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2008 Sydney Underground Film Festival: Official Lineup

By Mike Everleth ⋅ September 10, 2008

Sydney Underground Film Festival logo featuring a scene from Un Chien Andalou

The Sydney Underground Film Festival returns for its second year twice as big as its first. Oh, it’s running the same number of days (4) this Sept. 11-14, but they’ve expanded into two theaters, thus doubling the amount of screenings.

The lineup is an interesting mix this year with a virtual ton of short films, plus features that have been making the underground rounds here in the States, one feature directed by a major movie star (Anthony Hopkins) and the John Waters classic Polyester, which is being screened in its original Odorama. That don’t stink! Get it? Odorama. Stink. Never mind …

A couple filmmaker shout-outs: Once again, Martha Colburn has a couple of her shorts, Don’t Kill the Weatherman! and Myth Labs, at SUFF, which you can check out attached to the opening night feature film. Always a treat, always a treasure. Also, Craig Baldwin‘s latest feature, Mock Up on Mu, which has been screening all over the world this year, is returning to Australia after tearing it up at Revelation in Perth a few months ago.

And here’s an urgent Underground Film Journal message for all SUFF attendees: Don’t leave Sydney after the festival! (i.e. if you live elsewhere). If you do, you’ll miss a lecture on Sept. 16 hosted by Richard Wolstencroft, the notorious rabble-rouseer and director of the Melbourne Underground Film Festival, which will be running in October. If there’s one thing you don’t want to miss, it’s being lectured at by Richard, especially when he’ll be talking about his favorite subject: The foul state of Australian cinema. Should be a hoot.

The main festival will take place at The Factory Theatre at 105 Victoria Rd., Enmore, while Wolstencroft’s lecture will be at the Sydney College of the Arts. Actually, there will be a whole SUFF symposia held at the College Sept. 16-19 that you might want to check out as well.

Below is the full lineup. As I said, the festival will take place on two different screens at The Factory Theater, so that’s why you’ll see the duplicate times per day. So, have at it, why don’t you:

Sept. 11

8:00 p.m.: The Miscreants, dir. George Gittoes. A film crew tries to make an entertaining movie in one of the world’s most volatile regions. But how can they get their movie done when their production upsets the local community’s morals.
Shown with two short films by Martha Colburn: Don’t Kill the Weatherman! and Myth Labs.

6:30 p.m.: Slipstream, dir. Anthony Hopkins. A screenwriter starts to confuse the real world with the fantasy world that exists only in his head.

Sept. 12

6:30 p.m.: “Melting Pot”
Cold on Cold, dir. Dan Sokolowski
Forest From Trees, dir. Mathew Roberts
Dog’s Mercury, dir. Martin Radich
Light Year – A Trip Around the Sun, dir. Dan Sokolowski
Crooked (orcus) Rot, dir. David Firth
Leaving Together, dir. Kate Murphy
Lunch With Friends, dir. Peter Humble
Ticketweavels, dir. Caroline Huf
Walking Together, dir. Atanas Djonov
Stone Bruise, dir. Dan Sokolowski
Synopsis Docu-drama, dir. Vlad Trandafir

8:30 p.m.: “Re-Animation”
The Wonderful Wonderful, dir. Mark Lagana
2 in the AM PM, dir. JG Quintel
Greaseland, dir. Peter Boyd Maclean
I Slept With Cookie Monster, dir. Kara Nasdor-Jones
Videotape, dir. Andrew Goldsmith
Zany Dick, dir. Ricky Sprague
Animal Instincts, dir. Cameron Edser and Michael Richards
A Break in the Monotony, dir. Damien Slevin
I Live in the Woods, dir. Max Winston
Robot Dreaming, dir. Roy Magnus
Untitled, dir. Wykpe Jannette Walden
Telepathetic, dir. Bradley Schaffer
Prick, dir. Wrik Mead
New Educational Series – Canaries in Colour, dir. Jill Kennedy
Revolutions, dir. Shahriar Shadab
The Origin of the World, dir. Jon Monagham
Muto, dir. BluBlu
Emmanation, dir. Emma Pressman
Karaoke Show, dir. Karl Tebbe
Zombie Gets a Date, dir. Leetal Platt
The Birth of Brainfly, dir. Nandita Kumar
Paneye, dir. Jessica Mutascio

8:30 p.m.: The Miscreants, dir. George Gittoes. See Sept. 11, 8:00 p.m. for info.

10:30 p.m.: Quality Time, dir. Chris LaMont. Stewart Savage is losing his grip on reality. Has the world been flooded by the polar ice caps? Is Stewart an insane serial killer who strangles his girlfriends? Well, he’ll find out soon enough when he invites his latest paramour to his birthday party. Corin Nemic stars as Stewart while the rest of the cast includes genre icon Nancy Allen and Star Trek: The Next Generation’s John de Lancie. (He played Q.)

