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2010 Sydney Underground Film Festival: Official Lineup

By Mike Everleth ⋅ September 8, 2010

Film festival poster featuring a film still from Un Chien Andalou

The 4th annual Sydney Underground Film Festival, which runs for three days on Sept. 9-11, will screen about 10 features from all over the world and a veritable ton of short films from even further out there.

The fest will open with the latest documentary by a Hollywood icon. It’s Oliver Stone’s South of the Border, which has the director meeting with South American politicians and dignitaries. (The film opened to mixed reviews here in the States earlier this year.) Also screening is Trash Humpers, the latest film by indie rabble-rouser Harmony Korine, which has been confounding audiences on the indie film fest circuit, and Gaspar Noe’s Enter the Void, which has been earning rave reviews.

The rest of the features in the lineup are an eclectic, oddball concoction, including Mladen Djordjevic’s Serbian atrocity Life and Death of a Porno Gang, Victor Nieuwenhuijs and Maartje Seyferth’s twisted Netherlands tale Meat, ‘s award-winning Australian monster party El Monstro Del Mar! and more.

Short films are broken up into programs celebrating animation, women directors and just random crazy shit. The Underground Film Journal is glad to see one of our favorite experimental filmmakers, , has his film Self-Improvement in the mix.

In addition to screening movies, the festival will have special performances, an awards ceremony and several after-screening parties. For more info, please visit the official Sydney Underground Film Festival. The full film lineup is listed below:

Sept. 9

7:30 p.m.: South of the Border, dir. Oliver Stone. The controversial Hollywood director travels across South America to find out how American policies are affecting the governments on the continent.
Screening with:
Awkward, dir. Kellie Ann Benz
Laid Off, dir. Natalie Bookchin

Sept. 10

6:00 p.m.: “Animation Fornication”
Demiurge Emesis, dir. Aurelio Voltaire
Mothership, dir. Daniel Lofredo Rota
N.A.S.A. A Volta, dir. Alexei Tylevich
Junko’s Shamisen, dir. Solomon Friedman
After Parties Days Are Ending Too, dir. Lou Beauchard
Anna Blume, dir. Vessela Dantcheva
Dr. Mermaid and the Above Marine, dir. Mark Eliott & Jack McGrath
Infeccion, dir. Viktoriya Gruzdyn
Tale of the Glittering Plane, dir. Alex Moon Age & Shahriar Shadab
Garlic Man, dir. Bryden Williams & Amanda Jane Newing
Meatwaffle, dir. Leah Shore
Tentacles of Dimensions, dir. Nandita Kumar
Willy Bum Bum, dir. Daniel Fowler
Mak the Horny Mac-Daddy, dir. Ian Miller
Everybody, dir. Jessie Mott &
Taste, dir. Yvonne Grzenkowicz
Blac Blocs NVDA, dir. Richard Eames

6:00 p.m.: “Reality Bites”
Two, dir. Maya Newell
For Sale, Cougar, dir. Asher Hartman
Lanfranchi’s Memorial Discotheque, dir. Richard Baron
Helmut’s House, dir. Jess Dickenson
Let’s Harvest the Organs of Death Row Inmates, dir. Chris Weller & Max Joseph

7:45 p.m.: Trash Humpers, dir. Harmony Korine. A group of elderly thugs inflict chaos in their sleepy neighborhood town.

7:45 p.m.: “Mother’s Milk”
Untitled, dir. Vivienne Linsley
White Monks, dir. Vera Freitag
The Crimson Wave, dir. Terri Matthews
Mass Ornament, dir. Natalie Bookchin
Jacob, dir. Dena Curtis
Lucky Girl, dir. Alexandra Grimanis
Frances and Annie, dir. Genevieve Clay
Lively, Lovely (And the Rest), dir. Eve Gordon
Rapture, dir. Angelica Mesiti
Hybristo Honeymooners, dir. Victoria Waghorn
The Storymaker, dir. Emma Rozanski

9:30 p.m.: The Taint, dir. Drew Bolduc and Dan Nelson. Two sane people must navigate a crazed world where everybody else on the planet has been transformed into brutal, murderous savages. (Read the review)

