Home' Sydney Film Festival Program : Program 2017 Contents Open your mind
and expand your
Japanese robots, dance
battles on the streets
of Sydney, an Antarctic
dive and more. Don a
virtual reality headset
and transport yourself.
Programs curated by
VR collective BADFAITH
All VR experiences are 15+ and cost $19.90
per person, except Life of Us which costs
$19.90 for two people. Tickets can be
purchased online or over the phone:
1300 733 733.
Sessions have limited availability, so you
must book in advance to guarantee your
session. Please arrive 10 minutes before
your session’s start time.
VR experiences are scheduled during the
Hub’s opening hours, morning through
evening from 8 to 18 June. See the SFF App
or website, or call 1300 733 733 for details.
VR EXPERIENCE 1
(MIN 2 PEOPLE)
LIFE OF US
Life of Us is a shared and interactive VR
journey that tells the complete story of the
evolution of life on earth. Buy a ticket with
a friend and experience this shared world
together, the way it was intended.
VR EXPERIENCE 2
2017 | CAnAdA | 40 minS | Felix
lAJeUneSSe And PAUl RAPHAel
Dad buys his kids a Japanese toy robot to
make up for many absences. Will the gift
heal the family’s wounds or will Miyubi also
come to know the pain of obsolescence?
VR EXPERIENCE 3
2017 | AUSTRAliA | 7 minS
SHAUn GlAdwell, leo FAbeR
A poetic VR that perches you in Earth’s orbit.
Orbital Vanitas is an unreal sci-fi mystery
meditation that brings you face to face with
2017 | USA | 7 minS | eTHAn SHAFTel
You’re a puppet trapped in a stunningly
offensive puppet show. Extravaganza asks,
will technology change society for the better,
or just magnify our worst traits in new ways?
2017 | FRAnCe | 7 minS
AlexAndRe PeRez | AUSTRAliAn PRemieRe
It’s Leo’s bedtime, but he thinks there is
something under his bed. Is it just the
harmless imagination of a young boy, or
something more sinister? Is it...you?
2016 | FRAnCe | 14 minS
The first android with human form, ‘Phil’,
immerses you in the memories of what could
be the last love affair of the writer, Philip K Dick.
THE OTHER DAKAR
2017 | SeneGAl | 6 minS | Selly RAbe
kAne | AUSTRAliAn PRemieRe
A little girl discovers the hidden face of
Dakar. An homage to Senegalese mythology,
where past and future meet and where
artists are the beating heart of the city.
ONLY AT THE AIR, ONLY AT
2017 | AUSTRAliA | 6 minS | GReG FeRRiS
An experimental exploration of an
in-between space - the Bates Motel from
Hitchcock’s Psycho - between a starting point
and a destination... between life and death.
VR EXPERIENCE 4
ASHES TO ASHES
2016 | neTHeRlAndS | 11 minS
inGeJAn liGTHART SCHenk,
JAmille VAn wiJnGAARde, STeye
HAllemA | AUSTRAliAn PRemieRe
An 11-minute one-shot surreal tragicomedy
about a dysfunctional family burdened with
the bizarre final wish of their deceased
grandfather. From the perspective of the urn.
ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE
2017 | AUSTRAliA | 7 minS
A VR dance work collaboration that puts
viewers in the middle of a street dance
battle featuring artists from the upcoming
XO STATE festival.
THE TURNING FOREST
2016 | AUSTRAliA | 8 minS | oSCAR RAby
A real-time CG VR experience inviting
audiences into a magical space of
imagination, where rustling leaves are also
the footsteps of something familiar, yet
UNDER A CRACKED SKY
Under eight feet of Antarctic ice lies the
clearest water on Earth. Plunge through a
small hole to dive with seals, explore ice
caves and skim a black seabed full of life.
SERVER ROOM SYMPHONY
2016 | AUSTRAliA | 3 minS | Alex SmiTH
Inspired by a Dan Winters’ photograph, you
enter a whimsically chaotic scene in which
the characters’ actions form the basis of a
VIRTUAL REALITY AT THE HUB
PARTIES AT THE HUB
SunDAy 11 June 9:00Pm
To celebrate the Australian premiere of
Kate Hickey’s Roller Dreams documentary
about California’s skate-dance scene,
Sydney Film Festival brings those Venice
Beach vibes to The Hub with a Roller Boogie
Party that will have you bouncing and
busting all your best disco moves. Good
Times are guaranteed with serious roller-jam
collector-selector Alex Dimitriades (aka the
Boogie Monster) joining Soul-of-Sydney DJ
Phil Toke, skate-dancers and more.
monDAy 12 June 9:00Pm
What better way to mark the Queen’s
birthday than with a crash and burn punk
party featuring Aussie band Nancy Vandal
alongside former roadie for The Damned,
DJ Richard Kuipers. Following the screening
of Derek Jarman’s 1978 cult classic Jubilee,
we’ll turn up the volume at The Hub where
Frenzal Rhomb’s Jason Walley will rejoin
his Nancy Vandal bandmates to cough up
a storm with classics like ‘God Save The
Queen’, while Richard Kuipers spins all
your other favourite punk 45s from ’77 and
beyond. Be sure to check out the rest of our
punk film program (see page 41) including
the new John Lydon doco (see page 36).
THuRSDAy 15 June 9:00Pm
Join us and some very special guests for a
night that celebrates the indelible music of
Australian indie-icons The Go-Betweens.
Right after the World Premiere of Kriv
Stenders’ documentary The Go-Betweens:
Right Here, friends, fans and the famous will
gather to re-live and re-love a remarkable
back catalogue. Hear DJs covering
everything from enduring early singles ‘Lee
Remick’, ‘Cattle and Cane’ and ‘Streets Of
Your Town’, to the band’s final ARIA-winning
album Oceans Apart and crowning tune
‘Darlinghurst Nights’, they’ll all be right here.
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