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Suburban Wildlife Recommends at the Sydney Film Festival

Cast and crew members of Suburban Wildlife went through the Sydney Film Festival program and found their top four must see films this June. You can read more about them below.


Cinematographer - Lucca Barone-Peters

Dirty God I have only heard incredible things about this film, about a woman recovering from an acid attack. It looks incredibly beautiful and moving - top on my list!!! The Nightingale This incredible new film by Jennifer Kent is something that every Australian should see, and pulls no punches with it's brutal depiction of our dark, largely undiscussed past. I've seen it once and will definitely go back again (make sure you see it !!!!!)

Flatland I don't know what to expect from this film, but I'm excited to go along for the ride: plus I don't know if I can think of a better first sentence description - plus any film with 'contemporary western' in it's logline is a big plus from me

Tito and the Birds This looks like a really cute and visually stunning animation / political parable that I'm excited to see!


Director, Co-Writer and Producer - Imogen McCluskey

The Souvenir This film was the winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, and really - who doesn’t want to see Tilda Swinton and her daughter wage quiet war in cardigans and well-adorned English living rooms. A semi-autobiographical tale of Joanna’s own coming-of-age, the story centres on a ill-fated first love. Ugh men, ammiright!?

Monos Winner of the Special Jury Award at Sundance, this film looks like an electric-charged rollercoaster through war and violence in South America. Dubbed an ‘incendiary allegory’, the trailer looks visually stunning - and I’m sure to be moved by this powerful interrogation into the psychology of war.

Dendy Awards for Shorts (my friends films are in that) A great selection of shorts hot off the international circuit. I’m particularly excited to see Snare, made by my very talented friend Madeleine Gottleib - which has shown at SXSW, Tribeca. She’s one to watch, ladies and gents!

Parasite This was a real no-brainer. Bong Joon-Ho just won the Palm D’or for this film about income inequality told through two families struggling to make ends meet (relatable content). Did you say social critique and mysterious intrigue? Take my money now!!


Co-Writer and Producer - Béatrice Barbeau-Scurla

Ladyworld Eight teenage girls are trapped in a house in this feminist reimagining of Lord of the Flies. I’m super interested to see how this turns out, it’s reviews are divisive and I can’t wait to see what side I’m on! Her Smell Elizabeth Moss plays a Courtney Love-esque rock star who’s band is breaking up. As a fan of Hole and loving seeing my femmes on screen, I’m looking forward to this film!!

Come to Daddy A funny Kiwi film? Sign me up! I missed Ant Timpson’s last SFF film, Turbo Kid and have regretted it ever since. They had me at Elijah Wood and “'family film' thriller”.

The Mountain: Slow-paced, off beat and Jeff Goldblum... need I say more? This is a film that calls to me. I always like to seek out films I wouldn’t be patient to stream myself, it’s how I discovered Roy Andersson’s films and would love to see what Rick Alverson has to offer.


Actor - Alex King

The Souvenir I saw the trailer for The Souvenir a couple of months ago and it instantly went to the top of my list of films I’m desperate to see. I’ve really loved all the films A24 has distributed over the past few years. It was a big hit at Sundance, it has a great cast and it’s set in the 80s so I’m sold.

High Life Another A24 film that I’m looking forward to is High Life. I’ve been fascinated with the career path that Robert Pattinson has taken post-Twilight and this looks like it’ll be some of his best work yet. Apparently it’s best to go into this one not knowing much about the plot so I’ve forced myself not to read too much about it.

The Nightingale I was a big fan of Kent’s The Babadook and have been really keen to see what she’d do next. The Nightingale looks like it’ll be a brutal look at life in colonial Australia in the 1800s, and it’ll be interesting to see how Kent’s skills as a horror filmmaker are translated into a period thriller.

Sequin In A Blue Room I might be a bit biased about this one because I have a small cameo in it, but I really can’t wait to see Samuel Van Grinsven’s Sequin in a Blue Room. It’s great to see so many queer films making a splash at the festival this year and Sequin looks like it’ll be one of the best.


Costume and production designer - Alex Culliver

Hearts and Bones I’m looking forward to seeing this important exploration of how lives change after trauma and Andrew Luri’s beautiful, naturalistic debut performance on the big screen! Daffodils Who doesn’t want to see a delightful kiwi musical starring Grammy award winning Kimbra?!

Animals Australian legend Sophie Hyde’s feature tackles female friendships with honesty (including the crinkly bits). I also have a very serious crush on Alia Shawkat.

Sequin In A Blue Room Everyone should be supporting our local micro budget superstars! Very excited to see this queer coming of ager made by my friends!

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