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Time Out (Sydney) - - INSIDE - By Nick Dent

For some­thing: Po­lit­i­cally in­cen­di­ary Terror Nul­lius

Ex­per­i­men­tal art duo So­da_Jerk have spliced clips from fa­mous Aus­tralian movies and TV shows to­gether with po­lit­i­cal speeches by the likes of John Howard, Tony Ab­bott and Pauline Han­son to make a scur­rilous 55-minute de­con­struc­tion of the na­tional psy­che. It’s a must-see. See also: Fox­trot; The Re­ports on Sarah and Saleem

For some­thing: Amer­i­can in­die Leave No Trace

You might know De­bra Granik as the film­maker who dis­cov­ered Jen­nifer Lawrence by cast­ing her in the bril­liant Win­ter’s Bone. Her new film also tack­les the white poor work­ing class in the story of a 13-year-old girl (Thomasin Har­court McKen­zie) and her warvet­eran fa­ther (Ben Foster) forced to live in the wilder­ness off the grid. See also: Tyrel; Sup­port the Girls

For some­thing: Hi­lar­i­ous and dead­pan The Breaker Up­per­ers

Two Kiwi women, Madeleine Sami and Jackie van Beek, di­rect, write and star in this black com­edy about two best friends who break up cou­ples for money. Taika Waititi is the ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer. See also: Len­ingrad Cow­boys Go Amer­ica

For some­thing: True crime A Mur­der in Mans­field

“You mur­dered my mother!” An LA man who helped con­vict his fa­ther when he was just 12 years old vis­its that fa­ther in prison. Veteran film­maker Bar­bara Kop­ple ( Har­lan County USA, Miss Sharon Jones!) di­rects a sear­ing story about the scars of vi­o­lence. See also: Cold Blooded: The Clut­ter Fam­ily Mur­ders

For some­thing: Fash­ion­able West­wood: Punk Icon Ac­tivist

This doc­u­men­tary pro­files the great UK fash­ion de­signer and pi­o­neer of the punk aes­thetic Vivi­enne West­wood. See also: McQueen; Yel­low Is For­bid­den

For some­thing: Ter­ri­fy­ing Ghost Sto­ries

Mar­tin Free­man stars in the film ver­sion of a spooky UK stage hit from the League of Gen­tle­men’s Jeremy Dyson – a tril­ogy of terror. See also: The Field Guide to Evil; What Keeps You Alive; Up­grade

For some­thing: Retro My Bril­liant Ca­reer

Gil­lian Arm­strong’s 1979 adap­ta­tion of Miles Franklin’s 1901 novel made stars of Judy Davis and Sam Neill. The Aus­tralian clas­sic has been re­stored and gets a spe­cial re­vival screening at SFF. See also: The Mar­riage of Maria Braun; My 20th Cen­tury

For some­thing: With a win­dow on the Mid­dle East The Poet­ess

A Saudi tal­ent show in which con­tes­tants re­cite poetry, and the woman in a burqa who makes it to the fi­nals while crit­i­cis­ing pa­tri­ar­chal Arab so­ci­ety, are the fo­cus of this doc­u­men­tary from Ger­many. See also: Of Fathers and Sons; Look­ing for Oum Kulthum

For some­thing: Be­hind the scenes The Clean­ers

Ever won­der who keeps ob­jec­tion­able im­ages off

Face­book? This pow­er­ful and un­nerv­ing doc­u­men­tary shows that it’s an army of anony­mous dig­i­tal jan­i­tors in the Philip­pines – cen­sors who are sub­jected to hor­ri­fy­ing im­ages on a daily ba­sis. See also: Ghosthunter; China Love For some­thing: Orig­i­nal and strange Tran­sit This pe­riod melo­drama about a man who flees France when the Nazis in­vade uses a strik­ing de­vice: the mod­ern-day world stands in for the 1940s. It makes the past vividly alive – and of­fers a warn­ing about our cur­rent cli­mate of pre-Fas­cism. See also: Pig; The Pure Ne­ces­sity

For some­thing: Film nerd Film­worker

Leon Vi­tali was Stan­ley Kubrick’s per­sonal as­sis­tant for the last 20 years of the di­rec­tor’s life. This pro­file of the man whose job de­fied de­scrip­tion goes be­hind the scenes of Barry Lyndon, The Shin­ing, Full Metal Jacket and Eyes Wide Shut. See also: 24 Frames; That Sum­mer; Jill Bil­cock: Danc­ing the In­vis­i­ble For some­thing: Eth­i­cally chal­leng­ing The Kinder­garten Teacher Mag­gie Gyl­len­haal plays the ti­tle role in this re­make of an Is­raeli film. She plays kinder­garten teacher Lisa, who dis­cov­ers that one of her five-year-old charges seems to have a preter­nat­u­ral gift for in­vent­ing poetry, and takes it upon her­self to nur­ture his gift – but goes way too far. See also: The Chil­dren Act

For some­thing: Kau­ris­mäki The Man With­out a Past

David Strat­ton has cu­rated a ret­ro­spec­tive of ten films by Fin­land’s pre­em­i­nent film­maker, Aki Kau­ris­mäki, from Crime and

Pun­ish­ment (1983) to Le Havre (2011). Ar­guably the film­maker’s mas­ter­piece is this 2002 comedic drama about an am­ne­siac in Helsinki. Strat­ton will in­tro­duce all ten films. See also: The Match Fac­tory Girl

For some­thing: Stranger than fic­tion Three Iden­ti­cal Strangers

In 1980, three 19-year-old iden­ti­cal triplets who had been sep­a­rated at birth dis­cov­ered each other’s ex­is­tence. But beyond the me­dia frenzy sur­round­ing brothers Robert Shafran, Ed­ward Gal­land and David Kell­man was a shock­ing story that went way beyond mal­prac­tice. See also: Lek and the Dogs; Rock­Abul; In the Land of Wolves

For some­thing: Fem­i­nist Kusama – In­fin­ity

An artist since the 1950s, it’s only now in her eight­ies that Yayoi Kusama has be­come the big­gest artist in the world. This US doc­u­men­tary ex­plores the sex­ism and men­tal ill­ness that she has bat­tled all her life and cel­e­brates her ex­traor­di­nary, dotty world. See also: Half the Pic­ture

For some­thing: Au­teurist You Were Never Re­ally Here

The new thriller by the re­mark­able Lynne Ram­say ( We Need to

Talk About Kevin) stars Joaquin Phoenix as a heavy hired to res­cue a se­na­tor’s daugh­ter from a sex traf­fick­ing ring. Dark, grim, gritty and short, it’s an ex­traor­di­nary noir that has gar­nered great re­views, es­pe­cially for Phoenix. See also: Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot; Strange Days

For some­thing: To cheer you up Juliet, Naked

An­other Nick Hornby novel of mu­sic ob­ses­sion has been adapted to film. This one stars Chris O’Dowd as a man ob­sessed with a reclu­sive Amer­i­can rock star (Ethan Hawke) to the ex­tent that it threat­ens his re­la­tion­ship with part­ner An­nie (Rose Byrne). See also: Mirai; An­chor and Hope; Friends by Chance Syd­ney Film Fes­ti­val www.sff.org.au. Jun 6-17.

Politi­cians are spliced into Aus­tralian movies

Kusama–In­fin­ity

Ter­rorNul­lius

TheBreak­erUp­per­ers

LeaveNoTrace

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