Sydney Film Festival: first glimpses of a program to confound Covid

With less films, the Sydney Film Festival is making ultra-sure that the program distils the times.

Just over two months before the opening night, the Sydney Film Festival announced the first 22 films. Festival director Nashen Moodley is desperate to blow the ghosts of Covid clean out of town.

His strategy seems to be about intimacy and relevance. There are few mainstream names in this first list, but plenty of filmmakers grappling with the implications of history in our own lives. One key film for the festival is When a City Rises, about the Hong Kong resistance seen through the eyes of four protestors. 

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.