20 films you NEED to see at Sydney Film Festival 2017

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Text: Noelle Faulkner

With  288 films from 59 countries, and 37 of those being global premieres, the Sydney Film Festival can be overwhelming to say the least. Here, Buro 24/7 Culturemaker Noelle Faulkner highlights 20 flicks worth checking out. 

TA DA! The Sydney Film Festival is back to give you incessant FOMO! This year, the festival number crunch to. Here, I've just given you 20 (and believe me, I could have gone for 45 if I didn't have to sleep at some point).

As usual, Sydney Film Festival's scope is mind-melting and the FOMO it produces is incessent. The festival has just opened this week with Warwick Thornton's (Samson and Delilah) Southern Cross explorer We Don't Need a Map and will be closing in two weeks with Bong Joon-ho's (Snowpiercer, Memories of a Murder, The Host, Mother) magical superpig lovestory Okja. 

Now, the meat between those two films is where it's at. Allow me to throw some highlights your way. We have music flicks like legendary punk rock doco The Decline of Western Civilization, The Go-Betweens: Right Here by Kriv Stenders (Red Dog),Whitney: Can I Be Me , the story of Venice Beach's roller dancers in Roller Dreams and the rock legacy of Native Americans in Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World; classics like Belle de Jourdark comedy The Party from Sally Potter (Orlando, The Man Who Cried, The Tango Lesson); adorable animal stories like Pop Aye and Waiting for Giraffes; a space documentary on the Voyager mission; a doco on motorsport icon Bruce McLaren; some really fantastic local works (Girls fans note That's Not Me); a huge range of films direct from Cannes including The Square, Wind River and The Beguiled; Feminist & Film: Sydney Women Filmmakers; a very, very special screening of 10 Akira Kurosawa films, as selected by David Stratton, which I cannot talk about enough - Japanese master auteur Kurosawa has directly influenced directors like Ingmar Bergman, Quentin Tarantino, Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorcese and pretty much every household name in film (I recommend catching Yojimbo, the inspiration for iconic western A Fistful of Dollars and The Hidden Fortress which was the film that directly inspired Star Wars) and... well,  actually, you know what - MORE.

I said it last year and I'll say it again: film festivals are best attacked with a sense of blind trust. Buy a flexipass, see a bunch of films, including the shorts and things you haven't heard of and don't think too hard about it. But here's 20* suggestions to kick off the popcorn/choctop/malteaser carb loading.

*Technically, it's 29, because there are 10 Akira Kurosawa to see.

Sydney Film Festival is on 7-18 June,

For those interstate and based rural areas, check if the travelling film festival is headed near you as well (it also screens on some  Princess Cruises too),  

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