Warwick Thornton (Samson & Delilah) has made a documentary about the symbolism of the Southern Cross and what it means in different Australian contexts. Expect some lively discussion at the party after this opening night gala. State Theatre 7.30pm.
In the wake of Amy, a documentary on the tragic life of Whitney Houston seems well overdue. The filmmaker is Nick Broomfield (Kurt and Courtney, Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer), who’s visiting Sydney for the festival. Event Cinemas George Street, 6.30pm.
Fresh from SXSW comes a skull-smashing splatterfest about an evil board game that forces its teenage players to become serial killers. Snakes and Ladders was never like this. Event Cinemas George St, 8.25pm.
Boccaccio’s raunchy Decameron is the inspiration for this full-on sex comedy set in 14th century Italy about a bunch of sex-crazed nuns. Aubrey Plaza, Fred Armisen, Alison Brie, Dave Franco, Nick Offerman, John C Reilly and Molly Shannon star. Event Cinemas George St, 8.15pm.
Catherine Deneuve stars in Luis Buñuel’s quirky 1967 drama as a young woman with sado-masochistic fantasies who works as a high class prostitute in the afternoons while her husband is at work. Dendy Opera Quays, 6pm.
“Stay on the road. Keep clear of the moors.” First released in 1981, An American Werewolf in London was the first genuinely terrifying horror comedy. The career high point of John Landis (The Blues Brothers), it stars David Naughton as a backpacker who survives a werewolf attack in Yorkshire and falls in love with a nurse (Jenny Agutter). Dendy Newtown 8.30pm.
Short and sweet (just 71 minutes), the new film from UK auteur Sally Potter (Orlando) is a real-life farce set at a dinner party with Kristin Scott-Thomas, Timothy Spall, Patricia Clarkson and Cillian Murphy. Orpheum, 6.30pm.