Sunday, June 22, 2014

Sydney Film Festival Public Poll Results

A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to this Sydney Film Festival poll. I really appreciate the time it took to consider each of the films you saw. No doubt some of them are still stewing. In the end I had about 40 people send me their ratings (I lost track after a little while), and we covered well over 100 films. Most of the contributors saw more than 15 films (and many in the vicinity of 25/30), so this turned out to be worth all the effort.

It was interesting to see how the Official Competition were rated, and whether the Sydney Film Prize and Audience Award winners fared as well here. Some films were very divisive (The Rover and Snowpiercer covered almost every grade), others were almost unanimously praised or panned.  

There were quite a lot of films that received a two or less votes, so I am going to list them here (with the average rating) and not include them in the final rankings: All This Mayhem (4.5), Beijing Ants (2.5), Black Panther Woman (5), Concerning Violence (3.25), Dancing in the Room (2), Dead Snow 2: Red Vs Dead (3), Demonstration (3), Faith Connections (3.5), Goal of the Dead (2.75), If You Don't, I Will (3.25), Ilo Ilo (3.75), Iranian (4), Jimi: All Is By My Side (2.5), Keep on Keepin' On (3.5), Love Eternal (3), Love Marriage in Kabul (4), Mothers (2.25), Nelson Mandela: The Myth and Me (3.5), Once My Mother (4), Stop The Pounding Heart (3.5), Tender (3.5), The Battered Bastards of Baseball (3.5), The Gold Spinners (3), The Little Death (1), The Referee (3.25), The Second Game (3.5), Ukraine is not a Brothel (3.25), When Animals Dream (3.25), Till Madness Do Us Part (3.5), Up in the Wind (2), The Salt of the Earth (4.5) and The Fake (2).

And here are this year's Retrospectives (Robert Altman, Studio Ghibli and James Benning) and the Classics Restored, which also received limited votes: American Dreams (Lost and Found) (4.5), Deseret (3.88), Grave of the Fireflies (2.75), Hiroshima Mon Amour (5), M*A*S*H (5), McCabe and Mrs Miller (4.75), My Neighbour Totoro (4.5), Nashville (5), Nightfall (4.33), Rebel Without A Cause (4.5), That Cold Day in the Park (3.25), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (3.75) and Wedding, A (4).

Finally, here is a tally of the films with three or more votes from the contributors from the Official Competition, the Documentary Australia Foundation Award, Special Presentations at the State, Features, The Box Set, International Documentaries, Sounds On Screen, China: Rebels Ghosts and Romantics and the Freak Me Out sections of the program.

Title (A-Z)VotesAverage (/5)
20, 000 Days On Earth153.57
Abuse of Weakness72.88
Appropriate Behaviour133.58
At Berkeley63.42
Begin Again63.50
Black Coal, Thin Ice173.32
Born To Fly 53.10
Captive, The42.88
Case Against 8, The63.92
Cold in July122.25
Dinosaur 1353.20
Dior and I63.42
Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her, The153.70
Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him, The113.45
Double Play: Richard Linklater and James Benning83.19
Eastern Boys63.83
Fish and Cat193.68
For Those Who Can Tell No Tales32.83
God Help The Girl43.25
Great Museum, The53.30
Happy Christmas153.50
How To Train Your Dragon 273.50
Human Capital62.83
In Order of Disappearance103.35
Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy? 92.94
Jodorowsky's Dune203.93
Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq, The112.36
Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, The34.33
Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter233.15
Last Impresario, The 43.38
Life Itself173.85
Love is Strange142.82
Lunchbox, The53.20
Miss Violence92.28
Mystery of Happiness, The 32.83
National Gallery113.77
Ne me quitte pas41.88
Next Goal Wins33.83
Night Moves113.50
Of Horses and Men73.64
Overnighters, The43.88
Palo Alto123.00
Particle Fever63.83
Possibilities Are Endless, The64.25
Praia Do Futuro52.30
Pulp: A Film About Life, Death and Supermarkets34.00
Reunion, The33.50
Rock the Casbah72.29
Rover, The253.52
School of Babel33.16
Sepideh: Reaching For The Stars33.00
Skeleton Twins, The123.46
Something Must Break72.64
Stage Fright31.83
Starred Up83.81
Story of Children and Film, The33.50
Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon33.50
Tale of the Princess Kaguya, The93.28
Tim's Vermeer113.55
Tom at the Farm164.15
Tomako in Moratorium42.75
Two Days One Night243.92
Two Faces of January, The93.39
Unknown Known, The63.42
We Are The Best!83.88
What We Do In The Shadows143.93
Willow Creek63.50
Winter Sleep143.79
Wish I Was Here63.67
Words and Pictures52.20
You're Sleeping Nicole63.67
Young and Prodigious T. S Spivet, The53.70


Official Competition

10+ Ratings >3.50 Ave.

Grade >3.50 Ave.

10+ Ratings >4.00 Ave.

Grade >4.00 Ave.

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