9:30 p.m.: “Mondo Bizzaro”
Tipping Point, dir. Josephine Starrs & Leon Cmielewski
Awkward First Contact, dir. Clifton Schulke
The Mermaid, dir. Oscar Molinaro
Piss Film, dir. Clare Ferra
Jade, dir. Daniel Elliott
Robotic Panic, dir. Justin Crooks
Cell Phuong, dir. Cesar Espada
Awkward, dir. Kellie Ann Benz
Broken, dir. Christian Doran
The Package, dir. Oliver Waghorn
The Moth, dir. Campbell Farquhar
Lacrymal, dir. Pierre-Alexandre Girard & Xavier Hamel
Departure, dir. Atanas Djonov

11:00 p.m.: Enter the Void, dir. Gaspar Noe. A drug dealer is killed by police, but his spirit continues to roam the streets of Tokyo so that he can continue to help his sister, a stripper.

11:00 p.m.: Meat, dir. Victor Nieuwenhuijs & Maartje Seyferth. A butcher engages in a twisted sexual relationship with one of his employees.

Sept. 11

2:00 p.m.: Trash Humpers, dir. Harmony Korine. A group of elderly thugs inflict chaos in their sleepy neighborhood town.

2:00 p.m.: “Recycled Cinema”
Her Sugar Is?, dir. Dana Claxton
True Heart Susie, dir. Jean-Baptiste Lenglet
Girl on Fire, dir.
Monsignor Blood, dir.
It’s a Small World, dir. Axel Roessler
Photograph of Jesus, dir. Laurie Hill
Film, Earth Wind Fire, ed. Richard Van Der Male
Strips, dir. Félix Dufour-Laperrière
My Meds, dir. Natalie Bookchin
Laid Off, dir. Natalie Bookchin
I Am Not, dir. Natalie Bookchin
After the Rainbow, dir. Soda_Jerk
At Home with the Ants, dir. Jill Kennedy
The Old House, dir. Kathleen Lee
Self Improvement, dir.
Charades, dir.

4:00 p.m.: El Monstro Del Mar!, dir. . A group of sexy gals must do battle with a tentacled monster from the sea. (Read the review)

4:00 p.m.: “The LSD Factory”
Transparent Movement, dir. Soyeon Kim
Maze, dir. Martin Gilbert
Bourée in Red, dir. Adam Geczy & Thomas Gerwin
Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release, dir. Kevan Funk
Believe, dir. Dee Hood
Pick, dir. Benjamin Ross Hayden
Eye of the Storm, dir. Mike Yuhasz
House, dir. John Gillies
Flyscreen, dir. Richard Tuohy
Kioku, dir. Rina T. Yang
Drums and Trains, dir. Paul Winkler
Only By Appointment, dir. Rene Chandler

6:00 p.m.: American: The Bill Hicks Story, dir. Matt Harlock and Paul Thomas. A profile of the world’s most dangerous comedian, who died way before his time.

6:00 p.m.: “Love/Sick”
Porn Guide, dir. Dick Thompson
Heart of the Matter, dir. Tom Lenk
Then She Was Gone, dir. Burleigh Smith
Among Friends, dir. Geoffrey Uloth
Worm, dir. Richard Powell
Direct to Your Door, dir. Eddie Deirmenjian
Fantasy, dir. Izabel Grondin
Love Bombing, dir. Philip Lepherd
Casper & Kitty, dir. Franco Parente

8:00 p.m.: Life and Death of a Porno Gang, dir. Mladen Djordjevic. In ’90s-era Serbia, a film school graduate joins up with a group of artists to form a traveling porno cabaret act. To make some extra cash, the gang eventually start producing real snuff films for the black market.

8:00 p.m.: Biker Fox, dir. Jeremy Lamberton. A documentary portrait of Frank P. DeLarzelere, an eccentric and outspoken advocate of biker’s rights.

10:00 p.m.: Red, White and Blue, dir. Simon Rumley. A woman out to hook up with the “wrong” kind of men gets involved with a creepy war veteran and a demented musician.