Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Preview Line-up for the 2012 Sydney Film Festival Announced

The preview line-up for 2012 Sydney Film Festival has been announced. These first 25 titles include 22 Australian premieres, 15 features and 10 documentaries, including the winner of the U.S Dramatic Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, Beasts of the Southern Wild, the winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at the Berlin Film Festival, Tabu, the winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Neighbouring Sounds and the winner of the World Cinema Grand Jury Documentary at Sundance, The Law In These Parts.

The full line-up and short synopses can be found at the official Sydney Film Festival Website, but I will list the titles below.

The full program of 150+ features, documentaries and shorts from across Australian and around the world will be announced on May 9, 2012.


Beasts of the Southern Wild
Neighbouring Sounds
The Loneliest Planet
Once Upon A Time in Anatolia
Harold's Going Stiff
A Simple Life
A Royal Affair
Monsieur Lazhar
Some Guy Who Kills People


The Law In These Parts
Woody Allen: A Documentary
Crazy Horse
Under African Skies
Maori Boy Genius
Side by Side
El Gusto
First Position
Golden Slumbers
Searching for Sugarman


  1. The Cambodian cinema doco looks interesting, largely cos I had no idea such a thing existed (if IMDB is right, most of them appear to have been made by the king). Side By Side might be OK too.

    1. I won't be able to see everything - but I will think long and hard about these ones.

  2. I've seen the Woody Allen doc. It's in two parts and is great. Though, you should see more of his work before you watch the doc.

    1. Yeah I will probably have to give it a miss in that case. I love his work, but I have not seen nearly enough.

  3. Only heard of Beasts and Rampart. Still, I'm sure there's some gems to discover in there!

    1. I have heard of about half of the features - many of them picked up awards, or played at Festivals last year (for example Faust won Venice), so I am sure a lot of them are high quality. It is just squeezing them in with the rest of the line-up (150+ films) that is the most difficult part.