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Screen Australia at the 70th Sydney Film Festival

Screen Australia is delighted to have several titles screening once again as the Sydney Film Festival celebrates its 70th year in June. Read about the films below and book your tickets now!

The Defenders, The New Boy, Bay of Fires

In this darkly comic crime series, a mother (Marta Dusseldorp) must flee her comfy city life to hide from a sinister gang. But her ‘refuge’ in the wilds of Tasmania has its own quirks, dramas and mysteries.

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Session Times: Saturday 17 June at 6:15pm.
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  • Katele

Martha, a First Nations woman, works tirelessly in a laundromat, until the monotonous routine is interrupted by a mysterious visitor who reminds her of the life she left behind.

Session Times: Saturday 17 June at 2:45pm, Sunday 18 June at 3:30pm.
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Mark Coles Smith, a First Nations actor from the Kimberley, returns to interrogate the alarming suicide rates there and meet remarkable people now making a real difference in its prevention.

Session Times: Monday 12 June at 4:50pm, Tuesday 13 June at 6pm.
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Kindred directors Gillian Moody and Adrian Russell Wills

A journey into the emotional landscape of family, love and loss of two close friends, both Aboriginal, who were adopted by white families and have connected back with their bloodline families.

Session Times: Friday 16 June at 6pm, Saturday 17 June at 9:30am.
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All demonic hell erupts on a US TV talk show in 1977. This brilliantly executed, documentary-style horror from Australians Colin and Cameron Cairnes knocked ’em dead at SXSW.

Session Times: Friday 9 June at 8:45pm, Sunday 11 June at 8:30pm, Thursday 15 June at 6:30pm.
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Bob has scheduled his own death in eight days. Now he must make peace with his family, the love of his life and himself. He invites a filmmaker along to document the process.

Session Times: Wednesday 14 June at 6:05pm, Sunday at 18 June at 3:30pm.
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In this uplifting documentary, actor-director Rachel Ward sets out to regenerate her northern NSW beef farm, with the help of experts and neighbours.

Session Times: Sunday at 11 June at 2:15pm, Monday at 12 June at 6pm, Saturday at 17 June at 5:30pm.
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Sarah Snook (Succession) stars in a spine-tingling Australian psychological thriller as a troubled single mother whose daughter grows distant… and disturbing. Official selection, Sundance.

Session Times: Saturday 10 June at 8:15pm, Thursday 15 June at 8:35pm.
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Having a tentacle arm won’t stop 12-year-old Arkie from rescuing her father from space bandits and saving the planet. An adventurous Australian animation featuring the voices of Jillian Nguyen, Sam Neill, Deborah Mailman, Tim Minchin and more.

Session Times: Saturday 17 June at 1:30pm, Sunday 18 June at 2pm.
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A chilling documentary about the mysterious tragedies befalling an isolated fishing community in Australia’s Cape York from Emmy and previous Sydney Film Festival award-winner Michael Ware (Only The Dead, SFF 2015).

Session Times: Friday 9 June at 6:15pm.
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Go on an epic road trip with the Bells, a sixth-generation carnival family, as they haul their convoy of trucks, rides and workers from Batemans Bay to Darwin and back.

Session Times: Saturday 10 June at 6pm, Sunday 11 June at 9:30am, Monday 12 June at 3:45pm.
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A thought provoking, revelatory and inspiring documentary telling the story of Bruce Pascoe’s Dark Emu – the publishing phenomenon that challenged Australia to rethink its history and ignited a raging debate.

Session Times: Saturday 17 June at 4:40pm, Sunday 18 June at 12:15pm.
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Former Socceroos captain, Craig Foster, and a team of human rights activists, challenge two monarchies and world sporting body FIFA to rescue the life of a fellow player Hakeem al-Araibi.

Session Times: Thursday 15 June at 6:15PM.
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A poignant documentary co-directed by and featuring Wiradjuri woman Brenda Matthews on a journey to find her white family – and uncover the truth about her abduction.

Session Times: Thursday 8 June at 6:15pm.
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Warwick Thornton’s Cannes-selected new film stars Cate Blanchett, Deborah Mailman, Wayne Blair and newcomer Aswan Reid in a beguiling story of spirituality and survival set in 1940s Australia.

Session Times: Saturday 10 June at 6:40pm, Sunday 11 June at 11:45am.
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