10:30 p.m.: “Material Affection”
Light/Strike (an open window), dir. Geoff Weary
Who By Water, dir. Bill Morrison
Many Buddhas, dir. Paul Winkler
Monday Morning, dir. Nicholas Ryan
Paperhouse – The 5:19, dir. Peter Newman
The Pain With Being Thirsty, dir. David Yun
The Acrobat, dir. Chris Kennedy (Read the review)
Ayvali, dir. David MacKenzie
Cloth Birds, dir. David Firth
Vessel, dir. Antonios Papantoniou

Sept. 13

6:30 p.m.: Sex Galaxy, dir. Mike Davis. Using just public domain and stock footage, this lusty sci-fi adventure flings a crew of lonely astronauts towards a planet of insatiable women. (Read the review)
Shown with Astro Black: A History of Hip Hop (Ep. 1), dir. Soda_Jerk; Alien Christ, dir. Tony Lawrence; Eisenstein’s Montage, dir. Atanas Djonov.

6:30 p.m.: “Aussie Asylum”
Dogs Run Loose Around Here, dir. Michael Hoath
The Wind Calls Your Name, dir. John Hobart Hughes
Before Closing, dir. Zak Hilditch
A Difference in Shadow, dir. Michael Mier
The Making of a Winning Tropfest Film, dir. Tim Maricic
Without a Shadow, dir. David Farnjic
Brass Monkey, dir. Chris Robinson
Saturday 17th, dir. Hamish Charlton
Chicken, dir. Jamil Yamani
The Bridge, dir. Rod McMillan
Escape, dir. Atanas Djonov
The Discovery of Doctor M., dir. Virginia Hilyard
Water Off a Duck’s Back, dir. Pia Dulu
Fled, dir. Mahmoud Yekta
Police Demonstration, dir. Doug Mason
Pear Shapes, dir. Richard Tuohy
Urban Spice, dir. Dan Monceaux and Emma Sterling

8:30 p.m.: “God Bless America”
Stephen Leaves Home, dir. Benjamin Wilson
Nick Mosher’s Homeless Keg Party Part 2, dir. Nick Mosher
Trailer Trash: A film journal, dir. Don Ramirez

8:30 p.m.: Mock Up on Mu, dir. Craig Baldwin. The legendary collage filmmaker is back with his latest feature, a surrealistic blend of spy, sci-fi, Western and horror genres. Fiction and non-fiction archival material blend together to tell the rich history of the militarization of space from the viewpoint of three diverse individuals: Jet Propulsion Laboratory founder Jack Parsons, artist Marjorie Cameron and author L. Ron Hubbard. (Read the review)

10:30 p.m.: “Severed Cinema”
Outlawed: Extraordinary Rendition, Torture and Disappearances in the ‘War on Terror’, dir. Christine Umali
Missing Lives: Disappearances and Impunity in the North Caucasus, dir. Christine Umali
Little Snaps of Horror, dir. Graham Rathlin
When Sally Met Frank, dir. Victoria Waghorn
Marion, dir. Ry Russo Young
Eel Girl, dir. Jennifer Scheer
Square Pegs, dir. Ben Hicks

10:30 p.m.: Polyester, dir. John Waters. The last of Waters’ trashy “underground” films stars his muse, Divine, as Francine Fishpaw, a harried Baltimore housewife who is terrorized by her family, including her cheating, porno-theater owning husband; her glue-sniffing son; and her knocked-up teenage daughter. Francine only seemingly finds happiness when she meets a swingin’ single guy, played by Tab Hunter. Screening with original Odorama cards!

12:00 a.m.: On Evil Grounds, dir. Peter Koller. A murderous, psychotic couple take over an abandoned warehouse to turn it into a love nest slash torture chamber.

Sept. 14

4:30 p.m.: “Well-Tanned Comedy”
Lunch, dir. Ariel Kleiman
DJ Dazz, dir. Tom Jackson
Sickly Sweet, dir. Jaclyn Hewer
Turd on a String, dir. Hugh Griffiths
Health Reminder, dir. David Firth
A Staple in Time, dir. Geoff Abeshouse
My Ball, dir. Kevin O’Neill
Homeless, dir. Christopher Pierags
Carl, dir. Joshua Fisher
Cow Juice, dir. Kyle Spence
The Razorhead, dir. Anthony Sutcliffe
Tripswitch, dir. Anthony Sutcliffe
The Gravediggers, dir. Michael Burrell
Hotel Motel – Do Not Adjust Your Set, dir. Michael Wannenmacher
Side Effects May Include, dir. Shad Clark
The Woman in Red, dir. Chris Pierags

4:30 p.m.: The Miscreants, dir. George Gittoes. See Sept. 11, 8:00 p.m. for info.

6:30 p.m.: “Love/Sick”
Impaled, dir. Larry Clark
Alex and Her Arse Truck, dir. Sean Conway
Seeya Rach, dir. Pearl Tan
Video Dating Tape, dir. David Firth
Die Before Me, dir. Robin Royce Queree and Mike Kane
Being Barry, dir. Kayla Davidson
Treehugger, dir. David Burns
Heartbreak Motel, Aaron McLoughlin

6:30 p.m.: Lost Holiday, dir. Lucie Kralova. The filmmakers try to find a Chinese family who lost their vacation photographs in Sweden, which were found by a Czech woman and turned into an art project.

8:30 p.m.: Song Sung Blue, dir. Greg Kohs. A documentary about Michael and Claire Sardina, also known as Lightning & Thunder — a Neil Diamond tribute band.

As always, please visit the official SUFF site for more info.