Anthology film Here Out West opened the Sydney Film Festival, which felt like an excellent choice and was received with tenderness and respect.
It glows with good feels. Nine languages. Western Sydney. Five powerful women directors in Fadia Abboud, Lucy Gaffey, Julie Kalceff, Ana Kokkinos and Leah Purcell. Eight emerging writers from minority backgrounds in Nisrine Amine, Bina Bhattacharya, Matias Bolla, Claire Can, Arka Das, Duygu Gogan, Vonne Patiag and Tien Tran, only one of which has a European forename.