakers to a performance by the fascinating electronic media artist Pia Van Gelder.

RSVP to the event here.

The full festival program is coming soon here.


Spanish Film Festival

The Spanish Film Festival at Palace Cinemas is running from now until May 10.

The full program is here.


Film Club: Chauvel Cinémathèque, Paddington

Tracey Moffatt

Australian artist and director of Nice Coloured Girls, Tracey Moffatt

This year, the Chauvel Cinémathèque’s theme of “Territory” is bringing some really interesting cinema to the surface. Each week during the next 3 months, the film club will show a feature film as well as a short film by Sydney film students that explores the theme in their own dynamic way. Check out the full program and buy tickets here. I personally wouldn’t miss Essie Coffey’s My Survival as an Aboriginal Woman or Tracey Moffat’s Nice Coloured Girls coming up on April 27.




Salt of The Earth Directed by Wim Wenders @ Dendy Cinemas, now until end of April

You’ll find that I always recommend going to see whatever director Wim Wenders is up to, but I promise it’s for a good reason. Salt of the Earth follows a Brazilian social documentary photographer/photojournalist as he moves from capturing the injustices of the world to his latest work photographing the magical landscapes of Brazil, and how in doing so realises another way to look at our world.


Cobain: Montage of Heck Directed by Brett Morgen @ Dendy Cinemas, release date May 7

Kurt Cobain

Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain

The otherworldly presence and unfiltered talent of Kurt Cobain will never cease to be an intriguing topic to many. This documentary takes another step into penetrating the mind and music of the legendary Nirvana frontman. In a unique twist, it serves as the first ‘full authorised portrait’ of Cobain, blending archival footage of Cobain as a child of innocence with interviews from loved ones (including Courtney Love) and animated re-enactments.



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