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The Justice of Bunny King, Sydney Film Festival 2021
Photograph: Supplied/SFFThe Justice of Bunny King
Photograph: Warner Bros.Timothée Chalamet in Dune
Zola, Sydney Film Festival 2021
Photograph: Supplied/SFFZola
Riders of Justice, Sydney Film Festival 2021
Photograph: Supplied/SFFRiders of Justice
Photograph: Carole Bethuel

Time Out says

The city's most beloved movie showcase returns to in-cinema, including the grand surrounds of the State Theatre

At long last, the Sydney Film Festival is unspooling in cinemas from November 3-14, and online from November 12-21. The full program has now dropped, and it's packed full of doozies like the Zendaya and Timothée Chalamet-led Dune, the madness of Cannes Film Festival winner Titane, Jane Campion's latest The Power of the Dog starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Kirsten Dunst, and Western Sydney-based opening night storytelling gem Here Out West.

What better way to celebrate the unlock than by grabbing a choc top and diving in? The jam-packed 68th program also includes a film lover's treat in the shape of a career retrospective of game-changing Iranian auteur Abbas Kiarostami. You'll be able to see The Babadook and Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries star Essie Davis in The Justice of Bunny King with Jojo Rabbit star Thomasin McKenzie. 

On the Australian documentary front, Wash My Soul in the River’s Flow is a tribute to the power of First Nations musicians Archie Roach and the late Ruby Hunter, Australian fashion figures Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson are celebrated in Step into Paradise, and hard-hitting filmmaker Eva Orner returns with climate change shocker Burning

First Nations excellence is also on show in Canadian-New Zealand co-pro Night Raiders, a dystopian sci-fi tale directed by Cree/Métis woman Danis Goulet and executive produced by Taika Waititi. Danish superstar Mads Mikkelsen – who recently collaborated with Oscar-winning director of Another Round, Thomas Vinterberg – appears in big-hearted crime caper Riders of Justice. And if you loved Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner at the Darlo, you’re gonna want to check out Zola. It unfurls the real-life aftermath of a 148 tweetstorm and stars Taylour Paige (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom), Riley Keough (American Honey) and Nicholas Braun (Succession).

Tickets are on sale now and they'll surely be snapped up quick. As SFF director Nashen Moodley says of the days we've just gone through. “We may feel isolated, out of touch, and missing our global connections as we all face restrictions, and have been unable to travel beyond country borders for over a year... In November, we’ll come together to celebrate the films we love, in person.”

Excited? Read our interview with festival director Nashen Moodley


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