The Sydney Underground Film Festival returns to Marrickville’s Factory Theatre in September. Unveiling a diverse range of independent, experimental and art house films, this festival is one of the best opportunities for Australians to venture beyond the mainstream.
Thursday 4 September
With the doors opening at 7:30pm, and you can fill up with all inclusive Supreme Gourmet Pizza as you wait for Gerard Johnstone’s feature debut, Housebound. The New Zealand producer has combined the best of gothic horror and domestic comedy to form a brilliant genre mash-up. When the film winds up complementary drinks will be supplied by Young Henry’s Brewery and Kooks wine Co. until 12am.
Documentaries this year are bound to get guests talking. The Animal Condition, produced by a group of Sydney filmmakers, uses documentary as a means of investigating the shifts in animal welfare within Australian society. The festival will also showcase Super Duper Alice Cooper, a documentary dissection of Alice Cooper’s crazy life.
Feature film highlights from the program include I Believe in Unicorns from director Leah Meyerhoff, and The Green Inferno, directed by Eli Roth.
Those with a shorter attention span will be pleased to hear that the short film sessions are making a triumphant return to the 2014 festival. The sessions will include LSD Factory, featuring a line up of the most trippy and bizarre shorts of the year, a celebration of love and all things sick in Love/Sick, and a line up of the most fascinating real-life short film narratives in Reality Bites.
If you’re looking for a lazy weekend kicking back in front of the big screen, get your hands on the Saturday Pass ($54.00). You’ll be able to get in early (11:30am) and enjoy your choice of movies, uninterrupted, all the way past midnight (12:30am). For those with a little less time, a Four Film Pass ($40.00) is also great value.
Sunday 7 September
The final night will be showcasing David Wnendt’s, Wetlands. The pop-savvy adaptation of Charlotte Roch’s controversial bestselling novel, presents a breakout performance from Swiss actress Carla Juri. At the conclusion of the feature you’re encouraged to join in on the festivals final evening for 2014. The infamous SUFF “Dead Oscar” awards, live performances and complimentary Serendipity ice-cream ensures a fitting end to another spectacular festival.
When: September 4th to September 7th
Where: The Factory Theatre