2016 Sydney Film Festival - Girl Asleep

Girl Asleep is the debut film from director Rosemary Myers and writer Matthew Whittet adapted from their original play at the Windmill Theatre as part of the 2014 Adelaide Festival. This is the blurb from the Sydney Film Festival which convinced me to buy a ticket:

Navigating puberty in 1970s suburbia, Greta (Bethany Whitmore) doesn't want to grow up. Her mum is embarrassing and her sister disinterested. Geeky Elliott (Harrison Feldman) is her only ally. Greta's surprise 15th birthday party is on track to be the worst night of her life – until she's flung into an odd fairy-tale universe with a warrior princess (Tilda Cobham-Hervey). Filled with wild musical flourishes and moments of colourful theatrics, Girl Asleep resists the adult world as much as its lead character.

This film reminds me of Strictly Ballroom, the other highlystylised, very Australian film that started on the stage and then brought to screen bythe samu creators. Girl Asleep, however, is aimed at a younger audience. It is great fun and a wonderful coming of age movie. I highly recommend it to kids of all ages, the adult ones too

2016 Sydney Film Festival - Goldstone

The opening night film for the 2016 Sydney Film Festival is Goldstone from Australian director, Ivan Sen and lead actor Aaron Pedersen. I caught the follow up session on the weekend. I saw Sen's previous movie Mystery Road at the 2013 Sydney Film Festival which introduced us to Indigenous detective Jay Swan (Aaron Pedersen) and loved it. I am very happy to see more of this world.  

This is a beautiful slow burn crime movie that rarely gets made anymore. Drenched in its Australian outback location and embued by wellrounded characters, this film highlights the underbelly of the resource pillaging that has driven Australia's economy in the last few years. It is a like reading a great crime novel. Just go and watch it. Actually watch it in a double bill with Mystery Road and marvel in the fantastic partnership of film maker Ivan Sen and Aaron Pedersen. More films please sirs.